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— Powell Latimer (@Powell_Warchant) February 25, 2014
It isn’t enough that Florida State won the national championship, but the Seminoles have also found a way to take over the spring too.
In Tuesday’s game in Tampa against the Yankees (yes, those Yankees), Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher threw out the first pitch.
Another college football poll is on the horizon for 2014. The Football Writers Associated of America and the National Football Foundation announced on Tuesday that they will jointly conduct a new major college football poll for the coming season.
The poll will be known as the “FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16″, named for legendary sports writer Grantland Rice. It will be voted upon by 36 voters, 26 from the FWAA and 10 from the NFF. The poll will rank the top 16 FBS teams and will be announced weekly on Sundays, with the final poll to be unveiled on Dec. 7.
The 2013 TCU season didn’t go as well as planned. The Horned Frogs regressed from a 7-6 2012 campaign to finish 4-8 with just two Big 12 win and six total losses by 10 points or fewer. Offense was at a premium (TCU ranked 93rd in offensive S&P+ according to Football Outsiders), and injuries were prevalent.
Quarterback Casey Pachall, who recently graduated, was interviewed by Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram and had some choice words about how the year played out.
“It’s rough right now. There is zero leadership. Nobody wants to step up and take charge of anything. It’s rough. That is why they have the stuff they did. I still love those guys. Maybe they made mistakes, everybody does. I’m not putting those people down at all. They are still my good friends. Things are going to happen and as a team they need somebody to step up.”
Pachall also added, “It’s one of those things where every now and then you may say something to a teammate, and it may make them mad, but when they sit down and think about it they know it was sincere,” when asked about how a team that is lacking leadership finds it.
The ACC title game will remain in Charlotte through 2019 after the Charlotte Sports Foundation agreed to a six-year extension between the leauge and Bank of America Stadium, conference Commissioner John Swofford announced at a press conference on Monday.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will be limited in spring drills after undergoing minor shoulder surgery, the school announced on Friday.
Miller’s surgery was first reported by Eleven Warriors on Thursday.
The school’s statement in its entirety:
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had minor, outpatient surgery on his right shoulder this morning at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He will be limited in his activities throughout spring drills, which start Tuesday, March 4 and commence with the LiFE Sports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.
CHICAGO — Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald testified on Friday at the National Labor Relations Board hearing regarding NU football players’ petition to form a union as university employees. Fitzgerald was questioned for more than two hours about topics ranging from players’ daily schedules to recruiting to team codes of conduct.
Earlier this week, former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, the face of players’ movement to gain collective bargaining rights under CAPA, said there was “no way around” the fact that football is a “job.” However, when asked by an attorney representing Northwestern to describe his basic duties as head coach, Fitzgerald — who conceded he had read “very little” of Colter’s testimony — spoke first about academics. He said he is a teacher and an educator, and that part of his responsibility includes making sure his players reach their academic potential. “Creating structure from a standpoint of academic success,” Fitzgerald said. “We want to graduate 100 percent of our players and prepare them for life.”
To heck with your play-cards, analytics, advanced statistics and otherwise. David Shaw already has you beat. On the heels of the Cardinal’s fourth consecutive BCS berth, he found a way to make himself a robot, complete with whistle and everything, because Stanford.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has been one of the more vocal opponents of hurry-up offenses. So when the NCAA Football Rules Committee proposed a rule that would allow defenses 10 seconds to substitute players — effectively stalling up-tempo attacks — it was only a matter of time before Bielema offered his opinion on the topic.
Self-reported NCAA violations are kind of a mixed bag. Schools basically report them to bypass any major problems that could come up, and the penalties for such violations, in most cases, are minimal. By self-reporting, schools build up a bit of equity with the NCAA — “Hey look, we texted a recruit on accident, or, We butt-dialed some kid in Alaska we weren’t even pursuing.” — so that the powers that be will be less inclined to drop the hammer or get all up in a program’s business, so to speak. (This is a technical term.)
Oklahoma recently self-reported a bunch of secondary violations, and The Oklahoman was all over them, thanks to a records request. Some violations were pretty boring — extra calls during the dead period, practices that weren’t really practices during a time when teams can’t really practice, etc. — but others were hilariously ridiculous.
Jadeveon Clowney might have some work to do off the field — at least according to his former college coach.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told the NFL Network on Wednesday that Clowney wasn’t the hardest-working player on his college roster.