Tua Tagovailoa‘s notoriety has gone international.
Since throwing the game-winning touchdown pass in Alabama’s overtime win over Georgia in the national championship game Monday night, the true freshman quarterback has been the talk of sports in general and college football specifically. According to al.com, that talk is not limited to the United States as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League have placed Tagovailoa on their negotiation list on the off-chance that he ever needs to ply his football wares north of the border.
And just what does Tagovailoa being placed on the negotiation list mean? From al.com:
Each CFL team has a negotiation list of up to 45 players. The list is the starting point for Canadian teams to acquire the most promising international players. The CFL holds an annual draft of Canadian players, but there is no CFL Draft for players from the United States.
The first CFL opportunity to sign an international player goes to the team that holds his negotiation-list rights. Players can initiate a 10-day negotiation window with the team holding his rights, after which, if he does not receive a good-faith contract offer, the league will release him from the negotiation list.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders also placed a claim on Tagovailoa, but the Hamilton club was given waiver priority for his rights. For those curious, Tagovailoa won’t be eligible for the NFL draft until after the 2019 season at the earliest.
The Tiger-Cats are coached by June Jones, the former head coach at Hawaii who was hired as the athletic director at Tagovailoa’s Honolulu high school in December of 2016. Hamilton is also the same CFL team that hired the disgraced Art Briles as an assistant in late August of last year and then, amidst an outcry that included public condemnation from its sponsors, announced a few hours later that the former Baylor coach would no longer be joining the team as a coach.
Oh, and the team is also attempting to work out a contract with former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Arizona State and Mississippi State on Tuesday announced a home-and-home series to be played in 2024-25. Arizona State will host the first game in Tempe on Sept. 7, 2024, and the clubs will meet in Starkville on Sept. 6, 2025.
The Sun Devils and Bulldogs have never met previously.
The Arizona State trip is not Mississippi State’s only upcoming trek from the Deep South to the Southwest. The Bulldogs also lined up a visit to Arizona in 2020 and Texas Tech in 2029. Mississippi State will open the 2024 season against Eastern Kentucky and visit Southern Miss the week after its Arizona State visit, on Sept. 14. The Bulldogs have no other games lined up in 2025 as of yet, according to FBSchedules.
Likewise, Mississippi State is not the Sun Devils’ lone upcoming SEC opponent. Arizona State has a home-and-home with LSU on the docket for 2026-28, per FBSchedules. The Mississippi State games complete both of the Sun Devils’ non-conference schedules for these respective seasons. Arizona State opens with Wyoming and visits Texas State in 2024, and hosts Northern Arizona and Texas State in 2025.
Help is on the way for Chip Kelly‘s offensive line. One graduate transfer offensive lineman has the Bruins on his list, but another has already pulled the trigger for UCLA.
Texas Tech graduate transfer Justin Murphy on Tuesday committed to UCLA in a post on his Twitter account.
A native of Belton, Texas, Murphy signed with Texas Tech in 2014 and made four starts at right guard as a redshirt freshman. He again started four games at right guard in ’15 before moving out to tackle, where he started another four games. But after battling a series of knee injuries, Murphy announced in the middle of the 2016 season he had medically retired from the game.
After sitting out 2017, Murphy announced in March he planned to make a comeback.
UCLA remarkably started the same offensive linemen in all 13 games last season, but tackle Kolton Miller entered the NFL draft, guard Najoee Toran and center Scott Quessenberry graduated.
There are plenty of annoying trends on Twitter, but perhaps the worst is the “I’ll do X if this gets retweeted X-thousand amount of times.” I blame Wendy’s.
But blanket policies are never a good way to go through life, and an exception was made on Tuesday when Toledo offered to change its mascot from a rocket to Shrek with 500,000 retweets.
Sadly, some dreams are simply too beautiful to live in this fallen world, and the tweet was outed to be a hoax. “We are definitely not changing the school mascot to Shrek,” Toledo media relations specialist Christine Billau told USA Today. “The tweet was meant to be fun, but it caused too much of a distraction.”
Meanwhile, Bowling Green gleefully hopped on the dog pile with both elbows pointed out.
It’s not yet known to where Jack Driscoll will transfer, but the field has been significantly narrowed.
Earlier this offseason, Driscoll decided to transfer from UMass. Tuesday, the offensive tackle confirmed to Rivals.com that he’s down to three schools as a potential landing spot — Auburn, UCLA and USC.
Neither football program will have to wait long for a decision as Driscoll expects to make an announcement Wednesday. Driscoll had taken an official visit to all three of the campuses prior to whittling down his transfer to-do list.
“It will come down to one of those three schools,” the lineman told AuburnSports.com. “I feel like all three of the schools would be a good fit.”
Driscoll will graduate from UMass early next month, and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 at whichever program he selects. The upcoming season will be the first of two years of eligibility the 6-5, 294-pound lineman has remaining.
After starting eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, with most of those starts coming at left guard, he started all 12 games in 2017. All of those starts this past season came at right tackle for the football-independent Minutemen. He was named to Phil Steele’s All-Independent first team while he earned second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) honors for good measure.