College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Dabo Swinney stating Clemson going to the Big 12 ‘would be the worst thing we could do’


The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.

In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on June 13, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)


THE HEADLINE: Drink up! Texas A&M to expand alcohol sales at Kyle Field
THE SYNOPSIS: Aggies were one of a handful of SEC schools to take advantage of the conference’s alcohol edict.


THE HEADLINE: Oakland A’s set to confirm Kyler Murray to play at Oklahoma in 2018, then shift full attention to baseball in 2019
THE SYNOPSIS: Yeah, that didn’t happen at all.  Murray went on to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy.  Then was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.


THE HEADLINE: Kent State’s Tyler Heintz dead after collapsing following workout
THE SYNOPSIS: It never, ever gets easy to write-up posts like these.


THE HEADLINE: Hawaii offers scholarship to QB who just finished fifth grade
THE SYNOPSIS: Titan Lacaden, 11 years old and just completing the fifth grade, is the prodigy in question.  Lacaden is now 14 and getting ready to be a freshman in high school.  And will be part of the Class of 2024. And the coach that offered him the scholarship?  Nick Rolovich is now at Washington as head coach.


THE HEADLINE: At football clinic, Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan gets leveled… by a woman
THE SYNOPSIS: This was really good.  And McMillin was a very good sport about it.


THE HEADLINE: 410-lb Baylor TE throws out first pitch at Texas Rangers game
THE SYNOPSIS: I was obsessed with LaQuan McGowan for quite a few months.  As was most of the rest of the college football world.


THE HEADLINE: Report: Kevin Sumlin spurned offers from NFL’s Eagles, Auburn
THE SYNOPSIS: The bloom ultimately fell off the Sumlin rose, at least in College Station.  In November of 2017, Sumlin was fired by the Aggies.  Two months later, he was hired by Arizona.


THE HEADLINE: Dabo Swinney: ‘going to the Big 12 would be the worst thing we could do’
THE SYNOPSIS: Financially, the Clemson head coach was probably wrong.  When it comes to on the field?  The national titles show Swinney was correct.


THE HEADLINE: Ohio State officially introduces Luke Fickell as next head coach
THE SYNOPSIS: Fickell was the placekeeper between the Sweatervest and Urban Renewal eras in Columbus. Since then, the longtime Buckeye has carved out a very nice career at Cincinnati.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.