Even as early as last summer -- when several big name college programs were roiling under allegations of improper gifts, academic fraud and recruiting violations -- sports analysts had dubbed 2011 the year of college sports scandals.
Few televised sports inspire more passion than college football, especially when it comes to opinions on announcers and the networks that employ them. With kickoff less than a week away, I asked college football writers Stewart Mandel, Andy Staples and George Schroeder to join me for a roundtable on a number of television-related topics:
Analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler had a fascinating argument during ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday morning. Herbstreit complained about the constant blather about Notre Dame, saying the Fighting Irish don't deserve all the attention they get because they haven't been relevant on the national scene since 1993.
1. Bob Costas, HBO Sports: Immediately following the conclusion of his live, 90-minute program last week on the state of the sports media, Costas was asked if he planned to survey the inevitable coverage of the show across the sports blogosphere. He said he would take a "brief" look. (Cue interviewer, in this case, yours truly, smiling a skeptical smile.)