On Friday, an Ohio-based blog reported, among other things, that former Florida head coach Urban Meyer had met with the president and athletic director at Penn State about possibly replacing Joe Paterno following the 2011 season.
The website, Sports RappUp.com, went so far as to report that the discussions between the two sides were “productive”. The only problem? Both sides are doing the expected and denying the validity of the detailed report.
When asked by Philly.com‘s Joe Juliano about the report as he was making his way through the Beaver Stadium parking lot Saturday, Meyer, who is part of the ESPN broadcast team for the PSU-Iowa game this afternoon, dismissed the notion that he’s had conversations with the school about replacing JoePa.
“I’m not going to say anything. There’s no truth to [the report],” Meyer was quoted by Juliano as saying.
PSU’s president, Graham Spanier, has also described the report as inaccurate.
Of course, with it being the middle of the season and a living legend still patrolling the sidelines, it makes perfect sense for both Meyer and, especially, the school to deny, deny, deny. It will be interesting, though, to watch how this plays out in the coming months because you can rest assured this will be far from the last report attaching Meyer’s name to Penn State — or any other prestigious job in the country, for that matter.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah