Articles by Jared Book


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…


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,…


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…