Because we live in an age were even the most veiled and coded messages on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram most be broken down to decipher the hidden meaning, it would seem Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is suggesting a possible return for the 2018 season.
That would seem to make some sense because he has been slowed by various injury concerns this season and may not have the highest draft stock if he decided to leave early for the NFL this spring. In a post on his Instagram account, Thompson posted a photo of himself with the caption “Looking ahead,” accompanied by a hashtag suggesting his plans to stick around for another year, his senior season.
If Thompson s indeed coming back for another season at Georgia, the Bulldogs could benefit by having him pad the depth on the line a bit.
Meanwhile, Georgia continues to look forward to their Rose Bowl matchup against Oklahoma in one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals on January 1.
A day before the Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia, a report about an alleged sexual abuse case in 2014 against Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw was published by The Daily Beast. An internal investigation by officials in West Point concluded Bradshaw and a female cadet had consensual sexual relationship. Army’s latest response to the story defends the initial investigation’s findings and conclusion amid the report from The Daily Beast.
“The Army takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously, and every allegation of sexual assault is thoroughly investigated,” the statement said, per USA Today. “The Army and The US Military Academy are aware that sexual assault allegations from a single incident were made against Cadet Bradshaw in 2014 and that the allegations were thoroughly investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. The investigation concluded that the allegations against Cadet Bradshaw were unfounded and the case was closed.”
Bradshaw had previously been suspended from team activities while the investigation was ongoing at the time. When he left the program for a brief period of time in 2016, it was said to be for some administrative stuff, which turned out to be something regarding academic integrity according to The Daily Beast report.
Bradshaw will play for Army this afternoon in the 118th playing of the Army-Navy Game. He comes into the game with 1,472 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for the 8-3 Black Knights, looking for their second straight win over Navy.
Looks like Josh Heupel is sticking with some familiar faces as he gets himself settled in Orlando. As the new head coach of the Knights puts together his coaching staff, it appears he will be bringing another member of the Missouri coaching staff with him. According to a report from Gabe DeArmond, offensive line coach Glen Elarbee will be heading to UCF to coach an unconfirmed position.
A similar report from Football Scoop suggested the same, and it also held off on reporting Elarbee will be the offensive coordinator.
Either way, a coach getting a new head coaching job often lends to surrounding himself with coaches he is both familiar with and brings experience to the table. Elarbee checks both of those boxes off for Heupel as he moves to UCF to be the head coach.
As expected earlier in the day, Oregon has officially named Mario Cristobal as its next head football coach. The announcement making the move official came Friday afternoon with a released statement.
“Mario’s leadership skills, work ethic, and experience makes him a perfect fit to lead the Oregon football program,” Oregon director of athletics Rob Mullens said in a released statement. “He has a passion for Oregon and a vision for our future success, and has made a significant impact on our student-athletes during his time here. We look forward to a great future on the horizon for Ducks under Mario’s leadership.
Cristobal joined the Oregon football program as an offensive assistant under Willie Taggart, who of course has returned to the state of Florida to coach Florida State. Oregon players had been dropping hints online all week about their enthusiasm to be playing for Cristobal, and it is likely they are happy to have Cristobal staying around for the future.
This will be Cristobal’s first head coaching job since 2012, when he was fired by FIU, for some reason. We’re still trying to figure that one out. But life goes on. Cristobal spent some time as an assistant at Alabama under Nick Saban and then one year at Oregon.
Like his adoptive father, Jeffrey Sandusky will serve time for the sexual abuse of minors.
Sandusky was arrested on multiple charges in February of this year related to exchanging texts with a teenage girl asking for naked photos and oral sex from a girl who at the time was 15 years of age. In September, one week before he was set to face trial, he pleaded guilty to 14 counts that included statutory sexual assault; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; photographing, video graphing, depicting on computer or filming sexual acts; and unlawful contact with a minor.
Friday, the Centre Daily Times reported, Sandusky was sentenced to 3½-6 years in state prison. The judge credited him with 299 days served.
Through his attorney, the 41-year-old Sandusky continued to maintain that there was no physical contact with any of his victims.
Jeffrey Sandusky is one of six adopted children of Dottie and Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced former defensive coordinator at Penn State. The elder Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 child-sex abuse charges in June of 2012 and is currently serving a sentence of at least 30 years.