In March of 2012, Ronnie Daniels, suspended twice during the 2011 season, was dismissed from the Texas Tech football program following yet another violation of unspecified team rules. Nearly 11 months later, Daniels signed with San Diego State with the intention of joining the Aztecs football program this summer.
Instead, the running back is hanging up his cleats, apparently for good.
In a text message, Daniels explained to Rivals.com‘s SDSU that he has decided to give up football and shift his focus elsewhere. No reason for the abrupt change of heart was given by Daniels, who had attended the Aztecs’ spring game and was seemingly looking forward to restarting his collegiate career.
Below is the text of the, uh, text sent to the website:
“All I have to say is sorry to all my fans and family. I know it is hard for you to see me not pursue an athletic career. At the end of the day I have to do what’s best for me. The time I sat out I had adapted and acquired a unique set of skills that I plan to use for everyone’s benefit. Although the game is fun, it is definitely time to set aside childish things and help everyone progress.
“Again, I’m sorry fans but don’t want you to sob over this. Worry about the next step that you take and make sure it’s a step forward and not backwards cause you will see me sprinting ahead.
“Football fell far from the tree. It’s dead to me. Not balanced.”
A three-star member of the Red Raiders’ 2011 recruiting class, Daniels was rated as the No. 51 athlete in the country that year by Rivals. His collegiate career consisted of one game, a 43-yard, one-touchdown performance in a mid-September win his true freshman season.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.