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Jacksonville Jaguars new Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin, speaks during a press conference as team owner Shad Khan, rear, looks on at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.   (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
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  • Jacksonville Jaguars new Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin, speaks during a press conference as team owner Shad Khan, rear, looks on at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.   (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

    Coughlin controls ‘all facets’ of Jaguars football ops

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If it wasn’t clear how much power Tom Coughlin would wield in his return to Jacksonville, it became evident Thursday. Coughlin’s introductory news conference started five minutes sooner than initially scheduled, a you’re-early-or-you’re-late staple of Coughlin’s coaching career. Owner Shad Khan also said Coughlin will have final say on all football […]
  • Meredith Vinson, left, and her sister Sarah wait for Clemson players to arrive, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Clemson, S.C., the day after the Tigers defeated Alabama 35-31 in the College Football Playoff championship NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

    Clemson fans turn out to welcome national champions

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — About 6,000 Clemson fans turned out Tuesday to welcome their national champion Tigers, capping a giddy day of celebration after their team toppled Alabama. People screamed as the buses pulled up, calling out “DE-SHAUN” over and over as Tigers’ star quarterback Deshaun Watson walked with his luggage and national championship hat […]
  • Clemson's Deshaun Watson holds the championship trophy after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Deshaun Watson isn’t worried about where he goes in draft

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson’s next stop is the NFL. That doesn’t mean the Clemson quarterback is thinking about where he’ll go in the NFL draft. Watson says he’s focused on improving, and not his chances of going No. 1 overall. Watson is skipping his senior season at Clemson to go pro, making that […]
  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban answers questions during a news conference for the NCAA college football playoff championship game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Coaches tout new rules regarding NFL underclassmen scouting

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney are hopeful that new rules regarding how NFL teams can evaluate underclassmen will provide players better information on whether to go pro. The American Football Coaches Association and the NFL reached an agreement last year that allows underclassmen who are returning for […]
  • Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon (25) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Jarvis Baxter (1) in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon leaving for NFL

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Joe Mixon, the star Oklahoma running back who was suspended for the 2014 season after punching a woman in the face, will enter the NFL draft. Mixon made the announcement in a statement on his Twitter account Thursday. He thanked Oklahoma’s coaches, administrators, support staff and fans. “I promise not to […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) and defensive back Jalen Tabor (31) celebrate after defeating Georgia 27-3 in an NCAA college football game, in Jacksonville, Fla. Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor vowed last month to announce any decisions about his future "the right way." He chose The Players' Tribune, saying goodbye to the Gators on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in a lengthy letter in which he thanked coaches, teammates, two academic advisers, former athletic director Jeremy Foley and fans. As expected, Tabor decided to skip his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

    Talented, talkative Tabor leaving Florida for NFL draft

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor vowed last month to announce any decisions about his future “the right way.” He chose The Players’ Tribune, saying goodbye to the Gators on Thursday in a lengthy letter in which he thanked coaches, teammates, two academic advisers, former athletic director Jeremy Foley and fans. As expected, […]
  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    AP writers examine where each NFL team needs to upgrade most

    For most NFL teams, the process of figuring out how to get better starts this week. And every club — even the one that winds up winning the Super Bowl next month — will try to make upgrades during the offseason via free agency, the draft or trades. “Teams are self-evaluating right now,” said Ted […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard (30) runs against Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. The two-year rebuild that turned the Raiders from a three-win team to its first playoff berth since 2002 centered around a core of high draft picks and and several key free agent signings. The Raiders feature 19 players who entered the league as undrafted free agents, including Richard. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

    Raiders rely on undrafted players to get to playoffs

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The rebuilding job that turned the Oakland Raiders from a three-win team to the first playoff berth since 2002 centered around a core of high draft picks led by Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, and several key free agent signings. Those stars got plenty of help from players who […]
  • Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

    Texas Tech QB Mahomes bypassing senior season for NFL draft

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the FBS leader with 5,052 yards passing this season, is bypassing his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft. Mahomes announced his decision during a campus news conference Tuesday, saying he felt the time was right for him to pursue his dream of playing […]
  • Florida quarterback Austin Appleby (12) looks to throw the ball on the run from Iowa linebacker Ben Niemann (44) in the first half during the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla., Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (Andres Leiva/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

    Appleby shines, No. 20 Florida beats Iowa in Outback Bowl

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No. 20 Florida dominated the Outback with stingy defense and a persistent offense that did its job, too. Chauncey Gardner, Jr., returned one of his two fourth-quarter interceptions 58 yards for a touchdown, and graduate transfer Austin Appleby threw for 222 yards and two TDs to pace Monday’s 30-3 rout of […]