Former Alabama football All America linebacker DeMeco Ryans, now with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, will speak Saturday at 1 p.m. during the Rallyluia 2012 youth event at Madison Academy. Last year, Ryans presented a $300,000 endowment for "a deserving football student-athlete studying in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration" at the University of Alabama where he graduated cum laude with a degree in business marketing in 2005. Football factory, my ass.
Once the NFL draft ended Saturday with the Indianapolis Colts making the 253rd and final selection of the three-day event, Austin Wuebbels had a choice. Seattle or Denver? He had five minutes to decide.
While playing linebacker at The Woodlands (Texas) High, Garrett Hope often wondered about the possibility of continuing his football career at a Big 12 school.
How could he have guessed a couple of years ago that he could reach that goal by leaving for the East Coast?
Hope didn't receive much interest from Big 12 schools in Texas or neighboring states, but he did get an offer from West Virginia, which is moving from the Big East to the Big 12 this fall. Hope jumped on the opportunity and became one of five Texas high schools to sign with the Mountaineers this year.
Former Miami coach Randy Shannon is suing his alma mater, saying the university decided to not pay him all that he was guaranteed in his final contract. Shannon, a linebacker for the Hurricanes in the mid-1980s before going to the NFL and then starting a coaching career, is requesting a jury trial.
Considering the BCS committee revealed a three semifinal, Rose Bowl-preferred plan covered in Jim Delany’s fingerprints last month, it should come as a shock to no one that the Big Ten commissioner once again has an idea that takes simplicity and chucks it as hard as possible across the football field.
Pat Haden and head coach Lane Kiffin touched on a loss that’s reverberated across the sports world. “We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children,” Haden said in his statement regarding a player whose final season at USC in 1989 ended with unanimous first-team All-American honors. “Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55.”
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