Staples, Andy
Andy Staples
The Athletic
Andy Staples covers college football and all barbecue-related issues for The Athletic. He covered college football for Sports Illustrated from 2008-19. He also co-hosts Playbook from 1-4 pm ET weekdays on Channel 84 on SiriusXM. Follow Andy on Twitter: @Andy_Staples
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Ask Liucci, Part 2: A&M poised for strong future, recruiting surprises & more
Billy Liucci delivers a late-night Signing Day appetizer, taking on questions about recruiting surprises, Saturday's game in Knoxville and how Dolly Parton settles a 'Boomer Sooner' vs. 'Rocky Top' debate (Premium):
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Staples shares which storylines he's watching during week one of SEC play
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 5 mo ago by Gabe Bock
The Athletic's Andy Staples joined TexAgs Radio to preview week one from around the Southeastern Conference and what he's most intrigued by Saturday's slate. Don't worry, Staples also mixed in a little bit of food talk into the interview as well.
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Dear Andy: Name 5 ideas to maximize my team’s competitive advantage these days
5 mo ago by Andy Staples
How would The Athletic's Andy Staples alter a college football program to be better safeguarded from a COVID-19 outbreak during the 2020 season? He answers that and much more in this edition of "Dear Andy."
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Staples: The question coaches can’t tackle until their teams take the field
An offseason decimated by COVID-19 has left plenty of unanswered questions for college football coaches around the country. As The Athletic's Andy Staples explains, most of those questions can't be tackled (literally) until teams step on the field.
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Agents of Chaos: Wild-card teams with the potential to tear up 2020’s script
College football seasons usually get weird, but in a season impacted mightily by a global pandemic, it's bound to get a heck of a lot weirder. The Athletic's Andy Staples and Max Olson look at a few teams that could spark some chaos this fall.
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The SEC: It had reasons for starting late, and those reasons haven’t changed
While the Big Ten and Pac-12 have already made the move to cancel completely, the SEC is holding firm and sticking by their protocols in an attempt to play in the fall. For the SEC, nothing has changed since two fellow Power 5 conferences bowed out of the 2020 season.
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Group Text: Should conferences move permanently to 10-game league schedules?
For the first time in months, there was actual college football news. The Athletic college football trio of Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Andy Staples chatted about the latest developments and whether or not 10-game schedules should become the new norm.
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Staples: For SEC football in 2020, it just means later
The SEC announced on Thursday that the beginning of its 2020 football season would be delayed and would exclude non-conference contests, putting some of college football's most storied rivalries on hold. The Athletic's Andy Staples analyzes the conference's decision.
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Staples: The 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes will be the worst evaluated in years
The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the world of sports will be felt in many different ways, but high school football prospects in the classes of 2021 and 2022 could have their entire careers altered. The Athletic's Andy Staples explains how so much talent could go unnoticed.
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Dear Andy: Who are some under-the-radar excellent talent developers?
The Athletic's Andy Staples discusses which college coaches fly under the radar when it comes to excellent talent development, which fanbases are more willing to accept mediocrity and what will be done about conference media days.
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Andy Staples offers a national perspective on the A&M program
As decision day for the SEC and other major conferences looms on the horizon in regards to the 2020 season, Andy Staples of The Athletic joined the latest LiucciCast to offer his opinions on the national landscape of CFB and the 2020 Texas A&M Aggies.
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Texas A&M has been building to this moment, but when will the moment happen?
Since Jimbo Fisher's arrival in College Station, most people circled 2020 as the season when his impact would start to become most apparent. Andy Staples takes stock of the Texas A&M program ahead of a season long meant to prove something, now clouded by uncertainty.
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Dear Andy: What college football program is the next sleeping giant?
8 mo ago by Andy Staples
The Athletic's Andy Staples discusses which head coaches have the most job security aside from the big names, who the next sleeping giant in CFB could be and looks at how the new name and likeness rules can appeal to recruits.
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Dear Andy: Will decisions over crowd sizes this fall create inequities, conflict?
The Athletic's Andy Staples discusses the process of how a team determines their interim coach and possible disparities in crowd-size rules due to COVID-19. He also ranks college football stadiums based on their legendary moments as well as readily available spices.
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Staples: We’re getting college football answers, but they won’t all be the same
Questions are starting to be answered regarding what college football will look like in 2020, but one thing is certain: All of the answers will be different. The Athletic's Andy Staples discusses the latest in the college football landscape.
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The questions that need to be answered for college football to return on time
Whether or not there is a college football season in 2020 is still up in the air, and many questions need to be answered before teams are allowed to return to the gridiron. The Athletic's Andy Staples attempts to answer a few of those pressing concerns.
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Dear Andy: What would be the college football equivalent of the Jordan doc?
10 mo ago by Andy Staples
The Athletic's Andy Staples offers his thoughts on ESPN's Michael Jordan documentary and what a college football equivalent would be. He also creates his own imaginary bowl game and more in this edition of Dear Andy.
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Varsity Blues roundtable with OB, Andy Staples and Matt Browning
Texas A&M Football ⋅ 10 mo ago by Gabe Bock
Recently, our friend Andy Staples at The Athletic did a podcast on (one of) the greatest football movies of all-time, Varsity Blues. Staples joined our roundtable with Olin Buchanan, who was in the movie, and Matt Browning, who was an extra in the 1999 classic.
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The Athletic group text: College football's billion-dollar question
The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Andy Staples and Stewart Mandel take on several of the questions about the potential impact of COVID-19 on college football, including the processes decision-makers will have to use - and create - to find solutions.
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The Athletic group text: The best sports books we’ve ever read
11 mo ago by Andy Staples
In the lives of sports fans across the world, there is an unprecedented amount of downtime. To fill the sports void, a trio of writers from The Athletic compiled a list of the greatest sports books they've ever read.
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