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College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, ex-West Virginia coach Bill Stewart dies of a heart attack at 59

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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 21, 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: Mississippi State announces four-year extension for Joe Moorhead
THE SYNOPSIS: Less than eight months later, Moorhead was fired by the Bulldogs.


THE HEADLINE: Jim Harbaugh says Michigan is going on safari in South Africa next spring
THE SYNOPSIS:  On an unrelated note, Ohio State has won The Game 15 of the last 16 times its been played.  Michigan’s last win came in 2011.  The season between Jim Tressel’s resignation and Urban Meyer‘s hiring.


THE HEADLINE: Alabama legend Derrick Thomas finally a College Football Hall of Famer
THE SYNOPSIS: As was the case with Tommie Frazier and Deion Sanders, this inexplicable snub was finally (unofficially) rectified.


THE HEADLINE: Detroit Lions reportedly ready to create bowl game
THE SYNOPSIS: The game that would become the Quick Lane Bowl was officially announced two months later.  The main conference tie-in is the ACC and Big Ten.  The MAC serves a secondary tie-in.


THE HEADLINE: Former WVU coach Bill Stewart dead of apparent heart attack
THE SYNOPSIS: The Grafton, WV, native spent 11 seasons as a coach at WVU.  From 2008-10, Stewart served as the head coach of the Mountaineers.


THE HEADLINE: Cross Cleveland off list of possible Big Ten title game sites
THE SYNOPSIS: Indianapolis has hosted every B1G title game since it debuted in 2011.

Mississippi State QB Keytaon Thompson makes second trip to NCAA transfer portal

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Mississippi State quarterback Keytaon Thompson has reportedly entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal, suggesting he could be closer to moving out of Starkville this offseason. Matt Zenitz of reported the news of the transfer portal addition, via Twitter.

Thompson will be a graduate transfer in 2020, assuming he ends up moving on from Mississippi State. That will give Thompson immediate eligibility with one final year to play during the 2020 season.

Thompson appeared in just one game during the 2019 season. Rather than throw a pass, Thompson actually was on the receiving end of a pass for a gain of eight yards. Thompson passed for 458 yards and six touchdowns (to just one interception) in nine games in 2018, and 388 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. Thompson has also been a threat to run with 446 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 and 226 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

This is not Thompson’s first step into the transfer portal. Last September, Thompson pulled his name out of the transfer portal to remain with the Bulldogs. Thompson had entered his name in the transfer portal after being named the backup quarterback to transfer quarterback Tommy Stevens by former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead. Since then, Mississippi State has changed coaches by firing Moorhead and hiring Mike Leach, and Leach has snagged a commitment from former Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello as a graduate transfer. It is expected Costello will be the leading candidate to be the starter for Mississippi State.