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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 […]
  • Inside linebacker Connor Harris of Lindenwood (16) follows the play to make a tackle during practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Small college guys battling for draft spots at Senior Bowl

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Connor Harris made more tackles in his Lindenwood career than any other NCAA football player. Cooper Kupp led the nation in receiving for Eastern Washington, and Tiffin’s Antonio Pipkin racked up more than 13,000 yards in total offense. Now, those small college stars are mingling on the field with players from […]
  • Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

    Pitino, Louisville rebut NCAA findings in escort scandal

    Louisville has informed the NCAA the school disputes allegations that Rick Pitino violated his responsibility as a head coach by failing to monitor former staffer Andre McGee’s activities that resulted in a sex scandal and subsequent investigation by the governing body. The school on Wednesday released responses it submitted last week after receiving a Notice […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. McCourty is one of four former Rutgers players expected to start in the Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

    Super Bowl is best thing to happen to Rutgers this season

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After failing to win a Big Ten Conference game in his first season, Rutgers coach Chris Ash suddenly has a major recruiting tool. It’s the Super Bowl. When the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet in Houston on Feb. 5, Rutgers will be on display. The Scarlet Knights are going […]
  • FILE - This Dec. 29, 2016 file photo shows Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh speaking during a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Before the NCAA's ban of spring break sports trips goes into effect, Harbaugh is taking his team to Rome, Italy. The Wolverines will hold three spring practices at the training facility of soccer club AS Roma. Michigan did not announce on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 the exact dates of the trip, but said in a release it would take place "after finals toward the end of winter semester in April." (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, file)

    Michigan paying 3 on Harbaugh’s staff $1 million per year

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is committed to paying Jim Harbaugh’s top three assistants $1 million each per year. Defensive coordinator Don Brown and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno have been retained with contracts worth more than $10 million combined over the next five years. Passing coordinator Pep Hamilton was lured away from the Cleveland […]
  • FILE - In this July 15, 2013, file photo, then-Louisiana Monroe head football coach Todd Berry speaks during an interview at the Sun Belt NCAA college football media day, in New Orleans. Coaches unanimously support creating an early signing period for college football in December, but the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association says none of them want a third signing day in June. Todd Berry said Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017,  that coaches are worried the model proposed by the NCAA's football oversight committee that would create two early signing periods in June and December for high school prospects to sign binding national letters of intent changes too much too fast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Football coaches favor adding 2nd signing day in December

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coaches unanimously support creating an early signing period for college football in December, but the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association says none of them want a third signing day in June. Todd Berry said Wednesday that coaches are worried the model proposed by the NCAA’s football oversight committee […]
  • Clemson's Deshaun Watson answers questions during media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    With a window closing, Clemson’s shot at a title is now

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney still has a picture from that night on his phone. Swinney and Alabama’s Nick Saban were on the same dinner cruise in March near Boca Grande, a popular fishing spot in southwest Florida. Swinney approached Saban early in the trip and handed him a gift certificate to […]
  • 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 […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half of an NFL football game in Denver. For as many similarities as there are between Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack as the two edge defenders taken in the top five of the 2014 draft, there are the stark differences as well. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)

    Mack, Clowney take center stage when Raiders face Texans

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — For as many similarities as there are between Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack as the two dominant pass rushers taken in the top five of the 2014 draft, there are the stark differences as well. Clowney burst onto the scene as the No. 1 overall high school recruit who went on […]
  • 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 […]