After swelling to 42 bowl games last season, college football is pumping the brakes on adding any more.
NCAA approves 3-year moratorium on new bowls, sources told @ESPN. Austin, Charleston & Myrtle Beach were in process of adding bowls in 2016— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 11, 2016
An Austin game has long been in the works. That one would give us the spectacle of two minor teams with few fans in a 100,000-seat mansion. I'm guessing a Myrtle Beach bowl would've been played on Coastal Carolina's teal turf.
This is good for people who were unhappy about 5-7 teams going bowling last year (despite how great that turned out to be), and for those of us who have to cover all these things, not that anyone should worry about us. It's bad for people who like football and people who like being rewarded for playing football, whether their teams win many games or not.
RIP to Ohio State great Will Smith. The former Saints defensive end was murdered in New Orleans.
The NCAA preceded that defensible move by doing something silly and arguably harmful: banning satellite camps, which players and recruits were overwhelmingly in favor of. (But don't assign the Big Ten and its mid-major friends unearned virtue simply for trying to get more access to talented recruiting regions. As Bud reminds you, every single voting conference was self-interested.)
Stanford's coach got a little too blunt about all that camp stuff, saying some states might have only one player who could even get into his school anyway.
This weekend in spring football:
- More people went to Florida State's spring game than went to the average 2015 Miami game game.
- Clemson looked good, except for special teams. Luckily, special teams has never been a catastrophic problem for the Tigers in a huge game that I can recall.
- Oklahoma's offensive line will be fun this year, by which I mean it could either be really good or really bad. See? Fun!
- Notre Dame's annual quarterback battle sees movement.
- Auburn's A-Day offered no insights into whatever the hell Auburn is this season.
- Nick Saban praised a couple players!
- Jack Del Rio's son is now Florida's likeliest starting QB.
- Iowa allegedly ran trick plays, and I'm not quite sure what those words mean when placed together in a sentence.
Bill C team of the day: Buffalo, where one of the greatest Division III coaches ever took one step forward in Year 0.
- The weekend's biggest winner was ... Maryland! The Terps added three commits just shy of a four-star average.
- The weekend's other big winner was Texas A&M, which gained two four-stars.
- A timeline on 2016's last remaining five-star, who's making this process work for himself.
- A four-star linebacker flips from Florida State to Alabama
SMH I thought Will Muschamp was supposed to fix South Carolina's defense, and now a 94-year-old man is scoring on it SMH.
- One way of understanding Michigan State's Connor Cook is to realize he is actually the QB from Draft Day. Reading this is the most attention I have ever paid to Draft Day.
- Ohio State's Joshua Perry hopes to (1.) impact the NFL and (2.) immediately find a quality barber. Same.
- New mock draft! The Bills need a first-round QB?
- How'd Boise State miss on this guy? Meet the German who's one of this draft class' best athletes, despite learning about football by watching Adrian Peterson videos on YouTube just a few years ago.
- Analytics site Pro Football Focus called Penn State's Christian Hackenberg "undraftable," backing the claim up with numbers and visuals. Black Shoe Diaries rises in defense of the QB.
So someone on Reddit made these maps showing which colleges people associate with which acronyms from state to state. Like, how people in most of the country think "Tech" means "Texas Tech," with obvious regional exceptions. It may or may not surprise you to learn that some people got mad about this.
Specifically, Tennessee fans camped out in our Twitter mentions all Sunday because Texas, the richest athletic department in the country, is the more prominent UT. They sent us Davy Crockett facts, 1986 trademark materials, and a good dose of hollerin'. So whenever someone says college football fans don't care about EVERYTHING, please know that they do.
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