The 2015 season’s Sugar Bowl was a romp. Ole Miss and Oklahoma State met in New Orleans, and the Rebels put an utter demolition on the Cowboys. The final score was 48-20, and it was only that close because the Pokes managed a few touchdowns in garbage time. They were down 41-6 at one point.
But now Ole Miss is in a great deal of NCAA trouble, facing 21 compliance allegations, including more than a dozen at the most serious level. An NCAA doomsday could be coming. Ole Miss isn’t contesting several of the allegations.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has seized the moment to wonder about what could’ve been 14 months ago.
“We’ll never know what we could have done in the Sugar Bowl if it was a level playing field,” Gundy now says, according to the Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten. “That is the truth. I’m not sure we would have won the Sugar Bowl, but we’ll never know.”
Despite a string of success that includes three straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance, reports have indicated that Harbaugh could be coaching his final year with the 49ers amidst conflict with players and management. In regards to the Raiders, Jason La Confora of CBS reported that Oakland is the favorite to attempt a trade for Harbaugh and mentioned the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets as other teams potentially interested in a trade.
For Woodson, his rationale for wanting Harbaugh at Michigan remains unclear. It could be because he doesn’t want to deal with Harbaugh, or it could be because Woodson is 38 and doesn’t see a future with the Raiders beyond this year. In the event that his NFL career is winding down, it makes sense that he might have a deeper allegiance to the Wolverines rather than the team that drafted him out of Michigan.
Woodson played for the Wolverines from 1995-97 and won the Heisman Trophy in his final year. He was selected by the Raiders with the No. 4 overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and played for the team until 2005 when he joined the Green Bay Packers via free agency in 2006.