1. Lovie Smith at Illinois: New Hope for a Failed College Football Program

    CHAMPAIGN , Ill. — The slogan is catchy, and on this gorgeous, sun-drenched spring day, it is ubiquitous. It's propped up on billboards, posters and schedules, displayed in all caps , plastered on the back of vibrant orange T-shirts...

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  2. World Football May Hold Key to Fixing College Football's Targeting Problem

    Picture an overzealous safety cracking a tight end high on a seam route and the uncertain, silent seconds that follow...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 12 days ago 34,226 reads 47 comments

  3. Creating a 64-Team Bracket for the 2015 NCAA Football Season

    Imagine, if you will, a college football postseason spanning across six magnificent weeks and featuring 64 teams. Productivity would plummet. Holidays would be left in shambles...

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  4. Bleacher Report's Ultimate Guide to 2016 Spring Football

    There are limited moments in the calendar when each individual fanbase—from puffy-chested Alabama to wandering soul Kansas—can scream from the highest mountaintop that this is their year...

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  5. Once Again, College Football Should Never Count Out Nick Saban and Alabama

    This was as good a time as any to doubt Alabama, so I did. Just 22 days after the engineer of this magnificent machine reinvented himself in the national championship, I questioned whether Nick Saban could pull it off once again...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 3 months ago 28,899 reads 158 comments

  6. Ultimate Guide to 2016 National Signing Day

    Championship teams are not first assembled on sweltering practice fields in the heat of August. They do not come together during the quaint, unorthodox December intermission...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 3 months ago 117,896 reads 161 comments

  7. The Failed College Football Recruitment of Giancarlo Stanton

    In the fall of 2006, USC head coach Pete Carroll and assistant Steve Sarkisian learned of a senior wide receiver and cornerback at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, who went by Mike Stanton...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 3 months ago 205,753 reads 78 comments

  8. UAB: The 'Dead' Program That's Stockpiling Blue-Chip Recruits

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On a day when Donald Trump's infinite election convoy was shutting down the streets of Birmingham, Bill Clark strolled through the front doors of the Sheraton Hotel without anyone seeming to notice...

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  9. Hollywood Moment Caps Silas Nacita's Wild Journey of Homelessness, Ineligibility

    The closure he has craved came in Virginia Beach, a place unaccustomed to granting football wishes. Playing in a game you’ve never heard of, wearing a helmet that was not ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 3 months ago 59,776 reads 20 comments

  10. Adam Kramer's College Football Notebook: Complete Offseason Preview

    Thanks to industrial-sized fans and a crew the size of Alabama’s scout team, the confetti that blanketed University of Phoenix Stadium hours earlier was gathered in piles and slowly taken out of sight...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 34,120 reads 105 comments

  11. The Play That Made Nick Saban the Best Coach in College Football History

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — They had run the play before, time and time again, and it had failed. Over and over again, the ball had hit the ground or fluttered out of bounds. It was not ready for Clemson or a stage this magnificent...

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  12. Alabama's Secret Superstar, Bo Scarbrough, May Not Even Play in Title Game

    PHOENIX — I have spent the past 10 minutes trying to convince myself that the man standing before me is a running back. It simply cannot be. Linebacker? Sure. Defensive end? Why not...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 344,027 reads 172 comments

  13. Nick Saban vs. Dabo Swinney and the Battle for the Soul of College Football

    PHOENIX — The smiling, dancing, life-loving head coach wants to talk about jet skis. He's not glowing about his prodigious young quarterback or a defense that was successfully reassembled in a matter of months...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 57,338 reads 229 comments

  14. Alabama's $600,000 Strength Coach Is Catalyst of Nick Saban's Dynasty

    The voice of Alabama football is lost anew every day. That’s not some exploratory metaphor; it’s quite literally gone. Each day, one after the next. It’s part of the job...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 123,143 reads 66 comments

  15. 2015 Is Nick Saban's Greatest Season Ever

    It was a moment of vulnerability, the latest in a long line of necessary and successful modifications to the process ...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 35,632 reads 233 comments

  16. Behold College Football's Biggest, Baddest Bully, the Alabama Crimson Tide

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The play that broke Michigan State’s soul came in the second quarter. It wasn’t Calvin Ridley’s first touchdown or his second. It wasn’t the first interception or the next one...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 77,924 reads 509 comments

  17. Meet 'The Savages': Alabama's X-Factor for the College Football Playoff

    DALLAS — Standing next to his teammates, little ol’ Da’Shawn Hand looks petite. The nation’s former No...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 49,371 reads 74 comments

  18. Connor Cook and the Construction of an Unlikely Superstar

    DALLAS — Not much was known about the quarterback entering the game. Thrown into the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in 2012, there was Connor Cook...

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  19. Alabama DC and Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart Is America's Busiest Man

    DALLAS — I was expecting to see a zombie, but the man seated comfortably before me has life in his eyes. His skin is the appropriate color. He is clean-shaven and smiling. His voice is gruff, although that’s nothing new...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 20,074 reads 77 comments

  20. The Specter of Saban, CFB's King and Conqueror

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The firearms on the officers’ hips are visible enough. I count three of them in Bob's Victory Grille on this Thursday night. Scratch that. Make it four...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 4 months ago 42,627 reads 203 comments

  21. Inside Jake Coker's Incredible Journey to College Football's Promised Land

    The path was laid out for Jake Coker to become an Alabama god. Finally, the wait was over. Having lost the quarterback battle to eventual Heisman winner Jameis Winston at Florida ...

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  22. Introducing the Smarter, Funnier Lane Kiffin

    The man who was once famously and publicly fired while the world was sleeping sounded completely at ease on Sunday. Heck, he almost sounded happy. At minimum, he sounded… different ...

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  23. Bleacher Report's Ultimate Guide to College Football Bowl Season

    For those absorbed by the College Football Playoff and only the College Football Playoff, let’s take a trip back in time, shall we? Enter my time machine. Watch your step...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 40,456 reads 116 comments

  24. The Making of a Monster: Derrick Henry's Rise to Football Superstardom

    Overwhelmed and buried in doubt, Bobby Ramsey pulled his 2003 Jeep Cherokee out of the Yulee High School parking lot after another uninspiring spring practice...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 117,199 reads 259 comments

  25. Top Storylines to Watch in College Football Playoff

    There were no bombshells, which is perfectly fine. The College Football Playoff most anticipated is indeed the playoff that will be served with cheap champagne and ill-fitting hats on New Year's Eve...

    Adam Kramer Written by Adam Kramer about 5 months ago 19,136 reads 55 comments