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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.

Exactly one week after entering the portal, Alabama QB Taulia Tagovailoa announces transfer to Maryland

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And it’s Maryland landing one of the biggest names on the football transfer market.

Exactly one week ago today, Alabama quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa raised eyebrows by entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.  Friday evening, the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa confirmed on Twitter that he will be transferring into the Maryland football program.

Maryland’s head coach Mike Locksley is, of course, the former offensive coordinator at Alabama.  The school also confirmed his addition to the roster.

Tua Tagovailoa was drafted in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  It was thought that Taulia Tagovailoa would transfer to a school closer to his older brother.  Obviously, the redshirt freshman decided to forge his own path.

The on-field forging, though, will have to wait.  Barring the unexpected, Tagovailoa will have to sit out the 2020 season.  That would then leave him with three years of eligibility with the Terps beginning in 2021.

A four-star member of the Crimson Tide’s 2019 recruiting class, the younger Tagovailoa was rated as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Alabama (he and his family moved to the Yellowhammer State when his brother joined the Tide in 2017).

The plan had been for Tagovailoa to take a redshirt his true freshman season.  Instead, his brother’s season-ending injury forced Tagovailoa to serve as Mac Jones‘ primary backup.  In five games with the Crimson Tide, Tagovailoa completed nine of his 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Nick Saban says he helped steer Jalen Hurts to transfer to Oklahoma over Maryland, Miami

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If you’re an Oklahoma fan, you can thank Nick Saban for Jalen Hurts.  If you’re a Maryland or Miami fan?  Not so much.

Hurts started every game but one for Alabama in 2016 and 2017, guiding the Crimson Tide to a 26-2 record in that stretch.  He was under center for the national championship game loss to Clemson after the 2016 season, and was in the same spot for last year’s title game against Georgia until a 13-0 halftime deficit compelled Nick Saban to pull the trigger on a change.  That change led to Tua Tagovailoa taking over as the starter for the 2018 season.  And for Hurts to transfer out following the 2019 season.

Because of connections to Maryland (former UA offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is the head coach) and Miami (then-offensive coordinator Dan Enos was UA’s quarterbacks coach in 2018), took a trip to Maryland were under consideration.  Ultimately, though, Oklahoma was the final destination for Jalen Hurts.  A move, incidentally, that Saban described as “probably the best thing for his future.”

Hurts played one season with the Sooners.  Earlier this year, he was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.  In an interview with that organization’s official website, Saban explained that he helped steer Hurts to Norman.  Over Maryland and Miami.

From al.com‘s transcription:

I said ‘Jalen, where do they have the best players?’ because he felt more comfortable going where he knew these guys. And he said ‘Well, I think they have the best players at Oklahoma.’ I said we just played them, and they have some pretty good players on offense too. …

I said I’ve always told you quarterback is a hard position to play if you don’t have good players around you,” Saban said in the interview with the Eagles. “So, if I was you, in order to create the most value because you have one year to do it, if you know you can be the starter there, go where they have the best players.’

That’s no disrespect to anybody else, the guys that worked here and did a great job here, it’s what’s best for you. That’s how you have to make this decision right now. He did it and I think did a great job for Oklahoma.

At Oklahoma in his lone season, Jalen Hurts threw for 3,851 yards, 3 touchdowns and eight interceptions.  He also ran for another 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns.  Oh, and he caught a touchdown pass for good measure.

Hurts ended up finishing as the runner-up behind Joe Burrow for the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

Alabama QB brother of Tua Tagovailoa reportedly enters the transfer portal

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Even with Tua Tagovailoa off to the NFL early, it was thought there would be a quarterbacking Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa this season.  Apparently, that won’t be the case.  Maybe.

In a surprise move, Matt Zenitz of al.com was the first to report that Taulia Tagovailoa (pictured, right), the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa (pictured, left), has entered the NCAA transfer database,  Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports subsequently confirmed the report.

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.

A four-star member of the Crimson Tide’s 2019 recruiting class, the younger Tagovailoa was rated as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Alabama (he and his family moved to Tuscaloosa when his brother joined the Tide in 2017).

The plan had been for Tagovailoa to take a redshirt his true freshman season.  Instead, his brother’s season-ending injury forced Tagovailoa to serve as Mac Jones‘ primary backup.  In five games with the Crimson Tide, Tagovailoa completed nine of his 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

With his brother drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, there’s a very good chance that Taulia Tagovailoa transfers to an FBS school in South Florida.  Those options would include Miami, USF, FIU and FAU.  Given that FIU is now the Sunshine State QBU, don’t sleep on the Panthers.

Exactly half of the players selected in first two rounds of NFL draft were four-star recruits; nearly 70% were four- and five-stars

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As the current NFL draft continues to show, recruiting rankings don’t mean everything. But they do mean a lot. Especially when it comes to the first two rounds.

In the first two rounds, a total of the 64 players found themselves their first professional football homes.  And, of those more than five dozen players selected, exactly half of them (32) were four-star signees* coming out of high school.  On top of that, another 11 were five-star prospects when they signed with their respective schools.

Of the first 20 players picked, 16 of them were either four-star (11) or five-star (five) signees.  The No. 1 overall pick, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, was a four-star coming into Ohio State.  His former five-star teammate, OSU defensive end Chase Young, was selected No. 2 overall.

As the No. 6 pick in the first round, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was the highest-drafted three-star.  Offensive lineman Robert Hunt out of Louisiana was drafted with the seventh pick of the second round, making him the highest-drafted two-star.  And the highest-drafted zero-star?  Div. II Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger, who was selected two picks before Hunt.

All told, 46 of the 106 players (43.4 percent) selected in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft were four-stars in the recruiting rankings.  The next highest percentage was three-stars at 34.9 percent (37 out of 106).

After 11 in the first two rounds, just one five-star, Arkansas defensive tackle McTelvin Agim, was taken in the third round.

(*According to the 247Sports.com composite.)

1. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow: four-star
2. Ohio State defensive end Chase Young: five-star
3. Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah: five-star
4. Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas: four-star
5. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa: five-star
6. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert: three-star
7. Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown: five-star
8. Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons: three-star
9. Florida cornerback CJ Henderson: four-star
10: Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills: four-star
11: Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton: three-star
12. Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III: four-star
13: Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs: four-star
14. South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw: four-star
15. Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy: five-star
16. Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell: four-star
17. Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb: four-star
18. USC offensive tackle Austin Jackson: four-star
19. Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette: three-star
20. LSU defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson: four-star
21. TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor: four-star
22. LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson: three-star
23: Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray: three-star
24: Michigan center Cesar Ruiz: four-star
25: Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk: three-star
26: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love: three-star
27: Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks: three-star
28: LSU linebacker Patrick Queen: four-star
29: Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson: five-star
30: Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene: four-star
31: TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney: three-star
32: LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire: three-star

Five-star: 6
Four-star: 15
Three-star: 11
Two-star: 0
Zero-star: 0

33. Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins: five-star
34. USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.: four-star
35. Georgia running back D'Andre Swift: five-star
36: Alabama safety Xavier McKinney: four-star
37: Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger: zero-star
38: Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos: four-star
39. Louisiana guard Robert Hunt: two-star
40: TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock: four-star
41: Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor: three-star
42: Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault: three-star
43: Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet: four-star
44: LSU safety Grant Delpit: four-star
45. Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr.: three-star
46. Penn State wide receiver KJ Hamler: four-star
47. Auburn defensive tackle Marlon Davidson: four-star
48. Tennessee defensive end Darrell Taylor: four-star
49. Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool: four-star
50. Utah defensive back Jaylon Johnson: four-star
51. Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs: four-star
52. Florida State running back Cam Akers: five-star
53. Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts: four-star
54. Iowa defensive end AJ Epenesa: five-star
55. Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins: four-star
56. Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis: four-star
57. Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson: four-star
58. Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland: three-star
59. Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims: three-star
60. Michigan linebacker Josh Uche: three-star
61. LSU defensive back Kristian Fulton: five-star
62. Boston College running back AJ Dillon: three-star
63. Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay Jr.: four-star
64. Southern Illinois defensive back Jeremy Chinn: zero-star

Five-star: 5
Four-star: 17
Three-star: 7
Two-star: 1
Zero-star: 2

65. Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson: two-star
66. Memphis wide receiver Antonio Gibson: three-star
67: Notre Dame linebacker Julian Okwara: four-star
68: Cal defensive back Ashtyn Davis: zero-star
69. LSU guard Damien Lewis: three-star
70. Texas defensive back Brandon Jones: four-star
71. Texas A&M defensive tackle Justin Madubuike: four-star
72. Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones: three-star
73. Ohio State defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton: three-star
74. Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun: three-star
75. Ohio State offensive lineman Jonah Jackson: three-star
76. Vanderbilt running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn: four-star
77. Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia: three-star
78. Temple center Matt Hennessy: two-star
79. Florida defensive end Jabari Zuniga: three-star
80. Kentucky wide receiver Lynn Bowden: four-star
81. South Carolina wide receiver Bryan Edwards: four-star
82. Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore: four-star
83. LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry: three-star
84. Alabama linebacker Terrell Lewis: four-star
85. Utah defensive back Julian Blackmon: three-star
86. Utah running back Zack Moss: three-star
87. Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings: four-star
88. Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott: four-star
89. Mississippi State cornerback Cameron Dantzler: three-star
90. Florida defensive end Jonathan Greenard: three-star
91. UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi: four-star
92. Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay: four-star
93. Appalachian State running back Darrynton Evans: two-star
94. Cincinnati tight end Josiah Deguara: two-star
95. Arkansas defensive tackle McTelvin Agim: five-star
96. TCU offensive tackle Lucas Niang: three-star
97: LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips: four-star
98. Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison: three-star
99. UConn offensive tackle Matt Peart: two-star
100. Clemson safety Tanner Muse: three-star
101. Virginia Tech tight end Dalton Keene: three-star
102: Charlotte linebacker Alex Highsmith: zero-star
103: Colorado linebacker Davion Taylor: four-star
104: Utah safety Terrell Burgess: three-star
105: Dayton tight end Adam Trautman: zero-star
106. Mississippi State offensive tackle Tyre Phillips: three-star

Five-star: 1
Four-star: 14
Three-star: 19
Two-star: 5
Zero-star: 3