Randy Edsall

Terps lose fourth starting QB in two months to injury


There are the staggeringly unbelievable plotlines that even Hollywood would turn down, then there’s the quarterback situation at Maryland that makes AIRBHG exclaim “damn, dude.  Enough.  Stop piling on.”

In August, starting QB C.J. Brown suffered a torn ACL and was replaced by Perry Hills.  A week ago, Hills suffered his own ACL tear and was replaced by Devin Burns.  Thursday, the Terps announced that Burns will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury and would be replaced by Caleb Rowe as the freshman was the only scholarship QB left on the roster.

The key word there, unfortunately, is “was.”

In a stunning turn of events, the Terps announced Sunday that Rowe has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season.  For those who’ve lost track, that makes four starting quarterbacks lost to injury in just over two months, three of them to torn ACLs.

“I feel awful for Caleb. I know how excited he was to get his opportunity to be the quarterback of this team,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “Caleb has a bright future ahead of him and we will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process.”

So, with Rowe in every sense of the word the very last scholarship quarterback left on the roster for the Terps and with four games remaining in the regular season, to where will Maryland turn for a signal caller?

The other side of the ball and true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty.  As a senior at Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Petty threw for just over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in what the Baltimore Sun described as a Navy-style option offense, although he was mainly recruited for his defensive prowess.

Petty was given two stars and labeled as an “athlete” by Rivals.com prior to signing with the Terps in February of this year.  And, barring an unexpected development, that’s exactly who will be under center when Maryland takes the field against Georgia Tech this coming Saturday.

Again, a true freshman linebacker will start at quarterback in an FBS football game.  Amazing.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

Associated Press

As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.