NCAA - Football Wiretap

HBO To Air Documentary On Bill Belichick, Nick Saban

Sep 3, 2019 4:07 PM

HBO will air a documentary called Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching this December on Bill Belichick and Nick Saban.

Belichick and Saban coached together with the Cleveland Browns.

Belichick has gone on to win six Super Bowls while Saban has won six national championships.

The two coaches first met in 1982, when Saban was an assistant coach at Navy, working alongside Belichick’s father. 

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, NCAA

Dabo Swinney Signs 10-Year, $93M Extension With Clemson

Apr 26, 2019 12:20 PM

Dabo Swinney has agreed to a 10-year, $93 million contract extension with Clemson.

Swinney's deal is the largest coaching deal in college football history.

Clemson has won the national championship under Swinney in 2016 and 2018. Clemson also reached the 2015 national championship.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Nick Saban: Late Round Picks Who Leave School Early Lose Out

Apr 7, 2019 8:29 AM

Nick Saban says late round prospects who leave school early lose out on the process.

Seven of Alabama's underclassmen declared for this month's NFL draft.

"Now, we have guys that have no draft grades, seventh-round grades, free-agent grades, fifth-round grades that are going out of the draft. And the person that loses in that is the player," Saban said after Alabama's spring game. "If you're a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year -- I'm not going to say any names -- goes and starts for his team, so he's making third-round money, which is not that great. He'd be the first guy taken at his position this year, probably, and make $15-18 million more.

"So, the agent makes out, the club makes out, and now they've got a guy that's going to play for that kind of money for three more years, all right? And everybody out there's saying, 'Well, get to your next contract.' Well, there's obviously 50 percent of these guys never getting to a next contract. And that doesn't mean all the rest of them got to one, either."


Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Kyle Murray Announces He Will Concentrate On NFL Career

Feb 11, 2019 5:31 PM

Kyle Murray has announced he is fully committed to becoming an NFL quarterback.

Murray's future has been in doubt as he was also a first round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics.

Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him last year, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. 

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray wrote. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft."


Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

NFL Can't Find Liability Insurance For Head Trauma

Jan 17, 2019 12:42 PM

The NFL no longer has general liability insurance covering head trauma.

There is now also just one carrier willing to provide workers' compensation to NFL teams.

Before concussion litigation roiled the NFL beginning in 2011, at least a dozen carriers occupied the insurance market for pro football, according to industry experts.

While some people have said football will never go away, it is difficult to see how the youth levels can survive without insurance.

Dr. Julian Bailes, Pop Warner's medical director and a member of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine Committee, told Outside the Lines "insurance coverage is arguably the biggest threat to the sport."

Some insurance industry executives compare the issue to asbestos, an occupational hazard that has cost insurers at least $100 billion. 

Steve Fainaru, Mark Fainaru-Wada/ESPN

Tags: Legal, NCAA

Jalen Hurts Announces Transfer To Oklahoma

Jan 16, 2019 2:09 PM

Jalen Hurts will transfer to Oklahoma for his senior season.

As a graduate transfer, Hurts is eligible to play immediately.

Oklahoma quarterbacks have won each of the past two Heisman Trophies in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Both quarterbacks were also transfers.

Hurts appeared in all but two games in 2018 as a backup after losing his job to Tua Tagovailoa. During his two seasons as the starter, Hurts won an SEC Offensive Player of the Year award and threw for a combined 4,861 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, to go along with 1,809 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing.


Tags: NCAA

Kyler Murray Ranks No. 24 On Todd McShay's Top-32

Jan 15, 2019 9:50 PM

Kyler Murray ranks No. 24 on Todd McShay's Top-32 for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray hadn't been on any of McShay's prior editions due to the expectation he would go to the MLB.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Kyler Murray Declares For 2019 NFL Draft

Jan 14, 2019 6:04 PM

Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray can choose between the NFL and MLB depending on his draft stock.

Murray has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus.

The A's selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The A's supported Murray's decision to enter the draft, but they could be under increased pressure to improve his contract.

In just his first season as a starter, Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for another 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals this year.


Tags: Draft, Draft Declaration, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Steve Sarkisian Turns Down Cardinals' Job To Rejoin Alabama

Jan 13, 2019 12:37 PM

Steve Sarkisian turned down an offer to become the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals and will instead have the same job for the University of Alabama.

Former co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis left the Tide recently for Michigan, and former quarterbacks coach and associate head coach Dan Enos, who reportedly was in line to be Alabama's offensive coordinator and playcaller next season, left Friday to become the University of Miami's offensive coordinator.

Sarkisian was an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide before joining the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. The Falcons fired Sarkisian this offseason.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Dolphins Already Eyeing Quarterbacks From 2020 NFL Draft

Jan 13, 2019 12:34 PM

The Miami Dolphins are beginning to look to the 2020 NFL draft class for their quarterback of the future.

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert are considered the top quarterbacks of that prospective draft class.

Miami is expected to hire Brian Flores as head coach as the Dolphins rebuild.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Kyler Murray To Declare For NFL Draft, Leanings Towards Football
One source said Kyler Murray is leaning towards football over baseball.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Cardinals Hire Kliff Kingsbury As Head Coach
Texas Tech fired Kliff Kingsbury in November after six seasons as head coach.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Dwayne Haskins Leaves Ohio State For NFL Draft
Dwayne Haskins is a projected first round pick at quarterback.


Clemson Claims Second National Title Over Alabama
The Clemson Tigers won their second national college football title in three seasons with a 44-16 win over Alabama on Monday night.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Kliff Kingsbury To Interview With Cardinals, Jets
USC was initially blocking Kliff Kingsbury from interviewing.


Lincoln Riley Signs Contract Extension With Oklahoma
Lincoln Riley was the 16th highest paid coach in college football this season and will receive a significant raise.

Jake Trotter/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh Doesn't Have Reps To Be In Contract With NFL Teams
Jim Harbaugh has been linked with the Jets' anticipated head coaching vacancy.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Lincoln Riley Not Interested In NFL At This Time
A number of NFL teams have interest in Lincoln Riley.

Howie Kussoy/New York Post

Kyler Murray Won't Rule Out Future In NFL
Kyler Murray signed a $4.66 million contract to play baseball for the Oakland A's this summer.

Alex Scarborough/ESPN

Justin Herbert Staying At Oregon For Senior Season
Mel Kiper had Justin Herbert ranked as the sixth overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft class.


Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh Reiterates He Won't Leave Michigan For NFL Return
Jim Harbaugh says he still has "big plans" at Michigan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kyler Murray Wins 2018 Heisman Trophy
Kyler Murray is the seventh player in Oklahoma history to win the Heisman.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Kyler Murray Could Be 1st Rounder If He Chose Football Over Baseball
Kyler Murray's agent Scott Boras was steadfast that he will be playing baseball once Oklahoma's football season ends.

Joel Anderson, Jake Trotter/ESPN

Mel Kiper Jr. Finds 2019 QB Draft Class 'Extremely Intriguing'
Mel Kiper believes Justin Herbert would have been ranked fifth in the 2018 class.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins Named Heisman Finalists
Tua Tagovailoa owns a QBR of 94.2, while Kyler Murray's is 96.0.


Urban Meyer To Retire After Rose Bowl
Urban Meyer will step down after coaching Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.


Ed Oliver To Skip Houston's Bowl Game To Prepare For Draft
Ed Oliver is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

Edward Aschoff/ESPN

Lane Kiffin Offers Scholarship To Matt Leinart's 11-Year-Old Son
Cole Leinart is a 5'7 sixth grader.

Tom VanHaaren/ESPN

Nick Bosa Withdraws From Ohio State
Nick Bosa is expected to be one of the top selections in the draft.

Mitch Stacy/Associated Press