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College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Nick Saban calls on coaches in Alabama to aid flood-ravaged West Virginia

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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 7, 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: LA sports scene is buzzing, but will USC or UCLA join the fun in 2019?
THE SYNOPSIS: Yeah, that’d be a no.  The Trojans went 8-5 this past season.  The Bruins? 4-8.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham gets engaged to longtime girlfriend
THE SYNOPSIS: You know how I know there’s normally a dearth of college football news this time of year?  This headline.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Michigan, Notre Dame announce 2018 rekindling of rivalry
THE SYNOPSIS: The college football bluebloods played in 2018 (Fighting Irish win) and 2019 (Wolverines win).  The next scheduled meetings?  2033 and 2034.  The recruiting class of 2033 is currently set to enter kindergarten.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Nick Saban calls on coaches in Alabama to aid flood-ravaged West Virginia
THE SYNOPSIS: Living in God’s Country, the destruction that happened south of us in this state was horrific.  Some four years later, the rebuilding still isn’t complete.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Lawyer: woman hurled racial slurs prior to ex-FSU QB’s punch
THE SYNOPSIS: It was alleged by Deandre Johnson‘s attorney — the same attorney who represented Casey Anthony — that the woman shouted racial epithets when Johnson accidentally bumped into her.  The women then kneed Johnson in the groin area before the player retaliated with one punch. Florida State dismissed Johnson very shortly after the video was released.

2013

THE HEADLINE: Daytona Speedway could host a college football game
THE SYNOPSIS: Seven years later, this absolutely awesome idea has yet to come to fruition.  Last year, though, it was reported that the speedway group is still exploring opportunities.

2012

THE HEADLINE: New playoff format to be dubbed ‘National Championship Series’?
THE SYNOPSIS: Fortunately, this moniker gained no traction.  At all.  The College Football Playoff, or CFP for short, is perfect.

2011

THE HEADLINE: ‘Very good chance’ Mike Vrabel joins Buckeyes’ coaching staff
THE SYNOPSIS: The former Ohio State defensive lineman did indeed come back home as linebackers coach.  In January of 2018, Vrabel was hired as the head coach of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

2009

THE HEADLINE: Sen. Orrin Hatch Talks BcS With CFT
THE SYNOPSIS: Yes, I spoke with a sitting United States Senator from the great state of Utah.  About college football.  And scourge that was the Bowl Championship Series.  Pretty damn cool, actually.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Gainesville police confirming Aaron Hernandez was ‘questioned very briefly’ in ’07 shooting

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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 29, 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: Keyshawn ‘Pie’ Young becomes sixth USC wideout to enter transfer portal
THE SYNOPSIS: I don’t care who ya are, that’s a lot of turnover at one position in one offseason.

2019

THE HEADLINE: ‘Last Chance U’ coach indicted on 10 charges, including eight felonies
THE SYNOPSIS: This is the same coach, Jason Brown, who resigned four months earlier after texting  German player “I’m your new Hitler.” So, yeah.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor launches campaign for… Heisman Trophy
THE SYNOPSIS: Kicking specialist are a rare breed.  This one in particular.  As for his performance after launching the stiff-armed campaign?  Sinor averaged 43.1 yards per punt.  That number was third in the Big 12 and 40th nationally.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Ole Miss violations laid out to NCAA by stepfather of Laremy Tunsil
THE SYNOPSIS: As we stated previously, Tunsil was everything as advertised on the field.  Off the field, well… ya see…

2015

THE HEADLINE: SEC SIDs pick Auburn vs. Georgia for SEC title
THE SYNOPSIS: How did the Nostradumbasses do?  Alabama beat Florida 29-15 to claim the 2015 SEC championship.

2014

THE HEADLINE: Former Auburn standout Philip Lutzenkirchen killed in car accident
THE SYNOPSIS: The 23-year-old Lutzenkirchen was a passenger in the single-car crash.  Both he and the driver were legally drunk at the time of the accident.

2013

THE HEADLINE: Gainesville PD confirms Aaron Hernandez ‘questioned very briefly’ in ’07 shooting
THE SYNOPSIS: This surfaced after the former Florida Gators star was arrested on a first-degree murder chargeHis potential role in a double homicide the year before was also brought to light.  Hernandez was found guilty in 2015 for the murder of Odin Lloyd.  Two years later, Hernandez hung himself in his jail cell. As for the 2007 shooting? It was determined in 2017 that Hernandez was not the triggerman.

2012

THE HEADLINE: UGA’s Isaiah Crowell arrested on felony charges
THE SYNOPSIS: That same day, the Georgia running back was dismissed by Mark Richt. Crowell subsequently transferred to FCS Alabama State.

2010

THE HEADLINE: WAC takes expansion off the table until 2012
THE SYNOPSIS: Two years later, the Western Athletic Conference discontinued football as a sponsored sport.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including, more than a decade ago, Ozzie Newsome keeping the door open to returning to Alabama as AD

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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 28, 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: Injury knocks Tua Tagovailoa out of Manning Passing Academy
THE SYNOPSIS: This was but one of a string of health issues (hand, knee, ankle, ankle again, hip) that hampered the talented Alabama quarterback during his time in college football.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Heart condition ends four-star 2018 Penn State signee’s college career before it ever got started
THE SYNOPSIS: That was the bad news for Nana Asiedu.  The good news?  It was football, and the care he got in Happy Valley, that may have saved his life.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Eastern Michigan extends Chris Creighton through 2022
THE SYNOPSIS: Since then, EMU has played in bowl games in both 2018 and 2019.  That’s the first time the Eagles have played in back-to-back bowl games in school history.  The program is, though, seeking its first bowl win since 1987.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Continuing Penn State series ‘a priority’ for new Pitt AD
THE SYNOPSIS: The rivals last played in 2019, the 100th meeting between the schools in college football.  The most recent word is that the series “might be revisited at some point after 2030.”

2014

THE HEADLINE: 2015 QB recruit who gave USC a verbal when he was 13 decommits
THE SYNOPSIS: David Sills ultimately moved on to West Virginia… as a very successful wide receiver.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Playoff selection committee to reportedly create weekly Top 20
THE SYNOPSIS: This turned out to be a Top 25.  And it is released weekly after the midpoint of the regular season.

2009

THE HEADLINE: Ozzie Newsome Keeps ‘Bama A.D. Door Ajar
THE SYNOPSIS: The former Alabama great never returned to his alma mater as athletic director.  Instead, he remained in Baltimore as the highly-successful GM of the Ravens until stepping down from that job in 2018.

Latest odds have Clemson, Ohio State strong favorites to make College Football Playoff

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It’s been a while since we’ve discussed anything related to College Football Playoff odds, so how about we rectify that this weekend?

When last we left, Clemson was a 5/2 favorite to win the 2020 national championship.  Ohio State was next at 3/1, followed by Alabama (5/1) and Georgia (7/1).  According to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, its updated College Football Playoff odds — that means qualify for the field, not winning it — has Clemson and Ohio State dead even at 1/3.  The Tigers and Buckeyes, of course, met in the semifinals of the 2019 playoffs.  Alabama, which failed to qualify for the CFP for the first time in its history last season, is next up at 6/5, while Georgia would fill out the four-team wagering field at 2/1.

Interestingly, Florida is nipping at its SEC East rival’s heels at 3/1.  Oklahoma, another 2019 CFP participant, sits at 7/2.  Four other schools are in single digits, and that quartet comes in at 7/1 — Notre Dame Oregon, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M.

As for the reigning national champions?  LSU sits at 10/1, the same set of College Football Playoff odds as Auburn.

A pair of Big Ten teams, Michigan and Wisconsin, come in at 12/1.  USC, meanwhile, has garnered 15/1 odds.

No teams outside of the Power Five have been given odds.  In case you were wondering.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including USC officially appealing historic NCAA sanctions

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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 25, 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: Report: Army, BYU ‘top candidates’ to replace UConn in AAC
THE SYNOPSIS: In the end, no one has replaced UConn in the AAC.  For now, the conference will go with 11 football schools.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Maryland stays in-house by naming Damon Evans as AD
THE SYNOPSIS: Evans has come full circle in rehabbing his image from the infamous “red panties incident” while at Georgia.

2017

THE HEADLINE: VIDEO: LSU RB Derrius Guice squats 650 pounds
THE SYNOPSIS: Alternate headline: Guice is a freakishly strong human being.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Door more ajar for Big 12 expansion than previously thought?
THE SYNOPSIS: Five years later, the conference shows no signs of stepping through any expansion doors.

2014

THE HEADLINE: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will make more than $6 million in 2019, 2020
THE SYNOPSIS: As it turns out, he didn’t.  In June of 2017, Stoops stunned the college football world by stepping down as the head coach at Oklahoma.

2013

THE HEADLINE: Top 2014 recruit offers mea culpa for Ole Miss ‘racist’ tweets
THE SYNOPSIS: Marlon Humphery had labeled the school racist and alluded to monthly KKK marches on the campus. Humphrey tweeted in his apology that he has never even been on the Oxford campus.  The five-star son of former Alabama great Bobby Humphrey ultimately signed with the Crimson Tide.

2010

THE HEADLINE: USC files appeal with NCAA in attempt to get sanctions eased
THE SYNOPSIS: The ever-benevolent NCAA ultimately denied the appeal.