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

Mark Stoops has blueprint in place to rebuild Kentucky football — LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Rupp Arena throbbed with the kind of manic energy created when ESPN's College GameDay starts the party in the morning for a game that doesn't tip off until 9 p.m. A mix of college students with raging hormones, grown-ups acting like college students, beer, bourbon and the thrill of a matchup with the No.

What's your college football team's brand? What should it be? — What comes to mind when you think of Oregon football? The flashy Nike uniforms? The speedy players and even faster pace of play? The Ducks have one of the most readily identifiable brands in college football, a product of successful marketing but, more importantly, dominant and consistent play on the field.

Branding in college football: Identity more than uniforms, logos — For the best interactive map user experience, please use a desktop browser. For the best mobile experience, turn your phone to landscape view. To see the full text explaining each program's brand-and what it should be-click here. As Royce Freeman entered his sophomore year at Imperial (Calif.)

Mike Slive's career transformed the SEC and college football — ATLANTA-In the middle of the room at Mike Slive's 74 th birthday and retirement party Friday was a board covered with photos. One shot showed Slive as a senior lacrosse player at Dartmouth in 1962. Another shot showed Slive as the athletic director at Cornell in the early 1980s.

Big 12 expansion: Evaluating BYU, Cincinnati, more — Bless you, Oklahoma president David Boren. It had been a relatively slow college football offseason. Heck, before Boren threw us some raw meat Wednesday, it had been almost 48 hours since the last A-list rap mogul got arrested and accused of swinging a kettlebell at another human in a Power Five program's weight room.

Darron Lee, Billy Price and one talk that keyed Ohio State's run — Offensive lineman Evan Lisle slept through one of the most important moments of Ohio State's national title run. Lisle shouldn't feel too bad, though. Most of the other Buckeyes were snuggled in their beds at 3:45 a.m. on the morning of Jan.

The MMQB 100: 71-80 — He proved to be exactly what Michigan State needed under center. He passed up possible spot in the first-round of the 2015 draft to play for a title in East Lansing.

Can LeBron James still play college football? #DearAndy — College Football In this week's #DearAndy, Andy Staples answers your questions and hypotheticals from Twitter on... * Does LeBron James still have eligibility to play college football? If this fourth NBA Finals defeat is too much for LeBron to bounce back from, could he play college football instead?

Examining Mississippi State's new financial planning program — Scott Stricklin and his wife weren't getting crushed by debt when they began to divide their money into envelopes a few years ago, but they weren't handling their money as well as they could have been.

Conference realignment: Dan Beebe's role in it, five years later — The following passage came from a paper handed out on June 1, 2010 as multiple schools pondered leaving their conferences for other leagues ... A collateral consideration for all of us as national leaders in intercollegiate athletics is the creation of a few "mega-conferences" may result in more governmental, legal and public scrutiny.
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Jul 03, 2015

@Deathby105 Very nice. I'm about 20 hours behind you. Got some going on in a few hours.

Jul 03, 2015

RT @BruinReport: Jim Mora is offering a few packages for those willing to donate to support Avery Huffman's fight with cancer:…

Jul 02, 2015

@DACats86 I've talked to him about it. He still has an incredibly tough job.…

Jul 02, 2015

@MikelSevere @HuskerTapes Option takes care of that, too. Only need one at a time, and he's usually wide open.

Jul 02, 2015

@MikelSevere @HuskerTapes But you are right. They can run any offense and have a good OL if they evaluate and develop well.

Jul 02, 2015

@MikelSevere @HuskerTapes Deepen the recruiting pool and you'll find guys that would kill to come to Lincoln.

Jul 02, 2015

@MikelSevere @HuskerTapes Right. But the ready-made 300-pounders are still going to stay close to home.

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