Boise State’s win another reason for BCS inclusion

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Here we are again.

If you’re a Boise State Broncos fan, you can skip ahead a few paragraphs, as the following description of your team is already well-known to you. Or you can read it anyway and gloat. Your choice.

For three straight years, Boise State has had to prove to the college football world that their program wasn’t some fly-by-night fluke that benefited from playing in the Western Athletic Conference (and currently the Mountain West). For three straight years, they went out in the first week with their BCS aspirations hinging on defeating a BCS conference opponent. One loss and all of the preseason talk about how the Broncos could be a national championship contender would cease.

But what did Boise do each year?

2009: defeated Oregon 19-8; got sucker punched by LeGarrette Blount.

2010: defeated eventual ACC champion Virginia Tech 33-30 in Washington D.C.

And, tonight, Boise State had to prove once again that they were not some pushover that padded their record with conference wins against weaker opponents. Tonight they went to another “neutral” site in Atlanta against Georgia and 65,000 of their fans.  And, once again, Boise State rose to the challenge with a dominating victory over the Bulldogs, 35-21.

To quote DJ Khaled, “All I do is win……..win…..win.”

So can the BCS elitists finally stop referring to the Broncos “BCS crashers” and “small school darlings” not deserving of a BCS bowl game?  Instead, we should start seeing this team for what they are: a well-coached team with one of the best quarterbacks in college football today, Kellen Moore.

Moore took an offense that lost two of their best wide receivers to the NFL in Titus Young and Austin Pettis and manhandled a defense with “SEC speed”.

So it shouldn’t come as a shock that, once again, Boise State took care of their early-season business.  Furthermore, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Boise State became the first non-BCS school to play for the national championship this year.

So go ahead and day dream now, Boise State fans, about coach Chris Petersen and the Broncos holding up the Coach’s Trophy, showing the world that you don’t have to be in a “big boy” conference to be the best team in college football.

After stops at TCU, Arkansas State, Cameron Echols-Luper to give WKU a try

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Maybe the third time will be a charm for Cameron Echols-Luper?

On his personal Instagram account Wednesday, Echols-Luper revealed that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Western Kentucky.  According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the decision was made following a visit to the school earlier this week.

As a graduate transfer, the wide receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for the Hilltoppers. However, he has to finish up some schoolwork at his former school, Arkansas State, before officially moving on to WKU.

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Echols-Luper began his collegiate career at TCU in 2013, transferring to ASU in 2015. After sitting out that season, he was third on the Red Wolves in receptions (26) and receiving yards (407). His 15.7 yards per reception was second on the team.

Ex-USC DL Noah Jefferson won’t be transferring to Arizona after all

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In early March, Noah Jefferson announced on Twitter that he would be transferring from USC to Arizona.  Nearly five months later?

Never mind.

Wednesday, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Jefferson will not, as previously expected, be playing for the Wildcats this season.  No reason for the abrupt and unexpected about-face was given.

The coach did, though, intimate that a future pairing between the player and the program isn’t out of the question.

Jefferson wouldn’t have been eligible to play in 2017 for the Wildcats even if his move to the desert had come to fruition. He would’ve, though, had two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018 at his disposal.

A four-star member of USC’s 2015 recruiting class, Jefferson played in 14 games, starting one of those, as a true freshman. After starting the season-opening loss to Alabama last season, Jefferson never played another down for USC.

Hugh Freeze makes first public comments since exiting Ole Miss in disgrace

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For the first time since his unceremonious exit from Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze has spoken publicly.  Somewhat.

In what was described as a brief interview with USA Today Sports Wednesday, the former Ole Miss head coach said his family and church have helped him get through the storm of the last few days. When asked if his family was standing by him, Freeze responded, “Oh, gosh, yeah.”

“God is good, even in difficult times,’’ Freeze told the website. “Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority.”

“I got some good friends,” the former head coach added.

The stunning news dropped last Thursday night that Freeze’s tenure as the head coach at Ole Miss had come to an end because of at least one call from his university-issued cell phone to a known escort service.  While Freeze blamed the call on a misdial, the administration found a “pattern of misconduct” during a deep dive into his phone records, leading the school to confront the coach about the situation.

After meetings with Freeze Wednesday night and then again Thursday morning, it became apparent that, if he didn’t resign, the school was going to fire him.

Because of a moral turpitude clause in his contract, there was neither a buyout nor a settlement.

Five-star 2017 Auburn signee undergoes ‘minor procedure,’ should be a go for start of summer camp

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It appears Auburn has dodged what could’ve been a significant injury bullet.

Citing a person familiar with the situation, Brandon Marcello of the Auburn arm of 247Sports.com is reporting that Calvin Ashley underwent a procedure on one of his eyes recently.  SECCountry.com described it as “a minor procedure”; both websites stated that the touted offensive tackle will be ready for the start of summer camp on July 31, this coming Monday.

The reports come a few days after Ashley posted a picture on social media of what appeared to be him in a hospital room.

The football program has not yet, at least publicly, addressed what if any type of health issue with which Ashley is dealing.

A five-star member of the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class, Ashley was rated as the No. 6 tackle in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in Washington D.C.; and the No. 27 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  Ashley was the highest-rated player in AU’s class this year, the only five-star recruit pulled in by Gus Malzahn and company this cycle.

The 6-6, 310-pound Ashley is expected to compete immediately for the starting job at left tackle.