Over the last couple of days, the LeSean McCoy “situation” has taken quite a few odd twists and strange turns. And we are about to add yet another one to the mix.But first, a little background.McCoy, Pittsburgh’s leading rusher and one of the top running backs in the nation, is strongly considering making a move from college into the NFL. The way he may or may not be leaning has been a constant source of speculation, especially in the Pittsburgh area.Just yesterday, one of the major newspapers in the city reported McCoy was expected to announce his decision to leave for the NFL later that day; a few hours later, that report was debunked by the other major newspaper through a university press release.Then, later that night, the mother of all McCoy reports hit the Internet, courtesy of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.The article, which appeared on the station’s blog, said “sources very close to the story were 100% confident” McCoy wanted to return to Pittsburgh and play another season. McCoy, the story said, loves being the big man on campus and does not want to turn professional.However, the sources also told the station McCoy’s mother was pressuring the back to turn pro, and that all of the pressure from those around him — and not wanting to cause any friction among the very same people — was turning him into “an emotional wreck”. The source also told KDKA that “he really feels sorry for McCoy” and what he’s going through.Now, with that as the baseline, it’s our turn to throw a few things into the swirling pool of speculation.This morning, after apparently reading our late night posting, College Football Talk was contacted via e-mail by a person with knowledge of the situation, a person who is absolutely certain he knows the source of the KDKA story.Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt.”He has been trying to find a way to get the kid to stay,” the e-mail stated. “He’s desperate to find any shred of anything to get the kid to stay.”Obviously, Wannstedt has every reason for wanting McCoy to return for another season. What coach wouldn’t want such a talented player for as long as the eligibility rules allow?But, if the coach indeed is the source — especially if the coach is the source — there would seem to be a better route to take than publicly dragging the back’s mother into the equation. Or dragging an athlete’s state of mind through the very same watered-down dirt.Particularly if you have a vested interest in said athlete coming back.Whether or not the head coach is the source of the KDKA story is very much up for debate. What is certain, however, is our source on the story is absolutely convinced he is.
Thanks to people like Sam Ehlinger, there’s some good in the world during these trying times.
As of this posting, that number is now moved to over $73,000. That money has come in from nearly 600 individual donors. The page has also been shared more than 3,500 times.
And where will the money be directed to that’s donated? From the GoFundMe page organized by Sam Ehlinger:
I am dedicated to helping families who have been impacted by the current global crisis, and have created a GoFundMe to raise money to assist organizations that are doing incredible work in my community and nationally including the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Central Texas Food Bank, Austin Pets Alive and more. Please join me in supporting these organizations. This collective effort to raise funds for those affected is permissible within NCAA rules and has been approved by the Texas Athletics Compliance staff. All funds raised will be donated directly to 501(c)(3) organizations.
Ehlinger followed the lead of Trevor Lawrence with his classy fundraising effort. After getting on the same page as the NCAA, the Clemson quarterback announced a new effort last week “to help our friends and neighbors in the Cartersville and Upstate South Carolina communities deal with some of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 situation.”
If you would like to donate to Lawrence’s new effort, click HERE.
Army football has added an assistant Jeff Monken‘s coaching staff. And, appropriately enough, he’s a tank. Or, at least his nickname is.
This week, Army football announced that Tenarius “Tank” Wright has been hired by Monken. Wright will serve as the Black Knights’ defensive line coach.
Wright spent the past two seasons at Michigan as the associate director of football strength & conditioning. New defensive coordinator Nate Woody was a defensive analyst at Michigan this past season.
“Coach Woody worked closely with Tank Michigan and has raved about his energy and passion for teaching and coaching,” the Army football head coach said in a statement. “His experience working with one of the top programs in the country will excite our players and bring a new approach to the development of our defensive line.”
Welcome to West Point Tank!
Happy to announce the addition of Wright as our new defensive line coach.
— Army Football (@ArmyWP_Football) April 1, 2020
Wright played his college football at Arkansas, spending the 2008-12 seasons as a defensive end for the Razorbacks. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in a similar role he had at Michigan.
Army is coming off its first bowl-less football season since 2015. They also lost to rival Navy in November after winning three in a row. In the previous three years under Monken, though, the Black Knights went 29-10.
For the second time in a week, a Georgia Southern football player has made his way into the portal.
On his personal Twitter account this week, Java’n Singletary announced that he has decided to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database. A Georgia Southern football official subsequently confirmed that the defensive back is officially listed in the portal.
“I would like to thank Eagle Nation for giving me an endless amount of memories that will last me for a [lifetime],” Singletary wrote. “Also for giving me the opportunity to learn and play under such an amazing coaching staff with such great teammates. …
“Thank you again for the amazing opportunity, and I love you Eagle Nation.”
— Zoe Vahn𓅓⁶ (@JavanSingletary) April 1, 2020
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.
Singletary was a three-star member of the Georgia Southern football Class of 2019. Barring something unexpected, Singletary will have to sit out the 2020 season if he transfers to another FBS school. That would then leave him with three years of eligibility he could use beginning in 2021.
As a true freshman last season, Singletary started one of the nine games in which he played. That lone start came in the Cure Bowl loss to Liberty. He was credited with 10 tackles, and also picked off a pass.
Late last month, after Georgia Southern had wrapped up spring football practice, defensive coordinator Scot Sloan stated that “Singletary looked to be ready to take over as a full-time starter at the strong safety spot.”
Coming off a national championship, LSU football could use some help when it comes to its linebacking corps. As it turns out, said help will come, in part, from a player at a lower level of the sport. A very talented, decorated player.
In early March, Jabril Cox confirmed that he was entering the NCAA transfer database. A couple of days later, it was reported that LSU football was in play to land the erstwhile North Dakota State linebacker.
Thursday evening, Cox confirmed via Twitter that he will be continuing his collegiate playing career for the LSU football team.
Here we Geaux!!📍🐯 pic.twitter.com/p2Q47VW8d6
— Jabril Cox (@_Brillo) April 2, 2020
While LSU hasn’t confirmed the addition of Cox, its head football coach intimated that Cox is headed to Baton Rouge.
Hold That Tiger!
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) April 2, 2020
Cox will be eligible to play for immediately in 2020 as a graduate transfer. Cox’s new home will also be landing a player with the talent to have an immediate impact.
In three years at North Dakota State, Cox earned All-American honors each season. He was the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 2017. In 2018, he was the MVFC Defensive Player of the Year. That same season, he finished fourth in voting for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award. That award is the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
During his three seasons with the Bison, Cox was credited with 258 tackles. Of those, 32 were for losses. He also totaled 18 passes defensed, 14 sacks, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
During his three seasons at North Dakota State, NDSU won an FCS national championship each year. That’s part of a run that has seen the Bison win eight titles in nine seasons.
In addition to LSU football, Texas was also reportedly in play for Cox’s services.