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Sports of The Times: Chasing Big Sports Goals, Rutgers Stumbles Into a Vat of Red Ink

The Rutgers athletic program has lived high above its means in its pursuit of success in college athletics.

Tom Herman begins job of returning Texas to a contender

Three days into Texas’ spring football practice schedule and Tom Herman is looking for his players to push themselves physically and mentally – to the point of exhaustion. Forget the Xs and Os; Herman wants his players to learn how to practice better. “The biggest goal is to teach them the practice...

Former Michigan State recruit Donovan Winter arraigned, next hearing set

Former Orlando Bishop Moore football player Donovan Winter, who was supposed to sign Feb. 1 to play at Michigan State, was arraigned Tuesday in connection with an incident two days before National Signing Day. Winter, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end, was arrested Jan. 30 and subsequently charged...

USF QB Quinton Flowers gains much from friendship with Teddy Bridgewater

Quinton Flowers didn’t know much about Charlie Strong, but the USF quarterback knew someone who might be able to provide some insight into his new coach. “When I first heard we got Coach Strong, the first thing in my mind was to call Teddy Bridgewater and get some information from him,” the senior-to-be...

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott receives contract extension

Larry Scott will remain as commissioner of the Pac-12 for quite some time after league officials extended his contract through June 2022. The conference’s board of directors made the move, citing a number of achievements the league has seen since Scott’s hiring in 2009. “During Larry’s tenure,...

Sun Belt QB position ranked from best to worst

Three of the top programs in the Sun Belt return quarterbacks in 2017. Here is a look at the quarterback position battles in the league: Appalachian State: Taylor Lamb has been one of the most durable quarterback in the Sun Belt with the senior-to-be having started 36 straight games heading into...

Why the Unraveling of Baylor’s ‘Golden Era’ Isn’t Over Yet

More than a dozen women say they were sexually assaulted as the university made football its top priority. They, furious alumni and the authorities are seeking answers.

AAC's biggest spring storylines

The members of the American Athletic Conference have always put together a strong showcase of talent with programs like Houston, Temple, Memphis and USF. As spring practice kicks into gear, many of the league’s top teams face change at the top and new challenges heading into 2017: Top teams feature...

Boston College's Harold Landry still has something to prove

Harold Landry has something to prove. The Boston College defensive end was an All-American last season after leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in sacks (16.5) while finishing second in the league in tackles for loss (22.0). And while those numbers were good enough to draw attention from NFL...

SEC QB position ranked from best to worst

After a season of uncertainty at quarterback for many of the teams in the Southeastern Conference, the 2017 season features promise and stability at the position with all but two programs feature returning starters. Here is a look at each team ranked from best to worst at the position. Alabama:...

USF kicks off spring practice with fast expectations

Initially, Quinton Flowers wasn’t sure about the new offensive system being put in place at USF under new coach Charlie Strong. Flowers, the reigning American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, was coming off a career-best season. The 6-foot, 210-pound quarterback accounted for a...

In Letter, Art Briles Denies Covering Up Sexual Violence at Baylor

Briles, the former Baylor football coach, released a one-page letter defending himself against allegations that he had ignored assaults.

Pac-12 QB positions ranked from best to worst

Ten of the 12 teams in the Pac-12 head into spring football practice with a returning starting quarterback from last season. Washington and USC lead the way with stellar players in Jake Browning and Sam Darnold. Here is a look at each program ranked from best to worst:  Washington: Jake Browning...

Ranking the QB position in the Mountain West Conference

Eleven of the 12 programs in the Mountain West Conference return starting quarterbacks from last season including Boise State and San Diego State. Here is a look at each of those positions and where their ranked: Boise State: Brett Rypien, who earned first-team all-MWC honors after leading the...

SEC Media Days to kick off on July 10-13

The Southeastern Conference will kick off its football media days beginning on Monday, July 10 and running through Thursday, July 13 in Hoover, Ala. The four-day event is the unofficial kickoff to the college football season.  Here is a look at the official schedule for the week which will be televised...

Ranking the QB position in MAC

Eight of the 12 programs in the Mid-American Conference feature returning quarterbacks let by Toledo and Miami.  Here is a quick ranking of the position heading into spring: 1. Toledo: Logan Woodside rewrote the record books last season for the Rockets after completing close to 70 percent of his...

Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested and booked early Saturday morning into an Arkansas jail with the Sooners star being charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.  According to the arrest report out of Washington County, Mayfield was picked up for public...

Ole Miss self-imposes bowl ban for 2017 amid new NCAA allegations

Ole Miss will self-impose a one-year postseason bowl ban for 2017 after the school received a notice of allegations from the NCAA amid reports of misconduct by the football program.  The new accusations — eight in all — bring the total of allegations against the Rebels football program to 21. An...

Ranking the toughest nonconference schedules in the AAC

The American Athletic Conference finished sixth among the 10 conferences in nonconference winning percentage – just outside of the Power 5 leagues – and ahead of the rest of the Group of 5. If the AAC looks to repeat the feat, it will need another strong season in 2017. Here is a ranking of the...

Ranking the QB position in Conference USA

Nine of the 12 teams in Conference USA feature return starting quarterbacks in 2017 led by Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State.  1. Western Kentucky: Former USF transfer Mike White put together a career season with the Hilltoppers last season, passing for more than 4,300 yards with 37 touchdowns...

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