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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.

Louisville confirms transfer additions from North Carolina, Liberty

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It was quite the productive Monday on the transfer front for the Louisville football team.

That day, Louisville confirmed the additions of wide receiver Roscoe Johnson and defensive back Kei’Trel Clark to its football roster.  Johnson comes to the ACC school from another ACC school, North Carolina, while Clark is a transfer from Liberty.

Clark had previously announced on social media earlier this month that he was headed to the Cardinals.  Johnson did the same this past weekend.

Last month, Clark was one of two Liberty defensive backs who entered the NCAA transfer database.  The cornerback had cited “cultural incompetence” as the trigger for his decision.  The other, Tayvion Land, cited “racial insensitivity” in his move.

It’s expected that Clark will seek a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility with the Cardinals.  It’s also expected the “environment” around the Liberty program will be used as a basis for that waiver.  If granted, he would have four seasons to play three years.  If not, he would have three years to use three seasons of eligibility starting in 2021.

Clark was a three-star signee for the Flames in 2019.  As a true freshman, he appeared in all 13 games.

A three-star 2016 signee at UNC, Johnson appeared in 30 games for the Tar Heels.  In that action, the South Carolina native caught 14 passes for 157 yards.  Two of the receptions and 39 of the yards came this past season.

As a graduate transfer, Johnson will be eligible to play for the Cardinals immediately in 2020.

Eight FBS games impacted as MEAC suspends football, other fall sports seasons

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Go ahead and add the MEAC to the growing list of lower-level leagues giving up on football in the fall.

July 8, the Ivy League officially announced it was postponing all fall sports in 2020.  Five days later, the Patriot League of the FCS shut down all of its fall sports as well.  Friday, another FCS shoe has dropped as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) confirmed that it too has suspended football other fall sports seasons.  The release stated that “[a] decision is yet to be made on whether fall sports schedules will be moved to the 2021 spring semester.”

The reason for the suspension is, of course, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes continue to be our number one priority. We have made the decision to suspend all sports competitions after careful review of the current conditions and consideration of the potential exposure that regular travel to competitions may cause and ongoing extensive physical contact,” said Howard University President and Chair of MEAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, in a statement. “While our competitions have been suspended, each member institution will plan ongoing engagement of all student-athletes to ensure optimization of their physical and mental well-being as they continue their matriculation.”

“Obviously this is an arduous decision because everyone wants to have a fall season for student-athletes, fans and others,” said MEAC commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. “Part of our responsibility is to ensure the mental and physical health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff is paramount. It is imperative that everyone recognize that is our first and foremost responsibility.”

The move by the MEAC to at least suspend the 2020 football season will impact eight games vs. FBS schools:

  • Bethune-Cookman-USF
  • Florida A&M-UCF
  • Howard-Arkansas State
  • Morgan State-Appalachian State
  • Norfolk State-Charlotte
  • Norfolk State-East Carolina
  • North Carolina A&T-Liberty
  • North Carolina Central-Ohio

Louisville the new home for Liberty transfer Kei’Trel Clark, who left the Flames citing ‘cultural incompetence’

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A loss for Liberty is unofficially a gain for the Louisville football roster.

Last month, Kei’Trel Clark was one of two Liberty defensive backs who entered the NCAA transfer database.  The cornerback had cited “cultural incompetence” as the trigger for his decision.  The other, Tayvion Land, cited “racial insensitivity” in his move.

Nearly three weeks later, Clark utilized Twitter to announce that he has committed to Louisville football.

”First, I would love to thank God for granting me the strength to take the stand that I did and also forwarding me multiple opportunities to continue my life’s journey,” Clark wrote. “Thanks to all of my family, friends, coaches, etc. for the extensive support throughout this process.

”With all that being said I would like to announce that I will be furthering my academic-athletic college career at the University of Louisville.”

It should be noted that Louisville football has not yet confirmed Clark’s addition to the roster.

It’s expected that Clark will seek a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility with the Cardinals.  It’s also expected the “environment” around the Liberty program will be used as a basis for that waiver.  If granted, he would have four seasons to play three years.  If not, he would have three years to use three seasons of eligibility starting in 2021.

Clark was a three-star signee for the Flames in 2019.  As a true freshman, he appeared in all 13 games.

Liberty the new home for Georgia Tech transfer kicker Brenton King

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The ever-evolving kicking position for Liberty football has taken another turn.

Back in March, Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins revealed that Brenton King had decided to go pro in something other than sports.  Earlier this month, though, it was confirmed that the placekicker had since placed his name into the NCAA transfer database.

On Twitter this week, King announced that he has committed to Liberty football.

“Excited for this new chapter in my life,” the kicker wrote. “Can’t wait to be back on the field. Thank you [special teams coordinator Tanner Burns] for believing in me and giving me a chance to play the sport I love still.

“Go Flames!”

Coming out of high school in Georgia, King was a two-star member of the Georgia Tech football Class of 2017. As a true freshman, he split time as the primary placekicker for the Yellow Jackets.  King was Tech’s primary kicker this past season.  In between, he kicked in four games but was able to take a redshirt for 2018.

During his three seasons, King connected on 42-of-46 point-afters.  However, he was successful on just nine of his 17 field-goal attempts.

King left Georgia Tech as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility.  That, of course, means he can immediately play this season as well as next.

The football independent will be looking to replace its full-time kicker from a year ago, Alex Probert.  In February of this year, Probert transferred to Iowa State.

Liberty became a provisional Football Bowl Subdivision member in 2018.  In its initial season as a full FBS member last year, the Flames qualified for their first-ever bowl game.  And won it.