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College Football amidst Coronavirus Pandemic: On this day in CFT history, including Joey Bosa, three other Buckeyes suspended for Ohio State’s 2015 opener AND Carlos Hyde suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 season

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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 30, 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: Nation’s top 2017 recruit officially admitted to Miami
THE SYNOPSIS: Jaelan Phillips transferred to The U from UCLA the previous February.  The defensive end didn’t see the field at all in 2019 due to NCAA transfer bylaws.


THE HEADLINE: Nation’s No. 1 recruit visits Florida A&M
THE SYNOPSIS: “Every student-athlete needs to visit [an] HBCU,” Kayvon Thibodeaux tweeted.  Visiting is one thing.  Committing is another matter entirely.  In December of 2018, Thibodeaux committed to Oregon.  That same month, the defensive end signed with the Ducks.  Following the 2019 regular season, Thibodeaux was named the Pac-12’s Defensive Freshman of the Year.


THE HEADLINE: Allegations of inappropriate behavior emerge against Hugh Freeze
THE SYNOPSIS: The allegations, dating back to his time at a Memphis high school, were levied against him by females.  Freeze had “resigned” 10 days earlier as the Ole Miss head coach.


THE HEADLINE: Four key Buckeyes, including Joey Bosa, suspended for opener
THE SYNOPSIS: Also suspended were H-back Jalin Marshall, wide receiver Corey Smith and H-back Dontre Wilson.  It was subsequently reported that the suspensions centered on “marijuana and academics.”  OSU, of course, went on to exact revenge on Virginia Tech in the opener.


THE HEADLINE: CFP won’t force Notre Dame, other independents to join a conference
THE SYNOPSIS: Interestingly, just last week it was reported that the Fighting Irish could join the ACC… for one season only.  Because of the pandemic and its effect on the college football schedule, of course.


THE HEADLINE: Auburn, Clemson schedule 2016-17 home-and-home
THE SYNOPSIS: The ACC Tigers beat the SEC Tigers in both games.  By just 14 points, combined, though.


THE HEADLINE: Carlos Hyde suspended for at least first three games of the season
THE SYNOPSIS: The suspension stemmed from an alleged assault for which the star Ohio State running back wasn’t charged.


THE HEADLINE: First player officially bolts from Penn State
THE SYNOPSIS: Safety Tim Buckley had the honor of being the first Nittany Lion to transfer in the wake of historic NCAA sanctions.


THE HEADLINE: Nebraska QB Bubba Starling facing $7.5 million decision — at least
THE SYNOPSIS: Starling was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as the fifth overall pick back in June.  Two weeks later, Starling opted for baseball over college football.  Seven seasons later, the outfielder made his Major League debut.


THE HEADLINE: Matt Barkley guarantees USC win over crosstown rival
THE SYNOPSIS: The quarterback proved correct as the Trojans dropped the Bruins 28-14.  Despite Barkley’s two interceptions.

New York Gov. Cuomo confirms no fans in the stands for college sports in his state this fall, impacting Army, Buffalo, Syracuse

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Not surprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic will have an effect on the gameday atmosphere for Syracuse football.  And Army and Buffalo as well.

Just Monday, it was confirmed that sports teams in New Jersey, including Rutgers, would not be permitted to allow fans into their games this fall.  A day later, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York confirmed that college sports can go forward in the Empire State, but without fans in the stands.  That will impact the Army, Buffalo and Syracuse football programs, as well as other fall sports at the universities.  Some FCS programs would be impacted by the edict as well.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, our fans, our campus community and the broader Central New York community is our chief priority,” a statement from Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack began. “We appreciate and support Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment and ongoing efforts to keeping our communities safe. We will seek further clarification regarding the opportunity to have fans at our games and move forward appropriately under the guidance of the state.”

Syracuse has already seen what will now be a fan-less home schedule impacted by COVID-19.

Earlier this week, the Patriot League announced that it was postponing all of its fall sports.  Syracuse had been scheduled to open the home portion of its 2020 football slate against Colgate, a member of that FCS conference.

Army, Navy ADs: ‘If there’s only one game we’re going to play, it’s the Army-Navy game’

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Pound for pound, the Army-Navy game stacks up with any rivalry in college football.  As is the case across the sport, though, the coronavirus pandemic has cast doubt on the possibility of this year’s game being played.

This year’s Army-Navy game is scheduled to be played Dec. 12 at lincoln Finacial Field in Philadelphia.  And, it seems, Navy’s athletic director seems prepared to move heaven and earth to ensure the rivalry goes off as planned.

“If there’s only one game we’re going to play,” Chet Gladchuk told this week, “It’s the Army-Navy game. Unless the pandemic is such at the time that we’re precluded by the city of Philadelphia to play that game, we have every intention of playing Army-Navy.

“The game is already virtually sold out. Can we accommodate that number? I don’t know. We always look at it this way — including Notre Dame on Labor Day weekend — we’re preparing for scenarios and we can always back down if we have to. Good old-fashioned ticket refund. Everybody does it. If we have to give money back, we give money back, but at least we’re prepared, right now on the front side.”

Gladchuk’s Army counterpart sang a very familiar refrain.

The Army-Navy game has been played every season for more than a century.  Yes, even amidst World War II, the rivalry still managed to be played.  The last time it wasn’t?  1918, in the middle of the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Navy, of course, has already seen scheduling issues because of the current pandemic.

In early June, it was confirmed that this year’s opener against Notre Dame would be moving from Dublin, Ireland, to Annapolis. Then, earlier this month, Navy’s game against FCS Lafayette College was canceled as well.

President Trump praises ‘Lou Saban’ for the great job he’s done at Alabama

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President Trump and Alabama football.  And a gaffe.  RIP, comments section.  And Twitter.

The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has been unwavering in showing his support for Alabama football in a state that has very much supported him.  In mid-April, as the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the nation, the POTUS referenced the Crimson Tide when it came to a phased reopening of the country.  In November of last year, Alabama played host to President Trump for the LSU game in Tuscaloosa.  In April of 2018, Alabama’s 2017 national championship team was feted by the POTUS at the White House.

So, yes, there’s a history there.  And there’s also the following.

Former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville is running as a Republican nomination for a seat in the United States Senate. Tuberville has the unabashed support of the sitting President.  Tuberville’s opponent? Jeff Sessions, the former U.S. Senator from the Yellowhammer State who fell out of favor as Trump’s attorney general.

All of which leads us to a Monday night conference call between the President and reporters.  And POTUS getting his Sabans crossed up.  On multiple occasions.


The president, never shy about his admiration for the football dynasty Nick Saban has built at the University of Alabama, mentioned Tuberville’s success against the Crimson Tide as Auburn’s head coach, a run that helped bring Saban to Alabama to reverse the trend. But Trump got Saban’s first name wrong more than once on tonight’s call.

“Really successful coach,” Trump said, speaking of Tuberville. “Beat Alabama, like six in a row, but we won’t even mention that. As he said … because of that, maybe we got ‘em Lou Saban. … And he’s great, Lou Saban, what a great job he’s done.

Lou Saban was a long-time head coach at various levels of the sport.  In that position at the FBS level, he went 15-35-2 during stints at Northwestern (1955), Maryland (1966), Miami (1977-78) and Army (1979).  He also died in March of 2009 at the age 87.  That makes him eligible to vote in Chicago but not alive enough to lead the current Crimson Tide football team.

Nick Saban, well, you know who he is.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Navy officially shedding 135 years of football independence

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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 July 1, 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: Army announces 76-man signing class


THE HEADLINE: It’s July 1, so Liberty is now officially college football’s newest FBS program; Idaho drops to FCS
THE SYNOPSIS: Two years later, Liberty won its first bowl game. And saw attrition from players citing “racial insensitivity.”


THE HEADLINE: It’s July 1, which means UAB and Coastal Carolina are official FBS members now
THE SYNOPSIS: UAB went 8-5 in its second first FBS season.  Coastal Carolina went 3-9.


THE HEADLINE: BYU still wants to join a Power 5 conference
THE SYNOPSIS: Four years later, the want is still there. So that’s something?


THE HEADLINE: Dependence Day: Navy officially joins AAC
THE SYNOPSIS: From our post that day:

For the first 135 years of its existence, Navy played as a football independent.  With Independence Day just three days away, the Midshipmen have officially shed that football independence for its first-ever conference home.


THE HEADLINE: It’s officially conference moving day for myriad FBS programs
THE SYNOPSIS: Are you sensing a theme with this First of July date?  Pitt and Syracuse officially joined the ACC. And the WAC ceased to exist as a football conference.


THE HEADLINE: Boise State officially leaving for the Big East
THE SYNOPSIS: Boise State is still a member of the Mountain West Conference.  So there’s that.


THE HEADLINE: Dawn of new conference era brings yawns, shoulder shrugs from some coaches
THE SYNOPSIS: From our post that day.  Again:

The Pac-10 has officially became the Pac-12 with the additions of Colorado (Big 12) and Utah (Mountain West). The Big Ten officially became the, well, Big Ten despite the addition of Nebraska (Big 12) as its 12th member. Boise State will now be a full-fledged voting member of the Mountain West after bolting the depleted and beleaguered WAC, while BYU (Mountain West) has shed its conference clothes and exchanged them for football independence.


THE HEADLINE: UGA AD Damon Evans busted for DUI
THE SYNOPSIS: After the red panties scandal, Evans rehabbed his image.  And resurfaced as the athletic director at Maryland.