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Bush won’t get Heisman back after NCAA decision

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The 2005 Heisman Trophy will not be returned to former USC Trojans running back Reggie Bush any time soon. The NCAA will not consider reversing penalties or previously vacated records from past years based on recent changes to name, image and likeness regulations that went into effect this month, according......

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......

Heisman Trust pushes Bush decision on NCAA

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The Heisman Trust says former USC running back Reggie Bush could have his Heisman Trophy returned — if the NCAA reinstates his award-winning season first. In a statement Friday, the Heisman Trust responded to Bush’s call to have the trophy returned and his college statistics reinstated, saying he became ineligible......

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......

Ex-USC star Bush wants Heisman, stats restored

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On a day when college athletes were officially granted rights to profit off their names, images and likenesses, former USC running back Reggie Bush made it clear he believes the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005 should be returned and his college statistics reinstated. “It is my strong belief that......

State of the Pac-12: What hiring George Kliavkoff means for TV rights, CFP expansion, NIL and more

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7:00 AM ET Kyle Bonagura Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Pac-12. Joined ESPN in 2014. Attended Washington State University. Heather Dinich Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter Joined ESPN.com in 2007 Graduate of Indiana University When word began circulating Thursday that the Pac-12 was set to hire George......

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......

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......

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......

What a 64-team college football tournament would look like in 2021

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Why should basketball get to have all the fun in March? Better yet, why limit college football to a four-team playoff? 64 teams make it a lot more fun — and a lot more representative. Here’s the format for ESPN’s fictional 2021 NCAA football tournament: We’ve seeded the teams 1......

Most compelling storylines, players and coaches to watch this spring

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Shoulder pads popping. Whistles chirping. Coaches shouting. After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, college football’s spring practices are back as teams slowly begin to resume more normalcy amid the worldwide pandemic. What hasn’t changed since a year ago are the teams at the top of the sport’s upper echelon......

Biggest offseason question for each college football team in the Way-Too-Early Top 25

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Some top teams need to replace generational quarterbacks. Others have new coaches who need to fill big roles. No one, not even Clemson and Alabama, is perfect heading into 2021. Here’s a breakdown of the most pressing offseason questions for each of the Way-Too-Early Top......

College football’s most intriguing newcomer for each Way-Too-Early Top 25 team

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff Between recruits, transfers and new coaches, even the best teams in college football look different year to year. From defending champ Alabama breaking in a new offensive coordinator to Ohio State’s ready-to-contribute true freshmen, these are the most intriguing newcomers for each of the Way-Too-Early......

No. 49 recruit Dickerson to Ducks; Davis to USC

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On the first day of the final signing period for the 2021 class, Oregon added another ESPN 300 commitment in cornerback Avante Dickerson. The 6-foot, 170-pound corner from Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska, is the No. 49-ranked prospect overall and was one of only four recruits left uncommitted in......

How the 2021 Way-Too-Early top 25 teams can make a CFP or NY6 run

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7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The College Football Playoff or a New Year’s Six bowl game: Which is more likely for college football teams in 2021? We break down the best-case scenario for each of the Way-Too-Early top 25 teams. The road back to the playoff isn’t particularly complicated for......

USC lands CB Jackson, No. 5 recruit in 2022

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Five-star cornerback Domani Jackson announced his commitment to USC on Saturday, choosing the Trojans over Arizona State, Clemson, Michigan and Ohio State. Jackson is the No. 5-ranked prospect in the 2022 class and the No. 1 prospect from California. He is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback from Mater Dei High School......

College football winners and losers from NFL draft early-entry deadline

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Monday marked the early-entry deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2021 NFL draft, so we now have a better idea of who is staying or leaving, and which schools were most impacted. The NCAA approved an eligibility freeze for all fall athletes, thus giving seniors the option to return for......

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......

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