In his recent book ‘Cheating the Spread,’ author Albert Figone has collected chronicles of fixes, point-shaving scandals, and various other sketchy endeavors occurring at schools large and small, most of them over the past 70 years. Bill Littlefield speaks with the author.
This week it was revealed that Notre Dame star and Heisman runner up Manti T’eo had spent the season publicly mourning the death of his girlfriend…who never existed. Bill Littlefield and Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg try to make sense of the bizarre hoax.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is suing the NCAA over the sanctions it imposed on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault case. Vermont Law School Professor and Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins Bill to discuss the lawsuit’s merit.
As Notre Dame and Alabama prepare to meet in the BCS National Championship Game, Only A Game’s Anne Marshall introduces us to a group of Indiana nuns who say the Irish have a heavenly supporter.
Heading into Monday’s BCS National Championship game, determining how many titles Notre Dame and Alabama already have is more complicated than you might think. Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News helps explain the math.
From time to time, especially during college football bowl season, Bill Littlefield is inspired to opine in verse. This is one of those times.
Critics of the Bowl Championship Series say Northern Illinois doesn’t deserve to play Florida State in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day. But after a 12-1 season, the Huskies says they’ve earned it. Bill Littlefield explores the debate with Jeff Arnold of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
The North Jersey Spartans play the same game as any other collegiate football team, but they don’t all attend the same college. OAG’s Dave Grunebaum reports on coach Kevin Moss and his unlikely band of players, all of whom are trying to stay out of gangs and in school.
Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah grew up playing soccer in Ghana, dreamed of playing NBA basketball, ran track at Brigham Young, and now plays football. He’s also a likely first-round NFL draft pick. Jeff Benedict profiled Ansah for Sports Illustrated. Both Ansah and Benedict join Bill to discuss a highly unusual path to sports success.
Maryland and Rutgers are jumping to the Big Ten Conference. What does this mean for college football? Bill speaks with Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.