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Is the ACC now the best conference in CFB?

Are the hospitalization of Oregon players being overblown? Is it fair of UConn to pull scholarship offer so late? Is ACC the best conference? The CFB Live crew discusses all this and more.

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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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Ranking all 42 college football postseason games

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Dabo Swinney's most magical night

After midnight, amid the confetti and chaos of Clemson's national championship, there was magic, some guts (which he brought), his family and a whole lot of magic for Tigers coach Dabo Swinney.

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas AD Mike Perrin released a statement today defending coach Tom Herman's hiring of former Baylor staffer Casey Horny. Perrin said he "spoke at length" with Horny and looked into his background before Herman hired him as a special teams quality control coach. Horny had defended Art Briles in past posts on his Twitter account, which he deleted after taking the Texas job. Perrin said that social media commentary "will not be tolerated at Texas."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Mullen said the Football Oversight Committee also spent time Tuesday on player safety. The group did not discuss specifically the situation that left multiple Oregon players hospitalized after a recent offseason workout. Mullen said he has twice seen players at Mississippi State players grow similarly ill after a training session. "It's a very scary situatuion," he said. "I'm still understanding it as a coach." Mullen said he places responsibility in such matters on football staffers to administer the proper training -- and on players to "make sure that they are properly preparing themselves."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

AFCA executive director Todd Berry said head coaches having a "unified voice" played a large role in members of the NCAA Division I Oversight Committee listening to their feedback on proposed recruiting reform. Following a seven-hour meeting Tuesday, committee members indicated modifications are on the way to a proposal that would have created June and December early signing periods after receiving feedback from coaches and a mid-December signing period is the likely outcome. "I think it absolutely helped having a single voice as a coaching community," Berry said. "In any line of work when you have a united front and take a stance for good reasons, it helps. I've always thought the committee was receptive and in it for the betterment of the game and for the benefit of the student athletes, and this helps solidify my thought on that. I don't know if anybody can claim a victory, but I think most people support an early signing period and a mid-December date is the right thing to do to test the model."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Mullen, continuing on compromises to recruiting reform, said he still expects a vote of the D-I Council this spring despite changes to the legislative package. "I think what we're trying to do is get to a great starting point," the Mississippi State coach said. "I think what everybody on the [football oversight] committee understands is the decisions we're making now are not the end point. It's going to be a gradual but specific plan." In other words, expect change in 2017 and for years to come.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

It should be noted in 2015, a proposal for an early signing period in mid-December was tabled to conduct an 18-month comprehensive study of the entire recruiting process and it was from that study that the current NCAA proposal was created from. The mid-December signing window is familiar for coaches, largely because it's currently when midyear junior-college recruits sign their national letter of intents.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen emerged from a seven-hour meeting of Division I Football Oversight Committee Tuesday in Nashville at the NCAA convention convinced that compromise is coming to the proposed package of recruiting reform -- and that the coaches' voice has been heard by administrators. "I think when you've done the same thing for a long time and there's change, there's discomfort. There's nervousness. There's uncertainty," said Mullen, the lone coach who is a voting member of the 12-person committee. The oversight committee last fall recommended the addition of new signing periods in June and December. Coaches later widely opposed the June period and supported December.

Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt will again chair the CFP selection committee. He told me today the 2017 season will be better for him in that role because he knows what to expect. "The thing for me was just the enormous amount of scrutiny on every word," he said. "I knew that, but until you're sitting in that chair, I don't think you truly comprehend that role. Thankfully our fan bases are so passionate about the games, and when you're looked at as representing the collective voices of everybody, but yet you're the face of it, that's a unique role and a tough one." Hocutt said he has talked to fellow committee member and former chair Jeff Long about it. "There are only two of us who have sat in that chair and understand just what that feels like." Hocutt's term on the committee has been extended to February 2018.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

While NCAA Division I Oversight Committee members said they are not able to elaborate exactly what those alterations will be until after the NCAA Division I Council -- the group that proposed the changes and will eventually vote on the reform package -- meets Tuesday evening and Wednesday at the NCAA Convention, sources indicate a mid-December signing period is the most likely outcome. It's still unclear what, if any, changes will be made to the official visit calendar. More than 100 FBS head coaches said last week at the American Football Coaches Association convention they did not support changes to recruiting calendar that would allow prospects to take official visits in June and July.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

After today's NCAA Division I Oversight Committee meeting, it looks like there will be reform to recruiting reform. The NCAA Division I Council has a proposal on the table that would call for an early signing period in June and December, along with some adjustments to the official visit calendar. But last week at the American Football Coaches Association convention, more than 100 FBS head coaches came out in favor of the December signing period and against the June one. The Oversight Committee met Tuesday to get the feedback from coaches and it appears changes are on the way. "We had a very robust conversation with a lot of different perspectives," MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher said. "I think what you'll see come out of it, is a package that there's a little bit of something for everybody. I think it'll be a very productive and positive package. You should expect some changes, some modifications."

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been known to get creative on in-home visits with recruits. He has had sleep overs, climbed trees and now you can add riding go-karts to the list. Harbaugh, defensive coordinator Don Brown and linebackers coach Chris Partridge all traveled down to Leesburg, Georgia to conduct an in-home visit with ESPN 300 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon. The coaches and prospect drove go-karts, went bowling and made arts and crafts for Solomon's younger sister on the visit.


Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State has set its spring game for April 15. Spring games are kind of a big deal in Columbus. The Buckeyes drew 100,189 fans to last year's exhibition in the Horseshoe, breaking their own record of 99,391 the year before.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Janarion Grant is returning for a fifth year at Rutgers. The receiver/returner broke his ankle against Iowa on Sept. 24 and missed the rest of the season. Grant is tied for first in FBS history with eight combined career kick return TDs (five kickoff, three punt) and had six total touchdowns before his injury last season. His return is a much-needed jolt for the Scarlet Knights, who were the lowest-scoring team in the Power 5 last year at 15.7 ppg.

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In bit of coincidence, the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee is meeting today to discuss recruiting reform in same room where head coaches voted last week to only support a December early signing period.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona State announced that Josh Henson, a former offensive coordinator at Missouri, has been hired as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He spent the last two seasons as an offensive analyst at Oklahoma State.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 300 offensive lineman C.J. Thorpe confirmed that he is planning to visit Michigan on January 27. Thorpe has been committed to Penn State since April and has maintained that he is solid in his commitment. The Wolverines have been a school he has shown interest in, and will now use an official visit to see the program. While Thorpe's father, Chris, played at Penn State giving his son a tie to the school, the elder Thorpe also played with current Michigan defensive backs coach, Michael Zordich. Thorpe is the No. 132 ranked prospect overall and one of six ESPN 300 commitments for Penn State.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Western Michigan is hiring former Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Johns spent the past six seasons in a coordinator role at Indiana and also worked with the Hoosiers' wide receivers and quarterbacks. FootballScoop.com first reported Johns' hiring at Western Michigan. Really good move for new Broncos coach Tim Lester.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

USC added another big man to its recruiting class as three-star offensive guard Jalen McKenzie announced his commitment to the Trojans on Monday night. McKenzie is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and the younger brother of Tennessee defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie, the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2015 class. McKenzie is commitment No. 18 for USC in the 2017 class.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Arkansas is promoting defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads to defensive coordinator, coach Bret Bielema announced on Twitter on Monday night. Rhoads replaces Robb Smith, who recently left for the defensive coordinator job at Minnesota. Rhoads has been head coach at Iowa State and defensive coordinator at Pitt from 2000 to 2007. Expect Arkansas to switch to a 3-4 alignment under his watch.