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Steve Sarkisian: Time away showed me I loved coaching football

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Steve Sarkisian has been cramming for a final exam he didn’t know he’d have to take. The newly elevated Alabama offensive coordinator had all of a week after his earlier-than-expected promotion to prepare and implement the game plan for Monday night’s national championship game with No. 3 Clemson. Not to mention getting better acquainted with players, most notably quarterback Jalen Hurts, and adapting to a very different job description. “I’m embracing this more than anything,” Sarkisian said Saturday. “I would…

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Tide-Tigers II: The matchups that will decide the national title

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Every defensive meeting at Clemson this week might as well have started with coordinator Brent Venables passing around a photo of Alabama‘s O.J. Howard with the caption “Know where 88 is at all times.” For the second straight season, the Tigers and Crimson Tide will meet for the College Football Playoff championship. Howard is the talented tight end who came into last season’s title game with 33 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns. He then went off for 208…

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Fewer top 25 matchups dot college football schedule

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Last week gave us several key matchups in college football. This week has a limited menu, but some are clearly worth watching. One game gaining a great deal of national attention is No. 8 Florida traveling to No. 6 LSU for a 7 p.m. matchup on ESPN. This game would have normally attracted fan and media interest just because it’s the SEC, but the suspension of burgeoning star quarterback Will Grier adds even more intrigue. Odds makers have installed the…

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Did Steve Spurrier quit on his team?

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Monday brought two major headlines in the world of college football, both involving USCs. The sad story surrounding the resignation of troubled University of Southern California Coach Steve Sarkisian dominated the daylight hours. Later in the day, word began to trickle out that University of South Carolina (the other USC) Coach Steve Spurrier was voluntarily stepping down. Most of us thought he would say good- bye at season’s end, but the Ole Ball Coach is leaving immediately. He has accomplished…

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High-profile alcohol abuse cases rock sports world

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There is plenty of drama on the field in the months of autumn. College football is now fully into its conference seasons while Major League Baseball will determine the participants in the National and American League Championship Series this week. Unfortunately, plenty of off-the-field drama surfaced in recent days involving two different teams, two different people and two different sports in our nation’s two largest cities. The two people involved need help and will get it one way or another.…

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