Look back: Despite injuries that prevented the offense from consistently firing on all cylinders, Louisiana Tech was competitive all season, with the exception of a 45-3 loss Mississippi State. Late-season setbacks against Southern Miss and Western Kentucky prevented Louisiana Tech from contending for a Conference USA title, but the Bulldogs bounced back with a 31-14 win over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl.
Former Baylor head coach Art Briles has been hired to lead an East Texas high school football program, nearly three years to the day after his public firing from Baylor amid a sexual assault scandal. Briles was given a two-year contract by Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Texas, on Friday, his first coaching opportunity in the U.S. since his glory days at Baylor. At Baylor, he was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2013, and led the team to an 32-7 record from 2013-2015. He "brings with him a wealth of not only football experience but also life experience," Mount Vernon ISD superintendent Jason McCullough said in a statement, according to SI.com "He is passionate about investing in the
It's been a whirlwind past several weeks for Lakeland (Fla.) Christian School 2021 defensive end Cade Denhoff, who has suddenly seen his recruitment take off. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound rising junior has picked up offers left and right this spring, from schools such as Miami, Penn State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia, Louisville and Iowa State. “It's going great,” Denhoff said of the recruiting process. “It really started to pick up during the spring evaluation period, and especially the last two or three weeks. Just busy, talking to coaches and figuring out summer plans.” Coaches from a slew of college programs have visited Denhoff during the spring evaluation period, including
There is more than one way to recruit in the Big Ten and still have success. The Big Ten is one of the most storied college football conferences in the country, and it could be argued the world's most talented conference, overall. Most of its football staffs recruit the biggest, strongest, ready-made athletes they can find as they'll compete against players with those same attributes. But one Big Ten program gets it done a different way. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to 16 bowl games in his 19 years coaching the team. Yet, he runs the Hawkeyes like a high school program, in terms of utilizing what he has. Ferentz allows his coaches to recruit and develop top local talent,
We've finally made it to double digits in our Countdown to Kickoff! With 99 days remaining until the Oklahoma Sooners begin their 2019 season, I want to use this opportunity to take a look at a player who etched his name into the OU record books with a single carry. I'm talking about running back Abdul Adams, who has sole ownership of the longest play from scrimmage in program history. On Sept. 23, 2017, an undefeated Oklahoma led by Baker Mayfield and first year head coach Lincoln Riley paid the Baylor Bears a visit in Waco. Late in the first quarter, the Sooners found themselves pinned against their own goal line. So what does any play caller with a functioning brain do in this situation? They
It's no fluke that No. 1-seed Penn State is finally within reach of a NCAA title after years of being the little brother in the Big Ten. Although IL's recruiting rankings may not back up that statement — the Nittany Lions have just 10 former Power 100 recruits, while Duke and Virginia combine for 47 — this year's success has been a long time coming. It's been a slow build for Jeff Tambroni, whose program has had its share of adversity during his nine seasons in Happy Valley. Occurring shortly after Tambroni was hired away from Cornell in the summer of 2010, the football program's scandal centered around Jerry Sandusky came at an inopportune time, creating a fallout that severely damaged the university's public image.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State hasn't lost to Michigan in football since 2011 and holds a 16-3 record against its rival since the turn of the century. Yet that doesn't keep Wolverine commits from publicly declaring their plans to change that when they arrive in Ann Arbor. Former offensive linemen Kyle Kalis did it in 2011. More recently Joey Velazquez of St. Francis De Sales (Ohio) High School did it when he stated that he didn't “think anybody is going to get any gold pants any time soon.” He'll get a chance to prove that theory over the next four-to-five years. Both of those players were Ohio natives who's trash talk stemmed from their knowledge of the rivalry. But neither of those players are
All-Purpose Back (APB) Jahmyr Gibbs announced his commitment to Georgia Tech today, becoming the 13th commit in the Jackets' 2020 class. Hailing from Dalton High School in Dalton, GA, Gibbs stands at 5'10.5” and weighs an athletic 187 pounds. Tech beat out 19 other schools for Gibbs' commitment, including the likes of Michigan, Texas A&M, and North Carolina. Running backs coach Tashard Choice looks to have done a lot of the legwork to add another #404 athlete to an already stacked class of 2020. Per 247's Composite, Gibbs is the #9 overall APB in the nation and #69 overall player in Georgia. Here's his tape: Welcome to the Flats!
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State is one of five teams in the running to get a commitment from five-star receiver Julian Fleming of Southern Columbia (Pa.) High School. He is rated the top wide receiver in the 2020 class and the No. 6 overall prospect. If he chooses the Buckeyes he'll be their second top-10 commit in the class. There are only two wide receivers listed as 2020 five-star prospects. The other — Demond Demas of Tomball (Texas) High School — has been committed to Texas A&M since September. But Fleming isn't your everyday, run-of-the-mill five-star recruit. He's a player that a team like Ohio State — who just hired a new head coach with an offensive system that requires top-notch receivers
Last year at this time, Kansas football had one verbal commit in four-star QB Lance Legendre, who ended up at Maryland. However, this time, things look to be different. Les Miles has injected new life into this moribund program, and that is already showing on the recruiting trail. According to a tweet I saw a few weeks ago that I of course I can't find now, Kansas is in the top 10 in number of scholarships offered for the 2020 class. So, it appears as if Les Miles is still recruiting like he's in the SEC! KU's positions of need for 2020 will be along the offensive line and in the secondary, as that is where Kansas will lose a lot of starters after this coming season. I would look for this coaching
Happy Saturday y'all! We are… hang on let me count… 14 weeks from kickoff! Yeah, I know, that's not as exciting as it was in my head. Anyways, if you don't know what we're doing, we're counting down the days until kickoff with the top 100 Auburn recruits of all-time*. So far, we've hit on a transfer ghost and a quarterback turned receiver turned coach. Who's next? Coming out of Tampa Catholic, Devan Barrett was a great get for the Tigers. Barrett looked the part of a star in the making coming out of high school. Our own AU Nerd (among others) comp'd his abilities to Tre Mason, another Florida running back without elite speed but with incredible quickness and vision. Barrett racked up over 3,000
A lot has been said this off-season about Clemson's 2019 football schedule and how easy it easy it for the Tigers. Right now, Las Vegas has Clemson as a double-digit favorite in every game this season. But does that make Clemson's schedule any easier than anyone else's. Alabama, who won all 12 of their regular season games last year by 22 or more points, is favored by double digits in most of their games as well. Yet, no one is coming out and saying Alabama has a weak schedule. Why is that? I think we know the answer. It's because Alabama is so good and that would be the correct assumption. So, if that theory works for Alabama, why does it not apply to Clemson? The Tigers are the team that beat
Add Maryland to the long list of programs using this spring to find the time to fill out their future schedules with some Group of Five home games. The Terps announced on Friday that the school has inked a pair of home games in the somewhat near future, hosting Kent State on September 25, 2021 and SMU the following season on September 17, 2022. The contest is the first meeting between Maryland and the Golden Flashes while it's the first time the program will see the Mustangs since 1962, back when each was a member of a very different conference affiliation than they are now. The program also announced that their originally scheduled 2021 at Northern Illinois has been shifted back to September
The USC Trojans are turning the page on a dismal 2018 season that saw them miss out on bowl season with the their first losing record since 2000. During the off-season they've made staff changes and spring practice made it a mission to change the culture while simplifying the schemes. While the Trojans looking to have a bounce back season, they still have questions that have to be answered. Without a doubt the USC offense was indeed a mess last season. Statistically they've reached lows that hasn't been seen since 2000. There was many factors that led to those issues. The Trojans let Tee Martin go and brought in Kliff Kingsburry, only for him to bolt after one month for the NFL. USC went on to
MUSKEGON – During an official football visit to Northwestern last weekend, Cameron Martinez got to walk onto Wrigley Field and check out the locker room of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The overall recruitment of MLive's 2018 Football Player of the Year from Muskegon High School has been a whirlwind, and it appears to be getting more serious. Martinez has an official visit planned for Ohio State June 21-23, and he said Thursday that he's looking to set up an official visit with Michigan as well. “I could take some more officials probably in June. But it looks like the last official I'll probably take will be to Ohio State, and then after that I'll sit down and think about where