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25 Jun 2010, 03:21pm by Bill Connelly

USC Appeals NCAA Penalties

"We disagree with many of the findings in the report from the NCAA Committee on Infractions and assert that the penalties imposed are too severe for the violations identified and are inconsistent with precedent in similar cases."

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4 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2010, 4:41pm by Dean

23 Jun 2010, 08:14am by Bill Connelly

Where Did The Spread Offense Come From?

Chris Brown from the wonderful Smart Football takes a look at the origins of the spread offense. One other cog that needs to be added to his list of influences: the Split-T. A lot like the T-formation that was popular in the 1930s, the Split-T was an invention of Missouri's Don Faurot, who upon losing star quarterback Paul Christman to the NFL, tried to find ways to create mismatches and misdirection.

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4 comments, Last at 23 Jun 2010, 7:02pm by DoubleB4

21 Jun 2010, 03:53pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: New All-College Homepage

Football Outsiders announces the debut of our new College Football Outsiders homepage, giving college football fans a place to find the latest FO college football content.

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10 comments, Last at 30 Jun 2010, 7:47pm by David Gardner

16 Jun 2010, 04:50pm by Bill Connelly

Pac-10 Invites University Of Utah To Become Twelfth Member

Needless to say, the odds are very good that the Utes will accept the offer. Assuming the Big Ten is done for now (it will almost certainly be a few months before they decide whether to make another move or not), that leaves our conference realignment scorecard as follows...

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30 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2010, 12:58pm by Displaced Cane

14 Jun 2010, 08:28pm by Brian Fremeau

Texas Declines Pac-10 Invitation; Big 12 Survives

The reign of superconferences will have to hold off for a little bit longer. In the last 24 hours, the impending implosion of the Big 12 was unexpectedly defused. The Texas Longhorns aren't going anywhere, and all indications suggest Texas A&M is staying put as well. Fox Sports has reportedly offered a richer TV rights package to the 10-member Big 12 than anyone had anticipated (or fathomed). Texas will take home most of those spoils, but everyone else in the conference -- especially the Big 12 northerners who stood to lose most in the Pac-16 scenario -- have to be satisfied as well.

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108 comments, Last at 18 Jun 2010, 6:33am by Robbie

11 Jun 2010, 03:40pm by Brian Fremeau

Nebraska On Its Way To Big Ten

The great Conference Crisis of 2010 is really hitting its stride now. Nebraska's Board of Regents confirms that the Cornhuskers are officially severing ties with the Big 12 and will apply for Big Ten membership. That application is expected to be a mere formality and does not require a personal essay or standardized test scores. Nebraska does expect to receive the big envelope -- a projected $10 million boost in annual revenue for athletics. Nebraska hopes to accelerate the transition and begin conference play in 2011.

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41 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2010, 2:54pm by JoeHova

11 Jun 2010, 02:45pm by Brian Fremeau

Boise State To Join The Mountain West

For what may turn out to be only a very brief moment in history, the Mountain West conference now has ten members. Boise State will leave the WAC to join TCU, Utah, BYU, and others.

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7 comments, Last at 13 Jun 2010, 4:20am by *Legion*

10 Jun 2010, 12:10am by Aaron Schatz

USC Sanctioned, Loses Scholarships, Postseason Ban

Man, the college football news is coming fast and furious these last couple days. Tomorrow the NCAA will announce sanctions on USC that include a two-year ban on bowl appearances, a reduction in scholarships, and forfeiture of some wins from the 2004 season. Boy, Pete Carroll got out just in time, huh? I bet he had no idea this was coming. Heh.

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72 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2010, 11:16am by Rocco

09 Jun 2010, 08:18pm by David Gardner

Nebraska Could Be First Blow To Big 12

The eventual downfall of the Big 12 could begin this week with Nebraska.

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59 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2010, 3:10pm by Will Allen

08 Jun 2010, 06:56pm by Bill Connelly

Big 12 Conference On Life Support

We've been conspicuously low on the conference realignment talk around here; part of me wants to apologize for that, another part says, "You're welcome." Quite frankly, it's been an exhausting couple of days. The above link from Dr. Saturday is probably the most comprehensive survey of where things stand at the moment.

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50 comments, Last at 10 Jun 2010, 1:52pm by Will Allen