Thursday, April 19, 2018

Spring College Football News & Notes

With spring practices underway across the country there were plenty of college football stories in the headlines. A star cornerback from Louisville made his way to SEC country after having restrictions placed on his transfer potential. Meanwhile, Jarrett Stidham put on a show in his first appearance for Auburn while LSU was told they will have to wait a little longer to land a star receiver they have had their eyes on for a while. Here is a closer look at the college football headlines for this week.

Wiggins Visits Tennessee In Wake Of Restrictions

Former Lousiville cornerback Shaw Wiggins visited Tennessee this week. The visit came on the heels of allegations that the Cardinals are blocking his potential transfer to five schools. Wiggins told ESPN that head coach Bobby Petrino restricted him from transferring to Kentucky, Mississippi State, Purdue, Notre Dame and Western Kentucky. While transfer restrictions happen in college football it was definitely a surprising allegation. Louisville will play Kentucky and Purdue this season so Petrino’s decision to include those teams on the restricted list makes sense. However, the Cardinals won’t play Notre Dame or Western Kentucky. With five teams now out of the question, it appears as though Wiggins will strongly consider a move to the SEC with the Volunteers.

Briles Could Go To Trial

Baylor head coach Art Briles could be forced to stand trial for negligence after a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of him appearing before the court. The ruling stems from claims made against Briles by a former female student was raped by college football player Tevin Elliott in 2012. That former student will proceed with her negligence claims against both Baylor university and members of the football coaching staff. In 2014, Elliott was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 for two counts of sexually assaulting former students.

Stidham Shines In Auburn Debut

Jarrett Stidham put on a show in his debut for Auburn in their first spring game. The former Baylor quarterback dazzled with his deep ball and touch. He finished 16-of-20 for 267 yards with five completions that went for 25 yards or more. The Tigers have desperately needed a capable quarterback in recent years. Stidham’s arrival has created a whole new level of optimism surrounding the program. Auburn needs Stidham to perform at an elite level in order to contend in the SEC. It’s still early, but the hype is real when it comes to the Tigers new quarterback.

Guidry Puts Move To LSU On Hold

While Stidham shined at Auburn’s spring game, LSU received some bad news with the loss of a potential star wide receiver. Four-star junior college wide receiver prospect Stephen Guidry decommitted from the Tigers. The decision came after he decided against signing his letter of intent on national signing day. Guidry wants to spend another year at junior college before making his move to the SEC. There is a good chance he still ends up at LSU. However, the Tigers will have to wait a little longer to get their man.

Casey Thompson Commits To Texas

Casey Thompson, the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson, has decided to spur the family lineage. Instead of following his father’s footsteps to Oklahoma, he has decided to commit to their biggest rival: Texas. Thompson, who is ranked No. 123 in the 2018 recruiting class rankings, originally had eyed Oklahoma but had changed his mind and committed to Texas. Other schools in the running were North Carolina and Miami.

Thompson played his high school ball at Moore, Oklahoma, which is located 13 miles from the University of Oklahoma. His dad had played for the Sooners from 1986-88 and so did his brother, Kendal. Kendal is currently a wide receiver with the Washington Redskins in the NFL.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of opportunity Thompson gets in the coming years. Texas is clearly changing in terms of their culture. We’ll see if coach Greg Herman can turn things around and bring back a winning culture to Austin after a string of disappointing seasons.

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About Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey has been setting his fantasy rosters since his days in the womb, just don't ask him how he used to get his waiver-wire reports back then. He's a lifelong fan of sports, especially the fantasy and betting aspects.

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