Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…
— Oregon has paid $208,991 to the law firm investigating possible NCAA violations.
— Butch Jones says his Tennessee players are being “transformed” during the “voluntary” summer conditioning program.
— Details of Colorado defensive coordinator Kent Baer‘s contract have been released.
— Penn State running back Zach Zwinak is emerging as a force in the Big Ten.
— Detroit Free Press: Mark Dantonio is looking forward to some down time to be a “regular person.”
— Because he needed to focus on academics this spring, wide receiver Quinta Funderburk, a transfer from Arkansas, is currently buried on Syracuse’s depth chart.
— Deseret News: Partnership with ESPN is critical to BYU’s scheduling efforts as an independent.
— Quarterback Gary Nova says the results will do the talking for Rutgers’ offense in 2013.
— Led by quarterback Nick Marshall, there are now 20 football newcomers on Auburn’s campus.
— Northern Illinois backup quarterback Matt Williams shaking off the stick-and-ball rust.
— After it dipped in 2012, San Diego State is hoping it sees a spike in attendance this season.
— Memphis head coach Justin Fuente recorded his first career hole-in-one and I hate you Justin Fuente.
— The Patriot-News says Penn State is shifting its recruiting focus to hybrid players.
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.