Dan Wolken covers college football and occasionally other things for @USATODAY. Send news tips, story ideas and requests to dwolken@usatoday.com

SMU appears to be zeroing in on Clemson's Chad Morris

usatoday.com — SMU appears to be zeroing in on Chad Morris as its next head coach. Several reports Thursday night indicated the Clemson offensive coordinator, a former Texas high school coach with extensive ties in the state, is SMU's pick.

Around college football: How good is the Florida job?

usatoday.com — The common perception is that Florida's head coaching job, which opened this week when the school announced it would part ways with Will Muschamp at the end of the season, is among the four best in college football alongside Texas, Alabama and Southern California.

Florida fires Will Muschamp

tennessean.com — Head coach Will Muschamp has been dismissed by the University of Florida. A person with direct knowledge of the matter told USA TODAY Sports that Muschamp has been dismissed by Florida. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Will Muschamp dismissed from Florida

sports.usatoday.com — Will Muschamp is out at the University of Florida, a source confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. A person with direct knowledge of the mater told USA TODAY Sports that Muschamp has been dismissed by Florida. The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Around college football: Baylor boasts powerful defensive duo

usatoday.com — Allow Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings explain the difference between powerlifting strength and football strength: "For powerlifting strength, you need to get it all in one lift, it's all out," Billings said. "You're screaming for seven seconds. In football, you've got to play and calm it down, and then bring it all back up for 90 plays.

Bill Clark oversees turnaround story at UAB

usatoday.com — A couple of weeks after Bill Clark took the head coaching job at UAB, an ice storm blew through the South, rendering the streets of Birmingham impossible to navigate. For Clark, though, it was an opportunity to figure out how to plug some holes in a program that had been broken by years of mismanagement and neglect.

Around college football: Georgia Southern's outside chance

usatoday.com — This has not been a banner year for the so-called "Group of Five," with no representatives in the College Football Playoff selection committee's top-25 rankings this week. Yet at some point on Dec.

Notre Dame-Arizona State: The game that almost wasn't

usatoday.com — Notre Dame's commitment to become a quasi-member of the ACC made sense for all sorts of reasons, but it left athletics director Jack Swarbrick with a short-term scheduling headache in the spring of 2013.

Scheduling now more important in college football

hattiesburgamerican.com — In a world where schedule strength is supposedly of paramount importance to the College Football Playoff selection committee, Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne is thrilled that he recently signed the No. 1 team in the country to a home-and-home football series. There's only one glitch. Arizona and Mississippi State won't actually play until Sept.

How the College Football Playoff is raising scheduling stakes

usatoday.com — In a world where schedule strength is supposedly of paramount importance to the College Football Playoff selection committee, Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne is thrilled that he recently signed the No. 1 team in the country to a home-and-home football series. There's only one glitch. Arizona and Mississippi State won't actually play until Sept.
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Nov 28, 2014

@33mjay He’s a role player at best. I’d play him 15 minutes per game max. You don’t win with him.

Nov 28, 2014

Terrible second half for them, fell apart after the inbounds mistake RT @soccercoach15: @DanWolken this is the Memphis team you heard about

Nov 28, 2014

Not sure why Memphis would leave Royce O’Neal open three times on inbounds plays.

Nov 28, 2014

Here's where we are at @usatodaysports on Chad Morris and SMU usat.ly/1rwg2Ts via me and @georgeschroeder

Nov 28, 2014

They have good players. May not win this game. But they will figure it out. RT @jkam12: @DanWolken you can't leave it like that....thoughts?

Nov 28, 2014

Interesting half for Memphis. I was told by people who follow the team they had no talent and their season was over.

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