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Report: New Year’s Eve, Day bowl menu trimmed


While you won’t starve, your usual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bowl gluttony is set to go on a diet.

According to Brett McMurphy of, the only non-College Football Playoff games that will be played on those two days will be the Capital One and Outback bowls.  Both of those games will likely kickoff between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET New Year’s Day, Murphy reports.  Additionally, the Cotton Bowl and its rotational ties to the new system to determine a national champion will be played during the same time period as the

The only other games that will be played on the first day of the new year will be the Rose and Sugar bowls, which for the 2014 season will serve as the two semifinal games in the inaugural edition of the College Football Playoff.  Both the Rose and Sugar, not so unexpectedly, will have the television stages to themselves, with the Sugar not kicking off until the Rose has come to an end and no other games scheduled for the 5-12 midnight window in which the semifinals will be contested.

The only other bowls that will be played during the two-day holiday are the Peach, Fiesta and Orange bowls, which will be played New Year’s Eve day as part of the six-bowl CFP package.

There were 10 bowl games each of the past two years — compared to the eight this coming season — with as many as a dozen during the two holidays.

Last year’s New Year’s Eve lineup consisted of the AdvoCare V100, Sun, Liberty and Chick-fil-A bowls.  The Gator, Heart of Dallas, Capital One, Outback, Rose and Fiesta bowls were on the New Year’s Day menu.

Starting LB C.J. Johnson reveals surgery on social media, Ole Miss confirms

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Ole Miss will be without a starting piece of its defensive puzzle for an extended period of time, both the player and the school revealed Tuesday.

With rumors swirling about his condition, C.J. Johnson confirmed on his personal Twitter account late this morning that he will be undergoing surgery at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The linebacker sustained an injury to his left knee in last Saturday’s loss to Florida and did not return to the contest.

Subsequent to that posting, Ole Miss confirmed that Johnson underwent surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.  The procedure and rehab will sideline Johnson for a period of 4-6 weeks.

At the low-end of the prognosis, Johnson would miss the next four games — New Mexico State, Memphis, Texas A&M, Auburn — and return for the Nov. 7 game against Arkansas.  The high-end would have him sidelined until the regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Johnson had started all five games at middle linebacker for the Rebels.  He started 26 games at defensive end the past three years before moving to linebacker.

Butch Jones labels rumor of ‘physical altercation’ with Vols player ‘absolutely ridiculous’

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers yells at Marquez North #8 during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Already in the crosshairs for his 2-3 team’s late-game failures, Butch Jones now finds himself under increasing scrutiny for something that allegedly happened a couple of months ago.

The website, which features such respected journalists Tony Barnhart and Mike Huguenin among others, reported earlier today that the Tennessee head coach was involved in what was described as a “physical altercation” with senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during summer camp this past August.  The source close to the program added that practice film that day captured the alleged incident, although it’s unclear if that tapes still exists.

From the site’s report:

The incident occurred during fall camp, about the time that news started to come out about a few offensive linemen who were considering stepping away from the program. Crowder walked off the practice field one day and missed a day or two of practice, and Brett Kendrick and Dylan Wiesman were said to be contemplating their futures. Sources say the players’ actions stemmed from an incident between Jones and Crowder.

The website also made a Freedom of Information request seeking any correspondence between the university and the Crowder family be turned over, but writes that UT “administrators said any sort of letter or correspondence that may or may not have happened was covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

Monday, Jones labeled what began as message-board speculation that he had struck one of his Vols players as “absolutely ridiculous.” The Knoxville News Sentinel contacted Crowder’s father, with the paper writing that “he had no comment and did not want to give validation to message boards.”

At least publicly, the university has yet to address the allegations.  Jones will get yet another chance to address the speculation with the media in the very near future.