Day: July 14, 2014

West Virginia v Oklahoma

WVU’s second-leading returning rusher arrested


The offseason can’t get here fast enough for every college football coach across the nation.

While the details are extremely scant at the moment, Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail tweeted a short time ago that running back Wendell Smallwood (grow up, people) was arrested Monday.  The charge?  It’s unknown at this time.

Somewhat ominously, Casazza wrote that “[the WVU police d]epartment says chief will wait until Tuesday to comment on matter.”

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen is aware of the arrest.

“We are looking into the matter and will take action at the appropriate time,” a statement from the university read.

Smallwood’s 221 yards were good for second on the team last year. That total is second to only Dreamius Smith‘s 494 yards among returning Mountaineers.

Michigan’s Glasgow: ‘I made a mistake… let a lot of people down’

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

A contrite Graham Glasgow was sentenced Monday in connection to a drunk-driving incident earlier this offseason, multiple media outlets reported.

The Michigan offensive lineman received 12 months probation, an $800 fine and six days of community service after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.  He had originally been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Additionally, he’s been barred from drinking alcohol; is subject to random drug and alcohol tests as well as required to attend alcohol education classes; and speak to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel.

At his sentencing, Glasgow apologized in remarks directed to the judge in his case.

“I made a mistake,” Glasgow told the judge. “I let a lot of people down. I’m sorry. This is an opportunity to learn from the mistake and never let this happen again.”

Last season, Glasgow started 13 games — nine at center, four at guard. He has been suspended for the season opener against Appalachian State.

Muschamp faces hot-seat talk head-on

Will Muschamp

Well, this might be a first.

Normally when the “hot seat” subject is broached with a head coach, or even an athletic director, the parties either dismiss it completely or quickly change the narrative.  Very, very rarely, if ever, do they actually acknowledge that phrase or let is spill off their lips.

To Will Muschamp‘s credit, he did exactly that earlier today.

Speaking to reporters at the SEC Media Days, Muschamp was asked a question regarding being on the hot seat entering the 2014 season.  The third-year head coach, at least outwardly, didn’t flinch.

“There will be a lot of chatter about hot seat business and that’s part of it,” Muschamp said. “The way you combat that is by having a winning football team and winning football games, which is what we’re going to do.”

Acknowledging the hot seat is nice and all, but it doesn’t change the fact that Muschamp enters this upcoming season on arguably the most toasty seat in the country.

Following an 11-win second season in Gainesville, the Gators hit rock-bottom in Muschamp’s third as UF tripped, stumbled and bumbled its way to an abysmal 4-8 record. It was the Gators’ worst record since 1979 and its first bowl-less season 1990.

The din for Muschamp’s head on a pike grew exponentially louder with each embarrassing loss — FCS Georgia Southern in The Swamp, anyone — so much so that athletic director Jeremy Foley was forced to give his beleaguered and embattled head coach a public “atta boy.” Foley stated he was “1,000-percent convinced” that Muschamp is the right man for the job, and the coach is returning for a fourth season.

Should 2014 play out even remotely similar to the way 2013, did however, there’s a 1,000-percent chance that Muschamp won’t get a fifth season and will instead be headed for the head-coaching unemployment line.

Mizzou makes Ricker’s hire as OL coach official

A.J. Ricker
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A.J. Ricker has officially gone home.

A handful of days after it was first reported, Missouri announced Monday evening that Ricker has officially been hired as Gary Pinkel‘s offensive line coach.  Ricker stepped down from the same job at Illinois to return to his alma mater.

“We’re really excited to have A.J. join our staff,” said Pinkel in a statement. “When we had this opportunity, we wanted to bring a young coach in who had experience, and A.J. fits that perfectly. We feel like he’s one of the best young offensive line coaches in the country, and we talk all the time about being Mizzou Made. He understands our system, he loves Mizzou and he can’t wait to get started.”

Ricker’s presence will certainly be a familiar one for Mizzou fans.

From 2000-03, Ricker started 47 games at center for Mizzou. He went on to serve as the line coach at Western Michigan in 2008 and then again from 2011-12. He spent his one and only season with the Illini in 2013.

Suffice to say, the lure of coming back to the Tigers proved to be too much for Ricker — but not the biggest lure.

“Obviously, coming home is a big deal to me,” said Ricker. “But I want people to know that’s the not the important thing, I’m coming here to do a job to teach the game and do it at a really high level. My biggest focus is to get there and take what I’ve learned at all my different stops, roll my sleeves up and get to work to help us win a lot of ballgames. Certainly, it’s an honor to coach at your alma mater, and I’m grateful to Coach Pinkel and his staff for having the faith in me to bring me on. They’ve done a heck of a job of building this program and I’m really pleased and excited to be part of it.”

Illinois, incidentally, has yet to announce a replacement for Ricker.

(Photo credit: Illinois athletics)

Reports: LSU baseball player may rejoin Tigers as a QB

Jared Foster

It looks as if LSU may look down an unusual avenue for some much-needed depth at the quarterback position.

On the heels of a report that quarterback-turned-wide receiver Rob Bolden was leaving the Tigers for (probably) the MAC, we were reminded that the Tigers have just two scholarship players at the position on their roster.  A very familiar face, though, may be on his way to “save” the personnel day.

Baton Rouge radio personality Matt Moscona and Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate both tweeted earlier today that Jared Foster is contemplating a return to the Tigers football team, with the latter writing that the player is “strongly considering” a return.  Foster was a walk-on quarterback at LSU in 2011 but was buried on the depth chart and switched to baseball full-time shortly thereafter.

This article HERE, from February of this year, indicated that Foster had no interest in coming back to football; situations, especially on the LSU football side, has apparently caused a change of heart.

In one of his tweets, Dellenger writes that “LSU [baseball] coach Paul Mainieri has discussed with Jared Foster the possibility of the outfielder rejoining football team.” A final decision hasn’t been made, but probably will be made at some point before the start of summer camp early next month.

Should Foster decide to join the football team, he would strictly be a No. 3, emergency-type quarterback behind sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris, the former being the (slight) favorite to win the starting job. That, though, could change at any point during summer camp as Harris, an early enrollee, had an outstanding spring practice.