Norfolk State v Rutgers

NCAA denies Tom Savage’s appeal for hardship waiver


Regardless of which coach Rutgers tabs to replace Greg Schiano, the Scarlet Knights won’t have Tom Savage as an option at quarterback in 2012.  Or any other year, for that matter.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account Sunday night, Savage wrote that “I guess you can get punished for being a man and coming home to take care of your family.”  A pair of media outlets both subsequently confirmed that Savage’s tweet referred to an appeal to the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately had been denied.

Savage began his collegiate career at RU before transferring to Arizona in 2010.  Shortly after Rich Rodriguez‘s hiring by UA in December of last year, Savage announced that he was again transferring, although he claimed the decision to move on again was due to family issues as opposed to not being a fit in RichRod’s spread offense.

Late last month, it was reported that Savage was eyeing a return to Rutgers.

“Thanks for all the support,” Savage wrote in a later tweet late last night. “This is only a speed bump… You will see me play again I promise you that… Eveything [sic] happens for a reason.”

Where the QB will play again remains to be seen.

Because he’s transferring a second time and his appeal to the NCAA failed, Savage will have to sit out the 2012 season if he chooses to transfer to any school at the Div. 1 level.  As it stands now, his only option would be playing for a non-Div. 1 school — Div. II, Div. III or NAIA.

It had previously been reported that Rutgers would only want Savage to transfer back if he won his appeal and had two years of eligibility remaining.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”