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The end of perfection, start of Alabama’s long trip home

By Josh Roller | @Roller_01

Sports Capital Journalism Program

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The faces of dejection had just walked through a cloud of orange and blue confetti. There were Alabama players, at the end of a championship night that could have been a coronation for a decade-long dynasty, sitting in their uniforms staring at a dressing room wall. They had not moved since Nick Saban, the coach of the Crimson Tide, had finished the final postgame speech of a once-perfect season.

Other Alabama players were already walking out the door and heading to the team bus. The ones talking to the media found it hard to speak and struggled to remain composed. The Crimson Tide (14-1) had just lost to the Tigers (15-0), 44-16, in the College Football Playoff National Championship, the largest margin of defeat for Alabama since Saban became head coach in 2007.

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CFP championship game: Clemson capitalizes on mistakes, dominates Alabama for second crown in three years

Editor’s note: Sports Capital Journalism Program student Robby General, writing for Newsday, highlights how Clemson stunned Alabama 44-16 in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship with the help of true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 

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No plans to expand College Football Playoff past four teams

Robby General | @rgeneraljr

Editor’s note: Sports Capital Journalism Program student Robby General, writing for Newsday, discusses why the College Football Playoff administration doesn’t have any plans to expand the Playoff past four teams due to its current contract with ESPN. 

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Clemson the choice in third title meeting with Alabama

By Robby General and Josh Roller | @rgeneraljr @Roller_01

SAN JOSE, Calif. – For the third time in four years, Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The teams split their previous two championship meetings, with Alabama winning in 2016 and Clemson in 2017. Alabama holds a 2-1 advantage in the previous three meetings after beating Clemson 24-6 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl before winning last season’s championship over Georgia. Both teams traveled across the country to compete at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California in search of capping off a perfect season with a National Championship trophy.

Sports Capital Journalism Program graduate students Robby General and Josh Roller have analyzed the factors and picked a winner.

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College Football Playoff leadership to consider expansion discussion

By Robby General | @rgeneraljr

Sports Capital Journalism Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Members of the College Football Playoff administration are scheduled to meet on Monday to consider the possibility of discussing future expansion of the four-team event.

The playoff’s governance includes the board of managers, comprised of 11 university presidents and chancellors representing each Football Bowl Subdivision conference and Independents, and the management committee, consisting of the 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick. The annual scheduled meeting will take place hours before the 2019 National Championship.

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