Jacksonville State v Florida

Jacoby Brissett to reportedly transfer from Gators


After months of vacillating back and forth between staying and going, Jacoby Brissett has decided the latter option is most optimal for his playing career.

According to Jason “Wandering Horse” Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, the quarterback has decided to leave Florida and will transfer to another school.  As of yet, the school has yet to announce Brissett’s departure from the football program.

Lieser writes that, per a source, Brissett’s top choices for a transfer destination are West Virginia (one of Brissett’s finalists coming out of high school), Louisville (Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong is UF’s former defensive coordinator), Arkansas (Wisconsin recruited Brissett hard when current UA head coach Bret Bielema was at UW) and North Carolina State.

Whether the Razorbacks will be a realistic transfer possibility will be fascinating to watch unfold.  As noted by Lieser, head coach Will Muschamp would need to sign off on any school that’s on Brissett’s transfer to-do list.  Would Muschamp give the go ahead to a school on the list that’s in the SEC, even though it’s in a different division?  There is some precedent on that front as running back Mike Blakely transferred from the Gators in May of 2011 and landed at Auburn two weeks later.

As far as a Plan B goes if none of those four schools are fits, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke and Clemson are all listed as backup possibilities by Lieser.

The fact that any transfer destination is being discussed as it relates to Brissett is far from surprising.  A battle for the starting quarterback job that began in the spring and continued into summer camp ended with Jeff Driskel being named the starter for the season opener.  Brissett played sparingly this season, with 22 of his 35 pass attempts coming in a start in place of an injured Driskel.

Brissett was a four-star member of UF’s 2011 recruiting class, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country.  Barring an unexpected development, he will have to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

No punishment from SEC for Bielema’s sideline interaction with Alabama player

Bret Bielema

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema will not be disciplined by the SEC office for his brief interaction with Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson last weekend. A video showing Bielema exaggerating his interaction with Robinson at the end of a play was reviewed by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, and the commissioner has discussed the situation with the Razorbacks coach.

“I visited with Bret over the phone on Monday and we discussed the play that has now become widely reviewed through a brief video clip,” Sankey said in a released statement. “Football is played in an intense competitive environment and I reminded him of the need for head coaches to resolve with their own players issues that may arise, which was his intent. The unsportsmanlike penalty assessed on the play was not directly associated with Bret’s efforts to intervene at the end of the play and we are moving forward in a positive manner.”

That appears to be the end of the discussion regarding Bielema’s act. I personally think there should have been some more done here by the league’s commissioner, but we will see if Bielema avoids putting himself in a similar position moving forward.

Temple announces rare football sellout

Jahad Thomas, Marcus Allen

In the midst of what could be a dream season in South Philadelphia, the Temple Owls announced a rare sellout for a football game this afternoon. The October 31 game at home against Notre Dame has sold out Lincoln Financial Field. This is the first time Temple has sold out two home games in the same season since 1976, when the Owls began playing home games in one of Philadelphia’s pro sports stadiums.

This is the second sellout of the season for Temple, but it is also worth mentioning who the opponents are for those two games; Penn State and Notre Dame. Penn State is always Temple’s biggest draw when they get a chance to host the Nittany Lions and their legions of fans in and around the Delaware Valley. Temple dominated Penn State in the season opener, snapping a long losing streak against the in-state power. Notre Dame is also a big draw everywhere the Irish go, and there is a solid fanbase in the southeastern part of Philadelphia as well.

It is also a rare trip to Philadelphia for Notre Dame. The Irish last played in Philadelphia in 1993 when they faced Navy in Veterans Stadium. Navy also hosted Notre Dame in Philadelphia in 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972 and 1974. Notre Dame and Temple have never played in Philadelphia, although they did face each other in the 2013 season opener. This year’s game is the second game of a home-and-home series.

The game could potentially prove to play a key role in the evolving College Football Playoff and Group of Five conversation as well. If Temple avoids slipping up this week against UCF and next week at East Carolina and USC holds off USC, then we could have an undefeated and top 25 Temple program hosting a top 15 or even potential top 10 Notre Dame on Halloween. Let’s not put the cart ahead of the horse here, but that could be a very attractive matchup worth paying attention to at the end of the month for many fanbases.