UMass coach Mark Whipple ready for next challenge
Whipple is in charge of turning the Minutemen, 2-22 the past two seasons, around again.
CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER
A sport long associated with pageantry and passion will add another “P”: playoff. For years, the power brokers of major college football treated the idea of a playoff as if it were an infectious disease, but they have finally recognized it’s the cure for a championship process that was frustrating, mystifying, and often unsatisfying.
Michael Vega predicts the top contenders, sleepers, and potential surprises in the race for this season’s four playoff spots.
The four-team college football playoff is the latest broadcast-rights bauble in ESPN’s stunning collection. The network reached a 12-year, $5.6 billion deal— roughly a rights fee of $470 million a year — in November 2012 for exclusive rights to broadcast the two semifinal games as well as the championship game. That deal begins this year and runs through 2025.
Norman Hayes II, a hard-hitting cornerback, always has his late sister Olivia on his mind, on the field and off.
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The 5-foot-11-inch, 203-pound DeAndrade emerged as a ball hawk, and dogged defender for UNH.
A glance at the names likely to make headlines in 2014.
Get out the calendar and circle the dates for these fall classics.