Atlantic Coast RUMORS & NEWS

  • No fans in fall or stall college football until spring? Clemson polls supporters about season

    USA Today "As a college football fan, would you rather the season unfold this fall with no fans in attendance or kick off in the spring in front of fans? In an effort to help formulate its game plan, the Clemson Athletics Department would like to know. That question — framed as a..." July 11

  • Duke football coach David Cutcliffe favors playing only conference games in 2020

    ESPN "Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said he remains "very optimistic" there will be college football this season, but he doubts it will look much like a normal season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "It's going to be disrupted," Cutcliffe..." July 10

  • Howard one of seven finalists for highest-rated recruit in the Class of 2021

    College Football Talk "Here’s something you don’t see every recruiting cycle: Howard and a five-star prospect in the same story.  Yet, here we are. This week, touted 2021 defensive end Korey Foreman revealed the seven schools that are finalists for his talent.  And one of the..." July 10

  • UNC football pauses workouts after high number of positive COVID-19 tests among athletic teams

    The News & Observer "UNC-Chapel Hill announced an outbreak of COVID-19 among its athletic department on Wednesday that will halt the football team’s voluntary off-season workouts. In a press release, the school said it conducted 429 tests of athletes, coaches and staff and 37 tests came back..." July 09

  • Florida, NC State announce future home-and-home series

    College Football Talk "Florida and NC State have given us a bit of Power Five scheduling news on which to chew. Both the ACC and SEC programs announced Thursday that they have agreed to a future home-and-home series.  Florida will travel to Raleigh in 2026 to face NC State in the first of the two..." July 09

  • NC State football hires former ECU coach Ruffin McNeill

    The News & Observer "Already back in his home state for family reasons, Ruffin McNeill is returning to the state’s college football circles. On Tuesday, N.C. State announced that McNeill, the Lumberton native and former East Carolina University head coach, will be joining the staff as the special..." July 07

  • Former Mill Creek standout, Georgia Tech kicker Brenton King transfers to Liberty

    Gwinnett Daily Post "After spending the first three years of his college career kicking for Georgia Tech, former Mill Creek standout Brenton King is starting fresh. King announced he is headed to Liberty University via Twitter Wednesday morning and will make the switch as a graduate transfer after..." July 02

  • 5 college football transfers who will have a big impact in 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "The transfer portal has become an increasingly vital part of college sports in recent years. College football teams use transfers to become quick contenders, and in the case of some schools, remain contenders despite high-profile departures. Oklahoma has essentially made it standard practice to..." July 01

  • Five-star cornerback Tony Grimes commits to North Carolina

    247 Sports "North Carolina's offseason momentum on the recruiting trail continued in a big way on Tuesday following the commitment of five-star Tony Grimes (Virginia Beach, Va.), the top cornerback in the country in the 2021 class per the 247Sports Composite. Grimes, the No. 1 player in..." June 30

  • Louisiana lands 2020 TE who may have signed with Pitt in 2021

    College Football Talk "Louisiana football is not only killing it on the Power Five trail, but they’re adding to their 2020 recruiting class as well. It was expected that Rhett Guidry would spend a year at a prep school, then be a part of some FBS school’s Class of 2021.  If..." June 27

  • 14 more Clemson football players test positive for coronavirus

    The Score "Clemson announced Friday that 14 more players on the school's football team have tested positive for the coronavirus. That comes a week after 23 of Clemson's football players reportedly contracted the virus, bringing the total of football student-athletes with..." June 26

  • Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson to isolate from wife during season because of COVID-19 concerns

    SI "Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson is planning to isolate from his wife, Catherine, a cancer survivor, during the entire football season due to COVID-19. Clawson told ESPN that doctors said Catherine Clawson's reduced white blood cell count put her at a higher risk for..." June 26

  • Texas State adding a fourth Power Five transfer to its roster

    College Football Talk "Texas State has had a love-hate relationship with the football transfer portal these past few months.  When it comes to Power Five transfers, though, it’s been nothing but love. Very late last year, Arkansas offensive lineman Silas Robinson (HERE) and Oklahoma..." June 26

  • Starting Hurricanes OL Navaughn Donaldson plans to redshirt in 2020 to ‘focus on me’

    Miami Herald "Navaughn Donaldson has started nearly every game since he joined the Miami Hurricanes as a freshman in 2017. In 2020, the offensive lineman will take a different approach: Donaldson plans to redshirt. The senior announced the decision on Twitter. “After talking to..." June 25

  • Jeff Hafley discussed the state of BC football as the Eagles returned to campus

    Boston "Boston College football players returned to campus Monday and are currently in quarantine for up to 14 days. Student-athletes will be tested for COVID-19 “on or about day eight,” temperature checks will be conducted prior to entering facilities, and face..." June 25

  • Ex-Miami QB Jarren Williams transferring to junior college

    Miami Herald "Former University of Miami starting quarterback Jarren Williams has found a new home, per multiple reports. Williams is transferring to Garden City Community College in Kansas, as first reported late Sunday night by @JuCoFootballACE. Williams, who showed significant talent..." June 23

  • FSU running back Anthony Grant no longer with the team

    247 Sports "Redshirt sophomore running back Anthony Grant is no longer part of Florida State’s roster, a school official confirmed on Monday afternoon. The 5-foot-11, 197-pound back was not listed on’s official roster on Monday. The Buford,..." June 23

  • Louisville and NC State reschedule season opener

    CBS Sports "When Kentucky and Eastern Michigan rescheduled their Week 1 game because of the Kentucky Derby, it felt like the opener between Louisville and NC State wasn't far behind. Sure enough, the two ACC schools have rescheduled their Week 1 game because..." June 22

  • As Doak Campbell Stadium name comes under fire, FSU president says university will study issue

    USA Today "Florida State president John Thrasher has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Doak S. Campbell, the namesake for FSU's football stadium. Campbell's legacy has come under fire over the last few weeks. Campbell was a trailblazer in getting the stadium that went on to bear..." June 22

  • Clemson Amari Rodgers With Pointed Response To Question About Being On Campus Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Sportsnaut "There is plenty of concern about the safety of student-athletes as colleges around the nation try to get football back in time for this fall. The coronavirus pandemic isn’t going away, and many college football players are testing positive as the come back to campus this..." June 21

  • Virginia Tech Defensive End Jaevon Becton Enters Transfer Portal

    SI "Virginia Tech rising redshirt-sophomore defensive end Jaevon Becton entered the transfer portal on Thursday, according to Evan Watkins of 247Sports. Becton, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound edge rusher from Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach, was suspended in March for a violation of..." June 20

  • Ex-Florida player who created ‘Gator Bait’ chant wants school to reconsider ban

    Larry Brown Sports "The University of Florida announced this week that it will be doing away with one of its most popular chants at sporting events, and the former player who started the chant is not pleased with the decision. University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs said in a letter to the UF..." June 19

  • 23 Clemson Football Players Test Positive For COVID-19

    The Big Lead "On Friday, Clemson announced 28 student-athletes had tested positive for COVID-19, and The Athletic's Grace Raynor is reporting 23 of them are on the football team. You read that right, 23 Clemson football players have tested positive for coronavirus, an addition to two staff..." June 19

  • 5 Most Explosive Players In College Football Right Now

    Sportsnaut "One of the most valuable assets for any football team is an explosive weapon. A player with the ability to score from anywhere changes the dynamic of every play. They keep opponents on edge, even creating opportunities for their teammates when they don’t have the ball. When they..." June 19

  • 5 College Football Programs That Could Shock The World In 2020

    Sportsnaut "College football is often criticized for being dominated by a repeating cast of a few elite teams. However, especially once you look beyond the playoff-level programs, there are plenty of shocking stories every single season. Due to the nature of being a college sport, NCAA teams face..." June 16

  • How a rejuvenated Mack Brown is recruiting coaches and top prospects to North Carolina

    ESPN "Mack Brown knew it was time to step away. When he was head coach at Texas, the Longhorns went 13-1 in 2009, losing only to Alabama in the national championship game. That loss devastated him, and he dwelled on it endlessly. Rather than focusing on the 13 wins and celebrating..." June 15

  • Florida State players chant 'no justice, no peace' during unity walk

    The Score "More than three dozen Florida State football players led a unity walk Saturday in Tallahassee that began outside Doak Campbell Stadium and ended at Florida's Capitol. Players chanted, "No justice, no peace" during the walk, which was organized in part by junior..." June 14

  • Trevor Lawrence addresses crowd at Clemson during George Floyd rally

    CBS Sports "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was given the microphone on Saturday during a protest that he and a couple of his teammates helped organize on campus. The rally was set to follow the lead of others held around the country in remembrance of George Floyd, who was..." June 14

  • What Dabo Swinney told protesters during Black Lives Matter rally at Clemson

    USA Today "Dabo Swinney took action on Saturday after being mired in controversy amid international protests against racial injustice. The Clemson Tigers coach spoke to a Black Lives Matter rally at the university, and delivered a message against racism and police..." June 14

  • Brenton King enters transfer portal from Georgia Tech

    AJC "Former Georgia Tech kicker Brenton King has entered his name into the transfer portal, a source confirmed Thursday to the AJC. It was first reported by 247Sports. King is expected to graduate this summer and can transition to a new school as a grad transfer, enabling him to play..." June 13

  • Clemson Removing John C. Calhoun's Racist Name from Honors College Immediately

    TMZ "DeAndre Hopkins FOR THE WIN!! The University of Clemson's Board of Trustees voted Friday to remove John C. Calhoun's name from the Honors College immediately, citing his racist pro-slavery beliefs. Hopkins was a big part of the campaign to get..." June 12

  • Trevor Lawrence Sends Message To “Shut Up & Play” Crowd Amid Black Lives Matter Movement

    Total Pro Sports "The current national discourse around race and the Black Lives Matter movement has gotten more and more prominent athletes to stop being quiet and lend their voices after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis cops. Among the first was Clemson quarterback Trevor..." June 12

  • 2 Clemson Football Players Tested Positive For COVID-19

    The Spun "It’s been one of the most eventful offseason weeks in recent memory for the Clemson Tigers. But amidst all of the controversies, the fact that COVID-19 is still a persistent has faded from the headlines. Until today. According to Larry Williams of, three..." June 12

  • New 'Bachelor' Matt James played wide receiver for Wake Forest Deamon Deacons

    USA Today "Matt James spent his college days catching passes as a wide receiver for the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons.  The post-grad years have focused more on finding love on the small screen.    " June 12

  • Syracuse’s Dino Babers speaks out against police brutality, systemic racism: ‘I am angry. I am hurting’ "Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers released a statement on Wednesday morning regarding systemic racism and police brutality. Babers, one of 14 African-American head coaches in FBS football, commented publicly for the first time since George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis..." June 11

  • Clemson players support Dabo Swinney

    The Score "Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has defended both his own conduct and that of his top assistant in recent days. Now, some of his players are voicing support for their coach. Swinney recently addressed assistant Danny Pearman's use of a racial slur in 2017, and he..." June 11

  • Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, teammates to lead protest

    ESPN "Four Clemson football players, including star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, are set to lead a protest march on campus Saturday, following in the footsteps of other demonstrations around the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Lawrence helped set the stage..." June 10

  • DeAndre Hopkins: Dabo Swinney 'has never been a racist'

    Sportsnaut "Former Clemson star receiver DeAndre Hopkins rushed to the defense of his former coach, Dabo Swinney, amid allegations of racism. On Wednesday, Hopkins tweeted a message of support toward Swinney Seemingly out of the blue, Hopkins shared the following message, defending the..." June 10

  • Michael Irvin II announces FAU as transfer destination after leaving Miami

    Sun Sentinel "Former Miami Hurricanes tight end Michael Irvin II will be staying in South Florida for his redshirt senior season. Irvin, the son of the UM legend and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver by the same name, announced on Monday night that Florida Atlantic will be his transfer destination..." June 09

  • Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins urge Clemson to stop honoring slavery advocate John Calhoun

    Pro Football Talk "Two of the NFL’s biggest stars are telling their alma mater to get a symbol of slavery off campus. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who both played at Clemson, want the school to stop honoring former Vice President..." June 09

  • Clemson coach Dabo Swinney breaks silence on assistant coach

    The Post and Courier "After nearly a week of silence since an assistant coach apologized for using a racial slur in a football practice in 2017, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney addressed the issue and other matters in a videotaped message released Monday night. Swinney said he would have fired assistant..." June 08

  • DeAndre Hopkins to Clemson, Remove Slave Owner's Name from Honors College

    TMZ "DeAndre Hopkins is putting serious pressure on his alma mater -- demanding Clemson remove the name of an infamous pro-slavery politician from its honors college ... RIGHT NOW!!! The NFL star -- who played at Clemson from 2010 to 2012 -- says it's always made him sick to his..." June 08

  • Dabo Swinney's silence on racial slur draws criticism

    USA Today "Speaking Saturday at a demonstration against racial injustice in downtown Greenville, former Clemson football player Shaquille Anthony said he is "disappointed" coach Dabo Swinney has failed to speak out about an assistant's coach's use of a racial slur..." June 07

  • Clemson players defend Dabo Swinney over shirt, alleged locker room remarks

    Larry Brown Sports "Dabo Swinney is the latest college football coach to come under fire for allegedly using racist language toward his team, but at least one former Clemson player and one current Tigers star are defending Swinney against the criticism. Former Clemson player Haamid Williams said in..." June 07

  • Clemson outlasts Ohio State to land four-star WR Troy Stellato

    247 Sports "One of the nation's most coveted slot wide receivers, four-star Troy Stellato, committed to Clemson over Ohio State on Friday afternoon.  Ohio State emerged early in his recruitment before Clemson surged and never..." June 05

  • Florida State football players threaten workout boycott in response to Mike Norvell statement

    ESPN "Florida State star defensive lineman Marvin Wilson disputed that new Seminoles coach Mike Norvell reached out to players individually to discuss last week's death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Wilson said he and his teammates would not be working out until further..." June 04

  • Marvin Wilson: Florida State moving on after dispute over Mike Norvell's claims about one-on-one talks

    CBS Sports "Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, a team captain in 2019 and one of the Seminoles' best players, stated late Wednesday night that coach Mike Norvell lied in a statement to Tashan Reed of The Athletic when the coach claimed he had one-on-one conversations with..." June 04

  • Miami gets re-commitment from four-star WR Jacolby George

    CBS Sports "Miami (FL) received a verbal commitment on Wednesday from a top 247 player in wide receiver Jacolby George. Such a commitment is notable on its own, but this marks the second time in nearly a year that George has given a non-binding pledge to the Hurricanes for the 2021 recruiting..." June 03

  • Legendary Tennessee, Pittsburgh football coach Johnny Majors dies at age 85

    Saturday Down South "Sad news to share from Knoxville as legendary Tennessee player and coach Johnny Majors has passed away at the age of 85. Majors was a star player for Tennessee between 1954 and 1956, where he earned All-American honors and finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up during his senior..." June 03

  • Clemson assistant Danny Pearman apologizes for former incident

    247 Sports "On Tuesday afternoon, it came to light that Clemson football assistant coach Danny Pearman used a racial slur at practice three years ago.  In response, Pearman issued a public statement late Tuesday night:  “Three years ago on the practice field, I..." June 03

  • As former Clemson player calls out Dabo Swinney, now is time for open race discussions

    USA Today "Now is the time to get it out in the open, college football players. Get it all out. Every racially insensitive incident that was swept under the rug, every coach who didn’t have your back when words and actions crossed the line that should never be crossed. Let’s hear..." June 03

  • Shaq Lawson not surprised about Danny Pearman situation

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Clemson defensive lineman Shaq Lawson says he always was suspicious of Tigers assistant coach Danny Pearman. Pearman on Tuesday apologized after a former Tigers player outed him for using the N-word during a 2017 practice. The former Clemson walk-on who publicized the..." June 03

  • Temple's Pat Kraft agrees to become new athletic director at Boston College

    Yahoo! Sports "Temple athletic director Pat Kraft has agreed to become the new athletic director at Boston College, sources told Yahoo Sports. He’s agreed to a five-year contract with the school, sources said. Kraft will replace Martin Jarmond, who left Boston College for UCLA nearly..." June 03

  • Ex-Clemson Player Calls Out Dabo Swinney For Allowing Asst. Coach To Use N-Word

    Total Pro Sports "On Monday, Dabo Swinney held a press conference to speak on what was going on in the United States after the tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis cops. “We are all hurting for the Floyd family, and our country. I can speak for our entire staff and team in..." June 02

  • Louisville football players and other athletes return to campus after 14-day home quarantine

    ESPN "After being asked to quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to campus, Louisville student-athletes were welcomed back and underwent drive-up coronavirus testing at Cardinal Stadium on Tuesday. More than 120 student-athletes, coaches and staff were tested, as small groups of..." June 02

  • Clemson star Justyn Ross out for season with congenital fusion

    The Score "Clemson receiver Justyn Ross is out for the 2020 season due to a congenital fusion in his neck, head coach Dabo Swinney told reporters Monday, including Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. Ross will undergo surgery Friday. He missed spring practices in March with what was reported at..." June 01

  • Clemson's Dabo Swinney: We have to accept challenge to make change

    ESPN "Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he has spent the past few days "listening" rather than releasing a statement about the numerous protests against police violence going on around the country, but on Monday he offered his thoughts on the issue during a teleconference with..." June 01

  • No. 1 Clemson again the team to beat in 2020 behind Trevor Lawrence, loaded offense

    CBS Sports "With a handful of teams starting the year with claim as "best in the country," Clemson actually begins as the No. 1 team in our Preseason CBS Sports 130 rankings. And it's certainly no surprise to see the Tigers take the No. 1 spot. There's a worthy discussion for..." May 29

  • Travis Etienne put on weight last spring binging on Popeyes chicken

    Larry Brown Sports "Travis Etienne has been one of the best running backs in college football over the past two seasons, and the Clemson star is hoping to be even better in 2020. One of the ways he is planning to be at his absolute best this year is by laying off the Popeyes. Etienne rushed for 1,614..." May 29

  • Clemson Fans Will Love CJ Spiller Breaking Down Travis Etienne's Game and Pro Prospects

    12 Up "Clemson running back Travis Etienne surprised a lot of fans when he chose to return to school for his senior season. It's likely that the 21-year-old stud would have waited a while to hear his name called, so a notable final campaign in Death Valley could propel him to a first-round..." May 29

  • Clemson star QB Trevor Lawrence weighs in on controversy surrounding George Floyd's death

    Fox Carolina "Clemson's Trevor Lawrence has took to social media to weigh in on the controversy surround George Floyd's death.  There has to be a shift in the way of thinking. Rational must outweigh irrational. Justice must outweigh injustice. Love must outweigh hate. If..." May 29

  • Clemson football, basketball to resume on-campus voluntary workouts June 8

    CBS Sports "Clemson is hoping to get back to the top of the college football world during the 2020 season behind star quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne. We now know when the two Tigers stars, along with the rest of the football as well as the men's and..." May 26

  • Miami HS Coach Max Edwards Suspended; Allegedly Held Practices During Pandemic

    Bleacher Report "A high school football coach overseeing one of the top programs in Florida has been suspended for allegedly hosting practices during the coronavirus pandemic. " May 23

  • Father of BC DT Ryan Betro leaves hospital after 50-day battle with COVID-19

    Larry Brown Sports "Boston College’s football team’s Twitter account shared a great video on Thursday. Dicky Betro, the father of defensive tackle Ryan Betro spent 50 days battling COVID-19, according to his son. Betro shared on Twitter that his father overcame pneumonia, kidney failure and..." May 22

  • These Duke doctors are working with NFL, Big 12 to mitigate coronavirus spread among teams

    USA Today "In the more than two months since the suspension of all NBA activities ushered in an unprecedented era without sports, professional leagues and the NCAA have turned from preventative health measures to evaluating when, where and under what conditions teams could safely return to..." May 21

  • Former FSU offensive lineman Jauan Williams arrested on battery charges

    Tallahassee Democrat "Former Florida State offensive lineman Jauan Williams was arrested Wednesday on two counts of battery against his girlfriend during his time with the Seminoles. Williams was booked into the Leon County Jail Wednesday on the two alleged counts, which both originate from May of 2018..." May 21

  • Clemson star WR Justyn Ross to undergo shoulder surgery to relieve 'lingering' stinger symptoms

    CBS Sports "Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will undergo surgery on his shoulder in June, according to a report from The State. Clemson was able to begin its spring practice in March before schools nationwide were forced to shut things down amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Ross..." May 21

  • Bubba Chandler makes jump from Georgia baseball to Clemson QB sans in-person visit

    ESPN "Clemson added a quarterback commitment Wednesday from a player who, nearly two weeks ago, was committed to Georgia to play baseball and didn't have any FBS scholarship offers. Bubba Chandler, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect from Bogart, Georgia, loved football but figured his..." May 20

  • Former Ohio State WR Jaelen Gill to transfer to Boston College

    USA Today "Former Ohio State wide receiver Jaelen Gill will transfer to Boston College, he announced Tuesday on Twitter. The Golden Eagles are coached by Jeff Hafley, who was the Buckeyes’ defensive co-coordinator in 2019. Gill was a four-star recruit in 2018 after a standout..." May 19

  • Former 4-Star Recruit Medically Disqualified From CFB Program

    The Spun "A former four-star offensive lineman has reportedly been medically disqualified at his college football program. According to a report from 247Sports, Florida State ruled former four-star offensive lineman Christian Meadows ineligible. The ruling comes after the former top recruit..." May 18

  • Georgia Southern announces signing of Duke transfer DB Javon Jackson

    College Football Talk "After a couple of losses to the transfer portal, Georgia Southern football was picked up a win. And a Power Five “W” at that. Way back in early December of last year, Javon Jackson (pictured, flying through the air) opted to transfer from Duke.  Five..." May 16

  • Former FSU punter Logan Tyler to transfer

    Tomahawk Nation "Former FSU punter Logan Tyler will transfer to Arizona State, per his tweet: I will forever be grateful to everyone who has made my time at Florida State University as special as it has been. Thank you Nole Nation for everything. I’m blessed to be able..." May 15

  • Dabo Swinney's TikTok Debut Is Cringeworthy

    The Big Lead "Dabo Swinney joined TikTok on Friday and good lord I wish he hadn't. I was just forced to watch the Clemson coach's debut on the platform and it made me want to throw my computer off the roof. Watch at your own peril: " May 15

  • Illini land Louisville transfer safety TreSean Smith

    247 Sports "The news: Illinois continued its transfer roll on Thursday with a commitment from Louisville graduate transfer safety TreSean Smith. A redshirt junior with two years of eligibility remaining, Smith totaled 70 tackles during his first two seasons at Louisville, but the 6-foot-1,..." May 15