The tailored, slate-gray suit, the scarlet and gray power tie, the blacked-out chronograph on his wrist — if you didn't know Urban Meyer was the football coach at Ohio State, your first guess would be a Fortune 500 CEO. That's hardly a coincidence. After five seasons in Columbus, Meyer has the Buckeyes running as smoothly as any business enterprise in the land. He's won a third national championship there (to go along with two from Florida), a conference title and two division titles, and Ohio State is favored to return to the top of the Big Ten heap and compete for another college football crown. All that despite getting smoked 31-0 by Clemson in the playoffs last season, then watching five
An incident involving one former Michigan State football player and one ex-Spartans basketball player continues to make headlines a year later. In mid-July last year, former MSU hoops star hoops star and current Golden State Warrior Draymond Green was arrested and charged with assault following an altercation at an East Lansing drinking establishment. According to police reports at the time, the target of the alleged assault was Spartans cornerback Jermaine Edmondson. Fast-forward a little over 12 months later, and Edmondson, along with his girlfriend Bianca Williams, has filed a civil lawsuit in California against Green. Per mlive.com, the attorney representing the plaintiffs “declined to
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany speaks at Big Ten NCAA college football Media Day in Chicago, Monday, July 24, 2017. It took a while, but the Big Ten’s television arrangements are finally official. At Big Ten Media Days Monday morning, commissioner Jim Delany confirmed — more than a year after it was first reported — that the conference has agreements in place with ESPN and Fox to continue to carry its games.
The only high school game JT Shrout ever started came during the final game of his sophomore year in 2015. To call Shrout, a class of 2018 prospect, a sleeper recruit would be polite. A senior at Hart High School who hails from Newhall, California, Shrout is the Rivals.com No. 91 player in California.
I guess if you have football talent, there’s almost always a spot for you somewhere. The latest example of that phenomena is Auston Robertson, who was dismissed by Michigan State in April not long after word surfaced that the defensive lineman was facing charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. It’s alleged that Robertson sexually assaulted the victim in her apartment after being driven home from a party, with the lineman’s girlfriend waiting in the vehicle while the assault took place. Despite the allegations and pending court case — Robertson is free on a $250,000 bond — the lineman will be permitted to continue his collegiate playing career at a Kansas junior college. From mlive.com:
The most famous fullback in West Virginia history owns a spot just off Interstate 68 in Morgantown. Owen Schmitt’s Saloon is part bar, part country music concert hall. Platinum band Parmalee is coming in a few weeks. His white Mountaineers jersey backs the main bar, surrounded by helmets from WVU and his three NFL teams. There’s a MOUNTAINEERS paddle overhead. But his place has more music posters than memorabilia from his career. Schmitt and his mom shoulder much of the load. Ten years ago, Schmitt was a senior leader on a top-10 team that came a whisker from the BCS Championship. Now he’s part of the ecosystem that feeds off Mountaineer football. "It is this community," Schmitt tells me, while
Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Matt Corral intends to enroll early: Florida’s newly committed five-star hopes to be in Gainesville at the end of the year. (Talal Elmasry, SEC Country) Watch Jim McElwain and staff jump into his pool: The Gators were in a celebratory mood after last week’s recruiting returns and the success of Friday Night Lights. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country) Florida’s path to another SEC title game appearance: Not being
Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze contacted a high-ranking Arkansas State official in 2016 seeking a "character witness" in the current NCAA investigation that involves him, sources told CBS Sports. The call came at the beginning of 2016, according to a source, when Ole Miss was in the process of getting its first notice of allegations. Freeze coached for one year at Arkansas State in 2011, going 10-3 and winning the Sun Belt before heading to Ole Miss. Because of the sensitivity of the situation, the identity of the Arkansas State official was not revealed. Freeze sought the endorsement in hopes of mitigating the charges against him and his program to the NCAA, a source said. It is not believed
LAS VEGAS — Nick Rolovich was looking for an Elvis and knew just any old King wouldn't do. So he went for the best. "He's one of the most acclaimed impersonators," Rolovich said from Mountain West Conference media days, where for two hours every step he took — to radio, television and print interviews — was shadowed by a late-era vintage, slightly paunchy Elvis, both strutting and thank you very much-ing their way through media availability. "Basically, I just said, 'Hang out.' We're friends for two hours. He brought it." It cost $350 an hour, out of Rolovich's pocket, but it was money well spent. A year ago, the Warriors' second-year coach made his media days debut by putting together a game
In Mark Dantonio’s decade-long run at Michigan State, he’s led the Spartans to three Big Ten championships, a College Football Playoff appearance (2015) and a Rose Bowl victory (2014). In repositioning Michigan State from the league’s middle class to its penthouse, he executed the uprising in such a classy and understated manner that the whole thing felt a bit, well, boring. No program in college football has nosedived more precipitously in the past 365 days than Michigan State.
Steven Clark will indeed give college football at this level another go. In a text message to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Clark confirmed that he has decided to transfer to Western Michigan. The move comes a little over a month after a health issue prematurely ended his time at Syracuse. While the school’s medical results were disputed by his family, Clark (pictured, No. 72) was medically disqualified by ‘Cuse in June because of a genetic disorder that makes him susceptible to blood clots. Not long after, the defensive lineman stated on Twitter that he had “requested… permission to contact other schools in order to see if I can go anywhere else to play.” According to the Post-Standard, “four
Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on the linebackers; this week, we’re venturing into the secondary with Cornerbacks Week. Antwaine Richardson, CB, No. 20 Height: 6’0 Weight: 182 lbs. Year: Sophomore Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida High school: Atlantic Community HS How he got to College Park Richardson originally committed to Michigan while DJ Durkin was the defensive coordinator in Ann Arbor, but decommitted from the Wolverines in late January. He then committed to Maryland five days later. A three-star recruit, Richardson was the No. 81 cornerback in the Class of 2016, and the No. 126 overall prospect in Florida. In his first year at Maryland, Richardson played in
The shadow of Tim Beckman's tenure still lingers over the Illinois football program, though thankfully it's fading. Beckman recruited many of the current Illini before his abrupt firing days before the 2015 season opener. That came in the wake of the university's investigation of his alleged mistreatment of injured players. It was one of the many unsettling headlines bombarding Illini fans in rapid-fire fashion. Bill Cubit was promoted to interim coach by then-athletic director Mike Thomas, given a two-year deal and then fired by current athletic director Josh Whitman after Thomas got the boot as well. After lurching from crisis to crisis under Thomas and Beckman — neither of whom seemed ready
The rocky tenure of N.J. Falo at Colorado has come to an abrupt end. According to the university, the linebacker has been dismissed from head coach Mike MacIntyre‘s football program. Other than the standard violation of unspecified team rules, no reason for the dismissal was given. In late April of last year, Falo (pictured, No. 42) and then-Buffs running back Dino Gordon were arrested in connection to an alleged dorm-room theft. The duo had been accused of stealing prescription drugs, laptops, video games and other electronics from a dorm room earlier that month. Falo, who played in seven games as a true freshman in 2015, was suspended for the first three games of the 2016 season because of
CHICAGO – In March, the NFL banned players from charging forward and leaping to block field goals. Earlier this summer, the NCAA followed suit. The leaping block is dead. The NCAA’s new football rulebook for 2017 strips away two provisions that made the leaping block permissible up until now. It’s long been a foul for a player to charge at the line of scrimmage, leap to block a field goal try, and land on someone. Now, it’s a foul whether the player lands on anyone or not. And just as critically, this line is gone: “It is not a foul if the player leaps from in or behind the neutral zone.” Before, players couldn’t be flagged for leaping if they reached the line of scrimmage before taking flight.
One of new Mississippi coach Matt Luke's vivid childhood memories is seeing his dad's Ole Miss helmet — No. 35 — hanging in the family's den. Then there were the years his family drove five hours each way between Gulfport, Mississippi, and Oxford to watch his older brother Tom play for the Rebels. A short time later, it was Matt's turn, and he was a mainstay on the Ole Miss offensive line from 1995-98.
The long-term survival of the Big 12 is too murky for a crystal ball to accurately predict. The annual offseason expansion stories -- save for this year, of course -- have proven shallow, yet stand as a clear sign that no one in this conference is quite sure which direction to go. That's not a promising omen for the future. In the here and now, though, the Big 12's paramount problem is more identifiable ... and fixable. It's on the recruiting front, namely with Oklahoma and Texas. And the problem is already starting to be rectified. On Monday night, Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star wide receiver Brennan Eagles of Alief Taylor High School in the Houston area. Eagles, whom 247Sports
Despite the off-field baggage he brings to the table, Darren Carrington‘s talent could very well lead the wide receiver to another shot with a Power Five program — perhaps even one in his former conference. Earlier this month, Oregon announced that it had dismissed Carrington, a move that came a couple of weeks after the senior was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants. According to a tweet from The Oregonian‘s John Canzano in the middle of last week, those circumstances are doing little to dissuade others as “[m]ore than one Pac 12 coach told me [last Tuesday] he was interested in… Carrington.” More to the point, Canzano wrote that “the ex-Ducks receiver spent [last
Freeze, who stepped down Thursday, said his battle against sin was “a huge struggle" when he was 18 to 20 and it caused him to question his Christian faith. “It took me talking a lot with my mentors to really understand the battle with the sin nature will never go away.” Freeze told Jason Romano Sports Spectrum Podcast in an interview published online July 14. During the interview, which focused on the religious faith Freeze often speaks about publicly, Freeze noted that he was concerned about his team because the players are subject to less supervision during the offseason. “Someone can make a poor decision at any moment,’’ Freeze said, adding that he has taught his players a class in “character traits” that he hopes leads to good decision making.
A month after leaving Texas, Brandon Hodges has decided on a new college football home. On his personal Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, Hodges announced that he has decided to enroll at Pittsburgh and continue his playing career with the Panthers. As the offensive lineman is coming to the Panthers as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2017. The upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility. Hodges spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to UT in 2015. He took a redshirt his first season in Austin. Last season, Hodges started nine games at right tackle for the Longhorns. Academics forced
Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPN in 2016 Previously covered the Saints for the Times-Picayune from 2013-2016 Follow on Twitter CINCINNATI -- Bengals owner Mike Brown said Tuesday that he believes running back Joe Mixon has put his college troubles behind him. Brown has not made many public comments regarding the selection of Mixon in the 2017 draft. His only statement was a public letter in the Cincinnati Enquirer in May, admitting the Bengals "took a risk" with the pick. Mixon fell to the second round because of an incident his freshman year of college when he punched a woman in the face and broke several bones in her jaw. He was initially charged with misdemeanor assault
Gatherings like this week's Big Ten media days at McCormick Place aren't about generating news as much as getting fans thinking about football again. There's plenty of optimism, more than a little blind faith and a fair share of spin control. But once in a while, the talk turns into a debate with passionate supporters on either side. Right now in the Big Ten, that subject is Friday night lights. The conference announced last November that it was moving in on the turf traditionally occupied by high school football. The reaction was mixed to say the least. Some traditional powers such as Penn State and Michigan wanted nothing to do with it. Northwestern was given two of the initially announced
Our staff’s prediction of where the Pac-12 stands.
As part of today’s festivities of remembering the 2007 season, the members of the ATVS team with the clearest memories of the ‘07 National Champions decided to collect our memories. How do you remember the 2007 LSU Football team? dr.awesome504 Good Lord that team. I remember thinking at the beginning of the season after the drubbings of Miss St. and Virginia Tech that they would be unstoppable. That Florida game remains the best game I have ever watched, and the end of the Auburn game gave us one of the best moments in LSU football history. Losing to Kentucky sucked, I hated everything about that game. You knew a let down was coming after Florida, but ugh. Ugh Ugh Ugh. Then you throw into that
Thanks to off-field events, the Egg Bowl rivalry has ratcheted up a notch or 12 in the last week or so — after ratcheting up several levels the previous months. Monday, ESPN.com‘s Mark Schlabach reported that it was a lifelong Mississippi State fan who discovered the infamous call to a number connected to an escort service and led to Hugh Freeze being forcefully ousted at Ole Miss. Two days later, Schlabach is reporting that attorneys representing the university and former coaches accused of wrongdoing are asking the NCAA that it require two Mississippi State football players, Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones, to appear at their hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions later this year. At this