• Coaches coming face-to-face with New World Order

    Destin, Fla.–Every year the Southeastern Conference holds its annual Spring Meetings at this Florida resort and every year there are “topics” that are hotly debated. Here are just three that dominated the conversation on Tuesday: **–Satellite camps: The SEC does not allow its coaches to participate in summer camps that are more than 50 miles […]

  • Georgia in the East; Alabama in the West; let the arguments begin

    Okay. So we’ve come to the final stop on our Mr.CFB SEC Spring football tour and we are ready to project the order of finish for this Fall in the SEC’s two divisions. Before we begin, a couple of  reminders: **–This is how I see the order of finish if the season started TODAY. A […]

  • Vandy’s Mason: “I own every bit of being 3-9″

    Nashville–Vanderbilt was coming off an open date when it visited Mississippi State on Nov. 22, 2014, The Commodores didn’t just get beat–they were humiliated 51-0 by the nation’s No. 4 team. And no one was humiliated more than Derek Mason, the first-year head coach. At that moment Mason had to admit something that no coach […]

  • Can “The Chief” make an immediate impact on Aggies’ defense?

    When Texas A&M left the Big 12 to join the SEC three years ago, I asked coach Kevin Sumlin where his program was going to have to get better if it wanted to compete for the conference championship. He didn’t hesitate. “Defense,” said Sumlin. “The SEC has big, extremely fast players on defense, particularly on […]

  • Is third season the charm for Joshua Dobbs and Tennessee?

    Knoxville, Tenn.–Joshua Dobbs loves to compete, even with his own mother. Dobbs, from Alpharetta, Ga. (about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta), grew up in a household that was very serious about a lot of things, especially academics. His mother, Stephanie, missed only one day of school in 12 years (she had a fever in the […]

  • Spurrier will quit coaching “when I get old. But I’m not old yet.”

    Columbia, S.C.–I’ve known Stephen Orr Spurrier since 1980 when he was the offensive coordinator at Duke. I’ve played golf with him (there are no gimme putts). I’ve jogged the Florida campus with him (he ran me into the ground). I’ve called him when I needed a good off-season column. He’s called me when he wanted […]

  • Is it time we gave Missouri a little more love?

    From time to time I appear on Paul Finebaum’s show on the SEC Network. And for while now Paul and I have had an understanding: During the course of our discussion, one of us has to say something nice about Missouri football. Because if we don’t somebody, somewhere, is going to play the “Missouri doesn’t […]

  • Prescott: “I didn’t come to Mississippi State to have one big year”

    Starkville, Miss.–At first, said quarterback Dak Prescott, his Mississippi State teammates found it kind of annoying. Now it is starting to tick them off. “It” is the notion that after Mississippi State’s historic season of 2014, the Bulldogs are likely–maybe even destined–to drop out out of the national spotlight in 2015. Now a lot of […]


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

  • UMass needs Naval support May 27, 2015
    It took 120 years for Navy to become affiliated with a conference in football. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, it might take 120 days for Naval Academy officials to decide life as an independent is better than life in the 12 team American Athletic Conference which will begin play as a two-division, championship game conference…
  • Brady bunch is shrinking May 23, 2015
    The Week That Was: Remember when the Patriots were a united front, even if it was often an “us vs. the world” mind set? Not so much anymore. And the amazing part is that the Patriots appear to have started to put some distance between one of their own–QB Tom Brady. Brady is still arguably…
  • UMass ready for next step May 21, 2015
    There will be moments in the next several weeks and months when new University of Massachusetts athletic director Ryan Bamford will feel like the Greek mythological character Sisyphus, whose fate was to perpetually push a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down the hill past him. Bamford was hired to…