It’s amazing how much can happen in the college football world during the days when no games are being played. Let’s take a look at some of the top stories that have made headlines heading into this week’s action on the field.
Hitting the Reset Button
In an unprecedented move that takes advantage of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King and wide receiver Keith Corbin decided this week that they’ll sit out the rest of the 2019 season in order to redshirt and play their senior seasons over again in 2020. Both were hoping that the Cougars could accomplish big things this season, only to start the year 1-3 with losses to Oklahoma, Washington State, and Tulane. Rather than play out the year and make the best of it, they will sit out and hit the reset button for 2020.
On his decision, King said: “The opportunity to redshirt this season gives me the best chance to develop as a player, earn my degree and set me up for the best success in the future. I’m looking forward to being a part of the success of this program going forward.”
In fairness to King, he’s had three head coaches and four offensive coordinators during his time at Houston with Dana Holgorsen being hired as the new head coach after last season. He has NFL potential but has not had the opportunity to get comfortable in one system.
Redshirting and having an extra year to learn the offense should put him and Houston in a better position for success in 2020. In the meantime, the Cougars, sans King and Corbin, will try to turn their season around and make a bowl game with sophomore Clayton Tune taking over at quarterback.
The transition at Tennessee continues under Jeremy Pruitt, even a month into his second season with the Volunteers. This past week, linebackers Shanon Reid and Will Ignont and wide receiver Jacquez Jones decided to leave the program. Reid and Jones have reportedly entered the transfer portal. Ignont actually started two games earlier this year but wasn’t with the team during their loss last week to Florida.
Defensive back Terrell Bailey and wide receiver Jordan Murphy both left the team one week into the season, meaning the Volunteers have lost five players since the start of the season. It’s not unusual for players to leave a program after a coaching change, but it’s a little more unusual to have players leave midseason. Tennessee is off this weekend and will host rival Georgia next week in hopes of turning things around after a 1-3 start.
Don’t Bet On It
Michigan’s blowout loss to Wisconsin last week has created speculation about Jim Harbaugh’s job security in Ann Arbor. There are simultaneous rumors that former Florida and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer could be a candidate to replace him. However, Meyer has quickly squashed that speculation, saying: “No, that’s not going to happen,” when asked about the Michigan rumors.
Meyer has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for Clay Helton at USC. However, he says he’s happy with his current job as a TV analyst. Meyer also had health issues during his tenure at Ohio State that would sometimes cause severe headaches during games, so it doesn’t seem likely that he will return to coaching.