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Could Mark Richt wind up in Miami?

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Mark Richt is at a crossroads. He has won a lot of games as the coach of the Georgia Bulldogs; 141 to be exact. Had he won number 142 on Saturday, the tone of the discussions surrounding him today would be quite different. The Florida Gators’ 27-3 romp in Jacksonville on Saturday started the latest vigil for a coach at a prominent program. Nine times during his 15-year tenure, Richt’s teams have won at least 10 games. While a few…

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After 3 unbelievable days, aching Miami goes back to work

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The top cornerback is grieving the sudden death of his mother. The quarterback is concussed and at best questionable to play this weekend. The coach was fired. The staff faces a most uncertain future. The program is reeling. Miami calls this adversity. It’s more like an avalanche. The Hurricanes returned to the practice field Tuesday after three painful days. Interim coach Larry Scott led practice for the first time, replacing the fired Al Golden. If the day wasn’t daunting enough,…

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College football provides real life lessons in addition to statistics

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Saturday gave college football fans some close games to enjoy. While two unranked teams posted upsets, with Florida State serving as the victim in one of them, others came down to the wire. Alabama’s escape at home and Pitt’s last second win at Syracuse are examples. Here are a few of the key takeaway numbers from week 8 in college football, including a lesson in real life. 447 – Passing yards by Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the Tigers’ 66-42…

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The Al Golden vigil is underway at The U

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Thirty years ago, Notre Dame came into the Orange Bowl to face Miami for the final game of the regular season. Gerry Faust, the embattled Fighting Irish Coach in his fifth season, was under fire for not returning Notre Dame to the national stature they once enjoyed. On Saturday, the embattled Al Golden brought his 4-2 Miami Hurricanes onto the field at Sun Life Stadium hoping to pull an upset against No. 6 Clemson. He is under the same level…

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No. 6 Clemson hands Miami worst loss ever, 58-0

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Clemson looked very much like a national title contender. Miami looked a team that hit rock bottom. Deshaun Watson threw for one touchdown and ran for another before sitting out most of the second half and No. 6 Clemson rolled to a 42-0 lead by halftime on the way to embarrassing Miami 58-0 on Saturday – the worst loss in the 90-year history of Hurricanes football. Wayne Gallman rushed for 118 yards and another touchdown for the unbeaten Tigers (7-0,…

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Fewer top 25 matchups dot college football schedule

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Last week gave us several key matchups in college football. This week has a limited menu, but some are clearly worth watching. One game gaining a great deal of national attention is No. 8 Florida traveling to No. 6 LSU for a 7 p.m. matchup on ESPN. This game would have normally attracted fan and media interest just because it’s the SEC, but the suspension of burgeoning star quarterback Will Grier adds even more intrigue. Odds makers have installed the…

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Miami: One city, but a tale of two coaches

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If you are a football coach and your team plays its games at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, these are not the best of days. To be blunt, neither Miami’s tradition-rich NFL team nor the iconic college program is satisfying their rooters. With apologies to Charles Dickens, Miami is one city presenting us with a tale of two coaches. With the Miami Hurricanes’ loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday, the heat index will intensify under Coach Al Golden. Air traffic…

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