Lumpkins hurling his way back to American


Lumpkins hurling his way back to American

American University basketball coach Jeff Jones surely is a happy man today.Stephen Lumpkins, the Eagles leading rebounding during the 2010-11 season, plans on returning to the program this upcoming season after taking a year off to pursue a professional baseball career, the school announced on Tuesday.The 6-foot-8 forward played in 94 games during his three years at American, starting 56. AnAll-Patriot League Second Team performer as a junior, Lumpkins averaged 13.5 points, led the conferencein field goal percentage (59.3 percent) and ranked second in rebounding (8.2 rpg) during the 2010-11 campaign. Being away for a year made me realize how much I miss basketball," said Lumpkins, who was selected as a pitcher by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 MLB draft." I enjoyed my three years on the AU team very much and I am hopeful I can play again in my final year. Pitching in the Arizona rookie league for theAZL Royals, Lumpkins posted a 19.64 ERA in over 3 2-3 innings in 2012 and was 2-1 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 appearances during the 2011 campaign.Lumpkins remains withing the NCAA five-year eligibility window. Though the California native stillmust receive approval from the Patriot League in order to compete in basketball during the 2012-13 season, Jones is optimistic."NCAA rules permit student-athletes who have participated with a professional team in one sport to remain eligible in a different sport," said Jones, who lost five seniors off last season's 20-win team including leading scorers Charles Hinkle and Troy Brewer.

Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette


Heisman Hopefuls: Too little, too late for Leonard Fournette

It took awhile, but Leonard Fournette finally looked like the player we all knew he could be. On Saturday against Ole Miss, Fournette rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns in just 16 carries. It's too bad it won't matter in terms of the Heisman race.

Heading into this season Fournette was a player to watch given how he started the 2015 season. He faded after a poor performance against Alabama, but his talent cannot be denied. Fournette's 2016 season has been a struggle, but on Saturday he finally broke through.

After Saturday's performance, Fournette is actually getting some love from experts in terms of the Heisman race (like here and here). With all due respect to Fournette, who is absolutely remarkable, this is completely ridiculous.


Fournette has been hampered by injuries this season and has missed three games as a result. That right there virtually knocks him out of the running. Add in the fact that LSU is only playing 11 games this season because the South Alabama game was canceled, that means his Heisman resume will be only eight games, nine at the most if LSU somehow reaches the SEC Championship game. Whatever Fournette does for the rest of the season, it's going to be hard for him to prove he is more deserving of the Heisman than any of the other contenders who have been great for 12+ games.

Plus, it's not as if Fournette has been unreal in every game he has played this year. Before the Ole Miss game, Fournette was averaging just under 130 rushing yards per game. That's not bad, but it's not all that Heisman worthy either.

So no, Fournette is not among the Heisman hopefuls this week despite his monster performance. Enjoy it LSU fans, it was a phenomenal game, but it was not enough to put him back in Heisman contention.

If Fournette is out, who's in? Find out in this week's Heisman Hopefuls gallery.

College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny


College Football Playoff projections: Ohio State still controls its own destiny

No longer among the ranks of the unbeatens, Ohio State’s playoff chances certainly took a hit Saturday with their loss to Penn State.

But let’s not start digging their grave just yet.

Michigan now sits atop the Big Ten East standings, but they still have to finish the season with the big game against the Buckeyes. And it’s at Ohio State.


The truth is, if the Buckeyes win out, they still will win the Big Ten East and will have a chance to play (likely) either Nebraska or Wisconsin for the conference championship.

Will the committee really leave a one-loss Big Ten champion out of the playoff? Perhaps, if either Baylor or West Virginia remain undefeated, but if the winner of the Big 12 has at least one loss, it’s hard to see how either team would get in over Ohio State.

Again, assuming they win out, the Buckeyes will have beaten Oklahoma in Norman, Wisconsin in Madison, Nebraska, Michigan and the Big Ten West winner. Neither Baylor or West Virginia can match that resume.

So let’s not declare Ohio State’s playoff hopes done just yet. Their biggest challenge is likely rival Michigan, and the Wolverines have to travel to Columbus. That’s a very tough place to play, especially if you’re wearing maize and blue.

Will the Buckeyes ultimately reach the playoff despite their loss to Penn State? Who else will join them? Found out here in this week’s updated College Football Playoff projections.