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Just go dark? Playoff teams confront Twitter pot shots

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Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware is the team’s top tackler and a lightning rod for criticism on Twitter. Some of the tweets cuss him out, others he laughs off. But one was way out of line: His father had to contact the police after one person picked on Boulware’s little sister. “Is it really that serious? You have to find my little sister and say something to her?” Boulware said. “It’s football. Sorry that I ruined your day so much, that…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.6.16 – Big time college athletics parks in Tampa this weekend

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Big time college sports makes its way to Tampa this weekend with the college football championship slated for 8 p.m. Monday evening at Raymond James Stadium. Both teams will be arriving at Tampa International Airport this afternoon, with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney slated to headline a press conference tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center. Don’t expect any sparking quotes from Coach Saban, who is in rarefied air as one of the greatest coaches in college football…

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Alabama 7-point favorite over Clemson in college football championship game

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Alabama is a seven-point favorite against Clemson in a College Football Playoff championship game rematch, according to gambling odds website Pregame.com. The defending national champion and top-ranked Crimson Tide beat No. 4 Washington 24-7 in the Peach Bowl semifinal game Saturday. The third-ranked Tigers won in similar fashion later in the night, beating No. 2 Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 last year in the College Football Playoff final, winning a fourth national championship in a…

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Peach Bowl: Alabama dynasty vs. playoff outsider Washington

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Alabama is very familiar with this role. Washington? It’s been a while. The Peach Bowl features one of college football’s greatest dynasties against the definite outsider in this season’s College Football Playoff. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (13-0) is going for its second straight national title and fifth in the last nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. At this point, it’s national championship or bust for Alabama. A loss in Saturday’s semifinal game would make this season a failure. “It’s the…

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Will the Lane Kiffin-FAU marriage lead to more wins?

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Lane Kiffin is a head coach again. The new Florida Atlantic coach takes over a program anxious to climb the ladder to respectability. His last stint as a head coach ended on a Los Angeles tarmac in 2013, where he was fired by then-Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden. The Trojans had just given up 62 points to Arizona State. Kiffin will, of course, be expected to win, but the pressure will be far less than in previous stops. He…

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AP: FAU pursuing Lane Kiffin to coach

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Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is being pursued by Florida Atlantic to become the Owls’ next head coach, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday night. Kiffin and the Owls have had dialogue, said both people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has spoken publicly about the matter. Kiffin has been the coordinator at Alabama for the last three seasons, helping the Crimson Tide win last season’s national championship and get…

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‘Bama/Gators SEC title game looks like massive mismatch

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Talk about a mismatch. Alabama’s defense is the best in the nation. Florida’s offense looks like one of the worst. They’ll face off Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championships game, with the top-ranked Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) heavily favored to lock up its third straight trip to the College Football Playoff with a victory over the No. 15 Gators (8-3, 6-2). Alabama has not given up a defensive touchdown in 17 quarters, a span that covers its entire November…

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