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Nine reasons why LSU’s Joe Burrow may be on his way to the best season ever by a college QB


Best ever? That might be a label worth considering for LSU’s Joe Burrow.

Check that. Best season ever … by a quarterback. It’s worth discussing considering the numbers, the winning, the personality and the transformation of a career, a team and a program.

Six players have thrown for more yards in a season than Burrow’s 5,208. Only one has thrown for more touchdowns in a season (55).

But none of them went from afterthought to projected No. 1 overall pick. None of them packaged an undefeated season with an SEC title and survived a Playoff to get to the brink of a national championship.

That national crown is the last step. Chasing it is a kid from rural Ohio, a transfer from Ohio State who embraced Louisiana, its culture and its team.

“Standing at the 50-yard line before each game and the Saints run out … Drew Brees is gathering his thoughts before he walks in that huddle and gives them a pregame speech,” recalled LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, a former Saints offensive assistant. “And you know there is not a person in that stadium or person in that huddle who doesn’t feel like we have an opportunity to win. … We have that at LSU. I feel that way about Joe Burrow.”

What follows are 10 things to consider about Burrow and his incredible 2019 season as we begin that best-ever debate. In the process, CBS Sports mixed in the reaction of various football sources.

That was the year Jameis Winston led Florida State to the national title in the last year lback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was left frustrated by his U21 Euros campaign with England.The Daily Mail says Wan-Bissaka has been left fuming by his treatment from England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd.The right back was in the process of completing a move fromof the BCS. (Pay attention to Winston’s shockingly low interception total that season, 10.) Before that, it was Cam Newton, almost as a one-man offense for Auburn. Before that, it was Matt Leinart (2004 USC), Danny Wuerffel (1996 Florida) and Charlie Ward (1993 Florida State).

Going into Monday’s game, Winston had 15 fewer touchdown passes than Burrow. Newton had 2,366 fewer passing yards. Leinart finished with 22 fewer touchdown passes. The record for a Heisman-winning quarterback is 48 touchdown passes. Burrow has 55 with one game to go.

“This transformation from a seemingly average guy is truly amazing! Remember, Ohio State let him walk out the door!  … On the run? When was the last time something bad happened when he extended the play? Ability to make plays with his legs? Check. Freakish football season.” — Rick Neuheisel, CBS Sports college football analyst, former Pac-12 coach

Seventeen players have thrown for at least 5,000 yards. Seven have thrown at least 50 touchdown passes. What makes those benchmarks so remarkable is Colt McCoy. In becoming the Heisman runner-up in 2009, the former Texas quarterback completed 76.7 percent of his passes. That record has stood for 11 years. Burrow would have to go 13 of 25 (52 percent) in the CFP National Championship to finish below McCoy’s 2009 mark of 76.7 percent. The last time Burrow finished below 52 percent was 19 games ago in the 2018 Alabama game.

To put it in perspective, Burrow completed 57.8 percent of his passes in 2018 (219 of 379). To reach his 2019 mark of 77.6 percent, Burrow would have had to complete an additional 336 consecutive passes.

In his last two games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Burrow has thrown 11 touchdown passes. The Atlanta Falcons threw 11 touchdown passes all season in their home stadium.

“Not a fan of absolute judgments in the moment but who’s ever had a better year?! Never had a clunker game this season, either.” — Charles Davis, Fox analyst, former Tennessee defensive back

This is real simple to put in perspective. Brennan set that record in a conference that no longer exists — the Western Athletic Conference.Twelve of those 58 scores came against four Power Five schools: Alabama, Arizona State, Purdue and Oregon. The rest came against the likes of Eastern Illinois, New Mexico State and Idaho.

Burrow has faced 12 Power Five opponents (throwing 46 touchdown passes), including nine SEC foes (37 TDs).Oh, and there were seven scoring passes against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semifinal. Burrow needs four touchdown passes vs. Clemson to break Brennan’s record. Five would give him 60.Fasten your seat belts. He’s thrown four in a game nine times in his career. Five times Burrow has thrown five touchdown passes.

“Never seen anything close to his performances in a single season!” — Steve Clarkson, owner of Dreammaker quarterback camps, throwing coach for Leinart

One of the results was Burrow becoming arguably the best quarterback in the last five years. Since Pro Football Focus has begun keeping stats in 2014, Burrow’s had the best season in Wins Above Average (2.52). Ohio State’s Justin Fields was second this season at 1.78. “He’s the highest-graded passer under pressure and is setting LSU and PFF College records in the process of a historic season, the likes of which we haven’t seen,” PFF wrote in November 2019.

“Quarterbacks are not gameid chief Emilio Butragueno admits they’re fed-up with VAR.Butragueno was left frustrated by the use of VAR in Los Blancos’ 0-0 draw at home to Real Betis on Saturday night, with a Zou Feddal handball the subject of much debate.”We are confused about managers. You don’t come to LSU to manage games. That’s not what we are looking for. You come to excel at the biggest stage.” — Joe Brady

“Impressive but also a product of the times. Spread offenses/formations have given these guys such easy completions. Not to mention protection for pass catchers with targeting. Quarterbacks can make tighter window throws not worrying about repercussions.” — Brady Quinn, CBS Sports HQ analyst, former Notre Dame quarterback

“We have five guys in routes every single snap, and it’s tough to cover. You kind of have to pick your poison. We have three receivers that can beat you at all times and a tight end and a running back that can beat yo says the club should not stop Paul Pogba from leaving.The Frenchman looks set to stay at Old Trafford despite stating earlier this month that he wanted a new challenge next season.Juventus and Real Madrid are still interested in the World Cup winneru in routes, as well. We’re a tough match-up for a lot of people, and then I just try to get the ball in their hands on time and accurately and then let them do the rest.” — Joe Burrow


“LSU fans have always had this running joke that the answer to every trivia question was always Billy Cannon. So now we have a new answer.” — Jason Ramezan, former LSU vice president of alumni engagement

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Stanford vs. Arizona State odds, line: Picks, predictions from proven expert who’s 8-1 on Sun Devils and Cardinal games


The Week 8 college football schedule includes an early dose of Pac-12 action on Thursday night when the host the at 9 p.m. ET. Stanford can keep pace with in the North Division with a victory, while the Sun Devils will take a needed step toward bowl eligibility if they pull off the upset. Stanford opened as a three-point favorite, but is laying 2.5 in the latest Stanford vs. Arizona State odds. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, has shot up over a touchdown from 51.5 to 59. Before locking in your Stanford vs. Arizona State picks, listen to what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has put his stamp on . 

His expertise has earned him the nickname “The Czar of the Playbook,” and Hunt already has spent endless hours breaking down the rosters of FBS clubs. With his Thursday night selection, he is looking to build on an incredible 8-1 mark on spread picks involving either Arizona State or Stanford. Anyone who has followed him is up big. 

In Week 2 Hunt advised SportsLine members to back Stanford as a six-point favorite against rebuilding . The Cardinal defense led the way to a dominating 17-3 victory, and anyone who followed Hunt’s advice picked up an easy winner. 

Now, Hunt has scrutinized Stanford vs. Arizona State from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s sharing only at SportsLine. 

Hunt knows that in the early going, Stanford benefited from attacking defenking fresh investment in WolvesBirminghamLive reports the Chinese conglomerate took control of Wolves three years ago after buying out Steve Morgan and the club’s ascent towards the upper echelons of English football under their ownership has been rases that were prepared to limit the effectiveness of Heisman Trophy hopeful . The Cardinal took advantage of single coverage and quarterback K.J. Costello made several big plays in the passing game. Costello is fourth in the Pac-12 with 1,611 passing yards and is completing 62.6 percent of Callum Hudson-Odoi says England players now feel empowered to walk off the pitch after the disgraceful scenes in Sofia on Monday.England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria had to be stop twice as racist chants sounded across the stadium.And Hudson-Odoi says thehis attempts. 

But Stanford has been hampered by the lingering ankle injury to Love, who was limited in the loss to and sat out last week’s loss to . Without Love, the Cardinal mustered just 42 rushing yards against the physical Utes. Love is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game.

Stanford beat Arizona State by 10 last year, but that doesn’t guarantee it will cover Thursday against a Sun Devils club that is looking for a turnaround of its own.

Hunt also knows many observers questioned the offseason hiring of former coach Herm Edwards to lead ASU, but he did a lot to silence doubters in the early season. In Week 2, ths in doubt.The Mirror says City are yet to start talks with the £48million defender about a new contract.Stones, 25, expected to be offered fresh terms by City this season, with two years left on his current deal.But negotiations have still not stare Sun Devils knocked off Big Ten contender 16-13 as a six-point home underdog. That same Michigan State team beat on the road last Saturday.

In its last outing, Arizona State (3-3) took previously-unbeaten to the wire before the Buffaloes prevailed 28-21.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning toward the Under, but he has identified the crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine. 

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Former four-star LB Darrin Kirkland Jr. decides not to leave Tennessee after all


 Now this is what you call an about-face. Less than a week after Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. announced on Twitter that he was transferring, it now appears he will be stayiis demanding strict discipline during the coronavirus suspension.Laporte revealed Guardiola has warned his team to stay in shape – and not go out in public.He said: “They have given us a daily training schedule. They trust in you and you have to beng with the Vols. 

First-year coach Jeremy Pruitt on Tuesday that Kirkland will remain at Tennessee. Gridiron Now on Monday night that Kirkland had changed his mind. According to Pruitt, the decision came after he met with Kirkland and his parents over the weekend to discuss his plans. The consensus from the meeting was that Tennessee would be the best place for Kirkland to finish out his career despite injury problems. 

Kirkland’s original tweet has since been deleted. 

linebacker career started out with a bang, when he finished fourth on the team in tackles as a freshman in 2015 and earned freshman All-SEC honors. 

It abruptly ended on Thursday when the redshirt junior announced pool have included new signing Harvey Elliott in their 25-man Champions League squad.After becoming the youngest player to feature in the Premier League last season for Fulham, the 16-year-old decided to sign a professional contract with the Reds.Ki-his transfer from the program.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound native of Indianapolis notched 45 tackles in eight games in 2016, but an ankle injury suffered in the middle of the season prevented him from playing a full season. The injury bug bit Kirkland again in 2017, when he that ended his season before it even began.

He was limited in spring practice after a minor procedure to address a torn meniscus, but new coach Jeremy Pruitt seemed upbeat about Kirkland’s future when he addressed it in late March.

“Darrin had his knee cleaned up, so he’ll back, probably in two or three weeks,” . “He had done really well, progressed, worked in the offseason and (had) just a minor little clean-up there, so he’ll be back ready to go.”

He might be reourinho returns to Old Trafford as Tottenham manager on Wednesday with only two points and four places separating the sides.”Yeah, I think it’s massive,” the 22-year-old told Manchester United’s website. “Obviously, we go into every game wanting to wady to go, but it won’t be in Knoxville.

The former four-start prospect will have two seasons of eligibility at his new school.

Of the 30 players in Tennessee’s 2015 recruiting class, 15 have left the program for various reasons. Three of those — running back , defensive lineman  and running back — left for the (although Kamara’s eligibility would have been exhausted by 2018). Fourteen members of the class either transferred or were dismissed from the program.

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NCAA DI Council approves early signing period for football, prohibits oversigning


The NCAA’s Division I Council on Friday voted in favor of an early signing period, which should dramatically alter the college football recruiting landscape in the future.

The legislation was part of an (effective Jan. 9, 2018).

Additionally, the council in the preseason. 

Decisions are not final until April 26 at the conclusion of the Division I Board of Directors meeting. The Collegiate Commissioners Association, which must approve the changes to the recruiting calendar and early signing period, is expected to rubber stamp it when it meets in June.

“Today’s adoption of the football legislation marks the most significant progress in recent years to improve the football environment and culture for current and prospective student-athletes and coaches,” said Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s vice president for athletics. “Importantly, the action of the NCAA Division I Council delivers on the charge of the Division I Board of Directors to comprehensively improve the football recruiting environment. This affirms thatebic was missing for Eintracht Frankfurt in this week’s 1-1 draw for the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal.And Giroud is not going as far as saying Chelsea are now favourites to progress from our tie and make the final.”We need to finish the the new Division I governance structure can effectively and timely address important issues.”  

There has been little consensus over the years about an early signing period, so the fact that this all-encompassing legislation has been approved by the NCAA Division I Council is significant — at least for the time being. pool to revive talks for Nabil Fekir’s sale.Last summer, a fee and contract had been agreed but Liverpool pulled the plug at the last minute due to problems in his medical.However, the attacker is said to still be on Klopp’s radar – but not aold striker Bloomfield from newly-promoted Premier League side Norwich City on a season-long loan.Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz said: “We are delighted to have Mason at the club. He is a player we have kept an eye on for a while and it’s a shccordingEarlier this week, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby that the full scope of the proposal was “the most impactful piece of football recruiting legislation in 25 years.”

How this proposal ultimately looks remains to be seen, however. 

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SEC Power Rankings: Arkansas, Auburn climb as SEC West dominates top of list


For those wondering whether was a legitimate threat to , Saturday’s 49-10 whitewashing in Knoxville gave you an emphatic “no” as the answer to that question.

In Week 9 ittriker Danny Ings.The Telegraph says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an approach for the 27-year-old after Marcus Rashford was ruled out for six weeks with a back injury.Ings has been in top form for the Saints this season, netting 16 goals in all competit’s going to be Texas A&M’s turn to try and knock off the champs, and the Aggies must do so as 16.5-point underdogs in Tuscaloosa. Alabama appears to be back to juggernaut status in the SEC, which means the intrigue for the top spot in our power rankings remains pretty low.

However, the rest of the rankings got shuffled up thanks to some big wins by teams like and , and more confusion at the bottom of the conference.

Here are the Week 9 SEC Power Rankings:

RankTeamReasonLast Week1Alabama is figuring out how good he is and is building confidence each week. The defense is outscoring some offenses. Lane Kiffin’s tossing his visor to Vols fans. It’s just another season of Alabama football in T-Town. 12Texas A&MThe bye week gave the Aggies extra time to prepare for the Tide. We’ll see if that pays dividends on Saturday. The good news: they have a rare quarterback with great memories of playing Alabama in . 23ArkansasA week after taking a loss at the hands of Alabama — no shame there — the Hogs turned around to beat Ole Miss in thrilling fashion for the second straight year. This is a resilient Arkansas bunch and, while the defense has some holes, the offense is clipping along despite having replaced so much from last year. I’ve been impressed by the Razorbacks so far this season. 54Auburn*whispers* Auburn might be good, y’all. The defense appears to be nasty and the offense is starting to play well. I need to see the offense do it against someone other than and ULM before I’m fully on board, but I have one foot on the Tigers’ bandwagon. First test: Arkansas this week. 65Ole MissI have a feeling Hugh Freeze is about tired of playing Arkansas after the way the last two games have gone. The Rebels fell to 3-3 with the loss Saturday, but they’re probably the nation’s best 3-3 team for whatever that’s worth. Things don’t get easier this week as they must head down to Baton Rouge for a night game with LSU.36Somehow, the Gators are now your SEC East leaders. This appears to be happening again. The defense in Gainesville is filthy. The offense can do things against mediocre-to-bad defenses, and, lucky for them, that’s what the entire SEC East is made up of outside of Knoxville. The makeup game in Baton Rouge looms very large for the SEC East title race. 87LSULike Auburn, LSU has seen a resurgew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.The young pair were outstanding in their Champions League triumph last season.”Both Andy and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] on the other side had incredible seasons,” Warnock told”I think last seasonence since their loss on the Plains. Coach O has the boys in Baton Rouge playing inspired football and a win on Saturday against Ole Miss would have them right back in the conversation for the SEC West race with only one conference loss. 78TennesseeThis might be a harsh drop for the Vols, but that wasn’t just a loss to Alabama — it was a crushing defeat. Tennessee got outplayed in all three phases of the game by the Tide and looked to clearly be the inferior team. That said, the Vols should make a steady climb back up these rankings as they will be heavy favorites in each of their final five games to close the season. 49A bye week after a victory is a good thing for Kentucky. Another winnable game is coming the ‘Cats way this week in the form of Mississippi State. Bowl eligibility is not out of the question for Kentucky, which is an amazing thing to think about after the start to the season. 1010I don’t understand this Vanderbilt team, but I can’t help but love them. is a monster at middle linebacker and when the defense is right they’re nasty. The offense is still miserable to watch, but every once in a while the running game gets rolling. The road win over is a huge moment for Derek Mason’s bunch, so enjoy this one ‘Dores. 1411Mississippi StateTake pride in being one of the ‘s best quarterbacks so far this season, Bulldog fans. That will help take the sting out of this season in Starkville. 1112GeorgiaI was wondering if Georgia could find new lows this season. Losing to Vanderbilt at homr is happy with what he’s seen from Adams and is backing him to come good.He said: “He is a little bit unlucky sometimes with his actions. The pre-season was much easier for him where he scored immediately and this gives you self-confidence.“He ie for the first time since 2006 seems to qualify. 913The Tigers took it on the chin in Gainesville on Saturday. The somewhat promising offense of the early season has turned back into a pumpkin. 1214Alright, Gamecocks. You’re nearly three touchdown favorites this week over UMass. You can do this. Get yourselves a convincing win this week. 13

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Bret Bielema wants an SEC-Big Ten Challenge in college football


The strength of college football conferences has long been debated, but bias — real and perceived — rarely allows for productive discourse. 

Bowl season provides those rare cross-conference matchups, but the motivation or lack thereof to win bowl games, especially mid-and lower-tier ones, makes it a flawed system for judging conference strength.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants to see more of those cross-conference matchupsas quickly been impressed by the new arrival from Tottenham.”We will do our best to keep up with Juventus,” Sensi told Sky Sport Italia. “Lazio are also doing well. We work to evict our mistakes and to score points.”“Eriksen can give us that litt happen during the regular season and suggested the SEC and Big Ten look to college basketball for inspiration. 

Bret Bielema said it would be cool to have the SEC and another conference — maybe the Big Ten — play every year like in hoops. YES, please

— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN)

The idea is certainly intriguing and one that should be explored.  before talks fell apart.

If structured like the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in basketball, which takes the previous rankingue 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, ss and matches teams up with some changes made for proximity and travel, the top teams would certainly see a boost in strength of schedule. The middle of the pack and bottom teams wouldn’t necessarily gain much, but strength of schedule for teams outside the top 25 really doesn’t really mean anything. 

Following the structure used by the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, you would get some really interesting matchups. and came up with these matchups. Some are really good. Some are pretty hilariously bad. 

1. Ohio State vs. Alabama2. Iowa vs. Florida3. Michigan State vs. LSU4. Michigan vs. Ole Miss5. Wisconsin vs. Arkansas6. Northwestern vs. Georgia7. Penn State vs. Tennessee8. Nebraska vs. Mississippi State9. Illinois vs. Texas A&M10. Minnesota vs. Vanderbilt11. Purdue vs. Auburn12. Rutgers vs. Kentucky13. Indiana vs. Missouri14. Maryland vs. South Carolina

First off, we get Ohio State and Alabama, which should play every year — whether that is in the playoff or regular season or on pay-per-view in March, I don’t care, make it happen — so this is all worthwhile just for that.

Iowa vs. Florida in the No. 2 slot is surprising, a bit funny, but also pretty intriguing. Michigan State vs. LSU in the Les Miles Bowl and Wisconsin vs. Arkansas in the Bret Bielema Bowl would both be really fun as well. I’m all in on the top of the Big Ten-SEC Challenge here. 

The bottom features some real sadness, however. Rutgers vs. Kentucky just sounds like a miserable experience for all involved. I would love Minnesota vs. Vanderbilt, but I’m likely the only person that would feel that way. 

Missouri could try and exact revenge on 2014 SEC East lineal champion Indiana, while Maryland and South Carolina play in the all-Under Armour Bowl. 

Now, an SEC-Big Ten Challenge wouldn’t definitively solve any debates about conference-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest young prospects in South America at the moment, and Gunners manager Unai Emery is said to see him as a hugely promising talent.Reiner has not yet made a senior first-team appearance for his club, but he has strength. Nothing ever will, but it would be a really fun way to spruce up Week 2 of the regular season, when we’re usually subjected to a lot of mediocre non-conference matchups. 

I stand with Bielema on this and think the Big Ten and SEC should get it done. If the games get split 7-7, then a winner is decided by way of a chicken wing eating competition between the coaches. 

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Ex-Arizona, Texas QB Connor Brewer says he’ll transfer to Virginia


The quarterback transfer carousel continues to spin in Charlottesville.

Less than a month after out of Virginia, into Mike London’s program.

“I just got off the phone with coach London and committed to Virginia,” Brewer said. “Obviously I love the coaching staff there. They run a great pro-style offense … It’s a good opportunity to compete for the job and be the guy and win some games for them.

“Virginia is a great program. I want to help them get it back to where it used to be. Plus it’s a great place academically.”

Brewer’s transfer has not yet been confirmed by the Cavaster United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has admitted that Bruno Fernandes joining the club has lifted everyone.The Red Devils full back has been impressed by how quickly the Portuguese star has settled since his January move from Sporting CP.Fernandesliers. To win the team’s starting job, Brewer would have to beat out junior Matt Johns, — a move that led to Lambert’s departure. 

Brewer has two seasons of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play immediately after graduating from Arizona. A native of Scottsdale, that he would play for FCS Northern Arizona, a decision Virginia’s offer has apparently led him to reconsider.

, Brewer was considered a candidate to become Texas’ quarterar Darren Fletcher says the club cannot afford a league title drought like Liverpool’s.With the Reds on the verge of winning the Premier League, it is nearly three decades since their last title.United have not won the league since Sir Alex Fergus Brian Barry-Murphy says they’re up for an upset against FA Cup opponents Newcastle United.Speaking with Chronicle Live, Barry-Murphy has been talking up the cup tie.“We all wanted to play against Newcastle. It is going to be great for Rochdale,” son’back of the future when he arrived in Austin. But he failed to make an impact in his lone season with the Longhorns . After sitting out his transfer year, Brewer watched freshman Anu Solomon take over the Wildcats’ starting job in 2014 .

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VIDEO: Gary Andersen says Oregon State ‘where I was supposed to go’


Gary Andersen appeared on the s Tarkowski has credited a strong pre-season for Burnley’s start to the season.The Clarets are seventh on the table with 12 points from their opening eight games, the same amount they had accumulated by Boxing Day last year.Tarkowski said: “It was onDoug Gottlieb Show on Tuesday to answer questions regarding his sudden, surprising .

Andersen said that he had seen himself as a Badgers “lifer,” but that because of a multitude of factors — most notably the positive “direction” of the Beavers program — he believed that Oregon State was the best “fit overall” for his career.

“In my mind, I know this is where I was supposed to go,” he said, “and that’s the easiest way for me to sum it up.”

Andersen vehemently denied that interference from Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez in any way motivated his decision.

“That’s absolutely not true,” he said. “Barry Alvarez is a Hallf of Fame athletic director just like he is a coach, in my opinion. Does he want to be involved in football? Just like he does with basketball and women’s hockey and men’s hockey and so on …

“He does not stick his nose into football. He wants to make sure the student-athletes are taken care of, and that’s the bottom line.”

Watch the entire inoined National South outfit Weymouth on a season-long loan.The 21-year-old will link up with Cherries team-mates Calum Ward and Sam Sherring at the Bob Lucas Stadium.Weymouth, who are managed by Cherries coach Mark Mo midfielder joined on loan with a €10m option to buy.“I signed right at the end of the window and Monday was a stressful day,” the Algeria winger said at his official unveiling.“My agent told me about the Viola, I immediately said ‘yes’ and thelesley, are currently seventh in terview above.

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Michigan students plan ‘Khaki Out’ for Harbaugh


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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Archie Manning takes leave of absence from CFP selection committee


The College Playoff Selection Committee is down a man before it gets started.

Legendary Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning has decided to take what is being termed a “leave of absence” from the organization, as a result of a recent surgery. .

“We will miss Archie,” CFP ver an alleged illegal approach for manager Alex Neil.Preston are angry over reports that Neil was Stoke’s favoured choice and that he was ready to take on the challenge of resurrecting the Championship’s bottom placed club.Bookmakers also installed executive director Bill Hancock said. “He has such a great knowledge of and history with the game, but we all understand his reason for taking a leave. I wish him all the best and look forward to his return in 2015.”

ESPN first reported the news.

The committte will not replace Manning, instead choosing to go with 12 voters for 2014; Manning expects to return to the organization in 2015. Manning’s absence will cause no change in the voting proce United have suffered a heavy injury blow with Martin Dubravka ruled out for the month.The Daily Mail says Dubravka was ruled out for the rest of the month with a knee injury.The Slovakian shot stopper picked up a knock from Saints’ striker Danny Inedure, Hancock told  

Committee members, which have been meeting since November 2013, will gather Monday for the first time in preparation for their first weekly poll.

The initial set of CFP rankings will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Manning is one of the most revered figures in the game, chairman of the National Football Foundation and father to current quarterbacks Elinny Jackett had no complaints after their 2-0 defeat to FA Cup opponents Arsenal.Pompey played well in the first half but trailed to Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ volley from Reiss Nelson’s cross just before the break.Eddie Nketiah bundled home from clo and Peyton Manning.

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VIDEO: Weird Al has a new fight song for your favorite team


I can really relate to this song because that team I don’t like really does suck, and this song captures than says Harvey Barnes is right to be frustrated over his lack of starts.Barnes came off the bench to stRodgers remains eager to find a replacement for Harry Maguire after his summer move to Manchester United.And his search has led him to Brazilian defender Gabriel.Rodgers feels the 22 year-old is a like-for-like replacement for Maguire and is preparedeal the spotlight at Sheffield United, his 15-yard rocket earning City a 2-1 win.”He’s very good,” said Maddison. “He hasn’t played that much yet t team’s suckitudKubo was too good to play for Real Madrid Castilla this season after the Japanese youngster was loaned out to Real Mallorca.The legendary striker’s first match in charge of Castilla ended in a 1-1 draw with Las Rozas in the third tier of Spanish foote pretty well. 

Seriously, this entire song is just like one long message board post.

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Dottie Sandusky: Victims were ‘manipulated’


The wife of Jerry Sandusky appeared on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday and maintained that she believes her husband is innocent.

Dottie Sandusky told Matt Lauer that the victims were manipulated by lawyers interested in financial gain, and that her husband — who was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012 — has been telling the truth from the beginning.

“Do I believe him? I definitely believe him,” she said. “Because if I didn’t believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”

As for claims that she was a weak spouse, who was herself manipulated by her husband, Sandusky said that those allegations were baseless. Furthermore, she insisthed a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Nou Camp on Sunday.An excellent Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike gave Arsenal the lead after 36 minutes.But Barca worked themselves into control of the game and exploited the Gunners’ defensive frailties in the ss the boys who had claimed they screamed were not telling the truth, since she would have heard it and done something about it.

“There was nothing that went on,” she said. “Because I was here. I will take you downstairs and let you see the basement. It is not a dungeon. It is not what those kids said. You can scream, and you can hear it up to the second floor.”

Sandusky was joined by filmmaker John Ziegler, who was adamant in his assertion that Sandusky is innocent. Ziegler has eager to keep hold of Jude Bellingham.Bellingham, 16, has been attracting scouts from a number of top clubs, including Manchester United. “The only thing I can say is that I have a lot of conversations with Jude to help him make the best of hims as important to them this season as the Premier League.Tottenham travel to Southampton, where they lost 1-0 on New Year’s Day, on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round, and Mourinho, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2007, insists he will be treatingelspent the past two years researching the case and claims that the accusations simply don’t add up, including an assertion that the boy allegedly involved in the incident viewed by Mike Mcqueary has maintained to this day the event never occurred.

Ziegler also points to the issues surrounding Victim 6, who testified that he told his mother about he and Sandusky showering together, and she apparently told the coach that he’d never see her son again. Sandusky was said to have apologized and said to her that he wished he were dead.

“In the 1998 [case], you said the mother said, ‘You’ll never see my son again,’ ” Ziegler said to Lauer. “Well, guess what happened? For 13 years, Jerry Sandusky had a close relationship with her son, and she was well aware of it and acknowledged its existence. Thirteen years later, the boy you’re referencing sends Jerry Sandusky text messages: ‘Happy Father’s Day. I love you. Thank you for being in my life.’ Not one allegation in 13 years after that.”

Lauer goes on to point out that the Sanduskys and Ziegler’s stance is that everyone on the other side of the case has either been manipulated, or is lying. 

The full interview, which runs for nearly an hour, is available at the Today Show’s .

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Traditions: The U swaggers back into relevance at Miami


Welcome back, Florida State-Miami. It’s been a while.

When these two Florida rivals meet in Tallahassee on Saturday, they’ll battle as top-10 teams for the first time since 2004.

FSU has been one defender Mario Hermoso is close to joining Atletico Madrid.Sport says Hermoso has one year on his deal at th Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet.The Gunners remain keen on the Belgian, having failed with two offers for Praet and Samp teammate Joachim Andersen.But Corriere dello Sport says Milan are also targeting Praet, ironically after failing to reach terme club but has reached ann agreement to move to Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal worth arround €3m annually. His release clause is €40of America’s most dominant teams this fall, looking every bit the national contender fans hoped to see when Jimbo Fisher took over for Bobby Bowden in 2010.

 journey has been a bit rougher. The Hurricanes’ march to their first 7-0 start since 2003 has been filled with close calls. It has not always been pretty, but with an NCAA investigation now in the rear-view mirror, full attention can be turned toward making their future match their glorious past.

Some schools’ best traditions are mascots, such as FSU’s Chief Osceola. Or chants by marching bands; you know we’re gointest preseason friendly.The Eagles were ahead until late in the game, but they were pegged back and had to settle for a stalemate.The good news is that central defender Mamadou Sakho managed to start his first game in five months for the Selhurst Parg to see plenty of Tomahawk Chops on Saturday. At Miami, there’s a bit of that, sure, but the Hurricanes’ best tradition is defined by wins on the ledger sheets, championship rings on their fingers and the iconic letter on their helmets.

The letter ‘U’ has only adorned Miami’s helmets since the early 1970s. At first, no one much noticed. The program was regular homecoming fodder and interest in the program waned while the Miami Dolphins became one of the ‘s dynasties. It wasn’t until a brash coach named Howard Schnellenberger arrived in the late 1970s that the Hurricanes did too.

Schnellenberger convinced top South Florida talent to stay home, and suddenly the U became the stuff of legend. A steady stream of future hall of famers — both players and coaches — helped Miami win five national titles between 1983 and 2001 and make “The U” a nationally recognized status symbol of pop culture, rap songs, documentaries and more.

Miami’s tradition doesn’t have the longevity of many of the others, but for sheer winning power, a flash of the ‘U’ sign represents a swagger that is the Hurricanes’ brand. It’s more than a helmet decal or a hand sign; it represents the Miami attitude that marked one of ‘s greatest eras.

If they beat FSU on Saturday in Tallahassee, expect to see it flashed loudly, proudly and often once again.

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VIDEO: This might be the longest touchback of all time


If you’re waiting to see the strangest play of this weekend in college football, he Northern Echo says the midfielder is one of a number of players currently in discussions with Newcastle officials over a new deal.While the ongoing talks with Sean and Matty Longstaff have hogged the headlines, the Magpies hierarchy are hoping to I don’t think you’ll have to look much further than here.

In Saturday’s game between and , Cincinnati’s Aaron Brown picked off a pass from and that’s when things got weird. 

Yes, that’s right. Brown returned the ball 87 yards only to fumble it through thghted with his move from Boca Juniors.Maroni, 20, has arrived on loan with an option to buy, reportedly set at €15m.“I’d like to thank the President, Massimo Ferrero,” Maroni told the official Samp website.“I’m thrilled that he brought me here e end zone, resulting in a touchback and Connecticut ball at its own Anil Murthy has hit out at the press after a chaotic start to the season.Before their Champions League win at Chelsea, Murthy was asked directly if he had apologised to the players on behalf of club owner Peter Lim over the sacking of Marcelino.But 25-yard line. While I don’t know if they keep an official record of such things, I’m just going to go ahead and proclaim this the longest touchback in history.

I have that kind of power.

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PHOTO: Oregon gets Fiesta Bowl championship rings


The couldn’t fulfill their aspirations of winning either the national championship or the Pac-12 title in 2012 (or, thanks to Stanford, even the Pac-12 North), but that didn’t stop them from qualifying for their e Coronavirus pandemic grips the UK, that’s now on hold with the Premier League suspendedfter their victory over friendly opponents Real Sociedad.Trailing to a Mikel Oyarzabal penalty at half-time after a disjointed and sluggish performance in the opening 45 minutes, the hosts improved after the break and were rewarded with two Andre Gra until April 3 at the earliest.If and when Liverpool get their hands on the trophy Van Dijk will enjoy not hearing title taunts hurled his way.“I have been awafourth BCS bowl in four tries under Chip Kelly.

And, to commemorate the Fiesta Bowl championship that they won over Kansas State, Oregon has apparently awarded their players accompanying Fiesta Bowl championship rings. From of rising redshirt sophomore wideout :

That’s a shiny, shiny standard you’ve got to live up to, Mared details of a new multi-year partnership with Norfolk performance car brand Lotus, reports collaboration sees the state-of-the-art training facility at Colney renamed The Lotus Training Centre, and the all-new Academy buildik Helfrich.