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Mitchell: GHSA rule ignores the goals of athletics

High school sports are about camaraderie, inclusion, growth and learning to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

November 18, 2011 | David Mitchell | Sports columnists


Prevost: Some bold picks for a not-so-big weekend in the SEC

Serious Southeastern Conference football fans have had Saturday, Nov. 19 circled on their calendars.

November 16, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Prevost: Time to test your SEC knowledge

OK class, it's time for an SEC pop quiz. Follow the directions closely. Using your Scantron form and a No. 2 pencil, fill in the bubble that corresponds with your answer. Be sure to press firmly and fill in the bubbles completely.

November 09, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Prevost: Hype before LSU-Alabama game at all-time level

It's tough to live up to great expectations. Just ask the current occupant of the White House. Rarely are our greatest expectations met, which makes it all the more special when it actually happens.

November 02, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Prevost: Spotlight on SEC East, sort of

You may have heard that college football's national championship game is on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, when No. 1 LSU faces No. 2 Alabama. That's enough time for two full weeks of nonstop hype surrounding the two best teams in the country.

October 26, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Prevost: Slinging arrows around the SEC

With six weeks left in the regular season, it's time to reflect on the teams of the finest conference in all of college football. A just-past-midseason assessment is appropriate given that most SEC teams are off this week - or they might as well be. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi State are off. Alabama has the equivalent of an off week against Tennessee, as does Arkansas against the menacing Ole Miss Black Bears.

October 19, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Prevost: Nighttime is the right time for SEC football

What time does your SEC team kickoff on Saturday?

October 12, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Prevost: SEC fans prone to drastic behavior

We've got five weeks of college football under our belts. That's five weeks of tailgating at stadiums across the SEC, game parties at stately southern homes, and road trips from Texas to South Carolina and everywhere in between.

October 05, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Stories to follow in second half of high school football season

Since most high school football teams are at the midway point of the season, here's some of the biggest stories to follow for the second half of the regular season. There have been some minor surprises so far this season, making the next five weeks probably even more exciting for fans in Northeast Georgia to follow.

October 02, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Sports columnists


Week 5 Power Ratings: Falcons flying high

My wife Betsy and I just returned from Columbus, Ohio, where 37 years ago (1971-1975), I had the honor of coaching some of our nation's best college football players.

September 28, 2011 | Chuck Clausen | Sports columnists


Prevost: Muschamp meets his mentor

It's already Week 5 of the college football season and Saturday's games take place on the first day of my favorite month, October. Comfortably cooling temperatures, clear blue skies, and five October weekends of big-time SEC match-ups, including Saturday night's clash of conference titans, Alabama and Florida.

September 28, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Prevost: Do you trust your SEC coach?

As we approach late September, SEC football is in full swing, along with another bruising competitive race - the Republican presidential campaign. It's difficult not to notice the parallels between the SEC and presidential politics. Big money. Bigger egos.

September 21, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Call him Mr. Touchdown: Gainesville's Watson dazzles

Entering Friday's game between Gainesville and North Hall, Red Elephants quarterback Deshaun Watson and Trojan running back Imani Cross were the players to watch.

September 17, 2011 | David Mitchell | Sports columnists


Prevost: Good SEC West matchup on Thursday's plate

The nation's finest conference kicks off Week 3 of the college football season Thursday as No. 3 LSU (2-0) visits No. 25 Mississippi State (1-1) in scenic Starkville, Miss.

September 14, 2011 | By Ben Prevost For The Times | Sports columnists


Prevost: Bulldogs face old nemesis in second-straight ranked opponent

As summer slowly slips away in the South, the second week of college football season brings cooler temperatures and a few high-profile conference clashes.

September 09, 2011 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


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SEC Banter: Dawgs Win SEC East on Saturday

It's Georgia-Sakerlina week and the contest customarily comes equipped with enormous implications.

September 10, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


SEC Banter: Looking back and forward (to a catfish dinner)

Week one of Southeastern Conference football is in the books.

September 04, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists


Ashway: Fritz Crisler ushered in modern college football era

As you watched myriad college football games play themselves out over the long weekend, did you stop and thank the man most responsible for creating the modern game?

September 02, 2014 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists


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