This is exactly why both of these individuals are sorely missed.
This coming weekend in The Swamp, Florida and LSU will resume a rivalry that extends back more than 80 years and will be renewed yet again Saturday for the 65th time. The stakes are high for both sides as the Tigers come in ranked fifth in the country and the Gators 22nd, with the former trying to keep pace with No. 1 Alabama and the latter No. 2 Georgia in the SEC West and East, respectively.
A couple of former head coaches at both schools are highly aware of the stakes involved. So much so, in fact, that Steve Spurrier (Florida) and Les Miles (LSU) spent a small portion of their Tuesday afternoon partially ironing out wagers that would see the Ol’ Ball Coach munching on some of Miles’ favorite grass if LSU wins and the Mad Hatter donning one of Spurrier’s famed visors (presumably in Gator colors) if Florida wins.
At least, those are Spurrier’s conditions as, as of this posting, Miles has yet to officially respond to the proposed wager.
For the record, Spurrier went 11-1 against LSU when he was the head coach at Florida from 1990-2001. Miles, meanwhile, was 7-5 against the Gators from 2005-16. Overall, the Gators have lost four of the last five meetings to the Tigers.
As for Miles and Spurrier head-to-head? They never met when the two were coaching in this rivalry, but they did meet four times when Spurrier was the Head Ball Coach at South Carolina — the Gamecocks were winless in four tries against Miles’ Tigers from 2005-15.
For the second time today, a highly-productive running back has decided to ply his wares in the NFL.
Via Twitter, Devin Singletary announced that, as expected, he will be leaving Florida Atlantic early in order to enter his name into the 2019 NFL Draft pool. “I hope I left a lasting impression on The University, football program, and the entire community,” Singletary wrote.
Singletary has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 1,920 in 2017. He’s also been an absolute scoring machine, totaling 66 rushing touchdowns in his career.
Those touchdowns, 54 of which came the past two years, put Singletary sixth on the NCAA’s all-time list in that category.
The past three seasons, Ben Hicks has been SMU’s starting quarterback. Thanks to a surprising development, he won’t get the opportunity to make it a fourth next season.
In an interview with 247Sports.com, Hicks confirmed that he has informed head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee of his decision to transfer from the Mustangs. The redshirt junior has one season of eligibility remaining, which he can use at another FBS program next year as a graduate transfer.
As for why he pulled the trigger on a decision to transfer?
“Looking for a new opportunity, new growth,” Hicks told the website. “Just a chance to really start fresh in my last year and move forward with the rest of my life, whether that be football or whether that be finding out where I’m at.
“The decision was obviously very difficult because I’ve been extremely fortunate to play a lot of football here and meet great friends. I’ve always had a great support staff so the decision was very difficult. You got to make some tough decisions sometimes and this was one I felt like I needed to make.”
Hicks will leave the Mustangs as its leader in a significant number of major statistical categories, including passing yards (9,081) and passing touchdowns (71). Conversely, he also threw 34 interceptions and completed just over 56 percent of his passes.
With Hicks’ departure, the Mustangs are now left with four scholarship quarterbacks, all either true or redshirt freshman, on the roster — William Brown, Derek Green, Jacob Oehrlein and Austin Upshaw. Brown, who served as Hicks’ primary backup, completed 53-of-85 passes for 625 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception. Upshaw attempted a pair of passes this past season.
Not surprisingly, Louisville’s new coaching staff under Scott Satterfield will have a decidedly Appalachian State feel at an important position.
Following up on reports that had been making the rounds over the last several days, Louisville confirmed Wednesday that Bryan Brown has been hired by Satterfield as the U of L’s defensive coordinator. Brown spent the 2018 season as the Mountaineers’ coordinator under Satterfield after serving as cornerbacks coach the previous six seasons.
“Bryan Brown is a young, upcoming star coach,” Satterfield, officially named as the Cardinals’ head coach earlier this month, said in a statement. “He’s an excellent recruiter who knows how to develop relationships with all the players. Defensively, his defense was ranked in the top 10 of many different categories. He’s well-respected among his peers and he will do a great job for us.”
Brown, who played his college football at Ole Miss (2003-06), spent two seasons at his alma mater as a grad assistant and defensive administrative assistant prior to heading to App State for his first on-field job.
In addition to Brown’s hiring, the U of L also confirmed that ShaDon Brown has been added as Satterfield’s safeties coach. Brown, no relation to the new coordinator, spent the past two seasons as secondary coach at Colorado.
An alleged off-field incident has proven very costly for one now-former member of the Michigan football program.
In a very brief and terse press release — 11 words to be exact — U-M announced that O’Maury Samuels has been dismissed from Jim Harbaugh‘s team. While no specific reason for the dismissal was given, it comes just days after the running back was arrested on a pair of charges, including one involving domestic violence.
A four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2017 recruiting class, Samuels was rated as the No. 20 running back in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of New Mexico. He was the highest-rated of the three backs in U-M’s class that year.
This season, Samuels ran for 66 yards on 13 carries. As a true freshman last year, he totaled 13 yards on eight carries.