Chris Berman interviewed both presidential candidates today for a segment that will run at halftime of Monday Night Football, and Barack Obama said something that college football fans will find interesting: If he could change one thing about sports, he’d implement a college football playoff.Berman asked both candidates to name one thing they would change in sports, and Obama answered, “I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football. I’m fed up with these computer rankings and this and that and the other. Get eight teams -– the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide on a National Champion.”I’m with Obama, although hammering out the details of picking the eight teams and scheduling the playoff is easier said than done. Still, a little nudging from Obama, whose brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, is the basketball coach at Oregon State, can’t hurt in persuading the university presidents to figure out a way to get a playoff done.As for McCain, he answered Berman’s question by saying, “I’d take significant action to prevent the spread and use of performance-enhancing substances. I think it’s a game we’re going to be in for a long time. What I mean by that is there is somebody in a laboratory right now trying to develop some type of substance that can’t be detected and we’ve got to stay ahead of it. It’s not good for the athletes. It’s not good for the sports. It’s very bad for those who don’t do it and I think it can attack the very integrity of all sports going all the way down to high school.”
The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.
In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.
So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 6, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.
(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section. Mailbag, maybe?)
THE HEADLINE: Former Clemson, East Carolina RB Tyshon Dye dies in drowning accident
THE SYNOPSIS: Dye was a member of Clemson’s national championship team in 2016 and the runners-up squad in 2015.
THE HEADLINE: Alabama football staff member arrested for DUI for second time since being hired
THE SYNOPSIS: This most certainly isn’t part of The Process™. Josh Chapman played his college football for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. As of this posting, he remains as part of the extended UA football staff.
THE HEADLINE: Four-star QB-turned-minor league baseball player has football offers from three SEC schools
THE SYNOPSIS: Cord Sandberg ultimately chose Auburn over LSU, NC State. In three career appearances, Sandberg completed six of his eight pass attempts for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 70 yards on 10 carries. The Florida native will be a redshirt sophomore this coming season.
THE HEADLINE: Arkansas, Notre Dame announce future home-and-home
THE SYNOPSIS: The Lou Holtz Bowl, y’all! The two teams will meet in South Bend Sept. 12 this season. The back-end of the home-and-home is set for 2025 in Fayetteville.
THE HEADLINE: Disturbing security video of FSU QB De’Andre Johnson (allegedly) punching woman surfaces
THE SYNOPSIS: Florida State dismissed Johnson very shortly after the video was released.
THE HEADLINE: Urban Meyer finally talks Aaron Hernandez; says blaming him is ‘irresponsible’
THE SYNOPSIS: These were Meyer’s first public comments on the former Gator star’s stunning fall from glory.
THE HEADLINE: Ohio State to answer NCAA charges on Friday
THE SYNOPSIS: The so-called Tat-gate violations had already cost Jim Tressel his job as the Buckeyes head coach. And would’ve cost a handful of players, including Terrelle Pryor, five games in 2011. Pryor, though, entered the 2011 Supplemental Draft.
The scheduling tear for Troy football continues.
Troy and UAB announced a future home-and-home football series in early May. Then another earlier this month. In between, future games versus Missouri (HERE), Iowa (HERE) and Army (HERE) were added as well. Late last week, Troy was at it again as the football program confirmed yet another home-and-home, this one with UMass.
Friday, Troy announced yet another future matchup. According to a release, the Sun Belt Conference school will square off with Nicholls State Aug. 30 of 2025. The matchup with the FCS opponent will be played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy.
The two programs, former conference rivals, are very familiar with one another. From the school’s release on the renewal:
Troy and Nicholls State have a long history dating back to 1973 and continuing through Troy’s years as a member of the Southland Conference. The Trojans have enjoyed the upper hand with a 20-6-1 advantage in the series including four straight victories before the series halted in 2001.
After winning 10-plus games in three straight seasons from 2016-18, Troy tumbled to a 5-7 record in 2019. That was the Trojans’ first season under Chip Lindsey. Lindsey replaced Neal Brown, who left to take the head job at West Virginia.
According to 247Sports.com, offensive tackle Connor Robbins has placed his name into the NCAA transfer database. While he didn’t confirm it on his personal Twitter account, the Georgia State football player did retweet the report.
The 6-9, 310-pound lineman will be leaving the Panthers as a graduate transfer.
Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.
As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.
NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.
Robbins was a three-star member of the Georgia State football Class of 2017. He was the highest-rated signee for the Panthers that cycle.
Robbins took a redshirt as a true freshman. The past two seasons, the Florida native played in 15 games. Most of that action, though, came on the point-after and field goal units.
In the third season under Shawn Elliott, GSU went 7-6 this past year. It was a five-win improvement from the 2-10 record the year before. In Elliott’s first season, the Panthers went 7-5. The seven wins are the best-ever for the Georgia State football program since moving to the FBS level in 2013.
The Power Five transfer train has officially made yet another stop at the Tulane football program.
In late March, Ajani Kerr entered his name into the NCAA transfer database. Three months later, Tulane confirmed in a release that the Georgia Tech defensive back has officially signed and been added to the football roster.
Kerr comes to the Green Wave as a graduate transfer. This coming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.
Kerr was a two-star member of Tech’s 2016 recruiting class coming out of high school in Georgia. After redshirting as a true freshman, Kerr played in 29 games the past three seasons. Five of those appearances came in 2019.
In that action, Kerr had been credited with 66 tackles (55 solo, 11 assisted) and one fumble recovery.
Kerr is one of four Power Five transfers to join Tulane football this offseason.
Jan. 24, Tulane football officially welcomed Oklahoma State transfer linebacker Kevin Henry. Four days later, former Oklahoma wide receiver Mykel Jones was formally added to the roster as well. In late January, Florida State cornerback Kyle Meyers tweeted his move to the Green Wave. Last month, Tulane confirmed the signing of Duke transfer offensive lineman Jaylen Miller.