Clemson coach Swinney: 'Zero doubt' season starts on time
So confident is Swinney that his team's current T-I-G-E-R-S acronym is the uber-positive spin of "This Is Going To End Real Soon."
Swinney said he anticipates football players reporting to fall camp in August as scheduled. The Tigers are scheduled to begin the season Sept. 3 in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.
"My preference is let's get to work and go play," Swinney told ESPN. "That's the best-case scenario, and I think that's what's going to happen. I don't have any doubt. I have zero doubt that we're going to be playing and the stands are going to be packed."
The Tigers went 14-1 last season, losing to LSU in the College Football Playoff national title game on Jan. 13.
Sports stopped almost collectively on March 12. That's the day after the NBA suspended its season and the day the NHL followed suit. The NCAA Tournament was canceled that day, too, and all college spring sports seasons since have been called off.
"That's just my mindset. I've got one plan, and that's to get the Tigers ready to play in late August, early September," Swinney said. "I'll leave it to the smart people to figure out the doomsday scenarios. We've got one scenario, and that's to run down that hill and kick it off in the valley."
Swinney previously posted a video to Clemson players and staff on the athletic department website advising all to focus on safety.
"Safety is first and foremost. All you can do is let the powers that be make the decisions, and you go with it," he said in the video last month.
The latest message is also a shift in tenor from the March video in which Swinney, who is devoutly religious, admitted uncertainty.
"I'm very hopeful that we will be back at it, rolling, but who knows," he said. "There's certainly concern, but instead of being concerned, I'm just being faithful."
North Dakota State LB Cox transferring to LSU
"Here we Geaux!!" he tweeted on Thursday, along with an image of himself in a Tigers uniform.
The 6-foot-3, 229-pound Cox, who won three straight Football Championship Subdivision national championships with the Bisons, joins the defending Football Bowl Subdivision national champs.
He tallied 92 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks with one interception in 15 games last season.
Cox made the Associated Press All-America second team in 2018 and third team in 2019, adding Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2018.
Iowa State AD: Coaches agree to coronavirus-driven pay cuts
"It is critical that we take action today so we are as prepared as possible for a new normal when our society can re-engage," Pollard said in a news release.
The loss of income from the NCAA amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic caused Pollard to pursue salary adjustments. Coaches also will pass on any achieved bonuses.
Spring sports were called off not long after the NCAA ended the men's and women's college basketball seasons and other spring sports before the respective championships could be played. The Big 12 men's basketball tournament was entering play on Thursday, March 12, when college basketball came to a screeching halt.
College football is the largest revenue-driving sport at Iowa State and many other Power 5 programs.
There is no indication the season could be canceled but there is speculation games could be delayed if the virus outbreak isn't stemmed by midsummer.
Iowa State already expects a shortfall of more than $5 million, Pollard said.
"We can now turn our attention to solving many other issues in the coming months," he said.
Report: Former BC QB Brown transferring to Oregon
Brown, who is eligible to play for the Ducks in 2020, has one season of eligibility remaining.
He announced his decision to transfer in December after Boston College fired coach Steve Addazio.
Brown started 28 games for the Eagles over the last three seasons, completing 54.9 percent of his passes for 4,738 yards with 40 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also rushed for four touchdowns and caught three touchdown passes.
His streak of 18 straight starts ended when he suffered a season-ending knee injury during a 41-39 loss at Louisville on Oct. 5. His 2017 campaign also ended with a knee injury.
Oregon is replacing quarterback Justin Herbert, who is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft later this month.
Ex-Syracuse coach Maloney dies at 79
The Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard reported that Maloney died at his Chicago home from complications related to metastatic brain melanoma.
Maloney led the then-Orangemen from 1974-80, producing a 32-46 record. Syracuse reached just one bowl game in his tenure, beating McNeese State 31-7 in the Independence at the end of the 1979 season behind quarterback Bill Hurley, running back Joe Morris, wide receiver Art Monk and linebacker Jim Collins.
Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Coach Maloney. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and former players. Coach Maloney led our football team during a time of transition, taking over the program after Coach (Ben) Schwartzwalder's 25-year tenure. He developed many young men, several of whom went on to very successful business careers and a number of talented players who went on to the NFL."
Under Maloney, Syracuse won its last game at Archbold Stadium in 1978, then produced a 7-5 record in 1979 despite having no true home games. The Orangemen contested two of their designated home games in East Rutherford, N.J.; two in Orchard Park, N.Y.; and one in Ithaca, N.Y.
Syracuse won the first game at the Carrier Dome, beating Miami (Ohio) 36-24 on Sept. 20, 1980.
Maloney's assistant coaches included future coaching notables Tom Coughlin and Nick Saban as well as future Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo.
Maloney was an offensive lineman for Michigan from 1959-61, and he served as an assistant coach for the Wolverines from 1968-73. He later spent 29 years in the Chicago Cubs' ticket department, 27 years as the ticket director.
Former Washington coach Lambright dies at 77
The cause of death was not immediately known for Lambright, who played for the Huskies before later becoming an assistant and head coach.
"Coach Lambright was a legend at the UW, particularly when it came to playing the kind of physical, aggressive defense that his teams were known for," Washington coach Jimmy Lake said. "He was always supportive of the program that he loved so much. His impact on Husky football will not be forgotten."
Born in Everett, Wash., in 1942, Lambright lettered three seasons as a defensive end with Washington from 1962-64 and earned All-Coast honors in 1964.
He returned to the school in 1969 as part of Jim Owens' coaching staff and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1978 under Don James.
Lambright took over as head coach in 1993 and posted a 44-25-1 record in his six seasons at the helm. He guided the Huskies to a Pac-10 championship in 1995 and a win in the Aloha Bowl in 1997, beating Nick Saban's Michigan State team in that game.
"I'm deeply saddened by the news of Coach Lambright's passing. Coach Lambright is synonymous with Husky football and he gave so much to this program both as a player and coach," Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen said in a statement.
"My love for the University of Washington was sparked during Coach's tenure on our football staff and I'm grateful for the impact he had on so many. I'd like to extend heartfelt condolences to his family, former players, teammates and coaches."
FCS All-American kicker transfers to Georgia State
The North Carolina A&T standout announced the move this week on Twitter. As a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play for the Panthers in 2020.
Ruiz said he was leaving North Carolina A&T after three "unforgettable years" because the school does not offer the masters program he wants to pursue.
Ruiz earned American Football Coaches Association All-American honors at the Football Championship Subdivision school in 2019. He made 23 of 27 field goals and 47 of 52 extra points. He led the FCS with 1.92 made field goals per game and smashed the previous school season record of 15.
For his career, Ruiz made 37 of 51 field goals and 139 of 155 PATs.
Former LSU standout McDaniel dies of coronavirus
"He was such a tremendous athlete in both sports, but the love he had for track and field was really special," Shaver said. "We're fortunate that people like him get involved with our youth.
"He was one of the most important people in our sport. He had to persuade youth to spend their summers doing something productive. Orlando had essentially dedicated his life to it. They'd come to summer meets and have two busloads full of people. It was a real impressive group of people. He's sorely going to be missed."
McDaniel caught 41 passes for 719 yards and two touchdowns as an LSU senior in 1981 and was a second-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos. He played in three games in 1982 but didn't catch a pass.
In track and field, McDaniel won the SEC title in the 110-meter hurdles in 1980 and finished second at the NCAA championships. He was a two-time All-American in the 110 hurdles (1980-81) and also earned All-American status in the 60-yard hurdles in 1980.
Nation's top 2021 RB Henderson chooses Ohio State
The 5-foot-10 Henderson, out of Hopewell, Va., chose the Buckeyes over his home-state ACC programs as well as Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia, Penn State and Texas, among others.
Henderson is ranked the 13th overall prospect for 2021, according to ESPN. He is rated the 11th-best overall prospect by 247 Sports. Both sites have him listed as the top junior running back.
"Where I'm from, a lot of people don't get to leave," Henderson said in a video posted on social media Friday. "Walking away is hard to do. So I ran. I ran from trouble. Every challenge I saw, I ran through. The next challenge is the one I'm not running from. It's a challenge I'm running to.
"To my mother, my family, my friends, my coaches and teammates, I wouldn't have been here without you. You're the reason I'm running now. Running for a chance to give back for all you've given to me."
Henderson joins a massive haul of blue-chip recruits for the Buckeyes, including defensive end Jack Sawyer, quarterback Kyle McCord, running back Evan Pryor, cornerback Jakailin Johnson and safety Andre Turrentine.
Henderson scored 53 touchdowns in his junior season while amassing 3,000 all-purpose yards.
Former Texas star, Vikings OL Tausch dead at 61
According to a news release issued by the university, Tausch died at his home in Plano, Texas. His brother, Gary, told KENS-TV in San Antonio that Terry Tausch died suddenly.
A New Braunsfel, Texas, native, Tausch played for the Longhorns from 1978-81, lettering all four years. He was inducted into the Texas Athletic Hall of Honor in 2001.
As a senior in 1981, Tausch was a consensus All-American as he helped the Longhorns to a 10-1-1 record and No. 2 ranking in the AP Poll to end the season -- a season capped off with a 14-12 win over No. 3 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Texas was 35-12-1 in Tausch's four seasons at the school.
The Vikings selected Tausch with the 39th overall pick in 1982, and he played in Minnesota from 1982-88, starting 68 of his 81 games. He played with San Francisco in 1989, his final professional season. He did not start a game but did play in all three playoff games as the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIV that season.
Tausch is survived by his wife, Ela, and sons Nicholas and Eric, both of whom played college football.
Washington State DB Beekman dies at 22
The cause of death and other details were not immediately available.
According to reports, police responded to a call about "breathing problems" at Beekman's apartment and found him dead. There were no signs of foul play, Pullman Police Commander Jake Opgenorth told The Spokesman Review.
"We are in shock with the news of Bryce's passing," Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement Wednesday. "Bryce was a tremendous young man, great teammate, and will be missed by all. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Beekman family and his many friends."
Beekman started 13 games for the Cougars in 2019 after transferring from Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. He had one year of eligibility remaining.
He finished fifth on the team with 60 tackles and added two pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception. He had eight tackles and one tackle for loss against Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 27.
New Washington State coach Nick Rolovich, who replaced Mike Leach in January, informed the team of Beekman's passing on Tuesday night.
"My relationship with Bryce was still in its early stages, but I knew him to be a wonderful young man," Rolovich said. "He was always positive and well respected amongst his teammates. My heart goes out to his family and friends."
FSU RB Corbin granted immediate eligibility
The school announced the NCAA's approval of the transfer waiver on Tuesday. Corbin will be a redshirt sophomore in the 2020 season.
"We are grateful to the NCAA for this decision and to Texas A&M for supporting this process," head coach Mike Norvell said in a news release. "We're excited for Jashaun and the opportunity he's going to have to impact this program on and off the field."
Corbin, a Florida native, played in 12 games as a freshman in 2018 and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after leading the Aggies with 422 kickoff return yards and averaging 30.1 yards per return. He also ran for 346 yards on 61 carries and added 85 yards on 10 receptions.
In the 2019 season, he played in two games before sustaining a season-ending hamstring injury but scored two touchdowns.
"I'm looking forward to being a big contributor to the team this upcoming season," Corbin said.
Rutgers adds transfer OL Morris
Morris will have four years of eligibility left as he took a redshirt as a true freshman at William & Mary.
Morris will reunite with a familiar face as his high school football coach for a few years at Bergen Catholic in New Jersey was Nunzio Campanile, the tight ends coach for the Scarlet Knights.
"I trusted him in high school and won a state championship under coach Nunzio in high school," Morris told 247Sports.com. "Trusting him was big in the process and I feel like we could win it all with him and (head coach Greg) Schiano."
Earlier this year, Rutgers added four Power Five transfers to its roster -- defensive lineman Ireland Burke (Boston College), wide receiver Aron Cruickshank (Wisconsin), defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour (Michigan) and defensive back Brendoon White (Ohio State).
Former Arizona State, NFL RB Malone dies at 68
Arizona State confirmed Malone's death on Friday night.
Malone played for the Sun Devils from 1971-73 and in the NFL from 1974-79. He was inducted into the Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.
Malone set an Arizona State single-game rushing record of 250 yards in 1973 against Oregon State that held up for 45 years until Eno Benjamin rushed for 312 yards in 2018, also versus Oregon State.
Overall, Malone rushed for 2,328 yards and 25 touchdowns during his Arizona State career.
Malone was a second-round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 1974 and rushed for a career-best 797 yards in 1976. He totaled 2,693 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns and 33 receptions for 400 yards and one score in 82 games (40 starts) with the Dolphins (1974-78) and Washington Redskins (1978-79).
Malone's older brother Art, who died in 2012 at age 64, also was an Arizona State star from 1967-69. Art Malone spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons (1970-74) and Philadelphia Eagles (1975-76).
Oklahoma RB Sermon transferring to Ohio State
He posted an image of himself wearing a Buckeyes uniform on his Twitter feed Sunday.
Sermon rushed for 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 391 yards and three scores in 37 games with the Sooners from 2017-19.
He was a four-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, ranked No. 9 nationally among running backs and No. 8 overall in the state of Georgia by ESPN.
NCAA adds letter-of-intent ban to recruiting ban
Both bans, spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, will last through at least April 15, with a reevaluation coming on or before that date. Any letters of intent signed Sunday or earlier will proceed as normal.
The signing period for Division I football began Feb. 5 and was scheduled to run through April 1. It will now be extended 30 days from the time the ban is lifted.
Division I basketball's signing period is scheduled to run from April 15 until May 20, but that could be changed upon reevaluation.
The recruiting ban does not apply to phone calls or written correspondence.
Orlando wants to host Army-Navy game
The annual December rivalry game has been held in Philadelphia almost exclusively since 1945, with four appearances in Baltimore since 2000.
The 2020 game is set for Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. The 2021 contest is slated for MetLife Stadium, marking the fifth time it will be held in East Rutherford, N.J. It has been played 11 times in New York City.
The Florida Citrus Sports group, which controls Camping World Stadium, told the Orlando Sentinel last week that it would love to host the game.
"When you think of events, I love that Orlando can have the opportunity to be a part of something that's special," Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan told the newspaper. "The Army-Navy game would be an experience for people in Central Florida and the people who have traditionally attended the game in Philadelphia or Baltimore."
The Army-Navy game also was held at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., in 2011; at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., in 1983; and at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1926.
Brown hires first female position coach in Division I
According to The Draft Network, who reported the news via head coach James Perry, Marini is the first known female position coach in Division I, which consists of both the FBS and FCS. Brown is in the FCS.
"Heather has earned the coaching position," Perry told The Draft Network. "She has done a great job for us, and she has proven through her efforts in the office every day with us in an off-the-field role that she's ready to run the quarterback room."
The Bears added Marini to the staff last May as an offensive quality control coach, after she had worked for the NFL's New York Jets as a summer scouting specialist the previous year.
A native of Australia, Marini played quarterback for the Monash Warriors Women's Gridiron Club in Melbourne before serving as the team's quarterbacks coach and then head coach.
LSU's Orgeron performs PSA to help prevent spread of coronavirus
Orgeron, 58, encourages others to take proper precautions in his public service announcement.
The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, shared the video over Twitter on Saturday.
"For every winning team, a key to success is learning the playbook. That's true in football, and it's also true as we take on the coronavirus," Orgeron said. "The spread of the coronavirus is a serious matter, but there's a game plan for keeping residents as safe as possible. Everyone has a role to play as we face this challenge together.
"Cover your cough with your elbow like this (demonstrates). Wash your hands thoroughly, a full 20 seconds. If you're sick, stay home. If you think you should be tested, phone your health provider first. Avoid close contact with anyone who's sick. Protect your at-risk family members, including the elderly. If you're not at risk, take care as you go about your daily business.
"Get the facts now from coronavirus.gov and the state health department. We're all in this together. Let's team up to protect our health."
March Madness joined the list of events canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak when the NCAA announced Thursday that it was canceling all remaining winter and spring championships, including the men's and women's basketball tournaments.
Oklahoma RB Sermon enters transfer portal
"I've enjoyed my three years as a Sooner and am looking forward to what's next," he posted on Twitter. "After careful consideration, I have decided to enter the portal as a graduate transfer."
Sermon has one year of eligibility remaining. As a graduate transfer, he can play at another school in 2020.
Sermon rushed for 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 391 yards and three scores in 37 games with Oklahoma from 2017-19.
He was a four-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, ranked No. 9 nationally among running backs and No. 8 overall in the state of Georgia by ESPN.