Tell us if you’ve heard this before: turnovers cost Notre Dame a game this season.
It was the case early in the year, when the Irish committed 10 turnovers on their way to an 0-2 start to the season, and it proved to be critical in an 18-14 loss to No. 25 Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Irish quarterbacks Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix were interchangeable tonight, and neither played particularly well. Rees got a majority of the snaps, but threw two interceptions; Hendrix threw another one to give Notre Dame three costly turnovers and allowed Florida State to score 18 unanswered points.
It was a defensive struggle — neither team broke 300 yards of offense — and the lone score in the first half was courtesy of Notre Dame’s defense, but the difference was E.J. Manuel’s two touchdowns combined with two more field goals.
The Irish drop to 8-5 on the season and the Seminoles move to 9-4. Both teams had high preseason expectations, but it was FSU that was able to salvage a quality win in the postseason. Notre Dame, on the other hand, will have another long offseason as they try to climb back into college football’s elite.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.