From burgers to ballgames, SEC fans aiming for normalcy
Southeastern Conference officials are trying to get back to normal on football game days, with stadiums filled with fans and grills being fired up outside, even in a portion of the country where the states have among the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Ex-Michigan QB Joe Milton named starter for Tennessee
Tennessee first-year coach Josh Heupel is turning to a former Wolverine to open the season as the team’s starting quarterback. Heupel, who spent the previous three years at Central Florida, announced Monday that ex-Michigan quarterback Joe Milton will start behind center for the Volunteers in their opener Thursday against Bowling Green. He did not throw a touchdown pass the final three games he started while completing less than 50% of his throws. However, Milton also brings size (6-foot-5, 244 pounds) and a strong arm to the position. In three years at Michigan, Milton was 86-for-152 passing for 1,194 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions.mlive.com
The Latest: Coaching staff of NY Rangers in COVID protocol
New York Rangers coach David Quinn, middle rear, speaks to players during a timeout in the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Boston. The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New York Rangers will be without coach David Quinn and his entire staff tonight against Philadelphia because of NHL COVID protocol. Kris Knoblauch, who coaches the Rangers’ top minor league affiliate, the American Hockey League’s Hartford WolfPack, will serve as acting coach. Kruger said Harmon is the only Oklahoma player to test positive or be in contact tracing. The Volunteers have had multiple positive COVID-19 test results among athletes and staff members in recent rounds of testing.
AP Top 25 Podcast: College football's biggest underachievers
Nebraska’s search for an identity in a changing college football landscape. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Steven Godfrey of Banner Society joins the AP’s Ralph Russo to take on the task of finding each conference’s most egregious underachiever. And how USC being unable to maximize its potential hurts all of college football. Plus, new Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea joins the show and shares his vision for transforming the Commodores. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/Ad___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Michigan football’s linebackers coach reportedly departing for Tennessee
Jim Harbaugh may have to look for a new linebackers coach, after all. Brian Jean-Mary, who spent the last season on staff at Michigan and recently interviewed with Urban Meyer in Jacksonville, is planning to join the new-look Tennessee staff, according to a Friday reports by Rivals and 247Sports. First-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel recently named former Penn State assistant Tim Banks defensive coordinator, paving the way to make a hire. Under contract until Jan. 10, 2022, Jean-Mary would owe Michigan the equivalent of his $450,000 salary as a buyout. In January, reports surfaced in Gainesville, Fla., that Florida linebackers coach Christian Robinson was headed to Michigan.mlive.com
UCF hires former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to lead Knights
FILE - Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala., in this Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, file photo. Central Florida hired Gus Malzahn as its football coach Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, a little more than two months after he was fired by Auburn. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)Central Florida hired Gus Malzahn as its football coach Monday, a little more than two months after he was fired by Auburn. UCF lost both its athletic director (Danny White) and football coach (Josh Heupel) to Tennessee last month. Auburn fired Malzahn in December, paying a $22 million contract buyout to the coach, after the Tigers went 6-4 this past season.
New Tennessee coach not deterred by NCAA investigation
New Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Josh Heupel, left, shakes hands with University of Tennessee athletics director Danny White after being presented a jersey speaks during an introductory press conference at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. If anything, I was trying not to hire the coach from UCF.”White hired Heupel on Wednesday as Tennessee's 27th head coach and fifth coach, not counting interim or acting coaches, since the end of the 2008 season. Heupel said he wasn't deterred by the NCAA investigation that started with the firing of Tennessee's last coach, Jeremy Pruitt. “I believe in a very, very bright future for Tennessee football,” Heupel said. White was hired on Jan. 21 and his first job was to find a new coach.
No. 13 BYU, UCF bring explosive offenses to Boca Raton Bowl
(AP Photo/George Frey, Pool)Preparing for the Boca Raton Bowl proved a bit of a slippery slope for the Central Florida Knights. All part of Heupel’s plan to bring a dose of fun to the bowl game with some of the customary pageantry halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “A really good football team,” Heupel said. “Kind of reminds me of why you don’t play football in Provo in December,” Sitake joked. They're 0-3 in Florida bowl games, including losses in the 1976 Tangerine Bowl, 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl and 2014 Miami Beach Bowl.
UCF football vs. Houston: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
ORLANDO, Fla. Central Florida doesn't get as much national attention as other high-scoring programs, but the Knights' offense is right up there with the best in the country. UCF puts its high-octane attack on display Saturday against visiting Houston in an American Athletic Conference affair. Houston had a close loss of its own last weekend, dropping a 34-31 decision against SMU. Houston topped UCF 31-24 in the last meeting, back in 2016, overcoming a 21-3 halftime deficit. PREDICTION: UCF 50, Houston 31
UCF football vs. Pittsburgh: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Dillon Gabriel #11 of the UCF Knights hands the ball off to Greg McCrae #30 the first half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida. Pittsburgh has 17 players on its roster who are natives of Florida, which is second only to 40 from Pennsylvania. UCF senior LB Nate Evans leads the way with 18 tackles for a defense ranked 13th in the nation in yards against per contest (253). The Knights beat Pittsburgh 45-14 last year while registering 568 yards and the Panthers won the only other meeting 52-7 in 2006. PREDICTION: Central Florida 35, Pittsburgh 21More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
UCF football vs. Stanford: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
Stanford beat Northwestern 17-7 in the opener before falling 45-20 in its Pac-12 lidlifter at USC last week and senior quarterback K.J. They've done a lot, they've won a lot and they play the game fast but they play the game well." Killins, who has 217 yards from scrimmage in the first two games, needs one TD to become the fourth player in school history with 30. Stanford senior LB Casey Toohill leads the team with a pair of sacks and boasts 12 tackles - 3.5 for a loss. PREDICTION: Central Florida 35, Stanford 24More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
UCF football vs. Florida A&M: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
We gotta go earn it, gotta go prepare the right way this week to go play our best football on Thursday night." "I expect (Wimbush) to play championship-caliber football," Heupel told reporters of the senior, who played 20 games with the Fighting Irish. UCF junior WR Gabriel Davis led the team last season with 53 catches and 815 receiving yards. Senior DB Andrew Hines had three interceptions last year for Florida A&M, which was picked third in the preseason MEAC poll. PREDICTION: Central Florida 45, Florida A&M 14More college football scoresCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.