World Cup The shadow of Zidane: Does Deschamps have to win World Cup to save France job? Kris Voakes in Kazan 06:00 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup France France v Australia Australia Zinédine Zidane The national coach is under all sorts of pressure to perform, especially now his star-studded former team-mate is available for work As if Didier Deschamps didn’t already have enough to worry about, Zinedine Zidane’s sudden availability after clinching a third Champions League crown in two-and-a-half years has left the France coach looking like little more than a sitting duck.While Deschamps guided Les Bleus into positions of strength at both the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and then Euro 2016 on home soil, they ultimately came up empty. The loss in the final to a Portugal side shorn of Cristiano Ronaldo two years ago was particularly hard to take, with the boss admitting afterwards that “we’ve missed a unique opportunity to win a Euros in our own country. There are no words.”The outlook barely improved during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, with 0-0 draws against Belarus and Luxembourg and a late loss to Sweden all helping to underline the shortcomings of Deschamps and his squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move They arrive in Kazan for their Group C opener against Australia on Saturday with expectation through the roof thanks in large part to the fact they have such a talented group of players available to them that Deschamps has been able to overlook the likes of Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette and Adrien Rabiot.But anything other than a repeat of the 1998 World Cup win which saw Deschamps and Zidane join forces on the field might be considered a failure given all the factors working in the coach’s favour. He cannot even claim this to be anything other than a squad in his own vision given the fact there are 17 new faces from Les Bleus’ last tilt at world glory in Brazil four years ago. He really has no excuses not to get the best out of these players. They are young, but they are not short on club experience at the top of the game.And that’s where Zidane comes in. Immediately after he announced his decision to leave Real Madrid at the beginning of June, links were made with Deschamps’ job. In many ways it is the perfect next step for a man who has just come out of a role which involves the brightest of spotlights on a daily basis. The ability to work at the less intense pace provided by international football may be just what ‘Zizou’ needs.The way he led Madrid to repetitive Champions League glory whatever their outlook in La Liga showcased an ability to get the right amount out of players at the right time. They peaked when they needed to. It is an art few international bosses manage to display, and it is also seemingly what hasn’t quite been achieved with the French national team since Zidane was still a player.Deschamps himself has admitted that he sees Zidane being the France coach sooner or later. “I don’t know what Zidane has decided. For now, I think he wants to enjoy his rest, his family and loved ones,” he told a press conference recently. “He will be coach at some point. When? I cannot say, but that seems logical to me. It will happen when it happens.”Zidane has been non-committal regarding his plans going forward. “I’ve got my feet up and am feeling good,” he told reporters recently. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. The most important thing is the decision I’ve taken. The rest we’ll see.”Deschamps has already had his contract renewed until 2020, which stands to make him the second-longest serving France coach since the pre-war days of selection committees. But it would surely take a triumph in Russia for him to reach the end of that deal.“Didier Deschamps has a contract until 2020. He will stay until 2020,” insisted FFF president Noel Le Graet when he spoke to BFM TV recently, but there is a populist push within France for Zidane to be considered ahead of the inaugural UEFA Nations League which gets underway with a trip to Germany in September.Deschamps is a natural competitor, but Zidane is arguably still the face of the footballing nation. Even in 1998 when Deschamps got to lift the World Cup as the skipper of Aime Jacquet’s side, Zizou was the man whose vision was emblazoned across the Champs Elysees. And a Google image search of that famous night 20 years on will bring you far more pictures of Zidane’s hands on the trophy than of Deschamps’.If Deschamps returns to French soil after this tournament without the famous golden prize in his grasp once more then his days are surely numbered. He knows there is pressure. He knows there is an expectation of success.“Positive pressure? I don’t know. I’m here, immersed in my group. My energy is focused on the major event that awaits us,” he said ahead of flying out to Russia.“There will be a post-World Cup certainly. But I don’t ask myself that question. I remain focused and focused on what lies ahead with this group of players.“It’s not me who holds the key, it’s my president.”In truth it is results which will hold the key. And all seven of them, this time.
The National Open Training Squads have been announced and their personal profiles and pictures are being loaded onto the website. To view these, simply hold your mouse over the ‘Team Profiles’ link on the left hand side of the home page. You will see Mens, Womens, Mixed come up just to the right and below, simply click on the one you want to view. You’ll find a bevy of interesting facts and random pieces of information, as well as picutres. These will be completed over the coming week.
The NT Official of the Year award recognises an individual who has achieved outstanding results in officiating at an international and/or national level.2011 was a very successful year for Pearson, which saw him referee at the Elite Eight series held in conjunction with the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, as well officiating at the 2011 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Edinburgh, Scotland in June last year. To add to this, Pearson achieved his Level 6 badge at the 2012 X-Blades National Touch League earlier this month.Pearson was named the recipient of the award ahead of Michael Riley (international Practical Shooting) and Stephen Versteegh (Hockey) and says that he was honoured to receive the award. “You don’t get into refereeing or officiating to get acknowledgment, I got into it as I didn’t like the way other people were doing it and was loud enough to have a say and I figured if I was going to whinge about someone else I may as well give them the opportunity to have a whinge about me. It is nice when you get something like this come back and you do get acknowledged for the work that you do and the achievements that you get,” Pearson said. “The things that I’ve been able to achieve in Touch Football wouldn’t be possible without the national body, Touch Football Australia, in particular the Northern Territory Touch Association and particularly the Appo family who have helped me out a lot. (As well as) Alice Springs Touch, the NT Government who did contribute to both myself and another nominee, Mark Tibbits, to attend the World Cup in Scotland and the local businesses of Alice Springs and the Northern Territory and just individuals who hear that you’ve been selected to go and represent Australia…people just fronted up and put their hand in their pocket and handed over assistance and just said ‘here I hope this helps’.”2011 World Cup Australian Senior Mixed representative, Mark Tibbits, was also a finalist at the awards ceremony for the NT Masters Sportsperson of the Year award, which was won by Lucie Hardiman (Athletics). Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Tim Pearson on his Official of the Year award as well as Mark Tibbits for being a finalist for the Masters Sportsperson of the Year award. To view the awards ceremony, please click on the following link:http://www.ntmajorevents.com.au/ntsportsawards/media-release/
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guardiola proud of Man City triumph: My incredible playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits victory over Liverpool keeps their title defence alive.The result sees City cut Liverpool’s lead to four points.Guardiola said, “I am proud of them, but not just today. We lost two games in four days but you can’t forget what they have done for 16 months. We knew that it was a final today, if we lose it is almost over.”All credit to these incredible players. That is how we have to play in the Champions League. Both teams tried to search for each other, we were not scared, we had no fear and we had a lot of pressure.”They are leaders, it is four points but we have reduced the gap. We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier league, if we lose it is over.”I don’t remember a league so tough, there are so many huge contenders fighting for the title. It is closer, every game is a final.”Guardiola praised his players for covering some key absences.”The game was a real game for both sides, we beat an incredible team. We were outstanding from the first minute. We are happy for this victory to reduce the gap. Everything is open.”We don’t have a left-back. Huge compliments to Aymeric Laporte against these strikers. Everyone was outstanding.”We need Sergio Aguero in these games, his quality makes the difference. To win these games, he has done it all his career and his finish was incredible.”Liverpool don’t concede goals, and we scored two. We played with courage, so aggressive in our pressing. They are incredibly fast in behind, so dangerous.”If we lose today it is almost done, it would be so difficult. But we are four points behind them and they are the leaders. We have to fight a lot, but this gives us a lot of confidence.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Oxford happy to wait for Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Reece Oxford is counting on a move to Arsenal.The Mirror says Oxford is ready to wait until the summer to get a move to Arsenal.West Ham are keen to sell in January and are pushing a move to a German club with Borussia Monchengladbach keen to sign the 20-year-old defender.But it is understood Oxford would prefer to stay in England rather than go back to Germany where he has already had two loan spells at Monchengladbach.The German media have reported that Monchengladbach have made a bid to sign Oxford in January but there is also interest from the Premier League, including Arsenal.
Gary Neville says Angel Gomes should not have seen Man Utd actionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Angel Gomes should not have seen action in defeat at West Ham.While former United defender Neville is glad to see academy players making it into the first team, he says the Red Devils shouldn’t be in the position where they have to rely on them to try and turn games around. “Now Juan Mata is off and Angel Gomes is on,” Neville said on Sky Sports.”A young boy out of the academy – which is fantastic, but that is a depleted team and squad.”There’s no-one who likes academy players playing for Manchester United more than me, but the manager needs some experience out there with them.”They haven’t got any. All those young lads, they’re talented but to come on in this atmosphere, when the team are struggling like this, it’s difficult for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes: Rooney wanted out of Man Utd as soon as I arrivedby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes has revealed Wayne Rooney wanted to leave Manchester United when he arrived at the club in 2013.Moyes, who coached Rooney at Everton, was brought in to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, but only lasted eight months in the role.And the Scotsman has revealed that although Rooney wanted to leave, it was not to rivals Manchester City.He told beIN Sports: “Wayne was looking to get away when I joined Manchester United, and I was aware of that when I joined the club, that he was looking to change club.”But actually this time I really wanted him, I really wanted him to stay.”I thought the chance to work with Wayne again, I thought it would help me, and he certainly did, he was really good.”He added: “Yeah I do [know where Rooney wanted to go], aye, and I did at that time.”But I have to say I learnt a lesson a little bit from the owners of Manchester United at that time.”I think Wayne eventually put a transfer request in and the owners of Manchester United turned round and said ‘you don’t think we listen to transfer requests, we had far better players, many players who have put in transfer requests, we tell them when we want them to leave Manchester United’.”However, Moyes insists City were not the destination Rooney had his eye on, stating: “No he wasn’t going to cross the city.”So there you go, that’s a clue. Yes [it was a Premier League club].”Moyes revealed in 2015 that the club Rooney wanted to join was Chelsea.
Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose: I was on my way to Real Madrid…by Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad striker Willian Jose admits he was close to joining Real Madrid last year.Jose says former Real coach Julen Lopetegui was keen to sign him.He stated: “They contacted my representative, but they ended up signing Mariano (Diaz). “It’s okay, I’m very happy here at La Real. It’s a club with a very good structure.”The Brazilian added: “If I had an opportunity, I wouldn’t say no to Spain. When I went to the national team for the first time, I felt very happy. I would like more opportunities because I didn’t get to play, but I’m calm.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Earlier today, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA’s Sacramento Kings have interest in Kentucky head coach John Calipari filling coaching and front office positions with the team. Woj’s report claimed Calipari has been communicating with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the ownership group in recent weeks.Well, it didn’t take long for Coach Cal to take to Twitter to shoot down rumors of his departure from Lexington. For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015Since he bought the team, @Vivek and I have talked on and off about @boogiecousins.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015.@Vivek has asked me what I thought about @boogiecousins and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of @ThewillieCS15.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015At no time has @Vivek offered me a job. I WILL BE AT KENTUCKY.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015These days, Calipari doesn’t let things stew for too long before responding. We’ll see if this matter is now settled or if it crops up again.
LSU-Bama Hype VideoLSU and Alabama face off Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. It’s a pivotal match-up in the race for the SEC West title and will have major College Football Playoff implications. ESPN’s College GameDay will be there. It’s a big game. LSU just released its hype video for the showdown, and it’s incredible. A lot of intensity here, and it you’re a Tiger fan you’ll love the highlights from recent games against the Crimson Tide.Check it out. 2015 LSU Football – Alabama Trailer from LSU Football on Vimeo.
The second College Football Playoff semifinals wasn’t nearly as successful as the first, for two main reasons. One – neither contest was all that close, as both Clemson and Alabama pulled away from their opponents in the third quarter. Two – the games were held on New Year’s Eve, as opposed to New Year’s Day (or an open weekend day.)FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd thinks that college football made a huge mistake, and it’s going to suffer, ratings-wise. Whether you’re a Cowherd fan or not, he does make a lot of good points..@ColinCowherd tells you why college football dropped the ball yesterday. #HerdHere https://t.co/KS8F4KYDRT— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 1, 2016
Ryan ShazierRyan Shazier has been known as an athletic freak since his Ohio State days (and probably long before that). The former Buckeye standout, and current Pittsburgh Steeler, showed off that athleticism at practice today. The former first-round pick went up against the team’s top wide receivers – Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton – in a 40-yard dash. Shazier won. There it is #Linebackers pic.twitter.com/fqvH19YwUR— Vincenzo Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) June 8, 2016Shazier, a third-year linebacker for the Steelers, ran an unofficial 4.36 40-yard dash at Ohio State’s pro day in 2014.Williams says he’s the fastest player on the team, tweeting about the race before it happened, saying he was picking the former Buckeye linebacker to win. “I roll with Shazier all day, baby. O-H, I-O, y’all already know.” I pic.twitter.com/cF2uOXAvnL— Vincenzo Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) June 8, 2016 @RyanShazier the fastest player on the team— Vincenzo Williams (@VinnyVidiVici98) June 8, 2016Shazier had 87 tackles and two forced fumbles in 2015.The Steelers reportedly believe he can be an All-Pro player at linebacker.
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman walks the sidelines as he coaches against the Lamar Cardinals in the second quarter at TDECU Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 42 to 0. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)There was an Ohio State reunion in Houston, Texas Monday night.Former Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller caught up with his former backup quarterback, Kenny Guiton, and his former offensive coordinator, Tom Herman.All three former Buckeyes are now stationed in Texas’ biggest city. Miller’s a rookie wide receiver for the Texans while Herman is Houston’s star head coach and Guiton is a graduate assistant under him.“Family reunited.”Family reunited. Great to have @BraxtonMiller5 stop by and reconnect with @CoachTomHerman and @CoachGuiton #GoCoogs pic.twitter.com/bCTmoX1xig— Derek Chang (@dchang10) August 30, 2016Guiton talked to us earlier this summer about his relationship with Miller and if they still keep in touch.Yeah, definitely man. I’m in a group chat with him and like 20 of my other guys from O-State. I definitely had to hit him up and say congrats to him, now he’s coming to my city. I went up to his (city) for college and now he’s coming down to mine. And he’s wearing (my college number) 13, so I had to talk to him about that. But man, he’s so focused right now, I let him have his time to focus up. But yeah, our group chat, we talked a little bit and we talk personally (too). He’s telling me how training camp is going and soon we have to link up.Well, they’ve linked up. Could Ohio State and Houston link up in a bowl game at the end of the 2016 college football season?Both programs start their ’16 campaigns on Saturday.Ohio State is hosting Bowling Green while Houston is facing Oklahoma.
The United States men’s national team will renew their rivalry with Mexico in a September friendly, U.S. Soccer has announced .The two nations met on July 7 in the Gold Cup final with El Tri emerging triumphant, 1-0, on the strength of a second-half Jonathan Dos Santos goal.Mexico’s victory saw El Tri reclaim the regional crown from the USMNT in the first Gold Cup final between the two nations since 2011. 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? September’s friendly will take place September 6 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where the USMNT last played in 2018 against Brazil in a 2-0 friendly defeat.The match will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and Univision with coverage beginning at 8:30 ET.It is the second announced friendly for El Tri in September, with the Gold Cup winners set to battle Argentina on September 9.The USMNT will be aiming to build off the Gold Cup, where Gregg Berhalter’s first tournament in charge saw them make the final before falling in a close contest with their southern rivals.Mexico, meanwhile, will aim to continue their stellar start under former Argentina and Barcelona head coach Tata Martino, who has won each of his 10 matches since taking the helm of El Tri following winning the MLS Cup with Atlanta United.It will be the 70th meeting between the two nations as the pair gear up for Concacaf Nations League League A play, which the duo will begin in October.The USMNT will compete in Group A against Cuba and Canada, with the Americans opening up October 11 against the Caribbean island and then facing their northern neighbors four days later.Mexico will battle in Group B, opening against Bermuda on October 11 and facing Panama on October 15.Both nations will play return matches against their respective opponents in November to close out the initial round of League A play.The teams will compete for a place in the Nations league semi-finals, given to the respective winners of the four groups, while the bottom team in each group will be relegated.
TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Jordan Williams #59 of the Clemson Tigers sacks Deondre Francois #12 of the Florida State Seminoles in the third quarter of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. Clemson won 59-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Florida State was blown out at home by Clemson on Saturday, 59-10, and in the aftermath, former Seminoles players have voiced their frustration with the program on social media. Antonio Cromartie just joined in on the fun.Cromartie, who played at Florida State and was drafted back in 2006, took to Twitter to rip the Seminoles for celebrating a turnover in a blowout. He mocked the team’s “turnover backpack” – comparing it to a Dora the Explorer backpack.Cromartie added that what he saw today was not “Florida State Football.” He doesn’t seem to care who he upsets with his tweet.If you’re wondering – yes, Florida State’s players still did the whole backpack thing despite the score at the time.@FSUFootball get rid of the Dora the Explorer backpack. We losing by 50 and we bring out a purse after a turnover, that’s freaking embarrassing. Get back to tomahawks and fundamental football. Because today wasn’t Florida State Football. You guys can be mad at me and that’s fine— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) October 27, 2018Florida State may be losing 59-3, but the Seminoles won’t give up on the turnover backpack. pic.twitter.com/ipgJLe56nI— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 27, 2018Cromartie, a cornerback, played in the NFL from 2006-2016. He played for the Chargers, Jets, Cardinals and Colts in his career.As for Florida State’s program – the Seminoles are in an interesting place. Just two years ago, they finished 10-3 and won the Orange Bowl. Now, they’re 4-4 battling to play in a bowl game.The Willie Taggart era has gotten off to an interesting start. We’ll see if things go up from here.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns calls a timeout in front of head linesman Al Green during play with the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on November 23, 2007 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Mack Brown was the head coach of North Carolina football from 1988-1997. He went 69-46-1 in that span and reached bowl eligibility in his final six years before taking over Texas.There are increasing rumors that he could return to take over the program.Larry Fedora was officially dismissed as the Tar Heels head coach this morning, after a second-straight nine loss season.ESPN’s Tom Luginbill says he’s pretty convinced that Mack Brown, who has been out of coaching since 2013, will get the job. Brown currently works as an analyst at ESPN.A Texas football insider floated some really big names for a potential Mack Brown North Carolina football staff.Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman said that former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury and former UNC defensive coordinator and Auburn head coach Gene Chizik could join Brown.I also hear Mack Brown is very, very interested in North Carolina job. Could bring former Texas DC Gene Chizik with him and try to bring Kliff Kingsbury as his OC.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) November 25, 2018That would be some serious firepower on the staff. Kingsbury never found the stability that Texas Tech was looking for, but can coach a high-powered offense.Chizik did a nice job in his first go-around at UNC under Fedora, helping the Tar Heels reach the ACC Championship Game in 2015.Brown is 67, and his Texas tenure ended with something of a whimper. He is a big name and familiar with the program, and could bring stability. Still, it feels like UNC could be a bit more forward thinking here.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts’ name popped up in the transfer portal. After sitting behind Tua Tagovailoa for much of the season, Hurts is likely on the move and will end his collegiate career with a different program.That wasn’t all for the SEC. Late Wednesday night, another major quarterback reportedly entered his name into the portal to explore a transfer as well.Arkansas starter Ty Storey put his name in the portal and will seek a transfer from the Razorbacks, according to Cole Cubelic.Arkansas QB Ty Storey is exploring a transfer and is now listed in the ncaa transfer portal, per a source.— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 9, 2019It’s an interesting decision form Storey, considering he was the team’s starting quarterback in 2018 after winning the job from Cole Kelley – who announced his transfer after losing the starting job.Storey and Kelley finished No. 1 and No. 2 on the team in passing and no other quarterback attempted more than 45 attempts on the year. Connor Noland finished third on the team in passing with 42 attempts – though he threw two interceptions and just one touchdown on the year.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of the game between the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and the Texas Longhorns on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)While it’s still early in the recruitment process for Xavion Alford, the four-star recruit clearly has the Texas Longhorns on his list of potential suitors. Perhaps the Big 12 program is the frontrunner for his services after their recent meeting.Alford is from Pearland, Texas which could actually play a factor in his decision. The possibility of playing close to home and for one of the most storied teams in college football is quite intriguing.The four-star safety recently spent time on campus at Texas, and it’s safe to say he is also high on the coaching staff’s radar. Tom Herman devoted separate time to chat with the No. 13 safety in the 2020 class.As of right now, Alford holds scholarship offers from dozens of schools, including Auburn, Arkansas and Baylor.Even though he isn’t close to giving any program his commitment just yet, the potential-packed safety was thoroughly impressed during his time with the Longhorns.From Burnt Orange Nation:“It’s been fun, but it’s getting a little overwhelming,” Alford told BON. “It’s fun just talking to all of these coaches and visiting all of these places, and being wanted everywhere. It just feels good. All of the hard work is paying off.”“I would say Texas definitely rolled out the red carpet for me on my visit,” Alford said. “I really enjoy being in Austin, and it’s just a fun place to be in. It’s all love throughout the campus.”Texas currently has five commits in its 2020 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 13 in the country according to 247Sports. However, the Longhorns could see an immediate boost in their ranking if they can land Alford.Stay tuned.[Burnt Orange Nation]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Utah four-star pro-style quarterback Jack Tuttle announced his decision to transfer from the Utes following the 2018 college football season. The former top recruit decided to take his talents to the Big Ten.Tuttle, the No. 8 pro-style QB in the 2018 class, announced his plans to transfer to Indiana.The Hoosiers received massive news this week.According to Rivals reporter Stu Jackson, Tuttle has been granted immediate eligibility and will be on the field for the Hoosiers this season.BREAKING: Transfer QB Jack Tuttle has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. He can play this fall and has four years of eligibility remaining. #iufb— Stu Jackson (@StuJTH) April 3, 2019Indiana head coach Tom Allen raved about Tuttle’s ability:“Jack Tuttle is a tremendous addition to our program and we are happy to welcome him to IU,” Allen said. “He is extremely talented and brings a huge skillset to our quarterback room. We look forward to his arrival on campus next semester and his development as a Hoosier.”The NCAA appears more comfortable granting immediate eligibility to its players this season. Former Georgia transfer Justin Fields took his talents to Ohio State and received immediate eligibility.Not long after, Tate Martell received his immediate eligibility after transferring from Ohio State to Miami. Now Tuttle joins the list of top transfers to be immediately eligible to play for their teams.Indiana opens the season against Ball State.
6 Oct 2001: A general view of the crowd during the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Fighting Irish defeated the Panthers 24-7.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /AllsportComing off a year in which they went 12-0 and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff, Notre Dame is going to have a tough time replicating the feat. The early outlook isn’t too optimistic though, and without a 13th game on the schedule, the Fighting Irish have almost no room for error.It may only be June but Fansided writer Cody Williams decided to do an early prediction on Notre Dame’s upcoming season. The marquee games on the schedule will come against Georgia and Michigan.Those two games will likely determine Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff fate, as the team will most likely be favored in all of their games except those two. Unfortunately for the Fighting Irish, the Fansided prediction doesn’t see those games ending well for them.The record prediction: 10-2. You can view the full game-by-game picks here.If a 10-2 season is what happens, it would all but guarantee Notre Dame is on the outside looking in for the College Football Playoff.The committee has yet to admit a two-loss team into the tournament in six editions.Ten wins will probably still be enough for a trip to a New Year’s Six bowl game, but for Notre Dame to get another bite at the CFP apple, they’ll need to pull out at least one win from Georgia and Michigan.