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College Football News: Florida tops recruiting class

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National signing day.  Huge day, and huge news for Gator Nation as they nabbed four top-10 recruits to top ESPN.com‘s 2010 recruiting class.  Texas, with the two top-10 recruits they nabbed last week on the defensive side of the ball, were ranked 2nd.  Click below for full story:

Gators have four top-10 recruits

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February 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

College Football News: Texas lands 2 top recruits

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ESPN.com announced today that the University of Texas has signed two of the top remaining recruits in the country.  It received committments from defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (the No. 2 recruit on ESPN’s board) and outside lineback Jordan Hicks (ranked No. 4 by ESPN).

I won’t even try to hide my bias on this one…these are huge for Texas and I’m really excited about it.  These two could go a long way to replenishing a Texas defense that will be very depleted with the departures of key players like Lamarr Houston, Sergio Kindle and Roddrick Muckelroy.  Click below for the full story:

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/news/story?id=4869265

Written by Austin Swafford

January 29, 2010 at 9:03 pm

College Football News: Kiffin to take USC job

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ESPN.com is reporting that Tennessee Volunteers coach Lane Kiffin has agreed in principle on a deal to replace Pete Carroll at USC. Hopefully these sources are more reliable than the ones that said Jack Del Rio would be taking the job.

This is a nice little turnaround for Kiffin, whose career wasn’t looking all that promising after a difficult stint with the Oakland Raiders, followed by a year at Tennessee chock full of near-upsets, trash talking and alleged NCAA violations.  I’m not sure why that’s who USC would pick to inherit the program that Carroll appears to have left just in time to avoid NCAA sanctions for the Reggie Bush and Joe McKnight scandals.  But, regardless, the Trojans reportedly have their man.

Sources: Kiffin to USC

***UPDATE***

USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett confirms that Lane Kiffin has been hired as the Trojans head coach.  ESPN.com also now reports that a deal is being finalized to bring legendary offensive coordinator Norm Chow back to USC from UCLA.

Lane Kiffin bolts Tennessee to coach USC

***UPDATE…REACTIONS***

Rocky Top Talk – Fury in Tennessee over Kiffin’s role as “rebound girl”

Trojan Wire – Kiffin hire “pays recruiting gold”

Mark Schlabach – Kiffin’s decision a blessing for Vols

Pat Forde – USC latest proving ground for Kiffin

ESPN – College Football Nation Blog

***UPDATE…MORE REACTIONS***

Rocky Top Talk – Thank You, Lane Kiffin

Trojan Wire – Top recruits happy with hire; USC reportedly trying to snag Tennessee recruits

ESPN – Vols “disappointed” by Kiffin’s abrupt departure

Gene Wojciechowski – Kiffin cares only about himself

Mark Saxon – USC shows “suicidal recklessness or confident defiance” in Kiffin hire

Arash Markazi – Ex-Trojans thrilled

***UPDATE…NORM CHOW STYLE***

Norm Chow’s agent reportedly told ESPN that he has not been contacted about returning to coach at USC.  In fact, from reports that I read, it appears Chow and Kiffin didn’t get along at all (shocking considering how easy Kiffin is to get along with), so I’m not even sure where the story came from that he’d be courting Chow to work under him.

And I just want to take this update (which will probably be the last on this story) to say that Kiffin and Oregeron’s efforts to tell Tennessee recruits not to go to class so they can go to USC is disgusting.  I know many players commit to the coach and not the school, but telling kids not to go to class so you can rip them away from the school you ditched is just the latest on the list of classless actions by Kiffin.  Have fun with your new boy, USC.

Written by Austin Swafford

January 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

College Football News: ‘Bama, Florida players leave early for draft

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ESPN.com reported today that much-ballyhooed Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

McClain skips senior year for draft

Three Florida Gators also announced they will enter the draft early.  Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, safety Major Wright and center Maurkice Pouncey announced Monday that they will leave early.  They join two other Gators who already announced their intentions to leave early for the draft: cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Three Gators enter NFL draft

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January 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm

College Football News: Texas Tech has new head coach; USC appears to need one

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Texas Tech reportedly announced today that they have their successor to Mike Leach.  Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville reportedly signed a five-year deal worth about $2 million a year.  Color me surprised that they did not appoint interim coach Ruffin McNeill to the permanent post after he handled the Leach firing with poise and led his team to a huge Alamo Bowl victory.

Tuberville named to coach Red Raiders

In more baffling college coaching news, the Seahawks have reportedly worked out a deal to bring in USC coach Pete Carroll.  Why Carroll would leave USC (where he’s been highly successful and worshipped by fans and media alike) for the NFL (where he was anything but successful or beloved) is beyond me.  Especially for an entirely unenticing job like the Seahawks. 

Look at their roster and tell me you’d take that job.  I dare you.

At any rate, looks like the Trojans will be on the look out for their new head coach.  Possible upgrade for Mike Leach?  Hmmmm…

Sources: Seattle, Carroll agree on deal

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January 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

College Football News: Texas’s Thomas declares for NFL draft

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News came last night that Texas Longhorns All-America safety Earl Thomas declared that he will leave school after his sophomore season to enter the NFL draft, according to ESPN.com.  The news is the latest (though unsurprising) blow to a team that will be rebuilding next year while having to replace (among others) its entire offensive line, two-time Heisman nominee Colt McCoy, his favorite target Jordan Shipley, and defensive leaders Roddrick Muckelroy, Sergio Kindle and Lamarr Houston.

Thomas set team records this year with eight interceptions and two returned for touchdowns.

Texas’ Thomas leaves school early

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January 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

College Football News: Agonizing night for Texas QBs

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This was a great article a friend of mine posted on Facebook.  It’s great for anyone who has doubts about McCoy’s effort last night in the national championship against Alabama, for for anyone who wants a glimpse into the human side of the game, and a great article for anyone who wants to know more about the similarities and differences of the experiences of the two Texas QBs last night.  It’s just a great read:

Agonizing night for Texas QBs.

Written by Austin Swafford

January 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm