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Rise of Washington, USC makes for a very happy Pac-12

The Huskies and Trojans hold an exalted status within the Pac-12 and can give the league the national boost in prestige it's looking for in 2017.

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Best college football players in 2017? Start with QBs

First of all, making a list of top players is just asking for trouble, but we like to live on the edge. So here is the first half of our top 50 players. Now, let the second-guessing begin.

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Breaking down FPI's performance in 2016

The 2016 college football season featured quite a few surprises. See where FPI hit and missed last season, and where it can improve in 2017.

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Brett McMurphy College football reporter 

Florida DL coach Chris Rumph, who received overtures from Clemson, is remaining at UF, sources told ESPN. "He wants to remain at Florida on (Coach) Jim McElwain's staff," a source said. Rumph, one of the nation's top recruiters, has been at Florida the past two seasons. He also was a Clemson assistant from 2006-10. Rumph and McElwain coached together on Alabama's 2011 BCS championship team - Rumph was Bama's DL coach and McElwain was offensive coordinator.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

This is where NCAA president Mark Emmert takes the stage for his annual convention speech. Big crowd on hand.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

During the NCAA Division I issues forum, a clarification on official visits in June was made clear to the body. When NCAA Proposal 2016-16 passes in April, prospects will not be able to take official visits in June and also participate in a institutional camp or clinic on same trip.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

A poll of Division I membership in attendance at the NCAA convention issues forum in Nashville shows 82-percent support for the legislative package of changes to the football recruiting model.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Recruting reform is a major focus of the NCAA Division I issues forum Thursday at NCAA convention. The forum is formally introducing the adjustments made Tuesday and Wednesday by the Football Oversight Committee and the Division I Council l that included mid-December signing period and spring official visits.

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Brady Bramlett, Ole Miss baseball player and co-chair of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, said his group is working on a questionnaire for recruits in all sports to bring with them on visits to help them ask coaches the "appropriate and tough questions?."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers, the StubHub Center in Carson, is the site of this week's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl -- the No. 3 showcase game for outgoing college seniors.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Expect more reform for college football in the next legislative cycle, says Oliver Luck, the NCAA's executive VP of regulatory affairs. Next up? A move to regulate the number of non-coaching, football-staff positions and a more enforceable way to govern contact rules of the spring evaluation period. Luck was deeply involved in the package of legislation approved Wednesday by the D-I Council that includes the addition of a 10th assistant coach, the elimination of satellite camps and creation of three-month spring period for official recruiting visits.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Brenda Tracy continues her work toward helping create NCAA legislation to ban student-athletes with a history of violence from college campuses. Tracy, who said she was raped by Oregon State football players in 1998, has delivered her message to athletes and staff at 16 schools since last summer. She participated in a panel on sexual violence Thursday at the NCAA convention and sits on a NCAA subcommittee that is studying the issue. "We're actually talking about real legislation that has some teeth to it," Tracy said, "real rules, so I'm happy about that."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

A point of clarification on NCAA Proposal 2016-16: Division I Council chair Jim Phillips confirmed when the proposal passes -- as it is expected to do in April vote -- sections of it such as the 10th assistant coach, the individuals associated with a prospect rule and satellite camp ban will be effectively immediately. Other parts of the proposal, such as the official visit calendar adjustment and mid-December signing period, would not start until the 2019 recriuting class.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech DT Breiden Fehoko announced over Twitter that he plans to transfer. Fehoko, a former ESPN 300 signee from 2015, started for Tech as a true freshman. His departure is a blow to a defense that ranked last nationally in total defense this past season.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: North Carolina has hired East Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams for the same position. This will be Adams' second stint at UNC (2012). He coached defensive line for Larry Fedora at both Southern Miss and North Carolina, and at South Carolina from 2013 to 2015. Scout.com first reported the hire. Adams replaces Tray Scott, who left to coach defensive line at Ole Miss.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst describes the package of legislation approved the D-I Council this week at the NCAA convention as "very transformational." Eichorst co-chaired the recruiting subcommittee and sat on the Football Oversight Committee, which drafted the proposal that would cut satellite camps, expand official recruiting visits to include a 12-week period in the spring before a prospect's senior year and add a 10th assistant coach, among other items. "Others have said that if we could keep the package together," Eichorst said, "it would be the most transformational football legislation that we've had in decades. That speaks volumes."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Wake Forest is hiring former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel for the same position. A deal was finalized earlier Wednesday. Sawvel served as Minnesota's defensive coordinator in 2016 but was let go along after the team's victory in the Holiday Bowl. He has coached defensive backs at Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Ferris State. This is a strong move by Wake Forest, which lost defensive coordinator Mike Elko to Notre Dame last month.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA is into its finishing kick as signing day approaches. The Bruins have added seven commitments this month including two today, in defensive end Odua Isibor and athlete Morrell Osling. The latter had been a Colorado commit but made the decision to flip to the Bruins just a few days after high school teammate and tight end Moses Robinson-Carr -- a former Oregon commitment -- pledged to UCLA. The Bruins shot 11 spots up the updated class rankings on Wednesday and now have the nation's No. 20 recruiting class.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Overlooked in today's changes to the official visit calendar and dropping of the June early signing period was the Division I Council's continued support on the reduction of summer camps. The council proposed legislation that would cut the number of days in a year from 30 to 10 in which coaches were allowed to conduct camps. Only coaches permitted to recruit off campus could participate, and the camps would be required to take place on campuses or in the facilities used primarily for practice or competition by member schools, essentially ending lengthy nationwide barnstorming satellite camp tours like Jim Harbaugh's Summer Swarm Tour.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

If the recruiting reform package passes, as it is expected to do after today's developments, class of 2019 prospects would be allowed to take official visits starting on April 1, 2018. "There's no reason to hold this off for another two or three years," Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said. "Let's get this enacted and start moving forward."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said the Council and Football Oversight Committee "overwhelming" heard from perspective student athletes and current athletes that they wanted to take earlier official visits. "It's a hardship to do it at certain times for them," Phillips said. "So extending the window doesn't mean they can't come back to the fall and winter of their senior year, but now they have a chance to have it paid for and come on campus earlier."