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College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including former SEC commissioner Mike Slive dies at 77

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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 May 16, 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 college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)


THE HEADLINE: Big Ten revenue for fiscal year 2018 trumps SEC by more than $100 million
THE SYNOPSIS: #ItJustMeansMore money for B1G members.


THE HEADLINE: Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive dies at 77
THE SYNOPSIS: Slive thrived as commissioner of the SEC from 2002 through 2015, guiding the conference to unrivaled prosperity on and off the field.  The Alabama native had battled prostate cancer for years.


THE HEADLINE: Lane Kiffin thinks Tua Tagovailoa plays in 2017 for Alabama, compares him to Steve Young
THE SYNOPSIS: The true freshman quarterback played sparingly throughout the regular season.  Then rode in on his second-half white horse to help win the national championship.  Tagovailoa subsequently confirmed that he would’ve transferred had he not played in the title game.


THE HEADLINE: Auburn has finally padded its historical title résumé?
THE SYNOPSIS: Auburn came into 2014 claiming two national championships (1957, 2010).  They now claim titles from 1913, 1983, 1993.


THE HEADLINE: ‘Bama lands verbal from touted ’13 Salt Lake City QB
THE SYNOPSIS: Cooper Bateman did indeed sign with Alabama.  Five years later, however, he transferred to Utah.  The Beehive State native, however, never threw a pass for the Utes.  All 66 of his career attempts came with the Crimson Tide.


THE HEADLINE: Nine-game slate, future title game sites key topics at Big Ten spring meetings
THE SYNOPSIS: Yes to nine-game conference schedules.  And yes to Indianapolis hosting every B1G title game since it debuted in 2011.


THE HEADLINE: Urban Meyer: ‘I’m Not Going To Notre Dame’
THE SYNOPSIS: On this, Meyer was 100-percent accurate.  So far.


THE HEADLINE: Report: Four Cities Vying For Army-Navy Game
THE SYNOPSIS: Those four cities were Philadelphia, East Rutherford, Baltimore and Landover.  Philly has hosted one of the greatest rivalries in sports nine times the past 12 years.  Baltimore was the home for two, Landover one.  The 2020 and 2022 games will also be in Philly.  The 2021 game will take place in East Rutherford.

Alabama QB Blake Barnett gets engaged to pro surfer

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On the field, Blake Barnett is in a competition to win Alabama’s starting quarterback job.  Off the field, in the here and now, the Tide player is already decidedly winning at the game of life.

Monday, Barnett celebrated his Fourth of July holiday by revealing to the world that he’s officially off the market and engaged to Maggie Peterson.  The New Jersey native is also an athlete, competing as a professional surfer in the World Surf League.

Congrats to the happy couple.

And, on a completely unrelated note, the 2016 college football season will kick off in exactly 52 days.

When you know, you know. Ready to start this adventure with my best friend!

A photo posted by Madeline Grace Peterson (@maddiepeterson_) on Jul 4, 2016 at 8:08am PDT

Ready for life with the soon to be Mrs.

A photo posted by B² (@blakebarnett8) on Jul 3, 2016 at 9:56pm PDT

The dream is being lived, brother.

A photo posted by B² (@blakebarnett8) on Jul 4, 2016 at 8:34pm PDT

(Tip O’ the Cap:

(Writer’s note, in sheepish vote: My apologies for the initial screwup. Blake Barnett, NOT Cooper Bateman. Again, effusive mea culpa.)

QB Alec Morris reportedly transferring from ‘Bama to North Texas

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Since being named the new head coach at North Texas, Seth Littrell has been on the hunt for a graduate transfer quarterback.  While nothing is official, it appears the former North Carolina offensive coordinator has indeed bagged himself one.

Citing a source close to the situation, the Denton Record-Chronicle is reporting that Alec Morris has decided to leave Alabama and continue his collegiate playing career at UNT.  It’s expected that Morris will remain with the Tide through the College Football Playoffs before moving on to Denton.

As Morris will be a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2016, his final season of eligibility.

Morris was a three-star member of the Tide’s 2012 recruiting class coming out of high school in Allen, Tex., rated as the No. 30 pro-style quarterback in the country.  The past two seasons, Morris served as the No. 3 quarterback, first behind Blake Sims and Jake Coker and this year behind Coker and Cooper Bateman.  With Coker’s eligibility expiring, the Tide will head into the offseason with the redshirt sophomore Bateman and true freshman Blake Barnett as the favorites to be the starter in 2016, which likely played a significant role in Morris’ decision.

Morris attempted all of one pass during his time with the Tide, a six-yard completion in the blowout of Charleston Southern last month.