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Clemson thrives in elite recruiting neighborhood

usatoday.com — CLEMSON, S.C. - One of Dabo Swinney's favorite moments recruiting this year was visiting the home of five-star linebacker Tre Lamar just outside of Atlanta. When Swinney was looking for Lamar's house, he figured it was the one flying a Clemson flag on its front porch; rather, it was one of Lamar's neighbors.
Feb 03, 2016

Clemson thrives in elite recruiting neighborhood usat.ly/1SYPuWN via @usatoday

Feb 04, 2016

AM RT: Clemson reloads after title game loss. But these days, elite recruiting isn't a surprise for Swinney usat.ly/1SYPuWN

Feb 04, 2016

RT @DanWolken: AM RT: Clemson reloads after title game loss. But these days, elite recruiting isn't a surprise for Swinney usat.ly/1SYPuWN

Big 12's football recruiting backyard increasingly subdivided

usatoday.com — For much of the past year, the Big 12's leadership has tied itself in knots trying to figure out how to change the perception that it is falling behind the other power conferences. Everything from expansion to a championship game for football to a league television network has seemingly been discussed.
Feb 01, 2016

The Big 12 has a lot of problems. But none are bigger than the one it faces on Signing Day usat.ly/1WYc9lp via @USATODAY

Feb 01, 2016

RT @DanWolken: The Big 12 has a lot of problems. But none are bigger than the one it faces on Signing Day usat.ly/1WYc9lp via @USATODAY

Feb 01, 2016

RT @DanWolken: The Big 12 has a lot of problems. But none are bigger than the one it faces on Signing Day usat.ly/1WYc9lp via @USATODAY

Feb 01, 2016

The Big 12 used to sign 73% of the elite players from Texas. Since realignment, it's getting less than half usat.ly/1WYc9lp

Feb 01, 2016

RT @DanWolken: The Big 12 has a lot of problems. But none are bigger than the one it faces on Signing Day usat.ly/1WYc9lp via @USATODAY

No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary set for whirlwind final days before decision

usatodayhss.com — DUNWOODY, Ga. - Defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation's No. 1-ranked high school prospect, is down to the final weekend of a four-year recruiting process. And it seems likely to be a whirlwind.
Jan 28, 2016

No. 1 recruit @RashanGary33 set for whirlwind final days before decision. READ: usatodayhss.com/2016/no-1-recr…

Jan 28, 2016

Rashan Gary on #Michigan: “I could see myself being a student there as more than a football player.” shar.es/1hKRGG @freepsports

Jan 28, 2016

Saban still trying to get No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary to Alabama after his final official visit to Clemson shar.es/1hKBHF

Jan 28, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary set for whirlwind final days before decision: bit.ly/1WQvODF pic.twitter.com/vjiBGlBOaz

Missouri dismisses quarterback Maty Mauk for violation of team rules

usatoday.com — Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was dismissed from the program on Thursday, three days after video surfaced of him on social media seemingly snorting a white powder substance. Though teammates subsequently spoke up on Twitter saying the video was not taken recently, Missouri coach Barry Odom said Mauk had violated team rules since a meeting in December offering him a fresh start.
Jan 28, 2016

Missouri dismisses quarterback Maty Mauk for violation of team rules usat.ly/1WPZv7L via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2016

RT @DanWolken: Missouri dismisses quarterback Maty Mauk for violation of team rules usat.ly/1WPZv7L via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2016

RT @DanWolken: Missouri dismisses quarterback Maty Mauk for violation of team rules usat.ly/1WPZv7L via @usatoday

Jan 28, 2016

Mizzou dismisses quarterback Maty Mauk; video had surfaced of him sniffing white powder. usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

2016 schedule sets up well for Clemson; tough first half for Florida State

usatoday.com — The ACC released its full 2016 schedule on Tuesday. Here are some quick-hitting thoughts: * It might not be on quite the same level as Alabama-LSU, but the Clemson-Florida State game has become the centerpiece of the ACC season and annually one of the biggest games in the country, deciding the Atlantic division for five consecutive years.

Opinion: Diversity Would Benefit CFP Committee

abgameday.info — Copyright 2016 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved If there's one thing we've figured out about the College Football Playoff committee after two years, it's that it requires a lot of unnecessary, irrelevant work and very few difficult decisions at the end.

Opinion: Diversity Would Benefit CFP Committee

athleticbusiness.com — Copyright 2016 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved If there's one thing we've figured out about the College Football Playoff committee after two years, it's that it requires a lot of unnecessary, irrelevant work and very few difficult decisions at the end.

College Football Playoff committee isn't keeping with the times

usatoday.com — Look, if there's one thing we've figured out about the College Football Playoff committee after two years, it's that it requires a lot of unnecessary, irrelevant work and very few difficult decisions at the end.
Jan 21, 2016

College Football Playoff committee stays true to itself: Old, white and male usat.ly/1RBPbAJ via @usatoday

Jan 21, 2016

RT @DanWolken: College Football Playoff committee stays true to itself: Old, white and male usat.ly/1RBPbAJ via @usatoday

Jan 21, 2016

If you thought the @CFBPlayoff committee was too old, white and male before, you ain't seen nothin yet usat.ly/1RBPbAJ via @USATODAY

Alabama holds off Clemson 45-40 for national title

wtsp.com — GLENDALE, Ariz. - He has now won five national titles, staking his claim as arguably the greatest coach of all-time. But Nick Saban has never had to overcome an opponent like this with so much on the line, making all the more impressive what Alabama did Monday night to beat No.

NCAA Convention Postpones Major Decisions

athleticbusiness.com — Copyright 2016 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Seventeen months ago, the NCAA Division I board of directors gathered in Indianapolis to approve a governance structure that was celebrated as a way for the five high-resource football conferences to get significant things done and feared by many on the outside as a separation that would leave the financial have-nots unable to compete.
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Feb 10, 2016

@LarryWilliamsTI If players don’t like this setup, word will get out. It will hurt recruiting more than help. The market takes care of it.

Feb 10, 2016

Practices are going to be 2 1/2 hours. There are 24 hours in a day. Sounds like a halfway decent vacation. twitter.com/LarryWilliamsT…

Feb 10, 2016

@CarlEppolito That has nothing to do with anything that happened at another school.

Feb 10, 2016

@CarlEppolito If it’s true a player got assaulted by teammates for helping a rape victim, lots of people need to be fired.

Feb 10, 2016

@CarlEppolito The timelines were different, but that’s a rabbit hole that has nothing to do with the allegations in the lawsuit against UT

Feb 10, 2016

@CarlEppolito Jameis was never charged or arrested. I disagreed with the way FSU handled it, but the state never brought charges.

Feb 09, 2016

@gsoglesby Depends who made that determination and whether they asked the NCAA beforehand. If not, they put themselves at risk.


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