After a series of losses this offseason, Nebraska is on the positive side of a football roster move. And it involves a local boy for good measure.
Jared Bubak began exploring the possibility of leaving Arizona State earlier this offseason. Over the weekend, the tight end revealed on Twitter that he will be transferring into the Nebraska football team. Interestingly, he’ll be joining the Cornhuskers as a walk-on.
Because of that, and the fact that he is an ASU graduate, he’ll be eligible to play for the Big Ten school this coming season.
Bubak is a native of Lincoln, Neb. He actually committed to Nebraska before flipping to Arizona State football.
“After speaking with the coaching staff, I have decided to finish my last year of eligibility with the University of Nebraska as a walk-on,” Bubak wrote. “This transfer portal process has solidified how important the state of Nebraska is to me and my family. The chance to come back home and play for Coach [Scott] Frost was an easy decision for me and I’m excited to represent the people of Nebraska.
“I just didn’t want to be living with that what-if,” said Bubak in explaining his decision to the Lincoln Journal Star. “What if I had gone to Nebraska? So I always knew for my last year I wanted to come back home and see what happens.
Bubak was a three-star 2016 signee for the Sun Devils. He was the No. 2 player in the state of Nebraska regardless of position.
The 6-5, 242-pound Bubak appeared in 17 games during his time at ASU. Seven of those appearances came a season ago. He didn’t catch a pass during his time in Tempe, although he did return one kick. For minus-four yards.
At least 13 scholarship Cornhuskers who have left the program for one reason or another this offseason. Included in those are:
Additionally, three walk-on offensive linemen have left as well.
USC has one less booster for its football program.
Former Los Angeles Police Department Union attorney Marla Brown is a USC graduate. She is also officially registered as a USC football booster. Or, she was.
In the wake of the abhorrent murder of George Floyd, peaceful protests have, in some cases, devolved into riots and looting across the country. In tweets posted to her Twitter account Sunday morning, Brown stated “Shoot the protestors” and exclaimed, “they need to be shot.”
While the tweets are no longer available as Brown has subsequently deleted her Twitter account, they were saved for posterity.
The LAPD made it perfectly clear that Brown is not an employee. Then USC athletic director Mike Bohn announced in a statement that the USC football program is severing its ties with Brown. “Racism and hate speech will not be tolerated,” Bohn wrote in a tweet that contained his statement, which appears in full below:
Last night we were made aware of abhorrent and blatantly racist tweets from an individual who identified as a USC Football Booster. Following an immediate investigation into the matter, we informed the individual that their season ticket and Trojan Athletic Fund membership privileges have been revoked and their payments will be promptly returned. Their account has been flagged in our system to prevent future purchases.
Thank you to the USC community for helping us identity this individual so that we could move swiftly to terminate our relationship. We stand in solidarity with the Black community.
Cal football is the latest to benefit from a Power Five-to-Power Five transfer.
Bradrick Shaw announced in January that he had been granted a sixth season of eligibility. Instead of using that added year at Wisconsin, however, the running back opted to enter the NCAA transfer database.
Four months later, Shaw revealed on Twitter that he will be transferring into the Cal football program.
Suffice to say, Shaw will be eligible to play for the Bears in 2020. Just as obviously, this will be his final season of eligibility.
One final academic postscript: Shaw earned two degrees from the University of Wisconsin. As for athletically?
Shaw came to the Wisconsin Badgers football team as a three-star 2015 signee. He was rated as the No. 16 player regardless of position in the state of Alabama. The back took a redshirt as a true freshman, then missed the entire 2018 season because of a knee injury. All of that helped lead to the sixth season.
In 2016, Shaw was third on the Badgers in rushing with 457 yards and tied for second in rushing touchdowns with five. The following season, his 365 yards and four scores were both second behind Jonathan Taylor‘s 1,977 and 13 as a true freshman.
Coming off the knee injury, Shaw ran for 116 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in 2019. All told, Shaw carried the ball 202 times for 938 yards and 10 touchdowns during his time with the Badgers.
Shaw’s initial social-media announcement came exactly three weeks after Taylor confirmed he will be leaving UW early for the 2020 NFL Draft. With the departures of Taylor and Shaw, the Badgers’ leading returning rushers in 2020 will be freshman Nakia Watson (331 yards) and junior Garrett Groshek (194). UW also has a commitment from four-star 2020 running back Jalen Berger.
A high-profile addition to the Colorado football roster is apparently no more.
Antonio Alfano was suspended by the Colorado football team in early March for unspecified violations of team rules. Two months later, it’s been confirmed by a Colorado football official that Alfano is no longer a member of the Buffaloes. In fact, the defensive lineman is no longer even enrolled at the Pac-12 school.
No reason for the divorce was given.
On his personal Twitter account in early November, Alfano announced that he officially decided to move on from Alabama to Colorado. Alfano’s decision came shortly after taking a visit to the CU campus, and nearly a month after officially entering the NCAA transfer database.
This week’s development was the latest in what’s been a series of headlines for one of the top recruits in the Class of 2019. And not necessarily positive headlines. To say the least.
Alfano was suspended for unspecified reasons and didn’t dress for Alabama’s Week 2 home opener against New Mexico State. Not long after, Nick Saban added a bit of mystery to Alfano’s status when he stated that the highly-touted defensive lineman has “kind of disappeared a little bit” before launching into an oral dissertation about failing to confront and learn from one’s mistakes.
On Twitter in mid-September of 2019, Alfano’s parents stated that, in large part because of an ailing grandmother, their son “has not attended classes or practices” for an unspecified period of time. Against their wishes, the parents also confirmed that Alfano was entering the transfer database, although at the time it wasn’t yet official.
Saban offered up an update a couple of days after the family’s social-media statement in which the head coach, very bluntly, stated that the defensive lineman had basically quit the team as he hadn’t shown up for football-related activities, classes or counseling for unspecified issues. The player wasn’t responding to attempts by the team to contact him, either, Saban added.
During summer camp last year, Alfano missed a couple of practices for what were described as personal reasons but ultimately returned to the team. Even before the suspension, the lineman didn’t play in the season opener against Duke.
A five-star 2019 signee, Alfano was rated as the No. 1 strongside defensive end in the country; the No. 1 player at any position in the state of New Jersey; and the No. 5 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. He was the highest-rated Crimson Tide signee during this most recent cycle.
One final note: Alfano went to three different high schools in four years. Which means, in less than six years, he’s been part of five different football programs.
The next buyer, beware.
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.”