Video: Coach Trevor’s special day
When Wes Landers joined the Madison County High School football team in Alabama, his special needs brother Trevor came with him. Wes’s time on the team came and went, but Trevor never left. He stuck around long enough to become part of the team. Long enough, in fact, that the team now calls him Coach Trevor.
“He’d come out to practice with us and stand back there with me and his role in our football program grew every day,” head coach Scott Peavey told WHNT-TV.
Earlier this month, Trevor got his chance live his dream and suit up for Madison County for the first time during the Tigers’ spring game.
Video: A spring game as spring games should be done
The folks at Assumption College sent us the highlights from the 2nd annual Yan and Jose Perez Spring Game, and it looks like the Greyhounds did their best to turn their spring game from a glorified practice to an annual event.
The day started with a banquet, where the club honored its seniors and named captains for the 2015 season. Then came the game, where Assumption sprinkled in some fun drills in between quarters, and the day ended with a youngster scoring a touchdown and being lifted on the team’s shoulders.
Check it out.
Dabo Swinney: “You have to be careful what you get your name associated with”
Over the past couple days, news outlets have been clamoring about Dabo Swinney’s scheduled speaking engagement at an event hosted by the Palmetto Family Council. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Palmetto Family Council is a conservative group that has vocally opposed gay marriage rights.
Yesterday, Dabo (whose faith has been attacked publicly in the past) stated that he had made a decision to not take part in the event. “After much thought, in order to avoid a distraction for the team and the entire football program, I’ve decided it is in the best interests of all involved that I not attend the event on June 2,” Swinney told the Huffington Post.
This morning, Swinney hopped on Sirius XM Sports Nation and talked about the decision, and his advice is something all coaches, and others in the public spotlight, should see.
“You have to be careful what you get your name associated with. It’s unfortunate for the issue that became a distraction,” he explained. “You just live and learn. As far as the way I live my life, I just try to be a good coach, a good husband, and a good father.”
Dabo Swinney: I’ve never had any desire to enter into politics. I love coaching, teaching, impacting young people’s lives.
— SXM College Sports (@SiriusXMCollege) May 28, 2015
While it looks like Dabo is taking the politically correct high road here, he has a good point. As coaches, and public figures that represent far more than just ourselves, you do need to be aware of what you associate your name with – regardless of what your personal views are. The events of this past week for Swinney provide an excellent blueprint of exactly that.
Video of the Day – 100 days until it’s football time in Tennessee
Video of the Day
Thursday May 28, 2015
100 days until it’s football time in Tennessee
Nine cities under consideration for 2018-20 CFB Playoff title games
The College Football Playoff is set to announce the cities under consideration for the 2018-20 title games (following the 2017-19 seasons) on Wednesday evening. But Brett McMurphy, forever the fly on the bowl industry’s walls, tweeted out the list a few hours ahead of the announcement.
And those cities are:
Now, which of three of those nine cities will be chosen to host the title games? That won’t be announced for some time, but we can make some educated guesses here.
Those in the know claim Atlanta and its new stadium are all but signed, sealed and delivered to host the 2018 title game, following semifinals in the Rose and Sugar bowls.
The Cotton and Orange bowls will host semifinals in advance of the 2019 title games, so we can cross Miami off the list for that championship game. Charlotte also feels unlikely considering Atlanta’s likely status as host of the previous year’s game. It’s also unlikely the Playoff will hold two of its three games in Texas in the same year, so Houston and San Antonio are also likely out. That leaves Minneapolis, Detroit, New Orleans and Santa Clara. Big Ten country is a lock to host one of the two games – lest Jim Delany hold the entire Board of Managers hostage – so let’s go with Minneapolis and its own new, Noah’s Ark-like stadium.
Finally, the 2020 title game will be preceded by the Peach and Fiesta bowls, leaving all seven of the remaining contenders still in play. Except for Detroit because, come on, the Playoff isn’t going north twice. But with the semifinals taking place on opposite ends of the country, it feels unlikely the Playoff would touch either coast again in the same year. This eliminates Miami, Charlotte and Santa Clara. This leaves a great stadium in a bad walking city (Houston), a decent stadium in a good walking city (San Antonio) and a bad stadium in a great walking city (New Orleans).
Let’s split the difference and go with San Antonio.
So, there you have it.
2018: Pasadena/New Orleans semis, Atlanta title game
2019: Dallas/Miami semis, Minneapolis title game
2020: Phoenix/Atlanta semis, San Antonio title game
Don’t everyone book your hotel rooms at once.
Updated: 6:10 ET
The playoff has officially announced the cities under consideration.
The following sites have placed bids to host College Football Playoff in 2018, 2019 and 2020: pic.twitter.com/CGjni0uvjE
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) May 27, 2015
Let’s swap our Minneapolis and San Antonio predicts and mark it good.