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New York, NY

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The USA TODAY Sports college football staff of Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Dan Wolken and others break down the latest news and issues in the sport and interview some of the most influential coaches and leaders in the game.

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English


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Should Alabama worry about its coaching staff turnover?

2/10/2017
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Alabama has seen four assistant coaches leave since December. Is this a cause for concern, or are the Crimson Tide just fine as long as the head coach stays put? USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg and Daniel Uthman discuss that and more on this episode of The Football Four Podcast. They also pinpoint a coach who is having a rough offseason and look at the new coaching faces in new places who inherit the best situations. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken...

Duration: 00:32:07


Recruiting Q&A from National Signing Day

2/2/2017
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College football's signing day had some big winners, and it also had some teams and players who surprised at the final gun. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, Dan Uthman interviews Josh Barnett, USA TODAY's director of high school sports and in-house recruiting expert on the final decisions and fallout of the 2017 recruiting class. They also look ahead to the top players and storylines for the 2018 crop. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to...

Duration: 00:28:36


Grading the 2016 season and assessing college football's future

1/19/2017
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On this episode, USA TODAY Sports' Daniel Uthman and Paul Myerberg look at what the College Football Playoff championship game may foretell about Clemson and Alabama. They also discuss which Playoff team was affected most by NFL early entry decisions and take a closer look at some of Paul's final grades for every FBS team. Finally, they examine the potential impact of sport changes recommended by the AFCA and NCAA Football Oversight Committee. And there's a brief discussion of the best...

Duration: 00:45:07


Previewing the Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff title game

1/9/2017
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Is Alabama being disrespected by not being a unanimous pick to win Monday's College Football Playoff championship game? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken, George Schroeder and Nicole Auerbach discuss that idea and more in previewing the game on this episode of The Football Four Podcast. They also dig into new Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian calling plays for the first time in more than a year, what's at stake for Clemson, and why Tampa is as good a place...

Duration: 00:36:19


Heading to the College Football Playoff championship, without Lane Kiffin

1/3/2017
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The first championship rematch of the College Football Playoff or BCS eras shapes up as a great one. On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder offer an early look at the game and what the absence of Lane Kiffin could mean for Alabama. In addition, they look at early week news in the game and question whether Big Ten champion Penn State's more spirited bowl performance -- as compared to Ohio State's -- will make...

Duration: 00:37:57


Previewing the Peach Bowl between Alabama and Washington

12/30/2016
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This podcast is sponsored by Days Inn. Dan Wolken, Nicole Auerbach and Nancy Armour of USA TODAY Sports are in Atlanta to break down the Peach Bowl between defending-champion Alabama and Washington. The trio get into how it has become all too common in the lead-up to this game to disrespect Washington, which has collectively handled themselves very well. They also address Lane Kiffin's pending departure, the athleticism of Crimson Tide freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, the big arm of...

Duration: 00:30:39


Breaking down Fiesta Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State

12/29/2016
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George Schroeder, Paul Myerberg and Dan Uthman of USA TODAY Sports are in Paradise Valley, Ariz., to preview the Fiesta Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State. George, Paul and Dan discuss the similarities between the Tigers and Buckeyes, in addition to how this game might loom larger for one. They also weigh in on each team's chances in a potential national championship game against Alabama, which players flying under the radar could determine the game and, of course, who will win and why....

Duration: 00:32:41


Assessing the coaching carousel as it hits pause

12/14/2016
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Why is Lane Kiffin a head coach at Florida Atlantic and not a higher profile football team? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss that question and more about recent college football coaching changes on Wednesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. They look at Geoff Collins' move from Florida to the top role at Temple, Charlie Strong's appointment at South Florida and Tom Herman's move to Texas. And they reveal the hirings that leave them...

Duration: 00:32:10


Overhauling the Heisman process and overturning the AAC coaching roster

12/12/2016
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The Heisman trophy is a prestigious award, but more and more each year it shows that it's taking itself a little too seriously. On Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college reporter Nicole Auerbach joins Dan Wolken to recount her experience at Saturday night's ceremony and diagnose what could make it better. Then they dig into the coaching changes in the American Athletic Conference, as two defense-oriented and locally connected coaches take over at Cincinnati...

Duration: 00:35:36


The latest with Alabama and looking ahead to LSU's future

12/9/2016
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They aren't the only SEC West teams that could be looking for new offensive coordinators this season, but Alabama and LSU are the subject of Friday's Football Four Podcast as USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken catches up with Michael Casagrande of AL.com and Ron Higgins of Nola.com Casagrande talks about the exodus of Alabama reserve quarterbacks, whether it's the right time for Lane Kiffin to move on, and what kind of threat Washington poses to the top-seeded Crimson...

Duration: 00:24:28


On Baylor's hire and continuing searches at Oregon and Houston

12/7/2016
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Baylor has landed Matt Rhule as its new coach, and Oregon and Houston are still searching. On Wednesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg assess what Rhule brings to Baylor. Then they identify their ideal hires for the Ducks and Cougars. Plus, Paul offers his thoughts on the composition of the College Football Playoff field and he and Dan both make early picks. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future...

Duration: 00:29:02


Takeaways from the College Football Playoff selections

12/5/2016
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The College Football Playoff field is set, and on Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football writers Dan Wolken and George Schroeder break down the selection committee's decisions. What precedents did it set and what messages did it send? Do we need go to eight teams? Does the Big 12 Conference need to do more soul-searching? Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

Duration: 00:35:47


What to expect from conference championship weekend

12/2/2016
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Are we headed to a chalky weekend of college football, or a chaotic one? On this episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder offer a glimpse in their preview of college football's conference championship weekend. What game figures to be closest? Who should get into the Playoff if two Big Ten teams make it? Plus, they discuss the departure of Kevin Wilson from Indiana and the school's decision on his replacement. Follow...

Duration: 00:35:16


College football Q&A with USA TODAY Sports' Dan Wolken

12/1/2016
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It's a listener-driven episode of The Football Four Podcast, as USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken answers your questions. Will Brian Kelly be Notre Dame's coach in 2017? How can we get better bowl matchups? Is Dan Mullen one of the best coaches in college football? Do college football writers root for certain teams to make the College Football Playoff? And is Barry Alvarez running the selection committee? Dan addresses those issues and much more. Follow us on Twitter...

Duration: 00:29:56


Breaking down the last College Football Playoff rankings that don't matter

12/1/2016
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This episode of the Football Four is sponsored by Days Inn. Dan Wolken and Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports take a look at the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings and all the chaos that might or might not happen before the final four reveal. They also discuss Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's rant against the media and whether or not Oregon was justified in firing Mark Helfrich. Subscribe, rate and review this podcast on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @TheFootballFour, @DanWolken and...

Duration: 00:29:18


What will Notre Dame and Oregon do with their coaches?

11/29/2016
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What's going on with Brian Kelly? Is Oregon really prepared to cut loose Mark Helfrich? And what is going on with Butch Jones and Tennessee? USA TODAY Sports college football reporter Dan Wolken is joined by 247Sports college football reporter Travis Haney to discuss those questions and more on Tuesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Follow us on Twitter and send questions for future episodes to @DanWolken and @TheFootballFour.

Duration: 00:34:54


Probable coaching changes and improbable Big Ten Playoff scenarios

11/28/2016
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The College Football Playoff field will be set in less than a week, and on Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder handicap the field and what would need to happen for the Big Ten to have half the entrants. In addition, they recap some of the head coaching changes that already have happened, asking whether LSU needed to move so quickly to get Ed Orgeron and Oregon's misstep in not moving quickly to make a...

Duration: 00:35:40


Setting the table for Thanksgiving weekend college football

11/22/2016
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The confounding administrative situation at Texas cannot obscure the fact that Charlie Strong is likely on his way out as the Longhorns' football coach. But could another prominent Big 12 coach be hitting the road — albeit voluntarily — as well? USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder discuss that and more on Tuesday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Dan and George look at candidates for the pending opening at LSU and they offer a preview of...

Duration: 00:33:32


Reviewing college football's Week 12 and Charlie Strong's Texas tenure

11/21/2016
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Reviewing this past weekend of college football also demands a review of Charlie Strong's tenure as the head coach at Texas, and that's what USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg do on Monday's episode of The Football Four Podcast. Where and why did it go wrong, and where will the Longhorns and Charlie Strong go from here? And what about the fluid coaching situations elsewhere in the state? Plus, they talk about whether Oklahoma is trustworthy, how...

Duration: 00:34:51


The Big 12's big weekend, and more Week 12 previews

11/18/2016
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Does the Big 12 have a team worthy of crashing the College Football Playoff? On Friday's episode of The Football Four Podcast, USA TODAY Sports college football reporters Dan Wolken and George Schroeder look at the league's big weekend as Oklahoma visits West Virginia and Oklahoma State visits TCU for telling matchups. Plus, Washington State meets Colorado in a shakeout game, Michigan looks to deploy a new quarterback, Dan and George revisit "WakeyLeaks", and they examine Oregon star Devon...

Duration: 00:28:59

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