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2dKevin Weidl

The top 16 'Geez, who was THAT?' players in college football

Every year before the NFL draft, a group of non-eligible players end up stealing the scene from ex-teammates. The 2016 draft was no different, which makes these 16 future prospects so exciting.

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1dJane McManus

Baylor hasn't gone far enough

Baylor can't move forward with old pieces in place, Jane McManus writes. Any employee who participated in the actions detailed in the report -- or knew about them -- must go.

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3dTravis Haney

How Dantonio outranks Meyer, Harbaugh

The collection of coaching acumen in the Big Ten East is astounding. Mark Dantonio has a leg up on his competition in at least one area.

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Youth movement: Impact freshman on each Top 25 team

Florida State lost Jalen Ramsey to the NFL; in steps another elite defensive back in Levonta Taylor. Whether they are top recruits or fill needs, the Class of 2016's best will hit the field soon.

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1dKevin Gemmell

Clay Helton knows USC needs more than just talent

With his team facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, Clay Helton is stressing toughness -- physical and mental -- for the Trojans.

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College football roundtable: Breakout players for 2016

Washington's Myles Gaskin could make a huge surge from his 1,000-yard 2016 season, and that's why the Huskies are a team on the rise. But Gaskin isn't the only one ready for a big season and here's one breakout star to watch in each Power 5 conference.

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Youth movement: Impact freshman on each Top 25 team

Florida State lost Jalen Ramsey to the NFL; in steps another elite defensive back in Levonta Taylor. Whether they are top recruits or fill needs, the Class of 2016's best will hit the field soon.

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Andrew Maraniss

How C.M. Newton changed the face of the SEC

No one provided athletic opportunities for African-Americans in the South like Charles Martin Newton. At every stop of his career, he made unprecedented and controversial moves related to race.

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3dErik McKinney

Early on, recruits are happy with text message deregulation

The NCAA announced two rule changes this past April, and both were met with plenty of vitriol. The one that resounded the most in the immediate aftermath was the decision to ban satellite camps, which was hit with such backlash that it was soon overturned and satellite camps were reinstated.

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3dEdward Aschoff

Five best SEC head coaches of the past decade

No surprise here: Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, who have combined for six national championships in the past 10 seasons while in the SEC, top this list.

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Roundtable: Most anticipated nonconference foe

Will Leonard Fournette be able to rack up yards against a big Big Ten defense? Can the Big 12 figure out how to slow down Christian McCaffrey? We're looking forward to watching them try.

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Big week moves LSU to No. 3 in class rankings

Ohio State remains No. 1 in the football class rankings. LSU, after a week that saw five commitments, moves to No. 3 while Mississippi State and Nebraska enter the rankings.

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5dBrandon Chatmon

Streaming could be the answer to Big 12's woes

As the Big 12 considers its options for the creation of a conference network, a streaming service, though risky, could be a trail-blazing solution.

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Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

With ESPN 300 receiver Hezekiah Jones' decommitment from Baylor Saturday evening, the Bears' 2017 recruiting class is essentially down to one commitment. While both ESPN 300 quarterback Kellen Mond and three-star safety Jalen Pitre remain officially committed, Mond is actively looking at Ohio State, Auburn and other schools. Jones backing off his commitment is a big loss for the Bears, but it also isn't a major surprise. Jones, the No. 16 receiver in the country, has continued to be heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and many others even though he was a longtime Baylor commitment.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

As expected, Baylor is getting hammered by rival recruiters trying to lure away players that signed this past February as part of a top-20 class and the remaining three commits in the 2017 class. It's still not clear whether or not the signees will be given releases from their letters of intent, but many like No. 1 offensive guard Patrick Hudson don't plan to enroll in summer classes on Monday and are talking with other schools.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Another day, another player backs out of his pledge from Baylor. Saturday evening three-star safety Donovan Stiner tweeted he was no longer pledged to the Bears. This is the third recruit that has backed off a commitment to Baylor since Art Briles was fired Thursday. The Bears now have three commitments in the 2017 class, and two of those commitments are actively looking at other schools.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor's KD Cannon, one of the Big 12's top returning wide receivers, posted the following on his Twitter account tonight to address rumors he could transfer: "BAYLOR IS MY HOME AND THATS WHERE I WILL STAY AND FINISH MY COLLEGE CAREER."

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Baylor lost its second commitment since Art Briles was fired when Houston (Texas) Bellaire lineman Jayden Peevy backed off his pledge Friday night. The Bears are now down to four pledges in the 2017 class, and two of those commits are actively looking around at other schools.

Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

The NCAA combed the Ole Miss campus for three years and found that student-athletes received a little more than $16,000 in extra benefits. Ole Miss paid $1.5 million in legal fees for outside counsel. Yet, because of new information surrounding Laremy Tunsil, this whole thing isn't over. Who knows how long this could really drag on?

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

A lot of folks in the media have speculated Texas and Texas A&M could benefit big time from Baylor signees if they get released from their national letter-of-intent, but several recruiters told me today TCU could be the biggest beneficiary. Quite a few of Baylor's 2016 recruits had the Horned Frogs as finalists.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Per a source, Baylor RB signee Kameron Martin doesn't plan to enroll next week and has asked for release from his letter of intent. Martin was a 4-star recruit and had been committed to Baylor since July 2014.

GameDay 100: Jerry Rice, the trash talker?

The Hall of Famer wasn't known for his trash talk, but that doesn't mean he never tried it.

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Golic 'stunned' Baylor prez, AD have jobs

Mike Golic thinks you could "pour ammonia" on the entire Baylor football program and wipe it clean, but he would have started by letting go of the president, athletic director and coach Art Briles.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

UNLV announces $2 million gift for football program, largest in school history. Donor will remain anonymous but is longtime supporter of UNLV athletics.

Finebaum: Ole Miss sanctions hit to Freeze

Paul Finebaum thinks Hugh Freeze will remain as coach of the Rebels, but the school's announcement of self-imposed sanctions Friday is a hit to his reputation.

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Now we know why Texas fired defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn in February. Vaughn is accused of multiple Level I violations in the NCAA's notice of allegations that Ole Miss released Friday morning. Vaughn, an assistant for the Rebels from 2008-11, reportedly engaged in an ACT fraud scheme for three recruits in 2010. He's also accused of helping provide impermissible benefits and lying to NCAA investigators.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Ole Miss Notice of Allegations names current assistants Chris Kiffin, Derrick Nix and Maurice Harris for some type of violation. School is requesting a delay in Committee on Infractions hearing until after a full review of the Laremy Tunsil/NFL draft night information.

Baylor players react to firing of coach

Numerous Baylor players took to social media to express their feelings -- a mix of anger, shock and sadness -- about the firing of coach Art Briles. Twitter reaction

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