A “freak occurrence” during offseason workouts left Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes with what was said to be an arm injury that sidelined him for all of spring practices. Now, the injury will end Nunes’ career altogether.
Stanford announced on Monday that Nunes is medically retiring. No specific reason was given, but Nunes sustained his injury in February. Following Stanford’s spring game, coach David Shaw hinted that Nunes may not be ready to play in 2013.
The loss, now official, is another hit to Stanford’s quarterback depth when combined with Brett Nottingham‘s transfer last December, Evan Crower and Dallas Lloyd are now expected to compete for the No. 2 job behind Kevin Hogan.
Nunes, a senior-to-be, was named the Cardinal’s starting last August, but inconsistent play through the first half of the season ultimately led to Nunes being leapfrogged by Hogan. Headed into spring ball, Hogan was considered Stanford’s clear-cut No. 1 quarterback.
Nunes threw for 1,643 yards with ten touchdowns and seven interceptions last season.
For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.
No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.
Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.
In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.
It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.
The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.
Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.
Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.