Meandering our way through the offseason minutia, a lone one-liner at a time…
— Associated Press: “Condolences streamed in from as far as Texas and Massachusetts as fans and friends gathered Thursday to pay tribute to former West Virginia University football Coach Bill Stewart.”
— Ohio State linebacker/freak John Simon (pictured) says Urban Meyer “calling me ‘Tebowish,’ that means a lot.”
— After setting a personal best in the long jump (25′ 5.5″), Marquise Lee, whose day job is stud wide receiver at USC, moved on to the NCAA Championships next month in Iowa.
— Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News takes a sledgehammer to Larry Scott‘s “plus-one is gaining traction” notion, and gets a shot in at the Rose Bowl as well.
— Florida’s Will Muschamp makes the 10th and final stop on his spring booster tour, reiterates his past stance on the quarterback position: a starter won’t be named until sometime during summer camp.
— The esteemed and/or imitable Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times does his post-spring thing in a Q&A centered on the Washington Huskies.
— New Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien reviews the Nittany Lions’ spring and previews the 2012 schedule in an interview with the school’s official website.
— AnnArbor.com: Michigan football commit Mike McCray, son of former Ohio State captain, receives offer from Buckeyes.
— al.com: Auburn targeting some big-name prospects during Big Cat recruiting weekend.
— The Deseret News reports that BYU has landed a verbal commitment from former Washington signee and current “massive” JUCO defensive lineman Ma’ataua Brown, and by “massive” they mean 6-5, 360 pounds.
— Stanford head coach David Shaw has been named Male Coach of the Year by the Black Coaches & Administrators.
— Former Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter spent some time this past week with the three players vying for his old job.
A mini-Houston scheduling day at CFT continues, with the AAC school confirming another future matchup with a Power Five program.
On the heels of their tweaked series with UT-San Antonio, UH also announced a future home-and-home with Pac-12 member Utah. The Cougars will host the Utes at TDECU Stadium on Sept. 5, 2026, then travel to Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium Sept. 11, 2027.
Th two football programs have met four times previously, with the Cougars winning all four of those matchups. Three of those four games were played in Houston, with the most recent meeting coming way back in 1978.
In confirming their series, the two programs also took care of a couple of other scheduling notes.
Utah announced a three-game series with Weber State that will be played in 2023, 2026 and 2027. That trio of games against the FCS program will, obviously, be played in Salt Lake City. Houston, meanwhile, confirmed a home-and-home with Rice, with a Sept. 24, 2022, game at the Cougars’ home and a Sept. 9, 2023, game at the home of the Owls.
From Sanford to Samford, and Bulldogs to Bulldogs, Jaleel Laguins has settled on his new college football home.
In an announcement posted to his personal Twitter account Thursday evening, Laguins confirmed that he has decided to enroll in classes at Samford and continue his playing career with the FCS Bulldogs. The move comes almost exactly one month after the linebacker used the same social media website to announce his transfer from Georgia.
As Samford plays at a level below the FBS, Laguins will avoid having to sit out the 2018 season.
A four-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2016 recruiting class, Laguins was rated as the No. 10 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 21 player at any position in the state of Georgia. He was the top-rated linebacker in UGA’s class that year, and only three signees on the defensive side of the ball — defensive tackles Julian Rochester and Michail Carter, and defensive end Chauncey Manac — were rated higher.
As a true freshman, Laguins played in six games. He took a redshirt for this past season, and would have to sit out the 2018 season if he moved on to another FBS program.
After moving on from Ohio State, Jared Drake has opted to drop a couple of rungs on the college football ladder in continuing his playing career.
On his personal Twitter account Thursday, Drake announced “that the next stop on this long journey will be with the Leathernecks of Western Illinois University!” As Western Illinois plays at the FCS level, the linebacker will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.
Drake came to the Buckeyes as a walk-on in 2015. he played in nine games the past two seasons, almost exclusively on special teams.
According to his official OSU bio, Drake had “added long snapping to his résumé along with his responsibilities as a linebacker.”
The aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey continue to linger, in this case as it pertains to college football scheduling.
Houston and UT-San Antonio in March of 2016 announced a future four-game series, with two of the games set to be played at the latter’s home (2017, 2023) and two in the former’s (2022, 2024). Because of the once-in-500 years flooding event in the Houston area last August, however, the 2017 game was canceled.
In a press release Thursday, UTSA confirmed that the canceled 2017 game will now be played on Aug. 30, 2025, at TDECU Stadium in Houston. The 2023 game, which had been scheduled to be played in San Antonio, will now be played in Houston.
The 2022 and 2024 games had been scheduled for Houston’s home but will now be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
The two football teams have met twice previously, in 2013 and 2014. The road teams won each of those matchups, with the Roadrunners spoiling the opening of UH’s new stadium in the 2014 game.