Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…
— Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota trying to find the balance between staying in the pocket and getting the hell out of Dodge.
— Wide receiver Martavis Bryant proclaims himself a changed man, which should be good news for Clemson’s offense.
— Alabama’s getting set for the Tide’s first scrimmage of the spring.
— Harrison Jones won’t be brotherless at Alabama this season.
— Despite it not being a “real” spring game, Florida is still expecting top recruiting talent to flock to Saturday’s Orange & Blue Debut.
— “Accountability without the coaches” will be the theme for Tennessee’s defense during Saturday’s scrimmage.
— Senior defensive end Garrison Smith looking to “leave a legacy of (being one of) the all-time greatest teams to come through” Georgia.
— Vanderbilt looking to find a better balance on the offensive side of the ball.
— Mizzou’s quarterback competition will be front and center for the Tigers’ spring game.
— Davis Webb skipped his senior prom to participate in Texas Tech’s spring practice, and it appears the decision is paying off.
— Spring game won’t settle Memphis’ quarterback competition.
— Maryland to hold an open practice at a local high school; insert the jokes at your leisure.
— Sophomore defensive end Keymiya Harrell will miss the remainder of Auburn’s spring practice sessions due to an undisclosed injury
— ESPN will cover portions of the final rolling of Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Corner oaks live.
— The armed robbery trial for former Auburn defensive back Mike McNeil — yes, that Mike McNeil — will go on as scheduled this Monday.
— al.com: “Mal Moore passed away six days ago, but his final resting place is appropriate for a man who never needed the limelight to shine.”
When word first broke of NCAA violations against Ole Miss, word from the Rebels’ football program was one of caution, for it was uncertain how many were targeted against football versus women’s basketball and track and field.
It appears we now know.
On Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reported the NCAA levied 13 allegations out of a possible 28 against the Ole Miss football team, nine of which occurred under the watch of head coach Hugh Freeze. However, it appears the most serious violations were either already know or took place during the Houston Nutt regime.
Included in the allegations are Laremy Tunsil‘s improper benefits, for which the left tackle already sat seven games. Also included are accusations former Nutt assistant David Saunders participated in a scheme to produce fraudulent test scores for recruits — the same allegations currently levied against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The remaining allegations, as detailed by the AP, include run-of-the-mill violations such as having the wrong people provide transportation on recruiting visits or assistant coaches making improper contact with recruits, many of which Ole Miss has already self-reported.
ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton provided a massive public service through his Twitter account on Tuesday, releasing a data dump of fascinating information about the signing class of 2016.
In short, Texas was the most popular breeding ground for FBS prospects, but half of all signees came from a clean sweep from Texas, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida and up to North Carolina.
The Lone Star State produced 359 players, with nearly half of those heading to Power 5 institutions. In fact, Hamilton reports, 72 of 128 FBS programs and 38 of 64 Power 5’s signed at least one player from Texas.
Florida trailed with 327 players, followed by California with 248 players and Georgia with 225. For what it’s worth, Ohio was not included in the study.
Data dump, begin!
The American Athletic Conference released its 2016 conference schedule highlighted by, oddly enough, non-conference games that pit league gem Houston against Oklahoma (on opening day at Houston’s NRG Stadium) and Louisville (in Houston on Nov. 19).
Those two games, more than any others, will sink or swim the conference’s chances of not only grabbing the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six, but a spot in the College Football Playoff itself.
The 2016 conference slate kicks off with Navy meeting Connecticut on Sept. 10 and concludes with the second annual AAC title game on Dec. 3 at a to-be-determined campus site.
The AAC led the way in scheduling Power 5 opponents — highlighted by a Week 3 schedule that will see the entire East Division punching up a weight class — and includes the likes of Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma (for all intents and purposes) visiting AAC campuses.
View the full AAC slate here:
Just like we all thought when watching him play at Notre Dame, Tommy Rees will be in the NFL in 2016. Just not as a quarterback.
The San Diego Chargers announced his hiring as an obnoxiously vague offensive assistant, assisting with the club’s offense in some form that they aren’t inclined to elaborate on.
After completing a career in which he threw for 7,670 yards with 61 touchdowns against 37 interceptions from 2010-13, Rees was cut by the Washington Redskins in 2014, then spent the 2014-15 seasons as a graduate assistant at Northwestern.