Few men in sports make a better villain than the unsmiling, unsparing, unstoppable coach of the back-to-back national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. GQ's Warren St. John spent three weeks on Nick Saban's trail -- and a couple of days in his face -- on a mission to find the soul of the scariest man in college football. Read the story
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 The New York Times | Staying at Michigan, With Renewed Focus
Taylor Lewan delayed the riches of the NFL for one more year in the Big House. Lewan had always been what his coaches called a free spirit. He had a pet pig named Dr. Hamlet III or 'Ham' for short. He once rode around the campus of Michigan on a baby blue bicycle made for two and he's also affixed a set of steer horns to the hood of his car he could drive around like Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard. Well, that was the old Lewan. The new Lewan has a laser-like focus on the game and new emphasis on maturity. Read the story
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SF Chronicle | Carrying father's name is no burden for Sanders
It doesn't take long to notice him on the field, then you realize you are watching the son of football royalty. He seems perfectly comfortable in his own skin, completely at ease with his name and his dad's stature in the game. Stanford players call him Barry J, because his middle name is James (he's technically not Barry Jr.). Meet Barry Sanders. Read the story
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