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 

 

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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

 

 

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

The first two days of Jon Gruden’s first training camp in a decade had played out in idyllic fashion, with energized and engaged men in silver and black jerseys attacking their jobs in the heart of Northern California’s wine country — and the Oakland Raiders‘ current and former coach enjoyed every second of it. To be … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

MICHALE BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 14, 2018 CLEVELAND BROWNS

THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY August 14, 2018 CLICK THE BAR BELOW   Photo from ClevelandBrowns.com Hue Jackson confirmed Monday what most already assumed when it comes to Friday’s preseason matchup with the Bills. Expect a little more action from the starters, as Jackson plans to follow the general uptick of preseason playing time that … Read moreMICHALE BARI SHOW DAILY AUGUST 14, 2018 CLEVELAND BROWNS

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

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS DARNOLD, PATRIOTS, RAVENS LAMAR JACKSON, PETER KING

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the two sides agreed to a four-year, $30.25 million fully-guaranteed contract with a $20 million signing bonus. Sam Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft, which was considered a steal by some. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller listed the USC product as the No. 1 quarterback in the class, well ahead … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS DARNOLD, PATRIOTS, RAVENS LAMAR JACKSON, PETER KING

ALL EYES ON CARSON WENTZ, JOSH ALLEN SIGNS, EZEKIEL ELLIOTT AT COWBOYS CAMP

As the Philadelphia Eagles report to training camp Wednesday, all eyes will be on Carson Wentz, who returns from season-ending ACL and LCL tears. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the most likely, cautious scenario is that Wentz begins camp on the physically unable to perform list, per sources informed of the situation. A player placed on … Read moreALL EYES ON CARSON WENTZ, JOSH ALLEN SIGNS, EZEKIEL ELLIOTT AT COWBOYS CAMP

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-ALABAMA-NOTRE DAME-USC-OKLAHOMA

As we kick off our 2018 ranking of the top 100 players in college football, here are nine more who didn’t make the cut but could still be lined up for big seasons. By JOAN NIESEN Which SEC quarterback will do more for his team this fall: Nick Fitzgerald or Drew Lock? Which explosive Sunshine State … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS-ALABAMA-NOTRE DAME-USC-OKLAHOMA

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