Ty Detmer headlines Class of 2012
Let’s start today with a tour of the renovated Amon Carter Stadium, as it readies for Big 12 action at TCU…
The job of a university president cannot possibly be an easy job, especially when there is so much fire going on in an athletics department. Take, for instance, Florida State, where university president Eric Barron is tasked with patching the relationship between his school and the ACC. He has already outlined the reasons to stay in the ACC. Among the seven reasons included the buyout price tag of $20-25 million to the ACC in the event they would leave the conference, as well as the potential loss of the rivalry with Miami (weak at best). Of course, academics also are thrown in to the mix as well. This much we know; Florida State is not leaving the ACC for the Big 12… yet.
Gene Williams of Warchant.com, the man who broke the wild story over the weekend, spoke to Chris Childers and Chris Leak on SiriusXM Sports yesterday.
We’ll be talking about Florida State’s place in the ACC and the potential for a move to the Big 12 on today’s podcast, so check for that later today.
Today is also the big day for the College Football Hall of Fame, as we will learn who will make up the Class of 2012. Michael Felder tells you who should absolutely be named to this year’s class, and yesterday we learned that one of those names has already been confirmed. Former BYU Heisman winning quarterback Ty Detmer will be enshrined in the hall. If Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier is not included in this year’s class, well you know how I feel about that.
Live video for today’s hall of fame announcement will be available on this site later this morning.
Elsewhere, former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier has decided to head to the CFL this year. Forcier was originally projected to be San Jose State’s starting quarterback this fall but he withdrew from the program due to academic struggles this spring. Forcier was supposed to be a star player under former Wolverines head coach Rich Rodriguez. Perhaps not surprisingly, Michigan’s president says hiring Rodriguez was a mistake.
NCAA thinking about need-based stipends.
So, IF the ACC falls apart, could the Big Ten once again pursue expansion?
From Notre Dame to USC. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has voted in favor of turning over day-to-day control of the athletic venue to the University of Southern California. FootballScoop.com reports that USC will enter in to a long-term lease that practically will be good forever, because the odds USC plays football at the Coliseum for the next 42 years and counting, let’s be honest here, is pretty slim. With plans being put together to bring a state of the art football stadium to Los Angeles, it may only be a matter of time before the Trojans get to bring their swag to an NFL-oriented facility. Sure, this would be a black eye for tradition, but in 42 years you have to wonder how many schools located in large cities will still be playing on their own campus or in outdated facilities when other options are readily available. Or, will USC simply renovate the Coliseum?
I thought this was pretty cool. Here is the story behind the design of the West Virginia logo, the “flying WV.”
The Florida A&M Marching 100 were suspended for the next year, as a result of the reported hazing culture that allegedly led to the death of a drum major last fall. This is obviously some sad news all around. Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band service fraternity (I’m a founding father of the Lambda Delta chapter, I should mention), also stripped the school of their chapter, Delta Iota.
Emmitt Smith (1969) – Former Florida Gators running back, SEC Most Valuable Player in 1989, three-time First-Team All-SEC (1987, 1988, 1989), unanimous First-Team All-American in 1989, Florida Athetic Hall of Fame inducted in the Gator Ring of Honor and College Football Hall of Famer in 2006. Decided to skip his senior season after Florida hired Steve Spurrier in 1990, leaving the Gators with the school’s all-time rushing record (would later be passed by Erricht Rhett in four seasons) and returned to complete his degree in 1996. Went on to have one of the most successful careers in NFL history, with eight Pro Bowls, four single-season rushing titles, the NFL career records for rushing touchdowns, rushing yards and 100-yard rushing games, a Super Bowl MVP and three Super Bowl rings, and many more accolades.
Desmond Howard (1970) – Michigan’s do-everything Heisman Trophy winner in 1991, played wide receiver and returned kicks. UPI Player of the Year in 1991, set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records in 1991, led Big Ten in scoring with 138 points. In addition to Heisman Trophy, awarded Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and First-Team All-American honors. Received 85 percent of the Heisman first-place votes in 1991, the largest margin at the time. Inducted to College Football Hall of Fame last year.
Ryan Leaf (1976) – Former Washington State quarterback, second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft (behind Peyton Manning), Pac 10 Offensive Player of the Year (1997), led the Cougars to their first Rose Bowl in 67 years and defeated Washington at home for first time since 1985, Sporting News All-American. Not sure what happened to him after that…
Ray Lewis (1975) – Former Miami Hurricanes linebacker, considered the best at his position in the NFL and a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when h ends his career. Freshman All-American, two time First-Team All-American and All-Big East at Miami, and runner-up for Butkus Award as a junior. Miami’s second leading tackler in program history after his junior season, first round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 1996, earned his degree in 2004.
Rod Smith (1970) – Former Missouri Southern State wide receiver, went un-drafted in 1994 but put together three Pro Bowl seasons in the NFL, and was a part of two Super Bowl championships with the Denver Broncos. Inducted to College Football Hall of Fame in 2009, and Division 2 Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Thomas Brown (1986) – Former Georgia Bulldogs running back, 2004 Freshman All-SEC.
Robert Royal (1979) – Former LSU tight end, 2001 Second-Team All-SEC
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