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Monday, November 19, 2018

College Football

Kirk Herbstreit’s sons to walk on at Clemson

The twin sons of ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit will be walk-ons next fall at an ACC powerhouse.

Herbstreit currently has three sons playing football at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Two of them, Jake and Tye, will be headed to Clemson next year as preferred walk-ons.

Having his sons playing at different schools will make it tough for Herbstreit to see all the games.

“I’ll have Zak playing at MBA as a junior, and Jake and Tye going over to Clemson. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get to it. These are all really good problems to have,” Herbstreit told FOX 17 about his attempts to watch his sons. “My goal is to be there for anything I can be.”

Jake is a starting safety and Tye is a wide receiver. The twins have helped Montgomery Bell to an 11-1 record this season. Based on their profiles at 247 Sports, they do not appear to have been heavily recruited out of high school.

Gary Patterson responds to negative recruiting from opponents

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Gary Patterson sent a tweet on Sunday to hit back at negative recruiting from opponents.

The TCU Horned Frogs head coach thanked the program’s fans who supported the team for their 16-9 road win at Baylor a day earlier. More importantly, he ensured recruits that he is not retiring after the season.

TCU is 5-6 and faces Oklahoma State on Saturday in their final regular season game.

Patterson, 58, has been TCU’s head coach since 2001 and built the program into a power. His teams have had eight top-15 finishes and have gone 10-6 in bowl games. Since joining the Big 12 2012, the Horned Frogs have had four double-digit win seasons, but also four middling seasons. They’re in danger of finishing below .500 for the third time since 2012.

Les Miles’s contract details with Kansas revealed

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The Kansas Jayhawks officially announced Les Miles as their new football coach Sunday, a big-name hire for a school that desperately needed it. It turns out he’ll be making a decent amount of money, too.

According to the official news release, Miles signed a five-year contract with the Jayhawks. That deal will pay him $2,775,000 annually, meaning he’ll make just shy of $14 million total, not counting a pair of retention bonuses.

Miles was making upwards of $4 million a year when he was fired by the LSU Tigers in 2016, so he’s taking a slight pay cut here, though that was to be expected.

Miles was always the frontrunner for this job, and it seems safe to say he’s a big believer in the project. The Jayhawks look to have landed him at a fairly reasonable cost, too.

Clemson gets good news on Hunter Renfrow injury

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Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow seems to have escaped serious injury after hitting his head on the turf hard on Saturday.

During Clemson’s Senior Day blowout of Duke, Renfrow hit his head on the turf when going to the ground trying to make a catch. He left the game in the second quarter to be evaluated for a head injury and did not return.

Clemson assistant coach Jeff Scott said after the game that Renfrow was still being evaluated, but likely could have come back in the game if needed.

That would seem to indicate that the Tigers are optimistic about Renfrow’s prognosis. The team plays a winnable home game against South Carolina next week, and they could probably win that without him before the ACC title game in two weeks.

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger sidelined after aggravating shoulder injury

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Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger aggravated a shoulder injury and failed to start the third quarter against Iowa State.

Ehlinger took a nasty hit to the shoulder on a scramble late in the first half and left the game. He appeared on the sideline after halftime, but was still replaced by backup Shane Buechele to start the second half.

With the Longhorns comfortably ahead, there didn’t seem to be much motivation to get Ehlinger back in the game, allowing him to rest and hopefully recover.

Ehlinger took a nasty injury to the same shoulder last month, but thanks to a well-timed bye week, he didn’t miss any further action. Texas has a short week as they play again Friday, which could leave the quarterback’s status in doubt, but it’s a winnable game against Kansas.

Kentucky LB disappointed over Senior Day fan support

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The Kentucky Wildcats are in the top 25 and now sit 8-3 after their win on Senior Day, but the crowd wasn’t big enough for one player’s liking.

The crowd was somewhat sparse, at least during the coin toss, with empty seats visible in the stadium.

Linebacker Kash Daniel was upset after the game, feeling that one of the most successful senior classes in decades deserved a better send-off.

“I’m really disappointed,” Daniel said, via Curtis Burch of WLAP. “That stadium should have been filled out to the max. You’ve got a ranked team, first eight-wins in the regular season since the ’80s. You got to see Josh Allen break a sack record here. And look at this, Nebraska, who’s a football powerhouse, wins national championships, still sold out 80,000-plus when they went 0-5. We’re bowl-eligible for the past three years in a row. And on Senior Day, this is the class that turned Kentucky football around.

“I understand if the weather was too cold or whatever, maybe you couldn’t get a ride here, didn’t have the funds to do it, I understand that. But if you could be here and support them and say that you’re behind us thick and thin … these seniors deserve to go out with a full crowd. And the people that were here, I thank every single one of you.”

After Daniel’s comments spread across social media, he tweeted the entire interview for context, stating that he was simply sticking up for his teammates.

Daniel made headlines early in the season for his pretty blunt comments after a rivalry win. He’s not a guy who holds back, even when it comes to the fanbase.

USC fans turn against Clay Helton after loss to UCLA

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The USC Trojans are facing long odds just to become bowl eligible, and their head coach is starting to feel the heat.

The Trojans gave up 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to lose 34-27 to rivals UCLA, dropping them to 5-6 on the season. They’ll be heavy underdogs next week against unbeaten Notre Dame, but will need a win just to become bowl-eligible.

The combination of the poor record and rivalry loss had at least one USC fan in the stadium venting their anger at Helton, who is firmly on the hot seat.

Helton, for what it’s worth, brushed off questions about his hecklers after the defeat.

Helton said earlier in the week that he didn’t feel his job was in any danger. A loss to a UCLA team that came in at 2-8 may change that quickly if he wasn’t already in trouble.