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Nobody's Got It Better Than Harbaugh

Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News

ACC Network Sees Gold in Notre Dame

Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports

Remembering Foltz, Sadler

David Ubben, Sports on Earth

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher entered his ACC Media Day breakout session with another “peanuts and coke” reference from the event in 2014. Fisher probably remembers the la...(full article)

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh showed up for his scheduled appearances at Big Ten media day Monday wearing a suit, tie and his Michigan ball cap.   It was an unusual accessory, c...(full article)

Religious universities are all across the United States, and some of them are among the country’s most powerful athletic schools. But there’s no other school exactly like Brigh...(full article)

For years, whenever talk of a possible ACC Network came up, I mostly shrugged it off as a pipe dream. Why would a major entity invest hundreds of millions to build a channel devote...(full article)

On any football team, there are usually two groups that are fun to interview: The first are offensive linemen, the second are specialists.  The latter group is not as image-consci...(full article)

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