Former Miami high school star running back Henry Parrish transfers to UM
Henry Parrish, a former four-star running back at Ole Miss football, announced his decision to transfer to UM Sunday while visiting Coral Gables. Parrish averaged 42.5 rushing yards per game as the Rebels’ fourth-leading rusher this season, having ran for 553 total yards. Harris registered back-to-back conference outings with over 100 rushing yards, until a season-ending knee injury sidelined the Opa-Locka native in mid-October. Sophomore Don Chaney, Jr. will likely fill the backfield combination, following a recovery from an ACL tear in the Canes’ Week 2 matchup against Appalachian State. As Parrish and Chaney, Jr. prepare to jumpstart the running game for a passing-prioritized Hurricanes offense, freshmen Thaddius Franklin, Jr. and Cody Brown will likely assume similar backup roles from 2021.themiamihurricane.com
No. 6 Baylor tops No. 8 Ole Miss in Sugar Bowl; Corral hurt
Al Walcott set a Sugar Bowl record with a 96-yard interception return, Monaray Baldwin raced 48 yards for the go-ahead score on an end around, and sixth-ranked Baylor beat No. 8 Mississippi 21-7 as injured Rebels quarterback Matt Corral looked on from the sideline.
Corral's decision sweetens Ole Miss-Baylor Sugar Bowl tilt
Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral wasn't about to miss a chance to make history in the Sugar Bowl. The potential first-round NFL draft choice has spent four years helping the Rebels (10-2) rise from the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings to a No. 8 ranking and the cusp of the program's first 11-win season — if they can beat sixth-ranked Baylor (11-2) on Saturday night. Corral said the bond he has formed with Ole Miss teammates over several seasons outweighs the risk of an injury that could sink his draft stock — and his rookie pay day along with it.news.yahoo.com
From burgers to ballgames, SEC fans aiming for normalcy
Southeastern Conference officials are trying to get back to normal on football game days, with stadiums filled with fans and grills being fired up outside, even in a portion of the country where the states have among the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Bama hires ex-Texans coach O'Brien as offensive coordinator
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien watches during an NFL football training camp in Houston. Alabama has hired former Texans coach O'Brien as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – National champion Alabama has hired former Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. O'Brien also served as offensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions and won national coach of the year honors after going 8-4 in 2012. A 28-year coaching veteran and former Brown defensive player, O'Brien was also offensive coordinator at Duke.
Sark latest 'Bama assistant multi-tasking before title game
(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)Steve Sarkisian is the latest Alabama coordinator to be drawing up game plans for a national title showdown before leaving for a new head coaching job. The Longhorns fired Tom Herman and hired Sarkisian eight days before the national championship game Monday night against No. The difference this time is the accelerated time frame from Sarkisian’s hiring to the title game. Alabama beat Oklahoma in the semifinals before a 44-16 loss to Clemson in the national title game. Nearly a month passed from his hiring to the January 2012 title game rematch against LSU, which ’Bama won 21-0.
Corral, Ole Miss take down No. 7 Indiana in Outback Bowl
The Ole Miss defense, which allowed 535.7 yards and 40.3 points per game during the regular season, came through with one more stop to clinch the school's first bowl win since beating Oklahoma State in the 2016 Sugar Bowl. leaving Indiana with an opportunity to pull out its first bowl win in nearly 30 years. The Hoosiers, who don't have a postseason win since the 1991 Copper Bowl bowl, drove to the Rebels 33 before stalling and turning it over on downs. The Big Ten logo was replaced by an Outback Bowl logo on jerseys, and the letters “LEO” were added to helmets. POLL IMPLICATIONSThe loss could cost Indiana what likely would have been a Top 10 finish in the final AP Poll.
No. 7 Indiana excited to be in Outback Bowl against Ole Miss
“We were definitely kind of bummed out about what happened with the New Year's Six bowl game, but we just kind of used that as fuel to the fire,” running back Stevie Scott III said. “It has been 29 years since we last won a bowl game,” quarterback Jack Tuttle said. The problem was a porous defense yielded 40.3 points and a nation’s-worst 535.7 yards per game in the team’s first season under Kiffin. In fact, it’s rare that Ole Miss is facing a Big Ten opponent at all. They haven’t faced a team from that league since beating Nebraska in the 2002 Independence Bowl.
Maryland-Michigan canceled; Wolverines' AD sounds off
Manuel spoke hours after Michigan's game against Maryland this weekend was canceled because of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Wolverines' program. Ohio State had to cancel its game last week at Illinois because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in its program. Matchups against Ohio State and Michigan State were wiped out last month after the Terrapins had 23 positive tests for COVID-19, including coach Michael Locksley. ___AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed. ___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Nix finds Williams for game winner as Auburn tops Ole Miss
Auburn wide receivers Anthony Schwartz (1) and Ze'Vian Capers (80) both reach for an errant pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Virus wreaking havoc on SEC with Saban now testing positive
10 Florida's game against defending national champion LSU was postponed Wednesday to tentatively Dec. 12 after the SEC postponed Missouri-Vanderbilt on Monday. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is going through a similar situation. To play, the SEC requires at least 53 on game days. Timing is critical depending on the day of the week a positive test or tracing result returns. “Every time you’re taking a test," Mason said, “you're crossing your fingers ... you don't have anybody in harm's way."
No. 2 Alabama beats Ole Miss 63-48 in record SEC outburst
Matt Corral passed for 365 yards for Ole Miss (1-2) and the Rebels put up 647 yards on the Tide. Alabama and Ole Miss traded touchdowns for much of the night, but with the Tide (3-0) leading 49-42 the Rebels misfired in Alabama territory and had to settle for a field goal. After another Ole Miss field goal, Alabama recovered an onside kick and Harris busted a 39-yard touchdown run moments later to seal it. Ole Miss: The offensive unit is impressive. Ole Miss: The Rebels visit Arkansas on Saturday.
Lone Star Sadness: Horns, Aggies form Axis of Underachievers
At the top of USA Today's most recent revenue rankings for college athletic departments are Texas and Texas A&M. Texas and Texas A&M have everything needed to put out a national championship-level football program. The Aggies and Longhorns refuse to play each other but combine to form an Axis of Underachievers in the Lone Star State. In three games against Alabama under Fisher, the Aggies are 0-3 by a combined 144-75. For now, though, Texas and Texas A&M continue to prove the adage that money can't buy happiness.
No. 5 Florida beats Ole Miss 51-35 in Kiffin's debut
– Kyle Pitts caught four of Kyle Trask's six touchdown passes and No. 5 Florida spoiled the head coaching debut of Mississippi’s Lane Kiffin with a 51-35 victory Saturday. Trask completed 30 of 42 passes for 416 yards including touchdown passes of 1, 16, 71 and 17 yards to Pitts. Ole Miss (0-1) tied it at 14 midway through the second quarter before yielding to the Trask-led Florida outburst. “As members of the Florida and Ole Miss football teams, we recognize the impact of our personal platforms and are choosing to amplify the issues that directly impact us.
Week 4 Preview: FSU-Miami has King in spotlight; SEC begins
Before Miami won easily last year, the ‘Canes and ’Noles played five straight games decided by five points or fewer. A pandemic-altered college football season has helped put FSU-Miami in the spotlight again this weekend. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are still at least a month away, but the college football menu is starting to fill up. 7-6 — Lane Kiffin's record in his one SEC season as coach at Tennessee. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
New Magnolia State coaches prepare for challenging debuts
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, Lane Kiffin speaks to Mississippi fans after being announced as the new head football coach during a introductory press conference in Oxford, Miss. In attendance were his children, daughters Presley Kiffin, 13, left, Landry Kiffin, 15, second from left, and son Knox Kiffin, 10. Mississippi State's Mike Leach and Mississippi's Lane Kiffin brought big names and offensive pedigrees to the Magnolia State. But they drew huge challenges for their debuts, with the Bulldogs visiting defending national champion and No. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
New Magnolia State coaches prepare for challenging debuts
Mississippi State's Mike Leach and Mississippi's Lane Kiffin brought big names and offensive pedigrees to the Magnolia State. Mike Leach expected to start his first season at Mississippi State versus New Mexico. Instead, both coaches — and their respective offenses — will encounter stiffer challenges in their Magnolia State debuts. 5 Florida and ex-Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen as two-touchdown underdogs. Before Deion Sanders made a prime-time splash when he was hired by Jackson State on Monday; Leach and Kiffin were splashy hires in the state.
Orgeron: LSU in the market for a transfer cornerback now
LSU coach Ed Orgeron is looking to add a transfer defensive back at a time when uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic could theoretically help the No. Were a little short at cornerback, Orgeron said during a video media conference Tuesday. We are currently researching if there is a cornerback or maybe a nickel cornerback out there who is available. The Eagles play in the ACC and remain on track to play its fall season. In addition, Fresno State standout linebacker Justin Rice also transferred after the Mountain West Conference postponed its fall season.
FAU stays home, to face SMU in Boca Raton Bowl
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic won’t have to leave campus for its bowl destination. The Boca Raton Bowl announced Sunday that the Conference USA champion will stay home to face Southern Methodist at FAU Stadium. FAU (10-3) claimed its second C-USA title in three seasons under head coach Lane Kiffin, who left after Saturday’s championship game to take the same job at Ole Miss. The Owls capped a school-record 11-win season in 2017 with a 50-3 win against Akron in their only other Boca Raton Bowl appearance. The Boca Raton Bowl will be played on a Saturday for the first time in its six-year history.
Lane Kiffin torpedoes talk of Florida State job on Twitter
Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Lane Kiffin stands on the field before a game against the UCF Knights, Sept. 7, 2019, in Boca Raton, Florida. BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin doesn't appear to be interested in the Florida State job, despite a report stating the contrary. Sources: Lane Kiffin has expressed his interest in the FSU job. Come to #thefaU #promindset #ShulaBowl https://t.co/htQ682ep8h Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) November 4, 2019He also chimed in on a tweet from someone who asked, "Who would stay at FAU?" Florida State fired Willie Taggart on Sunday, one day after the Seminoles lost 27-10 to rival Miami at home.
Lane Kiffin fined $5,000 for blind referee meme on Twitter
FAU head coach Lane Kiffin disputes a call on the sideline during the first half against the Marshall Thundering Herd at FAU Stadium on Oct. 18, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida. BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin has been levied a $5,000 fine for criticizing the referees after his team's 36-31 home loss to Marshall. Kiffin's fine comes two days after the Owls were penalized nine times for 90 yards during Friday's losing effort. The third-year FAU coach turned to social media Saturday night to express his feelings about the officiating during the game. "We have freedom of speech, but I guess around here there's no such thing as freedom to tweet."
FAU to play Gators in Gainesville in 2021
Florida Atlantic announced Tuesday it will travel to Florida for the fourth time in school history and first time since 2015. With the addition of the Florida game, FAU has moved its home game against Fordham to Sept. 18, 2021. The Chippewas were originally scheduled to visit FAU Stadium in 2019 when the series was announced in 2015, but that game was moved to 2024. Instead, the Chippewas will play FAU's rival, Florida International, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in 2021. Former Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain and Central Michigan visit Hard Rock Stadium this Saturday for a game against the Miami Hurricanes.