For most people, some things in life are more important than football. After all, when you boil it down, it is just a game. For the past seven months, Georgia Tech starting center Freddie Burden has been trying to concentrate on his father, Willie Burden, 64, who has been hospitalized while awaiting a heart transplant. For Willie, football takes precedence over his son caring full time for him. In an interview with ESPN, Freddie said of his father, “He always tells me every time I visit, ‘You’re fighting; I’m fighting.’ He wants me to focus on football, even though I’m concentrating on him, as well.” It’s easy to see how Willie got his passion for football. He was named ACC player of the year in 1973 as a running back with North Carolina State and, later on, had a Hall of Fame career in the CFL.
Willie is a special case in regards to his heart transplant. He is bigger than most people on the transplant list, so he must wait until an appropriately sized heart becomes available. In the meantime, Willie has vowed to watch every Georgia Tech game on TV, and plans to talk with his son on the phone before and after each game, as well.
Cardale Jones was released from the hospital Wednesday evening after being treated for a severe migraine he suffered a few hours after practice. Jones has a history of migraines, as he suffered from them in high school as well, according to an Urban Meyer interview with ESPN. As most know, Jones and fellow signal-caller J.T. Barrett have been competing for the starting spot for the better part of the off-season. Meyer has yet to speculate on who the starter will be in the team’s Monday night match-up with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Jones was limited in practice Thursday, and resumed full football activity on Friday.
The investigation of the ongoing Sam Ukuwachu chronicles continues to be pursued by both internal and external parties. Baylor hired a Philadelphia-based law firm on Wednesday, to aid in their portion of the investigation. Last month, Ukuwachu was sentenced to 10 years felony probation and 180 days in jail, for the sexual assault of a former Baylor womens’ soccer player. The issue that most have with this situation is the belief that head coach Art Briles did not do his due diligence on recruiting a player who was dismissed from Boise State for an unspecified violation of team rules. Former Boise State head coach and current Washington head coach, Chris Peterson, said in a statement to the press that he “thoroughly” informed Briles of Ukuwachu’s disciplinary record, as well as the reason for his dismissal.
The University of Georgia is adding some star-power to its program and their 2016 recruiting class. Running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, announced Friday that he would stay at home and tote the rock for the Bulldogs. Rated in the ESPN 300, he adds to an already formidable No. 9 ranked recruiting class for Georgia. Holyfield committed to his home-state school over fellow SEC programs Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The younger Holyfield rushed for 1,735 yards last season, and scored 28 touchdowns for Woodward Academy just outside of Atlanta.
PAC-12 The poor Colorado Buffalos just can’t catch a break. Late in Thursday’s match-up in Oahu, the Buffs were driving hard down the field, trailing 20-28. Colorado had moved the ball to within Hawaii’s ten-yard line, with 12 seconds left on the clock. A more than manageable amount of time to get to the ball, get set, and run one last play. Not if the football gods have anything to say about it! When the umpire attempted to spot the ball on the toss from the side judge, it bounced off a Hawaii player, causing about a five second delay. Just enough to doom the Buffs to a long, solemn, flight back to Boulder.
— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) September 4, 2015
It would have taken a lot for Colorado to actually pull out a win here, as they would have had to score on that final play, convert the ensuing two-point play, and then win the game in overtime. That’s a tall order, but much stranger things have happened in college football. So with that, the question is, does the interference on the spotting of the ball –by a Hawaii player– mean the referees should have stopped the clock and given the Buffs their shot at the win? Or is that too much of an advantage in Colorado’s favor?