American Athletic RUMORS & NEWS

  • Army player violently headbutts his own coach

    Saturday Down South "Army gave Cincinnati a tough game on Saturday, and the Black Knights were fired up about it, especially one lineman. Coming off the field during a timeout, the lineman launched into an assistant coach on the sideline, and it appeared to knock the coach a little woozy. It was unclear..." September 26

  • South Florida pauses on-field activities "The University of South Florida is pausing all on-field football activities after learning of a coronavirus outbreak among a recent opponent's team and subsequently reviewing video from last Saturday's game during contact tracing. On Tuesday, USF Football confirmed it was..." September 23

  • South Florida at FAU football game postponed

    CBS Sports "FAU and South Florida announced Wednesday that their game scheduled for Saturday will be postponed "due to issues involving the novel coronavirus." The game is the 21st FBS contest to be postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, joining Notre Dame-Wake Forest and..." September 23

  • Houston-North Texas Game Canceled

    UH Cougars "The scheduled Sept. 26 matchup between Houston and North Texas has been canceled, both schools announced Wednesday.   "We understand this COVID-related decision North Texas has made to not play Saturday's game and appreciate the consistent dialogue with our program..." September 23

  • Baylor AD Mack Rhoades 'disappointed' in Houston coach Dana Holgorsen's 'chirping'

    ESPN "Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades on Tuesday took exception to the tone of recent comments made by Houston football coach Dana Holgorsen in the aftermath of the two teams' postponed game, which was to be played on Sept. 19. Rhoades, in an appearance on SicEm365..." September 22

  • Twitter reacts to Navy’s epic comeback win over Tulane

    Sportsnaut "Navy entered Saturday’s game against Tulane as a near-touchdown underdog. Ken Niumatalolo’s squad was coming off a 55-3 blowout loss in its opener against BYU. Things did not start too well for the Midshipmen.  " September 19

  • No. 12 Oklahoma State needs magic from third-string quarterback Shane Illingworth to survive Tulsa

    USA Today "No. 12 Oklahoma State got a boost from third-string, true freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth to survive an upset bid from Tulsa, 16-7, on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.  Here are five takeaways the Cowboys’ up-and-down escape: Third-stringer saves the..." September 19

  • Baylor-Houston game postponed

    The Score "Saturday's game between Baylor and Houston has been postponed, a source told Bruce Feldman of The Athletic. The decision to delay the contest is due to positive COVID-19 tests for Baylor, reports Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, citing..." September 18

  • Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo apologizes for blaming Pentagon for Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy decision

    Capital Gazette "Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo apologized for blaming Pentagon officials for the fact there will be a Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series in 2020. Niumatalolo maintained his stance that moving forward with the round-robin service academy series under the current..." September 15

  • Memphis pauses football activities due to COVID-19 outbreak on team

    The Score "The University of Memphis announced Friday it is pausing all football activities after "a number of individuals connected with the Tigers' football program" tested positive for COVID-19. The school's athletics department said the majority of cases are..." September 12

  • Memphis-Houston college football game in jeopardy due to Tigers' COVID-19 outbreak

    USA Today "Memphis' Sept. 18 game against Houston is in jeopardy of being postponed or canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Tigers' football program, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told the Commercial Appeal on Friday. The person requested anonymity..." September 11

  • Navy football returns to full-contact practice after blowout loss to BYU

    ESPN "After a demoralizing 55-3 loss to BYU on Monday, Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo blamed the listless performance on himself, having decided against significant contact during fall camp out of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. On Wednesday,..." September 10

  • Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa game postponed a week after COVID-19 cases disrupt Golden Hurricane practices

    CBS Sports "The scheduled Sept. 12 game between Oklahoma State and Tulsa has been pushed back a week due to disruptions in preseason practice caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The game will instead be played the following week in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sept. 19, per a..." September 08

  • Temple-Navy game postponed from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10

    Baltimore Sun "Temple coach Rod Carey told reporters last week his team needed more time to prepare for its season opener against Navy, noting his team would not be adequately prepared to play in late September because of practice limitations caused by the coronavirus. Carey’s wish was granted..." September 08

  • TCU-SMU postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

    The Score "TCU's regular-season opener against SMU on Sept. 11 has been postponed after players and support staff for the Horned Frogs tested positive for COVID-19, school athletic director Jeremiah Donati announced Friday. " September 04

  • 10 UCF players opt out of 2020 season

    The Score "UCF head coach Josh Heupel announced Tuesday that 10 Knights players are opting out of the 2020 college football season due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. The opt-outs include two starters in cornerback Tay..." September 01

  • Memphis star RB Kenneth Gainwell opts out of the 2020 season to focus on 2021 NFL Draft

    CBS Sports "The Memphis offense will be without one of its most potent weapons in 2020 as running back Kenneth Gainwell is the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season, according to 247Sports. It is not known whether the COVID-19 pandemic factored into his decision..." August 30

  • East Carolina-Marshall football game postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

    USA Today "Another college football game is off the Sept. 12 schedule due to COVID-19 concerns, another sign of trouble for schools hoping to complete a fall season. East Carolina’s home opener against Marshall has been postponed, ECU announced Thursday. A make-up date has not been..." August 27

  • Cincinnati extends Luke Fickell through 2026

    The Score "Cincinnati approved a four-year contract extension for head coach Luke Fickell that runs through the 2026 season, according to Justin Williams of The Athletic. The deal was reportedly outlined in February and will pay Fickell $3.4 million per year, a $1-million raise from..." August 25

  • Tulsa pauses football practices after eight Golden Hurricane players test positive for COVID-19

    Fox 23 "Football practice at the University of Tulsa is “paused” after eight players tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced Monday. TU says the players who tested positive were quarantined until they can be medically cleared to resume normal..." August 18

  • Tulane searching for opening football opponent with Southeastern Louisiana unavailable

    Nola "The Tulane football team is searching for an opening-weekend opponent after the Southland Conference postponed all of its fall sports on Thursday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nixing the Green Wave’s Sept. 3 home game against Southeastern Louisiana. Still, the cancellation of a..." August 13

  • Hall of Fame football coach Bill Yeoman, innovator of veer formation, dies at 92

    ESPN "Bill Yeoman, a standout lineman and teammate of Heisman Trophy winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis at Army, who would go on to shepherd the University of Houston into the top tier of college football as the Cougars' coach for 25 years, died Wednesday at age..." August 13

  • Houston Cougars Lineman Reveals 'Heart Complications' After COVID Battle

    TMZ "Houston Cougars lineman Sedrick Williams says he's experienced "complications with my heart" after battling COVID back in July ... and now he's opting out of the 2020 season. The 6'3", 302-pound defensive lineman -- a junior transfer from Kilgore..." August 10

  • UCF star QB McKenzie Milton makes incredible recovery after devastating leg injury

    Sportsnaut "When UCF Knights quarterback McKenzie Milton was carted off the field with a devastating leg injury in 2018, many feared his career was over and his life might be altered. Nearly two months removed from the gruesome injury, Milton’s recovery is simply..." August 05

  • UConn cancels 2020 football season amid coronavirus concerns

    Hartford Courant "The UConn football team canceled its 2020 season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS school in the country to do so, due to concerns involving the coronavirus. UConn has seen its schedule erode in recent weeks due to Power Five teams adopting a conference-only plan for their own..." August 05

  • Missouri Transfer Running Back Anthony Watkins Joins Tulsa Football Team " The University of Tulsa added Missouri transfer Anthony Watkins to its roster today, the school announced. The 6'0" running back comes to Tulsa following his true freshman season with the Tigers.   Watkins redshirted the 2019 season at Missouri but..." August 03