Georgia Tech, just days after revealing their 2014 football schedule, is already in need of making an adjustment. Tulane has chosen to back out of a four-year scheduling agreement with the ACC school, leaving the Yellow Jackets with a late schedule vacancy to fill for the second week of the upcoming season.
Tulane’s decision to opt out of the agreement, which started with a 2014 home game for Tulane, was based on delays in construction of Tulane’s new football stadium. Because the two schools could not find an alternate date to schedule a game for the 2014 season, the schools agreed to have Tulane pay the cancellation fee to opt out of the deal. According to FBSchedules.com, Tulane will have to pay a fee of $300,000 to Georgia Tech.
“We are extremely disappointed that Tulane has decided to cancel the four-game series with Georgia Tech, beginning with our game in New Orleans next fall,” Georgia Tech senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a release from the school. “The timing of Tulane’s decision (after the ACC schedule was released earlier this week) is especially tough for us.”
Georgia Tech now has a scheduling hole on September 6 and 27 to work with to fill a 12-game schedule. It would be preferable for Georgia Tech to fill the September 6 date and keep the 27th open. Otherwise, Georgia Tech would be set to play 10 straight weeks through ACC play. Georgia Tech also has a bye week scheduled for November 22, which gives the Yellow Jackets an extra week to prepare for rival Georgia in the regular season finale. Georgia Tech also already has one game scheduled against an FCS opponent, and it would be undesirable to schedule a second even on short notice.
Tulane has a schedule that only has two games locked in as of now, as the school awaits their first conference schedule from the American. So why not just move the game to Georgia Tech? Tulane already has two non-conference games on the schedule, at Duke and at Rutgers. Both games are also in September. Adding a third road game against a school from a power conference would be pretty rough considering schools want to have at least six home games, if not seven (or eight?).
UPDATE (9:00 a.m., January 25): Tulane has announced the game is back on and will be played in the Supderdome if needed.
South Carolina has seen one of the most experienced members of its secondary not only leave the program but the sport as well.
Rico McWilliams has decided to leave the Gamecocks and give up football, first-year USC head coach Will Muschamp announced Monday. No reason was given for the decision.
McWilliams had started 18 the past three seasons, but began to tumble down the depth chart in the spring and failed to gain much ground in summer camp. He had left camp early on for what were described as personal reasons, but eventually returned.
“I am back with the team and have to stay focused,” the cornerback said just three days ago.
As a redshirt junior last season, McWilliams started 10 of USC’s 12 games, the lone exceptions being the contests against Georgia and Texas A&M. He was credited with 32 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Additionally, Muschamp announced that redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Owens had left his team as well. A three-star 2015 signee, Owens didn’t play as a true freshman.
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.
“I acknowledge his right to do that, but I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” the coach said.
A short time later, Harbaugh took to Twitter to offer a clarification that he had no issue with Kaepernick’s motivation, merely his methods.
Even as Baylor looks to put a tumultuous offseason in the rearview mirror, the football team simply can’t get away from the dark cloud hanging over the program.
Interim head coach Jim Grobe announced Monday that Chance Waz has been suspended for the Bears’ first two games of the upcoming season. The only reason given was unspecified disciplinary issues.
The suspension will cost the defensive back games against Northwestern State and SMU. Waz will be eligible to return for the Sept. 16 game against Rice.
After playing in 11 games as a true freshman in 2014, Waz started 11 of the 13 games in which he played last season. He was again projected as a starting safety entering summer camp.
Speaking of BU starters, Ishmael Zamora is still listed as a first-team wide receiver on the final preseason depth chart released by the Bears Monday. Zamora was caught on video beating his dog with a belt and kicking it, and was ultimately charged with misdemeanor animal abuse.
Grobe said he’s still awaiting the university’s decision on what if any punishment Zamora may be facing as a result of the incident.
The West Virginia football team has had a rough go of it the last month or so.
In late July, Larry Jefferson, expected to be a part of WVU’s defensive line rotation, was arrested on drug charges and removed from the roster. This in mid-August, two-year starting safety Dravon Askew-Henry sustained a torn ACL that will knock him out for the season; shortly thereafter, starting left guard Adam Pankey was arrested on a drunk-driving charge and ultimately suspended for at least the opener against Missouri.
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.