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Texas, Nebraska rank highly on family atmosphere

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The Web site College Football Live came up an innovative list, ranking all of the FBS programs on the family atmosphere surrounding each of them.

College Football Live's parameters start with staff leadership and also takes into account the "family bond" seen by former players returning to the program after their eligibility is complete.

It's an interesting spin unlike any ranking I've come across. And the site made a good choice with Oregon State as the No. 1 team. Mike Riley does a great job in living up to the ideals of nurturing a "family feel" around the Beavers.

Three Big 12 teams made the listing of top 15 teams. Here's how they ranked and what CFL liked about them.

No. 3 Texas -- "The Texas program has enjoyed over a decade of strong leadership and coaching from head coach Mack Brown. Brown ensures his athletes avoid off-field distractions in a place where football players are treated with reverence. In addition, Brown is an advocate to several causes including the Texas Council on Family Violence."

No. 10 Nebraska -- "It's not often a first-year coach cracks the top 10 list, but Bo Pelini has a long list of advocates on his behalf. He started off his first press conference by saying he would bring back Cornhusker tradition and the signature family atmosphere that had evaporated under the two prior regimes. Once the family atmosphere was restored at Nebraska, it was easy to get players to buy into Pelini's other two ingredients toward winning: Effort and Attitude."

No. 14 Oklahoma -- "Bob Stoops isn't a touchy-feely coach, but his former athletes give testimonials that he creates a setting where his athletes feel like family."