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Weekend update: All-Star bowls, coaching carousel, college football says good-bye with a bang

The future is being written, or at least unveiled this morning at the Army All-American Bowl, broadcast this morning at 11 a.m. Pacific time on NBC.

Oregon target Frank Iheanacho, a 6-7, 220-lb.  WR/TE from Houston, Texas, announces his verbal commit in the third quarter. Future Ducks Budda Baker, Royce Freeman, Jalen Brown and Tanner Crew play in the game, as do Oregon targets like 6-1, 300-lb. defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao and RB/WR Miles Autry. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports).

The Semper Fidelis Bowl is on Sunday on Fox Sports 1, and that one features some key Oregon targets like defensive back Mattrell McGraw, linebacker Jimmie Swain and offensive lineman Nick Gates. Future Ducks in the game are offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and running back Tony James.

Terrence Mitchell has announced his decision to enter the NFL draft. Around the conference, the biggest losses to early entry include Marqise Lee of USC, Bishop Sankey at Washington, and Brandin Cooks and Scott Crichton at Oregon State. Kadeem Carey is reportedly leaning toward coming out after receiving his draft evaluation. De'Anthony Thomas and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu still haven't announced. USC has been hit the hardest by early entry, losing Lee, center Marcus Martin, and safety Dion Bailey. Mackey Award winner Austin Sefarian-Jenkins is also gone at Washington. 

One of the foundations of Stanford's success is their focus on academics. Fifth-year seniors have been an integral part of their leadership and cohesiveness as a football team.

It was a great week in college football as Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Art Briles and Mike Gundy all lost in big games, and underdogs won three BCS bowls.

Charlie Strong looks like the number one candidate at Texas and may be announced soon as their new head coach.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are shopping for a new defensive coordinator, and one of the prospects on their top ten list is Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal. Neal may be the best fit for Oregon. He's intense and organized, and instills competitiveness in his players. Think about this: for the last 13 years, the most consistent and productive unit on the Oregon team has been the secondary. This year the Ducks placed two players on the Associated Press NFL All-Pro squad, and both are former Neal defensive backs, Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward. I wrote a long article about the former UAB defensive coach for Duck Sports Authority this morning.

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