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Josh Rosen Denies Report He's Made Decision On Declaring For Draft

Dec 7, 2017 4:43 PM

Josh Rosen denied a report that he's already decided to leave UCLA to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Rosen is expected to be a top pick in the draft if he declares.

“Please stop reporting false news," Rosen wrote on Twitter. "I have not made any significant decisions and do not plan on it any time soon. All you guys are doing is making me answer calls and texts from concerned friends and family members.”

Chip Kelly has been hired to coach UCLA next season.

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Herm Edwards Hired As Head Coach Of Arizona State

Dec 4, 2017 9:51 AM

Herm Edwards has been hired as head coach of Arizona State.

Edwards has spent the past nine seasons as an analyst for ESPN after coaching the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.

"Passion for my faith, my family and my occupation as a football coach are the things that have driven me back to the grass," Edwards said. "My personal commitment to build young men to be whole people through the game of football is completely in alignment with the vision President Michael Crow and [Anderson] have for this program.

"I stand ready for the challenge of working with them to elevate Sun Devil Football. I am very excited and humbled to be the Arizona State head football coach."

"Our goal for this football program is to reach unprecedented heights, and therefore, we need to find a way to operate more innovatively and efficiently than we have in the past," ASU vice president of athletics Ray Anderson said. "In the spirit of innovation, our vision for this program is to have a head coach who serves as a CEO and is the central leader with a collaborative staff around him that will elevate the performance of players and coaches on the field, in the classroom and in our community.

"Equally important, the head coach will be a dynamic and tireless recruiter."

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Alabama Joins Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia In College Football Playoff

Dec 3, 2017 2:10 PM

Alabama was selected as the fourth team in the College Football Playoff over Ohio State. The Crimson Tide will join Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia in the playoff.

Clemson will face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl while Oklahoma will play Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

Georgia is seeking its first national title since 1980, the longest active drought among teams in the CFP. 

The semifinal winners will play for the national title on Jan. 8 in Atlanta.

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Jimbo Fisher Joins Texas A&M On Record-Breaking $75M Contract

Dec 1, 2017 3:29 PM

Jimbo Fisher has left his job as head coach of Florida State to join Texas A&M.

Texas A&M will pay Fisher $75 million over 10 years, which is the largest deal in college football history in terms of total value.

Nick Saban is being paid an average of $8.1 million per year.

Fisher had hoped to wait until after Florida State's regular season finale before announcing the move.

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Sam Darnold Rejects Notion Of Avoiding Browns In Draft

Nov 28, 2017 11:42 AM

Sam Darnold denied a rumor that he might remain at USC for his junior season if the Cleveland Browns end up with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Darnold has been widely rumored to stay in school despite his high draft standing.

"I didn't say anything about the Browns," Darnold told reporters after the Trojans' practice Monday. "I've never said anything bad about (an NFL) team. They know I would never say anything."

Darnold's draft availability has been the topic of speculation since earlier this month, when the MMQB's Albert Breer said during a radio interview that Darnold would wait to see if the Browns had the No. 1 pick before deciding whether to enter the draft.

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Jason Witten Denies Interest In Leaving Cowboys For Volunteers

Nov 27, 2017 6:43 PM

Jason Witten is not currently considering leaving the Dallas Cowboys to become head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Witten has been linked to the job despite remaining an active player.

"Coaching is something I can see myself down the road, having one of those opportunities, but right now I'm all in with this team and my feet are planted firmly here and this opportunity that I have in 2017 and getting it right this week," Witten said. "And not only that, but I really love this team we have and what we're trying to build and get it right, right now and for beyond, for the future.

"So I feel too good to think that I'd consider something like that at this point."

Tennessee backed out of their agreement with Greg Schiano following backlash from fans.

Witten's name was mentioned as a possibility by outkickthecoverage.com, which said Witten would be willing to leave immediately to take over at his former school.

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UCLA Hires Chip Kelly As Head Coach

Nov 25, 2017 11:19 AM

Chip Kelly has agreed to a deal with UCLA to become head coach.

Kelly will replace Jim Mora.

Kelly has worked in broadcasting this season after he was fired by the San Francisco 49ers.

Among the coaches Kelly could court as part of his new UCLA staff are former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and California defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. 

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Chip Kelly To Decide Between Florida, UCLA

Nov 22, 2017 10:41 AM

Chip Kelly is expected to decide between head coaching jobs with Florida and UCLA.

Troy Aikman, a member of the school's search committee, is putting a "full-court press" on Kelly to accept the UCLA job, the source said.

Kelly was fired by the Eagles after the 2015 season and the 49ers after the 2016 season.

Kelly was considered an innovator and offensive guru at Oregon, where he coached for a national title at the end of the 2010 season.

His final team in 2012 went 12-1 and averaged 49.6 points per game.

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NFL Executives Prefer Sam Darnold Over Josh Rosen

Nov 15, 2017 1:10 PM

In an informal poll of five NFL executives, all five said they would pick Sam Darnold over Josh Rosen.

"Both are talented passers and both are tough," said one executive. "Rosen is tougher than he is given credit for. Sam just has a little more savvy and feel for the position to me. (Darnold has) more ability to make a crazy, improbable kind of play than Josh, while still being a highly skilled passer. (I) like both of them, but I'd take Sam if in position to choose one."

"I'll take Darnold," said a second executive. "Rosen's likely a better natural talent, but Sam just has that 'it' factor that can be so hard to find and quantify."

"They are both going to be good," said a third executive. "Rosen is more polished and a finished product now, but I'm a Darnold guy. He (has) 'it'."

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Saquon Barkley, Josh Rosen Remain Top-2 In Mel Kiper's Big Board

Nov 9, 2017 12:32 PM

Saquon Barkley remains No. 1 on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Barkley has struggled over the past two weeks but remains highly productive this season and could run a sub-4.4 40 at the combine.

Josh Rosen remains No. 2 followed by Derwin James, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Sam Darnold.

Darnold dropped to No. 5 in Kiper's previous ranking.

1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
2. Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
3. Derwin James, S, Florida State
4. Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
5. Sam Darnold, QB, USC
6. Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
7. Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
8. Arden Key, OLB, LSU
9. Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
10. Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
11. Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
12. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
13. Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
14. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma 
15. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
16. Connor Williams, OT, Texas
17. Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
18. Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
19. Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
20. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
21. Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State
22. Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
23. Vita Vea, DT, Washington
24. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma
25. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

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Top High School Prospect Justin Fields Commits To Georgia
Justin Fields elected Georgia over Florida State, Auburn, LSU and Alabama.

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Saquon Barkley Climbs To No. 2 On Mel Kiper's 2018 Big Board
Sam Darnold remains No. 1 with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley ranked No. 2.

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Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Arden Key Headline ESPN's 2018 Top-32
Sam Darnold of USC ranks as the top prospect in the draft class of 2018.

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Ralph Webb Declares Himself Best Running Back In Nation
Vanderbilt fifth-year senior Ralph Webb believes he's the best running back in college football.

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Brian Kelly Believes DeShone Kizer Should Have Stayed At Notre Dame
DeShone Kizer is currently projected to go No. 27 overall by Jeff Risdon in his most recent mock draft.

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Takkarist McKinley Will Miss 4-6 Months After Shoulder Surgery
UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley will have surgery on a troublesome right shoulder injury Monday and his recovery time will be "four to six months."

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Jabrill Peppers Leaving Michigan For 2017 NFL Draft
Jabrill Peppers earned the reputation as one of the elite players in college football in 2016 after switching from defensive back to a hybrid safety/linebacker.

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Clemson Beats Alabama For National Title In Wild 4th Quarter
Deshaun Watson led Clemson to a 35-31 win over Alabama to win the College Football Playoff title on Monday night at Raymond James Stadium.

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Chip Kelly Won't Rule Out Return To College Football
Chip Kelly says he's open to a return to college football after lasting just one year with the 49ers.

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Myles Garrett Leaving Texas A&M For 2017 NFL Draft
Myles Garrett is widely expected to be one of the first few picks in the draft.

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Christian McCaffrey Skipping Sun Bowl To Focus On Draft
Christian McCaffrey joins Leonard Fournette as another high-profile name to sit out the bowl season.

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Jets 'All Over' Mitch Trubisky
The Jets believe their quarterback of the future isn't yet on their roster.

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Jim Harbaugh Calls NFL Links 'Lies Made Up By Our Enemies'
Jim Harbaugh has been linked to the NFL following the Rams' dismissal of Jeff Fisher.

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Lamar Jackson Wins 2016 Heisman Trophy
Lamar Jackson recorded 51 total touchdowns and 4,928 total yards.

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Oregon Hires Willie Taggart As Head Coach
When Willie Taggart was at Stanford, he helped recruit Andrew Luck.

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Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson Headline Heisman Finalists
Lamar Jackson has long been considered the favorite to win the award after opening September on a torrid touchdown pace

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Leonard Fournette Declares For 2017 NFL Draft
RealGM's Jeff Risdon lists Leonard Fournette as the fourth best projected running back available in the draft.

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Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington Selected For Playoffs
Alabama opened as a 14-point favorite over Washington. Ohio State opened as a 3-point favorite over Clemson.

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Mark Helfrich Reached Out To Chip Kelly About Oregon Job
Mark Helfrich reached out to Chip Kelly in the interest of saving his assistants' jobs.

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Chip Kelly Denies Having Interest In Oregon Job
Chip Kelly said he has no plans to leave the 49ers despite his old job at Oregon now becoming available again.

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