The Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football’s most outstanding player, actually could go to a baseball player this year.
Kyler Murray, an A’s prospect who plays quarterback for Oklahoma, is one of three finalists for the 2018 Heisman, along with Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins. The winner will be announced Saturday night in New York.
Oddsmakers like Murray’s chances after his excellent first season as the Sooners’ starter, listing him as a -190 favorite over the other finalists. Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns, and run for 892 yards and 11 more scores in 13 games, and he’ll lead Oklahoma into the Dec. 29 Orange Bowl against Tagovailoa’s top-ranked Alabama squad.
Winning the Heisman likely would increase chatter that Murray could change his mind and pursue a football career over honoring his commitment to the A’s. Murray signed a $4.66 million contract with Oakland last summer, but an NFL first-round contract might bring seven times that amount.
Baker Mayfield, Murray’s Oklahoma teammate last season, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and signed a $32.68 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.
So, if you’d like to see if Murray wins the Heisman (and the speculation following it), here’s how you can watch the 2018 Heisman Trophy presentation ceremony live on TV and online.
When: 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 8
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Former Cal Bears fullback Eric Stevens now is a Los Angeles City firefighter. He knows what it's like to put others' lives ahead of his own.
Now, his family hopes those will return the favor.
Stevens was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 29, soon after getting married to the woman of his dreams.
"The diagnosis and subsequent education they received about the horrific disease was the worst news one could ever imagine," a Facebook post dedicated to "Team Stevens Nation," described.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a debilitating and incurable disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. With a life expectancy between two and five years, paralysis comes much quicker. And there is much unknown about it.
While there are many treatments going through clinical trials that are showing promise, there is still a 50 percent chance those could receive a placebo over the actual treatment.
"There is NO reason why a person with a terminal diagnosis should receive placebo over the actual treatment," the Facebook page explains. "Another downside to these clinical trials is they are a year-long process, and time is the one thing ALS patients don't have. Every single day without treatment is a day lost."
Those can donate to and share the family's GoFundMe page here.
Stevens, now 30, totaled 14 carries for 53 yards, and 13 catches for 82 yards and one touchdown in his career at Cal that spanned from 2008-2012. But despite playing sparingly, he was voted team captain.
He was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but never played a snap in the NFL.
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"Given his strong determination and success in anything he puts his mind to, Eric has chosen to fight and advocate for getting drugs and treatments available to patients NOW," the Facebook group wrote. "Eric's goal with the help of his family and friends is to raise awareness for ALS and act now toward getting treatments available."
Monday was a monumental day in college athletics.
California Governor Gavin Newsom went on HBO and Uninterrupted's "The Shop" to formally sign California's "Fair Pay to Play" act alongside Lakers star LeBron James.
The law will allow college athletes in the state of California to profit off the use of their name, image and likeness, and will make it illegal for universities to revoke a student's scholarship for accepting money. The bill will not pay athletes to play, but it will allow them to sign agents and seek out business deals.
"[Signing the bill] is going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation," Newsom said on "The Shop" prior to signing the bill. "And it’s going to change college sports for the better by having now the interests, finally, of the athletes, on par with the interests of the institutions. Now we’re rebalancing that power arrangement."
The bill will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.
Warriors forward Draymond Green has been a vocal proponent of the bill, and he gave Newsom props after the signing.
Newsom's bill has faced blowback from both California schools and the NCAA, as it would make it impossible for those schools to follow the NCAA's amateurism rules. The NCAA has called the bill unconstitutional and will challenge it in court.
The NCAA responded with a statement.
The Pac-12 also issued a statement.
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The signing of the bill is expected to cause an avalanche of states to pass similar legislation and fundamentally change how amateurism and college athletics are viewed.
Well done, Gov. Newsom.