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Writing about college football at Sports Illustrated. Also posting occasional culinary erotica.

Report: Ex-Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding chosen as Jameis Winston's hearing officer

si.com — Former Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding has been chosen as the hearing officer for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's disciplinary hearing, reports WCTV. Harding told the television station he hasn't been given the name of the student involved but did confirm that he's been chosen as the officer for a student's hearing.

Tyler Perry: Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius speaks to the possibility in every life

si.com — Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 3. This year we asked a select group of people from outside the staff to offer nominations for that honor. Tyler Perry's selection was Oscar Pistorius, and he explains why below as told to Bryan Armen Graham.

Week 9 college football picks: Ole Miss at LSU, USC at Utah; more

si.com — College Football Playoff rankings: If the season ended today Sports Illustrated's Ben Glicksman ranks the four teams that would make it to the College Football Playoff if the season ended today. Can LSU take down unbeaten Ole Miss in Death Valley? Will Utah ride its recent momentum into a Pac-12 showdown against USC?

Waintstein report reveals extent, process of paper classes

si.com — UNC released the report on its investigation into alleged academic fraud on Wednesday. It details how a lack of oversight allowed Department of African and Afro-American Studies administrator Deborah Crowder and former chairman Julius Nyang'oro to create classes that allowed students to receive high grades with "little regard" for the quality of students' work.

Week 8 Heisman Watch

si.com — At this point in last season's Heisman race, Oregon's Marcus Mariota still maintained the top spot in our Heisman Watch rankings. Florida State's Jameis Winston was coming off his biggest win after throttling Clemson on the road. Names like Bryce Petty and Aaron Murray, both of whom failed to reach New York, still cracked the top 10.

#DearAndy: Breaking down your College Football Playoff, coaching carousel questions

si.com — With the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting for the first time following this weekend's games, everyone wants to know what the committee is going to do -- and why it even exists in the first place. Between that and some apparently imminent coaching changes, there were plenty of questions from which to choose.

Punt, Pass & Pork: Nonconference losses may doom Big 12 playoff chances

si.com — Heath Nielsen is one of my favorite people in college football. Baylor's associate athletic director for communications is a true professional who always helps reporters do their jobs. He offers great insight into the Bears. He is also the man who introduced me to the glory of the Gut Pak at Vitek's BBQ in Waco, Texas, which makes him a personal hero.

Florida State edges Notre Dame 31-27 in classic that comes down to one play

si.com — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For just a moment, forget everything else. Forget the preceding week. Forget the preceding year. Savor the now. Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium. Fourth-and-goal from the Florida State two-yard line. Seventeen seconds to go. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson in the shotgun. The Seminoles lead by four.

Video: Florida Gators fans chant to fire head coach WIll Muschamp vs Missouri Tigers

si.com — With Florida trailing Missouri 42-0 in the third quarter, Gator fans began loudly chanting "Fire Muschamp." The Tigers scored 42 points while only gaining 97 yards on offense. They returned a kickoff, a punt, a fumble and an interception for touchdowns. The loss to Missouri dropped Florida to 3-3 on the season, and 2-3 in the SEC.

Week 8 college football picks: Notre Dame-Florida State, Kansas State-Oklahoma

si.com — Can Everett Golson and Notre Dame upset Florida State in Tallahassee? Will Kansas State make a Big 12 statement by beating Oklahoma in Norman? Is Arkansas primed to get its first SEC win when it plays Georgia in Little Rock? The midway point of the 2014 college football season is here, and much remains to be sorted out.
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Oct 24, 2014

@theBrookeHaney @belkbowl @TravHaneyESPN But not because of his suit. Something else making him look a lot better.

Oct 24, 2014

@lkempg One thing people forget in this cable-channel-for-every-worldview culture is that their opinion isn't the only one on earth.

Oct 24, 2014

@lkempg Because it was controversial. You and I agree it was correct. Those people who spent Monday and Tuesday yelling at me don't.

Oct 24, 2014

@hymnforrachel My wife tells me I need to be nicer on Twitter. Still have to work on that. Sorry if I came off nasty.

Oct 24, 2014

@MrWarchant I don't think it would. Could be that was ND's best shot. Probably wasn't FSU's best. Definitely not the first half.

Oct 24, 2014

@MrWarchant @hymnforrachel If I thought you guys were trolls, I wouldn’t waste time chatting. I appreciate the discussion.

Oct 24, 2014

@hymnforrachel You’re disagreeing with me over the definition of a word I used correctly. I’m going to stick up for myself.

Oct 24, 2014

@hymnforrachel I’m sorry if it comes off that way. The word means what it means. If you disagree with that, contact Merriam and Webster.

Oct 24, 2014

@AMcStephens We let poll voters do that before. And a lot of the computer formulas were adjusted so that losses turned into wins and v/v.

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