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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, Oxford High School student Kwon Alexander dons an LSU cap signifying his intent to attend and play football there during a news conference on national signing day at Oxford High School in Oxford, Ala. The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Now the relatively new phenomena of national signing day as a spectacle could be heading toward extinction with the likely introduction of early signing period. Wednesday’s signing day will mark the end of an era. (Tamika Moore/AL.com via AP, File)
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  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, Oxford High School student Kwon Alexander dons an LSU cap signifying his intent to attend and play football there during a news conference on national signing day at Oxford High School in Oxford, Ala. The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Now the relatively new phenomena of national signing day as a spectacle could be heading toward extinction with the likely introduction of early signing period. Wednesday’s signing day will mark the end of an era. (Tamika Moore/AL.com via AP, File)

    Recruiting reforms could bring end to signing day circus

    The first Wednesday of February in college football has become a celebration of hat-picking suspense and hopeful speculation. Schools use national signing day to excite their fans, market the program and impress future recruits with a flashy welcome. On one day, thousands of high school football players make their commitments to schools official. A few […]
  • Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs a drill during an indoor NFL football practice at the team's headquarters in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. The Cowboys face the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoffs this Sunday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Cowboys’ Elliott tops college playoff vets in NFL postseason

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott was in the original group of college players to go through something resembling the NFL playoffs when Ohio State won the national championship two years ago. Now the Dallas rookie running back and a handful of young pros are seeing how the experience translates. For the NFL rushing champion, […]
  • FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, file photo, Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) runs after recovering a fumble as Washington wide receiver Aaron Fuller (12) defends during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff game in Atlanta. Allen was selected to the Associated Press 2016 All-Bowl Team, announced on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Column: Amid abuses, college sports sometimes gets it right

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson wanted to be first. We’re not talking about anything he’s done on the football field. The Clemson quarterback may be going for a national championship Monday night, but he’s already scored one of the biggest victories of his life. In just three years, Watson became the first member of […]
  • In this Jan. 4, 2017, photo, construction work continues in the snow at the site of Colorado State University's new football stadium in Fort Collins, Colo. With a new, $220 million stadium almost complete, Colorado State is one of a handful of schools that have recently committed major resources to football.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Group of Five schools make investments with big-time in mind

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The snow-covered construction site is thousands of miles and more than a few degrees removed from Monday night’s national-title game. In six months, though, the hard hats will be gone, and in their place will be a completed $220 million stadium and football headquarters, complete with luxury suites, a 50-by-84-foot […]
  • Clemson's DeShaun Watson speaks during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game media day, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Clemson will face Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Even for contenders, keeping QB pipeline filled is tricky

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The competition to replace Deshaun Watson at Clemson next spring will feature Kelly Bryant, who has already put two seasons of eligibility in behind the Tigers’ star, along with redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper and a five-star recruit who is enrolling in college early. If J.T. Barrett decides not to return to […]