A few months after it was reported he was transferring from LSU, and a few weeks after it was reported Vanderbilt would be a likely landing spot, Stephen Rivers is indeed ticketed for Nashville.
In a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, the quarterback wrote that’s he’s [e]xcited about a new opportunity and meeting new teammates! #AnchorDown” followed by a photo of the Commodores’ logo. In a sure sign that Rivers, the younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, is headed to Vandy, the football program’s official Twitter account retweeted that tweet.
The school subsequently released a statement confirming the addition.
“I’m happy for Stephen and looking forward to having him join our program,” said first-year head coach Derek Mason. “Stephen brings both ability and experience to our team, and he fits the offensive system we will run under (offensive coordinator) Karl Dorrell. I’m looking forward to seeing great competition at the quarterback position this August.”
Rivers, a three-star members of the Tigers’ 2011 recruiting class, graduated last month from LSU and will be eligible to play immediately in 2014 — even at an SEC school as LSU placed no restrictions on where he could transfer, even within the conference. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining. A sizable portion of the reason for Rivers’ transfer from the Tigers is that he was set to be a part of would have been a five-player quarterback competition but has since been whittled down further with another transfer at the position.
Other programs that had been mentioned in connection to the Athens, Ala., product include Hawaii, San Diego State (for obvious reasons) Tennessee and North Carolina State, his older brother’s alma mater.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The recent flooding in the state of South Carolina has brought many dangers and concerns much more important than football with it, but this being a college football-focused website we must dive into the connection real life issues have with the sport from time to time. South Carolina is scheduled to host LSU in Columbia this Saturday, and that still appears to be the plan. Alternate plans have been discussed though, just in case they will be needed as the week unfolds.
The very concept of moving a college football game to another stadium is indeed a rare situation. It is not, however, completely without precedent. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State (my how the times have changed) was moved from Pasadena, California across the country to be played in Durham, North Carolina. This was out of fear of the west coast being attacked during World War II though. LSU’s Tiger Stadium has served as a home football stadium for a weather-related event in the past as well. The New Orleans Saints played four games in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and forced the Saints to play the entire 2005 season on the road.
Today is only Tuesday, so there is still some time to make sure Williams-Brice Stadium and the surrounding area is suitable for hosting the SEC contest this weekend. Odds are the game will be able to be played as scheduled, but safety for fans and teams involved is always the priority.