COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 28: Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
On Sunday, country music star Kenny Chesney performed at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium — and it’s fair to say that he tore the place up. Chesney and various guests performed at the “Music and Miracles Festival,” one of the first concerts ever at Jordan-Hare. The goal was to raise a million dollars to fight hunger and cancer. And it was a party. More than 50,000 people were there.
“Sometimes,” Chesney said after it was over, “you feel the energy long before you hit the stage.”
With all that energy, yeah, the field took a significant beating.
The Auburn grounds crew then announced via Twitter that they would resod the field at the end of May and get things back to normal in plenty of time for football. The story could have died there.
But, of course, stories don’t really die too quickly these days. I mean: Look at that field. First came the comments and the talk about how the flooring was kept down the whole time. Then came the backlash toward Chesney. There’s no need to explain just how holy the Jordan-Hare Stadium field is to Auburn football fans. When people saw the after photos — even though it is months until the season opener against Clemson — well let’s just say things were said.
Chesney, a big football fan who wrote the song “The Boys of Fall” about high school football in his town, was pretty troubled by the whole thing. See, Auburn had always planned on resodding the field after the concert. That was obviously the strategy after inviting Chesney to perform in the first place.
“The plan to host Kenny Chesney at Jordan-Hare Stadium always included a full field replacement following the event,” Auburn associate AD for Operation Jeremy Roberts said. “And the field cover strategy we approved took this into consideration.”
“The plan the school had in place,” concert production manager Ed Wannebo says, “had nothing to do with this concert … the sod was being torn out regardless.”
Ah well, what is it that Chesney sings in “The Boys of Fall?”
It’s knockin’ heads and talkin’ trash
It’s slingin’ mud and dirt and grass
Expected to compete for All-Mountain West honors this season, Tyshon Mosley will instead be searching for a new college football home.
In a press release, Utah State announced that Mosley has been dismissed from the Aggies football program. The only reason given was the standard violation of unspecified team rules.
In early August of last year, USU announced that Mosley was one of three players who had been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season. He returned from that suspension to start nine games at left guard. At the end of last season, he was named honorable mention All-MWC.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2013, Mosley started 11 of 14 games at left guard in 2014.
Not long after putting spring practice 2016 to bed, Maryland’s linebacking corps has taken a significant and unexpected hit.
On Instagram over the weekend, Abner Logan announced that he has decided to transfer out of the Terrapins football program. As Logan will be leaving the Terps as a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 if his next destination is at the FBS level.
Never thought this would be my last time running out of the “tunnel”…..I want to thank everyone that has stood by me and supported me throughout my career at Maryland. I especially want to acknowledge the unbelievable bond I’ve created with my brothers that will last a life time. For my last year of eligibility I will be playing football elsewhere. Again thanks to the administration, coaches, and friends that helped and supported me throughout the way but it’s come to the consensus that it is time to move on. King Ab ✌🏾️
After tearing his ACL in August of last year, Logan missed the entire 2015 season. He was projected as a starter at linebacker under first-year head coach D.J. Durkin.
Logan was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season by the university for unspecified reasons. He came back to play the final seven games of the year.
In 2013 as a redshirt freshman, he started four of the 12 games in which he played.
Every year a player falls unexpectedly in the draft, and this year’s poster boy, aside from Laremy Tunsil‘s gas mask bong and Confederate flag imbroglio, on that front was Connor Cook.
The former Michigan State quarterback was thought by some to have a chance at landing toward the end of the first round, with most seeing him scooped up before the end of the second round. Instead, Cook watched as 99 other players, including six fellow quarterbacks, were selected before hearing his name called by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round.
It was a mighty tumble for a prospect whose biggest flaw, according to draftniks, was leadership — he famously wasn’t elected as a captain of the Spartans in the preseason, which some considered quite revealing, and damning, for a three-year starter at quarterback.
As hard as it was on Cook, it was just as hard on his former head coach. After watching Cook lead his Spartans to a 34-5 record as a starter the last three years, Mark Dantonio found it difficult to digest his former player’s free fall.
“I was probably living through the entire thing, as well, watched the entire draft,” Dantonio said by way of mlive.com. “I was disappointed. I think that Connor is an excellent football player. He’s done a tremendous job for us here and for his football team, and a lot of that success that we’ve had can be credited to his play and his leadership on our football team. …
“I think it did wear on him as time went on, but he tried to continue to stay above it. I remember when Kirk Cousins was drafted and he was really disappointed in the fact that he had gone in the fourth round and they had drafted a guy in the second round and the first round, and what did that do for his future.”
Speaking of Cousins, the Washington Redskins quarterback who supplanted former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III as the starter, he offered up some encouragement to his fellow Spartan.
.@Connor_Cook03, the cream always rises to the top. Excited for your future! Go Green! -Fellow 4th Rounder
— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) April 30, 2016
Congrats to all of the SpartanDawgs heading on to the NFL! Excited for this new journey for all of us… & now.. Time to grind #SpartanDawgs
— Connor Cook (@Connor_Cook03) April 30, 2016