Big 12 fans will have to learn a new name to curse at when officials blow a call in a game this fall.
Speaking at Big 12 spring meetings in Arizona on Wednesday afternoon, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby confirmed that the conference’s Coordinator of Football Officials Walt Anderson has submitted his resignation and will no longer be involved with the league. A replacement is expected to be found over the coming months and announced later this summer.
Anderson had been pulling double-duty for years in splitting his time between the Big 12 and the NFL, where he was a recognizable face on Sundays. He was hired last fall to be a full-time official with the league office but continued to perform his duties at the college level.
That arrangement didn’t last long.
Sadly, tragedy has struck the 2019 football recruiting class.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Marc’Allan Derac died early Tuesday from unspecified injuries sustained in a dirt-bike accident in which he wasn’t wearing a helmet. The accident happened April 22 in Palm Beach County.
Derac was just 17 years old and was months away from entering his senior season in high school.
From the Post‘s report on the details of the accident that ultimately claimed Derac’s life:
The accident occurred at 8:13 p.m. that Sunday night at Cresthaven Boulevard and Shady Pine Way in Greenacres, according to the PBSO report. The report said Derac, riding a motorcycle without headlights, struck a turning SUV. Derac, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle. Police arrived on the scene two minutes after the accident, and Derac was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital by Trauma Hawk.
The accident report notes that Derac was not licensed to drive a motorcycle.
Hailing from Delray Beach, Fla., Derac was a three-star 2019 safety who held Power Five offers from Iowa State and Syracuse. USF and Western Michigan had also offered the defensive back a scholarship.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to those impacted by Derac’s much-too-early passing.
Not surprisingly, the memorials are pouring in for the passing of a College Football Hall of Famer.
Friday morning, the four daughters released a statement through Ohio State announcing that their father, former Buckeyes head coach Earle Bruce, had passed away at the age of 87. Shortly thereafter, OSU released a statement from its current head football coach on the man who had battled Alzheimer’s for years.
“I’ve made it clear many times that, other than my father, Coach Bruce was the most influential man in my life,” Urban Meyer said. “Every significant decision I’ve made growing up in this profession was with him involved in it. His wife [Jean] and he were the role models for Shelley and me. They did everything with class. He was not afraid to show how much he loved his family and cared for his family.”
Others expressing their condolences included Jim Harbaugh of rival Michigan as well as Iowa State, where Bruce was the head coach from 1973-78 before taking over in Columbus in 1979, and the Cyclones’ current coach for good measure.
I have no clue what college football did to Mother Nature, but she’s not a very happy camper at the moment.
Already this month, Iowa State (HERE), West Virginia (HERE) and Wisconsin (HERE) have been forced to cancel their respective spring games because of a weather forecast that’s not exactly optimal for football being played this time of the year. Minnesota’s spring game had been scheduled for Saturday afternoon; below is the forecast for the Minneapolis area in the coming days:
Unlike the other Power Five programs, however, Minnesota has decided against canceling the game and will instead move it up two days.
In its first season under P.J. Fleck, Minnesota’s 5-7 record was the program’s worst since going 3-9 in 2011 in the first season under Jerry Kill.
If you’re keeping score at home, it’s Mother Nature 2, Big 12 0.
Earlier this month, a winter storm that never materialized as it was forecast still prompted West Virginia to cancel its spring game. Monday, Iowa State announced that, due to poor weather conditions forecasted for the Ames area, its spring game scheduled for this coming Saturday has already been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
At the moment, the Weather Channel predicts a high of 47 this Saturday for Ames with a 70-percent chance of rain.
“Coach Campbell and I mutually decided to cancel the Spring Game due to the anticipated weather for Saturday,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. “We know this will be disappointing for our fans and players. The football team will use Saturday as their final practice in a closed practice similar to this spring.”
The Cyclones are coming off an eight-win season that was the program’s best 2000. Their Liberty Bowl win marked their first bowl win since the 2009 season.
ISU will open its third season under Matt Campbell Sept. 1 against FCS South Dakota State.