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Louisville visit on Wes Lunt’s agenda


Thanks to the pettiness of his now-former head coach, Wes Lunt‘s wish list of preferred potential transfer destinations was whittled from five to two.

The ex-Oklahoma State quarterback has already visited one of the two remaining on that list, with the second reportedly set to be checked off as well.

According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad on Twitter, Lunt will take a trip to Louisville Tuesday and visit with the Cardinals football program.  The sophomore-to-be has already visited Illinois, with some observers viewing the Illini as the prohibitive favorite due to a level of comfortability with that particular coaching staff.

The other three schools on Lunt’s list were Southern Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, none of which, barring a successful appeal and/or lawsuit, Lunt will be permitted to transfer to on scholarship.  Presumably, Southern Miss is on the banned list because former Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken is there as head coach, while the two SEC schools — along with every other school in that conference — are on the list because, as Lunt’s former high school coach stated, “they could play in bowl games.’

In addition to the above, Central Michigan (future opponent) and the entire Pac-12 (again, potential future bowl opponent) have been banned by OSU.  Lunt could pay his way to any of those institutions on the banned list and [insert giant wanking motion here].

Interestingly, another school could be added to Lunt’s visiting to-do list as well.

In the same tweet confirming the Louisville visit, Schad wrote the following: “Don’t be surprised if ND reconnects w Lunt after Golson’s departure.”

As you are well aware of by now, it was confirmed by Notre Dame last night that starting quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled in school.  While Lunt would not help the Irish’s situation at the position in 2013 as he has to sit out the year, he will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014 and could be a viable option next year.

Provided the South Bend school isn’t added to Mike Gundy‘s heavy-handed not-to-do list, of course.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.