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posted May 17, 2006 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message
ABC To Air College Football on Saturday Nights

ABC, which will be without Monday Night Football next season for the first time in 36 years, will go with Saturday-night football instead. The network said Tuesday that it plans to air 12 college football games at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays beginning September 2 when it airs a game between the University of Texas, the national champions, and Ohio State. Brent Musburger will handle the play-by-play, with former Notre Dame coach Bob Davis acting as color analyst.

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Big Ten Signs Big Contracts


The Big Ten college conference signed two major TV contracts Wednesday. In one, it renewed its deal with Disney's ABC and ESPN for another 10 years. In another, it signed on with News Corp's Fox Networks Group to create a Big Ten cable channel that is due to debut in the fall of next year. The channel will reportedly carry 35 football games, 105 men's basketball games, 55 women's basketball games, and 170 Olympic events.

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Easy bein' green

By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
August 6, 2006




SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Not that the losses were ever all that fun for Notre Dame fans, but the irrelevancy seemed to hurt most. For a decade, the Irish didn’t even talk a good game, the once proud program emasculated by coaches who either wanted extreme humility (Ty Willingham) or used excessive excuses (Bob Davie).

Either way Notre Dame stopped being Notre Dame – the delightfully polarizing team that for nearly a century had stirred the greatest of passions among fans and foes alike.

Gone were the days of Notre Dame not just being preseason national championship contenders but also boldly embracing such expectations.

And then coach Charlie Weis strolled into his media day press conference Sunday, on the eve of a season in which Notre Dame is in everyone’s top five (if not top one), boasts a Heisman favorite, has the nation’s top recruit lined up and, just like old times, isn’t apologizing for any of it.

“National championship,” said quarterback Brady Quinn, the school’s Heisman Trophy candidate. “That’s the only thing we are thinking about.”

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Notre Dame is bold and back in every conceivable way, not just as a team capable of winning it all but also as a program that has shed its woe-is-me skin and is full of the swagger missing since Lou Holtz was stomping the South Bend sidelines.

And college football is better for it. College football always is better when Notre Dame is Notre Dame.

This rebirth is the work of Weis, the second-year coach who overnight didn’t just turn the Notre Dame offense into a potent, powerful force but who also restored the appropriate arrogance that makes people either love, hate, love to hate or hate to love the Irish.

“I think that good or bad, we are judged … like we almost have an attitude, like we are holier than thou, which we certainly are not,” said Weis, who returns 16 starters from a team that went 9-3 last season.

“I try to use the analogy,” he continued. “Growing up a Yankee fan, I always found no matter where you went, people had an opinion on the Yankees. They either liked them or disliked them. I think that's very similar to what we have to deal with.

“We just try to do things right. I would like to think that people would respect us for the way we run the program.

"[But] whether you like us or not is really not that relevant.”

The people who love the Irish – they annually rank as the nation’s most popular team – eat up this stuff. The people that despise the Irish – they annually rank as the nation’s most hated team – just throw up.

But that’s the beauty of Notre Dame, which through decades of wins and hype and, depending on your perspective, accurate media portrayals or insufferably syrupy coverage (Hollywood included), is a program like no other.

At least until Holtz left in 1996, and it went through eight seasons of .577 play and, worse, a defeatist attitude that drove the fan base nuts.

Davie spent five seasons telling everyone that the entrance requirements were too stringent, the schedule too tough and the expectations too grand. Willingham spent three more projecting the most humble of humility.

Not only did Notre Dame stop playing like Notre Dame, it stopped acting like Notre Dame. Even beating the Irish ceased being all that enjoyable.

But Weis has changed everything. Not just the offense, which immediately set a school scoring record. Not just the aggressive recruiting – he scored a commitment from quarterback Jimmy Clausen, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2008. And not just expectations – No. 3 in the preseason coaches’ poll.

But the attitude.

“There has been a lot of hype around the season,” Quinn said matter-of-factly. “We’re trying to turn this hype into fact.”

Weis is just as confident as you’d expect a four-time Super Bowl winning protégé of Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells would be if he stepped down to college football where the coaching competition is, well, not always elite.

Weis is a better coach than most and, quite possibly, as good as the college game has. Time will tell, but at the very least, he enters every game projecting a confidence from the sideline that wasn’t seen around here for a decade.

“I really haven’t done much yet,” Weis said. “Hopefully in 10, 15 years this phase of my career will be deemed a success.”

Understand that Weis didn’t sit there on Sunday declaring that Notre Dame was a lock to go unbeaten. He didn’t claim his was the only program where kids actually take real classes. He didn’t rip on anybody.

To the contrary. He was respectful, self-deprecating and mostly just honest. He mainly talked about how he was going to demand more and punish overconfidence and how he solely was focused on beating Georgia Tech in the season opener.

“Ask Auburn about that one,” Weis said in reference to Tech’s upset of the Tigers in last year’s season opener.

But Weis wears his confidence on his sleeve, and his belief that something special is developing here is obvious. He is a straight shooter, a football coach’s football coach. He talks just like Parcells, in short, common-sense sentences in which he doesn’t overhype or underplay anything.

He isn’t afraid to tell you who’s good and who isn’t. He thinks his team is good.

This plays to the delight of Notre Dame fans who had begun to wonder if this ever was possible again. And it continues to play to the horror of Notre Dame haters who see a program with too many advantages (an NBC deal, favorable BCS position, no conference) and too much gumption.

But isn’t that the fun part? Isn’t that what Notre Dame is for, so that win or lose whatever it does this year matters?

“I don’t care what anybody else thinks,” Weis said. “I care about Notre Dame.”

And once again, so do you.


Dan Wetzel is Yahoo! Sports' national columnist.


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WAtch out for LSU! Isay they win it all this year.

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Knee injury ends LB D'Andrea's career

By RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
August 31, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The once-promising college career of Ohio State linebacker Mike D'Andrea has ended because of ongoing knee problems.

Coach Jim Tressel confirmed Thursday that D'Andrea would no longer try to play for the Buckeyes. D'Andrea, scheduled to graduate with a degree in consumer affairs in March, was not available for comment.

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D'Andrea -- not future two-time All-American A.J. Hawk, who was recruited at the same time -- was considered the prize when he signed with the Buckeyes in 2002.

"He was big, strong, fast and explosive," Tressel said.

At 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds, D'Andrea also had a mean streak that seemed to mark him as the next in a line of great Ohio State linebackers that includes Chris Spielman, Marcus Marek, Pepper Johnson, Randy Gradishar, Rick Middleton, Bob Brudzinski, Andy Katzenmoyer, Bobby Carpenter and Hawk.

D'Andrea was selected by numerous publications as the nation's best linebacker while totaling 140 tackles as a senior at Avon Lake High School outside Cleveland.

He worked his way up to second team behind Matt Wilhelm on Ohio State's 2002 national championship team, playing in 13 games, totaling seven tackles.

"He was everything we'd hoped he'd be," Tressel said. "A very instinctive football player. And that's why you feel so bad."

D'Andrea's next season, he rotated in and out of the lineup before separating a shoulder against Michigan State that kept him out of the final three games. He had 24 tackles.

D'Andrea hurt his right knee Sept. 24, 2004, in practice during the Buckeyes' bye week. He was never the same, playing in just seven games the past two years.

This season, he was penciled in as a backup, though most felt that anything he was able to contribute would be a bonus. The Buckeyes play Saturday against Northern Illinois with two sophomores and a fifth-year senior who hardly played last season starting at linebacker.

D'Andrea will undergo knee surgery within the next two weeks for "a better quality of life," Tressel said.

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Musburger Reveals USC Signal; Apologizes


ESPN, which also oversees sports coverage on ABC, has apologized to the University of Southern California after receiving a formal complaint that during Saturday's telecast announcer Brent Musburger gave away a signal used by SC quarterback John David Booty to alert receivers that he had spotted a certain kind of coverage. Apparently not taking into consideration the fact that rival teams might also be watching, Musburger said during the USC-Nebraska telecast, "John David told us that his signal when he finds one-on-one and they're coming, it's that 'hang loose' [sign]." News reports said that Musburger had learned about the signal during a briefing with coaches and players last Friday. USC sports information director Tim Tessalone immediately fired off a complaint to ESPN/ABC game producer Bill Bonnell calling Musberger's disclosure "unconscionable." ESPN responded that it was "sorry this led to an unfortunate misunderstanding." Musburger said the network "regretted the confusion."

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posted November 08, 2006 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH FALL INTERN   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH FALL INTERN     Edit/Delete Message
JON FRIEDMAN'S MEDIA WEB
SI.com hopes prestige can top pizzazz
Commentary: Sports Illustrated's site faces many obstacles
By Jon Friedman, MarketWatch
Last Update: 12:01 AM ET Nov 8, 2006

(This is the final article of a series about sports Web sites.)
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Sports Illustrated.com's executives are counting on the prestige of their 52-year-old magazine to trump the pizzazz of chief rival, ESPN.com.
SI.com, a division of Time Inc. (TWXTWX
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And although Sports Illustrated may consistently be the best written magazine around, its Web site faces a host of obstacles that have nothing to do with producing great journalism. SI.com faces a triple-whammy: a limited portal hook-up (it has relationships with Yahoo and AOL); no television affiliation and a late-to-the-party fantasy sports connection.
SI has about 7 million unique visitors each month, an increase of 10% from a year earlier. Maybe this is, as SI President Mark Ford claimed, "the best time in SI history" because it can "leverage brand equity and build another brand under the SI umbrella."
Still, ESPN.com posted 20.4 million unique visitors in September.
SI officials contest the view that their company has a reputation for appealing to older fans, not the young ones that Madison Avenue craves. But reputations die hard in the media business. SI offers a Fantasy-plus section on the Web - believing it can provide the best information available to participants -- but it probably came too late to have a monumental impact on this popular genre.
The Web has its own standards and on the Internet, SI's biggest strengths can almost look like weaknesses. For example, the memorable profiles by Gary Smith, who has few peers among magazine journalists, don't translate easily into a medium where the fans mostly want to know whether their favorite teams won and how their fantasy-league players performed. Even the backbone of the magazine for five decades - its unmatched photography - can get lost on a Web page.
SI's mantra is that it's all about serving the fan. SI, which has 20 million readers a week, created a Web site of original content. SI.com says it publishes 150 original stories per week.
It also has mySI.com, which allows readers to get all of their information from across the media - not just from SI - about their favorite NFL teams. Soon, data about NBA teams will also be available.
McDonell speaks
Not that Terry McDonell, the combative, tough-talking editor of the Sports Illustrated Group, is willing to concede an inch to ESPN.
"They're a TV network," McDonell said dismissively. "We're playing in a completely different league. We've always been about more than the score. We're more nuanced than other Web sites."
Paul Fichtenbaum, who runs SI.com, says of ESPN.com: "They do more cross-promotions than anything else."
One of ESPN.com's selling points is its brash, opinionated columnist Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy. SI.com doesn't have anyone who has such a talent for self-promotion or outrageousness.
But Simmons has also been known to make ridiculous proclamations. Last week his column shrieked: "Why would you ever bet on Peyton Manning or against Tom Brady in a big game?" As it turned out, Manning's Indianpolis Colts handily defeated Brady's New England Patriots, 27-20, on Sunday night; the victory boosted Indy's record to 8-0, but I guess that doesn't count as a "big game".
Fichtenbaum notes that everything written for SI.com is free, while ESPN.com readers must pay for inside information.
While SI sticks to its dictum of serving the fan, it had more than altruism in mind. It found that subscription models didn't generate the kinds of big numbers that would have justified charging a fee to its readers.
But even if SI's long-form journalism gets lost in translation on the Internet, the magazine's greatest franchise remains a sensation.
Last February, the swimsuit issue on SI.com boasted 8.8 million unique visitors, representing a 20% jump from the previous year, and more than 324,000 page views, a nearly 30% increase from February 2005.
Sports Illustrated points out that by developing multimedia marketing programs for advertisers and devising ancillary digital products, the swimsuit franchise keeps getting bigger. Of the 24% revenue growth the SI swimsuit franchise has had since 2003, 96% of it comes from SI.com and SI Digital sales. These include iTunes Video, calendars, mobile wallpapers, and custom posters.
Verducci's moment
SI writer Tom Verducci also shows why the magazine's Web site is relevant. When Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle's plane crashed into Manhattan building last month, Verducci put his skills to work.
"It was very strange for me," Verducci said in an interview. "I was in Oakland covering a baseball game, and I wind up covering a plane crash in New York."
Verducci was driving to the playoff game in Oakland when a CNN editor - SI and CNN are both units of Time Warner - called to tell him that a Yankee player might have been involved.
"I called a bunch of people in the Yankee office, and (Yankee manager) Joe Torre," Verducci said. "Lidle was the one and only name that came to mind because I knew he had a pilot's license. I called Torre and he had information that it was probably Lidle's plane. I then confirmed it with the Yankee front office." Soon he was telling CNN's audience the news.
"As a journalist, it reminds you why you get into this business - to be on call 24/7," Verducci said. The Lidle tragedy is a good example of the strength of SI.com. "I had missed dropping in on a big event and being able to write on deadline. SI.com allows me to be on top of the news when it breaks. I immediately wrote a column about what kind of person Lidle was for the SI Web site"
Verducci's work shows off SI's strengths in journalism. But its prestige may not be enough to topple ESPN.com.

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'Really, really shocking'
Miami lineman Pata shot to death outside apartment


MIAMI (AP) -- Police searched for clues Wednesday in the killing of University of Miami lineman Bryan Pata, the shooting marking the team's fourth death in the last decade.

Pata, a popular figure on campus, practiced Tuesday afternoon and was shot Tuesday night at his apartment complex. It was the latest shock to a Hurricanes team touched by tragedy and turmoil, including a separate gun case this season and a wild on-field brawl last month.

The 22-year-old senior who grew up in Miami was pronounced dead in the parking lot outside his apartment. His death was ruled a homicide, Miami-Dade police spokesman Roy Rutland said.

Pata's mother, Ronette Pata, stood outside his apartment Tuesday night wearing a replica of her son's jersey.

"My son had a problem with nobody," a tearful Pata told WTVJ-TV in Miami. "He's gone. He's gone."

Word of Pata's death spread quickly around campus, and grief counselors were summoned for his teammates. Another team meeting to discuss a memorial was scheduled for Wednesday, and no decision had been made about the status of Saturday afternoon's game against No. 23 Maryland.

"We're trying to get through a hard time right now and it's going to take time," Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman told The Associated Press after a team meeting at the university's athletic complex. "And that's what being a close football family is all about. We're going to help each other with this."

School officials said coach Larry Coker was "numb" over the news. The athletic department released a statement urging anyone with information about Pata's death to call police.

"Bryan was a fine person and a great competitor. He will be forever missed by his coaches and teammates. We offer our thoughts and prayers to his family," the university said in a statement.

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford was working with Miami officials to gather information, conference spokeswoman Amy Yakola said.

Rutland said police were called at 7:30 p.m. to the scene and found Pata's body. He lived about 4 miles from campus. No motive was released, and Miami-Dade police did not say who made the 911 call after the shooting.

"Right now, we're just gathering ourselves and just trying to pull ourselves together," athletic director Paul Dee told the AP.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman was in his fourth year with the Hurricanes and was expected to be selected in next spring's NFL draft. He appeared in 41 games, making 23 starts. Pata played primarily defensive tackle this season, totaling 13 tackles and two sacks.

"Pata was a guidance counselor, in a way, of our football team," Freeman said. "He wasn't the captain of the team, yet people would look to Pata for direction on the way things are going. He was definitely a great leader."

Pata was fierce on the field but somewhat soft-spoken off it.

"Everyone is just more surprised than anything else," said Annette Ponnock, Miami's student body president. "He's such a personality on campus. It was just really, really shocking to have such a loss. ... He was a big guy so it was kind of hard to miss him. He just had a presence about him."

This was at least the fourth time that tragedy involving a player has struck the Hurricanes in recent years.

In April 1996, reserve linebacker and Miami native Marlin Barnes was murdered in a campus apartment. And in 2003, former Miami safety Al Blades was killed in a car accident, about a year after former Miami linebacker Chris Campbell -- who had just completed his eligibility with the Hurricanes -- also died in a crash.

In July, reserve safety Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks when confronted in his yard before morning workout. Cooper was not seriously injured. Brandon Meriweather, one of Cooper's teammates and roommates, returned fire at Cooper's assailant, taking three shots that apparently missed, police said.

Several Miami players, including Pata, said that was a robbery attempt and cautioned teammates to be aware of their surroundings.

"We're targets because we play for the University of Miami. ... These guys, they know who we are," Miami linebacker Jon Beason said shortly after the Cooper shooting.

That prompted Coker to say that he did not want his players to have guns, even if they possessed them legally.

Last month, Miami brawled on the field with Florida International, a melee where fists, feet and helmets became weapons. In all, 31 players were punished, including 13 Hurricanes.

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Marshall plane evacuated after engine smokes

November 10, 2006

CEREDO, W.Va. (AP) -- A plane carrying the Marshall football team to Saturday's game at East Carolina was evacuated Friday after smoke was reported in an engine, emergency officials said.

About 200 people, including players, coaches and media, were on board the plane as it was preparing to take off from Tri-State Airport at 11 a.m. No injuries were reported.


The incident came just four days before the 36th anniversary of the Marshall plane crash that killed 75 people, including most of the football team, on their way home from a game at East Carolina.

"It's just a mechanical problem. It was a minor thing," said Marshall sports information director Randy Burnside. "They should have this fixed. Everybody's fine."

Passengers calmly left the plane and walked into the terminal. The plane's departure was delayed for more than an hour.

Among the passengers was Keith Morehouse, sports director of WSAZ-TV in Huntington. Morehouse was 9 when he lost his father, Marshall Sports Information Director Gene Morehouse, in the 1970 crash. Keith Morehouse's wife, Debbie, lost both of her parents in the crash.

"I don't think it's as big a deal as some people are trying to make," Morehouse said.

An airport official did not immediately return a telephone message Friday.

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Coach's son gets big payoff to leave Florida State

By BRENT KALLESTAD, Associated Press Writer
November 15, 2006

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden received a $537,000 buyout from the school's boosters to resign.

The settlement was revealed Wednesday when the school released a copy of the agreement Bowden's attorneys reached with the university and its boosters. The resignation takes effect Nov. 26, a day after the season finale against Florida.

Bowden -- youngest son of head coach Bobby Bowden -- retains his present $141,000 salary until his contract expires next August. He then will receive annual payments of $107,500 until August 2012.

The agreement, dated Nov. 14, was signed by Jeff Bowden, whose legal first name is George, and Andy Miller, president of Seminole Boosters, Inc.

Jeff Bowden had been under fire for the past several years as Florida State's offense declined and his dad defended his performance.

But with Bobby Bowden's contract expiring in January of 2008, it was uncertain how the university was willing to negotiate an extension while Jeff Bowden remained on staff.

"It's just amazing," Bobby Bowden said Wednesday. "When things go wrong the first thing they blame is the offensive coordinator. That's kind of the game we Americans play."


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and it was right before the "game of the year" - not in my mind. The Apple Cup is the only game this weekend!
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Schembechler collapses, dies at 77ESPN.com news services

DETROIT -- Former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler has died, television station WXYZ is reporting.

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He was 77.

Schembechler collapsed Friday during the taping of a television show and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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Huge Audience For "Undefeateds" Contest


Saturday afternoon's Michigan-vs-Ohio State football matchup (won by the Buckeyes 42-39) scored the biggest rating for a regular-season NCAA game in 13 years, ABC said Sunday. According to overnight figures, the game between the previously undefeated teams averaged 21.8 million viewers, slightly fewer than the 22 million who tuned into the Florida State-Notre Dame game on November 13, 1993. Final figures for Saturday's game could raise the number above the 1993 total. By contrast, ABC's primetime college football contest Saturday evening featuring USC vs. California (won by USC 23-9) attracted 7.91 million viewers. Nevertheless, it represented ABC's biggest Saturday audience this season and outperformed everything else on the air that night. On Sunday night, NFL football took a tumble with the San Diego vs. Denver contest averaging 12.68 million viewers, dropping NBC to third place for the night.

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BCS Games Score With Rose Bowl, Lose With Orange Bowl

While ratings for the Rose Bowl Game on ABC New Year's Day were absolutely rosy, with a 14.5 rating and a 24 share, another BCS (Bowl Championship Series) game Tuesday proved to be a different color in more ways than one. The Orange Bowl game between Louisville and Wake Forest never made it above second place any time during the night, starting off with a third-place 5.9 rating and a 9 share at 8:00 p.m., then moving up to a 7.0/11 at 9:00 p.m., then dropping to a 6.3/11 at 10:00 p.m.

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That game was horrible. Florida was by far the better team. Ohio State was slow, uncreative and absolutely dominated. All the experts were wrong (including me).

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