You better believe football players around the country are keeping a close eye on the union movement initiated by Northwestern football players. The goal of having players paid for playing may not be one of the top objectives of the union movement at this time, but it is one of the most popular topics of conversation.
“It would be smart” to unionize, tight end Clive Walford said, according to The Miami Herald. Walford went on to say he would be interested in starting a union at Miami if things go well for Northwestern’s players. “Getting paid would be everyone’s desire.”
Talk about a money quote. Walford’s statement may be a bit of an exaggeration or one that overlooks the overall mission of the union movement, but it may also not be without an ounce of truth. If given an opportunity to be paid, what player would turn it down? For now, players are keeping a watchful eye on how this all plays out in Chicago.
“If it starts turning out good at Northwestern, people would start doing it here,” offensive guard Jon Feliciano added. Right now the union movement only relates to private institutions. Because Miami is a private institution, Miami football players could theoretically pursue their own union as well. Right now though, Northwestern’s case is being used as the litmus test before any other movements follow.
“But if nothing really happens, no one will follow.,” Feliciano said. “We have a lot of wild personalities on this team, so there’s a bunch of people that might try. It’s not my main focus right now. But if we do start a union, I would not be opposed to it.”
If one report is accurate, this weekend’s game against Ohio State will be Randy Edsall‘s last at Maryland.
Citing multiple sources close to the situation, the 247Sports.com website InsideMDSports.com is reporting that Edsall “is unlikely to survive as Maryland’s football coach” beyond this Saturday’s game against OSU. The site writes that, “[b]arring an unexpected last-minute reversal, Maryland will part ways with Edsall when the floundering Terps enter their mid-season bye week.”
Just this past June, Edsall was on the receiving end of a three-year contract extension from the school as the Terps were coming off a 7-6 campaign in their first season in the Big Ten. This year, however, they’re gotten off to a 2-3 start, including losses the past two games to West Virginia and Michigan by a combined score of 73-6.
Edsall is in the midst of his fifth season in College Park, and the overall results have been decidedly disappointing. Under Edsall’s direction, the Terps have gone 22-33 overall and 10-23 in conference play (6-18 in ACC, 4-5 in Big Ten). Edsall is 0-11 vs. ranked teams in that span.
This is far from the first time Edsall has been rumored to be on the hot seat, but this is by far the closest he’s come to the coaching gallows.
As for the financial ramifications of a dismissal? That new deal signed earlier this year ensured that the hit the school would absorb would be, relatively speaking, mild. From the report:
Edsall’s contract was extended for three years in June — a move aimed at stabilizing his public standing, especially with high school recruits — but just $500,000 of the $7.5 million was guaranteed money; by firing Edsall before his original deal ends Jan. 15, 2017, the school will have to pay him for the remainder of this season and an additional $2.6 million: $2.1 million for next year’s salary and that half-million buyout.
What’s known is that D.J. Pumphrey will be with his teammates this weekend. What’s unknown is if he’ll join them on the field.
The star San Diego State running back sustained a high-ankle sprain in the Week 5 win over Fresno State. Originally, he was expected to be out for a period of 2-4 weeks.
However, it appears the injury isn’t as bad as originally thought as Pumphrey will travel with the team to Saturday’s game against Hawaii. Pumphrey even took nearly two dozen snaps with the scout team during Wednesday’s practice.
He is expected to be a game-time decision for the Mountain West game.
“He says he’s about 90 percent. That’s his estimation,” head coach Rocky Long said. “If he goes and does another 25 reps [with the scout team Thursday], then he will be cleared to play. So he will be with us in Hawaii. Whether he plays or not has yet to be determined. I assume he will be cleared to play tomorrow.”
However, even if he’s cleared, it’ll be up to Long and his offensive coordinator, Jeff Horton, to decide whether he plays.
Pumphrey currently leads the Aztecs with 429 yards rushing and has scored all four of SDSU’s rushing touchdowns. Last season, he finished fourth nationally with 1,867 yards, while his 20 touchdowns on the ground were ninth.