With the 2011 and National Signing Day firmly in the rear-view mirror, and spring practice still a few weeks away, what’s the head coach of a major college football program to do with his time?
If you’re Bob Stoops, you play on a Sunday in a PGA tour event in front of a national television audience, that’s what you do.
Paired with current PGA Tour pro and former OU golfer Hunter Haas, the Oklahoma head coach is tied for ninth after three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. While the Stoops/Haas tandem sits 10 shots out of the lead held by pro Padraig Harrington/European businessman J.P McManus, Stoops’ pairing did manage to post the lowest combined score of the day — a 12-under 60 at Pebble Beach.
It was the first time Stoops had played the storied course at Pebble Beach and, if he was anything like myself, spent the first 14 or so holes in utter awe of the sheer magnificence of the course carved mere feet from the Pacific.
The head coach of the 2011 BcS champions wasn’t as fortunate cut-wise, however. Nick Saban, partnered with former Tide golfer Bud Cauley, finished tied for 70th at 12-under. The cut line to play the final round at Pebble Beach today was 18-under.
A member of Saban’s foursome, somebody you may have heard of, fared a little better; coming off a loss in the Super Bowl last weekend, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick salved those wounds somewhat — writer’s note: no he didn’t, at all — by teaming with Ricky Barnes to make the cut at 22-under.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, paired with some hack named Tiger Woods, made the cut as well. The Romo/Woods pairing is two shots behind Stoops at 19-under.
Iowa will be facing one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Josh Allen in its 2017 opener, but they’ll do so at less than 100-percent strength personnel-wise in the secondary.
Iowa announced in a press release that Manny Rugamba will not play in the Sept. 2 game against Wyoming at Kinnick Stadium. No specific reason for the cornerback’s disciplinary measure was given.
“Manny will not play in our opening game due to serving the suspension, which is related to an off-season team violation,” a brief statement attributed to head coach Kirk Ferentz read.
Rugamba played in 12 games this past season as a true freshman, missing the Outback Bowl due to injury. He started three of those contests, and his two interceptions were third on the team.
Entering summer camp, and all the way up to his suspension, the sophomore had been penciled in as one of the Hawkeyes’ two new starting corners.
Well, that settles that.
While J.T. Barrett is the unquestioned starter at quarterback for Ohio State, Joe Burrow (pictured, right) and Dwayne Haskins (pictured, left) have been engaged in a competition for the backup job that began in the spring and continued on into summer camp. At least for now, the competition is closed as OSU announced Wednesday morning that Burrows underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his right (throwing) hand. The sophomore suffered the injury during a Monday practice.
While officially out indefinitely, it’s expected Burrows will miss at least a month of the season.
As Barrett’s primary backup last season, Burrows completed 22 of his 28 pass attempts for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns. A redshirt freshman, Haskins, a four-star 2016 recruit, has yet to attempt a pass at the collegiate level.
With Burrows out for the foreseeable future, true freshman Tate Martell has been elevated in the signal-calling pecking order as well. A four-star 2017 recruit, Martell was rated as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country for this past year’s class.
After being indefinitely suspended by LSU for unspecified violations team rules and granted a release, Maea Teuhema had been linked to, among others, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and USC. In the end, the offensive lineman decided a lower rung on the college football ladder was, at least for now, the better option.
Southeastern Louisiana has officially confirmed that Teuhema has transferred into the football program. As the Lions play at the FCS level, the offensive lineman will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
“We’re excited to have a player of Maea’s caliber join our program,” SLU head coach Rob Roberts said in a statement. “He brings a lot of experience and it will be good to add another talented veteran to what is already a group we have a lot of confidence in.”
Teuhema’s brother, linebacker Sione Teuhema, transferred from LSU to SLU last year and is a starter for the Lions.
Teuhema, a four-star 2015 recruit, started 21 games the past two seasons, 11 at left guard as a true freshman and 10 at right tackle last season. He earned Freshman All-American honors following the 2015 season.
This year, Teuhema had been slated to start at right guard for the Tigers.
Less than a week after his unexpected and abrupt departure from Georgia Tech, Dedrick Mills has found himself a new college football home.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mills has enrolled Garden City Community College in Kansas. As his next stop, which won the 2016 junior college national championship, plays below the FBS level, the running back will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
Very late last week, Tech announced that Mills had been dismissed from the program for an unspecified violation of athletic department rules.
Last season, Mills’ 771 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns led all Tech ball carriers., with 169 of those yards coming in the bowl win over Kentucky. Mills put up all of those numbers as a true freshman despite being suspended on two different occasions for a total of three games.
More than likely, Mills will spend one season at the JUCO level before moving back to the FBS. Whatever team grabs him at that time would be getting a talented player who would still have two years of eligibility remaining.