Author: Mark Blaudschun

TMG Newsmaker of the Week: Syracuse QB Eric Dungey

He stood in the Syracuse locker room filled with his teammates, school officials and members of the media and asked a legitimate question. “”Let’s see a quick show of hands,” said Eric Dungey. “”Who thought we were going to win tonight?”’ The Syracuse QB paused and smiled, looking beyond his teammates. “”That’s exactly what I’ve been saying. It’s just us. Nobody believed in us except us.” Maybe more people will now believe in the Orange, who began a spate of upsets in college football last weekend, posting a 27-24 upset over the defending national champion Clemson Tigers in the Dome on Friday night. It was the highest ranked upset (Clemson was No. 2 at the time) for a Syracuse football team since 1984. It snapped an 11-game winning streak (the longest in the FBS) by Clemson. And leading the way was Dungey, a 6-foot-4 inch, 223-pound junior, who had been knocked out of the game last season with an injury in the first quarter of what turned into a 54-0 win by Clemson. Not this time,  primarily because of Dungey, who threw 3 TD passes for 278 yards, rushed for 61 more yards on 23 carries and accounted for 335 of Syracuse’s 440 total yards of offense. With the game tied at 24-24 in the fourth quarter, Dungey led his team on a 16-play, 6-minute drive which ended with...

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A “Rudy” story at UVA is what CFB can be about

His name is Joe Spaziani and he is a football player who wants to be a football coach. He is also a coach’s son (his father is former Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani). Right now, he is living part of his dream as a walk-on football long-snapper on a University of Virginia team which is one of the surprise teams of the season, posting a 5-1 record going into Saturday’s game against Boston College. That is a surprise because a year ago the Cavs were 2-10. But this is not a tale of the job that Cavalier coach Bronco Mendenhall has done in reviving Virginia football. This is a feel good story about what college football can be about if you cut out the sleaze factor that the infusion of money and television has injected into the system. If you go beyond the headlines and the sound bites and go into the trenches. It is a story of how Spaziani, a solid three-sport performer at Hingham (Ma.) High school with skills which made him a likely FCS performer, refocused after the disappointment of seeing his senior season end in football end with a broken leg. Spaziani is and has always been a jock. He was also intrigued by the profession of his father, who is currently the defensive coordinator at New Mexico State. While some kids playing football...

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Friday night lights out and assorted other CFB (late night) wrap items from a Jersey Guy

So you thought this was going to be a weekend without any true “marquee” games.  No Top 10 matchups on the board.  And some rivalries–OU vs. Texas–tainted by unexpected losses. Where do we begin? How about all of you people–including and maybe especially–college football coaches–suffering from a case of paraskevidekatriaphobia? Which as we learned and saw on Friday night was a somewhat justified fear of Friday the 13th. And that was followed by a Saturday (and Sunday morning on the East Coast in typical Pac-12 fashion) of bizarre happenings which tore apart the Top 10 and also did severe damage to the Pac 12’s playoff chances, specifically the state of Washington Say what? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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BC finally breaks through with a quality win

(An outsiders musings about the goings on at Boston College, aka The Heights) Give them credit.  Give it to freshman running back A.J. Dillion, the highly touted recruit who backed out of a commitment to play at Michigan to come to Boston College, give credit to an embattled and injury-riddled defense, and give credit to Eagle coach Steve Addazio, who looked into his own crystal ball last week and told us that something was happening at BC and it would be beautiful when it happened. Well, it happened for the Eagles in Louisville on Saturday when they finally put together an entire game’s worth of plays and came away with a  45-42 victory over the Cardinals, which was a payback for a lot of hurts inflicted over the past few years. It happened because Dillion, a 6-0, 240-pound freshman with a Notre Dame pedigree (his grandfather is former Irish receiver Tom Gatewood) who originally committed to Michigan, but switched to BC, had a breakout game with 272 yards and four TD’s). The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here....

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Tarheels’ rep goes from Carolina Blue to Trump U

  The news brought a sigh of relief from the North Carolina administration, student body and Tar Heel backers. It brought a shake of a head in disgust and dismay from a large portion of the rest of the world that is under the NCAA rules umbrella. The long-anticipated decision on what seemed to be a clear-cut case of academic fraud over a time span of several years by numerous North Carolina athletes resulted in no major sanctions against the Tar Heels. The primary reason cited by the NCAA was that the benefits provided Carolina athletes by courses, which in some instances didn’t even require the students to attend classes, was also available to the North Carolina student body. In the simplest NCAA infraction terms,  NC was not guilty of providing “”extra benefits” to its athletes. “”While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called “paper” courses offered by North Carolina,  the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes,” said Greg Sankey, the head of the NCAA infraction committee and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. So let’s get this straight. North Carolina was not penalized because it offered courses, which were the equivalent of the old fashioned “”basket weaving” offerings at schools with reputations as football factories. So Carolina skates, as many NCAA members...

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