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In this Nov. 2, 2018 photo, Hammond Skyhawks Jordan Burch (5) watches during the a high school football playoff game against Wilson Hall in Columbia, S.C. The-6-foot-5, 275-pound Burch is a potential immediate-impact player out for the Gamecocks. When the early signing period opened in December he announced he would stay close to home. But he didn't actually sign, leaving open the possibility LSU could be his final destination. (Jeff Blake/The State via AP)

SEC's recruiting dominance particularly apparent this year

Feb. 5, 2020 9:07 PM EST

The Southeastern Conference dominated the recruiting landscape even more than usual this year. As the remaining unsigned football prospects finalized their college plans Wednesday, the SEC had six of the nation’s top eight classes, according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports....

In this Nov. 2, 2018 photo, Hammond Skyhawks Jordan Burch (5) watches during the a high school football playoff game against Wilson Hall in Columbia, S.C. The-6-foot-5, 275-pound Burch is a potential immediate-impact player out for the Gamecocks. When the early signing period opened in December he announced he would stay close to home. But he didn't actually sign, leaving open the possibility LSU could be his final destination. (Jeff Blake/The State via AP)

Signing day: Undecided blue chips, finish strong, best class

Feb. 4, 2020 1:09 PM EST

The February signing period in college football is now about tying up loose ends. Most of the scholarships throughout the Bowl Subdivision are accounted for. Almost all the blue-chip players are off the board and the super-power programs have few openings left in their classes. But there are still questions to...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 file photo, Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello throws against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Former Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello says he plans to finish his college career playing for Mike Leach at Mississippi State. Costello announced his decision via social media on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 less than a month after Mississippi State hired Leach away from Washington State.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Costello says he's leaving Stanford for Mississippi State

Feb. 3, 2020 7:16 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quarterback K.J. Costello says he is leaving Stanford to finish his college career playing for Mike Leach at Mississippi State. Costello announced his decision via social media on Monday, less than a month after Mississippi State hired Leach away from Washington State....

Mississippi State hires Zach Arnett as defensive coordinator

Jan. 22, 2020 4:36 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has named Zach Arnett as its defensive coordinator, less than two weeks after he had accepted the same position at Syracuse. The 33-year-old Arnett had spent the last two seasons as San Diego State’s defensive coordinator. Syracuse announced Jan. 11 it had...

Baylor's new head football coach Dave Aranda addresses the media during an NCAA college football news conference, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

New Baylor coach Aranda sensed something special with Bears

Jan. 20, 2020 4:52 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Dave Aranda sensed something special about Baylor even before the Bears were looking for a new head coach. “I could see the togetherness of the team, I could see the toughness of the team,” said Aranda, who as national champion LSU's defensive coordinator saw Baylor on film...

New Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich speaks during a news conference after being officially introduced as the head coach on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Pullman, Wash. (Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune via AP)

Rolovich introduced at Wazzu, strikes all the right chords

Jan. 16, 2020 7:16 PM EST

If Nick Rolovich felt the need to appease Washington State fans he did so with the answer to one question. “Two words: Apple Cup,” Rolovich was asked during his first news conference Thursday as the new head coach at Washington State. “Three numbers: 317,” Rolovich quickly answered....

Mississippi State's Hill, Thompson staying for senior years

Jan. 15, 2020 8:32 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill and linebacker Erroll Thompson have decided to return to school for their senior seasons rather than enter the NFL draft. The decision represents a reversal for Hill, who had said last month he planned to enter the draft. Mississippi State...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich walks the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State, in Boise, Idaho. Washington State is close to finalizing an agreement with Rolovich to take over as the Cougars' head football coach, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. (AP Photo/Steve Conner, File)

Washington State hires Rolovich as coach, replacing Leach

Jan. 14, 2020 7:48 PM EST

Nick Rolovich has left behind the beaches of Oahu for the wheat fields of the Palouse and the chance to see if his pass-happy, high-scoring style can work at Washington State. Rolovich was hired by Washington State on Tuesday, completing a whirlwind week for the Cougars that saw Mike Leach depart for Mississippi...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich walks the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State, in Boise, Idaho. Washington State is close to finalizing an agreement with Rolovich to take over as the Cougars' head football coach, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. (AP Photo/Steve Conner, File)

WSU Prez: Rolovich to be football coach at Washington State

Jan. 14, 2020 2:39 PM EST

The president of Washington State University tweeted Tuesday that Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich will take over as the Cougars' head football coach, replacing Mike Leach. School President Kirk Schulz tweeted that WSU had picked "a dynamic new head coach @Nick Rolovich'' to succeed Leach, who left for Mississippi...

LSU safety Grant Delpit holds the trophy as quarterback Joe Burrow, left, and linebacker Patrick Queen look on after a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Clemson, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

STAT WATCH: FBS record for TD passes among feats by Burrow

Jan. 14, 2020 1:30 AM EST

Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy, the national championship and set the Football Bowl Subdivision record for touchdown passes in a season. It probably won't bother him that Anthony Gordon was the nation's leading passer for a Washington State offense that has produced the most yards through the air in four of...