Author: Mark Knudson

The Mark Knudson Column: Fits And Starts – Where College Football Programs Should Turn For Their Next Head Coach

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com A whole lot of things matter when a school is looking for a new head football coach. One factor that’s often overlooked – until it’s too late – is “fit.” Is a guy a good fit for that particular university? This season we will very likely see another slew of head coach firings and hiring’s, especially among the marquee, “Power Five” schools. Before the season, the axe fell at Ole Miss. The Rebels will be looking for a permanent replacement for Hugh Freeze starting shortly after Thanksgiving. Same at Oregon State, where...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Floating Zone: What Are Actual Criteria For MLB Post Season Awards?

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Just when you think MAYBE the Baseball writers have seen the light, and have opted to base their post-season awards on criteria more meaningful than just numbers on a stat sheet, along comes baseball’s 2017 post-season award finalists. Point: Last season when he won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove AND the Silver Slugger as the best hitting third baseman, Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado had his MVP candidacy dismissed by voters who said his team’s lack of success (and the lingering BS about Coors Field, which has been factually debunked on several...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Four Is The Loneliest Number: Why A Six-Team Play-off Would Be Best For College Football

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Over analysis and needless hand wringing. Those are the two biggest take-a-ways from the release of the College Football Play-off Committee’s first version of its rankings, the final version of which will determine which four teams get a shot at College Football’s National Championship in January. More than two months before it actually counts for something, everyone wants to argue and try to figure out which team is ranked where and why – and who’s been left out – when none of it really matters…yet. The first poll is all for show....

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The Buddy Martin Column: So Long Mac. And Thanks. But Looking Back, It Never Really Was A Good Fit

By BUDDY MARTIN     @BuddyShow     Special to WoodyPaige.com                            Jim McElwain was not the right coach. It almost felt like he was a Nick Saban Wannabe in a Gator costume. For a while he fooled himself – fooled all of us, including me. His tenure was a rocky road from the start however, and the potholes only got deeper with time and circumstance. McElwain enjoyed moderate success, was likable most of the time and appeared at one point to have the Gator Football Express back on track. In a flash, his train went into the ditch and he wound up getting...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Searching for “Quarterback U?” – The NFL Should Look Elsewhere To Develop Young QB Talent

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com For many years, Penn State was known as “Linebacker U” because the program consistently produced high quality NFL linebacker talent, from Jack Ham to Shane Conlon to Lavar Arrington and Tamba Hali. The University of Southern California, from Mike Garrett to O.J. Simpson to Charles White, Marcus Allen and Reggie Bush was “Tailback U.” So who, or where exactly, is “Quarterback U?” This seems to be a real problem for the NFL these days. The league continues to rely solely on college football as its only talent feeder system – a de...

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