OSU names a captain, Louisville WR needs surgery, WVU CB suspended
A double dose of coaching spin and one good-looking Auburn tie
1. Spin is Spin, Part I: Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, on playing Saturday at SEC defending champion Auburn, the first of his nine openers in which he has faced a conference opponent. "I always used to sit at a conference from afar," Bielema said, "and look down here [to the SEC] where these guys are playing each other early on. I thought it was a great thing. I think it allows you to focus early on." Nice that he feels that way. But of his previous eight opening opponents, only one came from one of the Power Five conferences and only three had a winning record the previous year.
2. Spin is Spin, Part II: Gary Andersen, Bielema's successor at Wisconsin, tried Monday to keep quiet the news that Tanner McEvoy, the quarterback-turned-safety-turned-quarterback, would start against LSU instead of Joel Stave. Andersen called the report "another social media debacle." He said both would play, and whoever takes the first snap doesn't matter. And then tailback Melvin Gordon said of McEvoy, "This is his first collegiate start as a quarterback. I'm excited to see what he does." Saying two quarterbacks will play is a good strategy. But maintaining a charade is not a good look.
3. There are people who believe that college merchandising has gone too far, and just when I am tempted to agree, I ran into this Vineyard Vines tie on a recent trip to Birmingham. It cleverly depicts an Auburn tradition, one that has taken on a tinge of nostalgia in recent years as we wait for the saplings to grow, and keeps it current. It never dawned on me someone could be this clever about toilet paper in trees. But that's one good-lookin' tie.
QB Watch: Alabama, Arizona
Miami, VT went different routes in naming starters. http://t.co/JaW5qeeHjZ- Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) August 25, 2014
One quarterback battle was officially confirmed on Monday: Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez announced redshirt freshman Anu Solomon will start for the Wildcats against UNLV. But, as Kevin Gemmell writes, it comes with a caveat:
"Anu Solomon will be the starter Friday night," Rodriguez said Monday at his first weekly news conference of the season. "That doesn't mean that he plays the whole game and that he will be the starter the rest of the season. But I also don't want any quarterback to ever go in thinking as soon as I make a mistake I'm coming out."
Josh Shaw: 'I would do it again'
USC cornerback Josh Shaw will be sidelined indefinitely after a heroic act left the fifth-year senior with a pair of high ankle sprains.
Just hours after being voted a team captain on Saturday, Shaw was attending a family function when he saw his 7-year-old nephew, who does not know how to swim, struggling in a nearby pool. Instinctively, Shaw jumped from a second-floor balcony onto concrete below and crawled into the pool where he was able to help his nephew to safety, according to a release from the school.
After getting his nephew to safety, Shaw made his way to a ladder and pulled himself from the water.
"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."
Miami, VT went different routes in naming starters. http://t.co/JaW5qeeHjZ— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) August 25, 2014