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Letters give Buckeyes new appreciation for Independence Day

When Ohio State players were asked to write letters to families of soldiers with ties to Ohio who died while serving their country, little did they know the lasting impact it would have.

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BYU wants to join a Power 5 conference

BYU is eager to leave independence behind and join a Power 5 conference, but it won't change its longstanding policy of not playing on Sundays, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Thursday.

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How do you judge Pat Haden's tenure as USC AD?

Off the field, Pat Haden's tenure as USC athletic director was a success. GPAs and graduation rates were up. Money was raised for renovations. But football is king and his legacy could be tied to Clay Helton's success on the field.

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Schedule analysis: Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss faces some stiff challenges right out of the chute, playing Florida State and Alabama in two of the season's first three weeks.

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Schedule analysis: LSU Tigers

Expectations are high this season for LSU, which must find a way to beat Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss to meet them.

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Go ahead, Florida State, flash those rings

Florida State didn't win a national title, a conference title or even a bowl game. But being the best team in Florida was reason enough to get rings.

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What each Elite 11 QB needs to improve

Top-ranked QB Dylan McCaffrey and the Elite 11 signal-callers have great skill sets, but each has something to improve. Can they answer the questions at The Opening?

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GameDay 100: Georgia bulldog tries to bite Auburn player (0:15)
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Scout's Take: QB-DT Kellen Mond to Texas A&M

Mond, the No. 2 dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2017, fills a need for the Aggies under center and could see the field right away.

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The Pac-12's 12 biggest X factors in 2016

You know Christian McCaffrey, Josh Rosen and the Pac-12's biggest names heading into 2016. But who are the fringe players that will need to take a huge step forward this year for each team?

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Schedule analysis: Florida Gators

The Gators have the early showdown at Tennessee, but it's a key later stretch that will define their 2016 season.

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Here's the thing about satellite camps

It's been fun to follow all of the satellite camp drama, but an important point that has gone largely unnoticed is that coaches still prefer to have recruits on campus before extending a scholarship offer.

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Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan has cancelled its final summer satellite camp in American Samoa over Zika virus concerns, a school official confirmed. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh was advised not to travel because of potential health risks to pregnant women. Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, are expecting a baby. Michigan's month-long tour wrapped up in Hawaii this week.

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QB Connor Mitch (PS#27, 2 starts '15) who transferred from South Carolina in the spring has landed at James Madison.

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Tulsa FS JR Reed (battle for starting FS spot) has transferred to Georgia and backup DT Michael Rios is not eligible (acad) for 2016.