Articles by Alex Holt

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The fall of Turner Gill

It wasn’t long ago when Turner Gill was one of the most talked about coaching names in college football. Coming off a series of impressive years with the University at Buffalo, Gill had seemingly established himself as one of the game’s hottest commodities. Just three years later, however, the coach’s stock is anything but hot.

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Where have all the Wildcats gone?

As quickly as it burst onto the scene, it appears as though the Wildcat offense (made famous by the 2008 Miami Dolphins) has been classified a playbook novelty. The innovative formation, however, hasn’t completely disappeared. Thanks to teams like the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns, the Wildcat lives on.

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David Garrard’s Jacksonville exit

To the casual observer, it would look as though the Jacksonville Jaguars came full circle when they released David Garrard last week and replaced him with Luke McCown (not to mention first-year Blaine Gabbert). After all, it was Garrard who had taken over the Jaguars’ starting QB position just days before the beginning of the 2007 season when then-starter Byron Leftwich was suddenly cut. Others might say it was a move of desperation for a…

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Size doesn’t matter: Darren Sproles’ unlikely success

Of all the positions in football, one might think that running back would be one where size isn’t a requirement. After all, a smaller player would seem to have an easier time squeezing through tight gaps and bursting down the field. However, as shown by both the recent success and limitations of former San Diego Chargers and current New Orleans Saints running backDarren Sproles, size really does count — and not always in the ways…

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Can Notre Dame relive past glory?

In the world of college football, few programs can provoke so many extreme reactions from so many different types of fans as the University of Notre Dame. To some the Fighting Irish are “America’s Team”, winners of eight Associated Press national championships, the subject of movies old and new. For others, they are the NCAA equivalent of the New York Yankees or the Dallas Cowboys, a team everyone loves to hate. But with one 10-win season and four different coaches in the…

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Tyler Thigpen and Buffalo’s quarterback carousal

When it comes to the Buffalo Bills, it’s often almost as important to keep track of their backup quarterback as it is to keep track of which player is starting at the position. The reason for this is simple. Since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season, no fewer than 14 different players have seen in-game action at quarterback for the Bills, many – if not most – of them backups or even third-stringers. Even in the franchise’s early-1990s heyday, when they…

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The rise and fall of the Buffalo Bulls

For sports, the year 2008 was a year of surprises. The Tampa Bay Rays went from the worst team in Major League Baseball in 2007 to American League champions in all of one season, the NFC Wild Card New York Giants stunned the New England Patriots at the beginning of the year to win the Super Bowl and the Boston Celtics made the biggest single-season turnaround in NBA history en route to the league title….

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Following prison release, Burress eyes NFL return

As of right now, there are 13 wide receivers currently on the New York Giants’ roster and nine wide receivers on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster. Yet, if and when the National Football League finally lifts its lockout, perhaps next month, more eyes around the league will be on a wideout who hasn’t taken the field for either team since George W. Bush was still President of the United States. Plaxico Burress is just short of…

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Bills safe in Buffalo, but for how long?

In most of the measuring sticks for major cities, Buffalo is solidly outranked by Toronto and Los Angeles. It has less people, less land area, a smaller economy and fewer sports teams. What Buffalo does currently have is its own National Football League team, the Buffalo Bills. The question of whether or not it will continue to have that team is closely tied to the question of whether or not Toronto and Los Angeles will…