Continuing an ongoing trend, Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns have reached into the college game to fill a vacancy on their coaching staff.According to ESPN.com, George McDonald has left the Golden Gophers for a position on Mangini’s new Cleveland staff. While the ESPN.com report did not note the position he would hold with the Browns, a Cleveland source tells CFT that it will be the same one he held in Minnesota — coaching wide receivers.”Good people are always in high demand and George did a fantastic job for us here at the University of Minnesota,” Gophers head coach Tim Brewster said in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for him to continue to grow as a coach and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Personally, I think Nebraska’s plain, simple, traditional uniforms were among the best in all of sports but alas, I’m not the target audience. Nor have I been for 20-plus years.
Regardless, NU’s target audience is likely pleased this afternoon as the Cornhuskers, along with apparel supplier adidas, unveiled Tuesday what is being called Husker Chrome alternate uniforms. The release states that the new uniforms are “inspired by the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, also know as the “Star City,” and “blend crisp, modernized design with a tribute to Nebraska’s clean, classic signature look.”
Translation: “we’re hoping these appeal to recruits and current players as well as our extremely loyal and rabid fan base.”
The helmets, for what it’s worth, aren’t really that bad. At all. From the release:
As a tribute to the traditional aesthetic of the Cornhuskers football program, the helmet features a metallic red “N” logo on the sides and is accented with player numbers featured in metallic red and metallic chrome outlining on the back of the helmet, showcasing the Star City’s ability to shine.
The new uniforms, which you can see below, will make their debut for the Sept. 24 game against Northwestern in Lincoln.
Based on a couple of social media developments, it appears that TCU is gaining a placekicker/punter while Michigan is losing one.
On his protected private Twitter account, erstwhile UM kicker Andrew David changed his profile description to read, in part, “Texas Christian University Football.” Additionally, someone who’s now apparently a former teammate of David’s took to Instagram to wish him well in his new home.
Neither football program have confirmed David’s departure/addition.
David took a redshirt as a true freshman last season after being expected to be a significant contributor on special teams immediately. Kenny Allen returns as the Wolverines’ primary placekicker after connecting on 18-22 field goal attempts and all 46 PATs last season, while UM also signed Quinn “Sleepover” Nordin this recruiting cycle. Nordin was the No. 1 kicker in the Class of 2016, and also averaged over 40 yards a punt in high school.
It just officially got real for one member of the Notre Dame football program.
Tuesday, the South Bend Tribune is reporting, St. Joseph County (Ind.) prosecutors have formally charged Devin Butler with one count each of resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer. Both of those charges are felonies, punishable by up to 2½ years in prison on each count if convicted.
On the day of Butler’s arrest, a university said in a statement that “[a]ny student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university,” adding that “[t]he university will determine if additional sanctions should apply.” Butler was indefinitely suspended by the Irish the day after his arrest.
In an affidavit, it was alleged that Butler pushed police officers who were attempting to clear a scene outside of a South Bend drinking establishment — one of them witnessed the cornerback shoving a woman — before attacking one of the officers. Butler allegedly tackled the officer to the ground and punched him several times before pulling off his duty belt. Officers were ultimately forced to use a stun gun to subdue Butler.
It’s unclear what impact the formal charges filed today will have on Butler’s standing with both the football program and university. He was already going to be sidelined until early October because of an injury.
Earlier this offseason, Taysom Hill decided to change his uniform number to honor the memory of his brother, who passed away a couple of months earlier. Now, Hill will be able to wear that number on the field and not merely on the sidelines holding a clipboard.
Following a quarterback competition that began in the spring and continued deep into summer camp, new BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer announced that Hill has been named as the Cougars’ starter. As it turns out, today is also Hill’s 26th birthday, and is also just a little over six months after Hill announced that he would be returning to the Cougars for another season.
Kalani said Hill is starting QB cuz he won the spot, earned it with play
— Jay Drew (@drewjay) August 23, 2016
He beat out the younger Tanner Mangum to continue what’s been, thanks to injuries, a roller coaster of a career.
Hill’s 2014 season was cut short because of injury after just four complete games, while his 2015 season ended after just one game; the latter virtually guaranteed he’d be granted a waiver for a sixth season. His 2012 season also ended prematurely after an injury.
The return of Hill had set up an interesting dynamic at the quarterback position for the Cougars. Following his Lisfranc injury in the 2015 opener against Nebraska, Hill was replaced by Tanner Mangum, who proceeded to beat the Cornhuskers on a Hail Mary. A week later, Mangum pulled off a last-minute miracle again.
As Hill’s replacement, Mangum completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,377 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In Hill’s best season, his only healthy season in 2013, he too completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,938 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Hill, though, offers something Mangum can’t — the ability to beat opposing defenses with his legs.
In that 2013 season, Hill ran for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 13 games this past season, Mangum ran for minus-96 yards.
The upcoming season will be Hill’s final season of eligibility… maybe. Hill could apply for a sixth season of eligibility if that’s the direction he wants to take and, based on his truncated 2014 and 2015 seasons, he would be a shoo-in for a waiver.