Posts by Michael Weinreb
The Tao of Dabo: How to Appreciate Clemson’s Coach
Bring Your Own Guts isn’t just Dabo Swinney’s motivational tagline; it’s his way of life.
Let’s Get Messy: In Praise of Big Ten Football
The beauty of the Big Ten is that it has never given in to aesthetically beautiful football.
Bear Down: Can Seth Russell and Baylor Keep the Fireworks Popping?
Seth Russell is on pace for approximately a billion touchdowns. Baylor is undefeated and chasing a playoff spot. But are the Bears for real? Or poised for another collapse?
The Knights’ Tale: UCF’s Decline and the Shifting Sands of Florida Football
Florida’s four little football brothers were supposed to rise up. Instead, UCF, USF, FAU, and FIU are a combined 6-16, with George O’Leary’s Knights looking particularly woebegone.
So Long, Head Ball Coach: Steve Spurrier Steps Away From the Sport He Forever Changed
Steve Spurrier is a quintessential American stylist and provocateur, and without him, college football would be nowhere near as great as it is today.
What Is James Franklin Trying to Sell at Penn State?
Happy Valley is not so happy right now, as the Jerry Sandusky scandal still looms over the campus and the current football squad fails to find its footing.
The New Pacific Standard: Utah’s Ascent From the Inside
Until the last few weeks, Utah had not really displayed any of the things that define a major-conference football team. But that’s not true anymore. A few more wins, and maybe the Utes will prove that they’ve worked their way up the system from the inside.
Buckle Up for Another Season of Unapologetic Big 12 Bliss
Every top-tier Big 12 team is seeking a way to play even a passable brand of defense, because the first one that does might prove impossible to gloss over in the end.
Urban’s Real Legend: The Fascinating and Freely Presented Mind of Meyer
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is a championship winner and a gifted recruiter. He’s also the first emo college football coach, as much Woody Allen as he is Woody Hayes.
The Ole and the New: Hugh Freeze’s Mississippi, the SEC Power Struggle, and the Changing Face of Football
A few years ago, Hugh Freeze’s offense led Nick Saban to ask the rest of the football-watching world, ‘Is this what we want football to be?’ If Chad Kelly keeps slinging it like this, maybe so.