Sunday, May 31, 2015

Texas A&M adds four-star defensive end prospect Mark Jackson to 2016 recruiting class.


Mark Jackson. Image via Student Sports.

Texas A&M had added a four-star defensive end prospect to its 2016 recruiting class. Cibolo, Tx defensive end prospect Mark Jackson, announced his commitment to the Aggies on Saturday via Twitter.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Fallout: Mike Slive, Jamil Kamara, Jim Harbaugh, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
Mike Slive announced on Friday that he is stepping down earlier than planned as SEC commissioner in order for his successor, Greg Sankey to go ahead and assume his position. (al.com)

He's Just Not That Into You.
Wide receiver Jamil Kamara becomes the fourth member of the Virginia football team to announce his decision to transfer to another school since the end of the 2014 season. (College Football Talk)

He's not that into you, either.
Defensive back D'Andre Payne announces he's leaving Maryland. Payne had transferred to Maryland from Tennessee in January. (College Football Talk)

Back Where You Belong.
Cornerback KeiVarae Russell announces that he has returned to Notre Dame. Russell had been part of a group of five team members who were suspended following an investigation in to academic fraud by the school in 2014.  (Dr. Saturday)

A Harbaugh Day's Night.
Bill Connelly previews Michigan's 2015 season, the first under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. (SB*Nation)

Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Bill Connelly previews Maryland's 2015 season. (SB*Nation)



Friday, May 29, 2015

UCLA adds three-star fullback prospect Jalen Starks to its 2016 recruiting class.

Jalen Starks. Image via 247Sports. 


UCLA has added an eleventh commitment to its 2016 recruiting class. Encino, Ca. fullback Jalen Starks made his commitment to the Bruins on Thursday.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jim Harbaugh admits Michigan St. is currently "the biggest guy on the block"



First-year Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh confessed to something the rest of the college football knew - That Michigan State has overtaken Michigan as "the biggest guy on the block" in the two in-state schools' rivalry.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Fallout: Nick Saban, Kirk Ferentz, Tim, Beckman, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Wednesday edition.

Whatever Saban Wants...
Alabama head coach Nick Saban calls for "a level playing field" amongst the power five conference when it comes to rules concerning recruiting and graduate transfer eligibility. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

A Few Small Repairs?
Georgia is considering moving its home locker rooms and adding a recruit lounge inside Sanford Stadium. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Dominos Dancing.
The annual Off Tackle Empire Michigan Potluck features a round table discussion that's unofficially catered by Domino's Pizza. The joke here, of course, concerns former Michigan athletic director and Domino's CEO Dave Brandon.

Same as it ever was.
Bill Connelly previews Iowa's 2015 season. The Hawkeyes look to continue to be stuck in the rut the team has found itself in under 16-year head coach Kirk Ferentz, and the massive buyout clause in his contract. (SB*Nation)

Thank you, sir. May I have another?
Bill Connelly profiles Northwestern's 2015 season. (SB*Nation)

It's gettin' hot in here?
Matt Brown looks at the coaches who may find themselves on the Hot Seat in 2015. At the top of the list, Illinois head coach Tim Beckman and Miami head coach Al Golden. (Sports on Earth)

Jim McElwain's first recruit has already left Florida.



From the "He's Just Not That Into You" department comes word that freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe has already decided to transfer out of Florida. Imatorbhebhe was the first player to commit to the Gators following the hiring of new head coach Jim McElwain.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Alabama adds DT prospect Kendell Jones to its 2016 recruiting class.

Kendell Jones. Image via The Coil.


Alabama has added yet another four-star prospect for its 2016 recruiting class. Killeen, Tx. defensive tackle prospect Kendell Jones committed to the Crimson Tide on Friday.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015



I hope y'all have a safe and blessed Memorial day, and hope you remember those who gave their lives  to defend out freedoms.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Fallout: David Beckham (yes, that David Beckham), Joe Paterno, and Kansas State.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition

Let's Get Together. 
Former international soccer star David Beckham and Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber met with outgoing University of Miami president Donna Shalala regarding the possibility of the league and the school teaming up to sharing a proposed stadium near Marlins Park in Miami. The Hurricanes currently play their home games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fl.

The elephant that's still in the room that people refuse to ignore. 
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to name a bridge in the Keystone State in honor the late Joe Paterno. Charles Thompson wonders if enough water has gone under the bridge since the Jerry Sandusky scandal that cost Paterno his job as head coach of the Nittany Lions. (PennLive.Com, HT: College Football Talk)

In Your Honor.
Former Kansas State All-Americans Michael Bishop, Jordy Nelson, Clarence Scott, and Darren Sproles will be have their names entered into the school's Ring of Honor. The ceremony will be held at the halftime of the Wildcats' season opening game hosting South Dakota on Sept. 5. (The San Antonio Express-News)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Fallout: Joey Bosa, North Carolina, Illinois and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Blame It on the Bosa Nova. 
Ian Boyd profiles Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. (SB*Nation)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kenny Hill transfers to TCU.


Kenny Hill is transferring to TCU in the fall. The former Texas A&M starting quarterback made the announcement on Friday.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Southern Miss wide receivers arrested on multiple charges.

Two Southern Miss wide receivers, James Cox and Kyle Foster have been arrested on multiple charges following an incident at a residential complex on campus.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Video: Butch Jones freaks out over hearing "Sweet Home Alabama" during spring practice.

Tennessee has released a video allegedly recording an incident where Volunteers head coach Butch Jones became more than a little irate over hearing "Sweet Home Alabama" being heard during a spring practice session. The idea being that Jones is upset that a song with the word "Alabama" in its title shouldn't be being played on "Rocky Top."

The video has an "The Office" feel to it, so take that as you will.



SWEET HOME TENNESSEE from VFL FILMS on Vimeo.

I'm not saying the whole thing was staged, but I wouldn't bet against it, either.

For the record, "Sweet Home Alabama" is played during Crimson Tide home games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, so the connection to the Vols' cross-division rival is there.


(HT: @UGAfootballLive)



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Everett Golson to FSU, part Infinity times Infinity.

It looks as though those Everett Golson transferring to Florida State rumors may have been just a day off or so. ESPN is now citing sources saying the former Notre Dame starting quarterback will transfer to FSU.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Report: Everett Golson WILL NOT announce where he is transferring to today.



Remember those reports that former Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson would be making an announcement to where he would be transferring to on Monday? Or that presumably, he would announce he would be transferring to Florida State? Well, an announcement apparently isn't going to be made today.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Fallout: Everett Golson, Dan Mullen, Malik Zaire, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition

Decision day for Golson?
Former Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson will reportedly announce which school he plans to transfer to. Florida State is reportedly the frontrunner of schools Golson has shown interest in. (College Spun)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Scenes from Jim Harbaugh's mission trip to Peru.



Jim Harbaugh is taking time out from preparing for his first season as head coach at Michigan to go on a mission trip to Peru.



Friday, May 15, 2015

The Fallout: Tim Beckman, Ohio State, Georgia, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Friday edition

Stand By Your Man.
Illinois players show their support for head coach Tim Beckman following allegations of abuse made by two former Fighting Illini players. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Off day.



Things came up today. Be back tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

UAB sets June 1 vote on possible reinstatement of football program.

A June 1 date has been set by UAB as to whether it will reinstate its football program. UAB President  Ray Watts announced the plans for the vote on Wednesday.

Skylar Mornhinweg is an ex-Florida QB.

Skylar Mornhinweg. Photo via The Big Lead.


Skylar Mornhinweg is an ex-Gator. The now-former Florida quarterback will reportedly be transferring to Columbia next season.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bobby Bowden claims FSU boosters consider Jameis Winston "an embarrassment to the university."


Former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden just dropped a 5,000-pound hammer on his former employers. In an interview with Paul Finebaum, Bowden pronounced judgement on embattled former FSU starting quarterback and recently drafted Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jameis Winston.

Michigan reportedly dismisses WR Dennis Norfleet.

Dennis Norfleet. Image via mLive.com. 


Dennis Norfleet is an ex-Wolverine. The Michigan wide receiver, who is the program's all-time leader in kick return yards, had reportedly been dismissed from the program on Tuesday.

The Fallout: Bo Pelini, Tim Beckman, Nick Wilson, and more.



Welcome to the Fallout -  Tuesday edition

Money for Nothing.
Nebraska will be paying Bo Pelini $128,009 a month until February of 2019 after an agreement with the former Husker head football coach. That's down from the $150,000 it was originally obligated to pay Pelini, who became the HC of Youngstown State shortly after being his firing from Nebraska. (The Omaha World-Herald)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Michigan reports four secondary violations four secondary violations in Jim Harbaugh's first four months as head coach.



Ooops! Jim Harbaugh has only been Michigan's head football coach for four months, and the school has already reported four secondary violations of NCAA rules.

Alabama freshman QB Blake Barnett tweets out video of himself doing a backflip into a lake.

Blake Barnett. Image via College Spun. 


From the "Things Nick Saban probably doesn't want to see his players doing" department comes this video that Alabama freshman quarterback Blake Barnett tweeted out of himself doing a backflip off of either a dock (or some other kind of platform) into a lake.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day: Bear Byant's legendary "Have you called your mother today?" commercial.



A few years ago on Mother's Day, I posted an old South Central Bell commercial featuring the legendary Alabama head football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. It focused on the importance of keeping in touch with family, with The Bear asking the simple question "Have you your mama today?" followed by a poignant "I sure wish I could call mine."

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Fallout: Texas vs. Texas A&M, BYU, Georgia, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

Texas (A&M) Two Step. 
Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp took a few jabs as the Aggies' former Big 12 rival Texas, it recent lack of success, and the lack of success of the Texas' Longhorn Network. He also suggests that it Texas who is ducking restarting the annual rivalry game between the two schools. (The Dallas Morning News)

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Fallout: Everett Golson, Christian Hackenberg, UAB, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Friday edition

Where Do We Go From Here?
Ralph D. Russo looks at which schools may be in  the running for former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson to transfer to. Russo's list includes LSU, South Carolina, Duke, Oregon State, and Washington. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

What About Us?
Kevin McGwire makes the case for Michigan as the school Golson should transfer to. (College Football Talk)

Thanks, but no thanks.
On the other hand, Dawg Sports looks at why Golson would not be a good fit for Georgia. The blog points out Golson was "inconsistent" at Notre Dame, and was "only marginally better" than former UGA starting QB Hutson Mason last season.

Onward, Christian Hackenberg.
Brian Bennett profiles Penn State starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who could be a first round 2016 NFL Draft pick should he decide to enter it following the 2015 college football season. (ESPN)

Sign your name across my bill. 
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signs the so-called "Todd Gurley Bill" into law. The bill would make it illegal in the state of Georgia to "entice student athletes to break NCAA rules for money." Gurley's season was derailed last season when it was revealed he had taken money to sign items from a memorabilia dealer.  (Southern Pigskin)

The Six Million-Dollar Plan.
Supporters of the now-defunct UAB football program have pledged "almost six million dollars" to reinstate the program. (ESPN)

Insanity

Food, Glorious Food!
Off Tackle Empire's Purdue Week brings back the traditional OTE Potluck, featuring Coal Fired Pizza, Train Wreck Potato, Night Train Brisket, and other train-themed dishes.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Notre Dame QB Everett Golson will transfer to another school.

Everett Golson. Photo via Ink on Indy. 


Everett Golson is an ex-Notre Dame quarterback. Golson, who graduated from school this semester, announced his decision to transfer to another school for his final season of NCAA eligibility on Thursday.

Auburn adds four-star CB prospect John Broussard to its 2016 recruiting class.

John Broussard. Photo via al.com.


Auburn has added one of the top ten cornerback prospects in the nation to its 2016 recruiting class. Phenix City, Al. Rising senior CB John Broussard announced that he was committing to Auburn on Thursday.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Urban Meyer undergoes appendectomy, "doing great," according to wife."



Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer underwent surgery to remove his appendix on Wednesday. Meyer's wife, Shelly Meyer, confirmed to The Cleveland Plain Dealer that he had been hospitalized for the procedure.

Urban Meyer will throw out first pitch before Yankees game at Yankee Stadium.



From the "Things that will annoy Clevelanders to know end (which is a good thing)" department come word that Urban Meyer will be throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. The Ohio State head coach will perform the ceremonial activity before the Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium on May 8.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jim Harbaugh is the last person on Earth to find out Lou Holtz had left ESPN.



Jim Harbaugh has been quite busy in his new job as Michigan head coach. So maybe it really isn't that much of a surprise that the khaki-clad coach really hasn't had a lot of time to pay attention to things involving ESPN, such as the departure of Lou Holtz from the WWL, or Reese Davis taking over for Chris Fowler on College GameDay.


The Fallout: Connor Cook, Dak Prescott, Trevone Boykin, and more.


Welcome to the Fallout - Cinco de Mayo edition.



Kitchen is the Cook.
Dan Murphy profiles Michigan State starting quarterback Connor Cook. (ESPN)

Monday, May 4, 2015

University of Alabama forbids students to use "roll," "tide," and "Obama" when selecting passwords.

Guess which three four-letter words the University of Alabama won't let students to use as passwords for its myBama network account? Before you let your run through all the non-mama approved words in your brains, just take a step back and think of the three most obvious words a Bama student might use in a password. Hint: I just used one.

West Virginia OL Russell Haughton-James arrested for burglary. (UPDATED)

Russell Haughton-James' mugshot. Via WV Metro News.


Another college football player is in trouble for allegedly taking things that didn't belong to him. West Virginia offensive lineman Russell Haughton-James was arrested over the weekend, and is facing one count of burglary.

Cactus Bowl returning to Chase Field for 2015 college football season.

Chase Field. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.


The Cactus Bowl is moving back to Chase Field. The Phoenix, Az. home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, which hosted the bowl game from 2000-2005, will play host for the next three editions of the game.

Ohio St adds three-star CB Kareem Felder to 2016 recruiting class.

Kareem Felder with CFP championship trophy. Photo via Cleveland.com.


Ohio State has added a three-star cornerback prospect to its 2016 recruiting class. Baltimore, Md. CB Kareem Felder verbally committed to the Buckeyes on Saturday.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

OOPS! Louisville DC Todd Grantham accidentally tweets out list of recruiting prospects from Georgia.

Todd Grantham. Photo via The Louisville Courier-Journal. 


There are "oops!", and then there are "OOPS!" Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham accidentally tweeted out a list of recruiting prospects in the state of Georgia. That is a act that definitely falls into the "OOPS!" category.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Elijah Daniel is an ex-Auburn defensive end, dismissed after charged with robbery.

Elijan Daniel. Via the Opelika-Auburn News.


Elijah Daniel is an ex-Tiger. Auburn has dismissed the defensive end following his arrest Wednesday on burglary and robbery charges.

The Fallout: Saturday news and notes.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition. 

Not a lot going on as the focus of the college football world continues to be on the 2015 NFL Draft. Here are a few news nuggets anyhow.

Charges against Alabama DB dropped. 
Tuscaloosa County police have dismissed domestic violence charges against Alabama defensive back Cyrus Jones. Jones had been accused of threatening a woman, and "damaging" her cell phone. (Dr. Saturday)

Imagine no divisions. I wonder if you can. 
Sharon Katz looks at what college football would look like if the Power 5 conferences got rid of divisional play. If divisions in the SEC were abolished, for example, the number of wins of all current SEC East teams would go down. (ESPN)

Knee-jerk reaction?
Bill Connelly thinks the Big 12 is "overreacting" to being shut out of the 2014 college football playoff by looking at reinstating a conference title game. (SB*Nation)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Clemson may don chrome-finish helmets in 2015.

Vic Beasley wearing traditional Clemson helmet. Photo via First Round Grade.


The two biggest trends when it comes to helmet design in recent years (besides raising the safety standards) have been matted and chrome finishes. Clemson offensive player development coach Durrell Barry tweeted out what the Tigers may be going with in 2015.