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Baker Mayfield spent the last three years proving every doubter wrong while at Oklahoma, cementing himself as a first-round pick in this year’s draft.

However, despite winning the Heisman trophy in his final year in college, the brash quarterback still has those who don’t believe in his abilities.

For those media members who he deems to have “crossed a line” with their criticisms, Mayfield is keeping a list of names as motivation, he told Russell Wilson during filming for ESPN’s QB2QB, according to Robert Klemko of the MMQB.

“It really doesn’t bother me that much because I know the people that say some of these things have never actually taken a snap behind center, never had a 300-pound lineman about to hit them while they have to read the defense downfield,” Mayfield said. “If I was worried too much about it, I’d be worried about the wrong things.

“But I do use some of it as motivation. I can listen to all the people patting me on the back, or I can listen to the people saying I need to get better. I know I need to get better, or else there would be nobody saying that.”

Mayfield is expected to be the third or fourth quarterback off the board on April 26, though he should still land in top 15 picks in what’s a stacked quarterback draft class.

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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is “firmly in the mix” to be taken No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns after dominating the combine, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

He would be the first running back taken at the top of the draft since the Cincinnati Bengals took Ki-Jana Carter – also of Penn State – in 1995.

Barkley has long been considered the premier prospect at his position but helped force his way into the conversation – which has been dominated by quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen – by producing a great 40-yard dash time and vertical leap.

It remains a question of positional value for Cleveland, however. The Browns have been highly criticized for passing on quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz in years past, so taking a player like Barkley, who plays what’s perceived as one of the lesser-valued positions, could be a risk.

Barkley lit up his final year in college, racking up 1,271 rushing yards, 271 receiving yards, and 21 total touchdowns.

Baker Mayfield hopes to distance himself from Johnny Manziel, but he doesn’t mind following his path to the NFL.

Speaking Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Mayfield said he wouldn’t mind being selected by the Cleveland Browns, and even relishes the opportunity to help the downtrodden franchise.

“If anyone’s gonna turn them around, it’s me,” Mayfield said at his media availability. “They’re close.”

Manziel was a first-round draft choice by the Browns in 2014, but flamed out after two NFL seasons.

Mayfield believes he’s among the most talented quarterbacks available in this year’s draft.

“I’m the most accurate quarterback in this draft, by far,” he said.

It appears winning the national championship is a very lucrative business, as an open-records request obtained by Michael Casagrande of AL.com shows Alabama football turned a $45.9-million profit in 2017.

The Crimson Tide’s total revenue for football was $108.2 million, an increase from the $103.9 million the program made in 2016.

While $45.9 million is a staggering figure, it’s actually $1.8 million lower than the program’s 2016 profit due to rising expenses over that time span.

The figures for the football team were released along with the total athletics department numbers for the school, which showed a $15.6-million profit with $174.3 million in revenue for the 2017 calendar year.

While Alabama’s financial figures are large, they still pale in comparison to what Texas made during the last fiscal year. The Longhorns’ athletic department became the first Division I public school to top the $200-million mark in both operating revenue and expenses.

Bulldogs fans wasted no time scooping up tickets to next week’s national championship game following Georgia‘s thrilling 54-48 double-overtime win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.

Tickets for the game, which will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, were in such high demand that StubHub’s website crashed minutes after the Rose Bowl ended Monday night.

The website was down for approximately 30 minutes before it went back up, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

As of Tuesday morning, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was $1,800.

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young issued an apology one day after the club hired former Baylor coach Art Briles and then released him amid intense public and league pressure.

Young apologized via the club’s website for the decision to bring in the disgraced coach:

We made a large and serious mistake. We want to apologize to our fans, corporate partners and the Canadian Football League. It has been a difficult season and we are searching for answers. This is clearly not one of them. We have listened, we are reviewing our decision-making processes and we will learn. We will go on. We want to thank our fans, partners and the CFL for their help and support.

Briles was dismissed by Baylor in May in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that rocked the institution. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie convinced the Tiger-Cats to drop the 61-year-old last night, just hours after they announced the hiring, according to Drew Edwards of 3DownNation.

Hamilton is winless on the season and sits dead last in the CFL in a number of offensive categories. Briles’ offense regularly ranked among the best in college football, and his familiarity with new head coach June Jones likely led to the move to bring him in.

Al Pacino is in line to play former Penn State coach Joe Paterno in an HBO movie about the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, according to a report from Kate Stanhope of the Hollywood Reporter.

Barry Levinson, director of “The Natural” and “Rain Man,” is attached to direct.

Paterno served as the Nittany Lions head coach from 1966 to 2011 but was fired as the allegations of sexual abuse of children against his former assistant Jerry Sandusky became public. Paterno died Jan. 22, 2012 just over two months after he was dismissed.

It won’t be Pacino’s first time playing a football coach on film, although the genre of movie will be quite different. He portrayed Tony D’Amato, head coach of the fictional Miami Sharks in 1999’s “Any Given Sunday” which included the famous “Inches” pregame speech.