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Writing about college football at Sports Illustrated. Also posting occasional culinary erotica.

Charlie Strong ready to take next step in Texas rebirth; Punt, Pass & Pork — AUSTIN, Texas-Charlie Strong swears he didn't want to tear anything down last season, even if that's what it looked like. Every time he kicked another player off the team at Texas, it seemed he wanted to burn the remnants of the Mack Brown era so the Longhorns could begin anew once the ashes were blown away.

Tom Herman comfortable in first spring as Houston's coach — HOUSTON-Players went silent Saturday morning as Tom Herman set the final matchup. Houston 's offense stood on one side of the circle. Its defense occupied the other. The only sound was the buzz from a drone flying overhead packing a GoPro camera to record the one-on-one clashes that would decide which unit got to raise the knockoff WWE championship belt that goes to each day's champion.

Can Mike Riley reach Nebraska's high expectations? #DearAndy — College Football #DearAndy: Optimistic Huskers, D-line techniques and Chubb headlines Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples answers your Twitter questions about Nebraska's spring game, defensive line techniques and Georgia's Nick Chubb.

Ohio State DT Michael Bennett, from national champion to NFL draft — A version of this story appears in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, a special 2015 NFL Draft Preview. To purchase the issue or subscribe to SI, go here. Michael Bennett wore the black-and-gold shirt and the hat he'd been handed on the field minutes earlier as confetti fell.

John Chavis leads Texas A&M defensive overhaul; Punt, Pass & Pork — COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen must have smiled and then frowned when he heard John Chavis was coming to Aggieland from LSU to be his team's new defensive coordinator. The smile? Allen would never have to play another game against a Chavis defense. The frown?

2015 NFL Draft: Projecting the NFC South’s problems and solutions — Two critical components of new head coach Dan Quinn's scheme: strong, lanky cornerbacks and explosive edge rushers. One big problem: the Falcons have neither. Their only corner fit for the new system is Desmond Trufant. He's hardly the prototype at 6-0, 190 pounds, but he's an exceptional talent.

Florida State looks to keep thriving after another talent exodus; Punt, Pass & Pork — TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-The dozens of NFL scouts, coaches and personnel executives who descended on Florida State's campus for pro day last Tuesday didn't all come to see Jameis Winston. If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't take Winston with the first overall pick, the Tennessee Titans will grab him one pick later.

For Jameis Winston, pro day was all about taking as many snaps as possible — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The men in NFL team-issued polos and sweats kept looking at their watches early Tuesday afternoon. There were flights to catch, and some of those flights were going to be missed if Jameis Winston kept throwing. But the former Florida State quarterback kept walking back to center Cam Erving, kept taking more snaps and kept flinging the ball.

Butch Jones and cautious optimism at Tennessee; Punt, Pass & Pork — KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-If Butch Jones had a more perverse sense of humor, he would have called Jerry Jones (no relation) and asked the Dallas Cowboys' owner to send his receivers coach to Tennessee 's pro day last week.

#DearAndy: What ingredients are needed to win a national title? — The questions in the mailbag suggest there are a lot of folks out there thinking about championships. That's only right. It's March. Everyone is undefeated. Everyone's defensive coordinator is running an attacking scheme that makes it easier for the pass rushers to pin their ears back.
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Apr 17, 2015

@cuppycup @killensbbq Hope they are as spectacular today as they were Sunday.

Apr 17, 2015

@bcj79 And that's why you never pull Do-You-Know-Who-I-Am. First, it's just bad. Second, they don't. Third, it'll be on the Internet.

Apr 17, 2015

RT @ry_hudson: They built a floating restaurant. You'll never guess what happened next. (Yes you will.)…

Apr 16, 2015

@HughAcheson @Adam_Jacobi I just imagine the Hof poring over spreadsheets. "What's our Lambo budget on this one?" [Gets answer] GOOD. GOOD.

Apr 16, 2015


Apr 16, 2015

That's noted decorum expert Kenny Powers, sir. RT @McMurphyESPN: great advice from Kenny Powers

Apr 16, 2015

@FoodRush I'd suggest that it's a problem if the place has more than two locations, but 4 Rivers and Jim N Nicks proving that wrong.

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