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Howard's Caylin Newton, Cam's younger brother, is carving out his own legacy on the gridiron

Howard's Caylin Newton, Cam's younger brother, is carving out his own legacy on the gridiron

In the heart of our nation's capital sits the renowned, private and historically black Howard University. 

Leading the school's football team inside William H. Greene Stadium is a familiar name in the sport of football. 

Caylin Newton, younger brother of Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton, is a sophomore stud quarterback for the Bison and has wasted no time bursting onto the scene. 

In September 2017, during his first week as a college football player, Newton led Howard to a historic win, defeating 45-point favorite UNLV, 43-40. This marked the biggest point-spread upset in the history of college football. 

Talk about putting yourself on the map as a true freshman. 

Newton was responsible for 330 total yards and three touchdowns. Like his older brother, he's a dual threat who likes to leave the pocket. 

Head coach Mike London describes his quarterback as a "selfless leader who wants the team to win," and has given the 19-year-old the keys to his Bison offense under center. 

The 2015 NFL MVP's presence and success have obviously followed his younger brother, but haven't hindered him. 

"Cam has said on multiple occasions that he wants his brother to be his own man, to forge his own identity. He does a great job allowing Caylin to be Caylin and get the accolades that he deserves. And Caylin does the same thing," London said. 

Jackie and Cecil Newton Sr. raised three boys in a football family. Sr.'s closest shot at a NFL roster came in 1983 and 1984 when he was cut as a safety from the pre-season rosters of Dallas and Buffalo respectively. The oldest, Cecil Newton Jr., had brief stints with several teams in the NFL but ultimately never found a home. He last played for the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad in 2011. 

10 years separate Cam and Caylin, but that hasn't stopped younger brother from looking up to older brother. 

"It's been amazing. To see his work ethic to how much time he puts in...all I have to do is watch him. It's almost like a blueprint," Caylin Newton said. "That's what I try to mold my game after, as far as mentally and physically."  

The 5-11, 195-pound QB is as mild-mannered as it comes, at least away from the football field. Much like older bro, he has a way with words. 

"My personality is cool, calm and collected. I try not to get too hot or too low, regardless of what's going on in my life. I try to give people this image of me as a man of god, a person who's trying to do everything the right way,” Newton said. 

With Cam and his Carolina Panthers coming to town Sunday to play the Redskins at FedEx Field, Caylin commented on how he sees things shaking out on the gridiron. 

"I expect a win, by any means necessary. I know he's gonna pull it out and I can't wait to celebrate with him after the game, Newton said. 

Loyalty at its finest. 

The Redskins square off against the Panthers at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tune in to Redskins Kickoff Live at noon on NBC Sports Washington. 

Maryland women's lacrosse refuses to travel to Syracuse due to weather concerns

Maryland women's lacrosse refuses to travel to Syracuse due to weather concerns

The Maryland women's lacrosse team is getting an unexpected home game after concerns from the Terps' athletic department about the forecast in Syracuse, N.Y.

A game that was slated to be the first in a doubleheader in Syracuse on Friday will now be played at noon Saturday at the University of Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex after Maryland's athletic department voiced concerns about the weather forecast.

"We want to apologize for the inconvenience this causes our loyal fans, including the parents of our student-athletes and women's lacrosse alumni," said Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a statement. "We informed our colleagues at Maryland that the local weather forecast for the next few days is not expected to impact any of the home athletic contests we have scheduled but they chose not to travel." 

In a tweet on Friday, the Syracuse men's lacrosse account cheerfully reported that it was excellent weather for a lacrosse game.

"Safety of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance at the University of Maryland," said Maryland Athletic Director Damon Evans in a statement. "Due to the forecasted winter weather conditions in Upstate New York, our University Department of Transportation determined it was unsafe to travel."


 

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann and Maryland's Mark Turgeon are now possibly feuding over tip times

Ohio State's Chris Holtmann and Maryland's Mark Turgeon are now possibly feuding over tip times

If you haven't heard already, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon is tired of the Big Ten scheduling late tip times for his Terrapins. Other coaches in the conference have certainly heard and one spoke his mind about it. 

After barely squeaking by Minnesota on Wednesday, Turgeon made it a point in his postgame interview to speak his mind on a 9:00 pm ET (8:00 pm local) tip. 

"Here's the deal. My goal is to be in my driveway before 4:30. We played a 9:00 game in Minnesota on a weeknight. It makes no sense," Turgeon told Big Ten Network.

Apparently Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann took issue with that remark. Just a day later he was very poignant on the issue.

"It was great having a 9:00 pm tip. We could get in here early and it was great having a 9:00 pm tip," Holtmann said in his opening statement after a 21-point win over Nebraska.

Holtmann didn't directly call out Turgeon, but it would be hard to stretch that to a coincidence. 

Now, Turgeon was the first to admit that he might have let the emotion of the moment consume him (the final minute of regulation lasted 16 minutes of real-time in a thrilling buzzer-beating win). He also had just learned that their team plane was having issues, which would delay their arrival back in College Park. 

"I want to apologize to the Big Ten," Turgeon said postgame. "I made a comment about, 'I just want to be in my driveway by 4:30. We shouldn't have played this game.' Apologize to the Big Ten. Whatever you throw at us, I love being in the Big Ten, it's a great league.

"All the leadership. So I apologize for that. We'll get home eventually. We've got plane problems. So me popping off probably caused the plane problems. So we'll get home sometime. Sorry."

Turgeon even responded to the snark on basically admitting he made a mistake.

"Good for him. He's making fun of me. He was mad at me so that's alright. Hey, I deserved it," Turgeon said on Friday during his media availability. 

Back to Holtmann though. It is also not the first time that Holtmann has had some pointed comments for the Maryland coach. 

The day following Ohio State's upset win over the Terps on Sunday, Holtmann took a moment out of his media availability to make an issue of Turgeon calling Buckeye center Kaleb Wesson a "bully." He did though continuously reaffirm his respect for the coach. 

"I think it's inappropriate. I've never seen this much conversation after a loss," Holtmann said. "Those comments afterwards were quite honestly a little bit out of place."

All signs are now pointing to Holtmann not being really fond of Turgeon. Or it could be merely of coaches posturing themselves to their fans and the conference. You can be the judge. 

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