A little over five months after leaving a Power Five program, Dionte Mullins has stepped down a rung or two on the college football ladder.
A tweet earlier this week indicated that Mullins is now a member of the Alabama State football program. Now, the wide receiver is listed on the FCS program’s official website as one of its 2017-18 football signees and is shown on the Hornets’ online roster.
In mid-November, Miami announced that Mullins “is leaving the football program to pursue more playing time opportunities at another program.”
As the Hornets play at the FCS level, Mullins will be eligible to play immediately in 2018. Including the upcoming season, the receiver will have two years of eligibility remaining as well as a redshirt season to use if necessary.
A four-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class, Mullins was rated as the No. 50 receiver in the country and the No. 37 player at any position in the state of Florida. After playing in three games as a true freshman, Mullins had seen action in all eight games last season before leaving. He finished his UM career with four catches for 53 yards, all of which came this season.
A relationship that’s was wobbly as recently as last year has been further solidified thanks to today’s development.
Wednesday, it was reported that the ACC would be announcing future venues — or venue, singular — for its football championship game. A day later, the league confirmed, as expected, that its title game will remain in Charlotte for the foreseeable future.
The new agreement will keep the game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium through the 2030 season. The city was already set to host the game in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“Charlotte has been a tremendous home for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game and we’re pleased to announce the Queen City as our championship destination through 2030,” said conference commissioner John Swofford in a statement. “With the outstanding efforts by the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Carolina Panthers and city of Charlotte, our game has grown into one of the premier sporting events in the country. We look forward every year to this annual celebration of ACC Football.”
Charlotte had played host to the ACC football championship game every year since 2010 before a controversial bill resulted in the conference yanking the 2016 game from the city and moving it to Orlando. In 2017, the game was moved back to Charlotte.
Prior to 2010, the first three league title tilts were played in Jacksonville (2005-07) and the next two in Tampa (2008-09).
Asking your fans to show up to a game in one particular school color is a little old-fashioned. Now, it is all about coordinating your fans to show up in specific colors according to the section they are sitting. This upcoming season, Virginia Tech will give it a shot when they attempt to stripe out Lane Stadium for a big home game against Notre Dame.
Dubbed the “Hokie Effect,” Virginia Tech has a website so fans can enter their seat information so they know whether to show up for the game in maroon or orange. Here is a glimpse at the seating chart, which does not account for the Notre Dame fans that will fill a good number of seats in their blue and gold (and green).
In addition to the stripe out, Virginia Tech also announced a white out for a home game against East Carolina on Sept. 15, an orange out for a Thursday night game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 25, and a maroon out for a Nov. 17 game against Miami.
Of course, Tennessee still holds a decisive lead in the coolest color coordination efforts any time they checker Neyland Stadium.
A little over two months after leaving the ACC, Evan Shirreffs is headed to Conference USA.
On his personal Twitter account Tuesday, Shirreffs announced that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Charlotte. In mid-January, Shirreffs used the same social media website to announce his decision to transfer from Miami, a transfer that had significant restrictions placed on it by his former football program.
As a graduate transfer, Shirreffs will be eligible to play for the 49ers in 2018. Additionally, he’ll have a year of eligibility that he can use in 2019 as well.
A three-star member of UM’s 2015 recruiting class, Shirreffs took a redshirt his true freshman season. After playing in one game in 2016, he saw action in four contests this past season. He completed two-of-seven passes for 16 yards in 2017.
Shirreffs is the second Hurricanes quarterback to transfer to Charlotte in the last couple of years, joining Kevin Olsen. While a member of the 49ers, Olsen was arrested on multiple felony rape charges.
Miami’s linebacking corps has taken a hit, but its impact should be limited to just the spring.
During a radio interview Monday, Mark Richt hinted that there was an injury issue with Zach McCloud. Tuesday, the head coach confirmed that the linebacker will essentially be sidelined for the remainder of spring practice because of an injury to his left wrist.
“He’s got a wrist injury He won’t be able to go through spring, but he’ll be ready in the fall,” Richt said in quotes distributed by the team. “I think the entire summer he’ll be good as well to train.”
McCloud will likely be able to participate in non-contact drills through the remainder of the spring, which culminates with the annual spring game April 14, as he continues rehabbing the injury.
As a true sophomore last season, McCloud started 11 of the 13 games in which he played. He was credited with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
All told, he’s started 22 games during his two seasons with the Hurricanes.