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ESPN The Magazine will reveal its “reimagined” magazine thi s week when its College Football Kickoff issue hits newsstands Friday, August 13. The Magazine’s “reimagined” front of the book will be housed in two new sections called “Go” and “Play” – first look; the back of the book will be devoted to one sport or theme.
ESPN The Magazine’s College Football Kickoff features cover story “This Is How It Starts,” by writer Justin Heckert. Heckert introduces fans to eight of the key players that will lead the Panthers’ built-from-scratch football team in their first season—The Dreamer, The Long Shot, The Project, The Gamer, The Scholar, The Brothers and The Transfer—assembled by head coach Bill Curry. – Video
ALSO…in the College Football Kickoff issue, ESPN The Magazine writer Seth Wickersham looks at the tough balancing act NCAA compliance officers have with enforcing rules and staying on top of their athletic department while trying to build trust and keep the “bad guy” image at bay.
AND… ESPN The Magazine’s latest “College Football Confidential” survey is out:
– Who will win the BCS title? 51.5% of players like Alabama.
– Which team has the best uniforms? Oregon is the winner, with 53.7% of votes.
– If you could be a superstar in a different sport, what would it be? At 33.3%, basketball is the most popular answer, with baseball coming in at a close second with 31.9% of the votes.
College Football Deep-Dive:
“Can We Do That Again?”
Minutes before kickoff, the real drama begins deep beneath the stands—in the tunnel. By Ryan McGee
Tough To Bring Down
Heisman-winning running back Mark Ingram is back for Bama. He’s ready to do it again. By Alyssa Roenigk – Video
Give ‘Em A Hand
In Texas, players and fans let their fingers do the taunting. By LaRue Cook
$3,330 For Chick-Fil-A …
Hit the paper trail of college football’s expenditures. By Shaun Assael
180 Days, 180 Speeches (Give or Take a few), One Big Job
How will new coach Brian Kelly win over football-crazed South Bend? One speech at a time. By Bruce Feldman
Plus…Seven programs ripe for relocation
Scale of 1 to 10
How important football is to eight schools—according to their coaches.
NFL alumni help college football players work out during a photo shoot for The Mag – Video
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