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Grading the notable new college basketball coaches for 2013-14

As the coaching carousel comes to a close, we grade new faces at UCLA, USC, Minnesota and more
<p> As the coaching carousel comes to a close, we grade new faces at UCLA, USC, Minnesota and more</p>

Coaching turnover in college basketball appears to be as tame as ever.

With 39 coaching changes so far, the 2013-14 coaching carousel is poised to be the most inactive since in four years. In each of the last three seasons, at least 50 Division I programs changed coaches.

Top 10 Tight Ends of the BCS Era

Who are the greatest tight ends of the BCS Era?
<p> College Football's Top 30 Tight Ends of the BCS Era</p>

Athlon Sports continues its series looking back the best players of the BCS Era (1998-2013). Today, the staff ranks the 10 best tight ends to play at least one season during the BCS Era.

Note: Florida's Aaron Hernandez was No. 5 initially but has been removed from the rankings by choice.

College Football's Top 25 Dynasties of the AP Era

Where do Terrence Cody and Alabama's current dynasty rank all-time?
<p> College Football's Top 25 Greatest Dynasties of the AP Era</p>

Dynasty is a word that gets tossed around all too liberally by fans and media members alike. However, there are periods of time in sports where the term is not only applicable but completely accurate.

College Football's Best Coaches Under 40

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald leads the list
<p> Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald leads the list</p>

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.

College Football's Top 10 Most-Improved Teams for 2013

Auburn should be a much-improved team in 2013.
<p> College Football's Top 10 Most-Improved Teams for 2013</p>

Every college football season brings a few surprises. Whether it’s a team finishing in the top 10 that no one expected in the preseason or another program struggling to reach .500 after a successful stretch, each year presents many different case studies when trying to project teams for the upcoming season. And some teams are quick to rebound after a disappointing year to contend for a conference title or crack the top 25 once again.

Pac-12 Football 2013 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the All-Pac-12 Team for 2013
<p> Pac-12 Football 2013 All-Conference Team</p>

The 2013 college football season is just around the corner, and Athlon continues its countdown to kickoff with a look at our first, second and third All-Pac-12 teams for this season.

Related Content: Pac-12 Predictions for 2013
 

2013 All-Pac-12 Team

First-Team Offense

Ranking the Pac-12 Quarterbacks for 2013

Oregon's Marcus Mariota ranks as the Pac-12's top quarterback for 2013.
<p> Ranking the Pac-12 Quarterbacks for 2013</p>

Even though coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL, Oregon’s offense is in good hands with quarterback Marcus Mariota. After earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors last year, Mariota should be the Pac-12’s No. 1 quarterback in 2013 and could be in the mix for All-American honors.

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013

USC coach Lane Kiffin tops Athlon's top 20 coaches on the hot seat for spring practice.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat for 2013: Spring Practice Edition</p>

The start of spring practice for all 125 college football teams is a chance to start fresh and forget the bad results that came along with 2012. For a handful of coaches, spring practice is also the first opportunity to turn around a program and save their job for 2014.

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