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  • By Steven Lassan, 1 hour 37 min ago

    It’s a new era in Seattle, as Chris Petersen was hired away from Boise State to replace Steve Sarkisian. Petersen is regarded as one of the top coaches in the nation, so it’s no surprise there is plenty of excitement around the program in 2014.

    The Huskies continued to build on their offseason momentum with the release of new uniforms and helmets for 2014.

    And by all accounts, these new uniforms are a hit with the players and fans.

    Check out the full gallery of the new uniforms here and below are a few selected images from today’s release:
     

  • By David Fox, 10 hours 42 min ago

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — For a day or so, two of the most beloved Tennessee sports figures were in the state of Alabama.

    Bruce Pearl, of course, is the new coach at Auburn. And now Peyton Manning and Nick Saban are trading football tips.

    Ick.

    Athlon Sports will be covering both Iron Bowl spring games.

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    The former Volunteers quarterback and his Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, Adam Gase, spent time with Saban and his staff trading knowledge. Gase worked for Saban at Michigan State and LSU. The meeting, one of several visits Saban said Manning has made in the offseason, was mutually beneficial.

    Both Saban and Manning are coming off shocking postseason losses ‚ Alabama losing 45-31 to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and the Broncos losing 43-8 to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

    “To be honest with you, he was just trying to learn so he could be a better player,” Saban said at his post-practice press conference. "I think a lot of people would say, 'Wow, the guy is one of the best, if not the best, and certainly from a career standpoint probably about as good as anybody's been in the history of the league.’ After all the experience and knowledge that he has, he's going out and trying to seek more knowledge and understanding of the game of football so he can play better.”

    Saban said he talked to Manning about the no-huddle offense and what gives him trouble from a defensive standpoint. Alabama, of course, faces its share of up-tempo teams in the SEC West. Not to mention the team in Knoxville.

    Tennessee fans seem to be taking it well:

    The real party to be a little upset, though, might be the NFLPA. By meeting with Gase, Manning may have committed a violation of the CBA, according to Pro Football Talk. The Collective Bargaining Agreement forbids players from meeting with their NFL coaches before the official start of the offseason program.

    Manning isn’t the only figure to visit. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano also visited Saban and his staff during the spring.

    “I guess the best way to answer the question is who's doing who a favor?” Saban said “Sometimes we have people that we ask to come in because we want to learn from them. The goals that you have for next year are basically the things that you struggled with last year. You make a list of those things through your quality control, and then you go out and look for people who might be able to help you develop a little more expertise, a better way to teach, a better way to coach some situation.”

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 day 14 hours ago

    Illinois joined the new uniform release party this spring, unveiling helmets and jerseys for 2014 on Wednesday night.

    The program is switching to a power “I” design on the helmets, which is a needed change from the simple Illinois underlined on the helmets.

    And the overall design of the jerseys is pretty solid. White, orange and blue will be the three jersey colors, and the Fighting Illini will also have three different helmets to choose from.

    Check out the photos below:
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 days 8 hours ago

    New uniforms seem to be popping up for a handful of ACC teams this spring, as Florida State and Miami have already unveiled new looks for 2014.

    Syracuse is the next ACC school to get a uniform makeover. The Orange unveiled three new combinations on Wednesday, featuring gray, white and blue jerseys and blue, white and orange helmets.

    However, Syracuse’s nickname is the Orange. So why are the orange jerseys not a part of the uniform redesign?

    Here’s a look at the uniforms for Syracuse:
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 days 23 hours ago

    There’s little doubt quarterback competitions are the position battle scrutinized the most in preseason practices. However, at USC, the quarterback battle is officially over - for now.

    First-year USC coach Steve Sarkisian has picked Cody Kessler as the team’s starting quarterback. Kessler was competing with redshirt freshman Max Browne for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. Sarkisian hasn't ruled out Browne unseating Kessler in the fall, but all signs point to Kessler opening the season as USC's No. 1 quarterback.

    Browne ranked as one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in the 2013 signing class and redshirted his first season on campus.

    Kessler edged Max Wittek for the No. 1 job last year and finished 2013 with 2,968 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.

    Although there’s plenty of time to sort through a depth chart before the season opener, this seems to be a good move for Sarkisian.

    If Kessler has outplayed Browne all spring, there’s no sense in waiting to pick a quarterback. Kessler seemed to make significant progress late last season and should have a chance to build on that in 2014 with a solid group of receivers returning to Los Angeles.

  • By David Fox, 3 days 12 hours ago

    The debate concerning preseason rankings has started around the Athlon Sports offices, and we’re giving you an inside look at all the things that will shape the 2014 countdown.

    Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan take you inside the process of the rankings meeting as they talk through the teams in the ACC.

    Will anyone challenge Florida State in the Atlantic? Will Louisville be a factor in Bobby Petrino’s return? And how do we sort out the mess that is the Coastal Division?


    The podcast can be found on athlonsports.com, iTunes and our podcast RSS feed.

    Please send any comments, questions and podcast topics to @AthlonSports, @BradenGall, @DavidFox615 and @AthlonSteven on Twitter or email podcast@athlonsports.com.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 6 days 5 hours ago

    So far, it has been an interesting offseason for Nebraska. Well, interesting in a good way.

    Nebraska coach Bo Pelini appears to be having a lot of fun since beating Georgia in the Gator Bowl, as he had a Twitter interaction with his alter ego (@FauxPelini) earlier this offseason. If you aren’t familiar with @FauxPelini, the avatar features Pelini in a sweater holding a cat.

    Fast forward to the spring game, and Pelini is still having fun with the alter ego. Pelini held a cat and held it up to the crowd prior to Nebraska’s spring game.

    And no, this wasn’t @FauxPelini. This was the real Bo Pelini.

    Check out the video and pictures from Nebraska’s spring game:

  • By Steven Lassan, 6 days 5 hours ago

    Spring football is all about trying to build as much positive buzz as possible until the fall, and unveiling new uniforms and helmets is just one way to establish momentum for any FBS program.

    Miami’s ACC rival Florida State recently unveiled a new jersey and helmet combination for 2014, and the Seminoles won’t be the only team in the conference with new uniforms, as the Hurricanes unveiled a new design before the spring game.

    Here’s Miami’s updated uniform combination, which features black, green, orange and white jerseys, along with two different helmets (orange and white).

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 6 days 23 hours ago

    Florida State’s jerseys haven’t changed much in recent years, but the Seminoles are getting a significant uniform overhaul for 2014. The change isn’t drastic, but the helmets, jerseys and pants were tweaked.

    As with any uniform change, it’s important not to stray too much from what worked the best for the school or the most recognizable design/colors from that program.

    And even though it may take a little time to adjust, it seems Nike and Florida State came up with a pretty good design and overall look for the program.

    Below is a look at Florida State’s new jerseys and helmets for 2014 and be sure to check out this Nike gallery of photos for the uniforms:
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 7 hours ago

    The career of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is over at Missouri. Green-Beckham was recently suspended due to an off-the-field incident, but on Friday, coach Gary Pinkel dismissed the former No. 1 recruit from the team.

    Green-Beckham was recently under investigation after an altercation at an apartment. Police were prepared to charge Green-Beckham with first-degree burglary, but the complainants decided not to press charges.

    In two years with the Tigers, Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns.

    There’s no question this is a huge loss for Missouri. Green-Beckham was arguably the No. 1 receiver in the nation heading into 2014 and a likely first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Missouri was already set to lose Marcus Lucas and L’Damian Washington in 2014, so the Tigers will have an inexperienced group of receivers for quarterback Maty Mauk. Bud Sasser, Darius White and Jimmie Hunt will have to emerge as go-to targets to help replace Green-Beckham.

    Green-Beckham’s football future is uncertain. Since he has a redshirt year available, Green-Beckham could sit out 2014 and play for a FBS team in 2015. However, he may choose to go the FCS route and play right away this year.
     

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