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Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 9 Daelin Hayes, defensive end (NBC Sports)

Twitter is a unique beast, with college football Twitter its own monster and the Notre Dame subsection a terror all its own. The overreactions, hot takes and incessant hand-wringing create an ecosystem unlike any other throughout fall’s Saturdays. The gifs, memes and intentional misspellings of “FIGTHING IRISH” develop a language at best English-adjacent. The on-field highs become greater peaks and each lost fumble craters into a never-ending abyss as far as the proverbial feed is concerned. As it was first known, twitter officially launched in March of 2006 and gained steam in 2007, but it only found momentum in 2008 and became main-stream somewhere between 2009 and 2010. CONTINUE READING, by NBC Sports: Inside the Irish

It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Alabama earn its fifth College Football Playoff appearance this year, but which other SEC schools have the best chance at joining the Tide? CONTINUE READING, bCHRIS JOHNSON

The image of Gus Malzahn as an internet troll is hard to conjure.

But it was all there in front of Auburn’s mild-mannered coach at some point after a brutal loss to UCF in the Peach Bowl. Part of the fallout from that 34-27 decision included a months-long campaign by UCF to claim a national championship after finishing their season undefeated, 13-0.

Auburn’s coach was kiddingly reminded Thursday he could have poured hot lava on that argument with a tweet that ready something like: Auburn lost to the national champions. CONTINUE READING, by  

 Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has not changed his message regarding the Tigers’ quarterback situation, but he’s more than happy to be stuck in the predicament of having to choose between senior Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence.

Swinney added redshirt freshman Chase Brice to the mix as well, joking that he could throw a golf tee in the air and whichever of the three players it pointed to upon landing was good enough to help Clemson win.

“I really believe we can win with all three of them,” Swinney said Thursday at the ACC Football Kickoff. “We haven’t always had a situation like that. That’s a great spot to be in.”

No starter has been named and no timetable has been set for naming a starter. Like many coaches, he wants to get into camp and let the three players compete for the job. At the start of camp, Swinney said, Bryant is a little bit ahead of Lawrence and Brice. CONTINUE READING, by 

Clemson has made a second major statement this year about how much they want to hold onto defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

After upping his salary to $2 million a year in February, the school extended the deal to five seasons through 2022 and added retention bonuses that make the package worth $11.6 million.

“Brent’s extremely excited. We’re very happy to have him here,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said.

Venables, 47, has long been considered one of college football’s top defensive leaders, helping Oklahoma win a national title in 2000 and doing the same at Clemson in 2016. CONTINUE READING, by Associated Press

Forty-four days until kickoff, Nick Saban would not commit to Jalen Hurts being on the roster for the season opener against Louisville.

“I have no idea,” Saban said Wednesday at the 2018 SEC Media Days. He quickly added, “I expect him to be there.”

That’s non-committal. That’s also about the best news Alabama could get regarding the sport’s No. 1 offseason storyline. Why? Because there are 44 days until kickoff.

If Hurts — the supposed loser of the starting quarterback job to sophomore Tua Tagovailoa — was going to transfer, he’d have done it by now. Most players transfer after the season or following spring practice.

That’s sort of why I asked the question about Hurts’ immediate future during Saban’s appearance, fittingly, at the College Football Hall of Fame. The answer to the sport’s No. 1 storyline continues to linger in the air like a pooch kick. CONTINUE READING, by 

What exactly happened with Jeremy Pruitt and Mark Richt during Pruitt’s time in Athens? Does Arizona State have any hope in Herm Edwards’s first year? Answering that and more in this week’s mailbag. CONTINUE READING, by ANDY STAPLES

Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M led off the festivities at SEC Media Days Monday afternoon, but finishing in first in the SEC West might be a little bit more difficult early in Fisher’s tenure as head coach.

It doesn’t matter. With the 10-year, $75 million contract Texas A&M used to lure him away from Florida State — a place where he won a national championship — Fisher doesn’t have the luxury of time.

That’s what makes this season in College Station so interesting. Fisher is building this program from the ground up, with his philosophy and a national championship in mind.

“I think your timetable is as quick as you can put things in place and everyone buys into what you’re trying to do,” Fisher said inside the College Football Hall of Fame. “You have a timetable, your timetable is now.” CONTINUE READING, by 

Tom Herman says ideal Texas schedule would include Texas A&M rivalry

It’s not very often when a head coach can lose on a conference’s media day, but UNC head coach Larry Fedora went down swinging on Wednesday. On the first day of the ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina, Fedora stood firm on some interesting takes on the current state of the game and how it could lead to the downfall of the country. He also suggested there is no connection to playing football and CTE. It was a doozy of an afternoon for the head coach of the Tar Heels. “Our game is under attack,” Fedora suggested when discussing new rules being implemented into the game with the focus on improving the safety of players. CONTINUE READING, by NBC Sports: College Football Talk

“Does anyone know how old he is?” Missouri’s Drew Lock responds to Tom Herman

One of the more unexpected college football feuds in recent memory continued at SEC Media Days. Last December, Texas earned its’ first bowl victory since 2012 by topping Missouri in the Texas Bowl, 33-16. Longhorns head coach Tom Herman made some noise when he mocked the somewhat unique celebration of Tigers quarterback Drew Lock late in the contest. Lock has answered questions about the incident before. But speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he came back with a stronger retort for the coach who has made several Big 12 headlines this week. “If a head coach – does anyone know how old he is? I don’t know — a head coach at the University of Texas, which is one of the top five programs of all time… CONTINUE READING, by Fort Worth Star-Telegram

 

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