Dolphin puts undefeated Orange Bowl record on the line by picking Clemson


Forget getting your football gambling advice from the so-called experts who make a living in Las Vegas. For the best predictions regarding this season’s Orange Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State, just ask a bottle-nosed marine mammal.

Flipper, a dolphin with a truly unique name, spends most of his day at the Miami Seaquarium just being a happy go-lucky dolphin, but every year around this time the football fates are put in his fins as he is asked to make a prediction on the upcoming Orange Bowl. This year Flipper put his perfect Orange Bowl record on the line by leaping out of the water and making contact with a giant ball with a Clemson logo on it. The ball with the Ohio State logo was untouched, so Flipper seems to be pretty set on the Tigers winning this year;s Orange Bowl. Otto the Orange was on hand to verify the pick.

Flipper has a perfect record going in to this season’s Orange Bowl. Prior to the 2011 Orange Bowl, Flipper picked Stanford to defeat Virginia Tech. The Cardinal were dominant in the victory over the Hokies, winning by a score of 40-12. Having been successful with the first pick, the Orange Bowl asked Flipper for one more pick the following year. Once again, Flipper came out on the right side of a blowout, picking West Virginia over Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl. West Virginia blew away the Tigers 70-33. Flipper improved to 3-0 by picking Florida State to defeat Northern Illinois in last season’s Orange Bowl. The Seminoles pulled away from the BCS busting Huskies, 31-10.

It should be noted that Flipper’s prediction record is not exactly unblemished. Flipper was asked for a BCS National Championship prediction as well last year, with the game being played at the site of the Orange Bowl in Miami. On this one, Flipper whiffed by picking Notre Dame. The Irish were crushed by Alabama, 42-14.

If Clemson should happen to lose this year’s Orange Bowl and Flipper mysteriously goes missing afterward, you know who to call.

Seth Collins leaving Oregon State a second time

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Seth Collins‘ winding journey in Corvallis has taken yet another twist.

After asking for it, Collins has been granted a release from his Oregon State scholarship, the school has confirmed. The junior wide receiver has already parted ways with the team, and no specific reason for the departure has been given.

This marks the second time that Collins has left the Beavers football program.  In January of 2016, Collins, amidst speculation that he would be moved from quarterback to wide receiver, made the decision to transfer; three months later, he returned to OSU — as a receiver.

Last season, Collins was second on the team in catches (36) and yards (418).  After three games this season, Collins was ruled out indefinitely because of what was described by the team as a health-related issue; he didn’t play again for the Beavers in 2017.  In the three games in which he played this season, he caught 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.

That illness was unrelated to the unspecified health event last season that left him hospitalized and caused him to miss not only the last two games of 2016 but spring practice this year as well.

If Collins moves on to another FBS school, it’s believed he’ll have to sit out the 2018 season.  That would leave him with one season of eligibility that he can use in 2019.

It was thought that, when Collins left the first time, he was headed to Northern Illinois, so that’s certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward.

Minnesota assistant Ed Warinner tweets he’s ‘never been contacted’ about Kent State job

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You just have to love the vagaries of the annual coaching rumor mill.

The offensive line coach and running-game coordinator at Minnesota, Ed Warinner has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Paul Haynes as the head coach at Kent State.  In fact, just yesterday, the former Ohio State and Notre Dame assistant had been labeled as a “strong candidate” for the opening.

Thursday night, however, tweeted that Warinner is no longer a candidate.

Less than 20 minutes after that tweet, Warinner took to his personal Twitter to confirm he is not only not a candidate for the job but claimed that he has “never been contacted by anyone involved with the school.” Left unsaid is whether those representing or associated with him had been in contact with the university.

Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen (HERE) and Syracuse offensive coordinator Sean Lewis (HERE) are the latest names du jour connected to the opening at the MAC school.

Kent State’s one of two jobs at the FBS level that remain open, although the other, Louisiana, could be closed in short order.

Report: Louisiana offers head coach job to Arizona State OC Billy Napier

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So much for that plan.

The odd marriage of Arizona State and long-time but not-in-a-long-time NFL coach Herm Edwards was made even odder by the fact that Edwards was retaining Todd Graham‘s entire offensive coaching staff.  Less than two weeks into his tenure, however, there could be a glitch in the plans to help ease Edwards’s return to coaching as is reporting that Louisiana (the school formerly known as Louisiana-Lafayette) has offered its head-coaching job to Billy Napier.

The 38-year-old Napier had just completed his first season as ASU’s offensive coordinator.  He was also given the title of associate head coach upon Edwards’ hiring.

Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry was also one of the potential candidates for the Louisiana job who interviewed for the opening.

Whoever gets the job with the Ragin’ Cajuns will be replacing Mark Hudspeth, fired earlier this month after seven years with the program.

Arkansas assistant Vernon Hargreaves added to Mizzou’s staff

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Vernon Hargreaves wasn’t retained by the new coaching staff in Fayetteville, but he’ll end up remaining in the SEC anyway.

Missouri confirmed Thursday that Hargreaves has been hired by Barry Odom and added to the second-year head coach’s staff.  The veteran assistant will serve as Odom’s inside linebackers coach.

“I’ve known Vernon for a number of years and have always respected the way his position plays the game,” said Odom in a statement distributed by the school. “He will be a great teacher and mentor for our student-athletes. His experience will be so valuable for our program; I’m excited about Vernon and his family joining our Mizzou family.”

Hargreaves spent the past three seasons as the linebackers coach at Arkansas.  Most notably, he served in the same capacity at Miami from 1998-2005.

Hargreaves also spent time on staffs at Houston (2013-14), South Florida (2010-12), East Carolina (2007-09), Florida International (2006) and UConn (1985-97).  He was also the special teams coordinator at USF and ECU in addition to being a position coach.