And here we go again.
The drama involving Texas and ESPN’s broadcast partnership, the Longhorn Network, still may not be over even with the possibility of Texas A&M moving on the SEC at some point down the road.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman tweets today that ESPN VP Burke Magnus has stated that the LHN plans to air a second UT football game this season. The LHN is already slated to air UT’s opening game against Rice.
Who the opponent will be for that second game, though, is still undecided — kind of like the LHN’s carrier (T-minus: eight days until launch) — although there’s a very good chance it could be Kansas State, who might be able to double dip on their brand new digital network.
For the second game to happen, both schools and the Big 12 office would have to agree on the broadcast.
But a second game broadcast — with a Big 12 opponent, no less — pales in comparison to what the LHN is still trying to push. Bohls later tweets that the LHN hopes to show highlights of high school games.
Now, I don’t know exactly how far the LHN is trying to push the NCAA on this issue, but I was under the impression that “yeah, probably not gonna happen” means it’s probably not going to happen.
If you want to get technical about it, the NCAA’s Board of Regents “endorsed the NCAA staff’s interpretation of existing bylaws to prohibit youth programming on institutional and conference networks and broadcasts, which will provide time to evaluate the proper application of NCAA rules.”
The NCAA is slated to meet with representatives from broadcast networks early next week on Aug. 22.
Our guess? They’re going to bring this up. Texas is pushing this glass of milk all the way over to the edge of the counter.
In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.
Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst. Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.
Is that perception valid? Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.
He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season. When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.
He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts. Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well. During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.
So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right? Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.
A very serious allegation has triggered the latest resetting of the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.
UCLA confirmed in a statement that Adam Searl (pictured, No. 39) has been indefinitely suspended from the football program. The move comes nearly a day after the punter was arrested on three counts of rape.
He was released a handful of hours after his arrest on a $300,000 bond.
“We have been informed of the situation involving Adam Searl, and we take these accusations very seriously,” UCLA head coach Jim Mora said in a statement. “Adam has been suspended from the team indefinitely while the legal process runs its course. Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to discuss this matter further at this time.”
The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the middle of last October, and is the result what the Los Angeles Police Department described as “an exhaustive investigation.” As for what led to the charges, here’s the Los Angeles Daily News‘ account of the alleged incident:
The victim, a student at UCLA, reported the alleged assault to the LAPD on Oct. 14, 2014. She told police that she had met the suspect outside of an off-campus house party in Westwood. They went to another residence, where she fell asleep and awoke to find him assaulting her. She was able to identify Searl following the police investigation.
Searl punted 11 times as a redshirt freshman last season. He had punted five times this season as the backup to Matt Mengel.