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August 2, 2021

Ohio State Buckeyes

No. 2 prospect in Ohio State’s class decommits

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ESPN 300 cornerback Jaheim Singletary decommitted from Ohio State on Sunday. Singletary is the No. 15 prospect overall and was the second-highest-ranked commit in the Buckeyes class behind quarterback Quinn Ewers, who is the No. 1-ranked recruit. Singletary is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner from Riverside High School in Jacksonville, Florida,......

Ranking the stability of all 130 FBS college football programs for the 2021 season

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The words “college football” and “stability” don’t go together all that well. Such is life when your livelihood is based on the whims of a pointy ball, eccentric boosters and a bunch of 18- to 22-year-old players. In this sport, drama is never far from the surface and a conference......

Pryor, ‘Tattoo 5’ want Ohio State records restored

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Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four other former Ohio State football players who were disciplined for receiving free tattoos and other impermissible benefits in exchange for their memorabilia are asking for Buckeyes victories and individual records to be restored. The Buckeyes were forced to vacate victories and records as part of......

Updated FPI rankings: Can anyone take down Alabama?

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Editor’s Note: We recently discovered that our previous preseason release of the Football Power Index in April contained data and modeling errors. We have remedied the issues and are re-releasing FPI here ahead of the 2021 season. ESPN Analytics regrets the error. In five of the past six seasons, the......

The Toughest Route of Anthony Gonzalez’s Life

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTgyMTUxNDM0ODIzODA0MjMy/dcovwatn_gonzalezh.jpg Stanley Kay Each summer Sports Illustrated revisits, remembers and rethinks some of the biggest names and most important stories of our sporting past. This year’s WHERE ARE THEY NOW? crop features a Flying Fish and a Captain, jet packs and NFTs, the Commerce Comet and the Say Hey Kid.......

Tuimoloau, No. 4 in 2021 class, picks Ohio State

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Ohio State got a late addition to its 2021 recruiting class on Sunday when five-star defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau committed to the Buckeyes. Tuimoloau is the No. 4-ranked recruit overall in the 2021 class and did not sign his national letter of intent or announce a commitment in February on......

College football preseason roundtable – Best games, breakout stars and more

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With the calendar turning to July, it’s officially time to forecast what the college football season will hold for fan bases around the country. After the most abnormal season in recent history, fans will be treated to a return to normalcy with tailgating, full stadiums and all the traditions that......

Ohio State AD Smith getting multiyear extension

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will receive a multiyear contract extension, he confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday. “It’s an honor to continue to serve the flagship university in my home state,” Smith said in a text message to ESPN. “I appreciate the support of President [Kristina] Johnson and the......

Ohio St. bans masseuse for inappropriate actions

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A massage therapist has been barred from Ohio State’s campus and from having any interaction with Ohio State athletics members after an independent investigation found she had engaged in inappropriate and exploitative behavior targeting members of the Buckeyes football team. The university released statements and a full report on the......

Oklahoma takes over top spot in post-spring power rankings

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Alabama, the defending national champion, had six players selected in the first round of last week’s NFL draft, tying the Miami Hurricanes‘ record set in 2004. Alabama and Ohio State each had 10 players drafted overall, the most of any program in this year’s draft. Georgia was third with nine......

Bears ‘execute’ plan, draft QB Fields after trade

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CHICAGO — Four years after trading up for Mitchell Trubisky, an experiment that eventually fizzled out, the Chicago Bears once again pulled off a stunning move Thursday night in the NFL draft when they traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields......

The best NFL draft sleeper picks from each Top 25 college football team

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9:00 AM ET ESPN staff Not every NFL Hall of Famer was a top-10 NFL draft pick, and not every Pro Bowler was selected in the first round. In fact, the talent that comes out of the second half of the NFL draft seems to keep getting better year after......

The most intriguing 2022 NFL draft prospects from each Top 25 college football team

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7:30 AM ET ESPN staff With the NFL draft just days away, the 2021 draft prospects have all been evaluated over and over and the fans have heard the scouting reports … over and over. And while the draft hasn’t even happened yet, it’s already time to look forward to......

How scouting during the pandemic will turn 2021 NFL draft into ‘wild, Wild West’

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7:15 AM ET Cameron Wolfe Close ESPN Staff Writer Covered the Broncos for two seasons with the Denver Post Graduate of the University of Houston A native of Jackson, Miss. NFL Nation Personnel from the NFL teams in attendance at the 2021 Senior Bowl in late January were spaced 30......

What could a college football Super League look like?

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As the globe comes to terms with the inevitably of a Super League upending the structure of European soccer, it’s not hard to imagine a series of events that leads to a similar shift in an American sport similarly steeped in more than a century’s worth of tradition. With its......

The most important storylines to watch in this weekend’s spring games

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff This Saturday features a whole host of spring football games that will give fans the first real glimpse at what might be in the store for the upcoming fall college football season. And in some cases, fans will be able to watch their teams play......

Source: Fields gets 2nd pro day; 49ers expected

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Because of a scheduling conflict with another prominent pro day, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan were unable to attend Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields‘ first pro day on March 30. Now, as Shanahan and Lynch hoped and expected, they will......

What we’re watching in spring football: Most impactful transfers and best QB battles

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One benefit of all the days blurring together during the pandemic is that it’s already time for spring football, other than the spring football they’re playing over in the FCS, where they’re actually playing real games. But the FBS fellas are back on the field after the strangest, most trying......

The best traits for the top eight quarterbacks in the 2021 draft — and the throws that show it

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The 2021 NFL draft is less than a month away, and pro day workouts are winding down. With Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Alabama’s Mac Jones and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond all working out for scouts on Tuesday, the top quarterbacks in the class have all shown what they can do......

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