About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde ponders Fati Champions League debutby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is weighing up whether to play Ansu Fati against Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.If Fati debuts in Germany, he will be the youngest Barcelona player to ever do so in the Champions League, but Valverde insisted he would only use him for tactical reasons.”I haven’t talked to him much, except for tactical things,” he said.”I don’t like giving advice too much, but I’ll talk to him.”It’s about everyone around treating him naturally.”We’ll see if he plays, and if he does it’s not for breaking a record but for the team’s needs.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them.
Kansas’ 2014-15 men’s basketball season came to an end on Sunday, when the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks fell to No. 7 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Bill Self is already working on setting up his 2015-16 squad. According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, the Kansas coach is meeting with Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne today. Thorne, who has one year of eligibility remaining, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game this past season. Kansas’ Bill Self is visiting graduate transfer Mike Thorne in Charlotte today, per a source. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon will be in tomorrow.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 26, 2015Kansas is likely to lose forward Kelly Oubre and, potentially, Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis, but the Jayhawks should be contenders to win the Big 12 once again. Adding Thorne, one of the most-sought after graduate transfers in the country, would be a big boost for Kansas’ potential in 2015-16.
Notre Dame Jerome Bettis Tim BrownSaturday night was a good night for the Notre Dame football program. The Fighting Irish witnessed two of their former players, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, reach the sport’s pinnacle. Bettis, who played running back at ND from 1990-92, and Brown, a wide receiver in South Bend, Ind., from 1984-87, were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This morning, Notre Dame’s current running backs and wide receivers gave shoutouts to Bettis and Brown for their achievements. One more shoutout to our Hall of Famers ( @JeromeBettis36 & @81TimBrown ) from our RBs/WRs. #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/kazzqZVd3E— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 9, 2015Bettis and Brown are certainly two players the current Notre Dame student-athletes should be aspiring to emulate. Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 against Texas.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.
Malik Zaire Ankle InjuryNotre Dame is currently in a dog fight with Virginia, but the outcome of today’s game may not currently be top of mind for Fighting Irish fans. Starting quarterback Malik Zaire appeared to severely injure his ankle late in the third quarter of the team’s contest against the Cavaliers. He was carried off of the field and taken to the locker room by cart.Warning – the below video is a bit graphic. Watch at your own discretion.As the cart comes over, ABC announcers say #NotreDame QB Malik Zaire will be taken off the field for an X-ray.— Carl Deffenbaugh (@CarlDeff) September 12, 2015Notre Dame leads Virginia 19-14. We’ll keep you updated on Zaire’s status.
cordavien suggs top 10Three-star offensive tackle Cordavien Suggs, a 6-foot-6, 260-product of Neptune Beach, Florida, has announced his top 10 schools. Suggs, who is a class of 2017 player, has four SEC programs on his list – along with three ACC schools. He has an interesting mix of programs – from Florida to FAU.Suggs’ list is not in order – and he joked after that he should have presented it in alphabetical order. Check it out:My current Top 10 #Hailstate #Swamp17 #VolNation #Gamecocks #TarHeels #OwlsUp #Wazzu #StripeEmUp #GoCardinals #GT pic.twitter.com/1JpkakxukP— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016I really should’ve did that list in alphabetical order— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016Suggs is crystal-balled to Mississippi State, according to 247 Sports.
Liverpool have been dealt an injury blow with Joe Gomez set to undergo surgery on his fractured leg.The England international has been sidelined since early December after suffering the injury in a tackle with Burnley’s Ben Mee. The Reds had initially expected Gomez to miss around six weeks of action, but the 21-year-old’s recovery has been more complicated than first thought.AdChoices广告And he is now set to have an operation which Liverpool hope will speed along his rehabilitation. The operation will take place in London later on Monday, and has been described by club sources as “routine, but necessary.” 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? Liverpool have not put a timescale on a potential return to action, or even training, with the issue dependent on how Gomez reacts to the surgery. Goal, though, understands the former Charlton man is expecting to feature again before the end of the season.“It’s a blow for the boy and for us because, prior to the injury, he was in such fantastic shape,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website.“But he is too valuable to take any risk with, both for our present and future, so we get this procedure done and he comes back when he’s ready.“His attitude during this rehab has been outstanding but it just hasn’t healed as we’d have liked so we will make this intervention and then he will come back.”Gomez added: “Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped for is hard to swallow but it’s part and parcel of the industry. It was an injury caused by an impact, like nearly all the injuries I’ve had in my career, so I know it’s just a case of when it’s fully healed I’m good to go again.“The hardest part is not being able to help the team and contribute on the pitch at the moment, so it’s important I come back ready to go and this procedure will help with that. My only focus is getting back for Liverpool as soon as possible and I can promise the supporters I’ll be working hard every day to do that.”The news comes as a blow to Klopp, for whom Gomez has established himself as first choice at centre-back this season. Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, fit again after a hamstring injury, will contest the spot alongside Virgil van Dijk, though the Dutchman himself is suspended for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich.Trent Alexander-Arnold is due back in training this week after a knee ligament injury, meaning James Milner is likely to deputise at right-back against West Ham on Monday evening.Victory for the Reds at the London Stadium would take them five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Virgil van Dijk wants to see Liverpool push on from their Champions League success by challenging for more trophies next season.Liverpool secured their first trophy since 2012 by beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.The Reds were close to a drought-breaking Premier League title, but fell just short to Manchester City despite securing 97 points. 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? Van Dijk, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, hopes the win in Europe can lead to even further success for Liverpool.”It’s not like we’re going away,” the star centre-back told UK newspapers.”In July it starts again. We’re going to try everything we can to be challenging for the title, challenging for the Champions League but also for the cups.”We definitely want to have these nights more often.”Despite an incredible season, Liverpool went into the decider against Spurs at risk of finishing the campaign without a trophy.The @VirgilvDijk song from inside the dressing room. Is right, @Alex_OxChambo alexoxchamberlain on Instagram pic.twitter.com/DPXGgrbhNI — Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 2, 2019 Van Dijk, 27, said there was no doubt his team deserved some silverware this season.”If we didn’t get anything this season we would definitely have been disappointed because of the way we played throughout the whole season. We deserved something,” he said.Unbelievable, thank you Reds! #YNWA pic.twitter.com/Y2Q5iuRJjR — Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) June 2, 2019 “But to be able to win the Champions League, the biggest club competition in football, is something special.”To write history for this group of players, the staff, all the fans, and everyone who was involved, is something to be proud of.”And the defender credits the “special” atmosphere built at the club over the last couple of years with building the expectations of success. “We want to keep working hard for all of the fans but also for our teammates, for everyone working in the club,” he added. “The people at Melwood [training ground], for example, the people who work at the stadium, everyone who is connected with Liverpool, you want to make them proud, and the manager definitely put that in our heads even more. “The togetherness — I’ve never really experienced it like this. It’s very special.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Phil Jagielka has announced he is to leave Everton after spending 12 seasons at Goodison Park.The club captain completed the switch to Merseyside from Sheffield United ahead of the 2007-08 campaign and has made 386 appearances for The Toffees, but just seven of those came in the Premier League last term.Jagielka’s form at Everton saw him earn international recognition with England and he won 40 caps for the Three Lions, two of which came at the 2014 World Cup. 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? Announcing his departure on Instagram, Jagielka wrote: “It’s been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn’t been fully made by the club until now, unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons.”I have been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club captain for six years.”All I can say is thanks to all the players I’ve played alongside, all the staff that have helped me in their own way, the chairman and of course the amazing fans “Wishing everyone associated with this special club the very best for the future!!.”
Rangers have yet to finalise their plans for the summer, with Steven Gerrard’s side eager to win the silverware in 2019-20 that eluded them this term.Their primary goal is to block Celtic winning a record-equalling nine league titles in succession, though having finished second and having twice beaten their great rivals in the league this season, they appear stronger than they have at any point since they were demoted to League Two in 2012.Here is your complete guide to Ranger’s 2019-20 pre-season and Scottish Premiership fixtures, with dates, venues and all you need to know about their summer preparations. 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? Rangers pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 7 Oxford United 3pm / 1am Ibrox, Glasgow Jul 14 Marseille 3pm / 10am Ibrox, Glasgow Jul 21 Blackburn Rovers 3pm / 10am Ibrox, Glasgow Jul 28 Derby County 3pm / 10am Ibrox, Glasgow Rangers have announced that they will play four pre-season friendlies at Ibrox, with English sides Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County all visiting the Glasgow venue.The headline act, however, will be Marseille, who they will play on July 14 in a repeat of the Champions League clashes of 1992-93, when the Gers finished as runners up to the eventual winners in the group stage, which acted as a semi-final at that time.Rangers 2019-20 transfer activity Steven Gerrard has indicated that he wants to strengthen his squad in order for them to be able to more successfully compete with Celtic. Increasing the depth of his options is likely to be the focus, but there will also be a desire to strengthen the defence.Aberdeen attacker Greg Stewart is expected to seal a move to the club, while Gerrard is pushing to ensure Ryan Kent can extend his loan spell from Liverpool. Meanwhile, the Gers are closely following Oldham’s George Edmundson.Jake Hastie and Jordan Jones have already agreed pre-contract deals with the Glasgow outfit, arriving from Motherwell and Kilmarnock respectively.The Liverpool legend will also be eager to ensure that there is no exodus of players during the summer. Alfredo Morelos continues to be linked with a move away from Ibrox, though Gerrard has insisted that no feasible offer has been tabled for the Colombia international, while midfielder Scott Arfield has been the subject of Premier League interest.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date LW Jordan Jones Kilmarnock n/a July 1 LW Jake Hastie Motherwell n/a July 1 CF Eduardo Herrera Necaxa loan end Jun 30 CF Greg Stewart Birmingham n/a July 1 RW Sheyi Ojo Liverpool loan July 1 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date CM Lassana Coulibaly Angers loan end Jun 30 CB Kyle Bradley released n/a Jun 30 RB Lee Hodson Gillingham n/a Jun 30 LB Myles Beerman released n/a Jun 30 AM Liam Burt released n/a Jun 30 LB Lee Wallace QPR n/a Jun 30 Rangers 2019-20 Scottish Premiership fixtures Rangers’ quest to dethrone Celtic from the top of the Scottish Premiership table will begin on Sunday, August 4 away to Kilmarnock, with the first home match against Hibs pencilled in for August 10.By that point, Rangers will hope to have won through two qualifying matches in the Europa League. Should they progress as far as the group stage like last season, they will play every Thursday between July 11 and August 29, making for a hectic start to the season.Participation in Europe means that Rangers are excused from the group stages of the League Cup, which they will enter in the second round. Meanwhile, like all Premiership sides, they will enter the Scottish Cup in the fourth round, which will take place in January.Click here to see Rangers’ fixture list for 2019-20.
Chelsea were unable to close out their first win of the Frank Lampard era as Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi enjoyed a redemption tale in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.Mason Mount embarrassed Ndidi to score his first Chelsea goal in the seventh minute as the hosts started superbly.But, as in the 4-0 loss at Manchester United seven days ago and the UEFA Super Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in midweek, the Blues were unable to sustain their efforts over the course of the contest. 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? Ndidi levelled as James Maddison made life increasingly uncomfortable for Chelsea after the interval, meaning Brendan Rodgers’ side have started their campaign with back-to-back draws.Lampard was serenaded on to the touchline in his first home game at the helm and a party atmosphere was almost ramped up inside the first minute – Pedro thumping a volley from Olivier Giroud’s knockdown into the side netting.It was a high-tempo start from the hosts, with Kasper Schmeichel denying Mount and smothering Christian Pulisic’s attempted follow-up.The opener felt inevitable and Mount pickpocketed a lackadaisical Ndidi to clip into the bottom corner.What a moment for @masonmount_10, and what a start for the Blues. Blistering!#CHELEI pic.twitter.com/ivTtmlS5Nn— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 18, 2019Schmeichel was well-positioned to prevent Mount from heading a second before Christian Fuchs made a goal-saving challenge that denied N’Golo Kante.Leicester grew into the game before the break and Maddison rounded a scrambling Kepa Arrizabalaga before being crowded out five minutes into the second half.The playmaker twisted past Anders Christensen and hitf a shot across the face of goal as Chelsea struggled to find their earlier momentum.If not in the same emphatic manner as Chelsea’s goal, the equaliser felt like it was coming by the time Ndidi atoned for his earlier error and converted Maddison’s 67th-minute corner.Maddison’s dazzling, inventive play merited reward but he lashed wastefully over 17 minutes from time, before playing in Jamie Vardy to shoot wide. The full-time whistle ultimately felt like more of a relief for a Chelsea side exhausted and overrun by that stage. What does it mean? Lampard’s vibrant side need substance to match styleAs in his first two matches in charge, Lampard saw Chelsea play some wonderful football in patches but once Leicester gained a foothold, they struggled to turn the contest back in their favour. Having come through an early onslaught, Rodgers’ men stated their top-six credentials in assured fashion.Mount and Maddison impressA week on from Jose Mourinho querying his place in the Chelsea starting XI, England Under-21 international Mount turned in a performance as tenacious as it was technically assured. Maddison is a more established Premier League performer, having created 100 chances last season, and Chelsea found him increasingly unplayable as the game went on. England manager Gareth Southgate will undoubtedly have an eye on such exciting creative talents ahead of Euro 2020.A very bright start to the second half of #CheLei.Choudhury and @Madders10 are the latest to go close for #lcfc.Come on, City! pic.twitter.com/ETVIClA3TB— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 18, 2019Azpilicueta lets it slipLampard’s Chelsea do appear defensively short, especially as they wait for Antonio Rudiger to regain full fitness in the wake of David Luiz’s departure to Arsenal. The rookie coach could certainly do without the club’s most reliable defensive performer hitting a slump. Cesar Azpilicueta was culpable in the Old Trafford defeat and lost Ndidi for the Foxes’ equaliser.Key Opta Facts- After winning their first Premier League home game in 12 consecutive seasons between 2003-04 and 2014-15, Chelsea have failed to win three of their last five opening home games in the competition (W2 D2 L1).- Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has faced Chelsea on 13 occasions as a manager; against no other opponent has he managed as many games. However, he is yet to register a single victory against the Blues (D7 L6).- Frank Lampard is the first Chelsea manager to fail to win any of his first three games in charge of the club since Rafael Benitez in the 2012-13 campaign.- Having managed just one shot in the opening 45 minutes, Leicester had 11 attempts in the second half of the match. It is the most by a visiting team after half-time at Stamford Bridge since Leicester themselves in May 2016 (11).- Mason Mount became the first English player to score on his first home appearance for Chelsea in the Premier League since Paul Hughes did so against Derby County in January 1997.What’s next?The Championship’s top two from last season – each bolstered by weekend wins – are next on the agenda for these sides. Chelsea travel to take on Norwich City, while Leicester are in action at Sheffield United. It is time for both to add victories to their promise. read more
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)A former Big Ten defensive back was killed in a car accident early Friday morning. According to a report from Local 10 News, former Rutgers standout defensive back Johnathan Aiken passed away in a single-vehicle crash.He was just 26. Aiken reportedly lost control of his vehicle on an interstate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Aiken was reportedly pronounced dead at Broward Medical Center.From the Local 10 News report:Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro Feola said Johnathan Aiken, 26, of Jacksonville, lost control of his Toyota.Feola said the car struck an overhead light pole, guardrail, flipped over and struck a palm tree before coming to a rest in the grassy shoulder.A Florida native, Aiken put together a solid career at Rutgers, starting 34 games for the Scarlet Knights during his time there.Aiken helped lead Rutgers to its last bowl game victory. In the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl, Aiken racked up 11 tackles including a tackle for loss in the Scarlet Knights 40-21 victory over North Carolina.Although Aiken never went on to play in the NFL, he did receive a minicamp invite from the Miami Dolphins.[Local 10 News]
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, a report from ESPN revealed the cause of death for Maryland football player Jordan McNair. The offensive lineman was hospitalized following a team workout.He passed away days later, on June 13. ESPN reported McNair passed away due to heatstroke he suffered during the workout.His tragic death stemmed from a workout on an 80-degree day, in which players ran 10 110-yard sprints. The report from ESPN shared the scary details surrounding McNair’s death, which called into question the Maryland training staff.Following ESPN’s report, Maryland placed several staffers on leave. Here’s more from ESPN.Athletic director Damon Evans informed the team on Saturday that head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson, director of athletic training Steve Nordwall, and Rick Court, Maryland’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, were placed on administrative leave, according to people at the meeting.This news comes after players present at the workout told ESPN that McNair could not finish the workout on his own. The report alleges multiple trainers essentially dragged him across the finish, after he already began exhibiting signs of serious fatigue.An attorney for the McNair family told ESPN that a lawsuit is very likely. Considering these troubling details, that is completely unsurprising.[ESPN]
Twitter/@ESPN_SchickAlabama has arguably the most-demanding fans in the entire country. Five national titles in nine years is a blessing, but it also leads to high expectations for Nick Saban and company.Saban has been vocal about his displeasure with unsatisfied fans in the past. He won’t be happy with what the fans did on Saturday during the game against Arkansas State.Crimson Tide fans left early.That’s right, the home fans decided a 50-point lead was safe enough to leave their team behind – which is will be. However, for a fanbase as demanding as Alabama’s leaving early isn’t a good look.They didn’t stay 60. pic.twitter.com/iOY3GATkCB— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) September 8, 2018You can demand greatness from your team if you’re not willing to support them for a full 60 minutes.The Crimson Tide hold a 57-7 lead with just under seven minutes to go in the game. Saban won’t be happy with the way the fanbase left early on Saturday afternoon.Stay tuned.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is not in Texas for tonight’s Ohio State-TCU game. The Buckeyes’ head coach is back in Ohio, serving the final game of his three-game suspension to start the 2018 season.There was some talk that Meyer might make the trip to Arlington, Texas, considering his suspension ends at midnight after tonight’s game, but he won’t be re-joining the program until they get back to Columbus.“For those wondering, Urban Meyer’s final game day under suspension doesn’t begin until midnight Saturday, but he did not travel with Ohio State to TCU, a spokesman confirmed. Meyer rejoins the team with no restrictions Sunday,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg tweeted.For those wondering, Urban Meyer’s final game day under suspension doesn’t begin until midnight Saturday, but he did not travel with Ohio State to TCU, a spokesman confirmed. Meyer rejoins the team with no restrictions Sunday. https://t.co/8HtGJR9ZxH— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 14, 2018So, Urban Meyer is back watching the game in Columbus with his family – who’s all very nervous, apparently.Meyer’s wife, Shelley Meyer, responded to an Ohio State fan on Twitter during the game.It was awesome. Still nervous.— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) September 16, 2018Ohio State has looked good tonight, but so has TCU. The Horned Frogs’ offense, save for that turnover into the end zone, has had little difficulty moving the ball on the Buckeyes’ defense.Urban Meyer has yet to be missed by this Ohio State team, but many thought tonight could be the night that it happens. The Buckeyes could certainly use their head coach against a tough TCU team.Ohio State is up, 10-7, early in the second quarter. The game is on ABC.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 06: The Miami Hurricanes’ cheerleaders celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half at Kenan Stadium on October 6, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina defeated Miami 33-27. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Miami’s football program has been rolling since a tough Week 1 loss to LSU, as the Hurricanes have won 5-1.After starting the season with an upset loss against the Tigers, Mark Richt’s team has won five games in a row.Miami, a preseason top 10 team, has surged back into the rankings. The U is No. 16 in the latest top 25 polls.The Hurricanes’ fans are excited.Miami is on the road tonight.The Hurricanes are set to take on Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.
Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced last night that he will finish his college career at Missouri. Bryant will be immediately eligible for the Tigers next season, where he’ll likely step in for the NFL-bound Drew Lock.Arkansas and Auburn were also finalists for Bryant, along with Mississippi State and UNC. Auburn’s starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham is turning pro after the season, so the Tigers could have really used Bryant.In fact, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said this morning that AU head coach Gus Malzahn is “in trouble” after not landing Bryant. Finebaum made these remarks during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up!.“It’s really a bad look for Malzahn, who is on thin ice even though he has a $32 million buyout,” Finebaum said. “He needed this player. He didn’t get him. Malzahn is in trouble.”Auburn went 10-4 last season and won the SEC West, but the Tigers slumped to a 7-5 record this fall. That puts added pressure on Malzahn, as Finebaum explained.“They don’t have a quarterback. Gus Malzahn–who played in the national championship game in his first year–has been spiraling, even though he beat two No. 1 teams last year. Malzahn, I mentioned has a $32 million buyout. If they fire him today–and a lot of Auburn people want him out–they owe him $15 million tomorrow and have to pay the rest of it over four years. This will be a fascinating story to watch.”You can view all of Finebaum’s comments here.Malzahn and the Tigers will end the 2018 season in the Music City Bowl. They will face Purdue.