(Photo by John Kelley, Georgia Sports)Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The 21-year-old Taylor, who enrolled at Alabama in January following his dismissal from Georgia, was arrested Saturday and charged with domestic violence and criminal mischief. Taylor was dismissed from Georgia in July following a previous domestic violence arrest. Charges are still pending in that case.

According to a release from Tuscaloosa Police, an altercation with Taylor’s girlfriend took place at approximately 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening. The 24-year-old woman had “minor injuries to her neck” and told police Taylor assaulted her.

Taylor, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, was arrested for “Domestic Violence 3rd Degree Assault” and “Domestic Violence 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief” and was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail where he is being held on $1,000 bond.

Following his dismissal from Georgia, in which he was accused of choking and striking his then-girlfriend with a closed fist, Taylor played the 2014 season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. He was brought in by Alabama as a part of its 2015 recruiting class.

In a statement that followed his enrollment, the school said that athletics “was not involved” in his admission to the university.

"Jonathan Taylor was admitted to The University of Alabama following the same procedures that the UA Admissions office uses to evaluate any student who has dealt with legal issues," the statement said. "The admissions process includes representatives from academic, legal, student affairs, student conduct, UAPD and counseling.  Athletics is not involved in the admissions process.  Taylor's continued enrollment depends on his ability to fulfill all requirements the University has specifically mandated for him during his time as a UA student."

After Taylor signed with the Tide, head coach Nick Saban said that Taylor deserved a second chance.

"I said this before that when people are young – and that is not a mistake that we condone in any shape or form, that's (disrespectful) to any person, let alone a female – there is some occasion to not condemn them for life, but to give them another chance," Saban said in February, per TideSports.com.

"It's up to them to prove that they deserve that chance. And when they get that opportunity they need to definitely do their very best to take advantage of it. This is the decision that we made. I know the sensitivity of the issue, and we're going to do what we can to help this young man have success here and not have issues anymore."

The news of Taylor’s arrest comes after safety Geno Smith was arrested for driving under the influence on early Saturday morning. Like Taylor, it was Smith’s second offense. Smith was also arrested for DUI in August 2013.

Per TideSports.com, Alabama officials “were not available for comment” on either incident Saturday night. 

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Posted: March 29, 2015, 4:09 am

Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Jimmie Hunt (88) catches a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Geno Smith (24) in the third quarter of the 2014 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)Alabama senior defensive back Geno Smith was arrested early Saturday morning for driving under the influence. This is the second time Smith, a projected starter at free safety, has been arrested for DUI during his time at Alabama.

The 6-foot, 197-pound Smith was previously arrested in August 2013 and was suspended for the opening game of that season. According to Al.com, Smith remained in Tuscaloosa County Jail as of “early Saturday afternoon” and missed the Crimson Tide’s fifth practice of the spring.

Smith started six games for the Crimson Tide last season and was fifth on the team with 56 tackles. Smith provided depth at both cornerback and safety in 2013, registering 10 tackles and four pass breakups in 12 games played. He also played in 13 games as a freshman in 2012 and finished with nine tackles.

He has started eight games total in his career.

Smith was the favorite to replace Nick Perry at free safety for the Tide this season and has been practicing with the first team during the spring, per Al.com.

The program has not yet commented on Smith’s arrest or status with the program.

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Posted: March 28, 2015, 8:46 pm

Kansas football is making new coach David Beaty earn his salary.

Beaty, who is the lowest paid coach in the Big 12, will be paid at least $800,000, according to documents obtained by the Kansas City Star, but has the power to increase that number with each conference win.

That’s right, with every Big 12 win, Beaty will be rewarded with $25,000. With nine Big 12 games on the schedule, Beaty has an opportunity to increase his annual salary by 225,000.

However, conference wins have not been easy to come by for the Jayhawks. In the past five seasons, Kansas has just three total conference wins — one in each of the past three years.

The lack of on-field success is likely what caused Kansas to drastically scale back on Beaty’s contract. In 2009, Kansas gave Turner Gill, who was ousted after two seasons, a five-year, $10 million contract. Charlie Weis, who lasted three years, was awarded a five-year, $12.5 million package. Those two men combined for a 12-48 overall record.

Beaty’s contract also is littered with several other incentives including $100,000 for a Big 12 title and $100,000 for a bowl appearance, which is pretty low considering Kansas hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2008, and, in it's history, has earned just one North Division co-championship in 2007 (but did not play in the title game).

Beaty also is only awarded $50,000 for being named AP Coach of the Year and $50,000 for Big 12 Coach of the year. Again, that seems a little low considering the history of Kansas football, which hasn’t been a prosperous one. If Beaty were to win either of those awards, it would mean a drastic shift in Kansas football, like the days of Todd Reesing, Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe Orange Bowl type of shift.

Beaty’s $800,000 salary is comprised of a $225,000 base salary and a $575,000 professional services contract. If the Jayhawks win six games, have no more than six losses and gain bowl eligibility, that professional services contract will increase to $675,000 through the end of the current deal. It is worth noting that Kansas has not had a winning season since 2008.

While these terms might seem a little harsh in today's overly generous college football coaching market, they definitely provide Beaty, a first-year head coach, incentive to get the Jayhawks moving in the right direction. And there’s no doubt that if he does turn the program around, he’ll be able to renegotiate this deal and make a much better wage.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 9:15 pm

Jeffrey Bruner was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday in the death of Missouri Southern State assistant coach Derek Moore.

Bruner shot and killed Moore in November 2013 when Moore (right) was leaving a Joplin, Mo., movie theater with Bruner's estranged wife.

From the Joplin Globe:

The defense had argued that his wife's infidelities drove the defendant to a point where he snapped during a confrontation with her and the 37-year-old assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University outside the movie theater where they had gone on a date.

A psychologist testified that he believes Bruner suffered an abnormal reaction to a life-threatening situation known as acute stress disorder that caused him not to be able to recall much of what happened when he confronted Moore and his wife. Bruner told the court that he remembers the gun in his hand and two shots being fired. He testified that he did not recall anything else until the point where he reached his vehicle after the shooting.

Bruner faces life without parole because of the murder conviction, the automatic sentence for anyone convicted of first-degree murder in Missouri. His sentencing is scheduled for May for a count of armed criminal action. According to the Globe, the jury deliberated for less than three hours before reaching the guilty verdict.

He fired seven rounds in the incident and according to the pathologist who performed the autopsy, six struck Moore. One shot went through his spinal cord. A witness also described hearing Bruner say "If I can't have you, no one can" before he committed the crime.

Moore was Missouri Southern's offensive line coach. The team canceled Homecoming activities after his death and postponed a game. He was in his first year as a coach for the team.

Bruner and his wife were officially divorced in the summer of 2014.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 7:29 pm

Georgia's Nick Chubb (27) runs for a touchdown against Louisville during the first half of the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)With 1,547 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a true freshman, Georgia running back Nick Chubb was one of 2014’s standout performers in college football.

He even caught the eye of Georgia legend Herschel Walker, the program’s all-time leading rusher.

“This kid came on as a freshman and just think if he had started the whole season, what he would have done. That’s what so amazing,” said Walker, who attended UGA’s spring practice on Thursday.

“One thing I like about him, the game is over, practice is over, and the kid is still out there working out. That’s just the sign of a good athlete. That’s a sign that he’s doing things he needs to get done.”

Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, told the Ledger-Enquirer that Chubb’s ability to carry a huge workload was “absolutely amazing.” Chubb had more than 30 carries in three games last season.

Walker, who was able to speak with Chubb for the first time this week, also lauded the Bulldogs’ incredible depth at the position with Keith Marshall and Sony Michel also returning.

“People have totally forgot about Marshall. Marshall is an excellent running back. Then you've got Sony Michel. I'm like guys, You've got a ton of running backs here," Walker said. "But then you've got Chubb, who's not gonna give up the position. He's saying, ‘You know what guys, I'm not gonna carry it 15, I'm gonna carry it 30, if you all can get anything out of that then more power to you.’ I think that's what's amazing."

Georgia is coming off a 10-3 season and will rely heavily on Chubb and its running game in 2015, especially with a new, inexperienced starter at quarterback. The quarterback battle is still wide open with Brice Ramsey, Jacob Park and Faton Bauta all in the mix.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to play their G-Day spring game on April 11. 

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 7:21 pm

IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 16: A detail view of the College Football Playoff logo shown during a press conference on October 16, 2013 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff has made a change to its Selection Committee.

Executive Director Bill Hancock announced Friday that Archie Manning, who took a leave of absence from the committee last October due to health reasons, has decided not to return. To fill Manning’s place, former Vanderbilt and Furman coach Bobby Johnson has joined the committee.

Manning cited other time commitments as the main reason he won’t return.

“I was honored when I was chosen to be on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee,” Manning said in a statement. “It’s a great group of people and they did a wonderful job last year. But as I look ahead to the various commitments I have – to my family, numerous time obligations around the country and to other conflicting demands – I have concluded that I won’t be able to return to the committee.”

Manning, the father of NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, also expressed a desire to see his sons play in person.

“I particularly want to watch Peyton and Eli play, in person when I can, and it’s hard to do that when weekends are devoted to watching college games,” Manning said. “This is not an easy choice, but it’s the right choice for Olivia and me.

“The College Football Playoff is a big hit and I wish my colleagues the very best.”

Manning, the former Ole Miss and longtime NFL quarterback, initially planned to rejoin the committee for the 2015 season after undergoing a surgery “to help relieve discomfort he (was) experiencing walking and moving around.” However, he ultimately came to the decision not to return.

“Everyone on the committee is going to miss Archie,” Hancock said.  “He is an all-star and he knows college football inside and out. On the other hand, we are delighted to welcome Bobby to the committee. His extensive knowledge of the sport and his notable integrity make him a perfect member of this group.”

According to a release from the CFP, Johnson was “chosen unanimously” on a March 25 conference call.

“I have tremendous respect for the selection committee and I am honored to join the group,” Johnson said. “As a former player and coach, I’m particularly happy about the opportunity to continue to serve the game.”

Johnson, 64, played collegiately at Clemson has a wide receiver and cornerback from 1969-1972. He began his coaching career at Furman in 1976 and remained on staff as a defensive assistant until 1993, when he returned to Clemson for one season as defensive coordinator. The following year, in 1994, Johnson returned to Furman as head coach and led the program to a Division I-AA national championship appearance in 2001, his final season with the program.

Following his stint at Furman, Vanderbilt hired Johnson in December 2001. Though he only went 29-66 in his eight seasons with the program, Johnson was named 2008 SEC Coach of the Year after leading the Commodores to a 7-6 record and a win in the Music City Bowl – the program’s first bowl win in 53 years.

Johnson, who retired as Vandy head coach in July 2010, becomes the 13th member of the selection committee, which is chaired by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. The committee also includes  Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Oliver Luck, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 6:48 pm

Sean Burke, a Wisconsin fan, has started a petition on change.org to have the Big Ten Championship football game taken out of the state of Indiana.

The petition was sparked because of a “religious freedom” bill Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Thursday.

Senate Bill 101 essentially would allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian patrons on the basis of religious beliefs.

Burke’s petition, which had 3,900 signatures at the time of this posting, claims the state of Indiana is not living up to the ideals of the Big Ten Conference.

On March 26, 2015 Governor Pence of Indiana signed into law a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community under the guise of "religious freedom". A law such as this runs contrary to the ideals of the Big Ten Conference and puts students, fans and staff at risk of open discrimination based solely on who they love. Such law sends the message that members of the LBGT community are second class citizens contrary to the many contributions members of the LGBT community have made in areas such as science, the arts, architecture, business and not to mention sports.
The State of Indiana, as a member of the Big Ten Conference, needs to be told that it must live up to the ideals of the conference and respect all persons regardless of sex, age, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

The Big Ten title game is scheduled to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium through 2021.

The Big Ten Conference released a statement Friday afternoon stating that its presidents and chancellors would review the "impact" of the bill during its next meeting.

The Big Ten Conference and its member institutions believe in promoting an inclusive environment in which athletic competition can operate free from discrimination. The conference is aware of the bill that was recently signed into law in the state of Indiana and will further review its impact at the next scheduled meetings of its administrators, presidents and chancellors.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement Thursday that his organization would examine "how it might affect future events as well as our workforce."

"The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events," Emmert's statement said. "We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.
"We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending, next week's men's Final Four in Indianapolis are not impacted negatively by this bill.
"Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce."

Indianapolis will host the Men’s Final Four next weekend and the Women’s Final Four next year.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 6:10 pm

Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State flag is held up before the team runs through it against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)In a response to Florida State’s motion to dismiss a federal Title IX lawsuit, the attorneys for Erica Kinsman, the former Florida State student who accused Jameis Winston of rape in December 2012, wrote that senior officials from the athletic department concealed information from university administrators.

According to USA Today, the response, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Thursday, “rebutted FSU’s assertion” that senior associate athletic director Monk Bonasorte and head coach Jimbo Fisher “were not appropriate people” to respond to the sexual assault allegation. The school has acknowledged that both Bonasorte and Fisher knew of the allegation in January 2013, a month after Kinsman reported it to police. 

The response from Kinsman’s attorneys says that Bonasorte and Fisher not responding to the allegation was a “deliberate violation of their known duties to act on allegations of student-on-student sexual assault." 

From USA Today:

"In deliberate violation of their known duties to act on allegations of student-on-student sexual assault and notify the FSU administration, these senior Athletics Department officials chose to conceal the information they had received," Kinsman's response states.

"It would wholly circumvent the purposes of Title IX to find FSU protected from liability because its senior associate athletic director and head football coach deliberately concealed notice from FSU's administrators or other 'appropriate persons.'"

The Title IX lawsuit was filed against the school’s Board of Trustees in January. It stated that the school did not properly investigate the allegation against Winston, who has never been charged and was subsequently cleared in a December 2014 school code of conduct hearing.

The lawsuit says that the school did not comply with Title IX policies and delayed its investigation into Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner. Winston, who is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, has maintained that the two had consensual sex. 

Florida State's motion to dismiss the suit stated that its response was "far from being deliberately indifferent" and "provided her the services of its confidential Victim Advocate Program within hours of her alleged sexual assault and continuously thereafter."

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 5:16 pm

UNITED STATES - MARCH 06: COACH - 9/30/89 - Hayden Fox (CRAIG T. NELSON, center), the head coach of the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles, built his team with bumbling coaching assistant Luther Van Dam (JERRY VAN DYKE, second from right) and former student-now-assistant Dauber Dybinski (BILL FAGERBAKKE). His daughter, Kelly (CLARE CAREY, left) and TV newswoman Christine Armstrong (SHELLEY FABARES) brought some sanity to his life. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)Minnesota State Screaming Eagles’ fans rejoice, America’s favorite fictional college football program is coming back to television.

The sitcom Coach, which starred Craig T. Nelson as coach Hayden Fox, is getting a reboot. NBC has picked up 13 episodes of the popular college football comedy. There is no announced premiere date.

And we couldn’t be more excited. Well, those of us on the Dr. Saturday staff old enough to remember and appreciate the show.

The original series aired for nine seasons from 1987-1997 on ABC. Fox was the coach of Division I-A’s Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles (and the final two seasons as the coach of the NFL’s Orlando Breakers). He had two lovable but bumbling assistant coaches in Luther Van Dam, who was played by Jerry Van Dyke (remarkably, still alive), and Michael “Dauber” Dybinkski, who was played by Bill Fagerbakke. The show also starred Shelly Fabares as Fox’s wife Christine Armstrong.

Nelson actually won an Emmy for his role as Fox in 1992.

The reboot will take place 18 years after Fox left Minnesota State, which is pretty much on schedule. Fox (once again played by Nelson) will return to the sidelines to help his grown son, who is coaching an Ivy League program in Pennsylvania that is just starting a football team.

Those Coach diehards will remember that the series concluded with Fox and Christine adopting a child after they were unable to conceive.

As of right now, Nelson is the only returning cast member from the original series.

If you’re like our writer Sam Cooper and not familiar with the show (he was 6 when it ended), you can catch up on Netflix, which just added 199 episodes to its catalog.

But here are a few clips to whet your coaching whistle:

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 4:08 pm

Defendant Brandon Vandenburg listens as his attorney Fletcher Long argues for acquittal during the his trial Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Tenn. Former Vanderbilt football players Vandenburg and Cory Batey are standing trial on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/Larry McCormack, PoolBrandon Vandenburg, the former Vanderbilt player who was convicted of rape in January, is facing more trouble.

According to a report from CBS Los Angeles, Vandenburg is facing a misdemeanor charge of battery for allegedly “roughing up a security guard” at his brother’s middle school in Palm Desert, Calif. The alleged incident occurred on Feb. 27, 2014 as Vandenburg was free on bail from rape and other charges in Nashville.

Per the report, Vandenburg “snatched Tarascio’s sunglasses off his face, leaving a tiny scratch under the security officer’s left eyebrow.”

According to a court declaration in support of an arrest warrant in connection with the California incident, Vandenburg went to his brother's school that day around 3:34 p.m. and was confronted by campus security officer Jamie Tarascio. Vandenburg told Tarascio his name and said he was on his brother's emergency contact list, according to the document.

Tarascio said he would have to confirm that Vandenburg was authorized to be on the campus and turned to walk into an administration office, sheriff's investigator Steve Rivera wrote. That's when Vandenburg - who is described in court records as 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds - snatched Tarascio's sunglasses off his face, leaving a tiny scratch under the security officer's left eyebrow, Rivera wrote.

After the incident, Vandenburg “had to be forced off the school campus,” according to the court declaration.

Vandenburg, along with Corey Batey, another former Vanderbilt player, was found guilty on January 28 for raping and filming an unconscious 21-year-old woman. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 3:58 pm

Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette has ended his playing career.

Robinette made the announcement to his teammates on Friday.

.@probinette4 informs his teammates of decision in weight room meeting this AM. pic.twitter.com/pnUinFaatE

— VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) March 27, 2015

According to the school, the decision "was influenced by a history of injuries." Robinette suffered a concussion in September, and according to his high school coach, it also forced him to miss class time in addition to playing time.

It was at least his second concussion. Per the Tennesseean, he had a concussion in 2010 in high school.

"This has been a very difficult decision to make," Robinette said in a team release. "This team means the world to me and I love playing football more than anything. It's been tough coming to a decision that is right for my family and I, and protects my health and future.

"I've been very deliberate in coming to this decision. It's difficult but I'm really excited to move forward to the next chapter of my life and really to see what the field of medicine has in store for me."

The team tweeted a picture of Robinette's acceptance to medical school earlier in the month.

What it's like getting accepted to Vanderbilt Medical School. pic.twitter.com/ZI9AyXAFVb

— VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) March 11, 2015

Robinette participated in Vanderbilt's spring game before announcing his decision and was the leading contender to start at quarterback for the Commodores in 2015. Now that he won't be playing, the quarterback competition is down to Wade Freebeck, Johnny McCrary, Kyle Shurmur and Shawn Stankavage. Freebeck and McCrary saw playing time in 2014 as Vanderbilt had a quarterback carousel. Stankavage is a redshirt freshman while Shurmur will be a true freshman in the fall.

In his career, Robinette threw for 1,096 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He was 43-67 passing for 454 yards, three touchdowns and three inteceptions in 2014.

"Patton Robinette is one of the most fierce competitors that I've ever had the pleasure to coach," Vanderbily coach Derek Mason said. "He's been a winner on every level and a guy that others look to for leadership. Patton leaves this football team in good hands, and has done a fantastic job of helping to create a foundation for success.

"This has been tough on Patton and his family, but we support his decision and look forward to seeing what the future in medicine holds for such an outstanding young man,"

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 3:31 pm

Ohio State’s College Football Playoff championship rings have arrived and they are as cool as you’d expect them to be.

Buckeyes receivers coach Zach Smith tweeted out some close-ups of the team’s new hardware, which was earned in a hard-fought 42-20 victory over Oregon.

Going to need a Bigger Jewelry Box... 💍💎 pic.twitter.com/AiQH4mkaji

— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) March 27, 2015

These things are shiny and they are HUGE. Head coach Urban Meyer and tight end Jeff Heuerman certainly seem pleased.

Ring Selfie (Ring 1 of 3) pic.twitter.com/44tLE8mzwl

— Jeff Heuerman (@JHeuerman86) March 27, 2015

Apparently these aren’t the only rings the Buckeyes will receive on Friday. I’d assume the Big Ten Championship and Sugar Bowl rings are on the way.

The first of 3 Championship rings delivered today! Power of the Unit! #wellearned #letsgogetanotherone #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/kTL79xQRac

— Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs) March 27, 2015

The Buckeyes, who are scheduled to play their spring game on April 18, kick off their season on the road at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. Revenge may be on their minds for that one.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 3:19 pm

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is going to drive the pace car before the Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega on May 3 and he sounds damn excited about it.

"I am so jacked about that," Freeze told the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun-Herald. "You have no idea, man. I love golf, fishing and NASCAR outside of my job and my family. That's the three things I spend time doing."

He also texted Danica Patrick a happy birthday message this week. Seriously.

Patrick is dating fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is from Olive Branch, Miss. Stenhouse is a big Ole Miss fan, so Patrick has become one too. The two went to Ole Miss' season-opener against Boise State in Atlanta. It was the same weekend as the Sprint Cup race nearby in Hampton, Ga.

Patrick turned 33 on Wednesday.

"Danica's birthday was yesterday so I called her and wished her a happy birthday and I said 'I don't know if you had anything to do with it,'" Freeze said. "Ricky and I texted back and forth. I suspect either one of them or both had something to do with it. Last year, Talladega filmed a deal on our campus. That maybe had something do with it. I'm excited about it."

The duties of the honorary pace car driver include media opportunities the morning before the race, a guest spot at the drivers' meeting and then the most important job, driving the car before the race goes green. 29 years ago, the pace car was stolen at Talladega and taken for a joyride around the track before track security was able to stop the perpitrator and pull him out of the car by his hair.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora was the honorary pace car driver at last year's Martinsville race (Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer was the driver in 2013).

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was also Talladega's pace car driver last year. Plus, Michael Waltrip Racing has run commemorative Alabama and Auburn cars after their national championships at the 2.66-mile track. And now with Freeze's involvement we can't help but wonder what would happen if all 14 SEC football coaches raced each other at Talladega.

We need to make that race happen.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 2:28 pm

The tradition of taking a picture with former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini continued at the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland on Thursday night. And we're happy to report that Pelini has also carried on the tradition of making an awkward face for the photos.

Behold a selfie one fan took with the new Youngstown State coach (YSU is located just over an hour from Cleveland).

Bo Pelini is here at the games in Cleveland and couldn't be happier that people wanna take selfies with him pic.twitter.com/NsXodFRw4Y

— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) March 27, 2015

Remember, the coach just learned what a selfie was about a year ago, so maybe he's still getting used to people taking pictures of themselves.

We're also happy to report that Pelini's picture on Youngstown State's website is either the same picture he had from his time with the Cornhuskers or contains a very similar facial expression. You can decide for yourself, but our lives would be a little less bright if Pelini had gone with a traditional smile.

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Posted: March 27, 2015, 1:20 am

Tennessee OL Coleman Thomas (utsports.com)Tennessee offensive tackle Coleman Thomas was arrested Wednesday on a felony theft charge after he was accused of stealing an Xbox and three video games from a dorm room.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, which obtained the police report, a student reported on March 13 that someone entered his room at Reese Hall on the University of Tennessee’s campus between 10:55 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and stole his Xbox and games Call of Duty Warfare, NBA2K15 and NHL 15.

Police learned the stolen items had been sold to a local Game Stop store that day for $176. The transaction was traced back to Thomas.

The arrest report noted that the value of the items was $640.

Thomas, who has been suspended from all team activities, is scheduled to be arraigned on April 7.

Thomas, a rising sophomore, did participate in the Vols first spring practice on Tuesday. He played in 11 of Tennessee's 13 games last season as a true freshman and started five games at right tackle. He worked out at center during spring practice.

For more Tennessee news, visit VolQuest.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:52 pm

Michigan football is heading down south.

Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff will be guest coaches at football camps in Alabama and Texas in June, per Mlive.com.

First, the coaches will head down to Prattville, Ala., on June 5 to assist with a camp held at Prattville High School before appearing at the Showtyme Elite Football Camp in Dallas the following week on June 9.

June 5th 2015 will be the biggest event in Prattville High history featuring @CoachJim4UM & @umichfootball coaches pic.twitter.com/v17UikqyWg

— Coach Jackson (@CoachJack10) March 25, 2015

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— DallasShowTyme (@DallasShowTyme1) March 25, 2015

Much like Penn State did in Georgia and Florida last summer, these trips give Michigan the chance to make appearances in two of the country’s most fertile recruiting areas. Prospects from these areas may not be able to make it to a camp up in Ann Arbor, so the Wolverines coaches are making themselves (and the program) accessible.

The NCAA actually forbids schools from running camps more than 50 miles away from their campus, but since Michigan’s coaches are slated to be guests, they are not breaking any rules.

When Penn State head coach James Franklin left Vanderbilt for Penn State and started to set up these recruiting camps, it caused a stir among SEC coaches. SEC coaches are not permitted to be guests at another’s school’s camps and many voiced concerns that others would follow Franklin’s lead.

Harbaugh clearly has. 

For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:17 pm

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Nitro wide receiver Sebastian LaRue (1) during the first half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)Washington State took a hit to its depth at cornerback just before the start of spring practice.

Per WazzuWatch.com, Cougars head coach Mike Leach announced Wednesday that Sebastian LaRue was dismissed from the program due to a violation of team rules. LaRue, a four-star recruit in the 2013 class, transferred to Washington State last January after spending the first year of his collegiate career at Texas A&M.

LaRue signed with A&M as a receiver but moved to defense when he arrived in Pullman last year. After sitting out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound LaRue was expected to compete for a starting role at cornerback for the Cougars in 2015.

Now he won’t have that chance.

The Cougars, who are scheduled to begin spring practice on Thursday, are coming off a 3-9 record in 2014. 

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 5:09 pm

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney concurs with quarterback Deshaun Watson that Watson's rehab is going well. And it's apparently going well enough for Swinney to invoke his team's win over South Carolina.

"His rehab has gone tremendous," Swinney told ESPN. "He's probably about 80 percent right now. Most people would be 50 or 60, but he's not most people. He's a uniquely wired individual. He's great. He's healthier now than he was when he beat South Carolina."

Is it a matter of fact statement? Likely, yes, but given the verbal back and forth between Swinney and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, there's a good chance there's a dash of trolling intention in bringing up the game. It was the first win in the series for Clemson since 2008. Spurrier was happy to talk about his team's win streak during its duration.

Watson played the game on a torn ACL. He had initially sustained what the team termed a torn LCL and bone bruise in his left knee. According to Swinney, he sustained the ACL during practice a week later. Watson wore a brace on the knee for the South Carolina game.

He had surgery before Clemson's blowout of Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl and said earlier in March that he was a month ahead of schedule in his rehab. But since he's so close to surgery he's not practicing this spring. Nick Schuessler, the third-string quarterback in 2014 behind Watson and Cole Stoudt, is getting the majority of the playing time.

For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:45 pm

Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell said he’s about 80 percent recovered from a broken leg he suffered against Auburn on Nov. 1.

Last month, Treadwell posted a video on Instagram showing him running with Rebels’ linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who broke his ankle against LSU on Oct. 25.

“It was not even a month ago when I got to jumping around and moving and being mobile, working out with the guys,” Treadwell said on Tuesday. “It kept me focused and wanting to get back out there.

"There's a little hesitation. I'm about 80 percent, but you know it's getting better everyday.”

Treadwell was headed toward the goal line for what would have been the game-winning score against the Tigers when he was tackled awkwardly resulting in a fractured fibula, a dislocated ankle and a game-losing fumble. The loss knocked the Rebels out of the top four of the College Football Playoff standings and left the Rebels reeling.

However, Treadwell's speedy recovery has been encouraging.

"It was such a gruesome injury," redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Buchanan told RebelGrove.com. "Most people said there was no way he could come back in the spring. This is our third week in it and he's already running around and stuff. It's really remarkable to see how fast he's come back."

While Treadwell is progressing quickly, coach Hugh Freeze said Treadwell probably won't participate in football drills until the summer.

“I’m no doctor, but everybody who has any wisdom in that tells me everything looks great,” Freeze said. “Laquon says he feels good. I think when he gets into summer workouts he’ll get to feeling more confident when he starts to run and jump and move more. He’s not doing a lot of that right now.”

For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 4:02 pm

Dec 27, 2014; Shreveport, LA, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) looks to pass as South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Gerald Dixon (44) pressures during the first half in the 2014 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. (Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)The Independence Bowl is looking for a sponsor yet again.

The bowl agreed to a letter of intent with Duck Commander (of Duck Dynasty fame) last February, but the two sides never signed a contract. The 2014 Independence Bowl was played under those circumstances and a multi-year agreement was never reached. Now the Independence Bowl is headed “back to the drawing board.”

“After reviewing everything, the model that was presented to them didn't work in the end and we're going back to the drawing board,” said outgoing Independence Bowl chairman Paul Pratt. “We're still working with them with a post-game review to see if we can put in place a financial mechanism that works for them and the bowl.

"We're currently in the market for a new title sponsor. We officially, as of (Tuesday) started to look at a search firm to go out and find us either local or national sponsor, but out goal is to have a 2015 Independence Bowl game.”

According to the Shreveport Times, the bowl, which is played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, had a “unique agreement” with Duck Commander.

Unlike most title sponsors, Duck Commander did not make a lump sum payment to become the title sponsor. Bowl officials hoped to leverage the Duck Commander brand to bring some of its partners to the bowl for sponsorship and revenue opportunities.

After South Carolina knocked off Miami in last season’s game, Pratt expressed a sense of urgency concerning the contract with Duck Commander.

"We have to see if this is a good fit. It might not be," Pratt told The Times in December. "We have bills to pay. I don't want to be here when we don't have a bowl.

"The agreement is still fluid, that's why we have to go back and hammer this out. There are terms must be met. We need to get a real contract."

Before its lone season with Duck Commander, the Independence Bowl was sponsored by AdvoCare, PetroSun, Mainstay Suites, Sanford and Poulan. 

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 3:37 pm

Prom request re-creations and now handwritten notes to girlfriends? Michigan is sure looking like the 2015 masters of recruiting creativity.

The girlfriend of four-star recruit Naseir Upshur posted a handwritten note to Twitter with Michigan assistant Jay Harbaugh's name on it. Harbaugh, the son of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, is Michigan's new tight ends coach. Upshur is the No. 3 tight end in the country in the class of 2016 according to Rivals and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania.

〽️ichigan Love 💙 @NaseirUpshur 😘 pic.twitter.com/0ZHdJAiRaQ

— liv4ROME|liv4DANNY! (@ImSoBeautiful__) March 25, 2015

Sending letters to the girlfriends of recruits is a bold ploy, though you can't go wrong underlining "very" when describing how a guy speaks of his girlfriend. You can never gain enough brownie points.

In addition to being bold, should it be considered an acceptable recruiting practice? Mind you, Michigan is likely not the first school to employ the tactic if the letter is legit – we've reached out to confirm the letter's authenticity – but it can certainly be seen as occupying a bit of a recruiting gray area.

For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 1:44 pm

Yes, this is a full-size football.

We've written previously about the awesomeness of 410-pound LaQuan McGowan's pass-catching ability and athleticism and we now have an even better idea of why McGowan can be an effective red-zone target. Look at those hands.

McGowan had a catch in Baylor's spring scrimmage Friday night as well as a touchdown in the Bears' Cotton Bowl loss to Michigan State.

Maybe we can get him to re-enact Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch? Or even better, he could do it during a game, given the team's plan of using him as a tight end this season.

For more Baylor news, visit SicEmSports.com.

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 12:04 pm

Adam Lane is choosing to look on the positive (clean?) side when it comes to his Birmingham Bowl breakout.

The Florida running back ran for 109 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Florida's win over East Carolina. However, he became more known for having an accident sometime around the time he scored his touchdown in the second quarter.

Lane was immediately wrapped in a towel and got a fresh pair of pants after he scored. He said Tuesday he didn't get a lot of grief about the incident.

"It was the best thing that could have happened," Lane said via InsidetheGators.com. "It got a lot of attention and just put me in a place where I was out there publicly and people knew who I was. I really didn't get a lot of grief from it. A lot of people were really more focused on how well I did in the game than anything. I feel like it was that way because I embraced it. That's actually the first time something like that has ever happened. ... I embraced it. Even running off the field after it happened, I waved at the crowd after I ran off to go change. And I waved when I came back."

We appreciate Lane's attitude. And hope for his sake that it doesn't happen again. With Matt Jones' departure to the NFL, Lane has a chance to be one of Florida's primary ballcarriers in 2015 along with Kelvin Taylor.

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 11:38 am

USC issued a statement Wednesday responding to communications in a court filing by the NCAA.

The unsealed documents showed that members of the NCAA infractions committee didn't speak favorably towards the Trojans during the investigation into the school in 2010. USC was given a lack of institutional control penalty after Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo were found to have received benefits from agents.

"After an initial review of this first set of documents unsealed by the court in the McNair v. NCAA lawsuit, it is evident that the content confirms bias against McNair and USC by and on behalf of the NCAA and its Committee on Infractions," the statement said. "We are extremely disappointed and dismayed at the way the NCAA investigated, judged and penalized our university throughout this process.  USC hopes that the transparency in this case will ultimately lead to review and changes so that all member institutions receive the fair and impartial treatment they deserve. 

"It seems likely that there are additional documents that will come to light.  Once USC has had the opportunity to review all of the documents unsealed by the court, we will determine what further action is appropriate."

The NCAA's filing was in response to former USC coach Todd McNair's defamation suit against the governing body. One member of the infractions committee is quoted as saying there is more damning evidence against USC than there was against a man convicted of being an accomplice in the Oklahoma City bombings. Another said he wanted to make an example of USC.

"These recent documents confirm what we've believed all along, that we were treated unfairly in this investigation and its penalties," USC athletic director Pat Haden said. "I think these documents are cause for concern about the NCAA's own institutional controls."

"It should be concerning to all schools that the NCAA didn't appear to follow its own rules."

The sanctions levied against USC from the investigation ended in 2014.

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Posted: March 26, 2015, 12:40 am

In this Sept. 3, 2014 photo, East Tennessee State head coach Carl Torbush talks to the media during the school's NCAA college football media day in Johnson City, Tenn. (AP Photo/East Tennessee State, Ron Campbell)As East Tennessee State gears up to play its first season of football since 2003, the program received good news on Wednesday when Roadrunner Markets and Dunkin’ Donuts donated $1 million toward the school’s new football stadium.

“Roadrunner Markets has been a part of this community for nearly 40 years, and we’re privileged to be able to be a contributing partner in this endeavor to bring college football back to Johnson City,” says Ryan Broyles, President and CEO of Roadrunner Markets. “We recognize the significance that the resurgence of this program will have on the region and encourage all local businesses to do their part as well.”

The 10,000-seat stadium, which the school hopes will be ready for the 2017 season, is estimated to cost more than $26 million. The school announced the location of the new stadium last month while detailing a fundraising effort needed to raise the rest of the money needed (approximately $13 million) to build the facility.

Assisting with the fundraising efforts are country music star Kenny Chesney, an ETSU alum, and former Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer.

“I want to especially thank the people of Upper-East Tennessee for embracing this dream of bringing an important part of student life back to ETSU," Fulmer said earlier this month. "The community and all of Upper-East Tennessee will benefit from the financial impact East Tennessee state football will bring.”

ETSU senior associate athletic director Scott Carter hinted to the Johnson City Press Wednesday that the Roadrunner and Dunkin’ Donuts donation put the school close to its $12.7 million goal.

“This is definitely a huge benchmark for us, and it’s definitely moving us closer toward our goals,” Carter said. “It’s our hope that others will see the leadership demonstrated today by the Broyles family and encourage them to follow suit.”

ETSU rejoined the Southern Conference in 2014 and will play its first game since Nov. 22. 2003 when the Buccaneers host Kennesaw State on Sept. 3.

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 9:36 pm

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller deleted a picture he posted to Instagram Tuesday night of himself next to AdvoCare products on a table.

If you look closely at the caption, you can see the email address has Miller's name in it.

Braxton Miller posts Instagram photo promoting Advocare... Violation? pic.twitter.com/CZL0eIqSRx

— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) March 25, 2015

Why was it deleted? Well, it could be an NCAA violation. Per the Lantern, the Ohio State student newspaper, a spokesperson says the school is looking into the picture.

OSU spokesman on Miller situation, "We are looking into this." Might be nothing, but has attention of OSU athletic department

— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) March 25, 2015

AdvoCare products are primarily workout supplements and are sold by individuals via a network (some may call it a pyramid scheme). If you sign up as a distributor and sign up someone else as a distributor, you get a cut of their sales. And so on and so forth. If you work out regularly, you likely know a person or three who is has dabbled in selling the products.

The web that AdvoCare distributors weave is big enough that SB Nation's Ohio State Land Grant Holy Land found a PDF on AdvoCare's site detailing the relationships NCAA athletes can have with the company that fit NCAA rules. LGHL identifies the trainer with Miller in the picture as Brandon Oshodin, who is alaso an AdvoCare distributor and part of "Authentik Fitness"

The first "No" listed on Advocare's PDF is "Use of photos of themselves on an AdvoCare Microsite, Facebook, Twitter, personal website or any other place where AdvoCare is mentioned." It relates to an NCAA rule regarding self-employment, which states that "a student-athlete may establish his or her own business provided the student athlete's name, photograph, appearance or athletics reputation are not used to promote the business." Athletes are also ineligible from permitting the use of their likeness to advertise a product.

While the picture Miller re-posted was deleted, Miller is in this picture on the AuthentikFitness Instagram account with the #advocare hashtag. It's not crazy to see how it could be construed as advertising.

Given the way AdvoCare is sold, it's incredibly hard for someone not to use his or her likeness for increased sales. Though it's not impossible.

Does the NCAA have bigger issues to spend its time on? Absolutely. But if Miller did break any NCAA rules, it's better for the issues to be self-investigated by Ohio State now, as the NCAA has shown it favors schools who act swiftly.

For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 5:23 pm

Oct 25, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Jack Miller (60) points to defensive line during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-11. (Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)Former Michigan offensive lineman Jack Miller made the decision earlier this month not to return to the team for his final season in 2015. Despite being the team’s returning starter at center, Miller told ESPN on Wednesday that the long-term impact of concussions played a role in his decision.

“I know I’ve had a few and it’s nice walking away before things could’ve gotten worse,” Miller told ESPN’s Joe Schad. “And yes, multiple schools have reached out. But I’m ready to walk away from it. My health and happiness is more important than a game.”

Miller said that he had one concussion in high school and “probably” two or three during his time at Michigan, but he only reported one.

“I wanted to keep playing. You’re supposed to be tough in this game, everyone carries that attitude,” Miller said.

Miller played in 22 games and started 16 (including all 13 last year) during his Michigan career. He was named the team’s best lineman last season, but ultimately decided to turn his attention toward finishing his degree.

"I know it's pretty unorthodox for a 21-year-old to see past his own nose," Miller said. "This game requires such a passion to excel, and my flame is burned out.

“However, I'd be lying if I said that the concussion thing doesn't scare me a little."

With Miller's departure and the suspension of Graham Glasgow, sophomore Mason Cole (who started 12 games at left tackle), redshirt sophomore Patrick Kugler and redshirt junior Blake Bars  have been seeing the majority of snaps at center during spring practice for the Wolverines.

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 5:06 pm

FILE- In this Sept. 14, 2013, file photo, Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini watches during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against South Florida in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)Former Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini has filed a lawsuit against the coach who he claims cost him his job.

Pelini, who joined his brother Bo’s staff at Youngstown State last week, filed a defamation lawsuit in Seneca County, Ohio, against Matt Edwards, the former FAU assistant who alleged that Pelini used drugs, which led to his resignation in October 2013.

According to SI.com, the lawsuit was filed on Monday.

In Carl Pelini’s lawsuit filed Monday against Matt Edwards, now the defensive coordinator at Tiffin (Ohio) University, Pelini alleges that Edwards knowingly signed an affidavit that was false and that Edwards also made verbal statements that caused "injury, harm, damage to reputation and other damage to [Pelini] as a result of these false statements." Pelini is seeking damages in excess of $25,000. In October 2013 Edwards provided an affidavit to Florida Atlantic officials alleging that he had observed Carl Pelini use marijuana and cocaine, claims Pelini has denied emphatically.

Pelini said he did not want a potential lawsuit to get in the way of job opportunities, so he waited until he was employed to proceed.

“It’s been a very frustrating time,” Pelini said. “An embarrassing time. There’s a lot of false information and misinformation out there. Everybody seems to have a theory as to what happened. I feel like this is going to be an opportunity for me to go under oath and state the facts as they really happened.”

Bo Pelini told SI.com that his brother “passed three drug tests” after he was accused of using drugs and that Youngstown State did its “due diligence” before Carl was hired.

Florida Atlantic investigated Carl Pelini’s alleged drug use and did not accept his resignation. Instead, the school said he was terminated because he “failed to timely report certain conduct of a member of your staff, as required under your contract” when another staff member was also accused of drug use.

Carl Pelini hasn’t coached since his tenure at Florida Atlantic ended and most recently taught English composition at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb. Before becoming head coach at FAU (where he was 5-15 in two seasons), Carl Pelini was defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Nebraska for four seasons under his brother. 

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 4:01 pm

South Carolina will have black jerseys at its disposal again in 2015.

The Gamecocks wore black against Tennessee in 2014 and will probably wear black at some point this season based off a tweet from the equipment department.

New jerseys for next season came today! ⚫️🔮💫 #BlackMagic #GamecockFootball pic.twitter.com/hyKWIaA24o

— Gamecock Equipment (@GamecockEquip) March 24, 2015

You're not crazy if you think they look similar to what SC wore last year. Here's a look at the jerseys from the Tennessee game.

The main difference looks to be the shoulder piping. It was horizontal on last year's jerseys and now appears to be vertical to match the Gamecocks' garnet and white jerseys from a year ago.

For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:49 pm

Reach for the stars, Ryan Bamford.

Bamford was recently hired as Massachussetts' athletic director. He came from Georgia Tech, which recently beat Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl. And the Yellow Jackets are members of the ACC.

When he was congratulated on Twitter by Michael Strickland, the senior associate commissioner for the ACC, Bamford figured he'd make a big request right away.

@mgstrick @GeorgiaTechFB Thanks Michael! How about @UMassAthletics as the 16th #ACC member?!?

— Ryan Bamford (@UMassADBamford) March 24, 2015

Of course, it's (very likely) a joke. But UMass is looking for a new football conference. While the Minutemen are members of the Atlantic 10 in men's basketball and other sports, they've been members of the MAC in football. However, the 2015 season is the final year for the arrangement. The ACC has 14 members in football and 15 in basketball with Notre Dame's conference affiliation.

The Minutemen's options seem limited too. UMass could go independent, which would mean having to find 12 games every season rather than having eight or nine conference games penciled in every year. Or it could join the Sun Belt, which at this point is a nationwide conference with teams stretching from Idaho to Georgia. The American may not be an option because with the addition of Navy as a football-only member, the conference has 12 football teams.

Or heck, maybe it will join the ACC.

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 1:18 pm

The NCAA filed almost 500 pages of unsealed documents in a California court on Tuesday and they show people on the NCAA's infractions committee didn't have the highest opinion of USC.

The filing is part of the defamation lawsuit filed against the sanctioning body by former USC coach Todd McNair as a result of the Reggie Bush scandal. The NCAA had fought to keep the documents sealed, saying future investigations could be hurt if the documents were opened up.

In February, a California appeals court ruled the documents should be unsealed.

McNair was given a show-cause penalty for his role in the penalties handed down to USC in June 2010 – both Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo were found to have accepted benefits from agents – and hasn't coached in football since. McNair worked as running backs coach under Pete Carroll, and according to filings, said he was set to be retained by Lane Kiffin, the Trojans' former offensive coordinator hired to replace Carroll. He wasn't after the show-cause, which barred him from any contact with recruits for a year.

And speaking of Kiffin, he's a perfect example of how members of the committee viewed USC. (You can view the entire 500-page document here.)

Rodney Uphoff, a non-voting member of the NCAA infractions committee and coordinator of appeals, made a comparison of evidence in the Bush and USC case to evidence in the Oklahoma City bombing before poking Kiffin's hiring. Uphoff was appointed to represent Terry Nichols in the OKC case.

"The evidence in this case is, for example, markedly stronger than the OKC bombing case which was built entirely on circumstantial evidence," Uphoff wrote. "In fact, there was no direct evidences that Nichols was ever involved in the bombing plot. The most damning evidence in the OKC case was the statement by Michael Fortier, a co-conspirator, that Tim McVeigh said 'that if I wouldn't help him, Terry Nichols would.'"

He later referenced Kiffin.

"Although they all talked about the importance of compliance at the hearing, winning at any cost seems more important. Paul Dee was bought in at Miami to clean up a program with serious problems. USC has responded to its problems by brining in Lane Kiffin. They need a wakeup call that doing things the wrong way will have serious consequences In light of all the problems at USC, a failure to send a serious message in this case undercuts efforts to help clean up NCAA sports."

Roscoe Howard, another nonvoting member of the committee, also knocked the Kiffin hiring.

"The University only acts through its employees, and they should be credited with the acts of McNair. Lack of Institutional control, especially when you add the later appearance of Orenstein and those issues, the admission with the O.J. Mayo scenario (and do we add the hiring of Lane Kiffin?), is a very easy call to me."

Howard also is cited as wanting to make an example out of USC and Bush, the Heisman-winning running back. He also wrote "A failure to sanction USC in both basketball and football rewards USC for swimming with sharks."

Howard and Uphoff weren't indicative of the entire panel, however. One member said it was "challenging" to find evidence of wrongdoing by McNair, though he subsequently said he would defer to others.

"It is challenging for me to make the finding when there is no allegation that he personally was involved in any rules violations, or even had specific knowledge of any." Britton Banowsky wrote in an email in March 2010.

"That's why this is a tough one. But I will defer to others on it."

Another wondered why the discussions were being held on email and easily accessible via public record at public institutions.

The sanctions imposed on USC from the investigation expired in 2014 and appeals for a reduction of penalties while they were still in effect were denied.

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Posted: March 25, 2015, 12:53 pm

You likely know that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a dilemma when it comes to picking a starting quarterback for 2015. It's a good one, mind you, but Meyer said Tuesday that he's beginning to be impacted by the decision.

"It's not like receiver, where you can put three of them out there," Meyer said via Cleveland.com. "That's the one thing that's weighing a little bit. It didn't for a while because you're just so busy. But now I'm seeing what I'm seeing, and I have such great respect for all three guys."

Meyer has Braxton Miller, who set records as Ohio State's starter in 2013. He was sidelined for the Buckeyes' national championship-winning season with a shoulder injury. J.T. Barrett replaced him as the starting QB for 2014 and promptly broke Miller's records. He was hurt in the final game of he regular season against Michigan and Cardale Jones replaced him, winning games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to cap a 13-1 season.

It's a situation that may not have an incorrect answer, and no, there have been no hints as to who the starter come September could be.

Both Miller and Barrett are still rehabbing their injuries. Meyer said Barrett was a bit ahead of where he thought he'd be at this point in spring after suffering the ankle injury in November. Miller, who reinjured his throwing shoulder that was surgically repaired after the 2013 season, has had to throttle back his rehab just a bit. Trainers don't want Miller falling on the shoulder and risking further damage.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 10:12 pm

Michigan State is missing two key contributors on its spring roster.

The Spartans began spring practice on Tuesday and both wide receiver Macgarrett Kings and running back Delton Williams were not listed. Each player was involved in legal issues over the offseason.

"Anybody not on the depth chart is sort of in limbo," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday via SpartanMag.com. "That's the best way to say it right now. We're day-to-day on a lot of guys."

Dantonio failed to go any further about either player on a follow-up question.

Kings was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors after he was arrested on Feb. 28 for an alcohol-related incident that allegedly involved kicking an East Lansing parking vehicle. He was arrested in 2014 for DUI and OWI and missed the rest of spring practice after that arrest. He was sentenced to 13 months probation in a plea deal and had 29 catches in 2014.

Michigan State WR coach Terrance Samuel spoke about Kings Monday afternoon on Lansing's 92.1 FM. From MLive.com:

"Macgarrett is dealing with some personal things that he's got to take care of,'' Samuel said. "The thing we have to do as a family here is to make sure that we walk him through all that stuff and give him the support that he needs.

"So we're going to support him and try to get him through it. That's what my job is, never second-guess the kid and what he's going through.''

Williams, a possible starter at RB for the Spartans in 2015, was arrested last week and charged with brandishing a firearm, also a misdemeanor. He was reportedly involved in a road rage incident on campus. In 2014, he was Michigan State's No. 3 rusher with 326 yards.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 7:52 pm

Alabama State Rep. Jack Williams, who on Monday called for the removal of UAB president Ray Watts, is currently working to get the Blazers football team reinstated.

Williams, proposed legislation late last week to require the University of Alabama System to have a football program at UAB as long as there is one on the main campus in Tuscaloosa.

More than 35 House members have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

Watts announced in December that UAB was ending its football, women’s bowling and women’s rifle programs due to a lack of funding. Since that announcement, there have been numerous protests in an attempt to bring the sports back.

Watts also has come under fire after AL.com released several documents that revealed Watts had already decided to disband the sports in September, despite claiming he didn't know their fates until November. One memo suggested UAB should wait until after the football season to announce the cuts to limit the in-season backlash.

Williams called for Watts' job after the documents were released.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is deception and treachery at its worst. Action must be taken,” Williams said.

Williams also filed legislation to restructure the Alabama Board of Trustees to give greater representation to the communities where the other three Alabama System campuses are located.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 7:33 pm

Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski was charged Monday with third-degree assault following an incident at his residence Saturday evening to early Sunday morning.

According to police reports, Kaczenski, 40, struck his wife in the face with a picture frame during a dispute. His wife, 33, suffered a cut to her forehead and scratches on her face and neck. She did not need to go to a hospital for medical treatment.

Kaczenski denied to police he hurti his wife.

Kaczenski was arrested Sunday and officially charged Monday. He was released on bond Monday evening, but is not allowed to have contact with his wife. The couple have two young children.

His next court date is May 26 at 2 p.m.

Kaczenski spent three seasons as the Huskers defensive line coach under former coach Bo Pelini from 2012-2014. New Nebraska coach Mike Riley did not retain him and was he invited to join Pelini at Youngstown State.

Kaczenski was a three-year starting center at Notre Dame (1995-97) and spent seven seasons at Iowa before joining the Huskers.

For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 3:51 pm

LSU thinks the lawsuit against it by former defensive coordinator John Chavis should be dismissed. Oh, and that Texas A&M's defense was bad in 2014.

Chavis left for A&M following the 2014 season. LSU believes he owes $400,000 in a buyout for leaving before there were 11 months remaining on his contract. Chavis said that via the month's notice he gave of his resignation, he owes nothing because there were less than 11 months remaining on his contract. LSU wants the money it thinks it's owed. Chavis is suing not to pay.

LSU filed a motion to dismiss the suit on Monday and included within the filing a diss against Texas A&M's defense. From the Advocate:

“The only fact implicating Texas (in the suit) is that Chavis happened to defect to Texas A&M and chose to begin working for A&M before his service to LSU was complete,” the new filing says. “Notwithstanding the Aggies dire need for defensive help, Chavis could have defected to a college or professional team in any state, or even in a foreign country.”

Ouch. there's no love lost here. And it's tough to quibble with LSU's remark, either. A&M's defense was bad in 2014.

According to the Advocate, amendments to each side's story have been filed as well. Chavis wants $205,000 in unpaid bonuses and vacation time from LSU while the school wants to figure out the exact timeline of Chavis' involvement with the school before his hire was officially announced.

Dr. Saturday reported Chavis was leaving LSU shortly after the Tigers' Music City Bowl loss to Notre Dame on Dec. 31. Chavis' LSU contract was up at the end of 2015 and he submitted his resignation notice to the school on Jan. 5.

Chavis had been negotiating a contract extension with LSU but didn't agree to it because he didn't want a provision in his contract that would terminate his deal if LSU coach Les Miles' contract was terminated in the duration of Chavis' contract.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 1:20 pm

Is Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh worth $5 million per season? He was asked the question recently and said he wasn't.

(USAT)Harbaugh was featured on a Fox 2 segment in Detroit and his salary was, naturally, a topic of conversation. Before he signed a deal with the Wolverines that pays him $5 million a year, reports had Harbaugh's potential salary as high as $8 million a year.

The $8 million figure would have made Harbaugh the highest-paid coach in college football. At $5 million, he fits easily into the top 10 salaries of FBS coaches.

When he was first asked about his worth. Harbaugh simply said, "No." When the host brought up the idea of giving it back, Harbaugh expounded.

"I like making a buck just like the next guy," Harbaugh told Fox 2 (you can view the video here). "I'm not doing five times as much work as somebody else or doing more work than someone who's not the head football coach at the University of Michigan. So to answer your question honestly, I would have to say no [I'm not worth it]."

You can certainly argue that college football coaches make too much money (and how the NCAA economic model is a broken and exploitative one). However, it's a bit premature to say that Harbaugh isn't worth $5 million a year, even if he says so himself.

Michigan's coach in 2014, Brady Hoke, made $2.8 million. If Michigan improves in 2015, don't you think all of the added exposure and likely extra revenue for the athletic department with Harbaugh's arrival means the additional $2.2 million per season for Harbaugh is well spent, at least in the short term?

Just look at Alabama's Nick Saban, currently the highest-paid college football coach at approximately $7 million per season. In 2013, Saban made about $5.5 million and the football program had a reported $53 million surplus in the 2013-14 fiscal year. Or a number almost 10 times Saban's salary.

Given the going rate for coaches' salaries, Harbaugh appears well worth the contract right now. Of course, things could change, especially if Michigan doesn't improve in 2015 and 2016. We'll have a better answer to the question in a while.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 12:34 pm

Oklahoma TE Taylor McNamara says he's heading to the Pac-12.

McNamara tweeted Monday that he'll be graduating from Oklahoma in May and transferring to USC. As a graduate transfer he'd be eligible to play immediately.

Want to thank everybody @ OU for a fun 3 years. Furthest thing from a easy decision to leave, but @ the end of the day I felt it was best...

— Taylor McNamara (@tmcnamara88) March 24, 2015

for my future. I've made great friends who I will keep in touch with after I graduate in May. Excited to say though, I'm headed back to...

— Taylor McNamara (@tmcnamara88) March 24, 2015

so cal, and will be a Trojan come July.

— Taylor McNamara (@tmcnamara88) March 24, 2015

The heading back to Southern California reference is because of McNamara's hometown. He was a four-star recruit in the class of 2012 from San Diego. He has one career catch (it came in the 2014 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama) and is no longer listed on Oklahoma's 2015 roster.

OU's leading receiver at the TE position last year was converted quarterback Blake Bell. He had 16 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns. However, Bell was a senior in 2014. The Sooners currently have three tight ends on the roster.

His move gives the Trojans some imperative veteran depth at tight end. TrojanSports.com reports walk-on Connor Spears has been getting most of the first-team snaps at tight end this spring. Scholarship Bryce Dixon has been held out due to what the team termed a "student-conduct issue" and may not even return to the team. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, academically ineligible in 2014 and the other scholarship tight end currently on the roster, has struggled per TrojanSports.com and may not be eligible in the fall.

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Posted: March 24, 2015, 11:56 am

The Syracuse Orange unveiled brand new uniforms for the 2014 season last April, none of which were orange. It looks like that will change moving forward.

The program’s official football Twitter account tweeted out a photo of an orange jersey that the team will apparently wear in 2015. Take a look.

Coming in 2015... 🔥 #OrangeNation pic.twitter.com/hmexr3icUs

— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) March 23, 2015

The weird tall and narrow numbers from last year’s design are still there, but at least this uniform corresponds with the team’s name. The color schemes are pretty sharp and it’s a solid and needed addition to the team’s uniform options.

Wait. There's more. @CuseFootball reveals new 2014 uniforms: http://t.co/AXimxXdPVg pic.twitter.com/ww6YwELKS3

— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) April 16, 2014

The Orange (it’s still weird that they’re not the Orangemen anymore) are coming off a disappointing 3-9 record in 2014. Maybe we’ll get our first glimpse at the new orange jerseys in Syracuse’s April 4 spring game. 

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Posted: March 23, 2015, 7:23 pm

(via Rivals)Georgia commit Ben Cleveland, a four-star offensive lineman, was planning to participate in a Rivals camp in the Atlanta area over the weekend but had to sit it out due to an injury.

It wasn’t an injury he sustained on the field, either. It happened in the classroom.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cleveland, a 6-foot-7, 325-pound guard was injured in science class and had to get stiches in his hand.

“He was doing lab and he was holding a glass bottle,” Frank Barden, Cleveland’s high school coach, told the AJC. “I don’t know if it was the chemical in the glass or from squeezing it – but the glass broke. And he had to have some stitches in his hand.”

Cleveland also plays baseball at Stephens County High School and has had to miss a bit of time because of the ordeal. His coach says he’ll be “fine” and back in the lineup as soon his stitches heal.

“They’re in his right hand, and he throws left-handed,” Barden said. “I think they taped his ring finger and his middle finger together. He couldn’t wear a glove last week, but I think that was how he was going to be able to DH.”

Cleveland committed to the Bulldogs in July and is considered by Rivals to be the second-best guard in the country and the fourth-best player in the state of Georgia in the 2016 class. Additionally, he’s ranked No. 42 overall in the country, so he’s quite the addition to Mark Richt’s 2016 class.

We know Richt wants to make sure Cleveland’s hand heals up soon.

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Posted: March 23, 2015, 6:49 pm

When the University of Alabama-Birmingham announced in December that it was folding its football program, it became the first Football Bowl Subdivision/Division I-A school to do so since 1995. However, according to documents obtained by AL.com, the decision to end the program was actually made when the football season began.

Public relations firm Sard Verbinnen & Co., initially advised the university to shut down football, women’s bowling and women’s rifle in September 2014. A memo obtained by AL.com noted that staff members, including football coach Bill Clark and athletic director Brian Mackin, would be notified on Sept. 17 and a public announcement would be made on Sept. 30. However, the public relations firm adjusted its thinking and advised the university to push the announcement back for fear of blowback from the football team.

That memo offers "our basis for opposing a mid-season announcement." It suggests the potential for "a critical mass of immediate transfer requests ... where students refuse to finish out the season" or "a full team boycott."
"If not effectively managed," the memo says, "it is conceivable that UAB would not be able to field a competitive team - or any team."
The memo also suggests the possibility that UAB football players "may react very badly if an announcement is made during the season."
"Although we initially believed that an early- or mid-season announcement was best for students, upon consideration of the potential for immediate withdrawals and the impact on team morale, we have adjusted our view," the memo says.

The memos uncovered by AL.com show that UAB president Ray Watts was not being truthful when he said on multiple occasions that the decision to shut down the programs was not made until November.

The Carr report, a document UAB made public on Dec. 2, detailed the reasons for the disbanding of the programs. The document was dated Nov. 18, which would go along with Watts’ timeline. However, AL.com said it found a nearly identical document from CarrSports Consulting that was dated Sept. 3.

Watts’ announcement that the university was disbanding the three programs sparked protests and debates that continue to rage. Several people have offered money to help save the football program while others have called for Watts to be removed from the university. Several UAB players already have found new places to play while others simply will finish out their education.

While many attempts have been made to get the football program reinstated, the chances of it actually happening appear bleak.

For more UAB news, visit BlazerSportsReport.com.

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Posted: March 23, 2015, 3:43 pm

Oct 18, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; A general view of Doak Campbell Stadium before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Florida State Seminoles. (Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium is in line for a makeover.

Repairs and maintenance to the tune of $6 million began on the stadium after the 2014 stadium, but something bigger is coming down the line. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State’s Board of Trustees approved “issuing up to $85 million in bonds to pay for an anticipated $79.5 million project” on Doak Campbell.

The project includes adding a new “premium outdoor seating section” while also making various structural repairs, painting the stadium and updating the sky box.

The new club area seats 6,000 and will be located in the south end zone. Construction is scheduled for July 2016 in order to complete the project prior to the 2016 season.

From the Democrat:

This exclusive indoor-outdoor section will cover four levels and allows fans to experience game day from different vantage points without losing sight of the field. It will also provide amenities that fans want. The first phase of construction in July will include a pair of elevator and stair towers in the south end zone across from the Unconquered Statue. They will provide fans improved access in and out of the stadium on game days and designers believe will become "iconic elements" of Doak Campbell Stadium.

FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox said the school is hoping to modernize the stadium and make the experience better for fans.

"Football, obviously being our No. 1 financial driver, that's one of the sports that obviously is the biggest investment," Wilcox said. "But the return is the largest return as well, so we have to be sure that our football facilities are the best they can possibly be so we can continue to attract top student-athletes around the country, as well as keeping our fan base happy when they come and watch a game at Doak Campbell Stadium."

Other improvements that have been discussed include seat width, improving bathrooms and concourses and updating the video board in the north end zone.

For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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Posted: March 23, 2015, 3:41 pm

As Ohio State won its first team wrestling national title on Saturday, its wrestlers wore the initials of Kosta Karageorge on their uniforms.

The team wore "KK" in a black band on above the left chest of their uniforms.

After going missing in November, Karageorge was found dead in a dumpster from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was a walk-on on the Ohio State football team and also a member of the wrestling team.

En route to its national championship in January, Ohio State football players wore stickers with Karageorge's number on their helmets and teammate Michael Bennett wore Karageorge's No. 53.

As the Buckeyes won the national wrestling title on Saturday, Logan Stieber became the fourth NCAA wrestler to win national titles in all four of his seasons.

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Posted: March 22, 2015, 2:03 pm

For those who were hoping to see Florida make up its 2014 canceled game against Idaho, you might be waiting awhile.

The rescheduled contest was supposed to take place in 2017, but the Vandals postponed the game and instead scheduled a contest against Missouri in its place.

The original game was scheduled for Aug. 30, 2014, but the game was delayed because of poor weather and then ultimately canceled. As a result of the cancelation, Florida agreed to pay Idaho $970,000, the original payout for the game, and then the two sides agreed to a reschedule in 2017, which Idaho announced in a press release.

However, Missouri offered to pay Idaho $1.3 million for a Oct. 21, 2017 contest, and the Florida game was scratched for that year.

According to the Spokesman Review, there is hope the game might still be played, but it’s unknown when.

For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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Posted: March 21, 2015, 8:46 pm

Art Briles wasn’t lying.

The Baylor head coach said earlier in the month that he’d use 6-foot-7, 410-pound guard LaQuan McGowan at tight end during spring practice and we finally got to see McGowan in action during the Bears’ “Friday Night Lights” scrimmage.

His 21-yard reception did not disappoint.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen McGowan’s receiving skills. He famously caught an 18-yard touchdown in the Cotton Bowl and he says the coaches are keeping him in more of a skill position role (tight end/fullback) for the 2015 season.

Hopefully we’ll see the big man in the end zone again once the season rolls around.

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Posted: March 21, 2015, 4:44 pm

Penn's legendary linebacker and College Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik passed away early Saturday morning. He was 89.

Bednarik, who is the namesake for the award given to the top defensive player in the country, played both linebacker and center for the Penn Quakers. He was a three-time All-American and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

Bednarik won the Maxwell Award, which honors the nation’s top player, in 1948 and finished third in Heisman voting that same year. The Maxwell Football Club, which issues the Maxwell Award, founded the Chuck Bednarik Award in 1995.

The Penn Football program joins the entire football community in mourning the passing of Chuck Bednarik this morning. pic.twitter.com/D7L8aoLCAx

— PENN Football (@PENNfb) March 21, 2015

Bednarik was the first overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949. Known as “Concrete Charlie” because he sold concrete to supplement his income, Bednarik played linebacker and center for the Eagles until 1962.

He was lauded for his ability to play all 60 minutes in a game and criticized modern players for not having the drive to do the same. Bednarik missed only three games in his 14-year NFL career. Bednarik was the last NFL starter to play regularly on both offense and defense until Deion Sanders did it for the Dallas Cowboys in 1996.

"Pros like myself played football not for money or glory, but for the simplest reason: the love of the game." - R.I.P. Chuck Bednarik

— Bednarik Award (@BednarikAward) March 21, 2015

Prior to his time at Penn, Bednarik flew 30 combat missions over Germany as a gunner during World War II.

Bednarik is survived by his wife, Emma, and five daughters — Charlene Thomas, Donna Davis, Carol Safarowic, Pam McWilliams, and Jackie Chelius, as well as 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

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Posted: March 21, 2015, 3:19 pm

Wide receiver Josh Doctson, TCU's leading receiver in 2014, is out for the rest of the Horned Frogs' spring practice after he suffered a broken hand.

Coach Gary Patterson didn't sound too concerned about the injury.

“Josh will be good,” Patterson said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Josh had had good practices. But you can’t catch with a cast on your hand.”

Doctson had 65 catches for 1,018 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. He suffered an ankle injury in the Horned Frogs' blowout win over Texas Tech but was able to return for the next game against West Virginia.

His hand injury means that TCU will be without two key offensive players for the end of spring practice. Trevone Boykin is scheduled to miss the end of spring because of surgery on his left wrist. The team scheduled it so that Boykin will have some time to practice and then be able to return for summer practices in anticipation of the 2015 season.

And while Patterson may not be too concerned about Doctson making a full recovery, he can't like his now-sudden depletion of depth at the wide receiver position this spring. Per the Star-Telegram, Deante Gray suffered a "non-contact" injury and is out the rest of spring while Emanuel Porter missed Thursday's practice with a finger injury.

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Posted: March 20, 2015, 10:26 pm

While most of the country is focused on college basketball, the Princeton football team is preparing for what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The Tigers are currently in Kobe, Japan readying for Saturday’s Legacy Bowl against Kwansei Gakun University.

According to running back DiAndre Atwater, who is writing the team blog about the trip, the Tigers endured a “13-and-a-half hour flight from JFK to Tokyo, another hour connecting flight to Osaka, and a forty-five minute bus ride to our hotel in Kobe.”

On our first full day in Japan, we proceeded to the Kwansei Gakuin University for a tour and practice. The campus scenery was reminiscent of many universities on the west coast of the United States. With the student body of KGU consisting of over 23,000 students, the campus had an array of different buildings and structures that would even make Princeton architecture majors take a moment to appreciate them and their majesty.
Due to the fact that the university was founded by Christian missionaries, the campus had many Christian structures as well. After a crisp practice in the KG stadium, we received a handsome greeting by the KG team at our welcome party. We got a chance to dine with the KG players at our respective positions, and learn about these players' different lifestyles.

Atwater also noted that while many players opted for McDonalds during their first night in Kobe, players have been more adventurous in sampling the local fare. They’ve also done their fare share of sightseeing and shopping.

This actually will be the second time these two programs have met. Princeton defeated Kwansei Gakun, 27-25, in a 2001 exhibition.

Kwansei Gakun is considered one of the premier college football programs in Japan with 27 Japanese Collegiate championships.

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Posted: March 20, 2015, 6:24 pm

Suspended Utah State receiver Gregory Hayden Weichers, who was arrested for soliciting a prostitute last fall, also has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance and sexual battery.

Weichers previously pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute and was indefinitely suspended from the team in November.

On Oct. 22, police responded to a call at a Logan, Utah hotel where a woman claimed to have been drugged and sexually assaulted. The woman admitted to being at the hotel for escort services, which prompted Weichers’ original arrest. However, police learned that Weichers came to the hotel with marijuana and sexually assaulted the woman.

Weichers, 20, faces one count of distributing a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and sexual battery, a class-A misdemeanor. Weichers faces up to five years on the drug charge and up to a year on the sexual battery charge.

A court date has not yet been set.

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Posted: March 20, 2015, 5:39 pm

Former Temple all-purpose player Matt Brown was arrested on Tuesday and charged with human trafficking.

Brown, 25, was arrested during a sting operation after he brought three girls, ages 14, 16 and 17, to a Baltimore County hotel for prostitution, police told the Baltimore Sun.

According to the paper, detectives responded to an ad that contained terminology "known to be used by prostitutes." They arranged a meeting with Brown and Anthony Eley, 30. The two men were arrested Tuesday night and the girls were classified as victims of human trafficking.

As of Thursday, Brown was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center. His bail was set at $75,000.

Brown, who is the son of prominent Baltimore attorney Warren Brown, was a standout for the Temple football team from 2009-2012. After walking on to the team in January 2009, Brown went on to be the 2012 Big East Special Teams Player of the Year and finished second in career all-purpose yardage (5,272), third in rushing touchdowns (22), and fourth in 100-yard rushing performances (10).

Brown, who is 5-foot-5, 165 pounds, was signed as a free agent kick returner by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, but released.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: March 20, 2015, 5:02 pm

Sep 14, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A detailed view of a UNLV Rebels helmet before a game against the Washington State Cougars at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIREFormer UNLV running back David Peeples died of an accidental overdose, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Peeples, a Las Vegas native, died at Mountain View Hospital on Feb. 25. He overdosed on hydrocodone, a substance found in various prescription painkillers. The coroner’s office, which issued its report on Thursday, did not believe the overdose was intentional. Peeples was 29.

Peeples was the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year in 2003 and enrolled at UNLV in 2004. However, his collegiate career was hindered by injuries. He rushed for 566 yards and eight touchdowns as a Rebel.

At the time of his death, UNLV Sports Information Director Mark Wallington and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a Las Vegas native, remembered Peeples fondly on Twitter.

#RIP former @unlvfootball RB David Peeples, who lettered for the Rebels 2005-08. D-Peeps was good people. pic.twitter.com/FrUfiYcwff

— Mark Wallington (@UNLVFBSID) February 26, 2015

Unexpected death makes you pause and look at life for what it really is.. RIP David Peeples

— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh54) February 26, 2015

For more UNLV news, visit Rebel-Net.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: March 20, 2015, 3:19 pm

If you need a break from the NCAA tournament this fine Friday, the Penn Stater, Penn State’s alumni magazine, has the fantastic story of a former walk-on, who is currently battling cancer.

Marshall Lefferts, an offensive lineman from Dallas, walked on at Penn State last summer and had visions of redshirting while he got stronger and bigger to keep up with the grind of the FBS. However, in the fall, Lefferts started feeling tired even after mundane activities.

“I had no energy,” Lefferts told the Penn Stater football blog. “I would go to class, come back to my room, and sleep all day.”

In mid-November, blood tests showed low numbers for his platelets and white blood cells, and ultimately he was diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). This form of leukemia, however, has a 85-90 percent survival rate and Lefferts has been living up to those odds.

“It sucked at the time to put football on hold,” Lefferts said, “but if that hadn’t happened, I probably would’ve died. The doctors told me, ‘One hit would’ve killed you.'”

Lefferts’ spring schedule has consisted of working out in the morning and chemotherapy in the afternoon. He said the chemotherapy left him exhausted for a few hours, so doing it in the afternoon meant he can be rested for the gym in the morning. His most recent blood test showed no sign of the cancer, which meant a month off from chemo. However, he’ll resume treatments after that.

No chemo for a month, no cancer in my blood, no excuses. pic.twitter.com/sljhmQw7aD

— Marshall Lefferts (@mlefferts77) March 18, 2015

Lefferts’ doctors said he could probably return to the field in August if he continued to make positive progress. However, he probably won’t be returning to Penn State. He said he’s likely going to stay closer to family either in Dallas where his mother lives or in California with his father.

“My ultimate goal is to play somewhere. I don’t know if it’ll be at the level of Penn State, but it’s a big priority for me,” he says. “At the same time, my No. 1 priority is getting a great education, and I know I would’ve gotten a phenomenal education at Penn State.”

For more Penn State news, visit BlueandWhiteIllustrated.com.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: March 20, 2015, 2:52 pm

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Rick Neuheisel's new song pokes some fun at himself.

The former coach and now CBS Sports analyst broke out a new song on Thursday's Dan Patrick show about the NCAA Tournament.

Neuheisel was fired from Washington in June of 2003 amidst an NCAA investigation. He participated in a neighborhood NCAA Tournament pool that, according to an email from a member of Washington's compliance department, was OK under NCAA rules. It was not (Participation in tournament pools is against NCAA guidelines).

He was eventually cleared by the NCAA and received a settlement of nearly $5 million as he wasn't the only member of the athletic department participating in betting pools.

How do you think it ranks among all of his songs? He'll have enough for an album pretty soon.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 19, 2015, 9:18 pm

Army and BYU are now Power Five teams, at least in the eyes of the SEC for scheduling purposes.

According to ESPN, the Black Knights and Cougars will join Notre Dame in fulfilling the conference's requirement that all teams play a Power Five opponent during the season.

SEC will now count games vs. independents #BYU, #Army, ND toward its Power 5 nonleague requirement sources told @ESPN

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) March 19, 2015

After settling at 14 teams with the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, the SEC had the opportunity to stick with its current eight-game conference schedule starting or expanding the conference slate to nine. It chose to stay with eight and mandated that its teams play a Power Five opponent as one of four non-conference games starting in 2016.

Notre Dame was initially included in the Power Five opponents list. Navy, an independent team in 2014, will be a football-only member of the American in 2015.

BYU had fought to be shown the same reverence that Notre Dame has been and has already been considered a Power Five opponent by the ACC for its teams to fullfil a Power Five opponent requirement. By being considered a Power Five team by conferences whose teams are given the obligation, BYU can have an easier time finding games.

The Cougars are on Missouri's schedule in 2015 and 2020, so The Tigers don't have to worry about finding a Power Five team five years from now. The only other non-conference team on Missouri's slate for 2020 is Eastern Michigan.

The Cougars are also scheduled to play LSU in 2017 and gives LSU two "Power Five" opponents with a game against Syracuse slotted a week later. According to ESPN's report, BYU will also play Mississippi State in 2016 and 2017.

According to FBSchedules.com, Army doesn't have any games scheduled against SEC opponents in the future. We're going to guess that will change shortly.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 19, 2015, 7:59 pm

The Columbia (Mo.) Police Department has closed the case involving the alleged sexual assault of a former Missouri swimmer.

Sasha Menu Courey committed suicide in June 2011, about 16 months after she said she was allegedly sexually assaulted in February 2010. She had believed her alleged attacker was a member of the Missouri football team.

In a statement released Wednesday, Columbia police said that "after a year of following leads, reviewing evidence, and taking multiple statements, CPD detectives have been unable to identify a suspect in this case."

The case was assigned to a detective after a January 2014 report by ESPN's Outside the Lines that said the university didn't take steps to investigate the alleged incident. ESPN cited records that said a rape crisis counselor, a campus therapist and two doctors knew about the allegation and, according to Menu Courey's journal, so did a member of Missouri's athletic department.

Missouri countered the report by saying Menu Courey chose not to report the allegations to law enforcement and that healthcare workers are bound by privacy and confidentiality laws. A spokesperson also said the university hadn't received family authorization to access her medical records nor had it heard back from her parents regarding their wishes for an investigation.

An independent investigation after the OTL report criticized Missouri's (lack of an) investigation. It said the school should have launched an investigation in November of 2012 and that the school "acted inconsistently" with Title IX requirements.

The police department statement cited four obstacles in the case: the alleged victim is deceased, no forensic evidence exists along with chain of custody issues with Menu Courey's phone and computer, that much of the information obtained from witnesses is hearsay and "there is no information available to clearly establish that this person actually committed the act."

The police statement also included details from an interview with former Missouri football player Rolandis Woodland, who said he received a tape of the alleged incident in the mail from Menu Courey before her death.

Rolandis stated that he did not know that Sasha had been sexually assaulted until after her death. Rolandis stated that immediately after her death, he received a package from Sasha that was sent while she was in a treatment facility in Boston, MA. He advised he felt she sent the package just before committing suicide. Rolandis said that the package contained two letters and a CD. Rolandis said in one letter, she described her feelings for him. He said that in the other letter, she described the sexual assault incident and asked that he not disclose the details to anyone. Rolandis stated that the CD contained video footage of the assault.

You can view the complete statement here.

Menu Courey's parents responded to the police statement and questioned why police destroyed some of her belongings after investigating a previous suicide attempt by Menu Courey in a Columbia hotel in April 2011.

From the Kansas City Star:

Menu Courey’s parents requested their daughter’s personal effects after her death in June 2011, and several items were returned roughly a month later, Menu said.

During the course of the Columbia police investigation, Menu Courey’s parents learned that items logged as evidence from that April 2011 suicide attempt were not returned.

Those items, including a 10-day journal and a five-page suicide note, were subsequently destroyed by Columbia police.

According to the Star, a police official is working with her family to "clarify" what happened with Menu Courey's destroyed belongings.

“There could have been really relevant information,” her father Mike Menu told the Star. “The journal, we suspect — and we don’t know, because we’ve never seen it, but we suspect — was related to her stay at MU’s hospital.

“That’s also a pretty substantial note, which we didn’t see either. What was in there? A person that killed themselves, you don’t know what they might have divulged in there, but there could definitely be something to look into.

“We felt like that, at the very least, should be mentioned as an obstacle, but it wasn’t even mentioned. I think that’s more important than the fact that our daughter’s computer had been accessed since her death when we opened it a couple times to read her journal.”

For more Missouri news, visit PowerMizzou.com.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 19, 2015, 3:04 pm

South Carolina LB Larenz Bryant is out for the rest of spring practice with what the team called a "low-grade liver injury."

According to a statement from South Carolina, Bryant was taken to a hospital after the incident during Tuesday's practice and was held overnight for observation. He's expected to make a full recovery.

Per GamecockCentral.com, Bryant sustained a lacerated liver during a collision with safety Chris Moody and was tended to by South Carolina's training staff on the field for a "good while" before he was taken to the hospital.

Bryant is expected to contend for a starting position at outside linebacker for the Gamecocks. In 12 games last year he had three tackles and a sack. South Carolina's defense looks to make a big bounceback after a porous 2014 campaign.

The Gamecocks were one of the worst defensive teams in the SEC and have transitioned from a 3-4 set to a 4-3 in 2015. In Tuesday's first practice of the spring, the defense was in both a 4-3 and 4-2-5 look and will likely alternate between the two primary alignments based off an opponent's offensive style.

For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 19, 2015, 1:52 pm

If this is the spring practice version of Steve Spurrier's trolling, we can't wait to see what the South Carolina coach has in store for us during the 2015 regular season.

In an interview with USA Today's Paul Myerberg, Spurrier dropped this gem when discussing his team's 7-6 season.

HBC called 7-6 in 2014 "a decent year." Then: "In Knoxville, they’re still doing cartwheels because they went 7-6 and won a bowl game."

— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) March 18, 2015

Of course, Tennessee fans will be quick to point out one of South Carolina's six losses was to the Volunteers. And at South Carolina, too.

Plus, you can also point out how much of a stretch calling South Carolina's 2014 "decent" is. It was a disappointing year for the Gamecocks, who started the year ranked in the top 10. And it even left Spurrier pretty much speechless after that Tennessee loss.

But while Vol fans can counter with that factoid, they also can't dispute the giddiness of the program following the 2014 season. Heck, how can you forget this video? And it was before the demolition of Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Only 5.5 more months until football season.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 18, 2015, 11:44 pm

Carl Pelini is back in the college coaching ranks. And he's coaching again with his brother.

Youngstown State announced that Pelini would join the staff as defensive line coach under his brother Bo Pelini, the former Nebraska coach who was hired in December.

Bo Pelini was fired by Nebraska after the final regular season game of 2014, a win over Iowa. Carl Pelini parted ways with Florida Atlantic during the 2013 season amidst allegations of drug use.

According to documents obtained after Pelini left FAU, the university said he was terminated because of a failure to report the conduct of a staff member.

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Carl was a defensive coordinator at Nebraska under his brother for four seasons before he became FAU's coach in 2012. He's also a graduate of Youngstown State.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 18, 2015, 8:09 pm

Fresno State could be without wide receiver Delvon Hardaway for part of the 2015 season.

Coach Tim DeRuyter said Tuesday that Hardaway has a partially torn ACL.

Unfortunately, we got a little bit of bad news with Delvon having a knee injury," DeRuyter said via the Fresno Bee. "We think he'll be out about six months so it will be that first month of the season that he'll be back. Hopefully, he'll be back to full speed by then, but we fully anticipate he'll be playing ... this season and hopefully it will be early."

Hardaway, a redshirt freshman in 2014, was Fresno State's fourth-leading receiver in 2014 with 23 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Given the departures of Josh Watson and Greg Harper, two of the receivers with more catches and yards than Hardaway in 2014, he figured to play a more prominent role in Fresno State's passing attack.

DeRuyter also said that DE Todd Hunt had a torn ligament in his hand and is expected to be out three or four months. Hunt started all 14 games for Fresno State in 2014.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 18, 2015, 7:56 pm

NCAA athletes who transfer will no longer be able to apply for a hardship waiver to become immediately eligible at a new school starting in 2015-2016.

The NCAA approved the change in April 2014 allowing transfers a possible sixth-year of eligibility. The extra year replaces the ability for a recruit to play immediately at his or her new school if granted a waiver. The sanctioning body sent out a statement earlier in the week addressing questions about the new rule, which goes into effect next school year.

From July 2012-June 2013, the NCAA approved 127 of 236 hardship waiver applications. The amendment applies to athletes not eligible to use a transfer exception and players transferring from one FBS school to another are not eligible to receive a transfer exception.

Under the new scenario, a player who redshirted as a freshman and transferred after his redshirt sophomore season could be eligible to play two years at his new school after sitting out a season.

According to the NCAA's new guidelines, a school does not have to immediately file an eligibility extension request upon receiving notice of an incoming transfer.

The most prominent hardship waiver case before the 2014 season was Michigan's request to have USC running back Ty Isaac immediately eligible after his transfer. The NCAA denied the waiver request for Isaac, and he'll be eligible to play in 2015.

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Author: Nick Bromberg
Posted: March 18, 2015, 7:14 pm

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