10 months agoREVEALED: Agents offer Lopetegui to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Agents offer Lopetegui to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has been offered to Manchester United.Within hours of Jose Mourinho being sacked, representatives of Lopetegui were in contact with United intermediaries to alert them of his availability.Lopetegui was sacked by Real last month and replaced by Santiago Solari.It’s understood the former Spain and Porto coach was prepared to take the post on an interim basis.However, Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be confirmed United caretaker manager today. last_img

10 months ago​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former club

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former clubby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic will return to his former club Newcastle on Saturday.”I hope when a player goes back to his previous club he wants to show something more,” said Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, whose team are currently bottom of the Premier League. “I hope everything for Aleksandar, believe me, I pray.”Aleksandar in Newcastle didn’t do a very good job because when a player comes from another country it’s not easy to adapt immediately to English football.”But in Fulham he’s adapted very, very well. And I hope he can do a very outstanding match.”I don’t know if they will give a warm welcome to Aleksandar but I hope Aleksandar will make a very good match.” last_img read more

10 months agoShearer slaughters Liverpool strike duo: Dooo something! Run around!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer slaughters Liverpool strike duo: Dooo something! Run around!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer slammed the performance of Liverpool’s strikers during their FA Cup defeat to Wolves.Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi were both given rare starts with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all dropping to the bench.Asked if he was not impressed with the forwards, Shearer said: “Not impressed? “You’ve got one guy Sturridge out of contract at the end of this season. You’ve got Origi 18 months left on his contract.“Do something, run around, cause the centre-halves a problem. They have done nothing.“Playing as individuals, look, 30 yards apart. He wins the header here, where’s Sturridge in case he wins that header? Get over and help your team-mate.“Look at him, he’s not even moving towards the ball. Quite content, not working as a partnership, no movement, no running in behind.“Flat, no energy, they’ve not done anything to upset those Wolves centre-halves.“I can’t even say how they’ve had a sweat on, the two forwards, because they’ve done nothing.“The manager should be going absolutely berserk, particularly at those two in the first half because they’ve added nothing whatsoever.” last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Burnley striker Ntumba Massanka joins Racing White Daring Molenbeek

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Burnley striker Ntumba Massanka joins Racing White Daring Molenbeekby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley striker Ntumba Massanka has joined Belgian third-tier side Racing White Daring Molenbeek on loan until June 30th.The 22-year old had spent the first half of season in the National League on loan at Dover Athletic, before returning to Turf Moor in January.The former Manchester United youngster has also had loan stints with Morecambe, Wrexham and York City since signing a professional contract at Turf Moor in 2015.R.W.D currently sit seventh in the Belgian First Amateur League and play their home games at Edmond Machtens Stadium on the outskirts of Brussels.The striker will be available for the Les Coalises’ match this weekend against RFC Leige. last_img read more

20 days agoBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius not giving up on Liverpool future

first_imgBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius not giving up on Liverpool futureby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius isn’t giving up on a future with Liverpool.The German is in the second of a two season loan with Besiktas.And he says, “Will I be playing for Liverpool again? Of course, it’s an opportunity and it’s still a good opportunity to be there. Maybe I’ll play for them again, you never know.”There is a long time to go and if it does not become Liverpool, it will be another good team, so I’m not worried about that.”I’m not thinking about Kiev (the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid) anymore. It’s been a long time since now, almost two seasons. There were so many circumstances. I had an ugly injury and nobody talked about it. People can say whatever they want; it no longer worries me.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoDaniel James: Every Man Utd teammate has been great

first_imgDaniel James: Every Man Utd teammate has been greatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James already feels at home with Manchester United.James says his new United teammates have helped make his move from Swansea City as easy as possible.He said: “They’ve all been great. I haven’t been here for long but I’ve made some great friends already and I think that’s so important when coming to a new club because you feel a bit intimated at the start, playing at such a big club.“Everyone has been great with me and I really thank them for that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Jim Harbaugh Is Walking The Streets Of Ann Arbor, Mean Mugging With Recruits

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan is hosting a contingent of recruits from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area today, including four-star tight end Naseir Upshur. It seems like the prospects are touring Ann Arbor with UM head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno. Upshur posted a funny video on Twitter, featuring the group walking in Ann Arbor and a quick shot of Harbaugh with his hat pulled low, mean-mugging the camera. Four-star 2016 WR Ahmir Mitchell and four-star 2016 DE Ron Johnson are also shown, as is 2017 offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz.Once again, Harbaugh is a character.walking the Ann Arbor streets with coach Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/JcEfjI2my7— Pop (@NaseirUpshur) June 25, 2015Never change, coach.last_img read more

Video: Lee Corso Picks LSU To Beat Alabama By Wearing Tigers Mascot Head With Braces

first_imgLee Corso ahead of the national title game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Lee Corso looks on during the first quarter between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)ESPN College GameDay personality Lee Corso has managed to upset yet another home fan base. Saturday morning, Corso, after playing both LSU’s fight song and Crimson Tide anthem “Sweet Home Alabama”, made his official pick by donning a Tiger mascot head. It featured braces, in honor of running back Leonard Fournette. Pretty clever.Alabama fans weren’t thrilled. If Corso is right, it’s going to be a rough night in Tuscaloosa.last_img

Scouts Are Apparently Worried That Jaylon Smith May Never Play In The NFL

first_imgJaylon Smith wearing the Notre Dame Mascot's hat.PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates by wearing the hat of team mascot, Lucky The Leprechaun, following their 42-30 win against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith, one of the top NFL prospects in college football this past year, suffered a devastating knee injury against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, tearing both his ACL and LCL. It turns out the injury may wind up being more than just a setback.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Smith is no longer expected to play in 2016 after medical rechecks. According to ESPN’s Travis Haney, there are some scouts who think he’ll never play a down in the NFL. After medical rechecks, Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith is not expected to play in 2016 and teams are unsure when he will play again, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2016Scouts told me they fear Smith might be one of best pure prospects to never play in NFL. There’s real concern. https://t.co/ijz3UEY5TZ— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) April 19, 2016Smith’s situation is heartbreaking, obviously. Don’t be surprised if it reignites the debate regarding whether NFL Draft prospects should take part in non-Playoff bowl games.last_img read more

Former Georgia LB Calls Out University Police Over Arrest Of Bulldogs’ Cornerback

first_imgGeorgia sophomore cornerback Juwuan Briscoe was arrested by university police Saturday night for two traffic-related charges. The Bulldogs’ defensive back was charged with not having a license and not wearing his seatbelt. He made his $1K bail and was released. The arrest did not sit well with former Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus, who played with Briscoe last season. Ganus didn’t think what happened was worthy of an arrest. He called out the university police on Twitter before deleting his tweet. Saturday Down South captured a screenshot of it.  SDS.SDS.The charges are pretty light, but it’s still not a good look to call out a police force for doing its job. Georgia’s football program has yet to comment on the arrest. Briscoe’s arrest was the fifth by a Bulldogs’ player since Kirby Smart was hired. UGA opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against North Carolina at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. [SDS]last_img read more

Emery defends ‘tactical’ Ozil substitution

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery has defended his decision to replace Mesut Ozil with Alex Iwobi at half-time during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at Brighton, insisting it was a ‘tactical’ choice.The north London side went 1-0 up after a fine finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but conceded before half-time as the Seagulls broke from defending a corner, with a Stephan Lichtsteiner mistake aiding their cause.Ozil, who has often been dropped entirely for away games, was hooked at the break and the Gunners produced a tepid second-half display as they were unable to force a winner.​ 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 Emery insists that the introduction of Iwobi for the German was a tactically-motivated decision.”It is one decision tactically, and also the decision is because we have [done] it before because we have a lot of matches away when it tactically changes something, not for the player but for the team,” Emery told a press conference.The former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss has become renowned for his early substitutions, with Arsenal often winning games in the second half after a poor first period.”A lot of the matches when we play in the second half, for example, with Iwobi, it helps us with a different situation tactically and helps us to win the matches. In other matches, when we changed for the second half we took the performance to go to win.”Yesterday [against Brighton], my intention was the same, it is tactically to change one player for another and with our analysis before that in other matches, in the second-half sessions is the reason I do that.”But for me, it is only tactically and not [down to the] player, and for me, every player is the same. Sometimes I change Aubameyang, sometimes I change Lacazette and sometimes I change Matteo – it happens to every player and sometimes the result is good and the other times it doesn’t give us the result on the pitch. But the decision is only tactical.”Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 2018-19Emery also commented on the playing time of Aaron Ramsey, who has been linked with Juventus, Inter and PSG as his contract runs down.”For me, the most important thing for every player is for their focus to be here. They have their individual situations or circumstances in their contract in their present and in their future, but my present, my future is here in Arsenal.”They show me the focus for us and I think it’s not easy for Aaron, but I spoke with him and we need his performances for us. He played yesterday with a good spirit like I want and he helped us, not to win but he was working well. I am happy.”I need this focus also from him to us, to help us to go to Liverpool on Saturday and then to Fulham. His future is only for him and for his agent. Above all, I want and he should have, his focus for helping us.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Guardiola warns Man City against ‘huge mistake’

first_imgPep Guardiola admits it would be a “huge mistake” for Manchester City to lose focus on their own results as they endeavour to chase down Liverpool.The reigning Premier League champions find themselves in a position of having to play catch-up in 2018-19.They have not been as dominant as they were in sweeping to a record-breaking title triumph last term , and find themselves seven points off the pace as a result. 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? An opportunity to cut that gap to the summit will present itself at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday when table-topping Liverpool pay a visit to Manchester .Guardiola has called on his players to give their full attention to that fixture, rather than concern themselves with trying to predict where the Reds may come unstuck over the coming weeks.The Blues boss told Sky Sports : “What you have to do is control yourselves.”The problem when you are behind, which in my career I was many times, is you just think about what is happening to the people in front of you and forget what you have to do.”That is a huge mistake. Once that happens, you cannot pick them up. It will be impossible. On Thursday we have an opportunity to win three points and not allow them to do it.”But after, if you think ‘they have to lose in that game’ and you go against any team and do not do your job, then you are over.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Pep Guardiola Manchester CityPiecing together a plan which will allow City to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Liverpool is the challenge now facing Guardiola.He admits that will not be easy, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having improved as a collective on the back of some impressive recruitment in recent windows .Guardiola added: “They are solid in behind. In the positional game when the opponents defend deep they had problems attacking them but now they are able to attack them really well.”In the transition as always, they are so good. In the set-pieces they are a massive, tall team.”So it is a team that can control all areas. That is why I am saying what I am saying.”In front they play the same players, but in the middle they have changed a little and especially at the back. They have changed a lot of players at the back.”And they know each other better. They have had four or five seasons together.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Juventus launch streetwear clothing range

first_imgJuventus have launched an in-house streetwear range at White Street Market, a Milan-located street fashion event.The Icon Collection, which has been produced by the Serie A club, is based on ’90s culture.The assortment of products includes sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets, with many of the designs in the black and white colours inextricably linked to the Italian champions. 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? As it stands, the new range is on sale both at the club’s Allianz Stadium, as well as their official website.The release of the collection continues the promotion of Juventus’ 2017 relaunched brand strategy which saw Interbrand design the club a new logo and identity. The club stated at the time of the rebrand that it was designed to take the club’s influence beyond just the world of soccer.The decision to launch the new products comes amid reports that Juventus officials are looking to add a first-ever sleeve partner to their portfolio of sponsors.The news follows the club’s $58 million (£45m) per year kit supplier extension with Adidas. As part of that arrangement, the two parties will continue to work together until 2027.last_img read more

Report: Frankfurt 1 Dortmund 1

first_imgBorussia Dortmund extended their lead at the Bundesliga summit despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt.Lucien Favre’s side were made to work hard for a share of the spoils, which proved a point gained in light of Bayern Munich’s loss at Bayer Leverkusen. Marco Reus​ and Luka Jovic – two players battling it out to be the division’s top scorer – exchanged first-half goals at the Commerzbank-Arena, but Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic was particularly profligate.  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? Dortmund now boast a seven-point advantage at the top of the table.pic.twitter.com/iDeWo99wIz— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 2, 2019Having survived some early pressure, Dortmund almost forged ahead when Paco Alcacer got on the end of Jadon Sancho’s cross, but Makoto Hasebe made a timely intervention. The breakthrough arrived after 22 minutes, Reus applying the simplest of finishes after a determined run from Raphael Guerreiro.Reus should have doubled his tally a couple of minutes later but he dragged his effort wide when he had only Kevin Trapp to beat, with the Germany forward then striking the crossbar. The hosts stuck to their task and Rebic saw two chances go begging in quick succession, first volleying wide and then failing to find a way past Roman Burki from a tight angle. Dortmund failed to heed the warning signings, though, and Jovic levelled from Danny da Costa’s delivery just after Rebic had headed onto the bar. Burki was at full stretch to keep out Rebic’s powerful effort after the interval and Achraf Hakimi saw a speculative long-range drive fly over the top.Ultimately neither side could find a second goal as Dortmund strengthened their position in the title race despite dropping points.  read morelast_img read more

Video: Latest ‘SEC Short’ From AL.com Mocks USC’s Horrendous Outing vs. Alabama

first_imgTwo USC fans staring at a computerYouTube/AL.comUSC was routed by Alabama on Saturday night, 52-6, and the Trojans are going to hear about it all week.AL.com set its sights on the Trojans’ ineptitude with its comedic “SEC Shorts” video series. The latest video spoofs the job the USC video department has to do to produce highlights from the game to show recruits. With just two field goals to show, this is probably a legitimately difficult task.For what its worth, USC’s actual official highlight reel is only 1:45.Yeah, we don’t really envy the people that actually had to put that together. Alabama’s win in Arlington is one of the most thorough beatdowns we’ve seen delivered from one power program to another in a long, long time. It is hard to argue against Alabama as the nation’s clear No. 1 team after the performance.USC will have a chance to rebound in Week 2, when it hosts Utah State on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Alabama will look to continue the momentum it built against the Trojans vs. a feisty Western Kentucky club at 3:30 p.m. ET at Bryant-Denny Stadium.last_img read more

Napoli want James as well as Pepe

first_imgNapoli will still try to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez even if they pull off a club-record deal for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, sources tell Goal.Rumours have been circulating on Friday that Carlo Ancelotti is among the host of managers around Europe wanting to sign Pepe, with a reported agreement around the €80 million (£71.9m/$89m) mark.That would be roughly double the club’s current record transfer – the €40 million outlay to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid six years ago. 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? But while James’ long-awaited transfer has been complicated by interest from Atletico Madrid, the Serie A side are still very much intent on signing him.“Real Madrid want to sell him and we want to sign him,” Ancelotti confirmed at a press conference on Thursday. “He is among the players that interest us.”The 24-year-old Pepe is one of the most wanted men in world football following a breathtaking 2018-19 campaign which brought 22 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.14 goals the season before suggests it was no flash in the pan, and he would make for an exciting addition to Ancelotti’s squad as he looks to end Juventus’ hegemony in Serie A.Nicolas Pepe Lille 2018-19Napoli plan on signing two attacking players in this window despite an impressive goalscoring return last season, meaning Pepe’s arrival would not preclude the club from pursuing another attacker, though it would likely require James to arrive on loan or under a very favorable payment structure with Real.  Their total of 74 goals in the league was bettered only by Atalanta’s 77, and four more than the 70 goals scored by Juventus.It is hoped that the signing of James would help take Napoli up a level as they look to challenge in Europe as well as domestically.They have also been linked with moves for Mexican sensation Hirving Lozano and wantaway Inter forward Mauro Icardi, but James remains the priority.The move looked to have fallen through after Atletico confirmed their interest in the Colombian as part of Diego Simeone’s dramatic overhaul at the Wanda Metropolitano.Happy in Madrid, it had been suggested that Atletico was James’ preferred destination but no deal has yet been finalised, leaving the door open for Napoli.Sources also have told Goal that following the sale of Marcos Llorente to Atletico, as well as Mario Hermoso move there, Real Madrid would prefer to not see another one of their players end up with their local rivals, and prefer James move to Napoli.But despite that hestiancy, Real Madrid are determined not to give James away to Napoli.The transfer situation surrounding James could soon accelerate, with Colombia international is set to return to Real Madrid on July 29, following his break after the Copa America.last_img read more

President Trump Gave His Opinion Of Urban Meyer At A Rally On Friday Night

first_imgDonald Trump speaking at a rally.LEWIS CENTER, OH – AUGUST 04: President Donald Trump speaks at a rally to show support for Ohio Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson on August 4, 2018 in Lewis Center, Ohio. Balderson faces Democratic challenger Danny O’Connor for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District on Tuesday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s character has been called into question the past few months following his suspension for the way he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Friday night, president Donald Trump weighed in on his opinion of Meyer.Trump, speaking at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, gave his opinion of Meyer – both on the field and off the field. He called him a “great coach” and a “great guy.”Trump also joked with the crowd that it seemed like he was in the middle of an Ohio State football game.The Washington Examiner captured the quote. It’s brief but sums up how the president feels about Meyer.“It sounds like we’re in the middle of an Ohio State football game. And speaking of Ohio State, they’re not doing too badly are they?” said Trump, to audience cheers. “They have a great coach, a great coach — a great guy. A great guy.”It isn’t the first time Trump has mentioned Meyer in a speech in Ohio. Back in 2016, he had a similar quote about the Ohio State coach – adding that while he isn’t sure if Meyer endorses him or not, he thinks Meyer had “awful nice things” to say about him.Meyer, following Ohio State’s investigation, was suspended for three games to start the 2018 season. The Buckeyes went 3-0 during that span – defeating Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.Ohio State will look to keep things going against Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Reveals 1 Job That He Would Never Take

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is retiring as the head football coach at Ohio State, the school announced on Tuesday morning. Meyer, who took over the program in 2012, will be stepping down following the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl game.What’s next for Meyer?The head coach is only 54 years old and while health problems and a wanting to spend more time with his family are prompting him to step down, it wouldn’t be surprising if he ends up coaching again.Meyer has already revealed one job he will not be taking, though.That gig: NFL head coach.Meyer explained to Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel that he could never be an NFL head coach.From the report:For all the Packers fans tweeting about Meyer going there, don’t bother. He said he could never work in the NFL, as his extreme tendencies wouldn’t mesh with a job where losing four times a season is celebrated as a success. Meyer went 54-4 in Big Ten play during his seven seasons at Ohio State.“I could never work at a place … I see some of these guys’ records because the NFL is so even,” he said. “Some of these guys, their record is 74-58. I could never do that.”That’s because there’s been one singular Meyer motivator. When asked what he’ll miss most aside from his players, Meyer answered without hesitation: “Winning.” His tone hinted at the question being insulting. “I could say the preparation. Yeah! Sitting in there 12 hours a day and trying to figure out a way to gain four yards,” he said. “Yeah, sure. I could say traveling all over the country and eating chicken sandwiches recruiting. Sure! That’s part of the process. For what? The ultimate prize for all that work is winning.”Sorry, NFL fans, but that makes sense. It is tough to envision Meyer at the professional level.It’s not too tough, though, to imagine him coaching at Notre Dame…last_img read more

Kirk Ferentz Criticizes Final Coaches Poll

first_imgKirk Ferentz makes a play call.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Kirk Ferentz doesn’t vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll.This year’s final Top 25, which came out after the national championship (and an Iowa bowl win) illustrates why the long-tenured Hawkeyes coach refuses to do so.Iowa hit a mid-season rut, but finished the year strong.After a three-game losing streak in late October/early November knocked Iowa out of Big Ten West contention, the team rebounded to beat Illinois 63-0 and hold off a red hot Nebraska team 31-28 to finish the season 8-4.The Hawkeyes earned an Outback Bowl bid, and knocked off No. 18 Mississippi State, 27-22.Even after that bowl win, Iowa missed being ranked in the final Coaches Poll, coming in as the top team in the “others receiving votes” category.Kirk Ferentz criticized the Coaches Poll, pointing to the fact that Mississippi State is ranked ahead of Iowa to end the season.The Bulldogs fell to No. 25, one spot ahead of an Iowa team that beat them.From HawkCentral:“That’s a great illustration of why I don’t vote or chose not to vote in that. … The only guys that would be good at evaluating the top 25 are coaches that watch a lot of TV and I don’t know many of them,” Ferentz said.“For me to talk about anybody on the West Coast or the Big 12 during the season, I’d be fabricating. I don’t know if anybody realizes we actually played Mississippi State in the bowl game. We beat them. And I’m a coach, so the way my mind works is they were 18th. We’ve got a better record than them. We beat them. Why aren’t we 18th? That’s how my simple mind would work. I would put us at 18. But I think it just illustrates people don’t really look at what they’re doing.”The final AP Poll was more kind to the Hawkeyes, putting them in at No. 25, while Mississippi State finished third in “also receiving votes.”[HawkCentral]last_img read more

4-Star CB Henry Gray Reveals Top 8 Schools

first_imgTwo generic NFL footballs.(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Until recently, Henry Gray was a commit to the University of Miami. That changed with Mark Richt’s abrupt retirement after the season.Gray committed back during an Underclassmen Day last March. He decommitted from The U back in December, after Richt’s decision.Now, Miami is no longer among the favorites to land the four-star class of 2020 cornerback. He recently put out a new top eight schools list, which doesn’t feature the ‘Canes.Henry Gray’s top eight features Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee.He announced the list on Twitter this afternoon.Top 8‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/TaUhJ9HOJ2— Goated?? (@D1bound_zay2121) February 16, 2019Gray doesn’t call these his finalists, so there is a chance to other programs to get involved here.247Sports ranks the Miami Central star as a four-star player. He’s the No. 51 player in the class of 2020.The site has Gray as the No. 4 cornerback in the country, and the No. 6 player in Florida for the class.Right now, 247’s crystal ball has five analyst predictions in: two for Ohio State, two for Miami, and one for Clemson.In total, Gray claims 26 scholarship offers, per 247. It is unclear what his timetable for a new commitment is, but we have plenty of time. The early signing period is not until December, and national signing day is just under a year away.last_img read more