first_imgUncle: Half of Europe want Real Madrid midfielder Llorenteby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent and uncle of Marcos Llorente has cast doubt over his future at Real Madrid.The midfielder was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain on Saturday.Julio Llorente, his uncle and agent, admits going into the tournament they were preparing to leave Real next month.”We will remember this throughout his life because it is the first title in which Marcos has won,” said Julio Llorente.”To continue in Madrid is nice, but we knew it was not good for his development. We had the plan to leave on-loan until the match against Rayo.”Since the season ended with Alavés, I’ve been called by half of Europe, including Champions League teams.”I was surprised he did not have more participation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Watford swoop for Vozdovac striker Filip Stuparevicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have signed Serbian striker Filip Stuparevic.The 18 year-old centre-forward hails from Vozdovac and has already signed for the Hornets.Vozdovac chief Goran Grkinic has confirmed the sale, though Stuparevic is unlikely to be seen at Vicarage Road until next season.The plan is for Watford to send Stuparevic on-loan to Serie A partners Udinese for the coming six months.Despite his youth, the young Serb has been a regular for Vozdovac this season. last_img read more


first_imgBellamy steps down from Cardiff City coaching roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCraig Bellamy will step down as a youth coach at Cardiff City in order to fight bullying allegations. The former Bluebirds star was accused by parents of bullying their children, something Bellamy “categorically” denies. However, while he fights the accusations, Bellamy has stepped down from his coaching role.”I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” Bellamy said in a statement.”I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.”Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them.”I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position. I will be making no further comment until the full investigation by the club has concluded.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgSolskjaer pleased for debutant Chong: He lifted Man Utd crowdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Tahith Chong lifted the home support in his debut for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading.Chong, 19, replaced Juan Mata in the 64th minute of United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Reading to become the 229th academy graduate to make their first-team bow for the club.”He had two or three really good moments, as you do when you’re young,” Solskjaer said. “You don’t run the game as a first performance for a 19-year-old.”But he got the crowd going, and has shown one or two glimpses of what he can do, he has in training anyway. And the game wasn’t won, it was 2-0 and was still go out there and perform. It’s not like it was 4-0 and it’s just a party, so he did well defensively as well and I think he’ll remember this for a long, long time.”He added: “The pleasing thing is we’re through and another clean sheet, 2-0 flatters us a bit because I think they played some great stuff, but then again we could have had three or four towards the end. The second goal was excellent with Alexis [Sanchez] getting Romelu [Lukaku] in, so individual quality managed to get us through, to be fair.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Batshuayi on brink of sealing Monaco moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is close to sealing a move to AS Monaco.Chelsea are now in ‘advanced talks’ to loan Batshuayi to Monaco.The striker has been ditched by Valencia after a dismal first half to the season.But Thierry Henry is a fan and believes he can get goals from the Belgian, to fire his struggling side to safety.And a deal is now close. last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool, Arsenal must deal with Raiola to land AC Milan target Malenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League clubs will have to deal with Mino Raiola if they’re to bring PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen back to England.Liverpool and former club Arsenal are keen, along with AC Milan.Raiola is said to already have contacted AC Milan, which has fierce competition for Malen.Milan has already informed Raiola they’re interested in the 20-year-old attacker. PSV is said to be asking €30m, but the Italian club believes this is on the high side. It is said that 45 clubs have asked PSV to keep them informed of developments regarding Malen. In addition to AC Milan, Liverpool and his old club Arsenal are also keen on the attacker. last_img read more


first_imgAl Rayyan in talks for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has emerged as a shock transfer target for Qatar side Al Rayyan.The Spanish bad-boy looked set to leave Diego Simeone’s side for the second time in August after the arrivals of Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata.The 30-year-old’s relationship with club bosses also deteriorated after he was handed an eight-match ban by La Liga authorities for verbally abusing a referee last term.But now Costa has been the chance to reinvigorate his career in the Middle East with Al Rayyan holding negotiations with Atletico, says AS.The Qatar-based outfit view the Brazilian-born striker as a viable alternative to Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic after they failed to land the Croatian this summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgWolves boss Nuno left frustrated after Southampton drawby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was left frustrated after their 1-1 draw with Southampton.The visitors went ahead in sloppy circumstances from a Wolves perspective, as Danny Ings capitalised to slot home. Wolves showed the spirit to come back and equalise through Raul Jimenez’s penalty, and Nuno wants his team to learn from their performance and build on an improved second-half.He said, “I’m disappointed because one of the things we are, and must be, is solid and today we were not. Sometimes you have to stay in the game, Southampton broke us when we should be more solid in defence.“We created but not in the right areas we should. We played long, Southampton did very well, they pressed us very well, they were organised and are a very good team, they did a good job to make our task very hard in terms of possession of the ball.”He continued, “Sometimes it’s not what you want to do, it’s what the other team lets you do, but we should find better solutions. In the second-half we played better, we were more stable.“The goal we suffered was a mistake, we had to react, and we reacted OK, and then we pushed until the end.“It was not an easy game, it was a very tough game. It was very disrupted, not both teams controlling the game, we had an injury and didn’t play the way we should and could.“The game was very hard, we made mistakes, a lot of things happened in the game, so we have to improve for the next one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgFred Hoiberg dances in new Infiniti comemrcial.YouTubeWith the elimination of the Chicago Bulls from the NBA Playoffs, all signs point to the franchise parting ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Who will take over the historic franchise if the job opens up as expected? According to Yahoo Sports’ NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is the only coach on the Bulls’ list.“The job will be Fred Hoiberg’s if he wants it,” Wojnarowski said. “There’s not going to be any competition for him. Now, it’s conceivable that Fred Hoiberg decides to stay at Iowa State, but if they make a change and Tom Thibodeau is out, Fred Hoiberg is really the only candidate for this job from the Bulls perspective. But that doesn’t guarantee that he’s going to do it. I know he’s already had to give it thought because it’s real.The full interview with Wojnarowski is available at CBS Chicago.Last week, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard admitted that the NBA is likely in Hoiberg’s future.Jamie Pollard on Hoiberg/NBA rumors: “He has always said from Day 1 that his lifelong goal has been to coach in the NBA…” (1/2)— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015Pollard: “…It’s for him to decide when that part of his life he wants to activate.” (2/2)— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015I asked Jamie Pollard if he expected Fred Hoiberg to be his men’s basketball coach on Aug. 1: “I hope so.”— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) May 12, 2015 Will the chance to coach Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Joakim Noah lead him out of Ames? We’ll probably find out pretty soon.[CBS Chicago]last_img read more


first_imgJourdan Lewis hangs on the rim after a dunk.Jourdan Lewis DunkMichigan senior cornerback Jourdan Lewis is known for his superb skills on the football field, but his athletic gifts also translate to the basketball court.While out in Oregon serving as a mentor at Nike’s The Opening, Lewis found some time to hit the hardwood. He posted a video to his Twitter this afternoon showing him throwing down a pretty legit dunk off a self alley-oop.Messin around s pic.twitter.com/h0ZwC688AG— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) July 9, 2016Not bad at all, especially considering Lewis is only 5-foot-10. [ 247Sports ]last_img read more


first_imgPaul Pogba is making positive progress in his recovery from a minor knock, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to have him available for Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham.The World Cup-winning midfielder was caught by a high tackle from Jonjo Shelvey during a recent victory over Newcastle.He suffered enough damage to keep him out of an FA Cup third-round clash with Reading. 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? Pogba was also late joining up with United for a warm weather training camp in Dubai as he continued to receive treatment.He has, however, linked up with the rest of his team-mates in the Middle East as they prepare for a return to Premier League action on Sunday.Solskjaer believes a man who has enjoyed a welcome return to form in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure could figure at Wembley Stadium, while updates have also been offered on a couple of other absent stars.United’s interim manager told the club’s official website: “Marcos [Rojo] has gone back home because his injury is taking a bit longer than we thought.“Fred[‘s partner] is expecting a baby and Paul [Pogba] has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home.“Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week.”Paul Pogba Manchester United Bournemouth 30122018Pogba, who found himself stuck on the bench as Mourinho’s reign came to a close, has netted four times in his last three appearances.He helped Solskjaer to open his spell at the helm with a run of four successive wins in the Premier League, before Reading were then seen off in cup competition.United will be eager to get him back into their side as soon as possible, especially as a visit to Spurs presents them with a chance to close further on the top four.It remains to be seen whether Fred will play any part in that contest, but the Brazil international did start the 2-0 win over Reading and is being given a chance to play his way back into form.Rojo, who has made just three appearances this season, will not figure as his fitness struggles continue.Eric Bailly will also be absent as he serves the final instalment of a three-match ban for the red card he picked up against Bournemouth, but fellow centre-half Chris Smalling has stepped up his recovery from a foot complaint. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgDavid Beckham has received clearance from the Football Association to become a shareholder in Salford City. The former Manchester United star and England captain will take up a role as a director of the National League club after passing the FA’s approval tests. Salford, who confirmed the news via Twitter, will present Beckham to fans at the Peninsula Stadium when they host Maidstone United on Saturday.  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? Beckham joins ex-United team-mates from the ‘Class of ’92’ in investing in the club, including Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt. The 43 year old is also actively involved in club ownership in the United States as an investor in the MLS expansion franchise Inter Miami, which is due to start playing in the 2020 season.Singaporean businessman Peter Lim remains the largest single shareholder at Salford, with 40 per cent. Speaking to Salford’s official website last week, Beckham said: “It’s a proud moment for me to join Peter Lim and the Class of ’92 lads as an owner of Salford City FC. “It’s a really special club and a special group of people. My early years in Manchester were all spent in Salford. I grew up there in many ways so to be able to finally join the lads and the club is a great feeling.”Gary Neville had also revealed his delight in an event organised last week to celebrate Beckham’s participation in the project.”We wanted to announce it on our terms,” Neville said, flanked by his other ex-United colleagues at a briefing Beckham was unable to attend.”We know there’s a process to go through and we can’t be presumptuous that he will be accepted.We are delighted to announce that The FA have approved David Beckham to become a director at the club! #WeAreSalford   pic.twitter.com/PLBcDGZl2g — Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) January 31, 2019 “David will attend a game at the earliest possible opportunity as the FA do their due diligence with the process.”We don’t know how long it will take. We’ve applied today. The FA are seeing the documentation for the first time today.”David has signed the forms but you have to enter the process to determine fit and proper ownership.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgThe Gold Cup quarterfinals are set, with the U.S. national team drawn against Curacao in the quarterfinals while traditional powers Mexico and Costa Rica will square off on the other side of the bracket. Gregg Berhalter’s U.S. squad finished group play with three wins from three, leaving them sitting top of the pile in Group D, with Panama finishing as the second-place team in the group. That set the home side up with a quarterfinal date against Curacao, a team that had never scored a goal in the competition before 2019 but finish second in Group C after working out a win over Honduras and a draw with Jamaica in dramatic fashion, on Sunday in Philadelphia.  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? Jamaica and Panama will square off in the other quarterfinal on that side of the bracket, also set to take place on Sunday in Philadelphia, with the winner to face the winner of the USA vs Curacao match in the semifinals. The other side of the bracket will see Group A winner Mexico face off with Group B runner-up Costa Rica on Saturday in Houston. Mexico cruised through the group stage, winning all three matches and staking a claim as the Gold Cup favorite. El Tri’s quarterfinal opponent will not be an easy out, however. Costa Rica’s struggles in the group stage saw the Ticos finish second in Group B behind Haiti, but the Costa Ricans are a tradition power in Concacaf and should provide a stern test for Tata Martino’s side. Group B winner Haiti also will take on Group A runner-up Canada on Saturday in Houston. GC quarterfinalsHaiti enters the match having taken a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in group play, while Canada’s only loss was a 3-1 reverse to Mexico.The quarterfinal will be seen by both sides as a rare chance to earn a place in the last four at the regional competition. Canada last made an appearance in the semifinals in 2007, while Haiti has never made it to the last four. The semifinal matchups will be held Tuesday, July 2 in Pheonix and Wednesday, July 3 in Nashville.last_img read more


first_imgManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained that Romelu Lukaku’s omission from the Red Devils’ squad to face Perth Glory is due to injury.The Belgian has been strongly linked with a move to Italy and Antonio Conte’s Inter, but the Norwegian manager has insisted that is not the reason for the striker’s absence.He also confirmed that three other players were in the same position and would be given the chance to recover ahead of their midweek fixture against Leeds United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “They’re all [Lukaku, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Lee Grant] OK, just small niggles that we just want to protect today. We’ll probably see them on Wednesday, I reckon,” Solskjaer said to MUTV.Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to move to Serie A after being usurped as first-choice striker by Marcus Rashford last season following Solskjaer’s appointment.Despite talks having commenced, Lukaku has continued to train with the club although he misses out on featuring in Saturday’s pre-season opener against A-League side Perth Glory.United have lined up in what appears to be a 4-2-3-1 for their first pre-season fixture, with new signing Daniel James making his first appearance for the club, while Tahith Chong is also included from the first whistle.Solskjaer revealed that he would be making 11 changes at half-time, meaning fellow new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka is likely to make his first appearance from the bench.”Second half will be 11 new ones, so we’ll make all subs at half-time and then everyone gets 45 minutes, a good workout apart from the ones that have a few niggles,” Solskjaer continued.Axel Tuanzebe also gets a start in defence after spending last season on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship and is relishing the chance to prove himself back at his parent club.Also speaking to MUTV, Tuanzebe said: “It’s always a great opportunity to play for the club. We’ve had a good two weeks of training and now let’s get it out on the pitch. Manchester’s always been my home, to be amongst the lads again is great. It’s time to push on and show everyone I’m ready for it. “Every pre-season is the same for every player to demonstrate they’re ready, I’ve worked hard in the off-season to be in this position now so let’s go out all guns blazing.”last_img read more


first_imgGeneral view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Recruiting is well underway for the class of 2019. Many top prospects have already offered up verbal commitments.Arizona State landed its first commitment of the Herm Edwards Era this week. It was Arizona State’s first 2019 commit.Incredibly, there are two Power 5 programs that have been shut out so far. They are still looking for their first commit in this cycle.The two programs are UCLA and Pitt.UCLA makes some sense because Chip Kelly is entering his first season as head coach of the Bruins. Even with Kelly’s reputation, it can take a new coach some time to get going on the recruiting trail.Pat Narduzzi is established at Pitt, however, so its more surprising he doesn’t have a commit. It seems linebacker Joe Smith is a candidate to become the first to pull the trigger.A linebacker came to #Pitt’s Sunday camp from Florida and now he’s feeling pretty good about the Panthers. Could he be the first 2019 commit? https://t.co/A1dmn1wFPz— Chris Peak (@PantherLair) June 4, 2018Just a hunch here: with the commitment flurry that occurs every June, expect Pitt and UCLA to land one sooner rather than later.In the meantime, fans of both programs will likely remain anxious.last_img read more


first_imgTate Martell at a practice.Ohio State will begin its 2018 season this Saturday. Tate Martell certainly seems ready.Even with Dwayne Haskins being the Buckeyes’ starter, Martell is expected to see some time this season. He should definitely play on Saturday, considering OSU will likely blow out Oregon State.The former four-star recruit is primed for his college debut. He had a message for Ohio State fans on Twitter this afternoon.“It’s game week,” he wrote in a tweet that also included practice highlights of his.it’s game week… ? pic.twitter.com/tZ3v6foswK— TATE MARTELL (@TheTateMartell) August 29, 2018Martell should be a player to keep an eye on for Ohio State this season.The Buckeyes begin the 2018 campaign at home this Saturday against Oregon State. Kickoff is set for noon on ABC.It will be the first of three games for the team without head coach Urban Meyer, who is currently serving a suspension for his handling of the Zach Smith situation.last_img read more


first_imgTom Herman doing the "Hook 'Em Horns" while singing Texas' school song.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns sings The Eyes of Texas following a loss to the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Oklahoma football suffered a pretty serious recruiting loss on Tuesday. Jacoby Jones, the No. 1 JuCo defensive end in the country, decommitted from the Sooners.Jones had committed to Lincoln Riley’s club back on Sept. 16, a few weeks after his official visit. The Missouri native currently stars at Butler Community College in Kansas.He made the big announcement via Twitter:pic.twitter.com/K2QpEeLZxm— Coby (@CobyOnTop) November 13, 2018Jacoby Jones’ Oklahoma decommitment is good news for Texas football on a few fronts.First, Tom Herman’s staff is after Jones as a recruit. He is set to visit Austin this weekend.He previously visited NC State over the summer, and also holds offers from Colorado, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas Tech, UCF, Washington State, and others.Given the timing though, it definitely seems like Texas is the main factor right now.The decommitment also bumps Texas right past Oklahoma in the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings. After his decision, Texas is No. 7 in the country, and No. 1 in the Big 12, exactly one spot ahead of the Sooners on both lists.Due to a recent decommit for the 2019 class for the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns are now the No. 1 ranked team in the Big 12 for the 2019 recruiting cycle! #HookEm— Hook’em Headlines (@HookemHeadlines) November 14, 2018Jones is the No. 25 JuCo recruit in the country, and tops at his position. The crystal ball now has 50-percent of voters choosing him to end up at Texas, and that should continue to get even more lopsided.last_img read more


first_imgJason Garrett stares down at the field during a game.LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 12: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Rams defeated the Cowboys 30-22. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)It was just last week that James Coley was promoted to offensive coordinator at Georgia. According to a report, it could be short-lived.Earlier Friday, the Dallas Cowboys officially announced they’d be parting ways with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. NFL reporter Ian Rapoport listed two “possible” replacements in the aftermath.Rapoport listed tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier as one option – and listed Coley as the other option. He said that the Cowboys could “look to the college game” if it were to consider Coley.Coley doesn’t have a ton of NFL experience, but he has worked with some big-time college programs that produced NFL talent. Over the years, he’s worked for LSU, Florida State, Miami and Georgia.As the #Cowboys dig into possible replacements for embattled OC Scott Linehan, they have one on their current staff — TE coach Doug Nussmeier — and may look to the college game to better utilize Dak Prescott’s talents. UGA OC James Coley will receive some consideration there.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2019Coley’s one NFL job came with the Miami Dolphins back in 2005-2006. He was an offensive assistant and quality control coach during his tenure there.The Cowboys finished 10-6 and made the playoffs this past season, but struggled on offense much of the season. They fell to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs, 30-22.If Coley does leave, it’ll put Georgia in an interesting position – having to fill a big role after the coaching carousel has been spinning for a few weeks now.last_img read more


first_imgKerryon Johnson of Auburn leaps for a touchdown.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Kerryon Johnson #21 of the Auburn Tigers dives for a touchdown past Deandre Baker #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s most well-known rivalry series is with Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and Georgia has its famous game against Florida, which is played in Jacksonville every year. The two share the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry as well, but that game may undergo a pretty big scheduling change.Right now, that makes for a really difficult November every year for the Tigers. Auburn plays Georgia and Alabama, often two of the best teams in the country, in the span of three weeks.Auburn has proposed a few different solutions to lighten that end-of-season load, and it sounds like we may be nearing one. As of now, the Tigers have Georgia and Alabama on the same home-road rotation as well, so in even years, they have to go to Athens and Tuscaloosa in the same month.Part of that issue stems from SEC expansion earlier this decade.When Missouri and Texas A&M were added to the league, Auburn got back-to-back home games against Georgia because of the wrench it through in the rotational conference schedule. Auburn would have to return the favor and head to Athens two years in a row to undo things and break up how their two rivalries are split, something Kirby Smart discussed last year.It sounds like that may be impossible until the current schedule rotation ends in 2024, but the Auburn-Georgia series could move up to September or October.That may come as soon as 2020. From 247Sports:Auburn, Georgia and the SEC are nearing an agreement to move the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry to earlier in the 2020 season in an effort to alleviate scheduling burdens for both schools, industry sources tell Auburn Undercover.The parties still have hurdles to overcome, but it is expected the 14 SEC schools and commissioner Greg Sankey will move forward to push the game to September or October, the sources said. The scheduling change would lift enormous weight from the Tigers’ difficult November schedule, which was set to feature away games at both Georgia and Alabama in the final three weeks of the regular season. Alabama won the SEC title in 2018 and Georgia defeated Auburn to win it in 2017.Having the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry earlier in the year would definitely feel weird. It has been a November game dating back to 1937.However, in the last few years, we’ve had some lean early weekends, especially in September. Moving a prominent SEC rivalry up could help matters there as well, though its unclear when exactly this proposal would change the 2020 game to.[247Sports]last_img read more


first_imgA view of the fans in Clemson's football stadium during a game.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the stadium and fans as the University of North Carolina Tar Heels take on the Clemson Tigers on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The No. 1 overall recruiting class for college football’s 2020 cycle continues to get better and better. At this point, it’s almost unfair.Myles Murphy, the No. 8 overall recruit in the 2020 class, announced this evening his commitment to the Clemson Tigers.The five-star defensive lineman is ranked the No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Murphy chose Clemson over Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia, among other programs. The elite recruit announced his decision at a ceremony on Friday night.5-star DE Myles Murphy (@BigMurphy_25) has committed to #Clemson pic.twitter.com/xBbBX1hRKU— Matt DeBary (@MattDeBary) May 18, 2019Murphy’s commitment gives Clemson 15 commitments for the 2020 class. Of those 15 commits, five are five-star prospects.Clemson is putting together one of the most-loaded recruiting classes of all-time.Breaking: #Clemson lands 5th consecutive 5-star by adding a commitment from Georgia’s No. 1 prospect DE Myles Murphy: https://t.co/AaaFJbwRc9 @SWiltfong247— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) May 18, 2019Clemson’s 2020 class is ranked the No. 1 class in the country by 247Sports. You can view Dabo Swinney’s full class here.last_img read more