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Jarrett Stidham is headed to the SEC.
Stidham, a talented sophomore quarterback, announced Saturday night that he has committed to play at Auburn. Stidham transferred from Baylor in July.
These last 6 months have been crazy and the craziness is finally over. Time to start my next chapter at Auburn University! WAR EAGLE! ???? pic.twitter.com/BckaHMO6D3
— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) December 10, 2016
Stidham was a top 100 recruit 2015 and quickly moved to No. 2 on Baylor’s depth chart as a true freshman. When Seth Russell was sidelined with a neck injury, Stidham stepped in and was impressive in three games as a starter. His season ended when he suffered a broken bone in his ankle against Oklahoma State.
Stidham was spotted at an Auburn practice in August and also visited campus a few weeks ago.
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The streak is over.
After losing to rival Navy 14 times in a row dating back to 2001, Army knocked off the 25th-ranked Midshipmen 21-17 Saturday in Baltimore.
The Black Knights fumbled away a 14-0 lead but went ahead for good with 6:00 to play on a nine-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. The touchdown run capped off a 12-play, 80-yard drive that immediately followed Navy taking its first lead of the game.
Army completely controlled things early on. The Black Knights controlled the ball for 22:32 of the game’s first 30 minutes and allowed Navy to gain just 49 yards, but took just a 14-0 lead into the break.
Army’s lead likely would have been larger at half if not for two turnovers. Those turnover issues carried over into the second half as Bradshaw fumbled on the team’s second play from scrimmage in the third quarter. That fumble gave Navy a short field, and the Midshipmen capitalized when quarterback Zach Abey, making his first career start in place of injured Will Worth, scored from a yard out.
WHAT. A. RUN.
ARMY TAKES THE LEAD!
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President-elect Donald Trump took some time out of his busy schedule to attend Saturday’s Army-Navy game in Baltimore. And as the second half began, Trump joined Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson in the broadcast booth.
Trump said he went to the game because of his love and the spirit of the armed forces. He didn’t really seem impressed by the quality of play on the field, however.
“I just love the armed forces. Their spirit is so incredible. I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football, but boy do they have spirit more than anybody. It’s beautiful,” Trump said.
Here's the President-elect throwing shade at the quality of service academy football pic.twitter.com/lEjlLTN4W1
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 10, 2016
To be fair, there were a combined seven turnovers in the game, so Trump, who was very complimentary otherwise, had a point.
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Pittsburgh running back James Conner announced via Twitter on Saturday that he intends to enter the 2017 NFL draft.
Forever Grateful. pic.twitter.com/B8wXA9ABZz
— James Conner (@JamesConner_) December 10, 2016
“I don’t know if mere words can adequately express how I feel about James Conner,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement. “His strength, his courage and his kindness have impacted all of us beyond measure. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to be part of his life these past two years.
“James and I have had many conversations about his dreams and aspirations, both in football and life. We know he will continue to make us proud as he takes this next step to the NFL.”
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Cincinnati has hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell to be its head coach.
The school announced Saturday that Fickell has reached a six-year agreement. Fickell, 43, replaces Tommy Tuberville, who resigned last Sunday. Tuberville was 29-22 in four seasons with the Bearcats, but managed just a 4-8 record this season.
Fickell will remain with Ohio State through the College Football Playoff
“It’s with much pride and humility that I accept the awesome honor of becoming the head coach at the University of Cincinnati,” Fickell said. This city, this school and my family are all Ohio. It’s a tough blue-collar state with hard-working, blue-collar people that respect an honest and complete effort. That’s what they will get from me personally and what they should expect from this football program. This team belongs to this city and we will make you proud.”
Fickell is the third assistant from Ohio State’s 2014 national championship team to become a head coach joining Tom Herman, now at Texas, and Chris Ash at Rutgers.
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Army can put an end to two streaks on Saturday.
For one, the Black Knights can clinch a winning record for the first time since 2010. But more importantly, Army can put an end to its 14-game losing streak to rival Navy when the two square off for the 117th time in Baltimore.
After winning a combined six games in the first two years under Jeff Monken, Army is 6-5 this year and headed to the Heart of Dallas Bowl (its first since 2010) to play North Texas. But first, the Black Knights are looking to register their first win over the Midshipmen (9-3, AAC West champions) since 2002.
Defensively, the Black Knights are led by linebackers Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf, both of whom have 88 total tackles on the season. Those two and the rest of the Army defense have the challenge of defending a Navy offense (third in rushing offense) which has put up big numbers but has recently been depleted by injuries.
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Tennessee’s home-state bowl game will come with a tribute.
The Vols said Friday the team would wear its gray alternate uniforms in Nashville’s Music City Bowl vs. Nebraska on Dec. 30 to pay tribute to those who have died in wildfires in the Smoky Mountains.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) December 9, 2016
14 people died in the firesthat ravaged east Tennessee. More than 2,400 buildings in the Gatlinburg area have been damaged.
Two juveniles have been charged with aggravated arson for allegedly starting the fires on Nov. 23 as the fire spread quickly because of dry conditions and high winds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Two weeks after parting ways with Brian Polian, Nevada has officially hired its new head coach.
The school confirmed Friday that it has hired Arizona State assistant Jay Norvell to lead the football program. Norvell most recently served as the Sun Devils’ wide receivers’ coach and passing game coordinator.
This is the first head-coaching gig for the 53-year-old Norvell, who has also been an offensive coordinator at Nebraska, UCLA and Oklahoma. He was also an offensive assistant at Texas in 2015.
“I want to thank University president Marc Johnson and Doug Knuth for this tremendous opportunity,” Norvell said. “Our family is humbled and honored to lead the Nevada football program. It is our charge to make this the flagship program of the Mountain West Conference.”
After finishing up his playing career as an all-conference defensive back at Iowa, Norvell also had stints as an assistant with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts and at Iowa State, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, and Iowa.
One Navy player will make his collegiate debut Saturday against Army. And he’ll do it with a heavy heart.
Per the Capital Gazette, Midshipmen head coach Ken Niumatalolo made the decision to elevate freshman linebacker Paul Carothers to the team’s kick return unit. Carothers has served on the scout team and participated in junior varsity games throughout the year, but now he’ll make his debut on the biggest of stages Saturday in Baltimore.
The move comes weeks after Carothers’ father, a U.S. Marshal, was shot and killed while trying to serve a warrant to a fugitive in Georgia on Nov. 18.
“Paul is one of our brothers and we thought this might be a way to help him heal,” Niumatalolo said Wednesday. “Paul is actually a really good special teams player, but it was also our way of trying to help him through a very traumatic deal.
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Houston has promoted from within to fill its head-coaching vacancy.
The school announced Friday morning it has promoted offensive coordinator Major Applewhite to head coach. The school had reportedly narrowed its choices down to Applewhite, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin before announcing the move.
Orlando had been UH’s interim head coach since Tom Herman left the Cougars to take the Texas job. Now, the school said in a release, Applewhite’s promotion is effective immediately and he will serve as head coach when the Cougars take on San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 17. Orlando will continue as the team’s defensive coordinator.