UNC providing “appropriate resources” for homeless former football player Ryan Hoffman


If you haven’t read the story of former North Carolina football player Ryan Hoffman yet, you should. A former starting left tackle for the mid-’90s Tar Heels, Hoffman is now homeless and living on the streets of Lakeland, Fla.

“Look, I’m still in tiptop physical shape and can probably run a marathon,” Hoffman told the New York Times. “It’s my brain that keeps me from being a productive member of society. I’m physically very strong, but I’m mentally so weak. Something is wrong with me. I don’t know what it is, but I used to be normal, you know? I’m confident — well, I’m pretty sure — that football had something to do with it.”

Whether or not that’s true, his former football program looks like it’s stepping in to help.

According to the Charlotte News & ObserverNorth Carolina has been in contact with Hoffman and is stepping in to help.

“We’re certainly aware of Ryan’s situation,” Cunningham told the paper from Jacksonville, where the Heels’ basketball team is playing in the NCAA Tournament. “And so we are trying to provide appropriate resources for Ryan and his family.”

Rick Steinbacher, a teammate of Hoffman’s and now a senior associate athletics director at UNC, has served as the program’s liaison with the family. Though Cunningham has commented on the situation and Hoffman has been photographed on campus wearing UNC gear, the school is still not comfortable speaking on the subject.

“The University has been in contact with Ryan and his family, and we have been working together to provide Ryan the best appropriate assistance,” UNC said in a statement. “We appreciate and join the outpouring of sympathy and support for Ryan and his family.”

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.