College Football: They're Only No. 2

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Lights are burning late at No. 15963 Valleywood Road in Sherman Oaks, Calif. From the study, overlooking a kidney-shaped swimming pool, comes the whir of a movie projector. Hunched over the L-shaped desk, his size-50 jacket slung carelessly on the floor, a bespectacled bear of a man scribbles furiously on a note pad. It is some time between midnight and 4 a.m., the hours that James Thompson Prothro Jr. calls his "thinking hours." It could be chess that Tommy Prothro is thinking about: he is a tournament champion. Or bridge: he collects...

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