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Ex-Texas player says DBs were promised $1,000 for every pick in 2010 title game

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Thanks to Odell Beckham‘s cash stunt Monday night, the Texas Longhorns football program is now in the financial spotlight.

Beckham was shown on video after LSU’s win in the national championship game handing out what appeared to be wads of cash to at least two Tigers football players.  While the school initially denied it was real cash being handed out — Joe Burrow said it was — they ultimately acknowledged in a statement that “apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes.”

On ESPN Thursday morning, former Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho dredged up some old dirt on his former team by claiming that Longhorns defensive backs were promised $1,000 for every interception they made in the national championship football game against Alabama in January of 2010.

“We went to the national championship game in 2009 and … it was public to the team, for every interception the defensive back got, they were going to get $1,000,” Acho said by way of 247Sports.com. “‘For every pick y’all got against Alabama in the national championship game, you’re going to get $1,000.’ Now, the difference is we just didn’t do it publicly on the field.”

Alabama beat Texas that night 37-21 to earn Nick Saban his first title at the school.  The only interception in that game was by Blake Gideon, who is now the special teams coordinator at Ole Miss.

It’s unknown if Gideon was on the receiving end of the $1,000 promise laid out by Acho.

After kicking up a bit of a kerfuffle, Acho took to Twitter to clarify his on-air comments.

Scooby Carter reportedly pulls name from transfer portal, signaling he’ll stay at Alabama

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The soap opera that is Scooby Carter and Alabama has taken yet another twist.

According to multiple media outlets, and as of Thursday morning, Carter’s name is no longer listed in the NCAA transfer database.  Matt Zenitz of al.com was the first to report on the development.

The move out of the portal continues what has been a roller coaster ride for both Scooby Carter and the Alabama football program the past couple of months.

On his radio show in mid-November, Nick Saban revealed that he had to suspend a player for the Mississippi State game in Starkville because he missed a class, although the head coach didn’t reveal the player’s identity at the time; on the day of the game, it was confirmed that the player in question was Carter (pictured, No.11).  Not long after, the true freshman cornerback announced that he was entering his name into the NCAA transfer database.

A month later, Carter’s father revealed that his son had opted to remain at ‘Bama and rejoined the Crimson Tide football team. The purported return was preceded by at least one conversation with Saban.

In a late-December update, however, Saban indicated that Carter was still away from the team.  In fact, Carter hadn’t practiced with the team since that initial suspension and, at the time, he was still listed in the portal.  The coach did, though, state that the door remained open for a return.

Whether this return sticks remains to be seen.

Carter was a four-star member of the Crimson Tide’ 2019 recruiting class, rated as the No. 9 cornerback in the country and the No. 15 player at any position in the state of Texas.  He was the highest-rated corner signed by the Tide this past cycle.

In three games this season, Carter was credited with one tackle.  Because he only played in those three games, he can take a redshirt for the 2019 season.

Alabama, Georgia Tech schedule future home-and-home

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We interrupt LSU Day here (and HERE and HERE and HERE) at CFT for some Alabama Crimson Tide football scheduling news.

Earlier Wednesday, both the Alabama Crimson Tide football program and their counterparts from Georgia Tech announced that the two schools had reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Crimson Tide will travel to Atlanta on Aug. 31, 2030, with the Yellow Jackets making their way to Tuscaloosa on Aug. 30 of the following season.

The two schools are actually old rivals, playing 52 times between 1902 and 1984.  That 1984 game, though, was the last meeting between ‘Bama and Tech.

The Tide leads the all-time series 28-21-3.

“We are excited to announce the addition of another outstanding home-and-home series,” Alabama Crimson Tide football head coach Nick Saban, who would be 78-years-old at the time of the first meeting in the home-and-home, said in a statement. “Our administration has made it a point over the past several years to continue to improve our schedule and this is another great example. Georgia Tech and Alabama have a long history of great football games and we are looking forward to continuing that tradition.”

“We’re excited to announce the additions of Alabama and Georgia State to our future football schedules,” Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury said in his statement. “In addition to being one of the nation’s top programs, Alabama is one of Georgia Tech’s oldest and most frequently played rivals, so we are very proud to renew the series for the first time in nearly half a century and allow new generations of fans to enjoy the excitement of the rivalry.”

Cincinnati new home for Alabama transfer RB Jerome Ford

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For one erstwhile Alabama Crimson Tide football player, the portal wait was a short one.

On his Twitter account Jan. 7, Jerome Ford tweeted a cryptic missive that read “I don’t know where im goin, I just know ima win.” A day later, it was confirmed by an Alabama Crimson Tide football official that the running back’s name was listed in the NCAA transfer database.

Via Twitter exactly one week after his first social-media missive, Ford indicated that he was committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at Cincinnati.

Ford was a four-star member of Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class, rated as the No. 12 all-purpose back in the country. The Florida product took a redshirt as a true freshman.

This past season, and because of suspensions ahead of him on the depth chart, Ford started the 2019 opener against Duke. After that, he appeared in just three games the rest of the year. He finished his redshirt freshman season with 114 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.

Barring the unexpected, Ford would have to sit out the 2020 season if he moves on to another FBS school. That would then leave him with two years of eligibility beyond that.

Ford’s announcement came three days after Michael Warren II announced he is headed to the 2020 NFL Draft.  This past season, Warren led the Bearcats with 1,265 yards and 14 touchdowns.

College football title odds have Clemson as way-too-early 2020 favorite

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You say the corpse of the 2019 college football season isn’t even cold yet, and we’re already looking ahead to 2020 when it comes to title odds?  We say of course we are.  Because that’s how we roll.  Or something.

Monday night, in New Orleans appropriately enough, LSU landed its magic carpet ride of a 2019 season in seemingly the only way possible, overwhelming Clemson with waves of offensive talent to claim the College Football Playoff championship.  The video game that was Joe Burrow, wobbly early on, righted itself in the romp, with the Heisman Trophy winner setting the single-season record for touchdown passes en route to the ever-elusive ring.

The reality that will set in a day or two from now?  Burrow has played his last down in a Tigers uniform, with the senior expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.  Burrow’s counterpart on the night, Trevor Lawrence, will return to Clemson for one more season before he’s expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

As such, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook has installed Clemson as a way-too-early 9/4 favorite to win the 2020 national championship.  LSU, meanwhile, sits at 8/1.

A year ago at this time?  Clemson, the reigning national champions, was at 7/2, behind Alabama at 3/2.  And LSU?  They were at 50/1 on Jan. 8, 2019.

This year, between Clemson and LSU, Ohio State comes in at an initial 3/1 and Alabama, which will be replacing Tua Tagovailoa, at 6/1.  Georgia’s odds are at 8/1 as well.

Of those five teams, just two — Clemson (Lawrence) and Ohio State (Justin Fields) — will return their starting quarterback.

At 14/1, Florida is the only other team in that neighborhood.  Six others start off at 30/1 — Auburn, Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas A&M.

And as for the Group of Five? At 1,000/1, Houston has the highest odds.