Update: June 26 - 11 a.m. ET

Texas has added yet another former Baylor signee. This one shouldn't be much of a surprise. 

According to multiple outlets, Donovan Duvernay committed to the Longhorns on Saturday night. Donovan, a three-star athlete, is the twin brother of Devin Duvernay, who signed with UT earlier in the week. 

Great way to finish off a big day in ATX! #LetsRide

— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) June 26, 2016

Original story: June 25 - 3:20 p.m. ET

It didn’t take long for J.P. Urquidez to find his new home.

Two days after officially being granted his release from Baylor, the four-star offensive line recruit announced that he has signed to attend the University of Texas. Urquidez visited Texas on Saturday.

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After todays visit I am proud to announce I have signed to The University of Texas!🤘🏽 #HookEm pic.twitter.com/0vIarljc2i

— JP Urquidez (@JP_OT2016) June 25, 2016

Urquidez, a native of Copperas Cove, Texas, was one of five former Baylor signees to receive a release from his NLI on Thursday. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Urquidez was ranked the ninth-best tackle and No. 173 overall in the nation by Rivals.com.

According to ESPN.com, Urquidez will enroll at Texas on July 11.

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Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is excited about the addition to his roster.

Huge addition to the Class of 2016! #LetsRide

— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) June 25, 2016

Another former Baylor signee, wide receiver Devin Duvernay, officially signed with Texas on Thursday. Duvernay got a head start on the resumption of his recruitment because of a compliance error. Like Urquidez, Duvernay is rated as a four-star recruit, but comes in at No. 53 overall in the country. The Sachse, Texas, native is also considered the fifth-best player in the state and the eighth-best receiver in the country in the 2016 class. Both players are great additions to UT’s loaded 2016 class.

Offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, running back Kameron Martin and defensive backs Parrish Cobb and Donovan Duvernay were also granted full releases by Baylor. Duvernay is the twin brother of Devin Duvernay.

The players decided to leave the school after head coach Art Briles was fired in late May. The decision to move on from Briles came after an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault accusations, including several involving BU football players. 

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Posted: June 26, 2016, 2:58 pm

Chris Johnson will reportedly leave Baylor.

According to SicEmSports.com, Johnson plans to transfer to Houston after graduating from BU this summer. If those plans come to fruition, he will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Cougars and can compete immediately.

On Chris Johnson leaving #Baylor: Graduating from #Baylor this summer. Got his release. Going to #Houston. 2 years to play. Expected Y/TE.

— SicEmSports (@SicEmSports) June 25, 2016

Johnson was thrust into the spotlight late in the 2015 when Baylor’s top two quarterbacks, Seth Russell and Jarrett Stidham, went down with injuries. His first career start came in a huge game at TCU and he struggled, completing only 7-of-24 passes for 62 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the pouring rain as the Bears lost 28-21 in double overtime.

Johnson started again the following week against Texas, but he too was injured, forcing Baylor to go with its fourth-string quarterback in another loss. Johnson returned from a concussion to start the Russell Athletic Bowl against North Carolina (a 49-38 win), but the Bears relied mainly on a ground game using direct snaps to skill position players.

Johnson, who finished the season with 302 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions on 22-of-50 throwing along with 116 yards and a score rushing, was moved to wide receiver (Baylor listed him as “WR/TE”) during spring practice. It appears he will stay in a skill position role at UH, with SicEmSports reporting he will play tight end.

Utility man Chris Johnson, Baylor's 3-game starter at QB last year, working at outside WR with No. 2 offense.

— Max Olson (@max_olson) April 2, 2016

Johnson has experience on the outside. After Stidham beat him out for the No. 2 quarterback role coming out of preseason camp, Johnson played wide receiver and caught three passes for 37 yards. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, he certainly has the size to play the position.

And while signees and recruits have been fleeing Baylor after the firing of Art Briles, this move for Johnson, on the surface, looks like it could be more of a playing-time decision. Russell and Stidham are both healthy and ready to play for the Bears and the team has a bevy of skill position players challenging for playing time. The depth chart at Houston could be more favorable for Johnson.

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Posted: June 25, 2016, 10:12 pm

Kenny Hill could resurrect his career at TCU. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. This position is the toughest to evaluate, develop and project for upcoming seasons. Finding a new starter or replacing a departing senior comes easy for some teams.

While all teams would prefer to develop a quarterback pipeline through the recruiting ranks, a transfer from another program could be the right fit as the new starter. Whether it’s a one-year stopgap solution or a player that could develop into a multi-year starter, transfers can have an immediate impact for any program. It’s no secret transfers are a huge part of any offseason and can help the coaching staff bridge the gap to the next prospect or fill a void after a player didn’t develop as expected.

The transfer carousel featured some big movement in the quarterback ranks this offseason. Here’s a look at the top 30 transfers - ranked by expected impact - at quarterback for the 2016 season:

30. Zach Kline, California to ?

Kline is a well-traveled passer looking for a new team after spending the spring with Cal. The California native originally started his career in Berkeley and threw for 443 yards and three scores in 2013. Kline transferred to Butte College for the 2014 campaign and landed at Indiana State for the 2015 season. He played in three games with the Sycamores last year and completed 6 of 13 passes for 47 yards. Kline appears to have interest in transferring to Fresno State for the upcoming year. 

29. Anthony Jennings, LSU to ?/Connor Mitch, South Carolina to ?

The transfer destinations for Jennings and Mitch - two former SEC starters - are uncertain. Both players announced their intention to leave their current school as graduate transfers at the end of spring ball. Jennings started 13 games at LSU, while Mitch had two career starts at South Carolina.

28. Cole Garvin, South Alabama (from Marshall)

Garvin is part of a three-man quarterback battle at South Alabama. The Marshall transfer did not play in 2014 with the Thundering Herd and sat out 2015 due to NCAA transfer rules. Dallas Davis and Evan Orth ended spring with a slight edge on Garvin for the starting nod.

27. Eddie Printz, Texas State (from Missouri)

Printz played sparingly at Missouri over the last two seasons and left Columbia in search of more playing time. Texas State returns Tyler Jones at quarterback, but there’s a new coach (Everett Withers) and staff in place. Can Printz quickly pick up the new offense and challenge Jones for the starting job? 

26. Asiantii Woulard, USF (from UCLA)

Woulard was a four-star recruit out of Winter Park High School and spent two years at UCLA before transferring back to his home state. Quinton Flowers is entrenched as USF’s starter, but the Bulls have a good backup plan in Woulard in case of injury.

Austin Appleby transferred from Purdue to Florida. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)25. Austin Appleby, Florida (from Purdue)

Florida’s offense stalled after Will Grier’s suspension last season, but the quarterback depth in Gainesville looks a lot better for 2016. Appleby and Luke Del Rio are eligible as transfers, while true freshman Feleipe Franks also joined in time for spring ball. Appleby recorded 11 starts in three years at Purdue and threw for 2,777 yards in 17 overall appearances. The senior is likely to open the season as the Gators’ No. 2 quarterback. 

24. Danny Etling, LSU (from Purdue)

It’s no secret LSU needs more from its passing offense to push Alabama and Ole Miss in the SEC West this season. Brandon Harris threw for 2,158 yards and 13 scores last year and only completed 53.6 percent of his passes. Etling was brought in to push Harris and compete for the starting job and closed spring ball by completing four of eight passes for 93 yards and two interceptions in the final scrimmage. Etling threw for 2,490 yards and 16 scores in two years at Purdue. He’s expected to begin 2016 as LSU’s No. 2 quarterback.

23. Tyler Ferguson, WKU (from Louisville)

WKU is Ferguson’s third stop at the FBS level. The California native began his career at the College of the Sequoias and transferred to Penn State in 2013. After playing in five games with the Nittany Lions that season, Ferguson transferred to Louisville and used the 2014 campaign as a redshirt year. With one season of eligibility left, Ferguson is vying with USF transfer Mike White and sophomore Drew Eckels to replace standout Brandon Doughty under center in Jeff Brohm’s high-powered offense.

22. Faton Bauta, Colorado State (from Georgia)

Faton Bauta has reconnected with former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo at Colorado State. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)Second-year coach Mike Bobo landed a familiar name from his old job to add depth to the quarterback position in 2016. Bauta transfers from Georgia to Fort Collins with an opportunity to push starter Nick Stevens for the starting job. Stevens earned second-team All-Mountain West honors and threw for 2,679 yards and 21 scores in 2015, so it won’t be easy for Bauta to earn the starting job. However, Bauta has good mobility, which could provide a different dimension for Bobo’s offense.

21. Tyler Matthews, New Mexico State (from Southern Miss)

New Mexico State is Matthews’ third stop at the FBS level. The Texas native has previous stints at TCU and Southern Miss, but he has only four appearances in his career. Matthews was regarded as a four-star prospect out of high school and is expected to push Tyler Rogers for the starting job.

20. Ricky Town, Arkansas (from USC)

Replacing Brandon Allen won’t be easy, but Arkansas seems to have a capable candidate in Austin Allen, along with good depth in the form of Town, Rafe Peavey and Ty Storey. Town was the highest regarded quarterback out of that mix, ranking as a four-star and top-100 prospect in the 2015 signing class. However, Town didn’t challenge for the starting job in the spring and is likely ticketed as the No. 3 or No. 4 quarterback to open fall practice.

19. Conner Manning, Georgia State (from Utah)

Nick Arbuckle finished his Georgia State career in 2015 as one of the nation’s top Group of 5 quarterbacks. En route to earning first-team All-Sun Belt honors, Arbuckle threw for 4,368 yards and 28 scores last season. Manning is part of a three-man battle to replace Arbuckle after transferring from Utah. Manning played in only one game with the Utes and completed two of six passes for 28 yards in 2014. Sophomore Emiere Scaife and redshirt freshman Aaron Winchester will compete with Manning for the starting job in the fall.

18. Grant Rohach, Buffalo (from Iowa State)

With Grant Merchant transferring at the end of spring ball, Buffalo’s quarterback battle is down to Rohach and promising redshirt freshman Tyree Jackson. Rohach made five starts in three years with the Cyclones and finished his career in Ames with 1,491 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Rohach also has good mobility and figures to be a solid fit under second-year coach Lance Leipold and coordinator Andy Kotelnicki – if he can edge Jackson for the No. 1 spot. 

17. Zack Greenlee, UTEP (from Fresno State)

With Mack Leftwich sidelined for the 2016 season, Greenlee was a key pickup late in the spring for the Miners. In two years at Fresno State, Greenlee threw for 1,079 yards and 14 touchdowns to six interceptions. The California native did not transfer in time for spring practice but is expected to be locked into a tight battle with sophomores Ryan Metz and Kavika Johnson for the starting nod this fall.

Could TCU transfer Zach Allen emerge as the starter at Rutgers? (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)16. Zach Allen, Rutgers (from TCU)

Quarterback play is one of the biggest areas of concern for new coach Chris Ash. Chris Laviano (2,247 yards) is the team’s top returning option, and Hayden Rettig also received action in five games last season. However, Rutgers has a new offense, and coordinator Drew Mehringer is looking for more running ability out of his signal-caller.

Allen announced his intentions to transfer to the team in early June after three years at TCU. The Texas native was used some at receiver during his stint with the Horned Frogs and also completed two passes for 17 yards in 2014. Allen’s mobility should be a good fit for this offense, but the junior has a lot to prove as a passer.

15. Kurt Benkert, Virginia (from East Carolina)

Even though Virginia has a returning starter (Matt Johns), new coach Bronco Mendenhall wasn’t afraid of adding competition to boost the team’s overall talent level and depth at quarterback. Benkert was slated to start at East Carolina before a knee injury sidelined him prior to the 2015 campaign. In 2014, Benkert played in three games with the Pirates and completed 8 of 10 passes for 58 yards. Johns is still the favorite to start, but Benkert showed promise in limited snaps at East Carolina and adds competition for a rebuilding Virginia team this fall.

14. Chad Voytik, Arkansas State (from Pitt)

Fredi Knighten departs after a successful two-year stint as Arkansas State’s starter, but coach Blake Anderson has two promising options vying for the starting job. Junior college transfer (and former Oklahoma signal-caller) Justice Hansen and Pitt transfer Chad Voytik are set to battle for the No. 1 spot in the fall.

Voytik started all 13 games for Pitt in 2014 and threw for 2,223 yards and 16 touchdowns and added 466 yards and three scores on the ground. Voytik lost the starting job at Pitt to Nathan Peterman in 2015 but is a key pickup for Anderson and the potent Arkansas State offense for 2016.

13. Ryan Finley, NC State (from Boise State)

Boise State transfer Ryan Finley has a chance to start for NC State. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

Jacoby Brissett leaves big shoes to fill in Raleigh this season, and the Wolfpack exited spring with Jalan McClendon and Jakobi Meyers locked into a tight battle for the No. 1 spot. However, McClendon and Meyers will have competition in the fall, as Finley is eligible as a graduate transfer after three years at Boise State.

Finley redshirted in his debut with the Broncos and completed 58 passes for 646 yards and three scores over the next two years. Finley was slated to be Boise State’s starting quarterback in 2015 but was sidelined after the third game for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. 

12. Philip Nelson, East Carolina (from Minnesota/Rutgers)

Nelson has traveled an interesting road to East Carolina and has yet to play in a FBS game since the 2013 season. The Minnesota native spent two years with the Golden Gophers from 2012-13 and threw for 2,179 yards and 17 scores in that span. Additionally, Nelson added 548 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. After two seasons with Minnesota, Nelson transferred to Rutgers but was later dismissed from the team after an off-field incident in 2014. Nelson edged Kurt Benkert (transferred to Virginia after spring ball) for the starting the job and has a chance to have a solid senior year with a strong supporting cast at East Carolina.

11. Jared Johnson, UTSA (from Sam Houston State)

UTSA ranked 11th in Conference USA in passing offense last season, but new coach Frank Wilson hopes to generate improvement with the addition of Johnson through the graduate transfer rank and the hire of veteran assistant Frank Scelfo to call the plays. Johnson was the Southland Offensive Player of the Year after accounting for 2,686 total yards and 23 overall scores in 2015. Johnson should provide a spark for UTSA’s offense and will be an impact transfer for Wilson.

10. Alec Morris, North Texas (from Alabama)

New coach Seth Littrell has a lot of work to do in his first season in Denton. North Texas finished 1-11 and averaged only 15.2 points a game last year. Littrell is one of the nation’s top offensive minds and should get this program back on track over the next couple of seasons, and there’s immediate help on the way in the form of Morris – a graduate transfer from Alabama.

In three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Morris attempted only one pass and played in eight games. However, the Texas native should be a good fit for Littrell’s offense, and the former three-star recruit should provide a spark for the Mean Green attack. 

9. Darell Garretson, Oregon State (from Utah State)

Darell Garretson reunited with Gary Andersen at Oregon State. (Godofredo Vasquez/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Oregon State’s offense struggled mightily last season, finishing 12th in the Pac-12 by averaging only 19 points a game. Coach Gary Andersen wasted no time making changes this offseason, as Kevin McGiven and T.J. Woods were promoted to co-coordinators, with last year’s quarterback – Seth Collins – switching to a slash/all-purpose role in 2016. Garretson started seven games at Utah State as a true freshman in 2013 and finished the year with 1,446 passing yards and 10 scores.

He was pressed into duty once again due to injuries in 2014 and threw for 1,140 yards and eight touchdowns in five appearances. Garretson also displayed his mobility to make plays on the run with the Aggies, adding 344 yards and 18 scores in two seasons. He's slated to take the take the first snap for Oregon State this fall.  

8. Patrick Towles, Boston College (from Kentucky)

Despite owning one of the nation’s top defenses last season, Boston College finished 3-9 and winless in conference play. Offense was the primary culprit for the Eagles, as this unit managed only 9.1 points a game in ACC contests and failed to score more than 20 points in each of the last 10 contests. However, help is on the way for coach Steve Addazio. With Drew Barker entrenched as Kentucky’s starter, Towles transferred to Boston College looking for a starting job for his final year of eligibility.

In three seasons of playing time with the Wildcats, Towles threw for 5,099 yards and 24 scores, including two years of 2,000 or more passing yards (2014-15). Towles isn’t expected to push for All-ACC honors, but he should give the Boston College offense a much-needed boost after managing only 110.9 passing yards per game in 2015.

7. John O’Korn, Michigan (from Houston)

Ex-Houston QB John O'Korn is in a QB battle at Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh had a lot of success with a transfer quarterback (Jake Rudock) last season. Could the same formula work once again for the Wolverines in 2016? O’Korn had a promising start to his career at Houston, throwing for 3,117 yards and 28 scores in 2013. However, O’Korn struggled in 2014 and was benched in favor of Greg Ward after tossing eight interceptions through the first five games.

The Florida native should benefit from a change of scenery and the opportunity to work under Harbaugh. O’Korn finished spring locked into a tight battle with Wilton Speight for the starting job.  

6. Mike White, WKU (from South Florida)

Brandon Doughty closed out a prolific career at WKU with a standout senior season as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Doughty torched opposing defenses for 5,055 yards and 48 touchdowns in 2015 and earned third-team All-America honors by Athlon Sports. Replacing Doughty’s production won’t be easy, but Jeff Brohm is one of the nation’s top offensive minds and should keep the WKU offense on track.

White showed promise in a two-year stint at USF, throwing for 2,722 yards and 11 scores from 2013-14. The junior is the frontrunner to replace Doughty as WKU’s starter for 2016.

5. Luke Del Rio, Florida (from Oregon State)

Florida’s offense struggled mightily once Will Grier was lost for the year due to a suspension. The Gators averaged only 22.7 points in SEC contests last season and tossed only five touchdown passes over the final six games. While the offense still has to prove in game action it found the right answers this offseason, it’s hard to envision this unit performing at the same level. Del Rio is eligible after sitting out 2015 as a transfer from Oregon State and finished spring as Florida’s No. 1 quarterback.

Luke – the son of NFL coach Jack Del Rio – spent one year at Alabama (2013) and played the 2014 season at Oregon State. In his time with the Beavers, Del Rio completed 8 of 18 passes for 141 yards. His experience is limited, but Del Rio should provide a boost for Florida’s passing game.

4. Dakota Prukop, Oregon (from Montana State)

A graduate transfer (Vernon Adams) from the FCS level at quarterback worked out well for Oregon in 2015. Prukop should be another good fit for the Ducks in their dynamic offense, as he transfers to Oregon after accounting for 3,822 yards and 39 total scores at Montana State last season. Additionally, Prukop earned first-team All-America honors by the Associated Press in 2015.

It’s hard to read too much into spring game statistics, but Prukop appears to be making an easy transition into the program. The senior completed 20 of 29 throws for 190 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon’s spring game. While Prukop has an impressive resume from his stint at Montana State, he will be pushed by Travis Jonsen for the starting job. Prukop may not be the dynamic playmaker through the air that Adams was, but he will present a bigger threat on the ground to opposing defenses. 

3. Trevor Knight, Texas A&M (from Oklahoma)

Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight will provide stability at quarterback for Texas A&M. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The December decisions by Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray to transfer from Texas A&M left coach Kevin Sumlin searching for immediate help at quarterback. Sumlin didn’t have to look too far for an answer, as Knight wanted an opportunity to start in his senior year with Baker Mayfield entrenched as Oklahoma’s No. 1 quarterback. Knight appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season after torching Alabama for 348 passing yards and four touchdowns in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. However, Knight didn’t build off that performance and finished the 2014 season with 2,300 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes.

Mayfield supplanted Knight as Oklahoma’s starter in 2015. The senior should be a good fit in new coordinator Noel Mazzone’s offense and is surrounded by a deep group of skill players, including one of the SEC's top receiving corps. If Knight can stay healthy, he has a chance to finish 2016 as one of the SEC’s top quarterbacks.

2. Kenny Hill, TCU (from Texas A&M)

Even though TCU’s offense suffered some heavy losses, this unit may not slip too far on the stat sheet in 2016. Trevone Boykin leaves big shoes to fill at quarterback, but the Horned Frogs have two capable options – Kenny Hill and Foster Sawyer – waiting in the wings. Hill replaced Johnny Manziel after he left for the NFL in 2014 and started the first eight games of the season. The Texas native threw for 2,649 yards and 23 scores and added 156 yards on the ground during his starting stint. However, Hill struggled midway through the year and was eventually replaced by Kyle Allen.

Since the arrival of co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie, TCU has averaged over 40 points in back-to-back seasons. With a loaded group of skill players at his disposal, Hill could be the point guard of an explosive TCU attack in 2016. However, he still has to hold off Sawyer for the starting job this fall.

1. Davis Webb, California (from Texas Tech)

Davis Webb has the potential to put up big numbers at Cal. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)Replacing the No. 1 overall pick (Jared Goff) in the NFL Draft is never easy, but California’s offense should be set with the addition of Davis Webb under center. Webb was the most sought after graduate transfer quarterback this season and was committed to Colorado before switching to California in May. The transition from Texas Tech’s offense to California’s Bear Raid attack should be an easy one for Webb, as new play-caller Jake Spavital operated a similar scheme at Texas A&M and West Virginia.

During his three seasons with the Red Raiders, Webb threw for 5,557 yards and 46 scores. The Golden Bears will have a revamped group of receivers for Webb to throw to, but the senior is considered one of the top prospects at quarterback for the 2017 NFL Draft and should push for All-Pac-12 honors.

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Posted: June 25, 2016, 9:34 pm

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)A social media nightmare became a reality for the SEC.

On Saturday morning, the SEC’s official Twitter account posted inappropriate photos of scantily clad women in two separate tweets. The tweets, which were sent out to the account’s 325,000 followers, were up only briefly before being deleted.

(You can see the NSFW images here, if interested)

Soon after the posts were deleted, commissioner Greg Sankey apologized and the conference later said its account was hacked.

Today an unknown/unauthorized individual accessed @SEC twitter. We apologize for any concern or confusion this caused.

— SEC (@SEC) June 25, 2016

The SEC Twitter account has been hacked. Our staff is working to correct the problem. Apologies for any concern or confusion this caused.

— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) June 25, 2016

“We became aware of it when we saw some retweets,” SEC spokesman Herb Vincent said in a statement to ESPN. “The images were removed immediately, our password changed and we notified Twitter. We will, of course, continue to monitor the account closely today.”

Chuck Dunlap, the SEC’s communications director, had a sense of humor about the whole ordeal.

Sometimes 'I was hacked' is actually true....

— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) June 25, 2016

The NFL’s Twitter account was hacked earlier this month, so at least the SEC isn’t alone with its social media issues.

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Posted: June 25, 2016, 7:50 pm

David Beaty’s first season as Kansas didn’t go too well on the field, but that hasn’t stopped him from making progress on the recruiting trail.

The Jayhawks have already landed 10 verbal commitments for their 2017 class, including five three-star recruits and one four-star recruit. By comparison, by this time last year, the team had just two commitments that ended up signing with the school.

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Maybe it’s because Beaty does stuff like this:

@beaty_david My Head Coach🔥🔥🔥 lol!🔴🔵 #RockChalk #JayCrew17 pic.twitter.com/VlkbOTnWvi

— Loading........™ (@King_Reggiee) June 25, 2016

Yeah, that’s Beaty just casually rolling down the street on a hoverboard while recording a message for Reggie Roberson, a three-star wide receiver commit from Mesquite, Texas.

Beaty spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M before getting the head gig at Kansas. He has been able to dip into the fertile Texan recruiting grounds quite a bit, landing eight signees from the Lone Star State in 2016 and four so far in the current class.

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You have to be innovative while connecting with kids in recruiting, right? The hoverboard video is lighthearted, no doubt, but it’s just a small glimpse into Beaty’s effort to get the Kansas program off the ground. 

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Posted: June 25, 2016, 4:30 pm

Baylor and Art Briles are officially done with each other.

The two parties released a joint statement Friday evening announcing their separation. Briles had been suspended with intent to terminate as an independent investigation regarding the school's handling of sexual assault cases had been released in May.

Baylor University and Art Briles have mutually agreed to terminate their employment relationship, effective immediately. Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes, including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities within the football program. Baylor is addressing these shortcomings and making ongoing improvements.

Baylor wishes Coach Briles well in his future endeavors. Coach Briles expresses his thanks to the City of Waco and wishes the Baylor Bears success in the future.

The school announced acting head coach Jim Grobe would take over on Memorial Day, so an announcement of Briles' departure from the school at 7 p.m. local time on a Friday wasn't a surprise. The official news of the separation comes a week after reports emerged that they had reached a settlement regarding the remaining balance of Briles' contract with the school.

Briles lost his job after a summary of the report outlined transgressions within the football program when it came to sexual assault accusations. According to the report, Baylor staff members had "innapropriate involvement" with disciplinary matters.

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Two players who were members of the Baylor team while Briles was coach are currently serving prison sentences for rape while other former players have been accused of sexual assault.

Briles had a record of 65-37 in his eight years at Baylor and the Bears were 10-3 in 2015. Given the circumstances surrounding his departure, it's hard to envision him ever getting a prominent coaching role again.

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Baylor interim athletic director Todd Patulski told the Dallas Morning-News that no other football staff changes were expected.

"We've got a staff that's ready for the season and ready to move forward," Patulski said.

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Posted: June 25, 2016, 12:25 am

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Georgia State, which currently plays at the Georgia Dome, is getting closer to acquiring Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are building a new stadium in Cobb County, Georgia.

The sale of Turner Field to Georgia State could be official "within weeks." https://t.co/JuRQ9iRRnj

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Purdue's Ra'Zahn Howard is reportedly heading to the NFL. He had 20 tackles in 2015 and was to be a senior in 2016.

Due to academic reasons, Purdue DT Ra'Zahn Howard is declaring for next month's supplemental draft, per source. Having pro day in NJ July 8.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 24, 2016

If you haven't already, read this about Pitt running back James Conner.

Read this wonderful story from @NicoleAuerbach on Pittsburgh RB James Conner's bout with cancer: https://t.co/22YdVd1rzd

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Former Cal quarterback Zach Kline could end up at another California school.

Former Cal QB Zach Kline (https://t.co/FWtN3MxB3T) could land at Fresno State as a graduate transfer: https://t.co/2692VfYNMf

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Utah likes its new video board.

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Posted: June 24, 2016, 11:41 pm

Update: June 24 - 5:30 p.m. ET

According to CaneSport.com, up to five players could be involved in the same issues that got Young suspended from the team.

But the announcement immediately jumpstarted speculation of the involvement of an additional player or players. A source told CaneSport that as many as five other players might also be under suspicion of accepting illegal benefits from the same car agency .A separate source told CaneSport that the rumors that basketball players might also be involved are totally false.

There were no confirmations or denials of any of the rumors from UM except another highly-placed source told CaneSport that there is absolutely no NCAA investigation involving the issue that caused Young's suspension or possibly involving any other UM athletes.

Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammed, another player named in the report that said Young was being investigated, has not been suspended by Miami.

Update: June 24 - 1:30 p.m. ET

Miami announced that linebacker Juwon Young has been indefinitely suspended from the program. In a brief release, the school said Young's suspension stems from a "violation of department rules."

According to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, Young was not forthcoming during the school's investigation.

Per source, Young was suspended because he wasn't forthcoming with UM about its internal investigation re: potential NCAA violations.

— Matt Porter (@mattyports) June 24, 2016

Per Porter, the investigation could involve basketball, too. 

Miami has for months been investigating several players in football and basketball. More to come in my story.

— Matt Porter (@mattyports) June 24, 2016

Original story: June 24 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Miami is reportedly investigating two of its own players for potential NCAA violations.

According to the Miami Herald, linebacker Juwon Young and defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad are being looked at for their possible involvement with a car agency. Young is currently “away from the team” and his status for the 2016 season is “in serious doubt,” the report says.

From the Herald:

Multiple people inside the UM football program do not expect Young to be on the team this season. One source cautioned that he's in limbo and it's still possible he could return but he's not in a good position.

The matter, according to a source, involved Young gaining use of a luxury vehicle from a car agency. It's unclear if Young paid for the vehicle or if he intends to.

Things do not appear to be as serious in Muhammad’s case. The Herald reports the standout defensive lineman is still with the team, but as of now, he has “not been cleared.” However, “multiple sources expect Muhammad to be on the team next season,” the report says.

Savannah State quarterback Zach Hutchenson (15) passes as he is pressured by Miami defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (98). (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Both players were expected to play significant roles on the Hurricanes’ defense in 2016. Young, a junior, had 57 tackles, three tackles for loss and an interception in 2015. He started five of the team’s final seven games.

Muhammad played in 12 games in 2015 with seven starts and finished with 54 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He missed 2014 due to suspension. He was reportedly involved in an altercation with his roommate, who is said to have broken his nose in the incident.

Miami already on NCAA probation through October stemming from the scandal involving former booster Nevin Shapiro. In the situation involving Young and Muhammad, the school “would report” to the NCAA “if it confirms any violations occurred,” the Herald reported.

Miami is entering its first season under Mark Richt, who returned to his alma mater after he was fired following 15 seasons at Georgia. Richt replaces Al Golden, who was fired during the 2015 season – his fifth with the program. Overall, Golden finished with a 32-25 (17-18 ACC) with the Hurricanes.

Miami opens its season against Florida A&M on Sept. 3.

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Posted: June 24, 2016, 9:42 pm

Clemson students don't have to worry about paying for good seats at football games in 2016.

The school tabled a proposal that would have charged students if they wanted to sit in the lower level of the stadium. The fee would have been $225 and would guarantee students lower-level seats for the entirety of the season.

Upper-deck tickets would have still been free on a first-come, first-serve basis. The student-body elect told the Charleston Post and Courier at the time of the proposal in April that it was like segregating the stadium based on socioeconomic status.

Mind you, that's kind of what happens when a team charges more for seats with a better view.

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While they're getting to go to games free in 2016, Clemson students are getting pinched regarding other fees, however. Perhaps some of them would have preferred a football surcharge vs. other ideas? From The State:

Undergraduates from South Carolina will pay an extra 3.14 percent, or $218 on average per semester, while out-of-staters will pay an extra 4.27 percent, or $700 per semester on average. That translates to per semester averages of $7,159 for tuition and student fees for in-staters, and $17,100 for out-of-staters.

Meal plans will rise 4 percent per semester on average, from $1,860 to $1,940, and housing will go up an average of 6 percent, from $2,698 to $2,865.

Clemson opens the season on the road against Auburn. The team's home-opener is against Troy on September 10.

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Posted: June 24, 2016, 7:33 pm

Michigan State's L.J. Scott rushes against Central Michigan's Malik Fountain (31) and Mitch Stanitzek (44). (AP Photo/Al Goldis)A Central Michigan linebacker accused of punching two women was acquitted on all charges on Thursday.

According to the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun, Malik Fountain, a sophomore for the Chippewas, was facing four misdemeanor assault charges - two counts of assault, one count of aggravated assault and one count of jostling - stemming from an alleged December incident at a bar. He was found not guilty after jury deliberations lasted about an hour.

From the Morning Sun:

In a move never seen before by defense attorney Joseph Barberi, jurors in the Malik Fountain trial filed out of the Isabella County Courthouse Thursday morning and hugged Fountain, his mother, father, girlfriend and brother.

As jurors returned not guilty verdicts for two counts of assault, one count of aggravated assault and one count of jostling, Fountain’s parents, Dion Fountain and Pamela Randle, and other relatives, quietly wiped tears from their eyes following Judge Eric Janes’ caution to the gallery to remain calm.

Per CMU’s student newspaper, one of the women involved in the incident told police a black man tried to dance with her, but she declined. She said the man punched her friend in the eye and also punched her in the nose, resulting in a broken bone.

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The woman picked Fountain out to police by viewing his photo on CMU’s football roster. Fountain maintained his innocence throughout the legal proceedings.

“I’m not the person they claimed I was,” Fountain said Thursday outside the courthouse. “There’s no way I would do something like this.”

Fountain has been indefinitely suspended from the program since his arrest. His status is unchanged as of now while the program “continues to evaluate this situation,” an athletic department spokesman told the Morning Sun.

After redshirting in 2014, Fountain was third on the team with 67 tackles in 2015. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. 

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Posted: June 24, 2016, 6:42 pm

UConn coach Bob Diaco can make you some presidential pasta.

The coach says he has former President John F. Kennedy's recipe for fettuccine alfredo. Diaco explained how he obtained the recipe in a lengthy Q&A with Sports Illustrated.

It's not mine. And I wasn't there, but the person that told me was one of the greatest, finest men I had met in my life. Jim Hayes, who's a world-renowned lawyer, is a great, great friend. He went to Loras College, a small Jesuit school in Iowa and was president of student body. When JFK was campaigning, doing the Iowa caucus, he did a speech at Loras College. All the finite details, I'm not sure of. But the speech ended and Jim, JFK, the monsignor of the school and another priest find themselves hungry. And there's no place to eat, but they do have access to the cafeteria. JFK says, "You know? How about I cook you guys my Fettuccine Alfredo recipe?" Jim Hayes is taking diligent notes of this moment, and then he taught me.

An Italian kid from Essex County, N.J., all I ever consumed was Italian food. You figure I'll get my fettuccine recipe second-generation from JFK.

Diaco wasn't too revealing with the secrets to the pasta, but did reveal one of the tricks to the secret recipe. If anyone else has any ideas as to what it could be, please let us know because who wouldn't want to recreate a president's pasta recipe?

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There's a couple of things, but I think the main thing to talk about is the Alfredo is made and put together and built structurally with the pasta. You make an Alfredo, you boil the pasta and you incorporate the two. Even if you incorporate the two in a pan rather than pour it into a bowl, it's still separate. This Alfredo is entirely built as the pasta finishes cooking. So, they kind of really cook together. There's one other ingredient that I'll have to leave as a secret.

We also have an idea for UConn's success in 2016. Diaco should cook the pasta for all visiting teams to UConn this season for their pregame meal. They'll likely love the fettuccine so much on Friday night and eat too much. Then on game day, the calories and cream sauce would make them sluggish.

 

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Posted: June 24, 2016, 6:03 pm

When NC State hosts Notre Dame on Oct. 8, the Wolfpack will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first game at Carter-Finley Stadium. In doing so, the team will wear throwback uniforms featuring the program’s classic red diamond logo.

Closer look at #CF50 throwbacks. pic.twitter.com/C2pgamAmkd

— NC State Football (@PackFootball) June 23, 2016

NC State first used the diamond logo in 1986 and it graced the Wolfpack’s helmet for the following 14 seasons until returning to the block “S” in 2000.

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“It’s a special year as we honor Carter-Finley’s 50th anniversary,” head coach Dave Doeren said. “To recognize our proud tradition, we have brought back the diamond logo and uniform.”

Here is how the rest of the uniform combination will look:

(via NC State athletics)
(via NC State athletics)

Coming off a 7-6 record in 2015, NC State opens its 2016 campaign at home against William & Mary.

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Posted: June 24, 2016, 2:29 pm

(Getty)Five signees from Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class have officially been released from their National Letters of Intent.

The university announced the decision Thursday night, clarifying that the prospects involved were those who “formally requested” their release prior to May 31. The school did not name the prospects in question in a news release, but several outlets reported they are defensive back Parrish Cobb, defensive back Donovan Duvernay, offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, running back Kameron Martin and offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez.

Those five players have been granted a full release, Baylor Rivals.com affiliate SicEmSports.com confirmed with the National Letter of Intent office. They are now free to completely re-open their recruiting process and sign with any other institution.

Per the NLI to SicEmSports: Five NLI release requests have been FINALIZED as complete releases. #Baylor #SicEm

— SicEmSports (@SicEmSports) June 24, 2016

“I wanted the opportunity to talk with our signees and their families before providing any releases,” said Baylor acting head coach Jim Grobe. “This has never been about whether or not we would ultimately provide individuals with a release; we simply asked that we go through the process outlined by the NLI, take some time and have the chance to speak with the student-athletes and their parents. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities to meet with these families and wish each individual success in all that they do in life.

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Duvernay is the brother of Devin Duvernay, a four-star wide receiver who officially signed with Texas earlier on Thursday. Like his brother, Devin Duvernay signed with Baylor in the 2016 class. However, a compliance error with his paperwork allowed Devin to re-enter the recruiting process two weeks ago.

Donovan Duvernay is rated as a three-star athlete by Rivals.com while Cobb, Martin, Urquidez and Hudson are all rated as four-star recruits.

The players decided to leave Baylor after Art Briles was fired as head coach in late May amid the school’s sexual assault scandal which also resulted in the resignations of school president/chancellor Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw.

Jared Atkinson, a three-star wide receiver, initially asked for his release from the school but opted to stay with Baylor in the end.

Some members of the program’s 2016 class – those who decided to stick with the Bears – are already on campus. Others are expected to arrive in Waco for the second summer session.

“I am very impressed with the young men who are here at Baylor and on our team,” Grobe said. “We have great student-athletes who are working hard, committed to success and being a part of something special. I am committed to each one in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.”

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Baylor opens up its 2016 at home on Sept. 2 against Northwestern State.

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Posted: June 24, 2016, 12:35 am

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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and his former quarterback, Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Bucs, took time out of their day to visit survivors of the shooting in Orlando on Wednesday.

Thank you Coach Jimbo Fisher & Jameis Winston for visiting survivors & their families! @orlandohealth @FSU_Football pic.twitter.com/4lbDlpFp7R

— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) June 22, 2016

Steve Berkowitz of USA Today got his hands on the NCAA’s recent federal tax return and found that president Mark Emmert made nearly $2 million during the 2014 calendar year. That total wasn’t as much as the more than $2.7 million paid to chief operating officer Jim Isch. He retired late in 2014.

NCAA President Mark Emmert credited with nearly $1.9M in total pay for 2014 calendar year, new NCAA tax docs show: https://t.co/6L4NpPRxYt

— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) June 23, 2016

Devin Duvernay was the top-rated recruit in Baylor’s 2016 signing class but he decided to open up his recruitment after the turmoil in Waco. Duvernay announced his commitment to Texas earlier this week. It became official on Thursday.

Longhorns add HS All-America WR Devin Duvernay (Sachse, Texas) to 2016 signing class https://t.co/JrjuvoWwQn pic.twitter.com/FpysE8gLs8

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Michigan’s satellite camp tour is still going and Jim Harbaugh is still wearing jerseys at each spot. Thursday, the Wolverines stopped in Sacramento and Harbaugh donned the No. 7 jersey of Colin Kaepernick, Harbaugh’s quarterback during his time as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Harbaugh wearing Kaepernick in Sacramento today. pic.twitter.com/WbIV3XCZs3

— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) June 23, 2016

Illinois defensive tackle Teko Powell told the Champaign News-Gazette that he is leaving the program to pursue a graduate transfer. Powell started a combined nine games for the Illini in 2013 and 2014, but missed the 2015 season with a foot injury.

“I had four different head coaches that either recruited me or coached me. I’m looking for a more stable program with the last two years of eligibility that I’ll have,” Powell said.

Illinois DT Teko Powell will pursue a graduate transfer. Foot injuries cut short his past two seasons. https://t.co/nPDfGdVFK1

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 23, 2016

Georgia reportedly added defensive back J.R. Reed, a transfer from Tulsa. Reed played mainly special teams for Tulsa last fall. Also, he is the cousin of Deangelo Gibbs, a four-star class of 2017 recruit from Loganville, Georgia.

J.R. Reed, son of Jake Reed, transferring to UGA. We have the latest on the story right here:https://t.co/fn3mKfUhFq pic.twitter.com/whWysLs1AR

— Paul Maharry (@pmaharry) June 23, 2016

Devontre Parnell, a graduate transfer from Louisville, told the Sun Herald he will finish his career at Southern Miss. He missed the 2013 and 2015 seasons due to injuries and appeared in only three games in 2014. However, he was healthy during spring practice for Louisville and says he’s ready to go for his final season.

Devontre Parnell, a grad transfer from Louisville, has committed to Southern Miss. The CB has one year remaining. https://t.co/LwBIv6l0Wj

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 23, 2016

Colorado and Kansas State agreed to a home-and-home series – 2027 in Boulder and 2028 in Manhattan. Colorado will also play North Dakota State in 2024.

More future games announced. We'll face @NDSUfootball in 2024 and @KStateFB in '27 & '28. #GoBuffs https://t.co/grqXdFt1sv

— Colorado Football (@RunRalphieRun) June 23, 2016
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Posted: June 23, 2016, 11:18 pm

Akron celebrates a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl victory over Utah State. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)It appears former Michigan offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman is staying in the Midwest.

Tuley-Tillman, who was dismissed from Michigan in September 2015, announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he will continue his career at Akron as a graduate transfer.

“Finally done with my bachelors and happy to join @ZipsFB and get back to work,” Tuley-Tillman tweeted.

Tuley-Tillman was dismissed by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” A few months later, specifics emerged when Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies for filming sex with a woman without her consent.

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The 6-foot-7, 309-pound tackle eventually pled guilty to lesser charges in March and was put on two years probation.

Tuley-Tillman was a four-star recruit in Brady Hoke’s final Michigan recruiting class. He redshirted in 2013 and appeared in one game as a backup in 2014. He was UM’s second-string left tackle and appeared in the opener last season before his dismissal.

Tuley-Tillman previously announced a commitment to Washington State in January, but he clearly has a change of plans. If the transfer to Akron comes to fruition, Tuley-Tillman will have two years of eligibility remaining and can compete immediately.

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Posted: June 23, 2016, 8:22 pm

Florida State has state championship rings.

No, this is not a joke. It really does.

#StateChamps pic.twitter.com/1084utCJZr

— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) June 23, 2016

The Seminoles beat Florida and Miami in 2015. According to the Tallahasse Democrat, the players received the rings on Thursday and they are "personalized with last names, and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on the left side, and scores for both games on the right side."

The Seminoles also beat South Florida, but the poor Bulls don't get to have the score of their loss to the Seminoles on the rings. Sorry USF. And, as you likely know, Florida State lost to Houston in the Peach Bowl, so part of the ring is commemorating a loss.

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We're wondering just how many players will be wearing their state championship rings on a regular basis. Or how many players would have preferred the cash value of the ring instead of the ring itself. If only FSU could have given them the option within NCAA rules.

FSU plays all three Florida teams again in 2016. If the Seminoles don't win the ACC or their bowl game, a second-straight state title ring from a team a few years removed from a national championship would be, uh, fun. Especially if South Florida merits inclusion. Can't keep ignoring Willie Taggart's team.

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Posted: June 23, 2016, 5:35 pm

West Virginia quarterback/wide receiver David Sills is transferring.

West Virginia issued a statement about Sills' departure Thursday morning.

"We appreciate everything David has done for the Mountaineer football program," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement. "He has done everything asked of him and has been a great teammate. He has decided to transfer to pursue his dream of playing quarterback in college. We wish him nothing but the best in all of his future endeavors on and off the field.”

Per DKSports.com, Sills will be transferring to El Camino Junior College in California.

You may remember Sills as the middle school quarterback who got a scholarship offer from then-USC coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin in 2010. Sills never went to USC, instead choosing the Mountaineers, a school much closer to his Maryland home.

Sills saw playing time in 2015, but it wasn't at quarterback. Rather he played at wide receiver as Skylar Howard was the team's starting quarterback. With Howard returning in 2016, Sills wasn't in line to get any playing time barring an injury.

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He might not have gotten any at quarterback in 2017 or beyond, either. The Mountaineers now have former Florida quarterback Will Grier, who transferred to the school following his suspension for a banned substance at Florida. Grier is sitting out the 2016 season and eligible to return in 2017.

Sills was a four-star recruit and the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2015, according to Rivals. He had seven catches for 131 yards and two scores in 2015.

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Posted: June 23, 2016, 2:01 pm

While Nebraska players heard Brenda Tracy's story on Wednesday, her public re-telling of alleged events 18 years ago had a huge benefit for Tracy too.

Tracy said she was sexually assualted by four men, including two Oregon State football players in 1998. Nebraska coach Mike Riley was the Beavers' coach at the time and he ultimately suspended the two players for a game after the charges against them didn't proceed.

She also met with Riley face-to-face for the first time.

“Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that just happened,” Tracy told USA Today after meeting with both Riley and the team. “I feel like a ton of bricks have been lifted off my back. Literally I feel like I might be five sizes smaller in my skin.”

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Riley's had a standing invite for Tracy to come speak to his players and news of her appearance in front of his football team came in the immediate aftermath of the findings of Baylor's handling of sexual assault accusations. He's said he wanted his players to "always undersand it's about choices."

Tracy had previously said she despised Riley and wanted to know why he suspended the two players, Calvin Carlyle and Jason Dandridge, for a single game. Per USA Today, he told her that he knew the charges had been dropped after the players were arrested and did not know any details.

“If he had known, he hoped he would have done something differently,” Tracy said. “He thinks about it. What happened to me has had an impact on him. … It’s not a feeling of relief but a little bit of closure.”

She said she didn't hold back regarding the details of what she said happened with the players.

“Every detail,” she said via Omaha.com. “The players were really engaged. I didn’t see anyone on their cellphone. Coach Riley said he had never seen them like this.”

Nebraska released a statement Wednesday evening about Tracy's presentation to the team.

"Prior to speaking with the team, Brenda and I had a chance to meet at length," Riley's statement said. "I expressed my sincere gratitude for her willingness to come and I offered my support in her efforts to impact others around the country. Out of respect to Brenda, I will not share details of our conversation but I hope to have the opportunity to continue our dialogue.

"This has been an important day for me and for our football program and we must keep the focus on the victims, and on preventing inexcusable acts in the future."

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Posted: June 23, 2016, 12:10 pm

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. ET June 23

The alleged offense that got Chad Clay dismissed from Georgia was a petty one.

Per the Macon Telegraph, a police incident report shows Clay is accused of stealing a pair of headphones valued at $30.

According to the incident report, a university student placed a pair of headphones down next to his phone and water bottle on the bleachers closest to the front of the court. Upon returning, the victim noticed his headphones were missing and reported them stolen.

An officer was able to identify Clay as the responsible party and got a judge to take a warrant out for his arrest for misdemeanor theft by taking. The officer contacted Clay over the phone and informed him of the warrant on Wednesday and gave him the number to the Clarke County Sheriff's Office Warrants Division so he could settle it.

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A second alleged offense has gotten Chad Clay dismissed from Georgia.

The Bulldogs dismissed the early-enrollee freshman defensive back Wednesday night after he was arrested on theft charges. Clay was previously involved in a dorm incident with BB guns in April along with another player.

According to UGASports.com, Clay was arrested for "theft by taking" and "was booked into the Clarke County Jail at 6:04 p.m. ET and later released at 7:17 p.m. on a $1,500 bond."

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“Unfortunately, Chad will no longer be a part of our football program” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “It is very disappointing, and we wish him the best in his efforts to continue his education.”

Clay and defensive tackle Julian Rochester were arrested for the BB guns in the dorm in April. The players' attorney said at the time that the two were shooting empty solo cups in their dorm room and the possession and use of the BB gun violated a rule regarding firearms on campus.

A native of Suwanee, Georgia, Clay was a three-star recruit in the class of 2016.

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Posted: June 23, 2016, 1:46 am

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer attended the Cleveland Cavaliers' championship parade with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and basketball coach Thad Motta.

We're ready for the @cavs 🏆 parade with Coach Matta & @OSUCoachMeyer
GREAT DAY CLEVELAND! #ALLin216 pic.twitter.com/8FsQGhPj3s

— gene smith (@OSU_AD) June 22, 2016

The three even got their picture taken with LeBron James too.

The KING! pic.twitter.com/tOP3BspEQE

— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 22, 2016

Here's what North Dakota's new logo looks like:

Here's the new #NorthDakota Fighting Hawks logo! pic.twitter.com/T2kYPzNQLv

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 22, 2016

Troy showed off a white helmet.

Troy’s got some white helmets now: https://t.co/L3y6XoeCBb pic.twitter.com/G3FXf7o3y2

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 22, 2016

Missouri made the transfer of former Oklahoma running back Alex Ross official. The move was first reported in May. Ross is a graduate transfer and eligible to play immediately.

#Mizzou Football welcomes Jenks, OK (Oklahoma/Jenks HS) RB/KR Alex Ross!#MizzouMade #ShowMe 🐯🏈 pic.twitter.com/nGn8kUy5ow

— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) June 22, 2016

Tennessee wide receiver Vincent Perry is academically ineligible. He's reportedly set to stay on the team as a walk-on and practice.

Tennessee WR Vincent Perry, a redshirt freshman and 3-star recruit in 2015, is academically ineligible in 2016: https://t.co/VaLxLbcVqG

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 22, 2016

And what better way to conclude this edition of social hour than with some offensive linemen pretending to score touchdowns?

Offensive linemen @ETHANPOCIC and @w_clapp practicing their TD celebrations at today's photoshoot. pic.twitter.com/5fNt6oG82X

— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) June 22, 2016
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Posted: June 22, 2016, 10:38 pm

Eastern Kentucky is getting another impact transfer.

Former Texas Tech cornerback Nigel Bethel announced on Twitter that he's transferring to the FCS school. Bethel announced his intentions to transfer from Texas Tech in May and was set to be the top returning defensive back on the Red Raiders' roster. Since he's dropping down a level, he'll be eligible to play immediately as a junior.

I have decided to transfer to Eastern Kentucky Univ. Can't wait to start school July 5th. #EKU18 pic.twitter.com/UFTbVczKfQ

— Nigel Bethel ll (@_NigelBethel) June 21, 2016

Former Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk announced he was transferring to Eastern Kentucky earlier in the year. Mauk was dismissed from the Tigers after multiple suspensions dating back to the 2015 season.

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Ex-Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence played the 2015 season for EKU after he was indefinitely suspended by the Big Ten for multiple failed drug tests. Spence, who had 22.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in 2015, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.

Bethel had 43 tackles and 11 pass breakups in nine games for Texas Tech in 2015. His lone interception on the season came against Texas. He was a four-star recruit, according to Rivals, in the class of 2014.

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Posted: June 22, 2016, 8:14 pm

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. ET

Baylor's president said he wants to meet with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby in the wake of the conference's request for the release of the full findings of the Pepper Hamilton independent investgation.

Here's the full text of a statement from the university given to the Austin American-Statesman:

“Interim President David Garland received the letter from Commissioner Bowlsby and has contacted the Commissioner to acknowledge receipt of his letter. Baylor is reviewing the Big 12’s request for additional information in light of Baylor’s obligations under federal privacy law and the commitment of confidentiality to the brave survivors who shared their experiences to help the University better understand its shortcomings. President Garland will seek an opportunity to sit down with Commissioner Bowlsby to personally discuss the investigation and the Big 12’s requests. 

Dr. Garland would like to reiterate that the Findings of Fact fully reflect the themes, core findings and failings identified in the investigation – while omitting the documentation of individual cases and names supporting these findings.  Baylor’s Board of Regents chose to publicly release severely critical Findings of Fact because it believes it is in the best interest of the Baylor community to do so, regardless of the impact on current or potential civil litigation or regulatory action. The University self-reported to its community and the NCAA and will maintain normal communication with the Big 12 Conference during the course of the NCAA investigation. 

Baylor remains confident in the actions it has taken to ensure improvement in student safety and to help restore confidence that its priorities and values remain in the proper order. We hope to not only apply what we learn and to approach the highest levels of prevention, response and support for students impacted by these acts, but also to share what we learn with other higher education institutions for the benefit of students everywhere.”

The Big 12 wants Baylor to be fully transparent regarding the independent investigation into the school's handling of sexual assault investigations.

The conference released a statement Wednesday saying it was "gravely and deeply concerned by media reports" regarding what transpired at Baylor. Those media reports have largely been based on the release of the Pepper Hamilton law firm's findings.

However, the full release of those findings, as well as more detailed allegations, have not been released. Baylor fired former football coach Art Briles the day a statement regarding the findings was released and president and chancellor Ken Starr was removed from his position as president and resigned from his chancellor post.

Here's the Big 12's statement in full and note that the conference made a private request a month agol:

The Big 12 Board of Directors is gravely and deeply concerned by media reports about activities involving the athletics program at Baylor University. On May 24, 2016, the Big 12 Board requested a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the sexual assaults at the University. At this time the Board is only privy to information that has been made available to the public.

Today, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby sent a letter to Baylor University Interim President David Garland once again requesting all documents associated with the investigations of sexual assaults at Baylor. This request is for written materials as well as any information that has been conveyed orally to University leadership or to its Board of Regents including, but not limited to, the unedited written or verbal information from Pepper Hamilton, omitting only the names of any involved students. Internal documents pertinent to the investigation have also been requested.

Because many of the incidents at Baylor reportedly involve student-athletes, the Conference is appropriately concerned with discovery of the facts. The Big 12 is primarily configured to facilitate fair competition among its members and compliance to the rules of both the Conference and NCAA. To that end, full disclosure is vital to assess the impact on the Big 12.

"All of our member universities consider student safety and security to be paramount among institutional responsibilities," said Bowlsby. "The Big 12 Board of Directors, each member of the Conference and its student-athletes want to convey that our thoughts, concerns and sympathies are with the Baylor survivors and their families."

You'll also note that the Big 12 does not threaten any consequences for Baylor if it does not release the full information. It's unclear what the conference could do, if anything, to get Baylor to comply with its request.

An associate athletic director for the school has said the full findings of the report would likely not be released because of privacy concerns. The school's alumni association has previously requested the full findings be released.

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The school, one of two private schools in the Big 12 along with TCU, has previously cited privacy concerns in regards to the release of sexual assault records. The Texas Attorney General's office has said the school must comply with a new state law that mandates private schools comply with public information guidelines; though Baylor has said much of the records need to be withheld because of federal privacy laws.

Briles was fired as the 13-page summary released to the public noted how members of the football program acted inappropriately regarding discipline and allegations of sexual assault. Starr, who was emailed by a woman who said she was raped at Baylor, claimed to have no knowledge of any on-campus allegations during his time as president, though he later embarrassed himself while backtracking from that claim in an interview.

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Posted: June 22, 2016, 5:20 pm

Devin Duvernay is going to play football at Texas.

The former top Baylor recruit in the class of 2016 told ESPN.com he's chosen the Longhorns.

"I going to Texas," the wide receiver told the site. "I just feel like they are coming up, and feel good about Charlie Strong and his staff's plan and they are going to turn this thing around. I feel like coach Sterlin Gilbert is kind of the missing piece to help out the offense. I feel like he can add me in, and add some speed to the receiving core."

Duvernay, who signed with Baylor in February, was free to choose another school after Baylor messed up the process with his National Letter of Intent. The Bears didn't submit his paperwork properly, meaning Duvarney was essentially a free agent. A NLI has to be filed to league offices within 14 days of it being signed.

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Per ESPN, Duvernay chose Texas over TCU and Oklahoma. It's a huge coup for the Longhorns, who were ninth in scoring offense and last in passing offense in the Big 12 in 2015. It's also a great recruiting get for coach Charlie Strong, who is facing a potential make-or-break year in his third season with the team after an 11-14 record in his first two years.

Duvernay, a four-star recruit, was rated the No. 8 wide receiver in the country and the No. 52 prospect in the country by Rivals. His twin brother, Donovan, also signed with Baylor in the fall. Donovan is one of seven Baylor recruits who are attempting to get out of their letters of intent because of the circumstances surrounding the program.

Acting head coach Jim Grobe previously said the school wanted signees to be patient and sounded hopeful Baylor could convince them to stay despite the absence of former coach Art Briles, who was fired in May.

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Posted: June 22, 2016, 3:42 pm

A neurologist who posthumously examined the brain of former Ohio State football player Kosta Karageorge said she found a protein that's associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Karageorge, who wrestled at Ohio State and was a walk-on defensive lineman for the Buckeyes, committed suicide in November 2014. The New York Times published a detailed profile of Karageorge and his family on Tuesday and his parents said their son had suffered approximately 15 concussions throughout his life.

About a year later, the Karageorges received a report from Ann McKee, the neuropathologist who posthumously examined his brain.

She said there were traces of past microhemorrhaging in Karageorge’s prefrontal cortex. Damage in that area, McKee explained, usually leads to cognitive issues involving “impulsivity, dis-inhibition, poor judgment and maybe even suicidal ideation.”She pointed out, though, that it was impossible to definitively link his suicide to any brain trauma he had sustained in sports.

McKee also found a single focus of Tau — the protein associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in dozens of former football players. She diagnosed Stage 1 C.T.E., on her scale of 1 to 4.

A coroner who examined Karageorge after his death said he did not have CTE. The coroner did say he found evidence of previous concussions.

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Karageorge's multiple concussions became known after his death as friends said they were aware of his medical history. He suffered a his last-known concussion during the 2014 season in practice.

According to the profile, the symptoms Karageorge experienced in the fall of 2014 were so severe that he couldn't look at his phone screen because of its brightness. Former Ohio State teammate Michael Bennett had previously said Karageorge had been reluctant to report his concussions and his parents also said he wasn't always forthcoming with details. 

“We raised our son to be a strong man, and maybe that was his downfall,” George Karageorge said. “He wasn’t complaining and crying. My wife coddled him, but I was more: ‘One of these days you’re going to be depended upon to step forward.’”

Rubbing his forehead, George said, “There’s a ton of guilt there.”

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Posted: June 22, 2016, 3:10 pm

While Alabama's Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones have ultimately not been charged after their arrest in Louisiana, the two have reportedly already been punished by the Tide football team.

Per documents published by television station KNOE in Louisiana, the two players were indefinitely suspended on May 19. Jones and Robinson were arrested early May 17 for drug and weapons possession charges.

The players have also faced other discipline. According to the video report from KNOE, documents show both players have had to undergo weekly drug tests and visit drug counselors. They had also been told to take gun safety classes and Robinson did 26 hours of police ride alongs later in May.

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Jones was in drug rehabilitation for three weeks at Bradford Health Services in Alabama, per the document.

The Monroe County, Louisiana, district attorney said Monday he would not be charging the two players and cited his desire to not ruin their lives and status as football players as a reason why.

Robinson is widely considered to be a top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL draft if he declares for the draft after his junior season (and his performance is anywhere near where it was in 2015). Jones, a defensive back, has been a key special teams contributor for the Tide.

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Posted: June 22, 2016, 1:23 pm

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The Big 12 will apparently address the elephant in the room – the ongoing issues at Baylor – in a statement this week. According to the Tulsa World, Oklahoma president David Boren said Tuesday that the conference is going to “make some statements about it” and “take some actions.” He didn’t offer specifics.

“Hopefully they’ll get things straightened out down there,” Boren said.

Oklahoma president David Boren says the Big 12 will issue a statement about Baylor on Wednesday. https://t.co/WkrRxmj5qX

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 21, 2016

In other Big 12 happenings, Boren did not have much of an update about possible league expansion.

OU pres David Boren w/ Big 12 (non)update: We may meet again later in the summer, but I don’t anticipate moving on expansion at that time.

— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) June 21, 2016

Sad news out of the Atlantic 10: Leo Vagias, a redshirt freshman kicker for Rhode Island, died in a car accident earlier this week in his home state, New Jersey.

Heartbroken... 💔 https://t.co/1gymAhGdw7 pic.twitter.com/TBGfh4QCCt

— RhodyFootball (@RhodyFootball) June 20, 2016

A committee of student-athletes from the MAC presented proposals about time demands to conference officials. Among the potential solutions for time demands was a proposed time limit of 24-28 hours per week dedicated to his or her sport during the season and 10-12 hours per week during the offseason.

Suggestions from a MAC student-athlete committee on time demands: 24-28 hrs/wk in season, 10-12 hrs/wk in offseason. https://t.co/IZkthkiquy

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 21, 2016

Tennessee and NFL legend Peyton Manning was back in Knoxville to honor the four recipients of the 2016 Peyton Manning scholarship, which covers “nearly the full cost of attendance for the students for their academic careers.”

Tennessee legend Peyton Manning was back on campus on Monday. VIDEO: https://t.co/ftybsPcgMn (via @Vol_Football) pic.twitter.com/O88gkHTWk6

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Playing for USC has its perks.

Does it get better than this? Incredible beach workout this morning with Pacific Ocean backdrop. #OnlyAtSC #FightOn pic.twitter.com/WXo2qQxcyz

— Clay Helton (@USCCoachHelton) June 21, 2016

Taking off a jersey and shoulder pads isn’t the easiest thing in the world for an offensive lineman. Just ask Illinois’ Gabe Megginson:

The struggle is real for O-linemen. 😤 #Illini @GabeMegginson72 pic.twitter.com/13YA2diZuh

— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) June 21, 2016

Oregon wide receiver Kirk Merritt is leaving the program. He had five catches for 61 yards in 12 games as a true freshman. He was a four-star recruit in the 2015 class.

pic.twitter.com/o4TEUxZmeG

— Kwik™ ⚡️ (@kirkmerritt33) June 21, 2016

Miami linebacker James King is also transferring.

“I have given James a full and unconditional release, and I want to wish him the very best in his future moving forward,” said Miami coach Mark Richt.

Miami LB James King, a freshman in 2015, has been granted his release to transfer. He played mostly special teams last season.

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A bunch of Alabama staff members received raises, including strength coach Steve Cochran. At $525,000 annually, Cochran makes more than the head coaches of two Alabama opponents: Kent State’s Paul Haynes and Chattanooga’s Russ Huesman.

Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran now making $525,000.

— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) June 21, 2016

Some Oklahoma coaches also received raises, including a sizeable one for offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Head coach Bob Stoops received a one-year extension through 2021.

Oklahoma regents approved raises for several Sooners coaches today. OC Lincoln Riley gets a nice $400K bump. https://t.co/VhUlCA2avD

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 21, 2016

Two pieces of scheduling news emerged Tuesday:

Arizona State and Oklahoma State have agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2022 (@ OSU) and 2023 (@ ASU) seasons https://t.co/Xtdqs4XvNa

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 21, 2016

Nebraska rounded out its 2021 non-conference schedule with a home game against Buffalo. https://t.co/OaE3SDliUN

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Kansas has a new play-by-play man. You poor thing.

Kansas has hired Brian Hanni as its new play-by-play voice on radio for football and basketball: https://t.co/x5XzGcPdhx

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 21, 2016
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Posted: June 21, 2016, 11:52 pm

Michigan State players Jack Conklin (74), Brandon Clemons (64) and L.J. Scott (3), celebrate following a 31-28 win over Oregon. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)Michigan State received some good news on Tuesday.

The program announced that offensive lineman Brandon Clemons, an expected starter, has officially been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Clemons has appeared in 32 games during his Spartans career and was listed as a starter at right guard during spring practice.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Clemons missed most of his redshirt freshman season (2012) due to a foot injury, allowing him to pursue a medical redshirt. He graduated in December 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“Brandon Clemons adds a great deal of experience and stability to the offensive line," head coach Mark Dantonio said in a release. "I believe the team is only as good as the seniors. Brandon has been part of a winning culture here the past five years and we’re excited he’s getting the opportunity to maintain that level of excellence for his sixth season. He’s everything you’re looking for in a quality student-athlete. He earned his degree last year and will be a go-to guy in the offensive line room this season for our football team.”

Clemons began his career on the defensive line and saw action in six games in 2013 before moving to the other side of the ball in 2014. He played in 13 games in 2014 and became more of a regular presence in the line rotation last year throughout Big Ten play.

Spartans linebacker Ed Davis is also expected to apply for a sixth year once he completes his undergraduate degree in August. Per MLive.com, Dantonio told reporters last month that Davis had classes to take in both summer sessions. MSU’s second summer session ends Aug. 18, so the program may not find out about his status until the days leading up to the beginning of the season.

Davis was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection in 2014 but missed the 2015 season after tearing his ACL during preseason practice. He is allowed to practice with the team while the eligibility process plays out. 

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Posted: June 21, 2016, 11:34 pm

(USA Today Sports Images)North Carolina has reached a settlement in a case involving the alleged hazing for a former Tar Heels walk-on.

Yahoo Sports was the first to report that Jackson Boyer, a wide receiver, was involved in an alleged physical confrontation with teammates in the Chapel Hill hotel the team stayed in during preseason camp. Boyer reportedly suffered a concussion in the alleged Aug. 4, 2014 incident and received a $795,000 settlement from the school, The News & Observer reported Tuesday after receiving a copy of the settlement.

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The settlement “covers all of Jackson Boyer’s actual or potential personal injury claims, including but not limited to, any claim for damages, attorneys’ frees and litigation expenses,” the paper said.

As part of the settlement, the school said it would continue to work to prevent incidences of hazing.

From The News & Observer:

In addition to the $795,000 payment, which is going into a trust for Boyer, UNC also agreed to pay for all of a mediator’s fees and expenses, and to “continue its good faith, best efforts towards developing healthy team cultures, taking into account the recommendations of the university’s current working group tasked with addressing student issues involving hazing and bullying.”

The parties involved in the settlement, which was completed earlier this month, agreed not to disclose the terms of the agreement, or to talk publicly about the case. Jim Gregory, a university spokesman, confirmed its authenticity.

The settlement agreement between Boyer’s family and UNC was signed by Boyer and his parents, Kimber and Robert, on June 6. It was finalized on June 11 when Matt Fajack, UNC’s Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, signed the agreement.

To this day, few details about the incident are known. Boyer played in seven games for the Tar Heels in 2014 but has since transferred to USC, where is a junior and has two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out in 2015. He has not discussed the matter publicly.

Four of Boyer’s then-teammates – defensive backs Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker – were suspended for the 2014 season-opener against Liberty in relation to the incident. Lawrence, Miles and Stewart are still with the team and are expected to start in 2016.

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Walker left the program during the 2015 season. 

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(AP Photo/Dave Martin)Alabama athletic director Bill Battle will spend a few weeks away from the university.

The school announced Tuesday that Battle, 73, has multiple myeloma, a treatable form of cancer. Battle was first diagnosed in March 2014 and has been privately undergoing treatments since then while continuing to work. An upcoming stem cell transplant will “keep him away from the office for a few weeks,” the school said.

“In the spring of 2014, I was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer," Battle said in a statement. "Subsequent to that diagnosis my wife, Mary, and I visited with doctors at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa; and the Winship Cancer Institute to determine the best treatment options.

“I am very comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment plan. I am looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing my active lifestyle, as well as continuing to lead our Athletics Department. My experience has made it clear to me that cancer can be a treatable disease that can be dealt with while maintaining a high quality of life.”

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His stem cell treatment, which is set to begin Wednesday, will take place at The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta. The school says Battle is still in “excellent” health, and the AD told TideSports.com he is in “partial remission.”

Though he won’t be in Tuscaloosa, Battle plans to continue working.

“I will be in touch by e-mail every day. I will be in direct contact with our senior administrators on a daily basis, and I expect to be back in the office later this summer. My doctors say that I will be able to keep working for years, for as long as I want to,” he told TideSports.com.

Battle learned of his condition during a physical back in early 2014 after a small tumor was found on his vertebrae. It was closely monitored and “a couple of spots” were found following a spring 2015 checkup, which prompted three rounds of chemotherapy treatment.

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"He is barely Stage 1 right now," his wife Mary Battle, an oncology nurse, told TideSports. "His overall good health has been an important part of this, just as it is in any health care situation. With all the advances in recent years, cancer is becoming more and more of a chronic disease instead of a crisis."

Added Bill Battle: "I feel great. My prognosis is good. The doctors all believe this will be successful."

Battle is in his fourth year as Alabama’s AD after accepting the job in March 2013. 

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Posted: June 21, 2016, 8:37 pm

Better get to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers game early on Saturday if you want a Bo Pelini bobblehead.

The Ohio team is giving away a bobblehead likeness of the former Nebraska and current Youngstown State coach to the first 1,000 fans. Here's what it looks like, courtesy of the team's Twitter account.

Your first look at the Bo Pelini bobblehead! Giveaway this Saturday for first 1,000 fans @EastwoodMallOH @21WFMJ pic.twitter.com/QE7vlXPPnU

— MV Scrappers (@mvscrappers) June 20, 2016

We're a bit disappointed in how calm the bobblehead looks. Granted, it happened at Nebraska, but how funny would it have been to see the bobblehead recreate this picture from Pelini's time with the Huskers?

Nebraska fired Pelini towards the end of the 2014 season and he was hired at his alma mater for the 2015 season. Youngstown State went 5-6 in Pelini's first season.

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He's not the only celebrity getting the bobblehead treatment at Scrappers games this season either (the team is a Class-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians). The Scrappers are also doing a bobblehead of the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. His bobblehead will be given away on July 22.

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Posted: June 21, 2016, 5:09 pm

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Tennessee had quite a day on the recruiting trail on Saturday.

The Vols landed eight – yes, eight – verbal commitments that day. Seven of those prospects are in the 2017 class and the other is from the class of 2018. Of the eight commits, four are from the state of Tennessee. LaTrell Bumphus, a four-star defensive end from Savannah, Tenn., is the highest-rated of the bunch.

"I love Tennessee."

Tennessee adds No. 8 as Jaquan Henderson commits to Tennessee: https://t.co/gkgSsCMlc0 pic.twitter.com/2RDcCnv1UX

— Paul Fortenberry (@Volquest_Paul) June 19, 2016

Aaron Brenner of the Post and Courier shared a cool story about Clemson coach Dabo Swinney for Father’s Day. Swinney, who coaches his 12-year-old son’s baseball team, is just one of four FBS head coaches who also coaches youth sports.

Dabo Swinney is one of four FBS head coaches who does this. #Clemson #FathersDay @postandcourier https://t.co/Zc8ZkiI62j

— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) June 19, 2016

An investigation from the Los Angeles Times does not paint outgoing USC athletic director Pat Haden in a positive light.

L.A. education foundation became lucrative source of income for USC's Pat Haden, relatives https://t.co/TGSY7ckDKD pic.twitter.com/eulwSh8jtm

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 18, 2016

NC State has a new live puppy mascot. He is adorable.

BREAKING: NC STATE HAS A NEW PUPPY MASCOT

VIDEO: https://t.co/oSaabOx38S pic.twitter.com/KvsRcZiVwc

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 19, 2016

HE IS GOOD AT FOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/6BwwZLXfwe

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 19, 2016

AND IS VERY CUTE pic.twitter.com/yzPixFUOB6

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 19, 2016

HIS 40-YARD DASH IS A WORK IN PROGRESS pic.twitter.com/3wQXduS8uo

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 19, 2016

Pitt RB James Conner, recently declared cancer-free, helped raise a six-figure sum for cancer research. He also had an award named after him. Good stuff.

Pitt's Conner raises money for cancer research; award named for him, reports @JDiPaola_Trib. https://t.co/CM7UOm2Y34 pic.twitter.com/6zRno7flQM

— PittsburghTribSports (@TribSports) June 18, 2016

Michigan had an interesting drill at one of its camps over the weekend. How does an inflatable obstacle course sound?

#Michigan staff now testing campers on how quickly they can get through a blow-up obstacle course. pic.twitter.com/fYou9XHkyG

— Brandon Justice (@BJust_Wolverine) June 18, 2016

It seems like Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin had a nice Father’s Day.

#POPS pic.twitter.com/DZfAhbnX1i

— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) June 19, 2016

Speaking of Alabama, who has a spare $60,000 to purchase this beast?

For $60k you can buy this Bama Tailgating Machine: https://t.co/IuVO3TY8qH pic.twitter.com/LmBRwPAuTS

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 20, 2016

Jim Harbaugh is expecting another child with his wife, Sarah, the couple’s seventh.

Jim Harbaugh is having another kid. Found out yesterday. "Attacking this pregnancy with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."

— Matt Pargoff (@MaizeBlueNews) June 20, 2016

UCLA fans have complained about the abbreviated stripes on the shoulderpads of the Bruins’ adidas uniforms. If this tweet is any indication, that issue has been resolved.

The 2016 season can't come soon enough. #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/Z2mTnlqmmo

— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) June 20, 2016

Buffalo announced it will change the design of its football field again. The school previously made a change two years ago (the bottom tweet is from 2014).

Buffalo getting new field to match new logos: https://t.co/Azq1W0bzAG pic.twitter.com/j2LpF9sqOu

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 20, 2016

Buffalo made sure we know it's in New York on its new playing surface. http://t.co/1yT1EQxx60 (via @UBFootball) pic.twitter.com/ONkw3D0rWf

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) July 9, 2014
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Posted: June 20, 2016, 11:41 pm

Former Baylor head coach Art Briles. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)The attorneys for a woman who was raped by a former Baylor football player are speaking out against former Bears head coach Art Briles.

The woman, former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez, was raped by former Baylor linebacker Tevin Elliott in 2012. During the trial for Elliott, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison, accusations of rape by three other women, plus a misdemeanor charge for another attempted assault, against Elliott emerged.

Hernandez filed a Title IX lawsuit against Baylor, Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw in March. The suit said Baylor "failed to properly train and educate" employees in "appropriate response to allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and retaliatory conduct." 

According to ESPN.com, her attorneys say Briles “backed out of a pledge to support and apologize” to Hernandez.

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Briles, who was fired after eight seasons with the program on May 26, has reportedly agreed to a contract settlement with Baylor. Before a settlement was evidently reached, Briles’ attorney, Ernest Cannon, filed a motion to separate the coach from the school’s representation in the Hernandez suit. Afterward, ESPN.com reported, Cannon called Hernandez’s representation to say Briles would appear at a mediation session on Friday.

From ESPN.com:

After Cannon filed the motion Thursday, he called Hernandez's Texas attorney and said that Briles "promised" to come to Friday's mediation session "to support Jasmin ... and help her, and to apologize to her and her family," Zalkin told Outside the Lines.

Zalkin said Hernandez was "cautiously optimistic" upon hearing the news. "She was definitely appreciative that he wanted to help and that he wanted to apologize," Zalkin said.

However, once Briles and Baylor agreed to a settlement about his removal as head coach, Cannon withdrew the aforementioned motion, meaning Briles again was represented by Baylor’s attorneys in the Hernandez case. Cannon and Briles were then reportedly no-shows for a scheduled Friday meeting.

From ESPN.com:

Neither Briles nor Cannon showed up for the mediation meeting on Friday, Zalkin said. The mediation ended without a deal, Zalkin said.

"[Briles] used the threat of helping Jasmin in her lawsuit against Baylor as leverage to negotiate his wrongful termination claim against Baylor," Zalkin said. "He doesn't care about victims. He never cared about victims. He's using victims. He used them to help build up his football program, and now he's using Jasmin to leverage more money out of Baylor."

Hernandez "was hurt. ... She was upset and she was offended," Zalkin said. He said Cannon did not offer an explanation for not showing up when reached Friday, only "that they decided not to come."

Briles was “suspended with intent to terminate” on May 26 after Baylor’s board of regents released the “Findings of Fact” from a law firm’s independent investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault accusations, including several involving Baylor football players.

The investigation, conducted by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, found “specific failings within both the football program and athletics department leadership” and said there were “significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student-athlete misconduct.”

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On top of the removal of Briles, McCaw resigned after assisting in the hire of former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe as acting head coach. Ken Starr was initially removed as president, but eventually resigned as chancellor as well. 

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Posted: June 20, 2016, 10:02 pm

Two Alabama players arrested in May will not face prosecution.

KNOE-TV reported Monday that the Monroe, La., district attorney will not pursue cases against offensive lineman Cam Robinson and defensive back Hootie Jones, citing insufficient evidence.

DA declines to prosecute Bama players Cam Robinson & Hootie Jones due to insufficient evidence @KNOE8 @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/v6cJvisjda

— Nicholas A. Picht (@N_Picht) June 20, 2016

"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning,” said Ouachita Parish District Attorney Jerry Jones.

However, according to Al.com, the local clerk’s office said the case “could proceed in the future if new evidence is presented.”

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Robinson and Jones were arrested in the early morning hours of May 17 on drug possession and weapon charges. Police said “a strong odor of marijuana” was detected from a vehicle occupied by Robinson and Jones in the parking lot of a park. A bag of marijuana (reportedly containing less than a gram) was found “in plain view.” Jones had a handgun on his lap while Robinson had a stolen firearm under his seat. Two other men were also in the car, per KNOE.

Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson. (AP Photo/LM Otero)Both players were hit with “possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance” and “possession of a controlled dangerous substance” charges. Robinson was also charged with “illegal possession of a stolen firearm,” a felony. The other two charges were misdemeanors.

Per KNOE, the DA said there wasn't enough evidence to prove who was in possession of the guns and drugs. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the decision was made Thursday before a scheduled arraignment. The arraignment was postponed due to an illness, but Alabama coach Nick Saban learned of the decision that day, per Rapoport.

Saban has told reporters on multiple occasions that he planned to wait for the legal process to play out before levying any discipline to the two players. Robinson, an offensive tackle, was a first-team all-SEC choice as a sophomore in 2015 and is considered one of the best offensive linemen in college football. Robinson is also considered a potential first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, so the situation was being watched closely from plenty of angles.

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"It's the first time Cam has ever had an issue or a problem," Saban said earlier this month. "We're handling it and managing it internally and making him do things to hopefully change his behavior. I'm waiting to see how this whole legal thing plays out, because it's not really what it seems to be."

Jones played in nine games as a sophomore in 2015 and had two tackles. Both players are natives of Monroe, but played at different high schools. The lawyer representing the two players defended the DA's decision.

Spoke to Joe D Guerrerio, lawyer for the two Bama players not charged, including Cam Robinson. Here is what he said: pic.twitter.com/FBAy8r2HEs

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 20, 2016

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Posted: June 20, 2016, 5:47 pm

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The Big Ten-ESPN partnership will carry on after all.

After things seemed up in the air for the longtime relationship in recent months, Sports Business Journal reported Monday that ESPN will buy the second half of the league’s media rights package for “an average of $190 million per year over six years.” Fox Sports reportedly obtained the other half of the league’s rights back in April at a rate of $240 million per year.

Those two sums – coupled with CBS Sports $10 million basketball-only affiliation – brings the Big Ten’s total haul to $2.64 billion (that is Billion with a “B”) over six years. The deal, SBJ reported, “does not include Big Ten Network’s package of rights, which runs to 2031-32.” Fox Sports owns 51 percent of BTN.

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The new deal will go into effect next fall. ESPN’s current deal with the Big Ten pays the league $100 million per year over a 10-year span.

According to Sports Business Journal, some folks in the sports business industry “expected” ESPN to “take a pass on Big Ten rights” to “save costs” after the company experienced layoffs over the past year. The Chicago Tribune reported the same in May, but added that some “industry sources” believed Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was “determined to keep ESPN in the fold.” The latter proved to be true, and now the league has nearly tripled the value of its rights package.

From SBJ:

The six-year agreements with ESPN and CBS are being vetted by lawyers, and Big Ten officials hope to have official announcements for its entire media package ready by its annual football kickoff luncheon July 26. 

The $2.64 billion deals with Fox, ESPN and CBS average $440 million per year and nearly triple the amount ESPN and CBS had been paying for the same programming. ESPN signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million annually in 2006 — a payout that increased to $150 million this year due to the addition of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. CBS paid an average of around $6 million for its current basketball-only deal.

ESPN and Fox Sports are expected to broadcast “around 25 football games and 50 basketball games each year.” Notably, Fox Sports now has “game selection advantages over ESPN” (hello, Ohio State v. Michigan) and will carry the Big Ten football championship game “every season.”

Here’s how the selection process works, per SBJ:

The difference between the two packages is that Fox Sports will carry the Big Ten football championship game every season, which is a strong draw each December. Fox also will have game selection advantages over ESPN, which almost certainly means that the coveted Michigan-Ohio State rivalry will move to Fox most years. 

Before each season, the networks will pick the weeks where they get first choice of games. Fox will have the first pick every year; ESPN will have the second; Fox will have the third, and so on.

ESPN will carry Big Ten football games on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. ESPNU will see far fewer Big Ten games than it has in the past.

ESPN President John Skipper said publicly that the network would like to continue its partnership with the league. The April news of the Fox deal reportedly spurred action from Skipper. Less than two months later, a deal was reached.

Soon after news of Fox’s deal leaked in April, however, ESPN President John Skipper called Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and said he wanted to re-engage. After a flurry of phone calls and emails, Skipper and Delany reached a broad agreement on price. John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president of programming and production, and Burke Magnus, executive vice president of programming and scheduling, shook hands on an agreement with Delany and conference lawyer John Barrett during a May 19 meeting at the conference’s New York office.

The deals were finalized June 7-8 when executives from ESPN and Fox were holed up in a conference room at the Big Ten’s Chicago offices over two days to hammer out details on how each package would look. Wildhack and Magnus headed up Bristol’s group; Fox Sports executive vice presidents Larry Jones and Bill Wanger and senior vice president Mike Mulvihill were there for Fox. Delany represented the Big Ten, and Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman represented BTN.

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Posted: June 20, 2016, 2:01 pm

(Rich Barnes - USA TODAY Sports)Gabe Sherrod says he found out on Twitter he wouldn’t be attending Syracuse.

Sherrod, a graduate transfer defensive end from FCS Delaware State, committed to Syracuse in late February. However, Scout.com reported Saturday night that Sherrod and the Orange “parted ways.” That was news to Sherrod.

“I was just in shock,” Sherrod said Sunday in an interview with Syracuse.com. “I literally found out through Twitter.”

Sherrod spoke with “an unnamed non-coaching SU staff member” late Saturday and confirmed the news: he won’t play for the Orange.

“The only thing that I'll tell you is it's definitely a misconception,” Sherrod said. “They felt that they needed to move on for their own protection to make sure that they had somebody locked in.”

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After racking up 64 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a redshirt junior for the Hornets in 2015, Sherrod was expected to make an instant impact at Syracuse. He is on pace to finish his degree in mathematics next week, so academics weren’t an issue. Scout reported simply that Syracuse was “moving in another direction.” According to Syracuse.com, there were rumblings that Sherrod spoke with other schools while committed to the Orange, including a “rumored visit to Michigan State.”

Sherrod had no comment on those alleged interactions.

“At the end of the day, it’s a business. But it’s easier to understand when you’re 22 than 18,” Sherrod said.

Earlier on Saturday, Syracuse accepted a graduate transfer from another defensive end – DeJon Wilson, formerly of Colorado.

I'm blessed & honored to be apart of a prestigious program like Syracuse, I want to thank GOD #CuseNation 🍊🍊🍊🍊🍊 pic.twitter.com/8LD6sARt1D

— De'Jon Wilson (@WhydeycallUPapi) June 18, 2016

Wilson saw action in 22 games for Colorado, but didn’t play in 2015. After redshirting in 2012, Wilson combined for 19 tackles, two tackles for loss and half a sack in 2013 and 2014.

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Posted: June 19, 2016, 4:49 pm

Tren’Davian Dickson will play college football in the state of Texas, but it won’t be at Baylor.

Dickson, a freshman receiver who enrolled at Baylor in January, announced Saturday that he will transfer to Houston.

🐾🐾🤘🏾 Next step on my Journey 🙏🏾 It's been a bumpy road but I'm still following this path God put me on ! pic.twitter.com/LLvQHZaoC5

— Be Great ✨ (@_WhoisJuiceee) June 19, 2016

A four-star class of 2016 recruit from Navasota, Texas, Dickson was granted permission to explore transfer opportunities by Baylor earlier in the month. According to ESPN, he also visited Oregon before choosing to play for Tom Herman and the Cougars. Dickson will sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules before suiting up in 2017.

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As a junior at Navasota High School, Dickson registered 39 touchdown receptions – a national single-season record. He followed that up with 24 touchdowns as a senior. Overall, Dickson caught 211 passes for 4,512 yards and 94 scores in three seasons at Navasota, per MaxPreps.com.

Dickson is one of several members of the Baylor’s 2016 class looking to land at another university in light of the sexual assault scandal that led to the removal of head coach Art Briles. In addition to Dickson, who was already enrolled at the school, a reported seven signees asked to be released from their National Letters of Intent.

One signee, four-star wide receiver Devin Duvernay, is free to sign with another program due to a compliance error with his NLI. Duvernay was the top-rated player in Baylor’s class. He will choose either TCU or Texas, according to ESPN.

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Additionally, DeQuinton Osborne, a junior college defensive tackle, reportedly committed to Oklahoma State. Two other junior college signees, Jeremy Faulk and B.J. Autry, are no longer with the program

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Posted: June 19, 2016, 3:50 pm

Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg has been found guilty on rape charges – again.

After more than four hours of deliberation from a Nashville jury, Vandenburg was found guilty Saturday on all counts – five of aggravated rape, two of aggravated sexual battery and one of unlawful photography – stemming from the rape of an unconscious woman in his dorm room almost three years ago.

It was the second time Vandenburg was convicted in the case. Along with former teammate Cory Batey, Vandenburg was found guilty in January 2015, but a mistrial was declared five months later when it was found that a member of the jury was biased because he withheld that he was a victim in a statutory rape case. Batey was again found guilty during an April trial.

Two other former Vanderbilt football players, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks, were also charged in the case and are awaiting trial. The two have pleaded not guilty.

The incident occurred just weeks after Vandenburg arrived on campus in June 2013 as a junior college transfer. After meeting during his recruiting visit to campus, Vandenburg and the woman had been dating for a few weeks when they met at a bar on June 22, 2013. She said in testimony she does not remember what happened after sipping a drink Vandenburg gave her at the bar. She awoke the next morning in Vandenburg’s bed.

Surveillance footage showed the players carrying the unconscious victim into an elevator and down a hallway before dragging her into the dorm room around 2:30 a.m. Once in the room, Vandenburg, the prosecution said, encouraged his teammates to assault her. He passed out condoms and filmed the rape as it happened, the prosecution told jurors.

The trial featured graphic videos and images taken from the players’ cell phones. After the incident, Vandenburg met with teammates to align their stories and attempted to cover his tracks.

From The Tennessean:

They met up later the day of the rape. She felt bad about the night before, and when he initiated intercourse, she consented, she said.

They continued talking via text message after that, and rumors built on campus about what happened. He began orchestrating a cover-up, according to testimony, meeting with his teammates to get their stories in line and later going to California to destroy evidence. All the while he kept talking to her.

Two days after the rape, he wished her "night :)" and "sweet dreams" in text messages, Metro Nashville Police Detective Chad Gish testified. Three days after, he asked: “When are we going to cook!? Gotta show you my skills."

That was the day the woman went to get an about three-hour medical exam known as a rape kit. Detectives convinced her to go after seeing surveillance video of her being carried into Vandenburg’s dorm. They showed her still images from the video. After she saw those pictures, Vandenburg sent another message: “I would never let what they’re saying happen to you.”

Vandenburg’s cellphone showed internet searches in that same time period. One Gish said he found was: “can police recover deleted picture messages."

Vandenburg was questioned by police four days after the incident and said he watched his teammates assault the woman, but maintained he did not touch her.

A week later, deleted photos and videos of the rape were recovered. They showed a different version of events compared to Vandenburg’s account to investigators.

From The Tennessean:

Vandenburg carried her unconscious body into his room at Gillette Hall about 2:30 a.m. June 23, 2013, asking three teammates he ran into outside for help. They put her on the floor and at least two of them penetrated her with their fingers and one sat on her face, raising his middle finger for a photograph, according to trial testimony.

Vandenburg could not get an erection, so he watched pornography on his laptop.

He tried to wake up his roommate on the top bunk, saying “we have this b---- in here” and “we’re gonna f--- her.”

Vandenburg sent videos to four friends and destroyed condoms.

Now, Vandenburg faces a prison sentence of 15-25 years. No sentencing date has been set.

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Posted: June 19, 2016, 2:45 pm

Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith (21) and Alabama defensive back Anthony Averett (28) work through drills during an Alabama NCAA college football practice, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)Alabama may lose another defensive back.

According to multiple reports, Crimson Tide senior Maurice Smith has been granted his release from the program and will pursue a graduate transfer. Al.com is reporting that Smith will leave Tuscaloosa. However, according to BamaOnline.com, the Smith family said in an email that Smith could potentially return to the Tide.

“Maurice's successful completion of his undergraduate studies (in 3 years) has positioned him with the option to either complete his college football career at Alabama, or exercise his graduate-transfer option to play his true senior season at another institution,” the email said.

The email confirmed that Smith has been granted his release by Alabama.

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Smith worked with the first-team defense at nickel back throughout the spring after playing mostly special teams in 2015. Smith was slated to play the nickel last season before five-star freshman Minkah Fitzpatrick worked his way into the starting lineup.

Overall, Smith has appeared in 41 games in three seasons for Alabama, including two starts. He has 38 tackles, two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and five passes defended in his career.

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If he leaves, Smith will be the second Alabama defensive back to do so in recent weeks. Shawn Burgess-Becker, a sophomore safety, made the decision to leave the program earlier this month.

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Posted: June 18, 2016, 6:01 pm

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Is there anything Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey can't do?

Christian McCaffrey is a beast on the field, but he's a skilled musician, too. VIDEO: https://t.co/Uet6YTjIkH pic.twitter.com/QCIsJzqXD3

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 17, 2016

Here's a great story about LSU RB Leonard Fournette:

#LSU’s Leonard Fournette & Lyric: How fatherhood transformed college football’s best player: https://t.co/IVoNgc9QAn pic.twitter.com/8KFrutucYd

— The Advocate (@theadvocatebr) June 17, 2016

Baylor is still in the midst of mediation with a woman who filed a Title IX suit vs the school earlier this spring.

Mediation today between Baylor and woman who filed Title IX lawsuit in March did not result in a settlement. Case continues in court.

— Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) June 17, 2016

Bowling Green is getting new turf.

Installation Of New Synthetic Turf Begins Monday At Doyt Perry Stadium https://t.co/Be5AC1AaGk

— BGSU Athletics (@BGathletics) June 17, 2016

UAB got approval for a new football complex.

UAB received approval to build a new football operations facility, including practice fields https://t.co/7bS8QIThZY pic.twitter.com/gUjLWjROB7

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An Iowa TE is transferring.

Iowa announces that tight end Jameer Outsey will transfer. pic.twitter.com/I8IwHQbYQM

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 17, 2016

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy got a two-year contract extension ... through 2021. Yes, his current contract had four seasons left on it.

#OKState Board of Regents has approved Mike Gundy's two-year extension, taking him through 2021.

— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) June 17, 2016

Speaking of things a long way into the future, USC and Fresno State scheduled a three-game series.

Fresno State announced a 3-game series with USC for 2019, 2022 and 2025. All games to be played at the LA Coliseum: https://t.co/3Ftk138ZUx

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Posted: June 17, 2016, 11:45 pm

Well, that moved quickly.

A day after filing a motion accusing Baylor of wrongful termination, former Bears head coach Art Briles has reportedly reached a contract settlement with the school. Details of the settlement, which was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Jason King, are not yet known. KWTX and KCEN also reported news of a settlement, confirming Briles will not return to the university. USA Today reported Friday afternoon that the settlement was complete and a vote could be held that afternoon.

Both ESPN and USA Today reported the motion Briles filed against Baylor on Thursday had been withdrawn.

Baylor has reached a contract settlement with former football coach Art Briles, sources tell B/R. Details unclear.

— Jason King (@JasonKingBR) June 17, 2016

Briles was “suspended with the intent to terminate” on May 26 after Baylor’s board of regents released findings from an investigation (by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton) into the school’s handling of sexual assault accusations, including several against Baylor football players (two have been convicted of rape).

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A woman who was raped by former Baylor player Tevin Elliott is suing the school – and Briles. In Thursday’s motion, Briles indicated he had no plans to settle in that lawsuit and sought representation in the case separate from the school. Briles’ attorney, Ernest Cannon, said the school (and its regents) was using Briles as a scapegoat to “disguise and distract from its own institutional failure to comply” with federal civil rights protections.

Briles’ attorney also demanded the school turn over the “entire contents of each and every one of their litigation files,” including those used in the Pepper Hamilton investigation. So far, Baylor’s board of regents has only released a 13-page “Finding of Facts” from Pepper Hamilton after the firm presented the information to the regents in an oral presentation.

According to the Finding of Facts, the Pepper Hamilton investigation found “specific failings within both the football program and athletics department leadership” and said there were “significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student-athlete misconduct.”

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In addition to the removal of Briles, the investigation led to the Ken Starr losing his position as president of the school. Starr initially kept his role as chancellor, but he resigned a few weeks later. Athletic director Ian McCaw also resigned after assisting in the effort to hire former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe as acting head coach for the 2016 season.

As for Briles, who led the Bears to a 65-37 record and two Big 12 titles in eight seasons, he is reportedly owed approximately $40 million from the 10-year contract he signed after the 2013 season. Previous reports indicated the school could be on the hook for at least half of that sum, $20 million, though it's unlikely a figure would be confirmed by either side.

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Posted: June 17, 2016, 8:20 pm

Based off all the discussion regarding satellite camps over the past two years, there's undoubtedly going to be more regulation surrounding the camps. And one way of regulating them could be by shortening the timeframe when camps are allowed.

According to the Virginian Pilot, the NCAA is considering giving schools 10 days for satellite camps (instead of the 30 days now). Not only would fewer days mean fewer camps, schools wouldn't likely nearly be traveling as much because of the shorter timeframe. Michigan is spending upwards of $300,000 on its satellite camps.

You also undoubtedly know of Alabama coach Nick Saban's disdain towards the current (lack of) regulation of satellite camps, though Alabama and Michigan are working some camps together this June.

There's also an interesting partnership that's a possibility. The Pilot notes the NCAA is also "considering banning satellite football camps and replacing them next spring with camps it would sponsor at NFL training centers and high schools."

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Other rule changes not related to satellite camps are also reportedly being discussed, though former Louisiana-Monroe coach and current head of the American Football Coaches Association Todd Berry told the Pilot in an email that approximately 50 changes are being considered. 

The report cited anonymous college coaches and is worth reading in full for a look into what are some of those rule changes that could considered before the 2017 season. Here's a big possibility:

High school football players who are rising seniors might be able to sign binding letters of intent after July 31. This would eliminate the early February signing day. If this rule takes effect, there is a proposed provision allowing players who have signed with a school to be released without penalty if the head coach leaves.

Unrelated to an early signing period, many Baylor recruits are requesting to be released from their National Letters of Intent after coach Art Briles' firing. The school has been so far reluctant to let the players go.

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Posted: June 17, 2016, 7:28 pm

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Brandon Sheperd has been charged with sexual battery.

According to multiple reports, Sheperd is accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman at the Grand Panama Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida, in the early morning hours of March 20.

The 23-year-old Sheperd was arrested and appeared in court on Monday and was held on $15,000 bond. Sheperd posted bond on Tuesday, prompting his release.

From the Tulsa World:

According to the affidavit from the Panama City Beach Police Department, which was obtained by the Tulsa World through an open records request, police were dispatched to the resort about 3:30 a.m. that day to speak with a woman who reported being raped while she slept.

The woman went to sleep with clothes on but awoke to find a man on top of her and penetrating her, according to the incident report.

When the woman woke up, she told police she shoved the man away. The man fled on foot but left underwear and his wallet behind. The wallet contained a Missouri driver’s license, which belonged to Brandon La Troy Sheperd. The incident report says the wallet had an Oklahoma State logo on it.

Sheperd, a native of Chesterfield, Missouri, is scheduled to appear in Bay County (Florida) Court on July 25.

In four seasons (2012-2015) at Oklahoma State, Sheperd totaled 77 receptions for 1,284 yards and 10 touchdowns. His best season came in 2014 when he registered 39 caches for 737 yards and five scores.

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Posted: June 17, 2016, 6:03 pm

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, center, talks to athletes during Next Level Football Camp at Paramus Catholic High School, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Michigan’s lengthy satellite camp tour won’t come cheap.

According to MLive.com, Wolverines athletic director Warde Manuel confirmed Thursday that the program’s camp schedule – which spans 38 appearances in 22 states, plus an international trip – should run a bill of approximately $350,000.

“It will come in somewhere around there,” Manuel said.

Manuel has no qualms about Jim Harbaugh’s audacious approach to the camp circuit, either.

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From MLive.com:

According to Manuel, a budget for the camps was discussed prior to the tour. In the end, he sees it as "an investment that we're making in our program and football, and the things that (Harbaugh) is doing with the kids and that our coaches are doing across the country."

Since beginning on May 31, Michigan's camp tour -- featuring Harbaugh and/or members of his staff visiting schools and running camps -- has gone from Illinois to Indiana to Ohio to Georgia to Florida to Australia, back to Florida, to Connecticut to Pennsylvania to Maryland to Alabama to New Jersey to Mississippi to Oho, back to New Jersey, back to Ohio, to California to Texas to Tennessee to Kansas to Missouri to South Carolina and to Utah.

As mentioned above, Harbaugh and his staff have been all over the place coaching at camps. The travel from camp to camp via the use of private planes, Manuel said, contributed to much of the cost.

Satellite camps were briefly banned by the NCAA Division I Council this offseason, but the Division I Board of Directors quickly rescinded that ruling and called for further discussion. Once the ruling was rescinded, announcements of previously-planned Michigan appearances were popping up left and right.

The tour – and satellite camps in general – hasn’t come without criticism. Manuel was quick to defend it.

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"(Harbaugh is) investing so much of his time and so much of his staff's time," he said. "I fight every time I'm asked about it – this idea that it's just about recruiting and it's just about Jim. He doesn't need that, if it was just about him. And we don't need that to know who we're going to recruit. That, I think, is an important piece to talk about as it relates to the expenditure and the investment that we're making."

Harbaugh often says he uses the camps as a way to promote the game. Manuel, a former Michigan offensive lineman (and teammate of Harbaugh) supported that sentiment.

"In my mind, I'm willing to invest because Michigan has been in the role of really supporting and promoting what we think is the right thing to do," Manuel said. "He's out there teaching the game the right way. He's out there promoting the game of football, which is important to me, to him and to Michigan. For us, it is an investment that is worth it."

Michigan still has appearances scheduled in Nevada, California, Hawaii and American Samoa before wrapping up the tour and shifting the focus toward preseason camp. 

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Posted: June 17, 2016, 4:42 pm

Stevie Tu'ikolovatu will return to Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2016, but it will be in a different uniform.

Tu'ikolovatu, a graduate transfer defensive tackle from Utah, announced Thursday that he will play his final season at USC. Tu'ikolovatu’s fourth game in a USC uniform will be back in Salt Lake City against the Utes on Sept. 23.

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Ready to get back to work, FIGHT ON!!✌🏾️ pic.twitter.com/mgHdWsHruG

— Steve Tu'ikolovatu (@steviet_90) June 17, 2016

Tu'ikolovatu had 28 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks and four fumble recoveries for the Utes last season, serving on the second unit of one of the nation’s top rush defenses.

The 6-foot-1, 320-pound Tu'ikolovatu appeared in 25 games in his Utah career and will be immediately eligible to suit up for the Trojans, who lost several defensive line contributors – including three starters – from last season. On top of that, expected starter Kenny Bigelow suffered a torn ACL during spring practice and will likely miss a significant portion of the season. With that said, the addition of Tu'ikolovatu is a significant one for the team’s depth.

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Tu'ikolovatu also visited Nebraska and Alabama before choosing USC. The 25-year-old originally joined the Utah team as a walk-on in 2009, when he redshirted. He then served an LDS mission before rejoining the team in 2013 as a scholarship player. 

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Before Craig Sager reported from an NBA Finals game for the first time, he spoke with one of college football’s best players.

Sager, who continues to work as he endures treatment for leukemia, FaceTimed with Pittsburgh running back James Conner, a recent cancer survivor. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2015 and announced last month that he is cancer-free.

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The two quickly found that they have a lot in common.

FaceTime with the Legend Craig Sager!! 💪🏾💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/OyAaPtbGDB

— James Conner (@JamesConner_) June 16, 2016

Sager has worked for Turner for 34 years, but was able to work Game 6 of the Finals on ESPN thanks to what the network called a “unique partnership.” Before Thursday night in Cleveland, Sager, perhaps known most for his flashy suits, had never worked an NBA Finals game before he shared the sideline with ESPN’s Doris Burke.

Sager was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April 2014. Sager was initially cleared to return to the sidelines in February 2015, but his cancer returned a month later. Since then, he has maintained his presence on TNT, often traveling long distances to and from treatment centers and returning in time to work a game.

As for Conner, the redshirt junior continued to train and even participate in practice while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Now, all indications show he will be ready for the 2016 season when Pitt opens up at home against Villanova on Sept. 3.

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That will be a big boost for Pitt. Conner was the ACC Player of the Year in 2014 when he rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns. Conner missed the 2015 season after injuring his knee in the Panthers’ season opener against Youngstown State. 

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Posted: June 17, 2016, 1:22 pm

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Defensive tackle Juan Harris really can't decide if he wants to go to Iowa or not.

The three-star recruit has decommitted from the Hawkeyes a third time. Yes. A third time. And there's still more than seven months to go until National Signing Day.

ICYMI Juan Harris' on-again, off-again relationship with the Iowa Hawkeyes is off, again https://t.co/97k0l419J4 pic.twitter.com/XqOAygRv3T

— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) June 15, 2016

We'll see if Harris eventually picks Iowa (again). He can change his mind as much as he wants until he signs his name on signing day.

Norfolk State was hit with NCAA sanctions. The football team lost 22 wins, part of 97 wins the school lost overall.

Norfolk State stripped of 22 wins, including the 2011 MEAC title, and placed on 2-year probation: https://t.co/mrzFy6FQbs

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 16, 2016

Watch for LSU coach Les Miles at Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

I'm in Cleveland for game 6..Fathers day gift ....Geaux Cavs

— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) June 16, 2016

A wrongful death settlement could be reached between the family of Derek Sheely and the NCAA. A judge denied an NCAA motion in April.

Court filing shows Derek Sheely vs. NCAA wrongful death lawsuit is in settlement process. Trial scheduled for Monday is postponed.

— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) June 16, 2016

Hearings have been set for Jerry Sandusky in his attempt to overturn his convictions. It's the third time Sandusky has appealed; his first two tries were denied.

Jerry Sandusky has been granted hearings in August in his appeals to get his convictions overturned: https://t.co/GF5grvWEi4

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 16, 2016
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It looks like Baylor could be paying Art Briles a hefty sum whether or not he coaches again at the school.

And all signs point to him not coaching at Baylor, as any possible movements to keep Briles for the 2017 season aren't reportedly happening. Briles was suspended with intent to terminate by the school following the release of the Pepper Hamilton independent investigation in May.

According to a report from Scout regarding Briles' non-future at the school, a settlement between the coach and school could be about half the value of his contract. Briles had 8 years and "nearly" $40 million left on his deal when he was fired, err, suspended.

Two sources close to the situation tell https://t.co/XBNn1ev7Ha push for Art Briles' return at #Baylor is dead. https://t.co/eu4wzPuUOj

— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD) June 15, 2016

A Baylor news station attempted to talk with the school's interim president and when he declined an interview, said it was asked to leave the campus.

Baylor’s interim president declined an interview with @KCENNews and the station says it was asked to leave campus: https://t.co/lbTAHvpcmt

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 15, 2016

Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley endorsed Donald Trump for president. Will this sway your voting decision in November?

Ex-UGA coach Vince Dooley endorsed Donald Trump this morning. May you now vote with this in mind (or not): https://t.co/Y7cpEMzb6h

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 15, 2016

The American Athletic Conference announced a bunch of kickoff times, including for its games in Week 1.

A number of kickoff times and tv designations have been announced!https://t.co/yDZVYDXujF pic.twitter.com/K0yHcQrvK4

— American Football (@American_FB) June 15, 2016

Here are bunch more AAC kickoff times: https://t.co/JvP8AfPx29 pic.twitter.com/Wlg61xCwAI

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 15, 2016
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Posted: June 15, 2016, 11:33 pm

Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson will not play football in 2016 because of multiple concussions.

Robinson, the son of former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson, did not participate in drills after suffering a concussion at the beginning of spring practice. He had seen a specialist and was evaluating his football career.

"After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue playing football due to multiple concussions," Robinson said. "I couldn’t have come to this difficult personal decision without the incredible support from so many within the Notre Dame football program. I am extremely thankful to Coach [Brian] Kelly and his staff for the life-changing opportunity to play football at the greatest university in the world. I will continue to help our team as a student assistant and look forward to a great senior year."

Robinson had 16 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown. He finishes his Notre Dame career with 65 catches for nearly 900 yards and seven touchdowns.

"This was an extremely tough decision for Corey," Kelly said. "He's such a committed kid to everything he does — whether it be academics, football, community service or campus leadership initiatives — that he wanted to finish his four-year career on the field. He was so excited to lead a group of young receivers this fall."

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He was elected Notre Dame's student-body president in February and could have a less busy fall than he did in 2015 even with his student-government duties. From Blue and Gold Illustrated:

Last fall, Robinson not only participated on the football team and took 18 credits in the classroom, but he also wrote his senior thesis — as a junior — started a non-profit organization and served as an athletic representative in student government. He said he wanted to whittle that down to “only” football and student government in 2016.

Robinson applied for a Rhodes Scholarship, Fulbright Scholarship and pondered whether to apply for acceptance in Notre Dame’s ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education Program), which includes two years as a teacher that culminates in receiving a Master’s of Education.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 10:38 pm

Three more women have filed Title IX lawsuits against Baylor saying they were sexually assaulted while they were students at the school.

The women are all identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit. Jane Doe 1 became a student in January 2014, Jane Doe 2 said she was sexually assaulted at the school after she enrolled in 2004 and Jane Doe 3 was a student in August of 2012.

Jane Doe 1 said she was sexually assaulted by a Baylor football player in April of 2014. She claims she reported the the alleged assault to a physician a the school who “misinformed Jane Doe 1 and concealed from Jane Doe 1 as to her options to further report the incident, accommodations she was entitled to under Title IX, and further investigatory actions that could be taken by the University."

A woman identified as "Ally" came forward earlier in June to KCEN and said she was sexually assaulted by a current Baylor player in the spring of 2014. Another woman, Dolores Lozano, said earlier this month she planned to file a Title IX suit against the university.

From KWTX:

The lawsuit filed Wednesday says a significant history of student on student harassment “resulting from deliberate indifference, has been allowed to continue” at Baylor “for many years.”

The suit alleges that each of the women reported incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment while students, and says that Baylor “failed to adequately investigate each and every one of the events the Plaintiffs reported in violation of Title IX.”

Baylor issued a statement following the filing of the suit and said it would not be commenting because of "the deeply personal and sensitive nature of individual cases and federal law." The school fired football coach Art Briles in May after an independent investigation into the way the school handled sexual assaults. University president Ken Starr kept his chancellor title but subsequently resigned it and made himself look silly defending his actions while in charge at Baylor.

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"The decision to report to the university or other authorities is a brave and personal choice and occurs on the student’s timetable. We’re committed to and have already begun to implement changes in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for students and faculty.”

The lawsuit from the three women comes on the heels of a Title IX lawsuit filed by a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by former football player Tevin Elliott, who is currently serving a prison sentence for rape.

Jane Doe 2 alleges she was sexually assaulted at an age younger than 18 in the fall of 2004 while Jane Doe 3 was assaulted multiple times from the fall of 2013 through December 2015 by a man who was also a dorm staff member.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 10:18 pm

Charles Barkley has an idea for how to end Alabama's reign atop the college football world.

The Auburn alum and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer would take Saban on a trip with him.

"I want to go to Cuba," Barkley said in an interview about Aubrun and Alabama football with WBRC in Alabama. "I just want to see it in its pristine state before all the changes come ... But I want to go and see the country and the culture. I want to take Saban with me. There's no chance he'd ever come back. I would pay Coach Saban – I would love to invite him to Cuba with me."

And what would he do with Saban in Cuba?

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"We're not playing golf," Barkley said while trying to keep a straight face. "I'm going to try to get him to Guantanamo Bay and get him stuck there.

Before Alabama fans get riled up, the ever-quotable NBA on TNT commentator was joking, just like we said he was in the headline. And we'd also bet if this incredibly-hypothetical and never-to-happen trip actually did happen that Saban would have a process for getting out of Guantanamo Bay already in place before the two got anywhere near.

Barkley previously called Saban the "greatest football coach ever" (twice) in the interview and said "If you don't admire the job Nick Saban's done, you're just a fool."

That's high praise coming from an Auburn fan.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 7:32 pm

UPDATE June 15 4:30 p.m. ET

LSU has reversed its ban on visiting bands playing at halftime at Tiger Stadium.

The school said in a release that the new plan involves "re-configuring" seating in the south end zone to provide a more direct route to the field for visiting bands.

There are serious safety issues to consider in adopting the proper plan for on-field performances by visiting bands,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “When both our band and the visiting band are scheduled to perform, there’s the possibility of having over 600 additional people converging onto already crowded sidelines while the game is in progress. There are legitimate safety concerns that can affect our student-athletes, so we have developed a plan to insure a more secure environment for everyone."

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LSU may be having some second thoughts about a decision that recently became public.

The school enacted a provision last year that prevented visiting marching bands from performing at halftime of football games at Tiger Stadium. However, the decision hadn't been publicly confirmed until last week. And it's "still being assessed."

“We’re still looking at this. This is still being assessed,” LSU deputy athletic director Eddie Nunez told the Advocate. “This is not a dead decision. This is something we’re actively looking at, going to be meeting with risk management again. We’re going to try to do what we can to make this work. If we can, we will try to make it work. We would love to continue the pageantry.”

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The decision to ban visiting bands was made on the recommendation of a risk-management assessment which deemed that the sideline areas were too cramped for two bands as they waited with the teams in the final minutes of the second quarter.

“Risk (management officials) looked at this because of a couple of situations that have happened in the past — very close situations, things considered something we needed to keep our eye on,” he said. “They asked us to look at this. If you remember, a year and a half ago, we went and added a fence behind our home team bench. It was part of this whole situation, trying to create a buffer.”

Nunez also told the Advocate that the decision only affected "one to two" visiting teams per season.

Jacksonville State's band director told WSFA 12 his school would not be bringing the band to Tiger Stadium this fall because of the ban. It would cost the school $120,000 to bring the band and director Dr. Ken Bodiford said the expense wasn't worth it if the band couldn't play on the field.

"We're going to just use this money to go to Frisco, TX with the full band, you know, if our team makes it to the national playoff games," Bodiford told the station.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 2:57 pm

There will be multiple players wearing No. 1 for Notre Dame in 2016.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday on an appearance on WSBT 96.1 FM that the team would be awarding the number on a weekly basis throughout the season.

"No. 1 we’re going to hand out from week to week," Kelly said. "And that’s going to be the player that exemplifies himself both on and off the field in a manner that represents all the things we want a Notre Dame football player to represent."

No player on the Notre Dame roster is listed wearing No. 1.

(If you'd like to listen to Kelly's full remarks regarding the jersey numbers, zoom to the 32-minute mark of the link above.)

Not only will No. 1 be a rotating jersey, the Irish will use a similar system to determine who wears Nos. 2-9 for the season. Kelly said a merit system based on both on and off-field accomplishments will be kept because of the demand for the numbers.

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"And I’d go out on the road and we’re closing deals with guys to come to Notre Dame and the first question [would be] ‘Can I get a number 4?’ Or a number 5 or a number 6," Kelly said. "And of course, now they’re defensive linemen asking for single digit numbers.

"It got to the point where I said what we’re going to do is compete for single digits"

Defensive linemen are probably asking for single digits because of Louis NIx III. The 340-pound defensive tackle wore No. 1 through his senior season in 2013. Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant wore No. 1 after Nix did. Bryant transferred to UAB after he was declared ineligible for the 2015 season and was shot and killed on a Florida interstate in May.

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Posted: June 15, 2016, 1:17 pm

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Multiple reports emerged Monday documenting a behind the scenes effort from several powerful Baylor alums pushing to bring back Art Briles as BU’s head coach in 2017. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal identified several of the alums involved, including Jim Turner, the former chairman of Dr. Pepper Bottling Co., and Drayton McLane, the former owner of the Houston Astros. 

Baylor's football stadium, McLane Stadium, is named after McLane, who provided a significant gift to fund the stadium's construction.

A report from @WSJ identifies some of the Baylor donors pushing for Art Briles' return: https://t.co/VfKzZG12Sb pic.twitter.com/3P0DxGA2Z3

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 15, 2016

Like it did with Penn State last year, Axalta Racing has partnered another Big Ten University – Michigan – for a car in an upcoming NASCAR race. This time, it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 car for the Michigan 400 in August at Michigan International Speedway.

.@DaleJr's No. 88 Chevy looks pretty cool in maize and blue, huh? https://t.co/Nn0uktooaI (via @AxaltaRacing) pic.twitter.com/CWCZgYVb8h

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 14, 2016

DeQuinton Osborne, a former 2016 Baylor signee, has verbally committed to Oklahoma State. Osborne, a junior college defensive tackle, recently received his release from Baylor.

DeQuinton Osborne, a 2016 Baylor signee, has verbally committed to Oklahoma St after receiving his release from BU: https://t.co/2ZpBJZSP44

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 14, 2016

Michigan State’s Board of Trustees will vote Wednesday whether or not to install permanent lighting at Spartan Stadium. The school has long rented lights for late-afternoon and night games.

Michigan State Board of Trustees to vote Wed on installing permanent lights at Spartan Stadium: https://t.co/07pSjnzY6t

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 14, 2016

Here’s a cool photo from Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork as a new sound system is installed at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium,

These guys are super talented: hanging new sound system speakers in the Vaught. Lots of stuff to get done in 88 days pic.twitter.com/4XIfyrCLGa

— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) June 14, 2016
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Posted: June 15, 2016, 12:45 am

Update: June 14 - Noon ET

Did Baylor discuss Art Briles' future Monday night?

A preliminary vote by Baylor's Board of Regents regarding Briles was "very close" according to KWTX.

However, no details regarding the vote were available and a spokesperson for the school refuted the report via ESPN.

#Baylor spokesperson finally confirms to #ESPN that no vote on Art Briles' future happened last night during BOR meeting

— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) June 14, 2016

Update: June 13 - 8:30 p.m. ET

Baylor interim president David Garland told WFAA that the BU board's Monday night meeting is not about Art Briles. 

In fact, he said he was "caught off guard" by various reports Monday indicating the board would vote on bringing Briles back in 2017.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

"The meeting was scheduled before, and for quite a different issue," Garland said.

Garland did concede that some want Briles back, but was clear that the school's leadership has priorities other than football.

"A lot of fans love what the coach did on the football field, and you can understand that," he said. "But other factors have to be taken into consideration."

Original story: June 13 - 9:30 a.m.

Could Art Briles return to the sideline as Baylor head coach?

According to a report from HornsDigest.com’s Chip Brown, the school’s board of regents will “consider a one-year suspension” for Briles when it meets on Monday. Bleacher Report’s Jason King and KWTX also reported the news.

According to Brown, the push to vote for Briles’ return in 2017 is “being driven by some of the biggest big-money donors at the school – many of whom helped fund BU’s $300 million football stadium that opened in 2014.” Briles is said to have met with “some key figures associated with the school last Thursday.”

Bob Simpson, part owner of the Texas Rangers, appears to be one figure in Briles' corner.

Bob Simpson, a key Baylor donor who is close to Art Briles, on the possibility of a return: "We don't know yet. We'd like to see that."

— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) June 13, 2016

However, USA Today reported that though there is support for Briles' return among "a faction of voices within the school's board of regents," the voices are "few in number" and action to bring back the coach is "unlikely."

From USA Today:

While a small minority of Baylor donors have been pushing behind the scenes to bring back Art Briles as football coach in 2017 — effectively giving him a one-year suspension — it is unlikely to result in any action, USA TODAY Sports has learned.

A person with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the discussions, said there is indeed a faction of voices within the school’s Board of Regents still supporting Briles and urging the school to bring him back. But those voices, the person said, were few in number at this point and considered to be on the margins.

Briles was “suspended indefinitely with intent to terminate” by the board on May 26 as it released summary findings from an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations. The investigation, conducted by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, found “specific failings within both the football program and athletics department leadership” and said there were “significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student-athlete misconduct.”

"The football program & Athletics dept leadership failed to take appropriate action in response to these reports." pic.twitter.com/AM0QYmOC5W

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) May 26, 2016

"Football staff conducted their own untrained internal inquiries which improperly discredited complainants." pic.twitter.com/yrDCLr4FZ3

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) May 26, 2016

"In one instance, those actions constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual
assault." pic.twitter.com/m1LcUGavPO

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) May 26, 2016

According to Brown's report, some at Baylor believe the weight of the scandal should fall on the shoulders of Ken Starr, BU’s former president and chancellor. Starr was removed as president the same day Briles was "suspended," but stayed on as chancellor until resigning earlier this month.

From Horns Digest:

There are those among the Baylor leadership who feel the major failings of the BU rape scandal fall on former president Ken Starr for the school not having a Title IX coordinator from 2011-2014, sources said. If BU had a Title IX coordinator, the football coaching staff would have had training on how to handle any complaints of rape made against football players, sources said.

Those members of the BU leadership who say Briles should have been spared while Starr should have been the fall guy for the scandal are getting a lot of pressure from big-money donors who say they'll stop giving to the university if Briles isn't brought back as coach in 2017, sources said.

If there aren’t a sufficient number of votes to bring back Briles, a settlement between “$15 million and $25 million” could be on the table for the coach, Brown's report said. According to KWTX, a vote is scheduled for Monday night.

In the interim, Baylor hired former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe as “acting head coach” for 2016. All of Briles’ assistants, including his son Kendal, the Bears’ offensive coordinator, were retained. 

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Posted: June 14, 2016, 5:58 pm

Congratulations Tennessee students, you don't have to go to class on Thursday, Sep. 1.

The school said Tuesday that it would be canceling classes on the day of its season-opening game. Tennessee's game vs. Appalachian State was moved to Thursday and will be broadcast on SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. ET.

"I believe that everyone involved in the ongoing collaboration that led to this logistical conclusion feels good about the fact that we were able to meet our collective priority to not interrupt the academic schedule on that Thursday," Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said.

"We look forward to the exciting opportunity to represent our conference on the SEC Network to open the 2016 season on the first night in September."

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The school said it'd be adding classes on Thursday, Dec. 1 to make up for the loss of the day in September. We're also guessing that attendance will be pretty light at early Friday classes on September 2 as well.

The game is one of 15 games scheduled for the Thursday of the opening weekend of the season and one of two SEC games that day. South Carolina plays Vanderbilt as well.

The season unofficially opens a week earlier when Cal plays Hawaii in Australia on August 26.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: June 14, 2016, 3:45 pm

Illinois defensive tackle Jarrod Clements won't have a misdemeanor charge for battery on his record if he completes terms of a second-chance agreement he signed earlier this month.

Clements, also known by his nickname of "Chunky," was allegedly involved in a fight at a party on the Illinois campus in March. Police then identified him after reviewing video of the incident in late April but, according to the News-Gazette, he was not notified of any charges against him and missed a May court date. He was charged with misdemeanor battery though a warrant was never served.

After he became aware of the charges filed against him, Clements hired Evan Bruno, who recently represented former and current Illini basketball players Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate in domestic battery cases.

"I became involved after the court date had come and gone," Bruno said. "He was wanting to address the case and do whatever he needed to do to move past it. He has been as motivated as anyone I've ever worked with to get beyond it."

He signed the second chance agreement in June and won't serve any public discipline from the Illinois football team.

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"We are aware of the incident from several months ago involving Jarrod Clements, and I am disappointed in Jarrod's actions," Illinois coach Lovie Smith said in a statement. "He has already begun working toward fulfilling the community service hours that were assigned to him by the court. We will reinforce to Jarrod the expectations we have of him as a student-athlete."

Clements had 35 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2015. He also had a half-sack.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: June 14, 2016, 1:30 pm

Miss something that happened on Dr. Saturday’s social media presence? Well, we’ve got your roundup right here. Don’t let this happen again. Always be in the know by following Dr. Saturday on TwitterFacebook and Tumblr.

Ohio State held its women’s clinic over the weekend and Buckeyes linebacker Raekwon McMillan met a fan who would be a natural on the gridiron. Look at this form!

Auburn kicker Will Hastings drilled a perfect kick into the waiting arms of fellow Tigers kicker Daniel Carlson. Apologies to Will for the misidentification in the tweet.

Auburn's Daniel Carlson has the accuracy to kick a ball directly into a teammate's hands: https://t.co/tVYp7Fkjwh pic.twitter.com/Qyys7LmuGb

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 13, 2016

A former college football player was shot in this weekend’s tragedy in Orlando. Rodney Sumter Jr., who played wide receiver for Jacksonville University from 2008 to 2010, was shot in his back and both arms. He had surgery on Monday morning and remains hospitalized.

One of those wounded in the #OrlandoShooting is ex-Jacksonville (FCS) WR Rodney Sumter Jr, a bartender at Pulse: https://t.co/5ouRerXAEJ

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) June 13, 2016

Tate Martell, the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country, committed to Ohio State. Martell, a 2017 recruit from Las Vegas, was previously committed to Texas A&M.

I'm excited to announce that I
have officially committed to
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY! pic.twitter.com/fWpD7hcZ13

— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 13, 2016

Rod Gibson, a recruiting assistant at Mississippi State, was arrested for DUI over the weekend.

Mississippi State recruiting assistant Rod Gibson was arrested for DUI over the weekend: https://t.co/et7hnDzraV

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LSU mascot Mike the Tiger is improving after undergoing radiation treatment. Mike was diagnosed with cancer last month.

LSU mascot Mike the Tiger's health is improving after radiation therapy https://t.co/fYwc9cxkE7 (via @theadvocatebr) pic.twitter.com/PfyN4dl9JE

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 13, 2016

The folks in Madison are excited for football season: Wisconsin sold its entire allotment of undergraduate student tickets in 90 minutes.

Wisconsin student tickets sell out in 90 minutes. That’s just impressive. pic.twitter.com/uafFSfZnDC

— marcmorehouse (@marcmorehouse) June 13, 2016

Sad news: Cal Poly signee Jake Javier was paralyzed from the chest down after falling into a pool and breaking his neck.

Sad news: A Cal Poly signee was paralyzed from the chest down after falling into a pool. https://t.co/fdtIsWHnCF

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 13, 2016

Our pals at Big League Stew got a glimpse of the new first pitch cards from Topps featuring none other than Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

Here's Jim Harbaugh's first-pitch card from @toppscards, which is as intense as you'd expect https://t.co/g9Xlr1KJei pic.twitter.com/o62WPtFXpN

— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) June 13, 2016

University of Cincinnati president Santa J. Ono is leaving for the same position at the University of British Columbia. Ono was born in Vancouver, where UBC is located, and his father was a longtime professor at the school.

University of Cincinnati president Santa J. Ono is leaving the school. https://t.co/XXiIlDk7TA

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) June 13, 2016

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve the Univ. of Cincinnati as your 28th President. I will miss you. https://t.co/TQ99ru1ULa

— Santa J. Ono (@PrezOno) June 13, 2016

Get excited! Stanford announced a new scheduling agreement with Boston College. The teams will play a home-and-home series in 2028 and 2029.

Start the countdown: Stanford announces a home-and-home series with Boston College... in 2028 and 2029. https://t.co/wacyt5wamN

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Author: Yahoo Sports Staff
Posted: June 13, 2016, 11:37 pm

(AP Photo/Matt York)It will be a while before Devin Butler returns to the field for Notre Dame.

According to the South Bend Tribune, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said Monday that Butler reinjured his foot late last week and will be out for “14 to 16 weeks.” Butler, a senior cornerback, first fractured the foot in late December a few days before the Irish played Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Butler will have surgery on the injured left foot next week, Kelly said. Butler re-fractured the foot and will have a screw inserted.

“It’s tough,” Kelly said. “(He’s) a guy that’s struggled both in life and in football. He had a great semester academically. We really see him trending in the right way. And then to have an injury like that was very disappointing for him. And we’re disappointed for him.”

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Butler played in 12 games for the Irish last fall and moved into the starting lineup for the regular season finale at Stanford after KeiVarae Russell went down with a broken leg. Butler was slated to start again for the Irish against Ohio State, but was injured in practice four days before the game.

Overall, Butler had 11 tackles in 2015.

Looking ahead, Butler was slated for plenty of playing time in 2016, most likely in the slot as a nickel corner. Now, with his redshirt season still available, he could have a decision to make. If he returns in the 14-16 week window Kelly provided, Butler could be available for the second half of the season. Otherwise, Butler could decide to use the season to get healthy and return as a fifth-year senior in 2017.

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Butler, a native of Washington D.C., played in a combined 25 games in 2013 and 2014, totaling 28 tackles and an interception.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: June 13, 2016, 8:17 pm

Brett Rypien showed as a true freshman that he has a ton of talent, so it’s no surprise he can make something challenging look like a piece of cake.

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The Boise State quarterback showed off his arm strength and accuracy in a video posted to Twitter by Broncos head coach Bryan Harsin. Seriously, look how easy he makes this look:

QB Lifestyle! 🔥🔥🔥 #Buckets 🏀🏀 #SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/Xcys1I5i6i

— Coach Bryan Harsin (@bryanharsin) June 12, 2016

That hoop is roughly 50 or so yards away, and Rypien doesn’t even hit the backboard. Nothing but net.

Rypien threw for 3,353 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 63.5 percent of his passes last year. With Ryan Finley off to NC State, the starting quarterback job is all his.

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: June 13, 2016, 6:12 pm

Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)After 25 years serving as Florida’s athletic director, Jeremy Foley has announced his retirement.

Foley, 63, informed his staff and UF head coaches of his decision Monday morning, the school said. Foley will serve as athletic director until October 1 and then assume the role of “Emeritus Athletics Director.”

"After a long period of thought and consideration, I have made a decision to retire as the Athletics Director effective October 1, 2016. As difficult as a decision it has been to make, I know the time is right,” Foley said in a statement.

“So many memories. Of championships won. Of teams setting goals and then achieving them. The passion shown by Florida fans across the state, nation and world. Those letters or emails from student-athletes after they receive their degrees, so appreciative of their Gator experience. Those are what I'll take with me because they are a part of me. This is a special place built by the effort, passion and drive of our coaches and student-athletes.”

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Foley began his time at Florida as an intern in the school’s ticket office in 1976 and has been with the Gators ever since. He worked his way up the ladder in UF’s athletic department before being introduced as athletic director on March 9, 1992.

During his time as AD, the Gators have won 27 national titles in 13 different sports, including becoming the first school to win championships in football and men’s basketball in the same season in 2006. Before Foley became AD, Florida has won nine national championships in five sports.

In Division I history, only one athletic director has guided a school to multiple national titles in football (1996, 2006, 2008) and men’s basketball (2006, 2007): Jeremy Foley.

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"What a privilege it has been to be a part of this athletic program. It's never been a job – the relentless energy from the student-athletes and coaches ensured that. I've worked with some of the best in the business and met some truly outstanding people. I've been part of some memorable Gator events and Championships. I came to work every day with a staff full of friends and we've shared every emotion along the way. I have been truly blessed with a career I have loved at a place I love,” Foley said.

"But now it is time for me to step aside. I firmly believe that after 25 years with one leader, new thoughts and new ideas will continue to move this program forward. Timing is as good as it can be because currently we have a tremendous group of coaches and professional staff. As good as there is in the country. New leadership will inherit an incredibly talented group of people. Our budget is in good shape.  All of our programs are achieving at the highest level.  We are being successful without sacrificing our integrity. We are a positive reflection on the institution.

"As hard as it is for me personally, as this organization and this career has been my life's work, it is time for me to personally move forward in a new direction.  I firmly believe my time as Athletics Director is ending so that I can move into the next phase of my life.  And I eagerly look forward to this next phase.

"But I'll still be watching – and cheering – because I'll always be a Gator."

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Author: Sam Cooper
Posted: June 13, 2016, 2:19 pm

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