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Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Defending SEC East champion Florida's defense was dealt a significant blow Thursday when the school announced senior safety Marcell Harris would miss the 2017 season with a torn right Achilles tendon he suffered Wednesday participating in team activities. "As a coach this is one of the hardest things you are faced with," coach Jim McElwain said. Harris played in all 13 games last season and started eight at safety. He totaled 73 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 2 interceptions. The Gators were already having to replace six starters from a defense that ranked fifth in FBS in total defense and sixth in scoring defense in 2016.

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42 days until college football kickoff: Notre Dame holds the FBS record for most consecutive winning seasons, 42 from 1889-1932 (didn't field a team in 1890 and 1891).

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron's recruiting philosophy for LSU is rather simple. Pluck away a few out-of-state blue-chippers. And keep the best players in Louisiana from leaving. "We keep the good players, we can win a championship. That's the formula." Easier said than done. The competition for Louisiana players has heightened, especially via a bitter rival. In each of the last seven years, Alabama has landed at least one top five Louisiana recruit, including eventual All-Americans Landon Collins and Cam Robinson. "It's tough when you let your best player out of state and he goes and plays for Alabama and they come beat you. So we have to reverse that. In order to do that, we either have to get the best players first or beat Alabama. I don't know which is going to come first. I hope they both come first."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron's earliest memory of watching LSU came in 1971 when he was 10 years old. The Tigers were playing Notre Dame. "Ronnie Estay, who's from Larose, Louisiana (also Orgeron's hometown) had three stops on the goal line. He had about 17 tackles and was just going nuts. We were watching it on TV and you could feel the electricity in the air." LSU defeated the Irish 28-8, and Orgeron was hooked on the Tigers. "It was kinda like, wow, to be part of something like that...."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Ed Orgeron said he "loved" being at USC and was hoping to flip his interim status into the head job. "It was a great fit, I thought, but there was something missing." Now that he's the head man at LSU, the Larose, Louisiana, native seems to have found just what was missing. "When I came home, to get into the stadium and feel like you're connected to 102,000 people, I never felt that anywhere else. I feel connected to everybody. I speak their language. I think it's what Louisiana needed. LSU means so much to the Louisiana people. They want to be connected, they want to be represented. I think that's what I've brought."

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas coach Tom Herman showing reporters the app and sleep-tracking wristband that players wear so that coaches can monitor how well players rest.

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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Parting shot from Mike Gundy at Big 12 media days: The Oklahoma State coach said he convinced his kids this summer that the time was right to trim his mullet -- and finally got a reaction from his wife, Kristen -- when he tied the hair into a ponytail and stepped outside wearing only a swimsuit.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas State's Bill Snyder, the elder statesman in all of college football, said he's proud of young coaches Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma and Texas' Tom Herman. Both, Snyder said, are "guys that I'm convinced really want to do it right."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas State's Dalton Risner on fellow offensive tackle Scott Frantz, who announced on ESPN last week that he's gay. Risner and the Wildcats learned nearly two years ago, immediately embracing Frantz.

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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if the Longhorns fear their head coach, Texas coach Tom Herman said, "They better."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor wants your Heisman vote.

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Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Herman's view at Big 12 media days.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Large throng of media for Tom Herman's afternoon media session before he even arrives.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has been candid and genuine so far at Big 12 media days.