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College football’s way-too-early 2021 All-America team

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After navigating the challenges of the 2020 college football season, is there anybody not eager to look ahead a little bit? We bid adieu to stars such as DeVonta Smith, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Daviyon Nixon, but there’s a whole new batch of players waiting to star on college......

Ohio State’s Fields, Davis declare for NFL draft

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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is headed to the NFL draft after two seasons with the Buckeyes, he announced Monday. Fields made the announcement on Twitter, writing, “My path to The Ohio State University was not a direct one, but I could not have asked for a better final destination.”......

Sources: Vols’ Pruitt fired following investigation

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12:28 PM ET Chris Low Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter Joined ESPN.com in 2007 Graduate of the University of Tennessee Mark Schlabach Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior college football writer Author of seven books on college football Graduate of the University of Georgia Tennessee has fired head football......

History-making Fuller invited to inauguration

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sarah Fuller, the first woman to score in a Power 5 conference football game, says she has been invited to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. “It’s an honor to be invited to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions,” Fuller posted Sunday on social media.......

Ohio St. RB Sermon says he’s entering NFL draft

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Ohio State running back Trey Sermon announced on social media Sunday that he is entering the NFL draft. He is ranked as the No. 3 draft-eligible running back by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. Sermon rushed for 870 yards on 116 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and four touchdowns this season.......

Michigan turns to Ravens’ Macdonald as new DC

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Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Mike Macdonald has been named the new defensive coordinator at Michigan, the school announced Sunday. Macdonald has spent seven years with the Ravens, three in his role coaching the linebackers, and worked in various roles at Georgia from 2011 to 2013. “It is an honor to......

Sources: Marshall set to hire Tide’s Huff as coach

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Marshall is expected to hire Alabama associate head coach/running backs coach Charles Huff as its new head coach, pending approval by the university’s board of governors on Monday, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday. Huff, 37, is regarded as one of the top recruiters in college football, and he also......

Sources: Charles Huff to Be Hired as Marshall Head Coach

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Marshall is expected to hire Alabama associate and running backs coach Charles Huff as its next head coach, according to Sports Ilustrated’s Pat Forde. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman was first to report the hire.  Huff brings with him 16 years of experience to Marshall with stops at both college and NFL......

The legend of Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes’ 2016 epic

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This weekend, Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield will meet once again, this time in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mahomes, the reigning MVP of the defending Super Bowl champs, has the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs positioned to repeat. Mayfield just quarterbacked the Cleveland Browns to their first playoff victory in 26......

Maryland Reaches $3.5 Million Settlement With Family of Jordan McNair

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe More than two years after Maryland football player Jordan McNair died during a workout of heat stroke, the university has reached a $3.5 million settlement with McNair’s parents, Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson. The total of the settlement was......

Maryland to settle with McNair family for $3.5M

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More than two years after Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair died from heatstroke he suffered during a football workout, the university has agreed to a settlement totaling $3.5 million with his parents, Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson. The amount, which was made public on Friday in a meeting agenda released......

From DeVonta Smith to Buddy Johnson, the 2020-21 college football All-Bowl team

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Another college football bowl season is in the books. While Alabama reigns supreme again, there was much more to the postseason than just the College Football Playoff. Even in a modified bowl season, with fewer games because of the coronavirus pandemic, there were still plenty of exciting moments and noteworthy......

Final college football Power Rankings for the 2020 season

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In the realm of Alabama football (and given the monster Nick Saban has created), going two entire years without winning a national championship is inexcusable. Pardon the sarcasm. But as we look back on a season unlike any other in college football, right there at the top of ESPN’s final......

Flood set to join Sarkisian at Texas, sources say

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9:06 PM ET Ian Fitzsimmons Adam Rittenberg Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Texas is set to hire Alabama assistant and former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood as its new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Steve Sarkisian, sources confirmed to......

Sources: Tide finalizing deal with O’Brien for OC

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Alabama is finalizing a deal with former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien to be the Crimson Tide’s next offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. O’Brien was in the Alabama football complex on Wednesday. He also spent some time around the team last week leading up to the College Football Playoff national......

Michigan brings in top rusher Hart as RB coach

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Michigan is hiring Mike Hart, the Wolverines’ all-time leading rusher, as running backs coach, the school announced Wednesday. Hart set Michigan records for rushing yards (5,040 yards) and carries (1,015) and scored 41 rushing touchdowns as a four-year starter. He won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2004......

College Football Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2021

Sports Illustrated
Welcome to the annual crapshoot. This year it’s an even bigger crapshoot than usual, given the state of flux regarding extra years of eligibility and the sudden halting of progress on the one-time transfer legislation by the NCAA. We have only a sketchy idea who is going to be where.......

Predicting next year’s breakout player for each Top 25 team

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The 2020 college football season has just ended, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next season. Here’s a look at one potential breakout star for each player in the 2021 Way-Too-Early Top 25. No. 1 Clemson: QB D.J. Uiagalelei This feels like cheating. Saying Uiagalelei is......

Why is Nick Saban smiling? The answer goes beyond him leading Bama to another title

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“I enjoyed the ride!” Alabama head coach Nick Saban, his 69-year-old face looking downright cherubic, was specifically talking about the lift he had just received, as he was carried him across the field of Hard Rock Stadium like a sack of potatoes on the right shoulder of 6-foot-6, 324-pound Landon......

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