UConn lost by 30 points. Coach Randy Edsall still earned a $2,000 bonus

Connecticut lost by 30 points Saturday against Tulsa. But coach Randy Edsall still ended up a winner. According to USA TODAY’s review of Edsall’s contract, the UConn coach will still earn a $2,000 bonus because his team scored first in the 49-19 loss. (In fact, UConn was up 10-0 before Tulsa went on a scoring tear.) This is the second […]

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Amway Coach’s Call of the Week: Vote for the best decision of the weekend

Coaches make dozens of decisions in every game. Most of them aren't that noticeable. Some of them very much are. Some can change a game. Some are just thrilling to watch. Each week this season, USA TODAY Sports will select four calls from across the nation that we think rank among the best for the Amway Coach's Call of the Week.  […]

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3 college football assistant coaches to make more than $2 million in pay this season

There are now at least three college football assistant coaches making more than $2 million this season. Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele joins LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables at that level, according to a new version of Steele’s contract the school provided to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday in response to an open-records request. […]

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Maryland coach DJ Durkin to be reinstated after Jordan McNair investigation

BALTIMORE — The University of Maryland's Board of Regents recommended that the school retain football coach DJ Durkin following a two-month investigation into the culture of the football program. The chairman of the board, James Brady, said in a news conference Tuesday that the board believes that Durkin failed to supervise strength and conditioning coach Rick Court but has been "unfairly blamed for the dysfunction […]

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College Football Playoff scenarios from the likely and possible to total chaos

Projecting the College Football Playoff field is only slightly easier today than it was in August. At least the options have been trimmed, from the entire breadth of the Football Bowl Subdivision — that’s the idea, in theory — to a select handful of college football’s best. It’s still too early to say that any single team has a national […]

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NCAA 1-130 Re-Rank: Almost everything changes after craziness in the top 25

There have been many strange weeks in the long and illustrious history of the USA TODAY Sports college football re-rank, but none quite as wacky and tumultuous as this. The top four remained the same: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. Then almost everything changed, starting with a nearly complete overhaul of the top 25 following an ugly Saturday for […]

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As others move around, longtime assistants at one school are college football’s dying breed

Positive feedback and a productive meeting with then-Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips late in the 2008 season left Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster feeling good enough about his chances to land the Tigers’ head coach vacancy that he brought the opportunity to his three children. This thing is potentially getting ready to happen, he said. We’re excited for you, […]

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Michigan NCAA tournament hero Jordan Poole rips Michigan State campus: ‘It’s trash’

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As if the Michigan–Michigan State rivalry hasn’t already had enough twists, turns and things that have amplified the vitriol and hatred between the two programs in the last week, a little fuel may have been added to the flames from an unlikely source on Monday. By now, assuredly, you’ve already heard Jim Harbaugh’s comments towards Mark Dantonio […]

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Notre Dame path to College Football Playoff stirs up echoes of 2012 title-game run

SOUTH BEND – The signs went up in Notre Dame’s football building about a third of the way through the 2012 season. “Ignore the Noise,” they read. Outside the building, a national debate raged about the undefeated Irish and their relative merits when compared to fellow national championship contenders. Ultimately, a 12-0 Notre Dame team would fall with a mighty […]

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Question of the Week: What school has the best stadium atmosphere in college football?

Each week during the season, the USA TODAY Sports college staff (Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Erick Smith and Eddie Timanus) will provide their answers to on an intriguing question from college football.  There are many great home fields across the country in college football. Which school has the best environment? Jace Evans It’s hard not to put LSU’s Tiger Stadium back […]

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