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April 27, 2013 | Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - Say this for the 2013 quarterback class: They've learned how to slide. Four of them were selected in the fourth round Saturday, two of whom - USC's Matt Barkley and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib - were widely believed to be first-round candidates. "I'm a little bit surprised at how long I lasted," said Nassib, who in some mock drafts went eighth to Buffalo, but who actually went 110th to the New York Giants. "Everyone was just hyping me up, I guess. " Philadelphia traded up to make Barkley the first pick of the day, and Nassib was grabbed 12 spots later.
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April 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley's wait is finally over. USC's quarterback was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the first pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday morning. Eagles Coach Chip Kelly watched Barkley for four years while coaching at Oregon. Barkley, the 98th overall selection, was the fourth quarterback chosen. The Buffalo Bills chose Florida State's EJ Manuel with the 16th pick in the first round, the New York Jets selected West Virginia's Geno Smith in the second round and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took North Carolina State's Mike Glennon in the third round.
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April 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
End of an era. UCLA guard Jeff Baca was drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He is the first UCLA offensive lineman selected by an NFL team this century. Tackle Kris Farris was taken in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1999. Baca and UCLA teammate Jeff Locke were drafted by the Vikings. UCLA's Datone Jones and Johnathan Franklin were drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Make the goodbyes short. You're now mortal enemies. Vikings and Packers are one of the NFL's most intense rivalries.
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April 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein and Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - Matt Barkley marveled, often helplessly, as Oregon's offense went up and down the field against USC and most other opponents the last four seasons. The Ducks seemed to score at will, coach Chip Kelly's fast and relentless spread scheme making stars of every quarterback manning the controls. Now Barkley will try to find his own place in that kind of offense. On Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles traded up and chose Barkley with the first pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
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April 26, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Quarterback Geno Smith, a four-year starter at West Virginia, was selected in the second round of the NFL draft Friday by the New York Jets with the 39th overall pick, giving the team some depth at a position that has been a problem since Mark Sanchez's struggles intensified last season. Smith, a 6-foot-2, 218-pound playmaker, became the first quarterback in Mountaineers history to pass for 10,000 yards. Considered by many to be the top quarterback in the draft because of his athleticism in the mold of the Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III, Smith slipped to the second round when the Buffalo Bills opted to select Florida State's EJ Manuel with the 16th selection in the first round.
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April 26, 2013 | By David Wharton
Forget about the thrill of hoisting a national championship trophy or cutting down the nets. The players on the Louisville basketball team wanted to win an NCAA title to make their coach, Rick Pitino, follow through on a promise: The 60-year-old known for his dapper suits had vowed to get a tattoo if his squad finished on top. Pitino got inked on Friday morning, according to  a Darren Rovell story for ESPN . The simple design featured an...
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April 26, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tyrann Mathieu, Louisiana State's big-play defensive back known as the "Honey Badger," will join former Tigers stars Patrick Peterson and Kevin Minter in Arizona after the Cardinals used a third-round pick on the troubled star Friday. Mathieu, the runner-up in the 2011 Heisman Trophy voting, did not play last season after he was kicked off the LSU football team by Coach Les Miles for repeatedly failing drug tests. Peterson, an all-pro cornerback and friend of Mathieu, was selected with the fifth overall pick two years ago by the Cardinals, who used a second-round choice Friday on Minter, an all-SEC linebacker and Butkus Award finalist.
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April 26, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
The University of Oregon is a college football powerhouse, but the university is flexing a different muscle to push a northwest Iowa high school to change its logo: it's trademark protection muscle. Okoboji Supt. Gary Janssen said the Okoboji Pioneers will phase out their “O” logo after complaints from the university, according to the Associated Press. Oregon's director of marketing and brand management Matt Dyste said the university is just protecting its trademarked green and yellow logo designed by Nike, which operates its headquarters out of nearby Beaverton, Ore. Due to the university's relationship with Nike, Oregon features some of the flashiest uniforms in college football.
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April 26, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK -- If you watched the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, you might have wondered how the league had ready-made No. 1 jerseys with the players' names across the shoulders. Were they Velcro nameplates? Were the picks made far in advance? No, it was a little NFL magic, with an assist from Nike. For the second consecutive year, the NFL had a hot jersey press backstage at Radio City, the nameplates of all 23 players in attendance at the draft, and a Nike employee at the ready to produce a newly minted XL jersey.
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April 26, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Highly-touted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was expected by many to be the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft -- and most certainly taken in the first-round. But when the final pick was made Thursday night Smith was still waiting for his call in the green room. Feeling something akin to what one can only imagine is a combination of getting picked last in a school-yard game and being stood up on a date on national television, Smith at first was reportedly headed home after the first round.
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