The vote in favor of autonomy from the 65 member institutions from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC signaled the official dawn of a new era in college sports. Perhaps the writing is on the wall and has been for some time, but Maryland head coach Randy Edsall suggested the power conferences are that much closer to breaking off and playing an entirely different game from the rest of the college football and sports world.
“I think it’s one step closer to the five conferences splitting off,” Edsall said Thursday, according to CSN Baltimore reporter Daniel Martin. “I really do, but again I think there’s bigger issues now that you have that in terms of who is really going to take charge of what’s best for football.
“Yeah, you have this autonomy but now what are we going to do with that to get the collegiate model, you know, the way it should be or back to where it was?”
That will be one of the biggest questions that needs to be addressed. Now that the power conferences have this extra power, what will they do with it? Will they work well with the other conferences or will there be another divide between conferences?
For now, the commissioners of the power conferences appear satisfied, while there are some mixed reactions from the commissioners of the other conferences.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.