What happens when you run out of NCAA eligibility in one sport but still have a chance to play another season? You switch from basketball to football, of course. That is what one Oregon basketball player is doing this fall.
Johnathan Loyd is looking to find a spot on the Oregon football team this season, which we reported on last week. He is giving a shot at playing wide receiver. For Loyd the challenge is finding out if he has the mentality to dig deep and compete at a high pace, and let’s be honest, few programs will throw as much on offense to players as Oregon with the up-tempo style. There is no time to take a breather, but Loyd is up for the challenge with head coach Mark Helfrich lending his support.
“I’d been curious to see if I could play at this level,” Loyd said in a story by the Associated Press. “I love the University of Oregon, and I love to see the Ducks win. So if I can’t do it in basketball anymore, I wanted to try another sport, to see if I could contribute.”
Helfrich has been more than willing to allow Loyd a chance to compete. Helfrich made note there are some signs of some rust from a player who has not played football since high school.
“The guy had a great attitude in the spring — but you could tell he hadn’t played football for five years,” Helfrich said. “It’s not like he’s showing up and playing intramural flag football. He’s playing elite-level Division I football. There’s rust. There’s uncertainty.”
Loyd admitted there was a need for making some adjustments while he broke out of his basketball shell.
“When I first started in the spring I was still in basketball mode. I came off the line and wasn’t going as hard as I could, trying to find my way. That kind of hurt me, I think,” he said. “But I’m out of that now.”
Instead of a helmet sticker, let’s give an assist to our friends over on College Basketball Talk for the find here.
After opting to leave a Group of Five program, Elkanah “Kano” Dillon has to continue his collegiate playing career at a Power Five school.
Dillon posted a tweet to his personal Twitter account Saturday that read simply, “Oregon is the real deal.” Subsequent to that tweet, both The Oregonian and ScoopDuck.com reported that the tight end has decided to transfer to the Ducks.
“Yes sir, I’m going to Oregon,” Dillon texted the latter website.
The move comes nearly three months after Dillon opted to transfer from South Florida. As a graduate transfer, Dillon will be eligible to play immediately at Oregon in 2018, his final season of eligibility.
Last season at USF, Dillon caught 11 passes for 119 yards. He finished the Bulls portion of his career with 504 yards and four touchdowns on 28 receptions.
Of the 33 games Dillon played, the 6-5, 262-pound tight end started eight of those contests. Three of the starts came this past season.
LSU didn’t come out of its spring game this past Saturday completely unscathed.
On his personal Twitters account Sunday, Grant Delpit tweets that he’ll undergo surgery Monday morning. While the defensive back didn’t specify the nature of the medical procedure, both Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate and Andrew Lopez of the New Orleans Times-Picayune are reporting that Delpit sustained a broken collarbone.
In his tweet, Delpit wrote that he’ll “be back soon ready to work!”; Dellenger’s and Lopez’s reports put the timeline at 6-8 weeks for a return, which means the rising true sophomore would be healed well before the start of summer camp in early August.
A four-star 2017 signee, Delpit was the starting safety for 10 of the 13 games in which he played as a true freshman last season. The Houston native finished fourth on the Tigers with 60 tackles and was fourth as well in passes defensed with nine. He was also one of six Tigers players with one interception on the year, second to Andraez Williams‘ team-leading six.
And the disturbing trainwreck continues.
Elysee Mbem-Bosse sent out a string of alarming and threatening tweets last Monday night that seemed to be directed at U-M head football coach Jim Harbaugh. Even as U-M’s athletic director expressed concern for a player who left the football program in mid-November, the University of Michigan Police Department had already confirmed that they had launched an investigation into the social-media threats; the man the tweets were directed at subsequently called them “a serious matter.”
In a tweet posted Sunday morning, Mbem-Bosse “apologize[d] fully” for his social-media missteps, writing that “I take full responsibility for the tweets i (sic) made regarding the safety of Coach Harbaugh.” The former linebacker, though, went on to accuse the university’s police department of harassing him and telling him he’s “mentally ill without proper evaluation.”
The latter accusation came a day after the football player posted a photo of a form in which it shows that a psychiatrist personally examined Mbem-Bosse at the University of Michigan Health System for 35 minutes on Friday, April 19, of this year. That psychiatrist determined that Mbem-Bosse is mentally ill, meaning he “has a substantial disorder of thoughts or mood that significantly impairs judgment, behavior, capacity to recognize reality, or ability to cope with the ordinary demands of life.”
Mbem-Bosse tweeted the photo of the form to Harbaugh’s Twitter account, describing the determination made by the university’s doctor as “Mafia work.” “[U]nbelievable the extent men will go [to] just to cover up their mistakes and flaws,” Mbem-Bosse wrote, presumably alluding to Harbaugh, whose grandfather was born in Sicily and moved to Italy as a young child, dismissing the player back in November amidst what Mbem-Bosse has described as a family crisis.
Other than confirming that an investigation had been initiated, there has been no update from the university’s police department on the probe’s status.
Plenty of programs landed commitments on Saturday, but none like the one Baylor got from a Plano West (Texas) athlete.
Ricardo Benitez agreed to continue his football career at Baylor, which is remarkable since he never should have had a career in the first place. Benitez was born with a condition called Femur Hypoplasia Bilateral, which means he does not have femurs in his legs.
“Doctors told my parents I had a condition called Femur Hypoplasia Bilateral and it might be best to stop the pregnancy,” Benitez told MaxPreps last year. “They said I had a hole in my heart, would be in a wheelchair the rest of my life and never play sports. But my parents saw me as a gift from God and went on with the pregnancy. I crawled until I was two and didn’t start running until I was five.”
Benitez stands 4-foot-2, dresses out with his Wolves team every week and runs routs just like everyone else. Here he is at an SMU camp last year.
Benitez also camped with Baylor last summer and committed to the Bears on Saturday. “I played four years of high school football, and cherished every second of it. When the season ended I knew I was not done being a football player,” Benitez wrote in a Twitter post. “I did not know where, but God did. I received a call from Coach Brown at Baylor University. After a long process, and with tears in my eyes, I can finally announce I will be given the chance to go to college, and play football at Baylor University.”
(Helmet Sticker: Dr. Saturday)