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College Football amidst Coronavirus Pandemic: On this day in CFT history, including Texas A&M got down & dirty — and crude & sexist — at football clinic for women

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The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully.

That being said, 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 July 29, 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 down-time, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)


THE HEADLINE: Roll Bucky: Alabama, Wisconsin announce home-and-home for 2024-25
THE SYNOPSIS: The Big Ten and SEC schools have met just twice previously.  The first matchup, Badgers win, came way back in 1928.  The most recent one, a Crimson Tide win, opened the 2015 season.  The 2024 game will mark Alabama’s first game inside a Big Ten stadium since a 27-11 win at Penn State in 2011.


THE HEADLINE: Nick Saban’s wish for SEC scheduling has support from LSU Deputy AD
THE SYNOPSIS: Saban’s scheduling wish?  For Power Fives to play nothing but other Power Fives.


THE HEADLINE: Lane Kiffin feels for White House Chief of Staff booted by Donald Trump
THE SYNOPSIS: Reince Priebus was given the boot off of Air Force One.  Kiffin was pulled off the bus and fired as USC’s head coach in the parking area of a private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in September of 2013.


THE HEADLINE: Texas A&M got down & dirty — and crude & sexist — at football clinic for women
THE SYNOPSIS: Among the pass-blocking do’s? “Spread them again.” “Get erect.” “Stay erect.” “Bang him hard.” Four years later, it’s still amazing that someone green-lit this presentation.


THE HEADLINE: Mike Leach continues stumping for 64-team playoff
THE SYNOPSIS: Personally, I’d settle for eight.  But, would still push for 16.


THE HEADLINE: Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes have national title expectations
THE SYNOPSIS: Six months later, Ohio State beat Oregon to claim the first-ever College Football Playoff championship.


THE HEADLINE: Texas A&M says Big 12 best show them the money
THE SYNOPSIS: In the end, it was the SEC that ended up showing the Aggies the money.  For the 2019 fiscal year, A&M received $45.3 million from the SEC.  Individual Big 12 members, meanwhile, were paid in the neighborhood of $40 million.


THE HEADLINE: Poll names Bear Bryant #3 all-time coach in sports
THE SYNOPSIS: The only coaches ahead of the Alabama legend? UCLA’s John Wooden and Green Bay’s Vince Lombardi.

Driven in very large part by one powerful tweet from Kylin Hill, the state of Mississippi votes to change its flag

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Kylin Hill got the ball rolling with a single tweet.  From there, it didn’t stop until history was made.

In the midst of the tumult across the nation, the calls had been growing louder for the state of Mississippi to replace its stars-and-bars-emblazoned flag.  Last Monday, one of the top athletes who plays the most popular sport in the state very loudly joined the chorus.

“Either change the flag or I won’t be representing this State anymore 💯  & I meant that,” Mississippi State football player Kylin Hill said in a tweet. “I’m tired.”

In the immediate aftermath of Hill’s tweet, the NCAA extended its ban on holding sponsored events in the state until the flag is changed.  The SEC also announced that it would no longer hold conference sponsored championships or tournaments in the state.  Conference USA joined the SEC last Monday in taking the same stance.  Late this past week, NCAA coaches from the state, including Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State’ Mike Leach, flocked en masse to the state capitol to lobby for a change.

This evening, a Hill-effected change was confirmed.  From the Associated Press:

Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War.

Spectators in the Capitol cheered and applauded after the votes in the House and Senate.

The new flag cannot include the stars-and-bars but must include the phrase “In God We Trust.” The Republican governor of the state, Tate Reeves, is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.

The reaction from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and the SEC was both swift and unanimous.

And the reaction from Kylin Hill?

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs/Puff Daddy/P. Diddy/Diddy arrested for allegedly assaulting UCLA’s strength coach with a kettlebell

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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 June 22, 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: Reports: UConn could leave American for Big East
THE SYNOPSIS: Four days later, the Huskies confirmed non-football sports will be moving to the Big East.  2020 will mark UConn’s first season as a college football independent.


THE HEADLINE: Chad Morris finally finalizes $3.5 million contract with Arkansas
THE SYNOPSIS: One year and five months later, the Razorbacks fired Morris.  After two seasons as head coach.  Now the offensive coordinator at Auburn, Morris is owed a $10 million buyout from UA.


THE HEADLINE: Washington State coach Mike Leach not going quietly after Twitter spat, continues to blast reporter
THE SYNOPSIS: Leach is not one to shy away from creating controversy via the Twitter machine. Even if it costs him some players.


THE HEADLINE: Kansas planning $300 million stadium renovation and new indoor football facility
THE SYNOPSIS: Just wanted to put this out there as a reminder.  In the last three seasons (2007-09) under Mark Mangino, KU won 25 games.  In the past 10 seasons (2010-19) since Mangino was fired, the Jayhawks have won 21 games.


THE HEADLINE: Reports: UCLA strength coach assaulted by Diddy
THE SYNOPSIS: Diddy Day in college football included a kettlebell as the alleged weapon of choice.  The mogul, whose son, Justin Combs, was a Bruins defensive back at the time, was initially arrested on felony charges.  The felony charge was subsequently dropped.


THE HEADLINE: Is Texas A&M actually running the state? YESSIR!
THE SYNOPSIS: This one garnered nearly 200 comments.  It’s almost like this is a college football rivalry that should still be played or something.


THE HEADLINE: Was Nick Saban‘s ‘mea culpa’ a ploy to get back to NFL?
THE SYNOPSIS: A decade later, the answer is still the same.  No.  Probably.

Leach Bowl is on as Mississippi State, Washington State announce future home-and-home

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Thanks to a development earlier this offseason, this scheduling announcement involving Mississippi State and Washington State carries a little extra kick.

Wednesday afternoon, both Mississippi State and Washington State announced the two schools have agreed to a future home-and-home series.  The Cougars will travel to Starkville on Aug. 31, 2030.  The Bulldogs will then make the trek to Pullman on Aug. 30 of the following season.

That 2030 meeting will mark the first-ever between MSU and Wazzu.  The 2031 game will mark the first time ever that an SEC has played in Pullman.

“We’re thrilled to add another home-and-home series against a quality opponent and institution like Washington State to our future schedules,” MSU athletic director John Cohen said in a statement. “These will be the first-ever meetings between the two programs and should be an exciting opportunity and experience for our student-athletes and fans.”

“We are excited to schedule this series with Mississippi State and bring an SEC opponent to Martin Stadium for the first time in school history,” Cohen’s counterpart, Pat Chun, said in his statement. “To create a matchup between the Pac-12 and the SEC is always great for our league and the series exemplifies our commitment to schedule top non-conference opponents. We look forward to a fun experience for our student-athletes, alumni and fans in Pullman and Starkville.”

Mike Leach was the head coach at Wazzu from 2012-18.  In January of this year, Leach left Washington State to take the same job at Mississippi State.

Mississippi State OL Stewart Reese is in the portal, may end up at Florida

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For the fourth time since Mike Leach‘s infamous tweet, a Mississippi State football player has placed himself into the portal.

Speculation has been bubbling of late that Stewart Reese might not be long for the Mississippi State football program.  Thursday, 247Sports.com confirmed that the offensive lineman is officially listed in the NCAA transfer database.

The website also reports that Florida could very well be Reese’s landing spot.  From the report:

For one, Reese was recruited to Mississippi State by Florida offensive line coach John Hevesy and coach Dan Mullen. Two, his brother David Reese is currently a redshirt sophomore rush end for the Gators.

The addition of Reese would help soften the loss of Issiah Walker.  Earlier this month, the four-star 2020 offensive lineman entered the transfer portal.

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

Reese was a three-star member of the Mississippi State football Class of 2016.  The Florida native would be leaving Starkville as a graduate transfer.  This coming campaign will be his final year of eligibility.

The 6-5, 345-pound lineman took a redshirt as a true freshman. In 2017 and 2018, he started all 26 games at right tackle.  Last season, last season, he started eight games at right guard for the Bulldogs.

The three other Mississippi State football players who have entered the portal in a little over a month?