The debate over paying college football players is far from settled, but NCAA rules allow hosts of college bowl games to provide players with gifts. This year some athletes will receive PlayStation 4s, high-tech recliners, and hair dryers. David Broughton of Sports Business Journal joins us.
A new era in college football is on the horizon with the coming of the College Football Playoff. But we’ve got one more go round before we can bid farewell to the Bowl Championship Series. Sports On Earth’s Michael Weinreb helps us make sense of bowl season.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is the highest paid coach in college football. But his wife, Terry, thinks her husband’s efforts are underappreciated. Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Sharon Terlep about Tuscaloosa’s power couple.
In less than two weeks, 870 Heisman trophy voters will turn in their ballots. But the leading candidate, Florida State’s Jameis Winston, has been accused of sexual assault. Florida authorities are being criticized for delaying the investigation. Bill Littlefield speaks with Heisman voter Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle.
The Grambling State football program achieved national fame under head coach Eddie Robinson, who retired in 1997. This year the program has hit an all-time low with two coaching changes, funding struggles and a player boycott. Keith O’Brien reports on the Tigers’ problems and the efforts to fix them.
When USC’s interim head coach Ed Orgeron took over, his team was 3-2. Then the Trojans went on a 5-1 run. Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill to discuss who will be USC’s next head coach.
Zach Hodges overcame the deaths of his parents to make it to Harvard. The next stop for the philosophy major and defensive end might be the NFL. Only A Game’s Martin Kessler has our story.
On Tuesday, the NCAA announced its sanctions for Miami for its involvement in the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the situation.
College football season is in full swing. Bill Littlefield has been wondering if some teams wish it was otherwise.
An excerpt from “The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.