The odd journey one erstwhile Texas Tech football player has taken this offseason has seen another twist.
On Twitter in January, Houston Miller announced on that he would be foregoing his remaining eligibility with the Texas Tech football team and making himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft. It was already shown this offseason that a player can declare for the draft, sign with an agent and go undrafted and still return to college football with his eligibility intact.
I don’t know that’s necessarily the case with Miller. What I do know is that 247Sports.com is reporting that Miller has transferred from Tech to Southeastern Louisiana. The defensive lineman, as you have probably guessed, was not selected in the draft this past April.
Just how he went from declaring for the draft to another year of college ball is unclear. At this point, Miller has not commented on the development on his personal Twitter account.
At Southeastern Louisiana, Miller will be eligible to play immediately in 2020. The upcoming season would serve as his final year of eligibility, unless he were to pursue a sixth season from the NCAA.
Miller was a three-star member of the Texas Tech football Class of 2016. The lineman played his high school football in Keller, Texas.
As a true freshman, Keller took a redshirt. An injury sidelined Keller after four games of the 2017 season. The past two years, the lineman appeared in all 24 games. Most of that action, though, came on special teams.
This is certainly an interesting development coming out of the Big 12.
The Big 12 was the first Power Five conference to cancel its in-person Football Media Days. Now, the same league will become the first to cancel its virtual one as well. Which it just unveiled plans for a day ago, it should be noted. That event had been scheduled for this coming Monday.
Below is the content of the release confirming the development.
The Big 12 Conference is cancelling its Virtual Football Media Day presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. It is yet to be determined if the event will be rescheduled. The Conference’s annual media preview was slated for Monday, August 3, after being moved from its originally scheduled July 20-21 dates.
“There continues to be a lot more questions than answers about what the football season will look like,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “A media day is intended to talk football and the prospects for the season. Part of that discussion is who you will be playing and when. With the on-going consideration of scheduling models by our Board of Directors, this is the best course of action at this time. “
A media briefing with Commissioner Bowlsby will be scheduled in the near-term to update on the State of the Conference.
The Big 12 was the first Power Five conference to cancel its in-person Football Media Days. Now, the same league will become the first to hold a virtual one.
Wednesday, the Big 12 confirmed it will hold its virtual event Monday, Aug. 3, this year. Below is the conference’s press release on the development:
Big 12 Virtual Football Media Day presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors will be carried by Big 12 Now on ESPN+ on Monday, August 3. Live coverage is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT.
The presentation will include head coaches’ media sessions, videos from league spirit groups and a fan question for each coach. There will be two concurrent streams available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. One stream will be of each head coaches’ media Q&A session, and the other will feature each coach on the Big 12 Now set with ESPN reporters Anish Shroff, Rod Gilmore and Dusty Dvoracek in exclusive 1-on-1 interviews, as well as player interviews conducted by Big 12 Digital Correspondent Morgan Uber. Content will also be posted on the conference’s official social media platforms throughout the event.
Followers of the Conference can also listen to live coaches interviews from Virtual Media Day on the Big 12’s exclusive 24/7 SiriusXM channel, 375, and on its ESPNU channel, 84.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby will kick-off the event at 9 a.m. CT. Head coaches’ interview sessions commence at 10 a.m. CT with the morning session featuring West Virginia, Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
Greg Burks, liaison to officials, begins the afternoon session at 12:30 p.m. CT and will be followed by the Oklahoma State, Kansas, TCU, Kansas State and Texas head coaches.
It appears the Big 12 won’t be falling in line with the other Power Five football conferences. At least, when it comes to this rather significant issue.
Already, the Big Ten and Pac-12 have announced that those leagues will be going to a conference-only schedule for the 2020 college football season. Next week, the Pac-12 is expected to unveil a schedule that will feature 10 games (for now) and will kick off Sept. 19. The ACC and SEC are expected to announce their respective plans next week as well.
It was thought that the Big 12 would have a similar timeframe. However, Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec told the Austin American-Statesman that he and his conference counterparts “are comfortable waiting two more weeks and maybe longer before making any definitive decisions about the upcoming college football season.”
From the American-Statesman‘s report:
All decisions will be made with student safety in mind, Schovanec stressed. Television money is not the driving force here, but Fox and ESPN pay the league based on an inventory of 57 games. A conference-only schedule is just 46. “You can’t ignore those facts,” Schovanec said.
In short, there are no easy choices, according to the vice chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors.
“We still have time,” Schovanec said. “So at what point do we have to make a decision? We haven’t gotten there yet. But I also think we recognize the fact that if we get to a go/no-go point will be prepared to act very quickly and pivot on a dime.
While uncertainty reigns when it comes to the 2020 season, teams across the country continue to prepare as if there will be one. Today, FBS teams are permitted to hold meetings and conduct walk-throughs with coaches present. Aug. 7, summer camps will start.
Thanks to Texas Tech, one erstwhile Utah State football player didn’t have to wait long to find a new collegiate home. At all.
In the middle of last week, it was reported that Henry Colombi had entered his name into the NCAA transfer database. Monday, the USU transfer quarterback announced via Twitter that he is headed to Lubbock and the Texas Tech football team.
In the Twitter missive, he also thanked Aggies fans for “showing nothing but love and support” during his time in Logan.
First off, I would like to thank Aggie nation for welcoming me into their family 3 years ago and showing nothing but love and support. I have created a number of relationships and memories that I will cherish forever. Logan will always have a special place in my heart and I am thankful for my time here. The last week has been very overwhelming, and I would like to thank all of the schools who have reached out to me during this time and given me an opportunity to play for them. Through days of prayer and conversations with my family, it was clear to me God has a plan for me and I trust him to lead me in the right direction. With that being said, I will be spending my next two years with the coaches that believed in me and my potential from the very beginning. I am very excited to announce that I am committed to Texas Tech University. #GunsUp!
Colombi was a three-star member of the Utah State Class of 2017. The Fort Lauderdale product was rated as the No. 47 pro-style quarterback in the country.
The head coach who recruited Colombi to USU? Matt Wells, who is now in the same position with the Red Raiders.
As a true freshman, Colombi took a redshirt. The past two seasons, he appeared in a total of 13 games. In that time, he completed 53-of-69 passes (that’s 76.8% for those without a calculator) for 460 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 139 yards and another two touchdowns on 27 carries.
It’s believed Colombi will be joining the Red Raiders as a graduate transfer. He will have two years of eligibility at his disposal.
Colombi’s decision to leave Utah State came a couple of days after Utah quarterback Jason Shelley officially transferred to USU. Prior to Shelley’s signing, Colombi had been the favorite to replace starter Jordan Love.