Solskjaer reveals Man Utd medical room now clearingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says their medical room is clearing ahead of the clash with Bournemouth.United have won both games since Solskjaer took charge but Anthony Martial joined Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku on the sidelines when being taken ill over the Christmas period.When asked by MUTV if anybody was coming back for the next game, Ole replied: “Hopefully the front three with Romelu, Alexis and Anthony – that is not a bad three to have ready. So towards the end [of a game], when you are 2-0 up, 3-0 up, if you can put players with pace on, then that makes a difference.”So when you score three at home but you know you have three lads awaiting to get on, then that’s great.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leicester fullback Elder joins Ipswich Townby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Callum Elder has signed for Ipswich Town on loan.The left-back has not received many first team chances with the club this season.And he will now compete at Ipswich in the Championship.But Leicester do want him back for next season, as Christian Fuchs is departing at the end of the campaign.Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert told the club’s website: “I’m delighted we have been able to get Callum in early. He gives us more competition on the left side.”He is a very good player. He’s been training with top players at Leicester and he has handled that well.”He’s got a really good left foot and he wanted to be here and that’s vital for me. I need players who want to come here and play for this club.”Elder added: “I had a good chat with the gaffer about three weeks ago and he said he wanted me to come down and be a big part of the squad.”I was really eager to come and get involved.”
West Brom move for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Brom are moving for Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn.The 19-year-old is the subject of interest from three Championship sides.Albion asked if they could take him as soon as they discovered freescoring Harvey Barnes was being recalled by Leicester City.But they aren’t alone with a host of other clubs keen for the teenager to sign with Wigan also said to be in the race. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: Isco future not up to meby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says Isco’s future isn’t up to him.The player has found himself out of favour of late, and didn’t make the pitch at all against Real Betis on Sunday, and as a result talk of a move to Italy have surfaced.”We have a wonderful squad and I have to choose who gets involved in each game,” Solari said in his pre-match press conference.”It is not up to me to explain the transfer policy, I am just the coach.”
Florida State President John Thrasher Releases Statement On FSU’s Decision To Dismiss QB De’Andre Johnson
FSU President Releases StatementFlorida State president John Thrasher has released a statement on the decision to dismiss Seminoles’ quarterback De’Andre Johnson after a video surfaced of the four-star freshman punching a woman in a Tallahassee bar last month. Thrasher says “there is no question in my mind” that Jimbo Fisher made the correct decision to dismiss Johnson. Here’s the full statement. Statement from #FSU president John Thrasher on decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson. pic.twitter.com/L82ic7yaSD— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) July 7, 2015Johnson, a true freshman, was ranked one of the top-15 quarterbacks in the 2015 class.
Week 2 AP Poll Twitter/College GameDayThe Ohio State Buckeyes, after taking care of Virginia Tech on the road Monday night, are still the No. 1 ranked team in the country – in both the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll. The latter was just released.Alabama, previously ranked No. 3, has moved up to No. 2 after a dominating performance against Wisconsin. TCU, which struggled a bit with Minnesota, drops a spot to No. 3. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by Baylor, Michigan State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Georgia.Texas A&M, after a big win over Arizona State, debuts in the poll at No. 16. Utah and Mississippi State also entered the poll, at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Michigan State6. Auburn7. Oregon8. USC9. Notre Dame10. Georgia11. Florida State12. Clemson13. UCLA14. LSU15. Georgia Tech16. Texas A&M17. Ole Miss18. Arkansas19. Oklahoma20. Boise State21. Missouri22. Arizona23. Tennessee24. Utah25. Mississippi StateYou can check out last week’s rankings here.
Video: Stephen A. Smith Says He Would Have Won The O.J. Simpson Trial As Prosecutor Against Johnnie Cochran
YouTube/ESPN First TakeIn the wide world of hot sports takes, no one quite brings it like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The winner of our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” bracket may have had an all-time great moment, even by his own lofty standards, this morning when discussing the O.J. Simpson trial, which has leapt back into public consciousness with FX’s fantastic American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson and the debut of ESPN’s five-part 30 For 30 documentary series O.J.: Made in America on Saturday.During a lengthy discussion of the first part of Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed documentary, Smith said that he would not have let Simpson walk as a juror, and that if he had prosecuted the case instead of Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, there is “no way in hell” he would have lost to case to Johnnie Cochran and the rest of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” The Big Lead transcribed Smith’s rant.“I have profound respect for the late Johnny Cochran, God rest his soul,” he said. “It might be the cockiest thing I’ve ever said … Christopher Darden and Marcia Clark did an absolutely horrendous job as prosecutors. Because if it were me, there’s no way in hell that Johnny Cochran would have beaten me with that evidence that I, that they, had. I’m telling you right now, I’m not even a lawyer. There is no way that you would have put 12 jurors in front of me with that evidence and I would have lost it, even to Johnny Cochrane. I’d have won that trial. I’ve often said that.”As a reminder, in case this isn’t clear, Johnnie Cochran was a famously successful lawyer. Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden were both lawyers. Stephen A. Smith is not, nor has he ever been, a lawyer.Never change, Stephen A.[The Big Lead]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Leroy Sane’s 72nd-minute strike proved decisive as Manchester City reinvigorated their title defence and ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run with a crucial 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.Roberto Firmino looked to have sealed a potentially vital point for leaders Liverpool in the title race when he equalised just past the hour, but Sane struck soon after, confirming the Reds’ first league defeat of the season in their 21st game and moving City to second and within four points of the summit.Liverpool were mightily unlucky not to take an early lead when a defensive mix-up between John Stones and Ederson followed Sadio Mane hitting the post, but they survived and finished the first half well – Sergio Aguero netting in ruthless fashion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Firmino restored parity in the 64th minute and City initially looked rattled, as if they could see the Premier League trophy moving out of sight, until Sane found the bottom-right corner to breathe life into their challenge once again.A lively City start faded and they had a lucky escape in the 17th minute. Mohamed Salah released Mane into the box and the Senegal forward hit the post before Stones blasted his clearance against Ederson and hastily scrambled to clear off the line.Vincent Kompany was fortunate to avoid being sent off for a wild lunge on Salah 14 minutes later and City capitalised on that let-off just before the break.Bernardo Silva played a low cross from the left towards the near post, where Aguero nipped in front of Dejan Lovren and emphatically smashed past Alisson from a seemingly impossible angle.Liverpool hit back 26 minutes from time, however, as Andrew Robertson latched on to a lofted pass and played a volleyed cross for Firmino to bury with a stooping header.But City were not done.They caught Liverpool on the break and Sane found the net via the right post after being played into the box by Raheem Sterling.A Liverpool onslaught followed, with Ederson tipping a Salah effort wide, before Bernardo Silva and Sterling missed glorious chances to finish the Reds off – luckily for them, no fightback came and the champions held on.37 – Most goals in Premier League matches between ‘big six’ clubs since the start of the 2011-12 season:37 Sergio Aguero21 Harry Kane20 Wayne Rooney18 Robin van Persie17 Eden HazardPhenomenal. pic.twitter.com/40NcETIG9C — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2019 What does it mean? Aguero vital on the big occasion…again It is difficult to be surprised by Aguero these days, given how impressive he has been at this level for so many years, but his goal on Thursday was his 37th against the ‘big six’ in the Premier League since 2011-12. Harry Kane is closest to him with 21 goals. There really is no one else like him in England in terms of effectiveness in the big games. The win also gives City much-needed momentum and halts the relentless charge of Liverpool, who would have gone nine points clear of Tottenham and 10 ahead of City with a win.Sane the spark to reignite City’s hopes While his goal was undoubtedly a highlight, for its quality and importance, Sane also deserves praise for his general performance as he was a constant outlet on the left and caused Trent Alexander-Arnold plenty of issues.Lovren targeted It was plain to see for much of the match that Lovren was identified by City as Liverpool’s weak link. He picked up an early yellow card and was then caught on his heels by Aguero for his goal. In a game of this magnitude, there is not much coming back from that.Key Opta Facts:- Man City ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League start to the season in the 21st match – only Arsenal in 2003-04 (38 games), Man Utd in 2010-11 (24) and Man City in 2017-18 (22) have had longer unbeaten starts to a Premier League season.- This was only Man City’s second win in their last 12 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (D3 L7), winning at the Etihad in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons.- Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Sergio Aguero has scored 37 Premier League goals for Man City in meetings between ‘big six’ clubs – 16 more than any other player.- Liverpool have lost 10 of their 25 matches in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp in the month of January (W8 D7), making up 29 per cent of his total defeats as Reds boss (10 of 35).- Aguero has scored in all seven of his Premier League appearances for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad, scoring one goal in each game.- Liverpool conceded more than once in a Premier League game for the first time since drawing 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion in April.- Man City won a Premier League match against a team starting the day top of the table for the first time since winning 2-1 against Liverpool in December 2013.What’s next? City have FA Cup and EFL Cup ties with Rotherham United and Burton Albion, respectively, coming up over the next six days, before returning to league action at home to Wolves on January 14. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are the Reds’ next opponents on Monday in the FA Cup, before travelling to Brighton and Hove Albion five days later. read more
Notre Dame and Texas are tied at 37-37, but you won’t believe how it happened.This one is officially an instant classic. Notre Dame and Texas are now tied at 37-37 after an improbable score from the Fighting Irish.After a 19-yard touchdown run by D’Onta Foreman with less than four minutes to play, Texas took a 37-35 lead, pending the point after. But Trent Domingue’s PAT attempt was blocked and returned by cornerback Shaun Crawford all the way to Texas’ end zone. By definition, that’s a two-point score for Notre Dame.So yeah, it’s tied at 37-37. Here’s the play, which will be talked about for quite some time.NOTRE DAME BLOCKS AND RETURNS THE EXTRA POINT! TIE GAME! #NDvsTEX pic.twitter.com/UcUQlfTv46— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 5, 2016The Longhorns and the Fighting Irish could be headed to overtime after the bizarre play. Stay tuned.
Jurgen Klopp has finalised his 23-man Liverpool squad that will travel to Madrid to face Tottenham in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.As expected, Naby Keita misses out through injury having failed to recover in time from a ‘very serious’ adductor issue picked up in the Reds’ semi-final first-leg clash with Barcelona.There is hope, however, that the diminutive midfielder will be fit to represent his country at the Africa cup of nations, with Guinea having included the 24-year-old in their provisional squad. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Doubts had also been raised over the fitness of Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, who had been struggling with a muscle injury picked up on April 21. Klopp, however, indicated on Tuesday that the former Hoffenheim man would play some part, stating: “Everything is fine. What we saw so far looked really good, I’m pretty sure he will be fine.”The German trainer’s assessment has rung true, with Firmino having been included in the travelling party that will be eager to end a long-term trophy drought at one of Europe’s most storied clubs.Full Liverpool squad:Goalkeepers – Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher, Simon MignoletDefenders – Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alberto MorenoMidfielders – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giorginio WijnaldumAttackers – Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge, Xherdan Shaqiri, Rhian BrewsterWhile Liverpool travelled to Spain on Friday, Tottenham made the trip two days earlier, with both star striker Harry Kane and midfielder Harry Winks deemed fit enough to make the trip.Pochettino, however, has remained coy on whether England captain Kane will feature from the start – or at all.Full Tottenham squad:Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga, Alfie WhitemanDefenders – Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Ben DaviesMidfielders – Harry Winks, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, George Marsh, Oliver SkippAttackers – Heung-min Son, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Fernando Llorente, Lucas MouraAfter a recent tweak in UEFA regulations, both Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be able to name up to 12 substitutes for the big game.
Carlo Ancelotti says Napoli are still negotiating a deal to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid reportedly circle.James has been linked with Napoli throughout the current transfer window, but a deal that would reunite the Colombia star and head coach Ancelotti is yet to materialise.Atletico have emerged as a possible destination for James amid a deadlock in talks between Napoli and La Liga giants Real. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Asked about Napoli’s pursuit of James, Ancelotti told TV Luna: “I’m not aware of a deal with Atletico.”We’re still talking for James, a player that I really like. I’m very attached to James, I rate him very highly and he can certainly improve our team.”He doesn’t need to re-announce himself, he’s a great player. But he’s not the only player we’re openly negotiating for. We’re assessing many players.”While negotiations for James drag on, Napoli are close to signing Fenerbahce and Macedonia midfielder Eljif Elmas.With Amadou Diawara now at Roma and Marko Rog poised to move to Cagliari, Napoli have turned to the 19-year-old Elmas as Ancelotti’s men look to dethrone Serie A champions Juventus in 2019-20.”We’re very close and I hope a deal closes quickly,” Ancelotti added. “He’s a very interesting player and we’re defining the final details. I hope he arrives before we leave Dimaro.”We were looking for a player skilled at playing between the lines, and Elmas has a lot of quality.”The squad is already very complete. We have to take a little step at a time. We’re very close to the top.”We’ll be happy as of August 31. Napoli are working and nothing is impossible, but then there are the wants of the players or problems with the clubs or agents.”Ancelotti has already seen his club make one major signing this summer, with Greek defender Kostas Manolas arriving from Roma for €36 million (£32m/$41m).Napoli have been continually linked with James, whom Ancelotti managed at the Bernabeu as well as with Bayern Munich.He is also keen to keep some of his side’s key players from departing, including left-back Mario Rui, who started 17 league matches for Napoli last term.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 12: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes talks with Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Hawaii 38-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)It’s been more than a decade since an Ohio State football player won the Heisman Trophy. Former Buckeyes’ star quarterback Troy Smith won the prestigious award in 2006 while leading OSU to a national title game appearance.Ohio State has had several elite players in recent years, from Braxton Miller to Ezekiel Elliott to J.T. Barrett, but none of them ended up being in serious Heisman Trophy contention come December.Will that change this season?Miller thinks so.The former star Ohio State quarterback has made a bold prediction for Haskins’ future.From Lettermen Row:“I told him that one day he’s going to win the Heisman,” Miller said with a smile. “I’ve known Dwayne for two years now. Man, he’s dope, he’s nice.“I haven’t thrown with him since last year. But every since he came in, whenever I needed somebody to throw with when J.T. [Barrett] wasn’t there or available, he was always available and always willing to work. He reminds me of myself in a way. He just wanted to go get it.”Haskins was named Ohio State’s starting quarterback about a month ago. He was competing for the job with Joe Burrow, who ended up transferring to LSU.The former four-star recruit played well as a backup in 2017, helping lead Ohio State to a win over Michigan when Barrett got hurt.Ohio State is set to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
Football is back! No really, it is.Although the major action doesn’t kick off until next weekend, college football fans get a solid appetizer of football today.No Power 5 programs are in action until Thursday, but there are several interesting matchups that kick off in just a few hours. We have four games involving FBS teams on the docket for Saturday night.Here are the four college football games being played TONIGHT, which is commonly called “Week Zero.”UMass Minutemen vs. Duquesne Dukes – Amherst, MA – 5:30 p.m. ET (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)Rice Owls vs. Prarie View A&M Panthers – Houston, TX – 7:00 p.m. ET – ESPN+ (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)Colorado State Rams vs. Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors – Fort Collins, CO – 7:30 p.m. ET – CBS Sports NetworkNew Mexico State Aggies vs. Wyoming Cowboys – Las Cruces, NM – 10:00 p.m. ET – ESPN2 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)College football games starting at 5:30 p.m. ET and carrying us into Sunday? We’ll take it.No, none of these programs will be fighting for a College Football Playoff berth, but don’t let that distract you from the fact college football has returned to Saturdays.There won’t be another Saturday without college football until 2019.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost has his starting quarterback for the 2018 season. Nebraska’s new head coach announced on Sunday morning that true freshman Adrian Martinez will be starting under center. Martinez becomes the first true freshman in program history to start the season opener.The Huskers, though, don’t have much depth behind the first-year QB.Redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia is reportedly transferring out of the program after losing the starting quarterback competition. He’s one of a couple of QBs to leave Lincoln, Neb. this offseason/preseason.Frost said the following of his competition earlier this week.“It was close,” Frost told reporters. “We picked the guy that we felt would give us the best chance to win. It didn’t matter who we picked, we were going to be a playing a quarterback who hadn’t taken a live football snap in two years.”Nebraska does have another scholarship QB on its roster in UCF transfer Noah Vedral, but he’s ineligible to play this summer.Hopefully for the Huskers, Martinez can stay healthy.Nebraska starting a Freshman at QB named Martinez, and he’s a dual-threat from California.Feels like 2010 pic.twitter.com/KtkbAlEVum— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) August 26, 2018Nebraska is set to open its season on Saturday against Akron.
Kirby Smart is establishing Georgia as a true national power. That doesn’t mean he can’t get upset at his team once in a while.Georgia is in decent shape to pick up yet another SEC East win. Missouri hasn’t gone away though.The Tigers just scored a touchdown to cut the lead down to 40-29. Mizzou has 172 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, which is impressive against UGA.After one play, Kirby Smart absolutely lost it on Jake Fromm and the Georgia offense.Via The Athletic’s Aaron Torres.Kirby Smart with easily the most entertaining meltdown of 2018 to date pic.twitter.com/vwxKYAMbpj— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) September 22, 2018Fromm has outplayed his Missouri counterpart Drew Lock, regarded one of the best quarterbacks in the country.He is 12-of-21 for 233 yards, three touchdowns, and one interceptions. Lock has been held to 200 yards and a pick against the stalwart Georgia defense.Still, if Georgia wants to compete with what looks like a next-level Alabama team down the road, Smart clearly thinks he still needs to see more.Georgia is driving with the ball, looking to put some more distance between them and Mizzou with over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lost in the shuffle from last weekend’s college football games, one particular team had a frightening collision occur in the back of their end zone.While the majority of the audience was captivated by Alabama’s win over Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide had a freak accident take place on defense. When Dylan Moses was covering Aggies tight end Jace Sternberger, the Alabama linebacker slammed right into the padded gate.Here’s the play:Alabama security guard taking an arro—helmet to the knee pic.twitter.com/HD2aA6iic5— K Rool-9 ? (@bradisterrific) September 22, 2018Although Moses was healthy enough to return, he came out and admit that he’s still feeling sore from the collision.As for possible modifications to their stadium, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had his opinion on the play.From 247sports.com:“They’re going to try to do some stuff to the stadium there to shave that little corner off a little bit and pad it up a little better,” Saban said to kick off Louisiana-Lafayette week. “That was something that, after being here all these years, I never even really noticed that until that play. That is definitely something that we’re addressing.”There aren’t too many concerns for Alabama, but fixing their issues at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be imperative.
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)It’s hard to ignore Alabama’s start this season, especially considering the average margin of victory. However, the Crimson Tide aren’t the only undefeated team making noise this season.For the second consecutive season, the UCF Knights are beating their competition with ease. The offense is averaging 48.6 points per contest, as McKenzie Milton keeps putting up video-game statistics.Despite all their success, the Knights don’t receive a lot of respect from the national media.Well, ESPN analyst Andre Ware wants to change the narrative around UCF, as he made an interesting assessment about the team. Not only did he praise the program’s success, but he also said the Knights are right behind Alabama.From 247sports.com:“Right behind Alabama, without a doubt,” Ware said. “Because of the speed and the way they play defense. The speed is hard to track. That’s going to give anybody problems. It’s the interior parts of this football team that you get enamored with.”UCF is currently on an 18-game winning streak, dating back to last season. Even when they finished with a 13-0 record under Scott Frost, the Knights weren’t taken seriously.With two tough games against Cincinnati and South Florida to finish the season, it won’t be an easy for UCF. Nonetheless, the Knights have a golden opportunity to go undefeated again.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Quarterback has been a trouble spot for Nebraska football through the slow start to the Scott Frost tenure, especially with freshman starter Adrian Martinez dealing with injuries early in the year.Luckily, the Huskers are getting some help with depth at the crucial position.Noah Vedral transferred from UCF, shortly after Frost made the move from Orlando to Lincoln. It wasn’t without drama.UCF attempted to block Vedral’s move. To avoid it, Vedral elected to walk-on for the Huskers.The Nebraska native still faced a potential year off due to the transfer. The Huskers put in a waiver, and after the first month-and-a-half of the season, the NCAA granted it to him and ruled him immediately eligible.Now, Scott Frost has made a big change to Noah Vedral’s place on the Nebraska football depth chart.Vedral has been bumped up to QB2, behind only Martinez.Scott Frost said Noah Vedral will be the No. 2 QB headed into the Ohio State game. #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) November 1, 2018He wound up making his debut during Nebraska’s last game, the win over Bethune-Cookman. It wasn’t the most impressive appearance; Vedral completed 2-of-9 passes for 29 yards, and ran seven times for 13 yards.At UCF last year, backing up star McKenzie Milton, he was 22-for-29 for 276 yards and a touchdown, playing in six games.The best news for Vedral is that he may still retain a year of eligibility. Thanks to a new NCAA rule, he can play in a total of four games this season and not lose the full year.After Frost took over the job, Nebraska saw a few quarterbacks transfer out, leaving Martinez as the only healthy, eligible scholarship player at the position to start the year. Walk-on Andrew Bunch played okay earlier in the year, stepping in for Martinez after he was hurt late in the game against Colorado, but clearly Frost thinks Vedral gives Nebraska the better chance to win, if Martinez is forced out of the game again.
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans leads his team on to the field to face the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 season for the USC Trojans was extremely disappointing, as it will end without an appearance in a bowl game. While there was speculation that Clay Helton would be fired after yesterday’s loss to Notre Dame, the school announced he’ll remain the head coach.Helton won 10 games in his first season with the Trojans, and then won the Pac-12 title in 2017. It could be argued that his struggles to manufacture wins this season is because of the team’s youth.Well, details are emerging about the decision to retain Helton, and USC fans might not be happy about it.According to Arash Markazi, the Trojans thought the price to hire another coach and buyout Helton would be too costly.From what I’m told the combination of USC not having a president currently, Helton’s buyout and what it would cost to hire a big name coach, who is presumably already a head coach somewhere, resulted in Clay Helton remaining the head coach at USC for at least one more season.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 25, 2018As JT Daniels continues to mature under center, the Trojans could rise back to prominence in the Pac-12.However, it still remains unclear if Helton will be the coach for USC past the 2019 season. If he wants any chance of staying in California, he’ll need to rejuvenate this program.Pressure is on for the Trojans, and another 5-7 season will definitely not suffice.
CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)At the end of the 2018 season, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker departed the Bulldogs to become head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. After a lengthy search, Georgia has found its replacement.According to The Athletic, the Bulldogs have chosen Dan Lanning as their new defensive coordinator. Lanning is being promoted from the team’s outside linebackers position coach.Per the report, he will see a substantial salary boost in his new position with the team. Last year he made $325,000, but this year he is expected to make $750,000 – the largest salary bump on the team.NEWS: Dan Lanning is Georgia’s new defensive coordinator, The Athletic has learned.https://t.co/SRsfNSpdGc— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) February 15, 2019As noted by FootballScoop, Lanning is set to receiver a massive pay bump. He’ll go from $325,000 last season as position coach, up to $725,000.Without Tucker and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, though, Georgia’s overall staff compensation will actually go down.Lanning, Georgia’s outside linebackers coach, was reportedly under consideration with inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann, but it appears Kirby Smart has decided to give the nod to Lanning. (Though Schumann will add a co-coordinator title, according to Emerson.)[…]Both Lanning and Schumann netted significant raises, along with the six other returning Georgia assistants. However, the overall assistant salary pool will go down from 2018 to ’19 after losing Tucker (who made $1.5 million in 2018) and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney ($950,000).Head coach Kirby Smart selected Lanning to serve as interim defensive coordinator for the Sugar Bowl after Tucker took the Colorado job before it was played.Lanning’s debut at the position proved to be a frustrating one as the Bulldogs were upset by the Texas Longhorns, 28-21. The 28 points allowed were the fourth-most allowed by the team all year.In replacing Mel Tucker, Lanning has a lot to live up to. This past year the defense finished 15th in points allowed, and finished sixth in the same category the year before.Fortunately, he’ll have the benefit of working with two of the top defensive prospects in the country coming to the school as freshmen this season. Newly-enrolled defensive end Nolan Smith and linebacker Nakobe Dean both have the potential to give him some quick impact at their positions.[The Athletic]