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TCU’s offense did not score during final spring practice

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Few teams will show off some of their tricks in the spring game or final spring practice in front of fans. That may be good news for fans of TCU after the Horned Frogs failed to produce any offensive points in the final spring practice Saturday.

“We didn’t want to go as fast today because we knew people were watching us, and they didn’t want to call a lot of things today,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said to Dallas Morning News. TCU had been one of many programs this spring focusing more on picking up the pace of the offense. Fans did not get a chance to see those new wrinkles Saturday. Patterson did not seem too satisfied with the offensive production the Horned Frogs had either.

“I didn’t feel really good about today as far as offensively,” Patterson said. “We’d have liked to have a lot more success, but we’ve got to get some bodies back. We were pretty physical which is why we’re depleted. At the end, we were down to no scholarship running backs.”

The Dallas Morning News has a rundown of some of the big takeaways from the final practice, but here are some of the brief details. The offense turned the ball over four times. For a team that was eighth in the Big 12 in turnover margin with a -2, that i surely not pleasing for Patterson. There were some positives for TCU as spring practices came to a close. The offensive line has grown in size, one of the biggest needs once the program moved in to a tougher conference two years ago. Defensive star Devonte Fields reportedly had a big day and is once again looking like one of the top defensive players in the Big 12.

Now we just need to see if TCU’s offense can find a rhythm heading in to the fall and find a way to score some points. TCU ranked eighth in the Big 12 in average scoring in 2013.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.