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By Steven Lassan, 2 days 1 hour ago
Recruiting is the backbone of any college football program. Every coaching staff spends hours evaluating tape and discussing programs, but recruiting is still an inexact science.
And thanks to Miami, we have a pretty good look at what goes on inside the war room at programs while discussing the top prospects.
In this video released by the school, the coaching staff is discussing whether or not to offer a prospect that plays safety.
There’s some interesting discussion about what it takes to play the position, whether or not elite speed is needed and some of the ins and outs about what Miami looks for in terms of talent.
Check out this awesome video going inside the Canes recruiting war room:
By Steven Lassan, 2 days 23 hours ago
Spring practice is over for all 128 college football teams, which means it’s a long wait until the teams officially hit the field once again in the fall.
But there’s no shortage of college football news, as oddsmaker Bovada has released its updated national championship odds for 2015.
And it should be no surprise the Buckeyes open as the favorite at 7/2 odds.
A look through the odds shows some intriguing numbers, as Auburn – potentially a co-favorite in the SEC West with Alabama – is 12/1, while the Crimson Tide is a 7/1 favorite.
Other teams with favorable odds? How about Baylor at 20/1 or Georgia at 25/1?
College Football's Post-Spring National Title Odds
Team National Title Odds Ohio State 7/2 Alabama 7/1 TCU 10/1 Auburn 12/1 Florida State 12/1 USC 18/1 Baylor 20/1 Notre Dame 20/1 Clemson 22/1 Oregon 22/1 Georgia 25/1 Michigan State 25/1 Oklahoma 25/1 LSU 28/1 UCLA 28/1 Stanford 33/1 Arkansas 40/1 Michigan 40/1 Ole Miss 40/1 Texas A&M 40/1 Tennessee 50/1 Arizona State 66/1 Florida 66/1 Mississippi State 66/1 Nebraska 66/1 Texas 66/1 Miami 75/1 Wisconsin 75/1 Arizona 100/1 Georgia Tech 100/1 Louisville 100/1 Penn State 100/1 South Carolina 100/1 Utah 100/1 Virginia Tech 100/1 Washington 100/1 Missouri 150/1 Boise State 200/1 BYU 200/1 Kansas State 200/1 Texas Tech 200/1 West Virginia 250/1 North Carolina 300/1 Boston College 500/1 California 500/1 Cincinnati 500/1 Duke 500/1 Iowa 500/1 Marshall 500/1 Maryland 500/1 Minnesota 500/1 Northwestern 500/1 Oregon State 500/1 Pittsburgh 500/1 Rutgers 500/1 USF 500/1 UCF 500/1
By Steven Lassan, 4 days 47 min ago
The 2015 college football season doesn’t begin until September, but there’s no shortage of news to keep the conversation moving until kickoff.
With Everett Golson transferring to Florida State, oddsmakers have shifted the outlook for the Heisman race.
Bovada updated its Heisman odds on Wednesday morning to reflect Golson’s transfer, and the former Notre Dame passer is listed at 14/1.
Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott tops the list at 6/1, while LSU’s Leonard Fournette checks in at 15/2.
Below are the complete list of odds by Bovada (updated after Golson’s transfer), and three names we like that are good buy-low options:
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Talented sophomore takes control of Clemson’s high-powered offense.
Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn
Auburn is a dark-horse national title contender in 2015.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Should be an All-American in 2015 after an impressive freshman campaign last year.
Post-Spring Heisman Odds from Bovada (updated May 20)
Player/Position/Team Odds Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State 6/1 Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU 15/2 Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State 8/1 Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia 8/1 Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU 8/1 Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State 12/1 Cody Kessler, QB, USC 12/1 Everett Golson, QB, Florida State 14/1 Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama 16/1 Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA 18/1 Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State 20/1 Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson 20/1 Jeremy Johnson, QB, Auburn 20/1 Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma 20/1 Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State 25/1 J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State 28/1 Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin 33/1 Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech 33/1 Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon 33/1 Seth Russell, QB, Baylor 33/1 Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami 40/1 D.J. Foster, RB/WR, Arizona State 40/1 Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State 40/1 James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh 40/1 Malik Zaire, QB, Notre Dame 40/1 Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State 40/1 Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona 40/1 Taysom Hill, QB, BYU 40/1 Jared Goff, QB, California 50/1 Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State 66/1 Jalen Hurd, RB, Tennessee 66/1 Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss 66/1 Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina 66/1 Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona 66/1
By Steven Lassan, 5 days 1 hour ago
Cal’s blue and gold traditional uniforms could have some extra company in 2015. Pictures of a new white helmet have started to circulate recently, which features the school’s new logo instead of the “Cal” script.
Even if California unveils these for just a game or two, it’s an awesome new look for coach Sonny Dykes’ team.
Needless to say, these helmets have our stamp of approval:
Oh my. pic.twitter.com/QcRZg0kgpY— Terrell Bynum (@TDBynum) May 17, 2015
By Steven Lassan, 6 days 5 hours ago
Penn State’s Anthony Zettel is one of the top defensive tackles in the nation. The Michigan native recorded 17 tackles for a loss and eight sacks in 13 games last season.
Despite his huge 2014 campaign, Zettel isn’t sitting idle this offseason. Instead, Zettel is keeping in shape by tackling a tree.
Showing proper tackling form, here’s a short video from Zettel just destroying a tree:
Penn State DT Anthony Zettel tackled a tree and uprooted it. WATCH: http://t.co/fMC3JGMTRA— ESPN (@espn) May 17, 2015
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 6 days ago
It’s no secret Illinois’ coach Tim Beckman is on the hot seat entering 2015. Beckman’s win total has improved by two games in back-to-back years after winning only two games in his debut. However, after a 6-7 record in 2014, it’s critical for Beckman to post a winning mark in 2015.
And Beckman is only going to be under more scrutiny in 2015 after a series of tweets from former player Simon Cvijanovic (@IlliniSi on Twitter).
The tweets from Cvijanovic are only one side of the story, and there are others who came to the Beckman’s defense on Sunday night.
Which side is more believable? We've collected some of Cvijanovic's tweets, as well as some from other players (current and former) and other sources.
I stopped playing football because of my physical health. I was asked to push myself past pain until I didn't want to play anymore. #truth— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
Toby Harkins worked for months as our head trainer and was not a licensed medical professional in the state of Illinois. He was fired.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
I'm not gonna just keep quiet while players suffer— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
I met w @coachbeckman this Friday and was kicked out of his office cuz he couldn't answer y I wasn't invited to the senior banquet.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
I'm not the only horror story of abuse and misuse of power by @coachbeckman— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
I have to see therapy for the rest of my life because I wasn't given an option to have my knee repaired.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
Ask @coachbeckman harder questions and he will crack. I tried and he did.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
WHEN @coachbeckman is fired you'll hear plenty more stories but right now he's dangling scholarships like a carrot— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
Why don't my medical records match what happened in meetings with doctors?— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
My knee had a tear in the meniscus. Takes 6 months to heel if repaired. Ask @drose Instead I was told it was no big deal. Back in two weeks— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
8months later I found out my meniscus is almost completely gone. No MRI's no surgery pictures for 8months— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
"Sore loser" you say, I say abused. Our edu isn't free. We have to belittle ourselves to the ranks of livestock. Or our "free" edu goes away— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
I have plenty of currently players texting me to keep going so I'm not gonna stop.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015
Or make you hate football. This is @coachbeckman 's coaching strategy, conform or you'll really hate it.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 11, 2015
I quit football because the pressure to get back on the field was too much from @coachbeckman and his staff. I was too injured to continue.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 11, 2015
A bad knee and a bad shoulder and I'm supposed to just keep going? Just play right tackle they said.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 11, 2015
The only people who have anything good to say about Beckman are in fear or are still blinded by recruiting.— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 11, 2015
Tim Beckman statement on @IlliniSi: "We have continued to support him with medical care, an academic scholarship and academic advising …— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) May 11, 2015
Beckman cont: “We cannot make any student accept our support. We wish him success in competing his degree .. and whatever he pursues."— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) May 11, 2015
To all the tweets and requests for me to validate the trending story and the Illinois Football infrastructure... NO COMMENT! #NotMyFight— Juice Williams (@juicewilliamsqb) May 11, 2015
This is the calm before a very dark and bad storm. Prepare urselves— Alex Hill (@UpHill52) May 10, 2015
All I have to say is that, coming to U of I is easily the best decision I have ever made!! #Illini— CJ (@cjdilauro67) May 10, 2015
Simon quit on his brothers when we needed him most. These coaches let him stay on scholarship to finish his degree. #truth— Teddy Karras (@_teddy_k) May 10, 2015
My son has had injuries since being at Illinois and the coaches have handled them professionally.— Matt DiLauro (@DiLauroMatt) May 10, 2015
Everyone has a tough journey/story playing collegiate sports. Stop blaming one person or situation and start taking responsibility— Miles Osei (@TheMiles8) May 10, 2015
By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Wake Forest’s black and gold uniforms and helmets are getting a new look for the 2015 season. The Demon Deacons unveiled the new look on Tuesday, which features three different jerseys, including the usual black and white designs. And there’s a new black jersey, featuring gold on the sleeves.
There’s also some tweaks to the helmet, including a shiny gold design, as well as two different black variations. Here's the full gallery from the official Wake Forest site.
Got the release on Wake's new uniforms. The black and gold option looks the best. pic.twitter.com/O9RhYwVwBQ— Derek Medlin (@DerekMedlin) May 5, 2015
The school also released a video to debut the uniforms:
By Jasmine Watkins, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Here's one way to keep the romance going. Football.
When you credit your team for being responsible for your pregnancy, you may be a true sports fan. Either that or your significant other is.
Heather Callihan, an Ole Miss fan, announced her pregnacy in the best way possible. Holding up one sign that reads "23-17," along with another saying "This is what happens when Ole Miss beats Alabama," a fan announced her pregnancy to the world. One can only imagine the fun the Rebel fan had that night.
Here's nother great thing about Ole Miss beating Bama. Congratulations Heather Callihan! pic.twitter.com/ZiQHskpZTZ— HottyToddy.com (@HottyToddyNews) May 4, 2015
Hotty Toddy, indeed.
(Source: Red Cup Rebellion)
By Jasmine Watkins, 2 weeks 5 days ago
Auburn football players are good at many things ... riding horses isn't one of them.
In the fourth installment from the school's "Sports Collide" series, the football team tackles horseback-riding. On the flip side, it seems difficult for other athletes to do what the football team does on the field. However, they have a pretty fun time trying.
By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 1 day ago
Colorado’s classic white and black jerseys are some of the best in the Pac-12. But every uniform needs an occasional refresh, and that’s exactly what the Buffaloes are doing headed into 2015.
On Friday, Colorado updated its white and black uniforms, along with a brand new gray jersey.
Overall, these are really sharp uniforms for the Buffaloes:
We are excited about the silver. The Dark Steel Gray looks great. https://t.co/sf4gd3oBcc— Coach Mike MacIntyre (@CoachMikeMac) May 1, 2015
Our traditional but modern look. The helmets are a special mix of matte and shiny. https://t.co/osWTuupWqa— Coach Mike MacIntyre (@CoachMikeMac) May 1, 2015
This is our storm trooper look. https://t.co/Heb4KLgWLl— Coach Mike MacIntyre (@CoachMikeMac) May 1, 2015
Colorado’s steel gray uniform and silver helmet. pic.twitter.com/jlSdAIQDcA— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) May 1, 2015