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  1. Vernon Adams Goes Big Time: Meet the New Oregon Quarterback

    Michael Weinreb

    Back in late September, not long before Vernon Adams broke his foot and missed four games of the 2014 season, and long before the idea of transferring to Oregon had even congealed in anyone's mind, I drove to watch him throw a football. It...

    Blog | February 11, 2015
  2. How Notre Dame’s 1946 Class Forever Altered the Recruiting ...

    Michael Weinreb

    When Jim Martin enrolled as a freshman at Notre Dame, he was a 22-year-old, 204-pound end with 17-inch calves and a "Death Before Dishonor" tattoo on his arm. He'd won a Bronze Star as a Marine for a scouting mission tha...

    Blog | February 04, 2015
  3. What’s Next for Oregon in the Post-Loss, Post–Marcus ...

    Michael Weinreb

    For a fleeting moment on Monday night, in the midst of a whirlwind opening touchdown drive that gave Oregon its only lead of the national championship game, I could see an alternate narrative unfolding around Mark Helfrich. I could envision a world i...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  4. The Game Within the Sugar Game: Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and the ...

    Michael Weinreb

    There is a well-circulated and almost certainly apocryphal tale about Urban Meyer and the Lord himself, and the story goes something like this: In the midst of the serious health scare that eventually caused him to quit his job as head coach at the U...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  5. Grantland: Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and the battle of college foot...

    Michael Weinreb

    There is a well-circulated and almost certainly apocryphal tale about Urban Meyer and the Lord himself, and the story goes something like this: In the midst of the serious health scare that eventually caused him to quit his job as head coach at the U...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  6. Michigan’s Man: Is Hiring Jim Harbaugh Actually a Dream Res...

    Michael Weinreb

    Here's what would concern me, if I were a Michigan fan: that Jim Harbaugh might be taking this job (if he is, indeed, taking this job, as myriad reports suggest) by default. That he still would prefer to coach in the NFL,...

    Blog | December 29, 2014
  7. Promise Keeper

    Michael Weinreb

    The old coach is watching football on television. Sometimes he goes to games in person, like the evening before, when he went to cheer on the nearby high school team that his son coaches. Sometimes he catches the games from his living room recliner,...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  8. Meet Hawaii’s Scott Harding, the Most Interesting Man in Co...

    Michael Weinreb

    The most fascinating laboratory experiment in college football this season has unfolded almost entirely out of view. Unless you are a hardcore gambler or a raging insomniac, you probably don't catch many Hawaii games on your viewing interfa...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  9. The Pirate and His Pupil

    Michael Weinreb

    There's a word that Mike Leach is trying to conjure from somewhere deep within the bedraggled utility closet of his mind, and this word is escaping him, just as the context of this particular digression has escaped pretty much everyone else...

    Blog | October 29, 2014
  10. The Quiet Genius

    Michael Weinreb

    Out on the dangling elbow of the Oregon coast, in a port town set against the Coos River, a teacher named Bruce Bryant sometimes points to a photograph affixed to a bulletin board in his classroom. "Hey," he'll ask his s...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  11. Grantland: The Quiet Genius

    Michael Weinreb

    Out on the dangling elbow of the Oregon coast, in a port town set against the Coos River, a teacher named Bruce Bryant sometimes points to a photograph affixed to a bulletin board in his classroom. "Hey," he'll ask his students. "Do you know who that...

    Blog | October 01, 2014
  12. Penn State's NCAA Sanctions Are Gone; Confounding Feelings R...

    Michael Weinreb

    Here's a snapshot of how inherently bizarre things have gotten at Penn State over the past few years: Last week, a blog operated by a local clothing and souvenir store purported to have exclusive information from someone in the NCAA regardi...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  13. The Ballad of Reggie Bush

    Michael Weinreb

    T he following is an excerpt from Season of Saturdays: A History of College Football in 14 Games by Michael Weinreb. Copyright © 2014 by Michael Weinreb. Reprinted with permission of Scribner, a Div...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  14. The Dickens of Detroit

    Michael Weinreb

    Few cities have as rich a cultural and sporting history as Detroit. From the '80s Pistons to Bob Seger, Eminem to Miguel Cabrera, the Motor City is a rich tapestry of compelling figures, unbelievable moments, and uniquely American ingenuity...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  15. Wide Right and So Wrong

    Michael Weinreb

    There's a moment that arises after the kick slips a couple of feet wide to the right, after the Ibis Formerly Known as Howard the Duck charges onto the field, after the camera captures the now-iconic image of a flummoxed Bobby Bowden, hands on h...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  16. Leaving the Little Guy Behind

    Michael Weinreb

    Here's a pleasurable thing to do: Cue up this video, run it through to about seven seconds, and then freeze the frame. At that point, you can see what's coming, and you can also witness the forces of nature driving things toward their in...

    Blog | August 22, 2013