Crowder-less UF moves on
When a team loses a starter like Channing Crowder to the NFL Draft, there would normally be a learning curve or struggle in the following year to make up for the production at that spot.
"You learn that the impossible is possible," says Bev Kearney
University of Texas women's head coach Beverly Kearney may have won a lot through her coaching career but it was off the track that the former sprinter won her most important battle. Bob Ramsak tells the fascinating story of the woman who survived a tragic car crash just over two and half years ago.
Memphis teammates interest Wildcats
LAS VEGAS - If you cross-reference the list of schools that have a chance at getting Team Memphis teammates Willie Kemp and Thaddeus Young you would come up with six.
Trippi's payday was mere peanuts
Charley Trippi was the first rich professional football player. Relatively speaking. Trippi, a 1968 Hall of Fame enshrinee, made national headlines in 1946 when he signed — gasp! — a $100,000, 4-year contract with the Chicago Cardinals. Part of the deal was a fat $17,500 signing bonus.
Slimmer Pollack ready to go
Georgia fans who marveled at David Pollack during his four-year career with the Bulldogs might do a double-take if they saw him walking down the street.
Smith: Dooley's words still hold true
Coaches say things, outsiders and cynics smirk and laugh. Players remember. Each year with every team, football teachers are serving up slogans, authoring homilies and issuing dictums that are designed to mentally prepare players for a game or a season. "Big TEAM, little ME," was an Erk Russell creation that the Bulldogs identified with in 1980. Mark Richt taught his players to "Finish the Drill" in 2002, breaking a championship drought at Georgia.
Chaney ready for a second chance
When Mississippi State's football team reports for preseason practice next Wednesday, former Georgia signee Jamar Chaney is expected to be among the freshman arrivals.
Mass signings for the Falcons
On the eve of the Atlanta Falcons' first training camp session today, the team announced that they have come to terms with five of their picks in this past April's NFL Draft. General Manager Rich McKay indicated Atlanta will sign defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, linebacker Jordan Beck, offensive tackle Frank Omilaye, running back DeAndra Cobb and defensive tackle Darrell Shropshire shortly before the team's first practice today.
'Dores pick up football pledge
Linebacker Nathan Campbell of Hazen (Ark.) High verbally committed to Vanderbilt this week, pushing VU's number of pledges for the signing class of 2006 to six.
Fulmer returns to SEC 'legal circus
Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will travel to Alabama for this week's Southeastern Conference media days with no worries, a year after not attending in person because of what he called a "legal circus."
Ensminger's son to play for Auburn
AUBURN - Quarterback Steven Ensminger is going west to finish his high school football career, but he plans to return home to play in college.
Tigers get LB to commit
LSU received an early commitment in football from Shomari Clemons of West Monroe.