Preseason All-American and Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd was cited for DUI during a traffic stop over the weekend. Dejan Kovacevic first reported the full affidavit of Tyler Boyd’s via his site, DKonPittsburghSports.com.
The Pittsburgh Tribune reports that the Pittsburgh suburb Jefferson Hills Police Department will formally file charges ranging from underage drinking to vehicle code violations on Tuesday.
Boyd’s arrest presents new Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi with his first big question, and sets the tone for his disciplinary style the rest of the way. Tyler Boyd is arguably the best receiver in the nation and, along with workhorse running back James Conner, the cornerstone of the Pitt offense.
Colin Dunlap writes via CBS Pittsburgh that Tyler Boyd’s punishment is “easy;” a one-game suspension. The Panthers open with FCS Youngstown State in Bo Pelini’s debut as Penguins head coach. Coincidentally, Pitt’s last head coach, Paul Chryst, debuted against the Penguins. Chryst lost.
I can’t imagine that has any bearing on Narduzzi’s decision, however.
Andrew Greif, The Oregonian
After a breakout freshman season, Oregon running back Royce Freeman is one of four players chosen to grace the covers of ESPN’s 2015 college football preview.
Freeman is the only cover athlete from a team not ranked in ESPN’s preseason “power” top 5, as TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Alabama’s Derrick Henry and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones round out the selections. Before putting too much stock into that top-5 ranking, it’s worth noting ESPN tabs LSU at No. 4, making it the only publication I’ve seen to have that much faith in the Tigers heading into 2015.
LSU’s shocking ranking notwithstanding, here are the rest of the covers:
Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot
More to categorize in the argument for satellite camps: co-hosting such an event with Penn State brought 700 high schoolers to fledgling Old Dominion. Via The Virginian-Pilot:
“This will clearly be the biggest and best camp we’ve ever had,” ODU coach Bobby Wilder said. “And I don’t have any doubt in my mind it’s because of the association with Penn State and their coaching staff.”
Opponents of the satellite camp system have kvetched about the lack of fairness. And indeed, Penn State’s James Franklin and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh aren’t hosting such camps as Good Samaritans — the two are putting on very transparent efforts to establish presences in the nation’s recruiting hotbeds.
Franklin has been especially vocal about Penn State recruiting the deepest talent pools of the Mid-Atlantic, where Old Dominion is located.
But the residual positives are undeniable. For a program like Old Dominion, entering just its sixth year of existence, partnering with one of the most recognizable brands in football is a great way to gain exposure.
Meanwhile, scores more high school athletes have the opportunity to get noticed. Whether that’s by Penn State or Old Dominion is irrelevant. The more chances for kids to follow their football dreams, the better.