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Permalink 11/24/08 , The CSN Way, CSN Columns

The CSN Way: Woof, Woof, Woof

floated rightBy Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist

An annual rite of passage after the playoff selection is the analysis of who got “woofed"?

The term came from the great national FCS columnist David Coulson in 2002, who coined the term (a more generic form of Ralph Wallace’s “Wofforded") in this very column before moving to the Sports Network, home of the Walter Payton award and the FCS Top 25 poll. It was named after the aforementioned Wofford Terriers, who in 2002 were skunked from a postseason bid after posting a resume that many thought was worthy of an at-large selection.

After watching this year’s selection show, I’m left with a lot of head-scratching and a lot of candidates for Woofy awards. Though the GPI will help determine it more, I don’t think it can be given to just one school - there are plenty of Woofies to go around.

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Permalink 11/23/08 , The CSN Way, CSN Columns

The CSN Way: The Long, Painful Wait

floated rightBy Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist

The games have all been played. At this point teams can’t do anything more than politic and point at their body of work to argue that they should be into the field as an at-large entrant. There is no more working on the resume.

In essence, the long, Sunday waiting game for the official playoff selection show, 7-7:30 on ESPNU, has now begun.

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Permalink 11/22/08 , FCS Recap, CSN Columns

FCS Recap: The Scores

floated rightAll the FCS scores this week.

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MIAC Profiles of Excellence: Brandon Gleason, Hamline University

floated rightby Rich Mies, CSN Mapping the MIAC Columnist

While nearly every athlete has had to cope with injuries of varying natures, few have had to deal with as serious an injury as Brandon Gleason had to overcome. The Hamline University cross country and track stand-out, who was on the verge of qualifying for the NCAA national meet, was struck by an SUV in February 2007. His injuries were severe enough that there was a possibility he might never be able to walk or run again, but he has made a full recovery, and captured All-American honors at the NCAA Division III cross country meet today.

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Permalink 11/22/08 , The CSN Way, CSN Columns

Fearless CSN Playoff Predictions

floated rightBy Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist

Here are the fearless predictions of some of the College Sporting News‘ columnists for who is in the playoffs and who is out (as of Friday).

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Permalink 11/21/08 , The CSN Way, CSN Columns

The CSN Way: Has 2010 come early?

floated rightBy Chuck Burton, The CSN Way Columnist

With historic rivalries dotting the schedule everywhere in the subdivision, “Rivalry Week” is always a fantastic weekend of action in the Football Championship Subdivision.

But playoff possibilities have raised the stakes for many of these games. Fans will have to get through one of the most exciting final weekends in recent memory to figure out who’s in and who’s out. It’s hard to think of a weekend that has featured no less than five games that could be winner-take-all for qualification into the playoffs - but this weekend, FCS stands on the brink of such a weekend.

In 2010, the playoffs are scheduled to formally expand to twenty teams. But this year, it feels like the field has already expanded to twenty-one teams - with five thrilling first-round games on tap this weekend, with the winners slated to go into the field next weekend in the Round of Sixteen.

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CSN Inside the OVC: Winner Take All

floated rightBy James D. Horne, CSN Inside the OVC Columnist

It’s come down to this in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The winner of Saturday’s showdown between No. 16 UT Martin (8-3, 6-1 OVC) and Eastern Kentucky (7-3, 6-1 OVC) at high noon in Martin will decide who will claim the OVC Championship, and receive the automatic FCS playoff berth.

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