Liverpool boss Klopp: Home cheer for Leicester a shock!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits home fans celebrating Manchester City’s defeat to Leicester City took him by surprise.Klopp joked that he thought that the Anfield fans’ wild reactions to Leicester City’s goal against Manchester City were for his Liverpool side’s win over Newcastle United.He said, “No, I thought it was because of us! I’m really naive, I thought that is really nice, thank you very much!”Then now I heard after the game it was about another result!“Obviously nobody told our crowd that Tottenham won 5-0.”It is fine, atmosphere for Boxing Day, people coming from all over, around the world to watch, the atmosphere was really good and exceptional in that moment. But I thought it was because of us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Van Dijk: Liverpool will ask me about De Ligt if we want himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits there’s little talk about Matthijs de Ligt.The Ajax stopper is expected to leave for a major European power, though Van Dijk says there’s been little talk of his Holland teammate at Melwood.He told AD: “It does not work like that. A big club like Liverpool has so many scouts looking around, they will keep an eye on him. “If they want to know something, I’ll hear about it.”Asked how much he would pay for De Ligt, Van Dijk laughed: “Well, less than that for me, hahaha. But Ajax is in a luxurious position. We will see.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains onby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpool and Manchester City – but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way,” Ardiles told Sky Sports.”We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well. “We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL? Cowley making Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDan Cowley has made Danny Simpson his first signing as Huddersfield Town manager.The Sun says the former Leicester City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Huddersfield currently sit bottom of the Championship with just one point from eight games and are six points adrift of safety already.Jan Siewert was axed in August after a run of one win in 19 matches – which included relegation from the Premier League – before Cowley and brother Nicky joined from Lincoln earlier this month.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.”
Jim Harbaugh was only Michigan’s head coach for one of the program’s three rivalry contests against Ohio State during Ezekiel Elliott’s tenure, but he seems to have made quite an impression on the star running back. Friday, Elliott, who is going through the ESPN car wash today, trashed Harbaugh, telling Paul Finebaum that he’s “tired” of hearing about him. Elliott also called out Harbaugh for talking smack when he hasn’t won a rivalry game. Yikes.“I’m tired of hearing about Coach Harbaugh he needs to get in check with reality” – @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/QHElXCl7QV— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016more from @EzekielElliott: “you can’t talk smack about a rivalry when you haven’t won a game. You have to win ballgames to talk behind it.”— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 15, 2016Here’s @EzekielElliott‘s full quote about Jim Harbaugh on @finebaum pic.twitter.com/FkeSmMrqZa— John Hayes (@johnP_hayes) April 15, 2016This isn’t exactly a surprise – Elliott has made a living off of trolling Michigan the past few years. But it’s still hilarious, and reminds us that there is no better college football rivalry than Ohio State vs. Michigan.
Unai Emery has been lauded for his ‘in-game genius’ at times this season but his substitutions in the 1-1 draw at Brighton showed a manager who has yet to work out what his best Arsenal team is yet.It could be called game management due to the number of matches Arsenal have in their packed festive schedule, but the decision to take Mesut Ozil off at half-time for Alex Iwobi will prompt further questions over the manager’s relationship with the German playmaker.It proved to be a hasty substitution, too, when the Gunners required creativity in the final third in the second half. Without wingers, Emery’s side are forced to produce most of their creativity in central areas. 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? Arsenal started off in typically impressive style, as they have done in the first half of games this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on seven minutes was symptomatic of his brilliance since joining for a club-record fee last January.The Gabonese forward has been directly involved in 30 goals in 32 Premier League appearances for Arsenal (23 goals, seven assists) and, if Aubameyang had finished off a one-on-one shortly after his goal, then the Gunners may have been walking away from the Amex Stadium with all three points, but he shot straight at Mat Ryan instead.The lack of defensive organisation for Brighton’s equaliser, which came through Jurgen Locadia, wasn’t surprising, although Stephan Lichtsteiner’s rustiness at right-back was to Arsenal’s detriment. Starting in place of the injured Hector Bellerin, the Switzerland international was guilty of heading the ball into the path of Locadia, who rounded Bernd Leno to strike home. No team has committed more errors leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League than Arsenal this season (six), although some of that can be put down to the defensive injuries recently suffered at the back.Alexandre Lacazette was hauled off on 62 minutes for Aaron Ramsey, much to his frustration. The Frenchman threw his gloves on the ground for the second game running and, while Emery has previously admitted that he ‘likes’ that kind of response from his striker, it’s already becoming evident that certain players are becoming irked by the manager’s mid-game decisions which aren’t working.Lacazette’s harrying of Brighton players was integral in the opening goal so questions will certainly be asked over bringing him off and leaving three defensive midfielders on the pitch.The lack of intensity from Arsenal in the second half will undoubtedly frustrate Emery and, ahead of Saturday’s match against Liverpool at Anfield, it appears that the Gunners find themselves in a similar position to when Jurgen Klopp took over at the Reds.A team in transition with much improvement needed, particularly where keeping the lead is concerned. What looks like an enthralling match on paper could expose Emery’s tinkering methods even further if the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have their way on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Romelu Lukaku has hit out at the “lies” being spread about him as speculation builds regarding a possible transfer away from Manchester United.The Red Devils invested £75 million ($96m) in the Belgium international back in the summer of 2017.Jose Mourinho moved to prise him away from Everton after seeing the 25-year-old become one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League. 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? He delivered a 27-goal return in his debut season at Old Trafford, before going on to net four times for his country at the 2018 World Cup.Lukaku was, however, to endure a slow start to the current campaign, going 12 games without finding the target for United at one stage.As he toiled, Mourinho was eventually shown to the exits and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The new man at the helm is yet to hand Lukaku a Premier League start, with a substitute role having to be accepted as Marcus Rashford shines in a central striking berth.A lack of minutes has sparked talk of a move being made, with Juventus among those said to be open to the idea of landing a proven frontman.Lukaku, though, appears to have quashed the exit talk with a post on Instagram which read: “When the hate don’t work they start telling lies.”Solskjaer has already sought to assure Lukaku that he still has a part to play in his plans.The Norwegian knows all about life in a star-studded squad at Old Trafford from his own playing days.He often had to contend with being an impact option off the bench, and thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson to establish a reputation as one of the best in the business in that role.Lukaku may have to do likewise, but has impressed enough in training to suggest that he will get regular opportunities to impress.Solskjaer said: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”Despite starting just one FA Cup game under the Red Devils’ new boss, Lukaku has managed three goals in his last five appearances.More chances will come his way, but for now Rashford is leading the line with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial offering support from wide attacking posts.
Paul Pogba is “not working hard enough getting back”, says Clayton Blackmore, with there more an in-form Manchester United midfielder could be offering to the collective cause.Having endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign which ultimately led to him being benched by Jose Mourinho, a World Cup winner is currently enjoying a welcome upturn in form.He has delivered five goals and four assists across his last six Premier League outings, with his efforts helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to open his reign as interim United boss with eight successive victories. 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? Plaudits are raining down on the 25-year-old once more, with another all-action performance put in during the Red Devils’ recent 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Arsenal.Pogba has, however, been told that he could do even more, with former United defender Blackmore telling Love Sport Radio: “It’s a team game.”You can have fantastic individuals who can win you the game over and over again but if the team aren’t playing well… I was a little bit disappointed with Paul [against Arsenal].”He was really good going forward but he’s not working hard enough getting back.”I know he’s got [Ander] Herrera and [Nemanja] Matic there but I like to see the whole team working as hard as each other.”While suggesting that Pogba could do more for United, Blackmore admits the same accusation could not be levelled at Solskjaer.The Norwegian has made a remarkable impact since being appointed as interim successor to Mourinho, with calls for him to be handed the reins on a permanent basis now growing in intensity.”Whoever is going to come in won’t do as well as he’s doing now so why would you bring someone else in?” said Blackmore, who spent 10 years as part of United’s senior squad after emerging out of their youth system.”It’s not just him either. He’s got Mick Phelan in there. There was a lot said about when [David] Moyes came in and he got rid of Mick Phelan.”You lose, on the coaching side of it, pretty much everything we had before.”They’ve got great experience now there in terms of the coaching side and obviously playing at the club.”For me, it’s a no-brainer. It was a no-brainer a few weeks ago.”Solskjaer, Phelan and Pogba will be looking to make it nine wins in a row on Tuesday when United play host to Burnley in Premier League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane claims he would happily trade his Champions League winners’ medal for Africa Cup of Nations glory with Senegal.The 27-year-old enjoyed a standout 2018-19 campaign at Anfield.A 22-goal return in the Premier League saw him land a share of the Golden Boot, while four efforts in continental competition helped Liverpool to a sixth European Cup. 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? Mane would, though, give all of that up for international success this summer.He is currently in Egypt chasing down another major prize and is aware of what the AFCON crown would mean for his homeland.“It is up to us to achieve something great,” Mane told France Football.“Of course we are one of the favourites, we cannot hide from that. But this standing is not enough to go all the way.“Winning with my country, which has never won the Africa Cup of Nations, that would be magnificent.“I am even ready to swap a Champions League to win an Africa Cup of Nations.“The return to Dakar would be extraordinary. This is my biggest and most crazy dream.”Mane has been chasing that dream since childhood, with the stage he currently graces having been reached from humble beginnings.Reflecting on his career path, which started with a trial back in Dakar when he was a young hopeful, Mane said: “There were 200 or 300 youngsters who were waiting in line for their chance.“It started badly for me because when I presented myself, I was laughed at.“I did not look like a footballer. I was wearing pants that looked nothing like football shorts. And my football boots were completely shredded on the sides and had been repaired by me with wire the best I could.“Those who oversaw the trials would look at me with a bizarre facial expression: ‘You really want to become a footballer?’“I understood them but I did not have a choice. As I was not that bad, they took me. That was the beginning of my adventure.”Mane sat out Senegal’s opening fixture at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations through suspension, as they saw off Tanzania 2-0.Aliou Cisse’s side will be back in action on Thursday against Algeria, before wrapping up their Group C campaign in a meeting with Kenya.
Rutgers went with true freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski as its starter to begin the year. He can’t be a big fan of drawing Nick Bosa and the Ohio State defense in his second start.Bosa has been a monster for his entire career as a Buckeye, as was his older brother Joey before him. He’s been incredibly impressive against the Scarlet Knights today.Moments ago, he blew by a Rutgers offensive tackle, and took Sitkowski down hard on a blind-side sack.The first half ends with a @nbsmallerbear sack. pic.twitter.com/utVRxKUiBN— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 8, 2018Artur Sitkowski was reportedly shaken up after the Nick Bosa sack.That play ended the half for the Buckeyes.Artur Sitkowski wincing and holding his shoulder as he walks to the locker room at halftime. The first half could not have gone worse for Rutgers. pic.twitter.com/OeekFDgI89— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) September 8, 2018Hindsight is 20/20 but calling a pass play with 5 seconds before the half was ridiculous and Rutgers may have paid the ultimate price with Sitkowski getting clocked by Bosa and appearing to hurt his shoulder. Half couldn’t have gone any worse.— Aaron Breitman (@aaron_breitman) September 8, 2018Rutgers should probably just take Sitkowski out of the game. That poor QB is getting annihilated, the game is over, and he is a true freshman with a future.— Mike Dury (@MikeDury) September 8, 2018Sitkowski was 6-for-18 for 38 yards and an interception in the first half for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights trail the Buckeyes 35-0.Last week, in a 35-7 win over Texas State, he showed the ups and downs of playing a freshman quarterback.He completed 20-of-30 throws for 205 yards and a score, but also had three interceptions.Still, he should have a bright future for Chris Ash’s squad. Hopefully any injuries he suffered are minor.
Last night, the updated College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled. There were few surprises.Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan made up the top four, in that order. Right behind them were Georgia and Oklahoma.While Georgia is on the outside looking in, the Bulldogs control their own destiny. Win out, beat Alabama in the SEC title game and they’re in. The same probably can’t be said for Oklahoma.Even if the Sooners go 12-1 with a win in the Big 12 Championship Game, they might still be left out. Kirk Herbstreit thinks so.During his analysis of the rankings last night on ESPN, Herbie said only five teams control their own destiny, and did not include the Sooners.“They need help. Oklahoma needs a Michigan loss or a Notre Dame loss. That’s not controlling their own destiny,” Herbstreit said.In our estimation, Herbstreit seems to be correct. If Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are all undefeated, they will all be in the playoff. If Michigan and Oklahoma are both 12-1, the Wolverines likely keep the edge because they will have road wins over Ohio State and Michigan State, plus wins over Penn State, Wisconsin and whoever the Big Ten West champion would be.It is hard to imagine that resume not being good enough to make the CFP.[ 247 Sports ]
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)It might be time for a head coaching change in Los Angeles.USC’s football program, led by head coach Clay Helton, fell to 5-5 on the season following a home loss to Cal on Saturday night.It’s unclear just how hot Helton’s seat is at USC, but there are certainly some fans ready to move on from him.Helton was reportedly booed as he made his way off of the field on Saturday night.“USC fans booed Clay Helton as he walked up the tunnel.”USC fans booed Clay Helton as he walked up the tunnel.— Keely Eure (@keelyismyname) November 11, 2018USC is, without a doubt, one of the most-disappointing teams in college football this year. The Trojans have a talented roster, but have played nothing like a top 25 team.Helton and Co. finish the year with games at UCLA and home vs. Notre Dame.If USC loses out, a head coaching change seems probable. Stay tuned.
ESPN College GameDayCollege GameDay has struggled this season to get relevant celebrity guest pickers. That was apparent against on Saturday afternoon.ESPN’s flagship college football show is down at UCF, and to be honest, it’s been an incredible scene. Fans brought hundreds of signs and the energy has been fantastic. But we’re still scratching our heads regarding the guest picker.ESPN just announced that talk show host Maury Povich is the guest picker. College football fans are miffed.Povich was born in Washington D.C. and attended UPenn. It doesn’t seem like he has any tie to UCF – at least not that we know of.Twitter erupted when Povich was announced. It seems that most are not thrilled with the pick.Maury Povich as Guest Picker?And the results determined @CollegeGameDay whiffs again!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/GkacUY01o3— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) November 17, 2018Whose idea was Maury Povich? Why not have Donald Duck pick using that inimitable voice? The Oregon pick alone would be worth it.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 17, 2018Maury Povich? Really? That tops it… Screw you, @ESPN. You come to Orlando and disrespect #UCF with Maury Povich as the guest picker. Makes me so angry. 3 hours of backhanded compliments. #CollegeGameDay sucks.— Derek J. LaRiviere (@DerekJLaRiviere) November 17, 2018@ESPNCFB really!? Maury Povich…That’s really beneath you isn’t it!?Are you gonna have someone come out and surprise one of your panelists,i won’t be watching the picks off goes your channel.We all know coach will pick UCF.He’d be run out of town otherwiseBS guest picker— Michael Jackson (@Mjcrjdrvrsoonrf) November 17, 2018It’s been a weird year for College GameDay. We imagine next week should be a good episode though – since it’s likely headed to either Ohio State vs. Michigan or Oklahoma vs. West Virginia.
LSU’s starting quarterback, Joe Burrow, took one of the biggest hits of college football’s bowl season early in the Fiesta Bowl.A UCF defender drilled Burrow following a pick-six in the first quarter of today’s game.Replay of the massive hit went viral on social media.Keep that head on a swivel ? pic.twitter.com/HqWI4xLp0P— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2019Burrow took to Twitter shortly after the game ended to send a message about the hit.“That’s Ight I’ll take the 4 tds and the dub,” he tweeted.That’s Ight I’ll take the 4 tds and the dub https://t.co/VVDLdQbqNW— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) January 1, 2019Burrow threw for 394 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 40-32 win over UCF this afternoon.LSU finished the season at 10-3 with today’s victory.Burrow had an impressive season, leading the Tigers to a 4-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10.LSU surpassed almost everyone’s preseason projections, too. The Tigers will head into the 2019 season with high hopes.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The recruitment of the No. 2 linebacker in the 2020 class is starting to heat up, as the five-star prospect has trimmed his list of potential schools.Antoine Sampah, a five-star linebacker out of Woodbridge, Virginia, announced on Twitter this afternoon his list of final schools. The elite linebacker is still considering eight schools.The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect announced on Twitter that he’s still considering:AlabamaClemsonFloridaFlorida StateNorth CarolinaOregonPenn StateWest Virginia🎱 Trust The Process ✔️ @BallCoach34 @GJrWorth @WBVikings pic.twitter.com/btq3roilze— Antoine Sampah (@_antoinesampah) February 24, 2019 Sampah is ranked the No. 2 inside linebacker and No. 19 overall recruit in the 2020 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Clemson is currently projected to land the five-star recruit, as the Tigers have 100 percent of the predictions on 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.” Stay tuned.
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns leaves the field after a football game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 20, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won the game 30-13. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)Johnny Manziel’s time in the Canadian Football League has come to an end, as the league has essentially banned the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from playing in its league effective this afternoon.The CFL announced on social media that Manziel, 26, has been released by the Montreal Alouettes and he’s not allowed to be signed by another team.“We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement,” Montreal General Manager Kavis Reed in a statement. “We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed.”🚨BREAKING NEWS🚨The @MTLAlouettes have released QB Johnny Manziel.FOR MORE | https://t.co/IbobgzO908 pic.twitter.com/mzVY5dn4BK— CFL (@CFL) February 27, 2019It’s another rough step for a quarterback who’s had a lot of them with his football career in recent years.What’s next for Manziel?The quarterback appears to have two options when it comes to his football career: playing in the Alliance of American Football league or playing in the XFL.The AAF could be an immediate option for Manziel, as the league debuted a couple of weeks ago and features a couple of notable coaches, like Steve Spurrier.The XFL, meanwhile, feels like a more natural fit for Manziel and his style (both on the field and off of it), but it doesn’t debut until 2020.Manziel has previously spoken highly of both leagues.“It’s great for football, it’s great for the guys who need more opportunity, need more film and time to play. I don’t know exactly what my exact steps will be for the next years coming up, but at least there’s a lot of options,” Manziel said on Barstool Sports Comeback SZN podcast.“Me and E.B. [agent Erik Burkhardt] are fully committed to playing ball and trying to get into the best situation possible and that’s what it’s all about.”At this point, though, his specific plans are unclear.
A third violation took place on April 29, when a staff member committed an entertainment violation by providing a recruit with unauthorized sideline access.Per the report, the three violations all constitute lesser Level III violations, all of which are considered “isolated or inadvertent.”Though it’s unknown who any of the staffers involved in the incidents were, on-campus recruiting director Lukman Abdulai and recruiting relations coordinator Dacia King have both since left the program.Regardless, the Bulldogs are considered strong contenders for both the SEC title and the College Football Playoff. So it should come as no surprise that they’re taking even the most minor of infractions very seriously.[Athens Banner-Herald] JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 28: A general view of georgia footballs taken before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)After putting together a superb 2019 recruiting class, the Georgia football program raised some eyebrows by dismissing or otherwise ending their relationship with several members of the recruiting staff. Based on the latest reports, various NCAA recruiting violations may have been a factor.According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the Georgia football program has reported three NCAA secondary recruiting violations. Per the report, the incidents occurred over several months in the spring and were followed by two recruiting office staffers leaving.Two violations occurred on March 8, one for letting a student-worker talk to a recruit away from the admission table, and another when a coaching staff member sent a video to a recruit’s mother who did not visit the campus with her child. Both are violations of NCAA rules.Georgia reports three NCAA secondary recruiting violations in football https://t.co/Y0elYKzksB— OnlineAthens (@onlineathens) July 11, 2019
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans walks on the field with the team before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)College football season starts Saturday, which means analysts around the country are making their picks for this year’s College Football Playoff. One has a very bold foursome that he sees competing for it all at the end of the season.The team over at CBS Sports Network ran a segment that included playoff picks from Aaron Murray, Houston Nutt and Brian Jones. Jones had by far the most controversial selections.There are two extremely bold decisions made by Jones. One, he doesn’t have Alabama in his foursome. Two, he has Michigan State as the 3-seed.Jones has Georgia, Clemson, Michigan State and Oregon. Oregon is a somewhat controversial pick as well, but the Ducks might be the class of the Pac-12. If they can run the table (or maybe lose one game) they should be in the mix.Some bold @CFBPlayoff predictions from Inside College Football pic.twitter.com/Y5wz4kAC5Y— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) August 20, 2019Murray took Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Georgia. Nutt has Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Oregon.None picked either Ohio State or Oklahoma – two other teams that many believe will have the talent to qualify for the event.College football fans – has Jones lost his mind? Or is Michigan State a real threat to win the Big Ten and compete for a national title?