This will be a weekly Friday feature featuring college football and recruiting news around the net that you may have missed over the last week.
In Case You Missed It
- The Atlantic Coast Conference officially released its TV schedule for the fall on Monday, and Florida State will be on national TV six times. What's surprising, though, is that Florida-Florida State won't be a national telecast on Nov. 30. Instead, ABC will broadcast that game on a regional basis along with Notre Dame-USC. The UF-FSU game was moved to Thanksgiving weekend for TV purposes; for the past five seasons, it had been played the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The UF-FSU game has had a direct impact on the national-title race -- that is, going into the game, one or both of the teams still was alive for No. 1 -- every season since 1994. The last time Notre Dame-USC had a bearing on the national-title race? Try 1993, when USC was unranked and Notre Dame was second. Before that, it was 1989, when the Irish were No. 1 and USC 19th. The last time both teams were ranked going into the game? That was 1995. ABC Sports spokesman Mark Mandel said it's way too early to determine how much of the country will see either game. (Source - Orlando Sentinel)
- For the second time in less than a week, a standout player from the University of Miami's national championship football team has been arrested. Former Hurricanes cornerback Michael Rumph, a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested in Miami Beach at 2:20 a.m. Saturday on a charge of drunken driving. On Monday, former UM fullback Najeh Davenport, a fourth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers, was charged with breaking into a Barry University dormitory and defecating in a woman's closet. Davenport, 23, has been charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling and criminal mischief, and there is an ongoing investigation regarding witness tampering. Rumph's arrest report wasn't available, but according to Detective Bobby Hernandez, spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, he was stopped in the 700 block of Euclid Avenue and failed field sobriety tests. (Source - Orlando Sentinel)
- Georgia assistant football coach Rodney Garner has accused former Auburn coach Terry Bowden of sexual improprieties and drug use, a Knoxville newspaper reported Tuesday. In Tuesday's Knoxville News-Sentinel, (Rodney) Garner and (Terry) Bowden traded accusations in a story that dealt with the recruitment of former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin. Garner accused Bowden of involvement with sex and drugs while serving as Auburn's head football coach between 1993-1998. Bowden said in the newspaper story that Garner "played by a different set of rules" in his recruiting practices while he was the Tigers' recruiting coordinator under him. Garner worked for Bowden at Auburn from 1993-1995. At the end of the 1995 season, Bowden reassigned Garner from his recruiting duties to an administrative position. "When I reassigned Rodney, he did not accept it and forced the firing," said Bowden, now a commentator with ABC sports. "Rodney played by a different set of rules than I believed in. If (Georgia head coach) Mark (Richt) is smart, he'll phase him out. The only system Rodney understands is the one that will get you in trouble." Garner, in the News-Sentinel story, objected strongly to Bowden's insinuations that his recruiting techniques were not by the rules. "Terry Bowden had better watch out," said Garner, who also was a player for the Tigers after a standout prep career at Leeds. "I could go on the record ... we can substantiate my claims." Bowden said he was under the impression that Garner helped the Vols recruit Martin in January of 1996 after he left Auburn. "I think Rodney Garner was the reason he went to Tennessee," Bowden said. Martin, who led the Vols to the 1998 national championship and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2000, made a verbal commitment to Auburn on Jan.14, 1996. Martin switched to UT on Jan.26, nearly two weeks before the official signing day. Garner, who was hired by the Volunteers shortly after Martin signed, denied any involvement with Martin's recruitment at either school. Garner left the Vols after the 1997 season to work for then-Georgia head coach Jim Donnan. "Terry Bowden tried to keep me from being hired at Tennessee, and he tried to tell Jim Donnan not to hire me," Garner said. "I'm tired of Terry Bowden. This guy has tried to hurt me since I worked for him." (Source - Birmingham News) Note - This is from May 22 but I found it an interesting read.
- Forty-eight years later, the "Junction Boys" are going prime time. The legendary squad of Texas A&M football players who survived Paul "Bear" Bryant's brutal training camp in the summer of 1954 will be the subject of an ESPN made-for-TV movie, the cable sports network announced Tuesday. The movie is based on the best-selling book "The Junction Boys: How Ten Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Championship Team," by Texas sportswriter Jim Dent. It is scheduled to air on Dec.14. "I know they were going after Tommy Lee Jones at my behest," sportswriter Jim Dent said Tuesday. "I hope they lock him up. That would be fabulous if they did." The story of the Junction Boys, whose members include former Alabama coach Gene Stallings and ex-NFL great Jack Pardee, became one of the most famous chapters in Bryant's 38-year college coaching career. In his first year at A&M, Bryant took more than 100 players to the small, drought-ridden west Texas town of Junction, where they endured stifling heat and boot-camp-like conditions. When the team broke camp 10 days later, only 35 were left. The Aggies went 1-9 that year, but two seasons later, they won the Southwest Conference championship. Following the 1957 season, Bryant left A&M to return to his alma mater of Alabama, where he lead the Crimson Tide to six national championships. (source - Birmingham News)
- Arkansas running back Cedric Cobbs was found guilty Thursday of marijuana possession, driving while intoxicated and speeding. Cobbs faces sentencing on Aug. 6. Cobbs can be fined between $500 and $800 for the DWI charge, said Paul Suskie, the North Little Rock city attorney who tried the case. He also could receive a $100 fine for speeding and probation for the marijuana conviction. Cobbs was suspended from the football team after his arrest. He later agreed to 15 conditions to remain on the team and went through spring practice. Arkansas officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday evening on whether the guilty verdicts affect Cobbs' status with the team. (source - AP)
- University of Tennessee football signees will continue to arrive on campus today, but Parade All-America tailback Gerald Riggs Jr. might not be among them. Gerald Riggs Sr. said Wednesday that he wasn't ready to hand his son off to the Vols quite yet. "I don't want Gerald up there until we're sure everything has been properly done,'' said Riggs Sr., a former NFL All-Pro running back with the Atlanta Falcons. "This isn't a qualification issue, it's a matter of paperwork getting sent in late.''Riggs Jr., who attended Chattanooga's Red Bank High School, is waiting for the NCAA Clearinghouse to approve his transcripts. (source - GoVols.com)
- University of Tennessee athletics director Doug Dickey said Wednesday the university is wrapping up its investigation into allegations that former quarterback Tee Martin received improper benefits in February 1999."We're continuing to work with the Southeastern Conference and wrapping up some discussions with them,'' Dickey said. "We have not yet concluded our investigation of the situation. "I hope we could have it done by the first of September.'' (Source - GoVols.com)
- You know it's getting close to football season when the bookies start establishing the early betting lines. Tennessee is favored by four points over Florida, and by two points over defending national champion Miami. Those are the spreads on two of the Vols' biggest games of the season, according to Oasis Casino and Sportsbook. UT plays host to the Gators on Sept. 21, and the Hurricanes come to town for homecoming Nov. 9. (Source - GoVols.com)
- Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson is expected to show up for South Carolina State's first practice Aug. 9. Watson was kicked off the Gamecocks' team in January when he was arrested for marijuana possession. Watson rushed for 1,684 yards the past two seasons with the Gamecocks. (Source - GoVols.com)
Omain Gullette, a high school football player with a scholarship to Syracuse was shot and killed Saturday in a hail of gunfire. Gullette, 19, was standing on a southwest Philadelphia street corner with a friend Saturday afternoon when three gunman rounded the corner and started shooting. Gullette was shot 13 times in the chest and pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police said they believe a previous disagreement prompted the killing, but the shooting, in which at least 30 rounds were fired, was still under investigation. Gullette, known in the neighborhood as "Fats," was a defensive tackle for Glen Mills High School in Concordville. He was a first team all-state defensive lineman and was to play in the Big 33 Classic on July 20, a statewide all-star high school football game. (Source - USA Today)
On The Recruiting Front...
Nothing new of the Florida front as of late. They appear to be in great shape with a ton of prospects at every position. The key is going to be a good season on the field. They don't necessarily have to win the SEC or 10 games but they do have to show the recruiting world that they have not lost a step from what people are used to seeing on the field. Many prospects favor the Gators or rate them high among their favorites. The Gators are monitoring a ton of kids in-state very closely that they have not offered as of yet. Watch for Florida to hand out a bunch of firm offers as prospects have good senior campaigns. The commits could start coming in starting in early October. And they should sign 25 prospects.
Reshard Dudley, a running back from Marianna, Fla. that signed with UGA., will instead enroll at Butler County Community College...
OL Scott Lenahan (UNC), OL Travis West (Alabama), OL Jarrod Britt (Clemson), RB David Marrero (ND), TE Louis Irizarry (Ohio State), QB Sam Kellar (Michigan), OL Marshall Ausberry (UVA), OL Gordie Sammis (UVA), LB Vincenzo Giruzzi (SYR), LB DeAdrian Coley (SC) have all committed in the last week or so.
Despite reports that LB Tim Cesa has committed to Maryland, the big time linebacker from Harrison High School said that he's not ready to pull the trigger.