North Shore HS head football coach John Kay hired as LB coach at Rice University, KPRC 2 Sports confirms
KPRC 2 Sports confirmed that John Kay is stepping down as head coach at North Shore and will begin his college coaching career at Rice University where he will be the new linebackers coach for the Owls program under Head Coach Mike Bloomgren.
🔒FULL INTERVIEW: 1-on-1 with University of Texas head football coach Steve Sarkisian
Last week, Steve Sarkisian was in Houston for the Houston Touchdown Club Texas Longhorns Day and KPRC 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy went 1-on-1 with the Longhorns head coach talking about his second season coming up.
Looking ahead to the College Football Playoff? This ‘RSVP’ concept is brilliant
Attending a major sporting event can be overwhelming: You might have to fly or embark on a road trip just to get there, depending on the location of course, and consider your accommodations and where you’ll stay, eat and how you’ll get around.
Texas A&M team that toppled Alabama featured a number of Houston-area athletes
While the Aggies win over No. 1 ranked Bama was a surprise, it’s not a surprise that the team’s roster is loaded with players from the Houston-area. That means dozens of local families and high schools are celebrating what easily could be one of the biggest upsets of the college football season.
New Texas coach Sarkisian defends ‘The Eyes of Texas’
(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)AUSTIN, Texas – Fresh off a national title with Alabama, Steve Sarkisian plans big changes to Texas’ football program. Sarkisian said that while discussion about “The Eyes of Texas” and other issues are welcome, “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song. Texas, without a conference championship since 2009, is itching to see if Sarkisian can produce similar results in Austin. Texas expects quick results from Sarkisian, recent winner of the Broyles Award given to college football’s top assistant coach. Asked about scheduling A&M again, Sarkisian said “I would love to play that game.”Sarkisian is Texas’ fourth head coach since 2009.
Aggies finish 4th in final AP football poll of the season
4 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the season. It marks A&M’s second-highest finish in the AP Poll and highest since 1939 when the Aggies won the national championship. 4 rank is Texas A&M’s second top-five finish since joining the SEC in 2012 and marks the third time in his career that head coach Jimbo Fisher has finished inside the top-five. In the regular season, the Aggies went 9-1 against an all-SEC slate as they compiled the most victories against conference foes since joining the SEC for the 2012 season. It was A&M’s fourth top-five AP finish along with the No.
WATCH: Massive brawl erupts at bowl game played in Texas
Members of Tulsa and Mississippi State fight after time runs out in Armed Forces Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)There was a massive brawl Thursday at the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out these tweets from accounts reacting to the Armed Forces Bowl brawl:A massive brawl broke out at the end of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Tulsa and Mississippi State. pic.twitter.com/zfaq912SWU — ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2020The Armed Forces Bowl between Mississippi State and Tulsa ended in a sidelines-clearing brawl, because of course it did. Just end already, 2020. pic.twitter.com/L61BOllkgu — Tyler Horka (@tbhorka) December 31, 2020
Texas Bowl canceled because of coronavirus concerns
HOUSTON – The Mercari Texas Bowl has been canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus. The New Year’s Eve matchup between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the TCU Horned Frogs was set to be played at NRG Stadium. According to PigTrail Nation, Head Coach Sam Pittman said the Razorbacks had no positive COVID-19 tests on his team. “While we are disappointed in canceling this year’s game, we look forward to hosting both the Texas Kickoff and Texas Bowl next season,” David Fletcher, executive director of the Texas Bowl, said in a statement issued on Twitter. Those refunds will be processed through the vendor through which the tickets were purchased.
Army left out in Bowl Day marred by cancellations, opt outs
When that bowl game was called off because there was not another team available, it suddenly left Army looking for a postseason opponent. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)At a time when team after team had opted out of bowl games, Army found itself in a different sort of situation — left out. “It was a difficult day for all of college football,” said Nick Carparelli, the executive director of Bowl Season, the renamed Football Bowl Association. For the Hokies, the decision ended a 27 straight bowl game run. Some of the canceled bowl games — 15 in all, including three on Sunday alone — included the Bahamas Bowl, Celebration Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, LA Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Redbox Bowl and Sun Bowl.
CFP semifinal moved from Rose Bowl to AT&T Stadium in Texas
FILE - This Jan. 2, 2017, file pool photo, shows an aerial view of the empty Rose Bowl stadium before to the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game between Southern California and Penn State in Pasadena, Calif. The Rose Bowl asked the state for an exception to the restriction, but was denied twice, including earlier this week. Hancock said it had not yet been determined if the semifinal at AT&T Stadium in Arlington would still be called the Rose Bowl. The first Rose Bowl was played Jan. 1, 1902. The last time the Rose Bowl game was played outside Pasadena, California, was 1942.
No. 5 Texas A&M makes last CFP case in 34-13 win over Vols
5 Texas A&M to close its case for a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 34-13 victory over Tennessee. 5 CFP) finished their regular season and hoped for an upset or two within the CFP’s top four. Texas A&M's advantage went to 17-7 when the Aggies turned a Bailey fumble into a 23-yard field goal by Seth Small. Tennessee: After the second game of the season, the Vols were tied with Notre Dame for the longest winning streak among FBS teams. A victory over winless Vanderbilt ended the skid, but the loss to Texas A&M ended the regular season on a sour note.
LIST: Track Houston-area HS football players on National Signing Day
HOUSTON – National Signing Day has arrived once again as high school football players across the country signed on with their college of choice. The system is now in place for a December date along with the first Wednesday in February that has become a smaller event than in years past. As more high school athletes now aim for early graduation, the December option gives them a chance to enroll in college in January for the spring semester and take part in spring football camps. So far, here are some of the players who signed:Ridge PointWR John Paul Richardson (Oklahoma State)DL Jimmy Guy (HBU)RB Keith Jackson (North Texas)Cameron Plummer (Sam Houston State)North ShoreQB Dematrius Davis (Auburn)WR Shadrach Banks (Texas A&M)Shadow CreekQB Kyron Drones (Baylor)WR C.J. Guidry (Houston)CB Jalen Emery (Houston)Langham CreekLB Jayhvion Gipson (TCU)Fort Bend ChristianOL Remington Strickland (Texas A&M )OL David Kasemervisz (Stanford)St. ThomasQB Maddox Kopp (Houston)EpiscopalOL Donavan Jackson (Ohio State)RT Cullen Montgomery (Oklahoma)C Luis Chavarria (Prairie View A&M)
Washington pulls out of Pac-12 title game, replaced by Ducks
Washington has pulled out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play No. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)Washington has pulled out of the Pac-12 football championship game due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies program, and Oregon will now play No. We cannot play football. Now the Ducks, the preseason Pac-12 favorites, will take a two-game losing streak into the title game, and Colorado is left without an opponent this weekend. Colorado could schedule another game outside the conference for Saturday, but the Buffaloes also need to remain on standby for the Pac-12 title game until later in the week.
White, Memphis overcome Houston rally for 30-27 win
(AP) – Riley Patterson kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give Memphis a 30-27 win over Houston following the Cougars’ improbable comeback on Saturday. Tune threw a 13-yard score to Marquez Stevenson early in the fourth after a 10-play, 75-yard drive. The game-tying drive ended when Tune threw an 18-yard scoring pass to Bryson Smith with 28 seconds to go. Brady White responded to lead Memphis (7-3, 5-3 American Athletic Conference) on a 5-play, 46-yard drive to set up Patterson. With the win, Memphis finished a second consecutive season undefeated at home for the first time in program history.
UT-Austin's final football game canceled after 9 players, 13 staff test positive for coronavirus
The University of Texas at Austin's final football game of the regular season against the University of Kansas was cancelled after a COVID-19 outbreak infected nine players and 13 staff members. The University of Texas at Austin’s final football game of the regular season against the University of Kansas has been canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak infecting nine players and 13 staff members. The UT game against Kansas had already been rescheduled due to an outbreak on the Kansas team last month. It’s the only game Texas did not play this fall amid the pandemic. Disclosure: Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Michigan-Ohio State game canceled over COVID-19 concerns
Michigan and Ohio State will not play this weekend due to the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the Wolverine’s program. The cancellation puts Ohio State at five games total on the season. Per the Big Ten, six games are needed to participate in the conference championship game against Northwestern. With Purdue pausing team activities and possibly having to opt out of its game against Indiana, a Hoosiers-Buckeyes game could happen. With the Aggies’ game against Ole Miss being canceled, many are calling for an Ohio State-Aggies match up.
Aggies game against Ole Miss postponed due to coronavirus
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies will have to wait to take on Ole Miss if they even get the chance. The school issued a statement Monday evening announcing the game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues. “The opportunity to reschedule the game will be contingent on any cancellation of games currently scheduled for December 19 due to COVID-19, otherwise the game will not be played and would be declared a no-contest,” the statement read.
Rice stuns No. 15 Marshall
HOUSTON – Rice was the underdog heading into Saturday’s road game against a 7-0 Marshall team. Not only because Marshall is ranked, but because Rice was without their starting quarterback Mike Collins and wide receiver Austin Trammel. But somehow, someway... Mike Bloomgren and the Owls stunned Marshall with a 20-0 win on the road. The Owls defense held Marshall’s offense to just 245 yards. According to the school, Rice shut out a ranked opponent for the first time since 1960.
Texas RBs pile up 311 yards, 6 TDs, clobber K-State 69-31
(AP) – Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson combined for 311 rushing yards and six touchdowns and Texas beat Kansas State 69-31 on Saturday afternoon. Robinson scored on runs of 12, 30 and 75 yards Saturday. “I knew it would take time to learn to get a feel for the game,” Robinson said. “Credit to Texas because they were ready to play today,” Kansas State coach Chris Klieman said. “I’m excited about that and for our players to send them out with another winning season,” Herman said.
Rice uses 5 interceptions to upset No. 15 Marshall 20-0
The Rice defense held — and took its frustrations out on the Thundering Herd the rest of the game. Safety Naeem Smith returned one of five Marshall interceptions for a touchdown and Rice shocked the 15th-ranked Thundering Herd 20-0 on Saturday for their first loss. Marshall had not played in three weeks, while Rice was playing only its fourth game of the entire season. Marshall: The Thundering Herd were shut out for the first time since 2000 and for the first time at their home stadium. The Thundering Herd had been scheduled to play at Florida International the same night, but Conference USA announced Saturday that the game has been canceled.
Mond, No. 5 Texas A&M finish strong in 31-20 win over Auburn
Kellen Mond passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third and the fifth-ranked Aggies scored 17 points in the fourth quarter of a come-from-behind 31-20 victory over Auburn on Saturday. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher wasn't interested in speculating on how the win might affect his team's playoff chances. He completed 18 of 23 for 196 yards, highlighted by two TDs to Jalen Wydermyer, and ran for 60 yards. The Aggies ran for a season-high 313 yards and held a 16-minute advantage in time of possession. Auburn: Was outgained 168-21 in the fourth quarter.
How the Aggies could make it to the college football playoffs
“In the past four SEC games, the Aggies have led by 20 or more points after the third quarter,” Liucci said. 1 defense in the SEC.”Currently, Ohio State is fourth in the rankings but has been limited to only four games. “If Ohio State plays only five games then they don’t deserve to be in,” added Liucci. The Aggies beat the Gators back in week three but should Florida win out and also beat Alabama in the SEC Championship, then what? “If Florida wins out and beats Alabama then they are in and ‘Bama may just drop a couple of spots,” Liucci said.
CFP exec. director: Dates of games, selections unchanged
The dates of the College Football Playoff games and selection of the semifinal participants will remain unchanged after the CFP management committee discussed possibly pushing back the event. “After a robust discussion, the management committee decided the games will remain on the scheduled dates,” Hancock told AP. The selection committee will set the pairings for the semifinals on Dec. 20, the day after most major college conferences are scheduled to play their championship games. The playoff semifinals are set to be played Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are already canceling conference games because their late starts left no room for make-up dates.
UH, UT football postpone games due to positive COVID-19 cases
HOUSTON – COVID-19 strikes again in the college football world. The Univesity of Houston’s upcoming football against Southern Methodist University has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Cougar’s football program. UH, SMU and the American Athletic Conference are working to reschedule the game and will make an announcement at a later date. “The health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff remain our top priority,” UH Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. Big 12 Conference also announced that the Texas at Kansas game on Nov. 21 has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests and rescheduled for Dec. 12.
3 things to watch in Houston sports this week
Hello from the Xfinity Sports Desk at KPRC 2 as we kick off this new week. Tom Brady is gone, but signal-caller Cam Newton has the Pats trending in the right direction, winning two in a row. The Patriots have a solid rushing attack which isn’t good for the Texans, who have been terrible against the run. High school footballThe high school football season continues this weekend. It’s a busy week of sports ahead here in H-Town.
Ridder, No. 7 Cincinnati roll over East Carolina, 55-17
Cincinnati wide receiver Michael Young Jr. holds the ball up as he scores a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. 7 Cincinnati rout East Carolina 55-17 on Friday night. In Cincinnati's three-point victory over East Carolina last year, the Pirates scored 43 points and piled up 638 yards. Ridder's 16-yard scramble on third-and-12 set up Jerome Ford's 24-yard touchdown run, and Tre Tucker's 45-yard touchdown reception highlighted a 28-point second quarter. BIG PICTURE:East Carolina: Linebackers Bruce Bevins and Dre Terry were ejected for targeting within about five minutes in the second quarter.
Texas A&M football postpones game against Tennessee after positive COVID-19 tests, SEC says
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and Tennesse has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests. SEC officials did not disclose how many players or staff members tested positive for the virus. Texas A&M released a statement saying a player and a student worker had tested positive Sunday after returning from a trip to South Carolina. Texas A&M announced that the postponed game will be rescheduled for Dec. 12. The College Station school also said the testing rate has increased to 8.1%.