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Dear Andy: Name 5 ideas to maximize my team’s competitive advantage these days
4 days ago by Andy Staples
How would The Athletic's Andy Staples alter a college football program to be better safeguarded from a COVID-19 outbreak during the 2020 season? He answers that and much more in this edition of "Dear Andy."
Feldman: The top 10* freshmen to watch in college football this season
5 days ago by Bruce Feldman
As strange as this college football season could be, don't be surprised if young players make huge impacts in 2020. The Athletic's Bruce Feldman highlights 10* (yes, there's a tie) freshmen to keep an eye on this fall.
Staples: The question coaches can’t tackle until their teams take the field
8 days ago by Andy Staples
An offseason decimated by COVID-19 has left plenty of unanswered questions for college football coaches around the country. As The Athletic's Andy Staples explains, most of those questions can't be tackled (literally) until teams step on the field.
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Agents of Chaos: Wild-card teams with the potential to tear up 2020’s script
13 days ago by Andy Staples
College football seasons usually get weird, but in a season impacted mightily by a global pandemic, it's bound to get a heck of a lot weirder. The Athletic's Andy Staples and Max Olson look at a few teams that could spark some chaos this fall.
How ESPN, FOX fit four months of college football schedule work into a few days
16 days ago by Stewart Mandel
With college football kickoff times and network schedules being announced, The Athletic's Stewart Mandel sheds some light on the process of dividing up the games, which - just like 2020 as a whole - was pretty wild.
Blue-chippers turned breakout candidates: 10 players you shouldn’t forget about
18 days ago by Max Olson
Some of the nation's top-tier high school talents take time to develop once they arrive on college campuses, and just because they don't burst onto the scene immediately doesn't mean they won't. The Athletic's Max Olson lists ten former blue-chip recruits to watch for in 2020.
SEC task force member Q&A: ‘I think our teams can absolutely get through this’
1 mo ago by Seth Emerson
Dr. Catherine O'Neal is a member of the SEC's task force handling the conference's response to the coronavirus pandemic. O'Neal spoke with The Athletic to go in-depth about the conference's protocols and the likelihood of playing football this fall.
The SEC: It had reasons for starting late, and those reasons haven’t changed
1 mo ago by Andy Staples
While the Big Ten and Pac-12 have already made the move to cancel completely, the SEC is holding firm and sticking by their protocols in an attempt to play in the fall. For the SEC, nothing has changed since two fellow Power 5 conferences bowed out of the 2020 season.
College football players make their case with #WeWantToPlay movement
1 mo ago by Peter Baugh
With behind-the-scenes momentum building against a 2020 college football season, players have ignited a Twitter-based #WeWantToPlay movement, highlighting the question of how much input they really have in decisions about their own safety and ability to play football.
Group Text: Should conferences move permanently to 10-game league schedules?
1 mo ago by Bruce Feldman
For the first time in months, there was actual college football news. The Athletic college football trio of Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Andy Staples chatted about the latest developments and whether or not 10-game schedules should become the new norm.
Staples: For SEC football in 2020, it just means later
1 mo ago by Andy Staples
The SEC announced on Thursday that the beginning of its 2020 football season would be delayed and would exclude non-conference contests, putting some of college football's most storied rivalries on hold. The Athletic's Andy Staples analyzes the conference's decision.
At last, Ryan Tannehill can appreciate how much the tides have turned
1 mo ago by Dan Pompei
A first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Ryan Tannehill's professional career has been full of ups and downs. After a trade to Tennessee in 2019 and leading the Titans on a storybook run to the AFC title game, Tannehill is right where he wants to be.
Staples: The 2021 and 2022 recruiting classes will be the worst evaluated in years
1 mo ago by Andy Staples
The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the world of sports will be felt in many different ways, but high school football prospects in the classes of 2021 and 2022 could have their entire careers altered. The Athletic's Andy Staples explains how so much talent could go unnoticed.
Dear Andy: Who are some under-the-radar excellent talent developers?
2 mo ago by Andy Staples
The Athletic's Andy Staples discusses which college coaches fly under the radar when it comes to excellent talent development, which fanbases are more willing to accept mediocrity and what will be done about conference media days.
Andy Staples offers a national perspective on the A&M program
2 mo ago by Billy Liucci
As decision day for the SEC and other major conferences looms on the horizon in regards to the 2020 season, Andy Staples of The Athletic joined the latest LiucciCast to offer his opinions on the national landscape of CFB and the 2020 Texas A&M Aggies.
Texas A&M has been building to this moment, but when will the moment happen?
2 mo ago by Andy Staples
Since Jimbo Fisher's arrival in College Station, most people circled 2020 as the season when his impact would start to become most apparent. Andy Staples takes stock of the Texas A&M program ahead of a season long meant to prove something, now clouded by uncertainty.
Buzz’s World: Texas A&M expects to make more shots, make a leap in Year 2
2 mo ago by C.J. Moore
The Aggies struggled through the first half of last season but looked like a different team down the stretch. Heading into year two under Buzz Williams, Texas A&M is showing real signs of the cohesion and growth Williams has worked so hard to cultivate.
Dear Andy: What college football program is the next sleeping giant?
2 mo ago by Andy Staples
The Athletic's Andy Staples discusses which head coaches have the most job security aside from the big names, who the next sleeping giant in CFB could be and looks at how the new name and likeness rules can appeal to recruits.
‘The Rookie’ prepares the pro: Pitching knowledge paves Asa Lacy’s path
2 mo ago by Alec Lewis
Texas A&M left-handed pitcher Asa Lacy was selected fourth overall by the Kansas City Royals in the 2020 MLB Draft, but long before he turned into one of baseball's top prospects, Lacy received vital knowledge from 'The Rookie', former big league pitcher Jim Morris.
When Damon West talks, college football teams listen
2 mo ago by Bruce Feldman
After a shoulder injury ended his playing career, Damon West turned to drugs and crime which eventually landed him in prison. Refusing to let his life spiral further, West transformed himself and now serves as a motivational speaker to some of college football's biggest programs.
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