With Matt McGloin entrenched — for now — as Penn State’s starting quarterback and several NCAA sanctions forthcoming, it appears as though one-time co-starting quarterback Rob Bolden is considering life outside of Happy Valley.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Bolden visited LSU this weekend, though there was no confirmation of that from the school (obviously).
Bolden will be a junior this season, and because of the NCAA’s more liberal transfer policies for Penn State players, will be able to participate right away if he moves on. The only way he couldn’t is if he played part of this season for PSU before transferring midseason.
Penn State has also confirmed Bolden is no longer on the roster, but that’s been for several weeks apparently. It’s safe to say that his demotion to third-string QB, not the NCAA’s sanctions, was the reason behind this decision.
Bolden’s gone back and forth on transferring out of PSU for the past year anyway, so if the Times-Picayune is accurate, it wouldn’t be the most surprising move. But Zach Mettenberger, who will start for the Tigers this season, also has two years of eligibility remaining.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.
Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5. The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.
De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland. Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.
“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”
Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.
Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).
In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well. The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury