There’s turning the page, and then there’s ripping out the page. That seems to be the thought process for the Notre Dame football media guide, as the media relations department has decided to eliminate Notre Dame’s 3-9 season from the 2009 Spring Prospectus.Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, points out Notre Dame’s decision to omit records from Charlie Weis‘ bio that don’t accentuate the positive, a decision that goes back to when Weis was hired in 2005.”That’s the way we did it at the time and that’s what we’ve lived with, for the most part,” Notre Dame associate athletics director for media relations John Heisler said. “If you go back, it didn’t necessarily look the same as Bob’s or Tyrone’s or anybody’s. We weren’t trying to make it identical.”Rothstein points out other seasons that are missing from Weis’ bio, like the Patriots 5-11 season in 2000, or the 6-10 year in 1995, and the two losing seasons that South Carolina had in 1985 and 1986, when Weis was a beginning assistant coach.”In a lot of cases those decisions are made on the fly, on deadline pressure,” Heisler said. “Whenever we did that in the beginning for Charlie or whatever, I don’t know that there was a reason why we were trying to go back and make it look like something else.”Notre Dame admitted that they’ve been inconsistent with their presentation of information, especially when chronicling the years of former coaches Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham, possibly adding fuel to the fire of the many critics who thought that both Davie and Willingham got raw deals in South Bend.Yet all the creative accounting in the world won’t help Notre Dame’s fans and critics forget another sub .500 season if the Irish get off to a slow start this season.
Shaq Davidson may have left South Carolina, but he’ll still be a Gamecock in 2016.
Davidson first hinted on Twitter then confirmed to 247Sports.com that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Jacksonville State. A member of the JSU coaching staff also confirmed the move in a tweet.
It’s official 🤑😈
— ShaqNado2.0 (@Ace_Boogie_4) July 28, 2016
— Coach JR Sandlin (@JR_Sandlin) July 29, 2016
As the Gamecocks play at the FCS level, the wide receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.
According to Richardson, he also considered Tennessee-Chattanooga, Furman and Winston-Salem State, but a visit to JSU last week sealed the deal.
“I felt at home,” Davidson said. “They came on late for me but they came on strong.”
A four-star member of USC’s 2014 recruiting class, Davidson was rated as the No. 5 player at any position in the state of South Carolina and the No. 30 receiver in the country.
Richardson never lived up to that lofty recruiting pedigree, however, as he took a redshirt as a true freshman and tore an ACL last August. Then, he was reportedly dismissed by first-year head coach Will Muschamp this past February.
And boy, did they ever.
Myriad football programs across the country have, for many years, put on football clinics specifically targeted for women in an effort to help that gender better understand the game of football. As Raekwon McMillan can attest, some women take the sport very seriously.
At Texas A&M, meanwhile, they used what was titled “Chalk Talk for Women” to get their sexual innuendo on this past week.
Scout.com was on the receiving end of some photos from a slide show at the A&M women’s clinic, attended by 700 females, on what to do and not to do in run-blocking and, suffice to say, they left little to the imagination.
Additionally, A&M decided to “tweak” the words to the “Aggie War Hymn” and, suffice to say, it didn’t go over all too well as some viewed it as overtly sexist.
— Tonia A. Dousay (@tadousay) July 28, 2016
Very smooth, A&M. Very smooth.
I, personally, think it’s very forward and progressive thinking to allow 12-year-old boys to handle at least a portion of such a high-profile presentation. I’m sure all of your mothers and wives would be very proud.
Given the burgeoning uproar over the event, head coach Kevin Sumlin subsequently issued a statement in which he revealed that two of his assistant coaches responsible for the presentation, offensive line coach Jim Turner and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks, have been suspended for two weeks without pay. Additionally, the two will serve 20 hours of community service.
“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our University community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent,” Sumlin said in a statement. “On behalf of Aggie football, I want to apologize for the comments at Chalk Talk and also for my failure to review their individual presentations.”
“We want to sincerely apologize to the passionate Aggie fans and to women everywhere for our failed attempt at humor during this week’s Aggie Football Chalk Talk and fundraiser,” a statement from the assistants began. “We clearly understand now that our comments and slides were not appropriate or consistent with the values of our football program or our Department. We must do better, and we will.”
San Jose State will enter the 2016 season without one of its most experienced and dependable playmakers in the passing game at its disposal.
Head coach Ron Caragher confirmed Thursday that Tyler Winston will miss the entire 2016 season because of academics. Provided he gets his academic house in order, Winston is expected to return to the playing field for his senior season in 2017.
Until then, Winston will be permitted to practice with his Spartan teammates.
“He’ll be a great scout team receiver for us,” the coach said according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Last season, Winston was tied for fourth on the team with 35 receptions, and was fourth in yards with 368 despite a season-ending knee injury he suffered in late October. He is currently third on the school’s all-time list in receptions (171) and eighth in yards (1,920).
Of the 30 games in which he’s played, Winton has started 28 of those contests. After being named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year in 2013, he followed that up by being named second-team All-MWC in 2014.
Unlike most goings-on in the conference, it doesn’t appear the Big 12 is going to drag its feet on the biggest issue it’s currently facing.
The Big 12 announced earlier this month that the conference will expand, whether by two teams or four. Regardless of the final number, CBSSports.com‘s Dennis Dodd, citing three individuals with knowledge of the ongoing process, reported Thursday, the conference “would prefer to wrap up the expansion process before the start of the 2016 football season.” The reasoning for an expedited timeline is simple: the powers-that-be in the league do not want expansion talk and speculation to overshadow actual football.
Such a timeline would also be beneficial for any incoming teams.
If the expansion teams are indeed announced before the season, that conceivably would give the new schools a chance to begin playing in the conference in 2017. For now, the league is in the process of contemplating how it will decide participants for its championship game that has been reinstated for 2017.
“I have not made any comment on time frame and do not plan any such statement,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Dodd in a statement.
It’s believed that any new members for the Big 12 will come from a group that includes teams from both the AAC (Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane, UCF, USF) and Mountain West (Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State) as well as football-independent BYU. More specifically, BYU, Houston, Memphis, UCF and UConn are considered by some/most observers as the front-runners, with some throwing Cincinnati in as well.
The AAC kicks off its Media Days Monday, and expansion will no doubt dominate the conversation during the two-day event.