Month: October 2019
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Why Klopp so specialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he loves playing for manager Jurgen Klopp.The 26-year-old has been full of praise for his new boss Klopp, who he has labelled as one of the best in the world.“His passion for football, for winning, for doing the right thing,” he said.“He does the best for the club and the players. Not just the players but all the staff, everyone involved in the football club.“He has this passion that he transmits to us that we then take on the field.”I believe that is the most important [characteristic] — that and his intelligence.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham star Alli avoids FA punishment for Arsenal gestureby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham star Dele Alli will not be punished for a sign he made to Arsenal supporters during his side’s Carabao Cup win last night.Alli netted the second goal of the game and made a gesture to remind the fans of the score.While his gesture could be seen as inflammatory, it was not abusive, which means he will be cut some slack.Sky Sports suggests that no further action will be taken.And the Gunners will not face any action after a supporter was caught on video throwing something at Alli. But that supporter does face criminal action and a stadium ban.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe admits Defoe talks planned over Bournemouth futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he plans talks with Jermain Defoe about his future.Crystal Palace and Sheffield United have been reported as potential loan suitors for the England international, while Defoe’s former club Sunderland have also shown an interest. Asked whether Defoe would be part of his squad after the January transfer window, Howe replied: “It’s a difficult one to answer.“I couldn’t give an absolute clear black and white answer to a lot of the players in the squad. The ones who aren’t playing regularly are very keen for football.“I will have to sit down with Jermain and have that conversation.“He is someone we hold in such high regard and has done such a great job here in many different ways.“Even before the game against Chelsea, he was talking to Lys (Mousset) and giving Lys his experience and guidance. That for me is like gold dust.“He has trained very well, his attitude and conduct has been first-class. Let’s wait and see.”
Keylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas says he still feels wanted by Real Madrid.He has lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, but remains confident that he can win it back.”The day that I think I can no longer start, I’ll go home and focus on something else,” Navas told EFE.”I have always worked to start.”In the end the coaches make the decisions.”I’m not playing as much as I want, but when I go on the pitch I think that I’m performing well and you have to value this.”Courtois has suffered an injury, but the Costa Rican isn’t sure if that’ll open the door for him to return to the starting role in the long term.”I think that you have to wait, as we don’t know what’s going to happen and only the coach knows this,” he said.”I’m 100 percent committed to the coach and the team, above all to a team that has to stay united.”I see myself here for many years.”In the future nobody knows, like in life, but I try to live in the present and my present is Real Madrid and I’m going to continue giving my all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with stand-in centre-half Fabinho for victory at Brighton.Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.Fabinho’s assured showing as an emergency centre-back waskey, especially with Joel Matip working back to fitness. Klopp said, “He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position. “Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham open contract talks with Jan Vertonghenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have opened talks with Jan Vertonghen over a new contract.The key central defender is out of contact at the end of the season, when he could leave for nothing.But discussions over a new deal are underway, though there is an apprehension from Spurs to offer the 32-year-old anything over a 12 month deal given his age, says the Daily Mail.However, the fact Moussa Sissoko, who turned 30 in August, signed a four-year contract last week is likely to be a key bargaining tool for Vertonghen as he looks for a longer deal.Vertonghen said yesterday: “I feel like I still have a couple of good years left in me. That’s definitely how I’m feeling now. I hope I can help the team for as long as I can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mislintat: Arsenal striker Aubameyang too selfless to play for elite clubby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart chief Sven Mislintat says Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is too selfless to play for an elite club.Aubameyang has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona throughout his career.But former Gunners scout Mislintat, who signed the striker from Borussia Dortmund, was quoted by The Athletic saying: “He is one, maybe the only one, this exceptional top striker, who is an absolute team player.”Perhaps this attitude cost him the opportunity to play for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona.”A striker like Neymar or (Sergio) Aguero, for example, would never give up a penalty. I like his attitude. He is good for the team atmosphere.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Heurelho Gomes happy to have played on with Watford this seasonby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHeurelho Gomes is happy to have played on with Watford this season.The Brazilian goalkeeper claimed he was 99 per cent certain he would be hanging up his gloves at the end of last season, but that the Hornets convinced him otherwise.He told Voetbal Primeur, “Last year I was sure that I was going to stop.”Not because I was not fit anymore, but because I was mentally tired. We reached the cup final against Manchester City, but we lost it. I had it again the hunger to play. If I had to go to another club, I would have stopped. Watford said: no, we want you to stay longer.”
Sunday, Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd, who was clearly emotional during what was a rough SEC Tournament title game, tweeted during the second half that the Arkansas Razorbacks were playing “dirty” against her Wildcats. Unfortunately, in response, Judd claims she was both called inappropriate names and threatened with sexual violence by a number of users. She tweeted her frustration afterwards, and showed her followers an example.Monday, Judd, who has written in her memoirs about being a sexual abuse survivor, told MSNBC that she’ll be pressing charges on the users who sent her the tweets. She joined Thomas Roberts to talk about Kentucky’s chances in the NCAA Tournament and eventually got to the topic of social media. Start the video around 4:35 if you’re just looking for that portion.Judd made no mention of how many Twitter users she’d be pressing charges against. Hopefully this makes people think twice before tweeting offensive messages at celebrities – or anyone else.
LSU Florida Trash TalkFile this one away in the “You can’t make this stuff up” category.According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, 32-year-old Everett L. Beauchamp IV engaged in a drunken, armed car chase after taking exception to a remark made about his orange Florida Gators t-shirt in a Baton Rouge strip club.Per police reports obtained by the Advocate, Beauchamp was at The Penthouse Club in Baton Rouge at 2:15 a.m. Friday morning when one member of a six-man bachelor party made a comment about Beauchamp’s UF t-shirt. Beauchamp first picked up a stool from the valet entrance and tried to assault the man, and things just further deteriorated from there. Beauchamp threatened to get a weapon and walked to his vehicle to get a handgun, the report says, at which time the men drove away in their vehicle.Beauchamp followed them in his 2013 Ford Raptor down College Drive onto I-10 eastbound, the report says. The men exited at Essen Lane, only to get back onto I-10 going westbound, at which point Beauchamp tried to ram his vehicle into theirs.Beauchamp followed them onto the interstate and as they reached the I-10 westbound, I-12 eastbound loop Beauchamp opened fire on their vehicle, striking the vehicle once under the driver’s side taillight.Ultimately, Beauchamp was found by police after he ran his SUV into LSU Lakes. He was found to have a 0.19 BAC and was booked on six counts of assault by drive-by shooting, one count of aggravated criminal damage to property, DWI, reckless driving, failure to maintain control and one count of illegal use of a weapon.They sure do take their football seriously in the SEC. [ CFB Talk ]
Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the Best Player as the Juventus superstar scooped two honours at the 2019 Globe Soccer Awards. Ronaldo reigned supreme in Dubai, where he beat Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe to the award on Thursday. It marked the third consecutive year Ronaldo was crowned the award’s best player, and fifth in total since 2011. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Last season Ronaldo and Real Madrid took a clean sweep of the awards, with Ronaldo claiming Best Player, Zinedine Zidane taking Best Coach and the Spanish giants earning Best Club. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner also received the Fans’ Award at the ceremony in the United Arab Emirates. “What better way to start the new year. Thanks for the appreciation and the care that I have received today,” Ronaldo wrote in an Instagram post as he shared a photo of the award alongside Jorge Mendes, who was named Agent of the Year. Ronaldo has made a seamless transition from Real Madrid to Juventus following his sensational €112million transfer in the off-season. He has scored a league-high 14 Serie A goals to help Italian champions Juve sit nine points clear atop the table.World Cup-winning France boss Didier Deschamps took the Best Coach award, beating out an impressive list of nominees that included Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. Simeone’s Atletico, meanwhile, were named Best Club of the Year with chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin Juve’s Blaise Matuidi and Brazil great Ronaldo were also among the recipients of the various honours handed out. Matuidi was recognised for his career progress, while the Brazilian Ronaldo, Fabio Capello and Zvonimir Boban were given awards for past achievements in the game. Ronaldo’s Juventus have been out of action since his two-goal showing thier December 29 win over Sampdoria. They will return to the pitch January 12 with a Coppa Italia round of 16 match against Bologna and face a Supercoppa Italiana final against AC Milan four days later.The club won’t be back in action in Serie A until a date with Chievo on January 21.
Daniel James is excited by Manchester United’s transfer plans and future ambition after completing his own £15 million ($19m) move to Old Trafford.The Wales international winger has become the Red Devils’ first signing of the summer.He has joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ranks from Swansea and, at 21 years of age, is considered to be a shrewd addition for the present and future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? James, who has committed to a five-year contract, is expecting other similar deals to be put in place before the current window slams shut.United are looking to rebuild with a mix of youth and experience, with a desire to return former glories to the club by sticking to the principles that have served them well in the past.James told the Red Devils’ official website of his discussions with Solskjaer: “Yeah, I’ve spoke to him since I’ve been here.“I think the ambition they’ve got for the club is amazing for the next few years – to get players in who are hungry and ready to work hard.”I believe [in] that and I’m one of those players. I’m willing to work hard. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.”James has arrived at the Theatre of Dreams with just one full season of senior football behind him.The 2018-19 campaign did deliver five goals, 10 assists and an international debut, but he admits the last few months have been something of a whirlwind.He added: “Last season I didn’t think I was going to get much first-team football. I remember going into the office at the start of this year and saying I wanted to go on loan, so I got told that I’d be a part of something.“Obviously, you go out of the office thinking, ‘Is that true?’, and to get more opportunities this year has been amazing.“It’s been a great six months for me – to get that many games for Swansea and to obviously get my Welsh debut as well has been amazing.”James now has the opportunity to take his game to even greater heights and is confident that he can make a positive impact at United.Quizzed on what his game is all about, a man already earning comparisons to United legend Ryan Giggs said: “I’d say I’m quite a direct player.“I don’t just like to get the ball into feet and dribble at players; I like to get the ball in behind. I’m quite a pacy player.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Arsenal risk losing some of their best young talent if they are not given the opportunity to prove themselves at senior level.That is the view of Cohen Bramall, who will leave the Gunners when his contract expires at the end of this month following two-and-a-half years in north London.During that time, Bramall has seen first hand the quality of young players who are being produced at Arsenal – with several now knocking on the door of the first team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? But the 23-year-old has warned that the exciting crop of emerging players at Emirates Stadium will soon start to look elsewhere, unless they are given an opportunity with the senior side in the near future.“Yes, 100 per cent,” said the defender, when asked by Goal if there was a chance of Arsenal losing some of their top talent. “If they don’t get the chance to show how good they are they will go abroad.“There are a lot of clubs in the Bundesliga who want English talent and they will jump ship and go and try it over there.”Unai Emery did hand some of Arsenal’s youth an opportunity last season, with players such as Emile Smith Rowe and 17-year-old Bukayo Saka both handed their first-team debuts.Smith Rowe made six appearances for the senior side before leaving in January for a loan stint with RB Leipzig in Germany, scoring three goals in the process.Saka, meanwhile, featured four times in all competitions and, when he replaced Alex Iwobi against Fulham on New Year’s Day, he became the first player born in 2001 to ever play in the Premier League.Emery also handed game time to the likes of Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah, but the latter was limited to just nine appearances all season – despite Danny Welbeck’s injury in November leaving Arsenal with just two recognised strikers for the remainder of the campaign.“I feel sorry for Ed because Danny was injured for a lot of the season and Ed should have been given more chances,” said Bramall.“But with the media and the fans, there is a lot of pressure on youngsters because as soon as they don’t have the best game, people are on to them.“It’s hard to take in. But with Ed, the boss should have given him more chances.“The first team were in a difficult position last year, though, obviously trying to get Champions League and the fact it was Unai’s first season made it hard for youngsters to get in.”Two of Arsenal’s best emerging talents are Xavier Amaechi and Tyreece John-Jules, who have yet to make their senior competitive debuts.Both are very highly rated, but with their contracts due to expire at the end of the coming season, Arsenal are facing the very real prospect of losing both before they have even made their mark at the club they have represented since they were young boys.Bayern Munich want to sign 18-year-old winger Amaechi, while striker John-Jules is wanted by a host of top sides across the continent.Freddie Ljungberg, who was Amaechi and John-Jules’ coach last season with the Under-23s, however, is moving over to join Emery’s first-team coaching staff next season and Bramall believes that can only be a good thing.“Freddie has coached us for a whole season, he knows who is ready, who isn’t and who is ready to go out on loan,” said the full-back.“I think a lot more youngsters will get an opportunity now with Freddie there, especially in the cup games and the Europa League.”One player who did not get any senior game time at all last season was right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu.And Bramall admits that came as a surprise to everyone in the U23s set-up, given the problems Emery had to deal with on the right side of his defence.The Spaniard lost Hector Bellerin to a season-ending injury in December and largely plugged the gap by using Ainsley Maitland-Niles as cover.Carl Jenkinson did get some minutes, as did Stephan Lichtsteiner, but Osei-Tutu never got a look in.“Jordi not getting a chance last season didn’t make sense to any of us,” said Bramall. “We were gutted for Jordi because we were expecting him to be with the first team a lot more and we didn’t really understand why he wasn’t.“He deserves his chance. I think Ainsley has done a good job there but I feel sorry for him because he’s not a right-back, he’s a midfield player and he can be a scary player there.“He deserves a chance in midfield and Jordi deserves a chance at right-back. If that doesn’t happen then I think Jordi will have a successful loan because he is that good. He’s one of the best right-backs I’ve seen.”
Roy Hodgson claims to be unaware of what the future holds for Wilfried Zaha, with the Crystal Palace winger continuing to be linked with Arsenal and Everton.The Gunners would appear to have cooled their interest for now, with Goal able to confirm that those at Emirates Stadium are close to wrapping up an €80 million (£72m/$89m) deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.Zaha, though, is still sparking talk of interest from within the Premier League, with Everton said to have joined the hunt for the Ivory Coast international. 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? Hodgson is in the dark when it comes to those reports, with the Eagles manager unsure what is happening with a player yet to return to his squad from Africa Cup of Nations duty.He told Sky Sports when asked for an update on Zaha’s situation: “He’s dealing with the chairman [Steve Parish].“The chairman’s his link, they know each other very well and get on very well. Most of what’s going on with Wilf is going on between him and the chairman and I can’t enlighten you at all.“What I know, you know. I know it through reading your websites and newspapers that this or that is happening, but I can’t enlighten you at all.”Quizzed further on whether he was aware of a bid being lodged by Everton, Hodgson said: “I don’t know.”The Eagles boss has previously expressed a desire to keep Zaha on his books, with Palace having already sanctioned the £50m ($62m) sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United this summer.He has said: “He [Zaha] has not spoken to me. I don’t know if he’s spoken to the club [asking to leave].“As far as I’m concerned, he is coming back, he is our player and I’ve been given no information that the club is interested in selling him at the moment.”Hodgson added: “I’m just expecting him back, looking forward to working with him and seeing some of the things he can do for us.“I think he is back after we play Bristol City and before we play Hertha Berlin – that gives him his three weeks off. If he wants to come back earlier we will be very happy to see him.”Palace faced Bristol City on Saturday, with Hodgson’s side running out 5-0 winners against their Championship opponents at Ashton Gate.
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The University of Kansas announced some major athletic news this morning. The Jayhawks have decided to make a change in leadership.KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger has been fired. The Jayhawks announced the decision in a release from the university’s chancellor, Douglas A. Girod.From the release:This morning I met with Director of Athletics Sheahon Zenger and informed him that I am relieving him of his duties, effective immediately.Sheahon has been a loyal Jayhawk, and our athletics department has improved in many areas under his leadership. But Athletics continues to face a number of challenges, and progress in key areas has been elusive. To achieve the level of success we need and expect, I have determined a change in leadership is necessary.Sean Lester, our deputy athletics director, will serve as interim director. I have spoken with Sean about my expectations for the coming months, and I am confident he will provide sound leadership and stability during this transition.I have begun the process of identifying a permanent athletics director. To lead this process, I have enlisted Drue Jennings, one of our most respected and accomplished alumni. Many of you know Drue as our interim athletics director in 2003 and for his role in leading the search processes that brought Chancellor Gray-Little and Coach Self to KU. Jed Hughes, a consultant with the Korn Ferry executive search firm, will assist Drue.Kansas’ basketball program has excelled lately, but the Jayhawks have struggled mightily on the football field.The exact reason for the firing is unclear, but it would not be surprising if it mostly had to do with football results.Kansas’ football coach, David Beaty, is 3-33 in three seasons. Typically, a change in athletic director will eventually result in a change in head coach. The new AD often wants to make their own hire. We’ll see if that ends up happening here.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former ESPN college football writer Brett McMurphy released a bombshell report on Urban Meyer on Wednesday morning, and in response, many are wondering whether the Ohio State head coach will survive its aftermath.McMurphy reports that Meyer lied last week when he said he wasn’t aware of the 2015 allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. McMurphy, in his report, which is posted on Facebook, provides text messages from Meyer’s wife Shelley that he say proves he knew.The report also alleges that numerous assistants on Meyer’s staff knew of the situation. McMurphy provides text messages between the wives of Ohio State’s assistants regarding the allegations.The report also includes photos of the injuries Courtney Smith sustained from the alleged abuse.In response, many are wondering whether Meyer will keep his job as Ohio State’s head coach. If Meyer lied and helped cover up Smith’s alleged abuse, he could be on the unemployment line pretty soon.Ohio State HAS to do SOMETHING with Urban Meyer if that McMurphy report is accurate. You can’t mess around with this stuff and not doing anything will be a bad look for Ohio State.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) August 1, 2018I could see Urban Meyer getting fired or suspended over this. Nobody’s playing with being Title IX negligent anymore.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) August 1, 2018This Urban Meyer stuff is bad. If the Ohio State brass has any fortitude, they’ll fire him. I hope they do the right thing.— Paul Tucker (@PaulAndTucker) August 1, 2018Urban has a lot of explaining to do. And instead of playing the indignant moralist like he usually does, he should try the truth https://t.co/1B0JUATWDf— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 1, 2018Neither Urban nor Shelley Meyer has released a statement on the matter. Ohio State also has yet to comment.If you’re interested in reading the entire report, it’s embedded below via Facebook. It’s very long and detailed.It’s unclear how this is going to play out, but if it’s true, Meyer could be in some trouble here. We’ll keep you updated.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Iowa football will be a bit shorthanded when they open the season against Northern Illinois. Two starters—Alaric Jackson and Cedrick Lattimore—have been suspended.Iowa kicks its season off on September 1 at Kinnick Stadium. NIU comes in after an 8-5 season and a Quick Lane Bowl berth.Iowa announced the two suspensions this afternoon:#Iowa announces sophomore offensive lineman Alaric Jackson and junior defensive lineman Cedrick Lattimore are suspended for the season opener against Northern Illinois for an unspecified violation of team rules. Not a legal issue, the school says.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 8, 2018Alaric Jackson and Cedrick Lattimore are both key players for Iowa football.Jackson, a rising sophomore, was the starting left tackle for Iowa for 12 games last season. Lattimore, a junior, started half the year at defensive tackle.Kirk Ferentz commented on the suspensions, saying that he’s happy with how the players have responded since the decision. From The Gazette:“As a coach one of the most important decisions is to hold student-athletes accountable,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz in a statement. “It is painful for the players and the team to impose a suspension, but we have high standards and there is an expectation all players abide by our rules.”According to the release, the infractions aren’t legal matters. Violation of team policy or rules can include academic performance, attendance, timeliness, behavior, effort and engagement.The issues surfaced in late spring and both players were given guidelines to meet and milestones to achieve over the past 10 weeks.“Their response has been excellent, and I am very pleased with how they are meeting our expectations,” said Ferentz.This will be the second-straight game that Jackson misses due to suspension. He also had to sit out last season’s Pinstripe Bowl. Iowa defeated Boston College 27-20 at Yankee Stadium.
It’s a word college football fans hate to hear: targeting. That most-controversial penalty call in college football grinds the gears of every fan in the land.Egregious calls from the past have clouded the calls in the future. Players have been ejected for no reason and fans are getting tired of laundry on the field for no reason.Well, Saturday brought us a reason. In one of the most-ridiculous plays we’ve seen in recent memory, a punter was ejected from the game for targeting.It’s one of the easiest targeting calls we’ve ever seen. Liberty punter Aaron Peart led exclusively with his helmet when attempting a tackle.Check it out.This is most definitely targeting. And it’s a punter committing it. pic.twitter.com/hu0PixI8O0— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 8, 2018We all know punters get a bad wrap for their terrible tackling, but this will be shown in the highlight books of terrible tackling for years to come. It doesn’t get any easier for the refs to call than that.Army holds a 14-0 lead just before the half.
We’ve seen a number of big college football games, especially those in the Carolinas and Virginia, affected by Hurricane Florence this past weekend.Among the games that was postponed was Appalachian State vs. Southern Miss, at App State’s Kidd Brewer Stadium.The game was set for a 3:30 p.m. kick-off on Sept. 15, but wound up being canceled due to the impending storm. After a few days, it is now clear that the game will not be made up.From ESPN, on the decision to not reschedule Appalachian State vs. Southern Miss:In a news release Tuesday, Appalachian State said the schools had discussed options to reschedule the home game originally set for last Saturday. Southern Miss athletics spokesman Jack Duggan confirmed the game wouldn’t be rescheduled.Appalachian State athletics spokesman Bret Strelow said the plan for now is for the Mountaineers to stay at 11 regular-season games instead of seeking a replacement 12th game.Interestingly, there seemed like a natural solution to make this game up.Both teams have their bye week on Oct. 6. However, instead of playing the game then and each team having 10 straight regular season games to end the year, the game won’t be made up.Appalachian State looks set to roll with 11 games. Southern Miss’ situation seems less sure, based on the report.The Mountaineers host Gardner-Webb next week. Southern Miss hosts Rice. Both teams are 1-1 on the season.[ESPN]