Aug. 20 News: Ricky Town Eyeing Arkansas?


USC transfer quarterback Ricky Town is not waiting long to scout potential destinations, per syndicated radio host Bo Mattingly.

Should Town become a Razorback in time for the 2015 season, it’s an ideal situation for all parties. He’ll spend a year working as redshirt under veteran starter Brandon Allen, then compete to lead the Arkansas offense in 2016.

Arkansas is the second SEC program Ricky Town’s name has been mentioned in association with since news of transfer on Sunday. Florida came up immediately, given his ties to Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. As of now, however, there’s nothing more substantial than Nussmeier’s recruitment of Town when the former was at Alabama.

Georgia Southern QB Kevin Ellison Suspended First Two Games

Nathan Deen, Savannah Morning News

Defending Sun Belt champion Georgia Southern is without quarterback Kevin Ellison for the first two games of 2015. His absence could have a potentially huge impact on the Group of Five race for a New Year’s Six bowl, as the Eagles open with two resume games: at West Virginia Week 1, and vs. MAC favorite Western Michigan in Week 2.

Underdog Dynasty broke down how Ellison’s academic suspension impacts Georgia Southern.

West Virginia’s Future Looks Bright with WR Jovon Durante

Mike Casazza, The Charleston Gazette

While West Virginia’s Week 1 opponent faces uncertainty at a position, a key role is coming into focus for the Mountaineers.

West Virginia’s recent wide receiver lineage is quite impressive between Tavon Austin and Kevin White, and the Mountaineers may have the next megastar in freshman Jovon Durante.

“Special. That’s all I’m going to say,” West Virginia defensive backs coach Brian Mitchell told Mike Casazza.

NCAA Ban on Belly Shirts Prompts Players to Cry Foul

Emily Van Buskirk, The Sports Fan Journal

The NCAA’s seemingly arbitrary ban on midrift shirts — popularized this past season by standouts like Myles Jack, Ezekiel Elliott and Shawn Oakman — is “unnecessary,” according to one player to rock the look.

Cal running back Daniel Lasco and UCLA’s Myles Jack talked about the style and substance behind the belly shirt with Emily Van Buskirk, and shared their reaction to the NCAA rule.

Jack said he’ll “push the rules,” but I think they’ll be fine if Oakman dares officials to enforce the penalty.


On the topic of fashion, more entries in the 2015 Fall Line for college football came down the proverbial runway Wednesday.

Utah debuted a new look for its Week 1 showdown with Michigan. Behold, the Utes’ “satin” red helmet:

Hawaii will also sport some new duds, going with gray pants and some slick gloves. It’s a decided upgrade from last year’s black-and-green home uniforms…

…though I still endorse the bright green with white helmet and all-rainbow-everything.


From Hawaii to Harvard, there’s no stopping the flood of new uniforms around college football.

These crisp new unis have the distinguished look worthy of a Harvard Man — unless, of course, Mortimer and Randolph Duke decide to swap out the quarterback with someone.

Like, Oh sure! HE went to Harvard!

In more football-pertinent fall camp news, Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt is following in the footsteps of his famous brother.

Watt will transition from tight end to linebacker this season. No word if he’ll sing decade-old rap-rock while flipping tractor tires as part of his position switch.

Not everyone is into Fort Minor for their gameday prep. UAlbany Michael Nicastro shared his routine with CAA Football:

Lou Holtz may be off ESPN, but he’s not out of football.

The legendary coach paid a visit to his son’s current home — Ruston, Louisiana — to impart some wisdom to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

Offensive line getting a little pep talk from Dr Lou #WeAreLATech

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Skip Holtz addressed the media following his dad’s day with the Bulldogs.