* The Pac-12 Hotline newsletter is published each Monday-Wednesday-Friday during the college sports season (and twice-a-week in the summer). This edition, from March 22, has been made available in archived form … It was too big to get buried and too bold to fully digest upon first glance. In a Thursday packed with news across the conference, the whopper came from the SportsBusiness Journal: The Pac-12 is seeking a $750 million equity investment — 50 percent larger than originally reported — in exchange for ownership in a yet-to-be-formed holding company for its media rights. That's right: $750 million. The report comes courtesy of the SBJ's John Ourand and Michael Smith, the best in the business
Don't fret. The 2019 college football season will be starting before you know it. Clemson and Alabama will probably start next season at the top of the rankings, but games always find ways to shock us each year. With that in mind — that a surprise College Football Playoff contender could rise — here are 15 games that will impact the CFP for the 2019 season. Games are listed in the order they will be played. 15 games in 2019 that will impact next season's College Football Playoff Auburn vs. Oregon (Arlington, Texas), Aug. 31 Ducks QB Justin Herbert, possibly a very high NFL draft pick, is coming back next season. If he can stay healthy, Oregon will like its chances to break through in Mario Cristobal's
The spread formation San Diego State is introducing for the 2019 season was taken for its first public spin during Saturday's Spring Game at the SDSU practice field. The offense was inconsistent, to say the least, as one would expect just 12 practices into its implementation, especially with three players at the controls who are competing to be backup quarterback. Wide receiver Kobe Smith, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Compton, had the game's longest reception — a 32-yard grab down the middle of the field — and followed it with the day's only touchdown catch — an 18-yard leaping grab over a defender in the left front corner of the end zone. Both plays were made against sophomore cornerback Darren Hall, who had a few choice words for Smith, among others, afterwards.
NEW ORLEANS- The third-ranked LSU gymnastics made a furious comeback in the final rotation to capture its third-straight Southeastern Conference championship with a team score of 197.900 Saturday night inside of a raucous Smoothie King Center. An SEC-meet record of 10,505 fans stormed the arena and lifted the Tigers to the championship win. Senior gymnast Sarah Finnegan clinched the title with a perfect 10.0 score on floor to finish off the win. “What an incredible night for SEC Gymnastics,” LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux said. “This crowd was absolutely unbelievable, and it's a product of the incredible work done by the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Jay Cicero, SEC commissioner
PROVO — For freshman quarterback Jaren Hall, it was Saturday afternoon 'live' during an 85-play spring scrimmage as Hall and the offense put on quite a show at the former Provo High School football field. The coaching staff decided to allow the QBs to go 'live' — or allowed to be tackled. Hall, who completed 12 of 14 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns and rushed five times for 59 yards, capitalized — and the offense came alive. Hall led the offense to four touchdowns on all four of his drives, wowing the 5,500 fans in attendance with a dazzling display of shifty running and sharp passing. And he had plenty of help from the offensive line, running backs and wide receivers. “It was fun. I
Eventually, the Bad News Train tearing a hole up and down the West Coast will eventually come to a stop. The latest incident arrives from the San Jose Mercury-News, where Jon Wilner — the Woodward to The Oregonian's Bernstein, with embattled commissioner Larry Scott serving as Richard Nixon in this metaphor — has the published a letter written by three former Pac-12 officials blasting the commissioner over his handling of the Pac-12's officiating scandal. As you'll recall, last fall it was revealed that Pac-12 general counsel Woodie Dixon remotely intervened to incorrectly overturn a targeting call in favor of USC during the Trojans' 3-point win over Washington State in late September. The trio — Chuck Czubin, Fred Gallagher and Mack Gilchrist — have more than a century as Pac-12 refs between them, and in December they sent a letter to Scott and Pac-12 vice president of officiating David Coleman.
It has been a little weird for Trevor Lawrence this spring. When he drops back to pass with the first-team offense, he does not see the No. 13. Of course, he is talking about Hunter Renfrow. The man who seemed like he was at Clemson forever, is not longer here. “It is weird,” Lawrence said. “I only played with him a year, but just seeing him here those four years, it seemed like he was here forever. Now, when I look out there, he is not there, so it is a little different.” For the last four years, Renfrow has been Clemson's sure thing on offense. Though he never put up the gaudy numbers Mike Williams, Justin Ross and Tee Higgins have, he was always there. First for Deshaun Watson, then Kelly
The Kansas football team had a few recruits visiting campus during its first scrimmage of spring football on Saturday. Not too long after the practice session ended, one of them was ready to commit to head coach Les Miles and the Jayhawks. Will Huggins, a 6-foot-6 tight end at Shawnee Mission South, joined KU's 2020 recruiting class, informing Miles and his staff of his plans to sign with the program. Huggins, currently a junior at SMS, announced his decision on Twitter, writing in a post: “After lots of talks with my family, I am excited to say I am committed to the University of Kansas.” Unrated as a prospect by Rivals at this juncture, Huggins became the first in-state recruit to join KU's
LSU football has added another commitment to its battleground position group at the defensive line. Four-star Demon Clowney, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound Baltimore native who is the nation's No. 5 weak-side defensive end according to 247Sports, announced his commitment to LSU on Twitter Saturday. Clowney is the cousin of Houston Texans' linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron tweeted his trademark "Hold That Tiger!" signal that LSU had landed another commitment Saturday afternoon. Clowney put speculation to rest over who Orgeron's tweet was about a few hours later, tweeting out his commitment announcement with the caption "100%." Clowney, who attends St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, also
On Saturday the Florida Gators hosted several prospects on campus but player in particular made news by visiting campus. Quarterback Anthony Richardson (6-3, 230, Gainesville, FL. Eastside) visited the Gators for the first time since he decomitted but the visit on Saturday was a successful one. “It was great, just being back out there,” Richardson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “Just got to be around the coaches, just enjoying everything and watching practice. The energy of practice was great, I loved it. I love the vibe I get whenever I go there from everyone.” Richardson said Saturday was no different from any other visit to Florida as far as the feeling he got once he arrived on
Day Three of University of Miami football practice media viewing Friday inside the Carol Soffer Indoor Practice Facility got a little wild. The full pads were on, and so was the fun. First, the quarterbacks: Redshirt freshman Jarren Williams looked terrific again. His throws look so comfortable and easy and right on point. Of course, we're not talking about defense here, but when it comes to form and release and the way the ball is delivered to the receiver, he looks very sharp. He threw one bomb to slot receiver Mike Harley Jr., that was as perfect a throw as you will ever see. It hit the fingertips of Harley, who was in a flat-out sprint and brought in the ball as he raced toward the end zone.
“I think this is my breakout year, I've been sitting behind some of the greats like Uchenna Nwosu and Porter Gustin,” the 6-foot-7, 268-pound Murphy said. “I'm going into my fourth season now, fast and free, absorbing all the knowledge, getting better behind the scenes, so I'm coming out to play now. Now guys are coming up to me for advice and it feels good. I'm pretty much playing a true defensive end and I'm way more explosive. Coach Clancy's plan was to get all guys playing as fast as they can, and that's what we're doing. I know the playbook like the back of my hand so I'm able to play multiple positions.”
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife managers have euthanized a bobcat caught in Butte because it was in such poor physical condition that it could not survive if released into the wild. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Regan Dean tells The Montana Standard that euthanizing the animal was the humane thing to do. The female bobcat was caught Monday evening and euthanized on Tuesday. Wildlife veterinary technician Keri Carson says the bobcat was emaciated beyond the point of being able to survive. Carson said the bobcat was one of a number of animals that have had a hard time surviving the harsh and snowy winter. She suspects the bobcat came into Butte in an attempt to "eke out a living"
A potentially thin Syracuse Orange offensive line has received some reinforcements in the form of South Alabama graduate transfer OT Ryan Alexander. Alexander committed to the Orange during his visit this weekend, according to CuseNation. Alexander redshirted in his first season with the Jaguars before starting 28 consecutive games, dating back to the end of the 2016 season. The Floral Park, N.Y. native will be eligible to play immediately in the 2019 season. With both tackle positions open due to graduation, Alexander gives head coach Dino Babers a proven option to fill one of those holes. Alexander has played both right and left tackle in college. All signs point to Aaron Servais, the starting