Chomping at Bits: How Alabama walks the five-star tightrope

Mike Ehrmann

Alabama meets Notre Dame for a national title tonight. How the Crimson Tide has gotten to three title games in four years is a matter of walking a tightrope with talented players.

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Alabama's formula: Get talented players. Keep talented players. Coach talented players. But it's not as simple as it sounds. (Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports)

Stipends on the way? NCAA president Mark Emmert is looking at them. (Jeremy Fowler, Eye on College Football | CBS Sports)

How ESPN came to run college football: Wait, I mean college football bowls, sorry, easy mistake. (Alicia Jessop, Forbes)

New transfer rules could change college basketball: They might help Florida, too. (Matt Norlander, Eye on College Basketball | CBS Sports)

Vernon Hargreaves reacts to being Vernon Hargreaves: He is humbler than I would be if I were Vernon Hargreaves. (Bryan Holt, Inside the Gators | Rivals)

Why stopping Johnny Manziel is so hard: Because you have to do it for 60 minutes, largely. (Bill Connelly, SB Nation)

The NFL's grip on Mexico: Se habla football. (Eric Nusbaum, Deadspin)

Bradley Beal throws down: These were the two most emphatic points in Beal's (Ben Golliver, The Point Forward | SI.com)

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