Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman out indefinitely due to medical condition

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman will be out indefinitely due to a “non-football related” medical condition

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman will be out indefinitely due to a “non-football related medical condition,” according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Hartman put up huge numbers for the Demon Deacons last season, leading them to their best season in program history, and an appearance in the ACC title game.

One of the best quarterbacks in the country, Hartman was expected to be one of this year’s top prospects at the position heading into the 2023 NFL draft.

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What college football programs are selling tickets at Costco?

Costco, one of America’s biggest brands, is now selling college football tickets for several Power Five programs.

College football is (almost) back. So head to Costco and grab some hamburgers for the tailgate…and your tickets to get inside the game?

Turns out that a number of college football programs are going the route of utilizing Costco to sell tickets, offering discounted ticket packages for consumers of the brand name chain.

Several Power Five schools are utilizing the box retailer to attract new fans to their games. With 800 locations nationally, it makes sense.

By the way, for those not familiar with Costco, it is “a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise.”

For a little context, even the New York Yankees (the best team in the American League right now in the largest market in the country) are using Costco to help move tickets.

 

The deal isn’t quite this good. This is the king of deals for going to a college football game. That is, if you’re unwilling to try sneaking in with the band.

 

Check out what college football programs are utilizing Costco to help sell tickets.

(Also, these Angus frozen burgers at Costco are good, do yourself a real solid and pick up some).

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WATCH: Bryce Young gets tossed into cold tub by Alabama teammates

Watch the Heisman Trophy winner get dunked by his fellow Crimson Tide teammates

Even a Heisman Trophy winner isn’t safe from a little good-natured ribbing from his teammates.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young found this out when some of his fellow Crimson Tide members launched him into the team’s cold tub, captured on video for all to see by Bama safety Malachi Moore.

Don’t be surprised if opposing defenses aren’t quite as successful this season when it comes to tossing Young around behind the line of scrimmage, though.

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Notre Dame unveils Shamrock Series uniforms in hilarious “Hangover” spoof

Notre Dame unveiled the uniforms for their Shamrock Series game in Las Vegas with a hilarious “Hangover” spoof.

Social media departments for both NFL and NCAA teams are going to have to put in some work to top what was released on Wednesday. Notre Dame unveiled their Shamrock Series uniforms in a hilarious “Hangover” spoof featuring a meeting in the desert, and a pair of famous alumni:

The video, paying homage to the original “Hangover” movie, features tight end Michael Mayer, pass rusher Isaiah Foskey and head coach Marcus Freeman meeting in the desert with a pair of alumni who are to deliver the uniforms. Unfortunately, Mike Golic and Mike Golic Jr. fail to hold up their end of the bargain, turning over throwback jerseys before directing the trio to the top of a nearby hotel where the uniforms are finally revealed.

Notre Dame will wear the white jerseys with gold numbers and trim on October 8, when they play BYU at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Georgia, HC Kirby Smart agree to massive 10-year contract extension

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has a new contract extension that will keep him in Athens for another decade

Being an SEC head football coach is good work, if you can get it.

Especially if you’re Kirby Smart, who just led the Georgia Bulldogs to their first national title in 40 years.

Smart has agreed to a new 10-year contract extension to remain in Athens, one that will pay him north of $112 million, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.

In six seasons leading the Bulldogs, Smart has a record of 66-15. In addition to last year’s national title, Smart has one SEC title under his belt, as well as four SEC East crowns. He’s been named SEC Coach of the Year twice, after winning four national titles as Nick Saban’s defensive coordinator at Alabama.

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Conference football expansion: Big Ten and SEC…who won the latest round of expansion?

Did the Big Ten or the SEC do better in the most recent conference expansions?

The Big Ten and the SEC are the new superpowers of college football. But which conference has won the latest round of expansion?

Last summer, the SEC raided Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12, giving them two big pieces in the chess match of conference realignment. In June, the Big Ten landed UCLA and USC. The move out west for the Big Ten gives them a marquee college football program in USC and two universities in the second-largest media market in the country.

The Big Ten now is in the top four media markets, for what it’s worth (and that fact is certainly worth a lot).

But who has won the latest round of college football alignment?

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Former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who played for UConn, said that the Big Ten were the winners here. He made his comments on ESPN on Tuesday morning.

“I think it is USC, UCLA to the Big Ten. Listen the SEC is the king of the castle, they have been for a long time and they deserve that,” Orlovsky said on ESPN on Tuesday morning.

“But the big key is the USC piece. We have no idea what OU is without Lincoln Riley as their head coach. Brett Venables comes over, defensive coordinator at Clemson, very highly thought of. We just don’t know it yet.

“I know what Lincoln (Riley) is as a head coach at OU…and now I’m thinking what he could become as head coach at USC which is significantly more fertile ground when it comes to recruiting athletes. This is a guy who in five seasons with Oklahoma won 85 percent of their games, 85 percent of their games. They won four Big 12 titles and three times went to the College Football Playoff. The talent that is in Southern California that has been kind of moving north to Oregon, he is going to be able to pull (that) back down. Specifically the quarterbacks. And that is a huge part of this equation.”

Also appearing on the ESPN panel was Paul Finebaum, the SEC analyst and college football insider for the network.

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Orlavsky also noted that UCLA was 8-4 in 2021 “and there is a lot of conversation around that program that they are heading in the right direction.”

Finebaum agreed with Orlovsky that the Big Ten’s move for the two Los Angeles programs was big. But he cautioned Orlovsky that the recency bias in his argument isn’t watertight.

“You can’t base conference expansion on today, you have to project into the future. And it is also worth remembering that Lincoln Riley replaced a legend in Bob Stoops,” Finebaum said.

“The point being, the fact that USC is going to the Big Ten is really what this is about. UCLA is not an important part of the conversation. The city of Los Angeles is moving to the Big Ten footprint. That is incredibly dramatic and important when you’re a television executive; this is a Fox property and they’re looking at it going ‘When USC wins, they are huge in the city of Los Angeles.’ Which can not be underestimated.”

Beyond the ratings, Finebaum isn’t convinced that the SEC’s move to mainly add Texas is going to be a windfall for the conference or the Longhorns on the playing field.

“Sure, Oklahoma is fantastic and Texas is a brand. But Texas has won I think three conference championships in the last 25 years. Two of those are in the Big 12. We’ve already heard what Dan said (what) Oklahoma has done the past five to six years…(Texas) not been relevant since they (played) Alabama in the 2009 Rose Bowl. Yea, they had Vince Young, they had a run. But they haven’t had anything since then. They’ve been a disaster,” Finebaum said.

“That’s why they’re getting out of the Big 12 and running to the SEC because they’re hoping it will enhance their recruit – which it already has I think with Arch Manning. And it will get them to a level where Texas A&M is right now. There is a lot more to it today. Texas had to make that move. As much as it pains me at the SEC media days, the move two weeks ago was the biggest move of the two.”

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Paul Finebaum: if Notre Dame joins the Big Ten or the SEC ‘it’s Armageddon in college football.’

Paul Finebaum said that Notre Dame joining the Big Ten or the SEC changes college football’s landscape.

The college football world is waiting on Notre Dame in what is likely the biggest – and most important – domino to fall in the conference expansion free for all. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum said that Notre Dame’s decision to potentially join the Big Ten or the SEC will have repercussions throughout the sport.

On Monday, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey spoke about his conference being in a position of strength. The SEC certainly has dominated the college football landscape for two decades, a position that was strengthened last year with Texas and Oklahoma set to join the conference juggernaut.

But the Big Ten pulled off a coup of their own, adding UCLA and USC last month. The Big Ten is now in the top four media markets in the country.

And the Big Ten, not to mention the SEC, would love to add Notre Dame. Given its history and success, Notre Dame makes sense for football, basketball, and the non-revenue sports in either conference.

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Their huge national following makes them extremely attractive to either the Big Ten or the SEC as well. Finebaum, an ESPN analyst and the most influential voice in college sports, said on Tuesday that he believes all future movement in college football and conference alignment rests in South Bend.

“If you choose to look down, it’s all about Notre Dame. Greg Sankey, what I think he’s saying is when Notre Dame decides what to do or what not to do, everyone will react,” Finebaum said.

“Should Notre Dame decide to join the Big Ten or the SEC, it’s Armageddon in college football. Sources around the sport say that they are pausing, they don’t have to make a decision yet. They have several years remaining on the NBC contract. But at some point, they’ll probably have to make a move unless they can mortgage a much higher fee. And if they don’t move, then you’ll probably see other things less important, like the ACC perhaps, looking west to try and find a way bail themselves out from a very inferior situation.”

Here is what Sankey said on Monday at the start of the SEC’s media days bout pending conference expansion:

“There’s no sense of urgency, no sense of panic. We’re not just shooting for a number, [we’re looking] for affiliations that make us better. Could they be out there? I would never say they’re not, I would never say that we will. We’re going to be evaluating the landscape. I’m not going to speculate. I actually am watching a lot of this activity operating around us, more so than impacting us directly.”

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USC and UCLA planning to join the Big Ten

Longtime members of the PAC-12 USC and UCLA are in talks to leave for the Big Ten.

According to a report, USC and UCLA are planning to join the Big Ten. The move could happen as early as 2024.

The move was first reported by long-time PAC-12 reporter Jon Wilner, who shared the news on social media Thursday afternoon:

Ross Dellenger, who covers college sports for Sports Illustrated, confirmed the reporting minutes later:

The news follows a pattern of conference realignment, that continued in recent months. Dating back to last fall, teams shifting conferences include Texas and Oklahoma, who are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, and Cincinnati, Central Florida and Houston, who will join the Big 12 along with formerly-independent BYU.

At the Group of Five level, the American Athletic Conference is dealing with the departures of Cincinnati, Central Florida and Houston by adding Alabama-Birmingham, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice and Texas-San Antonio.

Conference USA will add Jacksonville State, Liberty, New Mexico State and Sam Houston, while the additions to the Sun Belt conference include James Madison, Southern Miss, Old Dominion and Marshall.

Boston College OL Christian Mahogany to miss 2022 season with torn ACL

One of the top interior blockers in college football is expected to miss the entire 2022 season due to a knee injury

Boston College guard Christian Mahogany is expected to miss the entire 2022 college football season after suffering a torn ACL, per Pete Thamel of ESPN.

One of the top offensive line prospects in the 2023 NFL draft class, Mahogany was expected to follow college teammate Zion Johnson as a potential first-rounder in next year’s draft.

Now, he’ll set his sights on rehab and a full recovery, while the Golden Eagles look for the next man up to replace one of the nation’s best interior blockers. As far as his football future, Mahogany sounds like he’s leaning toward returning for another year in college, instead of making the jump to the NFL.

“I think I’m probably going to come back because it’s hard [after an injury],” Mahogany told ESPN. “I’m going to leave no doubt on my college career. Especially after an injury like this, I’m going to prove that I can still do it.”

After learning of the severity of the injury, Mahogany is doing his best to take the emotional roller-coaster in stride.

“I’m up and down,” Mahogany told ESPN. “Somedays it’s up, and some it’s down. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude. This is the plan for me. This is something that I have to overcome in my career. I’m going to make a full recovery and come back by any means necessary.”

He may not be suiting up this fall, but that doesn’t mean Mahogany won’t be close to the action, or missing out on making an impact for his teammates.

“I’m going to be around,” Mahogany told ESPN. “Whenever I come back to campus, hopefully soon, I’m going to be around. Whoever fills in my spot, I’m going to give them the pointers to be successful, whatever it takes.”

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