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

#DearAndy: What ingredients are needed to win a national title? — The questions in the mailbag suggest there are a lot of folks out there thinking about championships. That's only right. It's March. Everyone is undefeated. Everyone's defensive coordinator is running an attacking scheme that makes it easier for the pass rushers to pin their ears back.

How to fix NCAA's outdated transfer rules — Those of us who watch a lot of HGTV know that even the most outdated structures can be modernized and made functional. We also know that when the house has moldy Sheetrock and a load-bearing wall that separates the kitchen and dining room from the open-concept floor plan of the buyer's dreams, it's sometimes best to rip the place down and rebuild.

UNC-Arkansas was the type of game college basketball needs more of — JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- North Carolina's 87-78 win against Arkansas felt so much more entertaining than the Georgia State- Xavier game that preceded it, but why?

Coach Ron Hunter, guard R.J. Hunter lead Georgia State's miraculous upset win — JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-After the shot that knocked him off his stool Thursday, Ron Hunter went numb. "I can't feel anything," the Georgia State coach said. "This is surreal. This is unbelievable. I know when I get to bed tonight, everything is going to hurt. But this is unbelievable."

#DearAndy: Which teams are poised to rise, fall in 2015? — Everybody needs one more shot of college football before we dive headlong into hoops for the weekend, and the readers came through with some excellent questions. Here are the questions answered in video form... * Will Chris Borland's retirement affect the long-term plans of college football players?

Can Ohio State's Urban Meyer use lessons from Florida in 2015? — COLUMBUS, Ohio-Urban Meyer walked through Ohio State's magnificently appointed new locker room last Wednesday and peered into the area with the barber chair*, where rising junior H-back Dontre Wilson sat and waited for clippers to meet coiffure. "You've got to tighten that thing up," Meyer told the speedy Texan.

Ohio State QB race: Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones — COLUMBUS, Ohio-The rest of the nation's quarterback coaches must envy Ohio State's Tim Beck. While most of them scrape to find one player capable of leading their offenses, Beck can walk into his meeting room and find three. Beck knows Braxton Miller can do it because Miller won two Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year awards as the Buckeyes' starter.

Under-the-radar players set for big 2015 college football seasons — We're changing up the format here at #DearAndy. Instead of recording one long video in which I answer three or four questions, each video will be dedicated to just one. That way, you don't have to listen to me prattle on before I get to the question about your team.

Ohio State football: Complacency the enemy for Buckeyes — COLUMBUS, Ohio-It was one of those record-scratch-stop-everything quotes. "We know that people are always going to doubt us," Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry said Tuesday after the Buckeyes' first spring practice. "That's going to be a big thing for us. We've got a target on our backs and people are going to doubt us."

Freshman ineligibility debate truly about college sports model — We examined several theories last week in an effort to ascertain why Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would drive a proposal to make freshmen ineligible in football and men's basketball. One reader of that column had his own theory, and given his recent work experience it carries a lot more weight than any scenario I could spin.
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Mar 27, 2015

Contract for Kansas coach David Beaty looks a lot like Dabo Swinney's first one at Clemson. Low and incentive-heavy.ā€¦

Mar 27, 2015

RT @NIGEL_HAYES: Apologies to @debrabollman for "accidentally" verbalizing her pulchritude. I meant no disrespect ma'am. #contrite

Mar 27, 2015

Jack Harbaugh and his two coach sons, John and Jim. RT @DavidHaleESPN: Question: best father-son coaching combo in sports history?

Mar 27, 2015

It just might. RT @IndyVerballer: Would asking Siri another word for "prescient" be prophetic?

Mar 27, 2015

RT @KevinScarbinsky: Add another $22,400 to the cost of killing UAB football, rifle and bowling.

Mar 27, 2015

Guy a few seats away has been arguing with his friend and himself over the correct pronunciation of "prescient." Doesn't believe Siri.

Mar 27, 2015

@zlpaschal No. That was a response to the previous tweet, where I had RTd a guy who said CFB didn't need the playoff.

Mar 27, 2015

This is another possibility. RT @onlinerailbird: MAYBE THEY JUST LIKE BELK PRODUCTS!

Mar 27, 2015

@SouthMainMuse Football is essentially a TV show. TV shows either get canceled due to lack of interest or renewed due to lots of interest.

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