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Two-year starting QB Isaiah Green leaves Marshall for transfer portal

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This is certainly an unexpected — and significant — loss for the Marshall football team.

According to multiple media outlets, Isaiah Green has left the Thundering Herd and entered his name into the NCAA transfer database.  The quarterback’s name is no longer listed on the Marshall football roster that’s available online.

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.

If the move is permanent, it’s a significant one for Marshall football.

Green was a three-star member of the Class of 2017 for the Thundering Herd.  The Fairburn, Ga., product took a redshirt as a true freshman.

The past two seasons, Green has started 22 of the 23 games in which he played.  Included in that were starts in all 13 games in 2019.  In that action, Green completed 56.5 percent of his 666 passes for 4,897 yards, 30 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.  He’s also added another 416 yards and six scores on 159 carries.

With Green apparently out of the picture, Grant Wells Will Likely take over.  Wells didn’t attempt a pass last season as a true freshman.

Marshall is coming off an 8-5 campaign in Doc Holliday‘s 10th season with the football program.  Included in that was a Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl loss that ended the Herd’s bowl winning streak at seven straight.

Big Ten confirms it will go with a conference-only football schedule in 2020

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The first big domino, by way of the Big Ten, has unofficially fallen.  Check that: massive domino.

When the Ivy League announced Wednesday that all fall sports, including football, had been postponed until at last the end of the fall semester, it felt like the optimism for a normal 2020 schedule was waning.  The most noteworthy program thus far, Ohio State, halting workouts because of a COVID-19 spike just added to the pessimism.

Thursday afternoon, OSU’s league, the Big Ten, is confirmed reports that it will be going with a conference-only football schedule for the 2020 season.

“By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic,” the league stated.

“This decision was made following many thoughtful conversations over several months between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Directors of Athletics, Conference Office staff, and medical experts including the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.”

At this point, it’s unclear what impact this move would have on the College Football Playoffs and bowl games.

Suffice to say, this edict, which will more than likely be followed by other Power Five conferences, will have a significant effect on the schedule.  Below are just some of the Power Five games that will be impacted by the Big Ten nixing non-conference games:

  • Iowa-Iowa State
  • Maryland-West Virginia
  • Michigan-Washington
  • Michigan State-Miami
  • Ohio State-Oregon
  • Penn State-Virginia Tech
  • Purdue-Boston College
  • Rutgers-Syracuse
  • Wisconsin-Notre Dame (at Lambeau Field)

BYU, meanwhile, has two games scheduled against B1G opponents, at Michigan State and at Minnesota.

Below are the non-conference schedules for each of the schools in the Big Ten conference:

09/04 – Illinois State
09/12 – UConn
09/19 – Bowling Green

09/12 – WKU
09/19 – Ball State
09/26 – at UConn

09/05 – Northern Iowa
09/12 – Iowa State
09/26 – Northern Illinois

09/05 – Towson
09/12 – Northern Illinois
09/19 – at West Virginia

09/05 – at Washington
09/12 – Ball State
09/19 – Arkansas State

09/12 – at BYU
09/19 – Toledo
09/26 – Miami (FL)

09/03 – Florida Atlantic
09/12 – Tennessee Tech
09/26 – BYU

09/12 – Central Michigan
09/19 – South Dakota State
09/26 – Cincinnati

09/12 – Tulane
09/19 – Central Michigan
11/14 – Morgan State

09/05 – Bowling Green
09/12 – at Oregon
09/19 – Buffalo

09/05 – Kent State
09/12 – at Virginia Tech
09/19 – San Jose State

09/12 – Memphis
09/19 – Air Force
09/26 – at Boston College

09/05 – Monmouth
09/12 – Syracuse
09/19 – at Temple

09/12 – Southern Illinois
09/19 – Appalachian State
10/03 – vs Notre Dame (in Green Bay, WI)

Northwestern’s 2020 game vs. Wisconsin won’t be played at Wrigley Field

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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been a change to both the Northwestern and Wisconsin football schedules — one that included tickling the ivy at Wrigley Field.

In June of 2018, it was confirmed that Northwestern and Wisconsin would square off this coming season at fabled Wrigley Field.  Wednesday, however, it was announced that the matchup between the Big Ten schools at the ballpark will not go off as planned. “The decision was made after close consultation with the [Chicago] Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference, and in consideration of the myriad challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic,” a release stated.

“This is a disappointing conclusion to reach, but absolutely the right one in our current environment,” said Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips. “The uncertainty of football and baseball schedules, and the possibility of limited attendance, made this an easy choice to make for our student-athletes and fans. We’re grateful for our outstanding partners from the Cubs, and look forward to bringing the passion and pageantry of college football gameday to the city’s north side when we can do so safely and securely with a packed house.”

If the game is played, it Will Likely take place in Evanston.

It’s unclear if a future matchup between the two schools will be played at the home of the Cubs in the future.  Northwestern has previously played a game at Wrigley that featured just one useable end zone.

It should be noted that Wisconsin has a game scheduled to be played at Lambeau Field this season.  That primetime game against Notre Dame at the home of the Green Bay Packers is still a go for Oct. 3.  For now.

ACC commisioner John Swofford believes there will be some semblance of a 2020 college football season

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If you’re looking for a sliver of hope regarding the 2020 college football season, John Swofford is your man.

Thursday, John Swofford participated in a conference call with the media.  That session took place following the ACC’s annual spring meetings, which were held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In discussing whether or not the upcoming campaign will be played, the commissioner laid out four potential scenarios.

  1. Played as scheduled.
  2. Abbreviated in some form or fashion.
  3. No football, but basketball being played.
  4. No sports at all for the 2010-11 academic year.

Fortunately for fans of football, the latter two scenarios likely aren’t in play.

“I would emphasize that we are going into this year with the anticipation of playing (football and other fall sports) at this point in time,” John Swofford said. “Most all of our institutions have indicated that they intend to open in various fashions as we go into the fall. But there’s a lot that can happen between now and then.

“But I think you’ll find our campuses moving forward athletically to try to be ready in every way, shape and form to open the fall sports season and then if we’re not able to do that, when that time comes, be prepared to do it in whatever abbreviated fashion we can do so.”

Swofford also confirmed what’s been an open secret, but one that continues to see more public light with every passing day, that the conference Will Likely be willing to move forward with a season even if all of its member institutions aren’t ready at the same time.

“I think probably so,” said the commissioner. “I don’t know what the threshold is on that. We haven’t really reached a point of having that discussion. I’m sure we will in due time as to whether it’s three-fourths or two-thirds or 50 percent or whatever it might be.

“But I don’t think some schools not being able to compete necessarily keeps a majority of the schools who could compete from competing. It’s premature to answer that question fully at this point.”

During the meeting with reporters, Swofford also confirmed that the Power Five commissioners held a conference call recently with their NFL counterpart, Roger Goodell.  Swofford said he nad his fellow collegiate commissioners were looking for insight from Goodell as to how the NFL is working its way through the crisis.

Urban Meyer’s baseball-playing son to join Cincinnati football team as walk-on WR

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Urban Meyer honed his collegiate football chops in the Queen City.  Now, his son is doing the same.

In January of 2017, Nate Meyer (pictured, backward ball cap) announced that he will be continuing his academic and athletic career at Cincinnati.  As a baseball player, though.  The son of Urban Meyer spent the past two seasons as part of the Bearcats’ stick & ball squad.

According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, however, Nate Meyer is set to switch sports at UC.  To football, of course.  The younger Meyer will, moving forward, be a wide receiver for Luke Fickell‘s AAC program.  Not surprisingly, he’ll join the team as a walk-on.

Thamel notes that Nate Meyer “has already begun taking part in Zoom calls with the Bearcats wide receivers.” Per his head coach, though, special teams Will Likely be his path to see the field, at least initially.

The impetus for the 21-year-old Nate Meyer switching sports?  And his college major from business to psychology?  He wants to follow in his old man’s coaching footsteps.

“’Dad, I made a decision. I changed my major to psychology like you were and I want to be a football coach,’” Urban Meyer told Thamel about his son’s decision. “I thought, ‘Oh boy.’”

When it comes to football, Nate Meyer was an all-district high school player in Dublin, Ohio.

Urban Meyer, of course, played his college football at Cincinnati. He also spent two seasons as a minor league baseball player after being drafted in the 13th round of 1982 Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves.

The elder Meyer replaced Fickell as the head coach at Ohio State.  Fickell stayed on as a Meyer assistant from 2012-16.  In December of 2016, Fickell was confirmed as Cincinnati’s head coach.