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The next Jadeveon Clowney? Meet 2018's instant-impact players

Headlined by No. 1 Xavier Thomas, a South Carolina DE, the 2018 class has its share of instant-impact players.

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CFP shifts dates to avoid New Year's Eve conflict

The dates for the College Football Playoff semifinals in the 2018, 2019, 2024 and 2025 seasons have been changed to avoid the games being played on New Year's Eve.

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Fired Baylor staffer files for release of report

A former Baylor employee fired in wake of the sexual assault scandal at the university is seeking a court order requiring the Baylor board of regents to release the Pepper Hamilton report.

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Harbaugh's first pitch is solid but a little high (0:13)
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Franklin: Negative recruiting happens everywhere (0:23)
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Awards for the best of Big Ten media days

The Big Ten concluded its media days on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the best quotes, best boasts and best dance moves that came out of Chicago.

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Deshaun Watson on handling expectations

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson comments on his recruiting process, his performance in last season's title game, Dabo Swinney's off-field demeanor and handling high expectations.

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FSU not dwelling on last season (1:23)
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Winning will bring Canes' swagger back (1:23)
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Finebaum to Harbaugh: Time to start winning (1:10)
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Babers has never seen a receiver like Josh Gordon (1:04)
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Does the ACC Atlantic or SEC West have the best top three teams? (2:03)
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Florida State's unique way of motivating players (1:24)

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen drops by the first day of Saints training camp practice. Said it doesn't hurt as a coach to watch a NFL team train up close -- and his son, who is a high school quarterback, wanted the chance to see Drew Brees operate.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Maturity, opportunity and necessity all played a role in Demarcus Walker's emergence as a junior in 2015. Another reason? Yoga. The Florida State senior took it last summer and it increased his flexibility. He finished with a career-high 10.5 sacks, and Walker said he's taking yoga again this summer.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma State's Marcell Ateman, a returning starter at WR, could be out until October after recently undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. According to The Oklahoman, Ateman injured the foot during non-contact summer drills. Ateman was OSU's third-leading receiver last year with 45 receptions, 766 yards and five touchdowns.

Should NCAA coaching staffs expand?

Brock Huard and Paul Finebaum side with Lovie Smith after he suggested the NCAA allow college football programs be allowed to have more coaches on their staffs.

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Five-star recruits aren't above a push-up punishment. Dalvin Cook (pointing) and Travis Rudolph sent freshman cornerback Levonta Taylor to the Florida State turf after he was part of the losing team in tug-of-war.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

If tug-of-war is any indication, the Florida State offensive line will be much better in 2016. Flawless victory from the group in front of Jimbo Fisher (with some help from others).

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Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Harbaugh said he understands that he annoys people occasionally. "Sometimes I have difficulty with 24 hours being around me, too." Said he wishes he could get "Jim Harbaugh lite" some times.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Harbaugh said he looks back and thinks he had a "mediocre" playing career, but he knows "the look out of the facemask and the look into the facemask" and that's an advantage for him.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State has established a scholarship fund in honor of former punter Mike Sadler, who was killed in an automobile accident last weekend along with Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. One Spartans player each year will receive the scholarship.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Deshaun Watson and Dalvin Cook, who each received first-place Heisman votes in 2015, were not unanimous preseason All-ACC picks. Going into the season they are clearly the favorites for the conference's player of the year. Maybe there will be an ACC QB and two RBs better than those two, but it's hard to justify leaving them off preseason ballots.

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Rutgers and Maryland want to start a rivalry trophy. What should it be called? Best suggestions make CFB Live at 1:30 ET on ESPN.

Like father, like son

Who would college coaches want their sons playing for? Bob Stoops led the way. Said one coach: "How can you not be impressed ...? The kids who come out of his program are equipped to succeed in whatever they do in life." The list (Insider)

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