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Alabama coach Nick Saban has received a new eight-year deal worth at least $74 million. The agreement runs through the 2025 season and was announced on Friday. Saban gets a one-year extension with a sizable raise for the 66-year-old coach, who has led the Crimson Tide to five national championships over the past nine seasons.

Saban’s salary will increase to $7.5 million this season and go up by another $400,000 in each subsequent year. He also gets an $800,000 signing incentive this year and would receive the same amount for completing each of the next three seasons—2019, 2020 and 2021. He had received an eight-year deal worth at least $65 million in May 2017.

Then Saban claimed his fifth title with the Crimson Tide in January with a come-from-behind, overtime win over Georgia thanks to a quarterback switch that paid off.

Kayvon Thibodeaux is the nation’s No. 1 recruit. As the top player on 247Sports‘s 2019 composite rankings, Thibodeaux can play his college football at any college he selects. And it turns out one of those schools may be Florida A&M?

Okay, probably not. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., defensive end spent his Saturday night at a Florida State recruiting event, but, according to his Twitter account, spent his Saturday morning and afternoon at Florida A&M — and enjoyed the heck out of it.

The Georgia Bulldogs hit the jackpot Sunday after star running back John Emery Jr. committed to play football at the school in 2019.

Emery is considered to be one of the best overall prospects in this year’s recruiting class. The Louisiana native is a 5-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 2 running back in the nation and No. 31 player overall, per 247Sports.

What we’ve seen already from Alex Hornibrook defies the ‘Wisconsin game manager QB’ label, for better and for worse. His next step could put the Badgers in the CFP mix. Continue Reading, by Andy Staples
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Fresh off celebrating a national championship season, UCF is now in full swing with a Heisman campaign for quarterback McKenzie Milton as the 2018 season draws near. Already one of the top players set to return in the AAC, UCF is spreading the word to ensure their quarterback does not get overlooked in the Heisman Trophy conversation this season. To do that, UCF has been sending out black leis to honor Milton’s Hawaiian roots.

Urban Meyer didn’t want to keep talking about Zach Smith on Tuesday, not after nearly every question in his larger press conference veered in the direction of his now-former receivers coach.

He didn’t want to talk about him a few hours later, at a smaller lectern, when the Ohio State coach made it clear that he only wished to discuss football.

He didn’t want to answer when a reporter asked him to clarify his earlier comments, but he complied—and then eventually waved his hands. “This is (it), we’re done,” Meyer said.

But Meyer doesn’t get to say when we’re done, not with this conversation. He might control how much the public knows about a stud freshman or a star player’s injury, but in legal matters, he is not the arbiter. That’s not in his contract, and it doesn’t matter that he fired Smith the day news of new allegations against him broke. What matters is he employed the coach for years, knowing full well Smith had a violent past—one there’s no evidence he was punished for. Continue Reading, by JOAN NIESEN

Louisville has reportedly filled its non-conference schedule for the 2022 season with the addition of a home game against James Madison. The FCS powerhouse will also net the largest payday the program has ever received for a game against a FBS program

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It has been a while since Tennessee football played a role in the national championship picture, but the Vols hope things turn around soon under the leadership of new head coach Jeremy Pruitt. In the meantime, plans are coming together for Tennessee to pay tribute to the 1998 national championship team, the first school to claim victory in the BCS era. This season marks the 20th anniversary of Tennessee’s last national championship. Continue Reading, by Kevin McGuire

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The home of Nebraska head coach Scott Frost was burglarized over the weekend. The Lincoln, Neb. police department says that about $165,000 worth of items were stolen and that the burglary took place sometime took place sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday night.

 

 

Shea Patterson is the savior again. The quarterback who can make it all right. Who can redefine a college football program. Who can win a championship. His teammates see it. The fans in Ann Arbor, Michigan, do, too. Hell, anyone who follows college football knows this is the deal with the most important transfer of the 2018 college football season.

The latest 2018 Heisman Trophy Odds are out from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Who’ll win, what are the best longshots, and what’s the best value? Continue Reading, by 

At this point during the offseason, we start to get odds on national champion, College Football Playoff participants, conference title winners and Heisman Trophy winners. For those, it’s great to be listed at or near the top. But nobody wants to be one the names at the top of a set of odds released Friday.

Offshore bookmaker BetOnline.ag released odds on which SEC coach will be fired first, and it doesn’t paint a pretty picture for LSU coach Ed Orgeron. In just his second season as the full-time coach of the Tigers, Orgeron is listed at the top of board followed by Missouri’s Barry Odom, Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason and second-year Ole Miss coach Matt Luke.

Here are the full odds for all 14 SEC teams.

COACH SCHOOL ODDS
Ed Orgeron LSU 9/4
Barry Odom Missouri 5/2
Derek Mason Vanderbilt 5-1
Matt Luke Ole Miss 6-1
Mark Stoops Kentucky 7-1
Gus Malzahn Auburn 20-1
Will Muschamp South Carolina 20-1
Jeremy Pruitt Tennessee 20-1
Joe Moorhead Mississippi State 33-1
Chad Morris Arkansas 33-1
Dan Mullen Florida 50-1
Kirby Smart Georgia 50-1
Jimbo Fisher Texas A&M 50-1
Nick Saban Alabama 50-1

Interestingly, Gus Malzahn is tied with Muschamp and Pruitt despite winning the SEC West last season and beating Alabama in two of the last five seasons and signing a 7-year, $49 million contract this offseason. Pruitt also chimes in as the most likely first-year head coach to get the boot (Luke had the interim tag last year), which speaks to the decade-long volatility on Rocky Top. By 

 

 

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