TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radarby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Hector Herrera is on Arsenal’s radar this month.TMW says Arsenal are planning a move for Porto ace Herrera.Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking at the midfielder as he seeks to strenghten his option.But he’s not alone. Roma, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Wolves have also been linked.Herrera enjoyed an outstanding World Cup with Mexico and was linked with Real Madrid last summer.
Solskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for himby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A 1-0 win in London. At Tottenham. On paper it reads like a real smash-and-grab. And it was. But the way Manchester United nicked these three points was a complete 180 to the tale such a result would’ve demanded just a month ago…Jammy. Lucky. Yeah, Spurs fans can feel aggrieved today. Mauricio Pochettino, the home manager, had no complaints in the aftermath. They simply came up against an inspired goalkeeper. But David de Gea would also pull off such performances pre- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Spaniard was outstanding. Inspirational. But so was what he saw in front of him. As mentioned, this was a smash-and-grab. But it was done by a United on the front foot. In their best traditions. Spurs weren’t locked down. Their play wasn’t stifled. Strangled. It was the opposite. Pochettino’s greatest concern wasn’t breaking down a packed defence. It was the two forwards Solskjaer insisted stayed on the halfway line. No matter the pressure. No matter the time Spurs had in possession. United’s manager always had two attackers waiting to turn Tottenham’s defenders around.Six wins from six. With a bit of luck to help things along. But what’s wrong with being a lucky manager? Especially when it’s his initiative which is bringing this change of fortune.It’s not luck that Solskjaer has decided to go all in with Marcus Rashford as his prime – central – striker. It’s not luck that the Norwegian has realised the best way to win with this group of players is by backing their attacking strength. And it wasn’t luck that produced the winner – via Rashford – at Wembley on Sunday. The reaction of the manager and his staff a clear indicator that a week’s work in Dubai had just come off. Something which the matchwinner would later confirm.“We’ve done a lot of work in training on switching the play and little things like that,” Rashford revealed in the aftermath. “We’ve had a long week in training (in Dubai) and it’s been tough in training, but that’s the type of thing we’ve been working on. So for it to come out in a game is good for us as players and good for the staff as well.” Claims that Solskjaer is simply the beneficiary of player power – that they’re now performing because Jose Mourinho isn’t around – is insulting to the caretaker boss. When he and his staff review Sunday’s win, they’ll be confronted by the same problems as what Mourinho struggled with. A loose back four. An even looser midfield. By rights, Spurs should have taken the three points. But Solskjaer has made a difference. On the training pitch. In team selection. He’s giving this group of United players a tactical platform to go out and win. And as this column has already stated, it’s a platform over 11 years in the making. From the highs with Molde. To the lows with Cardiff City. And everything inbetween. These United players are the recipient of the decade long apprenticeship served by Solskjaer.They may get torn to shreds at the back. But United will always have a chance with De Gea between the posts and the pace they have up front. In the Mourinho era, we’d say the manager can’t trust his back four. But this is Solskjaer’s time, though the sentiment remains the same. He’s leaning on those players regarded as the best inside his squad. And they all happen to be attackers. It’s a cliche, but it’s working for this United manager: attack is the best form of defence.And suddenly this lot do have the makings of a great United team. And in the very best traditions of Sir Alex Ferguson. A great goalkeeper. Attacking, edge-of-your seat pace in attack. If Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec, can find his manager a new centre-half, they’ll be a step closer to completing the revival.From Gary Pallister. To Jaap Stam. And Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex broke transfer record after transfer record to find the right centre-half to buttress the style of football he wanted to employ.Five years since the Scot’s retirement and Solskjaer is bringing back that approach. It might as well have been Fergie himself when the manager declared late Sunday afternoon: “We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world. We’ve got blistering pace…”And now he just needs that centre-half. If Woodward is still hesitating this smash-and-grab should strengthen the manager’s case. Give him what he needs and Solskjaer is proving he can deliver. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashileby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.Le 10 Sport says Chelsea have the 18 year-old high on their shopping list.While they’re banned from working the market in January, Chelsea are actively drawing up plans for the 2020 summer transfer window.Chelsea have been watching Badiashile since he was 15 years of age.Badiashile is a first team regular with ASM this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dyche hails Burnley players and staff as they reach fourthby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche hailed his players and staff as Jeff Hendrick’s winner sent them fourth in the Premier League.A set play from the training ground worked a treat as Hendrick, back in his favoured central midfield role, smashed home a deep Ashley Westwood corner at the far post to win a tight Turf Moor tussle against the 10-man Toffees.Seamus Coleman saw red for the visitors early in the second half following a barge on Dwight McNeil, which followed an accidental, but reckless first half challenge that ultimately forced Erik Pieters out of the game.“I don’t get too carried away with league table. I’m more interested in the one at the end of the season,” laughed Dyche.“Don’t get me wrong, it’s to be enjoyed for Burnley Football Club and the fans, but for me it’s about focusing on every game and on where we are at the end of the season.“But within that, there are still moments to be enjoyed and you take in these performances and where we are now, compared to a year ago.“We are in a good place because the players have earned the right. They have come back with a real edge to them and I’ll remind you, I was just as proud of them this time last season, when we didn’t have as many points behind us.”Dyche, who celebrates seven years at Turf Moor later this month, added: “One of my many obsessions is finding different ways to win and today was a really tight, tough game.“They are a really good side and I know they’ve had a tough run, but they have quality all over the pitch.“But I thought we contained them well and the red card probably changes the feel of it.”
Ex-Man Utd stars Van Persie, Scholes tell Woodward: Solskjaer must stayby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveTwo former Manchester United players believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should remain in charge at the club.Solskjaer is under increased pressure after United’s poor performances this season.Some fans believe that he should get the boot.But two players who enjoyed success with United, Robin van Persie and Paul Scholes, are behind Solskjaer.”It has been a rough start,” Van Persie said on BT Sport after United’s battling 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday night. “What is tough for Solskjaer is it’s not his team. He needs time.”Scholes said: “When you assess the season so far, 14th tells you everything. It has not been good enough.”But we have to trust what Ole is doing. He’s right at the start of his rebuild. His first three signings have done very well. I’ve still got the faith. Let him carry on.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Update: The plane reportedly crashed into the TV tower of NBC’s Lubbock affiliate, KCBD. Getting reports that a plane hit the transmission tower of @KCBD11 and that their HDTV tower was severed in two. KCBD is in Lubbock.— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) February 5, 2015Just got word from our colleagues & friends at KCBD that everyone inside the station IS safe. We have a crew at downed plane now #Lubbock— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) February 5, 2015Earlier: The start of the Texas Tech-Kansas State men’s basketball game at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock has been delayed. The cause of the delay: a small plane has crashed near the Red Raiders’ campus, knocking out the power at Texas Tech’s arena. We are unaware of the severity of the crash. A small plane just crashed near Texas Tech, temporarily knocking out power at the arena. Tip off will be delayed.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015For those familiar with Lubbock, the plane crash is said to have happened near Avenue Q.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Lights are back on at Texas Tech. Countdown clock indicates we are 8:30 away from tip-off.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Texas Tech and Kansas State were set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Manchester United’s star names suited up for the club’s annual charity gala dinner in partnership with Unicef on Tuesday night.The event marked a 20-year co-operation between United and Unicef, the longest running partnership of its kind between a football club and a charity.£225,000 was raised at the event as a number of unique items were made available for auction, including caretaker manager and former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unique custom-made watch presented to him upon his acceptance of the interim role, which sold for £35,000. 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? “It’s absolutely fantastic to be back home and to be a part of this club again,” Solskjaer said to the club’s official website.“I remember the first association I had with Unicef as a player in Beijing in 1999 and I’m honoured to now be the goodwill ambassador for Unicef back home in Norway.”For me, it’s the closest charity to my heart and it’s fantastic to see so many people here and, hopefully, we can raise a lot of money tonight.”Other star guests included musician Lewis Capaldi, who performed during dinner, and Angus Deayton, who hosted the event.The United playing squad, suited and booted, took the time to pause for some red carpet pictures on their way in, with the likes of David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata all caught on camera.The funds raised from this year’s dinner go towards Unicef’s Children’s Emergency Fund, helping the charity as they respond to roughly 300 humanitarian emergencies per year around the world.Mike Penrose, executive director, Unicef UK said to the club’s official website: “Thanks to the club, the players and fans.”Over the last 20 years, United for Unicef has changed the lives of millions of children around the world.“It is our aim to ensure that children caught up in emergencies have the chance to rebuild their lives – through access to quick and sustainable support.”Children are in desperate need of life-saving food, water and medicine as well as a safe space to learn and be protected.”Funds raised from tonight’s Gala Dinner will enable Unicef to reach even more of the world’s most vulnerable children.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Under-fire Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed team balance was the reason he left wantaway winger Callum Hudson-Odoi out of the squad to face Bournemouth.Sarri’s side were thumped 4-0 by the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday, with Hudson-Odoi’s conspicuous absence from the team list noted.The 18-year old attacker had a transfer request to join Bayern Munich rejected by the Blues on Monday – less than 24 hours after the second goal in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA 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? Initial reports suggested Sarri had omitted Hudson-Odoi from the matchday squad as punishment for wanting to leave the club, however the Italian coach said the talented teenager was left out to maintain balance.”He was with us, he played three days ago. There was Willian [in the starting XI], so I had only one winger on the bench,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference.”We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands.”The four-goal defeat was only the second time Chelsea have ever been defeated by that margin in Premier League history – since a 5-1 loss against Liverpool in September 1996.After going in goalless at half-time, the Blues collapsed in the second half as Josh King’s brace and goals from David Brooks and Charlie Daniels sealed a famous Cherries win.The thrashing saw Chelsea replaced in the top four by Arsenal and the gap to sixth-placed Manchester United stuck at two points.Sarri admitted he may be at fault for the team’s mentality against the likes of Bournemouth compared to a “big team”, but refused to concede he was under pressure.”At the moment they can react against a big team, when we play against a big team we can play with a big level of motivation,” he said.”But in this match it was different. Suddenly after the first goal we were not able to play. I think it was a different situation. Of course about the mentality.”I feel frustrated, not under pressure. I did not see my work [on the pitch], so I am frustrated.”Chelsea will have an immediate opportunity to atone for the defeat with a home fixture against Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Just like the flip of a coin, a controversial refereeing decision has two sides. It’s safe to say that Lionel Messi struggled with being on the wrong end of such calls during the 2019 Copa America.At club level with Barcelona, Messi has occasionally found himself on the right side of a debatable decision. From the Catalans’ Champions League semi-final win over Chelsea in 2009 to their extraordinary comeback against PSG in 2017, there have been highly-publicised instances where the footballing gods have smiled on the Argentina star. Unsurprisingly, he never stopped to question such fortune on these occasions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare But in Brazil over the past month, his nation were not so lucky – even with VAR watching on. A number of decisions went against Argentina and their captain, as Messi once again failed to truly shine on the international stage. While question marks rightly swirl around a number of calls, including the 32-year-old’s sending off in the third-place play-off against Chile, there is no doubt his conduct following that game – and after his side’s semi-final loss to Brazil – has left plenty to be desired, with players and coaches alike questioning his lack of ‘respect’. Messi refused to accept his third-place medal on Saturday and alleged that the tournament had been rigged for the hosts, as his frustration boiled over in ugly and – arguably – hypocritical fashion.”There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi snapped. “I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is not my business.”The truth of the matter, however, is football is often a game of 50-50s and Messi has previously kept quiet when bad calls have benefited him. An infamous example of this was Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea in 2009 when the Blues were denied a number of clear penalties.The referee that night, Tom Henning Ovrebo, was notoriously branded a “f***ing disgrace” by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on live television at the conclusion of a tie that Barcelona won on away goals. They went onto beat Manchester United in the final.Ovrebo himself conceded nine years later it was not a performance he’s proud of. “It was not my best day, really,” Ovrebo told Marca in 2018 having hung up his whistle.”There were several errors and everyone will have their opinion of those plays. But those mistakes can be committed by a referee, and sometimes a player or a coach. Some days you are not at the level you should be.”But no, I can’t be proud of that performance.”Two years after that infamous night at Stamford Bridge, the Catalans would again benefit from a night of Champions League controversy as they beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of their 2011 semi-final.That night saw both coach Jose Mourinho and defender Pepe sent off for Madrid as Messi struck twice to all but book his side’s place in the final – which they again won against Man Utd.Not one to hold back, ‘The Special One’ launched a scathing attack in the aftermath suggesting Barcelona had been benefiting from questionable officiating for years. “One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly,” Mourinho began his tirade. “We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that?”Last year it was a miracle that Inter got there playing with 10 men for so long. A miracle. Why weren’t there four penalties against Chelsea [in 2009]? Why send off [Arsenal’s Robin] Van Persie [in the last 16]?”Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? (all referees) Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen.”Where does their power come from? I don’t know if it is the UNICEF sponsorship or if it is because they are nice guys. I don’t understand. They have to get to the final, and they’ll get there, full stop.” Mourinho was rightly pilloried for his outrageous Barca conspiracy claims back in 2011 – as well as being handed a five-match ban by UEFA – but eight years later the usually mild-mannered Messi has repeated a similar offence. He now will likely suffer a stern punishment too from CONMEBOL.Given his subdued nature, it was certainly surprising to see Argentina’s captain take a page out of Mourinho’s playbook as he cast a very real shadow over Brazil’s success.For Selecao captain Thiago Silva, who was on the wrong end of a hugely controversial 6-1 defeat to Barcelona with PSG in 2017, Messi’s conduct not only lacked class but had serious shades of hypocrisy.During that Champions League last 16 second leg at Camp Nou, Barca were awarded two very questionable penalties – while PSG were denied a clear one of their own – as the Catalans overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit to progress.”Sometimes in defeat, we try to focus on other people,” Thiago said after Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final .”I think he [Messi] did not say it out of spite, but we are sad because, in the game we lost 6-1 to Barcelona, he played the referee, which, in my opinion, was ridiculous.”But we did not give a statement that the referee was in favour of Barcelona. I think you have to show respect.”Brazil do not have five stars at random – none of them have been stolen. It was played on the pitch.”In that respect, nothing can be taken away from Messi’s incredible achievements with Barcelona either.However, the superstar certainly comes away from his Copa America meltdown looking more than a little hypocritical given past refereeing controversies.
Phillip Cocu will not try to fill Frank Lampard’s shoes after taking charge of Derby County.Former PSV boss Cocu was appointed as Lampard’s successor at the Championship club after the ex-England midfielder returned to Chelsea as their new head coach.But the Dutchman says he will be his own man as he attempts to steer the Rams back into the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “First of all, I’m very happy to be here, of course,” Cocu said at his unveiling on Friday. “I think this is the right step in my career – and the right fit.”I can imagine the fans are sad he’s gone, because he did a good job. But it is a great opportunity for him to lead a team like Chelsea.”I’m not going to try to be like him – I’ll be myself – but what I like is the bond between the club and the fans.”“I love it.” pic.twitter.com/AdNJmFxK95— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 19, 2019Derby lost to Aston Villa in the play-off final last season and Cocu feels, if his squad is strengthened, another top-six finish is a realistic goal for the 2019-20 campaign.”We are still working on strengthening the team,” Cocu added. “It is very important to judge the players we have.”But in certain positions, we need some players with more experience, to guide the rest of the young team. There’s no buying just for buying. There always has to be an idea behind it.”I believe we have the potential to be in the top six again. And reaching the play-off final last season is one more experience for the players. Especially with a younger squad, you need those experiences.”Cocu won three Eredivisie titles in four years between 2014 and 2018 with PSV, while also claiming a KNVB Cup during his time as caretaker in the 2011-12 season.He was also an assistant manager to Bert van Marwijk in the Netherlands’ 2010 World Cup campaign, where they were beaten in extra-time in the final by Spain.
Arsenal have sold defender Krystian Bielik to Championship side Derby County for a fee of £10 million ($12m).The 21-year-old, who joined from Legia Warsaw In 2015, leaves north London without having made a single Premier League appearance for the club, with his only two outings in a Gunners shirt coming in the Carabao Cup.He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Charlton Athletic last season, helping the club earn promotion to the Championship via the play-offs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His performances for the Addicks saw him attract interest from a number of Championship clubs, while Serie A giants AC Milan were also linked with a move.Goal reported on Thursday that Bielik was on the verge of joining Derby after he indicated to the Gunners that he didn’t want to go out on loan for the 2019-20 season.The Gunners were keen to retain the Poland Under-21 international but he favoured a departure from the club if he was not going to be given the first-team opportunities he craved under Unai Emery this season.He could make his Rams debut in their Championship season opener against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday.”He is a young player at the age of 21 and it is a permanent deal which I think is a very good investment for the club. I am very happy he has joined the team,” Derby manager Phillip Cocu told the club’s official website following the signing of Bielik.”He will get better and develop, but for his age he is a very good player.”The deal gives Arsenal a timely cash boost with under a week to go until the transfer deadline.The Gunners smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille in a £72m ($87m) deal on Thursday but still hope to add further players before the deadline.The north London club are still keen on landing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, having already seen two bids rejected by the Scottish champions for the 22-year-old.There are likely to be further departures too with Laurent Koscielny expected to seal a move back to France and the club open to offers for Shkodran Mustafi.
Neymar would be “a bomb inside the locker room” if brought back to Barcelona, says Hristo Stoichkov, with a Camp Nou legend opposed to any deal for the Brazilian forward.Efforts by Blaugrana officials to re-sign the South American from Paris Saint-Germain have been stepped up.An entourage has been sent to France for transfer talks, with Barca hoping that an agreement can be reached despite already investing heavily in Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is understood to be steering the transfer plans, with there a desire on his part to return to Neymar to Catalunya as a marquee addition.Stoichkov, though, believes a big-money deal will do more harm than good, with there no obvious role for him within an already star-studded squad.The iconic former frontman told Univision: “Barcelona does not need Neymar.“He has no place because there are already important players. There is [Ousmane] Dembele, Griezmann, [Luis] Suarez and[Lionel] Messi.“Where is he going to play? He would be a bomb inside the locker room.”Stoichkov, who took in two goal-laden spells with Barca in his playing days, added: “For my part, I don’t want him to come back.“Sure, there is a group of players who want him to return and ask the president to make an effort, but Barca will not spend a single euro bringing back because they have no money to pay PSG.”Barcelona have been seeking to get around any financial issues by incorporating players already on their books into bids for Neymar.Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho have been mooted as potential makeweights, allowing PSG to get creative cover for an outgoing forward, but Stoichkov believes the wrong approach is being taken.The Bulgarian added: “Players offered to PSG? It is disrespectful.“For example, Rakitic is a great worker, a very humble boy who has never let his guard down and has always defended the interests of Barcelona.“Coutinho? He cost a lot of money but has a lot of football in him and I defend him.“Hopefully, no Barcelona player leaves.”
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced his plans to transfer from the program after he was benched in favor of freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. Since he announced his plans, several schools have been named as potential landing spots for Bryant.Earlier this week, it was reported Bryant scheduled a visit to North Carolina. Now, another school has emerged as a candidate.According to Woody Womack of Rivals, Bryant plans to visit Arkansas.From Womack:Bryant told Rivals.com that he will follow his unofficial visit to Chapel Hill up with an official visit to Arkansas for the Razorbacks game against Tulsa on Oct. 20.“I’m going to take my first official visit to Arkansas,” Bryant said Wednesday. “I’m excited to get down to Fayetteville and see what all Arkansas has to offer.”Bryant revealed he’s taking graduate classes at Clemson and plans to finish the fall semester there before transferring to his new program at the start of the 2019 calendar year.The former Tigers starter will be in North Carolina for this weekend’s game against Virginia Tech.Stay tuned for more on Bryant’s transfer process.[Rivals]
A high school football player passed away from complications during surgery, according to a report from WSPA. Nick Dixon, the captain of the Spartanburg High School football team, passed away on Friday afternoon.He was just 18 years old. According to the school’s superintendent, Dixon died less than 24 hours after he verbally committed to attend and play football for Division II Wingate.The school’s official football Twitter account confirmed the news of Dixon’s passing.Nick Dixon you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/6R3t1JHrco— SpartanburgVikingsFootball (@SHSVikingsfb) January 11, 2019Dixon was reportedly undergoing surgery on his ACL and meniscus when complications occurred. Doctors worked to revive Dixon, but were unsuccessful.Dixon played in the Shrine Bowl, which pits the best players from the state of South Carolina and North Carolina against each other.Our thoughts are with the Dixon family.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season kicked off last weekend with a solid appetizer in the form of Florida vs. Miami that saw the Gators escape an upset loss with a 24-20 victory.The rest of the nation is in action this weekend, starting with a handful of games on Thursday night.Perhaps the biggest darkhorse to make a play for the College Football Playoff is Nebraska. The Huskers are a favorite of those betting on the title game across the nation.The hype is real. However, before the team takes the field this weekend, the program received some bad news. The team suspended two players indefinitely, just days before the season kicks off.Wide receiver Andre Hunt and tight end Katerian Legrone have both been suspended. The reason and length of the suspension was unknown at the time.A day later, head coach Scott Frost said he knows “very little” about the suspensions. While he doesn’t know much about them, he said they were necessary and failed to elaborate.Frost said he knows “very little” about Hunt/LeGrone situations. He found the suspensions necessary. Won’t elaborate.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) August 29, 2019Neither played a significant role for the Huskers last season. However, both are expected to play more this season.Nebraska opens the season against South Alabama this weekend. The Huskers and Jaguars kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.