• Should the SEC keep scheduling FCS teams?

    Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany made some news last week when he announced the league’s football scheduling policy beginning in 2016. Delany said that the Big Ten schools would move to nine conference games–something currently done by the Pac-12 and Big 12–with one mandated opponent from another Power Five conference. Delany also announced that his […]

  • What SEC coaches said may not have been prudent, but it wasn’t wrong

    Steve Spurrier calls it “The Talking Season.” It begins with the various conference media days and lasts until the training camps mercifully start when there is some real news to report. People, mostly coaches, say stuff and other people, mostly media callers to talk shows, react to it. SEC coaches have certainly made their contributions […]

  • Athletes and domestic violence: What do we have a right to expect?

    Over the past three seasons Florida State’s football program is 39-3 with three ACC championships, 1 BCS national championship, and a berth in the first-ever college football playoffs. Pretty impressive. But at this week’s ACC Media Days in Pinehurst, N.C.,  Jimbo Fisher, the head coach of Seminoles, wasn’t asked about that much. Fisher, who has […]

  • Five myths about playoffs, conference expansion

    I guess until college football training camps start in August there are two subjects–playoff expansion and conference expansion–that are simply not going away. Based on the first couple of rounds of media days, there is no shortage of opinions on both subjects. So here, as a public service, are some myths about both: 1. The […]

  • Has the SEC lost its mojo?

    Aside from several good one-liners by Steve Spurrier and a couple of footwear fashion statements by coaches, there was not a whole lot of buzz during last week’s SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. I write that off to the absence of powerhouse team–or a perceived powerhouse team–trying to repeat as national champions–like Alabama in […]

  • UGA’s Mitchell now sharing his love of reading

    Hoover, Ala.–Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia’s senior wide receiver, is the perfect example of someone who took a weakness in his life and turned it into a strength. Growing up in Valdosta, Ga., Mitchell struggled to read even into his high school years. Reading frustrated him. But he also knew that he had to improve if he […]

  • Alabama did win the SEC, right?

    Hoover, Ala.–Let me see if I have this right. In 2014  Alabama went 12-1 during the regular season and won its 24th Southeastern Conference championship. The Crimson Tide’s only regular-season loss was at Ole Miss (23-17), a team that spent a lot of time in the Top 10 all season. Alabama was the No. 1 […]

  • We’re going to miss The HBC when he is gone

    Hoover, Ala.–Steve Spurrier made his 23rd appearance at SEC Media Days on Tuesday. “A lot of familiar faces out there after a lot of years coming to this event,” said Spurrier, as he looked out at several hundred media members in the grand ballroom of the Wynfrey Hotel. “I figured a bunch of you guys […]


RSS Tony’s articles for AJC Sports

  • First College Football Playoff a success; but what about next year? January 15, 2015
    By just about any measure, the first College Football Playoff was a success. Both the semifinals, which were viewed by 28 million, and the championship (33 million) set all-time records for a program on cable television. But before the before we close the book on the 2014 season and start looking ahead to Spring practice, […]
  • This time, Meyer will take a moment to smell the roses January 13, 2015
    Dallas–It was the morning after Ohio State’s 42-20 win over Oregon for the first national championship of the College Football Playoff. And as the media is wont to do in the age of Twitter, they tried to get Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to quickly turn the page to next year’s team, who’s turning pro, […]
  • Logic says take Oregon, but I like the Buckeyes January 11, 2015
    Dallas–Here are my top five story lines and a prediction for Monday night’s College Football Playoff title game between Ohio State (13-1) and Oregon (13-1): 1) The Ohio State defensive line: Oregon was averaging 49 points per game when the Ducks took on Auburn in the 2010 BCS championship. Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof was […]

RSS Recent posts from Mark Blaudschun, A Jersey Guy

  • NFL should have deflated Deflate Gate August 1, 2015
    The Week That Was: Enough of DeFlategate right? Well, not quite. One last observation about the nonsense which is ENTIRELY the fault of the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Here’s why. Everyone says this was, at worst, a minor violation. The NFL should have looked at the evidence in January. Taken some time…
  • Heisman race has no clear cut favorite July 31, 2015
    Winning the Heisman has become a TV award and a matter of teams contending for the national championship as much as it has been an individual award as to deciding the best player in college football. It is also a QB award for the most part. With that in mind, here’s our first guess at…
  • Ohio State is THE No. 1 team July 31, 2015
    The time table that Urban Meyer had set up for a national championship contender at Ohio State was 2015. But Meyer and the Buckeyes couldn’t wait. They won the title a year ago. So what’s the encore? Try a repeat in Glendale, Arizona in January. Year 2 of College Football Playoffs will have a similar…