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Join College Football Insider at new location

The College Football Insider blog will continue through the summer, but it has moved. Its new home is here, which is collegefootball.blog.ajc.com. Please update your bookmarks and join me there so you won’t miss anything heading into this fall. One other change: In order to comment on the College Football Insider blog, you will have to be registered with ...

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Auburn’s Marshall tops SEC QB list next fall

Nick Marshall led Auburn to the national championship game in his first season as a starter. (AP photo) The stalwarts are long gone. AJ McCarron. Aaron Murray. Johnny Manziel. Connor Shaw. Zach Mettenberger. James Franklin. Four — McCarron (Bengals), Murray (Chiefs), Manziel (Browns) and Mettenberger (Titans) — were drafted this past weekend, and Shaw ...

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Expect SEC to again dominate NFL Draft

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney will be one of the first picks in this year's NFL Draft. (AP)SEC fans will hear plenty of familiar names in the NFL Draft. Jadeveon Clowney. Greg Robinson. Johnny Manziel. And yes, even AJ McCarron will have his named called sometime over the seven rounds. So expect it to be another banner year for SEC players in the draft, continu...

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Pac-12 coaches don’t like SEC’s 8-game schedule

This was to be expected. The Pac-12’s coaches aren’t thrilled the SEC voted to keep eight-game conference schedules instead of going to nine. If you haven’t guessed, the Pac-12 plays nine conference games. Stanford’s David Shaw, who used the word “cupcakes” to describe some SEC opponents in November, said on Thursday: “I...

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Winston cited for taking crab legs, suspended from baseball team

Updated, 2:42 p.m. Florida State QB Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, was issued a civil citation for shoplifting crab legs and other groceries from a Publix, law enforcement authorities say. Winston ordered food from the deli counter and left the store without paying, Leon County Sheriff’s Maj. Michael Wood said in a news conference on Wednesday. He ...

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SEC to try eight-referee crews in 2014

The SEC didn’t add a conference game to its schedules, but it’s adding a referee. The conference will experiment with eight-man crews this fall, CBSSports.com reported, putting another striped shirt in the offensive backfield. The center judge, as it will be called, will wear a “C” and be positioned opposite the referee. Big 12 penalties ...

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LSU’s Anthony Jennings turns eyes toward fall

Marietta's Anthony Jennings is in the running to start at QB for LSU this year. (AP photo) Anthony Jennings knows what’s ahead of him. He’s the only quarterback on the LSU roster with game experience, but he saw how well freshman Brandon Harris — his main competition for the starting job — played in the spring game earlier this month. Th...

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Nine-game schedule goes down, SEC keeps eight

So much for that nine-game SEC schedule that’s generated so much buzz. It fizzled out on Sunday. The league’s powers to be voted that the SEC’s football teams will continue to play an eight-game schedule with the 6-1-1 format. The vote ended a long discussion about whether the SEC teams would go to a nine-game conference schedule, like the Pac-12 ...

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College football could head south of the border

Texas coach Charlie Strong and his team might soon play a game in Mexico City. (AP photo) Don’t be surprised if a college football game is played south of the border in the near future. And I’m not talking about that tacky, but yet strangely alluring, pit stop on I-95, where you can climb into the giant sombrero on the border of the Carolinas. Texas AD ...

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Al Golden, Frank Beamer favor nine-game ACC schedule

Not many of their SEC counterparts like the possibility of playing a nine-game conference schedule, but Miami’s Al Golden and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer supported the idea for the ACC. I wrote about the SEC’s nine-game quandary yesterday. Both talked about the potential schedule change on Wednesday’s league teleconference. Golden says he ...

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