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Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

Top WR Nate Craig Commits to Auburn

BananaStock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Nate Craig, the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 6 player overall in the ESPN Junior 300, verbally committed to play football for the University of Auburn on Monday night.

Craig chose the Tigers over USC, Ohio State, and Alabama.

"I just thought Auburn was the best fit for me," Craig said. "I got to go up there this weekend and spend some time with coach [Dameyune] Craig and coach [Gus] Malzahn and that just sealed the deal for me."

"I was at Alabama for the whole week, but just building a relationship with the Auburn coaches and coach Craig was a big impact on my recruitment and did a great job. With coach Malzahn I got to spend some time with him and then I sat down with my mom and decided to make a decision," he continued.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Craig caught 37 passes for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore for Tampa Catholic High School this past season. 

Auburn now has three commits for the class of 2016.

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First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

First Female Referee Assigned to Big 12 Football

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Big 12 Football will make another bit of history when the college football season kicks off this fall. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced on Monday that the first female referee in league history has been assigned to work one of its games.

Bowlsby said Catherine "Cat" Conti will be on the field during Kansas' home opener on Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State. Conti had previously worked as an official with the Southland Conference.

The league commissioner noted that Conti has paid her dues and earned a chance to be on the field. Bowlsby also explained that Walt Anderson, Big 12 officiating supervisor, assigned Conti to the game because, "she is just a darned good official."

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Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Big 12 Commissioner: “Cheating Pays”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- During his annual state of the league address at the Big 12 media day, commissioner Bob Bowlsby proclaimed Monday that "cheating pays" in intercollegiate athletics.

"Enforcement is broken. The infractions committee hasn't had a hearing in almost a year," said Bowlsby. "It's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions."

Bowlsby continued by saying he does not believe cheating is a widespread epidemic, but that he fears for the future of the NCAA and its student-athletes.

"We certainly are operating in a strange environment in that we have lawsuits," explained the commissioner. "I think all of that in the end will cause programs to be eliminated."

While slamming college sports' governing body, Bowlsby did come to the defense of the collegiate model, saying that he was against the unionization of student-athletes.

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Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) -- Despite not even reaching the national championship game last year, SEC media members selected Alabama as the preseason favorite to win the conference this college football season.

The poll was revealed on Thursday, the final of four SEC media days. It showed what was a surprise to no one: Alabama vs. Auburn for the conference title.

The Crimson Tide (154) earned more votes than every other Southeastern Conference school combined. Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), and LSU (9) rounded out the top 5.

"Arguably, they've got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "If the recruiting services are correct, and they're pretty much correct."

Alabama also led the conference with nine players named to the preseason first-team. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon were the top two vote-getters among all players.

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Jameis Winston Wants to Play Two More Years at Florida State

Jameis Winston Wants to Play Two More Years at Florida StateGrant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) --  NFL teams eying Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for the 2015 draft may have to wait another year. Head coach Jimbo Fisher claimed earlier this year that the Heisman Trophy winner might p...

Alabama Inks Top-Ranked Recruiting Class

Alabama Inks Top-Ranked Recruiting ClassStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) --  The University of Alabama had yet another successful signing day.  Head coach Nick Saban and his staff received letter of intent from 19 players on Wednesday.  If you include the eight ea...

QB Max Wittek to Transfer from USC

QB Max Wittek to Transfer from USCiStockPhoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) --  USC quarterback Max Wittek has informed the team's coaching staff that he will transfer after the end of the spring semester. Wittek told the Los Angeles Times that he intends to skip spring practice, gradua...

Record Underclassmen Enter NFL Draft

Record Underclassmen Enter NFL DraftDoug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A record 98 underclassmen have made themselves eligible for the NFL draft in May. The NFL released the list of early entrants on Sunday, which include Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina ...

Vanderbilt Introduces New Head Football Coach Derek Mason

Vanderbilt Introduces New Head Football Coach Derek MasonBanana Stock/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Vanderbilt has been an up-and-coming program in recent years with James Franklin as the team's head football coach. With Franklin now at Penn State, the program has turned to Derek Mason to keep their mome...

Clemson Rewards Head Coach Dabo Swinney with Contract Extension

Clemson Rewards Head Coach Dabo Swinney with Contract ExtensionStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Coming off an 11-2 season and an Orange Bowl win over Ohio State, Clemson has rewarded head football coach Dabo Swinney with an eight-year contract extension. Swinney's new deal is worth $27.15 million, and will...

Malzahn Receives Bear Bryant Award

Malzahn Receives Bear Bryant AwardKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- When people in Alabama talk about Paul "Bear" Bryant they are almost certainly referring to the University on Alabama. Well, fans of the Crimson Tide will have to live with the head coach of their biggest rival bei...

LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill to Enter the NFL Draft

LSU Running Back Jeremy Hill to Enter the NFL DraftRonald Martinez/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) --  LSU running back Jeremy Hill announced Monday that will enter the 2014 NFL draft and not return for his junior season. "I am a Tiger for life. I will forever be grateful to my LSU fans, friends, c...

Source: Louisville to Hire Grantham as DC

Source: Louisville to Hire Grantham as DCiStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Louisville has reportedly found their new defensive coordinator. A source tells ESPN's Joe Schad that Georgia's Todd Grantham has accepted a five-year deal at with the Cardinals worth approximately $1 million per year. Grantham...

Penn State Hires James Franklin as New Head Football Coach

Penn State Hires James Franklin as New Head Football CoachJustin K. Allen/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- With Bill O'Brien leaving Penn State for the NFL's Houston Texans, the school has named former Vanderbilt coach James Franklin as his replacement. Even though he was coveted by the NFL, Franklin repor...

Florida State’s Benjamin to Enter NFL Draft

Florida State’s Benjamin to Enter NFL DraftBanana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin announed Friday that he will enter the 2014 draft. Benjamin caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Jameis Winston with 13 seconds remaining in the Vizio Natio...

Auburn’s Mason to Enter NFL Draft

Auburn’s Mason to Enter NFL DraftiStockphoto(AUBURN) -- Less than one week after losing the BCS National Championship game, the Auburn Tigers have also lost their top running back. Junior Tre Mason, who led Southeastern Conference with 1,816 rushing yards, has decided to forego h...

ESPN: Alabama to Interview Lane Kiffin for OC Position

ESPN: Alabama to Interview Lane Kiffin for OC PositionStephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin is interviewing Thursday to be the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, according to ESPN and media reports. The Crimson Tide are searching for a new offensiv...

Penn State Reportedly Offers Franklin HC Job

Penn State Reportedly Offers Franklin HC JobJustin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to the Scranton-Times Tribune, Penn State extended an offer to James Franklin on Wednesday to become the next head football coach. Franklin currently holds the same position at Vanderbilt University a...

Source: Michigan to Hire Nussmeier as OC

Source: Michigan to Hire Nussmeier as OCThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Doug Nussmeier will take over as the offensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines in 2014, a source tells ESPN's Joe Schad. Nussmeier was hired after Michigan fired Al Borges earlier on Wednesday. In a news release, Michiga...

ESPN: Bobby Petrino Offered Louisville’s Head Coaching Job

ESPN: Bobby Petrino Offered Louisville’s Head Coaching JobKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  A return to the University of Louisville may be in the cards for former head coach Bobby Petrino. The Western Kentucky coach has been offered the vacant head coaching position at Louisville and is expected t...

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