Coming off a historic 2015 season, Clemson has one goal in mind when it begins spring workouts – a national championship. After falling just short against Alabama for the national title, the Tigers hope to get back to the College Football Playoff and claim the championship in 2016.
In some ways, the Big Ten could argue it has become the best combined football-basketball conference in recent years.
True, the conference has produced just one football championship since 2002 and no basketball championships since 2000. But at the same time, the Big Ten has had more programs in the running for mix big prizes, especially since Kentucky has become the lone basketball power in the SEC.
Not long ago, one SEC program could easily claim having the best football-basketball coaching tandem in the nation. From 2006-08, Urban Meyer and Billy Donovan won four national championships for Florida.
Eight years later, Meyer and Donovan are in different jobs, and the SEC looks quite a bit the same and yet different. No tandem really towers over any other.
With the Denver Broncos securing Super Bowl 50 another NFL season is in the books. It’s never too early to look ahead to next year, starting with the 2016 NFL Draft April 28-30. Carolina has won the NFC South each of the past three seasons and made it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2015.
At this point last season, we ranked Oklahoma as the top coaching duo in the Big 12. It was a pretty easy call.
Although the football program was coming off an 8-5 season, Bob Stoops presided over a program that won 10 games or more nine times in 16 years to that point. And although Lon Kruger rarely led spectacular seasons, he had a long track record of taking over troubled programs and turning them into contenders.