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

Theories behind freshman ineligibility; college football analysis — One question from last week's #DearAndy mailbag keeps gnawing at me, possibly because there is no satisfactory answer at the moment. Louisville radio host Mark Ennis asked what ulterior motive Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany might have in pushing the idea of freshman ineligibility-a concept that died in 1972-for football and men's basketball players.

2015 NFL draft: 5 who could exceed college potential — Sometimes it's easy to tell from a player's college football career that he'll provide great value in the NFL. Those of us who follow the college game love to say "I told you so" with regard to players such as Chris Borland. Borland was a football-seeking missile of at Wisconsin.

Norfolk State's Lynden Trail is the NFL draft's biggest mystery — INDIANAPOLIS - At the combine, Lynden Trail faced the usual questions about character, love of football and what move he would use when a left tackle's first step is so quick that it cuts off an inside rush. Then he would get some version of two additional questions your average prospect never hears.

Coaches speak out against rule proposal on linemen downfield — When Dabo Swinney saw the NCAA Football Rules Committee's proposal earlier this month, it made him think of basketball. "It would be like if everybody was getting away with breaking the three-second rule in the lane all the time and you say, 'O.K., let's make it a one-second rule,'" the Clemson coach said.

Andy Staples: High school football team is family for sons of soldiers — Somewhere in Kuwait in late 2007, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Chris Croft handed a package to a convoy commander bound for Baghdad. Croft told the commander to deliver the package to Lt. Col. Fred Wintrich. The phone rang at midnight Baghdad time. Wintrich answered.

Coaches who'll be in line for top-tier jobs next season — It's never too early to speculate on a coaching carousel that won't start until November. So let's do it today. But first, here's what we cover in the video: * Should the Group of Five stage its own playoff? * Is the Big 12 reeling because of the Texas downturn and the departures of Missouri and Texas A&M?

Punt, Pass & Pork: Social media's impact on recruiting — Matt Dudek didn't shed a tear last month when this year's Oscar nominations went out, but the omission did sting a little. Dudek turned in one of 2014's great supporting performances, but his contribution to the culture was ignored in favor of actual actors who starred in actual movies.

National Signing Day: Why Rich Rodriguez will call for its end — TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is beginning his second stint as a member of the board of trustees of the American Football Coaches Association. He'll attend his next meeting in May, and he already knows one thing he wants to talk about.

Should there be an early signing period for football recruits? — Between a new member of the College Football Playoff selection committee and the fallout from National Signing Day, you had plenty of excellent questions this week. Here is what I answered in the video ... * Can the newest playoff selection committee member help the Big 12 overcome its lack of Signing Day national championships?

College football recruiting: Why top prospects should decline NLI — Larry Harold had grown tired of the constant text messages, so he simply stopped looking at his phone Wednesday morning. The messages came from the 706 area code, from Georgia coaches trying to get one more crack at recruiting Roquan Smith, the star linebacker Harold had coached at Macon County High in tiny Montezuma, Ga.
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Mar 04, 2015

@Darpretzel @Jake_Trotter The deal in 2012 was dumb, too. K-State won the title.

Mar 04, 2015

Descriptive RT @jasonkersey: "You are not only ugly and a wimp, you are a farce and a Benedict Arnold." #readeremails

Mar 04, 2015

Me, or the wife will stuff me in a suitcase. RT @HollyAnderson: who’s watching #KGBFelicity with me tonight?…

Mar 04, 2015

@Jake_Trotter The same way it names two football champs even though it played a true round robin and one 8-1 team beat the other.

Mar 04, 2015

RT @MarkWogenrich: Another grad-transfer lineman is looking for a new school, this time from Notre Dame.…

Mar 04, 2015

1 and 2 dead on. Ming Ming inclusion shaky. RT @SBN_BillC: Any other No. 1, and the list would have been pointless.…

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