Earlier this offseason it was reported that Stephen Rivers would be transferring from LSU, with San Diego State or Vanderbilt the most likely landing spots for the brother of Philip. A handful of months later, yet another Tigers quarterback has pulled the trigger on a transfer — and could end up at a place very familiar to the player’s brother.
Hayden Rettig confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune this weekend that he has decided to transfer out of the LSU football program. It’s at this point in the program where we usually mention that the Bayou Bengals have yet to publicly address Rettig’s status with the team moving forward.
While no reason was given for the decision to move out and move on, the fact that Rettig exited spring practice No. 3 on the depth chart behind sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris would likely be a good place to start. There’s also no word on whether Rettig lacked the chesticular fortitude to continue on as part of Les Miles‘ football program.
The Times-Picayune also speculates on a potential transfer destination for Rettig: Boston College. Beginning in 2010 and ending in 2013, Chase Rettig, Hayden’s older brother, started 46 games for the Eagles, including a streak of 45 straight starts to end his career at the school.
The younger Rettig was a four-star member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class coming out of high school in Los Angeles, Calif., , rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country… and the No. 73 player at any position in that class… and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of California. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, and would likely be forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Beginning in 2015, he’d then have three years of eligibility remaining.
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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.
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 Gridiron.com, 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.