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Make Or Break Time

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Draft Days Are Here

By John Ventola

The annual three-day National Football League (NFL) draft gets underway tonight in Philadelphia. Two hundred fifty-three names will be called before the event concludes Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two league franchises, each hoping to improve their team’s talent pool, will make choices to either correct a position deficiency, or select the best player available (according to their talent evaluations) at the time of their pick. Continue reading

Fournette Needs To Focus And Ignore National Talking Heads

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Knee Injury Can Possibly End Career

By John Ventola

Only three games into his sophomore year, LSU running back Leonard Fournette finds himself hemmed in more by questions about his collegiate future than any defense he has faced this season. Continue reading

Few Surprises As 2015 NFL Draft Gets Underway In Chicago

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Winston Mariota Top Choices In NFL Draft

By John Ventola

Although a couple Collins families would strongly disagree, the first day of Chicago’s 2015 NFL Draft went pretty much as prognosticators expected. The nation’s two top collegiate quarterbacks, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, were selected first and second, respectively, and the league’s 32 teams put their scouting and evaluation process into action mode as franchise needs were addressed based on player rankings. Continue reading

Alabama Rises To The Top With Mississippi State Victory

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CFP Top Spot Now Sweet Home Alabama

By John Ventola

Dak Prescott’s Heisman Trophy hopes were intercepted as he and his Mississippi State teammates fell from the unbeaten ranks while last year’s award winner Jameis Winston continued to do just enough to keep Florida State’s 26-game win streak going and hopes for a second straight national title within reach. Continue reading

Coaches Need To Also Weed Out Bad Off-Field Players

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Let True Student-Athletes Determine Championships

By John Ventola

The overwhelming need to win at almost any cost continues to grow in professional and college football. Professional players, coaches, and team executives have their livelihoods on the line while their collegiate counterparts have lucrative pro contracts, their coaching jobs, and athletic directorships dependent on their individual and team performances. This has been a year to uncover unscrupulous off field behavior and enforce some rules, particularly at the professional level, but there is still too much leniency and inconsistency at the college level. Championships at any cost seem to be the mantra. Double talk or non-specific conversations to protect dubious character is distasteful, if not downright disgusting. Continue reading

Mississippi Enjoys Second Week Of Unparalleled College Football Success

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College Football Continues To Shine Each Week

By John Ventola

Pardon me, does anyone have two extra tickets to the Egg Bowl in Oxford in November? I am looking for an early Christmas present and I can not think of a better way to wind up this exciting football season that sitting in The Grove with cowbells ringing in my ears before witnessing this year’s feel good story in sports. Mississippi State against the University of Mississippi. The Dak Attack versus Bo Knows, The Battle of the Magnolia State. Maybe those frat boys at Ole Miss have been correct with their annual proclamation that the South would rise again. It took a while, but it seems the ascension has occurred. Continue reading

College Football Playoff Season Off And Running

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Gurley Runs Like A Man

 By John Ventola

The inaugural College Football Playoff season kicked off last week with a lot of fanfare and anticipation. Starting this year, teams will be playing to ensure they are definitely in college football’s version of the Final Four come late December. Gone will be the unbecoming sports information campaigns to support certain teams and leagues, and coaches brazenly politicking for their own squads. Hopefully. 

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