About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City fullback Mendy: The similarities of Guardiola and Bielsaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City fullback Benjamin Mendy has discussed comparisons between manager Pep Guardiola and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.Mendy played for Bielsa at Olympique Marseille.He said, “With Pep it’s going well, we have a good relationship. It’s great when there is a good relationship with the coach. Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola have a respect for football. “The most crazy? Bielsa wears his nickname, El Loco. In Marseille he made us do incredible things. His staff, his way of working … But he was good with advice. He advised me to know how to play in several positions, and today it serves me.”
Tottenham boss Pochettino: I don’t doubt Eriksen commitmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s happy with the form of Christian Eriksen.The Dane struggled last night for their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.But Pochettino insists he has no concerns about the midfielder’s focus.”No I am happy with [Eriksen’s] performance,” said Pochettino. “Maybe yesterday wasn’t his best game, like the team, I think the quality of the performance wasn’t the best from us but I am happy with the commitment of Christian. He ran a lot, was very committed with the team, the effort, but I’m not concerned about him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson: We can’t win 5-0 every weekby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Andy Robertson believes his side will have to grind out wins if they wish to claim the Premier League trophy.The Reds were slightly fortuitous to defeat Sheffield United, as they nabbed a 1-0 win thanks to a goalkeeping mistake from Dean Henderson.However, Robertson thinks that it is not possible for the Reds to defeat every side 4-0 or 5-0.He told the club’s official website after the narrow success: “Look, you can’t win 4-0, 5-0 every single week by playing beautiful football and everyone claps you off the park because they’ve been given a show.”When you’re not at your best and the other team are putting you under pressure then it’s important to get the win.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: I know fans were getting frustratedby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard knows fans were frustrated during their 1-0 win over Newcastle United.A Marcos Alonso goal overcame a difficult opposition side and made it five wins in a row for the Blues.Lampard said: “The second half was the most pleasing thing. It was a good test for us today. We changed things a little in the second half and we showed a little more flexibility and creativity.”We were upbeat, we had urgency, the tempo was good, and that got us the win.”We want to score goals. You can see the fans – I think they’re happy with what they’re seeing at the moment. We want more.”If we want to keep moving up, we can do better. So far this season, though, things are going well.”On Ross Barkley’s injury, he added: “It’s an ankle injury. We need to assess it and see how bad it is.”
Plano (Tex.) West five-star running back Soso Jamabo has his pick of the litter when it comes to playing college football. Jamabo has officially visited UCLA, Texas and Notre Dame, with the Bruins and Longhorns reportedly having the lead for his services, per 247.That didn’t stop Jamabo from having some fun when asked about his finalists. He named two schools, just not the ones people would expect:That’s right, Jamabo claims he’s down to the University of Phoenix and ITT Tech. Not sure if either school can compete with the tradition, weather or gameday atmosphere of UCLA or Texas, but neither program has lost in years and might lead the country in television advertisements. Jamabo even took things a step further on Twitter this afternoon, posting this hilarious edited photo playing up the whole mock situation:I just wanna thank God.. pic.twitter.com/cdnMiGzNQ4— SOMI JaMITCHELL (@Soso_Jamabo1) January 26, 2015If Jamabo’s budding football career doesn’t work out, comedy could be a decent backup plan.
Jim Harbaugh has wrapped up his first recruiting class at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines finalized their 2015 class on Wednesday, National Signing Day. Here’s everything you need to know about Michigan’s 2015 class: The class ranks No. 38 in the country, No. 6 in the Big Ten, by 247 Sports. There are 14 players in the class, three of whom are from the state of Michigan. The class includes six 4-stars and eight 3-stars. The players are from Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama and Pennsylvania. Harbaugh thanked former Michigan coach Brady Hoke during a National Signing Day interview. Harbaugh referenced pickles and squirting while discussing his recruiting efforts. Here are some of the things Harbaugh had to say about his 2015 class: Harbaugh says Michigan’s class is “humble” but also winners.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh: All freshmen “have the license and ability to” play right now. “There’s no guarantees, only opportunities.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh on the QBs: “They have a desire to compete in the classroom and on the field … I really like those kind of guys.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) February 4, 2015Harbaugh says “it’s possible” more players could join Michigan’s 2015 class.— Josh Newkirk (@JoshNewkirk7) February 4, 2015And here’s Michigan’s full, 14-man class, courtesy of 247 Sports:
Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko is convinced that under-pressure head coach Gennaro Gattuso possesses the right qualities to lead the club forward.Gattuso’s position has been a source of speculation for much of his first full season in charge at San Siro and he narrowly avoided a fresh wave of scrutiny thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 defeat of SPAL last month.The Rossoneri had failed to win any of their previous five matches in all competitions and remain a point adrift of Serie A’s top four. 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? Though coaches of the calibre of Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte have been linked to Gattuso’s post, Shevchenko, who won Serie A and the Champions League with Milan, is staunchly in his former team-mate’s corner.”It is important to keep supporting Rino, because he’s giving the team an identity and a sense of belonging,” Shevchenko told La Gazzetta dello Sport.”He’s the right man for this Milan. I’m happy that the club is keeping faith in him.”I like this attitude of the club. There are people who have clear ideas, who are not shaken in times of difficulty. [Sporting director] Leonardo and Paolo Maldini are working calmly and competently.”With Leo, Paolo and Rino, we’re in good hands.”Milan’s victory over SPAL came courtesy of Gonzalo Higuain’s second-half goal, the striker’s sixth of a difficult Serie A campaign and his first since October.Shevchenko, now in charge of the Ukraine national team, believes Higuain will come good as the heightened expectation around his off-season arrival from Juventus wears off.”There is so much pressure on him and he has been unlucky,” the former Chelsea and Dynamo Kyiv star said.”Since the beginning of the season, Higuain has been treated as the star signing with all eyes on him.”He’s a great player and is playing with his future, because if Milan qualifies for the Champions League he can stay at the club and prove that he cares about it.”He just needs to stay calm during difficult times, like everyone else in Milan. There are tough times in football, but they always pass.”
Karim Benzema will avoid an operation on his injured finger, Goal understands, as medical tests have shown the injury should heal with a protective splint.The Frenchman sustained the injury in his side’s 2-1 victory over Real Betis on January 13, when he went down near the end of the first half following a collision with Marc Bartra.While he was diagnosed with a fracture to his finger, Benzema managed to suit up and play the entire match on Saturday against Sevilla, with Real Madrid winning 2-0. 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? However, the decision on whether to operate was still up in the air. Part of the test would be his comfort level in the match against Sevilla, and Benzema was able to get through the game wearing a splint without any major issues.However, the second factor would be medical tests performed once the swelling in the finger had dissipated. And those tests carried out after the game have been even more positive than expected.The results revealed the Real Madrid striker has primarily suffered a soft tissue injury as a result of the dislocation that occurred when he fell awkwardly during the match against Betis.So while an operation was considered a possibility before, it is now deemed to be unnecessary to heal the injury.Instead, it will suffice to protect Benzema’s little finger with a splint during the next month.Though Madrid were always optimistic about Benzema’s injury, they are relieved at the test results and are no longer concerned by the situation.The club have a busy schedule upcoming, with midweek Copa del Rey matches the next two weeks and the Champions League last-16 first leg against Ajax to be played February 13.Benzema has already enjoyed a more productive season in La Liga than his previous campaign, having netted seven times this season compared to only five the entirety of last season. He has also added another three goals this season in the Champions League.
Sergio Ramos has set a new international record in Spain’s 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands in Friday’s European Championship qualifying clash. The Real Madrid defender went into the game tied with former Spain and Blancos team-mate Iker Casillas in international wins, with 121 since making his debut for the Roja back in 2005. And with Friday’s victory he now sits out on his own with 122 victories in 164 appearances, setting a new benchmark in the history of international football. 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? Ramos himself set Spain on the way to victory, opening the scoring with a goal after just five minutes. Jesus Navas widened the visitors’ advantage to two goals shortly after, although the Faroes did hit back with their own strike on the half hour. Any hopes of a famous upset, however, were short-lived. Teitur Gestsson netted past his own keeper to restore Spain’s two-goal lead before Jose Gaya swooped for his side’s fourth of the evening.Friday’s win is Spain’s fourth consecutive international victory, having previously dispatched Bosnia & Herzegovina, Norway and Malta in successive outings. The three points also leave the Roja, coached by Luis Enrique, in a dominant position looking forward to next year’s finals in 12 cities across Europe. Spain have now won all three of their qualifying fixtures, keeping them comfortably ahead of closest Group F rivals Sweden and Romania. Romania had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Norway on Friday in their qualifying clash, while Sweden cruised past Malta 3-0 in their game.Spain’s next match comes on June 10, when they will welcome Sweden to Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.After that, Spain will return against Romania in September when the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign resumes.
Sergio Romero admits that securing major silverware has to be a top target for Manchester United in 2019-20 after enduring two trophyless campaigns.The Red Devils appeared to have got back into the winning habit during Jose Mourinho’s debut season at the helm in 2016-17.They were, however, to secure just a runner-up finish in the Premier League a year later, while 2018-19 proved to be forgettable on a number of levels. 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? Mourinho was relieved of his duties, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unable to deliver Champions League qualification or tangible success in domestic cup competitions.United are entering another summer rebuilding programme as a result, with Romero eager to see the club return to the top of at least one podium next term.The Argentina international goalkeeper told the club’s official website when asked for his message to an expectant fan base: “The message is the same as always: we will try to do the best we can, we will try to be better than last season.“This year we didn’t win any trophies; next season we want to win a trophy, take the club to the highest position we can.“You are already used to us winning and celebrating and we want this too: to keep celebrating and winning and trying to be the best we can.”Solskjaer has already conceded that a Premier League title challenge is unlikely at Old Trafford any time soon.United will, however, be back in the hunt for FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League honours next season.Prior to those campaigns getting underway, the Red Devils are set to discover their English top-flight fixture list on June 13.Romero is among those looking forward to the big reveal but claims derby dates with Manchester City and Liverpool will not be the first games he checks out.He added: “No, the first thing I look at is who we’re playing first, the first game of the season, because that’s the day that we have to aim to be at our best physically and mentally and then after, of course, we look at the derbies, when we’re playing City home and away, or Liverpool or Arsenal.“I think every player looks at when we’re going to face the big teams.”The new Premier League season will get underway on the weekend of August 10. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Francesco Totti launched a scathing attack on the Roma hierarchy as he confirmed he has left his post as a club director, ending a 30-year association with the Serie A outfit.Totti joined the Roma board after retiring as a player in 2017, but differences between the former attacker and the club’s board are said to have resulted in him leaving.Tensions are said to have become particularly strained between Totti and club owner Jim Pallotta since March, when Monchi quit as sporting director and coach Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked. 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? Speculation went into overdrive after Totti failed to appear at Roma’s club meeting in London last week, where new coach Paulo Fonseca was presented, with Pallotta insisting the Azzurri icon was invited.Pallotta was unsure why Totti decided against attending but insisted he would be given “time”, and now the two parties have separated.He recently claimed Totti was offered the role of technical director. However, in an explosive news conference on Monday, Totti said: “I never had the chance to express myself. I was never involved in a genuine technical project.”In the first year, that can happen. In the second, I realised what I wanted to do and we never got together, never helped each other.”They knew my intentions and what I wanted, to give so much to this club and team, but they never wanted me to, in all honesty. They excluded me from every decision.”I will now take other paths. At the moment another club owner wants to trust in me, I’ll always be ready.”I am not here to point the blame towards one or the other. We had started a journey, it was not respected, so I am moving on.47098 – Francesco Totti has played 47098 minutes in his career in Serie A, the equivalent of 32 days and 17 hours. Eternal. pic.twitter.com/xFv00MDZgR— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) May 28, 2017″Everyone knows they made me stop playing. I had a six-year contract already as a director. I started quietly, realising it’s a completely different sphere to being on the field. Many promises were made and they were never kept.”The main focus of certain people has been to remove Romans from Roma. Over the last eight years, since the Americans came in, they tried in every possible way to shove us to one side.”As the years went on, they tried everything they could… It’s what they wanted and in the end, they succeeded.”What I can say is that I will never hurt Roma. This is far worse than retiring as a player. Leaving Roma is like dying. I feel like it’d be better if I died.”Totti spent the entirety of his professional career at Roma, making 786 appearances in all competitions, scoring 307 goals and winning one Serie A title in 2000-01.He is both Roma’s all-time leading appearance maker and scorer, with most regarding him as the greatest player in the club’s history
Diogo Dalot says he is determined to become Manchester United’s first-choice right-back despite the club’s pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The 20-year-old full-back joined the Red Devils from Porto last summer and went on to make 23 appearances in all competitions in his debut season as he played backup to Ashley Young.United are looking to invest in the squad ahead of the next campaign after finishing sixth in the Premier League and crashing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final 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? While Young has been handed a new contract that runs until the end of next season, United have also been heavily linked with Crystal Palace star Wan-Bissaka and are said to be lining up another bid for him worth around £50 million ($63m).Despite the anticipated increase in competition for his place, however, Dalot is confident he can impress manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enough to make it his own.”At the end of the season, the results were not what we wanted,” Dalot told United’s official website. “But I can say it was a big season for me.”Playing 23 games, and I only started playing properly and had my fitness in December, so it has been very good for me to have the opportunity to play in some different positions.“I want to make my statement in the team and play as much as I can at right-back because I think it’s my best position. I just need to prove that to the manager with my work.”He added: “I know that some people thought I might come here and not play as much as I have this season. Some people thought I would play more.”We all have different opinions but, overall, I think it was a very good season to settle in, start to know the club, know the league, know the atmosphere and now there is no excuse for next season.“I just need to push on. My goal is to make right-back my own.”United have already made one signing this summer, having confirmed the arrival of Daniel James from Swansea last week, while Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera have been released.Meanwhile, Juventus and Real Madrid are still pursuing Paul Pogba while Romelu Lukaku is reportedly edging towards Inter. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s failure to get on the field during a recent Juventus friendly has caused football supporters in South Korea to take legal action against the match organisers.The superstar forward stayed on the bench for the whole 90 minutes during Juve’s 3-3 draw with the K-League All Stars team at Seoul World Cup Stadium last week.Fans who attended the game are said to have suffered “mental anguish” by Ronaldo’s non-appearance, after organiser The Fasta Inc alleged the 34-year-old was contractually obligated to play in the match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Korean lawyer Kim Min-ki, who is spearheading the lawsuit against the match organisers, says he will be pursuing a €53 (£48/$59) match ticket refund and €759 (£697/$847) compensation for each customer’s “painful” situation.”Many purchased tickets to see Ronaldo. The Fasta publicised that the company had a deal with Juventus which stipulated Ronaldo would play for at least 45 minutes and that Ronaldo would hold a fan signing event,” Kim told Reuters.”Normally in such cases the plaintiffs will be refunded the price of the tickets, but I put this under a special case since the company, through false advertising, took advantage of the football star’s fans.”For now we have two plaintiffs who sued the company, but I have been getting a lot of calls today and I assume there will be some 60,000 more.”As for the mental anguish part, I’d like to say some of them are raucous fans, the real avid fans. So for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo and want to protect him, but they can’t, given the situation.”The Fasta Inc CEO Robin Chang told Korean broadcaster SBS that Ronaldo was supposed to play half of the match and she was only unaware he wouldn’t play in the 55th minute of the contest.”When I went to argue with (Pavel) Nedved, the vice president of Juventus, all he said was ‘I also wish Ronaldo ran, but he doesn’t want to. Sorry, there’s nothing I can do’. I was so frustrated,” Chang said.After a delayed flight from China, Juventus’ team bus arrived after the match against Korea’s best players was supposed to kick off, forcing the start time of the game to be pushed back by an hour.Juventus have yet to comment on the Korean leg of their Asian tour.
Arsenal coach Unai Emery says the proposed deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has not yet been sealed, describing it as ‘not closed’.Lille president Gerard Lopez told RMC Sport on Wednesday that Pepe’s move to Arsenal for £72.8 million (€80m/$88m) would soon be completed.That fee would break Arsenal’s transfer record but Emery is cautious over the Ivory Coast international’s future, although he suggested Pepe may not be the last new arrival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “He played here in Angers a few years ago, and then in Lille. He has progressed as a player,” Emery told reporters after a pre-season friendly against the Ligue 1 side. “We have different options. This one at the moment is not closed, but he is one we are following.”Emery’s side beat Angers 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Stade Raymond-Kopa, with young winger Reiss Nelson staking his claim for first-team minutes by getting himself on the scoresheet.It was an experimental squad named by Emery, but Arsenal are now without a win in their past three pre-season friendlies ahead of facing Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday.”We are going to play the first match away against Newcastle, and tonight was a similar performance against that sort of opposition Angers, and also they were giving everything in their performance against us for their supporters,” Emery added.”There were two very different halves. The first half they started harder than us and they scored. We didn’t control the game like we wanted. In the second half we became better to control the game, with the ball and having more chances to score.”I think from the second half we deserved a better result. But the most important thing today was to work well physically and with different players. Also today the young players took some minutes, knowing we needed a performance against a difficult team here away.”Arsenal face a tricky start to the new season, with the opening-day trip to Newcastle followed by a home fixture with Burnley.They then play Liverpool and arch-rivals Tottenham, before rounding off their first five games with a short journey across London to Watford.
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: The USC Trojans prepare to take the field before the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Coliseum on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Bubba Bolden was set to be a starting safety for the USC Trojans this fall. He did not appear in the Trojans’ opener, and according to one report, he may be out for the foreseeable future.There is some confusion as to Bolden’s status right now.Six days ago, InsideUSC‘s Scott Wolf reported that Bolden had been suspended by the university—not the football program—for an “incident with another USC student” that took place during the summer.However, he was apparently in class at USC on Tuesday.Bubba Bolden, who did not play in USC’s season opener due to an undisclosed matter, was in class today. This is according to his Instagram story. The Trojans return to practice this afternoon.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) September 4, 2018Bolden was not at practice this morning, however.When asked about Bolden’s absence ahead of the game, Clay Helton could not add more detail.Starting safety Bubba Bolden will not be available for USC’s season opener on Saturday due to a personnel matter, Clay Helton said. Bolden was not at practice Thursday. “There’s no timetable for his return and I cannot comment further,” Helton said.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) August 31, 2018Redshirt freshman Isaiah Pola-Mao started in place of Bolden during the Trojans’ 43-21 Week 1 win over UNLV.Chris Swanson of USC247 is reporting that Bubba Bolden is facing a two-year suspension from the Trojans.It is still unclear what has allegedly gone down with USC. However, according to Swanson, if the decision stands, Bolden is poised to head elsewhere.According to multiple sources, Bolden is facing a two year suspension from football activities. These sources also say the details of the punishment have not been finalized yet and could change. Bolden is expected to hear a final proposal from USC administration on Friday.One of these sources added that he would expect Bolden to transfer if given a two year suspension from football. If the suspension is brought down to just one season, this source believes Bolden would seriously consider a red shirt year.Bolden joined USC football last year, after being a four-star recruit at Las Vegas power Bishop Gorman. Bolden recorded eight tackles as a freshman last season.[USC247]
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Earlier today, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he was transferring. Bryant had started the last 18 games for the Tigers, but was demoted to second string over the weekend in favor of true freshman Trevor Lawrence.Bryant will be immediately eligible wherever he plays next season. He was able to retain a year of eligibility despite starting the first four games of this season because of the NCAA’s new transfer rule.Earlier today, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney addressed the news of Bryant’s transfer on the ACC teleconference. Swinney had previously discussed the possibility of Bryant leaving last night.While he admitted he was “saddened and disappointed” and didn’t think Bryant made “a great decision,” Swinney expressed plenty of support and respect for the senior quarterback.“I know we’ve got a lot of people probably on here that want a comment from that, and obviously saddened and disappointed that he’s chosen to leave the team, but I really have absolutely nothing bad that I can say about Kelly Bryant. He’s one of the best young people I’ve ever been around, and even though I don’t think this is a great decision, I certainly respect it, and it doesn’t change anything that I feel for Kelly. I love him, care about him. I wish him nothing but the best, and, again, sad that he has made this decision.“All I can say is another program, wherever he decides to go, is going to get a quality quarterback and a very quality young man. We appreciate everything that Kelly gave to this program while he was here. He’s a graduate, and like I said, he’s one of the best young people you could ever be around. It’s disappointing, but that’s where we are, and something he decided that he felt like was best for him, so you have to respect that.”After backing up Deshaun Watson in 2015 and 2016, Bryant earned the starting nod at Clemson as a junior in 2017. He started all 14 games, helping the Tigers win the ACC and reach the College Football Playoff.In four games this season, Bryant threw for 456 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 144 yards and another score.For his career with the Tigers, Bryant threw for 3,333 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 987 yards and 16 touchdowns.
RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 01: NC State Mascot Ms. Wuf follows flag bearers after a score during the NC State Wolfpack football game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)A solid off-season for the Maryland Terrapins has suddenly taken a frustrating turn as one of their top recruits has reportedly flipped his commitment.Maryland running back Jordan Houston has announced a switch from Maryland to the ACC’s N.C. State Wolfpack.It’s a big loss for the Terrapins, as Houston was among the team’s top commitments for the Class of 2019.Houston announced his commitment to Maryland back in July, but did not sign his letter of intent on National Signing Day.RB Jordan Houston makes it official. He announces his flip from #Maryland to #NCState https://t.co/A08qv8jLaB @Rivals @TerrapinNation @TheWolfpacker https://t.co/XA1x3ddmar— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) January 28, 2019247Sports has Houston rated as a top-700 player, the No. 6 all-purpose back in the country, and the No. 19 prospect from the state of Virginia.As for the Wolfpack, Houston joins a recruiting class that 247Sports currently ranks No. 3 in the ACC. Only conference titans Clemson and Florida State are rated higher as of writing.Last year N.C. State finished with a 9-4 record, finishing behind Clemson and Syracuse in the ACC Atlantic Division before losing to Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl.Maryland’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 69 class in the country by 247Sports. The Terps’ class ranks No. 14 in the Big Ten right now.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Alex Hornibrook #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers is sacked by Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Following the close of the 2018 college football season, the year of the transfer quarterback kicked off. Several high-profile quarterbacks decided to take their talents elsewhere, including Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields.Hurts revealed his plans to transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma after losing the starting job to Tua Tagovailoa. Meanwhile, Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State after failing to take over the job from Jake Fromm.Now, another top college quarterback could be on the move. According to a report from Matt Zenitz, Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook is exploring a transfer from the Badgers.He’s entered the transfer portal.Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin’s starting QB the last three seasons, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 27, 2019Hornibrook took over the starting role for the Badgers in 2017 and led the team in passing again in 2018.Despite leading the team in passing, Hornibrook missed significant time near the end of the regular season with a head injury.Sophomore quarterback Jack Coan stepped in and performed admirably for the Badgers in Hornibrook’s absence.A likely significant factor in Hornibrook’s decision is Wisconsin’s incoming quarterback recruit. Graham Mertz, a four-star recruit, lit up the All-American Bowl en route to setting a game-record with five passing touchdowns.Now he gears up to take a run at the starting job for the Badgers. If Hornibrook leaves, that job becomes much easier.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State Nittany Lions game during the first half at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)2020 wide receiver Julian Fleming is the top wide receiver in the country, and is being heavily recruited by Big Ten titans Ohio State and Penn State. But the latter is facing a major challenge in bringing Fleming to Happy Valley.Blue-White Illustrated recruiting analyst Ryan Snyder stated this week that Penn State is in a bit of a recruiting “rut” due to its on-field struggles against top programs. He stated via the York Daily Record that the appeal of the Rose Bowl and Big Ten Championship in 2016 has already faded from Penn State’s inability to follow up the following years.“Penn State is in a rut … That charm of the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten Championship, it’s already in the rear view mirror. Does that mean (Franklin) won’t reach the level he wants? I don’t think (it means that) at all.“A lot of it just goes back to last season. You got to get those wins. That’s why the Ohio State loss was so devastating. Penn State has proven everything else off the field … but they’re still sub-500 in special moments.“Really, wins are the most important thing.”Fleming is the No. 6 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He is the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, and the No. 1 player from the state of Pennsylvania.But 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions currently have Fleming heavily tipped to join the Ohio State Buckeyes – snubbing Penn State.The Nittany Lions have struggled recently to bring regional five-stars into the fold.To date, Penn State has been unable to bring in the top recruits from the states of Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.Fortunately, Penn State’s national appeal has enabled the school to secure a conference-leading 10 recruits so far.247Sports currently ranked the Nittany Lions as the No. 10 recruiting class of 2020, and the top class in the Big Ten.[York Daily Record]
PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Chris Ash of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on against the Michigan Wolverines during the fourth quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Not all coaches will enter the 2019 college football season with the same level of job security. Some are on much hotter seats than others.Inevitably, there will be multiple coaches axed at the end of the season. In some cases, a school may opt to get the firing over with in-season and finish its slate out with an interim head coach.CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd placed all 130 FBS head coaches into categories based on perceived job security. There are six classifications, ranging from 0 (Untouchable) to 5 (Win or be fired).Here’s what Dodd had to say about his rating system. The Hot Seat has long been an accurate predictor in terms of job security. Over the last four years, 12 of the 18 coaches rated 4 or worse (67 percent) eventually lost their jobs. (Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre and Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury were listed in multiple years.) Going into 2019, there are only nine coaches on the proverbial hot seat (rating of 4 or higher). Something tells me that, in the end, there will be more than nine coaching changes — mostly because it seems that the coaching carousel is always spinning.Three unlucky coaches were slotted into the final group (five): Illinois’ Lovie Smith, Rutgers’ Chris Ash and New Mexico’s Bob Davie.Combined, this trio went 8-28 in 2018. Smith is 9-27 in his three seasons at Illinois; Ash is 7-29 in three years at Rutgers.Davie took the Lobos to back-to-back bowl games in 2015 and 2016, but has crashed to earth with consecutive 3-9 campaigns. There’s a strong chance at least one of these men will be fired after this year, and all three could be on their way out.Ironically, Rutgers and Illinois play each other on November 2. Smith and Ash could both be fighting for their jobs at that point.