Herbstreit, Musburger to call title game

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Fortunately for all fans of college football, NFL-centric FOX Sports, after covering the sport with the same level of enthusiasm normally reserved for prostate exams, has passed the BcS broadcast torch to ESPN.  Even more fortunate, we’ll get the very best the network has to offer when it comes to the broadcast booth for the biggest game of the season.

According to USA Today‘s Michael Hiestand, Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will call the Jan. 10 national championship game from Glendale, which, thank the prophylactic gods, won’t be paved with Trojans this year.  As expected, Erin Andrews will be the sideline reporter for the title game.

Additionally, the trio will work the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl.

Here are the network’s assignments for the other three BcS games:

  • Sean McDonough and Matt Millen, Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl.  As an aside, how appropriate is it that Millen will be calling a game that will almost certainly include the Big East champion?  Match, meet made in heaven.
  • Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl.  I’m telling ya, these guys have me excited.  The thing I like about these guys is they just know football, these.  These guys, I’m telling ya, they may not be in the college game, but I think they — meaning these guys — will surprise ya.
  • Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge, Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl.  Solid crew, but here’s where I would renew my plea for ESPN to lease Gus Johnson for a few days.

Each BcS bowl game will be preceded by a four-hour — yes, four-hour — pregame show.

And, again, Matt Millen will likely be calling the BcS game involving the Big East.  I love the smell of irony in the morning…

CB Ryan Mayes no longer part of Miami football team

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There’s been a slight tweak to Miami’s defensive secondary ahead of the start of summer camp.

In a press release that consisted all of two sentences, the Hurricanes announced that Ryan Mayes is no longer a member of Mark Richt’s football program.  No reason was given for the separation, nor is it known whether the move was voluntary or involuntary.

A three-star member of The U’s 2014 recruiting class, Mayes was rated as the No. 48 cornerback in the country and the No. 92 player at any position in the state of Florida.  He held offers from, among others, Boston College and Syracuse.

As a true freshman, Mayes played in three games, then saw action in just one game the following season as he took a redshirt.  In 2016, the defensive back played in 11 games, mainly on special teams.

Prior to his departure, the redshirt junior was expected to fill a reserve role in the Hurricanes’ secondary.

Kyle Whittingham confirms Darren Carrington is at Utah, not yet a Ute

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Former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington‘s father confirmed his son of the same name was headed to Utah on Wednesday, and the head coach of the team in question has now double confirmed it.

But just because Carrington is at the University of Utah does not make him a Ute. Not yet.

Speaking at Pac-12 media days, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said Carrington is in school but has hurdles to clear to join the team.

“Not just yet. There’s a process that has to occur, some things that have to transpire and we’ve just got to wait for all that to kind of take place,” Whittingham said, via Deseret News.

It’s not sure what “things” have to transpire and when that is expected to happen; Whittingham couldn’t be sure Carrington would be with the team when camp opens Friday.

“Right now I don’t have a good answer because everything’s being sorted through right now,” Whittingham said.

Carrington will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer. He caught 43 passes for a team-leading 606 yards and six touchdowns last season. Utah’s leading returning receiver, junior Raelon Singleton, nabbed 27 passes for 464 yards and four scores a year ago.

Clay Helton: O.J. not welcome back at USC

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OJ Simpson is one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. A unanimous two-time All-American, Simpson won the 1968 Heisman Trophy and was a member of USC’s 1967 national championship team.

OJ Simpson will also soon be a free man.

Granted parole from his felony armed robbery conviction last week, Simpson will be free on Oct. 1. The question, then, if you’re a reporter at Pac-12 media days is whether or not USC will welcome back one of its most accomplished — if not favorite — sons.

The answer? Uh, no.

To be clear, Simpson has not indicated he wanted to be part of USC football again. The 70-year-old indicated to the parole board he would return to Florida if granted his freedom.

USC has distanced itself from Simpson ever since his 1994 double-murder trial, but his Heisman Trophy remains on display at Heritage Hall.

4-star QB explains why he picked Princeton over Power 5 offers

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The NCAA likes to remind us that it represents thousands of athletes and most of them will go pro in something other than sports. Most of those athletes consciously know that, yet their college decisions are usually based on what school will help them go pro in sports.

Not Brevin White.

The Lancaster, Ca., quarterback is a 4-star prospect in 247Sports‘s 2018 rankings, with reported offers from Tennessee, Washington, Auburn, North Carolina and others. He’s going to Princeton. White committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, making him Princeton’s highest-rated recruit since Woodrow Wilson.

On Thursday, White appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to talk through why he turned down the SEC for the Ivy League.