Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 12:59 AM EDT Sep 16, 2018 It is generally a poor sign about the state of a college football program when someone is compelled to look up the theoretical cost of firing a coach just three games into his tenure. But that’s where we were Saturday afternoon as Florida State got embarrassed at Syracuse 30-7, continuing what has been apparent since Willie Taggart’s debut on Labor Day against Virginia Tech. Florida State is, without question, a bad football team. It is also a poorly coached team. Three games in, there is nothing redeeming about the product Taggart is putting on the field. In nearly every case where a new coach takes over, it would be totally inappropriate to suggest that a school might have botched its hire. And yet this is the rare case where nobody should blame Florida State fans for being completely panicked about what they’ve seen so far from Taggart’s Seminoles. It’s absolutely been … [Read more...] about Florida State looks terrible, and Willie Taggart’s seat already is hot
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Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 1:16 AM EDT Sep 16, 2018 Somewhat lost among Saturday’s early starts was this score: Temple 35, Maryland 14. `Temple had opened with a loss to Villanova. The Owls then doubled down with a loss to Buffalo. On the other hand, Maryland opened with a win against Texas and then topped Bowling Green. That Maryland had done so without its head coach, the suspended D.J. Durkin, made the Terrapins one of the early success stories of the 2018 season. Maryland’s stumble was just the first blow in a rough afternoon for the Big Ten. Starting with the Terrapins’ loss, a range of scores on Saturday put an official end to the idea that the Big Ten is the strongest league in the country. Just as Maryland was flailing, Nebraska lost at home to Troy to mark its worst start since 1957. Two games don’t indicate anything about Scott Frost’s tenure at his alma mater, though the Cornhuskers’ number of errors must be fixed before his … [Read more...] about College football’s winners and losers for Week 3 led by bad day for Big Ten
Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Published 10:17 p.m. UTC Sep 4, 2018 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Before Monday night, the benchmark for inauspicious coaching debuts was set by former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who in his first game as the Ducks’ coach in 2009 oversaw a loss to Boise State capped by an Oregon running back punching a gloating opponent after the final whistle. Willie Taggart’s debut at Florida State was on another level, sending sportswriters scrambling for the thesaurus to describe a first impression that flew in the face of the optimism that has pervaded this program since his arrival last winter: Disaster. Fiasco. Catastrophe. Debacle. Tragedy. Farce. Embarrassment. All of the above. In prime time, Taggart oversaw a Florida State loss to Virginia Tech that will almost undoubtedly make the Seminoles one of college football’s dominant storylines over the coming weeks – for all the wrong reasons. “We didn't handle the adversity well,” … [Read more...] about Willie Taggart’s disaster of a debut at Florida State
USA TODAY Sports Published 4:48 p.m. UTC Aug 30, 2018 The long wait is over. College football is back. And the schedule for Week 1 ensures the season will start off with a bang. No. 6 Washington and No. 10 Auburn will meet in Atlanta in a rare Pac-12 vs. SEC showdown between ranked opponents. The Huskies want to prove their worthy of being College Football Playoff material. What better way that to knock off the team that beat both Alabama and Georgia in front of what should be pro-Tigers stadium? Auburn, for its part, believes, it also can make a playoff run. The winner gets a substantial boost to their resume if their in the mix come December. Elsewhere, the renewal of the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry will take place in South Bend after a four-year hiatus. There's pressure on Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh to win big games - he has gone 1-5 against Ohio State and Michigan State. The Irish, meanwhile, hope to continue the momentum of last year's rebound under Brian Kelly. … [Read more...] about USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 1
Michael B. Sauter, Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen 24/7 Wall Street Published 12:13 p.m. UTC Aug 27, 2018 By several measures, the national economy is the strongest it has been in decades. The U.S. monthly unemployment rate now sits comfortably below 4%, and we are in the second longest period of GDP growth since World War II. In most states, unemployment has improved in recent years as well, but that is not to say every state economy is equally healthy. Some states are experiencing an economic boom, while others continue to struggle with job losses, poor GDP growth, and poverty. Economic vitality is as much about growth as it is about a state's ability to support its population -- with jobs, education, and economic opportunities. In turn, employed, better-paid, and better-educated residents contribute to economic growth. 24/7 Wall Street reviewed economic growth, poverty, unemployment, job growth, and college attainment rates to compare and rank state economies. The best … [Read more...] about Which state tops list for having the best and worst economies?