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Wolverine of Wall Street: Michael Hirsch's long journey to Michigan

A note on Michael Hirsch's mirror propelled him from Wall Street to the Michigan football team. Why? He needed something to do after beating a life-threatening disease.

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Sources: ACC in Orlando in title game site hunt

ACC officials are visiting Orlando as they determine where to relocate the title game, after it was pulled out of Charlotte, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

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Lamar Jackson's amazing start to season (1:30)
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Jackson, McCaffrey clear Heisman favorites

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey are by far the top two candidates for the Heisman Trophy after four weeks.

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What in the world is going on at USC?

Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.

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Louisville-Clemson big swing game of Heisman season (2:22)
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SVP has harsh words for LSU AD (0:58)
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Marty Smith goes inside the program with Clemson (2:53)
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Saban dumbfounded over Les Miles' firing (0:50)
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Can Louisville sustain its success? (0:57)
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Finebaum: Les Miles firing provides 'new axiom in football' (1:19)
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LSU boosters fueled reactionary decision to fire Miles (0:49)
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Finebaum says LSU news conference felt like a 'coup' (2:18)
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LSU's Godchaux suspended after arrest

LSU starting defensive end Davon Godchaux has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested following an incident with his girlfriend at his apartment.

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How tough will it be for Miles' replacement at LSU to have success? (1:31)
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2dAdam Rittenberg

Ed Orgeron living in the moment at LSU

With Les Miles out, LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron brings a lifetime love and knowledge of Louisiana to the job -- even if it may be temporary.

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McFarland not surprised by Miles' firing (2:27)

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

The power of sport: Andy Hoffman, father of Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old boy battling brain cancer who scored a touchdown in the Nebraska spring game in 2013, started the Team Jack Foundation. He explains the impact of that moment as the foundation has raised $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research and is one of four finalists for NASCAR's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award that will be announced tonight. Jack just turned 11 this week.

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Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Remember Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old boy battling brain cancer who scored a touchdown in the Nebraska spring game in 2013? His health battle continues as he just turned 11. A foundation his father started, the Team Jack Foundation, has raised $3 million for pediatric brain cancer research and is one of four finalists for NASCAR's Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award that will be announced tonight.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan is hosting a ton of top recruits this weekend for its top 10 matchup with Wisconsin. The biggest name making the trip to Ann Arbor is five-star Alabama offensive line commit Alex Leatherwood. The No. 9 ranked prospect will be joined by seven other recruits ranked in the top 150 of the ESPN 300, including linebacker Baron Browning, offensive linemen Cesar Ruiz, Jedrick Wills and Chuck Filiaga, athlete Markquese Bell, defensive back Chris Henderson and linebacker Jordan Anthony.

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford head coach David Shaw, a big fan of defense himself, had some high praise for what Washington has been able to do on the defensive side of the ball. The top 10 teams meet Friday night at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN: "They are built very smartly with size and a physical nature up front. The secondary guys are long and athletic with linebackers that can run and hit. That's a great combination when you throw a budding superstar like Budda Baker in the mix, who continues to grow and can be one of the top defensive players in our conference. It's the idea of having both of those extremes -- the speed and athleticism on the offensive side -- the size and physical nature up front with length in the secondary. That's how we all try to build them."

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of the older Oregon players have voiced concern that there might be a sense of entitlement in some players. Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said that every coach always fights that. Last Saturday after the Colorado loss he had used the example that the "O" in Oregon also represents the number of extra points the team is given...0.

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Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he would support his players should their raise their fist or take any other action during the national anthem, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said: "It's a free country, and if you have a desire to express yourself in a way that's not detrimental to the team, we're not going to hold anybody back. As for my own feelings, I don't really delve into that. I keep my opinions to myself on that type of thing."

Kevin Gemmell ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen, who faces Colorado this week, gave a very thoughtful answer when asked about the parallels between where he wants his program to be and what CU coach Mike MacIntyre has gone through rebuilding the Buffs: "For Colorado and Coach Mac it's awesome to see it happen. How many times were people ready to say 'This isn't going to work' blah, blah, blah. The bottom line is the kids stuck to the plan, and I have tremendous respect for them. Coach Mac stuck to the plan and I have tremendous respect for him competing back to the days when we were in the WAC together ... In my opinion, it's the most gratifying thing as a head coach in football when you can flip a program. I felt that way as an assistant, but not even as close to the way you feel as a head coach. I know he feels they aren't close to arriving yet. But they are playing a brand of football they haven't played in years."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton was asked about statistical analysis as it pertains to when to go for it on fourth down. Here's what he said: "One, it depends on what time of the game it is. Are you up? Are you down in the football game? There's all types of decisions that have to be made. Typically, being an offensive guy, I like to be aggressive by nature and go for it on fourth down, but there are times that dictate in the ballgame that you don't. "We've gone for it, I think, four times already this year on fourth time and have been pretty successful with it. Had one in the past game vs. Utah where we had a fourth down and a long three, almost four, on our 38-yard line [Note: it was the Utah 37], but we're up three in that game with a great punter that can pin a team deep and he kicks it to the minus-seven. If you're down in that game, you're probably going for it in that situation. I think situationally, you have to make those decisions as a head coach in that. But in the normal flow of a game, once you get in that four-down territory, depending on whether you're down or up you can be aggressive."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA announced it will host Fresno State in 2024. That makes three games between the two schools on future schedules with games already scheduled for 2018 and 2021. The Bruins have been one of the more ambitious scheduling teams in college football of late. They kicked off a home-and-home at Texas A&M this year and also have games lined up against Oklahoma (2018, 2019), LSU (2021, 2024), Michigan (2022, 2023) and Georgia (2025, 2026) among several other respected Group of 5 opponents.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon running back coach Gary Campbell said that running back Royce Freeman is full go in practice this week. The junior was injured in the Nebraska game and sat out versus Colorado. In full, Freeman has probably played about two games worth of snaps this season, accounting for 325 yards and four touchdowns. Will be huge to have him back against Washington State.

Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

Oregon wide receiver Dwayne Stanford said that it took a nearly perfect game from the Ducks to win in Pullman in 2014. Against a hungry Washington State team that's coming off a bye, the Ducks might need to be perfect in 2016.

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Chantel Jennings ESPN Staff Writer 

A few of the Oregon upperclassmen called a player's only meeting following the Ducks' loss to Colorado. Running back Kani Benoit said it's necessary for the veterans to lead the underclassmen.

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Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't count Miami QB Brad Kaaya among those impressed with Miami's 3-0 start and No. 14 ranking. He knows at Miami wins against FAMU, FAU and App State only mean so much. "We haven't really done anything yet," he said. "... This weekend [against Georgia Tech] is when things get real." The story of Miami's 2016 season will be written this month with FSU, UNC, VaTech and Notre Dame (and Pitt on Nov. 5) in October.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Urban Meyer shoots down any contact from LSU about potentially replacing Les Miles. "No, I have not been contacted," Meyer said. "I'm going to be the coach at Ohio State."

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Ash has something of a head start scouting Ohio State after spending the last two years there as co-defensive coordinator, but the Rutgers coach isn't expecting that to be a big deal on game day. "Yeah, I know players, I know coaches, I know the offensive and defensive schemes that they're running," Ash said. "But that doesn't mean we have an advantage or anything like that. It comes down to players making plays on Saturday."

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

North Carolina's defense has been on the field an average of 37:04 per game, third-most in the country, and last week they were on the field for more than 41 minutes. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said, speaking generally, losing time of possession the week prior could have "huge" implications for that next week of practice and game. The Seminoles hold the ball an average of 36:19, fifth-best nationally.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State will wear black shoes and socks as well as a 6 on their helmets in memory of former Spartan linebacker Mylan Hicks, who was killed at a bar in Calgary this weekend. Hicks was playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL.

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Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

Gus Malzahn says that Auburn LB Paul James III will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury he suffered last week in practice. James, a junior-college transfer, had three tackles, one tackle for loss and one QB hurry through the first three games this year.

Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer 

The last coach to face Les Miles while at LSU? Gus Malzahn. The Auburn coach reflected on the recently fired Miles today. "Les is a legend," Malzahn said. "He has helped make the SEC what it is currently. He's one of those guys. He's a great coach. He's a great person. He's a guy coming into the SEC that I looked up to."

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said injured WR Matt VandeBerg (foot) might be able to return for a bowl game. He said VandeBerg would definitely miss the next month.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Highly-touted UCLA true freshman LB Mique Juarez is enrolled in classes and will meet with coach Jim Mora later this week, UCLA LB coach Scott White said. "The plan hasn't changed at all. The plan has always been for him to be back with us," White said. Juarez has been away from the team for about seven weeks for personal reasons. White said the staff wants to make sure he's ok as a person before bringing football back into the equation.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on postgame remarks: "I don't know that I was that tough on the roster as much as I was tough on my coaches. I think when you tell your coaches that they're on a job interview for the rest of the season, that seems to be tough, moreso than saying there's a standard of play at a particular position. You guys can interpret it anyway that you want. I don't think I'm too tough on them. … It still falls on me, this team's not playing well. It's my fault. I have to find solutions to it. After a game when you're frustrated with the play, everybody is on notice, I made that pretty clear." Kelly adds that it all starts with him, the head coach.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly on defensive changes: "We're going to play with enthusiasm, we're going to play with the passion I said was missing. Made changes accordingly to bring that back. That will begin to show itself. You're going to see a lot more players playing. There's going to be some depth, some camaraderie. We need to get that morale up on defense and we'll do that with a lot more players involved in what we're doing on a day-to-day basis."