Transfers ‘Anything can happen’ – Higuain offered no Juventus guarantees Chris Burton 19:33 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AFP Transfers Juventus Serie A The Argentine striker has sparked transfer talk of late and those in Turin are planning to weigh up their options once the World Cup is completed Juventus will be addressing the issue of Gonzalo Higuain’s future once he returns from World Cup duty, claims club director John Elkann.The Argentine has remained a prolific presence throughout his time in Turin, scoring 55 goals for the club since his €90 million (£79m/$105m) arrival.Questions have, however, been asked of his ongoing presence at the Serie A champions as Juve contemplate freshening up their ageing squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Elkann has done little to curb the rumours by revealing that further talks will be held regarding the 30-year-old frontman after he has spearheaded Argentina’s quest for global glory this summer.He told reporters on the Higuain speculation: “It’s very difficult to judge the transfer market in a World Cup year.”Anything can happen. We’ll see after the World Cup, but there’s not much I can say now.”Elkann’s comments come in the wake of similar remarks made by Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved.He has also revealed that discussions will be held with Higuain and club officials once the experienced striker returns from international duty.”We’re not worried, Higuain is one of our players and he’s under contract, we’ll see after the World Cup,” he told Sky Sport Italia.Higuain is under contract until 2021 and he contributed another 23 goals to the Juve cause across all competitions in 2017-18, with those efforts enough to earn him a second Serie A and Coppa Italia double with the club.
Australia and New Zealandâ€™s best up-and-coming talent will be on display in Auckland, New Zealand in January as the two nations meet in the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman Series. The rival nations will battle it out for the title at Mountfort Park, Maurewa, South Auckland for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman Trophy in the Under 17â€™s and 19s Boys and Girls divisions from Friday, 20 January to Sunday, 22 January 2017. The Australian Youth teams are hoping to continue their impressive record over New Zealand in recent times; including their 4-0 series clean-sweep the last time both nations met in Auckland in February, 2013. The Australian teams were announced in October following the 2016 National Youth Championships and 2016 State of Origin Series in September, with the teams having trained on numerous occasions since then in the lead up to the event.View the team lists here. Schedule of play as follows with times in AEDT:Friday 20 JanuaryGame One8:00am â€“ 17â€™s Mixed 9:15am â€“ 17â€™s Girls10:30am â€“ 17â€™s Boys 12:15pm â€“ 19â€™s Mixed1:30pm â€“ 19â€™s Girls2:45pm â€“ 19â€™s Boys Saturday 21 JanuaryGame Two8:00am â€“ 17â€™s Mixed9:15am â€“ 17â€™s Girls10:30am â€“ 17â€™s Boys 12:15am â€“ 19â€™s Mixed1:30pm â€“ 19â€™s Girls2:45pm â€“ 19â€™s Boys Sunday 22 JanuaryGame Three 7:00am â€“ 17â€™s Mixed8:00 â€“ 17â€™s Girls9:00am â€“ 17â€™s Boys 10:00am â€“ 19â€™s Mixed11:00am â€“ 19â€™s Girls12:00pm â€“ 19â€™s Boys Livestreaming of the games will be available- a link will be available here on Friday 20th January. Keep up to date with all the action by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and add us on Snapchat @TFAofficial to see our special edition Snapchat filters for the event!Related LinksYTT Stage Set
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton legend Southall rages against Sky for Spurs biasby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton legend Neville Southall has ranted against Sky Sports for their coverage of Sunday’s rout by Tottenham.Ahead of the game at Goodison Park, Sky employed former Liverpool stars Craig Bellamy and Graeme Souness to discuss all the talking points in the build up.With neither on-duty pundit having played for Everton, iconic goalkeeper Southall took exception and made his feelings known in a series of tweets on Sunday afternoon.Southall tweeted: “Sky falling over themselves with the x Everton players at home and they cannot find one. Bizarre”Sky wants Spurs to win it is so so biased. Nothing against spurs at all great club good team But sky not interested in us Poor”I am not bothered who pundits are but let’s have one from each team Fair to both clubs”.
Fiorentina boss Montella: Very satisfying to beat AC Milan at San Siroby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella was delighted with their 3-1 win at AC Milan.Mateo Musacchio was sent off and Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a penalty for Milan, yet the visitors were comfortable winners.“It wasn’t perfect, because at 3-0 up we should’ve been more concentrated, but it was a lovely night in front of 50,000 at San Siro, so we’re happy,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.“It is satisfying to have won in this stadium. Someone asked if it was my best victory since returning to Fiorentina – it’s one of my only victories!“I have absolutely no feeling of revenge towards Milan, as we won the Super Cup together, we got along well, we got back into Europe despite not buying any players, so I am grateful to Milan for allowing me to have the role.”Franck Ribery was given a standing ovation by both sets of fans after his goal and when substituted in the final minutes.“I took Ribery off because I expected they’d give him a standing ovation. He is always in the game, always decisive, and has capabilities well beyond the norm, even if he doesn’t have the change of pace he had five or six years ago.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Torino president Cairo admits he overpaid for Verdiby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTorino president Urbano Cairo admits he overpaid for Simone Verdi.Toro coughed up €22m to sign the winger from Napoli.“We finished seventh and chose Verdi right away,” he told Tuttosport.“I asked Napoli, through my friends Branchini and De Laurentiis, whom I called personally. It was a very wrong move on my part because if you contact a President in person, they make you pay more.“So much so that [De Laurentiis] told me they couldn’t sell him until they found a replacement. We also considered some foreign options, but Verdi was our man.“We took him in the last few minutes of the transfer window, making a major effort. In any case, I gave [Napoli] a €22m gift that I’ve never even given to my wife.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich stands on the sidelines during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oregon is no stranger to bold looks, so they must be a fun team to create various concept helmets and uniforms for. For their latest Oregon design, _empiregraphics utilized some realistic-looking flying ducks as a subtle silhouette in the background of a bright green helmet with black accents. Oregon loves their duck-based logos, and we think this looks really slick.We don’t know that Oregon has anything like this design in the pipeline, but we’re definitely on board.
Gennaro Gattuso has been impressed by Krzysztof Piatek’s attitude since arriving at AC Milan, comparing the forward to Champions League winner Jon Dahl Tomasson.Piatek arrived at San Siro last week, joining from Genoa in a reported €35million move, and made his debut off the bench in a goalless Serie A draw against Napoli on Saturday.The two sides will go head to head once more in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday, with Piatek potentially in line for his full Rossoneri bow. 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? Head coach Gattuso would not confirm that Piatek will start ahead of Patrick Cutrone, only repeating that the two would not be paired, but he glowingly drew comparisons with former team-mate Tomasson.”[Piatek] reminds me of Tomasson, he has very specific characteristics,” Gattuso told Milan TV. “Jon never relented in training and he gave us a great hand even when he wasn’t starting.”Piatek has just arrived but I like him, he’s a curious lad and he’s been looking at the photos at Milanello. He likes to observe, discuss and experience the structure that we have in place here. This is fantastic.”The 23-man squad list for the #CoppaItalia quarterfinal against NapoliI 23 convocati per la sfida di Coppa Italia contro il Napoli #MilanNapoli pic.twitter.com/BCgj7wxGyh— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 28, 2019The coach was unhappy with the way Milan performed in the final stages of the league encounter with Piatek on the field, however, believing they played into Napoli’s hands.Gattuso explained: “We must start again from the first 50 minutes in the league match, showing the same kind of character.”In the final 30 minutes, we stopped trying to dribble and became increasingly stretched. This then allowed Napoli to show all of their characteristics. We have must have the desire to play and prove ourselves, dribbling the ball well.”
Florida quarterback Austin Appleby had a hot take after his Gators lost this weekend.Austin Appleby, who took over for an injured Luke Del Rio, said he does not believe the best team won Saturday. The Gators carried a 21-3 lead into halftime over Tennessee before the Volunteers exploded for 35 second-half points to win 38-28. The Volunteers improved to 4-0 on the season and the Gators dropped to 3-1.#Gators QB Austin Appleby: “I truly believe the better team didn’t win on Saturday.”— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) September 26, 2016Appleby connected on 23-0f-39 passing for 296 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.The Purdue transfer got the start after Luke Del Rio was injured on a play Appleby determined was “dirty.” Next up for the Gators is a trip to Vanderbilt to take on the Commodores.
New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has indicated that he will be keeping Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa among his key players for next season – but he refused to confirm whether Gonzalo Higuain would figure in his plans.The former Chelsea manager was confirmed as the new Bianconeri coach last Sunday after signing a three-year deal to succeed Massimiliano Allegri at the Serie A champions.In his first major press conference at Allianz Stadium, where he was unveiled to the media, the 60-year-old addressed a range of topics as he prepares to inherit one of the most dominant sides in both Italian and world football this season. 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? With a changing of the guard in the top job, speculation has swirled over whether any key players in Turin will be shown the door by their new coach and who will play a part as they look to defend their domestic crown once again.Speaking on key members of his squad, Sarri revealed that both Dybala and Costa currently feature in his plans, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, despite rumours that both could be set to leave for pastures new, with Manchester United having been linked strongly with a move for one or both players in recent weeks.Their new manager, however, has suggested that they may be among a core group of players with whom he will discuss ideas for the upcoming season and potentially build the rest of his team around.”When you have a player with the qualities of Paulo or Cristiano, they can play in any role,” Sarri stated. “What can change is only the interpretation of the role.”I’ll probably talk to two or three players before the start of the season to share ideas, compare and understand the way they think and their characteristics.”You have to start with the talented players who can make the difference like Cristiano, Paulo and Douglas, and build around them.”Sarri is also familiar with Higuain, having brought him on loan from Juve to Chelsea halfway through the 2018-19 campaign, reuniting the pair after the latter played under the former at Napoli.However, the coach made no assurances over the future of the Argentine, stating that any prospective plans may rest with the player himself.”I am very fond of Higuain, you all know,” he added. “But it depends on him, I think.”I will listen a lot to the club who knows the players better than me, because it would be a lack of respect to impose my opinion.”He is a Juve member, [and] when he returns we will talk to each other. Gonzalo is a striker who, for technical qualities, can play with anyone.”Sarri spent all of his coaching career in Italy up until last year and it was a desire to return to his native country that saw him cut short his stay at Chelsea after only one season.Despite varied criticism of his methods and style, known as Sarriball, at Stamford Bridge, he still led them to a top-four finish in the Premier League and two major finals, winning the Europa League to pick up the first major trophy of his managerial career.
Nicolas Otamendi praised Argentina for struggling through their torrid early form at the Copa America to book a semi-final showdown with bitter rivals Brazil.Lautaro Martinez’s instinctive early finish and a 74th-minute tap-in from substitute Giovani Lo Celso secured a 2-0 quarter-final win over Venezuela at the Maracana – the scene of La Albiceleste’s World Cup final defeat to Germany five years ago.The best performance Lionel Scaloni’s side have managed in the tournament to date secured a meeting with the hosts in Belo Horizonte next Tuesday and Otamendi reflected on their improvements from a shambling start to the group stage. 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? “We knew it would be difficult from the beginning. It took time to take off, we got better,” the Manchester City centre-back told reporters.”Now we are in the semi-finals against an opponent where it is a clasico and we hope it will go in favour of Argentina.”Otamendi came out on top in an absorbing duel with Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon as a previously porous Argentina backline showed signs of finding their feet.”We knew it was going to be a difficult, hard and very intense match,” he said.”The important thing was to keep discipline, with very strong players like Rondon who hold [the ball up] well. “We controlled the game very well for most of the time. Maybe from dead balls the opponents had a few chances. “The goal in the second half gave us a cushion. We were attacking and we knew how to keep organised well. It’s a great victory for us.”@CopaAmerica 40′ PT @Argentina 1 (Lautaro Martínez) – #Venezuela 0¡#VamosArgentina! pic.twitter.com/x02C1WWR1Y— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 28, 2019Otamendi’s club team-mate Sergio Aguero, whose shots led to both Argentina goals, was similarly fired up by the prospect of taking on Brazil.”We will try to do our best, as we have been doing, to work for the shirt,” he said.”Argentina-Brazil is not played every day, especially in a competition like this. It generates a lot of expectation, not only in our country but in the world.”We knew that this match was not going to be easy but we are happy to have gone to the semi-finals. Little by little we are getting better.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer fired assistant Zach Smith after domestic violence allegations were levied against the wide receivers coach. Thursday, he named Smith’s replacement – at least on an interim basis.Meyer has reportedly promoted former Buckeye wideout Brian Hartline to serve as interim wide receivers coach. Hartline had previously been working in a quality control position with the team.Hartline joined the program ahead of the 2017 season. Meyer also announced that his son-in-law, Corey Dennis, had been elevated to a quality control position.Meyer’s decision comes just days after the team was left with a vacancy at the wide receivers coaching position.JUST IN: OSU head coach Urban Meyer announced today former Buckeye receiver and 7-year NFL veteran Brian Hartline will be the team’s interim wide receivers coach. Hartline is in 2nd year with the program after serving in a quality control position with the wide receivers in ‘17.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) July 26, 2018OSU: In addition to naming Hartline, Meyer also elevated 3rd year program assistant Corey Dennis to a Sr. quality control position working with the WR’s & QB’s. Dennis was working alongside offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ryan Day this season.— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) July 26, 2018So @brianhartline gets an audition during ‘18 season to claim permanent spot on Meyer’s staff. Became business owner after 7-year NFL career. Guested on @TheFeverABC6 before returning to OSU. Buttoned up. pic.twitter.com/qZcwMTgm9E— Clay Hall (@claywsyx6) July 26, 2018Hartline, who is 31 years old, starred at Ohio State and was taken in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played for the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns. His last year in the league came in 2015.Hartline had over 1,000 yards receiving twice in his career. He was a productive player before tearing his PCL in 2014.It remains to be seen whether Hartline will be given the full-time job. Something tells us it’ll have to do with performance. Ohio State kicks off its season against Oregon State in early September.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches warm ups before the start of their game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is under fire Wednesday afternoon after former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy dropped a bombshell report that suggests that the Ohio State head coach lied about his knowledge of 2015 domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.McMurphy posted text messages between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer, in which Shelley Meyer says she’s going to inform her husband of the alleged abuse. Smith says Shelley Meyer never followed up to tell her whether she’d done that.Stadium, which will employ McMurphy in the near future, released an exclusive on-air interview with Smith. In the interview, she was asked whether she believes Meyer should keep his job in the aftermath.It was a complicated answer.Question from @KristenBalboni in @WatchStadium interview: “With Shelley Meyer being aware of everything that was going on and saying that she was going to have to tell Urban, do you think that he knows about all of this?”Courtney Smith: “I believe he does.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 1, 2018Q: “Do you believe Urban Meyer should remain the head football coach at Ohio State?”Courtney Smith: “That’s a tough question. When somebody is crying out for help, I believe the coach, along with the coach’s wife, have a duty. They have a duty to do something to help.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 1, 2018Courtney Smith: “I know Shelley did everything she could. I know she did. I firmly believe that at least. I can say she was very supportive and she never made me feel uncomfortable, she never made me feel like I was a threat to her or them by telling her these things. Never.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 1, 2018Thus far, neither the Meyer family nor Ohio State has issued a statement on the matter.Many are starting to wonder whether Meyer will survive the scandal. If he knew about the alleged abuse back in 2009, heard it was allegedly happening again in 2015 and continued to employ Smith, he’s going to be crushed by the media.We’ll keep you updated.
Week 6 of the college football season is officially here. Sure, there were games on Thursday and Friday nights, but the real action starts in just a few hours.There are several huge matchups this weekend, with three games featuring ranked matchups. Among those games this weekend, No. 6 Notre Dame heads to No. 24 Virginia Tech in what could be one of the day’s best games.Saturday night’s game in Blacksburg promises to deliver one of the most-difficult environments in college football this weekend. The Hokies haven’t won a home game against a ranked opponent since 2009, but one ESPN college football analyst thinks they will.Desmond Howard picked Virginia Tech to take down Notre Dame on Saturday night.Desmond Howard just said #NotreDame is better than #Clemson.Then picked the Irish to lose to Virginia Tech tonight.— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) October 6, 2018Is this just hate from the Michigan Man towards a rival program?Notre Dame and Virginia Tech kick off Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit calling the contest.Stay tuned.
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Disaster struck a college football homecoming party on Saturday night when the floor to an apartment building collapsed with several people inside.Reports say that 30 people were taken to the hospital after an apartment collapsed during an off-campus party at Clemson following the win over N.C. State.Thankfully, none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.From wral.com:The incident occurred early Sunday morning in the clubhouse of The Woodlands of Clemson apartment complex. Police say the building’s first floor collapsed into the basement while the party-goers were dancing.The group was celebrating Clemson’s homecoming win against N.C. State.“You’ve got people that are trying to have a good time, trying to enjoy themselves…then the next thing they know the floor collapses,” said Chief Jimmy Dixon with the Clemson Police Department.Here’s video of the terrible scene:#BREAKING: Video after the #Clemson apartment clubhouse #collapse.This was sent to us by Jay Chavis.Dozens have been injured and taken to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/OIEYxRoXIf— Dana Griffin (@DanaGriffinWYFF) October 21, 2018Hopefully everyone ends up being OK.
The SpunAfter a rough Week 9, The Spun staff got mostly back on track with our picks for Week 10. Now, we’re on to College Football Week 11.Things kick off tonight in the Power Five, with No. 14 NC State hosting in-state rival Wake Forest. Tomorrow night, red hot Syracuse team hosts struggling Louisville, and Fresno State, with one of college football’s best defenses, looks to establish Mountain West dominance over annual league power Boise State.On Saturday, there are plenty of interesting games, including Ohio State-Michigan State, Wisconsin-Penn State, Auburn-Georgia, Texas-Texas Tech, and College GameDay makes a rare trip up to Chestnut Hill for Boston College-Clemson.College Football Playoff rankings leader Alabama hosts No. 16 Mississippi State, No. 3 Notre Dame hosts a reeling Florida State club, and No. 4 Michigan heads to Rutgers as a massive favorite.After Week 9’s struggles, everyone got at least 22 wins in Week 10. Most hit at least 25 or 26 games.After 10 weeks, here are the staff pick standings:1.Matt Hladik292-852.Matt Lombardi288-893.Chris Rosvoglou287-904.Dan Lyons286-915.Andrew McCarty284-936.Tzvi Machlin273-104T-7.Andrew Holleran272-105T-7.Steve Driscoll272-105Matt Hladik is now in first place by four games after and it is very close in the few spots after him.Here are our picks for the upcoming week. We choose every game involving a Power Five/Top 25 team.(*On mobile, our College Football Week 11 picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCartyRosvoglouMachlinWake Forest at 14 NC StateLouisville at 13 Syracuse23 Fresno State at Boise StateTCU at 9 West Virginia10 Ohio State at 18 Michigan StateNavy at 12 UCFSouth Carolina at 15 Florida Wisconsin at 20 Penn StateKansas at Kansas StateVanderbilt at MissouriOle Miss at Texas A&MIllinois at Nebraska Maryland at IndianaNorth Carolina at DukeUCLA at Arizona StateLiberty at Virginia16 Mississippi State at 1 Alabama4 Michigan at RutgersOklahoma State at 6 Oklahoma8 Washington State at Colorado11 Kentucky at TennesseeNorthwestern at 21 IowaBaylor at 22 Iowa StateVirginia Tech at PittPurdue at MinnesotaOregon at Utah24 Auburn at 5 GeorgiaMiami at Georgia TechFlorida State at 3 Notre Dame7 LSU at Arkansas19 Texas at Texas Tech2 Clemson at 17 Boston CollegeOregon State at StanfordCal at USCSeason Record288-89272-105286-91292-85272-105284-93287-90273-104
ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has unveiled his “upset alert” pick for the eleventh week of the 2018 regular season.The ESPN college football analyst has placed the No. 11 team in the country on “upset alert” heading into this afternoon’s game.Kentucky, the No. 11 team in the country, is set to take on Tennessee.Finebaum thinks it could be a tough contest.“Kentucky, for those of you who like to go back in history, hasn’t won in Neyland Stadium (Tennessee) since 1984,” Finebaum said. “While they have the better team and they’ve had the better season, Tennessee has proven it can do some timings. It’s going to be a tough game for Tennessee to win, but I think Kentucky may still be hung over after that beatdown last week in Lexington.”Kentucky is a sizable favorite heading into this afternoon’s contest.The Wildcats and the Volunteers are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on SEC Network.
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)On Saturday afternoon, the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines met for the first time since the Wolverines took down the Gators in the 2017 season-opener. Michigan claimed that game with a 33-17 win, but that was without new Gators head coach Dan Mullen on the sideline.Mullen led his Gators in to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday with hopes of ending the season with one more win.After nearly three quarters of play, Florida is close to attaining its goal. The Gators hold a 27-10 lead entering the fourth quarter.Florida fans are loving the game, but so too, are Ohio State fans. Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer’s wife, loves the game from two perspective – as the wife of a current head coach of the Buckeyes and former head coach of the Gators.Meyer said she’ll always be part Gator.I JUST checked and yelled out score update to bunch of OSU people. Go Gators! ?? #IWillAlwaysBePartGator ??❤️ https://t.co/skdD4oZMOx— Shelley ❌eyer (@spinnershells) December 29, 2018Michigan has 15 minutes to get its act together, or the Wolverines will head into the 2019 season with a two-game losing streak.
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After years of running the option offense at Georgia Tech, it appears the Yellow Jackets are embracing a new era. With Geoff Collins entering his first year as the head coach, the program is now looking for traditional quarterbacks.Well, Collins already has a commitment from a signal-caller from the 2020 class. Florida native Tucker Gleason will become the first pro-style quarterback to join Georgia Tech under the current regime.TaQuon Marshall, the starting quarterback for Georgia Tech in 2018, only had 900 passing yards. This move should officially signal the changing of the guard for the Yellow Jackets.Instead of relying on dual-threat athletes to command the offense, the team will shift to a balanced attack.Gleason announced his decision on Twitter, saying “I am extremely excited and proud to say that I am committing to Georgia Tech. I am ready to be a Yellow Jacket!”Here is the full statement:🐝🐝🐝 #GOLDblooded20 #TogetherweSwarm 🐝🐝🐝 pic.twitter.com/b6PoUhCMZT— Tucker (@TuckGleason) March 7, 2019According to 247Sports, Gleason is the No. 30 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2020. He also holds scholarship offers from Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, among other programs.He is the first player of his class to commit to the Yellow Jackets, but that can change in the near future.If Collins can translate his success from Temple to Georgia Tech, then he’ll turn out to be an excellent hire for the ACC program.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Chandler Morris is a 2020 quarterback recruit from Texas, whose recruitment started to heat up over the past year. He is also the son of a prominent college football coach: Arkansas’s Chad Morris.Earlier this week, Chad Morris revealed he wasn’t involved in his son’s recruitment to the Razorbacks – but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t interested.Arkansas offered the four-star quarterback recruit over a year ago, but it wasn’t even the first program to do so.Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers saw the talent and jumped, becoming the first Power-5 program to offer Morris. Despite Swinney’s advancements, Morris decided family was bigger than anything else. He took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce his commitment to Arkansas to play for his father.“I want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for putting me in the position I am in today. And a special thanks to my supportive family and coaches for pushing me to be the very best I can be on and off the field,” Morris said.“I am extremely excited to announce that I am committed to the University of Arkansas!”Excited to continue on this journey as a Hog! #DiamondGangXX pic.twitter.com/dUGqaBPpWu— Chandler Morris (@Chandleram4) June 14, 2019Morris is the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He’ll go to work for a familiar face after his senior season.
Virginia Tech misses the major competition from the ACC Atlantic – avoiding Clemson, Florida State and Syracuse.Check out the Hokies 2019 schedule:Virginia Tech @ Boston College – August 31Virginia Tech vs. Old Dominion – September 7Virginia Tech vs. Furman – September 14Virginia Tech vs. Duke – September 27Virginia Tech @ Miami – October 5Virginia Tech vs. Rhode Island – October 12Virginia Tech vs. UNC – October 19Virginia Tech @ Notre Dame – November 2Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest – November 9Virginia Tech @ Georgia Tech – November 16Virginia Tech vs. Pitt – November 23Virginia Tech @ Virginia – November 29The Hokies non-conference schedule should be smooth sailing. Old Dominion, Furman and Rhode Island aren’t exactly top competition.However, college programs are placing an emphasis on winning, rather than paying attention to strength of schedule. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football season is officially less than a month away and we couldn’t be any more excited.Heading into the 2019 campaign, ESPN’s FPI broke down every teams schedule from easiest to most difficult. Before the 2018 season, Wisconsin emerged as the team with the easiest schedule – but that didn’t work out too well for the Badgers.Entering the 2019 season, an ACC program has taken over as the team with the easiest schedule.The Virginia Tech Hokies face the easiest schedule among Power 5 programs, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.