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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 […]
  • Golden State Warrior's Stephen Curry speaks during a news conference at his former high school in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Curry will be honored during his return home to Charlotte. His high school will be retiring his number while Davidson College will honor him by renaming a section of their arena "Section 30." (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Curry honored by high school, college in return to Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Stephen Curry said he doesn’t have many regrets in life. But the two-time NBA MVP shared one on Tuesday, saying he wishes he had tried out for the varsity team as a freshman rather than settle for playing junior varsity. “I went through some doubts about whether I could play on […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) takes a snap from a shotgun formation during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Chicago. Might be hard to believe while watching Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Ben Roethlisberger in the playoffs this weekend, but it wasn't all that long ago that the shotgun formation was something of a curiosity in the NFL, used less than once every five plays in 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    Is it time for NFL teams to scale back the shotgun offense?

    Might be hard to believe while watching Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Ben Roethlisberger in the playoffs this weekend, but it wasn’t all that long ago that the shotgun formation was something of a curiosity in the NFL, used less than once every five plays in 2006. In today’s pass-heavy era populated by players who […]
  • 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 […]
  • In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, construction of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium for the Atlanta Falcons continues in Atlanta. The Georgia Dome, which in 1992 became the Atlanta Falcons' home, also has been home to Georgia State football, high school state championships, Peach Bowls and SEC championship games, two Super Bowls and three Final Fours, will make way for the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Falcons’ 25-year stay in Georgia Dome coming to an end

    ATLANTA (AP) — In 1994, Deion Sanders proclaimed the still-new Georgia Dome to be “MY house” and he added with equal emphasis “I built this house.” Sorry Deion, but the facility which actually belongs to the state of Georgia is on a fast track to a summer demolition. Arthur Blank wanted a new home for […]
  • Brain-injury deaths in high school football players rising

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen high school football players died in recent years from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and the annual death count has been growing slightly, according to a new study. But such deaths remain rare, and are far lower than in decades past. Also, it’s not clear whether the recent […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2016, file photo, Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) works on a drill during NCAA college football practice at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama All-American Cam Robinson thinks Jonah Williams has been better than he was as a freshman. Crimson Tide offensive line coach Mario Cristobal calls his young right tackle "the best I've seen." (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP, File)

    Alabama’s Jonah Williams thriving on line as freshman

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jonah Williams never got caught up in recruiting rankings. And he knew that his high school success assured him of nothing once he arrived at Alabama. He doesn’t dwell on the praise. But there’s lots of it. Outland Trophy winner Cam Robinson thinks Williams is better than he was as a […]
  • Alabama QB Jalen Hurts deftly handling himself on, off field

    ATLANTA (AP) — Jalen Hurts’ go-karting trip with Alabama teammates hit a wall because things “kinda got a little hectic.” The team became surrounded by fans wanting pictures and autographs during a trip to Andretti Karting. One little kid dressed up as him for Halloween with pipe cleaners mimicking his long dreadlocks. “That was cute […]
  • FILE - In thisI Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, California's Charlie Moore celebrates during a timeout in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against UC Irvine in Berkeley, Calif. Moore is determined to earn a degree from a prestigious university to back up his NBA aspirations. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    Cal freshman Charlie Moore plays with his father on his mind

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Tanya Moore planned a nice seafood dinner out Friday night to celebrate husband Curtis’ 51st birthday, and that meant she would have to hire transportation help because he has struggled to stand up and walk since a devastating, massive stroke almost 16 months ago. Curtis loves crab legs and lobster tail. […]
  • Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts answers a question during media day for Saturday's Peach Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington in Atlanta, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    A coach’s son: Jalen Hurts, others benefit from family ties

    ATLANTA (AP) — Jalen Hurts cherished those rides home from high school football practice. It was a chance for some alone time with the man who was not just his father, but his coach. Dad talked. His son would listen, soaking up all that knowledge. “It’s just in your blood,” Jalen said Thursday during the […]