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

Legendary NCAA broadcaster Bill Raftery is also an ‘after-hours’ legend

ftw.usatoday.com — Venerable college basketball broadcaster Bill Raftery has dozens of stories, good for any occasion. And there always seems to be an occasion. Raftery, who will be calling his first Final Four on TV this weekend in Indianapolis, has a reputation for enjoying what broadcast partner Jim Nantz calls, "The hang."

NCAA tournament Elite 8 final: Duke vs. Gonzaga

usatoday.com — Time, TV: 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS Where: Houston Why Duke will win: The top-seeded Blue Devils rely heavily on three freshmen - Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow - who aren't playing like freshmen. A case can be made that Duke's most important player is Winslow, the Houston native who scored 21 points in Friday's victory against Utah.

Oregon, Ohio State each have something to prove

news-press.com — When Oregon wins football games - and here lately, that's been the default mode - the Ducks gather in the locker room and sing the school's fight song. It's not a unique tradition, by any stretch; many other teams do something similar. But it's meaningful, a shared moment of celebration.

Why Jets WR Percy Harvin is rooting for Seahawks in playoffs

thefieldsofgreen.com — It doesn't usually pay to be a New York Jet come playoff time, but for wide receiver Percy Harvin it might. The former Seattle Seahawk can still benefit financially from the Seahawks' success this postseason, despite being traded from the defending Super Bowl champions to the lowly Jets seven games into the 2014-15 season.

Michigan says no to student-athlete unions

thefieldsofgreen.com — In the frenzy of Jim Harbaugh's return to Michigan University, the Wolverine State made additional collegiate athletic news when Governor Rick Snyder (R) signed into law a ban on unionization by college athletes. Bill 6074, which was approved by the state legislature in early December along mostly party lines, covers a wide range of union-related issues for public employees.

Former Gator coach Will Muschamp hired at Auburn

news-press.com — Former Florida coach Will Muschamp has reportedly been hired as Auburn's defensive coordinator. Muschamp, 43, was 28-21 in four seasons at Florida, where his tenure was defined by offensive struggles but good defenses. Before that, he built a reputation as a strong defensive coordinator at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban, at Auburn and then at Texas.

Bob Bowlsby expects no immediate changes for Big 12 after Playoff snub

usatoday.com — NEW YORK - Not landing one of its co-champions in the College Football Playoff was a shock to the Big 12 Conference, but not so much that it will compel them to immediately seek expansion, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday.

Unbeaten FSU drops to fourth in playoff rankings

news-press.com — Florida State, the only unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision and the defending national champion, fell to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff Top 25 released Tuesday night. The Seminoles, No. 3 the past three weeks, fell behind TCU, which moved up from No. 5.

Florida State falls to No. 4 in College Football Playoff ranking

usatoday.com — Florida State, the only unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision and the defending national champion, fell to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff Top 25 released Tuesday night. The Seminoles, No. 3 the past three weeks, fell behind TCU, which moved up from No. 5. Missouri, at No.

Celebrating five blessed years

registerguard.com — Editor's note: It's been two years since former Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder left to join USA Today as a national college football writer. Today marks an important milestone for his family, which he wanted to share with our readers. NORMAN, Okla. - When he gets to the door, he does not walk.
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Apr 18, 2015

RT @USATODAYsports: Ohio State's quarterback competition is an intense one – but that's a good problem to have: usat.ly/1yFhtSR pic.twitter.com/K8V8WAAu4N

Apr 18, 2015

Thanks to Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) of @OhioStAthletics for the hospitality this weekend. A professional/efficient operation.

Apr 18, 2015

Who knows who wins Ohio State’s QB competition — but it’s a good problem to have: usatoday.com/story/sports/n… via @USATODAYsports

Apr 18, 2015

Cardale Jones threw it 74 yards, and explained: “My arm was kind of tired.” ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/cardal…

Apr 18, 2015

Cardale Jones threw a 74-yard pass in a halftime skills competition. “My arm was tired,” he explained.



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