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CBR's The Bachelor Diary: Week 4

Boys and Girls, Ladies and Gentleman - things are getting real as we're down to a bakers dozen of ladies vying for the love and affection of our often times shirtless bachelor and ex-Kansas State linebacker Sean Lowe. In case you missed it last week we came out with our official CBR Oddsmakers list for all 13 of the ladies.  So far things have been pretty normal - I mean...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Signing Day 2013: Five Players Who Could Decommit

While the Masters golf tournament has always had the tag-line of “A Tradition Unlike Any Other” (thanks for nothing, Jim Nantz!), college football has a traditional completely unlike any other as well: High football players decommitting right before Signing Day and throwing everyone into a frenzy. It happens every year and as we once again learned this weekend, nothing has or...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan, Notre Dame score big prospects over weekend

National signing day is nearly upon us (less than ten days away for those keeping track) and we are continuing to see some big recruiting news leading up to the most important day in college football's off-season. Over the weekend Michigan and Notre Dame each secured some lucrative verbal commitments, and once again it seems Ole Miss is continuing to build momentum. Michigan...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Clemson adds tombstone for LSU victory

College football is full of great traditions. Many of these traditions are familiar to even the most casual of fans. Notre Dame's "Play Like a Champion Today" sign and Ohio State's dotting of the "I" are among the most commonly known traditions. Others tend to fly under the radar a bit. While we may all be pretty familiar with Howard's Rock at Clemson...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Obama calls on NCAA to examine football player safety

With legal challenges mounting to the football industry's regulation of player safety, a new figure who carries a big stick has weighed in on the issue: President Barack Obama. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama called on the NCAA to address the growing concerns over head injuries: "I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss
BO MEANS BUSINESS

Report: Pelini ripped ex-recruit

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was reportedly angry with a wide receiver recruit for de-committing from the school, so he let him hear about it.

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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Podcast: Chip Kelly and Oregon's future

Coaching dynamo Chip Kelly has left Oregon for the riches and allure of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. George Schroeder, college football columnist for USA Today, joins CBR managing editor Allen Kenney for a podcast to discuss Kelly's legacy and what's next for the Ducks. George and Allen discuss: *What made Kelly such a success in Eugene. *Why Kelly left...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss
TRICKS ARE FOR KIDS

Johnny Manziel teams up with Dude Perfect

Over the past few years, its safe to say that the “trick shot” phenomenon has taken the college football world and internet by storm. Former UConn Husky Johnny McEntee made the practice popular, and since then about a million other imitators have followed. However, in the current world of college football there is one man who has no imitators: Johnny ‘Football’ Manziel...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

NCAA admits to messing up in Miami investigation

We cannot trust anybody to do anything right these days it seems. We cannot trust the players to make good decisions. We cannot trust coaches to do the right thing either. We cannot even trust their bosses to properly monitor their actions. Perhaps not so stunning is the revelation that today the powers that be in place to investigate the potential violations of these men also...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

CBR's 'Way Too' Early 2013 Top 10: No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide

After sorting through who we think will be the top teams in the country next college football season, was there any doubt who we are pegging as the team to beat? Really, this was one of the simplest decisions we have had to come together on since the launch of the site two years ago. The Alabama Crimson Tide, until proven otherwise, will remain on top of the college football mountain...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Meeting of the Minds: What to expect from new Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich

In the short time that offensive guru Chip Kelly was head coach at Oregon, his impact on the Ducks was staggering. With the help of Nike CEO Phil Knight's money, Kelly helped elevate UO from one of the country's better programs to one of its best.   Kelly has taken his talents to the NFL, leaving the Oregon job in the hands of offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. Will...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss
LOSING BATTLE

Bielema, Wisconsin fans in Twitter war

Former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema got into it over Twitter with several Badgers fans. Bielema is now the coach at Arkansas.

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January 22, 2013  |  1 Comment

'Way Too' Early 2013 Top 10: No. 2 Oregon Ducks

The Oregon Ducks only had one game in 2012 where they scored less than 35 points. Unfortunately, it was that game, a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford, that kept the Ducks from playing for the BCS Championship. 2013 will be a time of transition for the Oregon Ducks, as former head coach Chip Kelly has left the program, taking his talents to the NFL and the Philadelphia Eagles....
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

CBR's The Bachelor Diary: Week 3

We had three ladies dismissed last week, and that means we are down to a field of 16 wonderful ladies for week 3 of The Bachelor and we should be down to a healthy bakers dozen or so tonight if memory serves this guy correctly. I'm sure we'll have our fair share of shirtless ex-Kansas State football player Sean and maybe for the guys some bikini clad ladies as well? Is...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Q&A with former USC linebacker Keith Rivers

CARSON, CALIF.,--- At this point, you’ve probably figured out that Crystal Ball Run was camped out at this year’s NFLPA Bowl over the last few days. During that time we did a quick profile on Oklahoma State’s Brodrick Brown, explained what the game meant to each individual player and even had the chance to chat briefly with Herm Edwards, who coached the National team in Saturday’s...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

'Way Too' Early 2013 Top 10: No. 3 Texas A&M Aggies

Quick question: Had anyone told you one year ago that Texas A&M would win 11 games during the 2012 season, produce a Heisman Trophy winner and enter 2013 a near-unanimous Top 5 team, how would you have responded? My guess is that there would’ve been some kind of bad “Mayan apocalypse” joke mixed in there somewhere. Only entering 2013 that is the reality in College Station...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

A college football inauguration

President Barack Obama was sent through the inauguration promenade in the nation's capital Monday to officially kick off his second term in office. While this was going on it got us wondering who would be sworn in as President of College Football Nation, if such an utopia were to actually exist. We took the question to Twitter to see who you folks had in mind. Here is what you...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Ole Miss turning heads, building momentum with recruiting efforts

When Hugh Freeze arrived at Ole Miss we expected to see new energy pumped in to the Rebels football program. A full year into his regime in Oxford and we are certainly seeing some results on the recruiting trails. Days after receiving a verbal commitment from Illinois five-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss has now picked up another significant verbal commitment. The...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Baylor ushers in a golden (helmet) era

Things have been going pretty well for Baylor in recent years. The entire sports department has been experiencing success at levels rarely seen before at the school. Of course we all remember the impact Robert Griffin III had on the football program recently and judging by last season it appears Baylor is not exactly taking a huge step back just yet in the Big 12. What better...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Players, coaches learn different lessons at this year's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

CARSON, CALIF.,-- When history looks back on Saturday’s NFLPA Bowl, few will remember many of the particulars surrounding the National team’s 34-0 victory over the American squad. Most will likely forget that Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist was the game’s MVP or that the Dick Vermeil-coached National team capitalized on five opponent’s turnovers to cruise to a lopsided victory...
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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

'Way Too Early' 2013 Top 10: No. 4 Stanford Cardinal

In the last three years, only two schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) have equaled or surpassed Stanford's 35-5 record and two BCS bowl wins. One of them happens to be Alabama (also 35-5), which just happened to win a pair of national championships in that period. The other is Oregon, which came within a field goal of winning a national championship and has the best...
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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Te'o tells his side, denies involvement in dead cybergirl hoax

Star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finally surfaced late Friday night for the first time since a report was published revealing that his dead girlfriend never died – or even existed. (Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my own personal hopes.) Not surprisingly, Te'o denied any involvement in the hoax during the interview with ESPN.com's Jeremy Schaap (which...
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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Q&A: With Former NFL Head Coach and ESPN Analyst Herm Edwards

CARSON, CALIF.,-- Simply put, there are few figures in the sport of football who elicit more “I LOVE that guy” response from fans than Herm Edwards. I mean honestly, if you don’t like Herm Edwards, you’re basically admitting that you also don’t like puppies, apple pie and Les Mile press conferences. It’s essentially impossible. Anyway, the former Chiefs and Jets...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Q&A: With Former NFL Head Coach and ESPN Analyst Her Edwards

CARSON, CALIF.,-- Simply put, there are few figures in the sport of football who elicit more “I LOVE that guy” response from fans than Herm Edwards. I mean honestly, if you don’t like Herm Edwards, you’re basically admitting that you also don’t like puppies, apple pie and Les Mile press conferences. It’s essentially impossible. Anyway, the former Chiefs and Jets...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Grading the Coaching Hires: Gary Andersen and Wisconsin

In an offseason with a lot of shocking moves being made in the coaching world, the move of Bret Bielema from Wisconsin to Arkansas has to rank right up there on the shocking meter. However, what's one man's past is another's future and the Badgers went out and hired a coach they knew a lot about in Gary Andersen.  He may not have been a huge, nationally known name...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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