Andy Staples

Info & Stats: College Football Columnist

All Topics: Food | Hugh Freeze resigning from Ole Miss | Crazy story of how Houston Nutt was involved in getting Freeze’s phone records | Hugh Freeze building his recruiting base off him being a man of faith | NCAA investigation into Ole Miss still on-going | Michigan vs. Ohio State this year is big for Jim Harbaugh | Urb’s future at Ohio State | Tom Herman at Texas | SI Eats

July 27th 2017

Andy on how much longer he sees Urban Meyer staying at Ohio State:  “I’d think 5 to 10 more’s years at least.”



Jan 10th 2017

All Topics: Last night’s National Championship Game | 2nd half of last night’s game | Alabama’s offense | Clemson going for the win last night | Hunter Renfrow | Clemson did pick Alabama on the final play | C.J. Spiller decision to go to Clemson | Spiller’s role in changing Clemson football | Deshaun Watson last night | Nick Saban | Jalen Hurts | Alabama will have #1 recruiting class again | Steve Sarkisian calling plays last night | A donut burger

Andy on Nick Saban: “My guess is he’s back in full grind mode by Thursday.”



Nov 21st 2016

All Topics: Charlie Strong situation in Texas | Strong going 16-20 at Texas | Thought Strong would have won at Texas | Strong’s mistakes at UT | Texas players thinking about boycotting the TCU game | Strong won’t let the players boycott | Strong is still auditioning for another gig | Tom Herman | Herman seems like a logical fit for Texas | LSU head coaching situation | SEC life | Food talk | Thanksgiving dinner

Andy on Charlie Strong’s tenure at Texas: “Probably best for both parties if they separate.”



Sept 6th 2016

All Topics: LSU should be freaking out after their opening season loss to Wisconsin | Les Miles | SEC having a rough weekend | SEC quarterback play | SEC quarterback play being bad | Alabama steamrolling USC | Lane Kiffin enjoying Alabama’s win | Jalen Hurts | Texas vs. Notre Dame | Notre Dame quarterback situation | Kansas gets their first win in nearly 22 months

Andy on what team should be concerned after the first week of the season: “I think LSU should be freaking out.”



July 20th 2016

All Topics: Big 12 sitting on 10 teams for a while | Big 12 actively looking for candidates to join conference | Big 12 should think about staying at 10 | University of Houston | Food talk | Baylor investigation | Cheating For Dummies II | Two key rules for Cheating For Dummies | Lane Kiffin’s tenure in Alabama | Kiffin growing as a coach?

SI writer talks Big 12 expansion.



Jan 11th 2016

All Topics: National Championship Game tonight, Alabama vs. Clemson | Clemson’s early strategy | Alabama’s defense can roll in fresh players | Alabama’s small secondary | Clemson’s up-tempo offense | Alabama defensive line | Lane Kiffin’s job | Kiffin’s future | Kiffin getting caught up on the small things as a head coach | Has Alabama tonight | Food talk

Andy on Alabama’s defensive line: “They are really hard to block.”



Oct 14th 2015

All Topics: Steve Spurrier stepping down at South Carolina | Thought Spurrier would step down at some point this season | Being on a Spurrier team | His experience with Spurrier | Spurrier has a softer side to him | People saying Spurrier quit | USC situation | Pat Haden – Steve Sarkisian mess | USC needs to stop trying to recreate the Pete Carroll days | Haden’s hires

Andy on why Steve Spurrier resigned at South Carolina: “I think he got tired, burned out.”



Sept 24th 2015

All Topics: Ole Miss beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa | Hugh Freeze’s recruiting | Alabama | Nick Saban hasn’t lost 3 games in a season since 2010 | LSU | Leonard Fournette putting a beating down on Auburn | Jeremy Johnson struggling for Auburn | Auburn’s defense | Arkansas | Arkansas’ red zone struggles | Arkansas is certainly a disappointment | Georgia | Ohio State vs. Boredom | Northern Illinois playing Ohio State tough | BBQ this weekend | Steak talk

Andy on Arkansas: “They’re certainly a disappointment.”



Jan 13th 2015

All Topics: Ohio State winning the National Championship | Cardale Jones | Ezekiel Elliott’s play | Ohio State losing to Virginia Tech earlier in the season | Urban Meyer’s best coaching job was this season | Meyer running a program | Meyer’s legacy | Ohio State’s quarterback controversy | Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones | Oregon losing

Andy on if this was Urban Meyer’s best coaching job: “I think so.”



Dec 1st 2014

All Topics: 1st season with the College Football Playoff System | His four teams right now | Problem looming for the fourth playoff spot | Baylor vs. TCU | Would have a hard time with the committee if both Baylor and TCU win out and Baylor is left out of the playoff | Art Briles | Iron Bowl | Alabama can wins shootouts | Nebraska firing Bo Pelini | Nebraska opening | Rich Rodriguez | Rodriguez’s contract |

Andy on Alabama: “It’s proven over the last few season it can win in a shootout.”



Dec 11th 2013

All Topics: Texas coaching mess | The writing’s on the wall in Texas for Mack Brown | DeLoss Dodds being forced out as A.D. | Texas boosters | Texas doesn’t have to have it’s head coaching job open early | Mack Brown deserves a better ending at Texas then this | Texas wasn’t very good when Mack arrived in Austin | Texas boosters wanting Nick Saban | Alabama fans reaction to one loss from Saban | Alabama job being a pressure cooker | Jimbo Fisher could be next on Texas’ list | BCS National title game: Florida State vs. Auburn | BBQ  | South Carolina BBQ |

Andy on if Mack Brown deserved a better ending at Texas: “Definitely.”



July 31st 2013

All Topics: Bow-tie | Johnny Manziel | Was supposed to do cover story on Manziel | Manziel getting kicked out of the Manning Passing Camp | Finally wound up at his parents’ house and talked with Johnny for two hours | Manziel making adjustments | Manziel wearing the Tebow jersey | Manziel trolling | Manziel is very self-aware | Manziel gets frustrated by people saying they will solve him | There normal is this | The Manziel family is gradually accepting Johnny is a celebrity | Johnny meeting celebrities | Johnny seeing a therapist | The requests Johnny gets | Johnny on Twitter | Manziel is a big fan of Sumlin

Andy on Johnny Manziel’s 2013 Season: “He’s going to put up monster numbers this year.”



Feb 20th 2013

All Topics: NCAA hitting the University of Miami with a “lack of institutional control” | NCAA can’t afford to have anyone looking at their actions | Nevin Shapiro | The NCAA way of doing business | Men’s football and basketball being a multi billion dollar businesses now | Yahoo’s report on Shapiro | Shapiro was in prison because he lied to people | NCAA investigators | Miami’s president Donna Shalala’s comments about the NCAA | The NCAA has got to change everything about them to get some credibility | The NCAA would lose in court | Compensating players | Florida Atlantic University striking a deal with a profit prison operator | His food blog | Bacon flavored vodka |

Andy on how the NCAA can go about getting their credibility back: “They need to change everything.”






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