Sure, the start of the 2014 college football season is still months away (93 days and counting to be precise, at least on the FBS level), but there was actually some college football played yesterday, for those paying extra close attention.
Southwestern University, a division 3 program in Georgetown, Texas, travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to play an exhibition game in Germany against the Stuttgart Scorpions, a semi-pro team in the German Football League. Southwestern won the game by a score of 48-7, an impressive feat for a team that went 0-10 last season, the first year playing football at the school since 1950 and full of underclassmen. This will likely prove to be a memorable event that will be remembered for years and could help build the football program as well.
Meanwhile, in Vienna, Austria, it was D3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps of Claremont, California taking on the Austrian national team in the Turkish Airways Charity Bowl. The D3 program lost a 21-14 decision.
These trips rarely happen but are allowed under NCAA rules for a foreign tour. Typically the rule only applies to non-scholarship programs, which is why you will never see a Big Ten, ACC, SEC team etc. make a trip of this magnitude. It is a great way to get exposure for programs that rarely get much attention, but more importantly it is a great way to help promote the game internationally. The games receive a good amount of media attention abroad, and the kids going to play in these games come away with an unforgettable experience.
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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.