In the end, Oregon will have to settle for employing just the fifth fastest hurdler on the planet in its wide receiving corps.
Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen secured a fifth place finish in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday night, clocking in at a time of 13.31 seconds. Omar McLeod of Jamaica took gold, the first in the nation’s history. Orlando Ortega of Spain took silver, while Dimitri Bascou of France claimed bronze with a time .07 seconds ahead of Allen’s.
The champion of the 110-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials, Allen’s Olympic experience was considered a success simply by reaching Tuesday night’s finals. The 21-year-old qualified for the finals in a quote-unquote at-large spot after running a 13.36-second heat in the semifinals.
Allen will now turn his attention to re-joining Oregon’s football team, where he’ll look to improve upon a 9-catch, 94-yard 2015 season compiled while recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the Ducks’ 2015 Rose Bowl win.
Allen’s teammates rooted him on from their posh meeting room in Eugene.
Simply reaching Rio pushed Allen into an exclusive group of college football players-turned-Olympians, including Jim Thorpe, Bob Hayes, James Jett and Marquise Goodwin.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner received a two-year contract extension that ties him to the school through June 2026.
Tanner, 64, is a two-time College World Series champion as the Gamecocks’ baseball coach who moved to leading the athletic department in July 2012.
The new deal was approved by the school’s board of trustees Friday and replaces Tanner’s old agreement that was set to expire in June 2024. Tanner will receive a raise of more than $153,000 per season, increasing his total compensation to $1.175 million.
Tanner has had his ups and downs leading the department. He took over when football coach Steve Spurrier was in the middle of three straight 11-2 seasons with players like defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and receiver Alshon Jeffrey.
Tanner’s hire to replace Spurrier, Will Muschamp, lasted less than five seasons before he was let go in the middle of 2020. Muschamp’s replacement, current coach Shane Beamer, has had back-to-back winning seasons and been to a bowl game his first two yeas.
Tanner has also overseen the rise of women’s basketball under coach Dawn Staley, who signed a seven-year contract before the 2021-22 season worth $22.4 million. Staley and the Gamecocks won the national title last April and are favorites to repeat this season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan All-America running back Blake Corum said his surgically repaired left knee has gotten strong enough that he’s been cleared to run on an anti-gravity treadmill next week.
Corum said that he is “100%” sure he will play in the season-opening game on Sept. 2 against East Carolina
Corum tore a meniscus and sprained a ligament in his left knee against Illinois on Nov. 19. After playing sparingly against Ohio State, he sat out when the Wolverines won the Big Ten title and advanced to the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Instead of entering the NFL draft, Corum decided to stay in school for his senior year.
“Feeling great all-around mentally, physically spiritually,” Corum told The Associated Press.
The 5-foot-8, 210-pound Corum ran for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns last season and had 952 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2021.
“I’ll be back definitely by fall camp,” he said. “I plan on doing everything in the summer workouts, depending on on what doctor says. He told me I shouldn’t be cutting until maybe June. I’m taking my time, but I will be ready by the season.”
Corum will be watching when his teammates face each each other in the Maize and Blue spring game on April 1 at Michigan Stadium.