While most of the noise regarding Florida State and a possible move to the Big 12 has been coming out of the greater Tallahassee metroplex (see Andy Haggard), expansion rumors have been fairly quiet in Big 12 territory.
The only person in the Big 12 willing to say anything? Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, who told Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman that Florida State is not currently on the league’s radar.
“They’re a long ways away,” Dodds told me.
In distance or prospects of joining the Big 12, I asked.
“Both,” he said.
“There’s no traction” on this story, Dodds said. “There’ve been no conversations between Florida State and the Big 12.”
Keep in mind the Big 12 is split on the issue of expansion; that’s gone a bit under-reported in all this FSU drama. New commissioner Bob Bowlsby will take over officially on June 15 and one of his first priorities — which is now likely the top priority given the latest brouhaha — is supposed to be addressing expansion.
So even if some members of the Big 12 are interested in FSU, there’s an internal hurdle the league needs to clear before any program can be considered. Dodds says he’s a 10-team supporter, and like it or not, Texas’ opinion still carries significant weight.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah