Oh yeah, Pete Carroll? You think you can Twitter? Well… Les Miles is going to take Twittering to the next level!(Cue me smashing my head into my desk repeatedly…)According to an interview in USA Today, Les Miles somehow contends he’s both “old school” and a “twittering kind of guy.” He’s so into “tweeting” that this upcoming season, Miles will twitter “before games, at halftime and after games.”Miles said he will “dictate his observations to a staff assistant who will then type in Miles’ ‘tweets’ or microblogs of 140 characters or less on the social networking site Twitter.com.”It’s only a matter of time before the NCAA shuts down Twitter, because as we’ve mentioned a month ago, there are very easy ways to simply communicate via text messaging on Twitter, and text messaging is currently an NCAA violation. Also, Miles can just as easily only “tweet” at certain people. Is it fair for him to send a tweet to one of the best quarterback prospects in the country at halftime, yet contend it’s simply Twittering?And while Miles also claims that he’ll be dictating his “observations” to an assistant, are we really supposed to believe that Miles is going to take a minute out of halftime preparations against an SEC rival to tell us that he’s “happy with the way our defense is swarming. Need to get offense rolling. Wish we had a QB! LOL!”Miles is open with why he’s doing all of it. “Absolutely, it’s for recruiting purposes,” Miles says. “It allows us to communicate, to those people that subscribe, blasts of information… It’s also an opportunity for those prospects that subscribe to communicate with us.”This isn’t an indictment on Les Miles or the LSU football program. It’s clear that every coaching staff and football office understands what an advantage Twitter can be. It’s too bad the NCAA doesn’t, and instead just gives us another example of how technology is lapping the archaic bureaucracy that is the NCAA.(Good thing Mark Richt can’t go to graduation ceremonies, though.)
One of the bigger player personnel moves of the 2018 offseason has already gone down in the midst of the 2017 bowl season, with Shea Patterson announcing earlier this week that he would be transferring to Michigan from Ole Miss. The touted quarterback’s decision was seemingly triggered by not only Hugh Freeze‘s firing as head coach, but an additional one-year bowl ban tagged on to the Rebels football program.
In his first interview since the move, Patterson, who was born in Toledo and lived in the city until he was 11, told Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade that (surprise!!!) the off-field rancor in Oxford indeed led him to Ann Arbor.
“I’m really not one to jump ship on anything,” the sophomore signal-caller told the Blade. “But I’m really big on setting goals and achieving them. I did that throughout high school. One of the main goals was to win a national championship. At Ole Miss, I didn’t have an opportunity to do that. Things didn’t shake out the way I planned — coach got fired, the two-year bowl ban.
“I couldn’t look back on it after college and say I never got an opportunity to play for something like that.”
As part of the latest bowl ban, any Ole Miss player entering his final season of eligibility is free to transfer to another program without being forced to sit out a year. While players like Patterson saw Ole Miss roll back the restrictions placed by the university on a transfer destination, it has been thought that those Rebel players with more than a year of eligibility remaining would still have to sit out the NCAA-mandated transfer year.
Patterson is confident, though, that, because of his former school’s issues, he will receive a waiver from The Association that would allow him to play immediately in 2018 at his new school.
“From what I’m hearing, I’m pretty sure that I will win that and be able to play next year,” Patterson said according to the newspaper.
A consensus five-star 2016 recruit, Patterson was rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 4 player overall on its composite board. After starting the last three games of his true freshman season, Patterson started the first seven games of 2017 before going down with a season-ending knee injury.
If Patterson does get the waiver, he’d compete with redshirt freshman Brandon Peters, a four-star 2016 signee who took over the starting job in late October, and true freshman Dylan McCaffrey, a four-star 2017 signee who took a redshirt this season, for the starting job.
Josh Allen won’t be Fournetting or McCaffreying his team’s bowl game this season, but it’s still undetermined whether or not he’ll be able to play in it.
Allen has been dealing with an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder that kept him out of Wyoming’s last two games of the regular season. While he’s been practicing with his teammates in preparation for the Dec. 22 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl matchup with Central Michigan, his status for the postseason game is up in the air.
It appears though, that, one way or another, a decision on the quarterback’s availability will be made over the next several days.
“I’m still getting better day by day,” Allen said according to the Laramie Boomerang. “It is still not where I think it needs to be or want it to be, but things are progressively getting better. Throwing is becoming a lot easier, more effortless. I am on the right track, but we will be needing to know an answer (if I’m playing) in the coming days.
“I will be in the training room 24/7, trying to get back on the field, trust me.”
It’s believed that the junior is playing his final season with the Cowboys as he’s projected to be one of the first three or four quarterbacks taken in the 2018 NFL draft if he leaves early. In fact, he was introduced with Wyoming’s seniors on Senior Day late in the regular season, a clear sign that he’s all but out the door.
Players such as Allen have until mid-January to officially declare for the April draft.
Last season, Allen completed exactly 56 percent of his passes for 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Through 10 games this season, and with less of a supporting cast around him, the 6-5, 240-pound redshirt junior has hit on 56.2 percent of his attempts for 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. His yards per attempt have gone down from 8.59 in 2016 to 6.61 in 2017, although he’s thrown a pick in every 42 attempts this season compared to one every 25 last season.
This won’t stop bigger programs from sniffing around its head coach, but James Madison is doing its best to show its commitment to the man.
The FCS powerhouse announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement on a 10-year contract extension with Mike Houston. The new deal would technically keep Houston with the Dukes through the 2027 season.
Houston’s old contract had him signed through the 2021 season.
“Mike Houston has proven to be the perfect fit as football coach at James Madison University, and we are thrilled that the Houston family has found JMU to be its perfect home,” JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne said in a statement. “While Mike’s accomplishments on the field speak loudly, his most valuable role is guiding the student-athletes in our program, teaching them about leadership and about life, helping them to succeed in the classroom and building a culture of genuine care and compassion for each other. We look forward to many more victories on and off the field with Mike Houston at James Madison.”
Houston is in the midst of his second season as the sideline boss of the football program. In those two years, the Dukes have gone 27-1, with the lone loss coming to North Carolina in the third game of the 2016 season. He is 26-0 vs. FCS teams, capping his first season with a national championship by beating five-time defending champion North Dakota State.
JMU has also won 25 straight games, the second-longest winning streak in FCS history, behind only NDSU’s 33-game streak from 2012 through 2014.
Houston has the Dukes zeroing in on back-to-back titles, with top-seed JMU facing fifth-seed South Dakota State Saturday afternoon in one of the two FCS semifinal matchups.
“James Madison is a special place. Amanda, our boys and I want to be here and consider this home,” Houston said. “JMU approached me in the second half of the regular season to discuss an extended contract. During negotiations, there was significant interest from multiple FBS programs. Throughout the process, JMU was proactive in wanting to make a long-term commitment while ensuring that our staff could remain intact. I’ve turned down opportunities at the FBS level, and I did it because I believe in James Madison University. I believe in the leadership of Jeff Bourne, Senior Vice President Charlie King and President Jonathan Alger. I believe in their vision for our university and our athletics programs. I also believe in our student-athletes, everyone in athletics who supports us and the passionate fan base that cheers for us. I am committed to ensuring that the JMU football program is one that is a reflection of our outstanding institution. I’m committed to staying here because JMU is different.”
For the third time since winning the SEC championship nearly two weeks ago, a member of the Georgia football program has found himself on the wrong side of the law.
The Macon Telegraph and Rivals.com are both reporting Tuesday night that Latavious Brini has been arrested on a first-degree felony charge of forgery. Brini was arrested shortly after six local time earlier today and released from the Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) Jail a couple of hours later after posting a $5,700 bond.
No details of what led to the arrest and charge have been released.
Brini was a three-star member of UGA’s 2017 recruiting class. The linebacker hasn’t played a down for the Bulldogs as a true freshman.
Earlier this month, Natrez Patrick and Jayson Stanley were arrested on marijuana-related charges.