College Football

S2, Ep. 8: Benjamin Allbright, Mile High Sports, Former NFL Scout

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Benjamin Allbright has worked as an NFLScout and specializes in analyzing the most important position on the gridiron: Quarterback. (more…)

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S2, Ep. 7: Kimberley Nash, The Lady Sportswriter (Returns)

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The Lady Sportswriter, Kimberley Nash, returns to the podcast to discuss Lavar Ball, his recent dustup with Fox Sports 1 (FS1) reporter Kristine Leahy on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, why I found the exchange to be so fascinating (from both sides), and much more. (Run Time: 34 minutes)  (more…)

Ep. 20: Michael Felder, College Football Video Analyst, Bleacher Report

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Michael Felder is proof that if you want to do something bad enough, all it takes is good, old-fashioned hard work. After his playing days as a walk-on for the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), “Mike” knew the regular 9-to-5 wasn’t for him. His passion for the game of football, particularly at the college level, is evident immediately when you talk to him. Hence why, after years of hard work, he’s now a college football video analyst for Bleacher Report. (more…)

Ep. 16: B. J. Schecter, Sports Illustrated

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Sports Illustrated put out its first issue in 1954. Since then, to grace its cover has been an achievement to strive for among athletes.  (more…)

Ep. 14: Donna Lopiano, President/CEO, Sports Management Resources

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It’s never been okay to downplay a woman’s athletic ability but somehow we continue to allow just that to happen. For too long, we’ve allowed ourselves to view women’s athletics as a novelty or, even worse, as us (mainly men) doing them a favor. I’ve played or followed sports for over 20 years and I have to admit, one thing that always remained fuzzy to me was the true definition of Title IX. I knew it had something to do with equality, but I wanted to know more about it.

That’s where today’s guest, Donna Lopiano, comes in. (more…)

Ep. 7: Sam Mora, Jr., Quarterback Developer/Coach

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In football, the most important position on and off the field is quarterback. The quarterback sets the tone for the team, and is the guy everyone on the team looks to as the example. Private quarterback development is a field that has taken off the last few years and one of the best in the business is Sam Mora, Jr. He has learned from some of the best coaches in football, and has since branched off to start his own company; working with dozens of the best High School and College players in the country. He’s helped train and develop players such as  Jameis Winston, Bryce Petty, Connor Cook, and Johnny Manziel, just to name a few.
But, most importantly, he’ll tell you he’s a developer of young men. Helping them to realize the key to reaching their goals and full potential is by applying systems and a regimen that emphasizes improvement beyond what’s scheduled. By doing this, he’s also helping to develop a more well-rounded individual through lessons from the sport they love. Something that I feel is just as important as anything a player accomplishes on the playing field.
Today’s podcast explores his role in the development of players at this pivotal position and how he mentors a players transition from High School to College to possibly the NFL (5:00). I ask him what he thinks the difficult part of the transition is from the players perspective (10:00), the economics of hiring a personal coach (17:00), why so many players have a hard time transitioning from college to the NFL (20:00), the perception of the black quarterback (27:00), player safety, and much more.
You can follow Sam Mora on Twitter (@SamMoraJr) and Instagram (@sammorajr or @sammorafootball). If you want to know more about what Sam does, check out his website www.sammorafootball.com.
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College Football: Bowl Season Superlatives And A Way-Too-Early Top-10 For 2016

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Iowa had no answers for Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey in the Rose Bowl. (Photo By: Nhat V. Meyer)

And then there was Alabama v. Clemson.

As I get back into the post-holiday swing of things I wanted to share a few notes/thoughts on the bowl season. (more…)

Fantasy Football 2015: Ranking The Top-6 Rookies To Target In Fantasy Football

T.J. Yeldon rushed for more than 3,000 yeards and 37 touchdowns during his time at the University of Alabama. The Jaguars are hoping he brings stability to a backfield that needs it. (Photo by John Raoux)

T.J. Yeldon rushed for more than 3,000 yeards and 37 touchdowns during his time at the University of Alabama. The Jaguars are hoping he brings stability to a backfield that needs it. (Photo by John Raoux)

Rookies.

They can be season saving revelations (Odell Beckham, Jr.) or send an entire positional unit into limbo (Bishop Sankey). I’m here to help you keep perspective while not talking yourself out of some of these players entirely.

A word of caution before I begin: very few are worth building your team around unless you’re playing in a Dynasty League. As long as you remember this, we’re going to be just fine.  (more…)

College Football 2015: Nick Saban Has A Point With NFL Draft Argument, Unfortunately Nick Saban Made It

When Nick Saban speaks, it's usually wise to listen.

When Nick Saban speaks, it’s usually wise to listen. This year’s SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama were no different. (USATSI)

SEC Media Days never disappoint.

There were plenty of great quotes to go around this year in Hoover, Alabama and most of it was covered quite nicely by one of my favorite sites, Saturday Down South (seriously check them out).

One quote from the week that caught my attention was from Alabama head football coach, Nick Saban. Saban commented on why he had such a difficult time preparing his players for their national semifinal game against eventual national champion Ohio State.  (more…)

2015 NFL Draft: The Picks And Classes I Didn’t Like

Arik Armstead was chosen 17th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL Draft

Arik Armstead was chosen 17th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL Draft

I’ve highlighted the best of the draft, now it’s time to take a look at the teams I thought didn’t get it right. Some of the usual suspects (Jets, Browns, Oakland) won’t be mentioned this time around because I thought they made some pretty good picks overall.

Who made the worst list? Let’s see… (more…)