South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is never one to mince words. Or give one single crap about what anybody thinks of him. That usually means someone’s in his crosshairs for one reason or another — or, perhaps, no reason at all because it’s Steve Spurrier — and we’re here to scoop it up every single time.
This time, Northwestern got the subtle wrath of Spurrier’s back-handed wit. The Gamecocks are slated to play Michigan in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, but it looked originally like the Wildcats, not the Wolverines, might be South Carolina’s opponent at first. When asked about the game Sunday night, Spurrier said, “If you beat or you get beat by Northwestern, you don’t achieve as much as playing Michigan with their stature, tradition and reputation. It’s something special.”
For the record, Northwestern is 9-3 this year while Michigan is 8-4. Granted, records usually mean nothing in bowl selection and the Wolverines did win the head-to-head with the Wildcats, but it’s not like Pat Fitzgerald‘s team is a pushover (at least not until the fourth quarter).
Still, Spurrier has a point about branding and what it means to play, and potentially beat, a team like Michigan. He just puts it a little more bluntly than most.
Which is why we love him.
One of the most powerful men in collegiate athletics is nearing the end of his reign.
During his time at the podium during Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, commissioner Jim Delany hinted very strongly that he would not be around when the conference’s new media rights deal expires in 2022. In fact, the 68-year-old commish sounded fairly positive that he’ll be somewhere other than the league’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., when that deal comes up for negotiations.
“I have a lot of energy and a lot of interest in what’s going on in the college space today,” Delany said. “I will be around for a bit. Whether I’m around here for six years is probably a little bit beyond how I see it.”
A short time later, Nicole Auerbach of USA Today, citing a person with direct knowledge of the situation, reported that Delany will step down in 2020. Jut when in 2020 Delany would ceded control after more than three decades on the job isn’t clear.
Delany took over as commissioner of the conference in 1989. Arguably his greatest accomplishment in that role was helping the league to develop the Big Ten Network, an in-house ATM that has helped the conference stay in step with the SEC financially.
During his tenure, he also helped shepherd the Big ten through the maze of expansion, first with Penn State in the early nineties and then with Nebraska in 2011 and Maryland and Rutgers three years later.
The up-and-down playing career of Raheim Huskey, at least in Huntington, has officially come to an end.
Marshall announced in a press release that Huskey has been dismissed from the Thundering Herd by head coach Doc Holliday. The only reason given was “a violation of team rules and policies.
The dismissal is the latest misstep/setback for the middle linebacker.
Projected as the starter heading into summer camp last year, Huskey was leapfrogged on the depth chart by Devontre’a Tyler. Then, in October, Huskey was indefinitely suspended for unspecified violations of team rules. He was reinstated and returned to the team in time to participate in spring practice earlier this year.
After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2013, Huskey played in 20 games the past two seasons. He played in seven last season prior to his suspension.
In the 2014 Conference USA championship game, Huskey, starting place of the injured Jermaine Holmes, was credited with eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in the win over Louisiana Tech.
As if Ole Miss didn’t have enough off-field issues with which to deal, now this situation pops up.
According to online jail records first obtained by HottyToddy.com, Charles Wiley was arrested Monday evening and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. A female was arrested on the same charge as well.
No details of what led to the arrests have been divulged. The defensive lineman posted bond and was released from the Lafayette County Jail late this morning. According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Wiley is scheduled to appear in court next month.
In a statement sent to the media, head coach Hugh Freeze indicated that Wiley “is being withheld from all team activities” as the program gathers more information.
“We are aware of the situation and recognize the proper authorities responsible for the matter,” the statement began. “Charles is being withheld from all team activities while the process moves forward. We take incidents like this very seriously and will make decisions once the course of actions is complete.”
A four-star member of Ole Miss’ 2016 recruiting class, Wiley was rated as the No. 20 weakside defensive end in the country. He was an early enrollee who participated in spring practice earlier this year, and had been expected to be a part of the line rotation this season.
And then there were two.
A week ago, Ryan Newsome took to Twitter to announce his decision to transfer from Texas. A couple of days later, the wide receiver revealed that he already has a Top Six list: Alabama, Arizona State, Michigan State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC.
Over the weekend, Newsome revealed he had whittled that list down to the Spartans and Sun Devils.
In an interview with the Lansing State Journal late last week, Newsome stated that MSU was “the first school to reach out to me” after his transfer decision was announced. Newsome is expected to visit both campuses before making a final decision.
Regardless of where he lands, Newsome will be forced to sit out the 2016 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He’d then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.
Newsome was a four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 27 receiver in the country and the No. 32 player at any position in the talent-rich state of Texas. As a true freshman last season, Newsome caught four passes for 23 yards.