If you would have thought that Texas A&M would have had a plan in place to host the spring football game while undergoing a $450 million renovation on Kyle Field, think again. The Aggies are still trying to lock down a location for the annual spring football game as the field and stadium are unusable, according to San Antonio Express-News.
“With Kyle Field in the shape it’s in, we’ve got to look for alternatives,” Texas A&M athletics director Eric Hyman told the San Antonio Express-News.
The Aggies are looking at all of the possibilities for the spring game, be they on campus or off campus. Some of the possibilities mentioned have included playing the spring game on a practice field, where the total number of fans able to attend would likely be limited, and a local high school. Playing at a local high school could open the doors for more fans to attend, and considering the size of some of the high school stadiums in Texas they could draw a pretty good crowd at the right location.
“We’ve looked at all of those things, and what we’ll end up coming up with is something that allows us to play the spring game based on SEC guidelines, and what the NCAA allows us to do,” Hyman said.
SEC spring game rules may make it difficult for a spring game to be played on a high school campus. The three restrictions outlined by the conference essentially lock the game in to being played on campus, although Texas A&M could apply for a waiver if they feel it necessary to move the game off campus.
College teams playing a spring game at a high school is not all that uncommon. A number of schools have done it in recent years, including Pittsburgh. Ohio State recently played held a spring practice in an NFL stadium, in Cincinnati. There are options to work with, although it would need approval from the SEC.
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UCF will have its head coach for one of the biggest games in the football program’s history, but they’ll be without their quarterback’s blindside protector.
According to Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel, Aaron Evans will not play in No. 12 UCF’s Peach Bowl matchup with No. 7 Auburn New Year’s Day. The specific nature of the injury that will sideline the offensive lineman wasn’t detailed.
The past three seasons, Evans started 36 of 37 games at left tackle. 12 of those starts came during the Knights run to a perfect regular season and American Athletic Conference championship that helped propel them to a New Year’s Six bowl.
With Evans out, Jake Brown will likely get the start against the Tigers. Brown started 11 games at left guard for the Knights this season.
Two-thirds of the way through a one-win season, Zach Smith lost his job as the starting quarterback at Baylor. Nearly three weeks later, it appears the sophomore has decided to ply his future football wares elsewhere.
According to ESPN Radio‘s Central Texas affiliate, Smith will be transferring from the Bears football program. An official announcement, either from the player or the team or both, is expected to go down at some point in the not-too-distant future.
As a true freshman, Smith started the last four games of the 2016 season because of an injury to starter Seth Russell. He started six games this past season before true freshman Charlie Brewer started the last four. Brewer is now the only scholarship quarterback the Bears have on their roster.
Smith will leave Waco having thrown for 2,997 yards and 21 touchdowns. The highlight of his career was a 463-yard, four-touchdown performance in an eight-point loss to Oklahoma this past September.
We haven’t yet reached the first-ever early signing period, and Oregon has already bolstered its 2018 defense.
Jalen Jelks confirmed to The Oregonian that he has decided to push off the NFL and will instead return to Oregon for another season. The redshirt junior indicated that he needs to work on his game before he takes it to the next level.
“I’m back for sure,” the redshirt junior defensive end told the newspaper. “I talked to my parents and my family and everything and just probably the best decision for me is to make the best out of next season and make a lot more plays than I did this season.
“I missed a lot of plays, and if I can capitalize on that and translate it to next season I could contribute a lot to the draft.”
This season, Jelks led the Ducks in tackles for loss with 15; in sacks with 6.5; and in quarterback hits with four. The tackles for loss were second in the Pac-12 to Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa‘s 21.5.
A little over a year after his death, one of the most noteworthy pieces of Rashaan Salaam‘s athletic career finds itself up for sale to the public yet again.
According to the Denver Post, the former Colorado star running back’s 1994 Heisman Trophy will be auctioned off next month and is expected to sell for upwards of $300,000. A portion of whatever the trophy fetches will be donated to CTE research.
Salaam, who took his own life at the age of 42 last December, was diagnosed with CTE symptoms postmortem.
After rushing for more than 2,000 yards, Salaam in 1994 became the first, and thus far only, Buffaloes football player to win the most prestigious trophy in college football. In 2013, Salaam sold the trophy to a sports memorabilia dealer who subsequently sold it to the unnamed individual who is selling it at auction. “The trophy also includes a letter from Salaam, acknowledging the 2013 sale,” the Post wrote.
Based on what we’ve found, the largest amount a Heisman Trophy has ever brought in was the $395,000 a California businessman paid for Minnesota’s Bruce Smith‘s 1941 award in 2005.