For those not familiar with college rivalries in the Lone Star State, it’s important to keep in mind that a team’s biggest rival is typically not reciprocated and that has held true far beyond the shifting sands of realignment that has happened over the years.
For example, SMU plays for the ‘Iron Skillet’ against TCU but the Horned Frogs probably dislike Baylor a lot more than their metroplex rivals. The Bears are no fan of the other private Christian university but also have quite a history with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders think it’s nice that there’s no love in that rivalry but dislike Texas A&M so much that they’ve famously pointed the rear of a horse statue on campus to face College Station. The Aggies’ disdain for Texas is will versed (literally, in their war hymn) but the Longhorns go to Dallas every year to take on their hated rival Oklahoma. You’ll get arguments from fans over the importance of these rivalries with in-state schools and such is life no matter if the teams are in the SWC or Big 12.
Well, it seems that we’re seeing one of these rivalries flare up after lying a little dormant over the years. The issue at hand prompting it? Naturally, it’s veterinarians.
It seems that Tech is pushing to build a new veterinarian school, which is crowding onto the turf of A&M given the Aggies near-monopoly on the subject in the state. This has led to some Texas-sized politics over the past few months and the war of words is just as fierce as it is on the football field. Case in point, the chancellor of the Texas A&M system, John Sharp, wrote an op-ed in the Dallas Morning News this week to speak out as to why the Red Raiders’ pursuit of a new school is superfluous.
There’s a lot of dry material in there save for the last line, which is straight out of a talking point from Saturdays in the fall:
“If there is some kind of rivalry between Tech and A&M, somebody forgot to tell us.”
That statement is sure to rile up those in red black, which technically are on a three-game losing streak to the Aggies on the football field dating back to their last meeting back in 2011.
While we are all certainly pining for a renewal of the Texas and Texas A&M series on the football field, is it too much to ask for the Aggies and Red Raiders meeting up in a bowl game (perhaps, say, the Texas Bowl) in 2018? There’s certainly no shortage of talk needed to fire things back up between the two schools at the moment.
A member of the Georgia football program was arrested Wednesday night. Linebacker Jaden Hunter was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was also charged with stopping, standing, or parking in a prohibited area.
Hunter spent just two hours in jail after being released on bond late Wednesday night.
The charges are misdemeanors and his status with the Bulldogs has not been confirmed with regard to any possible suspensions or other forms of discipline by head coach Kirby Smart. Given the nature of the charges, it would seem this would be far from calling for removal from the program or any significant form of discipline unless there is more to the story behind the scenes.
Hunter did become the second Georgia football player to be arrested in the month of March. Earlier in the month, redshirt freshman Latavious Brini was arrested on one count of simple battery.
The William & Mary football family is mourning the death of Nate Evans. Evans, 19, was the victim of a shooting Thursday night, according to a report from The Virginian-Pilot on Friday.
“Nate’s is a loss we are feeling deeply within our program,” William & Mary head coach Mike London said in a released statement. “Faith and family are the foundations of our program. We value relationships first.
“Our team has gathered together to support each other as we deal with the grief that comes from this tragedy. Additionally, we will do all we can to support and comfort Nate’s family and loved ones through this difficult time.”
Police in Norfolk responded to a call about gunshots late Thursday night. The running back was declared dead at the scene of the call. What led to the shooting remains unknown. No arrests have been made at this time as an investigation continues.
Ohio State seems to be losing a wide receiver from the program. Multiple reports from around the Ohio State football program have suggested wide receiver L'Christian Smith will leave the program as a transfer at the end of the spring semester.
Smith was a four-star recruit in Ohio State’s Class of 2018. Smith redshirted the 2018 season and still has four years of eligibility remaining. Smith played in three games, allowing him to preserve a year of eligibility under the NCAA’s modified redshirt rules last season.
Of course, barring any potential waiver request, Smith will have to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules (that continue to be more flexible than ever before) if he transfers to another FBS program.
Ohio State should still be in pretty good shape as far as the wide receivers are concerned after the potential loss of Smith. And with Justin Fields eligible to play right away at the quarterback position, the Buckeyes should still have good firepower in the passing game working for them next fall.
USC is dealing with many negative stories on a number of fronts and now you can add one more to the Trojans’ docket.
As detailed by ESPN, former cardinal and gold kicker Matt Boermeester has filed a lawsuit against the university in district court over his controversial expulsion in 2017:
The lawsuit includes seven causes of action, including selective Title IX enforcement, breach of contract, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and represents the latest step in Boermeester’s ongoing legal battle with the school. In 2017, Boermeester, who remains two classes shy of graduation, sued for his expulsion to be overturned in superior court, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
“What happened to Matt Boermeester at USC should terrify anyone who believes in the right to due process and innocent-until-proven-guilty,” attorney Andrew T. Miltenberg said in a statement to the site. “Based on nothing more than a third-party report by a nonwitness — essentially a rumor that was easily and repeatedly disputed — a star athlete lost his education and his future career in the NFL.
Boermeester was kicked out of the school not long after he delivered one of the highlights of the Clay Helton era at USC with a game-winning kick to secure the Rose Bowl back in January of 2017. The issue started back when a member of the school’s tennis team reported an incident allegedly involving the kicker putting his hands on his girlfriend, which prompted a school investigation into the matter. That eventually led to Boermeester’s expulsion despite the woman in question (who is still with Boermeester, according to ESPN) denying what happened and blasting the school for their handling of the matter.
USC’s Title IX coordinator was also named to the suit, which comes after legal wrangling between the parties last year in Los Angeles Superior Court.