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The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic.

As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully.

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That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on August 2, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football down-time, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)


THE HEADLINE: Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle remains highest-paid in the country with pay bump to $800K

THE SYNOPSIS: Less than a year later, amidst controversy, Doyle and the Hawkeyes “parted ways.”


THE HEADLINE: Four-star Nebraska signee Maurice Washington cleared academically

THE SYNOPSIS: If only this was the end of his off-field journey.  Yeah, not even close.


THE HEADLINE: Notre Dame mourns the passing of Ara Parseghian

THE SYNOPSIS: In 11 seasons with Parseghian as head coach, the Fighting Irish went 95-17-4 and won two national championships, 1966 and 1973.  The College Football Hall of Famer was 94 at the time of his passing.


THE HEADLINE: Ohio State sits atop AP’s Top 100 poll of all-time college football programs

THE SYNOPSIS: The Associated Press put together a list that was based on total poll appearances, number of times ranked No. 1 and bonuses for AP national championships.  The Top Five, outside of OSU? Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama and USC at Nos. 2-5.


THE HEADLINE: Big House sets U.S. soccer attendance mark

THE SYNOPSIS: For some reason, this post eclipsed the century mark in the comments section.  And, if I remember correctly, it would’ve been twice the century mark if not for the myriad comments I had to delete.


THE HEADLINE: Nebraska still has 1,000 student tickets for a lousy home schedule

THE SYNOPSIS: Of course, all of those tickets were ultimately gobbled up.  The Cornhuskers currently hold the record for the longest sellout streak in college football history at 375.  That streak dates all the way back to 1962.  NU, though, might have to play loose with numbers if that streak is to continue amidst the pandemic.


THE HEADLINE: Applebee’s serves as neighborhood bar and battle ground for UT-OU knife fight

THE SYNOPSIS: The Red River Shootout’s slogan?  “Fightin’ Good in the Neighborhood.”


THE HEADLINE: Vandy drops ‘interim’ from HC Robbie Caldwell’s title

THE SYNOPSIS: Cladwell earned just for introducing “turkey inseminating crew” into the college football lexicon.

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This author accidentally referenced Zelda as a real historical source

Irish author John Boyne is a consistent bestseller, publishing 17 novels including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. But his success didn’t save him from making a pretty hilarious rookie mistake in his latest book: Googling some basic historical information and copying whatever came up first.


As a result, he wound up referencing the Zelda game Breath of the Wild as a real historical source.


This awkward mistake was discovered by Redditor NoNoNo_OhHoHo, whose post went viral on Twitter thanks to writer Dana Schwartz. They shared an excerpt from A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, where Boyne describes a character making red dye. His list of ingredients includes “Hylian shrooms,” “red lizalfos” and “Oktorok eyeball.” These are, needless to say, not real things. They’re fantasy items from Nintendo’s Zelda franchise.

This novel I’m reading straight up lifted Breath of the Wild ingredients for a chapter about dressmaking lol from Breath_of_the_Wild

As Schwartz points out, it’s easy to see how this mistake was made. If you google “ingredients red dye clothes,” you get Breath of the Wild advice, not real-life information. Apparently Boyne and his editors glanced at phrases like “Oktorok eyeball” and thought, “sounds legit!” So now these Nintendo references are immortalized forever in this very non-fantastical work of historical literary fiction.


Boyne has since replied on Twitter, saying he found the mistake funny, and has no plans to correct it in later editions.

Yeah, Ill leave it as it is. I actually think its quite funny and youre totally right. I dont remember but I must have just googled it. Hey, sometimes you just gotta throw your hands up and say "yup! My bad!" ????

— John Boyne ???? (@john_boyne) August 3, 2020

Let this be a lesson to us all about trusting the first thing that comes up on Google.



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