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Boston College abruptly dismisses all-time leading rusher


Yep, that’s exactly what the Boston College football program needs at this point in time.

Coming off an injury-stunted 2011 campaign in which he still managed to become the school’s all-time leading rusher, running back Montel Harris has unexpectedly been permanently dismissed from the Eagles.  BC announced the stunning development via a press release, and attributed the dismissal to a repeated violation of team rules.

“We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits,” a portion of head coach Frank Spaziani‘s statement read.

Suffice to say, the release did not specify what team rules Harris repeatedly violated.

Harris missed the 2010 regular season finale and BC’s bowl loss to Nevada with a knee injury, then missed the first three games of the 2011 season after undergoing surgery in August.  He returned for two games, breaking the school’s career rushing mark in an early October loss to Wake Forest.

He missed the remaining seven games of his senior season last year, but in December was granted a medical hardship waiver that gave him another season of eligibility.

After being initially cleared to participate in spring practice this year, he was shut down for the remainder of the sessions when he complained of soreness following the first practice.

It’s unclear what kind of football future Harris may have, although attempting to make himself available for the NFL’s July supplemental draft is certainly a possibility.

Derrick Knight had held the school record of 3,725 yards since 2003 before Harris’ 108 yards in what turned out to be his final game as an Eagle gave him 3,735 for his career.  Harris was 868 yards shy of breaking the ACC’s all-time rushing standard set by North Carolina State’s Ted Brown in the late 70s.

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
Associated Press

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.”