- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday37 mins ago
Coach Steve Spurrier wrote an open letter to fansTuesday, rehashing things he’d said before about his decision to step away from the team and applauding the job Shawn Elliott did in his stead.
The letter was published in The State with no comment. Just eight paragraphs of Spurrier rehashing and ultimately thanking the South Carolina fan base.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Spurrier letter without a little bit of trolling.
Spurrier officially resigned on Oct. 13 and while he still keeps an office in the South Carolina athletic department, he walked away from the Gamecocks football operations altogether. The team was 2-4 when he left and went 1-5 without him. Still, he believes that stepping aside in the middle of the season was the right thing to do.
For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday55 mins ago
The Oregon football nation was saddened today when it learned offensive coordinator Scott Frost was leaving Eugene to be the head coach at UCF, but no one is taking the new harder than the team’s beloved mascot, the Oregon Duck.
For more than an hour, the Oregon Duck used Twitter to question what he had done wrong to cause Frost to make such a decision.
Is it something I said @coach_frost ?
Is it something I did @coach_frost?
Then that sadness turned to anger.
Delete my number! K bye @coach_frost
No I'm sorry I didn't mean that! Baby come back! @coach_frost
Then it veered into a dark place.
What about our love for Titanic? You'll always be my Rose! I'll love you foreverrrrrr @coach_frost *Slowly sinks into the cold waters*
And finally, acceptance.
Some ships R made of wood,some ships sail the seas,but the best ships R friendships that will always be!@coach_frost pic.twitter.com/oXq7RzkZ7a
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Mike Smith knew 2015 would be his final season with Texas Tech.
Smith was fired as Tech's co-defensive coordinator after the conclusion of the 2015 season. Smith told RedRaiders.com he was told about his firing before the season began.Seriously.
“This wasn’t a surprise to me,” Smith told the site. “Even way before the season started, it was known and I was told I would be fired after the season. So I chose to stay. I made a lot of promises to my guys and to my players. It wasn’t time for me to go somewhere else with (coming off) a bad season. I just love Texas Tech. Even if it’s one year, it’s worth one year.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Update: Dec. 1 - 12:15 p.m. ET
Texas Tech announced that three defensive assistants – co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith, defensive backs coach Kevin Curtis and outside linebackers coach Trey Haverty – will not return to the staff in 2016.
The changes are effective immediately, meaning they will not coach in the team's upcoming bowl game.
“We appreciate all that Mike, Kevin and Trey have done at Texas Tech over the last three seasons,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a statement. “All three are great Red Raiders and we wish them the very best.”
All three Kingsbury’s staff when he was hired as head coach in 2013.
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Two of Texas Tech’s defensive coaches reportedly will not return for the 2016 season.
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and Dallas Morning News, Red Raiders co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith and defensive backs coach Kevin Curtis have been let go. The news was first reported by RedRaiderSports.com ($).
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Jimbo Fisher is not heading to the SEC.
The Florida State coach was mentioned as a possible successor to LSU coach Les Miles. But LSU decided Saturday Miles was staying. So when Georgia split with coach Mark Richt, Fisher, a former assistant at LSU and Auburn, was mentioned as a possible replacement.
He's not going to be doing that. Fisher was asked by the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchiif he was staying at FSU on Tuesday. Here's his straightforward answer:
"You're exactly right," Fisher said. "I'm staying right here at Florida State."
As we've mentioned before, Fisher would be silly to leave Florida State unless, well, he was heading for a job he had to have. And given that the Seminoles have been a consistent power and a national-title-winning team in his tenure, there aren't many jobs that seem incredibly more attractive than Florida State.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Three players – Marcus Outlow, Sherman Alston and Jordan Gowins – announced their decisions to transfer from Boston College on Monday.
Outlow, a sophomore running back, told the Norwich Bulletin that he wasn’t involved with the offense as much as he hoped. He was third among the team’s running backs with 241 yards and a touchdown on 53 carries, but had only nine carries over the final six games.
“I just want to move on, see where I can go and who has the best plan for me,” Outlow said. “I was just not given the opportunity that I was told I would receive.”
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Outlow also had 243 yards rushing and 11 catches for 103 yards and touchdown as a true freshman in 2014.
Alston, a sophomore wide receiver, had seven catches for 77 yards in 2015 and was also the team’s main punt returner, gaining 180 yards on 23 attempts. In 2014, he caught 16 passes for 175 yards and two scores.
Per EagleAction.com, Alston shared the following sentiment on Instagram:
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
The status of Florida wide receiver Demarcus Robinson for Saturday’s SEC Championship Game will be decided by his teammates.
According to the Gainesville Sun, Gators head coach Jim McElwain said Monday that the team’s seniors will decide whether Robinson should be allowed to return to the field. Robinson, the team’s leading receiver, was suspended for last week’s game against Florida State for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“I’m going to visit with the seniors. They’ll determine which direction we’ll go,” McElwain said. “(Robinson) made a choice, OK. He made a choice. Our family needs to make this decision and those guys are the leaders of our family.”
Robinson, a junior, leads the team with 47 catches this season and is second with 505 yards. He also has two touchdowns. In 2014, Robinson caught 53 passes for 810 yards and seven scores.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost is moving across the country for a head coaching position.
First reported by UCFSports.comand CBS Sports' Ryan Bass, Frost, 40, will be the new coach at Central Florida. The former Nebraksa quarterback has served as Oregon's offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. He was promoted when Mark Helfrich took over as Oregon's head coach for Chip Kelly when Kelly went to the Eagles. The school made the hire official later Tuesday morning.
More: I am hearing Scott Frost will be officially announced by UCF later today. Press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Total surprise.
Scott Frost, Oregon's OC, will be named UCF's new head coach this morning, according to a source.
Confirmed via multiple sources, both inside and outside UCF: Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost will be UCF's next head coach.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Oregon State quarterback Nick Mitchell is leaving the team.
The Beavers announced Monday that Mitchell was one of four players departing.
"I want to thank Coach [Gary] Andersen for the opportunity at Oregon State and wish all of my teammates outstanding success in the future," Mitchell said in a team statement.
Malik Gilmore, Luke Hollingsworth and Chris Hayes are also transferring. Gilmore and Hollingsworth are juniors while Hayes is a sophomore.
"Change is not always easy, but these young men embraced it and made valuable contributions to help build the foundation of this program, and we thank them for that," Andersen said.
Mitchell was a starter for five games in 2015 for Oregon State and was the team’s second-leading passer. He was 51-113 passing for 571 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. He first saw action in the Beavers’ loss to Colorado. He also started games against Utah, UCLA, Cal and Washington. He was 0-7 against the Huskies before he was pulled. Freshman Marcus McMaryion was the team’s starter vs. Oregon on Friday. Oregon State lost 52-42.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The University of Missouri, one of 12 teams with a 5-7 record heading into the weekend, issued a statement Monday saying it would not petition the NCAA for bowl eligibility.
Since there are not enough 6-6 bowl eligible teams for the 80 bowl slots available, the NCAA default is to use 5-7 programs based on their Academic Progress Rates (APR). Heading into the final weekend, there are still three 5-6 programs yet to finish their seasons. At least two 5-7 teams will be used to fill bowl slots and as many as five could be selected.
Based on APR scores, Missouri would have been tied for second in APR with Kansas State, one of the 5-6 teams that will face West Virginia this weekend.
“Following this weekend’s football games, there have been significant discussions nationally concerning 5-7 teams participating in bowl games,” Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said. “After careful consideration, we have decided it is not in the best interest of our football program to seek permission from the NCAA to participate in a bowl game. Our focus remains on identifying the right leader for our program and moving forward with the transition process.