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National College Football Writer — USA Today

National college football writer for @USATODAYsports. Heart/kidney transplant kid's dad. Blessed. Romans 5:8. Email: gschroeder@usatoday.com.

Selection committee chairman Jeff Long juggles day job with lots of football

usatoday.com — LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The conversation doesn't last long. Jeff Long hangs up the phone, laughs, and delivers the one-liner. "It was Bill Hancock," he says, referring to the College Football Playoff's executive director. "He just wanted to remind me that it was Saturday, and to watch football."

Mike Slive's departure from SEC signals changing of guard

usatoday.com — Mike Slive's plans for retirement sound intriguing. Along with his wife Liz, he plans relaxing road trips through the South, an unhurried exploration of the region they've adopted as their own. They might drive, for example, the Natchez Trace. "I've always wanted to visit the Civil War sites," Slive told USA TODAY Sports back in August.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive announces retirement plans

courier-journal.com — SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday he will retire from his post on July 31, 2015, after serving 13 years in the role. Slive is also beginning treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer for which he was treated in the late 1990s.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive plans to retire July 31

sports.usatoday.com — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive has announced his retirement, and acknowledged he is beginning treatment for prostate cancer. Slive, 74, who is widely considered to be one of the two most powerful leaders in college athletics along with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, has been the SEC's commissioner since 2002.

Oregon lineman's return poses question for Playoff committee

usatoday.com — It probably can't be measured in one moment of frustration. But when UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes slugged Jake Fisher the other day, it only served to underscore the impact one player can make: With Fisher back at left tackle after missing two games to injury, Oregon suddenly has a lot more punch.

Baylor shows it's never out of a game, definitely in playoff conversation

usatoday.com — WACO, Texas - Someone asked Bryce Petty, not too long after the wild, wacky shootout had finished, to imagine it had gone another way. That Baylor had not rallied from a three-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter.

No. 3 Baylor comes from behind to beat No. 12 TCU 61-58

usatoday.com — WACO, Texas - Breaking down No. 3 Baylor's 61-58 victory over No. 12 TCU: THE BIG PICTURE: Down 21 points in the fourth quarter, Baylor came back to win a wild shootout on Chris Callahan's 28-yard field goal as time expired.

Around college football: When Mississippi State's mindset changed

usatoday.com — One month and 11 days ago, Mississippi State athletics director Scott Stricklin heard the rumblings of discontent. The Bulldogs were 4-6, having suffered losses to the top SEC West teams - Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama. They had been improving steadily under coach Dan Mullen, but couldn't break through and beat the best.

In practice, picking College Football Playoff proves difficult

usatoday.com — GRAPEVINE, Texas - After three votes and several hours of debate, the field for the 2008 College Football Playoff - if there had been a 2008 playoff - was Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and USC. But the argument was only just beginning.

Early read on Pac-12 says amazing depth is good and bad

usatoday.com — Last summer, back when everybody was undefeated - and where in the Pac-12, they figured a couple of teams might stay that way for a long while - the party line wasn't so much parroted as trumpeted: Hey, that nine-game conference schedule is great for strength of schedule, a sure springboard to the College Football Playoff!
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @jeffmetcalfe: #ASU Todd Graham expects Taylor Kelly to start at QB at Washington

Oct 20, 2014

No imminent change: Florida AD Jeremy Foley says he’ll continue to use season to evaluate Will Muschamp: gatorzone.com/story.php?id=2…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @DaveJonesUFbeat: Jeremy Foley releases statement. As reported Sunday no changes on Muschamp. #Gators

Oct 20, 2014

@RyanPolk3 I don’t disagree in that particular case. But the SEC West is really good.

Oct 20, 2014

Former BCS computers (rechristened CFB Computer Composite) have 3 SEC teams in Top 4 (including Alabama): usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Oct 20, 2014

Somehow this did not happen in Springfield. RT @registerguard: Police: Man hit by car twice in the same day rgne.ws/1rYFeuI

Oct 20, 2014

@Spencer_RB1 @AngelaShelbyCo Auburn’s SOS would be unbelievable. Would have many, many huge road wins in SEC play, too. Don’t see ‘similar.'

Oct 20, 2014

@Spencer_RB1 @AngelaShelbyCo Same for me. … I don’t know if committee would see ‘em as ‘similar,’ to start with. Who knows?

Oct 20, 2014

@SEC_Chuck But I find it interesting you responded to this when I said SEC positioned to get 2 teams in. What, you believe it should be 4?



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