That's ten years old. As in, he has been on this earth for a decade. He is the same age as Ryder, the boy in the TV show Paw Patrol, which the young man might very well watch when he isn't earning scholarship offers from a Big Ten program. Because he's 10 (ten) years old.
We can talk about how ridiculous it is to offer a college scholarship to a kid in elementary school - and it is very, very ridiculous - but let's look at another part of this.
Smith's program is offering a recruit who might not be old enough to sign with a college until 2025. Given Smith's resume and the nature of college football coaching, what are the odds the former Bucs head coach is still with the Illini in eight years?
So, our poll question: Where will Lovie Smith be in 2025?
Sports Illustrated's countdown of the top 100 players in college football continues with three more local players.
Florida Gators defensive back Duke Dawson came in at No. 72 - ahead of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (among others). Dawson should be UF's top player in the secondary, with Jalen Tabor, Quincy Wilson and Marcus Maye all in the NFL.
Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is No. 69. He was an all-ACC pick last year on a strong defense thanks to 49 tackles (10 ½ for a loss) and six sacks.
Clemson receiver and Tampa Bay Tech product Deon Cain is No. 67. He averaged 19 yards per catch and had nine touchdown receptions last year to help the Tigers win the national title in his hometown. With Mike Williams gone to the NFL, Cain should be Clemson's top receiving target this fall.
Regardless, he'll be among the highest players ever drafted out of FSU. No ‘Nole has been picked higher than fourth (Dave Cowens to Boston in 1970). The only other top-10 pick, according to Basketball Reference's nifty draft finder tool, was George McCloud, who went seventh to the Pacers in 1989.
Isaac averaged 12 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for FSU as a freshman.
That idea is one that came up in conversations during our recent reporting for this story on the flag/tackle debate in youth football. The group Practice like Pros proposes keeping tackle football in high school but not until then. Middle schoolers would begin learning how to play tackle through weight training, neck strengthening and limited contact so they're prepared once they reach ninth grade.
"You don't need contact football at that level to play at the highest level..." said Terry O'Neil, Practice Like Pros' founder and a former New Orleans Saints executive. "You don't want to start the head trauma at the age of 5, as often happens in this country. You want to delay it as long as you can."
I floated the idea to some people during my reporting. Their thoughts: …
Florida State: Derrick Brooks. Bobby Bowden would be the easy answer, but he's been known to make some comments that are, uh, not popular. That's why I'm going with Brooks. He's retired. He's classy. He loves the university, and he brings credibility to any room he enters. …
Grier is expected to start for West Virginia, and he has drawn plenty of buzz in Morgantown as a potential star.
But enough about the ‘Eers. What about the Gators?
Grier was the best quarterback UF has had since the Tim Tebow era. He helped UF start 6-0 with 10 touchdowns, three interceptions, 1,204 passing yards and a 65.8 completion percentage. If Grier hadn't transferred, he would have been eligible at UF last year starting with the Georgia game. The Gators finished 4-3 in games where Grier might have been able to play. Would he have made a difference? Maybe, but I doubt it. …
Sports Illustrated is counting down its list of the top 100 players in college football, and the first installment features three from the state.
Florida Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro is No. 100. Yes, he's a kicker, but he's also a darn good one.
The player in front of Pineiro is even more intriguing - Florida State running back Cam Akers. The next snap he plays will be his first, but his performance in the spring game showed he's worthy of being compared to Dalvin Cook, the player he is trying to replace.
The other on the list (so far) is FSU quarterback Deondre Francois, at No. 91. I'm torn on Francois, but SI makes a solid case for him: He led all freshmen in passing last year (3,350 yards) and can run, too.
I decided to examine Watson-like quarterbacks: Players who finished in the top five in the Heisman Trophy voting at least once and were also first-round NFL draft picks (which weeded out very good but not great players like TCU's Trevone Boykin or Alabama's AJ McCarron). The criteria is admittedly subjective, but hey, it's my blog.
So let's look at the last 11 Clemson-like teams - their record with their Deshaun Watson as a starter and their record the next year without him:
Oregon: 36-5 with Marcus Mariota, 9-4 the next year
Florida State: 26-1 with Jameis Winston, 10-3 the next year
Texas A&M: 19-6 with Johnny Manziel, 8-5 the next year
Baylor: 23-17 with Robert Griffin III, 8-5 the next year
Stanford: 31-7 with Andrew Luck, 12-2 the next year …
Florida Gators football coach Jim McElwain and men's basketball coach Mike White both received raises and one-year contract extensions to 2023, the school announced Friday.
McElwain receives a $196,300 raise for this season. The six years left on his contract will pay him an average of $4.486 million. That figure is up from $4.1645 and would have ranked 12th in the country last season (just ahead of Clemson's Dabo Swinney), according to USA Today's database.
McElwain's bonuses also increased. He would make $100,000 for a trip to the SEC title game (up from $37,500) and $200,000 for winning the league (up from $75,000). A top-10 finish would mean $100,000, while a national championship would net him $400,000.
The new buyout for termination with cause would jump to $2.5 million per year left on the deal (up from $2.25 million).
McElwain has led UF to SEC East championships in his first two seasons. The Gators are 19-8 in his tenure heading into the Sept. 2 season opener against Michigan in Arlington, Texas. …
"Some people upstairs aren't happy with my videos, and they feel like I'm violating NCAA rules..." he said in his video (which you can see at the bottom of this post). "I guess I can't make any videos that make it obvious that I'm a student-athlete, because that makes it seem like I'm using my likeness and my image to make money and all this, which I'm really not."
De La Haye paused to take a bite from what appears to be a breakfast burger before continuing. The Port St. Lucie native says he is a marketing major, so his YouTube videos are an extension of his career path. He later says that his family back home needs the money he receives online.
The ongoing Ole Miss NCAA case just got more interesting, thanks to a lawsuit recently filed by an Oxford clothing store, Rebel Rags.
Sports Illustrated has a good summary of the suit: The NCAA case includes allegations that two players at rival Mississippi State and a family member of former Rebel Laremy Tunsil received $2,800 in merchandise from the store. The store says that's false, so it's suing for defamation.
The potential for harm is there, if the accusations are indeed false. I don't think many Ole Miss fans will buy their shirts and hats from a store that could help bring sanctions to their beloved football program.
Regardless, a Rebels booster is striking back in his own way at the never-ending saga in Oxford.
To celebrate 50 years of covering college football, Athlon Sports' preseason magazine ranked its top 50 players of its era.
Georgia running back Herschel Walker was No. 1, followed by Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) and Archie Griffin (Ohio State).
Other notables on the list were Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (No. 6), Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders (9), Oklahoma defensive tackle and Bucs legend Lee Roy Selmon (13), Miami safety Ed Reed (34) and Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel (48).
Winston, obviously, was a star at FSU. He won the Heisman Trophy. He finished 26-1 as a starter. He led the Seminoles to two ACC titles, a national championship and an appearance in the first College Football Playoff. His 9.36 yards per passing attempt are the sixth best since 1956. …
Former Florida State fullback William Floyd will be inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame, FSU announced this week.
Floyd, a Lakewood High alumnus, was a key part of the Seminoles' 1993 national championship team. He later played seven seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the 49ers.
Baseball player and Bloomingdale High product Tony Thomas is also a member of the class. He was Collegiate Baseball's national player of the year in 2007. Thomas was also the first Seminoles player with 30 doubles, 100 hits and 30 steals in one season.
Check out FSU's full class here. The formal induction will take place on Sept. 8, the night before FSU hosts Louisiana-Monroe in its home opener.
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