Not long after Mike Riley was fired as head coach of Nebraska shortly after the end of the regular season, it was thought that, somehow, he could return from where he came from. Today, it officially materialized.
In announcing the members of his first coaching staff in the state of Oregon, Jonathan Smith revealed that Riley will join him as assistant head coach of the Beavers. Appropriately, Smith made the announcement via Twitter, with Riley's revelation as the last slide in the presentation.
This will mark Riley's third season in Corvallis. The first two, for a total of 14 seasons, passed as OSU's head coach, with Riley abruptly leaving the Beavers and his 93-80 record to take over the Cornhuskers in December 2014. He was fired after going 19 -19 in Lincoln. .
The play is a brilliant master stroke for Smith, who is embarking on his first job as head coach at the FBS level, unless, of course, the Beavers fight and the restless natives begin to call a third Riley as an OSU sideline. boss.
Those who have been around the Alabama coach Nick Saban know that he's a bit of a joker behind the scenes, but that a little personality seemed to come out a bit at Thursday's press conference for the fourth head football football playoff coaches. That's because the coach of Clemson Dabo Swinney was asked about his coaches' ballot.
While you can usually look at how a coach votes in such a poll, the order in which Dabo had the teams was A bit of an eyebrow raise, specifically, he had Ohio State in 4th place and his next rival (and alma mater) Alabama in the 5th place in the vote that he presented last Saturday after the close of the regular season.
"Literally it was 3:00 in the morning, man, I have to do this poll, when they watched it, they won 11 games, Alabama won 11 games, they won the Big Ten championship," said Swinney. "Obviously, the committee has a lot of things to do, a lot of data, they're going to choose the four best teams no matter how they see it, at that moment, that's the way I voted, they're all great teams, man."
To which Saban followed, with a huge smile: "I was only respecting his alma mater, that's all".
"I'm trying to get rid of him, but I can not shake him," Swinney replied.
For what it's worth, Saban voted the Tigers No. 1 and Tide No. 4.
The Clemson-Alabama rubber match is going to be fantastic Fun in the Sugar Bowl and especially because the two head coaches They love to have fun with each other at press conferences after three postseason meetings.
It's time for the awards season in college football and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has had a good start before the annual sports awards ceremony on Thursday and the presentation of the Heisman Trophy next week.
The Sooners star was named 2017 College Footballer of the Year by Associated Press on Thursday afternoon by a large margin (51 of 56 first-place votes) over the Stanford runner Bryce Love and Louisville Field Marshal Lamar Jackson . Those three are the only finalists of the Heisman this year and a very good indication of the order in which they will end next Saturday.
"I'm on this award trip right now with a lot of great players from OU and other schools, and each of them deserves to be recognized." Receiving this award is an honor and something that a few years ago I never thought that would happen, "Mayfield said at AP . "Obviously I am very happy and grateful that they recognize me with this."
Mayfield becomes the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award, which dates from 1998, and joins to Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) ) and Sam Bradford (2008) as the other winners of the school.
The award AP is the first of many trophies collected by Mayfield on Thursday, as he is also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Maxwell Award and the Davey O & # 39; Brien, which will be presented during an awards ceremony on ESPN. Something says that the school will have to check a few bags to get Norman back around the night given the start of the day for his caller.
It seems like it's becoming routine in Alabama today: taking a job as head coach, on Thursday night, before the annual ESPN awards ceremony, the head coach of Crimson Tide Nick Saban confirmed a new Tennessee head coach . ] Jeremy Pruitt will remain with the team as defensive coordinator throughout the team's playoff career.
"Yes, Jeremy will end the season with us," Saban said. "He's going to do some things to start his program in Tennessee." When we are ready to practice, he will be back with us, be part of the Playoff.
"I really appreciate the fact that Kirby did a great job of doing that a couple of years ago when he had the opportunity, I think he shows a lot of respect for the players on our team who worked hard to help us all succeed. season. "
Kirby Smart accepted the head coach position in Georgia, but remained on the team through the execution of the team title. Lane Kiffin infamously trained as Tide's offensive coordinator during last year's Peach Bowl semifinal after taking the job at Florida Atlantic, but missed the game for the national title.
While he will be wearing crimson in the coming weeks, Pruitt will still recruit and reunite his staff with Tennessee while he is in Tuscaloosa and, eventually, in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. That makes things a little more interesting than the time Smart did the same since the Vols biggest annual rival is, you guessed it, Alabama and the two will meet at the Neyland Stadium on the third Saturday of October.
The move also made life a little easier for semifinal opponent Clemson when it comes to planning the game, as the Tigers won the national title in January against Saban and Pruitt in Tampa.
The regular college football season is over, except the Army -Navy game – which means it's time for a decision when it comes to declaring for the NFL 2018 Draft for the large number of players who are thinking about the next level.
We have already seen several announcements of players who are opting to become professional and skipped the bowl game, a new report came to light on Thursday that the largest offensive weapon in Florida Antonio Callaway ] would not return to Gainesville to play for the new coach Dan Mulle n .
Callaway making the jump to the NFL at this time is not exactly surprising anyone who has followed his story last year. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior missed all of the 2017 season for the Gators after being suspended for his involvement in a fraud case and did not oppose a drug charge in the summer. As if that was not enough, I was also at the center of a couple of Title IX investigations.
Although there were many concerns off the field with Callaway, it can not be denied that he was one of the few explosives playmakers for the team under Jim McElwain . He started 24 games as a freshman and sophomore with Florida and averaged 15.7 yards per game with the team, closing his career with 1,399 yards and 11 total touchdowns. While it was doubtful that he would return with the team in 2018, signing with an agent consolidates his sayonara of college football.