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Notre Dame vs. USC odds, line: 2019 College football picks, predictions from simulation on 68-42 run

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The Fighting Irish are looking to to keep rolling at home and stay in the hunt for a spot in the College Football Playoff when No. 9 hosts its longtime rival, the Southern Cal Trojans on Saturday. The Irish have won 14 consecutive games on their turf and have beaten the Trojans in their past two meetings. Quarterback and a potent running game give the big-play defense more than enough points to work with. The Trojans have combined some big wins with confounding losses and fell to No. 17 before a bye week. Kickoff from Notre Dame Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Fighting Irish are 10.5-point favorites in the latest Notre Dame vs. odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 58.5. Before making your Notre Dame vs. USC picks, be sure to check out the predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen huge returns. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an eye-popping profit of over $4,300 for $100 plnager Maurizio Sarri’s system for his problems with fans this season.His performances have made him a target for criticism from Chelsea supporters, but he explains that Sarri’s decision to change the nature of his role during the course of the campaiayers on its top-rated college football against the spread picks.  

The model enters Week 7 of the 2019 season on a strong run, going 68-42 on its top-rated college football picks. It also called (-27.5) covering against and (+21) staying well within the spread against last week. Anybody who has been following it is way up.

Now, it has analyzed Notre Dame vs. USC from every angle. We can tell you it’s leaning under, but it also says one side of the spread cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine. ster United are prepared to pay massive money on two new centre-halves.ESPN says United are targeting Harry Maguire and Kalidou Koulibaly after being snubbed by Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt was given the chance to join Manchester United but

The model has considered that the Irish are coming off the set to receive a cash windfall from Danny Ings’ switch from Liverpool to Southampton.The striker has joined Saints on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell last season.The move is reportedly worth £18 million fee rising to £20 million.Their first shutout since 2014 after routing 52-0 last week. They have forced 14 turnovers in five games, recovering eight fumbles and intercepting six passes, two each from safeties and . The freshman Hamilton returned one of his 34 yards for a touchdown in his first game at Notre Dame Stadium. The defensive ends also have been getting after quarterbacks, with posting three of the team’s 14 sacks and adding two. The home team is 6-0 against the spread  in the last six meetings, and the Irish are 4-0 ATS in their past four non-conference games.

Book threw a career-high five touchdown passes in a little more than two quarters last week, and he has 1,254 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. . had his third 100-yard game last week to run his total to 381. The Irish also expect original starting running back to contribute Saturday after dealing with a groin injury. He ran for 383 yards and seven touchdowns despite missing three games last season. Notre Dame is perfect in the red zone this season, going 20-for-20 with 17 touchdowns.

But just because Notre Dame gets the job done on both sides of the ball doesn’t mean the Irish will cover the Notre Dame vs. USC spread on Saturday.

That’s because the Trojans will start freshman Kedon Slovis at quarterback after he missed time with a concussion. He has completed 77.9 percent of his throws and has 732 yards and five touchdowns in four games. He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 377 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-20 win against then-No. 23 . He will be bolstered by receivers Michael Pittman Jr. (31-501), and  (31-414).

Southern Cal has a young defense, but it has largely been effective, limiting teams to 411 yards and 24.8 points per game. It is strong up front, with John (45 tackles) and (41) anchoring the linebacking corps. and anchor the middle of the line, and has three sacks coming off the end.

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Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson sets NCAA career sack record

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defensive end set an NCAA record for most career sacks during his team’s win over in the Hawaii Bowl Saturday night.

Ferguson entered the game with 42.5 sacks for his career, 1.5 sacks shy of former star Terrelle Suggs, who finished his career with 44. Ferguson finished the night with 2.5 sacks to move to 45, and just ahead of Suggs.

Ferguson could have had 3.5 sacks in th should be competing for trophies.The Giallorosso haven’t won a title for 11 years.“It’s such a shame for a club like this not to have won anything in the last years,” Dzeko told the Athletic. “Hopefully this can change, because this club, first e game. His second sack of the game came during the second quarter of the game, budown deep-lying defences.The Red Devils have been criticised at times this season for their struggles to penetrate the low block.But Solskjaer has pointed to wins over Burnley and Newcastle United as a sign of United’s improved ‘creativity’.“I thint it was waived off due to a facemask penalty on Ferguson as he tried to bring the quarterback down. Fortunately, it wouldn’t matter in the long run, as Ferguson would pick up a half-sack in the third quarter to tie the record, and then another sack on Hawaii’s next possession to set the new standard.

Of course, while Ferguson now holds the official NCAA record, it’s important to note that the NCAA did not begin offian coach Antonio Conte has taken a swipe at Italian fans.Conte returned to Serie A this season and was struck by the difference in attitude.“Racism is a problem in Italy, but so is any kind of insult, and after three years away, I find Italy has recially tracking sacks as a statistic until the 2000 season. The unofficial NCAA sack record is held by Derrick Thomas and Tedy Bruschi. Both players were credited with 52 sacks by their schools during their playing careers.

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Kyler Murray playing for Oklahoma is equal parts possibility and hypocrisy from NCAA

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quarterback will be making close to $5 million this year. That’s a fact, and perhaps a record for the Sooners’ . Somehow, the pillars of amateurism haven’t collapsed just yet.

You know, the pillars that say money is the root of all evil in college athletics, unless it is being made by those who control college athletics.

The pillars that hold up the NCAA’s amateur ideal. The disparate ideals that get a kid suspended taking a lunch from a booster, but allow that same millionaire to win a Heisman Trophy.

The pillars that prop up the NCAA’s indefensible version of amateurism.

The irony of Murray being an amateur college quarterback and a professional baseball outfielder at the same time is rife with equal parts possibility and hypocrisy.

Murray was by the Oakland Athletics. In the midst of competing for the starting quarterback job at Oklahoma, Murray signed his baseball contract on Friday. As a surprise top-10 pick, he will play one more season of before playing baseball for pay.

NCAA rules allow professionals in one sport to receive compensation while retaining college eligibility in another. Nothing new there except to question Oakland’s wisdom in allowing its top pick to put his body and baseball career at risk for one more season under center.

The likes of John Elway and have played pro baseball and college football at the same time, but perhaps never at this powerful of a program, at college football’s most important position or for this much money.

Murray signed for a reported $4.7 million, took batting practice with the A’s then declared, “Right now, it’s about getting ready to go win a [football] national championship.”

Just so as the Sooners know who’s paying for the after party.

Whether Murray wins the starting job at Oklahoma is sort of irrelevant. It’s what he represents. Whatever money he gets, he has earned. It’s that his teammates pretty much can’t (legally) earn a dime.

Aside from the head coaches and perhaps a coordinator or two, Murray will be the highest paid person on the field at his games this fall.

He will be a highly-compensated symbol for a system that has never been more under attack. How do you justify not paying players something further when a defensive coordinator ( Dave Aranda) is making more than 80 head coaches ($2.5 million)?

How do you deny them something more when last year it was revealed the .

“The optics are what the writers make of them,” Delany said smugly.

How is a scholarship enough when 29 NCAA football players have died — mostly in workouts — since 2000?

The walls are closing in on the NCAA. The administrators who continue to defend the system just have to know where they escape hatch is.

It’s been less than four years since a district court judge found the NCAA was in violation of anti-trust laws in the landmark O’Bannon trial. It seems inevitable that sooner or later players are going to be able to earn something from their name, image and likeness.

The argument against is practically neanderthal. president Harris Pastides testified in the O’Bannon case that payments “would create a wedge between those student athletes who receive the funds and those who don’t.”

In the same case, NCAA president Mark Emmert said payments would “certainly impact the way other student-athletes perceive them.”

The suits seem to be actually suggesting that paying players would divide a locker room. How preposterous.

In the case of Oklahoma, Murray might be the best chance the Sooners have of returning to the College Football Playoff. That’s not a locker room poison, that’s hope for life after .

It has come to this: Murray’s baseball salary allowed by the NCAA is literally the NCAA’s argument for corruption.

“Google the NCAA’s definition of amateurism,” said Gerald Gurney, University of Oklahoma assistant professor and NCAA reformer. “Essentially it says athletes should not be paid because they need to concentrate on schoolwork. They can’t juggle two balls at the sameGreenwood.The Sun says United are not planning on rewarding Greenwood with a new deal after his first-team breakthrough.Greenwood, 17, made four appearances for United last term and started against Cardiff on the final day.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitt time. That’s asinine and ridiculous.”

At first, it might seem the root of this discussion is NCAA rules allow an athlete to turn pro in one sport and retain amateur eligibility in another.

But the real argument is how much the public and fans can stomach any college athlete being paid before they’re not considered college (thus, amateur) athletes.

Apparently, quite a bit.

Cost of attendance provides players between $5,000 and $10,000 per year just for being … athletes.Bowl gifts — typically capped at $550 — are nothing more than rewards for playing football. Men’s and women’s Final Four participants have their own gift suites to enjoy. Sports Business Daily reported basketball players who win their regular-season conference, conference tournament and .All three military academies (, , ) routinely pay salaries to cadets in service to the country.Olympic stipends allowed by the NCAA range from the modest to the extravagant. swimmer for his home country of Singapore for winning Ole a new hero in Bruno Fernandes.The Portuguese, signed from Sporting Lisbon last month, scored his first goal for United in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford. And Crouch believes Fernandes’ bravado is exactly what the Red Devils have beenympic gold.Schools are allowed to pay five-figure insurance premiums of their prospects.One anonymous coach told me last year a player at  legally over the course of his career.

Most of these are not benefits allowed to the normal student. Just don’t ask the NCAA what a normal student is.

No one is going to deny that Murray deserves every penny he can get from the A’s. It’s only because he plays a different sport that he is not considered corrupted by NCAA standards.

“It’s very confusing,” Kyle Parker said.

Parker might be the best and most recent comparison to Murray. The former quarterback played football after getting a $1.4 million bonus with the in 2010.

After six years spent mostly in the minors, he returned to Clemson in 2017 to complete his degree.

“It’s leaning more toward the athlete,” Parker said, “but it’s still completely lopsided how much money college athletes make and [how much schools] generate off of amateur [athletes].”

In a way, it’s not a matter of paying players, it’s about semantics. What one man calls improper compensation, another calls amateurism.

“I have no issue with Kyler Murray at all,” Gurney said. “This is a demonstration of the NCAA’s inconsistent and ridiculous definition of amateurism.”

Parker said he was offered endorsements as a baseball player but th the Azzurri.“My relationship with Naples is normal,” he told Otto Channel.“I spend a lot of time outside the city, and when I return in the evening the only thing I enjoy in Naples is a restaurant or pizzeria.“This city could be nicer with scouldn’t accept them because he was still playing college football.

The same standard would apply to Murray.

“Any kind of advertising that you would have cashed in on playing in a big league city, you have to decline,” Parker said.

More absurdity. As a football player, Murray cannot accept so much as a free burger from a booster. As a baseball player, he has enough money to buy his entire offensive line a steak dinner. I’m getting headaches just writing about it.

For 50 years, until 1956, the NCAA essentially banned players from getting anything in outside compensation.

Now? Some players are sending cash home because of the myriad ways they can get money.

Some of the progress is common sense. Some of it reflects increasing pressure from the courts. All of it is way overdue.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby perhaps provided the most insight. He told the reform-minded Knight Commission college athletes are neither pros nor amateurs.

“I think it’s a completely different genre of his own,” Bowlsby said. “It doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world …”

Maybe that’s the biggest problem. Kyler Murray isn’t the outlier. The system is.

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College Football Playoff: Five keys to Georgia winning the championship

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ATLANTA — The No. 3 have a chance to win their first national championship since 1980 on Monday night in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, when they take on No. 4 in the Playoff National Championship. 

Led by second-year coach Kirby Smart and a punishing running game featuring seniors and , the Bulldogs topped No. 2 52-48 in double overtime in the Rose Bowl last Monday to earn a trip to their home state to take on the Crimson Tide for all the marbles.

What are the five keys for the Bulldogs?

A common theme this week has been criticism of a Georgia defense that gave up 531 yards to the Sooners in the national semifinal. Sure, that’s a big number, but that number doesn’t tell the whole story. The real story is that Georgia’s defense — specifically its defensive front — won that game by generating five straight stops to open the second half.

The Rose Bowl was an anomaly, and more proof that defense doesn’t win championships, “just enough” defense does. “Just enough” is a moving target based on your own offense, your opponent and the style of the game.

Georgia needs to find just enough against the Tide to get it done, and it starts with Julien Rochester, , , and that fast and physical defensive front seven.

That looks like more of a challenge this week than it did over the holiday season, because Alabama’s offensive line flat-out owned in its Sugar Bowl win.

“Once we got beat by , we were ‘the worst offensive line in the nation,’ yada, yada, yada, and all this crap,” center said. “We really wanted to make a statement and prove that we deserve to be here, and I think we did that tonight.”

Was that the anomaly, or a sign that “old school” Alabama football is back? 

If Georgia can prove that it was the exception, they’ll leave Mercedes-Benz Stadium as national champs.

It’s one thing to win the battle in the trenches. But even if Georgia’s defense does that, it still has to contain electric dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts.

What did we learn last week about Georgia’s approach to mobile quarterbacks? They need to come right at them. That’s exactly what happened in the second half when harge because of a poor start to the season.Milan are 13th in Serie A, three points above the relegation zone, after three wins in their first seven games.Giampaolo, 52, succeeded Gennaro Gattuso in June after the former Italy midfielder quit becausethe Bulldogs abandoned their quest to contain Sooner quarterback Oklahoma quarterback , and came right at the Heisman Trophy winner. That is going to put a lot of pressure on Smith and the rest of the talented linebacking corps to get him down when they have the chance.

“I think he’s a heck of an athlete, [he] can beat you on the ground, and he has a pretty solid arm, as well, to give his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball in the air,” Smith said.

The last part of that quote is still up for debate, and the best way to find out if it’s true or not is to get right in Hurts’ face when he rolls out. Don’t give him time to look downfield. Make sure he has to make quick decisions in the passing game.

Hurts hasn’t made many mistakes this year, but he also hasn’t faced as many defenses with the speed of the Bulldogs.

A lot of people will say that Georgia has to establish the running game in order to have a chance against Alabama’s defense. 

That’s just not true.

Of course, getting Chubb and Michel going on the ground would be beneficial and certainly will be Plan A –it has been Georgia’s M.O. all year. But we saw true freshman quarterback lead his team to the win in the Rose Bowl — a game in which he led the game-tying drive at the end of regulation with clutch throw after clutch throw. 

You can’t script a bigger moment, and Fromm thrived in it.

No, it isn’t the running game that needs to get going. That calm mindset that didn’t send the Bulldogs into panic mode when they were down 31-14 in the second quarter and brought out the best of Fromm when they were down seven with under five minutes to play is what has to stay with the Bulldogs throughout the entire 60 minutes of the title game.

And I do mean “entire.”

Alabama’s defense saw an inch when it forced Clemson quarterback to throw a pick to defensive lineman to , and it took a mile. That mile included a pass from Hurts to Payne and a pick six by linebacker on the very next play from scrimmage. 

Br Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.The Sun says Burnley are lining up a cut-price £1million deal for Bitton.Dyche is a keen admirer of Bitton and wants to try to sign him in January to boost his options in a number of areas.The versatile 28-year-old, whlood was in the water, the the Tide swarmed like sharks.

Georgia is the more complete team. It proved in the Rose Bowl that it can win games outside of its comfort zone, as long as it doesn’t hurt itself.

Don’t get cut.

We saw Georgia play and beat Oklahoma playing the Sooners’ brand of point-per-minute football. If the situations presents itself to force Alabama into a similar situation, do it.

That means Smart and his staff need to live by one simple mantra: Don’t let up.

It can be argued — I think rather successfully — that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley made a poor decision going conservative in overtime in the Rose Bowl loss to the Bulldogs. Smart should remember that, and make sure his foot stays on the gas for as long as possible.

That means blitzes, play-action passes and enough creativity on both sides of the ball to make sure the Bulldogs don’t get complacent and don’t give Alabama any window to crawl back in the game if the Bulldogs do get a lead.

After all, we saw Alabama dominate Clemson playing Alabama football. We saw Georgia top Oklahoma playing Oklahoma football.

Smart and the Bulldogs want to play old-school, smash-mouth football too. That has been and always will be Plan A. But they also know that their Plan B works better than Alabama’s.

 Alabama lost linebacker Anferenee Jennings late in the Sugar Bowl to a knee injury, after Jennings had a monster day against Clemson. That’s the latest in a long line of linebacker injurieson have agreed a fee for Tanguy Ndombele.The London Evening Standard says Spurs have agreed to pay an initial €62million (£55.45m), while the overall deal could rise to over £63m due to future incentives.The deal will smash Tottenham’s club-recor for the Crimson Tide that also includes middle linebackers and .

Georgia needs to test that depth and discipline, and the best way to do it is with tempo.

We’ve seen Georgia go up-tempo a lot this year in big situations, including the SEC Championship Game win over Auburn. They don’t always snap it quickly, but they do get to the line in a hurry, often to prevent defenses from substituting. Simply getting to the line quickly will stress middle linebacker Mack Wilson — who calls the signals in place of Hamilton and Moses — and simply running plays will stress the depth of the defensive-minded Crimson Tide.

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Despite two transfers in a week, Clemson’s quarterback situation is just fine in 2018

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For the second time in less than a week, has lost a quarterback to transfer. Fortunately for the Tigers, their depth chart at that position remains insanely good. 

Clemson announ it has been revealed.The ex-Manchester United manager dismissed calls for van Dijk to be includedoved second-half performance for their 0-0 draw with FA Cup opponents Manchester United.Despite Wolves having the ball in the back of the net when Matt Doherty’s header beat Sergio Romero which was then disallowed for a handball by the Irishman, the in his squad during his time at Celtic, as he “didn’t defend forward”.The Athletic reports Van Gaal’s scouts also warned their boss that van Dijk had sced on Monday that will transfer to another program after getting his degree. Israel, who appeared in two gamstar Fabrizio Maiello admits he was the brains behind the plan.He hatched the plan when he was behind bars along with a another group of inmates who were members of a notorious crime syndicate.But the plan failed after Maiello lost his nerve and instes and completed all four of his pass attempts as a redshirt freshman in 2016, did not play this past season. In high school, he surpassed Tim Tebow’s state record for touchdown passes in a single season. At one point last offseason, Israel was in the competition to be the Tigers’ starting quarterback, but an illness over the summer derailed those hopes. 

Israel is the second quarterback to transfer from Clemson in the past week. Last Friday, also he was transferring out. 

But these aren’t hard times for Clemson’s quarterback room. Kelly Bryant returns as a senior and the situation behind him is loaded thanks to a depth chart with , Chase Bryce and Trevor Lawrence. Johnson and Brice were members of the 2017 class with the former earning a five-star label as one of the top quarterback recruits in the country. Johnson also saw playing time in seven games this past season. Lawrence was the No. 1 overall recruit for the 2018 signing class and enrolled early. 

Barring injury, Bryant’s job is likely safe for next season; the real battle will begin in 2019 with (presumably) two former five-star recruits in the mix. 

Interestingly, Clemson won’t be the only playoff-caliber program with an intriguing quarterback situation. and have incumbent starters in and . However, Hurts was benched in the national title win in favor of freshman and Fromm’s backup will likely be former five-star recruit Justin Fields. 

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Arkansas QB Cole Kelley charged with driving while intoxicated after LSU loss

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Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley was arrested early Sunday and charged with suspicion of driving while intoxicated. d wonderkid has been pictured in a Manchester United shirt for the first time this Saturday in a video posted to his Instagram page.The Dutch youngster rejected professional terms with Ajax this season, which was confirmed by the head of the club’s yAccording to a local report from KNWA, Kelley refused a breathalyzer test, was booked in Washington County jail and faces a hearing on Monday morning. 

“I was informed early this morning of an incident involving Cole Kelley,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Sunday. “We are gathering all information from the proper authorities and will make a determination upon review of that information.”

Kelley, 20, has appeared in nine games this year and taken over as the Razort with PSG teen Kays Ruiz.The youth teamer is inside the final 18 months of his current PSG deal and courting interest from across Europe.Foot Mercato says Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Juventus are all in talks with Ruiz’s representatives,backs’ primary starter after leading the team to wins against Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina. The redshirt freshman struggled in the 33-10 loss at LSU on Satntina international told Fox Sports Argentina he wanted “a change of scenery” at the end of the season. “He’s a very interesting character and I will just judge Roberto as I will every player based on what I see when we’re training and playing,” saidurday, completing just 3-of-10 passes for 33 yards and an interception. 

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Notre Dame is running out of reasons to keep Brian Kelly after latest indiscretion

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The totality of Brian Kelly’s nearly seven years at Notre Dame have been marked by multiple scandals, the newest of which involves academic misconduct. As far as Kelly’s tenure is concerned, it’s another demerit for a coach that has been a part of two bad ones already.

Actually, “bad” doesn’t even do them justice. But more on those later.

The that Notre Dame must vacate up to two full years of football victories, including games from its 2012 national title runner-up season, as punishment. The crux of the misconduct stems from a former student athletic trainer who completed coursework for two student-athletes; additionally, the former trainer provided “six other football student-athletes with impermissible academic extra benefits.” Some of the athletes took part in misconduct on their own as well.

The NCAA can punish Notre Dame how it sees fit. It can fine the Irish $5,000. It can publicly reprimand the university. It can enforce a two-year show-cause for the former trainer. And, yes, it can take away the wins. Few outside of the NCAA, the school and maybe some fans likely care about the sanctions anyway.

The bigger issue is that Notre Dame is dealing with yet another off-field issue with Kelly in charge. Barring a change of heart from the administration, however, it appears for now as though Kelly will survive this.

There’s a reason, of course. said it best: “Kelly is unequivocally Notre Dame’s best coach since Lou Holtz.” He’s a brilliant coach who rose from the Division II ranks at Grand Valley State — where he won two national titles — to the pinnacle of at Notre Dame.

Still, Kelly’s ever-growing legacy is complicated. He has just two seasons of at least 10 wins in South Bend, but he did take the Irish to a national championship appearance; of course, that season is on its way to being vacated now. This year, the Irish are 4-7 and are guaranteed their first losing season since 2007.

There are the controversies, too. There have been since Year 1.

In October of 2010, Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old Notre Dame student, was killed while filming the team’s practice when the hydraulic scissor lift he was on crashed due to high wind gusts exceeding 50 mph. Kelly said in the following days that despite the weather conditions.

Notre Dame later that “There are many people that will carry that for the rest of their lives.”

T believes Mason Greenwood deserves his first-team chance at Manchester United.But the Geordie has warned the teenager over the pressures of Premier League stardom.With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both struggling for fitness while midfielder Phen there’s the Lizzy Seeberg story published by .

The Seeberg case was, in the big picture, far more about Notre Dame’s failures than Kelly individually. However, the coach caught heat — deservedly so — because Shembo “stayed silent about the accusations under orders” from Kelly. Shembo in the lead-up to the 2014 .

So when put in context, academic misconduct is far down the list of important issues Notre Dame has faced in recent years. However, given Dani Ceballos will make his debut for Arsenal against Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.Ceballos has joined the Gunners on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.The Spaniard will take the number eight jersey vacated by Aaron Ramsey.Arsenal-Liverpool-Chelsea-Barcelona-Gossip-Latest”>The Expresssays Arsenal fans won’t have to wait long to see their second signing of the summer.its academic reputation, it is an issue the university takes seriously.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said as that Kelly will “lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year.” The “dreaded vote of confidence” is , but the misconduct “has nothing to do with me and my status here … Any negative criticism that’s out there about me right now is because we’re 4-7.”

Sure. In Kelly’s defense, he’s not the one committing the misconduct. But the best way to describe a coach’s role in these types of situations is that while they’re not “responsible” per se, they are “accountable.”

Over the course of the last six years, Kelly hacardi to leave.Wanda Nara, the wife and agent of the striker, has stated Icardi is staying.But Marotta says: “We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.“I can also categorically deny that somes been at least partially accountable for some dark days at Notre Dame. At some point, Notre Dame has come to a conclusion whether it will hold Kelly (and itself) accountable for those things. If nothing else, he doesn’t seem interested in doing it himself.

This isn’t the worst moment for Kelly and Notre Dame. Those were years ago, and if there were ever reasons to fire Kelly, they would have been it. This is, however, the latest incident. And they eventually add up quicker than many realize.

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WATCH: Jimbo Fisher says Auburn won ‘Kick Six’ game vs. Bama with ‘illegal’ plays

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Jimbo Fisher is a great offensive coach. We knew this long before he led to the national championship, but what many fans may not know is that he’s great at teaching the game as well. Fisher regularly contributes to the Nike Coach of the Year cte for Ernesto Valverde’s job at Barcelona.RAC1 says Barcelona have deal for Chelsea attacker Pedro.The Telegraph says the Spanish winger is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available for a cut-priced fee.Villa boss Dean Smith is hopeful of securing a deal when the transfer window reopens in Januturned their attentions towards Pochettino to replace the under-pressure Valverde.It was expected that their former player Xavi would take over at the Nou Camp, but the Al-Sadd managlinics and is more than happy to “talk ball” when reporters know how to ask the right questions.

Fisher offered an unsolicited lesson on modern college offenses to reporters this week, explaining the conflict created by the run-pass option (RPOs) and quarterback runs. The college rules allow a lineman to be three yards upfield at the time of a pass, so a lineman has at least a few yards to fake a run block (freezing linebackers and safeties) while the quarterback waits for his receiver to get behind the defense. “It’s why you’re seeing scoring so high right now across the country,” Fisher says.

“What they’re doing on offense right now is illegal. Should never be part of football, and I’m an offensive guy,” Fisher said. “When you can have a lineman go three yards doreparing a first offer for Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.After completing a two-season loan at Bayern Munich, James is now up for sale at Real – and a confirmed target for Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.Le 10 Sport says De Laurentiis iwn the field and it’s a pass, there’s something wrong with that.”

Lineman can’t get that far upfield in the , so it’s obvious why RPOs aren’t as popular at the next level. Fisher points out that everyone thought the running quarterback would be the next craze, only to see the effects of extra hits take a toll on high-priced investments for franchises.

The entire presentation was great, then Fisher inadvertently made headlines for pointing out that those kind of option plays with lineman upfield “cost a national championship.”

“When we played for the national championship, they had a lineman seven yards down the field on the pass they threw that tied it up before the “Kick Six.” They would have never been there, should have been illegal,” Fisher said. “Last year when they played Ole Miss on TV? Had lineman six yards down the field.”

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Georgia football’s Mount Rushmore: Who stands next to Herschel Walker?

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When you consider Georgia football in 2016, you think about one thing: running backs for days. Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Co. will lead the Bulldogs’ offensive attack once again. The long lineage of great backs to pass through Athens, though, is where the program’s Mount Rushmore begins.

Put simply, you cannot think of Georgia football without thinking of Herschel Walker. From his first season running over defenders to his Heisman Trophy reception, Walker left a mark on not only Georgia, but the SEC and all of .

Walker’s coach, Vince Dooley, also makes an appearance, but like other programs featured in our series, the Bulldogs’ “top four” was heavy on players.

There is no player more synonymous with Georgia football than Walker, nor is there any one more beloved. Walker is not only the greatest player in the history of the program, he is one of the all-time greats in college football. In other words, this Mount Rushmore would be glaringly incomplete without him as the first and most recognizable face.

Listing Walker’s accomplishments would take pages, but the important ones include a Heisman Trophy in 1982. He was the program’s second Heisman winner but finished in the top three of the Heisman voting in each of his three seasons in Athens. Additionally, he won the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards, and was a three-time consensus All-American.

Walker’s post-college life was eclectic, to say the least. In addition to his time in the , Walker was a MMA fighter and a member of the United States Olympic bobsled team in the 1992 Winter Olympue Marseille striker Habib Bamogo has confirmed he’s now working as a France-based scout for Everton.Bamogo admits he’s been talent spotting at youth level for the Toffees for the past year.He told Foot Mercato: “It’s going to be a year in January, sics.

Accomplishments: 1982 Heisman Trophy, consensus All-American (three times), Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, SEC Player of the Year (three times)

Walker may be Georgia’s most famous player and Heisman winner, but Sinkwich was the first Bulldog to receive college football’s most prestigious trophy. In that sense, ina management are willing to include Jean-Clair Todibo in their offer for PSG star Neymar.Barca have made multiple offers this week for the Brazil captain, but are yet to strike terms.Yahoo Sport France reports Todibo’s agents have confirmed Barca hat’s also hard to imagine a Georgia Mount Rushmore without Sinkwich on it. Sinkwich led the country in rushing in 1941 (1,103 yards) and totaled nearly 2,200 total yards in his Heisman-winning effort the following year, which set a NCAA record at the time.

Accomplishments: 1942 Heisman Trophy, consensus All-American (twice), SEC Player of the Year

Georgia claims a few great coaches, including Mark Richt and Wallace Butts, but no coach in program history has a longer tenure than Dooley. Over the course of more than two decades, Dooley won 201 games, which still ranks among the top 20 of FBS coaches to this day. In all, Dooley won about 72 percent of his games.

He also s focus again.The player was flustered after last minute interest from Manchester United during the transfer window.The Cherries denied him the move, and United went on to loan Odion Ighalo instead.But Francis thinks that King will bounce back.Francicoached Georgia to it second claimed national title in 1980 while producing a dozen consensus All-Americans during his time with the program, including Walker. There just isn’t a more prolific or longer-tenured coach at Georgia than Dooley.

Accomplishments: 1980 national championship, SEC Coach of the Year (five times), AFCA, NFAA and Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1980)

Georgia has had its share of great players over the years, but few are more decorated than Pollack. Champ Bailey had a legitimate case here, but Pollack was more well-known for what he did in college. For that reason, Pollack squeaks into the program’s immortalized top four.

From the start, Pollack was a force in the SEC. He became the program’s all-time leader with 36 sacks, a number that still ranks among the best all-time in the FBS. His “zero-yard” interception for a touchdown against South Carolina (seen below) remains one of the most famous plays in Georgia football history. As far as disruptive defensive players go, Pollack is the best to ever pass through Athens.

Accomplishments: Consensus All-American (twice), SEC Player of the Year (twice), Hendricks Award (twice), Lott Trophy, Lombardi Award, All-SEC (three times)

Just missed the cut: Champ Bailey, Mark Richt

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Steve Spurrier still loves to take shots at Tennessee

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South Carolina did not live up to expectations in 2014. Despite some key losses, the Gamecocks were still pegged by many so-called experts to win the SEC East. Instead, they went 7-6 and finished fifth in the East Division at 3-5.

It was a humbling season but apparently not humbling enough to cause Steve Spurrier to change much, and we’re alre second best in the opening period, and were trailing at the break, but it all changed after the interval as Nuno’s side upped their game and produced a comeback victory. Romain Saiss and Raul Jimenez bagged the crucial goals.Speaking to canaries.cl better off for it. You see, even though the Gamecocks lost to Tennessee last season and had the same record as the Volunteers, that’s not going to keep Spurrier from taking shots at the boys in Knoxville whenever he can.

And on Wednesday he coh Didier Deschamps’ continued selection of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.Giroud was again called up by Deschamps for their Euro qualifiers against Moldova and Albaniirror says Silva has been handed a temporary Goodison reprieve – but his Everton fate is sealed.And that has seen former boss David Moyes emerge as the most likely candidate to replace him.The experienced manager is seen as the perfect man to steer ta.Henry told Perform: “Knowing how Didier Deschamps likes to play, Olivier Giroud isuld.

HBC called 7-6 in 2014 “a decent year.” Then: “In Knoxville, they’re still doing cartwheels because they went 7-6 and won a bowl game.”

— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg)

It’s not quite “you can’t spell Citrus without UT,” but the point gets across all the same.

Of course, what’s somewhat ironic about this whole situation is that, as we head into the 2015 season we’ll probably see a lot more people thinking Tennessee will win the East this season than will South Carolina.

But given the track record of prognosticators, that is likely a good thing for the Gamecocks.

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Michigan students plan ‘Khaki Out’ for Harbaugh

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Jim Harbaugh is not Michigan’s coach yet. Just about the entire world expects he will be soon enough, but it’s not official yet. Reports say that it could be official by Tuesday, however, with Harbaugh anticipated to be at Michi player at the club, and one you would desperately want in your five-a-side team at training.That is according to former Hoffenheim midfielder Pirmin Schwegler.Before he was someone labelled as ‘world-class’ by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Firminogan’s Big Ten basketball opener against Illinois.

And the Michigan student section is ready for him.

In honor of the man himself: Jim Harbaugh, Maize Rage will be hosting a “Khaki out” for the game on Tuesday. Wear your khakis and GO BLUE!

— Maize Rage (@UMMaizeRage)

I do believe this would be the first recorded “khaki out” in student section history, so it’s going to be a very important event.

I just hope that, if Harbaugh does show up to the game, he’s wearing khakis … because if he isn’t,his move to Real Madrid.The departing Flamengo attacker’s transfer was confirmed this morning. Real are paying €30m in total for the 18 year-old, with 80 per cent going to the club and the remaining 20 per cent being shared b victory at Everton.The Canaries won 2-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.”People have to say what they want. It is our job to keep the club in the Premier League. We have begun this task and now we have to work on it,” said the Finn.”We have been missiny the agents and family it would be a bad omen.

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Fire leaves San Jose State LB Jared Leaf in critical condition

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linebacker Jared Leaf is in critical condition after suffering second-degree burns in an apartment fire last week. 

Leaf’s family releident Enrique Cerezo admits they must sell if they’re to buy in January.Cerezo concedes they need to keep their books balanced if they want to add to coach Diego Simeone’s squad during the winter market.He said, “We cannot sign, we have to sell someoased a statement through San Jose State on Monday thanking the Spartans’ fans and coaches, and Leaf’s teammates, for their support as Leaf recovers from burns he suffered while escaping a fire in his apartment near campus. 

“On behalf of Jared’s family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who have touched our lives in recent days.

“We would especially like to acknowledge the absolutely amazing staff at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Burn Center. Their passion and optimism along with positive feedback and forthcomt stronger after last night’s defeat of Napoli.De Ligt made his Serie A debut and was a little shaky for the 4-3 win.Martusciello said, “De Ligt is still a little bit behind in terms of learning the movements and being part of the defensive unit. Hing information and accommodation has made us feel included in the process. We feel very fortunate that Jared is in their care.

“We would also like to thank the Coaching Staff at SJSU, who have been here everyday to support Jared and our family. Their genuine concern and positive encouragement are extremelPallotta says they offered the technical director’s post to Francecso Totti.The former captain has called a Monday media conference where he is expected to announce his departure.But Pallotta insists: “Let me state on record, quite clearly for thosy appreciated. Jared’s teammates have been a great sense of support, as well, visiting our family often and showing their love for Jared.

“Jared is still in critical condition and due to the risk of infection, he is not accepting visitors other than immediate family at this point in time.

“Jared has a long road ahead of him, but we are confident he will recover with all of the continued support of family, friends, the SJSU community and the wonderful staff that are working so hard to make sure his recovery is successful.

Leaf is expected to be a starting linebacker for the Spartans in 2014. According to the Mercury News, San Jose State is . 

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Arizona State’s Marion Grice likely out for Pac-12 championship

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Things are prthe best striker in the world.Momentum is building for the Frenchman to move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal interested.”I would like to become the best striker in the world,” Edouard said upon receiving his season one of the best of his career.It is the first time in history an English team has won the men’s domestic treble – the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.Asked where this season’s remarkable achievement ranks amongst his career highlighthe Scotetty good for these days. The Sun Devils are six days away from playing in their first Pac-12 Championship Game; beating Arizona Saturday night means that ASU will host that game rather than traveling to Stanford; and they didn’t just “beat” Arizona, , the Sun Devils’ most decisive victory in the series since 1996.

But that’s not to say things are perfect. Todd Graham that all-purpose running back Marion Grice is still struggling with the leg injury he suffered Nov. 23 against UCLA, and is not likely to be available for the championship game.

“It’ isn’t thinking about abandoning Manchester City amid their UEFA crisis.The Mirror says Sterling is fully committed to Manchester City as they battle to overturn their European exile.Real Madrid are already being linked with a £150million summer movs probably a three-week deal,” Graham said, . “He’d probably be doubtful. I think I’m safe in saying that. Our deal is we want to go win this thing, and he’ll be ready for the next one.”

Grice spent the Arizona game on the sidelines, . Graham , calling it “day to day.”

D.J. Foster excelled in replacing Grice against the Wildcats, rushing for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries and adding 26 receiving yards to boot. But the loss of Grice would still be a major one, as the senior leads the Sun Devils with 996 yards rushing, is the team’s third-leading receiver with 438 yards through the air, and leads the entire Pac-12 with 20 touchdowns.

And of course, even with Grice available, the first meeting between the Sun Devils and Cardinal this season ended in  that was only that close thanks to a furious second-half ASU rally. No one in Tempe will believe things can’t be different with the venue shifted to Sun Devil Stadium and Graham’s team having improved substantially since then, but nonetheless, Grice’s injury won’t do a thing to help their chances.

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Virginia Tech, Ohio State to kick off 2015 on Labor Day

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Virginia Tech and ‘s future home-and-home series, scheduled for 2014 and 2015, got upgraded with the announcement that the game in Blacksburg will be held on Labor Day night.

Hokies athletic director that the Buckeyes return trip to Blacksburg will take place in the ACC’s now-coveted Labor Day primetime slot with ESPN. According to the school’s website, the initial date for the 2015 contest was Sept. 19. Moving the date will likely require to move or back out of their scheduled contest with Furman.

Ohio State will host the first meeting in the series in Columbus on Sept. 20, 2014.

The Monday night game on ‘s opening weekend was included as part of the ACC’s most recent media rights deal with ESPN. This year, Pittsburgh will make its ACC debut by hosting Florida State in the Monday night showdown. Virginia Tech appeared in the game against Georgia Tech in 2012 (a 20-17 overtime win in Blacksburg) and Boise State in 2010 (a 33-30 loss at FedEx Field in Landovlled up to the Wales squad.Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out of the Wales squad for matches against Azerbaijan and Belarus, with United youngster Levitt drinton is not a “typical Brazilian.”The Magpies fans are hoping the attacker will be able to show the type of quality that justifies spending a club record fee to sign him from Hoffenheim.The attacker won a penalty for Newcastle in his first appearancafted iny Promes can see Memphis Depay leaving Lyon in January.Depay has been linked with Tottenham, while OL chief Juninho has confirmed Manchester United boast first refusal on the attacker.Promes, meanwhile, believes it could be the right time for his Hol as his replacement.The Football Association of Wales announced the news of Ramsey’s wither, Md.).

Lane Stadium references are occasionally accompanied with Enter Sandman videos. This is one of those times.

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Cincinnati: Schedule Breakdown

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In 2010, Cincinnati nearly pulled off one of the biggest nonconference wins in school history, thanks to a furious fourth quarter rally against then-No. 8 Oklahoma.

A late fumble, though, by former WR D.J. Woods led to a touchdown by the Sooners with 4:31 left. Oklahoma escaped 31-29. The loss dropped the to 1-3 on the season after earlier nonconference losses to NC State and Fresno State. Coach Butch Jones’ team can’t afford a similar start to the 2012 season.

vs. Virginia Tech, Stwo weeks and fined £75,000 after being found guilty of breaching betting rules, reports BBC Sport.The 29 year old was given a six-week ban, four of which were suspended, and is free to play again on 31 July.The Football Association says it will appept. 29 at FedEx Field

The Bearcats will likely face one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in FBS in Hokies junior Logan Thomas. Last season, Cincinnati held USF QB B.J. Daniels to just 3.6 yards per carry in a 37-34 win but allowed 409 through the air. The Bearcats also contained West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith on the ground (seven carries for minus-20 yards) in a 24-21 loss last November. Smith also threw for more than 370 yards.

Cincinnati’s rushing offense will be put to the test against the Hokies’ stifling defense. Virginia Tech will return eight starters from a defense that ranked seventh in the nation in fewest points allowed per game (17.6). The Bearcats are looking for a replacement for RB Isaiah Pead, the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Year.

Sept. 15-Oct. 20: vs. Delaware State, vs. Virginia Tech, vs. Miami (OH), vs. Fordham, at Toledo.

Besides Virginia Tech, the rest of the Bearcats’ nonconference schedule is relatively soft. Of the four remaining opponents: Delaware State (Sept. 15), Fordham (Oct. 13), Toledo (Oct. 20) and Miami (OH.) on Oct. 6, only the Redhawks ended 2011 ranked in the Top 50 in total defense.

Nov. 17-Dec. 1: vs. Rutgers, vs. South Florida, at Connecticut.

With eight returning starters, the Scarlet Knights’ defense may be as stout asolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast striker left LOSC for Arsenal this past summer.Campos said, “For me, one of the characteristics of a top, top player is that he loves football. “I remember when I worked with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé. They knew e the defense at Virginia Tech. Daniels may be confident against the Bearcats after shredding their secondary last year. In the regular season finale, Uconn can’t be overlooked. Cincinnati could be in contention for the league title in the final weinterest. He came close to joining Real Madrid in January before injury scuppered the move.Palacios, who has suffered Copa America heartache with a hamstring injury forcing him to withdraw from the Argentina squad, revealed he is wanted by Arsenal – ek.

Complete Schedule –

Sept. 6: Pitt 

Sept. 15: Delaware State

Sept. 29: Virginia Tech (at FedEx Field)

Oct. 6: Miami (OH)

Oct. 13: Fordham

Oct. 20: at Toledo

Oct. 26: at Louisville

Nov. 3: Syracuse

Nov. 10: at Temple

Nov. 17: Rutgers

Nov. 23: USF

Dec. 1: at Uconn

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