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Hoge On College Football

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Seriously, What Is Going On In Champaign?

Having co-coordinators in college football is not uncommon, but I’ve never heard of two coordinators splitting up the play-calling by down.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2012

Bill O'Brien. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Penn State In Good Hands With Bill O’Brien

Penn State needed someone crazy enough to take this job — someone convinced they could save Penn State football when all logic said they couldn’t.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2012

Ohio State University Athletics Director Gene Smith (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Gene Smith Robbed Ohio State (And Big Ten) Of 2012

Sure, Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel caused the mess, but Smith’s careless decision to play in the Gator Bowl last year likely cost Ohio State a chance at the National Championship this season.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Illini Fans Might Deserve Better, But Shouldn’t Expect It

I’ll never criticize fans for demanding the very best. They put their hard-earned money into the program and it should go after the very best. But Illini fans also shouldn’t be surprised when the result is Tim Beckman.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2012

Illini helmet logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Pressure Building At Illinois

Mike Thomas struck out multiple times in his pursuit of a football and basketball coach and so far, his football hire looks like a disaster.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2012

Manti Te'o (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Notre Dame In BCS Title Conversation?

This will come off as crazy talk to most, but don’t be surprised to see Notre Dame in the middle of the national championship conversation in November.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2012