For a day in late December — hell, any other month for that matter — the quarterback transfer bounty in Lawrence is overflowing.
Earlier today, former Notre Dame QB Dayne Crist announced that he would be transferring to Kansas. Now, Jake Heaps has followed suit.
First reported by JayhawkSlant.com, and subsequently confirmed by the Salt Lake Tribune, Heaps has decided to take his passing talents from BYU to the Jayhawks. Like Crist, Heaps was recruited out of high school by new Kansas head coach Charlie Weis when he held the same position at Notre Dame.
The decision by Heaps, who announced Dec. 5 that he would be transferring from the Cougars, comes a handful of days after he had visited KU. Washington State had also been mentioned as a possibility for the sophomore.
Heaps was a four-star member of the Cougars’ 2010 recruiting class and the No. 1 pro-style QB in the country according to Rivals.com. Crist was the No. 2 pro-style QB in the Class of 2008, so Weis will be getting, at least based on recruiting services, talented signal-callers who for whatever reasons — with “reasons” roughly translating to “playing time” — couldn’t work things out at their original schools.
While Crist will be eligible to play immediately because he will have graduated from Notre Dame, Heaps will have to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
KU, incidentally, has yet to officially confirm the addition of either QB.
Jim Harbaugh clarifies comments on Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”