Ohio State, Ezekiel Elliott the betting favorites for national title and Heisman

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As we continue to inch toward the beginning of a new college football season, the odds continue to be updated. With quarterback Everett Golson transferring to Florida State was reason enough to take another look at some of the betting odds for the national championship and Heisman Trophy pictures, but it continues to be Ohio State and Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott at the top of the betting lines as the favorites in 2015.

Ohio State still has the best odds to win the national championship with Bovada listing the Buckeyes at 7/2 odds. With the loaded roster returning in 2015 that seems top make sense, however history would suggest it would be wiser to count on making money with another team. There have been just two back-to-back crowned national champions since 1990 and the last time a team from the Big Ten won consecutive national titles was in 1940 and 1941 (Minnesota). Alabama is always a top favorite, and the Crimson Tide are sitting ins second with 7/1 odds, followed by TCU (10/1), Auburn (12/1) and Florida State (12/1).

As for the Heisman Trophy, Elliott’s strong surge en route to a national championship has made him the betting favorite with 6/1 odds. LSU’s Leonard Fournette follows with 15/2 odds. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, Georgia running back Nick Chubb and TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin each have 8/1 odds according to Bovada. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones (12/1), Braxton Miller (25/1) and J.T. Barrett (28/1) each have listed Heisman odds as well if you want to place an early bet before knowing which of the three may be starting in the fall.

In honor of David Lettermen, remember this is for entertainment purposes only.

Bovada’s latest 2015 national championship odds:

Ohio State 7/2
Alabama 7/1
TCU 10/1
Auburn 12/1
Florida State 12/1
USC 18/1
Baylor 20/1
Notre Dame 20/1
Clemson 22/1
Oregon 22/1
Georgia 25/1
Michigan State 25/1
Oklahoma 25/1
LSU 28/1
UCLA 28/1
Stanford 33/1
Arkansas 40/1
Michigan 40/1
Mississippi 40/1
Texas A&M 40/1
Tennessee 50/1
Arizona State 66/1
Florida 66/1
Mississippi State 66/1
Nebraska 66/1
Oklahoma State 66/1
Texas 66/1
Miami 75/1
Wisconsin 75/1
Arizona 100/1
Georgia Tech 100/1
Louisville 100/1
Penn State 100/1
South Carolina 100/1
Utah 100/1
Virginia Tech 100/1
Washington 100/1
Missouri 150/1
Boise State 200/1
BYU 200/1
Kansas State 200/1
Texas Tech 200/1
West Virginia 250/1
North Carolina 300/1
Boston College 500/1
California 500/1
UCF 500/1
Cincinnati 500/1
Duke 500/1
Iowa 500/1
Marshall 500/1
Maryland 500/1
Minnesota 500/1
Northwestern 500/1
Oregon State 500/1
Pittsburgh 500/1
Rutgers 500/1
South Florida 500/1

Bovada’s Latest 2015 Heisman Trophy Odds

Ezekiel Elliott (RB Ohio State) 6/1
Leonard Fournette (RB LSU) 15/2
Trevone Boykin (QB TCU) 8/1
Nick Chubb (RB Georgia) 8/1
Dak Prescott (QB Mississippi State) 8/1
Cardale Jones (QB Ohio State) 12/1
Cody Kessler (QB USC) 12/1
Everett Golson (QB Florida State) 14/1
Derrick Henry (RB Alabama) 16/1
Paul Perkins (RB UCLA) 18/1
Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) 20/1
Jeremy Johnson (QB Auburn) 20/1
Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma) 20/1
Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) 20/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 25/1
J.T. Barrett (QB Ohio State) 28/1
Corey Clement (RB Wisconsin) 33/1
J Royce Freeman (RB Oregon) 33/1
Seth Russell (QB Baylor) 33/1
Justin Thomas (QB Georgia Tech) 33/1
Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State) 40/1
James Connor (RB Pittsburgh) 40/1
D.J. Foster (RB Arizona State) 40/1
Taysom Hill (QB BYU) 40/1
Brad Kaaya (QB Miami) 40/1
Mason Rudolph (QB Oklahoma State) 40/1
Nick Wilson (RB Arizona) 40/1
Malik Zaire (QB Notre Dame) 40/1
Jared Goff (QB California) 50/1
Jacoby Brissett (QB North Carolina State) 66/1
Jalen Hurd (RB Tennessee) 66/1
Laquon Treadwell (WR Mississippi) 66/1
Marquise Williams (QB North Carolina) 66/1
Scooby Wright (LB Arizona) 66/1

Former Bengals offensive coordinator reportedly joining Florida support staff

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Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Ken Zampese is joining Florida’s staff as an analyst, according to Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Benoit.

Zampese spent the 2016-17 seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator after serving 13 seasons as Marvin Lewis‘s quarterbacks coach. Cincinnati went 13-18-1 in Zampese’s two seasons running the offense, which is why he spent 2018 as the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks coach and the first part of 2019 as the offensive coordinator for the AAF’s Atlanta Legends.

He is the son of former Chargers, Rams, Cowboys and Patriots offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.

It is not immediately known what the younger Zampese’s role will be with the Gators, but his experience indicates he’ll work with Dan Mullen and coordinators John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales to develop Florida’s offensive plan and help Brian Johnson tutor the quarterbacks, or perhaps use his coordinator experience to self-scout Florida’s offense and scout Florida’s future opponents.

Arizona launched hostile workplace probe following sexual harassment claims against Wildcat football players

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Arizona launched a hostile workplace investigation into its football program following multiple claims of sexual assault and sexual harassment made by multiple female equipment managers against multiple former Wildcat football players, the program confirmed to the Tucson Daily Star.

Lawyers representing the university did not say when the probe took place, but did say it was sparked by two complaints made by female equipment mangers. From the paper:

In 2014, two UA students who worked as equipment managers separately reported incidents involving nonconsensual sex with football players. In August of that year, police were told that a 21-year-old woman working for the athletic department had sex at least twice with three UA football players while the she was heavily intoxicated. One of the players recorded at least one of the encounters and showed it to other students, the report said.

The woman told police that she lost her job after the recording was released, according to the report.

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While investigating the woman’s claim, UA’s Title IX office approached former manager Jacquelyn Hinek, who had quit her job months before, citing pervasive sexual harassment. After speaking to UA investigators, Hinek told Tucson police that she had been sexually assaulted in April 2013 by several men associated with the football team while at an off-campus party. She said the incident was recorded on a cell phone and later shown to other students. 

“The Office of Institutional Equity conducted a thorough review of the football equipment manager program and there were no findings of sex discrimination as a result of that investigation,” UA spokesman Chris Sigurdson told the paper via email.

The probe was one of three major investigations into the football program.

Arizona is currently being sued for Title IX violations by an alleged victim of former Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford, whom the victim says hit, choked and imprisoned her over a 2-day period in September 2016. Bradford is currently serving a 5-year prison sentence, but the Title IX suit seeks to depose a number of key figures within the football program, including former head coach Rich Rodriguez, who himself was the subject of a hostile workplace investigation in 2017. Allegations of sexual harassment made by his former assistant led to his dismissal last January. Rodriguez has denied any sexual harassment claims, arguing instead they were an extortion attempt against him.

In total, Arizona said it investigated 27 athletes or athletic department employees for sexual harassment, sexual assault or domestic violence from 2012 through ’17 (the period coinciding with Rodriguez’s hiring and firing), eight of them involving the football program.

UConn reportedly looking to keep football program in FBS, not FCS

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All the reporting that came out since the bombshell reports saying Connecticut is looking to leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the non-football Big East have confirmed that, yes, this is really happening, likely in time for the 2020-21 athletic year. The reporting has also said that UConn’s soon-to-be-homeless football program will not drop down to FCS, but instead join a different conference or try to make it as an FBS independent.

On Saturday, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy tweeted that UConn has determined it will not return to FCS, where the program competed for most of its history before joining the then-power conference Big East in 2004.

On Sunday morning, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz followed with a note saying it looked like the Huskies will try to make a go of it as an independent, writing that UConn will attempt to schedule neighbors like UMass (a fellow independent), Boston College, Syracuse and Rutgers while honoring existing contracts for home-and-homes with Duke, Illinois, NC State and others.

For a check in with someone who might actually know something, let’s see what Huskies head coach Randy Edsall has to say.

Oh, well.

Either way, it sounds like the train is moving and we could hear something official sooner rather than later.

Steve Spurrier getting into the restaurant business

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Steve Spurrier hasn’t coached a college football team since 2015, but that doesn’t mean the Head Ball Coach has retired.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and national championship head coach returned to his alma mater to serve as a brand ambassador in 2016, he’s appeared in commercials, and he won a self-proclaimed championship as head coach of the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived Alliance of American Football.

Now, he’s getting into the restaurant business.

On Friday, it was reported the 74-year-old Spurrier will announce that he’s seeking a partner to “operate his new American casual dining concept.”

Details are scarce at this point–that’s probably the point of the press conference–but I’m imagining Margaritaville with footballs. We’ll find out on Monday.