The College Football Hall of Fame announced its enormous list of nominees on Thursday, but one thing stuck out: To even be considered for a spot, players are required to have previously been named a first-team All-America. According to National Football Foundation president and CEO Steven J. Hatchell, that slices the pool down from a hair under five million people to just around 1,500.
A smaller group of candidates makes it a lot easier to actually settle on who belongs in the hall and who doesn’t. Without some kind of qualifiers, the NFF would have too many candidates to sort through, and the hall would probably be empty. (Have you ever seen five people try to decide where to go to lunch? It takes like an hour). But, as a result, the hall is missing those elite bastions of statistical outliers. The people who made the game truly incredible. The forgotten heroes.
I brought on college football historian and sandwich artist Celebrity Hot Tub to help discuss five players who (probably) won’t ever make the College Football Hall of Fame (as well as one bonus coaching candidate), but have earned a place in the Super Official People’s Hall. (There are plenty more, but hey, we have to start somewhere. No one enjoys reading a list of 100 names all at once. That app that lets you read books super fast isn’t available to everyone yet.)
In 2013 college football teams were penalized 15 yards when assessed a targeting penalty, even if that penalty was overturned on review. In 2014, teams won’t have to worry about those 15 yards if the call is reversed.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the NCAA’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a change to the rule Thursday so teams won’t be penalized 15 yards when a targeting call is overturned upon review.
Last month the NCAA Football Rules Committee recommended the rule change, which awaited approval from the Oversight Panel.
The NCAA is already dealing with the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit and the Northwestern football players’ movement to unionize. Now, another issue has been dropped on the pile.
Former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston, who played from 2009-12, has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging that the NCAA “violated antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of athletic scholarships below the actual cost of attending school and ‘far below’ what the free market would produce,” according to Jon Solomon of AL.com. The NCAA, SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten are named as defendants.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee has withdrawn a controversial “10-second” proposal, the NCAA officially announced on Thursday.
Ole Miss has suspended linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche for the Rebels’ opener against Boise State on Aug. 28, reports Hugh Kellenberger of Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger.
Nkemdiche also won’t participate in spring practice as part of punishment stemming from his arrest last month on charges of disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a police officer. A redshirt junior who garnered All-SEC Second Team honors in 2013, Nkemdiche played in 10 games and made 35 tackles last fall.
The NCAA is considering a new governance model that could include direct input from student-athletes.
The NCAA announced Tuesday that it is discussing various changes to its current governance model, including the size and composition of the Board of Directors and the NCAA’s decision-making bodies. One proposal would include a 38-member group tentatively named “the Council,” which would be comprised mostly of athletic directors but would include two student-athletes.
The NCAA is also considering adding a student-athlete vote to the Board of Directors.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has suspended four players for the Tigers’ first game of the 2014 season due to a violation of team rules. Defensive end Corey Crawford, offensive linemen David Beasley and Shaq Anthony and defensive back Gary Peters will all miss the opener against Georgia.
“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney said.
“A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field.”
Texas A&M is one of a handful of schools that won’t participate in a spring game this season. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin doesn’t sound very upset about that.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, Sumlin said that while spring games may be important to fans, coaches and players don’t gain much from what is really just a glorified scrimmage. (h/t CoachingSearch.com)
Throughout the offseason, Campus Union will talk with a few team experts to go over some of the most intriguing storylines and questions in advance of the 2014 campaign.
There’s no telling how much longer Frank Beamer will keep coaching Virginia Tech, but after bringing in one of his best recruiting classes (on paper) in recent memory — No. 24 according to Rivals, with eight four-star prospects — chances are that he’ll stick around for at least a little while to see how well the new crop of Hokies perform. Virginia Tech, which brought new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler into the fold last fall, suffered its share of injuries in 2013. The disarray contributed to the Hokies’ 8-5 (5-3 ACC) record, which allowed Duke to grab the Coastal Division title.
SI caught up with Joe (@thekeyplay) from The Key Play to review the 2013 season, to discuss which reinforcements in ’14 should be able to help Tech sooner rather than later and to preview the quarterback competition that’s brewing now that Logan Thomas has finally moved on.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is one up-tempo offensive coach who wasn’t thrilled by the NCAA’s proposed 10-second rule, which would gives defenses allotted time to substitute players in between plays and effectively slow down hurry-up offenses. On Monday, Rodriguez and the Wildcats poked fun at the proposal by releasing a video that parodies the 1994 Keanu Reeves movie, Speed.
In the video Rodriguez — speaking to Speed co-star Sandra Bullock on a runaway bus — says coaches in support of the proposal are holding the game of college football hostage, which goes against what fans actually want.