Rutgers, Kyle Flood reach agreement on contract extension

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On the verge of playing its first-ever conference game as a member of the Big Ten, Rutgers has given its head coach a little extra job “security.”

In a press release sent out Thursday morning, RU announced that it has reached an agreement with Kyle Flood on a new two-year contract extension.  The new deal means Flood is now signed through January of 2019.

The release also noted that Flood was given a pay increase that will kick-in next year, although the specific amount wasn’t detailed. Last year, Flood made $850,000; that number would’ve put him dead last in the Big Ten as every member of that 14-team conference made at least $1.2 million in 2013.

“Kyle Flood is a tremendous coach for our football team and has earned the opportunity to lead us into the Big Ten and build on our program successes,” athletic director Julie Hermann said in a statement. “With the generosity of private funding, we are pleased to invest in our Head Coach and our entire staff at a level more consistent with our Big Ten peers.”

In his two-plus years with the Scarlet Knights, Flood has compiled a 17-11 mark. RU is off to a 2-0 start this season heading into Saturday’s game against Penn State.

“Coach Flood exemplifies our university’s standards and values both on and off the field,” said RU president Robert Barchi. “He has put together a strong coaching staff that supports our mission to compete well both in the classroom and on the field.”

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history

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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 April 10, 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 hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: One-time Illini Jeff Thomas discusses flip back to Miami
THE SYNOPSIS: It was quite the year or so for the talented but enigmatic wide receiver.  Dismissed by then-Miami head coach Mark Richt in November of 2018.  Signed with Illinois the following month.  Reneged on that commitment and returned to Miami in January of last year.  Served a two-game suspension during the 2019 season.  Left Miami again, this time early for the NFL draft.  Besides that, though, not much going on with Thomas.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Nick Saban was calling recruits during White House visit
THE SYNOPSIS: The Process stops for no one, not even the President of the United States of America.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Navy QB Keenan Reynolds named co-winner of 2016 Sullivan Award
THE SYNOPSIS: This marked the third straight year a college football player at least partially claimed one of the most prestigious individual awards in collegiate athletics.  The first two were Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel.  Reynolds is the last football player to win the award.  A pair of quarterbacks, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, are semifinalists for this year’s honor.

2015

THE HEADLINE: TCU’s Gary Patterson says somebody will always feel screwed by college football’s postseason
THE SYNOPSIS: The head coach wasn’t wrong then.  And, as athletic directors are overwhelmingly in favor of an expanded College Football Playoff, he wouldn’t be wrong now.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Updated: Statements issued after Petrino fired from Arkansas
THE SYNOPSIS: After nearly a week-long run, the Bobby Petrino soap opera in Fayetteville officially came to an end.

2010

THE HEADLINE: Smokin’ hot Kiffin sashays into second round
THE SYNOPSIS: Lane Kiffin was part of an Esquire Magazine online contest.  A Sexiest Woman Alive contest.  The then-USC head coach took down the No. 1 seed, professional golfer Natalie Gulbis.  He then beat race car driver Danica Patrick to advance to the Sassy Sixteen.

2009

THE HEADLINE: REPORT: GRUDEN TURNED DOWN JOB WITH DUCKS*
THE SYNOPSIS: In a round of Grumors that didn’t involve Tennessee, Jon Gruden turned the offensive coordinator position at Oregon.

(*Yes, back in the day, we used to scream out our headlines at our readers in all-caps. The move to NBC a couple of months later mercifully ended that practice.)

Akron transfer offensive lineman Brandon Council commits to Auburn over Baylor, Missouri

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The future home for a former Akron football player has officially come into focus.

In mid-February, Brandon Council took the first step in leaving the Akron football team by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. A month later, prior to the NCAA banning in-person recruiting because of the coronavirus pandemic, the offensive lineman took an official visit to Baylor. He had been scheduled to do the same with Auburn. Those plans, though, were placed on indefinite hold.

Over the weekend, Council announced that he had whittled his transfer to-do list down to three. Not surprisingly, Baylor and Auburn made the cut. Additionally, Missouri is part of the transfer trio.

LSU and USC were also reportedly in play at one point as well.

Thursday night, Council officially whittled his transfer to-do list down to one.  Auburn.

Council will be eligible to play immediately in 2020 as a graduate transfer. It’s believed that this coming season would be Council’s final season of eligibility, although the player could get a sixth season from the NCAA.

Coming out of high school in North Carolina, Council was a two-star member of Akron’s 2016 recruiting class.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Council started nine games at left guard in 2017. The 6-4, 325-pound lineman then started the first three games of the 2018 season at right tackle before going down with an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. That injury plus the redshirt for his first season could potentially trigger a sixth season.

Coming off that injury, Council started all 12 games in 2019. Council played every position along the offensive line this past season.

Jim Harbaugh extends scholarship offer to second-grade cancer survivor

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Courtesy of the current Michigan football head coach, how about a little pick-me-up story amidst all of the coronavirus pandemic news?

Thomas Fidone is a four-star 2021 prospect out of Iowa. On the 247Sports.com composite, he’s rated as the No. 2 tight end in the country for next year’s class. Suffice to say, the 6-5, 220-pound prospect is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail.

Fidone holds offers from, among others, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and Nebraska. And, yes, Michigan. Which is where the pick-me-up comes into play.

Because of the NCAA’s ban on in-person recruiting, Fidone this week was on a video chat with Jim Harbaugh and U-M tight ends coach Sherrone Moore. During the chat, Fidone’s second-grade cousin, Sebastiano Fidone, joined in.

According to a Facebook posting from Sebastiano’s mother, her son was asked by the coaches to flex. Sebastiano complied. And, at that point, Harbaugh offered the young man, who battled leukemia for four years until finishing up chemotherapy in February of last year, a Michigan football scholarship.

Sebastiano received his first college offer today. 😆

We were able to join cousin Thomas Fidone on a video chat with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and tight end coach Sherrone Moore. During the video chat, they asked Yanno to flex. He did, and Coach Harbaugh immediately offered him a scholarship. Now that he offered, he can’t send him a Michigan football t-shirt because of NCAA gifting rules 😆. He told Yanno a scholarship is better than a t-shirt in the long run anyway. He said his previous record for youngest scholarship offer was a 7th grader, so Yanno being in 2nd grade smashes that.

Yanno and Thomas got to do a little virtual workout together and it was an awesome perk of Thomas being heavily recruited, we are so thankful for Thomas and the coaches for setting it up today.

For those curious, the younger Fideone would be a member of the Class of 2030.

And, great work, Coach Harbaugh. And good luck, young man, as you continue what is hopefully a long, prosperous and fruitful life.

Second ex-Miami player in a month transfers to Colorado State

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Quietly, Colorado State football is becoming a quasi, Rocky Mountain version of The U.

Last month, defensive lineman Scott Patchan announced that he would be transferring to Colorado State after leaving the Miami football program. Exactly one month later, one of Patchan’s former teammates, Brian Polendey, announced that he too is headed to CSU.

“Excited for this next chapter,” the tight end wrote.

As Polenday would be coming into the Colorado State football program as a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play for the Rams in 2020. Not only that, but he has another season of eligibility he can use in 2021 as well.

Coming out of high school in Texas, Polenday was a three-star 2017 signee. He was rated as the No. 21 tight end in the country.

The past three seasons, Polenday played in a combined 14 games. He saw action in six as a true freshman, then had his sophomore season end after two games because of injury. His six appearances in 2019 were highlighted in his first career start, the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl loss to Louisiana Tech.  A shutout loss, if you needed a reminder.

The 6-6, 240-pound Polenday was mainly used as a blocking specialist during his time in Miami. He finished his time with the Hurricanes with one catch for 14 yards. That lone reception came during his truncated 2018 campaign.

Colorado State will be under new leadership this fall as Steve Addazio was hired as the program’s new head football coach. Addazio replaces Mike Bobo, who was fired earlier that month.