Skip to main content

In today’s Fact or Fiction, I look at three big recent topics in college football and decide whether the statement is indeed FACT or if it’s FICTION.


1. Blake Corum will return next season.

Farrell’s take: FACT

I think he does. The star RB is dealing with rehabbing a knee injury and his lack of size doesn’t make him a high pick anyhow. So why not come back to Michigan with a huge NIL deal and make some life-changing money before trying the pros? It makes sense.

Nov 12, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) stiff arms Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive back Malcolm Hartzog (13) in the first half at Michigan Stadium.

Nov 12, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) stiff arms Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive back Malcolm Hartzog (13) in the first half at Michigan Stadium.

2. Mack Brown speaks for all of us about tampering.

Farrell’s take: FACT

Before Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi got ridiculous and spoke out of turn about $5 million deals for a QB that isn’t even on his team — Drake Maye of UNC — Mack Brown mentioned how teams had reached out to his QB. It was essentially a non-specific mention of the rampant tampering going on in college football and Brown, in his own classy way, spoke of how it’s a real problem. While others have ranted and raved, Brown speaks for all of us. It’s simply a problem and needs to be addressed.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Oct 29, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Mack Brown runs on to the field before the game at Kenan Memorial Stadium.


Oct 29, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Mack Brown runs on to the field before the game at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

3. Bret Bielema is still a stopgap Illinois coach

Farrell’s take: FICTION

Okay, I was wrong. I said the Illini coach was hired to clean up the mess left by Lovie Smith as a stopgap hire before they could bring in a young, hotshot recruiter. Well, Bielema only went 8-4 this season and signed a long-term extension. I figured we had seen the Bielema show in the Big Ten before at a stronger program at Wisconsin but he would be out-recruited in the end as he was with the Badgers. But I forgot one thing — Bielema finds guys that fit his system and doesn’t care about star rankings. And he wins. He’s here for a while.

Oct 15, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bret Bielema on the sidelines during the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium.

Oct 15, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bret Bielema on the sidelines during the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium.