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Alabama will be opening its new Sports & Nutrition Center soon, and it gave the world a sneak peek of what to expect on Wednesday.

Now, if you’re wondering what a Sports & Nutrition Center is, it’s something you build when your program has made a ton of money over the years and isn’t allowed to give that money to the players. If you can’t pay them, you might as well feed them in an over-the-top manner. By 

On a late July day in 1999, Matt Campbell drove along U.S. Route 62, unsure of his next football destination. He knew he couldn’t go back to Pitt for another season. The football program there had turned toxic. So Campbell packed up and left. He wasn’t far from his home near Canton when he first saw them by chance: about 60 young men, crossing the four-lane highway that flanks the campus of the University of Mount Union, headed for a workout at the stadium.

“It was a fascinating moment,” Campbell said. “Here’s where there are no scholarships, there is no money, there is no flash, but these guys love football.”

Campbell wanted in. He transferred to Mount Union and became an All-American defensive lineman. Then he entered coaching.

“It saved my life,” said Campbell, who is entering his third season as Iowa State’s coach. “That’s how passionate I am about my Mount Union experience and coach [Larry] Kehres. My life probably goes a whole different way if not for finding that place.” By Adam Rittenberg

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For the first time in nearly three years, it’s an Ohio State football player who has triggered a resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Marcus Hooker was arrested in Neshannock Township, PA, earlier this month following a traffic stop. The true freshman OSU defensive back is facing one count each of driving under the influence, purchase of alcohol by a minor, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and having no rear lights as a result of the arrest.

No further details have been made available in the arrest of the 18-year-old Hooker, who is the younger brother of former Ohio State All-American Malik Hooker. Additionally, the football program has yet to respond to the off-field development, at least publicly.

More than half a decade, Northern Illinois was the gold standard in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies went to six consecutive conference-championship games from 2010-2015, capturing three titles during that stretch. The program suffered a major setback thanks to injuries in 2016 but managed to bounce back in 2017.

Armed with experience and talent, Northern Illinois is No. 60 in Orlando Sentinel college insider Matt Murschel’s preseason 2018 college football rankings. Murschel ranked all 129 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. The Sentinel staff takes a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 129 to our projected No. 1 team.

There were close to two dozen coaching changes this offseason with nearly half of those coming from Power 5 schools. While it’s too early speculate how many openings will occur this season, here are a few names that could feel the heat if things don’t go well in 2018. By Matt Murschel

The numbers continue to be staggering in an era of the sport where the gap between the haves and the have-nots continues to grow wider. A total of 182 programs have been added to the college football map since 1978, with an average of 4.7 programs being added per year. This year will see seven new programs; Allen University (NAIA; Columbia, SC), Alvernia University (Division 3; Reading, PA), Indiana Wesleyan University (NAIA; Marion, IN), Keiser University (NAIA; West Palm Beach, FL), Lawrence Technological University (NAIA; Southfield, MI), Ottawa University-Arizona (NAIA; Surprise, AZ), and University of New England (Division 3; Biddeford, ME).

Four additional programs will launch for the 2019 and 2020 seasons as well; Clarke University (NAIA; Dubuque, IA), Franklin Pierce University (Division 2; Rindge, NH), Wheeling Jesuit University (Division 2; Wheeling, WV), Barton College (Division 2 in 2020; Wilson, NC), and Keystone College (Division 3 in 2020; La Plume, PA).

For every few schools that join the college football world, there are some casualties along the way. In the past six years, 35 new programs have been launched, but 11 have been dropped. It’s worth noting those figures include UAB, which shut down its football program after the 2014 season but returned last fall. Unfortunately, not every program makes a comeback the way UAB has. By Kevin McGuire

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On his personal Twitter account this week, Johnson announced that he “will be playing football at Arizona Western… College.” The move to the junior college out west comes nearly nine months after the cornerback was dismissed by Michigan

On Thursday, the Associated Press is reporting, former Ball State football player Wendell Brown was sentenced by a Chinese court to four years in prison.  The charges stem from an incident in September of 2016 in which the 31-year-old Brown allegedly injured the eye of a Chinese man at a Chongqing bar. From Dan Wetzel‘s Yahoo! Sports column

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