I guess there’s now something we can officially label as Boogergate? And, to put the green cherry on top of the nasal soufflé, it involves the most headline-making head coach in college football.
Michigan had little problem dispatching UCF this past Saturday, with the Wolverines pushing their record to 2-0 on the strength of a second straight win by 37 or more points. The most noteworthy thing to come out of the 51-14 win over the AAC school, in fact, was a video that went viral in which it appeared to some that the UM head coach did some nostril digging and pulled out a little in-game snack.
I have five kids and, well, let’s just say that move looks awfully familiar.
Harbaugh, however, wants to make it perfectly clear that that wasn’t his move. In fact, he loudly proclaimed that he’s never eaten nostril debris. Ever.
“I have never eaten a booger in my entire life,” Harbaugh, by way of mlive.com, said on his weekly radio show Monday night. “That might have looked like what was happening. But I think if you rub your nose and then you bite your fingernail, that’s not eating a booger now.
“There was no booger eating. Let me clear the air … for clarity here, for the record, I have never eaten a booger in my entire life.”
I’ll allow those in the audience who’d like to go “Magic Loogie” on the video evidence to determine what exactly was going on with Harbaugh’s thumb, whether it was inside or outside the nostril and whether he subsequently munched on what he may or may not have trapped.
Louisville RB L.J. Scott reportedly transfers to Eastern Kentucky
Scott was a reserve runner in his first two seasons at Louisville and fell out of favor in Bobby Petrino‘s offense in 2016. He carried 29 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2014 and rushed 39 times for 180 yards and four scores in 2015. His numbers dipped dramatically in 2016, though, totaling only three rushes for 15 yards. Scott battled a hamstring injury during the season but saw his usage dip even before the ailment popped up.
Scott will have one year to compete for the Colonels.
Not to be confused with the Michigan State running back of the same name, Scott was a consensus 3-star recruit when he signed with the Cardinals out of Harding, Ohio, in 2014.
Baylor and Houston lighting up the skies for recruiting purposes
New Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is absolutely loving being in charge of a football program that has its own stadium to call home. The look on Rhule’s face as he walked on to Baylor’s football turf and soaked it all in after years as the head coach of Temple and having to share space in an NFL venue said it all. It did not take long for Rhule and his staff in Waco to find a way to show off the stadium and the atmosphere either, as Baylor has been lighting the stadium Baylor green for recruiting visits since Rhule’s arrival.
It has become apparent that “Baylor Lit” is Rhule’s go-to catchphrase any time he receives positive recruiting news for the program, like a player committing to the university. Coaches are not allowed to directly and publicly comment on recruits before they are enrolled, so many coaches have taken to Twitter with a brief catchphrase to let their followers know something good just happened. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, for example, would say “Yessir!” on his Twitter account.
Because ideas are stolen all the time around college football, Houston appears to have been inspired by Baylor and is lighting their stadium red for similar purposes.
There are some other schools I’d be curious to see duplicate this light show exhibition. Maybe Middle Tennessee could light the sky blue? Notre Dame could provide a golden shine to the sky. Syracuse plays in a dome, unfortunately, but an orange-lit sky would be cool to see. And of course, Hawaii could go with a full spectrum of the colors of the rainbow.
What I am trying to say is, lighting the sky in your team’s colors is cool and more schools should give it a try.
Oregon co-offensive coordinator David Reaves was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. In response to the arrest, Oregon has placed Reaves on administrative leave and is already moving to terminate his contract.
According to a report from The Oregonian, Reaves was pulled over at 2:12 a.m. in Eugene. Suspected of being impaired while operating the vehicle, and following an on-scene investigation, Reaves was charged and booked into a county jail at 5:18 a.m. He was released from jail later Sunday morning. There was an adult passenger in the car.
“University of Oregon assistant football coach David Reaves was arrested last night and charged with Driving Under the Influence by members of the Eugene Police Department,” a statement from Oregon director of athletics Rob Mullens said. “Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced. The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness.”
Reaves was hired specifically to coach tight ends and take on the role of passing game coordinator while he and Mario Cristobal shared the role of offensive coordinator.
The addition of Carter to the Pitt roster could pay immediate dividends this fall. With defensive tackles Tyrique Jarrett and Shakir Soto no longer in the fold, Carter has an excellent opportunity to slide right into a key role on a Pitt defense that has plenty of room for improvement in 2017.
Just as a reminder, Carter and his new teammates head to Happy Valley to face Penn State on September 9. It is the second of a four-game series between the in-state rivals.