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Clemson players celebrate after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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  • Clemson players celebrate after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    What to watch in 2017: Clemson rebuild; Kelly’s crossroads

    Alabama will be great in 2017. That’s a given. The Crimson Tide came up just short of its fifth national championship in eight seasons under coach Nick Saban, losing to Clemson 35-31 in the College Football Playoff title game Monday night. But Alabama is likely start next season as the No. 1 team in the […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2006, file photo, Texas quarterback Vince Young (10) runs into the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown against the defense of Southern California's Josh Pinkard (36) during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl, the national championship college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Like Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Texas quarterback Young piled up over 400 total yards, but his Longhorns came out a winner when he scored on fourth down in the closing seconds in the 2006 college football championship game. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson, File)

    Tigers-Tide II gets a place in the history of great games

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — You thought last year’s College Football Playoff championship game was great? The rematch was even better. And it will take a place in the history books. Clemson won its first national title since 1981 with its 35-31 victory over top-ranked Alabama on Monday night, avenging its 45-40 loss in last year’s […]
  • FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo, former Colorado running back and Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam watches from the sidelines during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game between Colorado and Washinnton, in Boulder, Colo. The Boulder County Coroner's Office said Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, that Salaam died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. However, investigators weren't able to determine if he suffered chronic head trauma from playing football because his family didn't consent to those tests. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

    Coroner: Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam’s death was a suicide

    DENVER (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam killed himself after struggling with depression, an autopsy report confirmed Thursday, but investigators will never know whether the one-time running back suffered chronic head trauma from playing football because his family did not consent to those tests. Salaam was found dead Dec. 5 in a park near […]