It’s become a theory among some in the media that Butch Jones is conducting a social experiment or participating some sort of performance art. While that’s the more charitable and fun interpretation, I tend to think the Tennessee head coach is just frighteningly insecure and, thus, fighting for every inch of public approval he can in a likely doomed attempt to keep his job. That approach has backed him into some verbal corners that, in the long run, make his job more difficult on himself. I’m talking about the “Champions of Life” quote of last season or, in February, actually stating that he didn’t want 5-star players, he wanted 5-star hearts. This season has seen Jones go on an odd rant blaming
Shaka Smart acknowledged there is "no easy fix" for the recruiting problems that led to the FBI's investigation and the arrest of four major-college assistant coaches. "There's been a lot of talk lately about the model and whether or not it works and whether or not it's broken," the Texas men's basketball coach said Monday. "I've read a lot about it and listened to a lot of people. I've not heard anyone that has all the answers. I don't have all the answers." Smart said he has been in close communication with athletic director Mike Perrin and the Texas compliance department to make sure NCAA rules are followed. He said he has not been spoken to by the FBI about its probe. Texas was in the running
The Southeastern Conference is not the behemoth it was when the league dominated college football for almost a decade, but for the first time in a few years, it has a team other than Alabama that could threaten to win a national championship. Georgia crept up to No. 3 in the AP college football poll on Sunday, and a case can be made the Bulldogs are still being undersold. The top-ranked Crimson Tide are now a unanimous No. 1 for the first time this season and, after four ranked teams lost last weekend, Penn State is No. 2. The Nittany Lions have not been ranked this high since 1999. As for the SEC, overall depth is lacking, but Georgia is providing strength at the top that has been missing. From
Clemson saw their ACC and national title dreams hit a bump in the road Friday night at Syracuse, but the larger focus was not on the loss to the Orange but the status of quarterback Kelly Bryant. A week after being taken out of a game with an injured ankle, Bryant was once again removed from the game due to injury. This time it was a concussion from the turf in the Carrier Dome in the first half of Clemson’s road game at Syracuse. On Monday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Bryant has shown some positive sides in the concussion protocol, which should be encouraging for Clemson and Clemson fans hoping to see Bryant back on the field as soon as possible. Clemson is off this week with a bye,
No. 12 Washington’s loss to Arizona State was a disaster on the field — for more reasons than one. The Huskies not only put their College Football Playoff hopes in danger — they’ll need to sweep their next six games, including a finishing kick that calls for games against No. 22 Stanford, No. 15 Washington State and, presumably, No. 11 USC, two of them away from Seattle. But the road to get there became noticeably more difficult after losing two starters. Left tackle Trey Adams suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, and cornerback Jordan Miller sustained a broken ankle. Head coach Chris Petersen confirmed Monday that both will be lost for the season. Miller is the third Husky this season to suffer
Everyone knows that Michigan’s offense has struggled mightily this season — including John O’Korn. The fifth-year senior quarterback was not afraid to admit he needs to be better when asked how he’d assess his own play so far this season. “I need to pick it up,” he said. “It’s as simple as that, and there’s no way around it. I’m definitely not up to my own goals and aspirations. I need to hit guys when they’re open — there were a few plays on Saturday where we had guys open, and I just need to find them. “It’s as simple as repping the plays, and executing each play the way it’s called. The one on the first drive to [freshman receiver] Donovan [Peoples-Jones] sticks out when he was wide open —
Houston Nutt wanted money and an apology from Ole Miss. He’ll have to settle for the second of the two — and a largely different future for the program he used to lead. It was Nutt’s lawsuit, remember, which exposed the documents that led to a Mississippi State fan finding Hugh Freeze‘s call to a Tampa escort service, which led to Freeze’s resignation, which led to… we have no idea what it will lead to, but, whatever that future is, it will be wildly different than if Freeze was still the Rebels’ coach. Nutt amended his lawsuit in August to seek simply an apology from Ole Miss, and that apology finally came on Monday. Each side released their own bitter, short statements. Nutt will go on, with
After a handful of upsets throughout the top 10 this past weekend, the national championship odds updated by Bovada had some interesting developments. Alabama remains the easy favorite, but Ohio State continued to move up the board from Bovada this week. Alabama is being given 10/11 odds of winning the national championship this week, after being 5/4 odds a week ago. Ohio State now has the second-best national championship odds with 5/1 odds on the Bovada board. Despite the loss on Friday night at Syracuse, Clemson is still third on the board with 9/1 odds. Undefeated Georgia and Penn State each have 10/1 odds from Bovada, with undefeated Wisconsin getting a 20/1 shot to win it all. TCU and Miami,
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin eliminated any brewing quarterback controversy on Monday night. During his radio show, Sumlin said redshirt freshman Nick Starkel will be the back-up quarterback behind freshman Kellen Mond. After missing five games because of a lower leg injury, Starkel was dressed out for last Saturday's game against Florida and participated in pre-game warm-ups. But that doesn't mean Starkel, who started the season opener against UCLA, will be moving back to the top of the depth chart. "He comes back right now as our back-up guy," Sumlin said Monday night. "As he continues to get healthy, that's going to be important for him to be engaged with this football team because just like
Notre Dame's offense has played with a nasty disposition this season, which has led to its 308 yards per game on the ground average during the first half of the season. The driving force behind that attitude has been the line, and the leader of the line from an attitude standpoint is Quenton Nelson. Attitude is fine, but Nelson has also been Notre Dame's most consistently dominant football player. More pertinent than Nelson’s consistently excellent results that will likely make him the first consensus All-America guard at Notre Dame since Aaron Taylor in 1992 (who moved to tackle the next season), he brings a Chris Zorich-like demeanor to the entire operation that elevates those around him and inspires a physical culture.
Five cheerleaders at a college in Georgia are vowing to kneel in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday's homecoming game, moved off the field by their university after an earlier protest. The so-called Kennesaw Five will kneel outside the view of fans in the tunnel of the 8,300-seat Fifth Third Bank Stadium, cheerleader Shlondra Young said in an interview Monday. Young said she believes they are being ''purposely hidden'' from public view when the Kennesaw State Owls host Gardner-Webb University of North Carolina.