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Texas, Oklahoma Notify Big 12 They Won't Renew Media Rights

Jul 26, 2021 11:14 AM

Texas and Oklahoma have officially notified the Big 12 that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights when they expire in 2025.

The two schools are widely reported to be planning a move to the SEC.

"Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference's current media rights agreement," the statement said. "The universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements. However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs for the future."

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Nick Saban Signs Extension With Alabama Through 2028

Jun 7, 2021 2:11 PM

Alabama has extended the contract of Nick Saban as head coach through the 2028 season.

The new agreement will extend his current contract by three seasons to eight years. Saban is set to make $8.425 million this coming season, and his new deal will include annual increases in salary that sources told ESPN would take his average annual salary to more than $10 million over the life of the contract.

Saban has won seven national titles in his career and three of the past six. 

In a statement, Saban said he and his wife, Terry, "are pleased and happy to sign another contract extension that will keep us in Tuscaloosa through the end of our career."

"Our family calls Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama home, it's a place where our roots now run deep. This agreement gives us the chance to continue to impact the lives of the young men and their families who choose to play football and get an education at Alabama," he said.

Saban will turn 70 in October. 

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Texas Approves Six-Year, $34.2M Contract For Steve Sarkisian

Feb 25, 2021 2:57 PM

University of Texas System regents on Thursday approved a six-year, $34.2 million guaranteed contract for new Longhorns football coach Steve Sarkisian.

Sarkisian was hired in early January to replace Tom Herman, who was fired with three seasons and more than $15 million left on his guaranteed contract.

Sarkisian is a former head coach at Washington and Southern California, and was the offensive coordinator the last two seasons at Alabama, which won the 2020 national championship.

Sarkisian's contract also includes 20 hours' use of a private plane annually, $250,000 in relocation expenses, an a one-time payment of $1.2 million on Dec. 31, 2024, if he is still the Texas coach.

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Trevor Lawrence Has Surgery On Non-Throwing Shoulder

Feb 17, 2021 8:22 AM

Trevor Lawrence underwent surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder Tuesday in California.

Lawrence, widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, can start throwing in four to six weeks and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to a source.

The procedure, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, was to repair damage to the labrum in his left shoulder.

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Justin Fields Leaving Ohio State For 2021 NFL Draft

Jan 18, 2021 1:38 PM

Justin Fields is leaving Ohio State to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Fields played his freshman season at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State in January 2019.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Fields as the No. 3 overall prospect for the 2021 draft, behind Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell.

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DeVonta Smith Leads Alabama To Another National Championship

Jan 12, 2021 8:36 AM

Alabama beat Ohio State 52-24 on Monday night to take home yet another College Football Playoff National Championship.

The Crimson Tide were led by Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, who had 12 catches for 215 yards and three scores in the first half. Smith hurt his hand in the third quarter and sat out the remainder of the game.

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Jim Harbaugh Signs Extension With Michigan Through 2025

Jan 8, 2021 5:26 PM

Jim Harbaugh has signed a contract extension with Michigan through 2025.

Harbaugh had one year left on his initial contract at Michigan, which paid the coach slightly over $8 million in 2020.

"I continue to believe that Jim is the right man to lead our program in pursuit of Big Ten and CFP championships," athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. "Our program didn't achieve at a level that anyone expected this year but I know those setbacks will drive the coaches, players and staff moving forward. Jim is a tireless worker and competitor. Following the completion of the season we talked for many hours on what it will take for Jim to lead and get us back on the right trajectory."

Harbaugh is 49-22 in six seasons at the school and 34-16 in Big Ten play.

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Trevor Lawrence Declares For 2021 NFL Draft

Jan 6, 2021 10:43 AM

Trevor Lawrence has announced he will leave Clemson and declare for the 2021 NFL draft.

"My time here has been amazing, and I'll be a Clemson Tiger forever," Lawrence said in the video.

Lawrence is all but assured of becoming the top overall pick in the draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dabo Swinney called Lawrence, "the greatest winner I've been around," and praised his QB for his work off the field, too.

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Alabama WR DeVonta Smith Wins Heisman Trophy

Jan 6, 2021 8:56 AM

DeVonta Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in nearly 30 years on Tuesday night.

The Alabama senior accepted the trophy with a speech encouraging players who are small in stature.

"To all the young kids out there who are not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing because I'm not the biggest," said Smith, who Alabama lists at just 175 pounds. "I've been doubted a lot because of my size. Really it comes down to, if you put your mind to it, you can do it. No job is too big."

Smith won the award with relative ease, garnering 1,856 points and 447 first-place votes; Trevor Lawrence finished second with 1,187 points and 222 first-place votes. Mac Jones had 1,130 and 138, while Kyle Trask garnered 737 and 61.

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Kellen Moore Agrees To Extension With Cowboys

Jan 3, 2021 1:31 PM

Kellen Moore has agreed to a multiyear extension with the Dallas Cowboys to remain offensive coordinator.

Boise State had interest in hiring Moore following the departure of Bryan Harsin to Auburn.

Moore had a record-setting career as quarterback for the Broncos from 2008 to 2011, winning 50 games in four seasons.

"I love Boise State. I will always root for them, and I hope one day to be a part of the program again," Moore said. "We are building something special here in Dallas. I am thankful to the Jones family and [head coach] Mike McCarthy for providing me with the opportunity to coach these special players. I am excited for us to put it all together and finish the job."

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Texas Fires Tom Herman, Hire Steve Sarkisian As Replacement

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Joseph Ossai Leaves Texas For 2021 NFL Draft

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NFL Execs Confident Trevor Lawrence Will Enter 2021 Draft

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Trevor Lawrence Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Trevor Lawrence Suggests He Could Remain At Clemson In 2021

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Bama-Georgia Has Highest Regular Season SEC Ticket Price Since 2015

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Nick Saban Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Auburn/Georgia Ticket Price Ranks 3rd In Recent Years For UGA

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No. 2 Rated Prospect Penei Sewell Opts Out Of CFB Season

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LSU's Ja'Marr Chase Opts Out Of Season To Enter 2021 NFL Draft

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NFL Could Add Saturday Games If NCAA Season Gets Canceled

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Big Ten Reportedly Cancels 2020 Season

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Heart Condition Linked With COVID-19 Creating Additional NCAA Concerns

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MAC Becomes First FBS Conference To Postpone Season Until Spring

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Greg Rousseau Opts Out Of NCAA Season

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Big Ten Will Play Conference-Only Schedule In 2020

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UCLA Players Demand Protection, Assert They Don't Trust Chip Kelly

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NFL Hopes College Football Season Proceeds As Scheduled

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NCAA Shuts Down Trevor Lawrence's GoFundMe Page For COVID-19

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Alabama's Henry Ruggs Runs 4.27 In 40-Yard Dash

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