LT, Conlan, Thomas highlight College Football Hall of Fame 2014 class

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Alabama’s Derrick Thomas, TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson and Penn State’s Shane Conlan highlight the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

Thomas inexplicably had to wait to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for years after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but finally the time has come to honor Thomas among the greats in college football for years to come. Tomlinson remains one of the top players out of TCU’s football program and to many may be the iconic figure representing the Horned Frogs to this day, certainly those of a younger generation. Conlan is one f the legends of Penn State’s Linebacker U lineage and holds the bar for linebackers at Penn State to this day.

Other notable players entering the College Football Hal of Fame include Sterling Sharpe of South Carolina, Tony Boselli of USC and Willie Roaf of Louisiana Tech.

Former coaches Mike Belloti and Jerry Moore are also heading to the hall of fame in Atlanta. Belloti led the Oregon football program during a time that saw the Ducks program build the foundation for years of future success later to be seen in Eugene. Moore was in charge of an Appalachian State program that was a dominant force at the FCS level and coached the Mountaineers to one of the biggest upsets in college football history with a season-opening victory over Michigan.

Some of the notable players not inducted in this year’s class include former Heisman Trophy winners Ricky Williams of Texas and Eric Crouch of Nebraska as well as Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma.

College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Mike Belloti (coach)

Dre’ Bly, North Carolina

Tony Boselli, USC

Dave Butz, Purdue

Shane Conlan, Penn State

Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech

John Huard, Maine

Jerry Moore (coach)

Darrin Nelson, Stanford

Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech

John Sciarra, UCLA

Sterling Sharpe, South Carolina

Leonard Smith, McNeese State

Derrick Thomas, Alabama

LaDinian Tomlinson, TCU

Wesley Walls, Mississippi

Bill Snyder’s grandson, Sean Snyder’s son dies at age 22

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Tragedy has struck at the heart of the Kansas State football program.

According to the Manhattan Mercury, 22-year-old Matthew Snyder died Wednesday in Manhattan.  Snyder is the grandson of legendary K-State head coach Bill Snyder and the son of longtime Wildcats assistant Sean Snyder.

Scant details surrounding the younger Snyder’s death have been released.  From the Mercury‘s report:

Emergency personnel responded to a medical call Wednesday afternoon in the 3300 block of Claflin Avenue in Manhattan. Riley County police confirmed that there had been a death but declined to give any further information.

The house at 3309 Claflin Ave. belongs to KTMW LLC, which is owned by Sean and Wanda Snyder, according to county records.

The football program is expected to release a statement or statements on Matthew Snyder’s passing later on Thursday.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to those affected by the young man’s death.

In the retiring Chayce Crouch, Illinois loses second QB in one day

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Wednesday evening, Jeff George Jr. announced that he was leaving the Illinois football program as a graduate transfer.  A short time later, another of his fellow Fighting Illini quarterbacks confirmed his exit as well — albeit with a twist.

On his personal Twitter account, Chayce Crouch announced that not only is he leaving the Illini but he’s leaving the sport, period. “I don’t think there’s anything left to give,” the redshirt junior wrote. “I have decided to hang up the cleats and end my career as a Fighting Illini.

“At this point in my life, this is what is best for me.”

Crouch started the first four games of the 2017 season before being benched in favor of George Jr. in early October; he started another game later on in the year.  The Ohio native finishes his collegiate career completing 78 of his 157 passes for 852 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.  He also ran for 360 yards and another four touchdowns on 108 carries.

With the departures of Crouch and George, rising sophomore Cam Thomas is the only scholarship quarterback currently on the Illini’s roster.  A three-star recruit signed last December, MJ Rivers, won’t enroll until the summer.  There’s also the possibility of adding another recruit during the “usual” February signing period, and there’s also the possibility (probability?) that a graduate transfer at the position will be added as well.

Ex-Tennessee line coach Don Mahoney takes same job at East Carolina

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Head coach Scottie Montgomery has added a veteran assistant with SEC experience to his East Carolina coaching staff, announcing Wednesday that Don Mahoney has been hired as his new offensive line coach.

From 2013-16, Mahoney served as the line coach for the Tennessee Volunteers.  The longtime assistant spent the 2017 season at a Div. II program in West Virginia.

“Don’s wealth of experience and expertise is synonymous with a foundation we need to have in place on the offensive side of the ball here,” a statement from Montgomery said. “His background features a strong association of development and depth, two qualities which are crucial to the growth, balance and success of our unit.”

Prior to his time on Rocky Top, Mahoney was the line coach for three years at Cincinnati (2010-12).  He also coached the line during stops at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Tulane (1999-2006).

Texas QB Shane Buechele undergoes hip surgery, expected back for spring practice

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A postseason injury has forced Shane Buechele to undergo an offseason medical procedure.

Buechele suffered a torn abductor muscle in his hip/abdomen in the first half of Texas’ Texas Bowl win over Missouri and didn’t return in the second half.  Nearly a month later, the football program has announced that the quarterback will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair the damage.

If rehab goes as planned, Buechele is expected to be on the field when the Longhorns kick off spring practice March 5.

As a true freshman in 2016, Buechele started all 12 games for the Longhorns.  This past season was one marred by various injuries.

Buechele started the season opener for Texas, but ceded the job to Sam Ehlinger the next two games because of a bruised throwing shoulder.  Returning to the starting lineup in Week 5, Buechele suffered an ankle injury in the win over Iowa State that allowed Ehlinger to start the next three games.  In the last of those three games, Ehlinger suffered a head injury that left him in concussion protocol and opened the door for Buechele to start five of the last six games of the season.

Buechele and Ehlinger will be the two veterans battling for the starting job once spring practice kicks off in March.