It’s not exactly a state secret that Floyd Mayweather likes to dabble a bit in and around the world sports gambling. The boxer, however, has taken that dabbling to extraordinary new heights.
According to the International Business Times, Mayweather has placed nearly $3 million in bets on the Michigan-Alabama neutral-field game Saturday night. Specifically, USA Today reports, Mayweather has placed a total of $2.9 million in wagers with nine different sportsbooks that the No. 8 Wolverines will cover the spread against the Tide.
At the time, UM is currently somewhere just north or south — depending on the book — of a 14-point underdog to the defending BcS champions and the No. 3 team in the country heading into the new season.
Mayweather, who has not confirmed or denied any amount of money he may or may not have riding on the game, received a $32 million payday back in May for his bout with Miguel Cotto, although he served two months in prison shortly thereafter for a domestic violence conviction.
In late April, Mayweather bet on the Los Angeles Clippers over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game One of their first-round series of the NBA playoffs. The Clippers rallied from 24 points down with less than eight minutes to go, netting Mayweather a reported $1.8 million. He also won $1 million when he picked the New England Patriots to beat the Denver Broncos during last season’s NFL playoffs as well as $900,000 for a New Jersey Nets regular-season win over the New York Knicks.
Less than two weeks after leaving the Pac-12, Casey Hughes has landed in the Big Ten.
Jan. 10, Hughes announced on Twitter that he had decided to transfer from Utah. Over the weekend, the defensive back confirmed that he will be transferring into the Michigan football program.
Hughes joins Jim Harbaugh‘s squad as a graduate transfer, which will allow him to use his final season of eligibility with the Wolverines this year.
Hughes started 11 games in 2017 for the Utes, missing two others because of injury. After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014, the North Las Vegas native played in 18 the next two seasons. He didn’t start any of those contests.
After a brief sabbatical, Lindsey Scott is back in the SEC.
Scott confirmed on his personal Twitter account Monday evening that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at Missouri. Per his social media missive, the quarterback opted for Mizzou over FBS programs like Kansas and UT-San Antonio.
A three-star member of the LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, Scott was rated as the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 54 player at any position in the state of Louisiana. He took a redshirt his true freshman season.
In August of last year, Scott decided to transfer from the Tigers. He spent the 2017 season at Last Chance U, otherwise known as East Mississippi Community College.
After a brief junior-college pit stop, Keenan Forbes is back at a Power Five program.
Washington State confirmed over the weekend that Forbes has been added to the football program’s 2018 signing class. The offensive lineman has already enrolled in classes at the university and is expected to take part in spring practice in a couple of months.
Counting 2018, Forbes will have three seasons of eligibility at his disposal.
A three-star member of Iowa State’s 2016 recruiting class, the Florida high schooler chose ISU over his other finalist, Temple. After redshirting as a true freshman, Forbes opted to transfer from the Cyclones.
Forbes spent the 2017 season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
It appears Urban Meyer‘s coaching staff at Ohio State will (for now) remain intact after all.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Ryan Day was considering leaving his job as Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach to join former OSU assistant and newly-minted NFL head coach Mike Vrabel as the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. A day later, one report has Day eschewing the NFL opportunity and remaining with Meyer and the Buckeyes.
Day just completed his first season with the Buckeyes, serving as both co-coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has been a solo coordinator twice in his coaching career — at Temple in 2012 and then in 2013-14 at Boston College.
Prior to coming to OSU, Day was the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and spent the 2015 season in the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Those were his first two stints at the NFL level.
Given that OSU will be breaking in a new quarterback in 2018, keeping Day on the staff is a significant win for Meyer’s program.