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Ferd Lewis: If not for injury, UCF’s Milton might have been at the Heisman

As is the custom at Heisman Trophy media events, reporters wedge themselves, sometimes three and four deep, arrayed in round table fashion with one finalist at each table in a question-and-answer format. Read More

Tua Tagovailoa finishes second with highest runner-up total in Heisman history

When Tua Tagovailoa chose to accept a football scholarship at Alabama, Nani Vegas, his former religion teacher at Saint Louis School and confidant over the years, questioned him about the decision. Read More

Tua Tagovailoa’s childhood dream becomes reality at Heisman festivities

Nothing, not even ankle surgery earlier this week, it seemed, was going to keep Tua Tagovailoa from a round of Friday’s Heisman festivities. Read More

Ferd Lewis: This Heisman race could see one of closest finishes

When a reporter asked Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon the day before the 2014 Heisman Trophy announcement if he had been working on an acceptance speech, he gave the questioner a bemused look. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Saint Louis could stake claim as Heisman high school

They proudly label it as “Heisman Lane,” an area at the Meruelo Athletic Center at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., that pays tribute to the only school to graduate two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Akebono facing battle of his life

His size 3XL T-shirt reads “Akebono,” but in the rehabilitation facility where Chad Rowan resides, he is widely referred to as “Taisho” (boss or chief). Read More

Ferd Lewis: Johnson’s retirement a relief to defenses

They called his spread offense a backwoods gimmick that would never stand up to the test of time or competition at the highest levels of college football. Read More

Ferd Lewis: McKenzie Milton receives outpouring love from Central Florida

Orlando businessman Sanjay “Sam” Srinivasan has never met quarterback McKenzie Milton, but like a lot of people around the University of Central Florida today, he can tell you something about the now-transplanted concept of “ohana” thanks to the Mililani High graduate. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Cole McDonald earns redemption with statement performance

It was altogether appropriate that on his last play of Saturday night’s game that quarterback Cole McDonald found himself flat on the turf at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium. Read More

Ferd Lewis: A Hawaii victory in San Diego is long overdue

It has been so long since the University of Hawaii football team has won here at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium that, well, it wasn’t against San Diego State and it wasn’t SDCCU Stadium, either. Read More

Stephanie Gilmore in control heading into Maui Pro

Winning her first surfing world championship was easier for rookie Stephanie Gilmore than finding the words to express it. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Hawaii’s QB controversy a good sign

We pause on this day of reflection to raise aloft a drumstick and give thanks in the local sporting world that the University of Hawaii has two quarterbacks. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Unlike UH, SDSU can anticipate having a new home

The San Diego State football team’s biggest victory this fall came not on the football field, where the Aztecs are 7-4, but at the ballot box. Read More

Ferd Lewis: SDSU, UH could be fighting over the Hawaii Bowl

Yes, the University of Hawaii football team is bowl eligible and, yes, the Rainbow Warriors both want to play in the Dec. 22 Hawaii Bowl and expect to land there, eventually. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Cordeiro saves UH’s senior night with late heroics

The fans came laden with lei and hope, and freshman quarterback Chevan Cordeiro brought the magic on a night that, even by senior night standards, will be long remembered in University of Hawaii football annals. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Warriors must stop ‘Lightning’ from striking

In its 2018 media guide, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas politely, but firmly, reminds folks that the football team is not to be called the “Runnin’ Rebels.” Read More

Ferd Lewis: Warriors need to find their mojo before it’s too late

Win or lose tonight, they need to take into next week’s open date and the Nov. 17 final regular-season home game against Nevada-Las Vegas something more than just a fourth consecutive defeat. Read More

Ferd Lewis: Warriors match empty seats with empty sets

If there was any good news out of the University of Hawaii’s 50-20 loss at Fresno State Saturday it is that hardly anybody saw the game on TV. Read More

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