Ara Parseghian to accept “Contributions to College Football” Award

For Immediate Release
Nov. 28, 2012


FORT WORTH (NCFAA) – Legendary University of Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian, who took Fighting Irish from the depths of despair to national prominence in the 1960s and 1970s and later helped establish his own Medical Research Foundation, has been named the recipient of the 11th annual Contributions to College Football Award presented by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).

Parseghian, 89, will accept the award on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards, airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Notre Dame’s Te’o wins 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Notre Dame - 16KDec. 3, 2012
For Immediate Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA) – Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, who has helped put the Fighting Irish on the cusp of their first national title in nearly 25 years, claimed the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night.

The 6-2, 255-pound senior from Laie, Hawaii, became the 20th winner of the trophy, which annually is awarded to the best defensive player in college football as voted upon by theFootball Writers Association of America (FWAA). Te’o received the award on Monday night at a banquet at the Westin Hotel that is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

“It’s definitely a great accomplishment for me.” Te’o said after receiving the trophy. “I’ve ways wanted to be the best. For this to happen helps me to know I’m heading in the right direction. The formula is the same: Hard work leads to success as long as I keep doing it.”

Coincidentally, his head coach, Brian Kelly, was the keynote speaker at the banquet. Te’o is the first Notre Dame player to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and only the second finalist from the school.

To see the original release in full form, click HERE

Nebraska fans are overrated

Nebraska - 12Kby Travis Normand

For years I have been told how great and loyal Nebraska fans are. I have been told that all of their home games are sell-outs and that they travel better than any one.  However, its time for Nebraska fans to lose their fictional title as “College Football’s Greatest Fan Base.”

On Saturday December 1, 2012 Nebraska faced Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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[FINAL] BCS Standings – Week 8 [Dec. 2, 2012]

BCS Logo 2012by Travis Normand

Click HERE to see the BCS standings as of December 2, 2012. This is the eight (and final) BCS ranking of the 2012 season.

A few of my observations from this week’s BCS standings:

  • Notre Dame and Alabama will play in the BCS title game.
  • Northern Illinois is ranked in the Top 16 of the BCS and is ranked ahead of at least one conference champion from an automatic qualifier conference.  This guarantees UNI a spot in a BCS Bowl game (the Orange Bowl versus Florida State).

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ABC Promoting Klein for Heisman?

by Travis Normand

If you watched the Kansas State vs. Texas Longhorns football game on December 1, 2012, then you probably saw the graphic that ABC displayed showing what appeared to be some kind of statistical break-down of the differences between Colin Klein and Johnny Manziel.

The comparison was awful as it didn’t explain the stats it was displaying.

I have seen stats skewed in every way possible, but this was one of the worst.  It was as if ABC was trying to make a last push effort for Klein.  Aren’t media outlets like ABC suppose to be unbiased?  Oh wait…ABC, ESPN, and Disney are all the same company?  I should have known.

At least the guys over at “fixed” the graphic and displayed it on their site with the numbers behind the numbers.



The other graphic on their site, which I posted here not too long ago, showed that Johnny Manziel has faced 3 teams that are in the BCS Top 5. However, Colin Klien has produced numbers that are not quite as good as Manziel’s, against competition that isn’t among the best in the nation.

ESPN’s journalistic integrity is harmed again

by Travis Normand

Take a look at this article on titled:

It is clear that in the first video, the 11 p.m. SportsCenter credited with the information.  However, the next video showing the 1 a.m. SportsCenter (airing two hours later), had removed such credit.

ESPN could have simply cited the report that appeared in The Times-Picayun, which also got its information from  Instead, however, SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman said the information was something that “we’ll have to see to really believe.”

It appears that ESPN doesn’t want to give any credit for the information and instead wants to degrade the original source without naming names.

Fascinating stuff, but then again, its what we have come to expect from ESPN.

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