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Police arrest suspect in shooting of Auburn football player

si.com — A suspect in the shooting death of Auburn freshman football player Jakell Mitchell has been arrested, according to a statement from the Auburn police chief on Sunday afternoon. Markale Deandra Hart, 22, was taken into custody on a felony warrant that charged him with murder.

Punt, Pass & Pork: Which QB could replicate Marcus Mariota's success in 2015?

si.com — NEW YORK -- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, draped in multiple lei as a nod to his Samoan and Hawaiian heritage, handled his post-Heisman Trophy press conference with as much grace as he handled winning the award.

Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy over Melvin Gordon, Amari Cooper

si.com — College Football Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was awarded the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. He is the first Oregon player to win the award in its 79-year history. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper were also finalists. Mariota has lead the Ducks to a 12-1 record this season and a No.

Did the playoff selection committee take conference strength into account?

si.com — The final College Football Playoff rankings produced a ton of great questions that don't necessarily have easy answers. Here is what we covered in the video: * If it's Texas and Oklahoma instead of Baylor and TCU, does the Big 12 get a team in the playoff?

Big 12 options: What are league's choices after playoff snub?

si.com — NEW YORK -- By Monday night, they'd had more than 24 hours to digest what happened on Saturday and Sunday. Big 12 athletic directors had met once, with another meeting to come Tuesday, to discuss what they needed to do after the league was snubbed from the first College Football Playoff after entering the season's final day with a chance to get two teams into the bracket.

Big 12 expansion: Conference will not add new members, per report

si.com — College Football The Big 12 will not seek to add new members, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Every person I spoke to today that's from Big 12 or Big 12 school: league is not expanding- Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 9, 2014 Talk of Big 12 expansion was re-ignited after TCU and Baylor were both left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Media Circus: Sam Ponder juggles college football, motherhood; misogyny among hockey media

si.com — Scout Ponder completed her 59th flight last Friday, a 938-mile journey from Minneapolis to Dallas, which likely places her among the nation's leaders in plane trips for five-month-olds. The aforementioned baby girl, born Bowden Sainte-Claire Ponder but nicknamed after the narrator and protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird, has accompanied her mother, Samantha Ponder, from Fargo to College Station to Oxford to a host of other college football hotbeds throughout the fall.

Big 12's lack of true champion proves costly in College Football Playoff

si.com — GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby got screamed at Saturday night by a coach to whom he had just presented a championship trophy. Then Bowlsby navigated his way back up Interstate 35 to his suburban Dallas home. He slept a few winks, and he caught a plane to New York.

Andy Staples: Should NCAA alter league title game requirements? Look at rule's origin

si.com — The NCAA manual often notes when a rule was adopted and when it was changed. That way, a coach, athletic director or conference commissioner seeking to understand why a rule exists or why it was written a particular way can check the archives. The official can examine the circumstances under which it was enacted.

Big Ten fights new recruiting rules, sparks Urbanator's return

si.com — Shortly after National Signing Day last year, SI.com intercepted messages exchanged between Columbus, Ohio, and Birmingham, Ala., that outlined a long-term threat to the Big Ten. When Big Ten athletic directors and football coaches released a statement Monday opposing the NCAA's attempt to deregulate recruiting , it was a clear signal that the plan has continued unabated for a year.
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Dec 18, 2014

On some pilot’s last day, he’ll start typing: I-C-E C-U-B…RT @martinrickman: oh my gosh they did it kind of almost instagram.com/p/jaKAJaBP_-/

Dec 18, 2014

Hey, he wasn't Fat Anthony on The Simpsons. RT @SportzJed: @Andy_Staples @SKaneCSN "I said Joe Mantegna!"

Dec 18, 2014

Hey, he wasnt Fat Anthony on The Simpsons. RT @SportzJed: @Andy_Staples @SKaneCSN "I said Joe Mantegna!"

Dec 18, 2014

Wasn't Joseph Montana, either. Your takes are so scorching they set themselves ablaze. RT @SKaneCSN: It wasnt Johnny Elway or Joey Montana.

Dec 18, 2014

The bowl picks are my only chance to close a two-game gap on @martinrickman, so c'mon, large, unreliable groups of 18- to 22-year-olds.

Dec 18, 2014

Pelini speech is basically adapted from the one at the end of Team America about the three types of people, right? Thoughts, @FauxPelini?

Dec 18, 2014

@Johnubacon @ShawnLMartin Only exception is June Jones-Arizona State, and only because they had to admit it while blaming the other side.

Dec 18, 2014

@ShawnLMartin @michiganinsider They do know that letting Carr have a say in any of this helped get Michigan into this mess, don’t they?

Dec 18, 2014

@ShawnLMartin @michiganinsider I don’t think he would. He has a better job. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Wouldn’t be the first time. Ask my wife

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