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College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali remembered by Louisville football

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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 June 4, 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?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Kevin Warren introduced as Jim Delany’s successor as B1G commish
THE SYNOPSIS: Warren officially took over for Delany this year.  And became the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference.  And, amidst our country’s turmoil, announced the creation of a B1G Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray selected ninth overall in MLB Draft
THE SYNOPSIS: Murray, despite that lofty draft status, remained true to the Sooners.  And claimed the Heisman Trophy later that same year.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Life, legacy of Muhammad Ali remembered by Louisville football
THE SYNOPSIS: The Greatest, a Louisville native, lost his lengthy battle with Parkinson’s late the night before.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Mike Aresco still stumping for AAC in Power 5 conversation
THE SYNOPSIS: Five years later, the conference that likes to brand itself as part of the “Power Six” remains a Group of Five league.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Jim Delany does a playoff 180, supports four best teams
THE SYNOPSIS: This was a HUGE development when it came to the College Football Playoff.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Peeing & fleeing nets indefinite suspensions for Ohio State duo
THE SYNOPSIS: “Peeing & fleeing.” Still cracks me up.  Then again, my 12-year-old self is easily amused.

2011

THE HEADLINE: Jim Tressel on Michigan: ‘Nov. 26th we’re going to kick their ass!’
THE SYNOPSIS: That pronouncement came after the Sweatervest “resigned.” Alas, the prediction proved inaccurate as U-M beat Ohio State 40-34 in Ann Arbor.  Since then?  Eight straight wins for the Buckeyes in The Game.

College Football Hall of Fame damaged amidst protests in Atlanta overnight

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In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, protests have erupted across the country.  Overnight, those protests hit the home for college football history.

A peaceful protest in Atlanta Friday turned violent later in the night as many numerous businesses in the city were vandalized and looted.  According to myriad media outlets, one of those that suffered damage was the College Football Hall of Fame.

Fortunately, one of the reports stated, “none of the artifacts or history memorabilia was damaged… just the glass in front of the store.” One report, though, described the hall as being “destroyed.”

“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the friends and family of George Floyd,” College Football Hall of Fame CEO Kimberly Beaudin said in a statement. “We support the peaceful protests that honor his memory but unfortunately they deteriorated into chaos and disorder. We are heartbroken to see the damage to our city and the Hall of Fame. As our Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, we are better than this, better than this as a city, and better than this as a country.

“In the coming days and weeks, we’ll work to pick up the pieces, to build back the sacred walls that housed memories and honored those who played the game many of whom fought these same injustices throughout their storied careers.”

Highest-rated signee in Memphis’ 2020 recruiting class officially in the transfer portal

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Memphis has officially expunged Kundarrius Taylor from its football roster.  And, apparently, from its program.

In a short and sweet Twitter missive last week, Taylor announced that he is entering the NCAA transfer database.  The specific missive?  “I’m entering the transfer portal.” That’s it.  That was the extent of the missive.

According to 247Sports.com, the wide receiver was removed from the team last week.  Subsequent to that, it has been confirmed by a Memphis football official that Taylor is indeed in the portal.

The wide receiver will leave the Tigers having never played a down for the AAC school.  Probably.  Which leads us to…

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.

Taylor was the highest-rated signee in the Memphis football Class of 2020.  On the 247Sports.com composite, he was the No. 4 receiver at the junior college level this past cycle.

The Oklahoma high schooler spent his true freshman season at a Mississippi junior college in 2018.

Memphis is coming off a school-record 12-win football campaign.  They claimed the program’s first-ever win in the AAC championship game after two straight losses.

Head coach Mike Norvell left the school for the same job at Florida State in mid-December.  Memphis stayed in-house for its next head football coach, with offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield promoted three days later.

NCAA extends recruiting dead period through July 31; The Association will also allow strength coaches to ‘virtually observe voluntary physical workouts’

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Not surprisingly, the NCAA has reset its recruiting trail policies.  Again.

As the coronavirus pandemic effectively shuttered the sports world, the NCAA announced in mid-March that it was putting a halt to all in-person recruiting until at least April 15.  Last month, that dead period was extended through May 31.  This month, another extension took us to June 30.

As we close in on the month of June, another extension is official.  As expected, the NCAA announced Wednesday evening that the recruiting dead period has been extended through July 31.  That means all in-person recruiting activities — either on-campus or elsewhere — are prohibited.

The latest edict impacts all sports, not just football.

“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Division I Council Coordination Committee chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania, said in a statement. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”

One potential effect of all of these dead-period extension bans?  It could force The Association to, for one year, temporarily get rid of the December Early Signing Period.

The NCAA earlier this month also announced that football programs could begin bringing players back to campus for voluntary workouts starting June 1.  In the dead-period release, The Association also updated its tack on that front:

Additionally, the committee decided to allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe voluntary physical workouts for health and safety purposes but only if requested by the student-athlete. The measure goes into effect June 1. The strength and conditioning coach will be allowed to observe the workouts and discuss items related to voluntary workouts but not direct or conduct the workout.

The decision was supported by the Committee on Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Prevention and Performance Subcommittee. The subcommittee encouraged schools that decide to allow their strength and conditioning coaches to observe voluntary workouts to proactively consider the school’s overarching responsibility to protect the health of and provide a safe environment for each student-athlete. More specifically, the subcommittee stressed that schools should plan for how the strength and conditioning coach should respond if they observe an unsafe workout environment or in the event that a medical emergency occurs during a voluntary session.

The committee will continue to explore the opportunity for strength and conditioning coaches to conduct voluntary workouts virtually, as they do during in-person, on-campus voluntary workouts.

Highest-rated signee in Memphis’ 2020 recruiting class enters transfer portal

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For one of the very few times this cycle, Memphis has lost a player to the transfer portal.  And he’s a recent addition for good measure

In a short and sweet Twitter missive this week, Kundarrius Taylor announced that he’s entering the NCAA transfer database.  The specific missive?  “I’m entering the transfer portal.” That’s it.

The wide receiver will leave the Tigers having never played a down for the AAC school.

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.

Taylor was the highest-rated signee in the Memphis football Class of 2020.  On the 247Sports.com composite, he was the No. 4 receiver at the junior college level this past cycle.

The Oklahoma high schooler spent his true freshman season at a Mississippi junior college in 2018.

Memphis is coming off a school-record 12-win football campaign.  They claimed the program’s first-ever win in the AAC championship game after two straight losses.

Head coach Mike Norvell left the school for the same job at Florida State in mid-December.  Memphis stayed in-house for its next head football coach, with offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield promoted three days later.