• Can Ludwig rebuild Vandy’s struggling offense?

    Nashville—Andy Ludwig knows that a good offense looks like. In 2013 he was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, where the Badgers set a school record for yards gained (480.8 ppg). In 2014 Wisconsin posted the third-best offensive season in school history with 468.9 yards per game. In the process Mevlin Gordon became a Heisman Trophy […]

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  • Texas A&M’s No. 1 goal for 2015: Get physical

      In Texas A&M’s three years of membership, head coach Kevin Sumlin has learned a lot about life in the SEC. Lesson No. 1: Despite the emergence of up-tempo offenses (including his) that spread the field, speed up the game and (hopefully) score a lot of points, the SEC is not a finesse league. Far […]

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  • Is Tennessee ready for prime time, or are Vols still a year away?

    Knoxville, Tenn.—On Aug. 15 the University of Tennessee football team had a very good morning workout at the Haslam practice fields. The night time drills would be held under the lights at Neyland Stadium. The public was invited and head coach Butch Jones hoped for a good crowd. Over 40,000 fans showed up. That, ladies […]

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  • “South Carolina Pharoh” may be SEC’s most versatile player

    Columbia, S.C.—As a high school player in Havelock, N.C., Pharoh Cooper proved that he could do special things with the ball in his hands. As a quarterback, running back, receiver, kick returner and defensive back, Cooper led Havelock to a pair of state championships and a 31-1 record in his final two seasons. As a […]

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  • Wins only number that matters for Mizzou’s Mauk

    You can throw all the stats you want at Maty Mauk, but the Missouri quarterback is not going to flinch. You can point to a difficult stretch of games last fall—South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida—where nothing seemed to work for Mauk. In those SEC games he completed only 27 of 73 passes (36.9 percent) with […]

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  • Diaz returns to Mississippi State to do it his way

      Starkville, Miss.—It was a journey Manny Diaz thought he would never have to make when he left Mississippi State at the end of the 2010 season. At the time he was 37 years old and one of the hottest young defensive coordinators in the business. In his one and only season in Starkville, the […]

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  • Can talented juniors lead Ole Miss to an SEC West title?

      Oxford, Miss.—In February of 2013 Ole Miss signed a recruiting class that, on paper, was the best in school history. There were 11 high school All-Americans in that group including the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit (DT Robert Nkemdiche), the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle (Laremy Tunsil), the nation’s No. 1 receiver (Laquon Treadwell), […]

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  • Unless LSU gets the quarterback fixed, nothing else will matter

      In college football there are two kinds of trends: Anecdotal and Undeniable. Anecdotal trends are based on a few, isolated events. Let’s say a quarterback throws two consecutive interceptions in a game and he is labeled as a guy who can’t read defenses. That may ultimately prove to be true over the course of […]

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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

  • UConn needs to get its swagger back February 12, 2016
    Sometime in the next few days, UConn President Susan Herbst will get a list of potential new athletic directors from the Parker Executive Search firm. The list will be filled with qualified people, most likely including athletic director from Mid-American schools such as Bowling Green’s Chris Kingston or Eastern Michigan’s Heather Lyke or Kent State’s…
  • ACC needs an image boost February 10, 2016
    The Atlantic Coast Conference nearly produced a national champion in football in Clemson. It is loaded with elite teams in basketball and has the defending national champion in Duke. Conference schools are making more money now than they ever have and there is no serious threat of poaching from another conference at this time. The…
  • A cold winter for CB in New England February 10, 2016
    College basketball has never been a winter passion in New England. Oh, there have been moments over the years when the sport gained traction beyond its core base of support. But for the most part, the New England passion in winter sports has been hockey and the count down to when the Red Sox pitchers…