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Time for Life After Johnny Football

Lars Anderson, Sports on Earth

The ACC came to its annual kickoff event armed with fun facts about its football prowess. Forty-two NFL draft picks in April, behind only the SEC nationally. Eleven teams finishing...(full article)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — For as many times as Florida State's cocoon of assistant athletics directors and media handlers have felt the need to pull Jameis Winston out of the spotli...(full article)

College football is a business. And change is inevitable in business as it is in most every aspect of life. So while every athletic director across the country would love to feel ...(full article)

They stood five-deep in a hotel lobby Thursday, pressing against a restraining rope to try to get the attention of the $100 million coach that Texas could not pry away from Alaba...(full article)

HOOVER, Ala. -- Kevin Sumlin has a terrific smile. When it's in full flame, his teeth gleam like a row of piano keys, his eyes radiate a youthful joy and he looks like the friendli...(full article)

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