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Need a college football fix? ESPNU to replay 2013’s top games

  • 11:36 am Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

If you’re tired of watching soccer or tennis or just need a warmup for the upcoming football season, you can watch what ESPN is calling the best 25 games of 2013 later this month.

ESPNU will air many of the Top 25 College Football Games of 2013, beginning with two on July 21. The top five will be decided upon by the fans from a list that includes these games (You can vote here; it ends July 28):

Auburn vs. Alabama
Florida State vs. Auburn
Ohio State vs. Michigan
Texas A&M vs. Duke
Auburn vs. Georgia

I don’t know about you, but it’s [More]

LSU’s Tiger Stadium is the best in country, media say

  • 12:21 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Everybody has their favorite stadiums.

You might love Neyland Stadium because that’s where you saw your first game. Or Doak Campbell, simply because you’re a FSU fan.

Even sportswriters have our faves, either for the atmosphere or accessibility to interview rooms or even for the ease of getting in and out on game days.

Athlon polled 15 members of the national media to find out their favorite stadiums.

Here is the result:

1. Tiger Stadium, LSU

2. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State

3. Autzen Stadium, Oregon

4. Kyle Field, Texas A&M

5. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama

6. Notre Dame Stadium

7. Neyland Stadium, Tennessee

8. Sanford Stadium, Georgia

9. Husky Stadium, Washington

10. Beaver [More]

Aaron Hernandez is in 2014 Florida football calendar

  • 4:44 pm Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

A photo of Aaron Hernandez, the former Florida TE who has been charged with killing three men, is in a 2014 University of Florida sports calendar.

A photo of him with the ball is featured for the month of July.

@CutlerRidgeLAZ Check out this huge whoops from the UF marketing department: http://t.co/iveDlTT3ud— Jimi Kunkel (@JimiKunkel) June 30, 2014

Officials approved the calendar in the spring of 2013, shortly before Hernandez was arrested on June 26, 2013, in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, Florida spokesman Daniel Apple told The Associated Press.

“There are thousands of Gators products for [More]

Are Miami, Louisville, UNC or Virginia Tech potential SEC targets?

  • 12:11 pm Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Andy Johnston

The ACC has changed.

Maryland is gone. Pitt, Syracuse and Louisville are the new residents.

Maryland landed in the Big Ten, which also added Rutgers.

So where will the SEC look if it chooses to add a couple of teams?

The SEC guys at ESPN.com debated this in a column and came up with four potential SEC targets, eliminating Clemson and Florida State.

Greg Ostendorf, who covers Auburn for the website, said the SEC should look to adding Miami and Louisville.

Miami is a no-brainer, he wrote, because it would provide a natural rival for Florida, be “significant for recruiting as local kids would [More]

Report: SEC Network nears deal with Comcast

  • 4:28 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

You might want to hold out for a couple of weeks if you’re a Comcast subscriber who’s worried that you won’t have the SEC Network.

The SEC Network, which debuts Aug. 14, and Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, are “working out final details,” Comcast spokesperson John Demming told FoxSports.com. “We expect to come to an agreement in the near future.”

Comcast is a major provider metro Atlanta and Georgia, so it’s addition will be huge for SEC fans statewide.

Dish Network, AT&T Uverse and Google Fiber have agreed to carry the SEC Network, and adding Comcast, would put the SEC [More]

Les Miles (who else?) strikes pose after hitting miniature golf putt

  • 11:28 am Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

We’ve seen Les Miles in all forms of zaniness.

There’s the postgame rants, the emotional outbursts, the long tangents about abstract things pertaining to life.

He even once kissed a pig.

Now, there’s the LSU coach playing miniature golf, preserved for all of us to see on social media.

Make sure you watch to see Miles’ reaction after the shot.

Miles will need to perform more magic at LSU this season after losing WRs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, RBs Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue, DTs Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson and right guard Trai Turner, who left school early to enter the [More]

Auburn AD says Tigers would have beaten Alabama without ‘Kick Six’

  • 8:53 am Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Even if you don’t believe in luck, some crazy good things happened to Auburn last year.

There were last-minute wins over Texas A&M and Mississippi State even before the improbable catch against Georgia — The Prayer in Jordan-Hare — and the still shocking missed field goal return — the Kick Six — to defeat Alabama.

Was it luck? No way, Auburn AD Jay Jacobs told AL.com.

“We were going to win the Alabama game whether it went to overtime or not. We had the momentum going and it was at our place and we felt good about it. Then we have [More]

Steve Spurrier: Nick Saban hasn’t maxed out Alabama’s potential

  • 9:54 am Monday, June 23rd, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Steve Spurrier likes taking his hacks, on and off the golf course.

His love for golf has been well documented, and he’s well known for his prodding fellow coaches with well-placed barbs.

Spurrier needled Alabama coach Nick Saban in a Sunday story in The State.

South Carolina’s football coach talks about his golf game and his work ethic, comparing the amount of hours he puts in to those worked by Saban and his staff.

“I told Nick Saban one time, I said, ‘Nick, you don’t have to stay there until midnight and your teams would be just as good and win just [More]

Tim Brando: No SEC teams will make four-team playoff

  • 11:41 am Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

There’s no SEC bias in Tim Brando.

The SEC Network hired the longtime broadcaster earlier this month, but when gave his prediction for the four teams that would make up this year’s first college football playoff, no SEC team could be found.

He said UCLA will play Michigan State in one national semifinal and Florida State will play Oklahoma in the other.

Why I love @TimBrando Less than a month after he's hired by SEC Network, he predicts the first CFP will have NO SEC teams. Godspeed, Tim.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) June 20, 2014

Brando made the predictions during his [More]

Jameis Winston’s dad says son has 2 more years at Florida State

  • 8:47 am Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

You better get used to Jameis Winston in a Florida State uniform.

That’s according to his father Antonor Winston, who told AL.com that his son will play at least two more years at FSU.

“We want Jameis to succeed with one more year in baseball and two more years in football,” he told the website. “We’ve never strayed from our plan that he is going to be in college until he gets that degree.”

Winston is from Bessemer native and graduated from Hueytown High in Alabama.

Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to the national championship as a [More]

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