When Clint Trickett opines on the challenge facing Everett Golson both as Florida State quarterback and as a graduate transfer, it comes from a place of experience.
Trickett took the opposite route of Golson, departing Florida State when it became evident Jameis Winston was going to be the Seminoles starter. But like Golson, he landed somewhere in immediate need of a quarterback, filling the void Geno Smith left at West Virginia.
Trickett offered some insight detailing just what Golson’s experience might be like to Bob Ferrante of 247Sports:
“It’s hard to pick up and be able to function and lead a team the proper way that you should. Especially when there are guys that have been there and understand the offense and you’re coming from something else.”
A very interesting read with unique perspective from both sides of Golson’s current equation.
Tod Palmer, The Kansas City Star
The upcoming season is Gary Pinkel’s 15th as Missouri head coach. So, in recognition, The Kansas City Star compiled a ranking of the 15 definitive games of his tenure.
There’s a healthy sprinkling of the Tigers’ SEC tenure, including the 2014 Cotton Bowl defeat of Oklahoma State, Mizzou’s first win over a Big 12 opponent after the Tigers’ departure from that conference. But I’m happy to see a certain 2007 Border War featured prominently on the countdown.
Guerry Smith, The Advocate
American Athletic Conference media days began Monday in Rhode Island with plenty of change in the conference. The upcoming season is the league’s first with divisions and a conference championship game, thanks to the arrival of Navy, and three new head coaches take over at spots around the AAC.
The American’s new blood — Houston head coach Tom Herman, SMU’s Chad Morris and Tulsa’s Philip Montgomery — bring rich offensive pedigrees that promise to inject some life into the conference.
Commissioner Mike Aresco said:
They were arguably the three best offensive coordinators in the country. They are going to energize the league with their style of play.
Kendrick Marshall, HBCUSports.com
The Bayou Classic, the annual rivalry tilt between Grambling and Southern, had long been a Thanksgiving weekend fixture on broadcast television. In 2015, however, the Bayou Classic moves from its previous home at NBC to NBC Sports.
HBCUSports.com offers some interesting detail, like that Bayou Classic organizers are emphasizing the added possibility for expanded coverage and marketing through the NBC Sports Network. However, NBCSN’s still limited reach has to be considered a sizable backstep for the Bayou Classic’s visibility.
The inaugural Celebration Bowl appears to be taking over as the new, prominent HBCU game. The Dec. 19 game pitting the champions of the MEAC and SWAC play in Atlanta is ESPN-owned, and will appear on one of the network’s many properties.
The Celebration Bowl’s inauguration required the MEAC to give up its spot in the FCS Playoffs, something that HBCUGameday.com reports Norfolk State’s Deon King was not too excited about:
“When they first brought it to our attention we were kind of mad because, as a kid, you know, you have that dream of winning the whole championship and just going through the playoffs and beating big caliber teams, winning, standing up at the podium and getting that trophy.”
The MEAC joins the SWAC and Ivy League as the only FCS conferences to not compete in the Playoffs.