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Haden's USC Reign Reduced to Joke

Scott M. Reid, Orange County Register

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Corey Clark, Tallahassee Democrat

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Andy Staples, Campus Rush

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Daniel Uthman, USA Today

It’s really as simple as this: Steve Sarkisian showed up drunk for work. At most jobs this would be met with significant consequences. Even Sterling Cooper had its limits. But no...(full article)

College football is back! The 2015 campaign kicks off Thursday, with Michigan’s first outing in the white-hot crucible of Harbaugh mania headlining the 19-game FBS slate that ...(full article)

Sean Maguire waited his turn. Patiently. He waited in 2012 while he redshirted. He waited in 2013 as Jameis Winston became the biggest star in college football. He waited in 2014 a...(full article)

The last time Charlie Strong's team took the field, the beating it took was so thorough that the opposing coach called the victory "borderline erotic" months later. Texas gained 5...(full article)

Under a cloudless July sky, eight of the most significant quarterbacks in college football went head-to-head in a throwing competition. Some were former five- and four-star recruit...(full article)

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