USF lost out on former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, but could be in the running for another transfer at the same position.
According to ESPN.com’s Joe Schad, and citing a source close to the player, the Bulls along with Mississippi State are two of the schools to which Steven Bench is considering transferring. Schad writes that “Bench is expected to train with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield in California this weekend and possibly take visits to one of those schools the following weekend.”
It was announced late last month that Bench would be leaving the Penn State football program. Because of the NCAA sanctions leveled on the Nittany Lions, Bench will be eligible to play immediately in 2013 if he transfers to an FBS school. He will have three years of eligibility remaining plus his redshirt season.
As a true freshman last season, bench appeared in two games and attempted seven passes. He and Tyler Ferguson engaged in a battle for the starting job this spring, with neither player pulling away from the other. Incoming freshman Christian Hackenberg will also enter the Nittany Lions’ quarterback fray in summer camp, and many consider him the favorite to begin the season as the starter.
Jasmin Hernandez was not the first woman former Baylor football player Tevin Elliott raped, but she was the first one to go public. Hernandez, obviously, allowed her name to be used publicly, and with that put an identity on the sexual assault crisis at Baylor. And she was the first to insist Elliott be prosecuted.
Elliott has since been convicted and sentenced for his crimes, and on Saturday Hernandez reached a settlement with the people she accused of allowing Elliott’s assaults to happen.
Hernandez has reached a settlement with Baylor and requested former Bears AD Ian McCaw and former head coach Art Briles be removed from the suit.
“We’re moving on,” attorney Irwin Zalkin told the Waco Tribune. “Jasmin is very happy with that and pleased to be moving on with her life.”
“You kind of weigh the costs and benefits of continuing, and for her, it reached a point where she felt she could resolve the case and have some closure and move forward. It was the right time for her,” Zalkin told ESPN.
The settlement means Baylor has now reached settlements with seven plaintiffs; four Title IX suits with a total of 13 plaintiffs still remain.
McCaw, of course, has since moved on to become the AD at Liberty, while Briles — who admitted no wrongdoing in being removed from the Hernandez suit — said through an attorney he expects to coach in 2018.
Baylor, meanwhile, must now brace for the release of the Pepper Hamilton documents as ordered by a judge last week.
Oklahoma State has decided that it was the 1945 national champion. It even has the photo to prove it.
While it is strange to name yourself a national champion more than seven decades after the fact, it is especially strange considering the banner comes significantly after Oklahoma State announced it is now the 1945 national champion. If you remember, Oklahoma State accepted the AFCA’s naming of the Pokes as the 1945 champions last year.
“After gathering all the pertinent information and doing our due diligence, it is the pleasure of our Blue Ribbon Commission of coaches to officially recognize Oklahoma State’s 1945 championship season with the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy,” AFCA executive director Todd Berry said at the time.
Known as Oklahoma A&M at the time, that ’45 Cowboys team was extremely good. They finished 9-0 on the year, opening with a 19-14 win at Arkansas, trucking Utah 46-6 in Salt Lake City, spanking Oklahoma 47-0 — the largest of OSU’s 18 wins over OU — and concluding with a 33-13 win over St. Mary’s in the Sugar Bowl.
The problem, though, is that the 1945 Army team hasn’t gotten any worse in the 72 years since. Led by College Football Hall of Famers Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, the Black Knights allowed a sum of 35 points in their run to a 9-0 mark — and never more than seven points in any one game — with wins over four top-20 teams, including legacy programs in Eastern markets such as No. 9 Michigan, No. 6 Penn and No. 2 Notre Dame.
Oklahoma State doesn’t care, though. The signage is up, and you’ll have to bring your bayonets to take it down.
Da’Leon Ward was the bell cow of Texas Tech’s running game the last month of the 2016 season. With a new season fast approaching on the horizon, it seems highly unlikely he’ll do the same in the early portion of 2017 — if at all.
Ward has been a non-participant throughout the whole of Tech’s summer camp that kicked off earlier this month because of unspecified issues related to academics. Kliff Kingsbury addressed the running back’s situation Tuesday, with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal writing that the head coach’s “update sounded ominous, considering Tech’s second session of summer school ended” late last week.
In fact, Kingsbury allowed that, when it comes to Ward, he’s “not sure he’ll be back for this season or not.”
Last season, the sophomore led the Red Raiders with 428 yards rushing. of that, 370 of the yards came in the last five games of the year.
Justin Stockton, whose 154 yards last season were fourth on the team, has been running with the first-team offense throughout camp. Last season’s second-leading rusher, Demarcus Felton (354), is back for the 2017 season as well.
What we do know is that Duke will be without its starting piece of its defense. What we don’t know is for how long.
The football program announced Wednesday that Jeremy McDuffie underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right thumb. The junior sustained the injury during a recent Blue Devils practice.
As a result of the injury and subsequent surgery, McDuffie will be sidelined indefinitely.
McDuffie transitioned from cornerback to safety this past spring. Entering summer camp, the defensive back had been listed as a starter for the Blue Devils. The past two seasons, McDuffie had played in 24 games.
Duke opens the 2017 season Sept. 2 against NC Central. They will kick off ACC play three weeks later on the road against North Carolina.