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Weekly Update

CFB Storylines of the Week

by Christopher Crawford
Updated On: June 24, 2020, 11:48 am ET

Just a reminder that we'll begin our conference previews next week, starting with a look at the Sun Belt from Mr. Mark Lindquist. Also, check out this piece from Thor Nystrom looking at the draft hauls of each NFL club. 

On to the news.

Hubbard tweets outrage over Gundy's support of network

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has had more than his fair share of controversies since taking over in Stillwater, and another one came forward last week involving inarguably the best player on the team.

On Monday, Hubbard tweeted outrage after Gundy was shown in a picture wearing a t-shirt with the logo of One America News. OAN is an alt-right network that has supported hoaxes and conspiracies, and they have not been supportive of the Black Live Matters movement; particularly recently after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and several others that have caused the protests and discussions of police brutality across the country. 

"I will not stand for this," Hubbard tweeted. "This is completely insensitive to everything going on in society, and it’s unacceptable. I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE." 

This was also not Gundy's first time supporting the network. He was quoted in April saying that he found their coverage "refreshing" because of what he perceived to be a more optimistic look at things related to COVID-19. 

Hubbard and Gundy later issued apologies -- so to speak, anyway -- with Gundy noting that he would listen to player's concerns and later condemning their network for their thoughts on BLM, and Hubbard for tweeting about it rather than going through his coach. While the latter is ridiculous, it's not uncommon in the college football landscape, with coaches wanting their players to limit their thoughts on social media. Good for Hubbard and several of his Oklahoma State teammates for speaking up, anyway.

Iowa reaches 'separation agreement' with strength coach Doyle 

A little over a week after being put on administrative leave, Iowa officially parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle.

The parting was officially called a 'separation agreement,' and that likely is due to legal ramifications. The firing/but not firing takes place after Doyle was put on leave after several players -- many of them black -- noted that he had created a "hostile work environment" for players. In a settlement with the university, he'll be paid $1.11 million and receive full health benefits for the next 15 months from the school. Before being let go, Doyle was the longest-tenured strength coach in the country, and also the highest paid.

In a related move, former Iowa linebacker Dillon Doyle -- the son of the former coach -- transferred to Baylor. The 6-foot-2, 237-pound defender is a redshirt sophomore who appeared in 17 games in his two-plus years at Iowa, and was expected to serve as a starter for the Hawkeyes. He'll need a waiver to play right away for the Bears, but if he doesn't receive one, he should compete for a starting gig for the Bears starting in 2021 with two years of eligibility remaining.

More teams return to campus, more COVID-19 shutdowns

A very large portion of the FBS teams have allowed their players to return to campus. While that's good news for those hoping for a season to start on time, the bitter comes with the better.

As should be expected, several teams have been hit hard with positive tests for the virus, and that includes last year's runner-up: Clemson. Reports indicate that 23 players and five staffers have tested positive. The Tigers haven't shutdown workouts as of yet, but Kansas State has done just that after 14-of-130 athletes came back with positive tests. Texas announced 13 players testing positive, and a large number of LSU players have also been isolated due to either positive tests or being in contact with others who have contracted it. 

We knew there were going to be players that contracted the virus, and the high numbers are only surprising if you aren't paying attention to what's going on across the country. The question now is not just how many of these players are systemic, but whether or not those clubs can contain the spread of the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci recently suggested that the NFL might have to play in a bubble in order to have a season this fall. College football does not have that luxury; it's hard to imagine that there could be teams isolated by conference during the school year, much less have all 130 FBS teams in a few locations. 

This is a story that isn't going away anytime soon.

Huskies add new name to quarterback room

Washington lost Jacob Eason to the NFL Draft, and for the first time since Jake Browning's freshman year there's an actual battle for the starting gig for the Huskies. There are several four-star recruits in the quarterback room, but the Huskies added a name from the FCS ranks who just might have a chance to win the job on Wednesday.

Former Sacramento State redshirt senior QB Kevin Thomson transferred to Washington. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound signal-caller originated at UNLV, but transferred to the Big Sky school shortly after, and put up big numbers for the Hornets. In 2019, he was the conference's player of the year; throwing for 3,216 yards with 27 touchdown passes while rushing for 619 yards and 12 additional scores. He also helped Sacramento State reach the FCS playoffs, and he finished third in the Walter Payton Award voting; the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy at the level. 

Thomson certainly adds depth and experience -- not Pac-12 experience, of course, but experience -- to the quarterback room, that's for sure. But does he have a chance to win the starting gig? Jacob Sirmon is considered the favorite after sitting behind Browning and Eason for two years, and there's also four-star redshirt freshman Dylan Morris and incoming four-star signal-caller Ethan Garbers. Washington was in the market for KJ Costello, so it appears that Jimmy Lake and new offensive coordinator John Donovan aren't completely satisfied with what they have in Montlake. Sirmon should still be considered the favorite, but if Thomson impresses this summer -- assuming he gets a chance to do that this summer -- it wouldn't be a huge upset if he was under center September 5 against Michigan.

Quick hits

Joey Kaufman of The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio State football players were required to sign an acknowledgement of risk waiver before they were able to return for voluntary workouts ... Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2021 TE Hudson Wolfe ... The ACC will hold its media days virtually from July 21-23 ... Mississippi State and Washington State announced a home-and-home series for the 2030 and 2031 seasons ... Michigan AD Manuel Warde said that players who do not follow health policy -- including the requirement for masks -- could be removed from the team ... Alabama and Ohio State scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2027 and 2028 seasons ... Tennessee dismissed senior RB Tim Jordan. Jordan was arrested near the end of May and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana ... Florida received a verbal commitment from four-star 2021 S Kamar Wilcoxson, who had previously been committed to Tennessee. It's the third time that Wilcoxson has committed to the Gators ... LSU redshirt senior DB Eric Monroe has entered the transfer portal. 

Christopher Crawford
Christopher Crawford is a baseball and college football writer for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter @Crawford_MILB.