Quick update from Atlanta for your Christmas Eve
ESPN released this long interview with Coach O, parts of which will feature on this weekend’s College Gameday. It’s a more personal interview about his life, some of which is well covered material by now. It’s an interesting snapshot of Coach O in this moment on the precipice of greatness.
Coach O met with the media on Monday in Atlanta. The big news is of course an update on Clyde Edwards-Helaire. O says CEH is walking on his own, no crutches, but still would not say for sure that he would play. They are being as cautious as possible, as hopefully there will be one more game for him to play in this year.
Lincoln Riley confirmed that defensive end Ronnie Perkins, running back Rhamondre Stevenson and wide receiver Trejan Bridges, all suspended last week for unannounced reasons, traveled with the team, but will not play. He didn’t elaborate on their gameplan changes around these guys being out. Along with those three, the Sooners will also be without starting safety Delarrin Turner-Yell due to a broken collar bone.
Tuesday gave us the rare treat of media sessions with Steve Ensminger (with Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, and JaMarr Chase) and Dave Aranda (with Patrick Queen, Grant Delpit, and K’lavon Chaisson). Ensminger talked a lot about his relationship coaching with Joe Brady and how much fun it is to call plays for Burrow. Aranda talked about his past history working with many of the coaches on the current OU staff, preparing for Hurts, and surprisingly confirms his rumored discussions for the UNLV job a few days ago.
Coach O picked up another award today, winning the Walter Camp Coach of the Year award. He’s the third LSU coach to win it after Les Miles and Jerry Stovall.
The Advocate has a nice piece talking about the end of the Ferguson Era at LSU.
Richardson Becomes LSU’s Second Bowerman Winner - LSU Tigers
LSU's Sha'Carri Richardson became the first freshman in The Bowerman's 11-year history to win the award on Thursday night at the Grande Lakes Resort. The Bowerman is the award for the best Men’s and Women’s track and field athletes of the year.
ESPN and the SEC released their plans for coverage of the Peach Bowl. It will air live in multiple formats on all of thier networks including a SKYCAM feed on ESPNNews and a LSU Radio Network synced feed on SEC Network.