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Top 25 college football coaches ever

With Nick Saban winning his fifth national championship in January, Sports on Earth has been determining his current place in history by counting down college football's 100 greatest coaches, leading up to this: ranking the 25 best coaches ever.

Clemson professor rebuts Dabo Swinney's invocation of MLK in Kaepernick commentary

Dabo Swinney's remarks on Colin Kaepernick's protest and racism have drawn praise from many people. It's also been criticized from others, including one of his colleagues at Clemson. Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, a communications professor at Clemson, wrote an op-ed that respectfully disagreed with the football coach, particularly in his invocation of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Photo: New Kentucky basketball jerseys get mixed reactions

Kentucky looks like they’ll be playing in a new basketball uniform this season as the team’s equipment staff put out a photo on Twitter. While the Wildcats have incorporated the checkerboard in their uniforms before, it has been more subtle than this latest design. Some Kentucky fans compared it (unfavorably) to Tennessee while some applauded the new look.

Statements from the Atlantic Coast Conference regarding House Bill 2

Statement from the ACC Council of Presidents: “The ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination. We believe North Carolina House Bill 2 is inconsistent with these values, and as a result, we will relocate all neutral site championships for the 2016-17 academic year.”

Florida State DB Derwin James to miss 5-7 weeks with meniscus surgery

Florida State safety Derwin James had successful surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, Jimbo Fisher said after Tuesday’s practice. James is expected to miss anywhere from 5-7 weeks, Fisher estimated. Florida State's highly anticipated matchup at home against Clemson on Oct. 29 is seven weeks based on James' timeframe.

Sources: Duke barring NBA teams from practices, holding pro days for first time

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is barring NBA teams from scouting his program’s practices this season – except for two pro days scheduled in October, league sources told The Vertical. NBA executives were extended invitations to pro days on Oct. 19 and 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the second of which coincides with the opening night of the NBA regular season.

Boss meets boss: Katie Ledecky, Bruce Springsteen pose together at concert

Katie Ledecky has some downtime after rewriting swimming’s record books in Rio and before she moves into her dorm at Stanford later this month. But she’s been filling out her days nicely. She has thrown out a first pitch at Nationals Park, spoke with kids at her former elementary school and high school and visited Children’s Hospital to show off her gold medals. Oh yeah, and she met Bruce Springsteen.

How to feed a college football team: Start at 4 a.m., and never stop cooking

To be the chef of a major college football program requires a different gear during training camp in August. This is Michael Christie’s fourth quarter of every year, the three-week slog that tests all of his skills and abilities. He is the first person on the move at Gossett Team House every morning.

MAC, Big 12 suspend officiating crews from Central Michigan-Oklahoma State

Officiating crews from the Mid-American and the Big 12 conferences have been suspended after making game-deciding mistakes in the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Battle at Bristol officially brings in biggest crowd in American football history

There’s a new sheriff in town when it comes to American football attendance records. On Saturday evening, as anticipated for nearly three years, the Battle at Bristol between No. 9 Tennessee and Virginia Tech officially reigned in the highest attendance for an American football game in history: a record 156,990 fans were on hand to watch the game.

‘Back in the day:’ SEC writers reflect on reporting changes over the past few decades

During the spring semester in 2016, as part of a “Sports Reporting” class project, Auburn students interviewed veteran SEC sports writers about changes they had seen during their careers. Besides linking future sports journalists with the veterans in their careers, the project gave the students an opportunity to see how the profession has changed over the past few decades.

ESPN's Adam Schefter delivered a heartbreaking story about how 9/11 shaped his family

Usually we rely on ESPN’s Adam Schefter for the nittiest of the grittiest football details. He tells us who is really injured, or how a team is planning to adjust schematically. He’s not someone we’re meant to react to emotionally. That changed today, when he shared the story of Sharri Maio, whose husband Joe died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, leaving behind a 2-year-old son.

Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage ties FBS record with eight touchdowns

Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage scored an FBS-record eight touchdowns on an incredibly efficient 13 touches to help the Sun Devils defeat Texas Tech 68-55. Six scores came in the wildcat, one on a 39-yard reception and his eighth score came on a 75-yard run where he outraced the Tech defense to the end zone.

Inside the play: Central Michigan's miracle Hail-and-lateral (that shouldn't have counted)

The last time Cooper Rush and Jesse Kroll connected on a miraculous Hail Mary-and-lateral touchdown pass to end a game, it wasn’t a victorious ending for Central Michigan. You probably remember the play. It was the 2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and Central Michigan trailed Western Kentucky 49-42 with one second left.

ECU uses Wolfpack's words as motivation in victory

East Carolina didn’t do much talking leading into Saturday’s game against North Carolina State, but the Pirates earned the right to do plenty of chirping afterwards. Various ECU players – including offensive force James Summers and outside linebacker Dayon Pratt – referenced some of the words from N.C. State’s side heading into the weekend.

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