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College sports earns poor grade for racial, gender hiring practices

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Editor’s note: Richard Lapchick is a human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, expert on sports issues, scholar and author. Opportunities for people of color and women to be hired in college sports are still not where they need to be for real diversity, equity and inclusion on too many......

Biggest strength for every team in our Way-Too-Early top 25

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7:15 AM ET ESPN staff With our 2022 Way-Too-Early college football top 25 established, we asked our reporters what each team’s biggest strength will be in the coming season — in other words, what makes the best teams so good. Looking into a crystal ball more than six months before......

Sources: Ravens target U-M’s Macdonald for DC

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3:47 PM ET Pete Thamel Jamison Hensley Close ESPN Staff Writer University of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son The defensive coordinator who keyed Michigan‘s dramatic turnaround in 2021 is on the cusp of heading back to the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens have targeted......

Seniors Who Debuted in the Final SI99 Rankings

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SI – For more and to sign up click here John Garcia Jr. Putting together the final SI99 prospect recruiting rankings for the class of 2022 was no small task. Months, and in some cases years of in-person and tape evaluation goes into the final pecking order, among other elements.......

The 2022 college football games we’re already looking forward to

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We’re just 16 days removed from the 2021 college football season, and after the exciting five months of football we just had, it’s hard to not look ahead to 2022. New faces in new places, rivalries renewed and rivalries intensified have us looking forward to plenty of nonconference matchups heading......

USC transfers: Lincoln Riley hints at ‘a few more’ ahead of deadline

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Caleb Williams transfer: Wisconsin reportedly emerges as potential destination

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Miami removing the ‘turnover chain’ ahead of 2022 season

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Wilton Jackson The Hurricanes will look a little different next fall when the 2022 season rolls around. Miami offensive line coach Alex Mirabal told Hurricanes recruit and tackle Francis Mauigoa that the program was doing away with its infamous “turnover......

SI99 Recruiting Rankings By The Numbers

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTg1NzQxNjIyNjgyNjU4MTk2/_d3s0939.jpg John Garcia Jr. The Postseason SI99 rankings are officially out. It’s Sports Illustrated and SI All-American’s look at the future of college football after the 2021 high school football season and all-star circuit has come to a close.   The top four teams in the team recruiting rankings have the......

Arizona State adds Brian Billick as analyst, advisor to Herm Edwards

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Five-star LB Perkins decommits from Texas A&M

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Five-star linebacker Harold Perkins decommitted from Texas A&M on Monday. Perkins is the No. 4 prospect overall in the 2022 class and the top outside linebacker. He’s a 6-foot-3, 210-pound recruit from Cypress Park High School in Cypress, Texas, and had only recently committed to the Aggies on Jan. 2......

Ex-Ravens coach Billick joins Edwards’ ASU staff

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Arizona State has hired former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick as an offensive analyst and adviser to head coach Herm Edwards. Billick, who last coached in 2007 with the Ravens, is the third former NFL head coach on the ASU staff, joining Edwards and Marvin Lewis, also an adviser to......

ESPN 300 junior QB Arnold commits to Oklahoma

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Brent Venables added his second quarterback commitment since joining Oklahoma as head coach on Monday, when ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Jackson Arnold committed to the Sooners. Arnold is the No. 42 prospect overall, and a 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect from John H. Guyer High School in Denton, Texas. He’s ranked as......

Battle 7v7 Miami Recruiting Notebook

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MIRAMAR, Fla. — More than 40 of the top 18U 7-on-7 club teams in the country traveled to south Florida for the first big Battle tournament of the year and there were future college football stars at nearly every turn.  Between the rosters stretching from coast to coast, filled with......

Ex-Georgia WR Burton transferring to Alabama

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Former Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton announced on Sunday that he will transfer to Alabama. The Dawgs just beat the Crimson Tide in the national championship game, but Burton is switching sides after entering the transfer portal on Wednesday. Burton was second on the team in receiving yards with 497......

Jermaine Burton transfer: Georgia WR leaves for Alabama

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton announced Sunday he is transferring to Alabama.  Burton recorded 497 receiving yards and five touchdowns with Georgia last season, good for second on the team in both categories. He caught three touchdowns as......

New NIL Summit Will Help College Athletes Optimize Opportunities

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NIL now has a summit. For the first time in college sports history, athletes this year began earning compensation from their name, image and likeness. This June, college sports will feature its first NIL summit, geared to educate and award athletes in this new era. The NIL Summit, hosted by......

Hawai’i announces former QB Timmy Chang as new head coach

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Just over a week after Todd Graham resigned as the program’s locker room culture had been called into question, Hawai’i has found its new head coach in a familiar face. The program announced Timmy Chang—who graduated from Hawai’i as college football’s all-time leader in passing yards—as Graham’s replacement on Saturday......

Nick Saban, Alabama assistants went to Arch Manning’s basketball game (video)

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Top coaches nationwide have traveled to New Orleans, La. in order to watch top prospect Arch Manning play under the Friday night lights—but not just on the football field.  Alabama coach Nick Saban, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and defensive coordinator Pete Golding all attended the five-star quarterback’s basketball game to......

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