Eddie George

More names of 2011 HOF class emerging


Although the official announcement will not take place until Tuesday evening, some of the names of the 16 individuals — 14 players, two coaches — who will make up the 2011 class of the College Football Hall of Fame are beginning to trickle in.

At a charity event over the weekend, it was revealed that former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr will be inducted into the Hall.

This afternoon on ESPN’s College Football Live show, it was revealed that former Ohio State running back Eddie George will — finally — be honored with his induction into the Hall of Fame.  As a member of the Buckeyes from 1992 through 1995, George rushed for 3,768 yards and 44 touchdowns.  During his Heisman-winning season in ’95, he rushed for 1,927 yards — averaging 5.9 yards a carry — and 24 touchdowns, while also adding 44 receptions and another touchdown.

During that season, he also took home a plethora of awards, including the Doak Walker, Walter Camp, Jim Brown and Maxwell trophies, as well as earning consensus All-American honors.

George went on to a stellar nine-year NFL career, mostly with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

In addition to George, Miami head coach Al Golden tweeted this afternoon that a former Hurricanes great may be getting the Hall call as well.

There are two ex-Hurricanes on this year’s ballot: Russell Maryland (defensive tackle, 1986-90) and Jimmy Johnson (head coach, 1984-88).  Our guess is that, based on the use of the word “alum”, Golden’s referring to Maryland, although the fact that there will be two coaches who make up the ’11 class leads us to believe that — no offense Fisher DeBerry, R.C. Slocum — Johnson will be announced as well.

Again, the class will be announced live in New York City during a Tuesday press conference and inducted at The National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on December 6, 2011.

Former Texas A&M WR Thomas Johnson arrested on murder charge

Thomas Johnson
Associated Press

A very disturbing story has emerged out of Dallas, where former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson sits in a Dallas County jail cell after allegedly admitting to hacking an unsuspecting jogger to death with a machete.

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, authorities say Johnson went to White Rock Creek Trail, a popular jogging trail in northeast Dallas, and randomly slashed a jogger to death. “It appears Mr. Johnson picked this victim at random. Absolutely random,” Deputy Chief Rob Sherwin told the Dallas Morning News. “He just attacked him. … It’s just very unusual. It’s quite shocking.”

Johnson then walked away from the scene in search of a cell phone. An onlooker had already dialed 911, and when police arrived Johnson allegedly told them there was a man “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”

“I just committed capital murder,” Johnson said and then repeated, according to his arrest affidavit. The only motive police reported was that Johnson was angry at his situation in life at the time of the slaying.

The victim, an unidentified male between the age of 25 and 35, passed away at a nearby hospital.

Johnson, meanwhile, remains in a Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Johnson was a highly-regarded member of Kevin Sumlin‘s first recruiting class at Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2012, the Dallas native caught 30 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown through the Aggies’ upset of then-No. 1 Alabama and then simply… disappeared. He went missing for three days in November 2012 before turning up back home in Dallas. His mother told the San Antonio Express-News last April Johnson would like to return to college football, but a return to the game never materialized.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.