FSU Taps Winston to Lead BCS Charge

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Just found this article by ESPN college football writer Andrea Adelson about the decision of Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett to transfer after highly touted redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston dominated in FSU’s spring game. The Seminoles, despite numerous losses on the defensive side of the ball, look like early BCS contenders in 2013, and Winston appears ready to lead the offense in just his second season on campus. While Trickett has the decided edge on Winston in experience, he does not have nearly the physical talent that Winston possesses, so he decided to look for a starting job elsewhere.

To read the rest of Adelson’s article about Winston and FSU’s chances this year, click here.

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BCS-Hopeful Oregon Could Face Major NCAA Penalties

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Adam Jude at the Oregonian writes that the NCAA and the University of Oregon agree that there was at least one major violation committed by football coaches sometime between 2008 and 2011 under the watch of former head coach Chip Kelly, which could potentially affect the Ducks’ run to the BCS Championship this season. However, the nature of that violation is still being debated, as Oregon believes the infraction to be more minor in nature than the NCAA does. The Ducks tried to self-impose sanctions in the past year, with penalties including a two-year probation and the loss of one scholarship per year for each of the next three seasons. It has been widely reported that Oregon hired known “street agent” Willie Lyles to help them in their recruiting efforts, particularly in Texas, and his involvement in their program has come under heavy scrutiny. Because the NCAA has nearly full power to impose whatever penalties it chooses to, Oregon fans should be somewhat concerned, but the sanctions should not be as severe as the ones levied against USC, Miami and Penn State in recent years.

Read more of Jude’s article in the Oregonian here.

BCS Hopefuls Stock Up on Signing Day

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National Signing Day is one of the biggest days of the college football season, and teams that have their eyes set on punching BCS Championship tickets loaded up on some incredible talent. It all starts with reigning national champion Alabama, who signed what many people consider the top recruiting class in the nation. Head coach Nick Saban and his staff signed the No. 1 inside linebacker in Rueben Foster, speedy defensive end Jonathan Allen, stud tight end O.J. Howard and massive defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. After losing standout RB Eddie Lacy to the NFL Draft, the Tide went out and got Altee Tenpenny, Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry, three of the best RBs in the country. Notre Dame came up a bit short in the national title game, but Brian Kelly was still able to go out and get a lot of players that should help keep the Irish in contention. ND went out to California and got to players previously committed to USC in defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and safety Max Redfield, and also locked up impressive outside linebacker Jaylon Smith and running back Greg Bryant, who should be able to step in and produce immediately. Continue reading