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Brent Key goes from rough UCF exit to one of Nick Saban's resurrection projects

From winless and in the abyss of his career to undefeated and at the summit of college football. Brent Key’s supersonic career path during the last year has taken him from perhaps the worst team in America to one of the greatest dynasties in history. Last year at this time, Key had just been fired...

Clemson's Tampa trio loves national championship homecoming

There’s one drawback to being a hometown kid returning to Tampa to play in the College Football National Championship Game. Tickets. Everybody wants some, but they’re hard to come by, even for the players. “I just stopped trying after awhile,” said Ray-Ray McCloud, a sophomore receiver for Clemson...

New Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian ready to lead Tide

Steve Sarkisian’s arrival back in the college football spotlight in many ways was much like his departure. There was controversy, but this time it didn’t center so much on the 42-year-old coach and instead focused on the abrupt exit of his predecessor. “I don't think I could have foreseen [this]...

In College Football, Taking Hits on Twitter Is Part of the Game

Players at big-name programs deal with fans’ criticisms on social media in different ways.

Live updates: College Football Playoff title game media day

Check out highlights from the College Football Playoff media day featuring No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson.

Minnesota Hires Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck to Instill Winning Culture

Fleck, who led the Broncos to a 13-1 record and a Cotton Bowl berth three seasons after going 1-11, was brought in to right a program marred by off-field issues.

Max Browne, U.S.C.’s Forgotten Quarterback, Finds a Home in Pittsburgh

Browne, a quarterback who started three games for the Trojans before being replaced by the freshman Sam Darnold, calls the Panthers “a perfect fit.”

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson always believed Tigers would return to title game

Despite a loss to Pittsburgh during the regular season, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson said he never doubted the Tigers could reach the national title game. Immediately after losing to Alabama in last season's championship, Watson vowed Clemson would be back in the title game again this season....

Alabama’s Super-Scout on the Sideline Is Also the Head Coach

Nick Saban can often be found observing the other team’s defense, alerting his staff to ways that help the Crimson Tide keep winning.

Pets, Car Repairs and Mom: How Football Players Use Their Stipends

Approved in 2015, stipends are meant to help pay for the full cost of attending college, and athletes make the most of them, often sending the money home.

Many Roles for Clemson’s Turnipseed, but One Goal: ‘Make Us Better’

Thad Turnipseed’s title, director of recruiting and external affairs, reflects his jack-of-all-trades role in helping lead the Tigers to the national championship game.

Consistency key to Clemson's return to title game

Dabo Swinney isn't taking anything for granted. The Clemson coach knows how hard it is to get to the national championship game. Before the Tigers' run to the championship tilt last season, Clemson last played for a national championship in 1981. "It's just really hard to do. I mean, heck, it's...

Alabama coach Nick Saban irked by Kiffin questions, focuses on Clemson

Nick Saban’s patience with the media wore thin Tuesday after the Alabama coach was repeatedly asked about his decision to part ways with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin a week before the national championship game. “We made a statement about this yesterday and really don’t have much else to say...

List of underclassmen declaring for 2017 NFL Draft

Fifty underclassmen have declared early for the NFL Draft including 14 running backs led by Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. Players have until Jan. 16 to declare their intentions to leave college for the NFL. The ACC leads the way with 15...

Bowl attendance down around 5% in 2016-17 season

More than 1.635 million people attended bowl games this postseason with an average of 40,892 spectators at each game - down around five percent from the previous season's average of 43,002 - base on numbers provided by the Football Bowl Association. Twenty of the 40 games set higher attendance...

Brent Musburger’s Praise of Joe Mixon, Who Punched Woman in ’14, Stirs Outrage

The broadcaster took heat on social media for comments about the Oklahoma running back, and he addressed the criticism later in the Sugar Bowl broadcast.

Lane Kiffin's departure from Alabama nothing new for controversial coach

Nick Saban stood on the podium surrounded by his players as confetti swirled around them. Moments earlier, No. 1 Alabama had capped an impressive 24-7 win over No. 4 Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. As Saban accepted the trophy and stood in front of family, friends and well-wishers, 50...

Lane Kiffin will not coach Alabama in national title game

As top-ranked Alabama prepares for its rematch with second-ranked Clemson in next week’s national championship game, the Tide will do so without offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. The school announced Monday Kiffin will not coach the offense heading into the team’s Jan. 9 showdown with the Tigers...

Even Unbeaten Western Michigan Can’t Stop MAC’s Bowl Slide

Mid-American Conference members lost all six of their bowl games, capped by Western Michigan’s 24-16 loss to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

National championship rematch is the sequel everyone wanted to see

So after it's all said and done, we're right back where we started nearly 365 days ago —Alabama and Clemson preparing to face off in the national championship game. This is how it was meant to be, right? This is what society likes about sports. It's why the movie industry always feels it can't...

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