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  • By David Fox, 1 month 4 days ago

    Preparations for the 2014 Athlon Sports preview magazines have started, and this season, we’re taking you inside the debates that shape our rankings.

    The first in a series that will cover every major conference covers the Big 12. Athlon Sports writers and editors Braden Gall, David Fox and Steven Lassan cover every team in the Big 12 and what we’re watching in the league.

    Oklahoma and Baylor have separated themselves as favorites, but there’s some debate as to which team should be the preseason pick in the league. We also debated what Texas can expect in its first season with Charlie Strong and if this will be a down year for Oklahoma State.

    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, 1 month 2 weeks ago

    Texas Tech unveiled a few tweaks and new designs for its uniforms in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s debut last year.

    And it appears the Red Raiders will have a two new helmet designs on the way for 2014.

    Check out these tweets from two Texas Tech coaches on a black and a red alternate helmet design:

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 week ago

    With Trevor Knight entrenched as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, Blake Bell is looking for a way to get on the field. Bell started eight games at quarterback in 2013, but the coaching staff plans to move the Kansas native to tight end this spring.

    Knight finished the season with a standout performance against Alabama, completing 32 of 44 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the Sugar Bowl.

    Bell came into the 2013 season as a potential All-Big 12 quarterback but never settled into the No. 1 role.

    At 6-foot-6 and 252 pounds, Bell has the size to be a nightmare matchup for opposing defensive backs. And with Oklahoma losing Lacoltan Bester and Jalen Saunders, more weapons for Knight are needed in 2014.

    On paper, this seems like a good move for Oklahoma. If Bell transitions to his new role, he could be a valuable piece of the passing game next season.

  • By David Fox, 2 months 1 week ago

    The Cover 2 makes its return after a brief hiatus to talk all the big-picture news from Signing Day.

    Braden Gall and David Fox explain why Alabama’s day was almost non-news and why Tennessee and Kentucky turned out to be the big winners.

    Charlie Strong at Texas gave us a reason to look into recruiting in the state of Texas and whether his words about the virtues of being a “gadget program” have merit. Has Strong already fallen too far behind Coach Cool at Texas A&M?

    Then, we talk about the most interesting long-term recruiting trend whether it’s USC vs. UCLA or Ohio State pulling away from the rest of the Big Ten.

    If you're looking for a few stories referenced in this podcast, here is Travis Brown's survey of high school coaches for the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, plus our Signing Day winners and losers and our consensus rankings.

    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 and @DavidFox615 on Twitter or email podcast@athlonsports.com.

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago

    College football’s Heisman Trophy won’t be awarded until next December, but it’s never too early to think about the frontrunners for next season.

    Bovada has released its early odds for 2014, and there’s a familiar face at the top. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the favorite to repeat, with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota a 7/2 favorite.

    Quarterbacks own five out of the top seven spots in the early odds. Running backs T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) and Todd Gurley (Georgia) are the only skill players in the top seven.

    Also of interest: No wide receivers make the early odds for 2014.

    Here’s the early list of favorites to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy from Bovada:

     

    PlayerOdds
    Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)2/1 
    Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)7/2 
    Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)4/1 
    T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)5/1 
    Bryce Petty (QB Baylor)6/1 
    Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)12/1 
    Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)12/1 
    Mike Davis (RB South Carolina)15/1 
    Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin)16/1 
    Everett Golson (Notre Dame)25/1 
    Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma)25/1 
    Duke Johnson (RB Miami)33/1 
    Karlos Williams (RB Florida State)33/1 
    Matt Johnson (QB Bowling Green)66/1 
    Rakeem Cato (QB Marshall)66/1 
  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago

    The deadline for college football players to enter the 2014 NFL Draft has passed, and the official tally stands at 98 underclassmen declaring early for the next level.

    The list of early entrants also includes four players that have already graduated and are leaving with eligibility remaining, including Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and USC safety Dion Bailey.

    Here’s the full list of the 98 underclassmen leaving for the NFL, along with four other players that have already graduated and set to move onto the next level.

    PlayerPositionCollege
    Davante AdamsWRFresno State
    Nick AddisonDBBethune-Cookman
    Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
    George AtkinsonRBNotre Dame
    Odell BeckhamWRLouisiana State
    Kelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
    Kapri BibbsRBColorado State
    Brendan BigelowRBCalifornia
    Alfred BlueRBLouisiana State
    Russell BodineCNorth Carolina
    Blake BortlesQBCentral Florida
    Chris BoydWRVanderbilt
    Bashaud BreelandDBClemson
    Martavis BryantWRClemson
    Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
    Ha Ha Clinton-DixDBAlabama
    Jadeveon ClowneyDESouth Carolina
    Brandon ColemanWRRutgers
    Brandin CooksWROregon State
    Scott CrichtonDEOregon State
    Isaiah CrowellRBAlabama State
    Jonathan DowlingDBWestern Kentucky
    Kony EalyDEMissouri
    Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
    Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
    Mike EvansWRTexas A&M
    Ego FergusonDTLouisiana State
    Cameron FlemingTStanford
    Khairi ForttLBCalifornia
    Austin FranklinWRNew Mexico State
    Devonta FreemanRBFlorida State
    Carlos GrayDTNorth Carolina State
    Xavier GrimbleTESouthern California
    Terrance HackneyTBethune-Cookman
    Victor HamptonDBSouth Carolina
    Jeremy HillRBLouisiana State
    Kameron JacksonDBCalifornia
    Nic JacobsTEMcNeese State
    Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State
    Anthony JohnsonDTLouisiana State
    Jamel JohnsonWRAlabama State
    Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida
    Henry JoseyRBMissouri
    Cyrus KouandjioTAlabama
    Jarvis LandryWRLouisiana State
    Cody LatimerWRIndiana
    Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State
    Marqise LeeWRSouthern California
    A.C. LeonardTETennessee State
    Albert Louis-JeanDBBoston College
    Colt LyerlaTEOregon
    Aaron LynchDESouth Florida
    Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
    Marcus MartinCSouthern California
    Tre MasonRBAuburn
    Chris McCainDECalifornia
    Terrance MitchellDBOregon
    Viliami MoalaDTCalifornia
    Donte MoncriefWRMississippi
    Adam MuemaRBSan Diego State
    Jake MurphyTEUtah
    Troy NiklasTENotre Dame
    Louis NixDTNotre Dame
    Jeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
    Ronald PowellDEFlorida
    Calvin PryorDBLouisville
    Loucheiz PurifoyDBFlorida
    Kelcy QuarlesDTSouth Carolina
    Darrin ReavesRBAlabama-Birmingham
    Ed ReynoldsDBStanford
    Antonio RichardsonTTennessee
    Paul RichardsonWRColorado
    Marcus RobersonDBFlorida
    Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
    Greg RobinsonTAuburn
    Bradley RobyDBOhio State
    Richard RodgersTECalifornia
    Bishop SankeyRBWashington
    Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
    Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
    Ryan ShazierLBOhio State
    Yawin SmallwoodLBConnecticut
    Brett SmithQBWyoming
    Jerome SmithRBSyracuse
    Willie SneadWRBall State
    John SpooneyRBBrown
    Josh StewartWROklahoma State
    Xavier Su’a-FiloGUCLA
    Vinnie SunseriDBAlabama
    De’Anthony ThomasRBOregon
    Stephon TuittDENotre Dame
    Trai TurnerGLouisiana State
    George UkoDESouthern California
    Pierre WarrenDBJacksonville State
    Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
    Terrance WestRBTowson
    James WilderRBFlorida State
    David YankeyTStanford
       
    Dion BaileyDBSouthern California
    Carl BradfordDEArizona State
    Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
    Adrian HubbardLBAlabama
  • By Steven Lassan, 3 months 5 days ago

    College football’s head coaching carousel hasn’t been as busy as some may have anticipated in November, but there has been plenty of movement in the coaching ranks.

    Whether it’s a change in head coaches or a coach wanting to shake up his coaching staff, the coordinator carousel is always one of the most active aspects of the offseason. And there will be over 50 changes in the coordinator ranks in the 2013-14 offseason.

    To help keep track of the latest moves, Athlon has compiled a coordinator tracker for the 2013-14 season. An important note: We listed a coordinator position if a change was made at head coach – even if the same coordinator was hired again at that school (FAU – Brian Wright, USC – Clay Helton). 

    We will keep this page updated until all of the jobs have been filled this offseason.

    College Football's 2013-14 Coordinator Changes

    TeamPositionOldNew
    Air ForceCo-DefensiveSteve Russ, Charlton WarrenSteve Russ
    AlabamaOffensiveDoug NussmeierLane Kiffin
    ArkansasDefensiveChris AshRobb Smith
    Arkansas StateCo-OffensiveBush Hamdan, Eliah DrinkwitzGlen Elarbee and Walt Bell
    Arkansas StateDefensiveJohn Thompson 
    ArmyOffensiveIan Shields 
    ArmyCo-DefensivePayam Saadat, Chris SmelandJay Bateman
    Ball StateOffensiveRich SkroskyJoey Lynch
    Ball StateDefensiveJay BatemanKevin Kelly
    Boise StateOffensiveRobert PrinceMike Sanford Jr.
    Boise StateDefensivePete KwiatkowskiMarcel Yates
    Bowling GreenOffensiveWarren RuggieroSterlin GIlbert, Matt Mattox
    Bowling GreenDefensiveMike ElkoKim McCloud
    Central MichiganOffensiveMike CummingsMorris Watts
    CaliforniaDefensiveAndy BuhArt Kaufman
    CincinnatiDefensiveArt KaufmanHank Hughes, Robert Prunty
    DukeCo-OffensiveScottie Montgomery, Kurt Roper 
    Eastern MichiganOffensiveStan ParrishKalen DeBoer
    Eastern MichiganDefensiveRon EnglishBrad McCaslin
    FAUOffensiveBrian WrightBrian Wright
    FAUDefensiveJovan DeWittJovan DeWitt, Roc Bellantoni
    FloridaOffensiveBrent PeaseKurt Roper
    Florida StateDefensiveJeremy PruittCharles Kelly
    GeorgiaDefensiveTodd GranthamJeremy Pruitt
    HawaiiDefensiveThom KaumeyerKevin Clune
    HoustonCo-OffensiveDoug Meachem, Travis BushTravis Bush
    IndianaOffensiveSeth LittrellKevin Johns
    IndianaCo-DefensiveDoug Mallory, William IngeBrian Knorr
    Iowa StateOffensiveCourtney MessinghamMark Mangino
    KansasOffensiveCharlie WeisJohn Reagan
    Louisiana TechDefensiveKim DameronManny Diaz
    LouisvilleOffensiveShawn WatsonGarrick McGee
    LouisvilleDefensiveVance BedfordTodd Grantham
    Miami, OhioOffensiveJohn KlacikGeorge Barnett, Eric Koehler
    Miami, OhioDefensiveJay PetersonMatt Pawlowski
    MichiganOffensiveAl BorgesDoug Nussmeier
    Mississippi StateOffensiveLes Koenning 
    NevadaDefensiveScottie Hazelton 
    New MexicoDefensiveJeff Mills 
    NMSUDefensiveDavid ElsonLarry Coyer
    North CarolinaOffensiveBlake AndersonSeth Littrell
    Notre DameOffensiveChuck MartinMike Denbrock
    Notre DameDefensiveBob DiacoBrian VanGorder
    Ohio StateCo-DefensiveEverett WithersChris Ash, Luke Fickell
    OregonDefensiveNick AliottiDon Pellum
    Oregon StateOffensiveDanny Langsdorf 
    Penn StateOffensiveBill O'BrienJohn Donovan
    Penn StateDefensiveJohn ButlerBrent Pry, Bob Shoop
    RiceOffensiveJohn ReaganLarry Edmondson, Billy Lynch
    RutgersOffensiveRon PrinceRalph Friedgen
    RutgersDefensiveDave CohenJoe Rossi
    San Jose StateDefensiveKenwick Thompson 
    South AlabamaDefensiveKevin SherrerKevin Pearson
    South FloridaOffensiveWalt WellsPaul Wulff
    Southern MissOffensiveMarcus ArroyoChip Lindsey
    StanfordDefensiveDerek MasonLance Anderson
    TCUOffensiveJarrett Anderson, Rusty BurnsDoug Meachem, Sonny Cumbie
    TexasCo-OffensiveMajor Applewhite, Darrell WyattJoe Wickline
    TexasDefensiveGreg RobinsonVance Bedford
    Texas A&MOffensiveClarence McKinney, Jake SpavitalJake Spavital
    Texas A&MCo-DefensiveMarcel Yates, Mark Snyder 
    Texas TechCo-OffensiveSonny Cumbie, Eric MorrisEric Morris and ?
    ToledoCo-OffensiveLouis Ayeni, Jason CandleJason Candle and ?
    ToledoDefensiveTom MatukewiczJon Heacock
    TulsaOffensiveGreg PetersonDenver Johnson
    UABOffensiveRichard Owens 
    UABDefensiveJimmy Williams 
    UCFDefensiveJim FlemingPaul Ferraro
    UCLADefensiveLou SpanosJeff Ulbrich
    UConnOffensiveT.J. WeistMike Cummings
    UConnDefensiveHank HughesVincent Brown, Anthony Poindexter
    UMassOffensiveJohn Bond 
    UMassDefensivePhil ElmassianTom Masella
    USCOffensiveClay HeltonClay Helton
    USCDefensiveClancy PendergastJustin Wilcox
    UtahOffensiveDennis Erickson, Brian JohnsonDave Christensen
    VanderbiltOffensiveJohn DonovanKarl Dorrell
    VanderbiltDefensiveBob ShoopDavid Kotulski
    Wake ForestOffensiveSteed LobotzkeWarren Ruggiero
    Wake ForestDefensiveBrian KnorrMike Elko
    WashingtonOffensiveEric KiesauJonathan Smith
    WashingtonDefensiveJustin WilcoxPete Kwiatkowski
    West VirginiaDefensiveKeith Patterson 
    Western KentuckyOffensiveJeff BrohmTyson Helton
    Western KentuckyDefensiveNick Holt 
    WyomingOffensiveJim Harding, Pete KaligisBrent Vigen
    WyomingDefensiveJamar CainSteve Stanard

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 3 months 1 week ago

    Charlie Strong has decided to leave Louisville for Texas, ending a successful four-year run with the Cardinals.

    Reports surfaced on Friday night that Strong was Texas’ top pick, but he waited to accept the job until he had a chance to meet face-to-face with athletic director Tom Jurich on Saturday.

    In four years at Louisville, Strong compiled a 37-15 record. Over the last two years, the Cardinals were 23-3 and won back-to-back bowl games.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago

    Art Briles was mentioned by many as one of the leading candidates to replace Mack Brown at Texas. And with Baylor’s season complete, the rumor mill has been in full effect over the last few days, as Briles’ name came up in regards to a possible interview with Texas athletic director Steve Patterson.

    However, Briles tweeted his support of the school (and his current job) on Friday. And the school also released a statement from Briles, which confirmed his intentions to stay in Waco.
     

    With quarterback Bryce Petty returning, Baylor should be one of the frontrunners to win the Big 12 in 2014.
  • By David Fox, 3 months 2 weeks ago

    The Athlon Sports Cover 2 Podcast returns after a brief holiday hiatus to talk about the three big stories in college football. The Texas job remains opens as the Longhorns (maybe) close in on candidates. David Fox and Braden Gall discus the reported list of finalists.

    Penn State also opened up this week. Where does this job rank right now given the sanctions for the next few years, and what kind of candidates can Penn State hope to get?

    After that, Fox and Gall delve into the national championship game. On paper, all the signs point to Florida State dominating. But there’s something about this Auburn team.

    Finally, we share our hopes for the college football world in 2014 and react to a best names of 2013 bracket.

    Send any ideas, questions or comments to @BradenGall or @DavidFox615 or email podcast@athlonsports.com. The podcast can be found on athlonsports.com, iTunes and our podcast RSS feed.

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