Nick Saban’s huge success at Alabama means that his teams are always going to supply their share of preseason story lines, but this year features a particular doozy. Rising sophomore Tua Tagovailoa, the hero of the Crimson Tide’s comeback win in the national championship game, is battling rising junior Jalen Hurts, the 2016 Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year, for the starting quarterback job and a shot to lead an annual juggernaut on another title quest. Des Bieler
Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, committed to the Crimson Tide on Saturday. The Class of 2019 quarterback, a three-star prospect, is originally from Hawaii. He and his family moved to Alabaster, Alabama, and began playing at Thompson High School shortly after Tua enrolled at Alabama last year. By Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
The NC State Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a new five-year deal for football coach Dave Doeren, who agreed to the deal with the Wolfpack in November after being courted by Tennessee for its coaching vacancy. The deal, which runs through the 2022 season, is worth $3 million a year — an increase of $800,000 from the previous deal, which still had three years remaining. Doeren can also earn $1.35 million in incentives. NC State went 9-4 last season, and Doeren is 34-30 in his five seasons with the Wolfpack.
Malcolm Perry hooked his fingers in the collar of his pads and shifted from side to side Monday afternoon in Annapolis as Navy wrapped up its third-to-last spring football practice behind him. Perry can’t help but move his feet — he rushed for 1,182 yards last season, then endured a foot injury at year’s end, only to come back for spring practice and run so fast that all month his coaches have been begging him to just slow down. By Ava Wallace
New defensive coordinator Nate Woody and his 3-4 scheme were on display for the first time on Friday night at Georgia Tech’s spring game. But it was difficult to gauge the progress, given the number of players on both sides of the ball who were unable to play. The first-team offense won 24-14. By AP
Iowa’s offense was as inconsistent as any in the country last season, capable of hanging 55 points on Ohio State one week and getting shut out by Wisconsin the next. A more reliable attack could help vault the Hawkeyes back atop the Big Ten West in 2018. By AP
First-year South Carolina coach Mark Kingston feels the frustration of the past few weeks and shares the disappointment in the Gamecocks’ play on the diamond. He also vows to fix it as soon as possible. One of the school’s winningest and most consistent programs is struggling again. The Gamecocks, who dropped eight straight Southeastern Conference series last year, have lost four of five league weekends this year and, at 20-17, need a quick, major turnaround if they hope to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri won’t soon forget the way he joined the 1,400 wins club. His Tigers entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing Tennessee by four runs Sunday, and they won 9-7 when freshman Daniel Cabrera hit a three-run, walk-off homer.
SEC Network’s Matt Schick and Ben McDonald name the best pitching rotations to watch out for this weekend in SEC baseball. ESPN
NO.1 Florida Gators clinch series vs. NO. 9 Kentucky Wildcats. The Gators earn a series victory and their 14th SEC win of the season after beating the Wildcats 9-4.
Tennessee upset NO. 14 Texas A&M 7-4. The Vols get a series-opening victory over the Aggies to win their second consecutive game and improve to 6-10 in the conference.
When longtime former Stanford coach Mark Marquess decided to retire before one final season, one of the first people he told was former player David Esquer. “He actually called me the Saturday before he announced his retirement to let me know,” Esquer said. “I was honored that he would call me before he did that.” The coach of California at the time, Esquer didn’t know that he would ultimately be the man to take over for Marquess a year later.