Real Madrid I’ve got a biological age of 23, claims Ronaldo Robin Bairner 06:41 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League The 33-year-old striker has struggled to find his best form domestically for Real Madrid but promises there are still big things to come from him Cristiano Ronaldo has fired a warning to his detractors who says that he is past his best, claiming that he has a biological age of 23.The Real Madrid ace, who is 33-years-old, has suffered his joint poorest goal scoring season in La Liga since moving to Spain from Manchester United in 2009, but he believes that he remains on course for a career into his 40s.Ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev, the Portuguese has outlined just how good he is feeling. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Right now, I’ve got a biological age of 23,” he claimed. “I’ve still got a long time left, I can keep playing until I’m 41. I’m feeling good, happy, I can’t complain.“We are playing another final of Saturday and the fans are behind Cristiano.”Despite his bullish remarks, Ronaldo says that Madrid’s fortunes in the final do not depend on his performance, though a hat-trick could carry him to a record number of goals in a Champions League season.Meanwhile, Madrid are chasing a third-successive European title, which would be a first for the club since the 1960s.
Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad, and Australian Men’s 35’s player, Len Ryan, were given the honour of being the Flag Bearers for the 2011 World Cup. The trio said that they were honoured and privileged to be named Flag Bearers for the event, which starts in a fortnight in Edinburgh, Scotland.Louise Winchester debuted for Australia as an 18-year-old in 1998, and has gone on to play at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, with 41 caps – 20 World Cup and 21 test appearances – for Australia along the way. Winchester said that she was ‘absolutely blown away’ by the honour. “I’ve seen the Flag Bearers that have gone before me and the calibre of not just player but person that they are, to be named alongside them is such a great honour. To be able to represent each and every one of you, not just the players but everyone here tonight and all of Australia, means the absolute world to me,” Winchester said. “To do it alongside Lenny and Trady, also means so much and I know that it will be definitely something that I’ll very much look forward to and something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life and never forget. To receive this award in front of you all, but especially my Mum and Dad tonight, who have given me so much in my life, it’s a great honour. I’m just so glad that you could be a part of this tonight. I’m just so proud.”The 2011 World Cup will be the fourth for Tony Trad, having coached in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 events. He has represented Australia as a coach on 49 occasions, including 28 World Cup caps and 21 test appearances. “I’m a little bit speechless too, believe it or not. I too have seen just wonderful ambassadors of our game before us doing the flag, and well deserved, so to be considered amongst them is very humbling and there’s been some fantastic people, and two of them are standing beside me. I’m very, very proud. I also want to have a shout out to Ron Hanson, he was a great player and a great captain…more importantly he is a great man so I am really honoured to have anything named after Ron Hanson. Finally, I’d like to thank all of you, I just love this sport and love this country so it does mean a lot to me,” Trad said. Len Ryan will be taking part in his sixth World Cup when he takes to the fields in Scotland. He too has 49 caps for Australia, 39 at a World Cup level, and 10 test matches. Ryan said he was ‘blown away’ by the announcement and told the contingent to make the most of the opportunity to represent Australia at a World Cup. “I’m blown away. I’m overwhelmed, I’m privileged, I’m humbled, I’m very lucky, I’m very thankful, I love the sport, it’s been so good to me to play a lot of age divisions which I’m very lucky with. I hold in great stead and esteem KJ (Kristy Judd), and I always say to her she’s very humble and quiet, how well she’s done in the one age division. I’m so lucky, I’ve had a lot of banter with Dave Cheung and Tim Kitchingham about what we have done and what we haven’t done and they always one up me,” Ryan said. “I’m very thankful, I really am, and the sport has done a tremendous lot for me and I need to pay that back and I’m very privileged and honoured, I thank the sport very much. Appreciate it, don’t take it for granted, don’t wait until you are older like me, when you get statistics you are at the end of your career, try and appreciate it at the start of your career.”
Women’s Health magazine has launched the nominations phase for the Women’s Health I Support Women in Sport Awards, to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Wednesday October 12, 2011. “At Women’s Health, we’re passionate about raising the profile of women in sport and this awards night is the perfect opportunity for our home-grown female sporting stars to get the recognition and support they deserve,” said editor of Women’s Health magazine, Felicity Harley.I Support Women In Sport is the most significant female sports awareness campaign in Australian history – aiming to encourage Australian women who currently do not participate in sport, to pledge their support and become involved in a sporting activity during 2011. Secondly, the campaign celebrates female athletes from all fields whose achievements are often undervalued or unrecognised.“We’re urging you to jump online today and have your say on who you think deserves to be rewarded for their sporting commitment and determination,” Harley added.THE CATEGORIES:Women’s Health Sportswoman of the Year: The best of the best: who has been most outstanding in the last year?One to Watch: Um, who? You might not have heard of this rising star, but you’re going to be hearing a whole lot more!A-Team of the Year: An awesome bunch of female athletes who’ve kicked some serious butt in the sporting world this past yearComeback kid: She’s back! After a career break, she’s returned full force and now deserves to be back in the spotlight.Service to sport: She’s reached the highest level of her sport. Let’s enshrine her into the ISWIS Awards Hall of Fame.Unsung Hero: A woman who works behind-the-scenes (coach, CEO, nutritionist, sock launderer, referee)Fair Fighter: She’s one of the best; yet also the fairest. Really, she’s just like everyone’s BFF and deserves to be called a sporting star. Local Heroine: Her hometown rates her highly yet she doesn’t earn a buck from her sport. It’s time to give her some recognitionGrassroots Greatest: We salute the hostess with the mostest – the volunteer whose passion for sport has made her a true inspirationLeadership Legend: This woman has shown top leadership skills while skippering her team to success.Moment of the Year: The all-time best female sporting moment that sent the nation into a frenzy.Woman of Sporting Words: Let’s honour the journalist who’s fought for the I Support Women in Sport cause.To nominate, visit www.isupportwomeninsport.com.au – and all people who nominate will go into the draw to win an all-new Ford Focus.Be sure to nominate our amazing Australian Touch Football representatives by clicking on the ‘nominate and win’ section of the website, and by clicking the ‘other’ section in the questions.
Dybala in awe of Juventus pal Ronaldo: It’s amazingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala admits he’s had to re-adjust his approach at Juventus since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine has recaptured his best form after a slow start to the season.And he said, “Last year, I scored a lot in the league and little in the Champions League. And now, it’s the opposite. But the important thing is that the team wins and plays well. “Great players have arrived and I have a different role, more withdrawn.”We know that Cristiano is more a finisher. Everyone tries to make themselves available to the team and the coach, to find free spaces.”He is 33 years old and he looks like he is 25. For all he does, for his way of training. It’s amazing how to see a player train like that, who has won so much, so many trophies and still wants to win.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG coach Tuchel: Mourinho sacking changes nothingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists the sacking of Jose Mourinho doesn’t change their preparations for meeting Manchester United.PSG and United will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”It does not change anything for us,” said Tuchel. “I do not care who is the coach of this or that team. These things are media stuff. There will be a lot of matches before meeting Manchester. “We will talk about our opponent in due time.”
Wolves captain Coady hails Crystal Palace point: We never give inby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says his teammates will never give in after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.Diogo Jota rescued a point with his side five minutes into stoppage time.Coady told the club’s website: “That’s us, that’s how we want to play, that’s how we need to play – when we’re good, when we’re working as a unit and we’re together, strong and organised, that’s when we’re at our best.”In the first-half I think we did that incredibly well, considering the form that we’re in, but I think it’s something, when you come to a place like this, you know how tough it is, everybody knows how tough it is.”When you come and nick a point in the way we did in the last minute – I say nick a point, but we probably should’ve scored a couple more in the first-half as well, so in the end I thought it was a good point.””That will never change from us. We’ve got that embedded within the squad, we’ve got the spirit, we’re all very, very good friends and I think you see that when we come to play.”We’ll never, ever lie down, but we’ve got players who will score goals. We’ll never, ever stop playing, stop playing hard, and luckily it’s happened today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man Utd striker Van Persie: Solskjaer doesn’t know what he’s doingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has questioned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man management.Van Persie was reacting to United’s defeat at Newcastle.”You can see here’s struggling there, if I’m really honest, during that interview,” Van Persie told Optus Sport.”And I get it if you’re manager of Manchester United during this period of time. So he’s searching for words, maybe he chose a few wrong ones there. Because as a player, what does that mean, ‘sorting the players’ heads out’, what does that mean?”If you’re a player you’re a little bit like, ‘my head is fine’. ‘Even though you can see the players are low in confidence, he needs to find a way to reconnect again and to get their confidence high. As a manager, when you’re team is low in confidence get them up, when your team is too high in confidence, when they are becoming a little bit too much, you have to get them back to the middle again. At the moment, based on this interview, and based on what I’ve seen in the game, I’m not sure if he really knows how to find the buttons there.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud wanted by Vancouver Whitecapsby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is wanted by MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.Sportsnet650 says the World Cup winner, 33, is being lined up for a move to the other side of the Atlantic after losing his place in Chelsea’s starting XI.It’s reckoned the Whitecaps have already made an audacious move for the former Gunners ace.But Giroud is not interested in moving his family to the Canadian side.And he instead wants to go to either Los Angeles or New York, although Miami, Washington and Chicago are also tempting.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State, under Urban Meyer, seems to have a new tradition after putting together incredible football seasons. Back in 2012, the school celebrated the team’s undefeated season (the Buckeyes will ineligible for the postseason that year) by adding a new sign to one of its streets on campus – “12-0 Row.” Today, Ohio State announced that it will be doing the same for this year’s squad – it has announced that a sign with the name “The Undisputed Way” will be on display on Lane Ave.The new street sign for @OhioStAthletics. Undisputed Way. pic.twitter.com/An4rrP39fM— Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) January 24, 2015Clearly, it’s a play-on-words dedicated to the fact that Ohio State was the undisputed national champion this past year. The party is on in Columbus.
Alabama knocked off Auburn, 57-55, in last night’s men’s basketball contest. But as you’d guess, the Crimson Tide faithful on hand were much more interested in talking about what happened between the two schools on the gridiron earlier this year. Per tradition, the Iron Bowl hardware, known as the James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy, was presented by leaders of Auburn’s student government to Alabama head coach Nick Saban at halftime of the contest. And also, per tradition, Auburn’s students were then forced to sing the Crimson Tide fight song – “Yea Alabama.” AL.com captured the footage. Fast-forward to 1:30 to see the Tigers faithful taking part.Props to both sides for showing sportsmanship in what’s easily the nation’s most spirited rivalry.
Ohio State WR Michael ThomasMichael Thomas has shown off his one-hand catching ability before. We even showed you a video of his skills. The Buckeyes’ redshirt junior wide receiver is showing off again. Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver, posted a video of himself making some one-handed catches inside OSU’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center today. Sundayz “I can’t remember the last time I dropped the ball” #blessed #urbancutthelightsoutonmesaidgohome pic.twitter.com/2OrK9KrdIp— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) May 24, 2015It’s a warm Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend and Thomas is inside, getting ready for the 2015 season. That’s a good sign for your team’s chances this fall, Ohio State fans.
PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 28: DeShone Kizer #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks off the field after they lost to the Stanford Cardinal on a last-second field goal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The Trick Shot Monday tradition continues at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish released the first Trick Shot Monday video of the 2015 season earlier tonight. It took place at the team’s barber shop, with back-up quarterback DeShone Kizer winning the competition. Kizer was able to shoot a ping-pong ball through the barber’s pole and into a Gatorade cup below. Tough test for the first trick shot of the year. The Fighting Irish open the 2015 season at home on Saturday against Texas. Kick-off is set for 7:30 PM EST, and the game will be televised on NBC.
Tyrone Mings will not face punishment from the Football Association (FA) following an incident with Nelson Oliveira that left the striker with facial injuries, Reading have confirmed. Mings, who is on loan at Aston Villa from Bournemouth and was making his debut for the Championship club, landed on Oliveira’s face with his studs during Saturday’s 0-0 draw. The Portuguese forward, who was bleeding heavily after the clash, was taken to hospital and his partner Mel Oliveira wrote on Instagram on Monday that Mings ought to “get a lengthy ban”. 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? However, Reading confirmed in a statement released via social media that Mings will not be charged by the FA.”As a club, we ensured that the referee and the FA were fully aware of an incident during Saturday’s match which caused injury to our striker, Nelson Oliveira,” the club posted on Twitter.”But as the incident was seen by the ref at the time, we understand no retrospective action can or will be taken by the FA.”While playing for Bournemouth in March 2017, Mings received a five-match ban for violent conduct after a Football Association panel ruled he deliberately stood on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head during a 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.Mings has apologised for the incident and stressed it was purely an accident.
Kepa Arrizabalaga insisted his relationship with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea remains strong as the pair compete to be first choice for Spain in their forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa got the nod from Spain head coach Luis Enrique in two of Spain’s last four internationals, and he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Malta and a 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina.De Gea, who at 28 is four years Kepa’s senior, was Spain’s first choice at the 2018 World Cup and played the duration of all 38 of Manchester United’s Premier League matches last season. 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? Luis Enrique also has Real Betis’ Pau Lopez at his disposal for Spain’s qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Sweden, and Kepa said there is healthy competition in the squad.”There are three goalkeepers in the squad,” said Kepa. “We have all been called up by Luis Enrique and we all want to play. We train hard and then it is the coach who decides.”My relationship with De Gea is very good, we have worked well together. In addition to competing, we usually talk on the phone. We have a fluid relationship.”After a tumultuous 2018 that saw Spain crash out of the World Cup at the hands of Russia in the round of 16, Luis Enrique’s men are unbeaten since the turn of the year having beaten Norway and Malta in their last two Euro 2020 qualifiers.Kepa admitted that the forthcoming games fall at an awkward time, with many of Spain’s players having had only a short break following the end of their domestic seasons, and said the artificial turf at Tosvollur Stadium in the Faroe Islands could make life difficult for Enrique’s men.“Sweden and the Faroe Islands have a similar profile,” said Kepa. “We assume that Sweden is going to be more difficult, but the conditions that we are going to find [in the Faroe Islands], with artificial turf, will hinder the game.”We have two important matches that may not come at the best time, but our goal is to reach Euro 2020. The team is confident and we will do the best we can.”Turning his attention to Chelsea, Kepa insisted both he and manager Maurizio Sarri had moved past the incident that saw them publicly fall out during the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.Kepa refused to be substituted during the Wembley showpiece, and the former Athletic Bilbao man admitted it was a decision he regretted, but said Chelsea’s Europa League triumph had helped to bury the bad memory.”It has been several months now,” said Kepa. “It’s true, that was a bad week for me. Of course it was a day I’m not proud of.”I said sorry to him and from then on our relationship has been very good, like it was before. I’ve kept his confidence, we’ve accomplished our targets and I think our season was very positive.”It has been a step forward in my career in every sense [moving to Chelsea]. I’ve had a lot of games, we accomplished our targets for the season and now, looking backwards, I think it has been a positive year.”
Lyon’s Ferland Mendy has become Real Madrid’s latest summer signing, joining the Blancos in a deal worth an initial €48 million (£42.7m/$54m).Having seriously under-performed both at home and in Europe during the 2018-19 season, Madrid president Florentino Perez is sparing no expense to ensure the coming campaign will mark an improvement. Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard are already confirmed arrivals, from Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea respectively, while Santos wonderkid Rodrygo is also expected to complete his move to the Bernabeu over the summer. The club also added defender Eder Militao from Porto as Real Madrid have rebuilt the squad in a big way this summer. 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? Now, after spending heavily on bolstering the Blanco forward line with the Jovic and Hazard moves, Madrid have turned their attention on defence once again, bringing in the highly rated left-back on a six-year contract as the presumed heir to ageing Brazil legend Marcelo. “Real Madrid and Olympique Lyonnaise have agreed the transfer of the player Ferland Mendy,” Madrid confirmed in a statement published on the club’s official website. “The player will be linked to the club for the next six seasons, until June 30, 2025. “Mendy will be presented on Wednesday June 19, at 1pm, in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”According to Lyon, the sale was negotiated for the sum of €48m plus a further €5m in future bonuses.L’Olympique Lyonnais informe du transfert du défenseur international @ferland_mendy au @realmadrid pour un montant de 48 M€ auquel pourront s’ajouter des incentives pour un montant maximum de 5 M€.Toutes les informations ⤵https://t.co/FeKtnXX6Jq— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) 12 de junio de 2019Mendy, 24, came through the ranks of Le Havre and earned a move to Lyon at the start of the 2017-18 season. He went on to make 79 appearances for the club, scoring on three occasions while helping Lyon secure a third-place finish behind Paris Saint-Germain and Lille in Ligue 1 this seasonHe has also earned three caps for the France national team to date. Mendy made his international debut in November, replacing Benjamin Mendy in the squad, featuring against Uruguay in a fall friendly.Real Madrid finished third in La Liga last season, behind both Barcelona and Real Madrid with Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari and, ultimately, Zinedine Zidane taking charge at the club.In the Champions League, Los Blancos failed to defend their title, ending their run of three consecutive titles with a Round of 16 defeat at the hands of Ajax.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry will have another opportunity in the NFL. He has signed with a new team.Perry, who began his career with the then-San Diego Chargers and played last season with the Indianapolis Colts, has signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He’ll join a Seattle roster that already has former Buckeyes Nick Vannett and Jamarco Jones.Seattle announced the news of Perry’s signing a short time ago.The #Seahawks signed LB Joshua Perry Monday and waived OT Nick Callender: https://t.co/pjqlomWYvu— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) June 11, 2018Perry was a fourth-round pick of the Chargers in 2016. As a rookie, he played in 15 games, making one start and recording 22 tackles.After being released by the Chargers, Perry signed with the Colts in September 2017. However, he appeared in only two games with the Colts.Perry was released by Indy in May.Blessed and thankful for this opportunity to WORK! @Seahawks https://t.co/ESSjohEXZZ— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) June 11, 2018A former captain at OSU, Perry suited up for the Buckeyes from 2012-15. He compiled 298 career tackles.
Michigan football is struggling mightily against Northwestern on Saturday afternoon, and it doesn’t look like the refs are helping the Wolverines out too much either. One call in the fourth quarter is up there with the worst we’ve ever seen.Michigan, trailing 17-13, seemingly had a 20-yard gain and first down on a Shea Patterson keeper early in the fourth quarter. But the refs called a hold on No. 22 – running back Karan Higdon – negating the play.Replay shows that Higdon couldn’t possibly have held anyone. Patterson faked a handoff his way before keeping the ball. Higdon was tackled by a Northwestern opponent.Here are two angles of the play. The Internet cannot believe the call. Joel Klatt also was going nuts on television about it.This was called a hold on Higdon: pic.twitter.com/Vns9JO4Sim— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) September 29, 2018My pets heads are falling off. #michigan. pic.twitter.com/IKglJclgT3— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 29, 2018Michigan really did just get called for the greatest phantom hold I’ve ever seen.— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) September 29, 2018What?!?!Michigan got called for holding on a guy that got tackled. How do you hold someone who tackled you and got up?— Chris Gautz (@ChrisGautz) September 29, 2018Michigan hasn’t played particularly well on Saturday, but the Wolverines were definitely denied a chance at a solid drive by the referees here. We’ll see if it matters in the end – it’s still 17-13 with just under seven minutes to play.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Clemson is set to take on Florida State this afternoon and, of course, the Tigers will be doing it without Kelly Bryant for the first time in a couple of years. The veteran quarterback opted to transfer out of the program earlier this season.Several schools have emerged as potential destinations for Bryant, who should be able to play right away in 2019. Here is the latest on his possible commitment.Bryant has visited two schools so far – Arkansas and North Carolina – and another visit is coming. The former ACC starting quarterback will reportedly be visiting Missouri.Two other schools have been named options for Bryant, too.Bryant told ESPN’s Maria Taylor during an interview earlier this week that he was also considering Louisville and Baylor.The former Clemson quarterback maintains that he’s happy with his decision.“I made it and I’m happy I made it. I’m not looking back on it wishing I did something different,” Bryant told Taylor. “It’s tough because you walk away from what you’ve been a part of for such a long time. All the guys who have poured into you and you’ve poured into the young guys as well. But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. They’ll understand, whether it’s right now or a couple years down the road.”Bryant did have a message for Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.“Thank you for giving a young kid at a young age an opportunity to showcase his ability to play quarterback here at Clemson and also get a degree,” he said. “I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.”Stay tuned.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)James Franklin’s hire of JaJuan Seider as running backs coach is paying off in even more ways. Now, his son Jaden Seider is set to join the program.The younger Seider, a dual-threat quarterback, was not a major FBS recruit. He did draw interest from a number of programs though.According to StateCollege.com, Miami, Oregon State, Syracuse, and West Virginia were among the Power Five programs that inquired about the quarterback.Instead of heading elsewhere, he is joining his father’s program.Jaden Seider announced his commitment to Penn State football late last night.Via his Twitter account:Home for the next four years? #WeAre? pic.twitter.com/5ycK4jtUDb— Jaden Seider (@JadenSeider) December 12, 2018Seider’s a pretty great story, beyond his father’s connection to his college program.Back in 2015, he beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after nine rounds of chemotherapy. Just a few years later, he is set to join a major college football program.Penn State’s recruiting class is ranked No. 14 in the country and third in the Big Ten, and as a walk-on, Seider joins a stacked quarterback class as well.The Nittany Lions have commitments from a pair of four-star quarterbacks in Michael Johnson Jr. and Taquan Robinson.[StateCollege.com]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ten college football programs are in action today as bowl season officially kicks off in just a few minutes. One of the teams in action today will take the field with only four coaches.Utah State head coach Matt Wells left the program to become the head coach at Texas Tech after the Red Raiders moved on from former coach Kliff Kingsbury. Wells proceeded to bring a significant portion of his coaching staff with him to Lubbock, leaving Utah State with only a handful of coaches.The Aggies will take on North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl in just over an hour. They’ll have to do so without a large portion of their coaching staff.Since Matt Wells was hired by Texas Tech and is taking most of his staff with him to Lubbock, only four Utah State coaches are on hand today for the New Mexico Bowl.— Zac Babb (@BabbOnTheRadio) December 15, 2018The Aggies had to rely on graduate assistants and seniors on the team to get Utah State ready for today’s game. North Texas already posed a legitimate threat to Utah State in today’s game, but with only four coaches on staff, the Aggies are in for a tough day.Utah State and North Texas kick off at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.