From NCAA Investigator to Athlete Advocate | AP Top 25 Podcast | Associated Press

Tim Nevius is a former Division I baseball player who worked for five years as an NCAA investigator after graduating from law school. Now he works to change college sports by representing athletes and pushing for reforms to NCAA rules regarding things like transfers, and compensation for name, image and likeness. Nevius joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about what he believes are the reasons NCAA rules are often inherently unfair to the athletes. And why changing them won’t mean the end of football Saturdays and March Madness.

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Transfer of Power | AP Top 25 Podcast | Associated Press

The transfer rules could be changing in a big way in college athletics within the next two years. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported last week the Big Ten athletic directors are planning to put forth a proposal that would allow all college athletes to transfer once without sitting out a season. That would be a major change in the sports of football and basketball. Dodd joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about how college sports got to a place where an idea once thought to be too radical is now being endorsed by the Big Ten. Also, how can there be more parity in college football? Plus, did anybody who covers college football see this coming from Patrick Mahomes?

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What’s next for the NCAA and NIL? – AP Top 25 Podcast

The college football offseason is here but there is still plenty of news in college sports. This week attention turns to the NCAA convention where the hot topic will be name, image and likeness. The NCAA is trying to come up with an ideal model that would allow athletes to be paid for their fame. But ultimately it might be federal lawmakers who have the most say in what comes next. What if any news could come out of the NCAA convention this week in Southern California?

Nicole Auerbach from The Athletic joins AP’s Ralph Russo to talk about NCAA policy and the news of the week closer to the field.

Will there be anyone left at LSU to defend the Tigers’ national
championship after a mass exodus of players and key assistant coaches?

Miami might have found a transfer quarterback to help turnaround its offense.

And where does Justin Fuente stand at Virginia Tech after he talked to Baylor about its job opening?

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Last Word on LSU and Looking Ahead to 2020

The final AP College Football Podcast of the 2019 season, Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg of USA Today join AP’s Ralph Russo to recap LSU’s national championship game victory against Clemson.

What is Joe Burrow’s place in college football history after a record-breaking season and remarkable rise to super stardom? How about these Tigers? Is coach Ed Orgeron’s team worthy of a spot among the great in recent college football history? Plus, what to make of Trevor Lawrence’s first taste of adversity at Clemson?

Then we spin it ahead to 2020. The top stories, the most interesting teams, players, rivalries and coaches, heading into next season.

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AP Top 25 Podcast: All About Recruiting

The early signing period is here and in just three years it has become THE signing period for college football teams. Most FBS teams will have their classes full before Christmas. Barton Simmons, scouting director for 247 Sports, joins AP’s Ralph Russo to run down what teams are cleaning up and what teams have work to do. Of course, the usual suspects are pulling in most of the five-star prospects. But it looks like an especially good year for Clemson. What’s going on in Texas with the Longhorns and Aggies? What new coaches have a chance to make a big impact in recruiting? And how does USC build toward better results when there is still so much long-term uncertainty surrounding head coach Clay Helton?

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Bowl Season Preview

The bowl matchups are set. A marathon football feast that lasts from December to early January includes 40 games of varying quality needs an extra-long podcast to preview it all. Matt Brown, college football editor at The Athletic — and an AP poll voter — joins Ralph Russo on the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast’s bowl preview show. Brown and Russo hit on every game but the playoffs. (There will be plenty of time for that later.) This week, they give you a nugget on all those other games, starting in the Bahamas with Buffalo and Charlotte. There is a matchup of triple-option versus air raid. There are some struggling ACC teams that got sent to the bowl equivalent of the penalty box. Alabama is playing Michigan _ and all anybody is talking about is who may or may not play.

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Championship Week Preview

Championship weekend is upon us, but that’s only a portion of all that is going on in college football this week. The coaching carousel has cranked up and the Heisman race will be settled as well. USA Today national college football writer Paul Myerberg joins AP’s Ralph Russo for an extra long edition of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to discuss why coaching searches are set up to fail, the legacy of Chris Petersen and why his surprising resignation was not so surprising. And which job is worst: Arkansas, Missouri or Mississippi?

Plus, a rundown of each conference title game, the playoff ramifications and why LSU shouldn’t be a lock to make the CFP without winning the SEC title. Plus, who should be No. 2 behind Joe Burrow in the Heisman voting?

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AP Top 25 Podcast: Rivalry Week

Are rivalries as important as they used to be in college football? With so much focus on the College Football Playoff and the sport’s becoming more national, AP’s Ralph Russo worries that it’s taking away from the intensity of regional rivalries. Stephen Godfrey of the Banner Society joins the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast to talk about the state of rivalries and some of his favorite rivalry games. Plus: how perspective has gone out the window for many college football fans.

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AP Top25 Podcast: FSU or USC, which is a better job?

There is a lot going on in college football. Willie Taggart is out at Florida State and it seems like a forgone conclusion that Clay Helton will be out at USC soon. Which is a better job and who might fill them? Paul Myerberg of USA Today joins AP’s Ralph Russo to discuss the start of the coaching carousel.

Plus, It is a huge weekend of games with No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama playing. We’ll preview that and Penn State at Minnesota, another battle of unbeatens.

Also, the first College Football Playoff rankings are out. What should you be looking for in in the selection committee’s top 25?

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AP Top25 Podcast: Peeking Ahead to Playoff Rankings

A week before the first College Football Playoff rankings come out, there is a new No. 1 in the AP poll and one of the closest votes ever. Brett McMurphy of Stadium, and an AP poll voter, joins Ralph Russo to talk about how he selects No. 1 and what the playoff selection committee might do next week. Most of the top teams are off this weekend, so the resumes are pretty much locked in between now and then. McMurphy and Russo discuss the Group of Five race for a New Year’s Six bid and why they would rather not see one conference send two teams to the playoff. Plus, can Ohio State defensive end Chase Young win the Heisman? And should schools fire a coach after only two seasons?

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