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How Chavis, Muschamp can save their new teams

For two teams that have struggled mightily on defense, Texas A&M and Auburn may have just found the cure to what ails them in two high-profile defensive coordinators.

Furman kicker does crazy trick shots (0:29)
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Leonard Fournette trolls Florida on Instagram

Sparks are flying between rivals Florida and LSU over not only a photo from Leonard Fournette but over which deserves the moniker Defensive Back U.

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Most important player: Utah Utes

If you're surprised by the choice of a punter as Utah's most important player, then you haven't been paying close enough attention to Utah.

Petrino building continuity at Louisville (2:38)
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Five summer recruiting surprises

Ohio State has dominated on the recruiting trail for 2016 and 2017, and Baylor and TCU have gotten the jump on Texas and Texas A&M.


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AP preseason poll will be released Aug. 23. And, yes, I know it’s less significant now that we have selection committee

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Colorado moves into new $156 mil facility Fri. M McIntyre calls it "best in the country. We stole everybody’s good ideas and put it in ours"

Jim Mora on turnaround at UCLA

"It's been a lot of hard work by a lot of people. A lot of commitment."


What to know: Stanford's David Shaw

  • 5th year at Stanford (42-12)
  • 2011 & 2012 Pac-12 Coach of the Year
  • Led team to 11+ wins and a BCS bowl in 2011, ’12 & '13

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Watch: David Shaw on SportsCenter

The Stanford coach joins SportsCenter to talk about the Cardinal's upcoming season. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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More Helfrich: "The biggest thing is [Lockie] needs to be himself. There's no single chesspiece in replacing Marcus [Mariota]."

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Mark Helfrich: "There’s no one chess piece that’s going to swap for Marcus. That’s not going to happen." Said Lockie had great, great spring

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Did David Shaw think Jim Harbaugh would take the Michigan job? “For me it was an open and shut case. It made too much sense.”

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David Shaw on Jim Harbaugh: “The style of play will be pleasing to the Schembechler followers.”

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David Shaw said players respond to twitter messaging even faster than texting. “World they live in.”

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Oregon State's Gary Andersen said speed on defense is more important than ever in today's game. "You've got to be able to run."

What to know: USC's Steve Sarkisian

  • 2nd season at USC (9-4)
  • In his 6 years as a head coach, Sarkisian's win total has never regressed. Last year he won 9 games for the 2nd straight year -- he's never won 10 games in a season

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Watch: Steve Sarkisian on SportsCenter

The USC coach joins SportsCenter to talk about the Trojans' upcoming season. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Mike MacIntyre: “We broke 105 school records last year & only won 2 games. That shows how good the Pac-12 was"

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Rich Rodriguez said he never accepted the Alabama job back in 2007, but was offered. "It turned out great for them. They got Nick."

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Jim Mora on Jerry Neuheisel: “I’m not going to just forget about what he has meant to our program He is an important leader on this team.”

What to know: UCLA's Jim Mora

  • 4th season at UCLA (29-11)
  • With over two decades of NFL experience, Mora has brought an NFL-like structure: This spring, most of the practices were at 7 a.m. to avoid distractions

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Watch: Jim Mora on SportsCenter

The UCLA coach joins SportsCenter to talk about the Bruins' upcoming season. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN