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20 Coaching Candidates to Replace Tim Beckman at Illinois

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Illinois fired coach Tim Beckman a week before the 2015 season started after the program received the preliminary results into an investigation surrounding allegations about the program. The Fighting Illini will proceed with offensive coordinator Bill Cubit as the interim coach for the upcoming season. Cubit will have an opportunity to earn the full-time position, but a decision on the...

Illinois Fires Coach Tim Beckman

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Illinois has fired coach Tim Beckman following the results from an external investigation into the football program. According to an official release from the school, athletic director Mike Thomas indicated this move “was in the best interests of student-athletes.” Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit will serve as the interim coach. Cubit was Western Michigan’s head coach...

Minnesota Creates Frogger-Inspired Game for its Opener Against TCU

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Minnesota’s Thursday night opener against TCU is one of Week 1’s most anticipated games. And what better way to prepare for the opener than with a Frogger-inspired video game? Thanks to Minnesota’s official Twitter account (@GopherSports), college football fans can have a little fun in the video game form. On Friday, the school released “Go Gopher Go,” a game...

College Football's Tournament of Bragging Rights

By J.P. Scott, 1 year 10 months ago
I spend a lot of time perusing college football message boards and fan groups, usually trying to get a read on how each fan base views its team's chances in the upcoming season. Additionally, I notice plenty of trash talk going on between fans of different teams — which isn't surprising. Many times, the trash talk and arguments are over which program is better, has more...

College Football's Top 35 Running Back Units for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry workload close to a 50-50 split or use certain players in situational roles. Regardless of the usage, more teams are looking to a committee of players to establish a...

The Fallacy of Nebraska’s Nine-Win Season Streak

By Brandon Cavanaugh, 1 year 10 months ago
Mike Riley was named the new head coach of Nebraska football last December amidst anger by some Cornhusker fans and confusion by the college football world, both fans and analysts. Only a few days out from the start of the 2015 season, ESPN showed this graphic (information on achievements added) on the most consecutive nine-win seasons (active) among FBS programs:  Why did the Huskers...

College Football 2015 Conference, Playoff and National Championship Predictions

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
The start of college football’s 2015 season is less than 10 days away. The 2015 season officially begins on Thursday, Sept. 3 and ends on Jan. 11 with the national championship in Glendale, Ariz. The first season of the College Football Playoff was a huge success and the second year should have just as much intrigue. Athlon’s editors met before the preseason magazine was...

College Football's Top 30 Defensive Backfields for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation. But for some programs, finding the next stars at defensive back is an easy task. LSU and Florida consistently bring in and develop defensive back talent. And it...

College Football's Top 35 Wide Receiver Groups for 2015

By Steven Lassan, 1 year 10 months ago
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason attention. And with the balance of power in football shifting to the offense, big-play threats and speedy receivers are more valuable than ever. Compiling the...

Ranking College Football's Best and Worst Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 1 year 10 months ago
Just about every sports fan is tied to their team’s logo, which makes ranking logos complicated. To get an educated opinion on what is a good logo and what isn't, Athlon Sports turned to one of the people most responsible for helping produce some of the best-looking magazines on the newsstands, graphic designer Daly Cantrell. After going through each of the Power 5...