The most recognizable face associated with any college football team is its coach, the man in charge of all those helmet-clad behemoths behind him and the one they all turn to for guidance and leadership.
If we didn't know any better, you'd think the coach is like the star of a movie or something. Hey, that's got us thinking...
If college football coaches were cast as iconic movie characters, who would they portray? It might be based on their personality and demeanor, maybe their appearance, possibly because of their sideline antics. Whatever the case, there's something about each of the top coaches in college football that remind us of a certain well-known film character.
Take a look at our casting list, then give us your own suggestions in the comments section.
If our team power rankings didn't stir up some offseason emotions, perhaps a countdown of the Pac-12's quarterbacks will do the trick.
Arizona's B.J. Denker and Washington's Keith Price were the only starting seniors in 2013, which gives the league a bevy of experience returning to the position. Both Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley chose to stay in school for at least another season despite the opportunity to be selected high in the upcoming NFL draft.
All in all, it may be the most solid group of quarterbacks the league has ever had, and ranking them makes rocket science look like pre-algebra. OK, it's not that difficult, but there are at least seven or eight guys with a shot at postseason honors, and no team is in a terrible situation at the position.
But enough rambling. Click ahead to read through our Pac-12 QB power rankings.
On Tuesday night around 11 p.m. ET, Jermane Darnell Clark, a linebacker for North Carolina A&T University, was shot and killed outside of his home in Greensboro, N.C.
North Carolina A&T confirmed the news on Wednesday morning on its official Twitter account:
The Associated Press reported the story on Wednesday after learning about the homicide and provided more details on the situation:
Capt. Mike Richey said it appears Clark was approached by one or more people and an argument started and he was shot. Police don't know what sparked the argument and have not determined a motive, although investigators do not think Clark was robbed.
Clark was taken to Moses Cone Hospital, where he died.
While Clark was a student at North Carolina A&T, the university does not have anything to do with the shooting, Richey said.
Jamal Fox, a former N.C. A&T adjunct professor, spoke about the ongoing investigation and how he plans to help put the pieces together, per Sarah Newell Williamson of the News & Record:
In the coming weeks we will invite residents in and around the college communities to become actively involved in helping to create a dialog and action steps designed to address these issues. By working together, we will continue to make Greensboro a safer city.
Stephanie Ando of WGHP Fox 8 also provides more information about the investigation and ceremonies taking place to honor Clark:
Clark played in all 11 games for the Aggies last season after transferring from Colorado following the 2012 season. The 6'2", 195-pound linebacker was ranked No. 93 in the state of North Carolina coming out of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Another local college in UNC-Greensboro along with Rocco Scarfone, a defensive back at East Carolina, shared their condolences over Twitter:
The team will have to return to action this upcoming season without the sophomore starter and hope to bounce back from the tragic loss. Following a 7-4 season, the Aggies just wrapped up their spring game with Clark on the field and will have to prepare for Alabama A&M minus the linebacker.
Not much is known about the incident at this time, but more information will be added as the details are announced. Our hearts go out to Clark's family, friends and the entire A&T program in this time of sorrow and mourning.
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Royce Freeman is a 4-star running back who signed with Oregon in February. The Ducks run an uptempo spread offense that usually features speedy and shifty running backs.
However, at 5'11.5" and 215 pounds, Freeman will bring a powerful element to the offensive backfield in Eugene. The California native has just enough wiggle to elude a couple of defenders, and he also has solid speed.
He showcases what he can do throughout his highlight tape.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys fell to the Missouri Tigers in a 41-31 shootout in the 2014 Cotton Bowl but will still be getting rings.
The school's web developer shared the photos of the rings that the team received to honor their season's accomplishments instead of focusing on the final game's result.
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Comparisons to NFL players paint pictures for everyone to have a familiar idea of the skill set of less-popular prospects. This series of professional comparisons with the recruits in the 2015 class continues, with the nation's best defensive tackles being the focus of this list.
Among the nation's top overall talents happens to be a 5-star defensive tackle who plays like a star with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An athletic defensive tackle from Los Angeles has a similar style to an underrated player in the AFC West, while an interior presence with the Carolina Panthers is an older version of a 5-star recruit from Virginia.
College football is a year-round process. Although games begin and end in the fall, the other three seasons are just as important for preparation.
BYU has put spring in the rear-view mirror and is weeks closer to the opener at UConn. If March and April practices are any indicator, it could be a great season for the Cougars.
It will be months before we see the Cougs kick off the 2014 season, but here are four things we learned during spring.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Eighteen days after Notre Dame football’s final practice session, we’ve had plenty of time to let the spring season sink in.
We’re almost to May, and before we know it, the Irish will be deep in summer workouts, with fall camp around the corner.
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s check in on the winners and losers from spring ball. Who stepped up and impressed, and who didn’t? Who stagnated and missed opportunities?
For the winners, we’ll examine players and groups who both improved the most throughout the spring and are best positioned heading into the summer.
As for the losers, it’s tough to name players who regressed based on the small sample of live media viewing. Instead, we’ll consider those who missed out on opportunities and find themselves in crowded situations.
Let’s take a look.
National signing day remains more than nine months away, but that date looms large in each college football recruiting department. Every phase of the year represents an opportunity to assemble a class that can take a program to the next level, so coaches stay busy scouting and targeting prospects.
We're in the midst of a pivotal stretch, as spring recruit evaluations are largely completed and scholarships have been sent to most junior high school athletes deemed worth of an offer. Spring camps give teams an opportunity to get players on campus, providing a personal setting to seal the deal on a commitment.
Several 2015 class standouts are still searching for the right fit, but many prefer to pledge soon in order to focus on their final high school seasons. We've seen a flurry of commitments this spring, which have altered the prospect landscape.
Here's a look at teams that have ramped up their recruiting efforts to build strong foundations for signing day.
Spring practices are in the books—mostly. Miami (Ohio), Oregon and Oregon State will wrap things up in the first weekend of May, but basically, we're entering the long summer months before preseason camp.
That means it's time to update Bleacher Report's way-too-early predictions for the inaugural College Football Playoff. (You may recall a post-signing day prediction of a similar nature.)
While it's true that spring practices (and games) don't provide a complete measuring stick for teams—depth charts are nowhere near complete, and there are injuries to account for—they do etch a picture with some detail. What position battles were solved? Which ones still have room for improvement? What are the causes for hope and concern? Did any early enrollees make an impact? These are the types of questions that hopefully get answered.
The obvious fault with way-too-early predictions is that they're made long before anything substantial can materialize. For all anyone knows, teams that went .500 last year could make up the playoff field. But that's part of the fun.
With that in mind, which four teams made our updated cut for College Football Playoff?
A handful of Trojans had the opportunity to rise up the depth charts during spring camp due to limited depth, and many of them rose to the occasion. With a whole month of virtually competition-free practices for some positions, these athletes were able to show the coaches that they're ready for greater responsibility.
Position battles will resume in the fall, but thanks to promising performances this spring (particularly on the offensive line and in the secondary), the coaches will have some options in terms of who to start. And that's a good thing, because for the first time in a few years, the Trojans should have quality depth across all positions.
Listed from offense to defense, here's a look at the 10 theoretical winners of spring duels that really made their move during this month.