Jadeveon Clowney has certainly had an impact on the field in the first half against Tennessee, but the Vols hold the upper hand at halftime with a 17-7 lead on South Carolina.
It was a mess of a first quarter that saw Butch Jones settle in playing a game of field position and managing to guide the Vols to nothing more than a 3-0 lead while playing it safe. Clowney had a terrific start to the game, including one play where he nearly duplicated his trademark hit against Michigan in the bowl game last season, this time lining up Rajon Neal as his target. But the Vols offense has been taking a toll on the South Carolina defense it appears.
Tennessee’s defense has been playing very well so far. Connor Shaw has completed just four of 11 pass attempts, but one of those went 76 yards for a touchdown. The big question will be whether or not Tennessee can keep this going in the second half. A few weeks ago Tennessee was unable to hold off Georgia in an upset bid.
The first quarter was highlighted more for an ejection than any other particular play. South Carolina safety Kadetrix Marcus became the first of three players from the SEC to be ejected in the first half today across the conference. Marcus was ejected for his hit on Tennessee receiver Pig Howard and following the mandated video review the ejection was upheld. Marcus was filling in as a starter for Chaz Elder, so South Carolina’s secondary depth is a concern.
For the second time in less than a month, two members of the Purdue football program have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
This time around it’s a pair of freshmen, linebacker Wyatt Cook and defensive end Chazmyn Turner, who are in a bit of a predicament, with the Indianapolis Star reporting that both players were arrested over the weekend. Cook was charged with minor consumption of alcohol while Turner was charged with possession of marijuana.
No details of what led to the arrests and charges were made public. The program is aware of the incident, but have not stated what if any punishment either could be facing.
Cook was a three-star member of this year’s recruiting class, Turner a two-star. Neither has played in a game this season.
In the middle of last month, two freshmen cornerbacks, Evyn Cooper and David Rose, were arrested and charged in connection to stolen bicycles. Those two were members of this year’s recruiting class as well.
It is no secret that Under Armour is making a nice serious push in acquiring university apparel deals, but the Texas Longhorns is not one it will be likely to whisk away from The Swoosh. According to one report from the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas officials broke off a meeting with Under Armour and are now expected to stay with Nike moving forward.
The University of Texas has been a partner with Nike since 2000. The contract between the two gives Nike an exclusive window in which it can match or improve on any offers made to the school from rival companies such as Under Armour or Adidas. It is unknown if Under Armour made a formal offer to Texas or how much such an offer could have been valued. What is pretty much commonly known is the Texas brand is still a nice asset in the athletics apparel business, even if the Longhorns are struggling on the football field. Having Texas wear your gear is still a quality investment, which makes Texas a highly sought-after commodity.
Per the American-Statesman report, Texas is expected to sign what would be the biggest deal currently going in collegiate athletics. Considering the handsome deal recently signed between Nike and Michigan, that would mean Texas would be looking forward to more than $169 million from Nike. Michigan signed a 15-year contract valued at $169 million, which will bring an end to its current relationship with Adidas in 2016. As part of the deal, Michigan will become the first football program to wear the Jordan brand logo on its football uniforms. Could Texas be the next? For now that is just something to ponder.
Nike recently lost partners at Arizona State and Miami. Last year Notre Dame began a new partnership with Under Armour, signing a $90 million contract.