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Fournette still clear No. 1 in Heisman race

LSU running back Leonard Fournette maintained a decisive lead in Heisman Watch balloting after passing the 1,000-yard mark in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. Heisman Watch

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Marcus Lattimore @marcuslattimore_

Your impact will live forever. You taught me so much without saying a word. I love you Coach Spurrier and your legacy will never die, that's my promise

USC interim coach: I want this job

Clay Helton shares his thoughts on Steve Sarkisian and discusses his interim position: “I want to be the head coach ... but I also know the reality of the situation. In college football, at this level, you have to prove yourself.”


Haden: Haven't spoken to Sarkisian

AD Pat Haden details what went into the firing of Steve Sarkisian, saying his “conduct did not meet USC standards and expectations of a head coach."


Carter: Will Grier's suspension too harsh

Cris Carter compares the Florida QB's suspension to that of pro TE Antonio Gates. Said Carter: "I think that rule is a little severe for a college kid."


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC athletic director Pat Haden has not spoken with Steve Sarkisian since deciding to terminate him as the Trojans football coach. He called/texted Sarkisian and his agent Monday, but was unable to make contact.

Sport Science: Fournette's dominance

LSU star Leonard Fournette is fast. How fast? He can make a cut faster than the blink of an eye.


Luginbill: Impact of Spurrier's retirement

ESPN's Tom Luginbill said Steve Spurrier's retirement and a lack of stability will hurt South Carolina's recruiting efforts: "Prospects want stability and uncertainty is their greatest fear."


A look back at the Head Ball Coach

From his time as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback to his record-breaking coaching days, Steve Spurrier leaves an unmatched legacy in college football. Photos

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Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Pat Haden is basically laying out why he shouldn't be blamed for the current state of the athletic department, point by point. Interesting.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Pat Haden tried for 2 hours to try to reach Steve Sarkisian yesterday before ultimately talking to his brother-in-law. Has yet to reach him.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer said he left a message for his "very good friend" Steve Spurrier this morning after he read about his decision to resign at South Carolina. From one Florida coach to another, Meyer said the "sport is going to miss him." "I've got a million Coach Spurrier stories, but we don't have time for them all. They're all good, though."

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Indiana coach Kevin Wilson says that QB Nate Sudfeld and RB Jordan Howard have both practiced this week, but not sure if they'll play Saturday. "We'll see," Wilson said. "They're getting good work."

Watch: USC news conference

USC AD Pat Haden, who fired football coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday, hasn't talked to Sarkisian yet about his decision. "As we sit here today, the decision to hire Steve didn't work out, and I own it," he said. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says when he coached in the SEC East it was a "real rugged conference" but that added that "this side of our conference is every bit of that" this year in the Big Ten East.

Kyle Bonagura @BonaguraESPN

After deciding to fire Sarkisian, Haden tried to reach out several times without success. They still have not spoken.

USC AD: I gave Sark a second chance

Pat Haden explains why he didn't fire Steve Sarkisian in August: "I felt at that time it was in the best interest of our players ... and of Steve, not to suspend or fire him. At that time, based on the input of trusted medical and staff, it was determined that he could continue coaching." Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Spurrier: 'I'm resigning, I'm not retiring'

Steve Spurrier said of his decision to step down as South Carolina's coach: "We've slipped and it's my fault. I'm responsible, I'm the head coach. It's time for me to get out of the way and let somebody else have a go at it."


Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Clay Helton will still be OC and the play caller. Marques Tuiasosopo will coach quarterbacks and Lenny Vandermade will coach tight ends.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Clay Helton has no doubt read and heard the rumors about Sarkisian's previous incidents but said he refuses to kick a man while he's down.