College Football Playoff National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson
Follow our live coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship (Jan. 9, 8 p.m.) between Alabama and Clemson at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. We'll have news, analysis, photos, video and more from the days leading up to kickoff through the game itself— all in real time.
Tampa Bay TimesCharlie Weatherbie, 61, is an ordained pastor. He lives in Naples, where he is a regional director the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Weatherbie was a college football head coach for 17 years, with stops at Utah State, Navy and, lastly, at Louisiana Monroe.
Tampa Bay TimesGayle Fryzel treasures a photograph, snapped off a TV screen, of her husband Dennis and their friend Nick. It's from 1998, after the Michigan State football team, a heavy underdog, toppled No. 1 Ohio State. Dennis ran up to Nick, the Michigan State head coach, during an interview.
Tampa Bay TimesThe Tampa Bay Times has been ranking all 18 previous college football national title games (dating to the start of the BCS era), from worst to first. Today, the most controversial of 'em all.
Tampa Bay TimesSix years ago, Tampa Bay Tech High School coach Jayson Roberts promoted Deon Cain from junior varsity to varsity at the end of the season. One of Cain's varsity responsibilities was to fill the water coolers.
Tampa Bay TimesSome of the top players in the country will be in town for Monday's College Football Playoff national title game at Raymond James Stadium. Consider it payback for all of the top talent the Tampa Bay area's fields have produced and sent to programs across the country.
Tampa Bay TimesHe likes to walk around before the games, take things in. You might see him Monday night at Raymond James Stadium before Alabama and Clemson play for the national championship. Of course, you won't know who he is. That's fine. Unassuming fits him.
Tune in regularly for live coverage of Tampa Bay events, breaking news and Florida court trials. Participate in live chats with Tampa Bay Times experts about local sports and other topics, like cooking in our weekly #CookClub chats.