NCAA - Football Wiretap

Jim Harbaugh Doesn't Have Reps To Be In Contract With NFL Teams

Dec 28, 2018 10:45 AM

Jim Harbaugh has been linked with the New York Jets' anticipated head coaching vacancy as he completes his fourth season at Michigan.

Harbaugh was asked whether he or his representatives have been contacted by any NFL teams.

“I don’t really have any representatives,” Harbaugh said.

Michigan plays on Saturday in Atlanta against Florida in the Peach Bowl.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Lincoln Riley Not Interested In NFL At This Time

Dec 27, 2018 3:57 PM

Lincoln Riley is not currently interested in leaving Oklahoma for the NFL.

A number of NFL teams have interest in Riley.

“I can’t tell you how I’m gonna feel in 10 years, but no, not right now,” said Riley, when asked about his interest in coaching in the NFL. “If I wasn’t at one of the elite programs in the country, maybe, but no, I’m very happy where I’m at right now.

“If it was 20, 30 years ago, where there were some major differences, maybe. … The way the college game has evolved, financially it’s a lot better situation now when you compare it to NFL teams. We’re at a place where we’re happy, and we don’t take that for granted. I love coaching at Oklahoma, love coaching college football.”

Howie Kussoy/New York Post

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Kyler Murray Won't Rule Out Future In NFL

Dec 27, 2018 2:05 PM

Kyler Murray hasn't changed his thought process this season in choosing the MLB over the NFL.

"Nothing has changed," he said. "I haven't put any energy into worrying about it or anything like that. All I can do is go out and play on Saturday and let my play speak for itself."

Murray signed a $4.66 million contract to play baseball for the Oakland A's this summer, but he hasn't completely ruled out the possibility of playing in the NFL.

"It's never bad to have options," Murray said Thursday, "but right now my main focus is this game."

Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He has rushed for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"Obviously it wasn't in the air, but I've always felt I could play in the NFL," he said. "I'm a confident guy. There's not a lot of short quarterbacks in the league, but I think there's more guys paving the way for the transition of not really caring about how big you are, how tall you are. I've played this game my whole life and I've always felt I could do it."

Alex Scarborough/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Justin Herbert Staying At Oregon For Senior Season

Dec 26, 2018 3:21 PM

Justin Herbert has announced he will return to Oregon for his senior season.

ESPN's Mel Kiper had Herbert ranked as the sixth overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft class while Todd McShay had him at No. 20.

Herbert will have a chance to throw passes to his brother next season. Patrick Herbert, a tight end prospect, committed to Oregon in May and signed his letter of intent last week.


Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Todd McShay/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Draft, Draft Misc, IQ, NCAA

Jim Harbaugh Reiterates He Won't Leave Michigan For NFL Return

Dec 9, 2018 3:31 PM

Jim Harbaugh reiterated on Sunday that he plans to remain at Michigan and won't return to the NFL.

"This is a choreographed message that comes up at this time every year before signing day," Harbaugh told ESPN this weekend. "It's people spreading messages to further their own personal agenda.

"But I'm on record right here, right now: I'm not going anywhere. I'm staying at Michigan. We have big plans here, and there's a lot we want to accomplish."

Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers to become head coach at Michigan after the 2014 season.

"I can't be any more clear about this -- it's not true," Harbaugh said. "I'm not going anywhere."

Harbaugh is 38-13 in his four years at Michigan and coached the Wolverines to a 10-2 record this season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Kyler Murray Wins 2018 Heisman Trophy

Dec 9, 2018 10:50 AM

Kyler Murray has won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, beating out Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State.

Murray is the seventh player in Oklahoma history to win the Heisman.

"This is crazy. This is an honor. Something that I'll never forget, something I'll always treasure for the rest of my life," Murray said.

This is the second straight year Oklahoma has had a Heisman winner, with Murray following in the footsteps of Baker Mayfield.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Tags: NCAA

Kyler Murray Could Be 1st Rounder If He Chose Football Over Baseball

Dec 7, 2018 11:50 AM

Kyler Murray has been planning on joining the Oakland A's in January after his senior season at Oklahoma is complete, but NFL scouts are interested in him as a pro quarterback.

Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both suggested Murray would be a first-round pick in the NFL draft, if he pursued football.

In an interview with ESPN, his agent Scott Boras was steadfast that Murray will be playing baseball once Oklahoma's football season ends.

"In good faith that organization did something very unique. Never done before," Boras said of the A's. "So, [Murray] is going to reward the Oakland A's and their owners, fans, by executing the agreement to its truest intent and now continue his baseball career."

"I feel like I could play in the NFL, but as far as giving it up, as of now, yeah, that's the plan," Murray said Monday, when asked about his future. Pressed if anything could change his mind, he wavered. "I can't ... I don't have any words for you," he said.

Joel Anderson, Jake Trotter/ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Mel Kiper Jr. Finds 2019 QB Draft Class 'Extremely Intriguing'

Dec 5, 2018 1:41 PM

The 2018 quarterback draft class was extremely deep while the 2019 edition has been slower to develop, but has emerged of late.

Mel Kiper Jr. was asked to describe the class in one word.

"Can I have two words? Because I'll say extremely intriguing. The reason? Oregon's Justin Herbert isn't the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback anymore. Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) is breathing down his neck after a phenomenal stretch to end the season. There's also Daniel Jones (Duke), who could be a mid-first-round pick. Then you have guys like Will Grier (West Virginia), Drew Lock (Missouri) and Ryan Finley (NC State) jockeying for position as potential Day 2 picks. There's a loooooong time to go until April, though, and all three of my top-ranked QBs are underclassmen who could return to school."

Kiper believes Herbert would have been ranked fifth in the 2018 class.

Mel Kiper Jr./ESPN

Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins Named Heisman Finalists

Dec 4, 2018 8:29 AM

Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins have been named the three finalists for the 2018 Heisman Trophy.

Tagovailoa owns a QBR of 94.2, while Murray's is 96.0. 

Murray is trying to give Oklahoma back-to-back winners following Baker Mayfield. Murray, who was picked ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the summer's MLB draft, has said that he plans to give up football after this season to join the A's.


Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Urban Meyer To Retire After Rose Bowl
Urban Meyer will step down after coaching Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.