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Cordarrian Richardson, 4-star running back, commits to Maryland from space

Cordarrian Richardson, 4-star running back, commits to Maryland from space

It's National Signing Day, so college football recruits across the country are jockying for the coolest ways to announce the schools they've chosen. One future Maryland player upped the ante – way up, literally – by declaring his commitment to the Terps from space. 

Meet Cordarrian Richardson, a four-star running back from Tennessee. He collaborated with Bleacher Report to send a weather balloon way up above the clouds with a camera attached to it. The camera panned around the sky before settling on the Maryland logo as his choice. 

Watch the video here. 

https://twitter.com/thegreatest_5/status/826807960093519872

It's not totally clear how the video was made. It looks like a graphics may have just been laid over the camera footage after the fact, but that's still pretty cool.

He chose Maryland over Michigan State, Ole Miss and Oklahoma. According to SB Nation, the Terps had not been among his original finalists, so the move is something of a surprise. 

UMD already had two running backs commited, including four-star Anthony McFarland, Jr. from DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland.

With Richardson joining the fray, Maryland has nine four-star recruits in its incoming freshmen class. 

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Report: Big Ten will cancel its fall football season on Tuesday following 12-2 vote

Report: Big Ten will cancel its fall football season on Tuesday following 12-2 vote

The Big Ten will reportedly be the first of the Power Five dominoes to fall this season.

According to Dan Patrick, the Big Ten had an internal meeting on Sunday resulting in a 12-2 vote to not play a college football season this fall. Nebraska and Iowa were the two programs to vote in favor of a season, and Patrick reported that both the Big Ten and Pac-12 will cancel their seasons on Tuesday.

The conference’s decision came following a week of mixed messages, including a released schedule on Wednesday and numerous false alarms of the season being canceled or postponed. Leaders in the conference met twice in a 24-hour period to discuss the unprecedented matter.

On Saturday, the Big Ten first met but ultimately did not reach a final decision about the season. Their meeting came just hours after the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS league to cancel its 2020 season. While MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said the decision was unrelated to financial reasons, the MAC was set to lose millions of dollars in game revenue after Power Five schools shifted to a conference-only plan.

Instead, the Big Ten decided on Saturday that it would delay the ramp-up process to full pads practices during training camp, which officially began on Friday.

While the Big Ten is expected to release its final decision of no fall season on Tuesday, it is unknown whether the conference will cancel the season altogether or play during the spring semester instead. Multiple reports indicated that commissioner Kevin Warren and leaders around the conference preferred the idea of playing the season in the spring

However, the conference was taking conscious steps toward playing a modified season in the fall. It released its updated conference-only, 10-game schedule on Wednesday while a number of individual schools like Penn State and Ohio State announced their intent to play a season without fans. On the other hand, Iowa, one of the two schools to dissent from the majority vote, announced on Thursday it would host 10-15,000 fans for home games this season.

Ultimately, the conference decided playing in the fall was not worth the risk of spreading the coronavirus, even after a number of players around college football said they wanted to play. Michigan State, Rutgers and Illinois all saw outbreaks arise within their programs in the last month as their players returned to campus for workouts. 

Following the official announcement from the Big Ten and Pac-12, all eyes will be on the three other Power Five conferences who have yet to make a decision. According to Patrick, the ACC and Big-12 are on the fence about playing a season and the SEC is trying to delay its decision in order to bring other schools into its conference this season and sign exclusive TV contracts.

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Penn State LB and potential top-10 pick Micah Parsons opts out of 2020 college football season

Penn State LB and potential top-10 pick Micah Parsons opts out of 2020 college football season

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons announced his decision to opt out of the 2020 college football season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday. 

In a video he posted to his Instagram account, Parsons addressed Penn State fans to explain his decision to forgo the upcoming college football season amidst the coronavirus pandemic. He stated his primary reason was his two-year-old son.

"As I considered my options for the 2020 season, I decided that I needed to make a choice not for myself, but for my son and those dearest to me," Parsons said in the video. "While I felt safe with the health and safety standards as we returned to Penn State for workouts, the potential risk to the health and well-being of my son far outweighed my urge to play football season."

Parsons’ decision came as a surprise to many, as he had two seasons of eligibility remaining and stated his hope to win a national championship with the Nittany Lions. However, Parsons decided the risk was not worth it.

In the video, Parsons also announced he will be graduating early and receiving his degree in December in order to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds with an estimated 4.4-second 40-yard dash, he is a potential top-10 pick in next year’s draft.

Meanwhile, Parsons wasn't the only likely first-round pick to decide to skip the season. Miami defensive end Greg Rousseau has also decided to opt out. The redshirt sophomore had 15 1/2 sacks last season for the Hurricanes and two forced fumbles. No returning college football player had more sacks than Rousseau last season. Only Chase Young had more (16.5).

The trend is excelerating. Rousseau and Parsons join Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman as four potential first-round picks to all opt out of the upcoming season.

Parsons was a five-star prospect from Harrisburg, Pa. and the highest-rated player ever recruited by head coach James Franklin. He led the team with 82 tackles as a freshman and had a standout sophomore season in 2019 with 109 tackles, 14 for loss and five sacks. He earned All-American honors, was selected as Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and was a Butkus Award finalist.

Now Penn State will have to carry on their season without Parsons. The Nittany Lions ranked seventh in the Preseason Coaches Poll released on Thursday. With the new Big Ten schedule released on Wednesday, they will now open their season at home against Northwestern on Sept. 5 and will host rival Maryland on Oct. 17.

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