Ohio State athletes share status as campus deals with attack

Published: Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 12:48 PM

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Malik Hooker #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs for a touchdown after intercepting a pass by Wilton Speight #3 (not pictured) of the Michigan Wolverines during the first half of their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Malik Hooker #24 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs for a touchdown after intercepting a pass by Wilton Speight #3 (not pictured) of the Michigan Wolverines during the first half of their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Members of the Ohio State athletics community are among those sharing their statuses after campus endured an apparent attack on students outside a building Monday morning. 

Ohio State women’s basketball assistant coach Mark Mitchell posted on Facebook all members of the team were safe.

The Buckeyes returned late last night from a holiday tournament in Florida.

For the latest on the incident, click here.

Red Raiders wear shirts honoring Texas’ Andrew Jones

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

Texas Tech is playing Texas tonight, but the Red Raiders are supporting the Longhorns’ Andrew Jones.

Jones was diagnosed with leukemia last week, and is undergoing treatment. The Red Raiders honored Jones by wearing shirts with his name and number one on the back during pregame warmups.

The entire nation is throwing its support behind Jones’ fight. There’s a site where donations can be made to help fund Jones’ treatment. Oklahoma State presented the Longhorns with a signed ball. A D-III player, also battling leukemia, wrote a beautiful letter to Jones.

It is very much a cliche to say “Texas Tech and Texas may be opponents on the court, but they’re all on the same team off of it.”

But in this case, it’s also a true statement.

Iowa-Rutgers basketball score: Live updates, how to live stream online

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:12 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa and Rutgers men’s basketball teams are set to square off at 6 p.m. CT at The RAC in Piscataway, N.J on Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes (10-9, 1-5 Big Ten) haven’t played in six days. In their last contest, Iowa won 104-97 in overtime against Illinois on Jan. 11. The Scarlet Knights (11-8, 1-5) lost 68-46 to Ohio State on Sunday.

Iowa-Rutgers games updates

3:54 (2H) — The Rutgers lead was as much as 23 points. The Hawkeyes have cut the deficit to 62-49, but doesn’t have any wiggle room if it wants to entertain the idea of a comeback. Time isn’t on their side.

9:26 (2H) — Lewis Garrison, one of the refs, is down on the court. Ryan Kriener accidentally ran into him. Medical staff looked at the Garrison and he seems fine. Kriener came out and gave the ref a hug before play started again.

11:58 (2H) — The lack of movement by the Iowa offense really stands out. The TV announcers keep mentioning it. It’s a big reason why Iowa has only 31 points in the first 28 minutes of action. Rutgers leads 52-31.

15:45 (2H) —Rutgers leads 47-28. The first few minutes of the second half were a lot like the first half. There isn’t the same kind of comeback vibe in this game yet that was apparent at the start of the second half with Illinois.

19:42 (2H) — A very bad turnover from Bohannon to start the second half. That is the last thing Iowa needed.

Halftime — Rutgers leads 38-24 going into the break. There are two damning stats for the Hawkeyes. The first is nine turnovers. It’s too many and the turnovers served as a catalyst for Rutgers to pull away in the half. The second is Rutgers shooting 60.0 percent from the 3-point line. The Scarlet Knights are a below average offensive team and their 3-point shooting, typically, isn’t a threat. Yet, Rutgers is picking apart Iowa’s defense and is consistently getting shots in the paint and open looks from the 3-point line.

3:49 (1H) — This has turned into the first half at Illinois all over again. The Hawkeyes can’t stop the Scarlet Knights from putting the ball in the basket. Rutgers leads 36-19.

8:01 (1H) — Rutgers on the verge of running away with it early. The Scarlet Knights are on a 12-0 run and up 23-13, forcing Iowa to call a timeout.

9:52 (1H) — After a rough start, Iowa shored up its defense by switching to a 2-3 zone, but had turnovers on consecutive possessions and it led to five Rutgers points. It’s no co-incidence the turnovers came with Bohannon on the bench.

11:49 (1H) — Bohannon with the last nine Iowa points and the Hawkeyes lead 13-11 at the second media timeout.

12:42 (1H) — I guess Iowa needed the timeout. Bohannon with six straight and the deficit is down to 11-10.

13:53 (1H) — Rutgers leads 11-4 at the first media timeout. The Hawkeyes can’t get anything to fall. They are getting some good looks, but are only shooting 2-of-11 so far.

18:40 (1H) — The teams trade quick baskets. Tyler Cook with a tip-in for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa-Rutgers pregame updates

5:48 pm — Iowa starters: Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook and Luka Garza.

5:36 pm — The officials for the game are Terry Oglesby, Tom Eades, and Lewis Garrison.

5:00 pm, CT — Welcome to the Land of 10 live blog for the Iowa-Rutgers men’s basketball game.

Iowa-Rutgers basketball game time, details

  • Time: 6 p.m. CT tipoff
  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17
  • Location: The RAC, Piscataway, N.J.

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Rutgers?

BTN will air the Iowa-Rutgers game. Kevin Kugler will call the action while Shon Morris provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Rutgers online?

BTN2Go will stream the game. Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Rutgers on the radio?

In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. 

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.


Iowa-Rutgers preview

Both Iowa and Rutgers are searching for their second league win. The Hawkeyes will look to replicate their second-half performance against Illinois, which fueled their win on Jan. 11. Iowa shot 53.3 percent and committed only 4 turnovers in the second half while making it a point to get the ball inside.

Forwards Tyler Cook and Luka Garza combined for 40 points. Expect the Hawkeyes to try to establish them against the Scarlet Knights.

“You have to be able to score in a variety of ways,” coach Fran McCaffery said, “but for us, we have to establish the low post.”

It won’t be easy. Rutgers is stout defensively, ranked No. 27th nationally in the KenPom adjusted defensive metric. The Scarlet Knights are holding opponents to 29.6 percent shooting from the 3-point line.

Opponents with success at dribble penetration and scoring near the basket pose problems for the Hawkeyes. It’s why Rutgers’ guard Corey Sanders is a potential problem. Sanders leads the Scarlet Knights with 14.2 points per game and scored at least 22 points in two of his last three contests.

“He is really fast, and he’s a tremendous finisher,” McCaffery said. “He has a phenomenal pull-up game. Obviously, capable from three, but better attacking you. He is good with ball screens, and he is also a guy when he gets going, then he becomes almost unstoppable. You got to really focus on him.”


WATCH: New Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin gets familiar with campus on first day

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:07 PM

Arizona introduced new head football coach Kevin Sumlin on Tuesday. The former Texas A&M coach didn’t waste much time in getting familiar with his new surroundings.

The UA athletic department released a behind-the-scenes look at Sumlin’s tour of campus and introductions with countless Arizona staffers and campus community members. The reception was warm, and Sumlin sure seemed ready to get things going with the Wildcats.

“Very rarely will you see me with this on,” Sumlin said of his suited look on Tuesday. “I look at lot different with shorts on, and that’s another reason I’m here: Because you can wear shorts year-round.”

There’s no disputing that. Sumlin brings a career record of 86-43 to Tucson, including a 51-26 mark at Texas A&M before he was fired in late November. He takes over an Arizona team that finished 7-6 in 2017 and returns electrifying quarterback Khalil Tate in 2018, among other contributors.

LSU mailbag: Fallout from big official visitor weekend, 2018 offensive line, secondary targets

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Welcome to SEC Country’s weekly mailbag, a question-and-answer forum between readers and LSU team and recruiting reporter Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we touch on some of the reaction from the team’s official visitors, what we expect out of the LSU offensive line in 2018 and who the Tigers will target if they whiff on their priority 2018 targets.

First off, neither Lawrence Keys III nor Joseph Foucha cancelled their official visits; they were never officially set to visit last weekend in the first place. In other words, the visit was penciled it, but not confirmed … a scheduling error, if you will.

The four prospects who did make their way to Baton Rouge for official visits were 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., 4-star cornerback Mario Goodrich III, 4-star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and 4-star quarterback James Foster.

It has been a common theme with coach Ed Orgeron to limit the number of visitors in order to give various members of the coaching staff ample 1-on-1 time with their recruits. You will remember that back in November, the staff only scheduled Terrace Marshall Jr. and Justin Watkins, in addition to Badara Traore and Damien Lewis, on campus together. That was two receivers for Mickey Joseph and two offensive linemen for Jeff Grimes, which allowed for a much more personal visit.

Chase was the lone wide receiver at LSU this weekend while defensive backs coach Corey Raymond had two priority cornerbacks. Chase is the team’s top remaining offensive target and wanted him and his entire family to get extra time with Joseph, new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and new senior offensive assistant Jerry Sullivan. The same goes for Surtain and Goodrich, who needed time with Raymond and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.

Moving forward, it is unlikely that LSU will be able to get either Keys or Foucha on campus for official visits. Keys is set to head to Notre Dame, Houston and SMU before Feb. 7. Foucha will head to Auburn and Ole Miss, but could elect to make a late visit to LSU right before Signing Day. Mid-week officials are options.

With their priority targets on hand for the same weekend, Orgeron & Co. had the opportunity to get a better gauge on where they stand with them. Based on the numbers coming in for the rest of the month, it’s fair to assume that LSU is in a strong position with each of those visitors.

That’s certainly possible.

LSU has two young quarterbacks in sophomore Myles Brennan and redshirt freshman Lowell Narcisse. We had heard plenty of rumors about Justin McMillan potentially looking elsewhere, but those have been quelled since Ensminger was tabbed as the new offensive coordinator.

Additionally, Andre Sale took a walk-on spot and enrolled this month. LSU also offered a preferred walk-on spot to 3-star Riverside Academy (La.) quarterback Jordan Loving.

Let’s also not forget that the Tigers are very much in the mix with Foster, who won’t make a decision until National Signing Day. If things go according to plan, they could potentially have the big three of Brennan, Narcisse and McMillan, plus Sale, Loving and Foster — a suddenly crowded depth chart and plenty of options for both the short and long term.

The converse of that, of course, is that McMillan transfers if Brennan or Narcisse nab a starting job; Loving opts not to accept the preferred walk-on spot; and Foster selects Texas A&M, Florida State or Alabama ahead of LSU on Feb. 7. Then, it’s suddenly a very shallow depth chart behind center heading into the 2018 season.

If the latter occurs, LSU will definitely do its homework on finding some depth. Of course, if the Tigers miss on Foster in the 2018 class, the staff will look to add not one, but two talented signal callers for 2019.

Ar’Darius Washington will almost certainly not ink his letter of intent with LSU. If he would have, it would have been in December during the early signing period. TCU and Arkansas are both vying to land the talented 3-star safety from Evangel Academy (Shreveport, La.) who has been committed to LSU for 11 months.

In addition, his spot does not preclude the Tigers from signing Foster — or any other prospect for that matter. LSU has 21 early signees and room for four more signees in February. One of those spots belongs to 4-star safety Kelvin Joseph, who committed back to LSU on Jan. 6.

Technically, Washington remains committed to LSU, but a divorce seems imminent. However, he may elect to wait until National Signing Day to make his college destination official.

The LSU offensive line should be very good this fall.

With junior Garrett Brumfield announcing his intent to return on Monday night, three of the starters from a season ago are going to be back for 2018. Brumfield should lock up the left guard spot with sophomore Ed Ingram on the right side and Saahdiq Charles manning one of the tackle spots. Remember that Charles started half the season at left tackle in place of an injured K.J. Malone. He began the year splitting time with Ingram at right guard.

Then, Orgeron and Grimes worked hard to bring in the nation’s top junior college offensive tackle. Traore should compete with the likes of Jakori Savage and Austin Deculus for the other tackle job. Given his experience, Traore is a likely option to grab hold of a starting job.

With Will Clapp off to the NFL, Lloyd Cushenberry III should be deemed the favorite to take over at center. True freshman Cole Smith is already enrolled and will be a part of spring workouts and practice, but the 6-foot-4, 275-pound 2018 signee appears to be a ways away from starting in the SEC.

Because two starting guards and a tackle are returning, and the nation’s best junior college tackle will be ready by the spring, LSU’s line should be in good shape for whichever scheme Ensminger elects to run and whoever is behind center calling the shots.

Really positive, Philip.

Foster, LSU’s top remaining option at quarterback, raved about his time breaking down film with Ensminger. The 4-star quarterback mentioned terms such as RPOs, no-huddle and up-tempo quite often when discussing his conversations with LSU’s new offensive coordinator, and based on talks with the coaches and the current players, believes change is coming in Baton Rouge. He was sold on Ensminger rather quickly.

Chase, who is obviously the top offensive target on LSU’s 2018 board, spoke very highly of both Ensminger and Sullivan. Why is that so significant? Chase has always been skeptical about morphing into a pass-heavy system given the team’s history of being a run-first program, but after his official visit, expressed a ton of confidence that Ensminger was preparing for change.

Ensminger mentioned a lot of the same when he was introduced as the Tigers’ play-caller last week. Based on personnel alone, his argument holds up. LSU loses its top two rushers from a year ago in Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams. In their place is a lot of inexperienced, unproven talent.

Meanwhile, LSU has a talented trio of junior wide receivers in Stephen Sullivan, Drake Davis and Dee Anderson to go along with 5-star freshman Marshall Jr. and Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles. If the team can secure a commitment from Chase in three weeks, that should certainly make a pass-heavy system more attractive.

As far as Sullivan goes, his NFL resume and history of working with Pro Bowl wide receivers is going to be attractive when recruiting functions take place. It already grabbed Chase’s attention, turning him into a believer rather quickly. LSU already has a history of producing NFL talent, especially at wide receiver, despite its notorious rushing offenses. By adding NFL personnel to the coaching staff, it gives a strong hint that change is on the horizon and LSU can better develop and utilize wide receivers.

I’m more confident that LSU will land Chase than I am with Foster. The Tigers have emerged as the 4-star receiver’s leader and I’m more confident now than at any juncture in the past year that he’ll throw on a purple cap when he announces his decision in three weeks.

As for Foster, I believe LSU put itself squarely into the lead after this official visit. However, with three critical visits ahead for the Alabama 4-star quarterback, I get the sense that he is still far away from finalizing a plan. The Crimson Tide offered a quarterback on Tuesday evening and a crowded depth chart with Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa can certainly dissuade a quarterback from jumping on board.

Then, there’s Florida State. Foster is a big fan of what Jimbo Fisher accomplished there for years, especially with black quarterbacks. Foster made that a point when SEC Country caught up with him in November and the Seminoles’ new staff has continued to put their foot on the gas with Foster.

Speaking of Fisher, Texas A&M made an offer to Foster right after Fisher accepted the job. Fisher has made a good impression early on with Foster and has a chance to move ahead during his official visit later on this month.

For now, I have Crystal Ball picks in for LSU for both Chase and Foster. I’m more certain that Chase will select the Tigers at the moment, but my confidence in Foster following suit is rising at the moment.

Great question, Ed.

With Chase, Surtain and Joseph likely to fall into LSU’s 2018 class, it becomes a question of whether the Tigers take the quarterback or the intriguing defensive back.

I know that Orgeron is a big fan of Foster and his playing style, and there’s a much more glaring need behind center than in the secondary. Ensminger made it clear already that Foster is his guy.

Raymond offered Goodrich late as LSU looks to squeeze a third defensive back into the group. Joseph is committed and we expect Surtain to follow suit on National Signing Day. Goodrich would be the third in the group, an outside corner who can contribute on special teams.

Assuming Chase, Surtain and Joseph are LSU-bound, then I think Foster is the final piece of the puzzle. If the quarterback suffers a change of heart, then it will be Goodrich for that 25th spot in the class. If not, LSU will host 3-star tight end Glenn Beal right before Signing Day. It could also revisit things with 3-star athlete Michael Williams or Washington, who remains verbally committed to the Tigers.