Nick Bromberg

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles, which is appropriate because his first words as a child were "Go car, go." A lifelong sports fan, Missouri alum and Kansas City lifer, Nick is all too familiar with losing and heartbreak. Nick is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist so if he isn't watching cars go in circles, he's likely at the gym.

  • Kansas QB Ryan Willis transfers to Virginia Tech

    Ryan Willis played in six games at Kansas in 2016. (Getty)
    Ryan Willis played in six games at Kansas in 2016. (Getty)

    Virginia Tech has added a former starter at an FBS school to its quarterback depth chart for 2018.

    Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis said Thursday night he was transferring to Virginia Tech. He’ll have to sit out the 2017 season but will be eligible to play two seasons after that.

    Willis was Kansas’ primary starter in 2015. He was 164-315 pasing for 1,719 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In 2016, Willis played in six games, splitting time with Montell Cozart and Carter Stanley at quarterback. Willis was 72-117 passing for 811 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions.

    Stanley was the team’s starting quarterback in the Jayhawks’ upset win over Texas.

    Virginia Tech also added transfer A.J. Bush this week. Bush, a two-star dual-threat

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  • Carl Edwards' move opens opportunity for Daniel Suarez

    Daniel Suarez (R) won three Xfinity Series races and the series title in 2016. (Getty)
    Daniel Suarez (R) won three Xfinity Series races and the series title in 2016. (Getty)

    The plan was originally for Daniel Suarez to defend his Xfinity Series championship in 2017.

    Plans change.

    Carl Edwards’ decision to step away from NASCAR in 2017 means Suarez won’t have the opportunity to become the first back-to-back Xfinity champion since Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Instead, he’ll be going for a Chase berth in the Cup Series in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 car.

    Suarez said he found out about his promotion for this season while having lunch with his girlfriend and her parents. After realizing the calls he was getting were important, he stepped away from the table for a while. Then was sworn to secrecy when he got back.

    “And then when I came back, Silvia and her parents, they were asking me what was going on because I came back with a smile like this.  So they were asking me what was going on.  Well, really I wasn’t able to say anything, so I didn’t say anything.”

    Suarez became the first

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  • Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee takes same position at UConn

    Lashlee (R) took over as Auburn's playcaller in September. (Getty)
    Lashlee (R) took over as Auburn’s playcaller in September. (Getty)

    Connecticut was able to get an offensive coordinator from a Power Five school.

    The school announced Wednesday evening that Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee would be the Huskies’ new offensive coordinator.

    “I am thrilled to have Rhett join our staff as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach,” UConn coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “He is one of the brightest offensive minds in college football and I know that his experience around some of the highest-powered offenses and top players in the country is going to be an incredible benefit to our program.”

    Lashlee took over as Auburn’s primary playcaller from coach Gus Malzahn in September after the Tigers had a rough offensive start to the season. Auburn’s offense played well once Lashlee started calling plays, though things got derailed in November when quarterback Sean White was injured and played poorly vs. Georgia.

    The Tigers threw for just 37

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  • Former Baylor DC Phil Bennett hired at Arizona State

    Phil Bennett was Baylor's DC for six seasons. (Getty)
    Phil Bennett was Baylor’s DC for six seasons. (Getty)

    Both of Baylor’s coordinators from 2016 have found new jobs.

    Arizona State announced Wednesday it had hired former Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.

    “I’ve known [Arizona State head coach] Todd Graham for a long time and I love his passion for the game of football,” Bennett said in a statement.  “It’s like any situation in that I think I can help get ASU back to championship football. I’ve watched them play and I know ASU is not far away. The program has great support from its administration and fan base. I’m very excited to begin this part of my life.”

    His optimism about the Arizona State defense is heartwarming. The Sun Devils missed a bowl game in 2016 and had one of the worst defenses in college football. ASU gave up over seven yards a play and 520 yards a game last season. Only Texas Tech gave up more yards per game, though Texas Tech gave up slightly fewer yards per play (7.05), than the Sun Devils did (7.07). Only

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  • Impossible to argue with Carl Edwards' reasons for stepping aside

    Carl Edwards will be replaced by Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 car in 2017. (Getty)
    Carl Edwards will be replaced by Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 car in 2017. (Getty)

    Carl Edwards became emotional once during his press conference Wednesday to explain why he’s stepping away from the Cup Series in 2017.

    The moment came when the Missouri native was told of the way NBC Sports described his midwestern sensibilities and upbringing. Edwards, perhaps the most private driver in the Cup Series, fought back tears and turned his head away briefly from those assembled in attendance.

    “I just want to be a good person,” he said.

    It’s a phrase we can all live by. And it’s also one that Edwards has clearly tried to abide by for his teams and sponsors since his entrance into the Cup Series in 2004.

    The 28-time winner has been constantly careful of the image he represents for his brands and teams. Any press conference about Edwards and his lifestyle almost always included a reference to longtime sponsor Subway.

    Edwards always gave considered, if not not terribly revealing, answers to

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  • Healthy and satisfied with his career, Carl Edwards walks away from NASCAR

    Carl Edwards won't be driving in the Cup Series in 2017. (Getty)
    Carl Edwards won’t be driving in the Cup Series in 2017. (Getty)

    Carl Edwards said three main factors contributed to his sudden departure from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

    Edwards, who declined to use the word “retire” throughout his press conference Tuesday, confirmed that he wouldn’t be driving full-time in the Cup Series in 2017. He’ll be replaced by Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez in the No. 19 car.

    Edwards’ decision to walk away from one of the most competitive rides in the Cup Series less than two months from the beginning of the 2017 season took many by surprise. But watching Edwards discuss his reasons for leaving, it was apparent that he’d given the decision countless hours of brainpower.

    – A 28-time winner in the Cup Series. Edwards said he’s satisfied with his career, even though he doesn’t have a Cup title or a Daytona 500 win. Edwards has come oh-so-close to two championships, including crashing out while leading on a late restart in November at Homestead.

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  • TAMPA, Fla. – The final play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson’s career will officially be a kneeldown. But the final memory every Clemson fan will have of Watson is his game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow.

    It’s an incredibly fitting memory, too. The touchdown pass with one second left to give Clemson a 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game cemented Watson’s legacy as one of the greatest players in Clemson history. And it also means Watson will be mentioned alongside one of his childhood idols in the annals of college football lore.

    Shortly after the win, Watson said he looked up to former Texas quarterback Vince Young as he was growing up and remembered Young’s game-winning dash vs. USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The fourth-down scamper with 19 seconds left to give Texas the national title has been the most iconic championship game play since the beginning of the BCS in 1998.

    And thanks to Watson, Young’s moment has a challenger

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  • Clemson scores TD with one second left to beat Alabama and win national title

    TAMPA, Fla. – A year later, Clemson toppled Alabama.

    Quarterback Deshaun Watson hit wide receiver Hunter Renfrow on a 2-yard touchdown pass with one second remaining to give the Tigers a 35-31 win in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

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    The touchdown on the nine-play, 68-yard drive came just after Alabama capped a crazy 68-yard drive of its own to take a 31-28 lead with 2:07 left. But Clemson responded mightily thanks to great catches by tight end Jordan Leggett and wide receiver Mike Williams to get the Tigers close to the goal line before a defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone put the ball at the 2 for the pass to Renfrow.

    “It’s indescribable. You can’t make this up, only God can do this,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “… I told them at halftime that we’re gonna win the game. I don’t know how, but we’re gonna win it. It doesn’t even seem real to me. It’s been an unbelievable

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  • Toyota unveils new Cup car for 2017

    (Via Toyota)
    (Via Toyota)

    The Toyota Camry will have a different look in 2017.

    Toyota officially unveiled the 2018 Toyota Camry passenger car on Monday and along with it, showed off the redesigned Camry that will compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

    “The collaboration between Calty Design Group and TRD has produced a NASCAR Camry that showcases aggressive styling that is sure to turn heads on the race track and among our fans in Toyota showrooms across the country,” Toyota vice president of marketing Ed Laukes said in a statement. “Reimagining both the Camry race car and its production counterpart has been a tremendous undertaking and our goal has been to maintain parallel design characteristics so our fans can enjoy driving a Camry that closely resembles the one their favorite NASCAR driver races each weekend.”

    (Via Toyota)
    (Via Toyota)

    The official release of the new Camry comes as Chevrolet confirmed it will discontinue production of the Chevy SS at the end of the year. The SS, of course, is the

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  • Steve Spurrier is the fourth person to make the hall as a player and a coach. (AP)
    Steve Spurrier is the fourth person to make the hall as a player and a coach. (AP)

    There are a lot of recognizable names in the latest College Football Hall of Fame class.

    The 2017 class, announced Monday, is headlined by former San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk, former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and former coach Steve Spurrier. It also includes former New Mexico linebacker and defensive back Brian Urlacher and former USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart.

    Manning’s induction into the college hall of fame comes less than a year after his retirement from the NFL. Manning retired from the Denver Broncos shortly after winning Super Bowl 50, his second Super Bowl title. In his years at Tennessee, Manning threw for over 11,000 yards and 89 touchdowns. He finished second to Charles Woodson in the voting for the 1997 Heisman Trophy.

    Spurrier, who won the 1966 Heisman Trophy in his time as a player at Florida, was inducted into the hall of fame as a player

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