AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn’s football team will be sporting new helmets this season. They’re not very different than the helmets they’ve sported in the past. The design is the same, but the finish is different – it’s metallic. A photo of the helmets came out in early August, but now we’ve got a video of the helmet. It looks great. Really good look at the metallic finish to the new facemask and helmet stripes for Auburn football @PhilHecken pic.twitter.com/ScoUwEq1dA— Clint Richardson® (@Clintau24) September 1, 2015Looks good, Tigers. Auburn opens its season Sept. 5 against Louisville.
COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Like many teams, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines listen to music during practice. Harbaugh’s inclusions in the playlist include many of the rock staples you’d expect from a 51 year old football coach. You have some AC/DC, some KISS, both very standard. The playlist also includes Jim Harbaugh’s favorite song, which doesn’t strike us as something you’d play to get players pumped for practice.What music does Jim Harbaugh play at #Michigan practices? pic.twitter.com/VzNpp6l3IH— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) September 6, 2015 Gordon Lightfoot’s song does have plenty of references to the Midwest. The shipwreck motif is a bit strange, but we probably shouldn’t question Harbaugh’s methods. The man rebuilt Stanford, he can play some Lightfoot if he wants.
Maurizio Sarri is “very superstitious and very stubborn”, says Cesc Fabregas, but the Italian has found his own unique way of delivering results – with success having continued at Chelsea.Just one season has been spent in English football by the enigmatic 60-year-old.That may be all that he sees out, with Goal revealing that he is eager to return to his homeland at Serie A champions Juventus. 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? If he does walk away, then he will do so having delivered a top-four finish and Europa League glory in west London.Former Blues star Fabregas considers that to be a positive return from a man who has seen plenty of questions asked of his methods.The Spanish World Cup winner told reporters of Sarri, who allowed him to leave Chelsea for Monaco in January: “He is very superstitious, he is very stubborn in this way.”He is a manager with his own ideas and he doesn’t move from them much.”He has an idea of how he wants to play and the football that he really wants to play. He doesn’t move from it. No matter what you tell him, no matter what you advise him, no matter what your opinion is, he will never change.”But he did it the way he likes it. He has his own vision of football and, in the end, he is where he is with it and you have to respect that.”With Sarri seemingly edging towards the exits at Chelsea, another change in the dugout could be on the cards.It has been suggested that the Blues will look to bring club legend Frank Lampard back to the club if that is the case, with Fabregas among those to have been left impressed by the job an ex-England international has done at Derby.He added: “I think he has done a really impressive job. It’s his first ever job. He changed many things.”I saw him in Russia with the BBC and he had a very difficult squad, an older squad full of players at the end of their contracts as well.”He renewed completely the squad, took on young players.”He played a really aggressive style, attacking football. Really for a first ever job, I think he has done really good.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jorginho’s previous spell at Napoli will not stop him from reuniting with Maurizio Sarri at Serie A rivals Juventus, according to the Chelsea midfielder’s agent.New Juventus head coach Sarri took Jorginho to Chelsea from Napoli last season and has been tipped to sign him again ahead of his first campaign back in Italy’s top flight.The 27-year-old made 54 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea won the Europa League in 2018-19, but he failed to truly adapt to Premier League football following his move. 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? There have been suggestions that he could be heading for a swift Serie A return after just 11 months at Stamford Bridge.And Jorginho’s representative Joao Santos said, while the player is not actively seeking a move while he remains tied to the club until 2023, a transfer cannot be ruled out.”Chelsea have a four-year contract with the lad,” Santos told Tuttomercatoweb. “We’ll wait a few days to figure out whether there is any truth in this interest mentioned in the papers.”His past at Napoli won’t be an issue, because Jorginho is a professional. Right now, Jorginho is happy at Chelsea. “He found a great atmosphere and we can’t really say that he’d like to go elsewhere, but anything can happen in the transfer market. We’ll wait and see…”Sarri finished as a runner-up to Juventus in 2017-18 with Napoli before he left to join Chelsea, where he capped his one and only season at the club by winning the Europa League with victory over Arsenal in last month’s final.Santos expects the incoming Juve boss, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, to further improve the Italian champions with his famed style of play.”Sarri already showed at Napoli and Chelsea that he is a top-level coach,” he said. “At a club like Juve, who have been so well-organised for years, he can only improve and continue to win.”I’ve been tracking Sarri for five years and his style of football is very entertaining. Juventus will change, because before they would win without being convincing. Now they’ll convince too.”
Rivaldo says Neymar would have to make an official apology to Barcelona fans if he completes a sensational return to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.Neymar left Barca under a cloud in 2017 after PSG paid his €220 million (£200m/$262m) release clause, but after two troublesome years the French club’s hierarchy appear to be ready to send him back to Catalunya.Rivaldo, who played for Barca between 1997 and 2002, says he wants to see Neymar back in Catalunya and believes he could help the club win the Champions League again, but realises the 27-year-old would have to rebuild some bridges before he can get back to business. 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 a difficult decision,” Rivaldo tells Goal at Camp Nou, courtesy of Betfair. “It’s difficult because of the way Neymar left. I think a lot of the fans are angry with everything that happened, but football is how it is, football is good, and Neymar is a great player who has personality.“So if he comes here of course there will be times when he is criticised by some fans, but in the games, the training sessions, Neymar will still be the same Neymar, and it could be something special for Barcelona. He adds: “He should say sorry. Officially, yes. Say sorry, say he was wrong, say that this is his home, that he is going to be the difference. “I think that all the fans… many will understand, they’ll see him on the pitch in the league, the Champions League, doing things well, and the fans will forgive him easily. “If it’s like it was when he was here playing football before together with Messi and Suarez, it was great for the club. If they win the Champions League, I don’t think it will be a problem for the fans.” If Neymar does return to Camp Nou this summer he will inevitably be charged with helping the club win the Champions League, something they have not done since the ‘MSN” frontline featuring the Brazilian, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez lifted the trophy in 2015. Barca had looked set to reach the final this year, only to see a 3-0 first-leg lead slip through their fingers at Anfield, leading to a clamour for coach Ernesto Valverde to be fired. The club elected to stick with the former Athletic boss, and while Rivaldo says he has simply suffered from “bad luck” last season, the Brazilian does say changes need to be made when it comes to the Champions League. Would Barcelona fans accept Neymar’s return?Would Barcelona be better off signing Antoine Griezmann?@RIVALDOOFICIAL gives his opinion 👇 @Betfair pic.twitter.com/bIVOb1k6Yk— Goal (@goal) June 27, 2019“They have to be more careful when they play a quarter-final or a semi-final, when they are 3-0 up! To be more careful of the fact that ties are not decided in one game, they are decided in two. You have to play with intelligence; if you win 3-0 at home you have to make some changes to play a bit more defensively. “I am Barcelona but we have to play for the result, with the goals that they score at home, in some games away from home you can’t play how you always play. If you are 3-0 or 2-0 you can’t play in England and Italy like you would at home, you have to make some changes and hope to finish the first half 0-0 or 0-1, you have to play until the result is in the bag.” But while Rivaldo supports Valverde, he says he would love to see Pep Guardiola return to the club as coach one day. Guardiola won the Champions League twice in his four seasons at Camp Nou, and has since gone on to enjoy success at Bayern Munich and Manchester City. “Always, in every team he has managed, he has done something spectacular,” Rivaldo says. “He’s such a great coach, and I hope that one day he can come back to Barcelona. “He’s from the city, he loves the club, and if there is a chance why not? He has already shown that he’s a great coach in other countries, and now if he wants to return home I think he has the opportunity.” As official betting partner of Barcelona, Betfair invited supporters from all around the world to play in a tournament at Camp Nou. Fans won a place by testing their Barca knowledge in a quiz named ‘Beat The Elite’ where they had to better the score of 1999 Ballon d’Or winner and Betfair Ambassador Rivaldo.
Paul Finebaum’s contract with ESPN is set to expire very soon. As of now, there is no new deal in place to keep one of the SEC’s top voices with the Worldwide Leader and SEC Network.The timing is even more notable, given this part of the calendar. There is a fear that ESPN won’t have Finebaum under contract when the SEC Media Days roll around next week.Finebaum is more or less the face of SEC Network as a whole, and a crucial component as host of the Media Days broadcasts.Finebaum has one of the most diehard radio fan bases in the country. He’s fielded call after call about his future, and while he obviously has to stay mum on what his future holds, he has remained optimistic in response to those calls. USA Today‘s Dan Wolken also reached out to inquire about his next moves:Reached by phone Tuesday, Finebaum declined comment on his future, other than to say he expects to be on set Monday in Atlanta when SEC Media Days begins. One person familiar with the matter from the ESPN side, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the discussions, called the story overblown and said the speculation of his departure was unsubstantiated. Even if Finebaum and ESPN can’t come to terms by next week, the plan seems to be business as usual.[…]The prevailing sense within the industry is that Finebaum and ESPN will find a way to get a deal done because, if nothing else, it makes little sense to end a relationship that has been good for both sides.In the meantime, Finebaum will likely have to continue listening to the tributes from callers while revealing very little about the situation until the future of his show is certain.As he said on his show Monday: “I think it’s all going to work out great.”FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network are believed to be the main competition for ESPN in the Paul Finebaum negotiations.According to a Sporting News report last week, Finebaum has had “meaningful conversations” with other broadcast networks. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney is reportedly a fan of Finebaum, and FOX Sports, which owns half of BTN, is also a major player in college football.However, Finebaum belongs in SEC country, and no situation provides him a better fit than the SEC Network. It makes most sense for both sides to mend that bridge and for him to remain there.[USA Today]
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, and many believe his time at Ohio State could be up. The school’s decision came on the heels of a report from former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy, which suggests that Meyer lied when he said he wasn’t aware of 2015 domestic violence allegations against his wide receivers coach Zach Smith.At this point, it’s hard to see Ohio State finding a way to reinstate Meyer. That said, many are finding it hard to understand just how we got here. Let me explain.If McMurphy is right, and Meyer knew about the 2015 allegations, then the Ohio State head coach hit the trifecta – and he will be fired.It’s just a matter of time.1. The case involves alleged domestic violence, which is one of the hot-button topics in our country (and in sports the past few years.) The Ray Rice case is probably the most infamous, but there have been numerous since. It doesn’t matter that this case doesn’t involve a student.2. If McMurphy is right, and Meyer knew about the 2015 allegations, then he’ll be looked at – fair or not – as someone who enabled the behavior to continue. If Zach Smith, one of his assistant coaches, was abusing his wife and Meyer knew about it – it’s a terrible look. It’s also a potential Title IX issue. How has it worked out for other head coaches who enabled abuse in their programs?3. If McMurphy is right, then Meyer lied. This, to be honest, is probably the biggest sin of all – at least in the public’s eyes. If Meyer lied to reporters when he said he didn’t know of the 2015 allegations, it’s hard to take him seriously on anything else he says. It would also make it clear that he is willing to cover up for an assistant coach while a woman is being physically abused. The public won’t forgive that.Danny Kanell summed it up well on Wednesday.Urban Meyer may have committed the cardinal sin. Our society is very forgiving if you own up and apologize. But lying and not accepting ANY responsibility is the worst thing one can do. Now Ohio State has a tough decision to make because of it.— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) August 1, 2018Assuming McMurphy is right, Meyer probably could have avoided this is if he’d simply told the truth last week. After all, why would Meyer have fired Zach Smith last week if there wasn’t something to fire him for? He already admitted they knew about the 2009 incident.It’s going to be an interesting few days in Columbus, but don’t be shocked if/when Meyer is gone. It’s hard to see any other scenario playing out.
OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns tells to the crowd to be quiet after the Browns scored a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Hue Jackson’s coaching career with the Cleveland Browns got off to a rocky start as the coach had a record of 1-31 after two seasons. This year, Jackson’s Browns sit at 2-3-1 and are coming off of a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.Could this be his last year in Cleveland? If the team fails to find success this year, Jackson could be afforded one more season, but that remains to be seen.Should the Browns make a change at the coaching position, NFL insider Albert Breer predicted two current college coaches will be named in the search.According to Breer, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley and Iowa State coach Matt Campbell would be on the shortlist of potential coaching candidates..@AlbertBreer tells @BullandFox that if #Browns make a move at head coach at some pt, two obvious names would be Josh McDaniels and Lincoln Riley. One darkhorse candidate, Iowa St head coach/NEO native Matt Campbell, “people connected to John Dorsey, really like Matt Campbell.”— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) October 17, 2018Riley’s name has popped up several times as a potential NFL coach, and he has a relationship with former Sooners quarterback and current Browns starter Baker Mayfield.Meanwhile, Matt Campbell has Ohio ties and he turned Iowa State into a respectable program after the Cyclones languished in misery for years.
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Pittsburgh Panthers on November 2, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Right now, it is hard to find two more different programs than Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars, and Georgia Tech under Paul Johnson.Leach is one of the most well-known progenitors of the spread offense, and used it to turn around one of the toughest Power Five jobs. Johnson spreads people out a bit too, but does it in order to run a unique triple option attack.Wazzu is out in The Palouse, and is a real outpost in the Northwest. Georgia Tech is in Atlanta proper, a great college football city surrounded by fertile recruiting grounds.Johnson’s found plenty of success at Georgia Tech, with a 79-58 record going back to 2008. That includes a conference title, three more division titles, and a pair of Orange Bowl trips.Things have started swinging pretty wildly for the Yellow Jackets, though. Coming off of a 2014 Orange Bowl trip, the team went 3-9, rebounded to win nine games, but finished 5-6 last season and are off to a 3-4 start this year. Throw in Johnson’s bristly personality, and it wouldn’t be surprising for the two sides to part.Yahoo Sports‘ Pete Thamel wrote a piece outlining the various Power Five coaches who could be fired after the year. Johnson was on the list.Tech is trending toward another losing season at 3-4, and there’s little juice in the program. Paul Johnson has had a great run there, as he’s 79-58 over 11 seasons. But with Georgia’s program building into a rocket ship and Tech failing to exploit a vulnerable ACC, Johnson’s run feels like it’s trending toward the end.Athletic director Todd Stansbury has been back on campus since 2016, and there’s an increasing feeling that he’s anxious to get football more nationally relevant. Johnson is 61, which makes retirement a possibility. His buyout is also structured to be paid per season, which makes this reasonable for Georgia Tech.Prediction: There’s a strong feeling in the industry that this opens, as Johnson’s program has gone stale.Thamel named two possible replacements for Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, including Mike Leach.Leach and Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield were pegged as options.In terms of personality, what you get in Johnson, you’re getting a different brand of in Leach. He is a bit more forthcoming, but also more prone to controversial statements when he starts to drift from football.Leach would completely overhaul the offense,a dn could better tap into the talent available around Georgia Tech. He turned Texas Tech into a consistent high-performer in the Big 12 before his controversial firing there.It wouldn’t be terribly surprising for him to leave Washington State either. The Cougars are currently in line to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference title game, after knocking off Oregon last week, but he was reportedly ready to take the Tennessee job if offered last year. Athletic director Bill Moos, who brought Leach to Wazzu, is now at Nebraska.If Washington State continues to thrive this year, maybe he decides to stay, but it does seem like Leach can be had for the right opportunity.[Yahoo Sports]
PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)The final weekend of the college football regular season is here. After a solid helping of Thanksgiving Day games, rivalry weekend rolls on as College Football Playoff places are on the line.Today’s action kicks off at noon with six games on tap.Here’s the full schedule for Friday.Texas at Kansas at 12:00 p.m. ET on FSINebraska at Iowa at 12:00 p.m. ET on FOXAkron at Ohio at 12:00 p.m. ET on CBSSNBuffalo at Bowling Green at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPNUCentral Michigan at Toledo at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3Eastern Michigan at Kent State at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3Houston at Memphis at 12:00 p.m. ET on ABCArkansas at Missouri at 2:30 p.m. ET on CBSCoastal Carolina at USA at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+East Carolina at Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBSSNVirginia at Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABCOregon at Oregon State at 4:00 p.m. ET on FS1No. 9 UCF at South Florida at 4:15 p.m. ET on ESPNNo. 6 Oklahoma at No. 13 West Virginia at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPNNo. 16 Washington at No. 8 Washington State at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOXWhat will you be watching?