American Athletic RUMORS & NEWS

  • Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush Announces Transfer Decision

    The Spun "Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush has announced his graduate transfer decision. Wimbush, who had interest from several major programs, will be heading to UCF for the 2019 season. “The journey continues on,” Wimbush wrote on IG. “A sincere thank you to..." January 15

  • Temple hires Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey to replace short-tenured Manny Diaz

    Philly.com "First there was the Groundhog Day joke from Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft. Yes, Temple has been in this situation, it seems a lot lately, but in the theme to introduce new football coach Rod Carey, one thing clearly stood out: There might not be another coaching news..." January 12

  • Three-star QB Levi Williams will not join Cougars after all

    Houston Chronicle "Levi Williams, a member of the University of Houston’s football class during the early signing period, announced Thursday he will not join the Cougars. Williams, a three-star pro-style quarterback from Smithson Valley who was recruited by former UH coach Major Applewhite..." January 11

  • Dana Holgorsen will reportedly leave West Virginia to take over as Houston coach

    SB Nation "West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is expected to leave the Mountaineers for the same job at Houston, sources told SB Nation. A finalized agreement and official announcement are expected as early as New Year’s Day 1. Holgorsen and UH have an agreement in place on a..." January 01

  • Manny Diaz returning to Miami after less than three weeks as Temple head coach

    Philly.com "Temple needs a head football coach again. Manny Diaz, who was hired on Dec. 12 to replace Geoff Collins as Owls coach, now must be replaced. The Associated Press reported late Sunday that Diaz has been hired as the head coach of Miami, the team he left for Temple after serving the..." December 31

  • Houston announces they have fired Major Applewhite

    Larry Brown Sports "Major Applewhite is officially out as the head football coach at Houston after just two seasons. Houston announced on Sunday that Applewhite has been relieved of his duties. Applewhite went 15-11 in two seasons with Houston, and an embarrassing 70-14 loss to Army in the..." December 30

  • Kliff Kingsbury a top candidate to be next Houston head coach

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston officially announced on Sunday that head football coach Major Applewhite has been fired after two seasons with the team, and the school appears to be intent on making a big splash to replace him. Brett McMurphy of Stadium reports that two of the leading candidates to replace..." December 30

  • Major Applewhite Reportedly to Be Fired by Houston After 2 Seasons

    Bleacher Report "The Houston Cougars intend to fire head coach Major Applewhite, SB Nation's Steven Godfrey reported Saturday. Stadium's Brett McMurphy spoke to a source who said everything "is still being evaluated," but The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reported..." December 29

  • Houston considering run at Dana Holgorsen

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Cougars are dissatisfied with Major Applewhite and considering a head coaching change, and they have an eye on Dana Holgorsen, according to a report. Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett reported on Saturday that Houston boosters are considering all options after the..." December 29

  • UCF not ruling out McKenzie Milton playing in 2019

    Sportsnaut "When UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton went down with a gruesome knee injury, many feared his football career would be in jeopardy. Now UCF isn’t ruling out the chance he could return to the field in 2019. UCF quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby spoke to reporters recently about..." December 29

  • LSU LB Devin White says UCF's 'embarrassing' 2017 title claim is 'media stunt'

    Sporting News "Add a little more drama to Tuesday's Fiesta Bowl matchup between No. 8 UCF (12-0) and No. 11 LSU (9-3). LSU linebacker Devin White was asked on Saturday if he'd seen teammates' quotes that UCF would try to win a second consecutive national title against the..." December 29

  • Kendal Briles resigns from UH

    Houston Chronicle "University of Houston associate head coach/offensive coordinator resigned Saturday night and is expected to take a similar position at Florida State, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Briles' departure comes less than a month after he agreed to a three-year deal worth..." December 23

  • Florida State expected to hire ex-Houston OC Kendal Briles

    Tampa Bay Times "In a move that's sure to draw controversy, Florida State is expected to hire Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles to that same position. Briles' resignation at Houston was announced following the Cougars'  70-14 loss to Army Saturday in the Armed..." December 23

  • Charlie Strong expected to dismiss 11 players, up to four assistant coaches

    Sportsnaut "Charlie Strong is purging his program at South Florida, reportedly set to dismiss 11 of his players and up to four assistant coaches heading into 2019, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Joey Knight. Following his team’s loss to Marshall in the Bad Boy Mowers..." December 22

  • UCF AD Danny White says school is 'moving on' from negotiations with Florida for series

    CBS Sports "UCF's strength of schedule -- or lack thereof -- has been one of the primary reasons that the Knights were never seriously considered for spots in the last two editions of the College Football Playoff, despite unblemished records in both seasons. Knights athletic director Danny White..." December 21

  • McKenzie Milton has 4th leg surgery, will travel with UCF to Fiesta Bowl

    ESPN "UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton plans to travel to the Fiesta Bowl with his teammates as he continues to make good progress from a devastating leg injury he suffered last month. His mother, Teresa, tweeted that Milton underwent an ultrasound that was "music to our hearts"..." December 14

  • Memphis' Darrell Henderson leaving early for NFL draft

    ESPN "All-American running back Darrell Henderson says he's leaving Memphis after his junior season for the NFL draft. Henderson shared his decision Wednesday on Twitter, saying he will be forever grateful for Memphis giving him his opportunity to chase his NFL dream. It is unclear if..." December 12

  • Temple to hire Manny Diaz as head coach

    Larry Brown Sports "The Temple Owls have zeroed in on their next head football coach, according to a report. Both Yahoo’s Pete Thamel and Football Scoop reported on Wednesday that Manny Diaz will be the next head coach at Temple. Diaz, 44, is currently the defensive coordinator at Miami...." December 12

  • Mike Norvell staying at Memphis

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "With one tweet, Mike Norvell ended speculation on his future by announcing he will stay as Memphis' football coach for a fourth season. On Monday, after wishing defensive coordinator Chris Ball the best as Ball accepted a job to become Northern Arizona's..." December 11

  • Florida athletic director open to idea of scheduling 2-for-1 football series with UCF

    CBS Sports "Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin is open to the idea of playing UCF during the regular season, but there's a catch. While speaking at a Peach Bowl event on Friday, Stricklin said Florida would be open to a series against the Knights, but it would have to be a 2-for-1 series that..." December 09

  • Darrell Henderson misses practice, could skip Memphis’ bowl game

    Sportsnaut "As the Memphis Tigers prepare for their Birmingham Bowl matchup against Wake Forest star running back Darrell Henderson skipped practice on Saturday as he mulls his future with the team. Henderson, who ranks second in the nation with 1,909 rushing yards, is contemplating his future..." December 08

  • UCF signs Josh Heupel to contract extension through 2023 season

    Sporting News "Central Florida head coach Josh Heupel has been rewarded for the Knights' perfect 12-0 regular season with a contract extension, the university announced Friday. Heupel's new deal goes through the 2023 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I am..." December 08

  • Report: Temple's Collins emerges as top candidate for Georgia Tech job

    The Score "Temple's Geoff Collins has emerged as the top candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy at Georgia Tech, a source told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. A deal could be consummated as early as Thursday night, Thamel adds. Collins is in his second year at Temple and has..." December 06

  • President Donald Trump to become 10th sitting president to attend Army vs. Navy game

    CBS Sports "President Donald Trump will be doing something that only nine other sitting presidents have done: attend the famous Army vs. Navy game in Philadelphia on Saturday. Of 119 meetings, 20 of them have been attended by a president. Trump has gone to the game before -- he attended..." December 05

  • Texas A&M OL commit Adrian Medley flips to UCF

    Dallas Morning News "Texas A&M has lost another recruit. This time around, three-star Pensacola (Fla.) offensive lineman Adrian Medley flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to UCF. Medley originally committed to Texas A&M over the summer. He is the second recruit to decommit over the..." December 05

  • UCF QB McKenzie Milton discharged from hospital

    Larry Brown Sports "UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has been discharged from the hospital and recovering well, according to his mother. In a statement, Milton’s mother said the quarterback will need reconstructive surgery in 4-6 weeks after his gruesome leg injury, but doctors are encouraged by his..." December 01

  • ECU coaching target Mike Houston has Charlotte offer rescinded

    247 Sports "Another domino has fallen in the search for East Carolina's next head coach. Hours after the Pirates fired Scottie Montgomery on Thursday, James Madison head coach Mike Houston emerged as a top candidate to replace him, according to multiple reports. Houston, who's compiled a..." November 30

  • Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver skipping bowl game

    Pro Football Talk "Ed Oliver’s going to have to buy his own coat for bowl season. He should be able to afford it. The Houston defensive tackle just announced on social media that he would not play in whatever bowl game the Cougars end up in. It’s a no-brainer of a..." November 30

  • Josh Heupel: UCF QB McKenzie Milton a fighter, recovering smoothly from injury

    Orlando Sentinel "UCF coach Josh Heupel said quarterback McKenzie Milton’s spirits are positive as he continues to deal with a catastrophic knee injury he suffered Friday during the Knights’ win over rival USF. “The first thing he asked about before I even got up there..." November 27

  • UCF's McKenzie Milton Has Blood Flow Restored to Leg After Gruesome Injury

    TMZ "UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton won't lose his leg after suffering a devastating knee injury last week ... his family announced Tuesday. Milton dislocated his right knee after taking a vicious shot in a game against USF last Friday ... and there was some worry that the..." November 27

  • UCF QB McKenzie Milton carted off field after suffering serious leg injury against South Florida

    Sporting News "Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a scary leg injury in the Knights' 38-10 win over South Florida on Friday. In the second quarter, Milton attempted to run for a first down when a Bulls defender dove at his legs to take him down before reaching the..." November 24

  • UCF's Milton has surgery after ugly injury

    247 Sports "The outlook for UCF quarterback and Heisman candidate McKenzie Milton does not look good following Saturday's horrific lower leg injury suffered vs. USF. Milton's injury occurred early in the second quarter of Saturday's win after he rolled right toward the USF sideline on..." November 24

  • More drama in Houston as Ed Oliver ruled out for undisclosed reason

    Sportsnaut "The drama between potential top-five NFL draft pick Ed Oliver and Houston head coach Major Applewhite hit a new peak on Friday. Oliver was ruled out of the second half against Memphis, but he’s not hurt. Instead, the defensive lineman was seen standing on the sideline, with his..." November 23

  • Potential top-five pick Ed Oliver seen as ‘high-maintenance’

    Sportsnaut "Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver is one of the players who’s been talked about the past year or so as a potential top-five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.   A dynamic interior lineman, he’s certainly worthy of that kind of consideration from a talent..." November 19

  • Ed Oliver, Houston coach Major Applewhite issue statements regarding jacket altercation

    CBS Sports "Houston star defensive lineman Ed Oliver missed his fourth straight game Thursday night, a win over Tulane. In the first half of that game, coach Major Applewhite told Oliver to take off a black jacket that was reserved for players who were dressed out to play. The two then got into a shouting..." November 17

  • Houston star DT Ed Oliver in heated incident with coach Major Applewhite

    ESPN "All-American defensive tackle Ed Oliver got into a heated discussion with Houston coach Major Applewhite just before halftime of the Cougars' 48-17 win over Tulane on Thursday night. Applewhite approached Oliver, who has missed four..." November 16

  • UCF QB McKenzie Milton: 'We're better' than No. 3 Notre Dame

    Yahoo! Sports "McKenzie Milton has a trait that every great quarterback needs. Confidence. Confidence can sometimes lead people to say and do things that only they believe are true or possible. That may be the case with Milton’s thoughts on Notre Dame. Central Florida’s star..." November 16