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Waintstein report reveals extent, process of paper classes — UNC released the report on its investigation into alleged academic fraud on Wednesday. It details how a lack of oversight allowed Department of African and Afro-American Studies administrator Deborah Crowder and former chairman Julius Nyang'oro to create classes that allowed students to receive high grades with "little regard" for the quality of students' work.

Week 8 Heisman Watch — At this point in last season's Heisman race, Oregon's Marcus Mariota still maintained the top spot in our Heisman Watch rankings. Florida State's Jameis Winston was coming off his biggest win after throttling Clemson on the road. Names like Bryce Petty and Aaron Murray, both of whom failed to reach New York, still cracked the top 10.

#DearAndy: Breaking down your College Football Playoff, coaching carousel questions — With the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting for the first time following this weekend's games, everyone wants to know what the committee is going to do -- and why it even exists in the first place. Between that and some apparently imminent coaching changes, there were plenty of questions from which to choose.

Punt, Pass & Pork: Nonconference losses may doom Big 12 playoff chances — Heath Nielsen is one of my favorite people in college football. Baylor's associate athletic director for communications is a true professional who always helps reporters do their jobs. He offers great insight into the Bears. He is also the man who introduced me to the glory of the Gut Pak at Vitek's BBQ in Waco, Texas, which makes him a personal hero.

Florida State edges Notre Dame 31-27 in classic that comes down to one play — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For just a moment, forget everything else. Forget the preceding week. Forget the preceding year. Savor the now. Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium. Fourth-and-goal from the Florida State two-yard line. Seventeen seconds to go. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson in the shotgun. The Seminoles lead by four.

Video: Florida Gators fans chant to fire head coach WIll Muschamp vs Missouri Tigers — With Florida trailing Missouri 42-0 in the third quarter, Gator fans began loudly chanting "Fire Muschamp." The Tigers scored 42 points while only gaining 97 yards on offense. They returned a kickoff, a punt, a fumble and an interception for touchdowns. The loss to Missouri dropped Florida to 3-3 on the season, and 2-3 in the SEC.

Week 8 college football picks: Notre Dame-Florida State, Kansas State-Oklahoma — Can Everett Golson and Notre Dame upset Florida State in Tallahassee? Will Kansas State make a Big 12 statement by beating Oklahoma in Norman? Is Arkansas primed to get its first SEC win when it plays Georgia in Little Rock? The midway point of the 2014 college football season is here, and much remains to be sorted out.

Everett Golson's ball security central to clash at Florida State; Walkthrough — SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson swears he was excited to try the Blaster. The contraption, a gauntlet of padded metal bars mounted on springs designed to challenge a players' grip on the football at a variety of points, had been used almost exclusively by the Fighting Irish backs and wide receivers.

Sizing up who could replace SEC commissioner Mike Slive; more #DearAndy — A news-heavy week ( Todd Gurley's suspension, Mike Slive's retirement) has produced some thought-provoking questions. The ones directly below are answered in the video. Keep reading to see how I'd cater Slive's retirement party.

Illinois to wear 'Gray Ghost' uniforms against Michigan in honor of Red Grange — College Football Illinois announced Tuesday that it will wear "Gray Ghost" uniforms in its upcoming game against Michigan in honor of Harold "Red" Grange. The uniforms will honor the 90th anniversary of Grange's performance versus Michigan on Oct. 18, 1924, which saw him run for four touchdowns in the first 12 minutes and account for six touchdowns overall.
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Oct 22, 2014

@ctinkham That's the only place to find them. Suckers are expensive otherwise.

Oct 22, 2014

@COSDawg85 @ClayTravisBGID Pretty sure he was working before Dice. At the very least, they're contemporaries.

Oct 22, 2014

@slmandel The e-mail is awesome. I know it's plagiarized, but that's totally cool.

Oct 22, 2014

Amazing what he did w/ just 2 assistants. RT @MarkHasty: Still mad he left us high and dry at Minnesota State.

Oct 22, 2014

Right after he won the Pineapple Bowl. RT @TravHaneyESPN: Is that the one Hayden Fox coaches?

Oct 22, 2014

@ClayTravisBGID Also, a fun leisure time activity in parts of the South is shooting watermelons because exploding fruit. Not that different.

Oct 22, 2014

The Orlando Thunder anxiously await them. RT @TravHaneyESPN: The World League is alive! #barcadragons

Oct 22, 2014

What a show. RT @sharkey_nick: No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Oct 22, 2014

My bad. They flew through Baltimore because they just played there. BUT THAT'S STILL SPAIN.

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