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 23, 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: Media picks Ohio to win first MAC title in half-century
THE SYNOPSIS: So, how’d the media do? Ohio went 7-6, including a Potato Bowl win. Miami ended up beating Central Michigan in the conference championship game. Miami was picked to finish second in the MAC East Division. Central Michigan, meanwhile, was picked to finish last in the West,
THE HEADLINE: Ohio State announces dismissal of WRs coach Zach Smith
THE SYNOPSIS: The dismissal came shortly after details of a third domestic violence incident involving the assistant emerged.
THE HEADLINE: Chad Morris, Derek Dooley among betting favorites to be next Ole Miss head coach
THE SYNOPSIS: Matt Luke, the interim coach who ultimately replaced Hugh Freeze full-time, was in the middle of the wagering pack. Three seasons later, Luke was fired by the Rebels.
THE HEADLINE: Braxton Miller’s position switch trims Buckeyes’ QB battle to two
THE SYNOPSIS: Miller’s move to wide receiver left the Ohio State quarterback job in the hands of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
THE HEADLINE: South Carolina investigating if Jadeveon Clowney spoke with Jay-Z’s agency
THE SYNOPSIS: The verdict? No wrongdoing was found.
THE HEADLINE: Penn State gets fined, postseason ban, scholarship reduction
THE SYNOPSIS: The family of Joe Paterno blasted the sanctions. Penn State said it accepted them to avoid the death penalty. In the end, a significant portion of the punitive measures were rolled back.
THE HEADLINE: Tim Tebow confirms he doesn’t get his freak on; Cronkite rolls over in his grave
THE SYNOPSIS: The former Florida quarterback was asked if he was still a virgin. Yep, one reporter went there. SEC Media Days, y’all!