Dan Patrick, who might or might not be transmogrifying into a college football reporter, reports that Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski is out, based on his decision to interview for the current head-coaching vacancy with the New York Jets.On Sunday night, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Jagodzinski had been threatened with termination if he went through with the interview.Patrick, citing an unnamed source, had said that Jagodzinski would interview for the Jets job on Monday night and Tuesday, despite the threat of termination.The next question becomes whether Jagodzinksi is entitled to the balance of his contract at Boston College. Our guess is that, unless interviewing for the Jets job constitutes “cause” for firing him, the Eagles will be on the hook for the rest of the money.The school likely will be reduced by Jagodzinski’s salary from his next coaching job. And if he gets the job in New York, he likely will make even more money.
In the face of intense pressure, the College Football Playoff has officially — and finally — blinked.
By most accounts, including the most important metric, television ratings, the New Year’s Eve slot for the College Football Playoff semifinal games was an abject failure. Despite the ratings bath and the calls from most corners to move the semifinals off New Year’s Eve, the powers that be had (stubbornly) remained steadfast in creating a new “holiday tradition.”
In March, however, the CFP at least somewhat acknowledged an issue, announcing that the start times for the 2016 playoff semifinals, on New Year’s Eve yet again, would be pushed back an hour from the year before. The thaw continued in April, with executive director Bill Hancock stating that the CFP “will continue to review this matter.” A couple of weeks ago, Hancock heavily intimated that it would be when, not if the semifinals would be moved off the last day of the year.
Thursday, that (mostly) came to fruition as the CFP announced that all future playoff games through the 2025 season (last year of the current 12-year contract) will be played either on a Saturday or a holiday. That doesn’t mean that New Year’s Eve is completely off the table, though.
One, the two semifinal games scheduled for New Year’s Eve following the 2016 season will go off as planned as it’s too late in the process to move them off that date; plus, Dec. 31 falls on a Saturday this year and would’ve been played on New Year’s Eve anyway under this new way of doing playoff business. Secondly, the semifinal games for the 2021 and 2022 seasons will still be played on Dec. 31. The games for the 2022 season will be played on a Saturday, on a Friday in 2021.
There are significant changes to the rotation, however, as the semifinal games that had been scheduled to be played on New Year’s Eve following the 2018, 2019, 2024 and 2025 seasons will now be played on Saturday, Dec. 29; Saturday, Dec. 28; Saturday, December 28; and Saturday, Dec. 27, respectively.
In the end, it was the right call for the sport and, more importantly, the fans.
“We had healthy discussions with a lot of people who love college football and we concluded that making these changes would be the right thing to do for our fans.” said Hancock in a statement.
“We tried to do something special with New Year’s Eve, even when it fell on a weekday. But after studying this to see if it worked, we think we can do better. These adjustments will allow more people to experience the games they enjoy so much. For these four years, our previous call is reversed.”
Below is how the revamped College Football Playoff rotation will look moving forward:
Even with that dark cloud handing over his head, Bo Davis didn’t stay unemployed for too long.
In late April, reports surfaced that Davis was expected to resign or be fired as Alabama’s defensive line coach after the school opened an inquiry into possible NCAA violations on the recruiting trail. The nature of the violations were not revealed, but the NCAA had made “multiple” investigations into the matter and Alabama has opened its own corresponding inquiry.
A day later, the Tide announced that Davis had, ahem, “submitted his letter of resignation.”
Nearly three months to the day later, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that Davis was one of five coaching interns who have been hired by the NFL club. Davis will be helping the Jaguars with special teams.
Davis’ last foray into the NFL came with Nick Saban‘s Miami Dolphins in 2006.
In Tuscaloosa, Davis was officially replaced by Karl Dunbar a couple of weeks after his “resignation.” The investigations into the allegations of recruiting improprieties is ongoing.
Oklahoma State already knew it was going to be forced to replaced the production lost with the departure of leading pass-catcher David Glidden. Now, at least early on, the Cowboys will have to replace a man who was expected to help replace Glidden’s lost production as well.
According to a report from The Oklahoman, Marcell Ateman may not make his debut this coming season until October because of surgery performed on his foot recently. Ateman sustained a non-contact injury during summer workouts.
Should Ateman not return until the second month of the season, he would, at minimum, miss games against SE Louisiana (Sept. 3), Central Michigan (Sept. 10), Pittsburgh (Sept. 17) and at Baylor (Sept. 24). They also have a home date with Texas the first of October.
Ateman’s position coach confirmed the procedure to the newspaper, although he didn’t give a timeline for a return.
“I don’t know [when] that’s going to be,” said Kasey Dunn. “I’m hoping as soon as possible. He’s had a great summer. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I think he’ll be back probably sooner than later.
“I’m bummed though, because it’s a little bit of a setback for him. His play was going up, up, up. And it all started about Game 6 or 7 last year, where he really started to climb. Played well against Baylor. Played really well against Ole Miss. Had a great offseason. Summer was killer. And then he gets nicked.”
At least one report, and at least in these early stages, is a bit more optimistic:
#okstate source just told me Marcell Ateman had foot surgery but might be back for season opener. They won’t rush him for that game though.
— Nathan Thompson (@NathanDThompson) July 27, 2016
Ateman’s 45 receptions and 766 receiving yards were each third on the team. His five touchdown receptions were good for second.
The good news for the Cowboys is that one of their most productive pass-catchers of a year ago, second-team All-Big performer James Washington (53-1087-10), returns, as do four other receivers who caught at least 17 passes in 2015 — Jalen McCleskey (29-253-3), Austin Hays (22-200-1), Jhajuan Seales (18-321-2) and Blake Jarwin (17-200-2).
Less than a week after he left his first college football home, teams are lining up to inquire about being Treon Harris‘ second. Reportedly.
According to 247Sports.com, at least nine FBS programs have either spoken to Harris’ family or “have interest and have requested Harris’ release so they have the option to make contact.” Two included in the latter group are Power Five teams — Kansas and Minnesota.
Other FBS teams in that second group also include Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan and SMU. Georgia State, Southern Miss and Texas State have all reportedly made contact with Harris and his family.
Additionally, a handful of FCS programs have been in contact.
Should Harris move on to another FBS program, he would be forced to sit out the 2016 season, but would then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017. A move to the FCS would give him immediate eligibility in 2o16.
Monday, Florida confirmed that Harris had decided to transfer out of the Gators football program. There was no specific reason given for the departure, although the announcement came less than a week after Jim McElwain confirmed that Harris would be moved from quarterback to wide receiver.
At his press conference prior to the start of spring practice, McElwain acknowledged that a pair of his players, Harris and wide receiver Antonio Callaway, haven’t been a part of the Florida football team since January.
Harris started the 2015 season opener, but gave way to Will Grier — with a suspension thrown in for good measure — until Grier was himself suspended in October for the remainder of the season. The true sophomore then started the last eight games of the year, with the Gators going 4-4 in that span. Included in that stretch were three losses to close out the year by an average of nearly 25 points per game, with Harris completing under 44 percent of his passes (36-83) and directing the offense to a combined 24 points.
A four-star member of the Gators’ 2014 recruiting class, Harris was rated as the No. 18 player at any position in the state of Florida and the No. 123 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.