Real Madrid Zidane tells Real Madrid fans to stop jeering Benzema Ryan Benson 00:29 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Getty Images Real Madrid Karim Benzema Sergio Ramos Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Leganés Leganés Deportivo La Coruña Copa del Rey Primera División The French forward was not given a pleasant reception upon his return from injury and his manager was not happy with the fans responsible Zinedine Zidane implored Real Madrid fans to not jeer Karim Benzema after the striker was whistled while making his return from injury in the 7-1 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna.Benzema was introduced for Borja Mayoral in the 64th minute on Sunday with Madrid 3-1 up, as the Frenchman made his first appearance since El Clasico on December 23.The 30-year-old was given a mixed reception by the Santiago Bernabeu crowd, though, with whistles and jeers audible among the applause when he entered the pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Benzema has struggled for form this season, scoring just two La Liga goals in 13 appearances, but Zidane does not think there is an excuse for fans not supporting their own team’s players.”It’s true, a month ago he wasn’t playing,” Zidane told reporters at his news conference ahead of the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg with Leganes on Wednesday.”He wanted to get back quickly and he’s back with the squad now. The only thing he enjoys really is being out with us on the pitch, so it’s good to have him back.”But it’s not good to see him getting whistled when he gets back. This has happened with him and could happen with others.”What we need from the fans is that they’re with us. Of course, they’re within their rights; they’ve paid so can have opinions, but I want fans to be with us for 90 minutes.”After the game, whatever happens, happens. But during the game I want them with us. Karim will be available tomorrow.”Zidane went on to address the attention on Ronaldo after he was shown leaving the pitch on Sunday while looking at a facial wound in the screen of a phone.#RMLiga Watch how @Cristiano was treated after his injury against Deportivo. pic.twitter.com/xWy24Eaehi — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 22, 2018 Perhaps harshly, Ronaldo received criticism for this as some suggested a player’s looks are unimportant on the pitch, but Zidane insists he was simply trying to see how deep the cut was.”It’s happened now,” Zidane said. “He just wanted to know how deep his cut was, that’s all.”I’m just telling you what he said in the dressing room, I’m not going to invent anything. I’m not here to do that.@Cristiano was back training with the rest of the squad today!MORE : https://t.co/KQkLOQdN3k #RMCity | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/KyKrzmqhFT — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 23, 2018 “It is sewn up and he is training. If he’s training with a black eye, that shows the most important thing [for Ronaldo] is to be on the pitch.”
West Ham United West Ham vow to investigate racism allegations Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 08:10 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images West Ham United Premier League African All Stars The Hammers have insisted they will look into comments allegedly made by Tony Henry, the club’s director of transfers, regarding African players West Ham have vowed to investigate alleged racist comments made by their director of transfers, Tony Henry.A report from the Daily Mail claims that Henry admitted the club do not sign African players as “they cause mayhem”.The club have issued a swift response to the story, with a statement reading: “West Ham United is an inclusive, respectful and diverse football club. Equality is at the heart of our ethos and values. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We were recently given the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of our firm commitment to these values, which are embedded throughout the club, with a view to achieving the intermediate level of the Premier League’s equality mark, recognised and supported by Kick it Out.”We have worked extremely hard over the last 18 months across all areas of the Club and we are confident in our achievements. All West Ham United employees are required to go on equality, diversity and unconscious-bias training as part of our new mandatory training and workforce plan.”We take any allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and are now in the process of ascertaining the full facts behind this accusation.”The Daily Mail alleges that they have seen an email sent by Henry, which was in response to a question regarding a player of Cameroonian descent.He is reported to have written: “We don’t want any more Africans and he’s not good enough. I sent Thomas to watch him and the other lad last week and he said no. If Palace take them good luck.”During an interview, Henry was asked if he had told agents and intermediaries that the club did not wish to sign players of African descent, and he replied: “Yeah. Because we had three and we felt we didn’t particularly want any more African players… It’s nothing racist at all. It’s just sometimes they can have a bad attitude.”We had problems with Sakho, with Diafra Sakho. We find that when they are not in the team they cause mayhem. It’s nothing against the African race at all.“I mean, look, there are top African players. There’s not a problem with them. It’s just sometimes they cause a lot of problems when they are not playing, as we had with Diafra. He’s left, so great. It’s nothing personal at all.”Further pressed on his views, and whether they were discriminatory, he added: “No. I don’t know what you are trying to get at here. All I said was, look, we have a great lad in (Cheikhou) Kouyate, he’s brilliant, a great player for us, he’s a good lad.”But the likes of Sakho have caused mayhem. When he’s not playing … he always wants a new deal. That’s all it was. It was nothing discriminatory at all.”I could say we get offered Russian players. I just find with Russian players that they don’t settle in England.”It’s like Italians. How many Italians come and settle in England? As a club we are not discriminatory at all.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Alan Pardew Pardew worried by mentally weak West Brom after Burnley loss Matt Dorman 01:50 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images West Bromwich Albion v Burnley Premier League West Bromwich Albion Burnley The manager was shocked to see his side crumble against Sean Dyche’s team at the Hawthorns on Saturday and wants to see an instant response West Brom boss Alan Pardew has stressed the need for his players to show some backbone in the club’s fading fight against relegation.The Baggies suffered an eighth successive Premier League loss on Saturday as Burnley left the Hawthorns with a 2-1 victory.Ashley Barnes opened the scoring midway through a one-sided first half before Chris Wood put the game beyond the hosts with a second in the 73rd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Salomon Rondon did reduce the deficit late in proceedings, but the comeback arrived too late for Pardew’s satisfaction.”We did not really engage them in the first half. We were so tentative in what we did, in closing the ball down, in possession,” Pardew said.”It was not the team I have seen in training this week. That is the situation we are in.”We have to deal with Saturday afternoon when there are thousands of people here and a lot of pressure from the media. We did not cope with that very well today.”We have another tough game next week here at home [against Swansea City] and we have to be confident enough to stand up to the opposition and go and ask them questions, which we did not do in the first half.”Conversely, high-flying Burnley are on course to secure a Europa League qualifying place and are now just two points shy of sixth-placed Arsenal.However, Clarets boss Sean Dyche is cautious over the lure of continental competition.”I think you have got to be careful what you wish for. We have made some strides, but I have said all season we are a constant work in progress,” Dyche said.”Progress is being made and that is the big marker for us. It is difficult for us to make massive strides all at once.”We are definitely not the real deal. We have got to keep learning. But do not get me wrong, I am very proud of what the players are achieving because I think they have done very well this season.”
Spain Carvajal could miss Spain’s first two World Cup games – Lopetegui Dom Farrell 07:43 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Spain World Cup Tunisia v Spain Portugal v Spain Tunisia Portugal Friendlies The right-back suffered a hamstring injury during May’s Champions League final victory but Spain still hope he can play a part in Russia Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui believes Dani Carvajal will play a part in the World Cup – but the Real Madrid right-back may miss the opening two matches in Group B.Carvajal suffered a hamstring strain during Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool at the end of last month but joined up with Lopetegui’s World Cup squad to continue his rehabilitation.Featuring in Spain’s much-anticipated tournament opener against Portugal in Sochi next Friday appears unlikely but Lopetegui is satisfied with the 26-year-old’s progress. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “You have to hold him back slightly, but I’m sure he’ll be ready,” the former Porto boss told a news conference ahead of La Roja’s final warm-up match against Tunisia on Saturday.”You want him to take two steps forward instead of just one before suffering a setback.”I don’t know if he’ll be ready for the first or second match, but he’ll be fine.”Sergio Busquets, a veteran of Spain’s triumphant 2010 World Cup campaign, missed last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland due to a bout of illness.However, Lopetegui expects the Barcelona midfielder to be available to feature in the friendly in Krasnodar.”Sergio has recovered perfectly,” he added. “Provided nothing else happens, he’ll play tomorrow.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona open Chelsea talks for Sarri outcast Christensenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are stepping up their bid for Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.Sport says Christensen is aware Barca have made contact with the Premier League side and is eager to hear what they have to say.The Blues could be in a battle to hold on to their top young talent if they believe their pathway to the first-team looks blocked.The Danish defender is well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, playing just one Premier League game all season.It’s a far cry from last season when the defender made 40 appearances under Antonio Conte.Christensen has made it clear he wants first-team football and the 22-year-old will explore his options in January.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax chief Overmars warns Barcelona over their De Jong, De Ligt plansby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax chief Marc Overmars has warned Barcelona over their plans for Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.Ajax and the in-demand pair will face Real Madrid in the Last 16.After the draw, Overmars told Spanish reporters: “Everyone in Europe is watching them and Barça must do things correctly. “I don’t need to tell them good things about Barça, they already know.” Before his comments Overmars was seen hugging Barça’s UEFA representative, Amador Bernabeu. Overmars also had a long conversation with Manchester City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, who are also interested in Ajax’s superstars.
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone: I’ll work in Italy eventuallyby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admits he expects to work in Italy in the future.Simeone had two seasons in Serie A as a player with Inter Milan.”It will surely happen,” the Argentine admitted in an interview with Rai Radio1.”I hope to always have the same energy and same desire to continue in the same manner.”I’ve been [coaching] for 12 or 13 years; our club has a history to respect and we must continue that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: Why fans applauded after Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard had no problems with fans clapping his players after defeat to Liverpool.Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho suggested supporters accepting defeats is a concern.But Lampard said, “Firstly the positives, the performance was really good. The second half was great. The crowd don’t applaud a team off unless they deserve it. Fans react to passion, energy and desire.”It’s a difficult situation being 2-0 down and it’s easy to go under against a team of that strength and we went the other way, so there were loads of good things.”
Dugarry slaughters Man City target Aouar, Lyon teammate Depay: Clown!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWorld Cup winner Christophe Dugarry has slaughtered Lyon’s stars after defeat to PSG.Dugarry slammed OL’s players, including former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar, a target for Manchester City.He told RMC: “The technical weakness of this team is shameful. It’s just shameful to say they’re high level players … The little Aouar unable to make passes at 5 meters. All the choices were bad. “All the choices of pass, all the choices of runs, the dribbles, when he had to play one touch of the ball he played with two, all the balls lost.”Mr. Depay, the genius who wants to play in the world top 10.”Depay is a clown. What you are proposing to 60,000 people is just shabby and shameful.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle yet to hold talks with Kenyon groupby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are yet to hold talks with Peter Kenyon about his group’s takeover plans.The Evening Chronicle says a fortnight on from promises from sources close to Kenyon that he was back in the running to buy out Newcastle, the club are yet to engage in any new talks with the would-be Magpies owner.Kenyon continues to insist he has the funds to broker a takeover and Mike Ashley is open to a fresh approach. But there’s been no progress despite talk of a ten day window in which a decision would be made.As reported previously, there’s plenty of interest in buying Newcastle with groups across Europe but none are ready to move at Ashley’s current asking price. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Wolves boss Nuno: Patrick Cutrone a unique talentby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says Patrick Cutrone is a “unique talent”.The Italian joined Wolves from AC Milan this summerAsked if the 21-year-old brings a different component to his side, Nuno said: “Yes.”His characteristics, he’s a fighter, and we appreciate it. He’s been working very well for the team.”He’s a player that brings a lot of energy when he goes on the pitch.”You have to take advantage of it while expecting him to improve – keep growing as a player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Udinese striker Stefano Okaka: Udine better than Londonby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUdinese striker Stefano Okaka is happy to have left Watford and London.The Italy international left the Hornets in the summer in a permanent deal. The Pozzo family own both clubs.He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “At Watford the cycle was over, Pozzo opened my return and luckily I still hadn’t sold the house. “Besiktas? I almost said yes, the contract was advantageous. And Udine is better than London.”On his future, Okaka seemed to have pretty clear ideas: “I would like to become a symbol. Playing in this city and in this club is an honour.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan has scored back-to-back impressive wins over Oregon State and UNLV, 35-7 and 28-7 respectively, but the play at quarterback has been lacking. Jake Rudock, who transferred in from Iowa during the off-season, has just three touchdowns along with five interceptions through three games, and is averaging a paltry 6.4 yards per attempt. Do the Wolverines have a better option on the roster, with a very tough BYU team on the horizon? Not even close, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh: “To be clear, Jake Rudock’s the best quarterback … not by a small margin.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) September 21, 2015Harbaugh on Rudock: He’s our best quarterback. Not close.— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 21, 2015That seems quite definitive. Don’t expect a change at QB any time soon, Wolverine fans.
Matt HladikThe 2016 NCAA Tournament begins tonight with two play-in games, followed by another pair tomorrow. The Round of 64 begins Thursday, and the sound you hear is men, women and children nationwide sitting down and poring over their brackets, making last minute edits and hoping to pick as many winners as possible. At College Spun, making predictions is a big part of what we do, so of course we’re filling out brackets. Each of us has our Cinderellas and bracket busters, as well as our top seeds ticketed for deep runs.Want to know how we see March Madness shaking out? Take a look at College Spun’s staff predictions for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. We even filled them out old-school pen-and-paper style. Steve Driscoll Matt Lombardi Matt Hladik Dustin Tackett Dan Lyons Andrew HolleranDo you agree with our picks? Let us know.
New York Red Bulls midfielder Alejandro ‘Kaku’ Romero Gamarra is currently embroiled in a transfer saga involving Club America, and his agent, Gustavo Casasola, has hit out at his current club.The Paraguayan midfielder has been linked with Liga MX in recent weeks, and Casasola has taken particular issue with the way negotiations have proceeded.The representative says he was given a figure of $6.5 million to $7 million by Oliver Mintzlaff, Red Bulls’ global head of soccer, but, told ESPN Mexico the Red Bulls are now seeking a $12 million transfer fee for the 24-year-old. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “He’s the one who arbitrarily makes decisions on everything but he never shows his face with us,” Casasola told Fox Deportes of Mintzlaff. “It’s clear to see he must have somewhat of a problem to talk to me. Wherever he wants to speak, I’ll speak to him. Wherever he wants. I speak English, French, Spanish, Latin, and Greek. I’ll speak to him wherever he wants, whenever he wants. Him and I. Face to face.”The player himself said that he believed the club was being ‘unreasonable’ but his agent took it one step further.“Absolutely (he wants to play for Club America), absolutely,” Casasola said. “He wants to be treated well. He wants to feel better. The level of soccer is very good (in MLS), but he wants to go to a club like America that is a big club. He wants his family to be able to visit him.“What’s more, speaking about more than his salary figure, what’s important is that he will be much happier there than here because of everything that is happening here now. And, since I’m in the United States, I want you guys to know something that Martin Luther King said: Never forget that everything Hitler did was legal. And here there are lots of things that are legal but are arbitrary, amoral, unethical and unjust.“Here’s a person who wants to work, to improve his job, to be with his family and to be treated better – because they haven’t even paid him for the furniture and he bought the furniture a year ago. They should have paid for his Uber when he arrived the other day with his family. He couldn’t order it because the system in Argentina does not allow him to order one here. They have mistreated us horribly. They haven’t even treated us to a coffee for bringing over a player of this caliber.”Kaku scored six goals and provided 14 assists in 2018, his first season with the Red Bulls.The Paraguay international joined after a prolonged transfer saga last winter, making the move from Huracan after several weeks of complications.Kaku and the Red Bulls are currently in Florida as part of the club’s pre-season preparations.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 08: Head coach Kevin Sumlin of the Texas A&M Aggies walks out to the field prior to the start of their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field on October 8, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Kevin Sumlin and Khalil Tate seemed like a dream pairing on paper. Arizona’s new head coach had a ridiculous offense at Texas A&M with Johnny Manziel, and Tate is the kind of electric dual-threat quarterback who can do similar things.So far, though, Sumlin’s Arizona offense has been brutal. The Wildcats’ lost their season opener to BYU and Tate rarely showcased his running ability.This afternoon, Arizona is taking on Houston, and the Wildcats are getting blown out.It’s Houston 24, Arizona 0 in the second quarter.Sumlin is getting crushed.“Kevin Sumlin and Noel Mazzone with another baffling offensive plan. Tate has just three rushes (-5), and that pitch on fourth-and-short was out of horrific play call central casting. Just a gross effort by Arizona today,” Pete Thamel tweeted.Kevin Sumlin and Noel Mazzone with another baffling offensive plan. Tate has just three rushes (-5), and that pitch on fourth-and-short was out of horrific play call central casting. Just a gross effort by Arizona today.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 8, 2018“One game and one quarter into the season and Arizona under Kevin Sumlin looks like a big bag of ass so far,” tweeted another college football analyst.One game and one quarter into the season and Arizona under Kevin Sumlin looks like a big bag of ass so far— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) September 8, 2018And Tate appears to be playing hurt. From tuscon.com:Making matters worse: UA quarterback Khalil Tate appeared to injure his left ankle or calf. On a second-and-5 play, Tate went down without being touched. A trainer applied extensive tape to his lower left leg, and Tate didn’t appear to be his usual mobile self afterward.Kevin Sumlin had said before this afternoon’s game that the Wildcats had planned on “turning Tate loose,” but that doesn’t appear to be happening (or possible, with his injury).Arizona and Houston are playing on ABC/ESPN2.
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has been busy since announcing his intent to transfer. He has already visited North Carolina and Arkansas and will reportedly check out Missouri.There are two other programs in the running as well right now, Bryant told ESPN’s Maria Taylor during an appearance on SportsCenter. They are Louisville and Baylor.Those are five schools he is currently considering, though we’d expect others could try to get involved.According to sportscenter, Baylor is in Clemson QB transfer Kelly Bryant’s top 5. Bryant led Clemson to the CFP last season…— BearUpBU (@BearUpBU) October 24, 2018Bryant elected to transfer from Clemson after Week 4 when Dabo Swinney announced that Trevor Lawrence would be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward. Because he only played four games this season, he can take a redshirt for the year.Bryant is immediately eligible wherever he goes next year and he doesn’t seem to have any regrets, based off his comments to Taylor.“I made it and I’m happy I made it. I’m not looking back on it wishing I did something different,” Bryant said. “It’s tough because you walk away from what you’ve been a part of for such a long time. All the guys who have poured into you and you’ve poured into the young guys as well. But at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. They’ll understand, whether it’s right now or a couple years down the road.”During his career at Clemson, Bryant appeared in 29 games, throwing for 3,333 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 987 yards and 16 touchdowns.Bryant helped lead the Tigers to the ACC title and the College Football Playoff last season, his lone campaign as a starter after backing up Deshaun Watson for two years.[ PostandCourier.com ]
PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Penn State football is the most storied program in the school’s athletics department, but the Nittany Lions also have an incredibly successful wrestling program. It sounds like star freshman Micah Parsons wants to be on both teams.On Tuesday during Penn State wrestling media day, head coach Cael Sanderson was asked about the whispers that Parsons wants to join the team.He acknowledged them, but seems to think it is mostly a joke. From the York Dispatch:“Well, I know he wrestled up through eighth grade, and I heard he was a really good wrestler. I mean he’s a phenomenal athlete; he’s a very good wrestler,” Sanderson said. “But I don’t know. I think he just likes to joke around and just kind of play games. I think that’s kind of his personality.”James Franklin seems to think that Micah Parsons is interested in getting back into wrestling.Franklin was asked about the idea earlier in the season, and seems to think Parsons has legitimate interest:“Micah wants to play linebacker, he wants to play running back, and he wants to wrestle for Cael,” Franklin said. “And he’s not kidding. He talked to Cael about it.”Franklin added, “He says it, kidding around, but he’s deadly serious.”Parsons responded to the whole thing on Twitter as well.?????? I’m not kidding ! https://t.co/j0W1gG9uBi— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_Parsons11) October 30, 2018A jump back into Big Ten-level wrestling might be a lot, if he hasn’t done it since eighth grade. Parsons is a pretty incredible athlete though, so if anyone can, it might be him.[York Dispatch]
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 02: Penn State Nittany Lions cheerleaders perform during the second half of a football game against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions are looking to add a little bit of experience to their ranks via the transfer portal, and may have the perfect prospect for their offensive line waiting for an offer.According to PennLive, former Virginia offensive lineman R.J. Proctor has recently met with Penn State offensive line coach Matt Limegrover about a possible graduate transfer.Proctor played three seasons with the Virginia Cavaliers, but only appeared in six games in 2018.He took to Twitter on Thursday and expressed his excitement in meeting Limegrover:Thank you @CoachLimegrover for showing love and coming to visit me today. Good to finally meet you ! pic.twitter.com/LvGNxydTF5— RJ Proctor (@thenamesPROCTOR) January 25, 2019Proctor joins Miami wide receiver Lawrence Cager as graduates looking into Penn State as a transfer destination.The Nittany Lions could certainly use Proctor for some added depth.The team is already slated to lose star linemen Connor McGovern and Ryan Bates to the NFL draft.247Sports had Proctor as a three-star prospect in the Class of 2015.The 6-foot-4, 300-plus-pound Proctor was a top-150 offensive lineman prospect, and the No. 40 prospect from the state of Virginia. His addition to the Nittany Lions offensive line could provide much-needed depth.With a new quarterback under center in 2019, Penn State needs all the help it can get on the offensive front to make sure Tommy Stevens has a clean pocket.