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  • George O’Leary again touting Brent Key as his successor

    George O'Leary

    Entering his 12th season as Central Florida’s head coach, George O’Leary is the most successful and most important coach in the Knights’ short football history. That gives him, in his mind, a sort of patriarchy over the program. He’s also the interim athletics director, providing him nominal authority as well.

    And speaking to the Orlando Sentinel, O’Leary pressed his authority to again promote Brent Key as his successor.

    “If you look at my history,” O’Leary told the paper, “I’ve always tried to promote from within if I can. That would be my goal. People have to be in place to take the job, and I think we have that. … You don’t fix what’s not broken.”

    Key has spent the past decade as a member of O’Leary’s staff, first as a graduate assistant, then tight ends coach, then adding recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator titles in successive years. He moved to offensive line coach in 2009, added an assistant head coach title in 2012, and was promoted to offensive coordinator/running backs coach following Charlie Taaffe’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

    “Every staff has people you feel could run the program, and I think Brent is the one on our staff who has been around me the longest and has an idea of the culture and philosophy. I would expect he would be given very, very, very strong consideration whenever I do retire.”

  • Ron Burton: “The stars are gone once you hit campus.”

    Ron Burton

    The class of 2015 has reported to campus and, along the way from mom and dad’s house to the dorm, each player underwent the magical process whereby their status as stud high school player was removed in place of becoming a scrub college freshman. Like a letter jacket, their stars were left at home in their bedroom closet.

    At least that’s how it works at Michigan State.

    “The stars are gone when you hit our campus, and everyone starts from Square One, and that’s the way coach (Mark) Dantonio always wants it,” Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton told MLive.com.

    Sparty signed a 20-member class in 2015, good for 22nd nationally according to Rivals, including three defensive linemen. Burton plans on throwing them into the fire when practice starts next month, hoping to find torchbearers for the likes of Shilique Calhoun and Malik McDowell.

    “We’re going to work our tails off,” Burton said. “We tell them when they are tired, come to the sideline and sit down because we have other players.

    “We just keep it as simple as possible, and we get that fast break going up the field on passes, and we attack the line every play regardless of if it is a run or a pass.”

  • Video of the Day: New Mexico Freshman Move-In

    Video of the Day

    Monday July 6, 2015

    New Mexico Freshman Move-In

  • Jim Mora wins the day. By a million points.

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    Scout national recruiting director Brandon Huffman and his family are waiting on a miracle.

    In case you weren’t already aware, the Huffmans revealed Tuesday their six-year-old daughter Avery, the third of their three children, has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable, malignant tumor in her brain. Life expectancy for those with DIPG ranges from one month (with no treatment) to two years (with the maximum amount of treatment.) Just as you would do if this particular brand of lightning struck your family, the Huffmans are doing everything they can to provide Avery with the maximum amount of treatment.

    Part of that means setting up a donation page on Caring Bridge, and part of it means leveraging the hell out of Brandon’s work connections. Enter Jim Mora.

    The UCLA head coach has stepped up to offer a number of packages for those willing to donate to Avery’s campaign.

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    Scout.com

    Again, this money doesn’t go to UCLA, all of it – up to $20,000 if all four packages are sold – goes straight to the campaign to save Avery Huffman’s life.

    And if you’re a UCLA fan that always wanted a behind-the-curtain experience and the means purchase one of these packages, well, why in the world wouldn’t you?

  • Photo: The most, uh, creative helmet design in college football

    Division II Virginia State unveiled new helmets on Thursday. Normally we wouldn’t devote a post to a Division II helmet reveal, but these are not normal helmets.

    First, here is how the Trojans dressed in 2014:

    Virginia State

    And, now, here is how they will dress in 2015:

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    We’ve seen lots of chrome helmets before. And thanks to the Jacksonville Jaguars and mid-aughts San Diego State we’ve seen two-toned helmets before. But I’m not sure we’ve ever seen both on the same helmet.