If Georgia Tech is going to have a 1,000-yard rusher this season, the writers at ESPN believe that Justin Thomas will be the man to do it. After running for 1,086 yards during Tech's Orange Bowl season back in 2014, Thomas' 2015 season was much quieter -- he finished with a meager 488 yards rushing. His yards per carry also declined along with his offensive line's production, from 5.7 in 2014 to 3.4 in 2015. Considering that he's done it once before, it would be silly to say that Thomas is completely incapable of going for the millennium mark this season; the only things keeping him down are offensive line play and possible injury issues. As for the rest of the ACC's running backs, watch out. A conference that features Wayne Gallman, Dalvin Cook, and James Conner is quite formidable.
The Baylor sexual assault investigation appears to be worsening with each day. Former president and chancellor Ken Starr, who resigned from his position in order to speak more openly about the scandal, had an incredibly tough time answering the question of whether or not he ever saw an email from a Baylor student who had been assaulted. At first, Starr said the following:
I honestly may have. I'm not denying that I saw it.
After a brief meeting with a "family friend", however, the new answer was this:
All I'm going to say is I honestly have no recollection of that.
He even looked at the woman with whom he'd met in the hall and asked if that was the correct response. I can't tell if this feels like Starr's attempt at being transparent within the parameters of not upsetting the powers that be, but it's a strange incident nonetheless. Coupled with a report that former head coach Art Briles knew exactly what had happened and elected not to act, the situation in Waco is deteriorating quickly. I'd be surprised if those two are the only heads that roll when it's all said and done.
Five-star guard Terrance Ferguson, an Arizona commit for the 2016 cycle, is expected to be the latest in a recent string of top basketball prospects in the United States to completely forgo college in favor of an overseas basketball career prior to the NBA Draft. It's probably too early to call this type of decision a trend right now, but I certainly think that playing overseas for a year or two is a step in the right direction for college basketball. Forcing one-and-done players to waste a year "taking college classes" when they could be getting paid to play basketball is silly. College isn't the right choice for everyone, and forcing everyone to attend before being eligible to be drafted is sending the wrong message.