The Osceola360 takes a look at the latest news and notes from around the country in college football.
It’s no secret that college football programs are having trouble filling their stadiums to capacity. Season-ticket sales seem to be declining across the country, and that includes FSU and some of its opponents this season. The University of Virginia got creative last week and ran an Independence Day special where fans could buy single-game tickets to their games against William & Mary, Old Dominion and FSU for just $17.76 per game. It was only a one-day offer but just shows you how creative athletic departments around the country are getting in an effort to fill their venues for even high-profile games like the Cavaliers’ matchup against the Seminoles in September. The offer has expired but was promoted on UVA Football’s Twitter page.
Recruiting in college football is a curious and often fickle thing. There are offers that really aren’t offers and commitments that really aren’t, well … commitments. The Florida Gators picked up a huge commitment over the July 4th holiday weekend, but they also lost two commitments as well. While three-star offensive line prospect Richie Leonard, who was also being courted by FSU, gave his pledge to the Gators last week, two other commitments had a change of heart, at least for now. Three-star defensive end prospect Morven Joseph from Lakeland, Fla., and three-star prospect Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, Ga., who is being recruited as an athlete, both re-opened their recruitment over the weekend. For more on the Gators 2020 recruiting class, which currently holds 17 commitments, please click on the following link: http://www.onlygators.com/07/06/2019/florida-football-recruiting-gators-add-one-2020-commitment-lose-two-verbals/.
Most college football fans spend several hours, if not their entire Saturdays, watching games on television, including those that are broadcast on ESPN. Over the last several years, Adnan Virk has anchored ESPN’s college football breaks and updates, but viewers will be hearing from a new anchor on Saturdays this fall. The network announced earlier this week that Matt Barrie will replace the since-departed Virk in the studio anchor role this season. For more on that change and ESPN College GameDay please click on the following link: https://247sports.com/Article/ESPN-college-football-gameday-studio-host-2019-season-Matt-Barrie-Kirk-Herbstreit-133523815/.
Former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is not having any trouble staying busy in his retirement. Meyer, who serves as an associate athletics director at OSU, is set to join FOX Sports as a college football analyst this fall. It was announced on Sunday that the highly successful coach who won three national titles, two at Florida and one at Ohio State, will be joining Tim Kight and Brian Kight on their Focus3 Podcast, which will focus on leadership and culture with sport teams and business organizations. For more on Meyer’s post-football coaching life please click on the following link: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/ex-ohio-state-coach-urban-meyer-adds-podcast-co-hosting-duties-to-retirement-plans/.
Les Miles is one of the more interesting personalities in college football and there has been a lot of excitement around the Kansas program since Miles took over the Jayhawks’ program this past winter, but it looks like the honeymoon may be over in Lawrence. The former LSU head coach is facing some strong criticism from local and national media on his handling of a domestic violence situation involving one of his players. Running back Pooka Williams was arrested this past December for allegedly punching his girlfriend. Williams ran for over 1,000 yards as a freshman in 2018 and is one of the Jayhawks’ better players. For more on the situation with Williams and how the new Kansas coach is handling the situation heading into the fall please click on the following link: http://footballscoop.com/news/not-handle-players-domestic-violence-arrest/.
Former FSU fullback Lamarr Glenn is one of many former Seminole players currently working in athletics at the high school level. Glenn, who attended FSU from 1994-1998, was recently named the athletic director and assistant principal at South Paulding High School outside of Atlanta. Prior to South Paulding, Glenn had been an athletics director at two high schools in the Fulton County School System.
The 247Sports Wake Forest site recently ran an article ranking the Demon Deacons’ 2019 opponents from easiest (12) to toughest (1). And while I was certainly expecting Clemson to be rated Wake’s toughest opponent this season and I was more than a little surprised as to where FSU was ranked by the writers who cover the Demon Deacon’s for 247. Lets just put it this way, FSU is ranked directly ahead of Duke and two spots behind Utah State on this list. For more on the rankings of the 2019 Wake Forest schedule please click on the following link: https://247sports.com/college/wake-forest/LongFormArticle/Wake-Forest-Footballs-2019-games-ranked-from-easiest-to-hardest-133510908/#133510908_6.
When it comes to football and fashion, I am a traditionalist. I like to be able to turn on a ballgame and recognize teams by their uniforms and not have to read the scoring and timing box in the corner of the screen to determine who is playing but that seems to be the norm as most teams have a plethora of uniform and helmet combinations, not to mention different logos or decals from one week to the next. Syracuse will have new uniforms this season, including multiple combinations, but are going back to a more traditional look. For more on the Orange’s new uniforms please click on the following link: https://247sports.com/college/syracuse/LongFormArticle/Syracuse-Orange-Football-New-Uniforms-2019-Nike-133077890/#133077890_1.
There are a lot of college football players who play through pain for on a weekly basis but Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald played through what was sure to be two painful injuries last season. McDonald was one of the leading passers in the country last season, throwing for 3,875 yards and 36 touchdowns despite dealing with a sprained MCL that he suffered in the first game of the season. He was also hit in the side a couple of weeks later in a game against San Jose State, which caused internal bleeding and the side effects were painful to say the least. It’s safe to say that McDonald played the rest of the season with a lot of discomfort. Please click on the following link to learn more about what the talented signal-caller played through last season: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/hawaiis-quarterback-cole-mcdonald-played-through-last-season-with-a-gruesome-injury/.
The Sporting News ran an interesting article where it looks at what it considers to be the “trap game” for each of the teams ranked in its preseason top-25. While these games may not turn out to be as dangerous as expected once toe-meets-leather in these matchups, the article does offer some unique insight as to why these matchups could be problematic for each of the ranked teams. Please click on the following link to learn more about these 2019 matchups: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa-football/news/its-a-trap-college-football-most-dangerous-games-top-25-teams-2019/6vlkaml49nz013dwmu11vkiqa.
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