In a blog posting titled “Pathetic Press Conference”, the Los Angeles Daily News paints a rather unflattering portrait of a head coach who’s normally viewed as Mr. Laid Back.In his posting, writer Scott Wolf described Pete Carroll as “extremely ungracious” at the press conference announcing quarterback Mark Sanchez‘s decision to leave the Trojans for the NFL. Wolf also wrote that Carroll “stormed out of the room”, and that “his anger was clear if you spend time around him.”Carroll, reportedly, never sat down at the table with Sanchez, instead opting to stand “with his palms on the table.”If the depiction of the USC head coach’s actions at today’s press conference are accurate, the headline of the blog post is certainly apt.Pathetic.Look, it’s one thing to do that behind closed doors. It’s understandable he’d be none too pleased at having one of the top quarterbacks in the country leave him early. Again, in private, it’s somewhat defensible and understandable.It’s another matter entirely, however, to act like a petulant, spoiled brat who didn’t get his way in such a public arena. There’s no defense, no understanding that type of reaction, especially from one of the stewards of the university.Especially when it occurs at such a momentous occasion in a young man’s life and when it involved a decision that was — by most accounts — not an easy one for the QB to come to.Agree or disagree with Sanchez’s decision all you want, Pete, but please try to show a little more class and a little less ass. I’m sure your future recruits would appreciate knowing you’ve got their backs should the time come for them to make a decision like Sanchez’s.At least and especially in public.(WRITER’S NOTE: Yes, yes, yes, I know. It’s “Mark”, not “Matt”. Mea culpa. I will now beat myself about the head and neck area with an on-fire 2×4 as penance. Thanks in advance.)
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 June 4, 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: Kevin Warren introduced as Jim Delany’s successor as B1G commish
THE SYNOPSIS: Warren officially took over for Delany this year. And became the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference. And, amidst our country’s turmoil, announced the creation of a B1G Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition.
THE HEADLINE: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray selected ninth overall in MLB Draft
THE SYNOPSIS: Murray, despite that lofty draft status, remained true to the Sooners. And claimed the Heisman Trophy later that same year.
THE HEADLINE: Life, legacy of Muhammad Ali remembered by Louisville football
THE SYNOPSIS: The Greatest, a Louisville native, lost his lengthy battle with Parkinson’s late the night before.
THE HEADLINE: Mike Aresco still stumping for AAC in Power 5 conversation
THE SYNOPSIS: Five years later, the conference that likes to brand itself as part of the “Power Six” remains a Group of Five league.
THE HEADLINE: Jim Delany does a playoff 180, supports four best teams
THE SYNOPSIS: This was a HUGE development when it came to the College Football Playoff.
THE HEADLINE: Peeing & fleeing nets indefinite suspensions for Ohio State duo
THE SYNOPSIS: “Peeing & fleeing.” Still cracks me up. Then again, my 12-year-old self is easily amused.
THE HEADLINE: Jim Tressel on Michigan: ‘Nov. 26th we’re going to kick their ass!’
THE SYNOPSIS: That pronouncement came after the Sweatervest “resigned.” Alas, the prediction proved inaccurate as U-M beat Ohio State 40-34 in Ann Arbor. Since then? Eight straight wins for the Buckeyes in The Game.
After losing a couple of players to it last month, Arkansas State has gained one from the football portal.
On Twitter last month, Javan Hawes announced that he has committed to the Arkansas State football team. While he’s committed, he’s not officially been added to the Red Wolves roster.
At this point, it’s unclear if Hawes is leaving as a graduate transfer. If he is, the wide receiver will have two seasons of eligibility he can start using in 2020. If he isn’t, he would sit out the upcoming season. That would leave the Georgia native with one season of eligibility to use in 2021.
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Hawes was a three-star member of the Class of 2017 for the Bearcats. During his three years at UC, Hawes appeared in a total of 22 games. Just two of those appearances, though, came during the 2019 campaign.
In those appearances, Hawes totaled 102 yards and a touchdown on a dozen receptions. As the two appearances might suggest, Hawes didn’t record a catch this past season.
In May, a pair of Arkansas State football players, tight end Eugene Minter and defensive back Nathan Page, entered the portal. The month before that, they also lost William Bradley-King to Ye Olde Portal. Shortly thereafter, the first-team All-Sun Belt defensive lineman moved to Baylor.
All told, the Red Wolves haven’t finished with fewer than seven wins since 2010.
For the first time in 2020, at CFT at least, we have a portal post related to the Louisiana-Monroe football program.
According to 247Sports.com, Kayin White is set to transfer from the Warhawks. A Louisiana-Monroe football official subsequently confirmed that the running back is in the NCAA transfer database.
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.
White was a two-star member of the ULM Class of 2016. The Baton Rouge native will be leaving the Sun Belt Conference school as a graduate transfer. The upcoming season will serve as his final year of eligibility.
White has played in 24 games the past three seasons. He’s rushed for 320 yards and five touchdowns on 70 carries. Just six of those attempts and 11 of the yards, though, came in 2019.
The playing time issue likely triggered the portal decision.
Louisiana-Monroe is coming off a 5-7 season in the fourth year under head football coach Matt Viator. The Warhawks have finished .500 or worse seven straight seasons. They have played in just one postseason game (2012 Independence Bowl) during their time as an FBS program.
Thanks to Arizona State football, we have something never seen before. Ever (we think).
After Turk went undrafted, though, ASU went to the NCAA to seek a waiver that would allow Turk to return to the Sun Devils. The school’s reasoning? The coronavirus pandemic cost Turk the opportunity to work out for NFL teams, thus causing his draft stock to plummet. Not only couldn’t Turk work out privately for NFL teams, but ASU’s Pro Day was canceled because of the pandemic as well.
That tack worked for Turk as it’s now being reported that a special waiver has been granted by the NCAA. One that should be granted to every player who leaves early and goes undrafted, incidentally. But that’s another story for another day.
Turk came to Arizona State as a transfer from the junior college ranks as part of its 2018 recruiting class. Turk’s uncle is Matt Turk, the former NFL punter who spent one year of his professional career with a New York Jets team coached by current ASU head coach Herm Edwards.
As a redshirt sophomore this season, Turk was tied for 11th nationally and led the Pac-12 in averaging 46 yards per punt. For that, he earned first-team all-conference honors. He was also named as a handful of semifinalists for the 2019 Ray Guy Award.
As had been the case the previous three years, Tyler served as FSU’s starting punter in the 2019 opener against Boise State. However, Tyler was involved in an automobile accident back in August and was under investigation by the Tallahassee Police Department for driving under the influence. Tyler served a two-game suspension in Weeks 2 and 3 in connection to that off-field situation.
While Tyler dressed out for the two games after his suspension ended, walk-on Tommy Martin continued serving as the Seminoles’ primary punter.
Including the one game this season, Tyler has averaged 42.5 yards on his 209 punts during his career, with the average currently fourth in school history. His 82 punts and 3,545 yards in 2018 set a school record. The Tallahassee Democrat noted that “Tyler currently holds FSU records for the most punt yards in a single game (499 vs. Clemson, 2018)… and punt yards in a single season (3,545).” His 8,879 career punt yards are also second all-time in school history.