Yesterday brought word that the son of a former Auburn head coach had decided to transfer from Texas Tech — by way of Cincinnati — to Auburn.
A day later, another ex-Red Raider player is head to The Plains.
Speaking to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Chase Robison confirmed that he will continue his playing career at Auburn. Robison decided to transfer from Tech after Tommy Tuberville abruptly left Lubbock to take the Cincinnati job.
He will have to sit out the 2013 season, but will three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.
“It’s a great opportunity,” the defensive end told the Commercial Appeal. “I’ve had a great relationship with coach (Gus) Malzahn going back to when he was at Arkansas State. It’s going to be exciting to play for him and (defensive line) coach (Rodney) Garner and (defensive coordinator) coach Ellis (Johnson).
“Plus it’s closer to home and I’ll be playing in the SEC, which is what I’ve grown up with. Sitting out (a second straight year) is going to be hard — I wish I didn’t have to. But it’s going to give me a chance to become bigger, stronger and faster.”
A three-star member of Tech’s 2012 recruiting class, Robison used a redshirt his true freshman season last year.
Jim Harbaugh clarifies comments on Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy
Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.
Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.
As it turns out, Pankey won’t be alone on the suspension sidelines as WVMetroNews.com is reporting that linebacker Xavier Preston will be suspended for the opener as well. No reason has been given for the punitive measure, and the football program has yet to confirm it.
The third-year sophomore would be eligible to return for the Sept. 10 Youngstown State game.
Preston played in 13 games last season. He has been described as the heir apparent to Nick Kwiatkowski at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers.
Jim Harbaugh doesn’t respect Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit anthem out
The latest sports controversy has reached college football’s borders.
Colin Kaepernick, as you might have heard, kicked up quite the controversy last week by declining to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to a San Francisco 49ers preseason game. The former Nevada quarterback’s words explaining to sit the anthem out served to add fuel to the raging firestorm.
“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Kaepernick has spent his entire NFL career with the 49ers, and his first coach at the professional level was Jim Harbaugh. Now the head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh was asked Monday about Kaepernick, who helped lead Harbaugh’s club to the NFC championship game in 2013, and his decision to sit on the bench while the anthem played.
“I acknowledge his right to do that,” Harbaugh said according mlive.com. “But I don’t respect the motivation or the action.”
While more forceful and tinged with personal opinion, Harbaugh’s comments are somewhat in line those made by a former Oregon Ducks head coach who’s now in charge of the 49ers.
“We recognize his right to do that,” Chip Kelly said according to the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not our right to tell him not to do something. That’s his right as a citizen.”