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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

First-year Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said he had to find himself as an assistant and again as a head coach. His time at Memphis helped him develop his coaching identity before coming to Virginia Tech. Now he is morphing the program to his own philosophy instead of trying to mirror mentors.

Finebaum wants results from Harbaugh

Paul Finebaum is tired of Jim Harbaugh's sideshow and says it's time for him to start winning important football games at Michigan.


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer did meet with Penn State's James Franklin today to address the allegations of negative recruiting against the Nittany Lions. "There's no story," Meyer said. "James came up to me and said, 'I did not accuse Ohio State of negative recruiting.' I said, 'I'm good,' and shook his hand."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told me about his future with the league. "My contract is through 2020," Delany said. "A contract is a contract. Retirement is when someone wants to go. I expect to work through my contract. I'm healthy and I enjoy doing what I do. Anything beyond that, I don't know." Responding to the USA Today report that he will retire in 2020, Delany, 68, said it's a "fair inference" but he could also step down before 2020 and doesn't know how he'll feel when the contract expires. He's still healthy and energetic and wants to focus on providing opportunities for student-athletes.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio had an interesting take on what he learned from the last time the Spartans replaced a longtime starting QB. Andrew Maxwell struggled while succeeding Kirk Cousins in 2012 and the team went 6-6. "Don't anoint someone and put the pressure on one individual," Dantonio said. That's why he isn't talking up presumed starter Tyler O'Connor, who replaces Connor Cook.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he hasn't put a timetable on when he will name a starting quarterback between Sean Maguire and Deondre Francois but has an idea about when he wants to know. "Ten days out we'll start understanding who we're going to start or which way we're going," Fisher said. Maguire and Francois will get the majority reps once fall practice opens next week.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel has watched film of LSU star Leonard Fournette this summer in anticipation of the teams' Sept. 3 opener. The Badgers also played LSU in Fournette's collegiate debut in 2014. "We're going to have our hands full. It's going to take a collective effort to stop him," Biegel said.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The mullet is coming back! Wisconsin star linebacker Vince Biegel on the process of the mullet (he had to go all business this summer as a Merrill Lynch intern).


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State center Pat Elflein is trying to embrace his role as a captain and help bring along a youthful roster. "I think this is the youngest team [coach Urban Meyer] has had, and they are going to have to grow up quick." There's not much time to waste: Oklahoma is looming in Week Three.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State's captains grab a quick break before heading to their individual podiums and an hour of questions from writers at Big Ten media days. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, quarterback J.T. Barrett and center Pat Elflein will be highly in demand.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

After the Rose Bowl loss to Stanford, Iowa's Kirk Ferentz asked his staff regarding Christian McCaffrey: Who in the last 17 years have we played who's better than him? [Antwaan] Randle El is the closest thing in my mind," Ferentz said of the former Indiana star. "I still think if Randle El had played at Florida State, he would have won two Heismans. He was such a dynamic player."

Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Nick Saban if he thought he had a top four team this year and he said he doesn't know yet. "There's so many things you don't know until you start going through the season and you see how people respond." He said "it's not something you can visually see." He knows his team is talented, but said there's also more to it.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan was a Butkus Award finalist last year but rarely rushed the passer. He says he didn't need to do so with teammates like Joey Bosa, Darron Lee and Joshua Perry around. Now that those guys are gone, he said, "you might see me do that more."

Dino: Everyone deserves a second chance

Syracuse coach Dino Babers tells Mike & Mike that Josh Gordon is one of the smartest football players he has been around and that he was even a babysitter for his children.


Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said he will continue to have his players wear jerseys without numbers and plain helmets when fall practice begins Aug. 5. Mendenhall decided to strip everything away from practice uniforms when he arrived as a way to make his players earn everything they got. "They are working so hard," Mendenhall said. "We're thrilled with how they've embraced that." It's had a benefit to coaches, too. They quickly learned how to identify players on tape from spring practice based on their body movements, allowing them to work more quickly on footwork, technique and stances.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

A year ago BC right guard Chris Lindstrom was a 265-pound freshman who missed a block that resulted in a season ending injury for his QB. This year, Lindstrom is up to 305 and one of the reasons Steve Addazio thinks his O-line can make a big stride. "He's going to be a first-rounder in a few years," Addazio said.