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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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Herbstreit surprised by Briles' firing (1:44)
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How will Briles' ouster affect the culture of college sports? (2:22)
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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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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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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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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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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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3dEdward Aschoff

Ranking the SEC's Week 1 games in 2016

We will see two storied programs competing with playoff implications already on the table when Alabama and USC face off in Week 1.

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Sights and sounds: The Opening Oakland

Uncommitted QB Jack Sears took center stage in Northern California and nine earned invitations to The Opening Finals.

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Alabama post-spring breakdown

Suddenly things are up in the air for Alabama after the arrest of offensive lineman Cam Robinson and defensive back Hootie Jones.

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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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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.

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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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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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told Baylor is not expected to make an announcement regarding its interim coaching situation tonight. Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is reportedly in talks to take on that role.

Power 5, Day 1

Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen, now one of just three female ADs at Power 5 schools, had a hectic first day on the job. After her introduction Wednesday, she monitored both her son's youth baseball game and the Huskies women's golf team, which won the NCAA championship. A loaded schedule

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

After he spoke at a jobs summit in Orlando, Fla., Miami coach Mark Richt was asked about Art Briles losing his job at Baylor. "I don't know why but I read a lot about the Penn State case," Richt said. "It caught my interest, and obviously it was very important to college football at the time. But this one in particular, I've not read one sentence other than a headline all along. You knew something was cooking; you didn't know what. I don't have any details of it, but I just know it's a sad time for a lot of people."

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Three members of Baylor's 2016 top-20 recruiting class that signed in February said they have not been officially notified one way or the other by the school if they will be released from their letters-of-intent. The signees asked not to be identified at this point said they have already been reaching out to other schools to gauge their interest. Four Power 5 recruiters told me Thursday they expect most of the Bears' 2016 class to end up looking at other schools with Art Briles' firing.

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Kellen Mond, the nation's No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and Baylor's top commitment, said he's going to have an in-depth conversation with his parents about his status. Even though Mond has been committed to Baylor since last June, he has been looking at other schools like Ohio State and Auburn. "I'm not sure yet how it will affect my recruitment," said Mond, who attends Bradenton (Florida) IMG Academy but is originally from San Antonio. "I definitely committed there because of Art Briles, but I won't know or do anything until I talk to my parents more in depth."

Author: We've never seen anything like this

Jessica Luther, author of the forthcoming book, "Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape," reacts to the news that Baylor will fire football coach Art Briles following the release of a report on the school's response to allegations of sexual assaults by students, including several football players.

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor posted signs declaring "Real Men Respect Women" and "Be The Most Physical Team" at the entrance to its practice field this spring. Those signs are noticeably absent today.

Art Briles, the rise and fall

From November 2007 to today, here's a rundown of Briles' coaching tenure at Baylor. Timeline

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A Baylor regent said board was "shocked" about what they learned about Baylor police dept. "It made us angry, shocked & very humble."

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Baylor officials say Ken Starr's role as chancellor will be external fundraising and religious liberty. Took away all operational duties