Duke’s secondary loss will turn into Iowa State’s gain.
In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account Monday, Evrett Edwards announced that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Iowa State. The defensive back visited Ames in the middle of April, pulling the trigger on a decision two weeks later.
Maryland and Troy were also potential landing spots for the graduate transfer, who will be eligible to play immediately for the Cyclones this fall. The upcoming season will be Edwards’ final year of eligibility.
Glad to announce that I will be playing football at Iowa State! 🌪🌪🌪 #AStormIsBrewing
— Evrett Edwards (@Evrett_21) May 2, 2016
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Edwards played in 25 games the past two seasons. He was listed as the top backup at the Bandit safety position throughout the 2015 season.
Suffice to say, both head coaches, one a Hall of Famer and the other soon to be one, carry as impressive a résumé as there is in the profession.
Saban has been a head coach at the collegiate level for 25 seasons, from Toledo to Michigan State to LSU and now at ‘Bama. In that span, he’s won 191 games, seven conference championships (one MAC, six SEC) and, most importantly/impressively, five national titles.
In a coaching career that spanned 37 years, including 25 seasons in Tuscaloosa, Bryant won a record six national championships and 14 SEC titles. His 323 wins were a record upon his retirement, and are now third in FBS history behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno (409) and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (377).
The latter head coach certainly knows a thing or two about running a successful football program, and did it during both Bryant’s reign and Saban’s. During a radio interview, Bowden was asked which run has been more impressive, Bryant’s or Saban’s. And, in the end, the FSU legend went with new school over old.
“That’s a pretty good question,” Bowden said by way of al.com. “I’d say probably what Nick Saban is doing (is more impressive) because football is more balanced now. I think when coach Bryant came to Alabama in 1958, I think it was unlimited recruiting. You could sign all the kids you wanted, and he’s gonna get most of them.
“There was an old saying back in those days, ‘He’s gonna get his and he’s gonna get yours.'”
The biggest argument for Saban is what Bowden hinted around, that the current Tide head coach’s run has come with an 85-man limit on scholarships while the likes of Bryant had unlimited scholarships to hoard players and stash them on his roster. Then there is one-third of Bryant’s titled being shared, as well as two other championship seasons actually ending with a bowl loss, something that could never happen under the old BCS system or the current College Football Playoff.
And all of that’s without mentioning the fact that Saban won titles at two different schools.
While what Bryant did at Alabama is certainly legendary and deserves to be remembered that way, Bowden’s right: what Saban has accomplished is indeed more impressive than the Bear. And, really, it’s not even that close.
Let the cupcake talk commence in three… two… one…
Tuesday morning, The Citadel announced that it’s reached an agreement with Alabama on a game during the 2018 regular season. The game is scheduled for Nov. 17 and will, obviously, be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
The 2018 meeting will mark the first-ever between the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our program,” head coach Brent Thompson said in a statement released by the school. “These games are important for many reasons, and they allow us to provide our cadet-athletes with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I’m excited that our team will have the experience of playing in front of more than 100,000 fans against one of the premier teams in college football.”
From the release:
Since the NCAA split Division I football into subdivisions in 1978, current FCS programs have seven total victories over current SEC teams, and The Citadel has earned four of those seven wins. The Bulldogs are 11-75-4 all-time against current members of the SEC.
The game against Citadel is the third of four non-conference games for ‘Bama in 2018, with the other announced two against Louisville (in Orlando) and home against Arkansas State. UA also has future non-conference games scheduled against USC (2016, in Arlington, Tex.) and Florida State (2017, Atlanta)
An injury kept Dalton Santos from taking the field for Texas for all of 2015. Now, a personal decision will prevent him from doing the same in 2016 and beyond.
The Longhorns linebacker took to Twitter Monday to announce that he has decided to leave UT and finish up his playing career elsewhere. The fifth-year senior will be leaving the ‘Horns as a graduate transfers, which means, of course, that he would be eligible immediately at another FBS program in 2016, his final season of eligibility.
— Dalton Santos (@Daltonsantos55) May 2, 2016
In 2013 and 2014, Dalton played in a combined 23 games. Dalton did not play at all last season because of a lingering ankle injury.