USC had the strongest signing day. Urban Meyer inked his best class. Florida State grabbed the best available player. But Bama remains No. 1 in the second edition of the Way-Too-Early Top 25.
Notre Dame took the sting off a subpar season by winning big on national signing day, but the Irish weren't the only team from outside of the Power 5 conferences to score on the recruiting trail.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
UNLV coach Tony Sanchez received a three-year extension through the 2021 season, the school announced Friday. Sanchez was hired from local prep power Bishop Gorm High School prior to the 2015 season and the Rebels have gone 7-17 over his first two seasons. "Tony is building a foundation for long-term success in every phase of the Rebel football program," UNLV president Len Jessup said. "With his high-energy style and passion for the game, Tony is creating a new culture for UNLV Football that is generating tremendous community support and has Rebel fans excited for the future."
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
UNLV extends coach Tony Sanchez's contract through the 2021 season. Sanchez, who is 7-17 with the Rebels, signed a four-year deal in December 2014.
Time -- and wins and losses -- will ultimately tell if the hires during this coaching cycle made the dean's list, but it's not too early to review how the new 21 head coaches are doing so far.
Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer
Senior Bowl: San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee plays fast. Quick to close on the ball. Solid transition speed in his pedal. Competes.
Former Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter has been hired as Cal's defensive coordinator, the school officially announced on Monday.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Source confirms former Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter will be Cal's new defensive coordinator. Fox Sports first reported the hire.
Gipson finds end zone in Collegiate Bowl
New Mexico running back Teriyon Gipson notched a 13-yard receiving touchdown during Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif. The senior's catch accounted for the American team's only score in a 27-7 loss.
Irving scores defensive TD in Collegiate Bowl
San Jose State linebacker Isaiah Irving returned a fumble 15 yards for a touchdown during Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif. The senior's National team won the exhibition 27-7.
Mike Martz, the former Rams head coach, had a message ready for his team when they met to prepare for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Eli McGuire made the most of his opportunity at the East-West Shrine game.
Broncos' season ended with a thud
The loss at Air Force was tough enough to swallow. Boise State was then dominated by a Baylor team that had every reason to mail in its Cactus Bowl performance. Bryan Harsin takes no momentum into the 2017 season. Coaches' stock (Insider)
San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long has agreed to a five-year contract extension which will keep him with the Aztecs through the 2021 season.
Pumphrey reps SD State in top 10
The Aztecs had one player -- Donnel Pumphrey -- make the final #CFBrank top 50. The senior RB comes in at No. 10. Final #CFBrank
Final AP Poll: Aztecs finish at No. 25
San Diego State (11-3) closed the season with a convincing 34-10 win over Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Aztecs are one of three Group of 5 schools in the final ranking. Final AP Poll
Steve Spurrier is only the fourth person to be inducted in the College Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. He is joined in the 2017 class by Peyton Manning, Danny Ford and Marshall Faulk.
Mountain West ties for most G5 wins
New Mexico, San Diego State, Hawai'i and Air Force won bowl games to give the Mountain West a 4-3 bowl record. No other Group of 5 conference earned more wins.
The Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears will coach the Senior Bowl teams, getting a close-up look at some of the prospects available in the NFL draft.
Arion Worthman threw for 207 yards to balance out Air Force's run-heavy offense, Jacobi Owens scored two touchdowns and the Falcons overcame a sluggish start to beat South Alabama 45-21 in Arizon
Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer
Air Force beats South Alabama 45-21 in Arizona Bowl. The ViewFromVegas is the Falcons covered as 14.5-point favorites and the game went over the betting total of 54.5. This was the second straight cover by a favorite in the bowl games, but underdogs are still dominating at 23-9 ATS (71.9 percent). Unders dip to 18-14 (56.3 percent).
ESPN Stats and Information
Since going up 21-3, South Alabama has 25 yards of offense and now trails Air Force 45-21
Breaking down the Arizona Bowl
Air Force has the advantage in all three phases of the game. ESPN's FPI gives the Falcons a 77 percent chance to beat South Alabama, and our experts agree. Bowl picks (Insider)