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 Davey O’Brien Award is next up as watch list season is in fall swing.
The Bednarik Award opened the proceedings Monday. A day later, the Davey O’Brien Award released a preseason watch list that includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the country. And, according to the award’s press release, “new transfers were eligible to be included for the first time in the award’s history.”
Justin Fields of Ohio State, a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award in 2019, is among the players on the watch list. Fields is joined by seven semifinalists from last year: Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, Shane Buechele of SMU, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Minnesota’s Tanner Morgan, Brock Purdy of Iowa State and Memphis’ Brady White.
The Big 12 and SEC both landed five watch listers, the most of any single conference. Both the ACC and Big Ten placed four apiece in the group, while the Pac-12 has two. With three, the AAC leads all Group of Five leagues.
Fourteen seniors, eight juniors and eight sophomores combine to make up the list.
Below are all 30 members of this year’s watch list.
Hank Bachmeier, Boise State, So., 6-1, 200, Murrieta, Calif.
Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, So., 6-3, 210, Grapevine, Texas
Charlie Brewer, Baylor, Sr., 6-1, 206, Austin, Texas
Shane Buechele, SMU, Sr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas
Jack Coan, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-3, 221, Sayville, N.Y.
Sean Clifford, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 219, Cincinnati, Ohio
Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 201, Grafton, Ohio
Micale Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., 6-1, 200, Montgomery, Ala.
Jayden Daniels, Arizona State, So., 6-3, 175, San Bernardino, Calif.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Sr., 6-3, 230, Austin, Texas
Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 228, Kennesaw, Ga.
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawai
Donald Hammond III, Air Force, Sr., 6-2, 220, Hampton, Ga.
Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., 6-1 1/4, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.
Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-2, 205, Jacksonville, Fla.
D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.
Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 190, Baton Rouge, La.
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-3, 217, San Antonio, Texas
Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, Jr., 6-2, 215, Union, Ky.
Jamie Newman, Georgia, Sr., 6-4, 230, Graham, N.C.
Bo Nix, Auburn, So., 6-2, 207, Pinson, Ala.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Jr., 6-1, 212, Gilbert, Ariz.
Chris Robison, Florida Atlantic, Jr., 6-1, 200, Mesquite, Texas
Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State, So., 6-1, 199, Denton, Texas
Kedon Slovis, USC, So., 6-2, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Zac Thomas, Appalachian State, Sr., 6-1, 210, Trussville, Ala.
Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 239, Manvel, Texas
Brady White, Memphis, Sr., 6-3, 215, Santa Clarita, Calif.
For the first time in a while, Tommy Tuberville is front and center in the headlines in the great state of Alabama. This time, though, it’s for a different sport.
In April of 2019, Tommy Tuberville announced that he would be running for one of the Alabama seats in the United States Senate. The seat Tuberville was running for is currently held by Democrat Doug Jones, who won an extremely close (and contentious) special election back in 2017.
Before facing Jones, however, Tuberville would need to win the Republican runoff. Against Jeff Sessions, the former U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama with deep ties to the Yellowhammer State. Sessions, though, had his issues, you could say, with President Donald Trump, who, even amidst some football gaffes, wholeheartedly endorsed Tuberville.
Tuesday night, that endorsement likely paid off as the 65-year-old Tuberville claimed the Republican nomination in a resounding win. Tuberville will now face Jones in the November general election. Given the fact that the state of Alabama skews heavily toward the right, a Tuberville win is expected.
Not surprisingly, the current POTUS basked in the glow of Tuberville’s win.
Wow, just called! @TTuberville – Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020
Tuberville spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Auburn, famously guiding the Tigers to a six-game winning streak over the rival Alabama Crimson Tide during his tenure. “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have Nick Saban,” Tuberville said in a radio interview when asked why Alabama football fans should vote for him.
A head coach most of the past two decades, Tuberville had a 159-99 record in stops that included Ole Miss (1995-98), Texas Tech (2010-12) and Cincinnati (2013-16) in addition to his time on The Plains.
UTSA has officially bolstered its football roster via the transfer portal. Again.
In late June, Julon Williams committed to the UTSA football program. The Houston wide receiver had entered the NCAA transfer database earlier that same month. Monday, the Roadrunners confirmed Williams’ addition to the football team.
Williams won’t be coming to UT-San Antonio football as a graduate transfer. As a result, he’ll have to sit out the 2020 season for the Roadrunners. Barring an unlikely waiver, of course. That will leave the receiver two years of eligibility starting in 2021.
Williams was a three-star member of the Houston football Class of 2018. He was also the highest-rated signee for the Cougars that cycle.
The production on the field, however, failed to match that recruiting pedigree. In two seasons, the Converse, Texas, native played in just two games. Both of those appearances came as a true freshman.
In that limited action, Williams caught three passes for 61 yards.
As noted in its release, Williams is the younger brother of Jarveon Williams, UTSA’s career rushing leader who played in 2013-16. The elder Williams brother is also currently a graduate assistant at UTSA.
It’s a Lone Star State-sized mouthful, but Texas football will officially step onto a newly-named field if/when the 2020 season kicks off.
Myriad Texas student-athletes, including football players, requested last month that several issues be addressed. Monday, UT confirmed that it had initiated several changes on the athletic and academic side of the university, many of which addressed the concerns of the student-athletes. One that didn’t? The “Eyes of Texas” will remain the school song.
The school did note, though, that, “[a]t the suggestion of the Jamail family, [the university would] rename Joe Jamail Field at the stadium in honor of Texas’ two great Heisman Trophy winners, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, two Longhorn legends with a record of commitment to the university.”
Tuesday, the university confirmed that, moving forward, the home for Texas football will officially be known as Campbell-Williams Field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
At the request of the Jamail family, Joe Jamail Field will now be named in honor of our Longhorn Legends and Heisman Trophy winners Earl Campbell & Ricky Williams. Going forward, it's officially Campbell-Williams Field.
— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) July 14, 2020
In 1977, Campbell became the first-ever Texas football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Two decades later, Williams became the second in 1998. Those two running backs remain the only Longhorns to ever claim the most prestigious individual trophy in the sport.
“This is such a great tribute and so well deserved,” former Texas and current North Carolina head coach Mack Brown told the Austin American-Statesman via email. “And what an awesome tribute it is to Joe Jamail, and an amazing gesture by his family that they wanted to do this for Ricky and Earl. But that’s who the Jamail family is. Joe loved Ricky, Earl and all of the players.
“This is such a fitting way for the family to honor Joe and to say thank you to all of the players and the university they care for so deeply.”
Joe Jamail, a renowned attorney, passed away in 2015. His name has been on the field since 1997, shortly after he gave yet another multi-million gift to the football program. The first game played on Joe Jamail Field, Texas lost to UCLA 66-3. Jamail’s response?
“How much f***ing money does it take to get my name off the field?”