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
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
Michigan's thrilling 27-20 overtime victory over Indiana this weekend was the most-watched college football contest for a second week in a row, checking in with a 2.9 overnight rating. This might be especially surprising to some, considering noon games often draw less viewers than other time slots do. However, the game was tied for college football's highest-viewed noon contest of the season. It also outdrew the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma (2.4 rating), which was shown at 3:30 on ESPN. Michigan's home loss to Michigan State on Oct. 7 drew a 3.9 overnight rating.
I can’t breathe. It’s unclear whether I’m actually alive right now. South Carolina 15, Tennessee 9, in Knoxville, on the banks of the Tennessee River. With the Vol offense on the 2-yard line and threatening to win the football game as time expired. You know what? I can’t do this. I’m too strung out, too stressed out, too whatever’d-out to write a column about this. In the words of Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, “I’m too old for this (bleep).” And I am. I really, really am. We won, I’m not exactly sure how it happened, we’re inexplicably 5-2 after losing most of the two-deep to injuries the last few weeks, so let’s just toss out Game Balls, get out of here without angering the Football Gods, keep
Miller is fresh off a trip to Ann Arbor. It was his second visit to Michigan and he got a little wet this time. The rain that came late in the game Saturday did not put any type of damper on his visit though. The Wolverines have a lot that Miller likes. "I had a poncho and I still had a great time at Michigan," said Miller. "It is just a great school with great fans and I got wet, but I had a great time up there. "What they offer academically is great and they are usually a top 30 school there. The coaching staff reminds me a lot of what it is like for me at Buford. There is a lot of history there and a lot of tradition. People talk about so many legacies and historical players and stuff there.
• Purdue's schedule lightens in the second half of the season, it seems. As of now, none are ranked in the top-25, after Purdue played three in its first six games. Although Brohm is reluctant to talk beyond a game, he says he likes how the Boilermakers are playing. "I do like the way we've competed against very good football teams and it's encouraging," he said. Rutgers (2-4) is up next, after the Scarlet Knights beat Illinois on Saturday. "We've got to find a way to win, get better and compete," Brohm said. • Elijah Sindelar is getting the bulk of the snaps right now, over David Blough. Brohm says he'd like one to emerge, but it's not happened. "Right now, Elijah has played the bulk and done
The Tennessee Volunteers haven't scored a touchdown since Sept. 23, and that was in a game in which they squeaked by winless UMass. On Saturday, South Carolina downed Tennessee, dropping the Vols to 3-3 and now they have to head on the road to Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 Alabama. This could spell the end for coach Butch Jones, but before you punch his ticket out the door, you'll want to hear what the team at GoVols247 has to say. They've been covering UT athletics for almost 20 years and know the pulse of Rocky Top. They've tapped into their sources to find out where Jones stands. They know Tennessee athletic director John Currie doesn't want the Vols to be the test case for how a coaching change
If you have been staying up late on the weekends to watch some Pac-12 football, then you are well aware of the impact running back Bryce Love is having for the Cardinal. You also have been watching him skyrocket up the Heisman board the past few weeks. Now, according to Bovada’s latest Heisman odds, Love has pulled even on the board with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. Barkley and Love each have 7/5 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, with Love seemingly gaining the momentum in the race according to Bovada the past few weeks. Love continues to pile up the rushing yards, while Barkley is accumulating all-purpose yardage in a variety of ways. Barkley was off this past week, which may have played a slight
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
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
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
Florida’s wearing some very unfortunate, alligator-colored alternate uniforms against Texas A&M on Saturday night. It’s not exactly the best way to bounce back from a one-point loss to LSU on Homecoming, but hey, you gotta try something! Anyway, here are some things to know about these, uh, things. OK look, I get what Florida was trying to do here — get some unique uniforms that are both new, but respecting a traditional part of the program. This didn’t accomplish either of those things. The idea behind these, per Florida specifically, was to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Steve Spurrier naming Ben Hill Griffin Stadium “The Swamp.” Twenty-five years after Ben Hill Griffin Stadium became
All I have thought about during this game was 2011. In 2011, an embattled UCLA team came out of their bye week with a road game against Arizona. The Rick Neuheisel-led Bruins proceeded to get blown out by an Arizona team that ended up being decidedly-mediocre. The capper was a brawl near the end of the first half as the Bruins were down 42-7. It was the turning point for many fans who were on the fence as far as Neuheisel’s long-term prospects as UCLA head coach. I wasn’t writing for Bruins Nation at that time; if anything, I was barely commenting, and more of a casual reader. So I went back and checked out some of the articles from after that game. Former writer freesia39 had this to say in