Tulane defensive back Devon Walkerunderwent spine stabilizing surgery Sunday evening to repair a fractured spine he sustained in Saturday’s game against Tulsa. Walker was involved in a collision near the end of the first half of the game and laid motionless on the field before eventually being taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Doctors still say it’s too early to tell what the long-term ramifications of Walker’s injury will be, but there is at least some good news today as Walker continues to stay in intensive care in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said during a press conference that Walker is alert and verbally responsive. He is also apparently in good spirits. Tulane coach Curtis Johnson reportedly said earlier today that Walker was moving his shoulders, but Dickson could not confirm that development.
“Without question Devon Walker and his family have been treated as one of Tulsa’s own,” Dickson said. “We’ve seen absolutely the best of people and the best of human nature.”
Walker’s family, which is staying with him in Tulsa, released the following statement on Tulane’s website:
“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of concerned well wishes we have received from all over the world. Although we cannot respond individually to all, we thank everyone for the love and support shown to Devon and our family. The medical care that our son has received so far has been outstanding. We are also very grateful for the care and concern shown to us by those here at Tulsa University, in the City of Tulsa, at Tulane University and of course by everyone at home in New Orleans.
We appreciate you respecting our family’s request for privacy. We do ask that you continue to keep Devon in your prayers.”
We certainly will. It’s just good to hear that Walker got out of surgery alright and is recovering well.
(Information posted here is credited to Tammy Nunez of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)
Scholarship offer for a 9-year-old? Nevada says sure, why not
Assuming young Mr. Finney just completed the fourth grade — fourth grade!!! — that would make him a member of the Class of 2026. And you all thought that scheduling way-into-the-future home-and-home series was getting out of hand.
If nothing else, it has people talking about Nevada’s program at a time when not many are talking about college football in general and Wolf Pack football specifically. Besides, what possible harm could come from entitling pre-teens with scholarship offers, right?
Guess you can say he’ll play for the service academy, nevermore.
According to Sal Interdonato of HudsonValley.com, Christian Poe is no longer on the Army football team. No reason was given for the unexpected and abrupt departure.
Exiting the spring, Poe was one of the Black Knights’ two starting wide receivers.
Last season as a sophomore, Poe started two of the games in which he played. His 10 receptions for 133 yards were both second on the Black Knights.
Army’s leading receiver in 2016? Edgar Poe, Christian’s brother, who as a senior had 16 receptions for 336 yards as well as three of the Black Knights’ seven touchdown receptions on the season. The Poe brothers also accounted for nearly half of the decidedly run-heavy football team’s 54 receptions.
After finishing church mission, Oregon State signee transfers to BYU
In large part because of Kalani Sitake‘s presence on Gary Andersen‘s coaching staff, Christian Folau signed with Oregon State as a member of the Class of 2017. Two years later, Sitake’s situation has change — and now so has Folau’s.
On his personal Twitter account this week, Folau indicated that, instead of OSU, he will start his collegiate playing career at BYU. The move, which had been somewhat expected, comes not long after Folau wrapped up an LDS church mission in San Jose, California.
A three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, Folau was rated as the No. 12 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Utah. He held offers from, among others, Cal, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin. Before signing with the Beavers. Folau had been committed to the Cardinal.
Despite the transfer, Folau will be eligible to play immediately for the Cougars in 2017.
At the time Folau signed with OSU in February of 2015, Sitake was the Beavers’ defensive coordinator. In December of that same year, however, Sitake left Corvallis to take over as the head coach of the Cougars, paving the way for Folau to join him at BYU.
Missouri set to rent empty dorm rooms to fans for football weekends
Homecoming could be taken to another level at Missouri this fall with a chance for Tigers fans to actually spend a weekend in their old dorm rooms.
As part of an effort to make up several budget shortfalls and adjust to dwindling freshman enrollment, Mizzou revealed plans this week to rent out unused dorm rooms in residence halls for football games and other campus events. The St. Louis Post Dispatch adds that the concept has been in the works for some time and a mind-boggling seven residence halls have been taken offline in the wake of a huge drop in the number of students following a number of serious issues at the Columbia campus.
Guests who want to bypass a local hotel for games and sign up for the opportunity will be able to grab a furnished, two-bedroom suite with four single beds for $120/night. Internet access, bed sheets and towels are included and you can even head on down to the campus cafeteria to boot in order to buy food. For those planning on tailgating before a big game, the Post Dispatch notes that the school is still discussing whether alcohol will be allowed in the rooms.
While the ability to stay in an actual dorm room is pretty unique when it comes to the SEC football experience at the school, the reason for even taking this step should raise eyebrows even further given the situation at Mizzou. Student protests rocked the campus two years ago and Columbia really hasn’t been the same since with declining enrollment dropping off sharply ever since to further add to the crisis at the university.
Though financial necessities may be forcing the Tigers to go this route with unused dorms, it will be interesting to see if other schools in less dire situations at least take a look at emulating the concept on a smaller scale for game days in the future. Several universities around the country already have on-campus hotels so taking the next step to Airbnb some dorms seems like it will be in the cards for a football Saturday soon enough.