Pete Thamel

Pete Thamel


National College football and basketball reporter for Yahoo Sports. Tips to TipThamel@gmail.com

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Southern Miss just kicked off against La Tech. It's the debut of Scotty Walden, who is the youngest (30) and lowest paid ($110,000) coach in the country. Covered this last week in @YahooSports  takeaways.

Miami develops an identity through three collective comebacks. The Baylor offense sputters at Tulsa and Cuse. La Tech's miracle. Jeff Hafley's Gatorade bath. Can Cincinnati (or UCF) crash the CFP? The Big 12's dive. All the @YahooSports  Takeaways:

Interesting observation by UC coach Luke Fickell: “I think I may have over-evaluated not having spring and not having fans. Our kids, I don’t think they were impacted by it at all. I was making a bigger deal of it than they did. I give them credit. Shows great maturity.”

Fickell said he was looking for body language and things on the sideline. He was surprised at how little impact no fans had. “They were more grateful to play and excited to play. I overanalyzed some of the things that may have been issues.”

You could see Manny Diaz’s mischievous smile under his mask after that 56-yard field goal rocketed through the uprights. Miami up 20-6 at Louisville.

Miami TE Brevin Jordan brings a bit of that ole Miami swagger. He not-so-subtly declared of Miami's offense: "Ya’ll have no clue. Ya’ll have no clue. This is just the beginning."

Why have the offenses at places like Tulsa and Syracuse gone up in smoke? “The tempo thing is really overrated. People are used to it, now. If you don’t have really elite players, just going fast anymore doesn’t cause the issues that it once did."

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Source: The Big 12 Presidents are wrapping up their call. The league is going to continue to pursue playing this season. A schedule, which was already prepared, will be released in the near future. This confirms what our @Rivals  friends at @SoonerScoop  reported.

Sources: Big Ten is announcing that the fall is cancelled. League will attempt to play in the spring.

Sources: The Big Ten is coming back and will begin the weekend of Oct. 24. It'll include daily, rapid testing as a fixture of the plan. A statement from the league is imminent.

Sources tell that the breadth and depth of material in discovery in the Basketball corruption cases will alter the sport of college basketball. Hall of Fame coaches, Lottery picks and top programs are all exposed to significant sanctions.

Sources: The NCAA Division I Council voted to approve voluntary athletic activities in football, MBB and WBB to start June 1st and go through June 30th. There had been a moratorium on that through May 31st. Other sports will be acted on on a later date.

Sources: Baylor coach Matt Rhule finalizing a deal to become next coach of the Carolina Panthers.

Source: Big Ten presidents are meeting today. All options are on the table. There's some presidential momentum for canceling the fall football season. It's unknown if there's enough support to make that decision today.

Just got a text from a Big Ten spokesman. "No vote has been held by our presidents and chancellors." Hence, the Big Ten watch continues.

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