Faced with the decision to kick an extra point to tie or go for two and the lead late in games last weekend, two college football coaches did not hesitate to basically put it all one play instead of trying to get to overtime. Aggressive? Sure. Calculated? Absolutely. Risky? No way. Long before a coach makes that critical call he has assessed everything from his players to his playbook. There is nothing spur of the moment about the decision. In fact, it could have been made in a meeting room days before. So while it might have looked as if Utah and Eastern Michigan gambled and lost when their 2-point plays failed, the coaches who made those calls say the percentages were on their side. "It would
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 —
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
With two straight wins over SEC opponents and a 5-2 record into the bye week, respect for Will Muschamp's scrappy 2017 squad continues to grow. Just a few weeks ago, the Gamecocks were pegged as 12th in the SEC in ESPN.com's power rankings, but in this week's update they've climbed to No. 6 in the conference: Say what you want about Tennessee, but an SEC road win is an SEC road win, no matter how ugly. The Gamecocks' 15-9 victory over the Vols has them at 5-2. South Carolina is currently on its bye week, but hosts Vanderbilt - ESPN.com's No. 11 SEC team - at 4:00 on Oct. 28. The Gamecocks also have No. 2 (in the SEC) Georgia and No. 7 Florida left on their SEC slate. ALSO SEE: Snap Count - How
Associated Press Washington State coach Mike Leach said Monday he was as surprised as anyone when he learned athletic director Bill Moos had taken a new job at Nebraska. But Leach said he has no plans to follow Moos, noting Nebraska already has Mike Riley to lead the football program. Some Cougars fans have expressed concern that Moos might try to lure Leach away. "I wish Bill the best, and we just move forward," Leach said. Leach said his No. 15 Cougars (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) are concentrating on Saturday night's game against Colorado (4-3, 1-3). He called Moos the best athletic director he ever worked for, in part because he was so honest. Moos hired Leach before the 2012 season to turn the Cougars'
Batavia (Ill.) junior inside linebacker prospect Luke Weerts (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) was able to make his first recruiting visit to Western Michigan on Saturday. Weerts, who has been a key part of the state ranked Bulldogs (8-0) defense this season recaps his latest recruiting news and more here. "I went to Western Michigan on Saturday for a visit," Weerts said. "They ended up not playing the game because of the bad weather on Saturday but I still had a very good visit to Western Michigan." Weerts recapped his first impressions from his Saturday trip[ to Western Michigan. "It was an awesome visit and experience. I was able to see a lot of the school and I loved the campus along with the facilities
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
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: