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Kirk Herbstreit on Late Night With Locks: There will be a college football season

Kirk Herbstreit on Late Night With Locks: There will be a college football season

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit was really just thinking aloud, he says, when he shook the college football world with his prediction last month that the 2020 college football season isn't going to happen due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Prediction, in fact, might be too strong of a word for what he meant when he said in a conversation on ESPN radio that "I'll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I'll be so surprised if that happens."

On Tuesday, in an interview with Maryland coach Mike Locksley on "Late Night With Locks," Herbstreit had better news for fans. He said he actually had no idea about the college football schedule or even what tomorrow brings. But his feeling is the season will go on - though he has no idea when.

"My feeling is, come Hell or high water," he predicted, "they're going to play football. I think they're willing to go all the way to making it a spring sport ... Two-a-days in February, games in March and April and May, bowl games in June."

He said he thinks there's a number of contingency plans being built. 

"It goes from normal all the way to starting in March," he said. " ... It's just so bizarre to think about where it's going to be."

Locksley added that he has coaches' calls every week and "you just don't know." 

"There's really no answer right now," he said. "So what I try to do for our team is let's focus on what we can do right now and take advantage of that." 

As for reports that Herbstreit might be going to Monday Night Football and leaving the college football world, he told Locksley that he would never leave the college game - though he didn't rule out potentially adding the NFL to his schedule.

Rest assured though, college fans.

"That's being talked about right now," he said of reports that he's being tapped for Monday Night Football. "I'll just say this: I will never leave college football. So if I were ever asked to do Monday Night, it would be in addition to Gameday ... for me, I'm living a dream." 

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Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

On Saturday night, the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2021 recruiting class will announce his decision on where he will spend his college career. And he may not even have to leave the DMV to do it.

Gonzaga’s junior signal caller Caleb Williams has narrowed his list of options down to three schools: Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland. Though the Sooners under quarterback guru Lincoln Riley are considered the favorites to land him, the hometown Terrapins have outlasted a plethora of other schools throughout Williams’ decision-making process. According to The Washington Post, he gave head coach Michael Locksley and the Terps final word, last speaking with Maryland coaches on June 27.

Ranked the fourth overall player in his class by 247sports, Williams is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named first-team All-Met. As a junior in 2019, he threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns while showcasing his dual-threat ability by rushing for 838 yards and another 18 scores.

Locksley and the Terps have already enjoyed a successful offseason of recruiting highlighted by landing 247sports’ fourth-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 class, Rakim Jarrett. A product of St. John’s in D.C., he flipped from LSU on signing day, surprising even Locksley.

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Though the Terps went just 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) last season, the addition of Jarrett as a legitimate weapon in the passing game may be enough to convince Williams to forego Oklahoma and LSU. He plans to announce his decision Saturday at 9 p.m.

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Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

The No. 1 prospect basketball in the class of 2022 Emoni Bates announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday. 

The five-star small forward is considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade and will be taking his talents to the Big Ten.

Bates had offers from four other schools: DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan. The Michigan native announced his commitment extremely early in the recruiting process –– so early that the top eight recruits in the 2021 class have not even announced their decisions yet.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward became the first commit of Michigan State’s class. He is also the first five-star to become a Spartan since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017 and the first No. 1 prospect to sign with the school since ESPN began its recruiting database in 2007.

His commitment came at a crucial time for the Spartans who lost significant talent at the end of last season in 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, who graduated, and 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Xavier Tillman Sr., who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season.

Maryland will now have to face Bates at least twice a year in Big Ten play. The Terps have two commits in their class of 2021 – four stars Julian Reese and Ike Cornish – but have yet to add a member to the class of 2022. 

Last season, Maryland and Michigan State each won one matchup against the other. The two teams tied alongside Wisconsin as co-Big Ten Champions. All three teams posted a 14-6 conference record before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were cut short or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the final AP Poll, Michigan State finished ninth while Maryland finished 12th.

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