Texas A&M kicks off its first official SEC football game — its first game of the season, actually — tomorrow when the Aggies host Florida, and A&M is apparently going all out make an awesome first impression.
Including buffing up its record books.
A&M has already (unofficially) trolled Florida by placing a billboard in Gainesville boasting the best academics and cleanest program (LULZ!!!1!) in the SEC. It was only a matter of time before the Aggies began posturing themselves by adding national and conference titles their resume.
Courtesy of RantSports.com, here are two pictures from outside Kyle Field. The first is reportedly from 2011. Note the single claimed national championship (1939).
Now take a look at the second photo, apparently from this year. National champoinships from 1919 and 1927 have been added, as well as two Big 12 conference championships in 1997 and 2010.
It should be noted the 2011 Big 12 media guide does include three national championships for Aggie football because the College Station Rotary Club did vote on a champion those years, dammit!
The real head scratchers are the conference titles. In 1997, A&M made it to the Big 12 title game before getting slaughtered by Nebraska by a score of 54-15. In 2010, the Aggies finished tied for the Big 12 south title, but did not represent the division in the Big 12 championship game.
By my math — and by no means should you use this as a source — that equates to [/carries the five] roughly zero conference championships in ’97 and ’10. More or less.
It’s useless to attempt to try to understand why the championships were added to the exterior of Kyle Field because a lot of schools claim ownership to things that may or may not have ever existed (Roll Tide, y’all!), but it seems with each passing week that A&M’s move to the SEC was the most appropriate of all the realignment shuffling.
Former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington‘s father confirmed his son of the same name was headed to Utah on Wednesday, and the head coach of the team in question has now double confirmed it.
But just because Carrington is at the University of Utah does not make him a Ute. Not yet.
Speaking at Pac-12 media days, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said Carrington is in school but has hurdles to clear to join the team.
“Not just yet. There’s a process that has to occur, some things that have to transpire and we’ve just got to wait for all that to kind of take place,” Whittingham said, via Deseret News.
It’s not sure what “things” have to transpire and when that is expected to happen; Whittingham couldn’t be sure Carrington would be with the team when camp opens Friday.
“Right now I don’t have a good answer because everything’s being sorted through right now,” Whittingham said.
Carrington will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer. He caught 43 passes for a team-leading 606 yards and six touchdowns last season. Utah’s leading returning receiver, junior Raelon Singleton, nabbed 27 passes for 464 yards and four scores a year ago.
OJ Simpson is one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. A unanimous two-time All-American, Simpson won the 1968 Heisman Trophy and was a member of USC’s 1967 national championship team.
OJ Simpson will also soon be a free man.
Granted parole from his felony armed robbery conviction last week, Simpson will be free on Oct. 1. The question, then, if you’re a reporter at Pac-12 media days is whether or not USC will welcome back one of its most accomplished — if not favorite — sons.
The answer? Uh, no.
To be clear, Simpson has not indicated he wanted to be part of USC football again. The 70-year-old indicated to the parole board he would return to Florida if granted his freedom.
USC has distanced itself from Simpson ever since his 1994 double-murder trial, but his Heisman Trophy remains on display at Heritage Hall.
The NCAA likes to remind us that it represents thousands of athletes and most of them will go pro in something other than sports. Most of those athletes consciously know that, yet their college decisions are usually based on what school will help them go pro in sports.
Not Brevin White.
The Lancaster, Ca., quarterback is a 4-star prospect in 247Sports‘s 2018 rankings, with reported offers from Tennessee, Washington, Auburn, North Carolina and others. He’s going to Princeton. White committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, making him Princeton’s highest-rated recruit since Woodrow Wilson.
On Thursday, White appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to talk through why he turned down the SEC for the Ivy League.
David Cornwell, an Alabama transfer, will be Nevada’s starting quarterback — until he isn’t.
Wolf Pack head coach Jay Norvell said at Pac-12 media days that Cornwell will enter fall camp, which begins Monday, as the starter but that doesn’t mean Cornwell will actually start Nevada’s opener at Northwestern.
“David’s the starting quarterback right now and he’ll have to compete and earn that spot throughout training camp and if there’s reason for him not to be (the starting quarterback) we’ll address,” Norvell said, via the Reno Gazette-Journal. “Until we see that, we won’t make any changes at that position.”
A junior from Jones, Okla., Cornwell did not throw a pass with the Crimson Tide. He started Nevada’s spring game and completed 22-of-33 throws for 302 yards with two touchdowns.
“David fits those qualities and demonstrated those strengths the best out of all of our quarterbacks in the spring, and that’s why he was the starting quarterback,” said Norvell. “And the way he played in the spring game gave us even more evidence of that.”
Cornwell’s competition for the starting spot will be incumbent Ty Gangi, also a junior. Gangi appeared in 10 games last season, nailing 99-of-172 throws for 1,301 yards with eight touchdowns against six interceptions whilst rushing 49 times for 217 yards and three scores.