The 2014 season is still a little bit down the road, but LSU has already “gotten over on” one of its SEC West rivals.
As the football program is in the final stages of an expansion of the south endzone, LSU announced that it has increased its stadium capacity to 102,321. Such a capacity would push LSU past Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) and into third in the SEC behind Texas A&M’s Kyle Field (106,511) and Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium (102,455). It also moves Tiger Stadium to sixth nationally.
(Writer’s note: that placement is based on A&M’s Kyle Field moving to No. 3 nationally and tops in the SEC once a multi-phase expansion project is completed sometime in 2015.)
Now, LSU didn’t necessarily add 10,000-ish seats during the expansion. Instead, and in addition to the increase in seating, the program changed its accounting procedures to fall in line with how others “in its peer group” compute their numbers.
“We are listing a stadium capacity now rather than seating capacity, which is in line with what other schools in the SEC are doing,” LSU associate athletic director for tickets operations Brian Broussard said in a statement provided by the school. “The stadium capacity takes into account ancillary groups, such as media, game management and concessions staff.”
So, there’s that.
And, in totally unrelated news, the 2014 college football season will begin in earnest in 47 days with Abilene State-Georgia State on a Wednesday and a day later with Texas A&M-South Carolina in Columbia at Williams-Brice Stadium (capacity: 80,250, No. 24 in the country).
And, yes, both of those games can’t get here soon enough.
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.