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#CampusConnection: Primetime Live

December, 7, 2013
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The college football regular season has come down to this. Plenty is on the line tonight as the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten hold their title games and we’ll be here with you every step of the way.

So head on over to Campus Connection at 7:45 ET and follow the action along with several of our on-site reporters, including Ted Miller (Pac-12), Andrea Adelson (ACC), David Hale (ACC), Brian Bennett (Big Ten) and Adam Rittenberg (Big Ten). Post your comments and questions and we’ll include as many of them as possible.

Erickson, O'Brien return to the game

November, 8, 2013
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When Arizona State fired Dennis Erickson after the 2011 season, he had been a head coach in college football and the NFL for 30 years. He was 64 years old, and for most of his adult life, Erickson had lived in fishbowls of varying sizes. He had answered questions from reporters. He had answered the phone in the middle of the night and heard which player had gotten in trouble. He had sold his program, sold his vision, chased recruits, chased free agents, moved to another fishbowl, and started over.

And now he was done. Erickson sat out a year. He had the time and the money to chase a golf ball, or crack open a beer and stare at his beloved Lake Coeur d'Alene. Instead, he thought about what he would run on offense if he got another chance. Erickson didn't need to coach for money. He didn't need to coach for the attention. He just needed to coach.

"I wanted to do what I do," Erickson said. "I just had that deal inside of me -- I just wanted to be around coaches and players. That's what it's all about. That's why you coach, period. I missed that aspect of it."

When the head of General Motors steps aside, he doesn't shrug out of his golden parachute and take a job selling Buicks. But there Erickson is, an assistant coach at Utah, where he is co-offensive coordinator with Brian Johnson.

"I'm not on any ego trip," Erickson said. "I've been there and done that on that one."

The only guy who may be happier than Erickson is Tom O'Brien. After spending the last 16 years as head coach at Boston College and North Carolina State, O'Brien, 65, is coaching tight ends at Virginia.

"Four," O'Brien said. "I coach four guys."

Read the full story here.

The Early Offer: Don't worry TCU fans 

September, 10, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Despite a cryptic tweet that worried TCU fans, four-star linebacker Jimmie Swain IV has good news for Horned Frog faithful; Pittsburgh scores a nice recruiting victory over Penn State; and Oregon State and Washington State commits and an ESPN Junior 300 prospect will be on display Friday on ESPNU.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Todd Graham has done a good job of expanding Arizona State’s recruiting borders, Bret Bielema has Arkansas rolling in state with 2015 prospects and whether Miami fans should be worried about Brad Kaaya’s appearance at a USC practice.


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videoESPN 300 athlete Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif./Upland) committed to Virginia on Wednesday, nine months after originally pledging to UCLA.

Farrar, the nation’s No. 188 overall recruit and No. 19 prospect in California, held more than 15 offers, but narrowed his finalists down to Arizona State, California and Virginia. It was a recent unofficial visit to the Cavaliers that helped put them on top.

What was it about the visit that set Virginia apart?


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