NCAA Football

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma Agree on New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Bob Stoops and the University of Oklahoma agreed on a new contract Tuesday that will keep him in charge of the Sooners sideline through 2021.

John Shinn of the Norman Transcript reported Stoops will make $5.5 million during the upcoming season, adding it "could be more" with performance bonuses.

According to Derek Peterson of the Oklahoma Daily, Oklahoma assistants Mike Stoops and Lincoln Riley also received extensions through 2018.

The 55-year-old Stoops has been Oklahoma's head coach for 18 seasons, posting a record of 179-46. He has nine Big 12 titles to his credit and won the national championship in 2000.

The Sooners reached the College Football Playoff last season, however, they were eliminated in the semifinals by Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

While Oklahoma is in the midst of a lengthy national title drought, the team has won at least 10 games in five of the past six seasons and is a perennial championship contender.

With quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield back in the mix for the 2016 season, Oklahoma figures to be among the nation's top teams, and Stoops will have a strong chance to legitimize his new contract in short order.

 

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Nick Chubb Injury: Updates on Georgia RB's Knee and Recovery

Georgia running back Nick Chubb is continuing to rehabilitate the torn PCL in his knee that cut his 2015 season short.

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Chubb Expects to Be Ready For Opening Game Tuesday, June 21

"It's gonna be something to see. ... I'm gonna be in Atlanta, and I'll be back for [the] opening game," Chubb said of the team's opening game on Sept. 3 (h/t GATA Dawgs).

His head coach, Kirby Smart, wasn't quite ready to be that optimistic just yet.

"It's hard to say, 'Start the first game, rush for 1,000 yards, do this, do that,' when we don't know what the future holds," Smart said (h/t GATA Dawgs). "He is competing day by day. It would be great to say that he's gonna be 100 percent to start the season, let's go against North Carolina, but it might also be foolish to assume that."

That uncertainty mirrored a report from SEC pundit Tony Barnhart in May on the The Frank Frangie Show (via Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports):

The orthopedic people that I've talked to say from the date you injure the way he injured that knee, it's a calendar year. So if he comes back before the end of September, I'm going to be surprised. But if he comes back anywhere close to what he was before, Georgia's going to develop the quarterback and they're going to have a pretty good football team.

Chubb rushed for 747 yards and seven touchdowns in six games last season before missing the remainder of the season.

Certainly, having Chubb back in action would be a huge boost for Georgia's offense. A healthy Chubb is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy and would give Georgia a dangerous weapon to build their offense around. 

In turn, that could take the pressure off of whomever wins the quarterback battle between Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Eason.

Georgia certainly doesn't need to rush Chubb back into action. In Chubb's absence last year, Sony Michel ran for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns, so the Bulldogs are in good hands. Michel is more than capable of carrying the load while Chubb is sidelined.

Still, the thought of a platoon between those two backs has to be frightening for the rest of the SEC. Georgia would be able to grind down opposing defenses and have two fresh running backs in the fourth quarter, though a healthy Chubb would be expected to earn the starter's distinction. 

 

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The All-CFB Head Coaches Team Based on Their Playing Careers

The old phrase "those who can't do, teach" is often applied to sports. If someone who loves the game can't quite cut it on the field, he or she should switch over to the coaching side.

These college football head coaches made sure that saying didn't apply to them.

While a large portion of coaches who are currently in charge of FBS programs either played at small schools or rode the bench for bigger programs, several of them had impressive playing careers at the college level and even broke through to the professional ranks.

Here, we present a hypothetical first-team offense and first-team defense—plus a handful of notable second-stringers—made up solely of current FBS head coaches, based on their playing careers. Those who received all-conference or All-American honors and national awards in college got high marks for selection, and multiyear starters who had careers in the NFL were among the best of the best.

Some positions, such as quarterback and defensive back, have plenty of head coaches in their ranks. Others, such as linemen and running backs, were tougher to find. That led to some creative starting lineups for both sides of the ball, but the end result is a team filled with hardworking coaches from all levels of college football.

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SEC Football Q&A: Is the SEC Scared to Travel for West Coast Games?

In April 2014, the SEC announced a new long-term scheduling format that includes an eight-game conference schedule and mandates that every team plays a Power Five out-of-conference game every season. That mandate goes into effect starting in 2016.

Yet, a tired narrative outside of the SEC footprint still exists: "The SEC doesn't play anybody."

Is there merit to that despite the mandate to play major out-of-conference games every year? That question and more are answered in this week's edition of SEC Q&A.

No, the SEC isn't scared of West Coast road trips. 

LSU opened the 2009 season at Washington and has home-and-homes scheduled with UCLA and Arizona State on its future schedules, according to FBSchedules.com. Auburn has a home-and-home set up with Cal in the future, Texas A&M starts one with UCLA this year and Georgia—which has a built-in out-of-conference rivalry game with Georgia Tech ever year—will do the same in 2025 and 2026.

So tell me again who's scared to go out west?

Alabama? 

The Crimson Tide get right of first refusal at virtually every neutral-site kickoff game, which is the equivalent of an extra bowl game with that bowl paycheck. If they've earned that right, why wouldn't they take advantage of it?

Are some SEC teams known for scheduling cupcakes? Of course.

Mississippi State plays South Alabama, UMass, BYU and Samford this year, and it played Southern Miss, Troy, Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech a year ago. But even the Bulldogs have a road trip to Arizona on the docket in 2022. 

Complaining about the SEC and saying that it routinely schedules cupcakes is like complaining about texting with a flip phone—it's outdated, tired and factually inaccurate. 

Yes, Noel Mazzone will help Texas A&M's offense find its stride in 2016.

Mazzone has evolved from a pure pro-style coordinator during his first stint in the SEC in the late 1990s and 2000s, into a tempo-based, spread coordinator who has remained true to his power roots.

At UCLA, he helped Paul Perkins break the 1,000-yard mark on the ground twice (1,575 in 2014 and 1,343 in 2015), and he helped Johnathan Franklin post 1,734 rushing yards in 2012.

The Aggies have some issues along the offensive line, but James White is a solid all-around back, and former Oklahoma running back Keith Ford is a former 5-star prospect who can be a superstar if he stays healthy.

Plus, Mazzone doesn't have a track record of sending quarterbacks down a spiral of doom in mid-October like his predecessor, Jake Spavital, does. As I noted last fall, the only quarterback who hasn't suffered an October swoon under Spavital since 2012 was Johnny Manziel in 2013. The others—Geno Smith at West Virginia in 2012, Kenny Hill at Texas A&M in 2014 and Kyle Allen in 2015—have all had the wheels fly off after hot starts. 

Mazzone took a true freshman in Josh Rosen last year and helped him set the program record for consecutive completions without an interception at 245. 

That'll work.

Texas A&M's offense is in much better hands this year with Mazzone. If quarterback Trevor Knight can recapture at least part of the magic he showed in the 2014 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, the Aggies can contend for the SEC West.

As long as Kyle Davis is healthy, he can be exactly what Auburn needs in 2016.

Assuming John Franklin III is the starting quarterback and provides a running threat off of the edge to complement power back Jovon Robinson, all that's needed for Auburn to replicate the offense it was successful with in 2013 and 2014 with Nick Marshall taking the snaps is a bona fide deep threat like Sammie Coates who has the speed to burn defensive backs deep and the strength to position himself well downfield.

At 6'2", 219 pounds, Davis, a native of Loganville, Georgia, is already bigger than Coates was as a senior. Coates played at 6'2", 201 pounds during the 2014 season, according to his Auburn bio, and had 1,643 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns during the final two seasons of his Auburn career.

One look at Davis' high school tape, and you'll see plenty of Coates in his game.

From his wide shoulders, to his ability to high-point the football downfield, to his speed, he has everything Auburn wants from somebody in that Coates role.

The early enrollee was in a non-contact jersey this spring after offseason shoulder surgery, but he should be good to go for fall camp.

"Kyle's good," wide receivers coach Kodi Burns told Tom Green of AL.com. "He's getting better. I think he's 100 percent healthy now, so that's always good."

I'm not too concerned with Ole Miss' defensive backfield, honestly.

Tony Conner back at 100 percent gives the Rebels a tremendous weapon who can do just about everything from working in coverage in man-to-man situations, playing over the top or walking down to provide pressure. 

Cornerback Tony Bridges had three picks last year, safety C.J. Hampton has patiently waited for his chance and has all of the tools to be a star, Kendarius Webster played in all 13 games last year while notching 41 tackles, and the Rebels have a proven track record of success replacing stars in the secondary under head coach Hugh Freeze.

The bigger issue for Ole Miss is the offensive line.

The silver lining is that, thanks to injuries and suspensions over the last two seasons, Freeze is well-versed on figuring out how to succeed on the fly with offensive line issues. Because of those issues, players like Robert Conyers and Rod Taylor have played significant roles over the last couple of seasons. 

That offensive line has to come together in a hurry. With Florida State in Week 1 and Alabama in Week 3, the Rebels could be worn out, demoralized and left with a slim margin for error early in the season thanks to the fast and physical defensive fronts that the Seminoles and Crimson Tide boast.

 

Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Why Urban Meyer Is the LeBron James of College Football

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Like many in Ohio on Monday, Urban Meyer spent his day basking in the reflected glory of the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA championship.

So when the Ohio State head coach addressed his own team before an offseason workout, perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise that he drew on the Cavs' title run for inspiration.

"Why do we do what we do? To win championships," Meyer said in a video released on the Buckeyes' official Twitter account. "You have to look in the face of some of these athletes who gave their life to their teammates. That's what I saw. I saw a guy that backed up what he said."

At this point, Meyer didn't need to say the name for his players to understand who he was referencing.

After all, there may not be anybody in the Buckeye State who can more closely relate to what LeBron James just accomplished than the three-time national champion coach.

By now, the unlikely relationship between Meyer and James has been well-documented. As an assistant at Notre Dame in the late-'90s, Meyer unsuccessfully recruited the high school basketball phenom for a role on the gridiron before intertwined paths led the Ohio natives back to their home state, Meyer a fan of the Cavs and James one of the Buckeyes' biggest supporters.

But the similarities between Meyer and James don't stop at their appreciation for one another, each being at the top of their respective professions, or even their chance recruiting encounter 15 years ago.

Having grown up separated by 20 years and 80 miles on Interstate 90, the careers of Meyer and James have followed paralleled paths, with each having needed to first deliver championships elsewhere before doing so back home.

While the four-time NBA MVP told ESPN's College GameDay in 2008 that had he attended college, he would have done so as a Buckeye, it took taking his talents to South Beach for James to capture his first two NBA championships—a four-year stint with the Miami Heat he's famously referred to as his own college experience.

Having spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland before leaving to chase championships in Miami, the Akron, Ohio, native found himself a polarizing figure in even his own hometown—something Meyer, who grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, never understood.

"I love LeBron James. A competitor, a good person," Meyer said unapologetically at Big Ten media days in 2012, his first as Ohio State's head coach and a month removed from James' first NBA title with the Heat. "You never hear about anything off the field with him."

A year later, James—still a member of the Heat—was delivering a pregame speech to the Buckeyes and standing on the sidelines of Ohio Stadium for one of Ohio State's prime-time battles.

If there's anybody who understands the value that can be found in leaving home—or awkward professional breakups—it's Meyer, who, after a pair of two-year stints as the head coach at Bowling Green and Utah, also won his first two championships in the Sunshine State as the head coach at Florida. Much like James, Meyer's accomplishments never seemed to be appreciated by his own fanbases for long, as his messy departure from the Gators remains a sore spot in Gainesville to this day.

James knows the feeling. Four years after he angered Cavs fans with The Decision, it was Heat fans who found themselves stung by "The Return" to Cleveland in 2014.

But regardless of how they arrived here, both Meyer and James find themselves back in Ohio and their kinship has never been stronger.

For Meyer, James has been a useful recruiting tool, an unofficial Buckeye who is usually good for one sideline appearance and a handful of pro-Ohio State tweets each season. James' presence at a game may not directly impact the college decisions of many prospects—but it sure doesn't hurt to have him on your side either.

"He means a lot in recruiting," Meyer said of 2014. "You can't measure the positive feeling of him standing on the sideline for an Ohio State game. He truly loves Ohio State."

Thanks in large part to his impressive recruiting prowess, Meyer's returned to the top of the college football world—a place some doubted he'd be capable of reaching after health issues brought his Florida tenure to an end. Since arriving at Ohio State in 2012, he lays claim to a 50-4 record, including a playoff run in 2014 that saw him capture his third national title—his first for his home state.

"In this great state's history, I can't remember momentum like this," Meyer said last summer. "To see the energy in the state of Ohio is fantastic."

James is obviously a big part of that—not just with the Cavs, but in the way he's embraced all of Ohio since returning two years ago. When the Buckeyes won their first national title under Meyer, James was on the sideline, taking to Bleacher Report's UNINTERRUPTED series afterwards to celebrate.

"This is for everyone in Ohio, man, because we're always counted out," an emotional James said. "Being from Ohio, in support of you guys, I love you. It's unbelievable."

This past month, the roles have been reversed as James has once again asserted himself as the NBA's top star. And even though Meyer witnessed the Cavs lose Game 4 of the NBA Finals from his courtside view in Cleveland, that didn't stop him from finding a way to relate to James and Ohio's latest championship.

"God bless it did they play hard," Meyer told his team. "I know you might say, 'Well I'm not a Cavs guy,' but get something out of that. I know what I got out of that: I can't wait to do that again with a group of players."

 

Ben Axelrod is Bleacher Report's Big Ten lead writer. You can follow him on Twitter @BenAxelrod. Unless noted otherwise, all quotes were obtained firsthand. Recruiting class rankings courtesy of 247Sports' composite.

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Former Georgia Coach Jim Donnan's Advice for Kirby Smart

ATLANTA — Jim Donnan has been in Kirby Smart's shoes.

Donnan, fresh off five straight double-digit win seasons at Marshall and five straight appearances in the Division I-AA (now FCS) final four—including the 1992 I-AA national title—took over a fledgling Georgia program that, under former head coach Ray Goff from 1989-1995, had consistently underperformed.

Sound familiar?

That's pretty much the same narrative that Smart, who was a part of four national title teams as the defensive coordinator of the Alabama Crimson Tide from 2008-2015, inherits in his first season as the Georgia head coach.

Donnan, who still lives in the Athens area, has plenty of advice to offer the new top Bulldog.

"The one thing that I told him was that the biggest mistake that I made my first year was that I spent way too much time with the alumni clubs speaking and trying to promote the program rather than being with the players," Donnan told Bleacher Report. "I felt like I spent enough time with the players, but still, looking at the relationships the first year compared to the second year was night and day."

It appears Smart took Donnan's advice to heart.

As Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald pointed out in March, Smart scaled back his alumni club speaking events from where the schedule sent former head coach Mark Richt. That's not a slight against the alumni who helped and continue to help build the program. It's a matter of putting the current team first while also balancing the responsibilities that head coaches have to ensure a bright future.

"I think I went to 57 of them my first year—either civic clubs or booster clubs or all of that," Donnan said. "You cut that in half or a fourth, and you can spend that much more time with your players. That's the real key. Not only the players, but the families. I think it's great that he invited some players' families over to a couple of the scrimmages this year early because you have to get to know them, too."

That would explain a lot about Smart's approach to one of this offseason's hottest topics—satellite camps.

While there's a huge difference between rubbing elbows with boosters on the "rubber chicken circuit" and teaching high school players around the country the sport, the time strain on head coaches is the same. From the moment the temporary ban on satellite camps was lifted in April, Smart has approached the issues with caution.

"I'm going to go to a couple of them," Smart said at SEC spring meetings in May. "I'll be at a few of these to make an appearance and make sure that we're there, show a face and make sure that we're doing a good job promoting the University. I won't be at all of them, no."

For the most part, he has kept a low profile.

Smart joined Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at a camp in Atlanta on June 2, according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, and hit a couple more last week in Cartersville and Buford, Georgia, last week, according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

That's a far cry from the satellite camp world tour Harbaugh has embarked on during his second season as the Michigan head coach.

"We didn't even have that problem," Donnan said. "There has to be a give and take there. Your players have to come first before you do all of that. There's a heck of a lot of promotion that has to go on because everybody wants to meet the coach. He's done a really good job of that."

What goes on behind the scenes during the first full offseason is far more important to the overall health of the program than getting out on the public relations trail.

"There's just so many hats that you've got to wear that an assistant coach hasn't had to wear," Donnan said. "As far as day-to-day press, interaction with the faculty. It's an immense job. You go to work every day and there's about 200 people waiting for you to tell them what you want to do. Whether it's trainers, managers, tutors, doctors; once you get the chain of command down, you're off to a good start.

"It's a big corporation."

Next year, maybe that corporation will put forth a bigger PR blitz.

 

Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Kirk Merritt to Transfer from Oregon: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

The Oregon Ducks football team lost some wide receiver depth Monday, when Kirk Merritt elected to transfer out of the program before his sophomore season.

The pass-catcher took to Twitter to announce his decision and thank the coaching staff:

Tyson Alger of the Oregonian noted Merritt also ran track for the school and was a speedster on the football field as well.

The receiver arrived on campus as part of the 2015 class as a 4-star recruit, per 247Sports’ composite rankings, and the No. 7 overall player from the state of Louisiana. Merritt represented a solid recruiting pickup for head coach Mark Helfrich and the rest of the Oregon staff because he was a fast playmaker from SEC territory.

While his talent was clear, he was used primarily on special teams during his freshman campaign in 2015. He finished with five catches for 61 yards and tallied one kick return for 28 yards.

However, the Ducks lost both Bralon Addison and Byron Marshall from their 2015 team, and Merritt figured to see an increase in playing time with a couple of openings at the wide receiver spot, especially since Oregon uses an uptempo pace and often subs receivers in and out throughout a game.

Kristen Rodgers of KEZI 9 News in Eugene, Oregon, pointed out “a lot of his teammates said he would be the guy to watch this season” when discussing Merritt.

The cupboard still isn’t bare for Oregon at the wide receiver spot. Alger called true freshman Dillon Mitchell “the standout receiver of the spring.” If Mitchell lives up to that billing, he can fill the void left by Merritt’s departure.

The Ducks also have Dwayne Stanford, Darren Carrington and Charles Nelson as proven pass-catchers entering the 2016 season.

Merritt never lived up to his potential in an Oregon uniform, but the Pac-12 powerhouse still has enough wide receivers to remain competitive as it looks to build on a 9-4 season in 2015.

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Kirk Merritt to Transfer from Oregon: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

The Oregon Ducks football team lost some wide receiver depth Monday, when Kirk Merritt elected to transfer out of the program before his sophomore season...

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End of Cam Robinson's Legal Issues Secure Alabama's Place as Playoff Favorites

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Although many mistook it for a breeze, what felt like wind around the University of Alabama campus on Monday was actually the collective exhale of Crimson Tide football fans.

They had pretty much been holding their breath for a month, at least figuratively, so there was a lot of hot air involved. Just how much relief they’ll feel no one’s quite certain yet, only things were suddenly looking a lot better regarding the upcoming 2016 season.

Specifically, it stemmed from the district attorney in Monroe, La., filing paperwork that he had decided to not pursue prosecution of Crimson Tide offensive lineman Cam Robinson and defensive back Hootie Jones following their hometown arrest on May 17.

He cited insufficient evidence but also told KNOE-TV

"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning," Jones said. 

According to Greg Hilburn of newsstar.com, Jones is the longest serving Fourth District Attorney in modern history, having been elected to the position five times. He also “has a reputation for a light touch with nonviolent criminals and an iron first with violent ones.”

This was clearly among the former.

Regardless of what anyone thinks of the decision, which will be widely debated and criticized from near and afar, it’s nothing short of a huge break for the Crimson Tide’s playoff chances in 2016.

To backtrack for a moment, both players were arrested in a public park at approximately 2 a.m. Hootie Jones was charged with possession of a controlled substance and illegal carrying of a weapon; Robinson for possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen gun, which is a felony.

At best, it was a couple of young men making a really stupid decision when home on break. At worst, one was looking at potential jail time and a promising career significantly damaged.

It’s unclear what kind of penalty Robinson could have been facing had he been prosecuted and found guilty—which could have taken months, if not years to complete. He also doesn’t turn 21 until October 9 so probably would have been granted youthful offender status, plus the possibility of a plea bargain.

The DA, however, said that four people were in the car and he could not prove who had the gun and small amount of drugs that were discovered by police. He also had to weigh if prosecuting them was worth the time, effort and money.

Of course, neither Alabama player is completely out of the woods yet. The case could proceed in the future if new evidence is presented, and they still have to face whatever punishment head coach Nick Saban might have in mind, although he’s notorious for doing so behind closed doors and not always with a suspension.

For example, in 2014, defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Dillon Lee were arrested for a DUI, and last spring Geno Matias-Smith was arrested for a second time. None appeared to miss any playing time due to their alleged transgressions. Smith even started every game of the 2015 season.

Instead, Saban’s punishments usually hinge on what the players and team can learn from the situation.

“If we can change their behavior, based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline,” Saban said the PGA Regions Tradition Pro-Am on May 18. “Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It’s how you change somebody’s behavior so they have a better chance to be successful. 

“That’s the way that we’ve always done it, that’s the way that we try and do it. That’s the way I’d like to do it with my own children. I think that’s the way that most parents would like to do it with their own children.”

Saban, who is on vacation this week, is not expected to issue a statement on the DA’s decision, and the school had no comment Monday. Even when the head coach returns he probably won’t reveal much other than repeat that Robinson’s never been in trouble before and he considers it an internal matter.

Regardless of what he does Saban’s going to be in the spotlight and criticized, not so much for Jones, a reserve safety, but because of how Robinson can impact this season.

A potential All-American, candidate for the Outland Trophy as college football’s best interior lineman and top pick in the 2017 NFL draft, he’s the kind of player who can single-handedly make a huge difference.

Among preseason predictions, Athlon, Lindy’s, The Sporting News and ESPN have all listed Alabama as favorite to win the national championship, with Phil Steele’s annual magazine, which doesn’t hit stores until June 28, opting for Florida State with the Crimson Tide second.

Steele is predicting, though, that Alabama will be No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Poll.

That’s assuming Robinson, a two-year starter, plays this season.

Without him Alabama has a huge hole at left tackle, which was on display during the Crimson Tide’s final spring scrimmage, A-Day. The defense was so dominating that the final score was just 7-3.

Could Alabama make a run at the national title without Robinson? Maybe. But it would have a much tougher time getting past LSU and the rest of the talent-rich SEC West. Had this happened a year ago perhaps there’s a different champion and Heisman Trophy winner.

With Robinson, though, the reigning champions still have to be considered the team to beat in college football, and a playoff favorite. 

 

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

Christopher Walsh is a lead SEC college football writer. Follow Christopher on Twitter @WritingWalsh.

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Cam Robinson Situation Latest Example of Football's Power over Society

After a month of speculation, the fate of Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson and defensive back Laurence "Hootie" Jones has come into focus.

They're clear.

The duo was arrested last month in Monroe, Louisiana, and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, while Robinson was also charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm.

According to KNOE in Monroe, Ouachita Parish District Attorney Jerry Jones will not move forward with the charges due to insufficient evidence.

"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years working and sweating while we were all in the air conditioning," Jones said, according to KNOE.

Wait...what?

So because Robinson and Jones—who are both originally from the area—play college football and work hard at it, they're somehow granted legal immunity and don't have to abide by laws?

Really?

This isn't a commentary on the guilt or innocence of Robinson or Jones. However, as Cody Worsham of Tiger Rag noted on Twitter, the arresting officer's report certainly suggests that sufficient evidence existed for the case to proceed.

In a park after hours? Check.

Smell of marijuana from the vehicle? Check.

Jones' handgun in plain sight? Check.

Reason to search the vehicle? Check.

Marijuana in plain sight? Check.

Stolen handgun found under seat? Check.

That certainly sounds like enough evidence to move forward. 

If this order of events happens to me on a random Monday night, do you think that my case would go to trial? In Ouachita Parish, of course it would. Because I'm writing this under a cool vent pumping out air conditioning rather than hitting a tackling dummy.

That's not how the legal system is supposed to work.

Laws are laws. And again, we are not in a position to say definitively if laws were broken. But not moving forward because of who someone is, not because of what someone does, is not how the legal system is supposed to work.

What's even more concerning is that this was a legal road game for Robinson and Jones, who despite being from the area are players for Alabama—one of LSU's biggest rivals. That should put a swift end to any conspiracy theory that representatives of the Tide put pressure on the locals behind the scenes.

This is just another example of football's power over society.

When placed in a high-profile position in a potential case against Robinson—one of the best tackles in college football and a potential early pick in next year's NFL draft—Ouachita Parish chose football as the primary reason to give special treatment to somebody who broke the law.

That's a sad reflection of our society.

If Robinson received the stolen weapon in a way other than stealing it himself and didn't deserve the felony charge, say that. If that reduction renders the case as one that isn't worth the time of the legal system, say that. If there actually is insufficient evidence to proceed with charges or the evidence detailed in the report is inadmissible for some reason, specify what the case is lacking and why.

Don't say that the "main reason" for not moving forward with the case is because they're college football players.

That sets a horrible example for future players who are in Ouachita Parish.

I'll now return to my office with air conditioning, where I'm subject to the laws of society.

 

Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM 83. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Paulson Adebo to Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Land 4-Star ATH Prospect

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish bolstered their 2017 recruiting class Monday after 4-star athlete Paulson Adebo announced his commitment to the program. 

Adebo, who hails from Mansfield High School in Texas, is listed by 247Sports' composite rankings as the 16th-best athlete prospect, the No. 39 player out of the Lone Star State and the 254th overall recruit.

Although he's proven capable of playing both ways, thriving as a receiver and a defensive back, Adebo seems to have a particularly bright future on offense.

The 6'0", 180-pound playmaker showed his knack for finding paydirt with 11 touchdown catches as a junior, and he racked up a total of 41 receptions for 730 yards.

Adebo doesn't quite have prototypical height for the wide receiver position, yet he plays bigger and stronger than his listed measurements. One of his biggest assets is the ability to high-point the ball, which comes in handy on contested catches and downfield passes.

Ball skills are more or less a natural gift, and Adebo has that attribute in spades. His route running is also more developed than most other top receiver recruits, which bodes well for Adebo's transition to the NCAA.

With deceptive, smooth lateral quickness and considerable speed to complement his agility, Adebo gives Notre Dame fans plenty of reason to be excited about his impending arrival.

Competition figures to be stiff for playing time when Adebo arrives in South Bend, Indiana. There's still room for him to bulk up and improve the finer points of his game, but Adebo should ultimately be right at home in coach Brian Kelly's spread offensive attack.

 

Star rating and recruit info via 247Sports unless otherwise noted. 

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Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones Will Not Face Prosecution for Charges from May Arrest

The Monroe, Louisiana, district attorney announced Monday his office won't pursue further action against Alabama Crimson Tide football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones, per AL.com's Michael Casagrande.

The two were arrested in May on charges of possession of a controlled substance and illegal weapons possession. Casagrande reported that authorities in Monroe pulled Robinson's car over at 2:33 a.m. CT on May 17. After smelling marijuana, they looked inside the vehicle, at which point they found a bag of marijuana on the floorboard, a handgun in Jones' lap and a stolen handgun under Robinson's seat.

Robinson and Jones are likely to face some form of punishment from Alabama head coach Nick Saban. On June 16, Saban told USA Today's George Schroeder he wouldn't consider discipline for Robinson "until the legal system runs its course."

"We do a lot of things internally with our players, which we have implemented with Cam, to try to change behavior in a positive way if we feel there's issues," Saban said. "We have never had any issues with Cam before this, so this is kind of an unusual circumstance."

As Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel noted, Monday's news is particularly important for Robinson:

In his first big board for the 2017 NFL draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked Robinson as the sixth-best player overall and No. 1 offensive tackle. For Alabama, having the junior anchor the left side of the line will be vital with the team integrating a new starting quarterback into the offense.

Jones, meanwhile, projects to occupy a backup safety role, providing depth to the secondary.

According to Casagrande, the DA's office could potentially bring charges against Robinson and/or Jones once again in the future, but it would need to discover new evidence to do so.

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Notre Dame Football: 10 Best Players in Fighting Irish's History

Considering the tradition of Notre Dame football, there's no shortage of historically great players to walk the halls in South Bend. Picking the best 10 is no easy task.

Factors included All-American nods, top-10 Heisman Trophy finishes and school records. In other words, only collegiate excellence was considered for the list.

NFL accolades or draft success may be mentioned for additional information about a player but did not affect the ranking.

Please add your favorite Notre Dame players in the comments section.

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Ohio State Football: Buckeyes' Most Important Players at Each Position

Urban Meyer has placed a premium on leadership since taking over as Ohio State's head coach in 2012, and with new starters needed in every position group except quarterback this fall, the Buckeyes need a number of players to emerge before kicking off against Bowling Green in the season opener. 

The rebuild in Columbus, Ohio—which entails identifying eight new starters on each side of the ball—is already underway after winter conditioning and an eventful spring camp.

With the first fall practice less than two months away, these players will be most important for the Buckeyes because they'll either provide much-needed leadership or playmaking ability to a young and new-look unit.

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B/R Recruiting Notebook: 5-Star Gives Update; What's Next for Red-Hot Tennessee?

It's that time of year when we see recruits make verbal pledges and teams land commitments in bunches.

Over the weekend, Tennessee highlighted the recruiting headlines by scoring eight pledges—seven in the 2017 class and one 2018 target—with the assistance of Saturday's Orange Carpet Day recruiting event in Knoxville.

Arizona State didn't have a one-day effort like Tennessee on Saturday, but Friday was considered a big day. The Sun Devils landed three players from in-state power Saguaro High School, all 3-star prospects: tight end Jared Poplawski, linebacker/tight end Kyle Soelle and interior offensive lineman Corey Stephens. Poplawski and Stephens helped Saguaro win its third consecutive Arizona state championship and eighth in 10 years.

And then there was Central Florida, which had a productive week overall. The Knights saw five players commit in a four-day span, as 2-star linebacker T.J. Pitts and 3-star wide receiver Anthony Roberson kicked things off on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. UCF landed its highest-ranked recruit Friday in 3-star receiver Emmanuel Greene, and on Saturday, the 3-star duo of defensive lineman Antwan Owens and offensive tackle Viktor Beach joined the Knights' recruiting class.

Here's the latest recruiting news on some of the studs from the 2017 class.

 

5-star WR Lindsey details recruiting process

Tyjon Lindsey isn't afraid to admit that the recruiting process can become hectic and, at times, overbearing. Fortunately for the Corona, California, 5-star wide receiver, there is something to keep his mind off the drama recruiting can bring.

"I like going to the movies," Lindsey said. "I'll hang out with friends and see a movie to get away."

Lindsey said The Conjuring 2 was the most recent movie used as a diversion to what has been a draining but productive recruiting process. He has 23 reported offers and said he's in no rush to make a decision. Lindsey, however, did say he's looking at two summer trips.

"Alabama and Auburn," Lindsey said. "I want to see what they're all about."

One school that keeps coming up when Lindsey's name is mentioned is Ohio State. The Buckeyes lead Lindsey's 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, and many are wondering how much of an impact the close friendship between Lindsey and Ohio State quarterback commit Tate Martell will play in a final decision.

"He really hasn't been in my ear much, but we've talked about it," Lindsey said of Martell, "I like [Ohio State] a lot. Urban Meyer is a cool dude. When I went on my visit, you could see that Ohio State was more than just a school. The whole city was great."

As for choosing a winning program, Lindsey said he's looking for a place where he can be comfortable and learn a lot from his coaching staff. For now, however, he's content with taking his time and letting the process play itself out.

"I'm not trying to think about any of that right now," he said. "I just know wherever I go, I want to feel at home."

 

After huge weekend, who's next for Tennessee?

You won't see too many schools—at any time of the year—have the single-day success that Tennessee had on Saturday. 

Orange Carpet Day featured eight players committing to the Volunteers. Defensive end Tre Lawson reportedly jumpstarted the barrage with his pledge, and from there, Tennessee scored additional 2017 commitments from wide receiver Princeton Fant, defensive end LaTrell Bumphus, safety Theo Jackson, athlete Trey Coleman, offensive tackle Jordan Tucker and safety Jaquan Henderson. Athlete Alontae Taylor was the solo 2018 commit for the day.

"It felt good seeing all that young, new talent committing to the same school I'm going to be playing for," said Lawson, who chose Tennessee over offers from Florida State, South Carolina and several other programs.

Now with 17 commits in the 2017 class, the Volunteers are ranked No. 7 in the latest 247Sports composite team rankings. The good news for Tennessee fans is that there's still room to add elite talent. Among the targeted 2017 players are 5-star receiver Tee Higgins, 5-star athlete JaCoby Stevens and 4-star tackle Trey Smith.

All three targets would be quality in-state commitments if the Volunteers can land them.

 

4-star OT Thomas visits Notre Dame, talks top 3

Atlanta 4-star offensive tackle Andrew Thomas has had a top three of Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame for a while. He said of the three schools, Georgia has shown the most interest, and according to his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, Georgia is the team to beat.

Notre Dame fans are hoping this past weekend helps to add intrigue to the competition. Thomas, who is now 6'5" and 315 pounds, took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame and gave the school high marks.

"It was a great visit," said Thomas, the nation's No. 10 offensive tackle and No. 49 overall player in the 2017 class. "It is a great mix of academics and athletics. It is just a good culture up there."

Of Thomas' top three, Notre Dame was the only school he hadn't visited prior to the weekend. He said he's looking for a school with a solid business program.

That, and other things.

"I want to have a good fit and relationship with the staff, especially the O-line coach," Thomas said. "I want to go someplace where my parents feel comfortable. I also want a place where I can play early."

Thomas has 29 reported offers, the latest coming from Kansas State.

 

4-star OT Little kicking recruiting into high gear

The good news for all 33 colleges to offer greater Houston 4-star offensive tackle Walker Little: He doesn't have a legitimate favorite yet.

The bad news for some of those schools: He's ready to start narrowing his choices.

Little, who said he's made it a priority to take things slow with his recruiting process, said he's looking into a couple of summer visits in an effort to focus on a few schools for a top list. Florida State, Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU are four schools that could get unofficial visits. Texas A&M is also a potential visit, as it is close to home.

"I'm trying to get out to some schools, but I still want to take it slow," Little said. "I want to try to come to a decision sometime during the football season. I don't think I'm taking it all the way through signing day."

At 6'8" and 305 pounds, Little is ranked the No. 12 offensive tackle and the No. 57 overall player in the 2017 class. He said UCLA was his most recent offer.

Little has kept a poker face with his recruiting to the point where only a few know the schools that truly peak his interest. Look for him to remain disciplined in keeping his emotions under wraps as the summer progresses.

"There definitely were points in time after I took a visit where I wanted to pull the trigger," he said, "but it's always good to go back home and take it all in and talk to my family about it. I don't want to rush anything and commit to the wrong school."

 

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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Big Ten Football: Predicting Conference's Top 2016 Stat Leaders

The college football season is almost two months away and anticipation for the upcoming campaign is only building as the offseason hits its homestretch.

That rings especially true in the Big Ten, which will return no shortage of stars to the field in the 2016 season.

But with turnover being a constant in each college football season, the conference's statistical leaderboard could find itself looking very different at this season's end than it did a year prior. Already, the league knows it will crown a new rushing king in 2016, as well as new leaders in passing yards, touchdowns, receiving (catches, yards and touchdowns), tackles and sacks based on departures from 2015.

Suffice to say, even with all the returning talent in the Big Ten, some new names in the league will find themselves at the forefront in the coming year. With that in mind, let's take a stab at predicting who will wind up the leader in each major individual statistical category in 2016. 

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Michigan Football: 10 Best Players in Wolverines' History

A number of legendary players have suited up for Michigan over its 126-year history, but 10 stand out among the best to ever wear the maize and blue.

The list only takes into consideration collegiate accomplishments, so NFL stars like Tom Brady didn't make the cut. All-American honors, all-conference nods, Heisman Trophy finishes and school records were all factors.

Of course, with thousands of players to choose from, several well-known Wolverines will be left out.

Head to the comments section and add your favorite Michigan players. 

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B/R 5th Down: CFB Honors Father's Day, Sony Michel Checks Off Bucket List Item

Editor's note: Bleacher Report's 5th Down captures the top social media college football stories of the week. As this long, bitter offseason continues, we'll focus on moments from the schools, coaches and players that kept us entertained as we wait for actual college football to make its highly anticipated return.

 

1. Les Miles receives surprise Father's Day gift of Finals tickets

LSU head coach Les Miles received one of the best possible Father's Day gifts last week—a trip to Quicken Loans Arena to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

How the head coach ended up in Cleveland—and how he describes the journey—is another great Miles story to add to the collection. Miles tweeted Thursday that he got tickets to the game as a Father's Day gift from his kids, Texas swimmer Smacker and North Carolina backup quarterback Manny:

In an interview with ESPN's SportsCenter, Miles revealed he was instructed by his kids to pack a bag and get in the car for a trip to the lake. They surprised him by driving to the airport in Dallas and headed on to Cleveland:

Miles, who grew up 30 miles away from Cleveland in Elyria, Ohio, predicted in his interview with ESPN that the Cavaliers would force a Game 7. 

The Cavs did just that and went on to win the series. LSU fans will be hoping Miles' success with picks continues into the Tigers' football season this fall.

 

2. Father's Day tributes from the world of college football

Miles' Father's Day gift from his children wasn't the only special moment from college football to make the rounds on social media during the holiday weekend.

Just like he did last year, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh honored many of the fathers of his Wolverine players on his popular Twitter account. He also said being a father was the "greatest joy in life" before posting several picture tributes:

Tennessee football tweeted a fun video of several of its coaches' children talking about their dads. 

Running backs coach Robert Gillespie's children, Wynston and Nola, completely stole the show, with Wynston loudly proclaiming his love for dinosaurs and Nola saying the Volunteers "always get more points than other teams."

USC highlighted the generational tradition of its football program in a cool tweet by featuring photos of a few famous father-son duos in Trojan history:

Georgia released a great feature video on new tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Shane Beamer and his famous father, former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.

"When I was in coaching, I haven't thought one second about any pressure because my last name is Beamer," Shane Beamer said in the video. "[Frank Beamer's legacy is] doing the very best job you can, working hard at this job, and working hard for the players, coaches and the fans here."

Plenty of great stories of love and football passed down from fathers to sons were shared on Sunday. Happy belated Father's Day to all you amazing dads out there.

 

3. Sony Michel saddles up and accomplishes a life goal

Georgia running back Sony Michel, the Bulldogs' all-important backfield partner for the rehabbing Nick Chubb, made one of his dreams come true this past weekend.

Michel posted a video to Instagram on Sunday afternoon of him riding a horse across what appears to be someone's backyard with the caption "BucketList" and the checked-box emoji:

Just look at how incredibly happy Michel is on the back of that horse. His smile is as wide as the football field he tears up on Saturdays. The chest-thumping he does as the end is just perfect too. 

And with the black-and-white filter on the video, Michel looks like he'd fit right in in an old movie about the cowboys of the Old West. (Somebody get cracking on that Photoshop idea.)

Let this video be a lesson for all of us—we should all follow our dreams and attack our Mondays with the enthusiasm and energy of Sony Michel riding a horse. Seriously, look at that smile

 

4. Pitt RB James Conner chats with the great Craig Sager

James Conner battled Hodgkin lymphoma for the last several months and was recently declared cancer-free. Late last week, the Pittsburgh running back got the chance to talk for a minute to a fellow cancer-fighter who is prominent in the sports world.

Before Game 6 of the NBA Finals last Thursday night, Conner received a FaceTime call from TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, who is working through the recent return of his leukemia and got the special chance to cover the Finals for ESPN.

According to Matt Fortuna of ESPN.com, Conner's friend Mike Gallagher was shooting the playoff game for news TV station WJET and talked to Sager before tipoff. Sager asked Gallagher if he could call Conner, and Gallagher tweeted video of their interaction:

An excited Conner tweeted out a screenshot of his conversation with Sager:

This special moment between two sports figures who have inspired so many with their courageous battles with cancer is undoubtedly one of the coolest things any of us will see this offseason.

 

5. Christian McCaffrey: 'Harmonica Man'

Christian McCaffrey is the most multiskilled athlete in college football for the 2016 season. He can score touchdowns rushing, receiving, passing, kick returning and punt returning.

Last year, during his push for the Heisman Trophy, it was revealed he also has a knack for piano playing. Now, we can add one more skill to his laundry list of talent—crushing harmonica solos.

McCaffrey posted an Instagram video last week of him playing the harmonica part in Billy Joel's famous song "Piano Man" while his friend, former Duke defensive lineman Michael Mann, tickled the ivories.

If the Stanford running back breaks another all-time yardage record this fall and figures out a way to work a harmonica into a touchdown celebration, he should be handed the Heisman on the spot.

Don't shaft him again, voters.

 

6. Notre Dame's unique jersey-number plan

It's no secret that single-digit jersey numbers are among the most coveted among football players. They used to be reserved for star quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and defensive backs, but more defensive linemen are rocking the single digits these days.

At Notre Dame, former defensive lineman Louis Nix wore the No. 1 and the No. 9 during his career with the Fighting Irish. Nix apparently started a trend among linemen who are being recruited by Notre Dame, so head coach Brian Kelly has decided to put those single-digit numbers up for grabs.

"I'd go out on the road, and we're closing deals with guys to come to Notre Dame, and the first question is, 'Can I get a No. 4, a No. 5 or a No. 6?' Now there are defensive linemen asking for single-digit numbers," Kelly told WSBT Radio, per Eric Hansen of ND Insider. "It got to the point where what we’re going to do is we’re going to compete for single digits and make it a merit system."

According to Hansen, Kelly said a point system based on performance on and off the field will determine No. 2 through No. 9 on the roster. No. 1, though, will be handed out on a week-by-week basis to the player most deserving of the honor.

As Ben Kercheval of CBSSports.com noted, the system will be a headache for people scouting Notre Dame this fall, but this looks like a win for the Fighting Irish players. Those studying film will just have to do a little more research.

 

7. Ohio State linebackers square off in food-bank contest

Everything is a competition at Ohio State under head coach Urban Meyer. That includes helping people out for a great cause, as the Buckeyes linebackers showed over the weekend.

On Saturday, Ohio State posted a video of the program's linebacker unit and position coach Luke Fickell volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The linebackers split up into two teams—one led by Fickell and the other led by senior Joe Burger—and tried to see which side could pack the most meals:

The competition was fierce, and Fickell's team emerged victorious over Burger and his squad by more than 400 pounds of food. All in all, the Ohio State linebackers packed well over 5,000 pounds of meals for needy families in the area. 

Job well done all the way around, Buckeye 'backers. 

 

8. Rutgers players dunk on one another and arm-wrestle

First-year Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is bringing that culture of competition from Ohio State over to the Scarlet Knights this summer. Last week, the former Ohio State defensive coordinator's new players tried their hands at basketball and squared off in heated arm-wrestling contests.

Rutgers wide receiver Janarion Grant got the basketball action started by dunking all over an unsuspecting teammate in a video tweeted by Ash. Unfortunately for the Scarlet Knights, that was the best basketball action in the clip, as a shooting competition featured quite a few bricks:

Arm wrestling turned out to be a much better pursuit for Rutgers. According to NJ.com, Ash calls players to the front every Wednesday before a team meeting to arm-wrestle, and last week's action was intense.

Offensive lineman Jack Shutack, whose competition starts at the 35-second mark of the following video, pulled off a truly inspiring comeback:

Perhaps this higher level of competition under Ash will prompt a turnaround from Rutgers this upcoming season. He'll just need to keep them away from the hardwood.

 

9. Minnesota specialists post hilarious trick-shot video

College football's trick-shot season just hit the next level.

While quarterbacks are normally the ones starring in trick shot videos this summer, Minnesota's kickers and punters decided to put their skills to the ultimate test with a roundhouse-kick field goal, a bicycle-kick attempt and even a blindfolded boot.

The results have to be seen to be believed:

The video is the latest in a line of funny social media posts from Minnesota's specialists.

In 2014, they tweeted out a picture of their "practice schedule," which included "talk about chicks" and "watch Jeopardy in the locker room." Last year, they created the Holder of the Year award for college football and gave it to one of their own.

Haters are definitely going to hate, Golden Gophers. Just keep doing your thing.

 

10. And, finally, Charles Barkley has a diabolical plan for stopping Nick Saban

To wrap up this week's basketball-heavy 5th Down, let's check in on former Auburn and NBA star Charles Barkley, who isn't shy about saying what's on his mind when it comes to college football.

Barkley sat down for an interview with Rick Karle of WBRC-TV, and the subject turned toward Auburn and Alabama football. The TNT analyst spoke of his admiration for rival head coach Nick Saban.

"Alabama has, in my opinion, the greatest coach ever in Nick Saban," Barkley told Karle. "I've got a lot of respect for that guy, what he's accomplished. ... You've got to admire him. If you don't admire the job that Nick Saban's done, you're just a fool."

Later, when discussing his desire to visit Cuba, Barkley said he would like to take Saban with him—and get the Crimson Tide head coach stuck there.

"I want to take Saban with me to Cuba," Barkley joked. "There's no chance he would ever come back. I'm going to take him to Guantanamo Bay and get him stuck there."

Well, that's definitely one way to stop the Alabama dynasty, Chuck.

 

Justin Ferguson is a National College Football Analyst at Bleacher Report, and he wants to ask the NCAA if he has any more eligibility so he can walk on as a kicker at Minnesota. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.

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SEC Football: Predicting Conference's Top 2016 Stat Leaders

The 2016 college football season is just around the corner and will be loaded with superstars once the calendar hits September.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette is back and will look to make a full-season run at the Heisman Trophy, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly could put up another record-setting season in Oxford and Texas A&M junior defensive end Myles Garrett looks to lead the SEC in sacks for the second season in a row before deciding to stay or go.

Who will be the SEC's statistical leaders once bowl season wraps up? Our picks based on talent, scheme and opportunity are in this slideshow. 

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Power Ranking Top 25 College Football Stadiums of 2016

Depending on your TV, watching college football from home has almost become as immersive as being at the game itself. But no amount of technological advances will ever truly replicate the feeling of being there in person, not with the atmosphere that college stadiums add to the experience.

While NFL stadiums tend to veer more toward luxury and keeping the fans a safe distance from the highly paid players, college venues are much different. It's all about creating an environment that's welcoming for the home team and hostile for the visitors, but regardless of the allegiance, the common goal is a memorable experience.

Earlier this month, we ranked college football's best stadiums for night games; now it's time for the overall top 25. These rankings are based on a combination of amenities, environment and history, and are limited to venues where the college team is the main tenant.

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