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Vandy Coach James Franklin Calls Nick Saban "Nicky Satan"

<p> Vandy Coach James Franklin Calls Nick Saban "Nicky Satan</p>

With college football’s national signing day coming up next week, coaches are hitting the recruiting trail in full force. And it’s no surprise every coach is doing whatever they can to win every prospect battle. The war that is recruiting is magnified in the SEC, where programs are going head-to-head for several big-name prospects.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin made a stop in Macon, Ga. for a high school football banquet and took a small jab at Alabama, calling head coach Nick Saban “Nicky Satan.”

Ranking the Best & Worst College Football Coaches Who Went to the NFL

Athlon ranks the top 15 coaches that moved from college to the NFL since 1989.
<p> Ranking the Best &amp; Worst College Football Coaches Who Went to the NFL</p>

Philadelphia's decision to pick Chip Kelly as its head coach will be one of the most intriguing and heavily scrutinized hires in NFL history. Kelly was a traditional college coach, as he ran an up-tempo, spread offense that most don’t believe will work on a consistent basis in the NFL.

College Football Recruiting's 10 Biggest Five-Star Busts Since 2008

Athlon Sports looks at the last five recruiting classes and pinpoints the biggest busts.
<p> 10 Biggest Five-Star Busts of the Last Five Years</p>

The top 10 players in the 2008 Athlon Consensus 100 included Julio Jones (No. 2), Da’Quan Bowers (No. 4), A.J. Green (No. 6), Arthur Brown (No. 7), Patrick Peterson (No. 9) and Terrelle Pryor (No. 1). Others like Matt Kalil, Tyron Smith, EJ Manuel, Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph and Michael Brewster were also “five-star” talents.

2013 Football Recruiting Rankings: Running Backs

Athlon Sports releases its positional recruiting rankings for the Class of 2013.
<p> 2013 Football Recruiting Rankings: Running Backs</p>

National Signing Day 2013 is right around the corner and Athlon Sports is releasing its position-by-position rankings for the Class of 2013 based on the Athlon Consensus 100. Who is left on the board? Who has the best class at one position? Who had positional needs to fill? And, obviously, who are the stars of tomorrow fans can look forward to at every position?

Ranking the Best Quarterback Recruiting Classes of the last 10 Years

Athlon ranks the last 10 classes of quarterback recruits.
<p> Ranking the Best Quarterback Recruiting Classes of the last 10 Years</p>

Recruiting is reaching a fever pitch as the college football machine churns toward National Signing Day 2013. The first Wednesday in February is the NCAA’s version of Christmas morning for fans and coaches alike. Great coaching is the key to winning, but so are great players. If your team has better athletes, generally speaking, it will win the game more often than not.

That doesn’t mean that every five-star is an All-American or every two-star is a Sun Belt third stringer.

Top 15 SEC Football Teams of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranked the best SEC teams of the BCS era.
<p> Top 15 SEC Football Teams of the BCS Era</p>

The BCS just put a bow on its 15th season of action and Athlon has dissected the numbers and reviewed the tapes of all six BCS conferences in order to rank the best each league has had to offer. Which Oklahoma team was the best of the decade? Which Florida team was the toughest to stop? How do you rank the Florida State teams of the late '90s? Which Miami team was the best? How about those loaded USC teams? Alabama vs. Auburn?

The debates will rage on for decades, but here is Athlon's two cents. Here are the Top 15 SEC teams of the BCS Era (1998-present):

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