NCAA - Football Wiretap

Tua Tagovailoa Out For Season With Dislocated Hip

Nov 16, 2019 9:16 PM

Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a dislocated right hip. Tagovailoa also suffered a posterior wall fracture, sources confirmed to ESPN, and medical officials are continuing to evaluate his injury to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Tagovailoa is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Nick Saban said after the game that he didn't think the injury was related to the ankle injury that made Tagovailoa a game-time decision for Saturday's game. "It's kind of a freak thing that you seldom see," he said.

"He was good, at least as good as he was a week ago in terms of his ability to move," Saban added. "I don't think anything he did affected his performance in the first half. So the guy played, and I thought he played really well. And we hate it that he got injured. We hate it for him. We hate it for his family. I hate it when any player on our team gets injured. So Godspeed to him and his entire family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them and hope this is not so serious it has any long-term effect on his future as a player."

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Deion Sanders Says He Hasn't Talked To FSU About Coaching Job

Nov 11, 2019 8:06 AM

Deion Sanders said Sunday night that he has not currently spoken to anyone from Florida State regarding their open head coaching position.

It was reported last week that Sanders was a candidate to become the program's next coach.

"I have not spoken to anyone from Florida State regarding this," he said. "But let me assure you, I am 100 percent -- 100 percent -- desiring to coach at the next level. And I will."

Sanders starred at Florida State from 1986 through 1988 where he excelled at football, baseball and track.


Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Deion Sanders Is A Candidate For FSU Coaching Job

Nov 8, 2019 7:49 AM

Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate for the head coaching job at Florida State, according to sources.

Willie Taggart was let go by Florida State on Sunday less than two seasons into his tenure.

Sanders played football, baseball and track at Florida State from 1986 through 1988.

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Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Alabama Currently Eight-Point Favorites For Nov. 9 Game Against LSU

Oct 29, 2019 10:11 AM

The preliminary line for the November 9 showdown between the country's top-ranked teams has Alabama as more than a touchdown favorite against LSU.

The AP Poll has LSU and Alabama listed at No. 1 and 2, respectively, but in the latest CFP odds from, LSU has the fourth-best odds to take home the national championship behind Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.

On October 10, the Tigers were +9.5 on a neutral field against Alabama in a potential CFP matchup so they have certainly climbed in the oddsmakers' power ratings the last few weeks. However, the unknown status of Tua Tagovailoa has the book being cautious with the spread.

"We kind of middled the line not knowing if Tua is going to be out there or not," said Adam Burns, oddsmaker at "If he plays, the spread will get to or around -10. If he doesn't, look for it to settle around -7. He's worth 3-4 points to the number."

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Jim Harbaugh Refutes NFL Return Rumors As 'Total Crap'

Oct 23, 2019 1:45 PM

Jim Harbaugh is refuting reports he has interest in leaving Michigan to return to the NFL.

Harbaugh sent letters to parents of current players and commitments that addresses a potential departure.

Harbaugh writes in the letter that recent reports of him pursuing an exit strategy are "total crap," and that it is "an annual strategy driven by Michigan's enemies to cause disruption to our program and to negatively recruit."

A source close to Michigan said Harbaugh was angry about the reports and that they were "fabricated to hurt in recruiting."

Michigan is 5-2 this season and still has Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State on the schedule.

Tom VanHaaren/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Tua Tagovailoa Undergoes 'Tightrope' Surgery On Ankle For 2nd Time

Oct 20, 2019 11:12 PM

Tua Tagovailoa will miss Alabama's game next week against Arkansas after undergoing surgery to help repair a high-ankle sprain.

Tagovailoa is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

"Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week's game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery."

Tagovailoa had the "tightrope" procedure on his other ankle following the SEC Championship Game last season and returned in time to compete in the College Football Playoff.

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

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."


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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."


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NFL Can't Find Liability Insurance For Head Trauma
Dr. Julian Bailes said "insurance coverage is arguably the biggest threat to the sport."

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Jalen Hurts Announces Transfer To Oklahoma
Oklahoma quarterbacks have won each of the past two Heisman Trophies in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.


Kyler Murray Ranks No. 24 On Todd McShay's Top-32
Kyler Murray hadn't been on any of McShay's prior editions due to the expectation he would go to the MLB.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Kyler Murray Declares For 2019 NFL Draft
The A's supported Kyler Murray's decision to enter the draft, but they could be under increased pressure to improve his contract.


Steve Sarkisian Turns Down Cardinals' Job To Rejoin Alabama
Steve Sarkisian turned down an offer to become the offensive coordinator of the Cardinals.


Dolphins Already Eyeing Quarterbacks From 2020 NFL Draft
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert are considered the top quarterbacks of that prospective draft class.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.

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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.

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