College Football News July 15: Butch Jones Fires Back at Steve Spurrier


South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier went to one of his favorite wells to open Tuesday’s SEC media days, taking a shot at Tennessee. Spurrier’s time at Florida added a spark to the Vols-Gators series that still burns today, and, guessing from Butch Jones’ response to the Head Ball Coach, another rivalry is brewing.

Alright, so Butch Jones’ response to Spurrier’s comment about people “in Knoxville…doing cartwheels” over last season’s 7-6 finish is rather tame. If anything, Jones’ comments fit within the playful tone Spurrier brings a sport that desperately needs it.

Tennessee-South Carolina isn’t a rivalry — certainly not in the traditional sense. But this back-and-back forth between Steve Spurrier and Butch Jones adds a layer to a series that, since Jones’ arrival in Knoxville for the 2013 season, has provided two of the most exciting games in SEC play. The Vols took each of the two contests by a combined five points.

The 2015 installment in Knoxville is Nov. 7.

Dalvin Cook’s Arraignment Moved to Sept. 2

Brandon Sonnone, Orlando Sentinel

The arraignment date for Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, arrested last week on charges of assaulting a woman outside a Tallahassee in June, was moved from July 30 to Sept. 2, Brandon Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The delay comes one day after Cook’s attorney issued a statement denying the charges and promising to file a civil suit for “false allegations.” Cook was suspended indefinitely pending investigation, so the overlap with the Seminoles’ Week 1 presents an obvious roadblock to the running back rejoining the team.

Anthony Sarao: USC Has The nation’s Best Linebacker Corps

USC’s Anthony Sarao and Su’a Cravens landed on the watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s best linebacker. The Butkus resides in the Pac-12 with Arizona’s Scooby Wright. Does that mean the Wildcats linebackers are the best in the conference?

Not according to Sarao.

The nation is a big place, and a program within USC’s own city might have something to say about that assessment. Before the 2013 season, the official UCLA account tweeted an image of former Bruins linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich with the headline “Linebacker U.”

UCLA sent Anthony Barr to the first round of the NFL draft; Eric Kendricks joins Barr in the pros starting this season. In 2015, the Bruins are rolling with a corps of Myles Jack, Deon Hollins and Kenny Young.

The battle between USC and UCLA for Los Angeles dominance extends to linebacker dominance. The Trojans return Sarao and Cravens, talented Quinton Powell adds depth, and USC’s No. 1-rated recruiting class brings on 5-star prospects Osa Masina and Porter Gustin. John Houston, a 4-star signee, could see action per Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times.