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Ralph D. Russo

Stories by Ralph D.

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20 years after crash, Rivera enters College Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Gabe Rivera was maybe the greatest defensive lineman to play at Texas Tech.. They called him Senor Sack. He was an All-American in 1982 and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round in 1983.. He has trouble remembering his playing days now. A car

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Big Ten conference getting Rutgers University

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As the Big East was being picked apart, Rutgers was looking for a way out and a new place to show off a football program that has been resurrected in the past decade.

An SEC-free champ game? Could happen

A BCS championship game without a Southeastern Conference team?. It could happen, and LSU could be the cause.. The fifth-ranked Tigers host No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, another huge game in a rivalry that has become the biggest event in college football.. "It's obvious when you walk into the

USC brushes off sanctions to be No. 1 in AP

NEW YORK -- Southern California is No. 1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings -- with a boost from LSU's problems.

Playoff dollars could spark calls to pay college players

NEW YORK -- The new playoff system means big money for major college football, as much as a half-billion dollars per year just in television rights alone. That has Texas coach Mack Brown -- among others -- wondering if some of that windfall should be heading the players way.

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College football playoffs OK'd

WASHINGTON (AP) -- College football will finally have a playoff. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents on Tuesday approved the BCS commissioners' plan for a four-team playoff to start in the 2014 season.

BCS takes big step toward college football playoff system

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- College football is on the verge of finally having a playoff, its own version of the final four.

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NFL unveils new uniforms for all 32 teams

NEW YORK -- For fans worried that Nike was going to give their favorite NFL team's uniform an extreme makeover, full-blown Oregon style, no need to fret.

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Which finalist will take home the Heisman?

NEW YORK -- Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball are the Heisman Trophy finalists.

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Which finalist will take home the Heisman?

NEW YORK -- Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball are the Heisman Trophy finalists.

BCS title game is LSU-Alabama rematch

LSU and Alabama will rematch in the BCS national title game.

BCS title game is LSU-Alabama rematch

Play it again, LSU and Alabama.

Alabama holds on to No. 2 in AP poll

Alabama is No. 2 behind LSU and ahead of Oklahoma State in the latest Associated Press college football poll.

Alabama holds on to No. 2 in AP poll

Alabama is No. 2 behind LSU and ahead of Oklahoma State in the latest Associated Press college football poll.

Oklahoma's Bradford wins Heisman

NEW YORK - Sam Bradford's biggest score: the Heisman Trophy.

SEC's Tebow, pair of Big 12 QBs are Heisman finalists

NEW YORK - Tim Tebow will go for two against a pair of talented quarterbacks from the Big 12 when the Heisman Trophy is handed out Saturday night.

Texas not out of national title hunt AP may favor Longhorns if Alabama falls

NEW YORK - The best chance Texas has to be crowned national champion this season likely lies with the members of the media who vote in The Associated Press college football poll.

Tebow, McFadden highlight All-American team

NEW YORK - When it comes to being an All-American, Darren McFadden doesn't have to settle for second.

Tebow wins Heisman Florida quarterback first sophomore to win award

NEW YORK - Tim Tebow needed only two years of college to graduate to Heisman Trophy winner, putting the sophomore in a class by himself.

Facing a potential shortage, BCS could expand team pool

NEW YORK - The Bowl Championship Series will expand the pool of teams eligible for at-large bids if it's faced with a shortage of qualified contenders when the season is over.