Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is known for his college sports expertise. He co-hosts the “Split Zone Duo” podcast and co-authored The Sinful Seven: Sci-fi Western Legends of the NCAA. Richard was the 2022 winner of the Edward Aschoff Rising Star Award, and previously appeared as an analyst on the SEC Network show “Thinking Out Loud.” He established an early career with ESPN and SB Nation before joining Sports Illustrated in 2021 and lives in Brooklyn.

NFL Combine: Brock Bowers Wants to Follow Rob Gronkowski’s NFL Path
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NFL Combine: Brock Bowers Wants to Follow Rob Gronkowski’s NFL Path

The former Georgia tight end is recovering from ankle surgery and working on his secondary blocking skills ahead of the NFL draft.

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Alabama Finally Looks Vulnerable Amid Transfer Portal Frenzy
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Alabama Finally Looks Vulnerable Amid Transfer Portal Frenzy

The Crimson Tide have had more than two dozen players enter the portal since Nick Saban’s retirement, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over how the program will fare at the start of a new era.

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All-Saban Team: Bryce Young, Derrick Henry Highlight Best Players in Nick Saban Era
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All-Saban Team: Bryce Young, Derrick Henry Highlight Best Players in Nick Saban Era

From his stops at Michigan State, LSU and Alabama, here are the top players and assistant coaches who competed for the legend.

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Sources: Alabama Football Focusing on Three Candidates to Replace Nick Saban
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Sources: Alabama Football Focusing on Three Candidates to Replace Nick Saban

The Crimson Tide have their sights set on naming a successor by the end of the weekend following the 72-year-old’s unexpected retirement on Wednesday.

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NCAA President Charlie Baker’s Bold Proposal Could Spur Transformative Changes
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NCAA President Charlie Baker’s Bold Proposal Could Spur Transformative Changes

The three-pronged approach addresses educational benefits, NIL deals and the creation of a new subdivision.

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Nick Saban’s Revolutionary Impact on Football Will Linger Long After His Retirement
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Nick Saban’s Revolutionary Impact on Football Will Linger Long After His Retirement

The seven-time national champion forever altered the way football was played, proving to be one of the most brilliant—and adaptable—minds to ever come through the game.

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Washington’s First Taste of Defeat Doesn’t Go Down Smoothly
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Washington’s First Taste of Defeat Doesn’t Go Down Smoothly

The hobbled Huskies squandered several chances to get back into Monday’s championship game as a disjointed offensive effort led to a 34–13 loss to Michigan.

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Amid Personal Safety Concerns, College Football Execs Punt on Changing Structure of New 12-Team Playoff
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Amid Personal Safety Concerns, College Football Execs Punt on Changing Structure of New 12-Team Playoff

For now, the 12-team College Football Playoff format remains the same for 2024: six conference champions and six at-large teams.

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National Championship Preview: Michigan’s Run vs. Washington’s Aerial Attack
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National Championship Preview: Michigan’s Run vs. Washington’s Aerial Attack

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Michigan Finally Shakes Off Playoff Woes With Scrappy Rose Bowl Win
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Michigan Finally Shakes Off Playoff Woes With Scrappy Rose Bowl Win

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Catapult Not Under NCAA Investigation Ahead of College Football Playoff
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Catapult Not Under NCAA Investigation Ahead of College Football Playoff

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Alex Orji Does Best Jalen Milroe Impression for Michigan's Scout Team
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Alex Orji Does Best Jalen Milroe Impression for Michigan's Scout Team

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