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Why $300M on NCAA deals is a bargain for Nike, Adidas and Under Armour

The paydays will likely keep getting bigger. And they're no longer as tinged with scandal. The Business Journal estimates NCAA athletic programs will receive more than $300 million in cash and equipment from Nike, Adidas and Under Armour this year, a 33 percent increase in five years. The eye-popping numbers come after several universities signed mega-deals in the last year, including UCLA, Ohio State, Texas and Michigan. (Portland Business Journal)

In Week of Impressive QB Debuts, Florida State's Deondre Francois Tops Them All

During the first 29 minutes of the Camping World Kickoff vs. No. 11 Ole Miss, fourth-ranked Florida State looked lost. It looked broken. It looked like a team that took two steps back even while moving forward, including on a Dalvin Cook reception that should have been a touchdown had Cook remembered to hold on to the ball. Then, thanks to redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois, things changed, and Florida State made a statement to the college football world: "We're back." (Bleacher Report)

NC State settles QB situation with Boise transfer Ryan Finley

North Carolina State seems to have settled its quarterback situation. Boise State graduate transfer Ryan Finley was listed Monday as the starter for this week's visit to East Carolina after completing 81 percent of his passes and throwing for two touchdowns against outmanned William & Mary in the opener. (Associated Press)

Meet Shane Buechele, Texas' hyped freshman QB who introduced himself by beating Notre Dame

Texas might use a couple of quarterbacks this year, but it started true freshman Shane Buechele in its opener against Notre Dame on Sunday. And Buechele got off to a pretty perfect start in what became a terrific Texas win. (SB Nation)

Steve Spurrier entertains Florida crowd like old days

Not surprisingly, the most exciting part of a rather dull Florida Gators' 24-7 opening victory against Massachusetts was the impromptu creativity by a 71-year-old man. Of course, Steve Spurrier is no ordinary senior citizen. There was Spurrier, standing on the field the Gators officially renamed after him Saturday night, leading the 88,000 fans through the storied "Two Bits" cheer. (Orlando Sentinel)

Florida State receiver gives jersey to autistic friend

Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph reunited with Bo Paske on Monday before the Seminoles face Ole Miss. Rudolph surprised Paske and his mother by giving Bo a personalized Florida State jersey at the team's hotel. Rudolph befriended Paske, a sixth-grader with autism, during a visit last Tuesday to Tallahassee's Montford Middle School when he ate lunch with Paske, who was sitting alone. (Associated Press)

Navy player starts game in the stands, ends it at quarterback

Malcolm Perry was sitting in his seat at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, watching the season opener against Fordham with his company, when starting quarterback Tago Smith left with an injury early in the second quarter. Soon after, the freshman backup spotted a Navy assistant in the stands headed in his direction. (Washington Post)

College football's greatest myth: Home field advantage

College football is changing. Home-field advantage has nearly disappeared. Home teams dominated conference play from 1996-2011, winning 57.9 percent of games. The past four years, Big Ten home teams are 102-105 — 49.3 percent. It's a stunning departure from tradition. It's also the first layer of a geeky college football mystery. My curiosity began with Nebraska. (Omaha World Herald)

Charles Barkley flew 1,000 miles against doctors orders so Craig Sager wouldn't be alone

Craig Sager wasn’t going to be alone as he underwent his third bone marrow transplant with stem cells. When his wife and full-time caregiver Stacy came down with a cold and weren’t allowed to be by his side during the operation, Charles Barkley flew from Phoenix to Houston. (SB Nation)

Jrue Holiday to miss start of season as pregnant wife Lauren Holiday faces brain surgery

Few things in life are scarier than learning you have a brain tumor. When the news comes only months before the birth of your first child, well, it can be almost incomprehensible, especially for a world-class athlete. This was the situation that confronted Lauren and Jrue Holiday in late June, when New Orleans doctors discovered a tumor on the right side of Lauren's brain. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Nebraska honors late teammate Sam Foltz, lines up without punter

Nebraska honored fallen former punter Sam Foltz in the first quarter of its season-opening 43-10 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium by lining up in formation without a player at his position. The sellout crowd of more than 90,000 responded with a roar as Foltz's family looked on minutes after an emotional pregame ceremony. Fresno State declined the delay of game penalty. (ESPN.com)

Mighty SEC not so mighty in underwhelming Week 1

The Southeastern Conference has been regarded as the nation's premier college football conference. If Saturday was any indication, the rest of the country has caught up. Top-ranked Alabama did its job with a dominating 52-6 win over No. 20 USC. But the rest of the conference left a lot to be desired. (Sporting News)

Nebraska lined up with 10 men to honor deceased teammate Sam Foltz

Nebraska lost a great player and a better person this offseason when punter Sam Foltz died in a car crash that also killed former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. The Huskers have spent much of the last two months coping with his loss while also striving to live in honor of Foltz’s memory. (SB Nation)

Tyrus Thomas calls for more attention on Baton Rouge relief

Tyrus Thomas’ cellphone never stopped ringing in July after Alton Sterling was shot several times at close range and killed by two white Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers. The former NBA player’s cellphone rang again when three Baton Rouge policemen were killed. In both instances, he picked up the phone and answered tough media questions. (The Undefeated)

In the shadow of Death Valley: Can Deshaun Watson's Clemson outrun the specter of 1981?

Nearly 35 years have come and gone since Perry Tuttle caught that 13-yard touchdown pass from Homer Jordan to help take home the 1981 title, and the Tigers are still looking for their second championship. The icons of that era -- Perry Tuttle and coach Danny Ford and captain Jeff Davis -- remain frozen in time. Tuttle's trips to the Esso Club, Clemson's longtime meat-and-three joint, escalate into full-blown fan events. (ESPN.com)

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