In early January, new NCAA legislation will officially allow FBS football programs to add a 10th on-field assistant to their coaching staffs.  Friday, Alabama, not surprisingly, became the first Power Five program to officially dip into that particular coaching pool. The Crimson Tide confirmed in a press release that Pete Golding has been added to Nick Saban‘s staff as an ambiguous defensive assistant.  Golding will not be permitted to assume an on-field role until Jan. 9, the day the 10th assistant rule officially goes into effect. The 2017 College Football Playoff championship game is scheduled to be played Jan. 8 of next year, for what it’s worth. “We are pleased to have Pete and his family
Author: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
Posted: December 16, 2017, 3:20 am
D'Angelo Fulford hit Justin Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and Mount Union won its 13th Division III football national championship with a 12-0 victory over defending champion Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday night. The Purple Raiders (15-0) limited Mary Hardin-Baylor to 144 yards. Mount Union led just 3-0 until Fulford found Hill just behind defensive backs Reginald Cole and Jefferson Fritz. It was the 50th scoring pass of the season for the sophomore, and Hill's 20th touchdown catch. The Crusaders (14-1) had not trailed all season and had their 29-game winning streak snapped. They also were shut out for just the second time in the 20-year history of their program.
Author: ABC News
Posted: December 16, 2017, 3:10 am
Nick Saban isn't happy about one major new distraction, and it has nothing to do with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's hiring at Tennessee. ''Now, maybe they wouldn't say what I just said.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: December 16, 2017, 1:16 am
You’ve seen the pictures of Nick Saban in a different blazer with a different high profile recruit again and again for the last 10-days. While Alabama 11-1 prepares for No. 1 Clemson in the upcoming Sugar Bowl, he is also trying to build his 2018 recruiting class just days before the brand new first period of National Signing Day which will be on December 20. It's clear he does not like the timing of the new signing day. December Promo! Get a $50 Gift Card When You Subscribe “I did not like it when we did it. I don’t like it now. I don’t think it’s in the player’s best interest. And I don’t see how it benefits anybody and it’s really stressful for everybody. We’re all trying to get ready for
Posted: December 16, 2017, 12:45 am
Texas megabooster Red McCombs getting involved in a coaching search is nothing new. McCombs pushing Art Briles as a candidate at a small Texas college however, well that’s a bit eye-opening. The San Antonio Express-News caught up with the billionaire on Friday and he confirmed that he had spoken to the University of the Incarnate Word’s board of trustees and was lobbying them to hire the disgraced and scandal-plagued former Baylor coach to run the program. “You not only will be getting the best football coach available but also the best man,” McCombs told the paper of what he said to the UIW trustees. “In two years’ time, he would leave them with an unbelievable program in place and then could
Author: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
Posted: December 15, 2017, 10:40 pm
The NCAA handed down Ole Miss' punishment earlier this month, which included a bowl ban in 2018 in addition to the one it self-imposed in 2017. But the demise of Ole Miss football might have been greatly exaggerated. The scandal-plagued program got some light at the end of the tunnel late Thursday night, when 4-star quarterback Matt Corral -- a 6-foot-2, 196-pound pro-style quarterback from Long Beach, California -- flipped his commitment from Florida to Ole Miss, according to 247Sports. "A lot played into this," Corral told 247Sports. "Coach Matt Luke is a family-oriented guy. I figured I wouldn't miss a beat if I went there from California. It's like home. The offense they run, it may not be
Author: CBS Sports
Posted: December 15, 2017, 7:38 pm
In an interview earlier this week, transferring Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson expressed confidence that he would be immediately eligible to play for Michigan in 2018.  Whether that confidence will be rewarded, though,  won’t be known for a couple of months down the road. Patterson and other transferring Rebels football players have retained the services of Thomas Mars — known to most of the college football world as the bulldog attorney who handled Houston Nutt‘s lawsuit against Ole Miss — in their attempt at immediate eligibility next season without having to sit out the transfer season normally required by the NCAA.  In an interview with Angelique Chengalis of the Detroit News, Mars revealed
Author: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:01 pm
If Arizona State choosing ex-Jets coach Herm Edwards to lead its program wasn’t weird enough, the details of the partnership were just strange. Edwards, the ex-ESPN analyst who hasn’t coached anywhere since 2008 and not in college since 1989, is officially the head coach for the Sun Devils, but the plan was for him to take on more of a general manager/CEO role in a more NFL-esque power structure. Arizona State called it a “new leadership model.” That plan was put in place in part to give offensive coordinator Billy Napier and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett more responsibility — and to keep them on staff despite firing former head coach Todd Graham. The plan has already backfired. Bennett
Author: New York Post
Posted: December 15, 2017, 4:24 pm
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson's defense led the SEC in takeaways in 2017, a certain result of their consistent preaching about getting the football, one of the pillars of their defensive philosophy. So, there's no surprise that the Gamecocks have extended an offer to Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central safety EJ Jackson. A quick look at Jackson's highlight video (shown below) shows why as it starts with six interceptions in a row. "I was surprised," Jackson said of the offer. "That's two in two days. I talked to Will Muschamp and to the defensive coordinator. He was pretty impressed with my film. He was shocked with how many interceptions I
Posted: December 15, 2017, 3:26 pm
BASEBALL LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Piscotty was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's California home after his mother was diagnosed with Lou
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: December 15, 2017, 11:04 am
The key Gamecocks to know going into Jan. 1's Outback Bowl. Devin Bush Jr. made sure to take a moment to thank those who helped him.  A sophomore, Michigan's leading tackler and found himself with a slew of postseason honors this year: Second- and third-team All-American nods, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and Michigan's Zatkoff Award for linebacker of the year.  "Those awards, I just thank everybody for being there for me," Bush said this week. "Being there when I needed them. The coaches, the whole staff, all my family. That's who I give big ups to."  ►Michigan film study: Let's examine Shea Patterson ►Michigan's Maurice Hurst a consensus All-American Individual awards on the mantle are
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:03 am
In 1990, college football had 19 FBS (then Division I-A) bowl games. In 2000, it had 25. In 2010, it had 35. In 2016, it had 41, if you count the Playoff National Championship. Bowl games are a business, and business has never been more booming. The slate has more than doubled as organizers and TV networks have decided they could make more money by having more games. If you wanted to start a bowl game yourself, how would you do it? The short answer is that you’d fill out some forms and apply. The long answer: The going rate for most games is in the seven figures. In evaluating bowl applications, the NCAA asks organizers for title and presenting sponsors, but games have gotten approved before
Author: SB Nation
Posted: December 15, 2017, 5:00 am
Sometimes the personnel gods giveth, and sometimes the personnel gods taketh away. Thursday evening, West Virginia announced that quarterback Will Grier will return to Morgantown for the 2018 season.  Not long after, the same football program confirmed that Justin Crawford has decided to eschew playing in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl. Instead of preparing for Utah in the postseason, the senior running back will instead begin preparations for the 2018 NFL draft. “Justin has logged a lot of miles and been a key contributor for us the past two seasons,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “He made a decision to not play in the bowl game based on what is best for him and his family. He came to West
Author: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
Posted: December 15, 2017, 1:26 am
New SMU head coach Sonny Dykes has been busy assembling his staff as he prepares to jump right in the saddle to coach the Mustangs in the Frisco Bowl next week, but he will have one holdover from the previous staff to help call the shots on offense. Graduate assistant GJ Kinne will call the offensive plays for the bowl game, according to Adam Grosbard of The Dallas Morning News. This would seem to be the most logical choice for Dykes to make in this scenario. Kinne has been working in the SMU system all season long under former head coach Chad Morris, who has moved to Arkansas with a handful of assistants. Having the most experience with the current roster and a better comfort level makes sense
Author: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
Posted: December 15, 2017, 12:20 am
DALLAS -- Scott Frost, who led Central Florida to a perfect regular season before taking the Nebraska job, has won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The Football Writers Association of America and the Sugar Bowl announced the winner Thursday. In his second season at UCF, Frost guided the Knights to a 12-0 record, the American Athletic Conference championship and a Peach Bowl bid. He is transitioning from UCF to Nebraska, where he will coach his alma mater. He still expects to coach UCF in its bowl game. The other finalists were: Bill Clark of UAB, Lane Kiffin of Florida Atlantic, Jeff Monken of Army, Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma, Kirby Smart of Georgia, Dabo Swinney of Clemson and Jeff
Author: ABC News
Posted: December 14, 2017, 10:55 pm
Oregon senior running back Royce Freeman will not play in this weekend’s Las Vegas Bowl, thus bringing his collegiate career to a close before he moves on to the NFL next year. Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal announced Freeman’s lack of availability to reporters today ahead of the bowl game against Boise State. Freeman played in all 12 games for the Ducks this season, rushing for 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns. Freeman’s career at Oregon has been a highly productive one under two different coaches. As a freshman in 2014, Freeman rushed for 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns to quickly begin gaining some national attention as the Ducks advanced to the national championship game in the inaugural season
Author: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
Posted: December 14, 2017, 10:48 pm
Saturday is jam-packed with games as bowl season kicks off. What is the best game to keep an eye on? Sports on Earth's Matt Brown takes a closer look.
Author: Stadium
Posted: December 14, 2017, 10:00 pm
Florida State President John Thrasher believes his football facilities compare favorably to any in the country, and there is still some bad blood between he and Jimbo Fisher. When Fisher jetted out of Tallahassee to take the Texas A&M job, he fired some stinging parting shots, painting a picture of Seminole program in dire need of facility upgrades. ''My view of Jimbo was he wanted to model things after Nick Saban and the SEC and Alabama,'' Thrasher said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: December 14, 2017, 9:57 pm
Just a little more than halfway through his original deal, Mike Bobo is getting a contractual attaboy. Colorado State announced Thursday that Bobo has signed a three-year contract extension with the university.  Bobo’s original’s deal was set to run through the 2020 season; this new deal extends him out through the 2022 season. Under the extension, Bobo’s pay for the 2018 season will increase from $1.65 million to $1.8 million.  For the remainder of the contract, he’ll be due raises of $100,000 annually. “Mike Bobo has developed a strong foundation for our football program,” a statement from athletic director Joe Parker began. “His leadership and focus on creating an environment where young people
Author: NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
Posted: December 14, 2017, 7:12 pm
For the second time this week, Pitt has lost a quarterback from the 2018 roster, as Ben DiNucci announced on Thursday that he is leaving the program. DiNucci, a redshirt sophomore from Pine-Richland, played in 10 games this season. He opened the year as Max Browne’s backup, but as the offense struggled, the coaches gave DiNucci the start in Week Four at Georgia Tech. A week later, Browne was the starter again, and that seemed like it would hold for the rest of the season. But the redshirt senior suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Week Six at Syracuse, and DiNucci was back in place as the starter. That lasted for the next five games before the coaches turned to freshman Kenny Pickett
Posted: December 14, 2017, 6:09 pm
Taking an official visit at this point in the recruiting process was just a formality for a long-time verbal commitment from inside the state's borders. Creston senior Trevor Downing, a Rivals three-star and a top-five player in-state for 2018, made one final visit to ISU before enrolling in second semester classes next month. It wasn’t the traditional official visit for Downing, who had to head for Ankeny in the middle of it to take the ACT. He would miss watching the Cyclones’ Saturday bowl practice, but that didn’t detract from a positive experience for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman. Downing had committed to the Cyclones this summer over offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota and Missouri.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 5:32 pm
Players don't know. Coaches don't know. Recruiting analysts don't know (anything ever, according to fans). Members of the media don't know (even as much as recruiting analysts). Mizzou won't have a press conference at any point next week. It will announce signings as they occur, but, as a department spokesman told me, you can't really schedule a press conference because you have no idea what's going to happen over those three days. Nobody wants to trot their head coach out there and have two-thirds of his commits choose not to sign, leaving him to talk about six kids and why the hell the other 12 didn't jump on board yet. It's a whole new world. So all we can do is guess. And my guess is that
Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:31 pm
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Posted: December 14, 2017, 2:57 pm
Just 40 games are left in the college football season. The final three will determine this year’s national champion. The Sugar Bowl will be the venue for the third consecutive meeting between Alabama and Clemson in the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide aren’t overwhelming favorites for the first time as they enter as the No. 4 seed after failing to win the SEC title. The Tigers are hoping to be the first team to repeat in the Playoff era. The other semifinal will see Oklahoma and Georgia square off in the Rose Bowl. The Bulldogs haven’t won a national title since 1980. It’s been 17 years since the Sooners last wore the crown. They’ll have the benefit of Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield
Author: USA TODAY Sports
Posted: December 14, 2017, 1:59 pm
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Author: Forbes
Posted: December 14, 2017, 1:49 pm
Get a FREE 30-day trial using promo code Blue30 Michigan's regular season is in the rearview and its bowl matchup is a couple of weeks off. That gives the coaches an opportunity to get in the homes and schools of recruits but also gives the staff a chance to host official visitors without any distractions. Bringing recruits in for a game at The Big House is obviously quite an event but losses, bad weather and an inflated visitor list are all a lot to deal with. Here's a look at who is planning to be in Ann Arbor this weekend. Official Visitors Note: Hutchinson has been committed since February and will sign next week. He's as solid as any commit has ever been as the son of former U-M All-American
Posted: December 14, 2017, 1:00 pm