Early Offer: Levonta Taylor next big FSU get in Virginia?

Dominating Florida is always critical for Florida State, but another secret to the Seminoles’ success is doing well in Virginia, and highly-coveted corner Levonta Taylor could be the Noles’ next big get from the state.

1. Florida State has always recruited well on a national scale, especially in the traditional ACC footprint. In the 2015 class for example, the Noles landed five-star Josh Sweat and four-star Darvin Taylor II from Virginia, four-star Marcus Lewis from Washington D.

Meet LaQuan McGowan, Baylor’s 400-pound tight end

WACO, Texas — Shortly after Baylor’s Friday Night Light scrimmage last week, LaQuan McGowan took in the photo capturing the second biggest moment of his college football career.

The Bears’ mammoth tight end had broken free down the seam of the field, snagged a pass and smashed through intrepid free safety Mallory Franklin who dared to duck in his path.

“I’m 400 pounds,” McGowan said. “Just doesn’t seem fair or even.”

Baylor inside linebacker Grant Campbell would agree.

Are these coaches earning their paychecks?


On Monday, we ranked the best bang-for-the-buck coaching values in college football. Today we look at the opposite end of the spectrum and discuss coaches who are overpaid, based on bloated salaries and a lack of results.

Note that some of the coaches below are still relatively new, but the money they’re making will rapidly increase expectations, which will lead to angst if those expectations aren’t met.

The estimated salary figures come from a combination of documents obtained by ESPN.

TCU, Colorado agree to home-and-home series in 2022-23

TCU and Colorado have agreed to a home-and-home series, sources told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

The Horned Frogs and Buffaloes will play in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2022 and in Boulder, Colorado, in 2023. It will be the first meeting between the schools.

Even though the Big 12 and Pac-12 — which both play nine league games — do not require their league members to play at least one nonconference Power 5 opponent, both schools have lined up several future home-and-home series against nonconference Power 5 teams.

Comparing each Pac-12 coach’s best team

Just over a year ago, I took a look at each Pac-12 head coach’s career and ordered their best individual seasons as decided by each team’s final spot in the AP poll. At the time, it seemed like a pretty impressive list.

This year’s updated version takes it to another level after four Pac-12 coaches — Steve Sarkisian, Todd Graham, Jim Mora and Mark Helfrich — fielded the best teams of their head-coaching careers in 2014. That’s not including Gary Andersen, whose most recent Wisconsin team was his best ever, and finished ranked higher than any Oregon State team during Mike Riley’s 14-year, two-stint tenure.

Early Offer: Jarrett Guarantano’s decision will create domino effect

Two things have become clear in recruiting: If you want a top quarterback you had better move quickly; each prospect’s decision affects others. That’s why the upcoming decision of Jarrett Guarantano looms large over the 2016 class.

1. Jarrett Guarantano of Oradell (New Jersey) Bergen Catholic is the nation’s No. 13 pocket passing quarterback and the 215th overall best prospect in the country. But more importantly, he’s a high-priority recruit for some of the nation’s top programs.

Charlie Strong stressing competition in Texas spring ball

AUSTIN, Texas — When Charlie Strong pulled Tyrone Swoopes aside this winter and gave him a new assignment, he didn’t need to explain why.

“You’re gonna go run with the skill guys.”

Swoopes was accustomed to racing linebackers in the “big skill” group during Texas’ 5:30 a.m. offseason conditioning drills. So Strong told his junior quarterback to switch sides. Go challenge the receivers and defensive backs.

“When I placed him in that group, he didn’t back away at all,” Strong said.

Do Group of 5 teams need to be perfect for a shot at the playoff?

Memo to all Power 5 athletic directors: Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick is waiting for your call.

The Thundering Herd will play anyone, anywhere.

“My problem is, people don’t want to play us because we can beat them,” Hamrick said. “When I get on the phone — and I’ve been in this business a long a time — a lot of my friends who are ADs at Power 5 schools say, ‘Hey, great talking to you. We’re not playing you guys.

Five things to watch: The Opening Nike Football Atlanta Regional

If the weatherman is correct, The Opening Nike Football Atlanta Regional is going to be cold and wet on Sunday. That will not keep the best players out of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina from attending, however. After the Dallas Regional ended a week ago with a record 13 invites to The Opening, the Atlanta Regional is set to challenge that record .

Here are five things to watch headed into Sunday.

Phenix City Central High invading Atlanta

Central High out of Alabama will be well represented in Atlanta on Sunday led by ESPN Junior No.

Penn State’s pro-day underclassmen believe they’re ready for NFL

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State tight end Jesse James was advised to return his senior year. The NFL Draft Advisory Board told defensive end Deion Barnes he’d likely be a fifth-round pick.

Those projections didn’t deter either underclassman. They said on Thursday afternoon – the first time they spoke publicly since their decisions – they simply felt they were ready. It didn’t matter what the board said.

“No, I don’t regret it at all,” Barnes said, when asked if he’d reconsider had he known he wouldn’t receive an invitation to the NFL combine.