With college football’s focus squarely on the town of Fayetteville, one angle that has yet to be touched of the Bobby Petrino scandal is the state of the football team, which is now moving forward while their coach is on paid leave.
Leading that team is linebackers coach Taver Johnson, who has only been on the job a few months since leaving Ohio State back in January. Speaking to the media on Friday, Johnson said his first and pretty much only goal is to keep “business as usual.”
“Our main focus has been the football team, so nothing has changed in that regard,” Johnson said. “[I’m] overly excited and proud of football team. The leadership we have in the locker room is tremendous.”
Johnson said he hadn’t spoken to Petrino much over the past several hours, but plans to consult Petrino for details down the road. As it pertains to the controversy surrounding the Petrino, who implied a “previous inappropriate relationship” with UA football employee Jessica Dorrell, Johnson said he’s not focusing on it.
“Right now we don’t have any facts,” he explained. “You can’t place any blame… You have to let administration take control.”
When asked if he thought Petrino would be fired, Johnson replied “No, we haven’t discussed that at all. That’s something you really can’t delve into.”
(Hat tip: Robbie Neiswanger and Chris Bahn)
The “Days Without An Arrest” ticker had just gotten to halfway to double digits… and then Rodney Allen came along.
According to WSAZ-TV in Huntington, the Marshall cornerback was arrested on multiple charges over the weekend, including driving under the influence. Additionally, he is facing one count each of crashes involving damage to vehicle and not having a driver’s license.
From the television station’s report:
According to the criminal complaint, Allen was stopped early Sunday morning in the 1400 block of 4 1/2 alley. Allen was driving a vehicle attempting to leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage.
According to the criminal complaint, Allen showed indications of being impaired at the scene. He then blew a .167 BAC into an intoxometer at HPD headquarters.
Allen only had an ID card out of Texas and not a driver’s license.
“We are aware of the situation and will handle it internally and appropriately,” a statement to the station from the university’s athletic department read.
Allen started 11 of 12 games for the Thundering Herd last season. His four forced fumbled tied for 10th nationally and his 14 passes defensed were tops in Conference USA, while his two interceptions tied for the team lead.
Way back in late February, Dee Delaney announced via Instagram that he would be spending the 2017 season at Miami of Florida. Monday, that move officially came to fruition.
In a press release, The U confirmed that Delaney is now enrolled in classes for the university’s first summer session. As the cornerback is coming in as both a graduate transfer and a player from the FCS level, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.
This upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.
Delaney was an FCS All-American at The Citadel each of the past two seasons. The 6-1, 191-pound defensive back intercepted 11 passes in that span, including six picks in 2016 that were tied for second at the FCS level.
Delaney was one of 11 new players the football program welcomed for the summer session. Nine of those are true freshmen, while the remaining addition, junior college transfer defensive back Jhavonte Dean, signaled his intentions to play for the Hurricanes in very early February.
“We are excited to welcome these young men to the University of Miami,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We continue to strengthen our roster with the addition of this group of players.”
Before he was a Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson was still the greatest football player to come out of Pompano Beach, Fla.
Jackson played for Boynton Beach High School, where he was a 4-year starter, but became the first player ever from the city of 99,000 people just north of Fort Lauderdale to win the Lou Groza Award High School Player of the Year in 2014.
He then matriculated to Louisville where he, of course, won the most prestigious individual award in sports just two years later.
Over the weekend, Jackson was given the key to his hometown.
Jackson completed 230-of-409 passes for 3,543 yards with 30 touchdowns against nine interceptions while rushing 250 times for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore for Louisville in 2016.
Both of Michigan’s two most recent athletics directors traded their maize and blue for the suits of corporate America. Dave Brandon left Ann Arbor for Toys ‘R’ Us in relative disgrace. Jim Hackett left Michigan a hero and has now taken the reins of another Michigan institution.
The former Michigan interim AD on Monday was named the CEO of Ford Motor Company.
“We’re moving from a position of strength to transform Ford for the future,” executive chairman Bill Ford said in a statement. “Jim Hackett is the right CEO to lead Ford during this transformative period for the auto industry and the broader mobility space. He’s a true visionary who brings a unique, human-centered leadership approach to our culture, products and services that will unlock the potential of our people and our business.”
After successfully completing the coup to bring Jim Harbaugh home, Hackett will now be in charge of leading a company of 202,000 employees from its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters.
The man whom Hackett hired thinks Ford made a great move.
“I absolutely think (it’s a good fit),” Harbaugh told MLive. “He brings a tremendous wealth of experience and he has tremendous leadership skills. He believes in — the way I put it — in building a ball team. And he does it with a really high intellect. He cares about people, he listens.”
This is not Hackett’s first foray as a business CEO. He previously served as CEO of Steelcase in Grand Rapids, Mich., from 1994-2014.