Washington coach Kalen DeBoer’s approach got Huskies to CFP title game

Kalen DeBoer stands on stage during the Sugar Bowl championship trophy presentation after Washington's loss at Texas.

HOUSTON – Troy Dannen had been serving as Washington's athletic director for just a few days when the Huskies notched a 36-33 victory against Oregon who started them competing for national championship on October 14. As the game ended and the tension of the moment turned into a locker room celebration, Dannen observed that his … Read more

College football changing forever after Michigan-Washington title game

The Michigan Wolverines won the Rose Bowl for the first time since losing to Washington State on January 1, 1998, capping a perfect season.

In a sport accustomed to recycling its national champion from the same small pool of programs, the last match of this college football season will offer something that hasn't been seen in over three decades and that unfortunately we will never see him again. Big Ten vs. Pac-12. Midwest versus West Coast. And perhaps most … Read more

Purdue leads; Arizona, Florida Atlantic fall in men’s basketball poll

Purdue guard Lance Jones (55) reacts to a teammate's score during the second half against Jacksonville at Mackey Arena.

THE first USA TODAY Sports men's basketball coaches poll of 2024 looks very similar to the final 2023 poll. There are, however, some slight changes near the top. Purdue maintains the No. 1 ranking for a third straight week. The Boilermakers were chosen first on 23 of 32 ballots. Undefeated Houston has clinched eight first-place … Read more

Nick Saban’s wife reveals choice he faced after Rose Bowl loss

PASADENA, CALIF. – There was no official information about Nick Saban's return as Alabama football coach after his team lost to Michigan 27-20 in overtime Monday at the Rose Bowl. But Terry Saban, wife of the 72-year-old coach, revealed her husband's more immediate plans: watching a movie on Netflix rather than watching Texas play Washington … Read more

Nick Saban adapts to college football change, extends Alabama success

Nick Saban speaks during the Rose Bowl coaches press conference on December 31, 2023.

PASADENA, Calif. — In a tent near the Rose Bowl, 72 Nick Saban stood in front of the media last week and sometimes leaned forward to better hear the questions. AlabamaThe legendary Ottawa football coach also reflected on a question that resonated throughout college football earlier this season. Is Saban past his prime? “I think … Read more

NFL draft prospects in College Football Playoff include 10 standouts

Texas defensive lineman T'Vondre Sweat (93), center, huddles with teammates during the game against Kansas State at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Austin.

NFL scouts and talent evaluators will observe and take notes on top prospects playing in this year's college football playoffs. They will be spoiled for choice. All four playoff teams — Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama — are brimming with first-round potential, which might explain why, you know, these are the four teams poised to … Read more