College Football News May 14: Jim Harbaugh Innovates with QB Camp


Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp approach in his first offseason as Michigan head coach may not have been innovative, but it’s certainly aggressive. With the introduction of the Wolverines’ “Ann Arbor Aerial Assault” quarterbacks camp, Harbaugh is both innovative and aggressive.

Jim Harbaugh is tapping into his extensive network, from his time both in the college and professional ranks. In doing so, he’s bringing the proverbial mountain to Mohammed — the mountain, in this case, high-level quarterback recruits from around the nation, and Mohammed being the Michigan football program.

Bart Doan of The Student Section sees this as a “a game changer that someone, somewhere should have thought of before now.”

Oklahoma RB Keith Ford Transfers

Jason Kersey, The Oklahoman

The crowded Oklahoma backfield became less so Wednesday with Keith Ford announcing his intent to transfer. Ford hit a variety of snags in his quest to be the Sooners’ standout ball-carrier, as Jason Kersey touches on his report.

Oklahoma returns Heisman hopeful Samaje Perine and 5-star 2014 recruit Joe Mixon is back after serving a one-year suspension for hitting a coed.

A Year Together Brought Young USC Trojans Closer

Athlon Sports

I spotlight the bond that a USC team, rife with first-year players and working under a mostly new coaching staff, established in the 2014 season. That growing familiarity is going to be crucial to the Trojans’ pursuit of their first conference championship in seven years.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian talked about the process, which extended beyond the field.

Ohio State Is No. 1 in Sporting News Preseason Top 25

Sporting News

The first complete preseason top 25 of 2015 is out, courtesy of Sporting News. No surprise that defending national champion Ohio State is No. 1, while College Football Playoff near-miss TCU checks in at No. 2.

The surprises start from there. It’s a meaningless endeavor, but fun nevertheless. The more rankings that roll out, the closer we are to the new season.

Previewing No. 22 Tennessee

Athlon Sports

Speaking of preseason top 25 rankings, Athlon Sports is rolling out its version one-by-one. The latest entry is No. 22 Tennessee.

Athlon is fueling the offseason of expectations growing in Knoxville, as head coach Butch Jones readies for his third and certainly most promising season since taking over.