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Rivals Network Recap April 18-24

It was a difficult week for the Rivals family as we lost longtime Blue & Gold Illustrated senior editor Lou Somogyi, who passed away suddenly last Saturday. Todd Burlage has a touching tribute to Lou and learn how you can help honor his memory as we begin our look around the network for the past week.


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The editor of Blue & Gold Illustrated, the site that covers Notre Dame athletics for the Rivals Network, passed away last Saturday, April 17, at the age of 58. His memory was honored throughout the week on BlueandGold.com:

Lou Somogyi's passing leaves many voids

The Lou Somogyi Memorial Scholarship


Bret Bielema prepares for his first season with Illinois
Bret Bielema prepares for his first season with Illinois

Spring football continues, or has recently concluded, at most campuses across the country, and that has helped build the excitement for the 2021 college football season. There may be no conference in the country ready for the fall football season like the Big Ten:

ORANGE AND BLUE NEWS: Bielema wants College Gameday for season opener

THE HOOSIER: A look around the Big Ten conference

THE WOLVERINE: Michigan faces lowest expectations in a decade

BUCKEYE GROVE: Ryan Day discusses Ohio State's expectations

GOLD AND BLACK: Alstott, Colletto, others discuss the passing of Purdue legend Leroy Keyes


Henry Coleman was the No. 62 ranked player in the 2020 class
Henry Coleman was the No. 62 ranked player in the 2020 class (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

The college football transfer portal has dominated the news cycle over the last few months, but after the college hoops season concluded earlier this month, itsl transfer portal is starting to pick up steam:

POWER MIZZOU: Tracking transfers around the SEC

DEVILS ILLUSTRATED: Duke's Henry Coleman enters the Portal

GOAZCATS: Former 5-star on the move out West

HAWKEYE REPORT: Who Iowa should target in the Portal


The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the college football recruiting process, forcing prospective student-athletes and college programs to to make considerable concessions. The 15-month recruiting dead period will finally come to an end on June 1, however, per the NCAA’s announcement earlier this month:

WV SPORTS: Virtual visits rise in importance for West Virginia

BLUE WHITE ILLUSTRATED: Penn State plans for the end of the dead period

GAMECOCK CENTRAL: Beamer and staff prepare for unique June recruiting period


Overtimes and practices will look different in 2021
Overtimes and practices will look different in 2021

The NCAA's spring meetings have resulted in several proposals and new pieces of legislation that could change the way college football is conducted:

GATORS TERRITORY: Fall camp could be changing

THE HOOSIER: Overtimes will look different in 2021

UGA SPORTS: Georgia partnering with NIL advisory firm