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College Football Recruiting Reaches New Low

The tennessean

Mark Stoops has an eye for talent. In less than seven months as Kentucky’s football coach, he has made significant inroads in recruiting. But isn’t he jumping the gun on this one? Last week, Stoops offered a scholarship to a 13-year-old who hasn’t yet begun the eighth grade. Defensive back Jairus Brents was participating in [...]

Lem Barney Says Football Is ‘Deadly’ & Will Be Gone Within 20 Years

Detroit Free Press

Lem Barney is an NFL legend, a Hall of Famer who made his living playing football. And he wouldn’t do it again. Speaking today at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Southfield, the Detroit Lions great said the sport will be gone in the next two decades.

WEINREB: The Goal-Line Stand

Michael Weinreb

Everything I know about college football I view through the prism of the 1979 Sugar Bowl. It is not my earliest memory, but it might as well be: In the pale yellow American Broadcasting Corporation graphics, in the fine-spun play-by-play of Keith Jackson,1 in the august pro-Dixie color analysis of longtime Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, [...]

TOMLINSON: Fanning The Rivalry Flames

Tommy Tomlinson

They have started football season early down in South Carolina. Somebody broke off a hunk of Howard’s Rock at Clemson the other day. That rock is literally the touchstone of Clemson football. In the ’60s, former coach Frank Howard started the tradition of having players rub the rock before they run down the hill onto [...]

TRAVIS: Kentucky Extends SEC’s Brand Into Ohio


The Kentucky Wildcats are number two in the nation in recruiting. In football. Really, this has happened. Stop with all your — “But it’s June!” — Tweets and consider the accomplishment of first year head coach Mark Stoops. I don’t care what month it is, did you ever think Kentucky would be number two in [...]

RATTO: NCAA Giving Athletic Directors More Power

Ray Ratto

Mark Emmert, whose tenure as NCAA president has been, well, weird, has decided to ratchet up the fun by instituting a committee of athletic directors to, in a nutshell, ease university presidents away from decision-making about things like recruiting rules.

FORDE: Observations & Declarations About Schedules

Pat forde

It is unofficially college football season. I know this because the preview magazines are out, and that gives us all license to start wishing our way through the summer toward Aug. 29 – opening night of the 2013 season.

VEDDER: How Poor Students Subsidize Unworthy College Sports

Vedder Richard

As parents and students struggle to keep up with rising college tuition and take on greater burdens of debt, universities are being challenged to justify the ballooning athletic fees they tack on to the bill.

GALLO: Theories Why Johnny Wants To Leave

DJ Gallo

Johnny Manziel tweeted early Sunday morning that he can’t wait to leave College Station. “Bulls— like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station … whenever it may be,” he tweeted … and then later deleted. What is it that has Manziel looking forward to leaving the town where he is [...]

WOJCIECHOWSKI: One Guy Can Change Everything


One day your team is in the septic tank. It reeks. The Roto-Rooter guy won’t get near it. Then the skies part, the angels sing and from the sports heavens comes a blinding light. You shield your eyes, but through the small gaps between your fingers you see a solitary figure descend toward Earth. It [...]

BRADLEY: Has Johnny Manziel Grown Too Big For Texas A&M?

Mark Bradley

It was a great story: Redshirt freshman wins quarterback job for Texas A&M, a team facing its first season in the high-falutin’ SEC; he engineers a famous upset of Alabama; he wins the Heisman Trophy; he becomes a brand unto himself – Johnny Football.

FELDMAN: Softest Non-Conference Schedules


With conference media days now just about a month away, it’s a good time to sift through some preseason schedule fodder. This week’s Top 10 subject: teams with the softest non-conference schedules in major college football. As I’ve done in the past I’ve created a little formula as a gauge: Factored into it are each [...]

Pelini Eyes Key Recruiting Weekend For Huskers

Husker Extra

Game on. That’s right, in June. This is a significant week for the Nebraska football program. The Big Red Football School’s first session for high school players begins Monday, with a second session starting Wednesday. The Big Red Weekend, a crucial recruiting event, is Saturday. As it stands, an estimated 20 prospects will be on [...]

Ole Miss Lands JUCO RB

National Football Post

Hugh Freeze continues to prove that last February’s recruiting haul was no fluke, as the second-year Ole Miss head coach received a commitment from top junior-college running back Akeem Judd on Sunday. After bringing in four running backs in its 2013 class, Ole Miss sought a bruising back such as the 6-foot, 215-pounder in its [...]

Five On The Rise


There are always risers within a particular recruiting cycle (or particular two recruiting cycles in this case) and 2014 (and 2015) are no different. Here’s a look at five “on the rise” from around the country.

Danny O’Brien Leaves Wisconsin

15_Basic_Fox Sports

The Danny O’Brien era at the University of Wisconsin is officially over. Less than one year after arriving at Wisconsin as the team’s starting quarterback of the future, O’Brien has left the program. Todd Willert, O’Brien’s high school coach at East Forsyth in North Carolina, confirmed O’Brien’s decision to

Manziel Stars In New Granger Smith Video


Rising country star Granger Smith certainly knows to use his Texas A&M connections. Smith, a 2002 A&M grad, was already a star in Aggieland for an ode to his alma mater called “We Bleed Maroon,” which has played on the video board before football games at Kyle Field. Last year, in College Station, Smith was [...]

Saban’s Scheduled Tennessee Appearance Causes Stir


Alabama coach Nick Saban’s planned appearance at a benefit event Tuesday in Tennessee shows the Crimson Tide-Volunteers rivalry is alive and well, even if it’s been one-sided lately. Saban’s speech at the seventh annual Athens Area Chamber of Commerce benefit dinner is expected to attract a sellout crowd of 1,500, the largest in the event’s [...]

Richt Ready For “Gurshall” Nickname To Be Retired

Macon Telegraph

Pat Fitzgerald Talks Academics, Recruiting and the Big Ten

Bleacher Report

Pat Fitzgerald is tired of hearing it. He’s tired of hearing the same exhausted line, one repeated like a chorus throughout his eight years in the captain’s chair at Northwestern. “I think it’s an excuse,” Fitzgerald said emphatically when asked about the difficulties of recruiting at a school held at such a high academic standard. [...]

FEINSTEIN: NCAA Presidents Failing The Leadership Test

John Feinstein

It was Shakespeare who wrote, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” It was Vince Lombardi who applied the Bard’s words to football. If Shakespeare and Lombardi were still around today, they might say this about college presidents: “Big-time athletics makes fools of them all.” That might be the best explanation for what seems to happen [...]

SCARBINSKY: Mississippi State Should Throw A Party For The NCAA


Dan Mullen should write a thank-you note to Britton Banowsky and every other member of the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The Mississippi State coach should send them flowers and chocolates, too. After all, the committee, instead of hitting State upside the head or slapping the Bulldogs on the wrist, held hands with them. Maybe the [...]

LACH: NCAA Enforcement Division Needs Continued Support

Jule Roe Lach

Editor’s note: Julie Roe Lach is the former NCAA vice president of enforcement. She began working at the NCAA in 1997 as in intern in the enforcement division; was hired in 1998 in the student-athlete reinstatement group and became director in 1999. In 2004, she transferred to the major infractions division of enforcement, supervising a [...]

HINNEN: New Coach Reset, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn

jerry hinnen

Over the next several weeks, we will be catching up with the coaches preparing for their first season in a new location and/or role. From recruiting to staff moves and personnel decisions, we will take a look at how the first months have gone and preview the 2013 season ahead. Today’s subject: Auburn coach Gus [...]

KING: SEC Bowls Trade Control For Cash

Harry King

Once the Southeastern Conference’s new bowl partners are in place, the SEC will have more control of the selection process and the bowls will have more cash. To get a picture of the SEC’s bowl ties after the 2014 season, swap Charlotte, N.C., for Atlanta and Houston for Arlington, Texas. The Chick-fil-A Bowl and the [...]

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