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Pac-12 Conference announces Commissioner Larry Scott to conclude term as Commissioner

The USC Trojans and the Oregon Ducks meet in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to play in the 2020 PAC-12 Confrence Championship on Dec. 18, 2020. (John McGillen)

Mutual decision reached one year before the end of his contract; Scott will remain through June of this year

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 20, 2021) – The Pac-12 Conference announced today that following ongoing discussions between its governing executive committee, its presidents and Commissioner Larry Scott, it was mutually agreed that the Commissioner would not seek a new contract. The decision was made well in advance of next year’s contract expiration, in part, to allow a new commissioner to be in place to negotiate and maximize the Conference’s next important long-term media rights agreement.  

The Conference and Scott decided it was time for new leadership after his 11-year tenure. Scott’s existing contract is scheduled to expire in June 2022 and it was agreed he will remain in the role until June 30, 2021 to assist in the transition.  

The Pac-12 executive committee, including University of Oregon President Michael Schill as chair; Kirk H. Schulz, Washington State University president; and Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, will immediately commence a national search for Scott’s replacement as commissioner.  

“We appreciate Larry’s pioneering efforts in growing the conference by adding new competitive university programs and accelerating the Pac-12 to television network parity with the other conferences,” said Schill. “At one point, our television agreement was the most lucrative in the nation and the debut of the Pac-12 Network helped deliver our championship brand to US and global markets on traditional and digital platforms. That said, the intercollegiate athletics marketplace doesn’t remain static and now is a good time to bring in a new leader who will help us develop our go-forward strategy.”  

Scott, whose current term expires in 2022, said this time is right for several reasons: “I was in pro sports for 20 years, I’ve now been in college athletics for more than 10 years, and now is a great time in my life to pursue other exciting opportunities. This moment, when college athletics are moving in a new direction and with the Conference soon commencing the next round of media negotiations, it seems the right time to make a change. It is important that the conference be able to put in place the person who will negotiate and carry out that next agreement. Based on the recent robust valuation and marketplace interest we’ve received from traditional and nontraditional media organizations, I am confident the conference is well-positioned for continued success. I appreciate the support of the Pac-12 member institutions and a very talented staff, with whom it has been my privilege to work.”  

Commissioner Scott will leave a significant imprint on the Pac-12. It was during the 2010-11 academic year that Scott helped deliver changes that transformed the Conference into a modern 12-team league. In addition to expanding to 12 teams, member institutions agreed to equal revenue sharing for the first time in the Conference’s history, created two football divisions––the North Division and the South Division––and established a Football Championship Game for the first time. Scott also secured major media rights deals with ESPN and FOX that dramatically increased national exposure and revenue for each school, in addition to establishing Pac-12 Networks that guaranteed enhanced exposure across all sports.  

Another area of continuity that both the Pac-12 and member institutions will prioritize in the search for Scott’s successor will be continuing positive graduation rates for the Conference’s student-athletes. President Schill cited the Conference’s improvements in graduation rates as measured by the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR). With 90% of the NCAA Division I student-athletes now achieving graduation during the measured period, the Pac-12 experienced improvements across the Conference, with some member institutions and athletic programs achieving 100% graduation rates among student-athletes in specific sports programs.  

The Pac-12 Conference has led or tied the nation in NCAA Championship in 54 of the last 60 years with the exceptions coming no lower than third. Under Commissioner Scott, the Conference also debuted its Pac-12 Impact program using the power of sport to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion. It also played a leadership role with its Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative which is doing groundbreaking research into injury prevention, brain trauma, and mental health. Other milestones of accomplishment between Commissioner Scott, the Pac-12 Conference and the member institutions can be found below and on the Pac-12 website.

For media queries about the Pac-12 and today’s announcement, contact: Andrew Walker, vice president, public affairs & head of communications at (415) 676-1341, awalker@pac-12.org

About the Pac-12 Conference The Pac-12 Conference is the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 54 of the last 60 years, with 529 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities – the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to Pac-12.com/conference.​  

For more information regarding the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR), visit here.

Key Milestones during Commissioner Larry Scott’s Tenure

  • His entrepreneurial approach to the Conference’s broadcast rights helped lay the foundation for a strong valuation of those rights in the next round of negotiations. That approach included record-breaking revenue from Tier I rights, exposure for non-revenue sports, innovative digital media, equal sharing among the schools, and the rolling up of all the Conference’s media rights into one package. Key to achieving those goals was the creation of Pac-12 Networks, the first television network wholly owned by a collegiate conference and whose objectives went beyond revenue generation to emphasize exposure for women’s and Olympic sports.
  • These innovations, together with those below, propelled Conference revenue from approximately $100 million to approximately $500 million a year.
  • Added two schools (Colorado and Utah), thus enabling the creation of a football championship game, enlarging the conference’s footprint and visibility.
  • Adopted a new logo and identity built around its West Coast culture and embrace of innovation that modernized the Conference and helped it maintain its role as the Conference of Champions by winning 104 NCAA Championships over the last decade.
  • Used its West Coast identity to launch a major initiative in Asia, especially focused on China, including an annual regular-season basketball game in China and a major strategic alliance with Alibaba.
  • Placed a strong focus on student-athlete health and welfare, including research into prevention and treatment of brain injury, liberalized transfer rules, efforts to ease time demands on student-athletes, and the inclusion of student-athletes in Conference governance.
  • Developed comprehensive social justice efforts, including “Pac-12 Impact,” working closely with our student-athletes to promote education and hiring practices to achieve equality.

  – Pac-12.com –

TIGER WOODS announces Willie Mack III as recipient of the 2021 Charlie Sifford memorial exemption

LOS ANGELES – Tournament Host Tiger Woods announced Willie Mack III as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption into the 2021 Genesis Invitational field. Awarded since 2009, the exemption represents the advancement of diversity in the game of golf.

February 15, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy after the opening round of the Genesis Open at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles, Ca on February 15, 2018. Jevone Moore

“Willie learned to golf with his dad just like I did and those are memories that will last forever. I am excited to see Willie make another lasting memory when he tees it up at Riviera,” Woods said. “Willie has endured through difficult times off the course the past few years and I know Charlie would be proud of how he has stayed focused on achieving his dream.”

Mack, a native of Flint, MI, played college golf at Bethune-Cookman winning 11 titles as a Wildcat. In 2011, Mack became the first African American to win the Michigan Amateur Championship. Mack currently competes on the Advocates Pro Golf Association (APGA) Tour and Florida Professional Golf Tour, earning Player of the Year honors for both tours in 2019.

“I want to thank my father who introduced me to the great game of golf,” Mack said. “My dream since I first picked up a club has been to play on the PGA TOUR. It’s really special that I will play in my first PGA TOUR event because of an exemption named after Charlie Sifford, a person I’ve long admired, and in a tournament hosted by Tiger Woods, who is the reason I got into golf.”

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – JULY 09: Willie Mack III smiles during an interview following the first round of an APGA Tour event on the Slammer & Squire Course at World Golf Village on July 9, 2020 in Saint Augustine, Florida. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The start at Riviera during the 2021 Genesis Invitational will be Mack’s first on the PGA TOUR. Mack has previously played on the Korn Ferry Tour and PGA TOUR Latino américa Tour.

Since 2009, the exemption has been given to a golfer representing a minority background to play in the annual PGA TOUR event at Riviera. In 2017, the exemption was re-named to honor the memory of Charlie Sifford, the first African American player to compete on the PGA TOUR. Previous exemption recipients include Vincent Johnson (2009), Joshua Wooding (2010), Joseph Bramlett (2011 & 2020), Andy Walker (2012), Jeremiah Wooding (2013), Harold Varner III (2014), Carlos Sainz, Jr. (2015), J.J. Spaun (2016), Kevin M. Hall (2017), Cameron Champ (2018) and Tim O’Neal (2019).

The 2021 Genesis Invitational will be held February 15-21 and broadcast on GOLF Channel and CBS. To enhance the fan experience at home, the tournament is excited to offer games, activities and more to keep viewers engaged with the tournament while watching. Also the Genesis Invitational is taking its family village virtual in 2021 with digital activities, challenges, education resources and more for kids ages 5-12. These fan enhancement elements will be available on GenesisInvitational.com in the coming weeks. For the latest news and information, follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheGenesisInv.

Kevin M. Hall (2017 recipient) watching his drive in the first round action of PGA Golf during the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA on February 16, 2017. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Full Image 360)

About The Genesis Invitational

One of the most historic and longest-running events on the PGA TOUR, The Genesis Invitational celebrates its 95th playing, February 15-21, 2021, at historic Riviera Country Club. With TGR Live serving as the event management company for The Genesis Invitational, the primary benefiting charity is TGR Foundation, with proceeds from the event supporting the foundation’s education programs in Southern California. The tournament’s title sponsor is Genesis, a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design and innovation. For more information about The Genesis Invitational, visit GenesisInvitational.com and follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheGenesisInv.

About TGR Live, A Tiger Woods Venture

For more than 20 years, TGR Live has exclusively organized and managed fundraising events supporting the TGR Foundation. It focuses solely on creating amazing experiences for the foundation’s clients at world-class events. TGR Live provides a variety of services including hospitality management, public relations and marketing, tournament operations, and sponsor sales at PGA TOUR and signature events which benefit the foundation. While many TGR Live events are televised, TGR Live does not provide TV or video production. For more information, visit TGRLive.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TGRLiveEvents.

About TGR Foundation

For 25 years, TGR Foundation has worked to create a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. With an unwavering commitment to impact youth of every generation, its mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education. Through award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs, digital platforms and educator professional development, TGR Foundation provides resources and support to students, educators and families to reach underserved youth and help them thrive personally and professionally. Mentorship, career guidance, specialized workshops and one-on-one support allows the foundation to meet the needs of the whole student and guide them as they connect their passions to their purpose. Since its launch in 1996, TGR Foundation’s education and outreach programs have impacted two million youth worldwide. To celebrate 25 years of impact, its new Pathways Forward initiative will provide support to enhance current education programs while expanding resources to more students on their pathways to college and career success. For more information visit TGRFoundation.org or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Genesis Motor America

Genesis Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California. Genesis is a global automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, and innovation. Genesis offers a range of models including the G70 sport sedan, G80 executive sedan, the flagship G90 sedan, and the GV80 sport utility vehicle.

All Genesis vehicles are covered by an industry-leading warranty that includes a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty with enhanced roadside assistance and concierge services including:

Genesis was ranked the #1 premium brand in the industry for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power’s 2020 Initial Quality Study (IQS), was named #1 overall in the J.D. Power 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and the #2 brand in the annual Consumer Reports 2020 Report Card rankings. The Genesis G70 luxury sport sedan has won 21 major awards and accolades. Earlier this year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded all three 2020 Genesis vehicles; G70, G80 and G90 with their highest rating of Top Safety Pick+. Genesis is the only brand in the industry whose entire portfolio is Top Safety Pick+ rated.

Chargers Agree to Terms with Brandon Staley as Head Coach

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The Los Angeles Chargers today agreed to terms with Brandon Staley as the 17th head coach in franchise history. Staley served as the defensive coordinator in 2020 for the Los Angeles Rams after spending three seasons as the outside linebackers coach for Denver (2019) and Chicago (2017-18). Staley’s introductory press conference will be held on Thurs., January 21, with more details to follow.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve known Brandon for five minutes or five years, what quickly becomes apparent is the amount of energy and passion he approaches each and every moment with,” said President of Football Operations John Spanos. “The consistency of that enthusiasm is unique and, most importantly, it drives his ability to connect with people. His coaching journey to this particular moment is inspiring; if not for the sheer perseverance and determination of it all, then certainly for the dramatic results it has produced for the teams and players he has coached. I know it’s cliché but I know Brandon quite literally cannot wait to get to work. I also know we cannot be more excited to have him as the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.”

Staley has coached four Pro Bowlers, some of the most dominant defensive NFL players in recent memory — Khalil Mack in 2018, Von Miller in 2019 and Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey this season. Three of those players (Mack, Donald and Ramsey) were also recognized by The Associated Press as first-team All-Pro selections.

“It’s not just that Brandon possesses a tremendous football mind that makes him the ideal Head Coach to lead our team forward,” said General Manager Tom Telesco. “It’s that he excels in the ability to effectively tailor, apply and communicate his concepts to players. It’s clear that Brandon will not be out-worked, he’s the football equivalent of a gym rat, and that has earned him the universal respect of the players he has coached throughout his journey.”

“It’s hard to put into words just how excited I am for the opportunity to be the Los Angeles Chargers’ Head Coach,” said Staley. “While this is certainly a dream come true, it’s also a dream that’s just beginning. There’s a reason this was probably the most sought after job out there — from ownership, to the fans, to the city, to the men in that locker room — it’s the total package. I can’t thank the Spanos family and Tom Telesco enough for placing their faith in us, and by the time everyone is reading this quote in a press release, we’ll already be hard at work developing a program Chargers fans everywhere can be proud of.”

As one of the most progressive defensive minds in football, Staley overhauled a Rams defense to become the best defense in football in 2020. The unit ranked No. 1 in total defense, passing defense and scoring defense while finishing as the third-best rushing defense. The Rams defensive unit improved by more than four points per game in scoring defense from 2019 to post the best single-season average allowed by the team in nearly two decades.

Staley brought innovation on defense from college to the NFL, serving as outside linebackers coach in Chicago (2017-18) and Denver (2019). He served on Vic Fangio’s staff in Denver after following the former defensive coordinator from Chicago. The 2019 Broncos defense led the NFL in red zone scoring, allowing a touchdown on just 39.1 percent of red zone drives — the second-lowest allowed by any NFL defense in the last five seasons. In his two years with Chicago, the Bears led the NFL in takeaways (58) while tying for No. 2 with 92 sacks. Staley was part of a staff in 2018 that coached the top-ranked scoring defense in football (17.7 points per game).

Prior to coaching in the NFL, Staley spent three seasons (2013, ’15-16) at John Carroll as defensive coordinator/secondary coach and the 2014 season as defensive coordinator/linebackers at James Madison. In his final season as a collegiate coach, Staley earned National Coordinator of the Year honors for Division III by leading the John Carroll unit to rank third in the nation in total defense (218.0 yards per game) and fourth in scoring defense (12.6 points per game).

Before his stints at John Carroll and James Madison, Staley was a graduate assistant in 2012 at Tennessee. Staley held his first coordinator job as associate head coach/defensive coordinator at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College from 2010-11. Over those two seasons, he helped develop Cordarrelle Patterson, Markus Golden and De’Vondre Campbell into NFL Draft picks.

Staley began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois (2006-08) before coaching the defensive line and special teams in 2009 at the University of St. Thomas. He played quarterback at the University of Dayton, serving as a team captain and was a two-year starter. The Flyers posted a 16-5 record when Staley was the starter from 2003-04. He ended his playing career at Mercyhurst University, playing there in 2005 with his twin brother, Jason. A native of Perry, Ohio, Staley and his wife, Amy, have three sons — Colin, Will and Grant.

Football Tabs Jerry Neuheisel to Guide Wide Receivers

LOS ANGELES – Jerry Neuheisel has been promoted to the position of wide receivers coach, UCLA football head coach Chip Kelly announced Wednesday. Neuheisel, who has spent seven of the past nine seasons in the program as a student-athlete or graduate-assistant coach, has seen the offense achieve numerous milestones during his three seasons on staff.

The 2020 team ranked atop the Pac-12 in receiving touchdowns (18), total offensive touchdowns (31) and first downs per game (24.6) during the shortened season. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson posted the best passing efficiency rating by a Bruin signal caller (156.3) since Drew Olson in 2005. The squad’s total-offense output of 455.0 yards per game was second in the conference and marked an improvement of nearly 50 yards per game from 2019.

Five different UCLA wide receivers logged touchdown catches in 2020. For the second year in a row, Kyle Philips led the team in receptions. His 60 grabs in 2019 represent a program freshman record and place him 11th on the single-season list. Philips became the 27th Bruin to reach the 100-catch plateau, doing so in just 23 games. In 2018, receiver Theo Howard joined the 100 receptions-1,000 receiving yards club at UCLA.



Neuheisel started his coaching career at Texas A&M, where he served as an offensive quality control coach under head coach Kevin Sumlin in 2017. Alongside offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, Neuheisel helped develop then-freshmen quarterbacks Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel. In just his third-career game, Mond became the first true freshman in program history to throw for 300 yards in a contest when he accomplished the feat in a home win over Louisiana. Starkel would go on to shatter the Aggies’ freshman records for completions (42), passing attempts (63) and passing yards (499) in a Belk Bowl shootout with Wake Forest. His 499 passing yards are the second-highest total in program history.

A graduate of Loyola HS in Los Angeles, Neuheisel earned UCLA’s Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player (offense) at the conclusion of the 2012 season, his first in the program. He registered his initial game experience in 2013 as the Bruins’ backup quarterback and holder.

On Sept. 13, 2014, in relief of injured starter Brett Hundley, Neuheisel led UCLA to a comeback 20-17 win over Texas at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Neuheisel completed 23 of 30 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including the 33-yard game winner to Jordan Payton with 3 minutes left, against the Longhorns. Neuheisel was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

Neuheisel, a nine-time UCLA Athletic Director’s Honor Roll member and four-year Pac-12 All-Academic honoree, continued his football career abroad. He led the Obic Seagulls of the Japanese X League to the Japan X Bowl in 2016, completing 67.5% of his passing attempts for 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Neuheisel was married to his wife, Nicole, this past summer. He was born to UCLA graduates Susan and Rick at UCLA Medical Center. Rick Neuheisel played quarterback for the Bruins from 1981-83 before embarking on a coaching career at his alma mater in 1986. Stints as a graduate assistant, quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach preceded his first head-coaching job at Colorado, where he guided the Buffaloes from 1995-98. He also served at the helm of the University of Washington football program (1999-2002) before returning to UCLA as head coach from 2008-2011.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. to Celebrate 107 Years

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. to Celebrate 107 Years on January 9, 2021 with a Virtual Global Celebration and Live Conversation from the International Space Station with NASA Astronaut Victor J. Glover, Jr.


WASHINGTON, DC – Micheal E. Cristal, International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., announces 107th Anniversary Virtual Global founders’ Day Celebration. The event will take place Saturday
January 9, 2021 at 12:00 Noon EST and will be LIVE streamed simultaneously to the Phi Beta Sigma Official Website, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter platforms.


One of the highlights of this special celebration will be a LIVE conversation from the International Space Station with Phi Beta Sigma Brother Victor J. Glover, Jr. who is a Commander in the U.S. Navy and a NASA
Astronaut. He will take questions from young men in our Sigma Beta Club, an organization dedicated to the development of young men.


The celebration will also include a special tribute to the late Congressman Brother John Lewis, with presentations from Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D)-California and Congresswoman Nikema Williams (D) – 5th Congressional District Georgia.


We will also have appearances by Actor, Brother Blair Underwood; NFL Arizona Cardinal, Brother Corey Peters; Grand Basileus of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Ms. Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker; Actor, Dancer and Singer,
Brother Ben Vereen; Affriachian Poet, Writer and Former Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker, and many more. Musical appearances include Grammy-winning Gospel Artist, Brother Kurt Carr.


THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN THE MEN OF SIGMA IN CELEBRATING
Sigmas around the world will be hosting chapter watch parties on January 9th. The public is invited to join the celebration. More information available at PhiBetaSigma1914.org. Official hashtag: #Sigma107.


What: Virtual Global Founders’ Day Celebration
When: Saturday, January 9, 2021 12 Noon EST
Where: Online at Facebook.com/pbs1914; Twitter.com/pbs_1914; and Instagram.com/pbs_1914; Phi Beta Sigma on YouTube and at PhiBetaSigma1914.org


ABOUT PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., by three African American male students on the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service. The Founders conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. This deep conviction is reflected in the Fraternity’s motto, ‘Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.’ Today, Sigma has blossomed into a global organization of leaders, with more than 800 chapters chartered across the United States and Canada, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. The Fraternity delivers transformative experiences through its programs of Community Engagement and Economic Development, Social Action and Advocacy, Education and youth development through its Sigma Beta Club, as well as collaborations with strategic partners.

DEVONTA SMITH OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA SELECTED AS THE 2020 HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER

Photo Credits: Heisman Trophy Trust/Kent Gidley

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – On a special day for College Football, history was made for a small-town country kid under the bright lights accept the Heisman Trophy. DeVonta Smith of Alabama was selected as the 86th winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as the Outstanding College Football Player in the United States for 2020.

Smith was the first receiver since 1991 to hold this honor of being named the Heisman. With the great football tradition of Alabama football, he becomes only the third player from the Tide to hold this title.

Smith now joins Wide Receiver Desmond Howard (1991), Johnny Rodgers (1972) and Tim Brown (1987) as the only receiver hold this honor.

“It’s just unbelievable, just coming from a small place (Amite, LA) like that. You just really have to work day in and day out and just believe in yourself, and if don’t nobody else believe you, you just have to believe in yourself and just prove everybody wrong.” said Smith.

How much do your credit give this program who has 3 of the top 5 vote getters playing on the same team, the No. 1 team in the country who will be on display on Monday January 11th in the National Championship.

Photo Credits: Heisman Trophy Trust/Kent Gidley

“The two main reason I came back was to get my degree and win a second national champion,” said Smith.

Smith polled 1,856 points to capture the award over Trevor Lawrence of Clemson (1,187 points), Mac Jones (1,130 points) also of Alabama and Kyle Trask (737 points) of Florida.

Smith took time to speak to the youth and inspire them to go after their dreams no matter what obstacles may lie ahead or at their feet right now.

“….to all the young kids out there that’s not the biggest, not the strongest, just keep pushing because I’m not the biggest. I’ve been doubted a lot just because of my size, and really it just comes down to you put your mind to it, you can do it,” said Smith.

Photo Credits: Heisman Trophy Trust/Kent Gidley

Stats- caught 105 passes for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns including a tremendous performance in the College Football Playoff Semi-Final catching 7 passes for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns. His career receiving yards of 3,260 is highest in Alabama history. Smith also holds the SEC career record for receiving touchdowns with 40, passing the previous mark of 31 held by Amari Cooper and Chris Doering. He also owns a four- and five-touchdown game making him the only receiver in SEC history with multiple career games totaling four or more receiving touchdowns. Smith was awarded the Associated Press college football player of the year.

REMEMBERING BRO. DR. GEORGE W. CARVER ON CARVER DAY!

George W. Carver was an agricultural scientist and inventor who developed hundreds of products using peanuts, sweet potatoes and soybeans. Born an African American slave a year before slavery was outlawed, Carver left home at a young age to pursue education and would eventually earn a master’s degree in agricultural science from Iowa State University. He would go on to teach and conduct research at Tuskegee University for decades, and soon after his death his childhood home would be named a national monument — the first of its kind to honor an African American.

In 1894, Carver became the first African American to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Impressed by Carver’s research on the fungal infections of soybean plants, his professors asked him to stay on for graduate studies.

In 1896, Carver earned his Master of Agriculture degree and immediately received several offers, the most attractive of which came from Booker T. Washington (whose last name George would later add to his own) of Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama.

Washington convinced the university’s trustees to establish an agricultural school, which could only be run by Carver if Tuskegee was to keep its all-black faculty. Carver accepted the offer and would work at Tuskegee Institute for the rest of his life

In 1921, Carver appeared before the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the peanut industry, which was seeking tariff protection. Though his testimony did not begin well, he described the wide range of products that could be made from peanuts, which not only earned him a standing ovation but also convinced the committee to approve a high protected tariff for the common legume.

He then became known as “The Peanut Man.”

Turnovers and Mistakes prove costly for Oregon in Fiesta Bowl loss

GLENDALE, AZ – In yet another exciting New Year’s Six Bowl Game, turnovers proved costly for the No. 25 Oregon Ducks (4-3, 3-2), as the No. 10 Iowa State Cyclones (9-3, 8-1) came away with the 34-17 win.

Just a couple of weeks after beating USC in the Pac-12 Title game, Oregon had a quick turnaround to face a talented Iowa State team all the way in the Southwest.

Unfortunately for Oregon, it was not a day to remember for the Pac-12 Champions. The typical high-flying Ducks finished their day with just 312 yards, 17 points, and even worse, five turnovers (including one kick-off recovery) in their 34-17 loss.

Overall, it was just a sloppy performance for the Ducks. “We obviously didn’t play up to our standard,” Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said. “It’s a game of execution, and in critical situations we didn’t coach well enough or execute well enough. We take losses as a team, we don’t point fingers, that’s it.”

However, Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown was one of the few bright spots for the Ducks. Despite Tyler Slough got the start, both quarterbacks played in rotation, and it was Brown who was trying to will his team to victory.

Unfortunately, his 12-19 passing for 147 yards and four rushes for 36 yards and two touchdowns was not enough.

“I thought Anthony [Brown] did some good stuff as well. We played both of them, because we felt that they can both give us a chance to win the game,” Cristobal said.

But the real story was the Cyclones’ dominance in one of their programs’ biggest wins in history.

“What occurred here is the greatest thing in the history of the school,” Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell said.

Certainly, hard to argue, as Iowa State has historically been an average-at-best program. In the center of their success has been star quarterback, Brock Purdy. The junior signal-caller finished his day 20-29 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown passing, to go along with 39 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries.

“There’s not enough words to talk about Brock,” Campbell said. “With Brock Purdy, there is no Fiesta Bowl. We are who we are because of his character.”

However, on Saturday evening, it was the dominating play of running back Breece Hall who stole the show, finishing his day with 136 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 34 carries.

“Offensively we got off to a great start in the first half,” Campbell said. ” Defensively, we were elite in the second half. That was as complete as we’ve played all season.”

And Campbell is right! With the win, the Cyclones picked up their ninth win of the season, tying a program-best in a season (2000 and 1906). At a program like Iowa State, “it just doesn’t happen overnight,” Campbell said. Since taking over the program, he has turned this program around, and they are heading in the right direction.

As for Oregon, there is a lot to take away in an abbreviated season. “Being the youngest team in the country, we still were able to win the conference and get to a New Year’s Six game,” Cristobal said. “But young or not, again, it is still going to be about winning it, so a lot of good lessons learned. A lot to be excited about, and a lot of fuel that we can use in the off-season to get better.”

Ohio State Buckeyes will play on the 11th

New Orleans, LA – Ohio State Buckeyes now will be playing in the College Football Championship after defeating Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl 49-28 in New Year’s night cap. Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields set a new Sugar Bowl & CFP record throwing 6 touchdowns for 385 yards to lead his team.

The College Football Playoff game is no stranger to these two teams, they matched up just last year in the Fiesta Bowl for CFP semifinal. Clemson was able to sneak past Ohio State in the end to earn the right to play in the Championship game.

The victory over Clemson had to feel so sweet after beating them last year in the stats but not on the scoreboard. Now when the lights were even brighter Ohio State let NCAA know this team is real.

“I think that loss fueled us all off-season and this season,”  said  Fields “We were just glad to have this opportunity.”

On Clemson opening drive Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence #16 caps off an 82-yard opening drive touchdown on 8 plays. Lawrence used his legs diving for the pylon and quick 7-0 lead over Ohio State 12:10 in 1Q.

After the first quarter Clemson spotted Ohio State to much of a lead. Lawrence who will be the next NFL No. 1 pick in the draft if he leaves the college ranks. He only passed for 2 touchdowns 400 yards, an interception and a fumble.

Fields early was finding his tight ends getting lost in secondary. Ohio State took their first lead with 17-yard touchdown pass to Jeremey Ruckkert 21-14  4:16 2Q.

Ohio State Trey Sermon #8 busted done the seam for a 32-yard touchdown run, catching Clemson ‘s defense flatfooted and out of position.  Midway through the first quarter tying the game 7-7 with 7:59 1Q.

Fields took a big hit scrambling down the field by linebacker James Skalski #47 stopping him short of a first down. They stopped the play and took look at the play for targeting, and it was confirmed. Now the secondary for Clemson was already missing their quarterback with Skalski being ejected took the vocal leader who calls the defense for the front seven.

 Just two plays after the ejection Fields threw a dart for the endzone and two touchdown lead before going into the half with 28-14 5:12 2Q.

“I’m just blessed,” said Fields “That hit really took a toll on me…. What pulled me through was my love for my brothers!”

In the second quarter Ohio State just had all the answers with their offense dominating on the ground grinding up yards with Sermon legs. They swag spilled over to their defense that seemed a step faster then Clemson keeping them scoreless in the quarter.

Ohio State felt good going into the half with a 35-14 after being told they shouldn’t be playing in the College Football Playoff.

Fields bounced back after throwing an interception in the endzone to start the second half with a deep 56-yard touchdown bomb to Chris Olave #2 42-21 4:55 3Q.

The ground game was a great balance for Ohio State, they finished with 254 yards as a team. Sermon carried the load with 193 yards on 31 carries.

We know that Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference are as good as their rankings.

“To win and have a chance to play against Clemson and win the way we did it’s unbelievable ,“ said coach Ryan Day “We are a great program and we have a lot of pride – Ohio State Buckeyes means something.”

Now Ohio State will get ready to gameplan for No. 1 Alabama Tide for the crown on January 11, 2021 in Miami.

The Beat Goes On: Alabama Thrives, Notre Dame Cowers In Spotlight at 2021 Rose Bowl

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet in Arlington, TX for the 2021 Rose Bowl Game. Photo by McGillen

ARLINGTON, Tx- In a Rose Bowl like no other, the result looked pretty familiar for Alabama.

After the game was moved from its traditional Pasadena home to allow for a limited number of fans in attendance, the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide rolled to a win over No. 4 Notre Dame to clinch a spot in its fifth national championship game in the past six seasons.

There’s a stark contrast between the direction and caliber of these two heavyweights- and that was on full display in Friday’s 31-14 romp.

Alabama entered the game as a heavy favorite, and for good reason. The Crimson Tide ranked at No. 1 every week since Clemson’s Nov. 3 loss to Notre Dame., and won the Southeastern Conference in dominant fashion, including a six-point win over No. 7 Florida in the Championship Game.  Notre Dame got the controversial playoff nod over No. 5 Texas A&M despite a lackluster loss in an encore performance against Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

The mismatch was clear early. Alabama raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead behind two of quarterback Mac Jones’ four passing touchdowns on the day, including one to Heisman hopeful Devonta Smith- one of four finalists for college football’s most prestigious award to be awarded Tuesday night.

“(Smitty) has done as much for our team as any other player who has won the Heisman,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on the possibility postgame. “I don’t like to make predictions, but it’d be great to see another one of our players win one.”

The loss marks another chapter in a series of concerning results in BCS or College Football Playoff Games for Notre Dame. After an undefeated 2012 regular season, Alabama whitewashed the Fighting Irish in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, 42-14. Notre Dame also lost its only other prior playoff appearance to eventual 2019 CFP champion Clemson, 30-3. In BCS and Playoff games dating back to 2000, Notre Dame has lost every time and been outscored by a margin of 161 points including Friday.

Some were quick to criticize the College Football Playoff Committee’s decision to include Notre Dame over Texas A&M, but despite another let down, head coach Brian Kelly defended his team’s selection.

“We felt like we were as good as any other team on any given day in the country,” head coach Brian Kelly said postgame.

As for Alabama, the ebbs and flows of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season have been proving grounds for one of its most dominant groups ever. Quarterback Mac Jones, a Heisman finalist along with Smith, recorded another fantastic game on par with a fantastic season.

Alabama got strong performances from its background performers as well. Wide recover John Metchie and “Swiss Army Knife” tight end Jahleel Billingsleycombined for 93 receiving yards on the big stage, while defensive back Christian Harris recorded an interception of Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book, which all but squashed any momentum the Irish built after forcing consecutive Alabama punts.

Nonetheless, Smith was the clear standout- together perhaps his strongest performance yet, recording three touchdown catches on 100-plus receiving yards, marking the seventh time in 2020 he’s broken the century mark. His 20th touchdown catch also tied an SEC single-season record.

Alabama’s Patrick Surtain was named defensive MVP of the game.

“We ask our corners to do a lot,” Saban said. “It’s good to see him get recognized tonight.”

Kyren Williams scored Notre Dame’s only touchdown prior to Ian Book’s late sneak into the end zone. Notre Dame’s offense was held completely in check by Alabama’s vaunted defense, recording just 139 rushing yards and punting four times. Book also left the final game of his storied Notre Dame career in the third quarter due to an injury.

Notre Dame finishes its season at 10-2, while Alabama moves on to play the winner of No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

“Alabama made more plays at the end of the day,” Kelly said. “We’re going to keep getting back here. We’re going to keep winning games, and we’re going to break through.”

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