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  • Nation’s No. 1 basketball recruit: “I don’t need to be paid anything.”

    Ben Simmons

    In case you don’t keep up with hoops recruiting, LSU signed the nation’s No. 1 prospect in Ben Simmons. Take a few seconds and catch your breath.

    Everyone good?

    Judging by the LSU polo and LSU background he’s sitting in front of in the picture you see below, Simmons has already reported to Baton Rouge. And in light of upcoming cost of attendance scholarships and NLI (name, image, likeness) stipends, local CBS affiliate WAFB found Simmons’ thoughts run counter to most.

    That’s certainly a view that runs counter to the prevailing thought these days.

  • Photos: Tennessee has revealed their new Nike unis

    As I write this, Tennessee is revealing their new Nike uniforms with an enormous amount of fanfare.

    Here’s a look at the new away unis, with two pants options (Tennessee orange and the storm trooper styles).

    The home uniforms have just been revealed as well.


    Here’s a great look a the iconic checkerboard pattern on the back of the helmets

    …and here are the smokey gray alternates.

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    See more photos via Tennessee’s Facebook page here.

  • Jim Harbaugh went on Colin Cowherd today… and it was incredibly awkward

    Jim Harbaugh mic

    Jim Harbaugh, apparently kicking and screaming, appeared on Colin Cowherd’s show Wednesday morning, and it was by all accounts one of the worst radio interviews you will ever hear.

    Cowherd’s questions could have been better, but it’s clear Harbaugh had no intention of playing ball. He didn’t leave Colin many options there, except to leave this parting shot: “If I’m an 18-year-old kid and I just heard Jim Harbaugh on this show, I’m going with Urban Meyer.”

    Take a listen and decide for yourself.

    The magic of Jim Harbaugh: he makes news every time he opens his mouth, and he makes news when he refuses to open his mouth.

    (HT The Big Lead)

    Update: The man has spoken.

  • Five years later, conference realignment is finally over. For now.

    On Dec. 15, 2009, the Big Ten released a statement saying the conference intended to explore expansion over the next “12 to 18 months.” Six months later, Nebraska became the Big Ten’s 12th member, and a nationwide game of musical chairs had begun.

    As noted by Fox Sports’s Stewart Mandel, 43 schools – slightly more than one third of all FBS membership – eventually moved leagues, though the school at the center of it all – Texas – stayed put. And, oddly enough, though the Big Ten’s announcement started the game of musical chairs, its addition of Nebraska was not the first move. The Pac-12 added Colorado and Boise State jumped ship from the WAC to the Mountain West a day before the Huskers moved east.

    Every FBS conference has seen its roster change. Two of them, the Big East and WAC, dropped football altogether, while an entirely new conference, the American, came into existence. In the meantime, a new postseason structure was born, allowing the ballooning SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC and the depleted Big 12 to consolidate power.

    And now, five and a half years after that fateful announcement, the music has finally stopped. Navy officially became the American’s 12th member as of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning.

    Additionally for 2015, Charlotte has now joined Conference USA as a football member, joining UTSA, Texas State, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, South Alabama and Old Dominion among schools that used the moving and shaking as an opportunity to jump into FBS.

    With Navy now in the AAC and the Big 12 locked into a grant of rights through the next decade, only one potential move lays on the horizon: Massachusetts enters its final season as a football-only MAC member in 2015 and heads into independence after that. Will the Minutemen become the Sun Belt’s representative, or will the Big Ten shock the world and use UMass as its bridge to New England? If we learned one thing over the last half decade, it’s to expect the unexpected.

    Below is a rundown of changes from 2010 to 2015:

    Big Ten
    Lost: None
    Added: Maryland, Nebraska, Rutgers

    Lost: None
    Added: Missouri, Texas A&M

    Lost: None
    Added: Colorado, Utah

    Lost: Maryland
    Added: Louisville, Notre Dame (non-football), Pittsburgh, Syracuse

    Big 12
    Lost: Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas A&M
    Added: TCU, West Virginia

    American (Big East)
    Lost: Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, West Virginia
    Added: Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Navy, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa

    Mountain West
    Lost: BYU, TCU, Utah
    Added: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah State

    Conference USA
    Lost: Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, Tulsa
    Added: Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, UTSA, Western Kentucky

    Lost: Temple, Massachusetts (2016)
    Added: None

    Sun Belt
    Lost: Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Western Kentucky
    Added: Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho, New Mexico State, Texas State

    Lost: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, UTSA
    Added: None


  • Video: South Alabama warns you to “Lock Your Door”

    Normally, videos that football programs push out tend to stick to a template of sorts – something exciting that gets the blood pumping. You usually know what you’re in for in the first five seconds.

    Well North Carolina and Fedora’s Freakshow were one of the first to buck that trend, and now they have some company with South Alabama’s scary movie-like trailer titled Lock Your Door.

    There’s nothing cookie cutter about this one, and even though I’m not sure what they’re referring to in the title, I like it.