Well, this is certainly a new cross-pollination of sports, or at least a relatively rare one.
Sure, we’ve already seen this offseason a lacrosse player from Duke move on to SMU to play football. The son of the great Pat Swilling went from Tulsa basketball to Tulsa football. Hell, just this week Oregon State lost a 2013 signee to track & field. The Beavers now, however, have lost a 2014 signee in what most would view as coming straight out of left field.
In an interview with a Honolulu television station, and as relayed by Gina Mizell of The Oregonian, Fitou Fisiiahi revealed that he was foregoing a football career in Corvallis and will instead play rugby. Specifically, the Hawaii native will play rugby for Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.
Fisiiahi has only been playing the sport exclusively since this past winter, yet somehow managed to put “captain of the U.S. high school All-American team” on his sports résumé. He apparently, in a span of a handful of months, fell head over heels in love with the sport.
“I’m just doing what I love, and that’s just playing rugby,” the athlete said. “I don’t want to do something that I’m not going to be 100 percent at. So I’m just trying to follow my dreams, where my real dreams (are) at, and that’s rugby.”
A three-star member of the Beavers’ 2014 recruiting class, Fisiiahi was rated as the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Hawaii. He signed a National Letter of Intent with OSU this past February.
There’s been a slight tweak to Miami’s defensive secondary ahead of the start of summer camp.
In a press release that consisted all of two sentences, the Hurricanes announced that Ryan Mayes is no longer a member of Mark Richt’s football program. No reason was given for the separation, nor is it known whether the move was voluntary or involuntary.
A three-star member of The U’s 2014 recruiting class, Mayes was rated as the No. 48 cornerback in the country and the No. 92 player at any position in the state of Florida. He held offers from, among others, Boston College and Syracuse.
As a true freshman, Mayes played in three games, then saw action in just one game the following season as he took a redshirt. In 2016, the defensive back played in 11 games, mainly on special teams.
Prior to his departure, the redshirt junior was expected to fill a reserve role in the Hurricanes’ secondary.
Former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington‘s father confirmed his son of the same name was headed to Utah on Wednesday, and the head coach of the team in question has now double confirmed it.
But just because Carrington is at the University of Utah does not make him a Ute. Not yet.
Speaking at Pac-12 media days, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said Carrington is in school but has hurdles to clear to join the team.
“Not just yet. There’s a process that has to occur, some things that have to transpire and we’ve just got to wait for all that to kind of take place,” Whittingham said, via Deseret News.
It’s not sure what “things” have to transpire and when that is expected to happen; Whittingham couldn’t be sure Carrington would be with the team when camp opens Friday.
“Right now I don’t have a good answer because everything’s being sorted through right now,” Whittingham said.
Carrington will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer. He caught 43 passes for a team-leading 606 yards and six touchdowns last season. Utah’s leading returning receiver, junior Raelon Singleton, nabbed 27 passes for 464 yards and four scores a year ago.
OJ Simpson is one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. A unanimous two-time All-American, Simpson won the 1968 Heisman Trophy and was a member of USC’s 1967 national championship team.
OJ Simpson will also soon be a free man.
Granted parole from his felony armed robbery conviction last week, Simpson will be free on Oct. 1. The question, then, if you’re a reporter at Pac-12 media days is whether or not USC will welcome back one of its most accomplished — if not favorite — sons.
The answer? Uh, no.
To be clear, Simpson has not indicated he wanted to be part of USC football again. The 70-year-old indicated to the parole board he would return to Florida if granted his freedom.
USC has distanced itself from Simpson ever since his 1994 double-murder trial, but his Heisman Trophy remains on display at Heritage Hall.
The NCAA likes to remind us that it represents thousands of athletes and most of them will go pro in something other than sports. Most of those athletes consciously know that, yet their college decisions are usually based on what school will help them go pro in sports.
Not Brevin White.
The Lancaster, Ca., quarterback is a 4-star prospect in 247Sports‘s 2018 rankings, with reported offers from Tennessee, Washington, Auburn, North Carolina and others. He’s going to Princeton. White committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, making him Princeton’s highest-rated recruit since Woodrow Wilson.
On Thursday, White appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to talk through why he turned down the SEC for the Ivy League.