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By Steven Lassan, 3 days 17 hours ago
College football’s new playoff format has encouraged better scheduling among BCS teams, and Texas A&M and UCLA continued that trend with an announcement of a two-game series.
The Aggies and Bruins will play in 2016 at Kyle Field and 2017 at the Rose Bowl.
Assuming both teams continue on their recent trajectory, this should be one of the top non-conference games during those two seasons.
However, let’s also hope this leads to more Pac-12-SEC matchups – especially in the bowl season.
Heading into the new playoff format, there’s no Pac-12-SEC bowl matchup scheduled. Shouldn’t the top two conferences in the nation play each other in a bowl? Even if the postseason matchups don't transpire for a while, it's good to see high-profile teams like Texas A&M and UCLA playing non-conference games.
By Steven Lassan, 1 week 3 days ago
Coming off a successful 12-2 season and an appearance in the SEC title game, Missouri has extended Gary Pinkel’s contract.
Pinkel will receive a raise to $3.1 million a season, and his pool for assistant coach salaries has been increased. Pinkel's contract will run through 2020, which includes a $450,000 bonus if Missouri wins the national championship.
In 13 years at Missouri, Pinkel is 102-63 and has only one losing season since 2005.
Gary Pinkel's new contract runs through 2020, pays $3.1 million a year.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) March 6, 2014
Dave Steckel's base salary raised to $600K; Josh Henson to $550K; Andy Hill to $357.5K; Craig Kuligowski to $299.5K; Cornell Ford to $297.5K— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) March 6, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the team on Tuesday due to a violation of team rules.
Harvey-Clemons was already slated to miss the first three games of 2014 due to a suspension, but coach Mark Richt decided to dismiss the safety permanently this week.
Harvey-Clemons was regarded as a five-star prospect by Scout.com in the 2012 signing class. He played in 14 games as a freshman, recording 14 tackles and one pass breakup.
As a sophomore, Harvey-Clemons was expected to emerge as one of the key players on Georgia’s defense. He missed two games but recorded 66 tackles and one interception.
Harvey-Clemons has two years of eligibility remaining and could transfer to another FBS school.
Major news: Josh Harvey-Clemons has been dismissed from the Georgia football team for a violation of team rules, UGA announces.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) February 18, 2014
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:
Player Odds 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
Last year, photos of a gray Kentucky jersey and helmet circulated on the internet. But the Wildcats didn’t wear the gray uniforms in 2013.
Could that change in 2014?
The all-gray uniforms returned to the internet this week, with freshman quarterback Drew Barker modeling the new look.
Overall, this isn’t a bad look for Kentucky.
All grey everything? pic.twitter.com/tvEEBSiz8U— The SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo) January 20, 2014
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.
Player Position College Davante Adams WR Fresno State Nick Addison DB Bethune-Cookman Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech George Atkinson RB Notre Dame Odell Beckham WR Louisiana State Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State Kapri Bibbs RB Colorado State Brendan Bigelow RB California Alfred Blue RB Louisiana State Russell Bodine C North Carolina Blake Bortles QB Central Florida Chris Boyd WR Vanderbilt Bashaud Breeland DB Clemson Martavis Bryant WR Clemson Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona Ha Ha Clinton-Dix DB Alabama Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Scott Crichton DE Oregon State Isaiah Crowell RB Alabama State Jonathan Dowling DB Western Kentucky Kony Ealy DE Missouri Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Ego Ferguson DT Louisiana State Cameron Fleming T Stanford Khairi Fortt LB California Austin Franklin WR New Mexico State Devonta Freeman RB Florida State Carlos Gray DT North Carolina State Xavier Grimble TE Southern California Terrance Hackney T Bethune-Cookman Victor Hampton DB South Carolina Jeremy Hill RB Louisiana State Kameron Jackson DB California Nic Jacobs TE McNeese State Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State Anthony Johnson DT Louisiana State Jamel Johnson WR Alabama State Storm Johnson RB Central Florida Henry Josey RB Missouri Cyrus Kouandjio T Alabama Jarvis Landry WR Louisiana State Cody Latimer WR Indiana Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State Marqise Lee WR Southern California A.C. Leonard TE Tennessee State Albert Louis-Jean DB Boston College Colt Lyerla TE Oregon Aaron Lynch DE South Florida Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Marcus Martin C Southern California Tre Mason RB Auburn Chris McCain DE California Terrance Mitchell DB Oregon Viliami Moala DT California Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi Adam Muema RB San Diego State Jake Murphy TE Utah Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame Louis Nix DT Notre Dame Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama Ronald Powell DE Florida Calvin Pryor DB Louisville Loucheiz Purifoy DB Florida Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina Darrin Reaves RB Alabama-Birmingham Ed Reynolds DB Stanford Antonio Richardson T Tennessee Paul Richardson WR Colorado Marcus Roberson DB Florida Allen Robinson WR Penn State Greg Robinson T Auburn Bradley Roby DB Ohio State Richard Rodgers TE California Bishop Sankey RB Washington Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Yawin Smallwood LB Connecticut Brett Smith QB Wyoming Jerome Smith RB Syracuse Willie Snead WR Ball State John Spooney RB Brown Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma State Xavier Su’a-Filo G UCLA Vinnie Sunseri DB Alabama De’Anthony Thomas RB Oregon Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame Trai Turner G Louisiana State George Uko DE Southern California Pierre Warren DB Jacksonville State Sammy Watkins WR Clemson Terrance West RB Towson James Wilder RB Florida State David Yankey T Stanford Dion Bailey DB Southern California Carl Bradford DE Arizona State Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Adrian Hubbard LB Alabama
With the college football season completed, the next few weeks are all about recruiting. And there’s not a better coach in the nation at it than Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Last weekend, Saban hosted incoming recruits and their parents at his home. And thankfully, someone captured video of the coach dancing to the Electric Slide.
The clip isn’t very long, but it’s worth your time to watch Saban making a few moves on the dance floor.
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 weeks ago
A week after James Franklin decided to leave for Penn State, Vanderbilt has found his replacement. According to the Tennessean, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be the Commodores’ next coach.
Mason is a highly regarded defensive coach and was a key piece in Stanford’s recent run of success. The Arizona native worked at Stanford from 2010-13, including the last three years as the defensive coordinator.
Prior to his stint at Stanford, Mason worked for three years as an assistant with the Vikings (2007-09) and served as an assistant at various stops in college from 1994-2006.
Mason’s experience at an academic institution like Stanford should be a huge plus at Vanderbilt. And he is also regarded as an excellent recruiter and motivator.
There's no question James Franklin set the bar high for Vanderbilt, and Mason has some work to do in order to get the Commodores back in a bowl game in 2014. This appears to be a solid hire for Vanderbilt and one that should help continue to improve its football program.
#Vandy will make a formal announcement this afternoon regarding Derek Mason's hire & a press conference is likely for tomorrow morning— Jeff Lockridge (@jefflockridge) January 17, 2014
Derek Mason is indeed #Vandy's next head coach. Vandy donor and search committee member John Ingram: "Yes sir! ... I am very excited."— Jeff Lockridge (@jefflockridge) January 17, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
Jeremy Pruitt was one of the 2013 coaching carousel’s top coordinator hires and was a key piece in Florida State’s national title run. However, he won’t return to Tallahassee in 2014, as Pruitt has been named as the defensive coordinator at Georgia.
Pruitt is a rising star in the coaching ranks, spending 2007-12 on Alabama’s staff as an assistant under Nick Saban. Prior to his stint with the Crimson Tide, Pruitt worked at Hoover High School in Alabama.
Despite never working as a coordinator on the college level, Pruitt was hired by Jimbo Fisher to coordinate Florida State’s defense in 2013. The Seminoles had to replace seven starters but finished third nationally in total defense and allowed only 4.09 yards per play.
Pruitt inherited a lot of talent but did a nice job of blending the Seminoles’ depth and returning players with a new scheme. And it certainly didn’t hurt for Pruitt to have veteran assistants Sal Sunseri and Charles Kelly at his disposal.
Pruitt will eventually be a head coach in the next few years, but his hire at Georgia is an upgrade over former coordinator Todd Grantham. Although the Bulldogs weren’t awful on defense under Grantham's watch, Pruitt’s work with Florida State should be a good sign for Richt in 2014.
The coaching cycle isn’t complete, but Richt’s hire of Pruitt might be the best coordinator hire of the offseason.
Georgia hires FSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt http://t.co/6l7bHn2MKn— Saturday Down South (@SDS) January 14, 2014
By Steven Lassan, 2 months 1 day ago
Losses to Auburn and Oklahoma aren’t sitting well with Alabama coach Nick Saban. And believe it or not, despite the fact the 2013 season just ended on Jan. 6, Saban has already started to work on motivating his team for next year.
The Crimson Tide ended the 2013 on a two-game losing streak, dropping contests to Auburn and Oklahoma.
And as the poster hanging in every Alabama locker indicates, Saban doesn’t want to repeat that two-game losing streak next season.
The Crimson Tide should be one of the favorites to win the title next year, and this poster should provide plenty of motivation for the players over the next few months.
This poster is currently hanging above every Alabama player's locker pic.twitter.com/AzPWgx0jog— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 13, 2014
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