Nebraska has named Washington State's Bill Moos as its new athletic director. Moos, who has led Washington State's athletic department since 2010 and served as Oregon's athletic director from 1995 to 2007, agreed to a five-year contract with Nebraska that will pay him $1 million annually. The 66-year-old Moos will begin working at Nebraska on Oct. 23.
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
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
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
Offensive ineptitude continues for the Vols, as they fell 15-9 to South Carolina. We review Tennessee’s third straight SEC loss with The Day After. HOT AND NOT HOT The first quarter – The Vols ran 19 plays for 133 yards and scored six points. John Kelly averaged 6 yards a quarter and Jarrett Guarantano averaged 11 yards a completion. Defensively, Bob Shoop's unit held South Carolina to 26 yards on 12 offensive snaps. Tennessee dominated time of possession 10:05 to 4:55. Brent Cimaglia – Tennessee learned late Thursday that Aaron Medley couldn't kick due to illness. Brent Cimaglia was pressed into duty. Cimaglia responded going 3 for 3 on field goals and in his first action handling kickoff duties,
(TSX / STATS) -- Boise State ruined No. 19 San Diego State's hopes of an unbeaten season and damaged its New Year's Day bowl bid Saturday night, taking a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 31-14 Mountain West Conference victory at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego. The Broncos (4-2, 2-0) were led by a defense that overran the Aztecs (6-1, 1-1), notching four sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Running back Rashaad Penny was held to a season-low 53 yards on 21 carries as Boise State allowed only 83 yards on 39 attempts. asses for 240 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown to Fred Trevillion with 4:15 left in the third quarter to end the Broncos' shutout bid, but operated under duress all night. Penny's 11-yard
Original: August 2017 I’m back from my vacation and ready to resume sending the Crootletter. There is a new No. 2 recruiting class in the country on the 247Sports Composite: the Texas Longhorns. Tom Herman is not playing around. Texas has 17 verbal commitments, and 13 of those are rated four- or five-stars. That’s an absurd ratio. The Longhorns have the top four committed prospects in Texas (Nos. 2-5), and six of the top eight. That is some serious in-state dominance. Seventy-five percent of Texas’ high school commits are from the state. The most recent additions are defensive tackle Keondre Coburn and tight end Malcolm Epps. At 6’0 and 329 pounds, Coburn is built like a fire hydrant and plays
HARRISONBURG – Since James Madison’s 18-game winning streak began more than a year ago, coach Mike Houston said his players haven’t let the success effect them. “The kids are doing a good job of not getting too far ahead of themselves,” Houston said Monday during the Colonial Athletic Association coaches teleconference. “They’re really staying focused on the things we’re preaching, and each game for us is the biggest game of the year.” JMU’s win Saturday set a CAA record for consecutive wins and the streak is the longest-active one in all of Division I. The last 12 victories have all come by double digits. “Our kids do a good job of keeping that focus with tunnel vision each week and really staying
John O'Korn and Jim Harbaugh echoed each other Saturday afternoon in Bloomington. Both Michigan's quarterback and head coach said the team's game plan was to pound the football against Indiana. And asked specifically what kept the pass game from taking off during a 27-20 overtime win over the Hoosiers, O'Korn pointed directly to the rushing totals. "(Because) the run game was working," he said. After rewatching the game, some of this is accurate. Some of it's not. And in the middle, you have Michigan's offense. First, for Michigan, the good stuff. Since Harbaugh took over in 2015 and, really, since he has been coaching football at a high level, the gap-based power run schemes have been Michigan's
A 6-foot-3 cornerback originally from Florida committed to UCF on Monday night. Elijah Jones, who currently attends Ellsworth Community College in Iowa, announced his pledge via Twitter:
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson will not be the Maryland AD for the next six months. Anderson announced Monday he will take a 6-month sabbatical to focus on “professional development.” That leave of absence will see him remain on his national committees with the NCAA and NACDA, the professional organization of ADs. It was reported over the weekend that Anderson would be out completely as Maryland’s AD, but those reports were knocked down by the university. Additionally, Maryland announced that former Georgia AD and current Terps associate AD/CFO Damon Evans will run the department in Anderson’s stead.
Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer Close Covered University of Florida for 13 seasons for ESPN.com and Florida Times-Union Graduate of Jacksonville University Multiple APSE award winner Follow on Twitter JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette suffered a sprained right ankle late in the team's 27-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at EverBank Field and his status for the upcoming week is unclear. Fournette was cleared to re-enter the game but instead stayed on the sideline for the Jaguars' final two-minute drill. "They said he was taped up and spatted and could have gone back in the game," coach Doug Marrone said. "That's encouraging." Fournette was injured when
Virginia is a victory from bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011 and receiving votes in the Top 25. It's all very impressive considering the Cavaliers are one year removed from finishing 2- 10. The Cavaliers' trio of captains are at the center of the turnaround.
Remember about a week ago, when the Big 12's College Football Playoff hopes were at death's door? The Big 12 is now feeling a lot better this week just as some of its fellow conferences took a turn for the worse. Anyone got a condition update on the Pac-12? In the zero-sum game of the playoff, someone else's misery is a good thing. Welcome to college football 2017, where one weekend can totally alter the conventional wisdom and outcomes are not quite as certain they might have seemed. Or as CFP executive director Bill Hancock put it Saturday while watching the Red River Showdown: "There's a lot of football remaining to be played." The first CFP rankings are still two weeks away. Just consider
After a long lull of commitments in September, things are beginning to pick up in October. Over the weekend, Texas and Auburn each grabbed a verbal commitment from an elite defender. Auburn struck first, gaining a commitment from defensive tackle Conyis Miller Jr. Out of Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin, Miller is rated four-stars on the 247Sports Composite, and the No. 15 defensive tackle nationally. He has been selected to the Under Armour All-America Game. Miller is a hair shy of 6’2, and a solid 300 pounds. He wins with leverage, getting under the pads of opposing blockers. And he has the ability to penetrate into the backfield with his quickness. Auburn’s defense consistently wins with defensive
Rutgers rushed back into the win column on Saturday as the ground attack was very successful in a 35-24 win over Illinois. The Scarlet Knights amassed 274 rushing yards, 93 of which came courtesy of Gus Edwards while Raheem Blackshear added 87 of his own. “I feel like this game really set the standard of what we want to do,” Edwards said afterward. “I mean, we made a couple mistakes running the ball on the ground but we’ll clean that up and we just have to move forward from here and continue getting better.” Junior quarterback Gio Recigno helped out in the running game, adding 41 yards on seven carries. He also completed 5-of-10 passes for 89 yards in his first start of the season. Rescigno replaced