Valencia coach Marcelino wants to send Batshuayi back to Chelseaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia want to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.AS says the decision was made a month ago, with the Belgian failing to convince coach Marcelino and Los Che directors.Batshuayi had joined Valencia on a season-long loan, with a permanent option of €35m. But now VCF want to send him back to Chelsea next month.They paid €3m for the 12-month loan.The decision is being driven by Marcelino, who wants a more mobile and aggressive centre-forward to lead his attack. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Things are looking up for Pobga following the departure of manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman looks a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored twice in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.And Neville thinks his form will only improve under the Norwegian.He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “You play for Man United and you talk of freedom of expression, exciting football, go out there and score goals, attacking football, play with a smile on your face and it starts with the manager. “Ole over the last couple of games has been really happy, saying the right things. “They had the best player on the pitch and probably the best midfielder in Europe on his day in Paul Pogba who has had a disappointing, horrendous last 18 months at the club because of the fall-out with the manager.”It looked like the shackles were off, playing with that freedom of expression, anything is possible type attitude, playing with arrogance. The passing was back to his best. “Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this he should be a 12-15 goal a season person – he hasn’t been that in his career so far but he can be.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp insists ‘hungry’ Liverpool ready for Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says Liverpool will leave no stone unturned when they face Manchester City on Thursday.The Reds have a great chance to extend their lead at the top of the table with a win over Pep Guardiola’s side. And Klopp says his players will be giving their all to win three points.”We are [hungry],” he told liverpoolfc.com.”We don’t think about the gap, not for a second. What we think about is 54 points – unbelievable, to be honest. That’s really strange and feels strange.”All we can do is keep going; recover first of all, that’s very important, and then prepare the next game.”We all know, wow, Man City are a fantastic football team and an away game at City – who can go there and think ‘Probably we will win’? No team in the world, not even us.”So we have to go there and try everything to get a result. That’s what we will try.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say OFF! Crystal Palace pull out of deal for Liverpool striker Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have pulled out of their deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.BBC Sport reports Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off because of concerns over his fitness.Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the 21-year-old was a target for the January transfer window on Sunday.But Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season and was ruled out of recent matches because of a muscle problem.Palace need a striker who is available to play immediately.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Juventus coach Capello tells Napoli: Don’t give up!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello has urged their rivals not to give up on the Scudetto.Capello believes Napoli are capable of catching the Serie A leaders.“I don’t agree, look at the available points,” Capello insisted in an interview with Il Messaggero.“Those who are chasing Juventus must not give up, Napoli and the others. The fans are used to it, the Bianconeri have been dominating for seven years, but the passion is still there.“In Milan it has even grown.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola praises Dani Olmo over ‘courageous’ Dinamo Zagreb moveby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised Dani Olmo over his move to Dinamo Zagreb.Guardiola admits he’s impressed by the former Barcelona junior.He said: “He was in the youth of Barcelona and normally who plays there is a good player. “He had the courage to move to Croatia and it was a good choice. “He was one of the best players of the European Under-21s with an incredible performance.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Cole on coaching philosophy: I’m stealing from Mourinho, Ancelotti & Wenger!by Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAshley Cole says he will take bits and pieces from all of his former managers on his coaching journey.The former Chelsea and Arsenal fullback is currently undertaking his coaching badges.”Everyone has their own philosophy but you also have to take ideas that you like from different coaches,’ he told the club’s website. “The first thing I learned on my coaching badges was that every coach is a thief!”I want to take parts of Jose Mourinho in terms of how organised he was, Carlo Ancelotti for his man-management and how he would give players faith to go out and express themselves within his system and Arsene Wenger, who was definitely a great man-manager and put a lot of trust in young players to find things out for themselves and learn quickly from mistakes. It’s about being adaptable.”Asked about his aspirations, Cole added: “I want to be the best. I’ve been around a lot of great players and managers so it’s about understanding what it takes.”I understood as a player what it took to be the best and now it’s about trying to transfer that into how I can be the best as a coach.”
Barcelona players blanked Spanish media after Champions League winby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona players blanked the Spanish media after their Champions League win over Slavia Prague.Sport says despite picking up a victory, no-one wanted to speak with the media following the contest. It was left to Sergio Busquets, who had been substituted and was in the dressing room, who came back out to fulfil the media requirements pitchside. Goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, after returning to the dressing room, also gave an interview to ‘Movistar’. He was one of a handful of squad members who spoke to outlets. No-one stopped in the ‘mixed zone’ to speak with the assembled radio stations who were waiting for a brief interview. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
They’re throwing quite a celebration party at the Breslin Center tonight. Michigan State’s men’s basketball team, which clinched a berth into the Final Four earlier this afternoon with a victory against Louisville in the Elite Eight in Syracuse, is back in East Lansing. Tom Izzo’s squad was welcomed home by thousands of roaring fans at their arena. Michigan State is set to face Duke in the Final Four in Indianapolis on Saturday.
YouTubeFox Sports’ national college football writer Bruce Feldman made an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd today. While on the air, Cowherd put Feldman on the spot and asked for his College Football Playoff foursome, as of right now.Feldman declared he would vote for Clemson, LSU, Baylor and Iowa, based off resume. He chose the Hawkeyes over fellow unbeatens Ohio State and Michigan State and went on to highlight Iowa’s win over Northwestern, which beat Stanford, another playoff hopeful. Feldman did qualify his position as picking who he felt was “most deserving” as opposed to “the best teams.” He said if the latter were his criteria, Iowa would be third in the Big Ten pecking order behind the Buckeyes and Spartans. Somehow, we still don’t think that will make OSU or MSU fans feel any better about his opinion. Here’s the video of Feldman and Cowherd breaking down the CFP. Come for the out-of-the-box projections from Feldman, stay for him accidentally referring to Cowherd as “Clay” when he clearly mixed him up with Clay Travis.
Giorgio Chiellini acknowledges that when Juventus have needed Cristiano Ronaldo the most this season, “Cristiano has been Cristiano” for the Bianconeri.The Portuguese superstar was snapped up by the Serie A champions in an effort to bring even more match-altering ability onto their books.He has not disappointed, with 13 goals recorded across all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The most recent of those came in a Boxing Day meeting with Atalanta, with Ronaldo required to step off the bench in that contest after being handed a well-deserved rest.He was introduced in the 65th minute with Juve down to 10 men and trailing 2-1.Within 13 minutes of entering the field, the 33-year-old had grabbed a leveller and preserved Juve’s unbeaten record in the Italian top-flight.Bianconeri skipper Chiellini told Sky Sport Italia after another vital contribution from an illustrious team-mate: “This year there have been three moments in which we were in difficulty and behind in the game – the matches against Napoli, Empoli and Atalanta.“It is no coincidence that in these three games, Cristiano has been Cristiano.“Ronaldo is a decisive player, we knew it: in the fundamental moments he manages to bring out that extra something he has inside.“He was given a rest because you cannot always be at the top when you play so many games, but you can be decisive when playing 20 and he has shown that.”While welcoming the odd break, Ronaldo will be hoping to find himself back in the Juventus starting XI when they play host to Sampdoria on Saturday in what will be their final outing of 2018.Massimilano Allegri’s side head into that game sat nine points clear at the top of the Serie A table and yet to come unstuck through 18 fixtures.
They’re starting to believe at Anfield, and who could blame them?Liverpool fans are often mocked for their optimism – “it’s their year,” is a regular retort from rival supporters – but there’s something different brewing this season.The cheers which greeted the final whistle against Newcastle on Boxing Day were topped a few moments later, as news of a late Christmas present filtered through from the King Power Stadium. Did anyone order a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table? Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Leicester’s victory over Manchester City means it is Tottenham, not the reigning champions, who stand as Liverpool’s nearest challengers right now.City, who have lost three of their last four in the league, have seen a two-point lead become a seven-point deficit in the space of two-and-a-half weeks. Even their massive advantage in terms of goal difference has been wiped out by Jurgen Klopp’s relentless Reds, who have now won their last eight league games, conceding just two goals in the process.“Pretty perfect,” was how Klopp described things after watching the latest of those wins, a 4-0 stroll against a dogged, determined but ultimately outgunned Newcastle side.Liverpool were three up when, all of a sudden, news of Ricardo Pereira’s bolt from the blue at Leicester filtered through. First a cheer, then a ripple, then a wave of noise, from the Kop through the Main Stand and down to the Anfield Road end. It felt – and sounded – like a big moment.“I’m really naïve,” joked Klopp afterwards. “I thought it was for us!”Welcome to a Premier League title race, Jurgen. A place where every moment, every goal, every twist can feel seismic. Liverpool, of course, are the club which craves a league title, maybe above all others. As 2019 hurtles into view, so does that most tantalising of prospects.“Long way to go, 19 games to play,” stated Klopp, and he is right to be cautious. He called for “tunnel vision” from his players, and insisted news of City’s latest setback “didn’t do a lot” for his mood. He’s not ready to look beyond the here and now, though he laughed heartily when told by a reporter that “if you just say you’re going to win the title then we can all go home.”Meanwhile, his supporters begin to let their minds wander. Liverpool are now guaranteed top spot heading into the New Year, and barring a hefty swing in terms of goal difference, they would still be sitting pretty even if they were to lose their next two fixtures. The best that City can hope for after they entertain the Reds on January 3 is a one-point deficit. Who’d have believed that a fortnight ago?Before that game, of course, there is business to take care of. Liverpool entertain Arsenal on Saturday; City travel to Southampton the following day. Spurs, whose form is excellent and whose credentials must not be ignored, will hope for slip-ups from both as they start the weekend at home to Wolves.Klopp has been clear in his belief that Mauricio Pochettino’s team are to be considered genuine challengers this season. The Londoners, remarkably, have yet to draw a league game, but with 15 wins from 19 games, and 11 goals in their past two matches, they are right in the picture now. Liverpool’s win at Wembley, secured back in September, looks more valuable with each passing week.So too does Riyad Mahrez’s missed penalty at Anfield a month later. Had City emerged with a victory that day, who knows how the landscape would look now? These are big, big moments, which up to now have gone Liverpool’s way. How they have taken advantage.Suddenly, it is all there for them. They look better equipped now than they have at any point since securing their last league title back in 1990.That includes the 1990-91 season, when they were seven points clear at Christmas but eventually finished seven adrift of Arsenal. It includes 2008-09 when a 5-1 win at Newcastle in late-December – with Benitez in the Reds dugout – left them 10 points ahead of eventual champions Manchester United.And it includes the 2013-14 campaign, when Luis Suarez was ripping it up and Brendan Rodgers was seeking to “build a team like Shankly did”. Rodgers, of course, came as close as anybody to bringing the title back to Merseyside.Now, his replacement finds himself in the box seat. All season long, Klopp has looked and sounded like a man who knows there is something building here. As each week passes, as each challenge his met, his team back up his confidence.They are, remarkably, on course to finish the season with 102 points. Not since 1987-88, and arguably the greatest (or at least most-vaunted) team in the club’s history, have they stood unbeaten after 19 league games. Not even that team, of Barnes and Beardsley, of Rush and Hansen, could match this one in terms of points, wins or goals conceded.There are likely, of course, to be plenty of twists and turns between now and May. If City’s troubles have been celebrated this week, they should also remind fans just how easily things can change at this level. Pressure can do funny things, even to the most brilliant of players.For now, though, Liverpool are handling everything that is thrown at them. Unbeaten at home and unbeaten away, a dozen clean sheets from 19 matches, goals from all areas and the kind of squad strength which has so often been lacking in previous years; it is hard to find too many weaknesses right now.“They have shown they are good enough to win the title,” said Benitez. Adored in these parts, the Spaniard knows quality when he sees it.And so the Liverpool train rolls on to Arsenal. Those in Red have had everything they wished for this Christmas. Would one more win to round the year off be too much to ask? Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Marcus Rashford has no preference regarding his position at Manchester United – despite scoring his sixth goal in eight straight Premier League appearances as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice central striker.The England international smashed home the winner at Leicester to give the Old Trafford club their ninth win in 10 matches under Solskjaer .Rashford has been deployed primarily through the middle for United and led the revival since Jose Mourinho’s sacking . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the 21-year-old is content with playing anywhere across the forward line and is uncomfortable with being labelled one-dimensional.”You know, I don’t think anyone grows up wanting to be just a striker nowadays,” he told Sky Sports .”The game has changed and you want to be an all-round forward – to play on the left, right, no.10.”What’s happened in my career so far has enabled me to do that.”In a game short on quality, the moment which decided the contest naturally came via Paul Pogba, whose form has even eclipsed Rashford’s since Solskjaer was placed in interim charge.The France World Cup winner lifted the ball beautifully over the Leicester defence to find Rashford, who finished with aplomb.Pogba has contributed six goals and four assists in the Norwegian’s 10 games, in a run of form which has seen him finally repay his £89 million ($116m) price tag .”I think time and time again he provides opportunities for the team,” Rashford added.”That’s what we want and if we can get him free as much as we can, he’ll make those passes all day long.”Getting the goal is good and we have to keep improving, keep doing it more and more.”
Anderson Arroyo has been denied the chance to play his part on Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the USA due to a broken foot.Jurgen Klopp’s team will depart on Tuesday morning for their three-game trip, where they will take on Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP.Colombian full-back Arroyo, 19, was in line to be part of the travelling party but sources have confirmed to Goal that the youngster is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a fractured metatarsal during a training session at Melwood last week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The timing could not be worse, with Liverpool now faced with finding a suitable loan move for a player who cannot play until early-September at the earliest.Arroyo is ineligible for a UK work permit and the plan was for the Reds to loan him to a European club in order to secure valuable game-time. A spell at Belgian side Gent last season did not work out, with Arroyo failing to start a single game after joining in August.The US tour had been seen as an opportunity for the teenager, who joined the Reds from Fortaleza in 2018, to showcase his talents. He would have been eligible to feature in games on American soil, and his ability to cover both full-back positions would have ensured he received minutes in Liverpool’s three friendly fixtures.As it is, he will spend the coming weeks in recovery, hoping his club can find a suitable loan deal.There will be a new face in Klopp’s squad Stateside, with veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan drafted in to train with the Reds on their tour.Klopp’s ‘keeping options have been damaged by injuries to young duo Caiomhin Kelleher and Vitezslav Jaros, and 35-year-old Lonergan, a free agent having been released by Middlesbrough last month, has been given the chance to train with the club.Liverpool’s full travelling party is expected to be confirmed later on Monday, with the likes of Adam Lewis and Bobby Duncan among those hoping to be involved. Captain Jordan Henderson will be in the squad having returned to training at Melwood on Saturday, alongside Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus has been handed a two-month international ban by CONMEBOL for his behaviour during the Copa America final last month.The 22-year-old scored and provided an assist before being sent off in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru at the Maracana on July 7 – which was the ninth time the Selecao had won South America’s championships.The Manchester City forward remonstrated with Chilean referee Roberto Tobar after receiving a second yellow card for barging into Peru’s Carlos Zambrano before pushing the VAR monitor and crying in the tunnel . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? South America’s football governing body announced a two-month ban for Jesus on Wednesday, in a statement saying “the player is suspended to play official and friendly matches with his national team in that period of time.”They decided that Jesus broke Articles 7.1 and 7.2 of the Disciplinary Rules for “behaving in an offensive, insulting or defamatory manner of any kind.”Jesus was also fined $30,000 and is set to miss friendlies against Colombia and Peru in September, but has seven days to appeal the sanctions.The news won’t affect his Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who now won’t have to send his player on international duty during the next window.Jesus has often been injured during his time at City, including a metatarsal fracture that kept him out for 13 games in 2017 and a knee issue which saw him miss 12 games in 2018.With City possessing only one other natural striker in the squad, in Sergio Aguero, Guardiola will likely be happy for the rest Jesus receives instead of having to fly to South America.City begin their Premier League campaign on Saturday with an away trip to West Ham, before matches against Tottenham, Bournemouth and Brighton prior to the September window.Meanwhile, Copa America champions Brazil were fined $15,000 and warned for the behaviour of their fans at the tournament they hosted.It has been a busy period post-Copa America for CONMEBOL, with Argentina star Lionel Messi and Chile’s Gary Medel also receiving bans and fines.Messi was given a three-match suspension after suggesting in comments their was ‘corruption’ at Copa America .
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide fans cheer in the stands during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Who wants Alabama after witnessing what the Crimson Tide did to No. 3 LSU at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night? Anyone?Probably not.The No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide dominated the rival Tigers in every facet of the game, going on to win, 29-0, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The only people that want to play Alabama now are…Alabama, apparently.The Crimson Tide fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night were chanting “We Want Bama!” at the end of the contest.Check it out:Alabama fans were chanting “We want Bama” after beating LSU ? (via @Marq_Burnett) pic.twitter.com/FJJoabMQAZ— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 4, 2018An Alabama intra-squad scrimmage would probably be more competitive than many of the top college football games we’ve seen this year…Alabama moved to 9-0 with the win on Saturday night, while LSU dropped to 7-2.
DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: Running back Mossis Madu #17 of the Oklahoma Sooners gives a downward “hook em horns” sign while walking to the field alongside the Texas Longhorns band at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Those who believe Texas football gets special treatment from the Big 12 have received a solid feather in their cap this week.Over the last few weeks, opposing teams have ramped up using the “Horns Down” gesture, the upside-down version of Texas’ “Hook ’em Horns” used to troll UT.West Virginia players were especially enthusiastic in using it during their dramatic win in Austin a few weeks ago… and some fans even kept it up during the wild home loss to Oklahoma, which makes no sense for myriad reasons, but here we are.Since, there have been rumors that the conference would look into the “Horns Down” non-issue that, and it has done exactly that.Today, ahead of Texas football’s Big 12 Championship date with Oklahoma, the league has deemed that “Horns Down” will be penalized.From KOCO:“With the Big 12 Championship on the line, a new mandate has come down for the Sooners: The ‘horns down’ hand symbol will draw a flag.University of Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley had asked the Big 12 for clarification after West Virginia was flagged twice in a game earlier this month. He heard back and said that they cannot do it.”Quite frankly, this is a ridiculous distinction. It isn’t a lewd gesture, it isn’t a middle finger, and there is no inherent offense behind it other than “we don’t like Texas.”After issues elsewhere in college football, specifically last weekend’s editions of the Egg Bowl, LSU vs. Texas A&M, and North Carolina vs. NC State, the Big 12 wants to keep scuffles and violence to a minimum. However, “Horns Down” is pretty innocuous.[KOCO]
MANHATTAN, KS – SEPTEMBER 18: The Kansas State Wildcats return to the locker room after pre-game warm-ups ahead of the game against the Auburn Tigers at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on September 18, 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The search for Bill Snyder’s successor at Kansas State appears to have reached its conclusion as the Wildcats have reportedly found their new head coach.According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, the Wildcats are expected to offer the job to North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman.Per the report, Klieman will accept the position but stay with NDSU through the end of their FCS Playoff run.Klieman is 67-6 in five years with the Bison, winning three FCS national titles during his tenure.BREAKING: #KState is expected to offer #NorthDakota State’s Chris Kleiman the head coaching job tonite, per source.. All indications point to him accepting the job & he’s expected to coach NDSU as far as they go in FCS Playoffs. He is 67-6 at NDSU and has won 3 national titles.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 10, 2018Klieman will have huge shoes to fill at Kansas State. Snyder led the Wildcats to two conference titles during his multiple stints with the team, including all nine of the team’s bowl wins.The team went so far as to name their home stadium after him: Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.Snyder announced his retirement after his 27th season at the helm for the Wildcats.Kansas State went 5-7 this past year, their first losing regular season since 2008.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes holds the Fiesta Bowl trophy after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Urban Meyer sat down with 10TV to discuss his retirement plans. Meyer revealed he’s teaching a class on character and leadership at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business after he leads the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl against Washington.During the segment, Meyer also revealed what would have kept him at Ohio State. The Buckeyes destroyed Michigan in The Game, but if Meyer’s team lost he’s not sure he would have been able to walk away from the team.In the interview, Meyer said the following about his future if Ohio State lost to Michigan.“Well, I looked up at the scoreboard when we beat the team up north, and the way we beat them…To be honest with you, if we didn’t win that game, I’m not sure I could leave losing that game.”Meyer went on to say that win gave him confidence that Ryan Day was the right choice as the team’s next head coach. “When our team played the way that they did, and I knew coach (Ryan) Day was right there. I’m so confident in what he’s going to do here,” Meyer said.You can see the full interview here.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The 2018-19 college football season isn’t over yet, as we’ve still got Alabama-Clemson in the College Football Playoff national title game, but it’s already time to start talking about next season.All but two college football programs are now in the offseason, after all, so it’s not crazy to start looking ahead.Athlon Sports has already released its preseason top 25 for the 2019 season.There are no surprises at the top of the poll.Alabama comes in as the preseason No. 1.1. AlabamaNick Saban’s team will lose some key pieces off its 2018 team, but the Crimson Tide opens the offseason as the favorite to win it all once again. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returns after a prolific season, and the sophomore should be the preseason pick to win the Heisman Trophy after a runner-up finish in 2018. Tagovailoa’s receiving corps should be the best in college football next season. DeVonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Jaylen Waddle are back, and tight end Irv Smith has one more season of eligibility if he chooses to return to Tuscaloosa. Running back Damien Harris must be replaced, while Josh Jacobs could enter the NFL Draft. However, the backfield is in great shape thanks to the return of Najee Harris and Brian Robinson, along with the addition of five-star freshman Trey Sanders.The line faces some retooling, as left tackle Jonah Williams could leave early for the NFL, and senior center Ross Pierschbacher is out of eligibility. Each level of the defense could lose a player to the NFL early, but this unit won’t suffer too much on the stat sheet. Up front, end Isaiah Buggs must be replaced, while Quinnen Williams and Raekwon Davis could decide to go to the next level. The linebacking corps should be a strength if Mack Wilson returns, especially with Dylan Moses, Anfernee Jennings and Terrell Lewis in place. Sophomore Patrick Surtain should take the next step in his development at cornerback, but safety Deionte Thompson could go to the NFL and more depth is needed in this group. Road trips to Texas A&M and Auburn are the toughest regular-season matchups for Alabama in 2019.Alabama has started the season ranked No. 1 in each of the past three seasons. Ohio State was the last non-Alabama team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason. The Buckeyes were the preseason No. 1 coming into the 2015 season.You can view the full top 25 here.