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The Could-Have-Beens

ESPN presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more. Unfulfilled potential


Sumlin unable to get in touch with Manziel

"We've reached out to him and I haven't gotten a response yet," said Kevin Sumlin, who coached Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. "What we want is for him to be at peace and be safe. That has nothing to do with football and has everything to do with his life."

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Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Even though his school sits in a talent-rich state, TCU coach Gary Patterson said he's open to the idea of satellite camps. He is, however, concerned that it would be "the Wild West" without oversight. "We'll have to come up with a better answer than we have now."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlie Strong said Texas will participate in satellite camps, but only those within the state. "Everyone's dipping their toe in now," Strong said. "There's camps all over the state. Texas is the big state everyone is coming to." Strong is just waiting on the green light from the compliance office.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State has landed a grad transfer from Duke safety Evrett Edwards. He appeared in 25 games for Duke as a reserve.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas coach Charlie Strong said despite true freshman Shane Buechele's banner performance in the spring game, the Longhorns "still have a battle at the quarterback position." But, Strong added he'd like to name a starter "as soon as possible" after fall camp begins, since Texas opens with Notre Dame. Buechele is battling incumbents Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard for the starting job.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

While Pac-12 officiating is notoriously in the news in a bad way, it's not leading the Pac-12 meetings. That said, it was a chief topic Tuesday, though apparently not a very heated one. "They did a nice job of showing the numbers, where they compared to other conferences," USC coach Clay Helton said. "It was pretty status quo — pretty even across the board." Good news was, for example, the Pac-12 had fewer pass interference/holding calls last year. But taking a chapter from the NFL — the "No Fun League" — there apparently will be a big emphasis on trammeling attempts at personal style — untucked jerseys, excessive face paint, writing on tape, etc.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor coach Art Briles said he expects QB Seth Russell to be completely cleared for contact around the first of June. Russell suffered a season-ending neck injury in October last season.

Players now, coaches later?

Many players are described as coaches on the field. The college football players on our top 25 teams have the leadership skills, mental makeup and some even have the bloodlines to one day be head coaches. Future head coaches

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We're No. 1! ... in 2016 schedule difficulty

This is the most important preseason ranking you'll read: ESPN Stats & Information has ranked the toughest schedules in 2016. Should these 10 teams consider their ranking a blessing or a curse? 10 toughest schedules in 2016

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Undrafted player makes emotional speech

Former Oklahoma LB Eric Striker gave a heartfelt speech to his family and friends who came out to support him during the third day of the NFL draft. He signed a free-agent contract with the Bills following the draft.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby reiterated if the league does nothing this spring/summer, "we'll fall behind the SEC and the Big Ten. We still may be every bit as competitive as we are today, but we'll fall behind financially."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Bob Bowlsby said that current TV agreements require the league play 9 conference games. However Bowlsby added that if the league expanded those requirements could be "renegotiated."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the data from the consulting firm the league hired shows that having 12 teams with an eight-game conference schedule and a championship game is the best league model for reaching the CFP. The Big 12 currently has 10 teams with a nine-game conference schedule and no championship game.