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    • Shea Patterson suddenly the face of Ole Miss football
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      Shea Patterson suddenly the face of Ole Miss football

      Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer Close ESPN.com SEC reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2011. Graduated from the University of Florida. Follow on Twitter Just like that, Ole Miss is now Shea Patterson's team. With the unceremonious departure of head coach Hugh Freeze, the captain of what could very well be a sinking ship in Oxford is a sophomore quarterback with three collegiate games under his belt. Ole Miss self-imposed a one-year postseason ban in February after it received an NCAA notice of allegations. The school was accused of exhibiting a lack of institutional control, while Freeze was charged with failing to adequately monitor his coaching staff. Heading into the 2017 campaign, this team already

    • Saban: HS players could start skipping senior seasons
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      Saban: HS players could start skipping senior seasons

      Nick Saban wonders if high school players will start skipping their senior seasons. Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports There’s been a recent trend in college football in which star players have skipped bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft. Now that the NCAA is almost certain to move national signing day to December rather than after the season has concluded, Nick Saban thinks high school players could start following suit if things continue down this road. “Same thing will happen in high school if they make the signing day before the season,” Saban told CBS Sports. “It will take a few years, then some kid will say, ‘Hey, I’m going to Notre Dame. I’m not playing my senior year.’ “Then the high school

    • Dabo Swinney says Deshaun Watson has intangibles of Joe Montana and Tom Brady
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      Dabo Swinney says Deshaun Watson has intangibles of Joe Montana and Tom Brady

      The case of Deshaun Watson is a curious one. Based on his college production, he should have been a surefire No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He slayed Nick Saban and the dangerous Alabama defense on the biggest stage, leading Clemson to a national championship, and nearly did it two years in a row.  Watson did not fall that far, with the Texans giving up a future first-round pick to move up and grab him with the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he dipped because no one has a consensus opinion on him. Some scouts and personnel men are concerned about his transition to the NFL from a spread attack, while others in and around football just believe he's one of those leaders that will get