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Football careers over for two Cincy players injured in crash that killed teammate [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 11:02 pm]
Two Cincinnati football players who were passengers in the car crash that killed Bearcats offensive lineman Ben Flick in September won’t play again. Per Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, head coach Tommy Tuberville said Wednesday that the playing careers of wide receivers Mark Barr and Javon Harrison are over, but the players will remain on scholarship. Both players were severely injured in the September 21 single-car crash that killed 19-year-old Flick and the driver, 18-year-old Sean VanDyne, a student at Miami (Ohio) who had been best friends with Flick since elementary school. The group of four was driving back from the Cincinnati-Miami (Ohio) football game in Oxford when the car ran off the road. The three players were redshirting and did not dress or travel with the team to the game. Barr was held in the intensive care unit for a month after the accident, and then was released in October. Harrison was released from the hospital in the days following the crash. Harrison had reportedly returned to the practice field during the spring, while Barr continued his rehabilitation process. Barr, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was a three-star recruit who committed to the Bearcats in 2013 over other offers from Boston College, Indiana, Mississippi State and others. Harrison was also a three-star recruit. The Dayton, Ohio native picked Cincy over offers from Air Force, Boston College, Ohio and Toledo. In addition to Barr and Harrison, Tuberville also announced that the careers of defensive backs Marcus Foster and Drake Bruns were also over due to injury. Foster and Bruns, both three-star recruits in the 2012 class, will also remain on scholarship. For more Cincinnati news, visit BearcatReport.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Former Baylor WR Robbie Rhodes transferring to Bowling Green [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 7:51 pm]
Former Baylor wide receiver Robbie Rhodes is headed to the MAC. After being dismissed from the Baylor program in June following multiple drug-related violations, Rhodes, a former top 100 recruit, is transferring to Bowling Green. Rhodes’ father Reggie Rhodes confirmed the move to ESPN.com. Rhodes will have to sit out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility to play for the Falcons, a team recently picked by the media to repeat as MAC champions. He won’t face much of a learning curve at his new school. New Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers coached the wide receivers at Baylor from 2008-11 and has said that he plans to install a system that is very similar to that of Baylor coach Art Briles. “Coach Babers talked to him and laid down everything that would be good him,” Reggie Rhodes told ESPN.com. “The offense fits him so there’s no transition to a new offense; everything is exactly the same. He wanted to go somewhere where he can go in and make an impact and be the No. 1 receiver.” Rhodes was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence after being pulled over in early May. The arresting officer found 5.8 grams of marijuana in a baggie under the front seat. Rhodes also allegedly attempted to hide the drugs. The McLennan County District Attorney declined to pursue those charges against Rhodes, but the wideout was still disciplined by the school. After what his father called “another mistake” in June, Rhodes was dismissed by Briles. Rhodes, a sophomore, caught 10 passes for 157 yards in an injury-plagued freshman season in 2013. Before his dismissal, he was expected to compete for a starting role with the Big 12 champion Bears in 2014. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Charlie Strong would like to see Texas and Texas A&M renew rivalry [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 6:51 pm]
Charlie Strong has spoken his mind in the months since he’s taken over at Texas, and during an interview on Wednesday, Strong made it known exactly how he feels about rekindling the rivalry against Texas A&M. "You would like to see it happen," Strong told ESPN.com. "At some point it needs to happen. We need to play them." Wait, what? Since Texas A&M left the Big 12 a few years ago to join the SEC exactly no one with any pull at either Texas or Texas A&M has been keen on mending the bridge between the two schools, at least in a regular season game. In fact, in April, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson all but double-bolted that door by saying Texas would need a “compelling business or branding reason” to play the Aggies. “I think the reality for us is A&M made a choice they felt was best for them to move to the SEC. That’s great for them,” Patterson said. “They’ve leveraged that well. They get a new football stadium, they had a lot of success with Johnny Manziel and raised a lot of money. For us, I think there has to be a real business or branding case made to play anybody that we play with our football games. Given the way our schedule is constructed, playing Oklahoma every year in Dallas, which essentially means every other year you lose a home game, makes scheduling somewhat complicated for us. So, unless there is a really compelling business or branding reason, I see a hard time renewing that rivalry in football.” Strong did note that he hadn’t talked with Patterson about this grand idea yet, but as a lover of rekindling old rivalries, we like where Strong’s head is. As for the other rivalry severed by a defection from the Big 12 to the SEC — Missouri and Kansas — well, that one doesn’t look like it will get restarted anytime soon. Charlie Weis on playing Missouri: “They chose to leave. They weren’t kicked out. They want their cake & eat it too"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 24, 2014 - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the

Mack Brown and Butch Davis join ESPN as analysts [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 6:30 pm]
After 16 seasons of roaming the sidelines as head coach at the University of Texas, Mack Brown finally has a new gig lined up. Though it was first reported in early June, the news was officially announced by ESPN Thursday that Brown will join the network’s college football coverage as an in-studio analyst. Brown, who coached the Longhorns to a BCS National Championship and two Big 12 titles, will provide commentary on shows like SportsCenter, College Football Live and ABC’s College Football Countdown. On Countdown, Brown will join host John Saunders and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell. “I’m so excited and grateful to be joining ESPN’s college football coverage team,” Brown said in a release. “We’ve been talking about it for a few months, and I think it’s a great opportunity to continue to be an active part of a game I love so much. People who know me know I’m a football junkie, so I’m really looking forward to watching and studying teams, sharing thoughts, and talking football with all of the passionate college football fans across the country each and every week.” After coaching at North Carolina for nine years, Brown took over at Texas in 1998. In his 16 seasons in Austin, Brown compiled a 158-48 overall record and won the 2005 National Championship. Brown coached the Longhorns to another BCS title game appearance in 2009, but then won just five games in 2010. Brown could never elevate the program back into a national title contender and announced that he would resign in December after an eight-win campaign in 2013. In addition to Brown, ESPN also announced the hiring of former Miami and North Carolina Butch Davis in a similar role. According to a release, Davis will join ESPN2’s day-long coverage every Saturday as an in-studio analyst. “I’m thrilled with the opportunity to be an analyst on a sport that has been a part of my coaching life at every level,” said Davis. “My wide-ranging career experiences – from being

Washington QB Cyler Miles suspended for season opener against Hawaii [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 5:37 pm]
Washington coach Chris Petersen has added to the punishment for quarterback Cyler Miles — a one-game suspension. Miles will miss the season opener against Hawaii, according to the Seattle Times. Miles missed spring practice after being linked to two post-Super Bowl assaults on the Washington campus on Feb. 2. Although Miles wasn’t charged in either incident, he did serve a three-month suspension for the Huskies. One of the incidents involved former Washington receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow, who said he was “backing up his quarterback” when he knocked down a woman during a post-Super Bowl bonfire. The woman briefly lost consciousness. After the bonfire, Stringfellow and Miles, according to court documents, got out of a car and chased and assaulted a Seahawks fan. Miles was wearing Denver Broncos attire. According to the Seattle Times, prosecutors did not pursue the case because of insufficient evidence. Stringfellow transferred. Miles started one game during his career and led the Huskies to a 69-27 win against Oregon State. He’s appeared in eight games and completed 37 of 61 passes for 418 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Petersen will choose between sophomore Jeff Sundquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams for the starting role on Aug. 30. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday

USC briefly fools Twitter followers with picture of white and silver helmet (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 5:04 pm]
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us. USC, which has one of the most iconic color schemes and images in college football, decided to play a little joke on its Twitter followers Wednesday, and post a picture of what it claimed to be a new helmet. USC unveiled new helmets for the 2014 season at #pac12fb. Check them out here! pic.twitter.com/fu06gbx7Zg — USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) July 23, 2014 Of course, the Trojans foiled the joke before it could even get started by hashtagging the picture “#kidding,” though it did get some good initial responses. USC actually wasn’t the only team to have a strange silver on white helmet, the Pac-12 did them for each team as part of the league’s media days this week. White helmets on display at #Pac12MediaDay pic.twitter.com/OTHPEKJNp7 — Beto Duran (@DuranSports) July 23, 2014 Some of them actually don’t look too bad and we fully anticipate seeing Oregon bust its helmet out sometime this season. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday

Fine for Nick Marshall's marijuana citation has been paid, case considered closed [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 4:56 pm]
Nearly two weeks after he was cited for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, the case against senior Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has been officially closed by police in Reynolds, Ga., according to Al.com. The fine for the citation – which was “approximately $1,000” – was paid by Marshall’s mother, Shalena Cliett. Marshall was also fined $100 for having an illegal tint on the windows of his car. The tinted windows caused Marshall to be pulled over in Reynolds on July 11 and officers subsequently found “8-9 grams” of marijuana in his car. Reynolds, Ga., police chief Lonnie Holder said that Marshall was “very regretful” and “very apologetic” when he received his citation. “He seemed like he was disappointed in himself. He did get a little teary-eyed as we had the conversation. I think sometimes what those kids need, they need somebody to talk to them and say, hey, you made a mistake, don’t let it happen again,” Holder said. If the fine had not been paid, Marshall, a preseason first-team All-SEC selection at quarterback, would have had to appear in court on September 10. Before the citation occurred, Marshall was scheduled to represent Auburn at SEC Media Days on July 14, but head coach Gus Malzahn pulled the plug on his appearance following the incident. Malzahn told reporters that day that he had not reached a decision on disciplinary action concerning Marshall. “We have high expectations for our players, but specifically our quarterback, being the face of our program,” Malzahn said. “Up until (July 11), Nick has been a model student, teammate, and citizen. Nick made a mistake and he'll have to deal with the consequences. I'm not ready to say what those consequences are at this time, but he will deal with it. I know he's regretful and he feels very bad about it.” Malzahn has yet to announce if there will be any sort of discipline for his star quarterback. For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com. - - - - - - - Sa

Fine for Nick Marshall's marijuana citation has been paid, case closed [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 4:56 pm]
Nearly two weeks after he was cited for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, the case against senior Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has been officially closed by police in Reynolds, Ga., according to Al.com. The fine for the citation – which was “approximately $1,000” – was paid by Marshall’s mother, Shalena Cliett. Marshall was also fined $100 for having an illegal tint on the windows of his car. The tinted windows caused Marshall to be pulled over in Reynolds on July 11 and officers subsequently found “8-9 grams” of marijuana in his car. Reynolds, Ga., police chief Lonnie Holder said that Marshall was “very regretful” and “very apologetic” when he received his citation. “He seemed like he was disappointed in himself. He did get a little teary-eyed as we had the conversation. I think sometimes what those kids need, they need somebody to talk to them and say, hey, you made a mistake, don’t let it happen again,” Holder said. If the fine had not been paid, Marshall, a preseason first-team All-SEC selection at quarterback, would have had to appear in court on September 10. Before the citation occurred, Marshall was scheduled to represent Auburn at SEC Media Days on July 14, but head coach Gus Malzahn pulled the plug on his appearance following the incident. Malzahn told reporters that day that he had not reached a decision on disciplinary action concerning Marshall. “We have high expectations for our players, but specifically our quarterback, being the face of our program,” Malzahn said. “Up until (July 11), Nick has been a model student, teammate, and citizen. Nick made a mistake and he'll have to deal with the consequences. I'm not ready to say what those consequences are at this time, but he will deal with it. I know he's regretful and he feels very bad about it.” Malzahn has yet to announce if there will be any sort of discipline for his star quarterback. For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com. - - - - - - - Sa

Washington State QB Connor Halliday wants to limit interceptions to 'one or two' a game [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 4:47 pm]
Even though Washington State coach Mike Leach has had some of the best quarterbacks — statistically — they’re not always considered the nation’s best quarterbacks or even the best quarterbacks in their particular league. Leach thinks Connor Halliday can change that. Last season, Halliday threw an astonishing 714 passes for 4,597 yards and 34 touchdowns while leading the Cougars to their first bowl game since 2003. “He's a very talented guy, and he's steadily improved and with a young supporting cast ended up fourth in the country in passing,” Leach said during Pac-12 media day on Wednesday. “So clearly he's one of the best quarterbacks in the entire nation like the debates and media faces. You might be rooting for your guy, and I don't care what you think, he's better than your guy is.” Halliday ranked third nationally in passing yards and Washington State was fourth in the country with 368 passing yards per game. Halliday had just two games where he attempted fewer than 41 passes and he threw the ball 89 times — completing 65.2 percent — against Oregon, which broke an FBS record. But the one thing that held Halliday back — aside from the Cougars’ 6-7 record — was the turnovers. Despite his stellar numbers, Halliday threw 22 interceptions, which was at least seven more than any other quarterback ranked in the top 5 passing nationally. On Wednesday, Halliday chalked up his interceptions to the number of passes he threw last season, but he also acknowledged that the key to his success — and to Washington State’s — was cutting down the turnovers. “The biggest deal is limiting (interceptions) to one or two times a game. Not having the four picks against Oregon or the three picks against Auburn,” Halliday said. “Limit it to one or two and bounce back right afterward. Don’t let it frustrate me for the rest of the game or the rest of the drive.” Leach said a bigger offensive line and having the entire receiving corps back would onl

Report: Two Texas wide receivers charged with sexual assault [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 3:27 pm]
Two University of Texas football players are reportedly facing serious legal trouble. According to the Austin American-Statesman, junior Kendall Sanders and redshirt freshman Montrel Meander, both wide receivers, were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, for an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of July 21. Additionally, Sanders is said to be facing an additional charge of “improper photography.” Per the American-Statesman, $75,000 bail has been set for both players, plus Sanders has an additional $20,000 bail for his additional charge. The players have not yet been arrested.  The incident is said to have occurred after Sanders and Meander met the alleged victim on Sixth Street in Austin the night of July 20. The group of three then went to Meander’s on-campus dorm room and “started having what was described as consensual sex,” but when Sanders tried to record what was happening on his cell phone, the alleged victim became “startled.” From the American-Statesman: During the encounter, Sanders allegedly tried to turn on his cellphone but to record the event, but he accidentally turned on the phone’s flashlight, startling the alleged victim. After the supposed sexual encounter was complete, sources say, one of the players walked the alleged victim out and asked her if “everything was cool?” The players believed she was OK, sources said. Investigators interviewed another female dorm member who knocked on the door at one point and asked if the alleged victim was OK. She said she was, sources said. A sexual assault was subsequently reported to University of Texas police at 3:43 a.m. that night. Sanders and Meander were reportedly interviewed by police soon after. “All three individuals involved knew each other, and the two suspects have been cooperating with the investigation,” UT police said in a statement. Texas athletics “were aware of a possible incident,” but have yet to comment due to a university policy

Two Texas wide receivers charged with sexual assault (Updated) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 3:27 pm]
Two University of Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, both wide receivers, were charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony, for an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of July 21. Sanders is facing an additional charge of “improper photography.” According to Orangebloods.com, $75,000 bail has been set for both players, plus Sanders has an additional $20,000 bail for the "improper photography" charge. The incident allegedly occurred after Sanders and Meander met the alleged victim, who they had known prior to the alleged incident, on 6th Street in Austin the night of July 20. According to court documents obtained by Orangebloods, the alleged victim, who was unnamed, told police that she agreed to return to Meander's dorm and have consensual sex with him.  After Meander and the alleged victim engaged in consensual sex for "several minutes," Sanders knocked on the door. Meander allowed Sanders to enter the room while the alleged victim "stayed in the bed underneath the covers." Sanders then, per court documents, took off his clothes and forced himself on the alleged victim without her consent while Meander went to the bathroom.  "The victim told Sanders to stop and that she did not like what was happening. Sanders told the victim she would like it and that it would feel good," the court affadavit says.  (The affadavit for Sanders and Meander's arrests can be read here. It is extremely graphic.) The document then graphically details Sanders forcing himself on the victim, including vaginal and anal intercourse. Meander then came back in the room and, along with Sanders, "forcibly penetrated the victim." Additionally, the victim told police she remembers a "flash" and suspected "the use of a cell phone to take a video or photo of her."  A sexual assault was subsequently reported to University of Texas police at 3:43 a.m. that night. When officers arrived, the affadavit says the victim was found crying underneath a desk

2014 season preview: Five games to watch in week 4 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 24, 2014, 3:25 pm]
The college football offseason is long and arduous, but its end is almost in sight. We’re going to take a look at five games you have to look forward to for every weekend of the season. (This is also a handy guide to decide how to RSVP for any autumn weddings.) All times are Eastern and all games are played on Saturday unless otherwise noted. These games take place the weekend of September 20. Previously: Week One (August 30) ~ Week Two (September 6) ~ Week Three (September 13) Auburn at Kansas State (7:30 p.m., Thursday) Kansas State didn’t suffer the massive 2013 drop-off many expected after their 11-2 campaign the year prior, settling in at 8-5 with a bunch of competitive losses and a six-out-of-seven win streak to close the season. Auburn is coming off a fantastic SEC title run and this will serve as their first real test of the season. The Tiger defensive line will need to recover from the loss of stud sophomore Carl Lawson, likely gone for the season with a torn ACL, but there is plenty of talent and returning production there. The offense should roll again, returning quarterback Nick Marshall (cited in early July for weed possession, but it’s hard to imagine that will affect the third game of the season) and all but one of their offensive linemen, although they will need to settle on a suitable replacement for Tre Mason at tailback. The Wildcats will look to senior receiver Tyler Lockett to spring some big plays if they want to pull the upset and he’s proven himself more than capable coming off a 81-reception, 1262-yard, 11-touchdown 2013. Weeknight road game for a potentially heavy favorite against a host that’s won 29 games the last three years and is quite possibly coached by a wizard who has both utilized and defended quite a few spread offenses over the years? Lots of potential here. Clemson at Florida State (TBD) In a battle of top-five teams last year, the Noles demolished the Tigers to the tune of 51-14 in Death Valley on their way to a d

At least one Dairy Queen in Salem, Ore., knows of Baylor QB Bryce Petty [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 9:48 pm]
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us. Art Briles was right after all. On Monday, the Baylor head coach said that his Heisman candidate quarterback Bryce Petty was such a household name that you could go into a random Dairy Queen in Salem, Oregon, and the people there would know of Petty. The Oregonian’s John Canzano wanted to find out for sure, so a few production assistants for his radio show made calls to Dairy Queen locations in the Salem area, and none of them seemed to know about Petty. Briles’ comment about Petty's popularity in Oregon appeared to be a blatant falsehood until Tuesday evening. That's then when one brave Twitter user set the record straight about the stance of one Dairy Queen establishment in the “heart of Salem.” That particular location made it perfectly clear that their employees know all about the senior quarterback. Take a look. @johncanzanobft my Aunt's DQ giving a shout out. @BUFootball @b_petty14 pic.twitter.com/9ZvwBFaINs— Garrett Hanna (@bigguysports) July 22, 2014 @b_petty14 @johncanzanobft @BUFootball PS it's located right in the heart of Salem, OR.— Garrett Hanna (@bigguysports) July 22, 2014 Petty, who threw for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns for the Big 12 champs last year, seemed pretty pleased with the development. “@bigguysports: @johncanzanobft my Aunt's DQ giving a shout out. @BUFootball @b_petty14 pic.twitter.com/zAFqjS848S”😍😍I love it!!— Bryce Petty (@b_petty14) July 22, 2014 With this stirring controversy out of the way, Petty, the 2013-14 Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year, should now be on a clear path to the Heisman, right? For more Baylor news, visit SicEmSports.com. (H/T College Spun) - - - - - - -

USC coach Steve Sarkisian regrets the way he left Washington [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 9:45 pm]
Very few coaching changes go smoothly. As both the coach and the institution are trying to hide their true intentions, feelings get hurt, relationships get damaged and there are regrets, oh so many regrets. Steve Sarkisian isn’t immune to this. During Pac-12 media days on Wednesday, Sarkisian said his biggest regret in leaving Washington for USC was doing a radio interview the morning he left and denying to the host that he was switching schools. “You know, it’s unfortunate. I did that Monday morning radio show with Mitch (Levy) every Monday morning after a game. And honestly, in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have done that interview that morning,” Sarkisian said. “But I had committed to the interview. And I did the interview. There was nothing done, I hadn’t accepted the job at USC yet. Hindsight’s 20/20 in those moments. I probably should have stayed out of interviews and stayed away from cameras. But I did it. I tried to handle it to the best of my ability. “So looking back, probably the biggest mistake was just going on-air. And Mitch did his job. I’m not upset with Mitch at all. I have a great deal of respect for Mitch. He did his job. I tried to answer the questions as best I could. Unfortunately it didn’t come out the best way I would have liked, but that’s life.” The way things transpired, with Sarkisian telling his Washington players of his departure just hours later and then jumping on a plane to Los Angeles, didn’t exactly paint the best picture, especially since USC's previous coach, Lane Kiffin, was hired in a clandestine way. But Sarkisian said in the months since leaving it hasn’t all been bad. Washington players, who came home to the Los Angeles area for the summer, visited the USC offices to see their former coach. He said he’s tried to explain why he left and he doesn’t really know how most of his former players feel about it. However, Sarkisian made a valid point that breaking up is never easy. He likened his le

Georgia dismisses Jonathan Taylor following Tuesday aggravated assault arrest [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 9:09 pm]
It only took a day for Georgia to make a decision on the status of Jonathan Taylor. In a brief, 42-word press release, the program announced Wednesday that Taylor, a redshirt sophomore defensive end, has been dismissed from the program. The decision comes after Taylor was arrested Tuesday morning on a felony aggravated assault/family violence charge. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Taylor spent a day in jail before being released at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning on a $5,000 bond. The 6-foot-4, 336-pound Taylor was taken into custody Tuesday morning after being accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend at his on-campus dorm. According to police, “evidence and witness accounts indicate Taylor ‘choked’ and ‘struck with a closed fist’ his 5-foot-11, 170-pound female victim.” Taylor is Georgia’s third defensive player to be dismissed by head coach Mark Richt this offseason. In addition to Taylor, safeties Tray Matthews and Josh Harvey-Clemons were also booted from the team. Matthews is now at Auburn, while Harvey-Clemons landed at Louisville. The Tuesday morning incident is Taylor’s second arrest of the offseason. He was one of four players who, in March, attempted to deposit their student tuition checks twice. That led to an arrest for theft by deception. As a result of the March arrest, Taylor was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program, which included community service. Any other citation or arrest would violate the program’s terms. Taylor, a native of Millen, Ga., played in 10 games and recorded nine tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack as a redshirt freshman in 2013. For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

Arizona's Rich Rodriguez still fired up about the failed pace-of-play rule change [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 8:23 pm]
Earlier this summer, when Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Alabama coach Nick Saban were on a crusade to enact a 10-second rule that would essentially slow down hurry-up offenses, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez became annoyed. He made remarks knocking the rule, sent out snide tweets and even helped his video department produce an incredibly witty video based off the movie “Speed.” See, Rodriguez is the coach of one of the fastest offenses in college football at 83.23 plays per game, which ranked seventh in the country. And during Pac-12 media day on Wednesday, he continued to take jabs at those who wanted to slow him down. “Oh, hell, it's all personal agenda,” Rodriguez said when asked about the attempted rule change. “Why try to defend it when you can just change the rules? I don't blame them. I would do it too. I don't want to have to teach our guys how to substitute fast, let's just change the rules. That's all it is.” One of the biggest arguments for the rule change — an argument both Saban and Bielema continued to make during SEC media opportunities in the past week — was player safety. Because offenses were moving so quickly, it didn’t give a fatigued defensive player enough time to substitute and ultimately led to more injuries. However, no one pushing the rule could come up with data to support the greater injury theory. “I don't see any guys that are running the fast no-huddle saying we have a problem with injuries and pace of play,” Rodriguez said. “If it was, as a coach, if you have true concern with your players, which we all do, if you thought that was an issue, you'd change your system. I think it's just the opposite. “I think there is a concerted effort by every coach in America to try to make things easier. Hell, I don't blame the coaches for doing it, but good luck trying to find data on that.” But Rodriguez did show a little sympathy for defensive coordinators who have to face offenses that seem to be more potent by the yea

Texas CB Quandre Diggs calls out teammates: 'I want to weed guys out' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 6:17 pm]
When coach Charlie Strong said he wanted to put the “T” back in Texas that “T” stood for different things, but to senior cornerback Quandre Diggs that “T” meant toughness. Not the toughness that is inherently involved with playing football, but the toughness that comes with overcoming some of the struggles Texas has recently experienced. Diggs told reporters during Big 12 media day on Tuesday that he felt like many of his Texas teammates had been coddled and that they didn’t have the commitment that they needed to make Texas successful. "I told Coach Strong that I just feel like we had guys on the team that just didn't love football the way they should. That's something that I've always sensed since I've been here: We had guys that just didn't love football," Diggs said. "If you don't love football, you don't need to be a part of this university or a part of this team. That's just something I feel greatly and strong about. "I'm one of those guys where, you don't need to give me a pep talk to go out and play the game I love. I want to go out there, I want to be tough, I want to be physical with guys. I think when I'm healthy I'm one of the best players in the country, no doubt about it. I have a voice on this team and it means a lot and I say what I want to say around these guys. Those guys look up to me. Guys that don't respect it, I really don't care." Strong made similar statements on Tuesday saying his team needed to get stronger mentally, but it’s another thing to hear it from a player who's been a three-year starter and seen the change in attitude firsthand. And Diggs had no qualms about Strong’s tough approach, which included not allowing the players to step on the Longhorn symbol in the middle of the locker room until they earn it. In fact, he had little sympathy for players who couldn’t get on board with this tougher approach. "I want to weed guys out. That's just me," Diggs said. "I'm an up-front person. All my teammates know me. I'm goi

Bob Stoops takes issue with Nick Saban calling the Sugar Bowl a 'consolation game' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 5:58 pm]
Bob Stoops hasn’t been shy about taking on the SEC in the media, so when he heard Alabama coach Nick Saban tried to downgrade the Sooners 45-31 win against the Tide in the Sugar Bowl last season, Stoops fired back. During an appearance on ESPN on Tuesday, Saban said it was difficult “getting (his team) to try to play a consolation game.” Alabama was No. 1 in the national rankings before it were upset by Auburn during the final week of the regular season. The loss bumped the Tide from the SEC title game and ultimately the national championship game. When asked about Saban’s comments during Big 12 media days on Tuesday, Stoops made it clear he wasn’t buying the excuse. “We’ve played for quite a few national championships and when we don’t play for one it never seems to be the mantra but anyway you can make all the excuses you want or not,” he said. The bottom line is, it is what it is. “And they sure looked good that first series, I’ll tell you that.” Stoops didn’t stop there. He continued to rail against Saban during his interviews with ESPN on Wednesday. Stoops on Saban’s consolation game quote: “So if I’m not in a national championship game, that means I’ve got a built in excuse" — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 23, 2014 This isn’t the first time Alabama has played the “consolation game” card. It was the same excuse the Tide used when it lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl in 2009. Stoops also took aim at the rest of the SEC and the perception that it’s the toughest conference in the country. Bob Stoops mentions Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule: “Lamar, Rice, SMU, La-Monroe. Those are all a bunch of toughies" — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 23, 2014 Maybe no one should mention that Texas A&M’s strength of schedule is No. 5, according to the NCAA, and Oklahoma’s is 93. Still, it’s good to see Stoops’ SEC troll game is on point this early in the season. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of D

2016 wide receiver recruit accused of burglary Georgia visit [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 5:03 pm]
One of the top recruits in the 2016 class is being accused of felony burglary charges stemming from a college visit to the University of Georgia last week. A police warrant has been issued for Darnell Salomon, a 6-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Hialeah, Fla. According to UGASports.com, Salomon, who has 19 scholarship offers from top programs across the country, is accused by two female UGA student-athletes of stealing an iPhone and a wallet with two credit cards from the dorm at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. “After they were startled and he left, it was determined that a wallet and an iPhone were missing,” said UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson, per the Macon Telegraph. “As we investigated, we have every reason to believe that the person responsible for these thefts was a visitor to our campus.” A police report states that Salomon, 17, was visiting for Georgia’s “Dawg Night” festivities and was staying with two UGA football players. From the Telegraph: UGA police chief soon determined that it was someone who was visiting for the football camp, and "were able to determine what room he was staying in," according to Williamson. They spoke to the two current UGA athletes living in that room, who confirmed a recruit had been staying with them. The police investigators then contacted the football office, which told them the name of the player who had been staying with them. The warrant for Salomon’s arrest was issued on Wednesday after police waited to determine if he was 17 years old before charging him. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the 17-year-old can be charged as an adult under Georgia law. Per Rivals.com, Salomon has offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and South Carolina, among others. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

2016 wide receiver recruit accused of burglary on Georgia visit [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: July 23, 2014, 5:03 pm]
One of the top recruits in the 2016 class is being accused of felony burglary charges stemming from a college visit to the University of Georgia last week. A police warrant has been issued for Darnell Salomon, a 6-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Hialeah, Fla. According to UGASports.com, Salomon, who has 19 scholarship offers from top programs across the country, is accused by two female UGA student-athletes of stealing an iPhone and a wallet with two credit cards from the dorm at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. “After they were startled and he left, it was determined that a wallet and an iPhone were missing,” said UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson, per the Macon Telegraph. “As we investigated, we have every reason to believe that the person responsible for these thefts was a visitor to our campus.” A police report states that Salomon, 17, was visiting for Georgia’s “Dawg Night” festivities and was staying with two UGA football players. From the Telegraph: UGA police chief soon determined that it was someone who was visiting for the football camp, and "were able to determine what room he was staying in," according to Williamson. They spoke to the two current UGA athletes living in that room, who confirmed a recruit had been staying with them. The police investigators then contacted the football office, which told them the name of the player who had been staying with them. The warrant for Salomon’s arrest was issued on Wednesday after police waited to determine if he was 17 years old before charging him. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the 17-year-old can be charged as an adult under Georgia law. Per Rivals.com, Salomon has offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and South Carolina, among others. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper





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