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What we learned from spring games

A full slate of Saturday spring games featured Ohio State wowing a record crowd, QBs making big plays at Notre Dame and Auburn, and much, much more.

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Attorney: New NCAA head-injury deal just as bad

An attorney says a reworked settlement with the NCAA over concussions is just as bad as the original because thousands of brain-damaged former athletes still won't get just compensation.

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Rice, Pac-12 commish: Four right number for CFP

ollege Football Playoff selection committee member Condoleezza Rice and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott agreed Wednesday that no expansion is needed for the playoff.

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Haney: First-time coaches worth monitoring

Earlier in the week, we unveiled the top coaches under 50. The following three coaches are likely to land there in the future, but they're just getting started.

Spring Football With Ohio State Videos

Ezekiel Elliott All Access (2:12)

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1dDavid M. Hale

UNC's defense won't be an easy fix

Is it possible for a coach to turn a defense that allowed more than 6.5 yards per play in 2014 into a passable unit? That's Gene Chizik's task at UNC.

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Jake Brendel keeps UCLA's line moving

With UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm suspended, senior center Jake Brendel has become the Bruins' de-facto offensive line coach.

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Jeremy Johnson takes charge at Auburn

Quarterback is a vocal leader who is excited about the possibilities for the Tigers' passing game this season.

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I mean, what kind of mall is this? Is there an Abercrombie? Did the Arthur Treachers in the food court close? I need more Blart background.

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Going through my notes - & one of the more interesting tidbits was how Shoop said DE Nassib could be a 5-10 year NFL vet. Very complimentary

Buckeyes set spring game record

More than 99,000 fans packed The Horseshoe to see Ohio State's spring game, where Cardale Jones was the only one of OSU's 3 star QBs to throw.


Coker looks good in Alabama spring game
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Jake Coker hasn't sewn up the Tide's starting QB job yet, but he's definitely in the lead after a strong spring performance.

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Strong says Swoopes is Texas' QB
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After today's spring game, Charlie Strong expressed confidence in QB Tyrone Swoopes, who's battling with Jerrod Heard for starting QB: "Ty is still the No. 1 guy at this moment," Strong said.

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Alabama spring: White team wins
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The White team claimed a 27-14 win over team Crimson today in Alabama's spring game today. ArDarius Stewart and Derrick Henry scored early touchdowns for the White team.

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Halftime: Blue (starters) 10, White (mostly backups) 0. Highlights: Hackenberg 13-of-22, 109 yards Lynch: 9 carries, 50 yards

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1st Quarter stats: Hackenberg 9-of-14, 71 yards Lynch: 8 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD Scott: 3 carries, 27 yards Lewis: 4 catches, 37 yards

Team Texas tops team Longhorns
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Both Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes saw reps at QB, as team Texas beat team Longhorns 27-16 in today's spring game.

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OSU spring game: Grey 17, Scarlet 14
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Cardale Jones, one of 3 QBs competing for the starting nod, provided the highlight of the day with a 58-yard TD pass. But the most notable number on Saturday: 99,391 people showed up to watch.

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LSU spring game: White 45, Purple 6
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Not much separation was gained in the QB battle between Anthony Jennings (13-for-20, 240 yards, 2 TDs) and Brandon Harris (11-for-17, 178 yards, 2 TDs) -- both playing for White.

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Wired: Les Miles
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The LSU coach was miked during today's spring game. Check out his comments on hustle, good catches and the song playing over the speakers.

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