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Penn State’s Barkley ‘Trying to Dominate This Combine’

By Jon Sauber | @JonSauber

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – Saquon Barkley is no stranger to turning around a football team. At Penn State, he was the face of the team that brought the Nittany Lions back into national relevance in the past two seasons.

Of course, if you ask Barkley, he’ll deny that […]

Postcard from Pasadena: You Are Now Entering The Twilight Zone

“Attention media: This is the first-ever overtime game in Rose Bowl history.”

The announcement carried through the Rose Bowl Stadium press box as reporters grabbed stat sheets, refilled coffees and prepared to type like hell as they readied for overtime.

After Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s first-half marches down the field gashed Georgia to the […]

Mayfield’s ‘Wild Ride’ Ends With Heartbreak in Rose Bowl Thriller

By Alaa Abdeldaiem | @Abdeldaiem_Alaa

PASADENA, Calif. –– The second he heard the sound, he knew.

The second he saw it––the ball flying sideways, flat, short and too far to the right––it took no time at all for Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield to realize the reality that was settling in.

The game had […]

Postcard from Pasadena: Wishing for Smell-O-Vision

If you stuck your nose into a cupboard-under-the-stairs-sized closet with all the world’s flower shops crowded inside, then inhaled for a solid 60 seconds, you’d have a pretty good idea of what Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade smells like.

Roses mingled with magnolias alongside asters bundled with buttercups.

After passing by one particularly fragrant float […]

Postcard from Pasadena: A New Year’s Day Walk Down the Hill

The preservation of the walk down the hill might just be the best decision the College Football Playoff made.

The walk takes place soon after 10 a.m. Pacific on New Year’s Day, except when January 1 falls on a Sunday and the celebration steps off on Monday. For all the technical wonders that television has […]