Oxford, Miss.—In February of 2013 Ole Miss signed a recruiting class that, on paper, was the best in school history. There were 11 high school All-Americans in that group including the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit (DT Robert Nkemdiche), the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle (Laremy Tunsil), the nation’s No. 1 receiver (Laquon Treadwell), [...]

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Lexington, Ky.—Shannon Dawson, Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator, believes that football isn’t as complicated as a lot of people make it out to be. “There are certain guys who are better with the ball in their hands than others,” said Dawson. “When you coach the offense, it’s your job to find a way to get those [...]

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Athens, Ga.—I asked Josh Dawson, Georgia’s senior defensive tackle, to give me one sentence to describe Jeremy Pruitt, the Bulldogs’ second-year defensive coordinator. Dawson didn’t hesitate. “Coach Pruitt tells us that in order to be a good player, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” said Dawson. And that, more than any flowery words [...]

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  For the past four seasons Florida fans have been very frustrated. Yes, losing was a big part of that angst. But, if truth be told, the Gator Nation wasn’t really happy even when their team was WINNING. Why? Easy answer. After 12 successful seasons and six SEC championships under Steve Spurrier  and his Fun [...]

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Auburn, Ala.–For a guy who hasn’t played a lot of football (2 career starts, 13 appearances) in his first two years at Auburn, people sure are saying a lot of nice things about Jeremy Johnson. Gus Malzahn, Auburn’s head coach, is just fine with that. “Jeremy understands that he is going to have to earn [...]

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Tuscaloosa, Ala.–There was a reason they called him “Mount Cody.” At 6-5, 354 pounds, Terrence Cody was a mountain of a man who did one thing extremely well for Alabama in 2008-2009. With his size, strength, and surprising quickness as the nose tackle in Nick Saban’s 3-4 defense, Cody clogged up the middle on every [...]

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From time to time I appear on Paul Finebaum’s show on the SEC Network. And for while now Paul and I have had an understanding: During the course of our discussion, one of us has to say something nice about Missouri football. Because if we don’t somebody, somewhere, is going to play the “Missouri doesn’t [...]

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It took a while before Laquon Treadwell could actually look at the video. It was just too painful on way too many levels. It was Nov. 1, 2014 and Ole Miss, ranked No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, was hosting No. 3 Auburn. The Rebels had already beaten No. 1 Alabama in [...]

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Gainesville, Fla.–Here is the first thing you need to know about Jim McElwain. After three seasons as the head coach at Colorado State, he is thrilled and more than humbled to be the new head coach at Florida. It is a dream job with all of the resources necessary to consistently compete for championships. But [...]

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Tuscaloosa, AL–It was Alabama’s first team meeting before spring practice of 2015. Coach Nick Saban wanted a basic answer to a basic question. To make it interesting, he used a basketball analogy. “Coach said that our program is like a Duke, Kentucky, or North Carolina–schools that basically get to the Sweet 16 every year. They [...]

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