Michael Cunningham: Georgia goes back to bully ball and beats up South Carolina
Everybody knows that, for going on two seasons, lack of scoring punch has held Georgia back. The angst has focused on the passing game, but there’s more than one way to make big plays. For a long time, Georgia’s way has been to parade good tailbacks behind big lines that move defenders.That was missing element in last weekend’s offensive awakening against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs found it at South Carolina on Saturday night.A week after the Bulldogs couldn’t run on Mississippi State, they ran all over South Carolina for a 45-16 victory. New quarterback JT Daniels saved them in last week...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Bianchi: Jimmy 'Bubba' Hewitt, Orlando Magic co-founder who died Sunday, gave us pro sports
ORLANDO, Fla. -- So long, Bubba.Rest in peace, Bubba.But mostly, thank you, Bubba.Thank you for literally making Magic.Thank you for believing in your hometown.Thank you for bringing professional sports to Orlando.Jimmy Hewitt — the Central Florida businessman who co-founded the Orlando Magic and fondly called all of his friends and acquaintances “Bubba” — died early Sunday morning at the age of 79.He had been suffering from advanced stages of dementia and recently contracted the coronavirus.Hewitt grew up in Orlando in a one-parent home, played running back at Edgewater High School where his ...
Nick Canepa: College basketball should hit pause button before it ends up in mess like college football
SAN DIEGO — The body of college basketball, buried half-alive by COVID in March, was exhumed last week.It has begun its new life in semi-earnest. It may end as it did in 2020, with a viral thud, again on the medical examiner’s table.Those in sports have done their best to dribble around this damn thing, to block and tackle it, to launch angle and exit-velo it with about as much success as can or could be expected.But like everything else, we are rushing into it, desperate to get games made as money pours without a handy tourniquet from sports bodies, college and pro.This virus isn’t an unruly ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Missouri throttles Vanderbilt, 41-0, in game with historic first
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Vanderbilt made college football history Saturday, while the Missouri Tigers kept chugging along under Eli Drinkwitz with another impressive victory, beating the Commodores, 41-0, at Memorial Stadium to secure their first winning record under Drinkwitz.With another defensive masterpiece, the Tigers improved to 4-3 heading into next week’s visit from Arkansas and former head coach Barry Odom, now the Razorbacks’ defensive coordinator.MU’s defense is doing just fine these days and played spoiler Saturday, keeping the Commodores out of field-goal range all day long. Fans tuning in...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mark Bradley: As Georgia Tech just learned, you play Georgia State at your peril
Tipoff came at 9:04 p.m. on the night before Thanksgiving. The game ended on Thanksgiving. It wasn’t aired on the ACC Network. (For the record, the Sun Belt has no network.) You had to hunt on the cable grid to find it. It was worth finding.Final score, after four overtimes: Georgia State 123, Georgia Tech 120.We could talk about this one until all the Turkey Day leftovers have been consumed, but let’s start with the headline of headlines. Georgia State, which has taken down opponents hailing from the SEC and Big 12 and Big Ten, had never beaten a representative of the high-falutin’ ACC. It ha...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mac Engel: How Colin Kaepernick made TCU's Rose Bowl season possible
FORT WORTH, Texas — Colin Kaepernick has no formal affiliation with TCU, nor did he ever play the Horned Frogs in a game, but he made a tangible impact on the university that extends deep into the mortar, and the success, of the school.This year is the 10th year anniversary of TCU’s Rose Bowl season, which would not have been possible without the contributions of the ousted NFL quarterback, Mr. Kaepernick, and his Nevada Wolf Pack.On Nov. 26, 2010, Kaepernick “led TCU” to the Rose Bowl when Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State. That upset ultimately changed the trajectory of a team, a school and a c...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Receiver Rashod Bateman ends Minnesota career by opting out again
MINNEAPOLIS — Rashod Bateman opted out, opted back in and is now out again.The star Minnesota receiver announced Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to forgo the rest of the 2020 season and prepare for “the next stage” of his career. This came amid a COVID-19 outbreak for the 2-3 Gophers, who had to cancel Saturday’s rivalry game at Wisconsin.Bateman was one of the first notable opt-outs back in early August, citing concerns about playing safely in the coronavirus pandemic after becoming sick with COVID-19 himself during the summer. The Big Ten subsequently canceled and then reinstated its seas...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mark Bradley: College hoops is starting again. It faces an uphill slog.
I packed for five nights in Nashville. I included items not usually in my travel gear — surgical gloves, Purell and a small barrel of wet wipes. I stopped just beyond Monteagle to get gas. It was March 11, 2020.We in sports media already had begun to wonder how/if COVID-19 might change March Madness. One week earlier, I’d written a little something about how the NCAA tournament might get canceled, though — full disclosure — the pragmatist in me figured the games would go on no matter what.I finished filling up. I saw an alert on my phone. The World Health Organization had declared this a globa...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Shannon Ryan: The college basketball season is a mess before it even starts. With the sport's leaders intent on playing on, they need to simplify schedules to adjust for the COVID-19 surge.
The college basketball season is a mess, and we haven’t even gotten to the opening tipoff.The season starts Wednesday, and at least 40 Division I teams are quarantining or have paused activity because of COVID-19. That includes DePaul and Loyola, which reported outbreaks. Illinois had to find a last-minute replacement for its multi-team event Wednesday through Friday when Wright State dropped out because it didn’t have enough available players.Baylor and Seton Hall mutually called off their game Sunday after Baylor coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19. No. 8 Illinois’ Dec. 2 game agai...
Alabama tops first 2020 College Football Playoff rankings
The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2020 season were released Tuesday night, and the Tigers are ranked No. 3.Clemson (7-1) is in the top four of the CFP rankings, despite losing to Notre Dame (8-0) in their last game on Nov. 7.In front of the Tigers is No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Notre Dame. Ohio State rounds out the top 4 at No. 4.College Football Playoff committee chair Gary Barta explained why Clemson is No. 3 and said injuries and players who missed the game played into the decision.Clemson was without starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence against the Irish, as well as starting l...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)