Articles by Jared Book

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Chris Johnson, the holdout and the importance of cashing in

This NFL preseason had too many storylines to name after a lockout took away most of the offseason. One of them featured one of the NFL’s top running backs, Chris Johnson, holding out from the second-to-last year in his contract with the Tennessee Titans. After his selection as a first-round pick (24th overall) in 2008, Johnson signed a five-year, $12 million contract – a reasonably standard rookie contract considering his draft position. However, the running…

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The Pac-12: where the Buffaloes now roam

When the University of Colorado announced last year that they were leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-12, there wasn’t a lot of fanfare. Colorado hasn’t been a top program of late and as a result has been on the wrong end of the spectrum for a number of years. The media also speculated about how many of the teams the Buffaloes left behind would be joining them in the conference. The answer, as we all know,…

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Twists, turns and mediocrity: UNC football after Butch Davis

Starting last Wednesday, there were rumblings around the University of North Carolina football program that something was going to happen. Given the last year of scandal surrounding the program, there was a feeling that news probably wasn’t good. However, few predicted what it was going to be: the firing of head coach Butch Davis. Davis’ firing came at a curious time, as he spoke to the media just two days prior at the ACC Media Day and appeared to have…

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The quiet emergence of Brandon Lloyd

If you asked an average NFL fan who led the league in receiving yards last season, they might not be able to tell you. It wasn’t Larry Fitzgerald or Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson or Roddy White. It was, if the headline of the story didn’t already give it away, Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos. Prior to his 2010 season, Brandon Lloyd was most known for being one of the biggest free-agent busts in recent history. After signing a…

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Former Hawkeye Brad Banks finds home with Iowa Barnstormers

They say you can always go home again. For Brad Banks, the state of Iowa is not home — he’s a Florida native — but it was where his biggest on-field success has come. Banks had a standout senior season at the University of Iowa and now is back in the state with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League. “It’s a true blessing, the support that the people give for their athletics whether at the university…