UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.
Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is known for his sideline intensity. That intensity boiled over and got him in trouble just now during the Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama. After Auburn defender Jonathan Ford was penalized 15 yards for a late hit, Muschamp lost his mind on the official and was docked an additional 15 yards. Muschamp wasn’t done either. After the drive ended in an Adam Griffith field goal to give the Tide a 22-13 lead, Muschamp sought out the ref he previously blasted and gave him another earful. WATCH: Auburn DC Will Muschamp goes ballistic, has to be held back as he tells the ref: “I want a fair game.” pic.twitter.com/LE8VdhY3zj— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) November 28, 2015He’s clearly very unhappy.
Instagram/therockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson became famous for his time in the WWE, and later on, his hit movies, but first he played football at Miami. The Rock continues to be a big Hurricanes supporter. Miami gets knocked for its fan support at times, but the ‘Canes definite have their diehards, and today, The Rock proved it with a pretty crazy Instagram video. According to his caption, a pair of ‘Canes fans followed The Rock for miles, and got out of their car in heavy traffic to have him autograph a poster. Oh, and to throw up “The U.”Luckily for them, The Rock is an awesome guy, so he complied. We’re not sure all legendary former athletes would be so gracious.
Alisson has been an “unbelievable” addition for Liverpool, says James Milner, with the Brazilian goalkeeper considered to have been the Reds’ star man this season.Jurgen Klopp invested £65 million ($84m) in luring the 26-year-old away from Roma during the summer transfer window of 2018.The No.1 spot had become something of an issue for Liverpool, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius failing to convince. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Bringing in a man who topped the keeping charts in the Goal 50 has proved to be a shrewd move, with Milner among those happy to talk up the many qualities Alisson has added at Anfield.He told the official Liverpool FC magazine when asked to pick a standout performer for 2018-19: “It’s hard to pick out one player because everyone in the squad has done so well, not just the 11 who are starting.“We have made a lot of changes during games and a number of players have come in and done really well.“I think maybe one you could select is Alisson.“Coming to a new league is never easy. It’s a new lifestyle and you are also getting used to the weather and things like that, but he’s been unbelievable: from how he is around the place, to how good he is on the pitch with his feet and with the saves he makes.“Every single player makes mistakes and sometimes as a ‘keeper you maybe feel a bit different because mistakes often result in a goal, but if he makes a mistake it doesn’t faze him in the slightest and he remains confident and continues playing as if nothing has happened. That’s so important.“He’s been unbelievable for us this season so far and I believe that he’ll be a massive, massive player for us going forward.”Alisson has kept 13 Premier League clean sheets so far, with that return enough to have him leading the race for the Golden Glove.That return has been secured from just 22 games, with new-found defensive resilience having contributed significantly to Liverpool’s efforts this term.Klopp’s side currently lead the title race from defending champions Manchester City, with a four-point advantage held at the summit.Milner, Alisson and Co will next be in action on Saturday when Crystal Palace pay a visit to Merseyside. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union are at the Nebraska vs. Fresno State game Saturday night.Star actress Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and as most Cornhusker fans know, she’s a huge fan of the Nebraska football program. Saturday night, she and her husband, Chicago Bulls star guard Dwyane Wade, are on-hand to watch the Cornhuskers open their season against Fresno State.In fact, it looks like the duo was offered the opportunity to get onto the field before the contest. The team’s Twitter account also posted a cool video of them.Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union on the field prior to #Huskers game. pic.twitter.com/lklayzEeVH— Dr Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) September 4, 2016In the house.✊ @DwyaneWade and @itsgabrielleu.#GBR pic.twitter.com/BpmudGlHCX— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) September 3, 2016Nebraska and Fresno State are just getting underway. We know which side Union and Wade are rooting for.
The mother of an Ohio State linebacker has weighed in on Austin Kendall’s trash talk.Monica Washington, the mother of Buckeyes’ starting middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan, hopes the Buckeyes “light (Austin Kendall’s) ass up!”She tweeted this earlier today at her son.McMillan himself has not tweeted about what Kendall said (he called Ohio State’s defense “basic” and said his team’s starting QB, Baker Mayfield, will light them up) but plenty of his teammates have.It’s safe to say McMillan’s mother isn’t the only one who’s fired up.Do it look like we care #HowSheGoneEat #BIA pic.twitter.com/KG3eyLIMSV— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) September 15, 2016Say no more ?? https://t.co/f0konkq3On— Tracy Sprinkle (@TSprinkle93) September 15, 2016Say less ✍? https://t.co/b3b4gMnsjn— QBKILLA (@JayHolmes_) September 15, 2016Say less ..— samwise (@Sam_Hubbard_) September 15, 2016It might be impossible for Ohio State’s defense to “light (Kendall’s) ass up” considering he’s the backup quarterback, but the Buckeyes will surely be looking to light up everyone’s that is on the field for the Sooners.Ohio State and Oklahoma are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T. on FOX.[Bucknuts]
Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser has responded to rumours linking him with a move away from Dean Court this summer, stating that he does not believe teams will fork out the reported £30 million ($38m) price tag the club have placed on him.Premier League side Arsenal have been the team mentioned most when Fraser’s future has been discussed in the media, while Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old Scotland international.As stated, the Cherries are said to have set their demands at £30m, a figure that would blow most of the Gunners’ summer budget, and the player himself claims that he can’t imagine interested parties meeting the alleged asking price. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I honestly don’t think anyone will be paying that [£30m],” Fraser told the Scotsman. “It was six or seven months ago that we last spoke about my future, but nothing since. Even in the end of season meeting I had with the manager [Eddie Howe], we didn’t speak about my future.“He knows I’m not one to speak about it. If something happens, it will happen. If it doesn’t, then I’m not one to throw my rattle out of the pram. I’ll keep trying my best. I keep getting things tagged on Instagram that I’m going places and I think ‘Am I?’.“I’ve got a year left with Bournemouth. If I’m there, I’ll give my all. If I’m somewhere else, I’ll give my all. I just want to play well, do my best and work hard for my team-mates.“It’s nice [to be linked with big clubs]. But I’m just one of those players who enjoys playing football, wherever I am. I never look too far ahead, I never want to try and think ‘where am I going to be playing?’.“Because if you start thinking like that, then you’ll probably start playing badly and not concentrating on the here and now on the pitch.“Not once, since the season stopped at Bournemouth, have I thought ‘where am I going to be next season?’ It was just about staying fit for the Scotland matches against Cyprus and Belgium and then wherever I’ll be, I’ll be. As long as I’m enjoying my football, that’s all I care about.”
Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations quest continues against DR Congo in Cairo on Wednesday.Their campaign got off to a solid but unspectacular start in their opening clash against Zimbabwe, with a single goal from Trezeguet sufficient to claim the win.Next up at the Cairo International Stadium is DR Congo, who are fighting for their lives in the competition after suffering a surprise 2-0 loss against Uganda in matchday one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Can Mohamed Salah & Co. keep their momentum going? Game Egypt vs DR Congo Date Wednesday, June 26 Time 9:00pm BST / 4:00pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be available to watch on TV via Eurosport 2 and available to stream via Eurosport Player. UK TV channel Online stream Eurosport 2 Eurosport Player Squads & Team News Position Egypt squad Goalkeepers A. El Shenawy, M. El Shenawy, Genesh Defenders B. El Mohamady, A. El Mohamady, Gaber, Hegazi, Ashraf, Mansour, Hamdy, Alaa Midfielders Ghazal, Trezeguet, Hamed, Soliman, Elneny, El Said, Emad, Warda Forwards Mohsen, Salah, Ali, Kouka Egypt have doubts over defender Ahmed Hegazi but otherwise have everyone available for their second match of the tournament.There has been some suggestion that Mohamed Salah could play as a striker in this clash. It was a move they considered before but it was felt he was still tired after his exploits with Liverpool last season.Possible Egypt starting XI: El Shenawy; El Mohamady, Alaa, Hegazi, Ashraf; Hamed, Elneny; Salah, El Said, Trezeguet; Mohsen Position DR Congo squad Goalkeepers Matampi, Mossi, Mandanda Defenders Mpeko, Muzinga, Ungenda, Tisserand, Moke, Masuaku, Luyindama, Shabani Midfielders Akolo, Mulumbu, Mputu, M’Poku, Bope, Maghoma, Mbemba Forwards Bolingi, Bolasie, Meschak, Bakambu, Assombalonga DR Congo have picked up no fresh selection problems since their opening match, although they are without defender Fabrice N’Sakala, who failed to make the squad for the tournament due to injury.Possible DR Congo starting XI: Matampi; Issama, Luyindama, Tisserand, Masuaku; Bokadi; Elia, Mbemba, M’Poku, Bolasie; BakambuBetting & Match Odds Egypt are 4/9 favourites to win this match with Bet365. DR Congo are out at 13.2, while the draw is available at 16/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Host nation Egypt went a long way to lifting the pressure on their shoulders ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations by recording a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in their opening match, but the nature of their success does leave question marks over Javier Aguirre’s side.Although they dominated possession in that encounter, they struggled to break their opponents down while star man Mohamed Salah had an uncharacteristically difficult night and was wayward with the chances that came his way.Back at the Cairo International Stadium, they are determined to give a stronger account of themselves against opposition who are, on paper, stronger.“Our team was impacted by the pressure of the opening game and we aim to improve our performance against DR Congo,” Ahmed Elmohamady, the Egypt captain, said.“Playing at home and with our fans must be a motiviation and not be pressuring. We clearly dropped against Zimbabwe in the second half. Aguirre contemplated solutions with the players for this issue and the team will appear with an entirely different face against DR Congo.”Moreover, he has backed an improved display from Salah.“He deals very well with pressure,” the Aston Villa man said. “He experienced tougher situations with Liverpool and Egypt and his presence with us is vital due to his abilities and experience. He helps the players on the pitch greatly.”Indeed, the pressure is on a DR Congo side who were surprise losers to Uganda in their opening match. Although it would be possible to qualify with a third-placed finish in Group A, in order to stand a realistic chance of this, they cannot afford to lose for a second time.“We will work on not losing against Egypt and come out with at least a point to help us qualify against Zimbabwe in the last game. We’re going to enter the game looking not to lose and try to get a point,” coach Florent Ibenge admitted.“We will be able to handle Egypt and we have to be able to play under any conditions and temperature isn’t an excuse to losing against Uganda.”Both sides are seeking to show an improvement, but it is DR Congo who really must raise their game.
Marcus Rashford says that he has no issues with Paul Pogba’s penalty on Monday despite the Frenchman missing from the spot as Manchester United dropped points.The Red Devils were forced to settle for a draw with Wolves on Monday at the Molineux Stadium, with Anthony Martial and Ruben Neves scoring in either half of the teams’ second Premier League match of the season.But Manchester United could have seized the lead in the second half through Pogba, who fired his spot-kick into a diving Rui Patricio as the World Cup winner opted for power over placement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Patricio’s save was enough to seal a tough point for Wolves while earning Pogba plenty of criticism for missing his fourth penalty of the calendar year.Following the match, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated that both Pogba and Rashford have been designated as penalty takers, and the latter says he has no problem with conceding Monday’s spot-kick to the former despite the miss.”Paul wanted to take it. It’s that simple. Everybody can miss a penalty,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “He’s scored countless penalties for us and throughout his career. It’s normal to miss one. We forget about that now.”We go again in the next game and if we play how we played today, with a bit more urgency, we’ll be fine.”He added: “It’s simple. If you want to take it, you take it. I took one last week so for me it’s no problem for him to take one this week. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t score but it’s football.”Pogba’s decision to take the penalty was criticised by former Manchester United star Gary Neville, who said that he was “fuming” when he saw the midfielder step up to the spot .But Rashford backed his team-mate and said that both he and Pogba are confident from the spot, and that whoever takes the next one will have plenty of belief when the situation arises once again.”The confidence that you’re going to score the goal is always the same. And so it should be,” he said.”We practice pretty much all week and we score the majority of the time so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have the confidence to take the penalty.”Like I say, it’s unfortunate we didn’t score it but it’s not on him it’s as a team. We take that forward into the next game.”Next up for Manchester United is a clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Since Jim Harbaugh took over Michigan, the Wolverines have relied on transfer quarterbacks, to pretty mixed results. Iowa transfer Jake Rudock was a nice surprise for UM in year one, but guys like John O’Korn and the inherited Wilton Speight were less effective. Now, another transfer quarterback is expected to start at Michigan: former Ole Miss star Shea Patterson.Hopes for Patterson are high. He is, of course, not leaving Oxford because he could not cut it in the SEC. Rather, due to the fallout from a few different scandals that hit the program, he elected to reboot his college career elsewhere.No program would turn down a five-star quarterback talent like Patterson. However, some programs like Michigan have been very reliant on guys coming in from other programs, and that could wind up creating an unhealthy dependency. SI’s Andy Staples argues that a reliance on transfer quarterbacks could have a negative impact on recruiting.Naturally, he compared how Michigan has handled things under Harbaugh to Ohio State. Urban Meyer has been very good at bringing quarterbacks into the program through recruiting.It certainly will be something opposing coaches use against the Wolverines in recruiting if it keeps up. In Harbaugh’s three seasons at Michigan, his starters have been Jake Rudock (Iowa graduate transfer), Wilton Speight (inherited from Brady Hoke), John O’Korn (Houston transfer) and Brandon Peters (recruited by Harbaugh’s staff). Speight has transferred to UCLA, and Peters may get supplanted by Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson. So here is what Urban Meyer might say if he finds himself recruiting the same quarterback as the Wolverines.Player: I’m also considering Michigan.Meyer: Remember J.T. Barrett?Player: Of course.Meyer: I signed him. You know Dwayne Haskins?Player: Your new starter?Meyer: The very same. I signed him, too. Do you know how many of my starting quarterbacks I inherited or signed at Florida and Ohio State?Player: How many?Meyer: All of them. Now who would you rather sign with?Staples raises similar issues at schools like Florida and LSU. Neither has had a secure quarterback position in some time, and both have brought in a number of transfers.The one school that has done well in this type of system is West Virginia. Will Grier is a potential Heisman contender, and leads many lists for the best quarterback in the country heading into the 2018 season.Somewhat ironically, the school he left… is Florida. He was thriving with the Gators, until a failed PED test led to a suspension and eventual transfer. Like Patterson, it wasn’t because a lack of playing time success on field. Those types of transfers are not the norm.So yes, taking in a big name transfer quarterbacks can be an attractive option for a team in need. And there is a good chance that Patterson works out spectacularly for the Wolverines. However, it is probably the most sustainable way to build a program, something that Jim Harbaugh is likely aware of.[Sports Illustrated]
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State University released on Tuesday more documents related to the investigation into Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.The new documents included some screenshots of text messages sent to and from Meyer over the past couple of months.A text message back-and-forth between Meyer and his agent, Trace Armstrong, was going viral on social media. There was one aspect of the back-and-forth that had people talking.Texts between Urban Meyer and agent Trace Armstrong. Meyer tells Armstrong that Zach Smith was fired for “cumulative stuff” and “I will not tell the media.” pic.twitter.com/p34CdpBZuk— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 28, 2018There have been questions about the message from Meyer’s agent that told him two women were going to need his phone for a couple of hours.Of course, this led to rampant speculation on social media, but context is important. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has provided everyone with it.Those two women are from Meyer’s legal team. They needed to go through Meyer’s phone and then hand over everything to the investigation.Deleted that last tweet because I goofed one very key word. “They” were members of Meyer’s legal team. Stuff from the phone was then turned over to Ohio State. My bad on the dumb wording on the last one. https://t.co/cye5DNcXZi— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) August 29, 2018So, there’s some context. More details surrounding the Ohio State-Urban Meyer-Zach Smith saga are expected to be released at a later time. There are still more documents centered on the Meyer investigation that have yet to be released.Ohio State, meanwhile, is a couple of days away from opening its season. The Buckeyes begin the year on Saturday against Oregon state.Interim coach Ryan Day is leading the Buckeyes during Meyer’s suspension. Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season, though he’s able to return to the practice field following the opening game.Meyer will be able to return to the sideline Week 4. He’ll be back one week before that massive game at Penn State. Ohio State is opening the year ranked inside the top five of both of the major preseason polls. Meyer will be returning to a team with Big Ten and national championship expectations.
PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: The Stanford band, the Stanford trees, and fans cheer on the Stanford Cardinal after a touchdown against the Oregon State Beavers in the first quarter on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Stanford won 38-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Last weekend, Stanford had its undefeated season crushed by Notre Dame. Now, the Cardinal will have to get back on the winning track against Utah.If the saying of “look good, feel good, play good” actually works, then Stanford should be in excellent shape for tonight’s game.While the Cardinal are known for their red and white uniforms, they’ll wear awesome black helmets this weekend. Even though it might just be for one game, Stanford’s new helmet design is absolutely fantastic.Hey @darrenrovell what do you think of the new hotness for tonight? #PAC12afterdark @StanfordFball @CardinalEquip @UNISWAG pic.twitter.com/znD7ykefIB— Greg Valenzisi (@SiziBITW) October 6, 2018Many programs have showcase alternate uniforms, but something about adding black to Stanford’s colors makes it pop.With Bryce Love’ status still up in the air, Stanford will need more from its passing attack. Perhaps, the new look will reignite the Cardinal’s defense, which allowed 38 points on the road against Notre Dame.Stanford and Utah will kick off tonight at 10:30 p.m. E.T. from Stanford Stadium.The game will be available on ESPN.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two schools have been named “realistic” transfer options for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, should the QB opt to pursue a graduate transfer following the Crimson Tide’s 2018 season.Hurts, of course, has decided to remain at Alabama – for the 2018 season, anyway. The team’s former starting QB lost the job to Tua Tagovailoa, but he remains an important part of Nick Saban’s program.“You guys seen what happened with Clemson’s quarterback,” Tagovailoa said of Hurts. “Clemson’s quarterback ended up getting hurt and they didn’t have Kelly Bryant as well. Could you imagine if something happened to me? Mac Jones would be good, but also having Jalen here, who is very well-experienced — it’s a testament to his character, it’s a testament to his morals, with how he was raised within his family. Just him being here within our team, everybody respects him so much. He’s a leader and he leads both ways. He leads vocally and he leads doing things.”The dual-threat QB is receiving some decent playing time in the backup role. He’s also making some progress in the passing game, something he needs to do if he wants to pursue a career in the pros.The likely scenario for Hurts is this: Plays at Alabama through the 2018 season, potentially wins another national championship, graduates and then plays elsewhere in 2019.Where will elsewhere be?A couple of schools have been named “realistic” options.From 247Sports:Texas has a received a lot of steam on social media being that Hurts is a native of the Lonestar State, but those within the industry don’t consider the Longhorns a serious option. Starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger will be a junior next season and seems to be coming into his own as one of the Big 12’s top passers after five games.“I would be very surprised if Texas was interested at all,” one source told 247Sports. “The Longhorns really like their four quarterbacks.”More realistic destinations would be Arizona and Houston. Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin nearly flipped Hurts to Texas A&M during his recruitment and has a great deal of respect for the former four-star talent. Houston wouldn’t be far from Hurts’ hometown of Channelview and he would be an instant upgrade for the Cougars’ current talent at the position.Hurts hasn’t said much of anything when it comes to his playing future. This isn’t surprising, considering he’s still a member of Alabama’s program.Still, Hurts transfer talk is likely going to heat up as we approach the end of the 2018 season. There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts’ services for the 2019 season. Hurts will be able to play right away in 2019 with one season of eligibility to go, assuming he graduates.Alabama, meanwhile, is currently taking on Missouri in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This will probably be a game in which Hurts gets a lot of playing time. The Crimson Tide are beating Missouri, 10-0, early in the firt quarter. The game is on ESPN.
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)The final weekend of the college football regular season kicked off on Thanksgiving with a handful of games. While those games were just an appetizer for the main course to come later today and Saturday, they delivered.One of the best games from Thursday afternoon came from the Egg Bowl. An annual matchup between Mississippi State and Ole Miss might not have been the close game some were hoping for, but there were plenty of fireworks.Late in the game after the Rebels scored a touchdown, the two teams scuffled which led to two players fighting.After all was said and done, the head official revealed the penalty: “Unsportsmanlike conduct on all players for both teams.”Check it out.Mississippi State and Ole Miss are NOT in the holiday spirit.”Unsportsmanlike conduct on all players for both teams…” pic.twitter.com/Cf6efueNSu— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 23, 2018Yikes. It’s not often you see every player on both teams penalized during a game.Mississippi State went on to win 35-3 after holding the Rebels to just 189 yards of total offense.
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)One of the top running backs in the country has de-committed.Jordan Wilmore, a four-star running back out of California, had been committed to USC.The top prospect is backing off his commitment, though.Wilmore took to Twitter on Monday night to announce his decision.“I would like to announce that I am de-committing from the University of Southern California today and opening up my recruiting,” he wrote.Here’s his full announcement:No interviews please…?? pic.twitter.com/Msc6ll0SV9— Jordan Wilmore (@thee5ivester) January 15, 2019Wilmore is ranked the No. 5 all-purpose back in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. The running back also has interest in Arizona State and Utah, though other schools could get involved.Stay tuned.
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the sidelines during the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on November 14, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 28-7. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)National Signing Day is coming up on February 6, and Notre Dame is looking to add to its 2019 haul over the next few weeks.Right now, the Fighting Irish have all 21 of their current commits accounted for.10 members of the class have already enrolled and are taking classes in South Bend.That includes eight of Notre Dame’s blue chip commits, led by Top 100 recruit Zeke Correll, the No. 3 center in the country.11 more have signed National Letters of Intent, so as of now, signing day won’t be super eventful.That may change, of course. The most high-profile 2019 recruitment Notre Dame is still involved with is Asa Turner, the four-star linebacker that Brian Kelly’s staff is trying to flip from Washington. The Fighting Irish are considered the new favorite there, after Turner spent months committed to the Huskies.Right now, 247Sports’ composite rankings have Notre Dame at No. 14 overall.Only three of the classes ranked ahead of ND’s—No. 10 Penn State, No. 12 Auburn, and No. 13 Ohio State—are smaller in terms of total players.The Fighting Irish are off to a decent start in 2020 as well.The class is very early in the making, with just three players committed, but the trio is comprised of four-star players. That includes quarterback Drew Pyne, the No. 7 pro style player in 2020.As a group, the three make up the No. 15 recruiting class in the country right now. No class ranked ahead of Notre Dame’s is smaller than four players.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Georgia Tech athletics, AMB Sports & Entertainment and Peach Bowl, Inc. have entered a partnership that will have Georgia Tech football play an annual home game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium from 2020-24, the organizations announced on Tuesday.Georgia Tech will host the following games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons:2020 – Nov. 14 vs. Notre Dame 2021 – Date/opponent TBA 2022 – Sept. 5 (Labor Day) vs. Clemson – Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game 2023 – Date opponent/TBA 2024 – Oct. 19 vs. Notre DameThe announcement has drawn some derision, as is often the case when a team moves its home games. This is a bit more palatable, considering Mercedes-Benz Stadium is less than a mile from Tech’s campus.Notre Dame likely likes this call, as well. The Fighting Irish have made it a habit to play big neutral site games at big venues like Mercedes-Benz almost every year. This won’t be neutral site—Georgia Tech has confirmed that it will control the home team allotment of tickets for these games—but I expect that ND will sell these much like their “Shamrock Series” games to the fan base.[Georgia Tech] NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 20: Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Georgia Tech has announced a five year deal with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, to one premier home game per season at the home of the Atlanta Falcons. Two of the five games already announced will come against Notre Dame.Earlier, word leaked out that Georgia Tech’s 2022 game against ACC power Clemson would be moved to the state of the art NFL venue. That will serve as the season opener and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic game of that season.The first season of this agreement is 2020, and Notre Dame will be the opponent for Georgia Tech’s new home-away-from-home game. The Yellow Jackets will host the Fighting Irish on November 14.Georgia Tech announced the two future Notre Dame games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in its release today.From the announcement:
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves the flag after a touchdown against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The last few years have been a bit tough for Nebraska. They’ve endured back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in nearly 50 years. But one columnist suggests that the entire Big Ten conference may need Nebraska to emerge as a bona fide power in the years to come.In a column for the Omaha World-Herald, Sam McKewon suggested that Nebraska becoming a power in the Big Ten West could “save the league from making decisions that probably don’t help.” At Big Ten Media Days, some coaches raised the possibility of discussing divisional realignment or a move down to eight conference games, which is what the ACC and SEC currently have.He pointed to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry essentially deciding the Big Ten, giving the conference overall a reduced “strength of perception.”“…the Huskers could help save the league from making decisions that probably don’t help, like reducing the number of conference games, scheduling too many FCS contests or ditching divisions, which threatens to reduce the league to an Ohio State-Michigan storyline that led to zero national titles and four measly Rose Bowl wins in the 1970s and 1980s.”Since the conference realigned into the Big Ten East and West divisions in 2014, the East winner has won the Big Ten title game each time. As the division’s biggest historic power, Nebraska may need to be the team that steps up in the West. The relatively lower perception of the Big Ten compared to the SEC may be contributing to the conference winner being snubbed from the College Football Playoff in the last three seasons.McKewon concluded that Iowa and Wisconsin have missed their chances to be the teams that elevate the conference.Nebraska head coach Scott Frost himself has suggested that Nebraska needs to be the school to do it.During Big Ten Media Days he said point blank that “the West hasn’t been as good as it should be” due to Nebraska’s struggles.“If I’m being honest, the West hasn’t been as good as it should be because Nebraska hasn’t been as good as it should be,” he said. “We can do a lot through the work we’re doing to try and get the program where it belongs to help the West be competitive and just as dominant as every other league in the country.”With high expectations coming into 2019, we’ll see if Frost can get his Huskers to seize that opportunity.[Omaha World-Herald]
FS1Saturday was not a good day for the Florida State football program.The Seminoles had a tough Year 1 under Willie Taggart, but hopes were high heading into the 2019 regular season. Things don’t appear to have gotten much better, though.Florida State blew a big lead to Boise State on Saturday afternoon, losing a home contest to the Broncos to open the year.Naturally, a lot of Florida State fans aren’t happy.Former Florida State quarterback turned college football analyst Danny Kanell has a message for the fans ready to jump ship.“It’s pretty ridiculous that Willie Taggart has to ask fans to support him and this team. If you want to give up on them after a loss to a damn good team then go root for another team It sucks and it hurts but just leave now and don’t come back when the Noles start winning again,” he wrote.It’s pretty ridiculous that Willie Taggart has to ask fans to support him and this team. If you want to give up on them after a loss to a damn good team then go root for another team It sucks and it hurts but just leave now and don’t come back when the Noles start winning again— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 1, 2019It’s natural for fans to be upset right now, though Florida State has plenty of time to turn it around this season.FSU gets back on the field in Week 2 against Louisiana-Monroe.