The college football career for offensive lineman Drew Carroll has come to an end due to a kidney disease. The Rice player announced his decision to step away form football to his teammates this week.
According to the Associated Press, Carroll has immunoglobulin A nephropathy. In short, the disease is when abnormal proteins build up in the kidneys and cause scarring and deterioration. Carroll could have to go through dialysis treatments and a potential kidney transplant.
“I just try to focus on the next day right now,” Carroll said to the Associated Press. “I don’t think too much down the road about a transplant or dialysis. I kind of worry about each day. I don’t think focusing on all of that will help me that much.”
That sure sounds like a good way to approach what has to be a troubling situation. Carroll is scheduled to graduate this December with a degree in sports medicine. Carroll will remain a part of the team in the meantime. Rice head coach David Bailiff has added Carroll to the coaching staff as an offensive line coach.
“You hope a day like this never comes,” Bailiff said. “But it’s important to keep him close, let him feel the emotions of the game and keep those relationships with the team.”
It appears the tentacles of an NCAA investigation centered in Oxford could ultimately have an impact on Austin as well.
247Sports.com was the first to report that Texas and defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn are expected to part ways. The recruiting website writes that “[i]t is unclear whether Vaughn will resign or be fired.”
Subsequent to that initial report, multiple media outlets have reported the same.
It surfaced late last month that the Ole Miss football program, the subject of an NCAA investigation, had received a Notice of Allegations from The Association regarding alleged violations in three sports, including football. There were 28 total violations spread out amongst the sports, 13 of which reportedly involved football — with nine of those occurring since Hugh Freeze took over for Houston Nutt in December of 2011.
Vaughn was a member of Nutt’s Rebels coaching staff from 2008-11 when four of the alleged NCAA violations occurred, and from which his current employment issue currently stems:
Vaughn, who was an assistant at Ole Miss six years ago, may have been implicated in part of the NCAA allegations recently levied against Ole Miss.
Vaughn coached for the Rebels from 2008 to 2011 and served as the team’s defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Sources tell Horns247 the facts against Vaughn “were damning.”
And then there’s this ominous-sounding Twitter update from Brian Davis of the Austin-American Statesman:
Vaughn has spent the past two seasons with Charlie Strong and the Longhorns, and has been a key recruiting component for the program. In between his stints at Ole Miss and Texas, Vaughn was the cornerbacks coach at Memphis from 2012-13.
Oregon has already landed FCS transfer Dakota Prukop this offseason. Now, the Ducks have landed another FCS player who could potentially provide protection for the quarterback this coming season as well.
The Ducks announced via Twitter Wednesday that Zac Morgan has been added to the football roster. The offensive lineman began his collegiate career playing at Dayton of the FCS.
The upcoming season will be Morgan’s final year of college football, and he will be eligible to play immediately for the Ducks.
The Ducks will be getting a lineman who has the experience to step in and contribute right away.
Over the past three seasons, the 6-7, 280-pound Morgan started 26 games, including all 12 at left tackle in 2015. Following this past season, Morgan was named to the first-team All-Pioneer Football league squad.
Seeking a better opportunity for playing time, Walter Tucker has bid adieu to The U.
Reports began to circulate Wednesday that Tucker was likely leaving Miami, with the player taking to social media to reveal he is “no longer a #cane.” A day later, the Hurricanes confirmed in a press release that Tucker has left the team to pursue other collegiate opportunities.
The running back came to a final decision following a Wednesday meeting with first-year UM head coach Mark Richt.
“Walter and I spoke yesterday and he felt like he would have a better opportunity to finish his college football career and education at another university,” Richt said in a statement. “I wish him the very best.”
Tucker played in 32 games the past three seasons, mainly on special teams. He carried the ball three times for eight yards in 2015, and caught one pass for eight yards the year before.
It’s expected Tucker will play his final season of college football — he’ll be a fourth-year senior — at the FCS level.
Texas and Texas A&M can’t seem to get together to renew their rivalry on the football field, but the two programs still find their scheduling paths crossing every now and again.
Texas and Rice announced in separate press releases Thursday afternoon that the two schools have reached an agreement on a new three-game series that will renew the in-state rivalry yet again. The first game of that series will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on an undetermined date in 2019. The final two games will be played in Austin during the 2021 and 2023 seasons.
The 2019 game on Rice’s end will replace a previously-scheduled matchup with A&M. According to Rice, A&M requested a release from that game because of a scheduling conflict.
The Longhorns and Owls have met 94 times previously, the most recent coming just this past season. Those 94 games represent the most Rice has ever played against a single opponent.
UT owns a 72-21-1 edge in the all-time series. The Owls only win in the series since 1965 came in October of 1994.