Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Fallout: Lane Kiffin on Jalston Fowler, LSU, SEC news, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition. 

Fullback to the Future.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin discusses Crimson Tide player Jalston Fowler's transition to becoming a full-time fullback in the 2014 season. Fowler split time between the half-back and fullback positions last season. (al.com)

Let's go to Lukenbach Lubbock, Texas.
Former Ohio State linebacker Mike Mitchell announces he is transferring to Texas Tech. (Viva the Matadors)

Justin Time.
Drew Roberts profiles Boise State defensive tackle Justin Taimatuia. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Night Fever.
The kickoff time for LSU's home game against Louisiana-Monroe is set for 6:00 PM central time (7:00 EDT) start. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

The Division Bell.
The AAC finalizes how member schools will be split up for divisional play when it begins in 2015. It had better hope that Cincinnati or Houston haven't found greener (i.e. Big 12) pastures by then. (ESPN)

It's Complicated. 
The SEC revises its already byzantine tiebreaker rules ahead of the start of the College Football Playoff  system. (al.com)

Bring the Noise.
The SEC also relaxed its rules on crowd noise and in-stadium music. Insert overused Will Ferrell quote from Saturday Night Live Blue Oyster Cult sketch here. (al.com)

The Fourth Estate.
Kevin Scarbibsky discusses SEC commissioner Mile Slive's warnings that the "Big Five" conferences might try to form their own division in the NCAA if the governing body doesn't give them the autonomy they so richly want. (al.com)


Friday, May 30, 2014

Covering Dixie: Lane Kiffin, Alabama, Auburn, and more.

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



I have to praise you like I should.
Alabama offensive coordinator gives high marks to Crimson Tide running backs Kenyan Drake, Derrick Henry, and T.J. Yeldon. (ESPN)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
Team Speed Kills looks at Alabama's troubles with finding a non-conference opponent to fill out its 2015 football season.

Working for the Weekend.
Wesley Sinor previews Auburn's Big Cat Weekend for recruiting prospects. (al.com)

TV Guide.
ESPN will air Georgia's season-opening home game against Clemson at 5:30 PM on Aug. 30. (The Athens Banner-Herald)





Auburn AD Jay Jacobs floats idea of moving Georgia-Auburn game to earlier in the season.

Nick Marshall (14) and Josh Harvey-Clemons from 2013 Georgia-Auburn Game. Photo via Opelika-Auburn News.


The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry between Georgia and Auburn is safe and secure, thanks to the SEC's decision to stick with permanent cross-division rivalries. What may be up in the air is when it gets played. Auburn Athletic director Jay Jacobs floated the idea of moving the game's traditional mid-November date to a place earlier in the season.

"In the perfect world, I'd prefer to have another game at that back end, whether it is was Texas A&M or moving Georgia up, whatever it may be," Jacobs said at the SEC spring meetings this week. "But it's hard to argue with 2013. It worked out for us having those games at the end of the year."

Georgia head coach Mark Richt says that the idea is a new one to him.

 "I haven't looked at it, so I really don't know," Richt said. "I think you're always going to have back-to-back games of great opponents. It's just inevitable, I don't think you can help it."

Georgia-Auburn is traditionally played two weeks before the two schools play their in-state rivals (Georgia Tech and Alabama) to close out the regular season. Any changes probably won't happen anytime in the foreseeable future, and would probably require shuffling the two school's other conference games around, shattering the SEC's fragile equilibrium.

(via al.com)

Alabama adds 17th member of its 2015 recruiting class with in-state LB Keaton Anderson.

Keaton Anderson. Photo via al.com.


Alabama's recruiting class of 2015 got bigger by one on Thursday. Florence, Al. high school rising senior linebacker Keaton Anderson announced via Twitter (how else?) of his decision to commit to 'Bama, complete with a photo of himself and Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.



Anderson attends Florence High School in Florence, Al. he is graded by ESPN as a three-star outside linebacker. He is 6'1', and weighs 215 lbs. He is the seventeenth member of Alabama's 2015 recruiting class.

(via al.com)

Indiana linebacker Josh Barajas flips 2015 commitment from Penn State to Notre Dame.

He's Just Not That Into You

Josh Barajas with Penn State head coach James Franklin. Photo via Black Shoe Diaries.


Notre Dame is having a "what's mine is mine, what's yours is mine" moment with Penn State. Merrillville, In.  high school rising senior inside linebacker Josh Barajas has flipped his class of 2015 commitment from the Nittany Lions to the Fighting Irish. He had originally committed to Penn State in March.

Barajas attends Andrean High School in Merrillville, He is graded as a four-star ILB by ESPN. The WWL ranks him as the ninth-best ILB in the US, and 283rd on the overall ESPN 300.

Barajas is 6'3" and weights 210 lbs.

(via One Foot Down)

Oklahoma State freshman RB Devon Thomas accused of armed robbery.

Devon Thomas's mugshot. Via KTUL.


Oklahoma State freshman running back Devon Thomas is facing charges of armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill following an incident in his hometown of Broken Arrow, Ok.

Thomas and three other individuals are accused of being involved in an attempted robbery on Tuesday, May, 28. The male victim claims the Thomas and his associates "stole his marijuana, money, shoes and clothing" then threatened to shoot him if he didn't leave. 

According the police report, the victim then tried to leave the scene in his vehicle, but was shot at by one of the suspects. The bullet reportedly "entered the vehicle's rear windshield and nicked the driver's head rest," and "narrowly missed the driver." (Presumably the victim)

The victim identified four suspects, telling police he has known them for several years, and said Thomas was the suspect carrying the gun. The four -- Thomas, 18-year-olds Eduard Smith and De'Carrio Taylor, and 17-year-old juveniles, all of Broken Arrow -- were arrested Wednesday at various locations in the city.

At last report, Thomas was being held on $125,000 bond at the Tulsa County Jail.

Oklahoma State has yet to comment on the incident.

(via The Tulsa World)

Lane Kiffin compares Nick Saban to Pete Carroll. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Hail Saban!




Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban. Photo via al.com.


Straight from the "Is this a good thing or a bad thing?" department word that first-year Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has publicly compared his current boss, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, to his former boss at USC, Pete Carroll.

Kiffin made his comparison after being asked to do so while speaking at the DEX Imaging 20th annual L'Arche Football Preview in Mobile, Al. on Thursday.

"To see their systems, they're completely different," Kiffin said. "But I think it reminds us in all our business, in everything that we do, it's not really what you do, it's about how you do it. Both those guys have exact beliefs and philosophies in everything that they do. Now they're completely different in how they do them, but they have a philosophy and a belief and the players and everybody in the building and in the organization understands that.

"As different as they are, that's really how they're so similar."

Considering that Carroll's departure from USC came as the program was engulfed in the Reggie Bush scandal, which led to the school's 2004 BCS title being vacated, 'Bama had better hope that is no way, shape, or form anything like Carroll.

(via al.com)

Texas A&M receives class of 2015 commitment form Houston WR Kemah Siverand.


Kemah Siverand. Photo via ESPN.

The news on the recruiting trail just keeps getting better for Texas A&M. Right on the heels of the class of 2015 commitment of Texas high school rising senior quarterback Kyler Murray comes word that the Aggies have also received the 2015 commitment of Houston, Tx. high school rising senior wide receiver Kemah Siverand.



Siverand is graded as a four-star WR by ESPN. The WWL also ranks him as the 16th best WR in the country. He's ranked 146 on the ESPN 300.

Siverand attends Cypress Ridge High School in Houston, Tx. He is 6'0" and weighs 185 pounds.

(And yes, that is a Texas Longhorn on Siverand's shirt. The photo is from the 2013 Mack Brown Texas Football Camp. That's sure to make Texas A&M head coach yell (or Tweet) "YESSIR!" a little louder. )

(via Good Bull Hunting)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Covering Dixie: Todd Gurley, Les Miles, and more.

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



There's a possibility, but no chance. 
Georgia tailback Todd Gurley will not win the Heisman Trophy. Because Andrew Hall said so. (Bleacher Report)

Bring the Noise.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says that recent loosening of SEC rules regarding the use of sound systems inside member school stadiums will be handled at Sanford Stadium "in a very tasteful manner." (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Goodbye to You.
Georgia director of on-campus recruiting Daryl Jones is leaving the program to persue "other opportunities." (The Athens Banner-Herald)

It Takes Two?
LSU head coach Les Miles sayshe hasn't ruled using Tiger quarterbacks Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings in a two-QB system. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Track 'Em Tigers analyzes Auburn's week two opponent San Jose State.

Tough Enough?
Jon Kooper declares that Kentucky has the fifth-toughest schedule in the SEC. (Saturday Down South)

Insanity


Keeping the memory alive.
The War Eagle Reader looks at various 2013 Iron Bowl"Kick Six"-inspired license plates.

Hugh Freeze to change play calls following administrative intern's defection to Auburn.


Hugh Freeze and Guz Malizahn. Photo via al.com.



To every action there is an equal opposite reaction. What goes for physics also goes for college football, as the movements of a former quarterback-turned-administrative intern-turned-graduate assistant is resulting in Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze having to change is play calls.

Ryan Aplin is a former quarterback of Arkansas State. He played two years under Hugh Freeze, then one year under Guz Malzahn when Freeze went to Ole Miss. Aplin then became an administrative intern under Freeze at Ole Miss.

Aplin has now left Freeze's coaching staff to become a graduate under Malzahn at Auburn. This is resulting in Freeze taking no chances and changing his play calling so as to counter any potential sharing of playbook secrets by Aplin to Malzahn.

Freeze expressed his regret that Aplin was making the move from Ole Miss to Auburn on Tuesday.

"I think I'm getting ready to lose another one to Auburn and I can't stop the young guy because I don't have a spot for him and they do," Freeze said Tuesday, hinting to Aplin's departure. "We all love the guy."

Malzahn is also high on Aplin's potential. He stated last fall before the Tigers' win over the Rebels that he thought Aplin would someday become "a big-time college coach."

(via al.com)

Arkansas high school WR LaMichael Pettway commits to Ole Miss.

LaMichael Pettway. Photo via Varsity Preps.


Ole Miss has racked up another commitment for its class of 2015. Nashville, Ak. high school rising senior wide receiver LaMichael Pettway announced his decision to commit to the Rebels football program on Wednesday.

Pettway attends Nashville High School in Nashville, Ak. He stands 6'3" and weighs 200 pounds. He is the sixth member of Ole Miss' 2015 recruiting class. He is the 9th rated WR in the state of Arkansas by 247Sports.

(via Saturday Down South)

Jimbo FIsher believes Jacob Coker will be sucessful at Alabama.

Jacob Coker. Photo via ESPN.

How is Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher taking former Seminole backup quarterback Jacob Coker's transfer to Alabama? It doesn't seem to be bothering him too much. In fact, Fisher predicted on Mobile sports talk station WNSP-FM that Coker will have a successful season in Tuscaloosa.

 "Jacob Coker is an outstanding young man, first and foremost," Fisher told WNSP. "He's a tremendous human being. As an athlete, he is a tremendous player. I think he is going to be a very high draft pick in the NFL. He has that type of potential."
Coker transferred to Alabama following his graduation from FSU. He had been the back-up to reigning Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston in Tallahassee.

Fisher is obviously not sweating the loss of Coker. On the other hand, Fisher probably wishes he had a solid back-up for Winston if the latter's off-the-field incidents continue to rack up.

(via al.com)


Arizona state gives head coach Rich Rodriguez a two-year contract extension.

Rich Rodriguez. Photo via azcentral.com.


It looks as though Tucson will have Rich Rodriguez to kick around until 2019.  The University of Arizona and the Wildcats head coach have come to an agreement on a contact extension that will go through the 2019 season. This is pending approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Arizona and RichRod came to terms to a two-year extension agreement that raises his base salary to $1.9 million. That is on top of $500,000 that he receives for what are described as "peripheral duties" such as TV and radio appearances, and additional incentives, which include $1 million should he win a National title as the Wildcats' head coach.

Rodriguez has gone 16-10 in his two season at Arizona, including wins in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl against Nevada, and the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl against Boston College.

(via AP/ ESPN)

Ex-Kansas State QB Daniel Sams transfers to McNeese State.

Daniel Sams. Photo via The Dallas Morning News.


Former Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams has found a landing spot. Sams, who left the Wildcat program during the spring, has decided to transfer to McNeese State, an FCS school where he won't have to sit out a year like he would if he transferred to a FBS program.

Sams told ESPN that he chose the Lake Charles, La.-located McNeese State because it was closer to his family. The move comes after an attempt to switch positions from QB to receiver didn't quite work out as Sams had hoped.

McNeese State, a  Southland Conference member school. Will open its 2014 season on the road against Nebraska on Sept. 6.

(via ESPN)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nation's top dual-threat QB Kyler Murray commits to Texas A&M.

Kyler Murray. Photo via Good Bull Hunting.


Texas A&M has scored a huge commitment for its 2015 recruiting class. Allen, Tx. high school rising senior quarterback Kyler Murray has become the eleventh member of the Aggies' recruiting class of 2015. Murray is ranked as the top dual-threat QB in America by ESPN.

Murray is the son of former Texas A&M two time all-American QB Kevin Murray. He made the announcement of his commitment to his father's alma mater via Twitter.




Murray's decision was heralded on Twitter by a certain other former Texas A&M QB.




Murray attends Allen High School in Allen, Tx. He is 5'11" and weighs 170 pounds.

(via ESPN)

Big Tentacles: Maryland, Purdue, Michigan, and more.

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



Are we human, or are we Dancel?
Testudo Times profiles Maryland defensive back Zach Dancel.

He went to Jarrett!
Todd Carton profiles Maryland cornerback Jarrett Ross. (Testudo Times)

Panfil it to the rim. 
Travis Miller profiles Purdue defensive end Evan Panfil. (Hammer and Rails)

Schwan Lake.
Nick Polak profiles Penn State defensive end Evan Schwan. (Black Shoe Diaries)

Watson! Come here! I need you!
Kevin Bunkley profiles Michigan defensive back Brandon Watson. (Maize n Brew)

Know your enemy.
Phillip Rossman-Reich looks at Northwestern's first opponent of the 2014 season, Cal. (Lake the Posts)

Injuries


Minnesota injury report.
Minnesota offensive lineman Caleb Bak will miss his senior season due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered last season. (Dr. Saturday)

Ohio State lands 2015 commitment from dual-threat QB Joe Burrow.

Joe Burrow and family. Photo via Land-Grant Holy Land.


Ohio State has added the third member of its 2015 recruiting class. The Plains, Oh. high school rising senior quarterback Joe Burrow gave his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes on Monday.

Burrow attends Athens High School in The Plains, Oh. He is 6'3" and weighs 201 pounds. Rivals.com lists him as the 24th-best dual threat QB in the country.

(via Cleveland.com)

Illinois gains commitment from Washington, D.C. high school RB Reggie Corbin.

Reggie Corbin. Photo via ESPN.


Illinois has added another commitment for its recruiting class of 2015. Washington, D.C. high school rising senior running back Reggie Corbin committed to the Fighting Illini on Tuesday.

Corbin attends Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. He is 5'10" and weighs 190 lbs.

(via The Champaign Room)

Covering Dixie: Bret Bielema and Gus Malzahn, Will Muschamp, Alabama, and more.

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




Rivalry? What rivalry?
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema denies he's feuding with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. (al.com)

Is he or isn't he?
There are conflicting reports as to whether Arkansas cornerback Chris Murphy is leaving the program or not. (Arkansas Fight)

We're all in this together.
All 14 SEC head coaches support a proposal for an early signing period that would begin the Monday after Thanksgiving. (al.com)

Read my lips: No more cupcakes! 
Team Speed Kills takes a deeper look inside Florida head coach Will Muschamp's announcement that the Gator won't schedule FCS team in the future.

A Sort of Homecoming.
Alabama named the Nov. 22 home game against Western Carolina as its homecoming game. It's the latest date for a Crimson Tide homecoming since 1951, when it was played on Nov. 24 of that year. (al.com)

Hail, Columbia...Broadcasting System.
CBS announces the scheduling of three SEC conference games for its "SEC Game of the Week:" Georgia at South Carolina on Sept. 13, Georgia vs. Florida on Nov. 1, and Arkansas at Missouri on Nov. 28 (Black Friday). (al.com)

Oujia Board, Oujia Board, would you work for me?
Creg Stephenson tries to predict what the twelve yet-to-be announced SEC games to be aired on CBS will be. Some of Stephenson's picks are total no-brainers, such as Texas A&M at Alabama on Oct. 18, and Georgia at Auburn on Nov. 15. (al.com)

Goodbye to You.
Mark Weiszer compares Georgia's policies on students transferring out of the program to that of how other schools handle the situation. According to Weiszer, UGA policies are considered "lenient" when compared to other schools. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

What's in it for me?
A Sea of Blue looks at how news coming out of the SEC spring meetings could affect Kentucky.

The Safety Dance.
Paul Crewe profiles LSU freshman safety Jamal Adams. (And the Valley Shook)

Possum Dixon.
Garnet and Black Attack profiles South Carolina defensive tackle Gerald Dixon, Jr.

Nick Saban gives Will Muschamp a show of support.

Hail Saban! 

Will Muschamp and Nick Saban. Photo via The Gainesville Sun.


Will Muschamp hasn't had the easiest of time since becoming head coach of Florida three years ago. He's 22-16 over three seasons, has yet to beat Georgia, and went 4-8 in 2013, including an embarrassing loss to Georgia Southern. Many Gator fans, needless to say, wish Muschamp was an ex-Gator coach.

With that in mind, Muschamp got a big show of support from Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who believes Muschamp can stop the bleeding in Gainesville. Muschamp was a former assistant coach to Saban at LSU.

“I have a lot of respect for Will,” Saban said. “He’s a great coach and I think he’s doing a really, really good job. Sometimes you have a tough year, you get a lot of players injured like (the Gators) did, lost their starting quarterback.

“When you have those those type of circumstances, it becomes more difficult for your team to reach the potential they once had. I think he will respond extremely well.

“A lot of those players will be coming back and they’re doing a really good job recruiting. They’re adding new talent that can contribute in a positive way. I think Will will do really, really well.”

Saban also declared Muschamp to be a "fantastic competitor," and a "mature guy." 

Saban and Muschamp will face off against each other on Sept. 20, when the Gators travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium to face the Crimson Tide. The last time the two coaches and their respective teams faced each was in 2011, when the Tide beat the Gators 38-10.

Riley Ferguson is an ex-Tennessee quarterback.

Riley Ferguson. Photo via Chattanooga Times-Free Press. 


Riley Ferguson is an ex-Tennessee Volunteer quarterback. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones made the announcement that Ferguson was "no longer with the program" on Tuesday while attending SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fl.

Ferguson, a redshirt freshman, was expected to compete for the Tennessee starting QB's job with sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman, and senior Justin Worley.  His departure makes the competition a three-man race.

(via AP/ESPN)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mike Slive wears SEC school belt during SEC spring meetings.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive has been called many things, but a fashion trendsetter has probably not been one of them. That might change as Slive sported a rather unique belt during a media session at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fl. It featured the logos of all 14 current SEC member schools.



If you want to get Big Slive Swag on, it's going to cost you. The hand-stitched needlepoint belt is produced by Smathers & Branson, and sells for $165.00. On the plus side, it does shipped inside its own "handmade wooden gift box," so you'll have someplace special to store it in. The company also sells collegiate-themed belts for individual schools, including all 14 SEC member schools.


(via Dr. Saturday)

Alabama QB Parker McLeod looking into transfer options.

He's Just Not That Into You.


Parker McLeod. Via The Montgomery Advertiser.


Alabama freshman quarterback Parker McLeod isn't quite an ex-Crimson Tide QB yet, but it looks like he's getting there. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said that McLeod had the school's "blessings" to look into transfer options.

Saban confirmed earlier reports of McLeod's decision to leave the Crimson Tide program while speaking to reporters at the SEC's spring meetings in Destin, Fl.

McLeod's plans to transfer all but insures that Jacob Coker, who recently transferred to Alabama after graduating from Florida State recently, will be the Crimson Tide's next starting QB. Saban, however, has not yet given the official nod to that yet.

(via al.com)

Big Tentacles: James Franklin, Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern, and more.

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



Binder full of winning?
Paul Myerberg profiles Penn State head coach James Franklin, along with the 300-page binder of program information he carries along with him. (The Detroit Free Press)

That Was The Week That Was.
Off Tackle Empire kicks off its Northwestern week with a look back at the Wildcats' disappointing 2013 season.

I'm special. So Special. I've got to have some of your attention. Give it to me. 
Lake the Posts looks at Northwestern's depth chart at special teams. 

Fitz and the Tantrums. 
In conjunction with OTE's Northwestern week, Jasper Scherer profiles Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald and his coaching staff.

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

You Don't Know Jack.
Andrew Coppens profiles Wisconsin kicker Jack Russell. (Madtown Badgers

Number nine? Number nine? Number nine? Number nine? 
Peter Putzel ponders whether Minnesota can win nine games in the 2014 season. (Maize N Brew)

Sparty vs. Duck.
Mike Griffith looks ahead to Michigan State's Sept. 6 road game against Oregon. (mLive.com)

I've got the power?
Lee Barfknecht looks at how Nebraska could benefit from the proposal for greater autonomy for the NCAA's "power five" conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC, Pac-12). (The Omaha World-Herald)

Life of Ryan.
Travis Miller profiles Purdue defensive end Ryan DeBusk. (Hammer and Rails)

Thank you, sir. May I have another. 
Travis Miller profiles Purdue defensive tackle Michael Rouse III. (Hammer and Rails)




History

Hero of the day.
Kyle Rowland looks at legendary Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes, and how his service in the Navy during World War II shaped his coaching career. (Eleven Warriors)

Urban Meyer describes his first trip to the NFL Draft.

Urban Meyer gets hugged by Bradley Roby at the 2014 NFL Draft. Via Eleven Warriors.


May 8 marked another first in the career of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. It was the first time Meyer had ever traveled to New York City to attend the NFL Draft in person.

According to Meyer, he made the trip to NYC at the insistence of former Ohio St. linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was chosen as the 10th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I've been invited to the draft every year, whenever I had a first-rounder, which was a lot," Meyer told cleveland.com. "I never went because I always felt like you were taking away from the players. And it's your chance to sit down with your (own) wife and your family for a weekend. 

"And (Shazier) called me and I said, 'I don't think I'm going.' And he said, 'No, you've got to go.' And I'll never miss it now."

Meyer went on to describe the experience of watching one of his players get drafted in person.

 "It was incredible," Meyer said. "You melt like butter to see Ryan Shazier's mom have that moment, that we're a part of. Game changer. One of the top five things I've ever witnessed in my life. Especially with that kid. You talk about that pure heart now - genuine love and respect for his family. To see that, with his brother it was the four of them - wow."

Meyer saw both Shazier and another former Buckeye, cornerback Bradley Roby, drafted back-to-back in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Roby was picked 11th by the Denver Broncos.  

(via Cleveland.com)

Ex- Oregon QB Jake Rodrigues transfers to San Diego State.

Jake Rodrigues. Via Aztec Sports Report.


Jake Rodrigues has found a new school. The former Oregon quarterback has decided to transfer to San Diego state.

Rodrigues explained to Aztec Sports Report what he had been looking for in a program to transfer to.

 "I'm just looking for a place with a senior quarterback graduating next year and a place where the coaches believe in me," Rodrigues said at the time. "The player-coach relationship is the most important thing. They're like your family away from home and that's very important."

Rodrigues will have to sit out a year, per NCAA regulations.

(via Dr. Saturday)

Covering Dixie: Gus Malzahn, Will Muschamp, South Carolina, and more.

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



Hear me now and listen to me later.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn discusses issues being raised at the SEC spring meetings, and how unlike last year (when Malzahn was a first-year head coach), he plans on letting his opinions on said issues being known. (al.com)

We're caught in a trap. I can't walk out. Because I love you too much baby.
Alabama vs. Tennessee and  Auburn vs. Mississippi State are listed as potential trap game for both Magnolia State programs. (al.com)

You Could Have Been With Me. 
Zach Abolverdi looks at Florida  biggest recruiting "misses" since Will Muschamp has been the school's head coach. (The Gainesville Sun)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Jay Coulter looks at the possibility that the SEC could get rid of its conference divisions if a proposal made by the ACC is accepted by the NCAA. (Track 'Em Tigers)

Washington Heights.
Connor Tapp profiles South Carolina defensive end Michael Washington. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Jorge De Los Gallos profiles South Carolina defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin. (Garnet and Black Attack)

Green Thoughts.
Garnet and Black Attack profiles South Carolina defensive tackle Deon Green.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Report: Ohio State dismisses DE Jamal Marcus, WR Brandon Ojikutu. (UPDATED)


Eleven Warriors is reporting that two members of the Ohio State football team are ex-Buckeyes. Defensive end Jamal Marcus and wide receiver Brandon Ojikutu were reportedly both dismissed for the ever-vague "violation of team rules."

Marcus was kept on the sidelines during the final two weeks of spring practice for what is reported as "academic constraints."

UPDATED: The Columbus Dispatch has confirmed that Marcus has left the Ohio St. program, but describes his departure as being "a mutual decision" that was academically related. 

(via Eleven Warriors)

Happy Memorial Day 2014.


I hope y'all have a blessed Memorial Day, and you take time to remember those who gave their lives to defend our nation.


Alabama gets class of 2015 commitment from four-star tight end Hale Hentges

Hale Hentges. Photo via Whole Hog Sports.


First there was "Hail Saban!" at Alabama.  Now there's "Hale Hentges!" The four-star high school rising senior tight end from Jefferson City, Mo. committed to the Crimson Tide's 2015 recruiting class on Sunday.

Naturally, Hentges announced his decision via Twitter.



Hentges attends Helias High School in Jefferson City, Mo. He is 6'4" and weighs 230 pounds. 

(via al.com)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Fallout: John Donovan, Boston College, Boise State. and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday Edition.

Donovan's Brain.
Jeff Roberts profiles first-year Penn State offensive coordinator John Donovan. (NorthJersey.com)

You've been hit by a smooth Crimmins.
Brian Favat profiles Boston College wide receiver Dan Crimmins. (BC Interruption)

Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales. 
Brian Favat profiles Boston College defensive back Bryce Jones. (BC Interruption)

The James Gang.
A.J. Black profiles Boston College quarterback James Walsh. (BC Interruption)

Boise State player profile.
Kevan Lee profiles Boise State defensive tackle Elliot Hoyte. (One Bronco Nation Under God)

Thank you sir. May I have another?
Drew Roberts profiles Boise St. tight end Alex Dhaenens. (OBNUG)


Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Fallout: Will Muschamp, Tim Beckman, Georgia, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.  

The Numbers Game.
Matt Smith determines that Florida may need to go either 8-4 or 7-5 in order for Gator head coach Will Muschamp to keep his job. (Southern Pigskin)

It's getting hot in here?
Illinois head coach Tim Beckman on the Hot Seat? Illinois head coach Tim Beckman on the Hot seat. (Eleven Warriors)

We Can Work It Out.
Mark Weiszer looks at how Georgia is planning to deal with the NCAA's newest rules changes regarding athletes, including the infamous "unlimited snacks and meals" ruling. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Seven the Hard Way.
Georgia's 2014 schedule is named the seventh toughest in the SEC by Saturday Down South's Jon Cooper.

Eye to Hawkeye.
Bill Connelly previews Iowa's 2014 college football season. (SB*Nation)

J.T. the Brick.
Garnet & Black Attack profiles South Carolina defensive lineman J.T. Surratt.

A Change Will Do You Good.
Kyle Rowland looks at Rutgers as it prepares to make the move from the ACC to the Big Ten. This coming while the athletic program is dealing with several off-the-field controversies. (Eleven Warriors)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Joey Weaver claims that there's a way Gerogia Tech can go undefeated in 2014.

DC Comics.


(From the Rumble Seat)


Friday, May 23, 2014

Covering Dixie: Will Muschamp, LSU, Georgia, and more.

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

Leaders of Men.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp is depending on Gator team leaders to help this offseason from becoming as incident filled as the 2013 offseason was. Last year saw five players suspended for the season opening win over Toledo, on the way to a massively disappointing 4-8 season. (The Gainesville Sun)

Tough Enough?
Jon Cooper names LSU's 2014 schedule as the 8th toughest in the SEC. (Saturday Down South)
No Price Too High?
Georgia may raise prices for games at Stanford Stadium for the 2015 season. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

...And Out Come the Wolves.
Auburn and Arkansas State agree to face each other at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2016. (al.com)

I Secondary That Emotion.
Matt Osbourne takes a look at Tennessee's secondary. (Southern Pigskin)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Johnny Manziel goes barefoot in Cleveland Browns photo shoot.



One of these Cleveland Browns players is not like the other. Hint: his initials are JFF. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel decided to go barefoot for some reason. No explanation given for the lack of cleats and socks in this picture. Though it would be interesting if Manziel decided to through his NFL career barefoot to honor fellow Texas legend Kevin Von Erich.

(via @tkg1600)


Texas A&M receives class of 2015 commitment from College Station area OLB Riley Garner.

Riley Garner. Photo via 247sports.com


Texas A&M didn't have to look too far for the tenth member of its 2015 recruiting class. College Station, Tx. rising senior outside linebacker Riley Garner is the latest recruit to make Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin let out a "#YESSIR!" on Twitter. (It's Sumlin's way of skirting NCAA rules forbidding coaches from commenting on verbal commitments.)

Garner attends A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Tx. He stands 6'2.5", and weighs 210 pounds.

(via Saturday Down South)

Bosie State sells Broncos Stadium naming rights to Albertsons.

Photo via boisestatefootball.com


Boise State has sold the naming rights to Broncos Stadium. The home of the infamous blue turf will now be known as Albertsons Stadium.

Albertsons, a supermarket retailer based in Bosie, Id. has purchased the naming rights to the now-former Broncos Stadium under a 15-year, 12.5 million-dollar agreement with the school.

First-year Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin commented on the new agreement.

“I think the whole local connection with Albertsons and Boise State and just kind of how both programs, how similar they are as you listen to the stories, it makes it pretty unique.”

The rebranding comes during a notable period of upheaval for Bosie State, which saw former head coach Chris Petersen leave for Washington, and the implementation of new College Football Playoff system, which could make the chances of winning the mythical national title even more difficult.

(via The Idaho Press-Tribune)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Covering Dixie: Nick Saban, Will Muschamp, Justin Malone, and more.

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



Don't go changing to try to please me. 
Alabama head coach Nick Saban sticks to his guns in calling for a nine-game SEC conference schedule. (al.com)

A Sort of Homecoming.
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp speaksto the Gator faithful at the Titletown Gator Club in Gainesville, Fl. (The Gainesville Sun)

I've seen the future, and it will be. 
Mike Herndon names Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Georgia running back Todd Gurley among players who could be  "the SEC's next top NFL prospects" for the 2015 NFL Draft. (al.com)

Number 9. Number 9. Number 9. Number 9...
Jon Cooper names Texas A&M's 2014 schedule as the 9th toughest in the SEC. (Saturday Down South)

Justin Time.
Brad Crawford profiles Mississippi State offensive lineman Justin Malone. (Saturday Down South)


No Quarter.
John Clay bemoans the lack of flexibility in the SEC's non-divisional football schedule. (The Lexington Herald-Leader)

Louis Louis.
Brad Crawford profiles Auburn WR Ricardo Louis. (Saturday Down South)

He's Just Not That Into You.
Auburn offensive lineman Shane Callahan has left the Tiger football program. (The Opelika-Auburn News)

This is for the questions that don't have any answer.
And the Valley Shook's Billy Gomila queries A Sea of Blue's Glenn Logan about Kentucky in the wake of its spring practice.

Lamin-nation.
Garnet and Black Attack profiles South Carolina defensive tackle Abu Lamin.



Ricky Parks is an ex-Auburn Tiger for the second time.


He's Just Not That Into You. 


Ricky Parks. via Auburn Tigers.com.


Ricky Parks is once again an ex-Auburn Tiger. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed that the tight end is no longer a part of the Auburn football program.

According to Malzahn, Parks "will not be back."

Parks was dismissed from the Auburn program in 2013 for what was described by al.com as "an undisclosed violation of team rules." He was given a chance to return to the program this coming season as a walk-on.

Parks played for Northern Mississippi Community College during the 2013 college football season.

(via al.com)

Nick Saban reacts to being named one of the "Most Disliked People in Sports by SI.com.

Hail Saban!





How did Alabama head coach Nick Saban react to being named one of the "Most Disliked People in Sports" by SI.com? The Alabama head coach, who ranked 22nd on the list, claims he didn't even know about it.

"I didn't even know it, so I guess it doesn't really bother me," Saban told reporters in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Of course, Saban did try to defend himself a little.

"Look, I try to do things the right way," he continued. "I have a lot of compassion for people. We do a lot to help other people. We try to provide leadership to help young people have a better chance to be more successful in life. We do a lot for young kids. So, all's we can do is what we can control. What we can control is to try to do things the right way, help other people, have compassion, be a good leader, set a good example, care for other people, which we do, and I feel good about who we are and what we do and how we try to help others.

"If somebody else doesn't feel that way, I guess they're entitled to their opinion."

Saban should at least be happy to know that he didn't rank at the top of SI.com's list. That dubious achievement went to embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. He should be happy in knowing that he is not even the most disliked college football personality on the list. That would go to his offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, who ranked 8th. Of course, Saban gave Kiffin his current job, so there's that.

(via al.com)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Big Tentacles: Jerry Kill, James Franklin, Connor Cook, and more.

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



Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill says that he will be coaching from the sidelines during the 2014 season. Kill spent several game at the end of last season coaching from the press box after suffering an epileptic seizure before the Oct. 5 Golden Gophers' loss to Michigan. (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Brand of the Hand.
First-year Penn State head coach James Franklin the Nittany Lions' new emphasis on branding. (StateCollege.com)

This is Sparta!
Brian Bennett names Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook and cornerback Trae Waynes as the Spartans' "most indispensable players." (ESPN)

Indiana Wants Me.
Off Tackle Empire profiles Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson as part of its Indiana week.

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

Who's Gonna Fill There Shoes?
Pete Volk looks at which Maryland offensive linemen will step up to fill the spaced left by the departed starters Larry Mazyck and Moise Larose. (Testudo Times)

Michigan adds Indiana high school rising senior linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. to 2015 recruiting class.

Darrin Kirkland Jr. via The Detroit Free Press.


The size of Michigan's 2015 recruiting class has increased by one. Indiana high school rising senior linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. announced his verbal commitment to the Wolverines via Twitter over the weekend.



Kirkland attends Lawrence High School in Indianapolis, In. He stands 6'1" and weighs 233 pounds, and is the seventh member of the Michigan 2015 recruiting class.

(Via The Detroit Free Press)

Covering Dixie: SEC schedule rotation, Mark Richt, Les Miles, and more.

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



In the Year 2525 2025...
The SEC releases the schedule rotation for each member school's non-permanent cross-division opponents through 2025. Start your complaining about how your school won't be playing such-and-such school in the other division until 2018 now. (Saturday Down South)

It's too late, I've already done that.
Actually, Kevin Scarbinsky has beaten you to the punch. He notes that there is the strong possibility that with Alabama not playing South Carolina until 2019, "we've seen the last meeting between two of the greatest head coaches in league history in Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier." (al.com)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. 
Georgia head coach Mark Richt tells Bulldog supporters at an Augusta, Ga. UGA Day tour stop that they "shouldn't lower expectations" for the 2014 season just because of the departures of former players such as quarterback Aaron Murray. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
Mark Story looks at what Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops needs to do to make the Wildcats football program "matter in the SEC. Must. Not. Insert. Image. Of. The. Joker. Laughing... (The Lexington Herald-Leader)

There can be only one.
Keith Garrett looks at the competition for the Kentucky starting QB job between Patrick Towles and Drew Barker. (A Sea of Blue)

Sidenote to the above item: 
Patrick Towles' nickname is suposedly "Patty Ice."


                                                                     NO WAY, DUDE!

I've been everywhere, man. I've been everywhere.
LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis discusses life the recruiting trail. (The Baton Rouge Advocate)


Insanity


Les Miles and Mike Leach walk into a bar...
Billy Gomila ponders what LSU head coach Les Miles and Washington State head coach Mike Leach might discuss between each other following their meeting up in Houston last week. Yes, there is a Craig James joke, thanks for asking. (And the Valley Shook)