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Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

Jones: March Madness is weeks away. What’s up with college basketball?

We’ve been a little busy lately.What with Dirk Koetter staying and Evan Longoria going. We’ve been distracted by UCF and amazed by Alabama. There has been Jon Gruden news and what is shaping up to be a very special season for the Lightning.With all t...
Published: 01/11/18
Updated: 01/12/18
Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Bobby Bowden: Dadgum it, UCF has a gripe

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is 88 and still keeps a busy schedule of speaking engagements. On Wednesday he was in Omaha, Neb. — his fourth city in a week — to receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award for his contributions to college football ...
Published: 01/11/18
Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Jones: The secret to Alabama’s success

Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach of all-time.The current Alabama run — five titles in nine seasons — belongs at the top of any dynasty in the history of the sport. To do what Bama has done in this day and age of parity is remarkableS...
Published: 01/09/18
Rick and Tom podcast: Tua Tagovailoa Leads Alabama to another national title

Rick and Tom podcast: Tua Tagovailoa Leads Alabama to another national title

Alabama wins another national championship as Nick Saban solidifies himself as the greatest college coach of this generation with his sixth title, tying Bear Bryant.In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down the game, including ins...
Published: 01/09/18
Alabama tops final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th, USF 21st

Alabama tops final AP poll for 11th time; UCF 6th, USF 21st

ATLANTA — Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth. The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes...
Published: 01/09/18
A 3 a.m. wakeup call re-focuses University of Tampa guard Mekhi Biffle

A 3 a.m. wakeup call re-focuses University of Tampa guard Mekhi Biffle

TAMPA — He’s on a full scholarship for men’s basketball. His playing time has increased. Last month, he had his most productive college game. He’s on track to earn a degree in human performance.University of Tampa guard Mekhi Biffle has a perpetual s...
Published: 01/09/18
Fans unhappy with long waits to enter championship game

Fans unhappy with long waits to enter championship game

ATLANTA — Fans arrived early for the first national football title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, then faced long lines, interminable waits and chilly rain to get into watch Alabama face Georgia. Security was certainly increased because of President ...
Published: 01/08/18
Live blog: Join our College Football Playoff national title game Twitter party

Live blog: Join our College Football Playoff national title game Twitter party

Sure, we get paid to watch football. But the snark, the snark we offer up for free.Come chat with Times beat reporters Matt Baker, Joey Knight, Greg Auman, Bob Putnam and Rodney Page; analytics expert Thomas Bassinger; sports columnists Tom Jones and...
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Houston police: Missing sports journalist found, appears unharmed

HOUSTON — A Houston sports journalist who went missing over the weekend after saying she believed she was being followed by a suspicious man was found, apparently unharmed, beneath a highway overpass and has been taken to a hospital for evaluation, p...
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Alabama-Georgia CFP title game journal: Nick Saban looking Bear-like

Alabama-Georgia CFP title game journal: Nick Saban looking Bear-like

ATLANTA — Tonight’s national championship game will be peak Nick Saban.Not just because an Alabama victory will give the coach a sixth national title, tying him with the legendary Bear Bryant for the most in college football history.Not just because ...
Updated one month ago