Seantrel Henderson

Report: Six Hurricanes suspended for season opener


Last week, a report surfaced that offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson has been suspended for Miami’s season opener and was, reportedly, very strongly considering a transfer.

The full force of a, well, Hurricane was dispatched in a flurry of denials from very important people — including the most important-est — that the No. 1 player in the nation in 2010 was not considering a second transfer in less than a year.

Unfortunately, the denials did not deny any portion of the suspension aspect of the report.  And now, we’ll assume, we’ll have additional silence when it comes to additional players who might suffer the same season-opening fate.

According to NBC, and citing two sources close to the University of Miami football team, six players have been suspended for the 2011 opener against Maryland.  Henderson was one of the half-dozen players identified by the TV station, as were running back Storm Johnson, linebacker Kelvin Cain, defensive back Keion Payne, defensive lineman Dyron Dye and defensive back Devont’a Davis.

The original report hinted that academics may have been the basis for the suspension(s); the NBC affiliate’s report states that the suspensions are for unspecified violations of team rules.

Henderson, Payne and Johnson were listed as backups on the first spring practice depth chart of the Al Golden era.  Cain, Dye and Davis weren’t listed on the two-deep.

Of course, and as expected, the school has yet to comment on, and is not expected to lower themselves to the level of dignifying, the latest reports involving the potential suspensions of a half-dozen of their players.

That’s, of course, until the latest report morphs into the inclusion of the dreaded “transfer” word.  At that point, the gloves come off the Miami Spin Machine.

Until then, though, expect squat.  Officially.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.