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  1. Florida State's mindset to stay on top

    Ryan McGee

    As Florida State was beginning to gear up for its just-ended spring practices, head coach Jimbo Fisher chatted about the challenges of being the defending national champions, a position that both he as a coach and the program itself has been in befor...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  2. Key issues for Texas heading into spring

    Ryan McGee

    "Nothing's broke here." That's what Charlie Strong keeps saying. He said it when he was introduced as the new Texas head coach on Jan. 6. He's said it over and over to the groups of Longhorn supporters that he's spoken to over the past two and a h...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  3. Five coaches in make-or-break years

    Ryan McGee

    When I receive feedback on my college football stories (go on and have at it at @ESPNMcGee or mcgeespn@yahoo.com), the vast majority comes from fans. Do I agree with them? Usually not. But do I love their passion? Absolutely. However, when this sp...

    Blog | March 20, 2014
  4. Helmet swap: Winston's star power

    Ryan McGee

    On Jan. 6, as Jameis Winston lifted a crystal football and brought the Rose Bowl to a roar, Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin stood quietly offstage. Known around Tallahassee simply by his jersey number, Martin beamed when a fan asked: "Hey, 1...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  5. Heisman winner Jameis Winston will spend spring playing baseball ...

    Ryan McGee

    In ESPN The Magazine's MLB Preview Issue, Ryan McGee writes that Jameis Winston -- the only Heisman winner since Bo Jackson in 1956 to hit the diamond after hoisting the trophy -- will shine twice as bright this spring.

    Story | Conversation | March 19, 2014
  6. Coaches' reaction to the 'slow-down' rule

    Ryan McGee

    Ever since the NCAA football rules committee proposed the 10-second defensive substitution rule -- dubbed by many as the "slow-down" rule -- what is typically a quiet time on the college football calendar has felt more like WCW Starrcade. "That's ...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  7. Top potential position-switchers for 2014

    Ryan McGee

    Ah, the dark days of winter. Those that fall between national signing day and the start of spring practice. What exactly does a coaching staff do with this quiet time? "I stare at the depth-chart board a lot," Larry Fedora admitted as signing day...

    Blog | February 20, 2014
  8. College coaches most coveted by the NFL

    Ryan McGee

    You want to start a fight? Walk into a hotel lobby full of NFL executives and shout aloud the question, "Hey, do you think college coaches can make in the pros?" Then just sit back and watch the room turn into a bunkhouse stampede. For decades it ...

    Blog | February 11, 2014
  9. ACC poised to return to elite level

    Ryan McGee

    On the night of Jan. 6, as the confetti fell from the sky over the Rose Bowl and Florida State took to the stage to hoist the BCS championship trophy, the biggest smile in the stadium didn't belong to anyone wearing a Seminoles jersey or even an FSU ...

    Blog | January 29, 2014
  10. College football's best head-coaching jobs

    Ryan McGee

    On the morning of Jan. 6, I sat in the media tent outside the Rose Bowl. The small handful of us already there was glued to the TV, watching as the Texas Longhorns introduced Charlie Strong as their newest football coach. That's when one of the tent'...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  11. Non-bowl teams that will rebound in 2014

    Ryan McGee

    So many people out there love to complain about there being too many bowl games and too many teams playing in the postseason. Of course, that's easy to say if your team was one of the 70 teams playing and not one of the 54 teams sitting at home. A...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  12. NASCAR at Christmastime? Oh, yeah

    Ryan McGee

    December largely is considered the offseason in NASCAR, but it didn't used to be that way. Engines once roared to life at Christmastime thanks to such past greats as Curtis Turner and Fireball Roberts.

    Story | Conversation | December 23, 2013
  13. Five 'sleeping giant' programs

    Ryan McGee

    No matter what happens to Baylor this weekend versus Oklahoma State (Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, ABC) and the rest of the season, is there a better story in college football in the past few seasons than the Bears? For those of us of a certain age, we r...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  14. Long-term outlook for Miami

    Ryan McGee

    As Miami head coach Al Golden wrapped up his news conference on Monday, a media member remarked to the 44-year old coach that he looked relieved. "Relieved?" Golden said, pausing before hustling off to join his team. "Yeah, maybe a little bit." Oh...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  15. Hokies lead top five BCS wrecking balls

    Ryan McGee

    Three months ago in this very space, I laid out my top five BCS wrecking balls, those teams that likely weren't good enough to be a BCS bowl team but were good enough to ruin the BCS bowl chances of others. So far, a handful of schools have done ...

    Blog | October 11, 2013
  16. NFL Hot Read -- International casting call

    Ryan McGee

    Hot Read: Teams increasingly are willing to look abroad for athletes, considering even those with no football experience.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013