“A lot of people say [investigations at Ohio State and Auburn are] going to help you — I don’t think so. I don’t think it helps or hurts us; I think it’s irrelevant.”
Those were the words of USC athletic director Pat Haden in January after USC appealed sanctions levied on them by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. And, as we found out today, he was right.
It’s coming up on nearly a year since the NCAA decided to level the USC program with a two-year postseason ban and loss of 30 scholarships over the course of three years after a multi-year investigation found some egregious Bylaw violations involving former running back Reggie Bush — the fallout of which included USC returning their Heisman Trophy to the Trust, as well as a voluntary return of his own trophy(but not an admission of guilt) by Bush himself.
Now, it appears that punishment, after months of discussions, will still be enforced to its fullest extent by the NCAA’s COI as a report from USCFootball.com says that the university’s appeal of the sanctions have been denied.
I’m never one to deliberately drive traffic away from the site, but I should link — again — that you can read the full text of the story HERE.
As you’ll recall from very early in the year, Haden did not like his school’s chances of getting a reduction on any of the sanctions initially doled out by the NCAA.
With the denial, USC cannot sign more than 15 scholarship players each of the next three years, nor will they be able to take part in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. Haden has already stated that he will not file any additional appeals.
“This is the final frontier,” Haden said in January.
UPDATED 7:19 p.m. ET: The LA Times is reporting that the denial by the NCAA also means USC will definitely lose their 2004 BCS National Title.
You’re welcome, Bob Stoops.
Coming off the loss to LSU this past Saturday, it wasn’t a matter of if but how far Alabama plunged in the eyes of wagering establishments. Tuesday, we have that answer.
According to the odds released by one offshore sportsbook, Alabama is listed at 10/1 to win the 2019 College Football Playoff championship. That’s down from 11/4 the week before the LSU loss.
As was the case a week ago, Ohio State, ranked No. 1 in the initial CFP Top 25, is the favorite at 2/1, shortened from 5/2. LSU, which is expected to be the new No. 1 when the playoff rankings are released later on tonight, has moved up to 5/2 (9/2 last week) while Clemson is right behind at 3/1 (11/4).
Georgia (10/1) and Oklahoma (20/1) are next up with shorter odds at 9/1 and 16/1, respectively.
A pair of Pac-12 teams are further back in the wagering pack, with Oregon (16/1) posting longer odds at 15/1 and Utah putting up the same 40/1 they were at a week ago. A pair of unbeatens are even further back — Minnesota at 50/1 (100/1 last week) and Baylor at the same 66/1.
The only Group of Five school listed is Cincinnati, with the Bearcats going from 250/1 seven days ago to 500/1 now.
Following a standout career at Miami, David Njoku was a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft. Njoku’s younger brother had hoped to follow in his footsteps at The U, but, as it turns out, that won’t be the case.
On his personal Twitter account Monday afternoon, Evidence Njoku announced that, “after Deep Thought And Discussion I Have Decided To Enter The Transfer Portal To Furthermore Continue My Athletic And Academic Career.” The tight end gave no specific reason for his decision.
“He’s a good young man,” Miami head coach Manny Diaz said. “We wish him well wherever he ends up.”
Njoku was a three-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2017 recruiting class who came to The U as a wide receiver before converting to tight end. After playing in eight games as a redshirt freshman last season, he had played in just one game thus far in 2019.
The 6-6, 226-pound New Jersey native finishes the Hurricanes portion of his collegiate p[laying career with just one catch for 11 yards, with that coming in the last year’s regular-season finale against Pitt.
With the 2019 regular season rapidly drawing to a close, Florida has dropped some future scheduling news on the masses.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Florida confirmed that it has agreed to a future home-and-home series with Arizona State. The Gators will travel to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe in 2028, with the Sun Devils making the trek to The Swamp in Gainesville in 2031.
The 2028 game will be played on Sept. 16, while the backend of the series will be played either Sept. 6 or 13 of 2031.
That first matchup in 2028 will mark the first-ever meeting between the football programs.
Arizona State last played at the home of an SEC school in 2009, a 20-17 loss to Georgia in Athens. Florida’s last trip to a Pac-12 school was a 1983 tie with USC. The Gators last played host to a school from that conference the year before, with the Trojans serving as the opponent once again.
Wake Forest lost much more than a football game this past Saturday.
In the fourth quarter of the Week 11 loss to Virginia Tech that, along with Clemson’s win later that night, cost Wake any shot at the ACC Atlantic championship, Sage Surratt went down with some type of upper-body injury and didn’t return. Tuesday, during his weekly press conference, head coach Dave Clawson confirmed that the redshirt sophomore wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2019 season because of the injury, which he again declined to specify.
Clawson added that Surratt will undergo surgery to repair the unspecified damage.
Surratt’s 1,001 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns are the most of any player in the ACC, and are good for fifth and tied for fifth, respectively, at the FBS level. His 66 receptions are second only to Pitt’s Maurice Ffrench‘s 75 in the conference.
In addition to this Saturday’s game against No. 5 Clemson, Surratt will miss regular-season games against Duke and Syracuse as well as whichever bowl at which Wake lands.