COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: PRE-SEASON RANKING, HEISMAN TROPHY RADAR

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Last February, did you really think Kyler Murray was going to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy? Maybe, but it wasn’t a sure-thing lock that he was going to start over Austin Kendall.

Yeah, Tua Tagovailoa was on the radar, but how about Dwayne Haskins? They came close, and they were amazing, but they didn’t win it.

Did you have Clemson superstar freshman Trevor Lawrence as a possibility? No? I did, but he won a national title – he wasn’t in the Heisman equation. Continue Reading By 

It is not every day that a college team’s quarterback has a weightlifting video go viral. Lest we forget, Jalen Hurts is an absolute monster.

The Alabama-turned-Oklahoma signal caller was a power lifter in high school. When he was in Tuscaloosa, he was recorded squatting a reported 600 pounds. Continue Reading By 

The Oregon Ducks are one of the top teams heading into the 2019 season according to ESPN. On Thursday, ESPN released their 2019 Football Power Index (FPI) Preseason Top 25 and the Ducks are in the top 10.

The Ducks are the highest ranked Pac-12 team coming in at No. 10 with an FPI score of 16.4. Three other Pac-12 teams made the ESPN FPI Top 25 with Washington at No. 17, Utah at No. 18, UCLA at No. 21 and Stanford at No. 24.

Oregon will open the season with a top 10 FPI matchup against No. 9 Auburn in the Advocare Cowboys Classic on September 1st, 2019 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Continue Reading By KEVIN WADE 

 

clemson quarterback trevor lawrence during the national title game

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The professional football market is set to become saturated by 2020. With the NFL holding court as king, the Alliance of American Football made its debut this February, but that’s not all.

The XFL is expected to make its return in February 2020 while Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, is starting a developmental league expected to launch in June 2020. Continue Reading By 

Without question, Miami had one of the most disappointing seasons of any team in 2018, dropping from its preseason top-10 perch and eventually suffering a disastrous loss to Wisconsin in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to close at 7-6. A few days later, coach Mark Richt delivered a stunner: He was stepping down as Miami coach, three seasons after he arrived with fanfare and optimism. Miami brought back Manny Diaz after a brief 18-day stint at Temple to replace Richt. So what does The U face this spring as its new head coach tries to reinvent the Hurricanes? Continue Reading By Andrea Adelson

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Michigan has the nation’s No. 8 recruiting class. More importantly, it has the top class in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007.

Now, it’s on fifth-year coach Jim Harbaugh to use this class to get the Wolverines back to the top of the conference for the first time since 2004. As far as a timetable to deliver those expectations, you can start that four-year clock now. Continue Reading By Bill Bender

The final chapter of the Hugh Freeze era at Ole Miss has been closed as the university vacated 33 wins over a six-year span because of ineligible player participation, athletic director Ross Bjork said Monday. Continue Reading By Travis Durkee

In what almost felt like a Friday afternoon news dump, last week the NCAA announced transfer quarterback Justin Fields’ waiver had been approved, and he would not have to sit out the 2019 season after transferring from Georgia to Ohio State. There were plenty of reactions to the news, ranging from positive to “THIS IS THE END OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL AS WE KNOW IT.” Continue Reading By  

The college football transfer market was flooded with talent following the 2018 season. Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields decided it was time to take his talents to a different university following alleged racial slurs used in his direction from a member of the Georgia baseball team. Continue Reading By 

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Georgia quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Middle Tennessee, in Athens, Ga. No. 2 Georgia will look for more consistent production than it managed the last two weeks against Missouri and Tennessee when it puts its perfect record on the line against Vanderbilt on Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

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The NCAA reportedly plans to evaluate its transfer guidelines this offseason and will consider making changes to the system that will impact the immediate eligibility of a player who transferred prior to graduating.

“We do believe attention on a small number of high-profile requests can skew perceptions of the scope of staff and committee review,” Kaity McKittrick, who will be among those involved in the review, said, per ESPN’s Dan Murphy. “Each waiver request is reviewed individually, as they each present a unique fact pattern and almost always confidential information about the student.” Continue Reading By KYLE NEWPORT

The Big Ten was all over the latest way-too-early college football top 25 from ESPN, and led the way with seven teams.

Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska were all ranked in the poll. The SEC came in second place with six ranked teams. Continue Reading By David Hookstead

They may not always be easy to predict, but surprising turnarounds can be found everywhere in college football. Since the start of the BCS era in 1998, at least one team has improved from two wins or fewer to .500 or better the following year. Last year, Georgia Southern and Baylor both went to (and won) bowl games after posting a total of three wins between them in 2017, and in ’17 three teams jumped up to six or more wins after finishing ’16 in their conference basements. Continue Reading By THE SI STAFF

 

 

 

WHY WASN’T URBAN MEYER FIRED BY OHIO STATE

Ohio State’s decision on Wednesday to suspend Urban Meyer for three games, despite finding that he engaged in multiple types of misconduct that would have justified firing him with cause, reflected a calculated choice. It is a choice that could pose far-reaching implications for the school. As revealed in Wednesday night’s press conference and in … Read moreWHY WASN’T URBAN MEYER FIRED BY OHIO STATE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES, URBAN MEYER, NICK SABAN, TOP 25

Ohio State Buckeyes places Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. Meyer knew about the domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith in 2015, according to college football reporter Brett McMurphy. Other Ohio State football news, this year’s Ohio State-TCU game at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium has already been selected as ABC’s “Saturday … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES, URBAN MEYER, NICK SABAN, TOP 25

MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY, 13 2018 EAGLES, COWBOYS, GIANTS, REDSKINS

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES, DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

Good news for Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander. On the eve of the NFL’s supplemental draft, teams have received records of a clean drug test taken this week, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter).  Alexander was arrested on a marijuana charge in 2016, but his camp has been working to prove that it was just … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES, DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEW & NOTES

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 … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEW & NOTES

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS-NCAA RULE CHANGES-RANKING TOP COACHES RB’S

The NCAA shook up the sleepy college football offseason Wednesday by announcing two groundbreaking rule changes that will have major and immediate ramifications. Starting this season, Division I football players can now participate in up to four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility, and all college athletes will no longer need … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS-NCAA RULE CHANGES-RANKING TOP COACHES RB’S

COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER-CAUGHT UP WITH ALL THE NEWS

Kyler Murray, who was projected to succeed Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma’s quarterback, will have a difficult decision to make after being drafted No. 9 overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics on Monday. By Jake Trotter Nebraska got the guy, it has the offensive philosophy, and it has hope again. Now it might need a … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER-CAUGHT UP WITH ALL THE NEWS

NBA FINALS-DRAFT-OFF SEASON NEWS

The Boston Celtics could use a rim protector — and top prospect Mo Bamba is a very intriguing option. In order to land Bamba, Boston would need to move up in the draft. The big man out of Texas is unlikely to slide past the Magic at the No. 6 spot, per Deveney. But Celtics’ team president Danny … Read moreNBA FINALS-DRAFT-OFF SEASON NEWS

NBA DRAFT-FBI INVESTIGATION-COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

In a development that hints at further expansion of the investigation into the underbelly of college basketball, federal paperwork released on Friday afternoon shows that a prominent grassroots team director in Massachusetts has cooperated with federal officials in the ongoing case. T.J. Gassnola, who ran the Adidas-sponsored New England Playaz and served as a consultant … Read moreNBA DRAFT-FBI INVESTIGATION-COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS