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  • Now THIS is how you celebrate a commitment on Twitter

    On Thursday night Houston landed a commitment from Spring (Texas) Westfield defensive tackle Ed Oliver. He’s rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Class of 2016 by ESPN and the first consensus five-star prospect in the history of the program. Simply put, landing Oliver – and holding on to him for these next eight months and change – could be a defining moment for the Tom Herman era at Houston, a sign he’s capable of tapping the potential that so many see in the namesake university of the nation’s fourth-most populous city.

    It’s a major moment, obviously, and yet the program has to officially act as if it didn’t happen. Of course, coaches regularly toe the line of what is allowable by NCAA rules, and perhaps no one has ever tap danced that line quite as joyously as the Cougars did on Thursday evening.

    Are the Cougars writing an awfully big check their play will have to cash in the coming years? Sure. But for now it’s fun to watch them add a few zeros to that check.

  • Graphic: Stanford makes a compelling case

    A head coach’s responsibilities are endless, but in the end he three tasks that have to get done. He needs to win games, he needs to graduate players, and he needs to prepare his players for life after college football – whether that be in the NFL or in the workforce.

    A graphic tweeted out by Stanford’s football account makes a strong case David Shaw is acing all three of his crucial tasks.

    Winning on the field? See: two Pac-12 titles and a Rose Bowl victory.
    Graduating players? Preparing players for life after football? See below.

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  • Ole Miss has an powerful new recruiting chip for NFL hopefuls

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    According to a report from Sporting Intelligence, Ole Miss is the nation’s top program when it comes to their alums and their earning status in the NFL.

    ESPN points out that Ole Miss has 18 of its former players in the The League, and they bring home an average of $4.1 million annually. The list is lead by names like Eli Manning (who made $19.8 million in 2014) and Greg Hardy ($13.1 million last season).

    You can bet the farm that you’ll see that one on the next round of recruiting material that comes out of Oxford. That’s a pitch that can carry some weight with high school kids who have had dreams of playing in the NFL and making a really good living.

    Surprisingly (at least to me), second on the list was Virginia, followed by Oklahoma, Texas and Michigan rounding out the top five.

    Overall, nine SEC programs (Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina) made the top 25 list, followed by six Pac-12 teams (Utah, Cal, USC, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA), five Big Ten programs (Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State), three ACC programs (Virginia, Miami, Virginia Tech), and two Big 12 programs (Oklahoma and Texas) – both of which made the top five.

    See (and download) the full report from Sporting Intelligence here, and take a closer look at the top 25 below.

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  • UAB football reportedly won’t come back from the dead

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    When it came to light last week that UAB football might possibly come back to life, we wrote that the powers that be should have made sure beyond a shadow of doubt the program was dead before digging its grave. Either way, just be sure. You didn’t want to see the powers that be kill the program off prematurely, but you also didn’t want to see the possibility of a resurrection be raised only to see the #freeUAB faction’s hopes get crushed yet again.

    And it looks like that’s exactly what is about to happen.

    Alabama Representative Jack Williams has said three sources close to the situation have told him embattled UAB president Ray Watts will announce the Blazers’ football program will not return, and he will do it at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

    A Friday night announcement, a blatant attempt to bury the bad news in the news cycle, would be a spineless way to manage this story. But, then again, that’s par for the course for the entire way this entire fiasco has been handled.

    “This could lead to irreparable damage at UAB in its relationship with the community,” Williams told AL.com.

    Since the Dec. 2 death proclamation, the city of Birmingham, UAB student government and a group of UAB boosters have pledged money to support the program. “I think this would cement his legacy in a very destructive way. His tenure at UAB will be marked by his destructive behavior.”

    UAB has released a statement maintaining that no decision has been made. Either way, a decision is due by June 1.

  • Jacksonville State puts its coaching staff on par with Oklahoma, Florida and Alabama

    Jacksonville State is not afraid to punch above its weight class. Fresh off an Ohio Valley Conference title and FCS playoffs appearance – and not that far removed from a win over Ole Miss – the Gamecocks are comparing themselves to some of their neighbors, and I’m not talking about Samford.

    Here the Gamecocks tout the accomplishments of their tight ends, wide receivers and outside linebackers/defensive ends coaches, putting them up against some pretty heady company.

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    #StayCocky, indeed.