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Pat Haden: Lane Kiffin is NOT on the Hot Seat

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 2 weeks ago
Most of college football’s preseason hot seat coach rankings list USC coach Lane Kiffin at the top or in the top five. But if you believe athletic director Pat Haden, there’s no reason for Kiffin to worry about his job security.In a video posted by USC, Haden details the state of USC football, which is especially important timing with Pac-12 Media Days coming up on Friday.During...

College Football 2013: Ranking the Pac-12's Logos

By Braden Gall, 11 months 2 weeks ago
Brand image is a massive part of modern 21st century business and college football is big business.Signature uniforms like the Bruins or Trojans of Los Angeles, picturesque landscapes in Seattle and the Bay Area or historic mascots like Colorado's Ralphie help separate one team from the next in the Pac-1w2 with clarity. Fans identify with these brand images and it helps build value...

Lane Kiffin's Last Stand at USC

By Athlon Sports, 11 months 3 weeks ago
There are two ways to look at the fallout of Lane Kiffin’s decision to include more contact in USC practices this spring.On the one hand, the 20 players ruled out for the Spring Game are evidence that even when the coach tries to do something to improve his team — toughening it up by staging more physical practices — it backfires. Dude is just plain unlucky.On the other hand,...

College Football's Top 10 Players Returning From Injury for 2013

By Steven Lassan, 11 months 3 weeks ago
Injuries are a big part of any college football season. Just ask the coaching staffs at Maryland, Missouri or USC.The Terrapins lost four quarterbacks to season-ending injuries last year, while the Tigers played 2012 without the services of standout running back Henry Josey. USC lost defensive end Devon Kennard in the preseason, which played a role in the Trojans’ defense finishing seventh...

College Football: The Pac-12's Best Traditions

By Braden Gall, 12 months 4 days ago
There are many reasons a sports fan can come to the realization that the college game is a better product than the professional version. Some of that has to do with charming, sleepy college towns and the scenic tailgating. The college game has bigger stadiums filled with more dedicated fans, historic bands and student sections. The offenses are more innovative and the rivalries are drenched in...

The Pac-12's Top Heisman Contenders in 2013

By Braden Gall, 1 year 1 week ago
The Pac-12 Conference doesn’t win a lot of Heisman Trophies, but when it does, it dominates.Over the last 30 years, the league has just three such stiff-armed awards, but USC won those three Heisman in a four-year span from 2002-05: Carson Palmer (2002), Matt Leinart (’04) and Reggie Bush (’05). That said, the Pac-12 has been close recently with Heisman finalists LaMichael...

5 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 2 weeks ago
When predicting college football’s national champion, experience at quarterback is usually one of the most important factors to consider. However, is it time to reconsider how important experience is under center? Four of the last six teams to play in the title game had a first-year starter at quarterback. Alabama’s Greg McElroy took home the title in 2009, while Auburn’s Cam Newton won the...

College Football's Best Coaches Under 40

By David Fox, 1 year 2 weeks ago
Thirty is the new 40. At least in coaching.During the last run through the coaching carousel, five schools hired coaches who had yet to reach their 40th birthday. That included the nation’s youngest coach, P.J. Fleck, who took the Western Michigan job at age 32 with neither head coaching nor coordinator experience.Meanwhile, one 30-something coach, Willie Taggart, took his second head...

Ranking College Football's Top 25 Uniforms

By Braden Gall, 1 year 2 weeks ago
It's impossible to rank Oregon. Here is a shot of their 2011 wardrobe produced by OregonLive.com. Some are awesome and extremely stylish: ones worn vs. Missouri State, Arizona, Colorado, Stanford and Wisconsin. Some are too much and way over the top: LSU, Nevada, Arizona State, USC and Washington State. And some aren't bad or good: Washington, Cal, Oregon State or UCLA. When they are...

Ranking the Pac-12's 2013 Football Uniforms

By Braden Gall, 1 year 2 weeks ago
Who will be the best dressed football team in the Pac-12 this fall?