Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Florida football players try their hands at gymnastics.


Ever wonder why you never see two-sport athletes who are both football players and gymnasts? Members of the Florida football team (with the aid of members of the Florida swimming and diving team) show you why.

I apologize for the Pitbull and Ke$ha music before hand. How Florida can you get?



This was made for the Florida Letterman Awards.



(via NOT Will Muschamp)

Florida State suspends Jameis Winston from baseball team following shoplifting incident.

Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston from the school's baseball team following the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback being cited for shoplifting in a Tallahassee Publix supermarket.

 "He got an adult civil citation," a trusted source inside Tallahassee Police told Tomahawk Nation. "If he completes the sanctions it will never show up on his record. They commonly give them to juveniles on first criminal offenses. They are now doing it for minor misdemeanors for adults to lower crime rate."


Winston was allegedly caught shoplifting crab legs. He was cited for shoplifting by Tallahassee police, required to pay a $30 fine, and required to to community service.

(via ESPN, SB*Nation)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban, LSU, Mississippi State, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up. 



Saban appearance scrubbed. 
Nick Saban's Crimson Caravan appearance in Dothan for Tuedsay night has been canceled due to the possibilities of further inclement weather. There are no plans to reschedule the event. (al.com)

Night Fever.
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva says that the ESPN and CBS have agreed to schedule more night games for the Tigers in Tigers Stadium. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there.
Michael Bonner looks at the limited time frame Mississippi State has to add a "quality" opponent for 2016 that passes SEC muster. (The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

 

Insanity


Worst attempt of trolling of the day.
Sports Blog Talk mockingly celebrates the fact that Florida has to follow the SEC's new requirement that member schools schedule one "quality" team from either another power conference or Notre Dame. Somebody forgot to remind SBT that since Florida plays Florida State every year, it can probably skirt adding another "quality" opponent to the schedule.


Johnny Manziel's "Uncle Nate" comments on Donald Sterling, takes shot at NCAA.


"Uncle Nate" Fitch, George Strait, and You Know Who. Photo via Gamedayr.


Nate Fitch a.k.a "Uncle Nate," professional BFF and "assistant" to former Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, has tweeted out a statement about banhammered Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling, and takes at the NCAA as well.

Here's the saved version, in case he (or JFF's professional management) decide this one is too hot to stay on the Internet.



Since the Clippers are going to apparently be up for sale soon, maybe Manziel and his other BFF Drake should team up to try and buy the team.  Unless Diddy beats them too it. (Of course they could always all go in and buy the Clippers together.)

(via @UNCLENATEFITCH, as long as it lasts)

(Updated 4:19 PM 4/29/2014)

Les Miles and LSU AD Joe Aleva show displeasure with new SEC scheduling plan.


Joe Aleva and Les Miles. Via The Baton Rouge Advocate.


LSU head coach Les Miles isn't too happy with the SEC's decision to remain with a eight-game conference schedule, preserving its cross division rivalries, and requiring member schools to play a "quality" non-conference opponent every season.

“We play the toughest schedule in America in our conference, and then we have the bias of the permanent partner,” Miles told The Advocate on Monday while speaking at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. “We’re now also being mandated to take a BCS team. The bias of the schedule continues to be disproportionate. Fundamentally fair is not something they’ve given great thought to.”

LSU athletic director Joe Aleva also commented on the alleged lack of fairness in regular-season conference scheduling.

"Since 2000 LSU has played Florida and Georgia 19 times and Alabama has played them eight times. That is a competitive disadvantage. There are a lot of other examples."

For the record, LSU has played permanent cross-division rival Florida 14 times since 2000. The Tigers have played Georgia five times in regular season games, along with three SEC championship games. Alabama has played Georgia and Florida four times each in the regular season. It's also faced the Gators twice and Georgia once in the SEC championship game.

(via The Baton Rouge Advocate, Nola.com, HT: al.com)

Bret Bielema denies he and Nick Saban are "secret allies" in war against hurry-up no-huddle offense.

Nick Saban and Bret Bielema share and awkward handshake. Via CFT.


Are Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and Alabama head coach strange allies with warring hearts? Bielema discussed the allegations that he and Saban are "secret allies" in trying to suppress the hurry-up no-huddle offense in college football with Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I think that opinion is from the outside only. But I appreciate what you’re saying and obviously Nick has some philosophy things that join with what we believe in here at Arkansas. Obviously, his success is second to none and what he believes in, he believes in strongly. I really do think that the only thing I regret about that whole conversation and things that were said … the only thing at the top of my priority list in player safety. Nothing will ever derail from that. Nothing will ever take me away from that. It’s something I believe in strongly. Our one solid and unwavering commitment to parents when we recruit young men is that we will look out for the safety and well-being of their child, no matter what. And I think that’s something that can never be lost in in translation.”

And if that wasn't enough of a denial...

 “I have never had any secret meetings with Nick. We talk on the phone occasionally but nothing secretive or ways to manipulate the system or anything.”

While the idea of Bielema playing Jack McBrayer to Saban's Blake Griffin sounds like a enticing scenario, it's doubtful that Bielema is really riding along with Saban in a Kia. (I'm not even sure if Bielema can even fit in a Kia.)

(via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, via al.com)

Alabama swimmer dies while trying to save girlfriend during storms in Tuscaloosa.

John Servati. Via rolltide.com.



Condolences to the friends and family of Alabama swimming and diving team member John Servati, who was killed during the storms that hit the Tuscaloosa area on Monday night. He died while attempting to hold up a retaining wall so his girlfriend could get to safety. The wall collapsed on him before he could get to safety himself.

University of Alabama athletic director Jay Jacobs released the following statement on Twitter.




Servati was a native of Tupelo, Ms., and was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

(via al.com)

Monday, April 28, 2014

LSU DL Frank Herron arrested for alledegly stealing bicycle.

Frank Herron. Via LSUSports.net.


LSU campus police announced on Monday that LSU defensive lineman Frank Herron had been arrested for allegedly stealing a bicycle.

"The bicycle was reported stolen Wednesday around noon from a bike rack near the Huey P. Long Fieldhouse, Lalonde said. The victim notified police Monday that he saw someone riding what he thought was the stolen bike near the Cox Center for Academics.

Officers did not believe the person riding the bicycle knew it was stolen and on further investigation, identified Herron as a possible suspect. Herron admitted to the theft during interrogation by officers and was arrested about 1:30 p.m.. Theft of property valued below $500 is considered a misdemeanor and above $500 a felony, Lalonde said."

Herron, a redshirt freshman, has been "issued a misdemeanor summons" was was released while the police continue to investigate the incident.

(via The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Covering Dixie: SEC scheduling, Will Muschamp, and (*sigh*) Lane Kiffin.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up. 



The All-New, All-Different (yeah, right) SEC scheduling model


Eight is Enough.
The SEC sticks with an eight-game conference schedule, and requires member schools to play one  non-conference game against a team from either the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, or Notre Dame. (Dr. Saturday)

Low blow.
Chris Low says that the SEC "missed the boat" in it's decision to remain at an eight-game conference schedule. He also criticizes the fact that SEC fans will lose out on "the opportunity to face (or see) every team in the league at least once in a four-year span." (ESPN)

Quality is a subjective term.
Run Home Jack (a.k.a Celebrity Hot Tub) states the obvious about the new SEC "quality" non-conference mandate: Expect to see SEC schools play a lot of games against Indiana, Wake Forest, and Utah. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

Grumbling from Death Valley. 
And the Valley Shook soundly criticizes the SEC's decision to stick with the eight-game conference format, and complains about how the protected cross-division rivalries only benefits five schools (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee). Oh, shut up and be happy with being paired with Florida every year. 

You're too late, I've already done it!
Andy Hutchins explains how Florida won't have to worry about scheduling a "quality" non-conference opponent, since it already has an annual rivalry with Florida State on its schedule. Back to the drawing board, Mike Slive. (Alligator Army)

Everybody's Talkin'.
ESPN's Ted Miller and Adam Rittenberg share their opinions on the SEC's new scheduling model.

Be My Enemy.
Good Bull Hunting looks at Texas A&M's new cross-division permanent rival, South Carolina. I'm expecting GBH to reach levels of trolling about this comparable to Black Heart Gold Pants' treatment of Iowa's "Most Hated Rival," Purdue. Don't let me down, Aggies!



Meanwhile, back in reality...


I have to praise you like I should.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp gives out "high praise" to the Gators' receiving corps. (The Gainesville Sun)

Seven the Hard Way.
Michael Casagrande looks at "Seven ways how (first-year offensive coordinator) Lane Kiffin will change the Alabama offense in 2014." (al.com)

After the Storm.
Cippy Wallace looks at Tuscaloosa, Al. three years after the city was ravaged by tornadoes. (Outkick the Coverage)



Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Fallout: Gary Nova, Florida, Michigan State, and more.


 Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.

Heavy Nova.
Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova leaps to the front in the competition to be the Scarlet Knights' starting QB after a strong performance in the school's spring game on Saturday. (AP/ESPN)

Five for Fighting.
Pat Dooley names five games that could make or break Florida's 2014 season. They are Alabama (at Tuscaloosa, Sept. 20), LSU (home, Oct. 11), Georgia (at Jacksonville, Nov. 1), South Carolina (home, Nov. 15), and Florida State (at Tallahassee, Nov. 29). In other news, Five for Fighting sucks. (The Gainesville Sun)

Curb Your Enthusiasm.
A Sea of Blue reviews Kentucky's Blue-White Spring Game. While it sees improvement, it predicts the Wildcats will only win "4 or 5 games" in 2014.

Springtime for Sparty.
Mike Griffith reviews Michigan State's Green-White spring game. (mLive.com)

One ring to rule them all.
The Only Colors takes a look at Michigan State's Rose Bowl/Big Ten championship ring.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Revenge of the Couches: Colorado St. QB Garrett Grayson injured moving a couch.


Be afraid. The couches want revenge.

College football who like to celebrate/riot after games by burning couches take note. The couches are starting to fight back.

Colorado State says quarterback Garrett Grayson has undergone surgery after injuring his left clavicle while moving a couch but is expected to recover in time for summer strength and conditioning workouts.

Apparently the couches had enough following the UConn's win over Kentucky in the final round of the NCAA Men's basketball tournament, where supporters of both teams burned couches after the Huskies beat the Wildcats. They may have started at Colorado State, but their reign of terror won't end there. Be warned.

(via ESPN)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Covering Dixie: Amari Cooper and Bradley Sylve, Mississippi State arrests, Gus Malzahn, and more.


Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.



Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and cornerback Bradley Sylve battle on Twitter over who is the faster player. (al.com)

Kleptomania runs wild!
Mississippi State offensive lineman Jordan Washington and former Charles Siddoway were arrested on Wednesday on charges of burglary and robbery. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Don't Let It End.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn discusses not wanting the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry between Auburn and Georgia to fall by the wayside while the SEC works out a new scheduling format. (al.com)

I Heard It Through the Grapevine. 
Greg Ostendorf  profiles former Nebraska-turned-Kentucky running back Braylon Heard. (ESPN)

Pyke's Peak.
Mark Weiszer profiles Georgia offensive guard Greg Pyke. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

I Knew You When.
 JD Myatt looks back at the 2012 Texas A&M Maroon and White spring game, where Aggieland got its first look at a certain young quarterback named Johnny Manziel. Whatever happend to that kid? (Good Bull Hunting)

 

Recruiting


He's Just Not That Into You. 
Texas high school junior running back Rodney Anderson de-commits from Texas A&M's 2015 recruiting class. (al.com)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Covering Dixie: Steve Spurrier, Katherine Webb, Mark Richt, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.



The Old Ball Coach. 'Nuff said.
Chris Low profiles South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. (ESPN)

It's your birthday! It's your birthday!
Happy 25th birthday to future Mrs. A.J. McCarron Katherine Webb. (Diehard Sport)

Next Position, Please.
Kurt Voigt profiles Arkansas quarterback-turned-tight end A.J. Derby. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

On the Road Again.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt hits the road for the annual speaking tour of Georgia booster groups. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Red Bull on Parade.
Mark Weiszer looks at first-year Georgia inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler a.k.a. "Coach Red Bull." He supposedly has a deal with the energy beverage producer, which makes the branded refrigerator in his office is well-stocked with its products. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Alabama gets 2015 commitment from Hoover (Al.) High linebacker Christian Bell.

Christian Bell. Via al.com.


Alabama has landed yet another commitment  for its 2015 recruiting class. Hoover, Al. high school junior linebacker Christian Bell announced Wednesday via Twitter regarding his intentions to take his talents to Tuscaloosa in 2015.




Bell, who attends Alabama high school powerhouse Hoover High School, is 6'4" and weighs 220 pounds.

(via al.com)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nick Saban and Mark Ingram in group with Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy for Chick-fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge.

Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Would you trust Nick Saban with a golf club? Photo via golf.com


From the "Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge department comes word that Alabama head coach Nick Saban and partner Mark Ingram will be grouped with Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and partner Sean Tuohy for the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge.

Saban, Freeze, and 9 nine other head coaches, including Auburn's Gus Malzahn and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, along with "celebrity" partners associated with their schools will tee up with at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. to compete for a share of $520,000 in scholarship money for their respective school. Malzahn will be partnered with Bo Jackson, while Spurrier partners with Sterling Sharpe.

Of note is that the tournament still goes by (as of now) the "Chick-fil-A Bowl Golf Challenge." Apparently CFA hasn't gotten around to changing the golf tournament's name to mirror the CFA Bowl's rebranding as  the Peach Bowl once more. These things apparently take time.

(via The Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Big Tentacles: Donovan Clark, Indiana, Iowa, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.



Condolences go out to the family of Kirk Ferentz, whose father-in-law, former NFL referee Gerry Hart, passed away at the age of 83. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Now on to the regular news and notes. 

You Make Me Feel Brand New. 
Mike Jones looks at the new landscape of the Big Ten that will be unleashed for the 2014 season. It includes new divisions, bowl game tie-ins and of course, Rutgers and Maryland as first-year member schools. (Off Tackle Empire)

Keeping up with the Joneses.
Kyle Rowland looks at all the renovations going on at Big Ten stadiums ahead of the 2014 season. (Eleven Warriors

Black Celebration.
Rutgers announces that its October 4th night game at home against Michigan as a "blackout" game. This won't end well. (College Spun)

Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Maryland will have its own "blackout" game on Nov. 15 when it hosts Michigan State. (College Spun)

A Change Will Do You Good.
Michigan State offensive lineman Donavon Clark discusses his transfer from left tackle to right tackle. (mLive.com)

I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.
Derek Reinglass takes a look at the "strategy" in how the Big Ten Network schedules Big Ten games for its prime time schedule. (Big Ten Network)

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off. 
Indiana opts out of a scheduled 2015-2016 home-at-home series with South Florida. (The Tampa Bay Times)

The Replacements.
Indiana replaces USF with Florida International. Yeah, huge upgrade there. (FB Schedules)

Depth perception.
Patrick Vint looks at Iowa's quarterback depth chart. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce.
Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson has left the coaching staff of Kirk Ferentz to open a Culver's fast food quick service restaurant in Hendersonville, Tn. (The New York Daily News)

Insanity


Why don't you have a seat over there for me, please.
Patrick Vint looks at the real reasons behind Johnson's departure. That's as far as I'm going to go with explaining this one, except to say that this one may be a little too much for some people. (Black Heart Gold Pants)



Michigan St. QB Connor Cook calls offseason stregnth and condition program "a living hell."

Connor Cool after 2014 Rose Bowl. Via Bleacher Report.


What was Michigan State's offseason strength and conditioning program like.? Spartan quarterback Connor Cook described the workouts he and his teammates went through as "a living hell."

"Wake up at 4:30, go over and get my ankles taped, and then bust your butt for an hour and a half, sometimes two hours, and you have multiple (workout) stations,'' Cook said. "Sometimes it's an agility day or power day; you're pushing sleds, pulling sleds, you have the ropes, it's just a living hell.

"All the coaches, every single position coach is out there pushing you, but that's how champions are made. In our indoor facility we have all these quotes on these boards, and one says 'Champions are built on 1,000 invisible mornings,' and that's what we do.''
 
Of course it's that "living hell" Cook and the rest of the Spartan team need to go through in order to repeat as Big Ten Champions in 2014, and get the opportunity to participate in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Moving to the new Big Ten East division with Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan is going to make that goal a lot harder to achieve.  

(via mLive.com)

Covering Dixie: Jacob Coker, Nick Saban, Tre Mason, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up. 



Have a Coker and a smile.
Mike Herndon profiles Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker. (al.com)

Nick Saban on the Hot Seat?
Child, please. (Sports Blog Talk)

A-Day unlike any other.
Roll 'Bama Roll reviews Alabama's A-Day spring game.

I have to praise you like I should.
Auburn running back Tre Mason named the school's Male Athlete of the year. (al.com)

Down on the Cornerback.
Zach Abolverdi profiles Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. (The Gainesville Sun)

Punt Up the Volume.
Marc Weiszer profiles Georgia punter Colin Barber. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boise State coaching staff on horseback. Your argument is irrevelant.



The coaching staff of first-year Boise State Bryan Harsin is ready to hit the recruiting inside the state borders of Idaho. What better reason to saddle up on horseback for a photo op?



Of course, there is a YouTube video to go along with it.




 Harsin has a tough job ahead of him as he tries to step in the footsteps of former Broncos head coach Chris Petersen, who left for Washington at the end of the 2013 season. So it looks an any attempt to bring notice to himself seems to be up for grabs.

(via Mountain West Connection)

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl lives again.



Atlanta's long national nightmare is over. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is officially the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl once more. The name change comes as America's recently-crowned king of "chicken quick service" restaurants has signed a new six-year agreement sponsorship agreement with ESPN, holder of the bowl game's naming and media rights.

The new agreement restores the "Peach" to the annual post-season game's name, which has been absent since it was last used in 2005. It comes in conjunction with the bowl game's ascension to the new College Football Playoff. The CFP requires the its six "top-tier" bowl components (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton, and Peach) to have "traditional" names.

“This is a remarkable day in our history when we can all come together as partners to celebratethese milestones,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president and CEO. “This not only represents the beginning of our new era in the College Football Playoff, but a reconnection to our history and tradition by bringing the peach back into our name.Chick-fil-A’s agreement with ESPN and the Bowl allows us to continue a 17-year relationship regarded as one of the most successful in the industry.”

The name change comes with a new logo, which while restoring the "Peach" to the bowl's name, lacks the actual color peach. Fortunately, scientists have yet to develop a genetically-modified peach with a silver color.

(via The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFB Schedules.)

Ole Miss OL Austin Golson may transfer due to family concerns.

He's Just Not That Into You.


Austin Golson. Via olemisssports.com.

Ole Miss may have a possible player defection on its hands. Rebels offensive lineman Austin Golson is reportedly thinking about transferring to a school closer to home of Prattville, Al. due to family health concerns. He has two grandparents who reportedly are in poor health.

According to Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, Golson "is going to look into his options," and that "Nothing has been decided" in regards to his future with the Rebels football program.

The "school closer to home" is reportedly Auburn, which is about 67.8 miles away from Prattville.  (In case your interested, Tuscaloosa is about 90.1 miles away.) Freeze has said he wouldn't make an attempt to block any transfer to another school in the SEC West due to the nature behind the possible transfer.

“Both granddads are sick," Freeze said. "We don’t want someone here who doesn’t want to be here.”

(via Northeast Mississippi News. HT: Saturday Down South.)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter, Y'all!


Hope Y'all have  a blessed Easter. I'm spending some time with the family today. Hope you are too.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ohio State 2015 recruiting class member Ben Edwards flips to Auburn.

He's Just Not That Into You.


Ben Edwards. Via al.com.

Urban Meyer is getting a taste of his own "what's mine is mine, what's yours is mine" recruiting medicine. Florida high school junior safety Ben Edwards has flipped his 2015 commitment from the Buckeyes to Auburn. Edwards made the announcement after attending Auburn's A-Day spring game on Saturday afternoon.

 "I had to do it, I couldn't wait anymore," Edwards told 247Sports. "Words can't even explain. I grew up watching Auburn football. It's really just a dream come true and I can't wait to be here and play."

Edwards attends Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville Fl. He is rated the no. 6 safety prospect by Rivals.com. He is 6'0" and weighs 196 lbs.

(via Eleven Warriors, al.com)

Western Kentucky's Big Red mascot tries to eat his own statue.





 Western Kentucky unveiled a statue of its mascot Big Red today in school's Alumni Plaza. The real Big Red's reaction to his bronzed graven image was natural - he tried to eat it. It's obvious Big Red hasn't evolved from his cosplay ancestor, The Golden Flake Gobbler.

(via @AllieOnTheHill.  HT: @MrChadBishop)

The Fallout - Nick Saban, Chad Voytik, recruiting, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Rules violations? What rules violations.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban denies that meetings with Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase violated any NFL rules. (al.com)

A-Day like no other.
Andrew Gribble looks at the players to watch during Alabama's A-Day spring game. (al.com)

Another A-Day like no other.
Alex Byington previews Auburn's A-Day spring game. (The Opelika-Auburn News)

Now Voytik.
Heather Dinich profiles Pitt QB Chad Voytik. (ESPN)

Michigan State of Mind.
Mike Griffith profiles Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun. (mLive.com)

Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Mike Griffith profiles Michigan State redshirt freshman QB Damian Terry. (mLive.com)

A Few Small Repairs.
Mark Snyder looks at renovations to Michigan's Schembechler Hall football facility. (The Detroit Free Press)

Started from the bottom, now we're here. 
Andrew Phelps looks back at Louisville sports history as the school prepares to enter the ACC next season. (Card Chronicle)

Recruiting


Georgia recruiting news. 
Texas JUCO DE Quincy Vasser commits to Georgia's 2015 recruiting class. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

UCLA recruiting news. 
California high school junior Tevita Hahalilo commits to UCLA's 2015 recruiting class. (Bruins Nation)

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Fallout: Nick Saban and Peyton Manning, Matt Joeckel, Steve Sarkasian, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Friday edition.

Hope y'all are having a blessed Good Friday.

Frog Week.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel will transfer to TCU. He earned his degree from TAMU last December, meaning he's  eligible to play for the Horned Frogs next season. (Frogs O' War)

When Saban met Pey-Pey.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban discusses his meeting with Denver Broncos starting QB Peyton Manning last week. Yes, Pey-Pey was a QB for Tennessee. Deal with it, Knoxville. (ESPN)

The 40-Year Old Trojan.
Ivan Maisel profiles first-year USC head coach Steve Sarkasian, who turned 40 in March. (ESPN)

I've got to admit it's getting better. A little better all the time. (It can't get much worse). 
Florida head coach Will Muschamp tells s group of Gator boosters in Jacksonville that "We’re going to have a good football team next year." He'd better hope so, for his sake. (Saturday Down South)

Retirement Sucks. 
Former Monday Night Football analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf is coming out of retirement to handle play-by-play for Michigan's radio broadcasts. Dierdorf was a member of Michigan's Big Ten championship team in 1969. (The Detroit Free Press)

It Wasn't Me.
Former Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini continues to deny the use of illegal drugs while at FAU.  The school gave drug use as the reason it fired Pelini last November. (CBS Sports)

Lights Out?
Black Heart Gold Pants discusses the lack of night games currently on Iowa's 2014 schedule. BHGP does have a little optimism that the Hawkeyes still might be scheduled for a night game, though.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Georgia high school junior TE commits Daniel Imatorbhebhe commits to Missouri.

Missouri has added a sixth member of its 2015 recruiting class. Daniel Imatorbhebhe, a high school junior tight end from Suwanee, Ga. announced his commitment to Mizzou via Twitter on Wednesday.



 Imatorbhebhe attends North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga. He's 6'4" and weighs 225 pounds. He was part of a North Gwinnett team that went to the 6A State Championship last season, but lost to Norcross High School.

(via The St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Mike Richardson and Tanner Tausch are ex-Texas Tech quarterbacks.

He's Just Not That Into You.

Mike Richardson. Via dailytrib.com.


It looks like Wednesday's quarterback transfer frenzy is spilling over into today. Texas Tech walk-on QB's Mike Richardson and Tanner Tausch have both reportedly left the Red Raiders football program. Tausch will remain enrolled at Texas Tech, while Richardson is seeking out greater playing time at another school.

This leaves Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury with only one QB, Davis Webb, currently on the roster. Patrick Mahomes is the only QB in the Texas Tech 2014 recruiting class. However, his status may be up in the air, as he could be selected in the upcoming 2014 MLB Draft. He recently pitched a no-hitter as a pitcher for Whitehouse (Tx.) High School.

Vincent Testaverde, son of former NFL QB Vinnie Testaverde, is reportedly enrolling at Texas Tech this summer, and will try to earn a walk-on spot on the team.

(via CBS Sports, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)

Covering Dixie: A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray, Mike Slive, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. What your conference wants to be like when it grows up. 



Cleveland Rocks. Too bad the Browns don't.
Former Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron reportedly worked out for the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday. I'll try to keep my journalistic neutrality up here, and not show my fervent hatred for the "fake" Cleveland Browns who are at least partially responsible for ending David Pollack's playing career. (al.com)

The Heir Apparent? 
Alex Scarborough profiles former Florida State QB Jacob Coker, who is scheduled to transfer to Alabama in May following graduation from FSU. He is the presumed frontrunner to succeed A.J. McCarron as the Crimson Tide's starting QB. (ESPN)

I'm alright. Don't nobody worry 'bout me.
Former Aaron Murray says that the repaired ACL in his knee was "not going to stop me from being able to compete this year" during his workout during Georgia's pro day. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Tomorrow, Tomorrow,  I love ya, Tomorrow. 
SEC commissioner Mike Slive describes himself as a man who lives "in Tomorrow" while speaking in front of a group at  University of Massachusetts Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management on Wednesday night. (Mr. SEC)

Dante's Peak. 
Zach Abolverdi profiles Florida defensive lineman Dante Fowler. (The Gainesville Sun)

Opportunity Knocks.
Edward Aschoff explains how the transfer of former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow opens the door for Wildcat QB's Drew Barker and Patrick Towles to compete for the starting QB job. (ESPN)

The Next Big Thing?
Team Speed Kills look at the candidates to be "the SEC's Next Great Freshman Running Back."  TSK selects Leonard Fournette of LSU, and Jalen Hurd of Tennessee as the WR's most likely to come out on top.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Three Texas A&M players arrested on outstanding warrants. (UPDATED)

This has not been a banner day for Texas A&M. First, quarterback Matt Joeckel announced his  plans to transfer to another program. Now, news is breaking that three members of the TAMU football team were arrested last week on outstanding warrants.

Wide receiver Ed Pope, defensive back Howard Matthews, and defensive end Gavin Stansbury were all arrested last Thursday for what are apparently unrelated offenses.

Matthews was charged with "failure to appear." Matthews was arrested for "failure to exhibit driver's license," and "failure to appear." Both players were arrested on College Station Police Department warrants.

Stansbury was arrested on a Harris County, Tx. Sheriffs Office warrant for assault.

No word from Texas A&M as of yet, but Kevin Sumlin will probably not be amused.

(UPDATED 4/17): According to ESPN's Alex Scarborough, Matthews, Pope, and Stansbury were in Pope's vehicle when they arrested in College Station. College Station police pulled Pope's vehicle   over for "having expired registration on the vehicle." Police learned of the warrant for Pope's arrest during a check on Pope's driver's license. Checks on Matthews and Stansbury's licenses also uncovered warrants for their arrests.


In a statement, Texas A&M said "We are continuing to gather information. Gavin Stansbury was initially suspended from all athletic activities, but has since been reinstated to the team. Howard Matthews and Ed Pope were not suspended and are still members of the football team."

(via Good Bull Hunting)


Tyler Matthews is an ex-TCU quarterback, announces transfer plans.

He's Just Not That Into You.


Tyler Matthews. Via TCU.


It seems to be moving day for college quarterbacks. TCU sophomore Tyler Matthews has become the latest QB to announce plans to transfer to another school on Wednesday.



Matthews is the third QB to announce his decision to transfer to another school. Texas A&M QB Matt Jockell,  and Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow announced plans to leave their respective schools for perceived green pastures earlier in the day. Ironically, there are already suggestions for TCU to make a move to become Joeckel's eventual landing place.

 (via Frogs O'War)

Jalen Whitlow to transfer, is an ex-Kentucky QB.


He's Just Not That Into You



Jalen Whitlow is an ex-Kentucky Wildcat quarterback. It was announced on Wednesday that the sophomore QB will be transferring to another school. 

"I appreciate the University of Kentucky and what the coaching staff and administration have done for me," Whitlow said. "I also thank the community and the fan support I have received here. I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck."

Whitlow was starting QB in eight games last season. He passed for 1,033 yards, and rushed for 457 yards. He had  five passing touchdowns, with five interceptions along with six rushing touchdowns.

Whitlow is the second SEC QB to announce his intentions to transfer on Wednesday. Texas A&M senior QB Matt Joeckel announced his intentions to transfer earlier in the day.  

(via ESPN)


Covering Dixie: Nick Saban and Mark Ingram, Jeremy Pruitt, Lane Kiffin, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. it's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.



Fore Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban will be pairing up again with former Alabama and current New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram for the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. (al.com)

There's no "I" in "team," but there is one in "formation."
Michael Casagrande profiles Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin as he works with the Crimson Tide offense on the I-formation. (al.com)

That Don't Impress Me Much.
First-year Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt says that the Bulldogs' upperclassmen have "a ways to go" and need to be more consistent. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Condition critical?
Robbie Andreu looks what could be a "critical" offseason for Florida with offensive players still trying to integrate themselves into new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper's new offense. (The Gainesville Sun)

Our Day Will Come. 
Edward Aschoff profiles Mississippi State center Dillon Day. (ESPN)

No wrench in Allen's spring practice.
Blake Lovell profiles Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, who stood out in the competition for the starting QB role in the Razorbacks' spring practice. (FanIQ)

The Barber Shop.
Brandon Marcello profiles Auburn running back Peyton Barber, and how he has not let issues with ADHD and dyslexia hold him back. (al.com)

Lords of the Rings.
Auburn players will receive their 2013 SEC Championship rings during the halftime of Auburn's A-Day spring game. (al.com)

The Triangle Offense?
Kevin Scarbinsky dubs the area between Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and Tallahassee "The Bowden Triangle." He points out the region has provided college football with the three schools that have won the past five BCS titles, and where three of the past Heisman Trophy winners have played. (al.com)

Matt Joeckel is an ex-Texas A&M QB, will transfer to another school.

He's Just Not That Into You

Matt Joeckel (left) with You-Know-Who (right).


Texas A&M just got hit in the "He's Just Not That Into You" department. Senior quarterback Matt Joeckel has announced that he is going to transfer to another program. Joeckel has already graduated from the school, and thus will be immediately be eligible to play in the 2014 season.

Joeckel was in a three-way competition with freshman QB's Kyle Allen and rising sophomore Kenny Hill to succeed Johnny Manziel as the Aggies' starting QB. Hill recently was recently suspended following an arrest on public intoxication charges.

Joeckel was the backup QB last season for Manziel. 

(via Saturday Down South)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Auburn gains 2015 commitment from HS junior RB Kerryon Johnson.

Kerryon Johnson. Via al.com.


Auburn scored a big win in the recruiting department on Tuesday. Madison, Al. high school junior running back Kerryon Johnson announced that he was committing to Auburn's 2015 recruiting class at a press conference at Madison Academy High School, where he has helped lead the football team to two consecutive 3A Alabama state high school football titles.

Johnson is 6'0" and weighs 200 pounds. He is ranked fourth on Rivals.com's list of 2015 athlete prospects.

(via al.com)

Unquiet: Marcus Mariota, Rich Rodriguez, Sonny Dykes, and more.

Unquiet on the Western Front - Your Pac-12, Mountain West, and BYU extravaganza.  



Leader of the Quack.
Andrew Greif looks at how Oregon starting quarterback Marcus Mariota is showing leadership as he works with a young group of Duck receivers. (The Oregonian)

Save It for Later.
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez says that he won't make a decision who will be the Wildcats' starting quarterback next season until fall camp. Connor Brewer, Jerrard Randall, Jesse Scroogins, and Ano Solomon are the four QB's competing for the job. (Fansided)

Things Can Only Get Better.
Cal head coach Sonny Dykes says that he is encourage by an improving Golden Bears defense. (The San Francisco Chronicle)

Let's Make a Deal.
The University of Utah signs a new agreement with the Ute Tribal Business Committee over the continued use of the "Utes" nickname by the school. (The Salt Lake Tribune)

A Few Small Repairs.
Renovations begin on Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium. (Phoenix Business Journal)

Meet Nolan Hansen. 
Steve Gress profiles Oregon State offensive lineman Nolan Hansen. (The Lebanon Express)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Bill Connelly previews San Diego State's 2014 season. (SB*Nation)

Search for Tomorrow.
Chris Foster looks at the competition for the UCLA starting QB job. (The Los Angeles Times)


Recruiting


Colorado recruiting news.
Colorado high school junior offensive lineman Dillon Middlemiss commits to Colorado's 2015 recruiting class. (The Ralphie Report)

Nick Saban strikes awkward pose with Alabama gymnastics team.



Alabama head coach Nick Saban spoke to the Alabama gymnastics team on Monday. The team is getting ready to compete in the NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships on Friday in Birmingham.

Saban also had his picture taken with the Alabama gymnasts. As for the pose Saban chose for the photo, it can only be described as being "awkward." This is the pose of a man who has sat through too many anti-sexual harassment seminars.

The Twittersphere, naturally, had a few things to say about the photo.





One can only imagine what Saban's wife, Teri Saban, will think of this.

(via al.comhttp://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2014/04/see_what_nick_saban_had_to_say.html#incart_river)

Covering Dixie: Aaron Murray, Bret Bielema, Connor Shaw, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's what your conference wants to be like when it grows up.

Remains of Jackie Robinson's birthplace in Cairo, Ga.


Getting ready.
Former Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray discusses preparing for Georgia's pro day while recovering from a torn ACL received in the Nov. 23 game against Kentucky. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Bielema thinks ahead. 
Brandon Marcello profiles Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema as he prepares for Aug. 30 season opener against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (al.com)

So close, and yet so far away.
Former South Carolina QB Connor Shaw and former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd sat about 100 yards away from each other while signing autographs at separate stores at Myrtle Beach's Coastal Grand Mall on Sunday. (The Charleston Post and Courier)

Howard's End 
Cliff Kirkpatrick profiles Alabama tight end O.J. Howard. (The Montgomery Advertiser)

When Sammie Met D'haquille.
Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates describes what's it's like to be paired up with fellow WR D'haquille Williams. (al.com)

I've got a little list. I've got a little list.
Sean Lester looks at "Five young Texas A&M players who could make an impact in 2014." The list includes QB Kyle Allen, and WR Speedy Noil. (The Dallas Morning News)

The Safety Dance.
Zach Abolverdi profiles Florida safety Marcell Harris. (The Gainesville Sun)

Oh, it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.
Adam Brown looks at the battle for the job to back up Ole Miss starting quarterback Bo Wallace. The candidates are Ryan Buchanan, Devante Kincade, Jeremy Liggins. (Hotty Toddy)

Tennessee coaching staff notes. 
Tennessee gives one-year contract extensions to nine members of head coach Butch Jones' coaching staff. (USA Today)

Going to California with an aching in my heart.
LSU QB Brandon Harris will be traveling to California in May to work out with "quarterback guru" George Whitfield. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)







Kentucky class of 2015 commitment Montrell Custis flips to Alabama.

Montrell Custis. Via al.com.


From the "What's mine is mine, what's yours is mine" department comes word that Georgia high school junior cornerback Montrell Custis has flipped his class of 2015 commitment from Kentucky to Alabama.

Custis attends Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. He's 6'0" and weighs 175 pounds. He made the announcement of his plans to flip from Kentucky to Alabama on Twitter.


Custis reportedly made his decision following an unofficial visit to the University of Alabama campus this past weekend, where he checked out a Crimson Tide spring practice scrimmage game.

(via al.com

Monday, April 14, 2014

QB Chad Kelly dismissed from Clemson football program.



Chad Kelly is an ex-Clemson Tiger. The sophomore quarterback was dismissed from the football program on Monday for what Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney referred to in the usual vague coach-speak as "conduct detrimental to our program."

 “I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program,” said Swinney. “He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be. I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically.”

Kelly, the nephew of NFL Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, was reportedly escorted out of Clemson's football facility by Clemson University police. There are no reports of Kelly being under arrest or charged with any crimes.

Kelly was benched during the second half of the Tigers' spring game on Saturday. The Charleston Post and Courier reports that Kelly was heard "sniping" at Clemson coaches during the game's fourth corner. 

(via Dr. SaturdayWYFF, The Big Lead)