Last Chance Update: De’Andre Johnson struggling at FAU

Last Chance U De'Andre Johnson
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Arguably the most pleasant surprise of season 2 of the Netflix series “Last Chance U” was Florida State transfer and quarterback De’Andre Johnson.

Johnson appeared to show genuine remorse for his past actions (he punched a woman at a bar and was kicked out of Florida State), leadership skills, ability to be a team player and to be a fantastic athlete. He proved he was as good, if not better than East Mississippi predecessors Jonathan Franklin III (Auburn), Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), and Bo Wallace (Ole Miss).

But despite that, he landed no Power 5 scholarship. He accepted an offer to play for Florida Atlantic. And as preseason camp begins, the disappointments are continuing.

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Big Ten Media: Going beyond networks for coverage

Big TenBig Ten commissioner Jim Delany announced at Media Day in Chicago last week that the conference reached a six-year deal with ESPN, Fox and CBS Sports (for basketball).

Mark Silverman, the Big Ten Network president, also spoke of a TV deal, but of another kind. This is one shows that the conference is courting the cord cutters.

The Big Ten Network announced that its content will be heading to Hulu and YouTube TV.

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Big Sky Conference heads to Pluto, cuts the cable

Big Sky headed to PlutoThe SEC, ACC, and the University of Texas have TV network partnerships with ESPN for the upcoming season. Pac-12 has a deal with Fox. Where did the Big Sky Conference go to get a TV deal? It’s heading to Pluto.

Pluto TV, an Internet-based TV platform, announced this weekend it is launching the Big Sky Conference Channel (Ch. 230). Pluto TV is available on AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku and PlayStation consoles.

It has more than 100 live TV channels as well as multiple music stations.
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Would Les Miles or Chip Kelly replace Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss?

Ole Miss targetsOle Miss is in a tight spot with the resignation of Coach Hugh Freeze.

Though the university said the current NCAA trouble isn’t the reason for Freeze’s departure, it certainly will be a reason for the difficulty finding a replacement.

The NCAA alleges 21 charges of misconduct involving academics, boosters and recruiting. Ole Miss already has a self-imposed bowl ban for this season, and it likely will find out further sanctions by the NCAA in September or October.

And ask anyone around college football (outside of Ole Miss) about what kind of coach interim Matt Luke will be, and they’ll be quick to say, “Who is Matt Luke?”

Though the walls are crumbling in Oxford, not all is lost for the Rebels.

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15 Days of Darkness means a lot of night games

Night looms the last two weeks.According to a reliable fake news site, reflectionofmind.org, NASA has confirmed there will be 15 days of darkness from Nov. 15 to Nov. 30.

That means … every game is a night game. Yay!

The incredibly bogus report said  NASA confirmed that the phenomenon will start on Nov. 15 at 3 a.m. and will most likely last until Nov. 30, 4:45 p.m. Which time zone? Who knows? But it definitely won’t be Daylight Saving Time.

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ICYMI: First look at Al Pacino as Joe Paterno

Al Pacino Joe PaternoHBO released a photo of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in the upcoming movie, “Happy Valley,” about the child sex abuse scandal surrounding Paterno’s former assistant, Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky was arrested on multiple counts of sexual abuse while conducting camps on the Penn State campus. Authorities say Paterno was aware of the crimes, perhaps even as far back as the 1990s.

Paterno died from complications from lung cancer in 2012.

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Not just a Nutt job: Houston files suit against Ole Miss

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Perhaps it was too easy for Ole Miss to say, “Problems? … We have a Houston.”

Former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed a federal lawsuit against his former school. He is claiming current Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, athletic director Ross Bjork and sports information director Kyle Campbell conducted a campaign to pin most of the school’s current NCAA violations on him

Ole Miss is being investigated by the NCAA for multiple violations that have occurred under both Nutt and Freeze.
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Georgia’s Smart when it comes to math

Kirby Smart
Smart

It was far from a top ring-rope slam, but Georgia’s Kirby Smart couldn’t help himself when he heard a reporter tell him he had 21 starters returning.

“21 starters? Wow. That’s a new one for me,” Smart said. “I can’t figure that out. I think we had three senior  offensive lineman last year, so that math doesn’t work there.”

It’s times like this you miss Steve Spurrier.

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Media Day: Get your buzzword bingo cards!

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Link to printable Media Day Bingo cards below

As Steve Spurrier has pointed out in a previous year, it’s now the talking season.

SEC Media Days begin today in Birmingham, Ala., and the event is the first of all the media day/weeks/”car washes” from the Power 5 conferences. It’s a hype circus that does little other than giving ESPN and the SEC Network more content to get them through the summer.

Truth be told, the coaches don’t want to be there because they don’t enjoy dealing with the media. And the media doesn’t want to be there because everyone says next to nothing for an entire week.

And yet it’s a boring dance that is done every year.

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SEC Media: Do not feed the Saban … questions

Nick Saban
Nick Saban

The SEC Media Week starts Monday and there’s a decent chance we can see another classic rant from Alabama coach Nick Saban.

The event, which continues through Thursday (July 10-13), will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

Once again, the Worldwide Leader (ESPN) and South-wide Leader (SEC Network) will be there to film enough content to get them both through July and August. Every coach, player, fan, fellow reporters … all will be part of the conglomeration of content.

But beware of Saban.

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