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Bohls: Playing in a bowl game should be Tom Herman’s standard for first-year success

Texas could be in trouble. And not just because Oklahoma State and its top-ranked offense are coming to town. But at 3-3, the Longhorns are in jeopardy of not having enough wins to qualify for a bowl game. Any bowl game. A bowl appearance should always be the absolute minimum standard for any of the 130 FBS football teams, much less Texas. Tom Herman didn’t bite on that suggestion Monday by...


Auburn-LSU gave us college football's winners and losers for Week 7

Auburn-LSU gave us college football's winners and losers for Week 7

Looking at the highs and lows of the seventh full Saturday of the college football season . . . Auburn was in the midst of an exorcism in Death Valley, a place where it enjoyed almost no success over the last two decades. Instead, it was left with one of its most miserable losses ever to Louisiana State. Guz Malzahn's team scored the first 20 points, only to see Louisiana State rally behind a handful...
2017-18 NBA predictions

2017-18 NBA predictions

Charlotte Observer NBA writer Rick Bonnell takes a stab at predicting 2017-18 champions, superlatives and awards: The Golden State Warriors repeat in five games over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This will likely end LeBron James' second coming with the Cavs.  James Harden, Houston Rockets: Just a gut feeling that Chris Paul will help Harden hit yet another level, and the Rockets will challenge the...
Finding a favorite in the unpredictable NFC is anyone's guess

Finding a favorite in the unpredictable NFC is anyone's guess

Some NFC team is going to play in the Super Bowl this season. It says so right there in the NFL rules, and anyway, it would be weird if the AFC champion showed up in February and there wasn't an opponent. But which team? The answer is no clearer six weeks into the season than it was in the middle of the summer. The whole league is in chaos after Week 6 shook the snow globe that is the NFL. There are...
Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better

Finals MVP Durant keeps launching shots, eager to be better

Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music .  Stephen Curry wasn't even pushing him this time in one of their thrilling competitions — just KD and a couple of capable rebounders.  The NBA Finals...
The five biggest questions facing the Nationals this offseason

The five biggest questions facing the Nationals this offseason

The dust has had a day to settle, though the Nationals will have to wait 12 months to brush it aside, since what happened to their franchise Thursday night will linger over them with the rest of the October memories until they can somehow toss them into the wind. In the meantime, the process of doing better next year has already begun. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo began preliminarily outlining...
How the Astros built a contender from the ground up

How the Astros built a contender from the ground up

His bumbling team was 40 games under .500. Eleven times, the Houston Astros had pushed a game into extra innings. Eleven times, they had lost. This was an August morning in 2012, and few fans would show up to Minute Maid Park that night. The Astros would be shut out and lose for the 25th time in 28 games. From his office beyond left field, in a converted train station on Crawford Street, the team&rsquo...
After big upsets, this week could be even better

After big upsets, this week could be even better

Think of all the things we knew just a few days ago.  We knew Clemson was neck and neck with Alabama at the top of the college football heap, the two programs seemingly distancing themselves from the pack.  We knew Washington had nudged its way into the driver's seat in the Pac-12 Conference with a clear sailing toward a playoff spot.  We knew Washington State was this season's Cinderella...
Training for the marathon on 1.3 legs

Training for the marathon on 1.3 legs

I run for the church ladies who tell me to “Go, girl!” in their Sunday best, Bibles in one hand and free hands reaching toward the sky. For the bus driver who honks as I pass and gives me a thumbs-up when I look over. For the steady flow of strangers whose subtle smiles remind me of the depths of kindness. New Yorkers aren’t usually such enthusiastic cheerleaders for the average...
UPDATE: Columbus Crew SC owner explains interest in moving to Austin

UPDATE: Columbus Crew SC owner explains interest in moving to Austin

The Major League Soccer team in Columbus, Ohio, announced Tuesday morning it is exploring a move to Austin, along with continuing to pursue a new stadium in Columbus. “Despite our investments and efforts, the current course is not sustainable,” Anthony Precourt, chief executive officer of Precourt Sports Ventures and chairman of Columbus Crew SC, said in a statement Tuesday morning. &ldquo...
Mike Gundy calls Texas ‘the most athletic team’ in Big 12

Mike Gundy calls Texas ‘the most athletic team’ in Big 12

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is very impressed with what he’s seen from the Texas Longhorns this season. The Longhorns and Cowboys will square off on Saturday. Gundy previewed the matchup in his weekly press conference on Monday, and gave Texas plenty of praise. “We need a great week of preparation for Texas,” he said. “They are, in my opinion at least...
Golden’s nuggets: On Texas’ 3-3 start, Sumlin’s revival, Romo and Kap

Golden’s nuggets: On Texas’ 3-3 start, Sumlin’s revival, Romo and Kap

Let’s start his week’s Nuggets with an exchange between yours truly and Tom Herman at his Monday press conference. “Tom, you’re a handful of plays from being 5-1 — “ Herman interjected: “But we’re not.” Yep, the Longhorns are 3-3, their schedule is unforgiving and now they get to play their second straight marquee offense in as many weeks. The...
You’ll never believe the cost of Ferrari’s failed part on Vettel’s car

You’ll never believe the cost of Ferrari’s failed part on Vettel’s car

Ferrari carries an annual Formula One racing budget reportedly north of $450 million. The cost of the faulty spark plug that pretty much derailed Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes in 2017? $69. Vettel’s engine lost power because of a bad plug in the last race at Suzuka, Japan, on Oct. 8, forcing him to retire after four laps and costing him 25 points. The Ferrari driver will enter...
Bobcats seek healing in bye week after 6th straight loss

Bobcats seek healing in bye week after 6th straight loss

Texas State couldn’t have asked for a better time for a bye week, according to head coach Everett Withers, whose team is coming off a 24-7 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. “It’s a good time for us, we needed it,” said the second-year coach. “As you get into the bye week, you look at the number and you see that we still only have 68 scholarship players. We won’t have...
Just plain average: Longhorns’ 3-3 record mirrors the inconsistent offensive play

Just plain average: Longhorns’ 3-3 record mirrors the inconsistent offensive play

Tom Herman can’t stand mediocrity. He inherited a Texas football program that went 46-42 from 2010-16. His Longhorns are 3-3, the definition of average. What’s worse, six games into the season, the offense can be equally exciting, frustrating and just plain blah at times. Taken on the whole, it’s average. Where would these Longhorns be without Sam Ehlinger?...
Tough task for Texas: solving Oklahoma State’s very balanced offense

Tough task for Texas: solving Oklahoma State’s very balanced offense

Baylor’s Matt Rhule had an up-close and way-too personal view this past Saturday of how devastating Oklahoma State’s offense can be to an opposing defense. “They’re all on the same page and executing at a high level,” Rhule said. “They play really fast. They’re really, really impressive to watch in person.” The Cowboys dismantled the Bears in Stillwater...
Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the 2017 NBA season

Our Take: Bohls, Golden weigh in on the 2017 NBA season

The NBA season tips off Tuesday night. American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address key questions and league topics to preview the season: 1. Who’s going to end up cutting down the nets? Bohls: Come on. Who are we kidding? The Warriors will repeat by beating the Cavs once again. Golden State is as good as ever. Cleveland’s better even without Kyrie Irving because...
F1 hopefuls Rossi, Daly gear up for “The Amazing Race”

F1 hopefuls Rossi, Daly gear up for “The Amazing Race”

A rumor spread earlier this month that Alexander Rossi would snare a ride for the U.S. Grand Prix, giving racing fans in Austin an American driver to root for this weekend. As for another young American driver, there was, well, just speculation. When the very active twitter account of Conor Daly suddenly went dark, racing fans wondered what’s h doing? Where in the world is he? The answer to...
High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

High school football: Player of the Week, Game Balls

PLAYER OF THE WEEK Rustin Grimm, QB, Giddings A senior, Grimm passed for 185 yards and five touchdowns to rally Giddings to a 49-44 victory over previously unbeaten Smithville. He threw two touchdowns passes in the final minute, including a 42-yard, game-winning strike to Travis James with eight seconds to play. The victory, only the Buffaloes’ second in six games this season, gave Giddings...
Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

Game of the Week: Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1)

GAME OF THE WEEK Georgetown (6-1) at Cedar Park (5-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday, Gupton Stadium Quarterbacks: Senior Mak Sexton, a three-year starter who holds virtually all of Cedar Park’s passing records, has thrown for 1,443 yards, 24 touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing 75 percent of his passes. … In his first season as Georgetown’s starter, Cooper Bell has 1,719...
Texas moves up the national rankings as Big 12 once again honors Ogbogu, Sun

Texas moves up the national rankings as Big 12 once again honors Ogbogu, Sun

On Monday, the Texas volleyball team was rewarded for knocking off two nationally-ranked foes. The Big 12 has honored Texas senior Chiaka Ogbogu and UT freshman Lexi Sun as its defensive player and newcomer of the week. In last week’s wins over No. 9 Kansas and No. 23 Iowa State, Ogbogu contributed 16 blocks. Sun hit .324 with 30 kills. Ogbogu, who ranks third nationally with her...
High school football: Our Fab Fives

High school football: Our Fab Fives

FOOTBALL FAB FIVES CLASS 6A Team;W-L;Pts. 1. Westlake;7-0;15 Chaparrals take well-deserved break after snapping losing streak against Lake Travis. 2. Cedar Ridge;6-1;12 Raiders have averaged 50.3 PPG in victories over Hendrickson, McNeil, Stony Point. 3. Lake Travis;4-2;7 Cavaliers last lost three games in a season in 2006, year before first state title. (tie) San Marcos;6-1;7 After 2-0 start in 14-6A...
Following off week against Oklahoma, Collin Johnson replaced atop Texas’ depth chart

Following off week against Oklahoma, Collin Johnson replaced atop Texas’ depth chart

At the midway point of the football season, only two offensive players – left guard Patrick Vahe and receiver Collin Johnson – have started in each of Texas’ six games. That number might get chopped in half on Saturday. Johnson was listed as the back-up “X” receiver when Texas released its depth chart on Monday. Senior Dorian Leonard, who started ...
Tom Herman: ‘We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game’

Tom Herman: ‘We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game’

Tom Herman’s regular game-week press conference in advance of Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma State game has come and gone. Here are the highlights: 1. He tried to put Oklahoma in the rear view mirror. Herman called the 29-24 loss “gut wrenching” but also that “we’ve got to put that one past us.” “We understand that losing to Oklahoma is never...
Top single-game performances in area high school football

Top single-game performances in area high school football

TOP PERFORMERS The top regular-season performances in area high school football this season. Submit additions or corrections to James Wangemann (jwangemann@statesman.com;512-445-3659). LONGEST TD PASS Yds.;Players (Team);Opponent 99;Ace Whitehead to Brandon Pierino (Lampasas);Lorena 94:Ryan Gardner to Andre Jones (Taylor);Robinson 88;Zach Rangel to Kendall Thomas (Stony Point);Pflugerville 85;Jared...
Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

Faces Off the Field: Sammy Bray, senior, Westlake right-side hitter

I’m guessing Sammy is not your given name. My coaches have always called me Sammy to make me laugh. To me, Samantha doesn’t match my personality. Do you feel pressure to win because Westlake’s volleyball program has a tradition of success? Westlake volleyball’s tradition of excellence inspires me more than it pressures me. I feel a drive to contribute to this tradition, but...
Red River Showdown was ESPN’s highest-rated afternoon game of 2017

Red River Showdown was ESPN’s highest-rated afternoon game of 2017

This year’s Red River Showdown delivered plenty of drama and plenty of viewers for ESPN. According to ESPN,  Texas’ back-and-forth game against Oklahoma was the highest-rated afternoon game of the year for the network with a 2.4 overnight Nielsen rating. It was the third-highest rated game of the day for ESPN behind Michigan’s 27-20 overtime win at Indiana...
Texas coach Shaka Smart sees no easy fix to basketball recruiting issues, discusses anthem

Texas coach Shaka Smart sees no easy fix to basketball recruiting issues, discusses anthem

The Longhorns will unofficially start to the men’s basketball season on Wednesday with the Texas Tip-Off event at Gregory Gym. Coach Shaka Smart said flat-out “we expect to take a very big jump this year.” The environment in which Smart operates sure makes coaching more difficult, though. The National Association of Basketball Coaches organized an emergency conference...
Michael Dickson named Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week

Michael Dickson named Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week

Yet another field-flipping performance has led to Texas Longhorns punter Michael Dickson being named as the Ray Guy Award National Punter of the Week following the Horns Red River Showdown loss to Oklahoma. In the 29-24 loss, Dickson punted the ball away five times, averaging a school-record-tying 55 yards per punt at the Cotton Bowl. Dickson’s praiseworthy performance...
Game time, TV channel information announced for Texas-Baylor

Game time, TV channel information announced for Texas-Baylor

Texas and Baylor will kick off bright and early in Week 9. The Longhorns will face the Bears at McLane Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. CT. The game will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, but the channel has not yet been determined. It could be on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Texas will be coming off a big home game against Oklahoma State this week. It will be the Bears&rsquo...
Texas commit Malcolm Epps talks improvement, recruits a teammate for Longhorns

Texas commit Malcolm Epps talks improvement, recruits a teammate for Longhorns

Stay updated on the latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com. The Forty will publish M-F at 10 a.m. to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  Texas needs an influx of tight ends. The Longhorns are relying on true...
Sam Ehlinger’s fourth-quarter injury shows value of Shane Buechele for rest of season

Sam Ehlinger’s fourth-quarter injury shows value of Shane Buechele for rest of season

Good morning and welcome to Breakfast with Bevo, your morning stop for Texas Longhorns news and notes. Check us out  every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Texas football, recruiting, basketball and more. During the fourth quarter of Texas’ 29-24 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger exited the field for a handful...
The Clippers will miss playoffs and other bold NBA predictions

The Clippers will miss playoffs and other bold NBA predictions

Bold predictions ahead of an NBA season are a crapshoot. Last year, we gave it a shot and some of them came true, like the Houston Rockets finishing with the league's second best offense and Nerlens Noel being traded. There were also some memorable whiffs, like the Minnesota Timberwolves finishing with 50 wins (whoops, 31!) or the Oklahoma City Thunder missing the playoffs (six seed). But that's kind...
No. 12 Oklahoma 29, Texas 24: 5 key plays

No. 12 Oklahoma 29, Texas 24: 5 key plays

DALLAS — There were 149 snaps taken in Texas’ 29-24 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference: Texas running back Kyle Porter (21) rushes past Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas (7) at the AT&T Red River Showdown in Dallas on Oct. 14, 2017. Porter also had a 41-yard kickoff return in the game. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL...
After record-tying day, Texas’ Michael Dickson trails only one punter on NCAA’s biggest stage

After record-tying day, Texas’ Michael Dickson trails only one punter on NCAA’s biggest stage

DALLAS – Throughout this season, Michael Dickson has given Texas a leg up on its competition. A junior punter from Australia, Dickson showed off his leg in Saturday’s 29-24 loss to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl. Dickson unleashed a 69-yard punt, and he had a 62-yard kick downed by teammate Josh Thompson at the Oklahoma 2. Dickson punted five times, and his average...
Sam Ehlinger’s the starter, but Texas definitely needs Shane Buechele, too

Sam Ehlinger’s the starter, but Texas definitely needs Shane Buechele, too

DALLAS — The Texas medical staff now has one of those fancy pop-up tents that are all the rage in the SEC. When players go down grabbing their knees or ankles, they get ushered into the tent, ostensibly so fans can’t see trainers working on their knees or ankles. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger disappeared into the tent after getting walloped by Oklahoma’s persistent...
Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo, basketball shot clock among topics at UIL council meeting

Water polo appears to be the next sport sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. Just not this year. The UIL listened to multiple speakers promote the sport at its council meetings on Sunday. The policy committee, though, called for another survey of state superintendents in the fall of 2018 to address the matter. Water polo was among many topics of discussion at the 77th annual UIL Legislative...
UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

UT: Crash victim was ‘volleyball expert,’ among first female referees

A woman who made history in college volleyball as one of the first female referees and a dedicated leader in the sport has been identified as the person killed in a hit-and-run crash in North Austin on Tuesday, according to friends and University of Texas officials. Linda Kay Fletcher, 77, was coordinator of volleyball officials for the Southland Conference and former coordinator for the Big 12. She...
ESPN writer projects Texas Bowl showdown between Texas and Texas A&M

ESPN writer projects Texas Bowl showdown between Texas and Texas A&M

If Texas and Texas A&M are still eager to renew their bitter rivalry, even if just for one night, they may not have to wait until the respective schools officially schedule the matchup for a date years down the road. Now halfway through the 2017 campaign, bowl projection season is in full swing and ESPN writer David Hale has the Horns and Aggies pitted against each other...
WATCH: Longhorns tag-team scores defensive TD for Saints

WATCH: Longhorns tag-team scores defensive TD for Saints

A little burnt orange reunion broke out in a New Orleans end zone on Sunday. Former Texas defenders Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro are now teammates on the New Orleans Saints. They combined to score a defensive touchdown against the Detroit Lions. Okafor, lined up at defensive end, stripped Lions quarterback Matt Stafford in the end zone. Vaccaro, blitzing from his safety spot...
Texas volleyball wraps a grueling, but successful week by sweeping Iowa State

Texas volleyball wraps a grueling, but successful week by sweeping Iowa State

After his Texas volleyball team concluded a difficult 10-day stretch featuring two road games and back-to-back ranked opponents with an impressive 25-16, 25-17, 25-18 home win over Iowa State on Saturday night, coach Jerritt Elliott’s next goal is finding some down time for his players. Three days earlier, the visiting Longhorns defeated No. 9 Kansas in five sets. The...
Baker Mayfield gives props to Sam Ehlinger: ‘Just how we Austin boys do it’

Baker Mayfield gives props to Sam Ehlinger: ‘Just how we Austin boys do it’

Heart, toughness and moxie headline the numerous traits that have quickly made Sam Ehlinger a respected presence throughout the burnt orange nation in short order. On Saturday in the Red River Showdown, the freshman made just his fourth career start in an environment that can easily overwhelm, tasked with matching a Baker Mayfield-led Oklahoma offense that can do much of the...
Start time announced for Texas’ home game against Oklahoma State

Start time announced for Texas’ home game against Oklahoma State

Texas and Oklahoma State’s annual orange-clad battle will kick off in the morning. Texas announced on Sunday that it will host Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21. The game will be televised by ABC. Texas is 3-3 this season, but the Longhorns are 0-2 against teams ranked in the Associated Press’ football poll. Oklahoma State (5-1) was ranked 14th last week. Oklahoma State...
What’s Clemson’s plan at quarterback behind Kelly Bryant?

What’s Clemson’s plan at quarterback behind Kelly Bryant?

Against Wake Forest, Clemson realized how vital keeping Kelly Bryant healthy was to maintaining its status as one of the best teams in the country. Then, while facing Syracuse, that realization only grew stronger. Without their starting quarterback, the Tigers aren’t any better than an ACC team that would have an outside shot at contending for a division title. With...
Gary Patterson hypes Big 12’s ‘parity of athletic ability’

Gary Patterson hypes Big 12’s ‘parity of athletic ability’

TCU didn’t know what exactly to expect when they moved into the Big 12 in 2012. What the Horned Frogs found, as it turned out, was a conference with plenty of parity. And that parity stems from the quality of athletes on each team, according to Gary Patterson. During his weekly Tuesday press conference, the TCU head coach expounded on his view on the athletic parity of the Big 12...
Mel Kiper: LSU’s DJ Chark could be top senior receiver in 2018 NFL Draft

Mel Kiper: LSU’s DJ Chark could be top senior receiver in 2018 NFL Draft

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. is a DJ Chark believer. In the wake of Chark’s 5-catch, 150-yard performance against Auburn, the senior is quickly making his way up Kiper’s famous Big Board. Kiper lists Chark as his top prospect on the rise, saying that it is even conceivable that he could end up being the top senior wide receiver in next year’s...
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. calls LSU WR D.J. Chark a 2018 NFL Draft ‘prospect on the rise’

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. calls LSU WR D.J. Chark a 2018 NFL Draft ‘prospect on the rise’

ESPN relies on Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay for its NFL Draft analysis. Any praise from them should be taken very seriously. LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark is the latest recipient from Kiper Jr. who had this to say about him: Chark is already well on his way to his most impressive season yet with the Tigers. He has already posted 535 yards receiving on 22 catches, already well...
Wisconsin walk-on RB Garrett Groshek a ‘technician’ who is thriving in new role

Wisconsin walk-on RB Garrett Groshek a ‘technician’ who is thriving in new role

MADISON, Wis. — Garrett Groshek estimates the last time he played running back occurred when he was 8 years old on a youth league football team coached by his father. For the next decade, his position of choice was quarterback, and he developed into one of the best high school signal callers in Wisconsin. So when the University of Wisconsin football coaching staff asked...
Michigan RB Karan Higdon takes pride in giving back to community

Michigan RB Karan Higdon takes pride in giving back to community

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Todd Johnson had to make a difficult phone call. He had tell Karan Higdon’s mother that her son was earning a “C” in Spanish class. Johnson, who was the football coach at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla., offered Samantha Christian an alternative. Higdon could transfer to another class with a different teacher, who would...
Miami’s top freshman recruit Lonnie Walker cleared to practice

Miami’s top freshman recruit Lonnie Walker cleared to practice

Miami coach Jim Larranaga confirmed on Tuesday the reports that top freshman recruit Lonnie Walker was cleared to resume basketball activities and practice with the team this week. Walker had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in July. “He’s handled it like a real professional,” Larranaga said at the time of Walker’s injury as reported by ...
Oregon’s Royce Freeman can become school rushing leader at UCLA

Oregon’s Royce Freeman can become school rushing leader at UCLA

Lost in Oregon’s recent skid has been senior running back Royce Freeman’s continued pursuit of the school career rushing record. That mark could very well fall when the Ducks play Saturday at UCLA. Freeman sits at 4,943 yards, needing 140 to surpass LaMichael James’ tally of 5,082 from 2009-11. He’s run for 797 yards this season, including 143 in last...
TCU won’t run up score to impress playoff committee, Gary Patterson says

TCU won’t run up score to impress playoff committee, Gary Patterson says

TCU isn’t going to focus on scoring style points with the College Football Playoff Committee, according to coach Gary Patterson. Patterson said at his weekly press conference Tuesday that he won’t be trying to impress the committee by blowing teams out the rest of the season. He already knows from experience that it doesn’t necessarily work. “I’ve never been...
Mike Gundy doesn’t know if the Wildcat formation will stick for the OSU offense

Mike Gundy doesn’t know if the Wildcat formation will stick for the OSU offense

According to Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World, Mike Gundy doesn’t know if the Wildcat formation Oklahoma State used sparingly against Baylor will be utilized a lot more often. When asked about the formation, Gundy said, “I don’t know if it’s a long-term answer depending on who we play.” Cooper also reports that Gundy said the package was added because of red...
HOF wideout says the Giants-Broncos game is a perfect example of what makes the NFL great

HOF wideout says the Giants-Broncos game is a perfect example of what makes the NFL great

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin watched the Denver Broncos lose to the New York Giants. He thinks it was a great game, even though the Giants are a rival of his old team, the Dallas Cowboys, because it showcases the unpredictability of the NFL. The Broncos were heavy favorites at home, sitting at 3-1 and coming off of the bye. The Giants were 0-5, playing on the road...
South Carolina partners with Tailgate Group to enhance Gamecock Park tailgating experience

South Carolina partners with Tailgate Group to enhance Gamecock Park tailgating experience

The South Carolina Gamecocks have added a new partner that they hope will grow and improve the tailgate experience at the school’s Gamecock Park location. South Carolina has partnered with Tailgate Group, which will provide tailgating setup and services at Gamecock Park for the final three home games on the Gamecocks 2017 schedule. The partnership extends into future...
Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano ready for test at Alabama

Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano ready for test at Alabama

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jarrett Guarantano has brought a much-needed spark to the Tennessee football team’s offense with his confident nature and play-making abilities at quarterback. The redshirt freshman from New Jersey said he’s excited to have the opportunity to test himself against the best on Saturday, when he leads the Vols (3-3, 0-3 SEC) against No. 1-ranked...
Missouri students snatch tickets for exhibition game against Kansas with crazy-fast speed

Missouri students snatch tickets for exhibition game against Kansas with crazy-fast speed

Missouri students jumped on the chance to buy tickets for the Tigers’ upcoming basketball exhibition game against Kansas in a big way. The Columbia Missourian’s Kacen Bayless reported Tuesday that the entire student allotment for the game on Sunday afternoon at Kansas City’s Sprint Center was sold in one minute. Yes, one minute. The Columbia Missourian&rsquo...
Report: No anthem rules coming

Report: No anthem rules coming

The NFLPA, players, and league officials met on Tuesday to discuss the anthem protests. There has been talk that the NFL could mandate that players have to stand, not allowing them to kneel. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at this time. “Per league source, as of now, there’s nothing in regards to any rules change on the anthem on the agenda for the NFL&rsquo...
Tennessee’s lack of execution limiting its touchdowns in red zone

Tennessee’s lack of execution limiting its touchdowns in red zone

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee had three red-zone opportunities Saturday against South Carolina and one of the best running backs in the country. The Vols came away with two field goals in the three situations. The last red-zone appearance came on the last possession of the 15-9 loss. Running back John Kelly said at a media availability Monday the play calls were correct...
James Butler injury: RB returning to Iowa practice, Kirk Ferentz says

James Butler injury: RB returning to Iowa practice, Kirk Ferentz says

James Butler has not played for Iowa football since injuring his arm in Week 3 in the Hawkeyes’ 31-14 win over North Texas. Butler finally returned to practice this week, head coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday. He still is not on track to play this weekend against Northwestern. “Medically, things are looking good that way,” Ferentz told reporters. “The...
Gary Patterson on what he likes about night games: ‘Nothing’

Gary Patterson on what he likes about night games: ‘Nothing’

TCU will play a night game against Kansas this week, but Gary Patterson isn’t too excited about the kickoff time. The Horned Frogs host Kansas at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday on FOX. During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Patterson had a blunt response when asked what he liked about playing at night. “Nothing,” Patterson said. “I think I get home at about 12 o&rsquo...
USC standouts Jordan McLaughlin, De’Anthony Melton named to preseason watch lists

USC standouts Jordan McLaughlin, De’Anthony Melton named to preseason watch lists

Picked to finish second in the Pac-12 for the first time ever, USC enters the 2017-18 season with plenty of hype. That extends to its players, two of whom appear on preseason watch lists for some prestigious awards. Senior Jordan McLaughlin has been recognized by the Bob Cousy Award, given to college basketball’s top point guard, while sophomore De&rsquo...
Auburn football podcast: Tigers offense cowers when lined up against decent defense

Auburn football podcast: Tigers offense cowers when lined up against decent defense

Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. On the show Tuesday, Blackerby is joined by SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson to continue the discussion about what happened to Auburn’s offense against LSU this past weekend. On episode 47, the experts talk about what Auburn should...
Alabama football: Jonah Williams uses hilarious Krispy Kreme doughnuts analogy to explain pass protection issues

Alabama football: Jonah Williams uses hilarious Krispy Kreme doughnuts analogy to explain pass protection issues

TUSCALOOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s players often have a lot of personality during interviews when they open up. Crimson Tide left tackle Jonah Williams has become one of the better interviews on the team during his short career. Williams, a sophomore, was asked what went wrong with Alabama’s pass protection against Arkansas this past Saturday. The Crimson Tide...
Arizona’s Allonzo Trier makes Jerry West Award watch list

Arizona’s Allonzo Trier makes Jerry West Award watch list

Arizona junior Allonzo Trier has been recognized as one top shooting guards in the country for the 2017-18 season. Part of this acknowledgement has come in the form of being named to the Jerry West Award preseason watch list. Named for the former West Virginia star (and NBA logo silhouette), the Jerry West Award honors the best two-guard in college basketball. Last year&rsquo...
Kentucky Insider: A wake-up call for anyone still sleeping on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Kentucky Insider: A wake-up call for anyone still sleeping on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kentucky Insider is a new weekly column in which SEC Country will take Big Blue Nation behind the curtain for a peek at the pursuit of UK basketball’s ninth national championship. LEXINGTON, Ky. — Let’s get one thing straight about the 2017-18 Kentucky basketball team: freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is not its “sleeper...
North Carolina coach Roy Williams reflects on 2017 championship, looks ahead to this season

North Carolina coach Roy Williams reflects on 2017 championship, looks ahead to this season

The season following a national championship can become a very interesting year. Coaches have a lot of questions to answer on who’s replacing the key players in the starting lineup, and can you capture team chemistry before the conference season begins? North Carolina coach Roy Williams held his first media session before the start of practice for the 2017-18 season....
Florida recruiting: Jim McElwain & Co. see more in-state targets Tuesday

Florida recruiting: Jim McElwain & Co. see more in-state targets Tuesday

Florida coach Jim McElwain and his assistants were back on the road Tuesday visiting in-state recruits. McElwain and offensive line coach Brad Davis will be at Apopka High School for teammates William Barnes and Ed Montilus, two of their top remaining targets up front. This comes one day after seeing Under Armour All-Americans linemen Curtis Dunlap, ...
WATCH LIVE: SEC Country Live, October 17

WATCH LIVE: SEC Country Live, October 17

SEC football news never stops. So join us for SEC Country Live every Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m. ET! Host Brandon Adams and former Alabama All-American Mike Johnson break down everything you need to know in the SEC football world with news, analysis and more. The post WATCH LIVE: SEC Country Live, October 17 appeared first on SEC Country.
South Carolina 2018 football mock signing class 3.0: Defense stands to benefit from possible flips

South Carolina 2018 football mock signing class 3.0: Defense stands to benefit from possible flips

The South Carolina football team’s 2018 recruiting class has commitments from seven prospects that profile to play on defense. With three full months left before National Signing Day, the Gamecocks are still in the mix for a handful of the country’s top 2018 prospects, including 4-star linebackers Channing Tindall and Dax Hollifield. South Carolina is in strong position to...
Louisville Cardinals must beat former recruiting QB target James Blackman to save season

Louisville Cardinals must beat former recruiting QB target James Blackman to save season

The Louisville Cardinals already have a Florida native behind center in Lamar Jackson, but last summer, they were trying to add another Florida high school signal caller in James Blackman. The 6-foot-5 quarterback received an offer from the Cardinals and attended a Louisville QB academy. But he chose to go to Florida State instead, and ironically enough, the Cardinals must...
Oklahoma football: Sooners’ road mentality emerged during last trip to Kansas State

Oklahoma football: Sooners’ road mentality emerged during last trip to Kansas State

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma’s players spend every Friday night during the season in a hotel room. There’s a routine, and it is adhered to regardless of the venue on Saturday. But there’s evidence that the ninth-ranked Sooners are better when the trip to the hotel is more prolonged than a quick trip north to Oklahoma City. They carry a 13-game road winning...
5 keys for Florida heading into the second half of the season

5 keys for Florida heading into the second half of the season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While any loss is difficult, dropping two straight winnable games at home by a combined 3 points leaves the Florida football team with a lot of what-ifs to consider during its bye week. “The way that we’re losing, by a point or two, we’re a group of guys, you know, we’d rather lose by 55 than by one or two. That’s what...
Penn State coach James Franklin has had enough with all the job rumors

Penn State coach James Franklin has had enough with all the job rumors

Penn State coach James Franklin hears about the job rumors and how other schools are interested in him. He’s had enough. Last week, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd said Texas A&M was preparing to make a push for Franklin. Clay Travis has also said Tennessee should think about calling Franklin. On Tuesday, Franklin made it clear. He wants all the talk to stop. He&rsquo...
Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t think Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers was dirty

Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t think Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers was dirty

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hit by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr in Sunday’s game. He wound up breaking his right collarbone and is likely done for the season. Some felt the hit was dirty. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not one of them. Here’s a video of the hit in question: “Gosh, it’s tough,” Roethlisberger said...
Patriots HC Bill Belichick gives update on Shea McClellin’s status

Patriots HC Bill Belichick gives update on Shea McClellin’s status

The New England Patriots chose to place linebacker Shea McClellin on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury before the season. It was a tough loss to the linebacker corps, but it seems as though the team could get some good news this week on his potential return. As Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe reports, Belichick stated on a conference call Tuesday that...
Former Nebraska assistant Jim Walden says Bill Moos hire ‘not good’ for Mike Riley

Former Nebraska assistant Jim Walden says Bill Moos hire ‘not good’ for Mike Riley

On one hand, the dots are so damn easy to connect. A couple of old war horses. A pair of Pac-12 veterans. Smiles all around. Mike Riley and Bill Moos, Butch and Sundance. On the other hand … “It’s not good for Riley,” Jim Walden, the former Washington State football coach/radio analyst and Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant, told Land of 10 this week. &ldquo...
Stanford launches official Heisman campaign for Bryce Love

Stanford launches official Heisman campaign for Bryce Love

Stanford has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since 1970, when quarterback Jim Plunkett became the school’s only recipient of college football’s most prestigious award. Junior running back Bryce Love could be the second, and Stanford is going all out to try and make that happen. “Bryce Love isn’t your prototypical running back,” according to ...
NFL, NFLPA release statement on promoting positive social change

NFL, NFLPA release statement on promoting positive social change

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement on Tuesday at the conclusion of their meeting. Both sides met on Tuesday to discuss promoting positive social change. A social activism month in the NFL has been rumored. In the joint statement there mention of changes to the league’s national anthem policy. All 22 will have more on the story soon.   The post NFL, NFLPA release...
Clay Travis says Tennessee should take a run at James Franklin

Clay Travis says Tennessee should take a run at James Franklin

Last week, CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported Texas A&M was gearing up to make a big push to chase James Franklin should the school decided to fire current head coach Kevin Sumlin. A report like that will have ripple effects throughout the media. Speaking on WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala., Clay Travis named Franklin as a coach Tennessee should chase if it fires...
Former Bulldogs star Thomas Davis: ‘Georgia’s not afraid of Bama’

Former Bulldogs star Thomas Davis: ‘Georgia’s not afraid of Bama’

Thomas Davis says Georgia isn’t afraid of Alabama. The former Bulldogs linebacker had a fun response when playing a word association game on SEC Network’s Thinking Out Loud recently. As relayed by SEC Network’s Twitter account on Monday, Davis said a sign from a Georgia fan that read, “We (kinda) want Bama” was fake because &ldquo...
Nebraska’s Mike Riley, injured RB Tre Bryant discussing medical redshirt possibility

Nebraska’s Mike Riley, injured RB Tre Bryant discussing medical redshirt possibility

Nebraska RB Tre Bryant is still battling a knee injury. Tuesday afternoon, Huskers coach Mike Riley said Bryant’s outlook for this season remains cloudy. In fact, Riley said he and Bryant have had conversations about whether it would better for Bryant to attempt to play this season or to take a medical redshirt. Bryant needed help walking off the field during the Huskers&rsquo...
LSU LB Devin White claims honor as nation’s best defensive player in Week 7

LSU LB Devin White claims honor as nation’s best defensive player in Week 7

LSU linebacker Devin White has made himself known in SEC territory, but his name is starting to reach all corners of the country now. The sophomore, who earned at least a share of the SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor in each of the last two weeks, has now been recognized as the Bednarik Award National Player of the Week, as announced by the Maxwell Football...
Gary Patterson: Former TCU coaches on KU staff give Jayhawks an advantage

Gary Patterson: Former TCU coaches on KU staff give Jayhawks an advantage

Gary Patterson isn’t mincing words about why he thinks the Jayhawks have been a tough task for TCU in the past. According to multiple reports, one of the reasons that TCU has struggled with Kansas has been the former TCU coaches on staff with Kansas, the most famous of which are Doug Meacham and Kenny Perry. For the past three years, the Jayhawks have come within a touchdown of...
Clemson football: WR Hunter Renfrow said loss to Syracuse could help Tigers

Clemson football: WR Hunter Renfrow said loss to Syracuse could help Tigers

Clemson’s shocking upset loss to Syracuse last Friday night bounced the Tigers from the No. 2 spot in the polls and forced the team into must-win mode if it has any chance of making its third straight appearance in the College Football Playoff. Yet, receiver Hunter Renfrow said the loss might actually be just what the Tigers needed. Addressing reporters Tuesday, Renfrow said that...
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