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Rice RB gives powerful postgame speech

Rice senior RB Luke Turner, who received just one Division I offer after he broke his leg in high school, gave a powerful reminder of how strong the coach-player relationship can be when speaking to reporters Saturday. Watch his emotional speech

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Future looks bright for Trojans

According to ESPN's Recruiting Nation, USC has the Pac-12's 2nd-best recruiting class coming in. The Trojans also rank 10th nationally, two spots behind fellow Pac-12 member Stanford.

Schad: Clay Helton earned this

USC chose not to hire a big name from outside the program, which shows Joe Schad just how well the players have embraced Helton.


Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Clay Helton essentially took over a 3-3 team and has them one win away from the Rose Bowl. Players absolutely love him.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Fuente made it clear during his news conference Monday the only job he wanted was Virginia Tech; athletic director Whit Babcock made it a mutual admiration society when he said Fuente was the only coach he targeted. Fuente said there were two reasons he wanted the job, replacing Frank Beamer: "What it has been, what it can be and the community that comes with it" plus "the best defensive coordinator in the country" in Bud Foster.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

USC made it official Monday that Clay Helton will become the Trojans head coach, dropping his "interim" tag. So his status will be secure in advance of PAC-12 title game against Stanford. Interesting call from embattled athletic director Pat Haden. Helton has players support and he projects stability. He's not a young hotshot type like Kiffin and Sarkisian. On the other hand, he's not a choice that will energize the fan base, which was hoping for a big name. First question is how team handles business vs Stanford. Second is how Helton deals with a staff he inherited.

Clay Helton, USC sign multi-year deal

USC AD Pat Haden announced a multi-year agreement with Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.

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Ted Miller @TedMillerRK

Clay Helton officially announced as USCs next head coach, dropping interim from title in advance of Pac-12 championship game vs. Stanford

Mark Richt: 'I'm really at peace'

Richt joined Georgia AD Greg McGarity at a press conference to discuss the coach's firing: "Expectations have been built to the point if you don't win a championship, things are miserable around here," said Richt, who demonstrated class and grace in the face of bad news.

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Oklahoma now alone at No. 3

The Sooners own sole possession of third place in ESPN's rankings after sharing with Michigan State last week. That's a product of their 58-23 thumping of Oklahoma State, which ended their regular season. Power Rankings

Watch: Mark Richt press conference

Richt addresses the media after he was fired as Georgia's football coach Sunday. The Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech Saturday to finish the regular season at 9-3. Live on SEC Network, WatchESPN

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Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Virginia Tech will introduce Justin Fuente as head coach Monday, a hire that many have applauded because he will bring a more dynamic approach to offense -- something that is desperately needed in Blacksburg. But just as important is his decision to ask Bud Foster to stay on as defensive coordinator. Foster worked side by side with Frank Beamer to build Virginia Tech into a power. He can help Fuente get Virginia Tech back, while also bridging the link between the past and the future.

ICYMI: Les Miles hits the dab after LSU win

LSU topped Texas A&M and Les Miles will return as head coach. That calls for some dabbing.


Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Black Sunday so far in Big Ten: Rutgers dumped head coach Kyle Flood and AD Julie Hermann. Purdue let go both its offensive and defensive coordinators. Penn State and Minnesota also fired their offensive play callers.

Todd Gurley on Mark Richt firing

The former Georgia RB said: "That hurt. That definitely hurts. I heard that before the game. I'm kind of pissed off. He's just a great dude, great coach. Man, and I just hate to see that happen."

Mitch Sherman @mitchsherman

If Michigan State makes the top four after this week, its chance, according to current FPI, would be 12 percent.

Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how he would explain the South Carolina loss to the selection committee, No. 14 North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said he would point to the schedule, the three turnovers and the Tar Heels' 11-game winning streak since the loss. "It was the first game of the season," he said.

Mitch Sherman @mitchsherman

ESPN's FPI gives Oklahoma a 48-percent chance to win the title, followed by Alabama (28), Clemson (24) and Iowa (7).

Alex Scarborough ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida coach Jim McElwain was asked about Alabama RB Derrick Henry. "All I can say is, Wow. Just wow," he said. He praised Henry's size and speed, ability to fall forward and pick up extra yards. McElwain's Gators will have a tall task against No. 2 Alabama and its Heisman Trophy-caliber RB on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game.