Manchester United Man United team news: Alexis dropped and Pogba remains on bench for FA Cup test Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:36 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion The Chilean sits out for the first time since arriving from Arsenal in January, while the midfielder fails to reclaim a starting spot Alexis Sanchez has been dropped to the bench by Manchester United, where he joins Paul Pogba as the Red Devils take on Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-finals.Jose Mourinho has made five changes from the side knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla, with Sanchez missing out for the first time since arriving from Arsenal in January following 10 successive starts.The decision comes following a number of underwhelming performances in a variety of starting positions after signing for the club in the swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan leave for the Emirates Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Pogba remains on the bench, from where he made a second-half substitute appearance on Tuesday, and it is Scott McTominay who steps in to replace Maroaune Fellaini in the midfield.Sergio Romero, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata also come in, with David de Gea, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford dropping to the bench.Mourinho will be keen for his side to get back to winning ways following Tuesday’s setback and the days of rancour which have followed.Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; McTominay, Matic; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Lukaku. Subs: De Gea, Lindelof, Pogba, Sanchez, Rashford, Fellaini, Young.Brighton & Hove Albion: Krul; Schelotto, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner; Kayal, Propper, Gross, Locadia, March; Ulloa. Subs: Maenpaa, Bruno, Goldson, Sanders, Izquierdo, Baldock, Murray.
Premier League A lesson for Jose? How FA Cup glory paved the way for Man Utd greatness under Ferguson Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:30 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Premier League Manchester United v Watford Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United Watford Chelsea FA Cup Opinion It’s perhaps hard to believe now but there was a time when Sir Alex Ferguson was under serious pressure at Old Trafford before he won his first trophy Jose Mourinho has taken flak all season long. That’s in spite of the fact he’s led Manchester United to the Europa League and now back onto the Wembley stage. But it’s nothing compared to what the United boss at the time was facing back in 1990. Then, as now, the manager was under pressure not only to deliver meaningful trophies but to win in style. Then, as now, there was an FA Cup final to look forward to – even in the face of widespread dissatisfaction with results and with the football on offer.Then, as now, there was big money spent with little evidence that the team would ever get supporters’ blood pumping. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hard to imagine now given his successes but that manager was Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourinho’s second-placed outfit are bona-fide superstars next to his one.United had been badly mismanaged and trophy-less for a long time but still there persisted a belief on the terraces that they should be winning and winning in a manner befitting the stature of Sir Matt Busby’s club; European champions in 1968.The team had played some attractive stuff under Ron Atkinson but were a little soft – especially when midfielder Bryan Robson didn’t play. Atkinson’s replacement – a certain pre-knighthood Ferguson – produced some encouraging results during his first season in charge but things went south very quickly.By the end of that 1989-90 season they would end up 13th – their worst league finish since being promoted back to the top flight in 1975. That despite the fact that the squad had been expensively furnished with the signings of Danny Wallace, Neil Webb, Paul Ince and Gary Pallister.Things were critical; Ferguson was not simply under pressure but there were outright demands for his sacking.“Fergie had spent big the previous summer,” says Wayne Barton, author of The Man Who Kept The Red Flag Flying – the Jimmy Murphy biography .“It was the most expensively assembled side in the club’s history. There was a tremendous amount of pressure. United were expected to win the league.”They never got close. The nadir came on a cold December day when minnows Crystal Palace visited Old Trafford and took home the points. Palace were terrible that season themselves and had already been slapped 9-0 by champions-elect Liverpool. In all United were to endure a run of 11 consecutive matches without a solitary league win. At one stage they looked a decent bet for relegation. Crowds for home games had gone down to the low thirty-thousands.“There was a run around Christmas they lost four in six and they scored one goal in those six games,” Barton says. “Those were dire times. He was on borrowed time a little bit because he spent all that money and, if anything, they had gone backwards from the Ron Atkinson era. They lost seven or eight games before Christmas.”One United fan by the name of Pete Molyneux had brought along a homemade banner that day with an accurate summary of the feeling widespread in the stands.3 YEARS OF EXCUSES AND IT’S STILL CRAPTA RA FERGIEThat white bedsheet has become legendary in Manchester. It captured the spirit of the times perfectly and showed how much Ferguson would have to do just to meet expectations – if he could somehow survive the season.While those at the club always insist that the manager’s job was never truly in danger, by the time United played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup early that January there was a palpable sense that a failure to progress there and he would have to go.“He was odds on to be sacked before the end of the season,” says Barton. “Speculation was raging. The pundits in the paper were saying if they lost against Forest he wouldn’t survive. It was the cup run keeping him alive.”Mark Robins etched his name into United folklore by giving his boss a stay of execution and setting up a fourth-round date at lowly Hereford.“Their league form was still rubbish,” says Barton. “They lost their next two games after. His job was still at risk there.“He could have lost that game and probably would have been sacked. They scored with about four minutes to go on a terrible pitch.”He got lucky more than once in the draw; first by coming out opposite Oldham in the semi-finals after wins against Newcastle and Sheffield United and then again when Palace somehow upset Liverpool in the other one.Onward to Wembley. United would eventually need a replay to dispose of Palace after a 3-3 thriller. Left-back Lee Martin scored the only goal of the second game. But Ferguson finally had something to build on.“Getting there and winning the trophy was a massive boost because it was the first one under Ferguson and it bought him that little bit more time,” says Barton. “It did a lot to give that squad confidence. It was a crucial moment in United’s history.”The following season English teams were re-admitted to European football after the ban stemming from Heysel in 1985. United set about turning Barcelona over in the Cup Winners’ Cup final in Rotterdam.“Because they hadn’t played in European football for a while, the English style of play was new to those continental players they were coming up against,” says Barton. “They were caught cold by it.”While the FA Cup bought Fergie time, it was the European win which gave United steam. They knew then what it took to meet expectations and got into winning habits.“It wasn’t like they didn’t have the talent,” Barton says. “It’s just that they were so burdened by the weight of expectation. When they started winning games the confidence blossomed from that.“Barcelona were widely considered to be the best team in Europe. It was a huge shot in the arm. Winning those games was enough to get momentum.”The League Cup fell next; then that first crucial Premier League title. In the transfer market everything Ferguson touched turned to gold. Denis Irwin came in 1990, Peter Schmeichel and Paul Parker a year later. Eric Cantona in 1992 would turn a great team into an exceptional one.But it was in that FA Cup run that Ferguson’s gold-laden journey truly began; the seed planted.Had there been defeat to Forest or Hereford or anyone else along the way there would be no 1999 and no 2008. There would be no history for Ferguson to write. There would be no banner in Old Trafford which today reads EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US LOVES SIR ALEX FERGUSON.And the standards Ferguson set made life a hell of a lot more difficult for his successors. He built on the foundations of Sir Matt Busby and satisfied those demands that United not only had to win but win in style.“Because of what Ferguson did, as we saw with Louis Van Gaal, winning the FA Cup is no longer enough,” says Barton. “It still is a big trophy but Van Gaal could have finished fourth and probably kept his job.“If you look at Mourinho it’s not enough United are winning but they have to win in a certain way. It shows you what a complex job it is to coach at that level. Every single game is a cup final.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Transfers Hamsik hints at Napoli exit amid China talk Chris Burton 01:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Napoli Serie A CSL The Slovakian midfielder has spent 11 years with the Serie A club, but he could be on the move this summer after opening himself up to a new adventure Marek Hamsik has hinted that he could bring a record-breaking 11-year spell at Napoli to a close this summer, with his services being sought in China.The 30-year-old midfielder is the latest high-profile figure to be linked with a move from Europe to Asia, with Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta currently exploring similar options.Hamsik has shunned interest from afar in the past to remain loyal to Napoli, allowing him to take in 500 appearances and become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He is, however, aware that he has reached a point in his career where a new challenge can be embraced, and he may be about to open himself up to offers.Quizzed on his future plans by Pravda, Hamsik said: “I’m disappointed that we missed out on the title again. I’m sorry, because our great fans deserve this triumph, and I thank them for their great support.“I’ve spent all this time here, giving all my strength. Maybe now is the time when our paths will diverge. I’d like to try something new.”Hamsik’s father, Richard, has also suggested that a new chapter could be opened this summer, with Chinese Super League sides having already expressed an interest.He added: “The interest is serious but negotiations aren’t easy.“For three years Marek has dismissed any idea of leaving, only focusing on winning the Scudetto with Napoli, but they’ve failed to do that again.“The problem is that it’s not the main transfer window in China right now, that only happens in winter.“So the first question, therefore, is when he would leave for China. Clubs have different ideas, the Asian season is up and running and Chinese teams have limits on the number of foreigners in their squad.“Another thing is that Marek still has a three-year contract in Naples, so it’s all in the hands of his agents and his employer.“Right now I see it as being 60-40 in favour of his departure to China. Now Marek’s agent, Juraj Venglos, is going to talk to the president of the club.”
Premier League Premier League set for mid-season break, claims FA chief executive Ryan Benson 21:34 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League After years of debate and discussion, the FA’s chief executive has confirmed the Premier League will get a mid-season break The Premier League is getting closer to the implementation of a mid-season break after the Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn claimed it will “very soon” be introduced.A period of rest has been a regular topic of debate in English football over the last 10 years or so, with some putting the country’s international failings down to the lack of respite afforded to players during the campaign.All of the other top five European leagues have breaks over the Christmas period, while coaches and players brought to England from abroad have often suggested changes should be made to bring English football into line with other countries. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Although it was not confirmed when precisely in the calendar the break will take place, it has been reported that a two-week rest will allow players time to recuperate after the usually hectic festive schedule.Addressing FA councillors, Glenn said: “We’re working closer and more collaboratively with the professional game than at any time in recent years.”Very soon this will pay dividends with the creation of a mid-season break, which is a much-needed improvement for our clubs and England teams.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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The Men’s Super League division one has four teams vying for the title in 2010, the Tuggeranong Vikings, Woden Eagles, Northern Phoenix and Canberra City.In round one, the Eagles were 10-7 winners over Canberra City, while the Vikings were four touchdown winners over the Phoenix, 10-6. This Thursday, the Eagles will play the Phoenix, while Canberra City takes on the Vikings in round two of the competition. Rounds three and four will be played on Sunday, 7 November 2010 at the Amaroo fields, with the Men’s division’s games being contested at 12.00pm and 2.30pm respectively. Six teams are competing in the Women’s Super League division one – Vikings A, Vikings B, Canberra City, Eagles A, Eagles B and the Northern Phoenix. In round one, Vikings A were six touchdown winners over Eagles A, 9-3, Canberra City were 11-2 winners over the Phoenix, while Vikings B were 10-0 winners over Eagles B. In round two, Eagles A will play Vikings B, Eagles B will meet the Phoenix, while Vikings A will take on Canberra City. Rounds three and four will also be played on Sunday, 7 November 2010, at Amaroo at 1.40pm and 4.10pm respectively. In the Men’s Super League division two competition, six teams are competing in 2010 – Canberra City, Vikings, Phoenix, Eagles 1, Eagles 2 and Eagles 50’s. In round one, the Vikings were six touchdown winners over Canberra City, 8-2, the Eagles were 4-1 winners over the Phoenix, and Eagles 2 were 8-4 winners over Eagles 50’s. Round two will see Canberra City take on Eagles 1, the Phoenix will play Eagles 2, and the Vikings battle it out against the Eagles 50’s.Sunday, 7 November will also see rounds three and four played in the Men’s Super League division two competition, with round three to commence at 12.50pm and round four to be played at 3.20pm.The competition will continue throughout November, with the final two round games to be contested in a double header on Sunday, 28 November 2010. The semi finals of the 2010 ACT Super League will be played on Thursday, 9 December 2010, followed by the grand finals a week later, on Thursday, 16 December 2010. For more information and to keep up-to-date with results, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.au
Watford winger Deulofeu delighted to break winless streakby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGerard Deulofeu has admitted at his relief that Watford managed to end their winless run.The Hornets ended a run of six games without a win by besting Cardiff on Saturday.It was tough out there for the players in freezing conditions, but they managed to hold on for an impressive win in an entertaining game.Speaking to the club website, Deulofeu said: “It was terrible, the cold. We are so happy for getting the three points.”I’m really happy to score and to help my team. I have to continue like this, scoring, but the team was really good. You will see here in the Premier League you have to continue for 90 minutes.”After Cardiff pushed and got to 3-1 and then 3-2, I am happy that we managed to take the three points. The most important thing is the three points because it had been a long period without that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: The fortune Mourinho has earned from sacking payoutsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has earned a world fortune from being sacked as a manager.The Portuguese’s time at Old Trafford came to a halt on Tuesday morning after two and a half seasons. He will pocket £24million as a payout.It is the fourth time Mourinho has been sacked in his career – twice by Chelsea, once by Real Madrid and now by the Red Devils.From his original time in charge at Chelsea, Mourinho trousered £18million upon being dismissed in 2007.His next job was at Inter and, after winning the Champions League, he left for Real Madrid.Mourinho spent three seasons at the Bernabeu but left by “mutual agreement” following defeat to Atletico Madrid in the 2013 Copa del Rey final.That took him back to Chelsea, where he won the Premier League in his second season back in west London. Mourinho received a £9.5million payoff when sacked in season three.The Mirror reports Mourinho has netted a total of £51.5million in payoffs from being sacked over the course of his illustrious career in the dugout.
Cardiff boss Warnock writes off Tottenham as title contenderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has wrote off Tottenham as a title contender.Cardiff will face Spurs tonight.”I don’t think they (Tottenham) are title contenders but I think they are going to have a great season,” said Warnock.”It’s such a strange thing, I think they would be (challenging for the title) in a normal situation but we’ve just got two incredible teams at the minute.”At the moment one of them (Liverpool) is just flying. If Liverpool do get a result (against Manchester City) on Thursday it is very difficult to see anything else (other than Liverpool title win) really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kepa confident Chelsea have bright future with Abraham, Mount & Coby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKepa Arrizabalaga says Chelsea have a bright future ahead of them due to the emergence of their academy players.Academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fiyako Tomori all scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves. Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Valencia on Saturday, Kepa insists the club will benefit greatly from their commitment to youth this season.”We don’t have much experience but that will grow as we play more games,” said Kepa.”The players who have come up from the Academy this season have done very well. It’s great for the fans to see young players coming up like that.”It shows what an exciting future we have ahead of us. We can’t neglect the present as well, and we have a very impressive team for the present. It’s a strong side.”On playing in Europe’s biggest knockout competition for the first time, the Spaniard added:”Regardless of the fact we’re a young team and it’s only September and there is a long way to go, we are going to play with energy and try and attack the opposition.”Many of the players in the team will be playing their first Champions League game but we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We spent the whole of last year trying to qualify for the Champions League so we feel very enthusiastic.”We can’t wait to see the atmosphere at the Bridge and play in front of our fans in the most important European club competition.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp happy with form going to Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy with their form going to Chelsea on Sunday.Klopp has reiterated he was largely happy with Liverpool’s performance in the 2-0 Champions League loss to Napoli in midweek.“We are working on a response. Performance-wise, the more I think about it, it was not a game we would usually lose,” the Liverpool boss said.“It was a difficult game against Napoli. People expect us to dominate a game like this more, but that is actually not possible. The quality of Napoli is too big for that.”I was happy with a lot of parts of the game. Of course, not with our creating chances and finishing. But, again, they’re a very good side. “It’s not a team you play against and score easily two, three or four goals. We could have had a few better chances with a few better decisions. We are in a good shape and we have to keep going.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: International break came at right timeby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says the international break came at the right time.Hasenhuttl admits it has helped him to refocus a side that lost three consecutive Premier League matches.”The good thing was we had a lot of players here and not too many away on international duty over the two weeks,” he said.”That gave me the chance to work on a few weaknesses in our game that we have seen in our last two games.”Against the big teams, they show you immediately the lack of quality you have in some situations of your game.”The biggest issue we have had is after losing the ball, the transition to defence was not quick enough and not committed enough and that’s the reason why we conceded more goals than normal.”On facing Wolves, Hasenhuttl added: “I think it will be a good game because both sides like to have a good offensive transition and we will have to pay attention if we lose the ball when you have possession, because that is the most dangerous moment against that opposition.”
Video: Jim Larranaga Broke Out An Extremely Joyful Rendition Of The Whip/Nae Nae After Miami Beat Florida
YouTube/CanesAllAccessMiami hoops is off to a fast start, sitting at 8-1 after Tuesday night’s 66-55 win over in-state rival Miami. After the game, Larranaga joined the extensive list of college coaches who have broken out The Whip/Nae Nae dance to celebrate a win.Larranaga is a full dance craze behind, so expect him to Dab at some point soon. If you’re going to be a post-game dancer, you need to be up on your fads, Jim. Really, this responsibility is on his players.
Ohio State Football/TwitterOhio State’s one of the most-storied programs in the history of college football.The Buckeyes will look to add to their storied history this fall.Ohio State opens the 2016 season ranked No. 5 in the country. OSU starts its ’16 campaign on Saturday against Bowling Green.In anticipation of the start of the ’16 campaign, Ohio State has released this “OSU Football Traditions” video.It’s a must-watch before Saturday for any Buckeye fan.Tradition continues this #Saturday at #TheShoe.#GoBuckshttps://t.co/22pIku3hXQ— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 1, 2016Ohio State and Bowling Green are set to kick off at noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game will be televised on BTN.
There are several college football games taking place this weekend that are worth watching. With conference play in full swing, a potential upset could occur down in Kentucky.Every year, the SEC has a plethora of elite teams in college football. While Alabama and Georgia continue to impress, the most interesting team might just be the Wildcats.Kentucky is undefeated through four games, defeating Florida and Mississippi State by an eye-popping margin. Despite their strong production so far, the Wildcats face their toughest challenge yet in the form of South Carolina.Although the 2-1 Gamecocks aren’t ranked, ESPN’s matchup predictor believes an upset is brewing in Lexington.According to the FPI, South Carolina has a 53.7 percent chance of defeating Kentucky. If Kentucky is going to continue their winning ways, they’ll need an outstanding performance from Benny Snell Jr. and their offense.South Carolina and Kentucky will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be on the SEC Network.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Death, taxes, and Alabama making a run for the national championship. It’s safe to say that those are the few guarantees in life.This year is no different, as the Crimson Tide are steamrolling the competition. In fact, Nick Saban’s team is so dominant that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t taken a snap in any fourth quarter this season.If there is one program that has success against Alabama recently, then it would have to be Clemson. Dismissing the Crimson Tide’s greatest adversary would be foolish, especially since another championship battle could be looming.At least that is what ESPN’s David M. Hale believes will happen.From ESPN.com:So let’s start there: Clemson-Bama IV seems like a near inevitability, with Ohio State adding to that certainty with its loss to Purdue. But what Saturday showed us — and what all of 2018 has shown, really — is that if we do get yet another sequel, this one won’t be at all like the first three.Look at Alabama, after all. Less than 10 minutes into Saturday’s game against Tennessee, a team coming off a signature win over Auburn, with a coach who knows Nick Saban’s system as intimately as anyone, the Tide led 28-0 and the only question was how embarrassing it would get.Then look at Clemson. Saturday’s game against NC State was supposed to be the last true challenge for the Tigers, an undefeated opponent who’d taken them to the wire in each of the past two seasons. And by the half, Clemson was up 24-0, its freshman quarterback looking every bit a burgeoning star.Any doubts about the Tigers were erased over the weekend, as Clemson won 41-7 over then-undefeated NC State.With Trevor Lawrence and Tagovailoa playing excellent football, a rematch between previous champions would be electric.Do you think Clemson and Alabama are bound to meet again this season?
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leads his team onto the field before taking on the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame football is undefeated, and very well may finish the season at 12-0 after this weekend’s trip to struggling USC.That doesn’t mean the Fighting Irish are in the same class as fellow undefeated Power Five programs Alabama or Clemson, though, at least in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee.Once again, Notre Dame came in at No. 3 in this week’s CFP rankings, after wrecking then-No. 12 Syracuse on Saturday. It seems like that may be the ceiling for the Fighting Irish.College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens discussed Notre Dame football’s position after Tuesday’s rankings release.The Oregon athletic director had some interesting things to say about the Irish. Notably, he says the team is closer to No. 4 Michigan, which Notre Dame beat head-to-head, and No. 5 Georgia than it is to the Crimson Tide and Tigers.From Pete Sampson of The Athletic:College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens on Notre Dame’s proximity to Alabama/Clemson versus its proximity to Michigan/Georgia. Irish lumped with Wolverines and Bulldogs.Personally, I’d consider them more a group of one at No. 3. But I’m not on the committee. pic.twitter.com/GUVJWqaUKp— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 21, 2018There isn’t a huge difference between being No. 2 and No. 3. If things are chalk from here on out, it seems like Notre Dame is in for a date with Clemson, whether or not the Fighting Irish jump the Tigers.The bigger concern may be the possibility that Michigan looks awesome in games against Ohio State and Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.Mullens does say that the head-to-head win over Michigan has an impact, but the Wolverines have the chance to pick up an extra data point, and the Ohio State game could carry a ton of weight.Notre Dame definitely wants to avoid a meeting with Alabama until the national championship game, if it can help it.
Alabama is getting all it can handle from Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday, and many are starting to wonder if the Crimson Tide could be in trouble when it comes to the College Football Playoff. The fan you’ll see below seems concerned as well.After a big defensive play by Georgia, the CBS camera crew cut to an Alabama fan who was a bit upset about what’s transpiring. She uttered one word – which is pretty easy to figure out.At the moment, it’s 28-14 Georgia midway through the third quarter. Tua Tagovailoa has struggled mightily, while Jake Fromm has looked sharp.The Internet is having fun with the newest college football meme:In terms of college football memes this young lady is on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum from the sad piccolo player. #SECChampionship pic.twitter.com/VdW7Lj0218— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) December 1, 2018When Alabama can’t convert on 3rd Down this is the fan reaction! Here come the Bulldogs! pic.twitter.com/EpuU4Z2WYd— Dr. Jim Louro (@Drjimrugby) December 1, 2018How #BAMA fans are feeling right about now. #godawgs #alabama ##jakefromm #Gabulldawgs #bulldogs #SECCHAMPIONSHIP pic.twitter.com/RYvA9KanMq— Michelle (@MichelleAtlanta) December 1, 2018If Alabama does lose, the College Football Playoff committee is going to have its hands full. Assuming Ohio State wins tonight, they’ll have to choose between Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State.It isn’t over just yet, but Alabama fans, as you can tell above, are worried.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)ESPN sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi revealed in the third quarter what Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told his Tigers’ players at halftime of the College Football Playoff national title game against Alabama.Clearly, it’s working.Rinaldi said that Swinney told his players that stopping the running game in the second half was going to be key. He also wanted his players to go into the third quarter thinking the game was tied.“We need to stop the run, that will be the key,” Swinney told his players “Most importantly, the score is 0-0.””There’s nothing less important than the score at halftime.”– Dabo Swinney#ALLIN for the second half. pic.twitter.com/6sdxsh123J— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 8, 2019Clemson’s players took that message and ran with it to start the second half.The Tigers have expanded on their halftime lead and are now up, 37-16, on No. 1 Alabama in the third quarter.The game is on ESPN.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Having lost several of his coaches this offseason, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is hoping to replenish his staff quickly. He appears to have made another step as Alabama is expected to add another coach to Saban’s ranks.According to ESPN college football insider Adam Rittenberg, the Crimson Tide are on the verge of hiring Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins to serve in the same capacity.Wiggins is coming off his third year as wide receivers coach for the Hokies, having served on head coach Justin Fuente’s staff since his days at Memphis.Prior to joining Fuente as a wide receivers coach in 2012, he served as a running backs coach at Tulsa in 2011, and at Illinois State from 2006 to 2010.Sources: Alabama is expected to hire Virginia Tech wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins for the same position. Wiggins also had been in the mix for a coordinator role at Temple. I’m hearing Virginia Tech could target Jafar Williams, most recently… https://t.co/AgjLSaFRQO— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 23, 2019Wiggins replaces Josh Gattis, who departed Alabama after one year as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator to take the full-time offensive coordinator position at Alabama.As a player, Wiggins was a running back at New Mexico from 1998 to 2001. In four seasons with the Lobos, Wiggins had 1,833 yards and 11 touchdowns with a 4.3 yards per carry average.He joined New Mexico as a coach in 2003, first as a student assistant and later as a graduate assistant.Though Wiggins has never worked under Nick Saban before, he now has a chance to show off his coaching acumen at one of the top programs in the nation.