KeiVarae Russell says he’s finally back at Notre Dame.

Russell, a senior defensive back, was one of five members of the Fighting Irish football team involved in an academic fraud investigation last year and was suspended from the university.

More than nine months after news of the investigation emerged, Russell posted a simple message on his Instagram account: “#ThankYouNotreDame I’m back…”

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Russell started all 26 games for the Fighting Irish during his freshman and sophomore seasons with the program. In those two seasons, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Russell combined for 109 total tackles, nine tackles for loss and three interceptions.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said earlier in the offseason that Russell had been taking classes in order to return to school. He also mentioned that defensive end Ishaq Williams, who was also suspended in the investigation, could return as well. 

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 10:52 pm

Being a great football player doesn’t always translate to other sports, so when several members of the Ohio State football team played in an exhibition softball game, the results were mixed.

We’ll show you both the good and the bad.

GOOD: All-Big Ten defensive end Joey Bosa hits a home run… in bare feet.

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BAD: Quarterback Cardale Jones tries to launch one. It doesn’t go too well.

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GOOD: Pretty much everyone in this video – including head coach Urban Meyer.

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BAD: Wideout Corey Smith taking a high, outside pitch and trying to pull the ball, resulting in a pop up.

REALLY BAD: Safety Erick Smith’s attempt at catching the pop up.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 10:25 pm

The SEC’s transfer rules just got a little stricter.

A proposal by Georgia to ban transfers with “serious misconduct” issues was officially passed by the league’s presidents on Friday.

The new rule specifies “serious misconduct” as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence while enrolled at another school. The proposal sis not specify between misdemeanors and felonies.

This is the SEC's writeup of that new transfer ban. pic.twitter.com/oPHD2GNmiO

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 29, 2015

Georgia had a vested interest in this rule after John Taylor, a defensive lineman who was dismissed by the Bulldogs after a domestic violence charge, transferred to Alabama while the charges were still pending. Taylor ultimately was dismissed after another domestic violence charge.

There is a waiver process for players who have special circumstances, such as the charges being dropped after the player is dismissed by their former school. In that instance, the commissioner’s office would review the case and make a ruling.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 8:07 pm

(AP Photo/Nick Lisi)Maryland wide receiver Marcus Leak is no longer with the program.

Leak left the school “to tend to personal matters” and won’t be back with the team, an athletic department spokesman told the Washington Post Friday.

Leak was third on the team in 2014 with 20 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Previously, Leak had 12 catches for 85 yards and a score as a true freshman in 2011 and caught 23 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. Leak missed the entire 2013 season with what was termed a “leave of absence.”

With Leak out of the picture, the Terps’ top four receivers from 2014 are no longer on the roster. Stefon Diggs declared early for the draft, Deon Long graduated and Jacquille Veii also decided to transfer earlier this offseason.

Leak caught three touchdowns in the Terps’ spring game and was slated to start alongside Levern Jacobs, a senior who led the team in receiving (47 catches, 640 yards, 3 TDs) in 2013, but was suspended for the 2014 campaign.

Additionally, the Terps return Taivon Jacobs (Levern’s brother), while junior Amba Etta-Tawo and sophomore Juwann Winfree are also expected to make an impact at the position.

In addition to Leak’s departure, the program announced that defensive back D’Andre Payne plans to transfer. Payne announced a transfer to Maryland from Tennessee in January, but now “will likely transfer to a junior college,” per the Washington Post.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 6:11 pm

Commissioner Britton Banowsky said UAB would be dropped from Conference USA if its football program was not reinstated.

Conference bylaws state that all programs must have an FBS-level football program or be in the process of transitioning into one to maintain good conference standing.

"It's been clear that our folks aren't interested in changing our bylaws to permit members who don't have football," Banowsky told AL.com. "Relative to UAB and the possibility of them not starting it back, we appreciate how volatile conference membership change would be and have the interest of the coaches and student-athletes in mind when we consider a reasonable length of time for transition which would probably be one year."

UAB would be allowed to stay in the conference for the 2015-16 season, but then would need to find a new home for its remaining sports. C-USA won’t make a final decision on UAB until its conference presidents meet in Dallas on June 8.

That will be after UAB President Ray Watts is supposed to make his official and likely final decision on the fate of the UAB football program on June 1. Watts announced in December plans to eliminate football and two other sports from the UAB docket. The move was met with protests and since that time, former UAB players, boosters and other supporters have been scrambling to raise enough funds to reinstate the program.

Currently, Justin Craft, a former UAB player and the head of the UAB Football Foundation, said the group has raised more than $15 million through private donations.

It is unknown how much the program needs to stay afloat, but the UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association said the program would need upwards of $25 million for operational costs and facility upgrades.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 5:48 pm

If you were harboring any thoughts that Braxton Miller would make a late transfer from Ohio State, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer shut your brain up on Friday.

“He’s playing for Ohio State (this) fall," Meyer said via the Columbus Dispatch.

Friday was Meyer's first time meeting with the media since spring practice concluded, and thus his first press conference opportunity to reiterate his belief that his quarterback would be staying at Ohio State.

Transfer rumors have swirled around Miller as he rehabs from a shoulder injury that cost him his 2014 because of the play of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones in his absence. Barrett was the starter until he went down with a broken ankle against Michigan. Jones took over and helped Ohio State win the national title with wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.

Ohio State is going to have a three-person quarterback competition in 2015. Since Miller would have the opportunity to be a graduate transfer at another school and play immediately, he was the most likely quarterback to depart in the eyes of many.

Meyer said Miller had begun throwing and ruled out a possible position change.

“He’s starting to throw (a football) now, I think he’s up to 35 yards,” Meyer said.

Ohio State has been cautious with his rehab. Miller originally had shoulder surgery following the Buckeyes' 2014 Orange Bowl appearance and was preparing for the 2014 season when he reinjured his right shoulder. It reportedly dislocated when he was making a throw during practice.

Ohio State's fall camp opens in August.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 5:30 pm

Apr 12, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback John Franklin III (11) throws the ball during the spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)Coming out of spring practice, John Franklin sat at No. 2 on Florida State’s depth chart at quarterback. A week after the Seminoles added Everett Golson as a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, Franklin has decided to transfer.

Doug Gatewood, Franklin’s high school coach, confirmed the news to the Orlando Sentinel on Friday. Franklin informed the staff this week, Gatewood said, and is unsure where his next stop will be.

“He doesn’t know where yet,” Gatewood told the Sentinel. “He is just looking for an opportunity.”

Franklin, a 6-foot, 183-pound redshirt sophomore, sat behind redshirt junior Sean Maguire in the race to replace Jameis Winston at the conclusion of spring practice. Now that Golson, who threw for 5,850 yards, 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions during his time at Notre Dame, is in the mix, Franklin’s chances for playing time in 2015 looked slim.

The Seminoles also have highly-rated freshmen J.J. Cosentino and De’Andre Johnson on scholarship at quarterback.

The staff briefly moved Franklin to wide receiver early in the 2014 season and he appeared in two games. Gatewood said Franklin is open to playing other positions wherever he lands.

“He just wants to play. He’s open to anything,” Gatewood said.

Franklin, who redshirted in 2013, would likely have two years of eligibility remaining at his next school. If he stays at the FBS level, he’d have to sit out the 2015 season. If he drops down a level, he’d be eligible immediately.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 5:26 pm

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Friday posted to Twitter a picture of a ring members of the Rebels football program received to commemorate the 2014 season.

Very thankful for @RossBjorkAD and administration for honoring our players & staff for successful season! Hotty Toddy pic.twitter.com/ft1wrvigBa

— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) May 29, 2015

And while there were a lot of memorable moments, the way the last year ended — with the Rebels getting manhandled in the Peach Bowl — is surely something everyone associated with the program would quickly like to forget.

After Ole Miss started the season 7-0 and ascended to No. 3 in the country, the school’s highest national ranking in more than 50 years, it fell on some pretty disastrous times. It lost to LSU and then had a heartbreaking loss to Auburn, which included its star receiver, Laquon Treadwell, suffering a season-ending broken leg. Ole Miss lost to Arkansas 30-0 and while it still managed to make the Peach Bowl, one of the most prestigious bowls outside of the College Football Playoff, the Rebels suffered a humiliating 42-3 defeat at the hands of TCU.

The Rebels still finished the year ranked, but the end of the season was a shell of what could have been.

So while there are good intentions behind a ring that commemorated one of the Rebels’ best seasons since the 1960s, it might be a trinket to stash in a drawer and never look at again.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 5:13 pm

Did Art Briles give us a sneak peek of a new set of Baylor uniforms for 2015?

The Baylor coach tweeted this picture Friday.

#YB #B2B #LetsEat pic.twitter.com/zjOqrRl3rI

— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) May 29, 2015

#SteelGrey from @usnikefootball https://t.co/AAvtE5ZETu

— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) May 29, 2015

If they're real, we hope they're a lightly-used alternate in 2015. While we can always endorse chrome – like Baylor's awesome gold helmets – we're not sure about mostly gray uniforms. Especially with the green sleeves. If you look closely, it appears that the bear claw feature that is stylized on the shoulderpads is still there.

Here are some of the uniforms Baylor wore in 2014.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 4:51 pm

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 06:  Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles watches as his team goes through pregame drills for their game against the  Kansas State Wildcats on December 6, 2014  at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Baylor football is looking to beef up its nonconference schedules after rampant criticism last year that their nonconference slate wasn’t on par with some of the other highly ranked teams in the country.

“We’re in a different spot than we were when we scheduled the teams last year and this year,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Obviously, as we’ve won back-to-back Big 12 championships and our program’s on the national stage and we’re recruiting at an extremely high level, we’re able to take on a higher level of competition.”

As the College Football Playoff started to work itself out last season, Baylor was often criticized for its weak nonconference schedule, which included SMU, Northwestern (La.) State and Buffalo. Those three teams went 12-23 last season. Many pundits believed Baylor’s nonconference slate was the reason it was left out of the playoff.

McCaw said the school has had several discussions with different programs and said it wouldn’t shy away from playing other Power Five schools, though not every year. The way the Big 12 is currently set up, teams play every other team in the conference giving each what is essentially nine Power Five games during their 12-game slate. However, that hasn’t stopped other Big 12 programs from scheduling Power Five opponents in the nonconference. For example, Oklahoma played Tennessee last year and TCU played Minnesota. While neither of those teams is among the best in their respective conferences, they are still better than what Baylor has on its upcoming slates.

The Bears play the Mustangs, Lamar and Rice this coming season. Future schedules include Northwestern (La.) State (2016), Liberty (2017), UTSA (2017-19), Abilene Christian (2018), Incarnate Word (2019) and Louisiana Tech (2020-22).

McCaw didn’t want to speculate as to when games against Power Five opponents might be added, but said that it could be in the near future. He also didn’t rule out neutral site games, but stressed that the Bears would not play a game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in the same year when they played Texas Tech there. However, games in Houston and San Antonio were still on the table.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he welcomed Baylor’s willingness to revamp its schedule.

“I think the better schedules we can play in nonconference, the better off we are,” Bowlsby said. “Our top teams, we want to make sure that we’re matching up against the best in the country because that’s the way you demonstrate that you deserve to be in the playoff. I think every one of our institutions has a contribution to make. Those are local decisions. But we’re naïve if we don’t think they impact the rest of the people in our league.”

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 4:28 pm

SEC schools are reportedly receiving an approximately 30 percent increase in revenue from 2013-2014.

According to ESPN, SEC schools are set to get $31.07 million apiece from the conference. The last payout was approximately $21 million.

The SEC actually made a record $455 million in total revenue based on the revenue-sharing plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 1. However, $20 million was retained by institutions that participated in bowl games last season.

By comparison, the Big Ten distributed $338.9 million during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to IRS filings, the most recent data available.

The money from the conference comes from the SEC Network, bowl games, the football championship game, the SEC basketball tournament and more, including other TV contracts. The Big Ten and Pac-12, with their own television networks, have a similar setup.

The reason for the difference in payouts between the SEC and Big Ten is television. The SEC recently signed a contract extension with ESPN which started in 2014. The Big Ten's current television contracts expire in 2016-2017, so when the conference signs an extension with current partners or new ones (Fox Sports 1 could be a candidate), its payout to schools is likely to increase to a number in line with the SEC's.

ESPN also reported the Big 12 is distributing a pool of over $250 million to its teams, meaning schools are geting approximately $6 million less than SEC teams are. That's pretty good given the Big 12's lack of a television network.

It's also important to point out that revenue numbers aren't going to keep climbing as quickly as the SEC's did. While SEC and Big Ten schools could be pocketing over $40 million each per year very soon, their payouts are likely to stabilize in that range and increase incrementally from there. While live sports are some of the most valuable television products and will continue to be so, $1 billion in conference revenue isn't a threshold that will be crossed soon without a lot more income streams.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 3:22 pm

Cal quarterback Jared Goff may have been more excited Thursday night at the San Francisco Giants game than he is when he throws a touchdown pass.

Goff caught a ground-rule double off the bat of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford who, coincidentally, went to UCLA.

Nice catch and celebration by @JaredGoff16 of @bcraw35 ground-rule 2B at tonight's @SFGiants game #GoBears #GoGiants pic.twitter.com/tfu89b6j20

— Cal Football (@CalFootball) May 29, 2015

Goff was sitting in the front row of left field and easily made the catch on the big hop off Crawford's hit.

Out here pic.twitter.com/k25ZtGlHSD

— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) May 29, 2015

We do give Goff props for still wearing the Tim Lincecum jersey. Some folks would have jumped ship after Lincecum's recent struggles. He was also so proud of his accomplishment that he made sure to tell CSN Bay Area reporter Amy Gutierrez that he caught the ball.

.@AmyGGiants Hey I caught the ground rule double...

— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) May 29, 2015

Now that the ground-rule double is off his checklist, he needs to catch a home run next.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 2:26 pm

Heavy rains swept across West Texas on Thursday, causing flooding in the Lubbock area. The rain directly hit Texas Tech and briefly left the playing surface at Jones AT&T Stadium under water.

Heavy rain turning Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium into Jones AT&T Stadium Lake. Photo credit: Deneise Smith pic.twitter.com/KCu1M0HWkk

— BCH Sports (@BCHsports) May 28, 2015

Matt Dowdy, Texas Tech’s assistant director of athletic communications, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the photo was taken just after a major storm hit early Thursday afternoon. By 4:20 p.m., Dowdy said, the water was cleared.

“The photo that was taken earlier was a photo from immediately after the storm,” Dowdy said Thursday. “Our drains on the stadium have worked the entire time. I’m actually looking out at the stadium turf right now and it’s almost all clear.”

According to the Avalanche-Journal, as of early this morning, Lubbock received 3.23 inches of rain over a 24-hour period. More severe weather is expected Friday, the National Weather Service said.

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Posted: May 29, 2015, 2:22 pm

After showing off six potential designs for its new field last week, Northern Illinois unveiled its big decision on Thursday.

Here's the brand new turf you will see at Huskie Stadium next fall. #FieldReveal2015 pic.twitter.com/HHQKecwyJv

— NIU Huskie Athletics (@NIUAthletics) May 28, 2015

According to the school, the re-design is the first significant change to the turf since it was originally installed in 2001.

A reflection of both Huskie Athletics and Northern Illinois University, with a nod to NIU's home state and city, the new design also retains the popular Huskie head logo, the word "Huskies" in the end zones, and the Brigham Field moniker.

The school says it put a lot of thought into each new detail of the field.

Each element that NIU chose to integrate in the new field design was carefully chosen to best reflect the university's most visible brand and one of its landmark buildings.

Though the choice for the design had already been decided, the school floated out various looks on social media last week in order to gauge fan response. NIU athletic director Sean T. Frazier said he was pleased with what they heard.

"This topic has garnered great discussion among our fans and we've seen tremendous engagement on our social media channels. Frankly, I'm encouraged by what I have seen and heard," Frazier said. "Obviously, we have many fans, alumni and students who have very strong feelings about NIU, which is outstanding. Now, we need our fans to show that their passion for our football program is as strong as their connection to the playing field. We need to see and hear it every time our team takes the field on that new turf this fall. I look forward to seeing all of them at the games."

The Huskies will debut the new field in their home opener against UNLV on Sept. 5. 

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 10:38 pm

A day after the Big 12 said it was going to punish schools whose fans storm the field, the conference is reportedly going to crack down on another practice and punish schools who repeatedly show 'controversial' replays in-stadium.

Part of the Big 12's new sportsmanship policy: Schools can be subject to penalty if they show controversial replays too much in a venue.

— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 28, 2015

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said replays weren't banned entirely, however. The Big 12 has not yet issued a statement defining what it would deem excessive use of replay or how it would determine what would cross the line into too much.

They're not banned, Ian McCaw said. Just have to balance entertainment value with further inciting an angry crowd.

— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 28, 2015

Punishments could be in the form of a fine, similar to the possible punishments for teams whose fans rush the field.

There's also no clarity as to what a "controversial" call is, though one can reasonably assume a call being replay reviewed would fall into the category as well as judgment calls. And, quite frankly, the rule is ill-conceived, even if there was a hard number for how many replays of calls teams could show.

As has been documented in these spaces before, professional and college teams are fighting the lure of television to get fans to enjoy games in-person. Part of the lure of television? Replays, and the ability (for many with a DVR) to rewind and fast forward on-demand. We know we're not the only people who have immediately sent a text message from the stands at a college football game to someone watching at home when a call has the potential to be reviewed.

And if schools are going to keep investing in bigger and better video boards, replays – at the team's ultimate discretion – are a key feature. Fans are going to boo officials anyway, no mater how many replays are shown on the stadium's video boards. While we don't think many people will stop going to games because of this provision, conferences don't need to be giving fans any reasons to stay home.

No matter the intentions, it feels like a rule for the sake of a rule. And when are rules to address not-so-outstanding problems ever a good idea?

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 10:17 pm

(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The family of former UCF football player Ereck Plancher, who died in 2008 after a conditioning workout, won’t be awarded $10 million by the corporation that runs the university’s athletic programs.

According to the Associated Press, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the UCF Athletic Association is “entitled to the same sovereign immunity that protects state agencies from paying more than $200,000 in damage” because it doesn’t “operate autonomously” from UCF, a public university.

The family was originally awarded $10 million in damages when an Orange County (Fla.) court ruled that the UCF Athletics Association was negligent in Plancher’s death, which was ruled to have been a result of complications from sickle-cell trait.

From the AP:

In their ruling, the justices said the University of Central Florida, a state agency, controlled the association's board of directors and that the school's board must approve any changes to the association's bylaws.

The association is "primarily acting as an instrumentality of the state and is thus entitled to limited sovereign immunity," the justices said.

Football player Ereck Plancher collapsed and died during a 2008 practice. His family sued the association, claiming negligence. A trial court awarded the family $10 million. An appellate court, however, ruled that the association was entitled to sovereign immunity.

The Supreme Court voted 6-0 with one recusal to uphold the lower court ruling.

The sovereign immunity puts a cap of $200,000 on such payments, but the Supreme Court told the family that it could seek more money through the state Legislature.

The family released a statement via attorney Steve Yerrid.

"The Plancher legal team and the Plancher family are obviously disappointed with the decision rendered today, and we are evaluating our next step to seek justice in Ereck's name," the statement read in part, via the Orlando Sentinel. "The decision recognizes that a claims bill may be filed seeking to have the Legislature pay the difference between the cap and was awarded by the jury. We can only hope that, if it reaches that point, the Legislature will do the right thing and compensate Ereck's family as the jury determined for his death.

"For today, we are left with reality that a wonderful, promising young man died unnecessarily and his family has still not received the justice our system promised to deliver.”

The family’s entire statement, in full, can be read here.

A UCF spokesman told the AP that the school “appreciate(s) the careful consideration justices gave to this important statewide issue.”

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 10:01 pm

Ohio State defensive lineman Noah Spence warms up during an NCAA college football practice Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)Defensive lineman Noah Spence was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Spence is a former Ohio State standout that left the program after failed drug tests left him ineligible. He landed at Eastern Kentucky and was arrested on the downtown streets of Richmond, Kentucky.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Spence was standing with three other people near a vehicle when he launched a glass bottle into the street. The bottle shattered, which drew the attention of the arresting officer.

Spence was taken to jail and released later in the day.

Eastern Kentucky officials told the Richmond Register they were aware of the situation and would handle the matter internally.

Spence played for Ohio Sate in 2012 and 2013 before being indefinitely suspended after two failed drug tests. In December 2013, Spence tested positive for ecstasy and was suspended for the 2014 Orange Bowl and the first two games of the 2014 season. A second positive test in the summer resulted in an indefinite suspension by the Big Ten.

Spence initially said he planned to enter the 2015 draft before ultimately deciding to transfer to Eastern Kentucky in January. At the time, Spence’s father, Greg, said his son needed the transfer to help with his maturity.

"Noah needed another year of growth and maturity, especially regarding decision-making," Greg Spence told ESPN.com, "so he could have a long, sustained career at the next level."

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 8:31 pm

(Thomas Campbell - USA TODAY Sports)The American Athletic Conference will play its first-ever championship game on Saturday, Dec. 5, the league announced Thursday.

The 2015 season is the first time the AAC will play with its new 12-team, two-division format. Each team is scheduled to play eight conference games – against all five in its own division and against three from the other division. AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a release that the champions from the East and West Division will meet in the title game.

“We are pleased to finalize the details of the first American Athletic Conference Championship, which will feature two outstanding and deserving teams,” Aresco said. “We considered a number of different tiebreaker models to determine which teams would play for the conference championship, but in the end, we feel that performance on the field was the best way to proceed.”

The team with the better conference record among the two division champions will host the title game. If the two divisional champs have the same record, the home team would be determined by head-to-head competition, but if the two teams did not play during the season, the team with the superior overall regular season record would be the home team.

Like in other leagues, the AAC’s divisional champions will be determined by conference winning percentage. In the event of a tie, head-to-head competition would determine the division crown.

To split the league in to two divisions, Navy becomes an official AAC member in football only. The Midshipmen, along with Houston, Memphis, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa make up the West Division. The East Division includes UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, USF and Temple.

Memphis, Cincinnati and UCF all finished with 7-1 conference records in 2014 and shared the league title. 

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 8:25 pm

Suspended Arizona State linebacker Davon Durant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct on Thursday.

According to Maricopa County Superior Court, Durant changed his plea to guilty for the lesser charge and other charges will be dropped. Durant was initially arrested on charges of aggravated assault.

Durant, a four-star linebacker from Butler County Community College in Kansas, was arrested March 7 after witnesses said they saw a man striking a woman while the two were sitting in an SUV. Durant’s girlfriend, Kelsi Langely, told the police he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. Police said they observed injuries consistent with the Langley’s claims.

Durant said the altercation was verbal.

A day after the arrest, Langley told ESPN.com she lied about the altercation out of spite and told the police as much. Langley claimed she found text messages from other girls on Durant’s phone and purposely made a scene outside of her apartment to attract attention. Langley and Durant had been dating for a year and a half and Langley followed Durant to Arizona State from Butler Community College.

Even though police acknowledged Langley’s statement, they said because independent witnesses had seen the altercation and there were bruises on Langley’s face and neck, the police had reason to arrest and charge Durant.

Arizona State suspended Durant indefinitely following the arrest and his status remains unchanged. Durant was one of the highest-rated recruits in the Sun Devils’ 2015 class.

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 6:34 pm

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)A few months after deciding to transfer from Oklahoma State, Daxx Garman has landed in the Big Ten.

The University of Maryland announced Thursday that Garman, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback, will join the team for 2015 season. Garman, who graduated from Oklahoma State earlier this month, has one year of eligibility remaining and is set to begin graduate classes at Maryland on Monday.

Garman is expected to be eligible immediately.

“We are excited that Daxx will be joining our program,” said Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. “He is an experienced quarterback who has proven himself as an accomplished starter in the Big 12, helping to lead his team to postseason bowl game. Daxx is an outstanding student who has displayed tremendous poise and maturity during his college career. He comes in knowing he is competing for the starting quarterback position and is looking forward to the competition and being part of our football family.”

Garman started eight games for Oklahoma State as a junior in 2014 and threw for 2,041 yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He started his career at Arizona in 2011 and redshirted before transferring to Oklahoma State. He sat out the 2012 season due to the NCAA’s transfer rules and did not see any game action in 2013.

“Coach Edsall has done a great job with the football program and he truly cares about his players,” Garman said. “I’m very excited to compete in the Big Ten Conference. Maryland is an outstanding university and I’m excited to further my education and continue playing football. I enjoyed my visit in College Park and I’m excited to have this opportunity.”

Based on experience alone, Garman looks to have the upper hand in a wide-open quarterback competition for the Terps. Senior Caleb Rowe, who has appeared in 12 games over the past three seasons, was projected to replace longtime starter C.J. Brown, but was held out of spring practice as he recovers from a torn ACL. Redshirt sophomore Shane Cockerille and redshirt junior Perry Hills (who started seven games in 2012) split reps with the first team throughout the spring. 

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 5:57 pm

Former Notre Dame DB Eilar Hardy will play his final season at Bowling Green.

Hardy announced he was transferring from the Fighting Irish in January. He was one of five players suspended for academic fraud in 2014. He was invited back to Notre Dame's roster in October and cleared to play by the NCAA in November. He was the only player involved in the fraud investigation eligible to play in 2014.

"We are excited to welcome Eilar Hardy to Bowling Green and our football program," Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said in a statement "Having lost so much to graduation last year from our secondary, he will provide experience and leadership for that group. He has played at a high level his whole career and we are excited that he has chosen to become a Falcon."

As a graduate transfer, he's eligible to play immediately. The Falcons had three senior starters in the secondary in 2014.

Hardy played in 15 games over the past two seasons for Notre Dame. He played in five games in 2014 and had six tackles. Five of them came against USC.

He's a native of Ohio and was a four-star recruit in the class of 2011.

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 4:55 pm

If the Oklahoma starting quarterback race were determined by who had the best dancing skills, Baker Mayfield would win hands down.

The junior put in work while showing all his teammates how to do the “Whip.”

Wurk. 😂💯 @BM_ShakeIT11 pic.twitter.com/4VKmU0XRTc

— John Humphrey Jr (@_easymoney02) May 28, 2015

Seriously, this is just fantastic. But we shouldn’t be all that surprised. Mayfield, who’s Twitter handle is @BM_ShakeIT11, was often caught dancing in both the Texas Tech and Oklahoma locker rooms and occasionally, someone would upload it to social media.

How can coach Bob Stoops keep this kind of talent off the field?

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 4:22 pm

(AP Photo/Tony Ding)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh made an admission about the state of his program on Wednesday.

“We know we’re not the biggest guy on the block – Michigan State’s the biggest guy,” Harbaugh said, per the Detroit Free-Press.

Harbaugh was speaking in front of nearly 200 high school coaches at a clinic in Detroit and one person in the room clapped when Harbaugh acknowledged the recent success of the Spartans.

“Rightfully so,” Harbaugh said in response to the applause. “They have done a tremendous job. We respect the job they’ve done, but we want to be that.”

Michigan State has won six of the last seven matchups in the rivalry with the Wolverines and has been the far better program in the last decade overall. Harbaugh is Michigan’s third head coach since 2011 and has some work to do to reach the level of Mark Dantonio’s MSU program – especially in recruiting. Dantonio’s staff has long-standing relationships with high school coaches in the Detroit area, so Harbaugh and crew are playing catch up. He admitted as much. 

“We want Detroit players at the University of Michigan,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got a great history of Detroit players (at Michigan), and not just for football, we want them to get an education, we want to educate your players and we want them to succeed. Not just with football, but as great people.”

Thomas Wilcher, head coach at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, told the Free Press that Harbaugh’s concession was something the local coaching community wanted to hear.

"The most important thing I saw Jim do today was he recognized, this is Michigan but right now, Michigan State is on the big block," Wilcher said. "That gives you an opportunity to say hey, we've got to get back on that block right now at the top. He gave respect to Mark Dantonio and the most important thing is he took that and will build upon that. He understands where he's at and he understands where he has to go. He has a vision. And that's what's important."

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 4:12 pm

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish drops back to pass against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 18, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said the need for a “fresh start” was the reason he decided to leave Notre Dame and transfer to Florida State.

Golson announced his transfer decision last week, but did an interview with Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman on Thursday to explain his decision.

"It's something that's pretty crazy right now for me to adjust to, but I do think it was best for me," Golson said. "I just needed a fresh start. It was me sitting down and thinking, 'OK, where do I feel the most comfortable?' It was nothing to knock Notre Dame. I just had to put myself in the best position possible.

"The good thing about me being in the position — I'm not an 18-year-old kid. I asked a bunch of questions. I'm 22 and could really get into where's the best place that you can succeed and help the team's success.”

Golson, who was still wearing Notre Dame gear, was in San Diego to work with renowned quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. Golson had worked with Whitfield during the 2013 season, a season Golson had to sit out because of academic issues.

Golson just graduated from Notre Dame, making him eligible to compete this upcoming season. His work with Whitfield will help him get up to speed on the Florida State offense. Whitfield did work with former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, so he has some good insight into what Golson needs to do to win that starting job.

Golson told Fox Sports that he chose Florida State because of coach Jimbo Fisher and the things he felt he could do with the Seminoles.

"One of the things I was looking for in a coach was for him to be genuine," Golson said. "What he's built there at Florida State really sold itself before I started really looking. Actually sitting down and talking to him, I felt like he was gonna shoot me straight and he was a genuine guy. If you're not doing so well, he's gonna tell you, and if you are doing well, he's gonna tell you that, too. I can really respect a guy like that.

"For me, it all started with him being genuine and for me to be able to (play) free again. I think that's what I lost sight of last season. At the beginning of the season, I was playing free. I was having fun. Closer to the end of the season, it kinda came to feel like a burden." 

Golson said he also considered Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Florida, but wasn’t sure he could get a waiver from the SEC that would allow him to transfer. He said he also looked at Texas, but wasn’t able to go there because it was one of the schools Notre Dame blocked because the two teams play in 2015. Notre Dame denied blocking any schools for Golson.

"I would've definitely entertained it, but just knowing that I couldn't, it kinda limited me," Golson said. "It was pretty awkward, but it was kind of expected. It would've been interesting to see Texas. They (Notre Dame) basically limited me to the schools that we wouldn't play. I wasn't really surprised by it."

Golson's playing time at Notre Dame probably would have been limited in his senior season. Redhsirt sophomore Malik Zaire replaced Golson in the Music City Bowl and went on to be the game’s MVP as he led the Irish to a win against LSU.

Golson was unable to regain the starting role during spring ball and subsequently decided to transfer.

He comes into Florida State with no promise to start, Golson said, but there’s definitely opportunity. Sean Maguire was the heir apparent to Winston, but looked shaky in his only start last season. He’s inexperienced and Golson might serve as a nice bridge before Maguire is fully ready to take over the team. However, Maguire might have something to say about that. He was far and away the starting quarterback coming out of the spring and will be ready to compete with Golson in the fall.

And if Golson can’t clean up the mistakes that plagued him at Notre Dame — he had 22 turnovers in 2014, including eight lost fumbles — he’s going to find himself looking at a lost final collegiate season.

"I'm surrounded by a great group of guys, from wide receivers to running backs, down there, as Notre Dame does, too. I got to learn how to maneuver around that,” Golson said. “Every play doesn't have to be a big play. Take chunk plays. Maybe the back turns a four-yard gain into a 10-yard gain. It's about playing within yourself and playing within the system."

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 3:48 pm

(AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz)It appears there is a solution to our national satellite camp nightmare.

According to the Associated Press, outgoing SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday that the league will drop its restriction on its coaches attending satellite camps if the rest of the power conferences don’t agree to ban the practice.

The SEC (along with the ACC) currently outlaws the loophole that allows coaching staffs to attend prospect camps more than 50 miles away from campus as guests.

Though Slive said the SEC still intends to “make every effort to have our rule (banning coaches from attending camps) adopted nationally,” the league’s athletic directors voted to drop the restrictions beginning in 2016 if the other power conferences don’t agree to ban the camps.

“Our folks would be free to fan out all over the country and have at it,” Slive said.

Most notably, the coaching staff at Penn State drew the ire of SEC coaches and administrators by appearing at camps in Georgia and Florida last summer. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has organized a tour across nine different cities in seven states in June and coaches at Ohio State and Nebraska, among others, have scheduled appearances at camps hosted by other programs at various levels (anywhere from lower level FBS to high school).

If all goes as expected, SEC coaches will be doing the same next spring.

“They talked very specifically about their intent to canvas the nation if we’re in the same circumstance next year,” said incoming SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.

Satellite camps have existed long before James Franklin and Penn State made headlines last offseason, but the issue has come to the forefront over the past few years. It will be a part of the discussions of the NCAA’s football oversight committee when it meets next month.

It seems unlikely that the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 would side with the SEC and vote to ban the camps, so expect the SEC coaches to hit the camp circuit hard.

“We’ll do it, I promise you, all summer next year,” said LSU head coach Les Miles. “Next year, we’ll be in all different locations.”

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 2:20 pm

Auburn won't be claiming any more national titles in football.

A year ago, athletic director Jay Jacobs said the school was in the process of looking at its football history to officially recognize more national championships, saying "We want to do what's best for Auburn, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks or says."

Auburn even formed a committee to look into adding more official titles. It appears it decided doing nothing was best.

"We've earned what we've earned and people can count it different ways, but we've earned what we've earned," Jacobs told Al.com. "Those players on those teams, like me in 1983, it doesn't matter if you hang a banner or not. I know what we did."

It means the school will keep its official national title list at two; 1957 and 2010. Last year it had added 1913, 1983 and 1993 as "champions" on its website, and said it was deliberating adding any of those seasons, in addition to 1910, 1914 and 2004, as official banner-receiving title seasons.

The 1993 team went undefeated but was on probation and ineligible for the postseason. The 2004 team was undefeated but No. 3 in the BCS and missed out on the BCS Championship.

Those seasons, along with the four others, are listed in various databases as being title-winning teams – remember, there are and have been a lot of different polls and metrics throughout college football history. Alabama recognizes 15 national titles, though the number was at six until the 1980s when the school changed the criterion for counting championships. For example, Alabama says it was a title-winner in 1941 because it was No. 1 in the Houlgate rankings.

Ultimately, Jacobs and the Auburn committee charged with exploring the idea of adding more titles made the right decision. There was no optimal solution for the school. Sure, adding more titles seems like a great idea, but it opens the school's thought-process to criticism. And Auburn still has fewer national titles than Alabama does either way; adding more titles does nothing for Auburn fans' claims of superiority over Alabama.

The best way to counter the Tide? Win a College Football Playoff title first.

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 1:55 pm

Don't rush the field after your Big 12 school wins a big game unless you want your school to get a fine.

The conference said Wednesday it's added penalties for schools whose fans storm the playing surface after games. While it's been a fairly-regular occurrence in football, the incident that has gotten the most noteriety was in basketball.

Kansas State beat Kansas at home in February and the crush of K-State fans trapped Kansas coach Bill Self against the scorer's table. Self also said multiple Kansas players were "hit" by KSU fans. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby reprimanded the Wildcats after the incident.

"I don't know that there's anything off the table in dealing with those issues," Bowlsby said about penalties for field-storming via the AP. "I think I've been given broad prerogatives to deal with those issues."

The loss of future home games was even brought up as a potential penalty, though we're not so sure that would happen. It's not entirely out of the question, of course, but we can't see the conference moving to take away a home game except in the case of a storming incident that leads to injuries (and there should never, ever be a field-storming that causes bodily harm).

However, we're also not sure the threat of a fine will be enough to deter fans from rushing the field, at least until a team is penalized under Bowlsby's broad prerogatives. The SEC has been fining schools for field-storming incidents since 2004 and its fans haven't been deterred from rushing the field.

The SEC has said that it also plans to raise those fines this offseason. Currently, teams are fined $5,000 for the first violation, $25,000 for the second violation and $50,000 for every other violation.

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 1:21 pm

The American Athletic Conference ratified a new concussion policy at its spring meetings Wednesday.

According to a release by the conference, the policy encompasses the protocol in the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook and also includes other provisions. Schools in the conference will be required to give the a conference an emergency action plan for each athletic site and there are also staff education requirements.

“This policy was developed to serve the best interests of student-athlete welfare,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “We asked a group of extremely knowledgeable, well-respected and capable experts to study this issue and draft a policy that creates the best health and safety protocol.  An important objective of the policy is providing for the education of all those who work with our student-athletes in any capacity on the issues surrounding concussions.”

The conference also said there are additional football protocols as well. Officials will receive annual education, there will be a sideline communication plan for each game and team medical staff and EMTs assigned to the game will be required to have a pre-game in-person meeting.

In December, the Big Ten instituted a new concussion policy that mandated a neutral athletic trainer in a booth for each game to review all plays. The SEC said Wednesday it would be adopting a similar policy.

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Posted: May 28, 2015, 12:42 pm

Oklahoma’s quarterback competition just reduced from four to three.

Justice Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Edmond, Okla., announced Wednesday that he’s transferring from the program.

pic.twitter.com/9khX7E5JI8

— Justice Hansen (@J_Hansen4) May 27, 2015

Hansen was part of a four-man quarterback competition with Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas for the Sooners in the spring. He went 5-for-5 for 70 yards in the team’s spring game, but saw the smallest amount of playing time of the four candidates.

According to SoonerScoop.com, Hansen, a four-star recruit in the 2014 class, informed the Oklahoma staff of his plans in a meeting on Tuesday. He also “met with (head coach) Bob Stoops Wednesday morning to solidify all the terms of his transfer and release.”

"We have met with Justice and certainly understand his desire to explore options that might provide him with more opportunity," Stoops said in a statement. "He has our full support. He has been an outstanding team member and will make someone a good quarterback. We will give him a full release so he can transfer with no restrictions."

With Hansen out of the picture, Knight, Mayfield and Thomas are the only three scholarship quarterbacks on Oklahoma’s roster. Knight, known for his standout performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, has the most experience of the group. He entered the 2014 campaign as the team’s starter, but went down with an injury late in the year (he returned for the Citrus Bowl) and was replaced by Thomas. Knight had 78 yards and an interception on 6-of-13 throwing in the spring game. 

In Thomas’ three starts, he completed just 46 percent of his passes and threw for two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also completed 5-of-12 passes for 82 yards and an interception in the spring game.

Mayfield sat out the 2014 season after transferring from Texas Tech, where he threw for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a true freshman. Mayfield threw for 176 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-13 throwing in the spring game, but he also threw two interceptions.

After the spring game, Stoops was pleased with the group’s progress and said he wasn’t worried about the spring game interceptions.

“They’ve had a nice spring again in their reads and what they’re doing with the ball,” Stoops said. “I think they were definitely putting some balls up that when it’s practice it’s no big deal, but when you’re in game-type situations it’s a bigger deal. They’ll learn from it. This isn’t indicative of what I’ve seen all spring. I’ve been pleased with what they’ve been doing all spring.”

The competition will continue into the fall. 

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 10:54 pm

(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt, File)Before he takes the field for Louisville in the fall, former TCU defensive end Devonte Fields will reportedly stand trial for assault on June 17.

According to ESPN.com, Fields, the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, is facing a misdemeanor assault charge and will go to trial “after failing to reach an agreement to dismiss his charge.”

Fields was charged with assault last July after being accused of hitting an ex-girlfriend. The incident led to Fields’ “separation” from TCU. Fields then tried to transfer to Stephen F. Austin, but the school said because TCU declared that Fields did “not meet the requirements to attain the one-time transfer waiver,” he was ineligible.

Instead, Fields enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, where he registered 61 tackles and 6.5 sacks in the 2014 season.

After his lone season at Trinity Valley, Fields signed a letter of intent to spend the final two seasons of his career at Louisville.

According to ESPN, Fields has been taking anger management classes “in an effort to reach an agreement to reduce or dismiss the charge.”

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Fields had 53 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a true freshman in 2012. He also had four tackles in 2013, but missed the majority of the season due to injury. 

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 9:33 pm

The cities bidding on the right to host the College Football Playoff Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020 have been finalized.

The College Football Playoff announced that nine cities submitted bids for the three years. Houston and Santa Clara (the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium) were the two cities that bid on the rights to every year.

Here's the breakdown:

Nine communities have submitted bids to host the #CFBPlayoff National Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020. pic.twitter.com/I7soHweEpU

— CFB Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) May 27, 2015

“We are pleased that the leaders in these communities recognize the significance of the event, and we are excited about what we know will be a competitive bidding process,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “In its first year, the national championship game brought tremendous opportunity to North Texas as the epicenter of college football, and we know that success will continue in the future.”

The game at the end of the 2015 season is in Glendale, Arizona and the 2017 title game is in Tampa, Florida. The 2015 edition was in Dallas. So with those sites already known, we're going to wager that Houston gets the game in 2018, Santa Clara gets it in 2019 and either Minneapolis or New Orleans gets it in 2020.

Our reasoning? Well, we figure that the cities bidding for all three years will be rewarded and that the CFP will want to establish a regional rotation of sorts. With the first three games being played in three different time zones, it only makes sense to continue the trend as much as possible. Though we do also know this is college football, after all. Sometimes things don't make sense.

And heck, we're company people here at Dr. Saturday. We want to see Santa Clara get the game.

Dallas and Jacksonville recently said they weren't going to bid on the games until the process for 2021 and beyond started.

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 9:31 pm

Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers just wanted some food on Tuesday evening.

The former five-star recruit posted a complaint about his lack of money to Twitter, calling the NCAA's stipend checks "lil indentured servant checks."

Idk how the NCAA thinks we supposed to eat right with these lil indentured servant checks they give us..I Should've stayed in the dorms smh

— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 27, 2015

I'm about to eat my first meal of the day & that's Oodles and noodles smh

— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 27, 2015

Yes, it's easy to turn Peppers' posts into a debate about the NCAA paying athletes, but we won't do that. His stipends will go up in August after the new cost of attendance benefits voted on by the Power Five conferences go into effect.

One provision already in effect is the NCAA's rule that athletes can more food provided from schools than was originally allowed in their scholarships. However, the utilization of the rule is not as simple as going over to campus and getting food whenever you want.

It was clear from Peppers' comments that he had moved out of the dorms. Wednesday morning he expounded on his tweets from the night before.

People make a story out of anything. Idc about getting paid, I just wanna keep my fridge & cabinets full so I can eat. Point blank.

— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 27, 2015

Bottom line is I'm blessed for the opportunity I was given to be at this prestigious university & never do I take that for granted.

— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 27, 2015

But you can't compare Students, to Student Athletes. They don't have to do what we do & we can't do what they do. Point blank.

— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 27, 2015

for everyone saying "eat in the dorms like a regular student" I would love to.. But your meal plan gets cancelled when you move off campus.

— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 27, 2015

Hints why I said "I should've stayed in the dorms" do your research before judging someone on things you know nothing about.

— PeppyPep (@JabrillPeppers) May 27, 2015

The No. 3 recruit in the class of 2014 according to Rivals, Peppers ended up redshirting in 2014 after he suffered a shoulder injury.

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 7:22 pm

(AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will no longer appear at a fundraiser for the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative advocacy group that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

Swinney was invited to accept an award from the group at an event on June 2, but both South Carolina state rep. Todd Rutherford and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) spoke out in hopes that he’d skip the event.

A day later, Swinney released a statement saying he would not attend and that he was “no association” with the Palmetto Family Council.

Here is Swinney’s statement in its entirety:

"I was recently selected by the Palmetto Family Council, an organization with which I have no association, as their “South Carolina Family Champion of 2015” and was invited to receive this recognition at an event sponsored by the group on June 2. I had no idea that I was being invited into a political controversy. It was my understanding that the nomination and selection for this award was based on the work done by our All In Foundation and the difference it is making in our community. My acceptance of this award was to be on behalf of all the volunteers that make our foundation a success. The work of our foundation is intended to build a better community and be a positive influence.

"Recently, my scheduled participation in this event has been perceived incorrectly as an endorsement of certain viewpoints and has entered the political arena. I have been out of town since last Thursday and am disappointed that this has become a distraction for me, my team and many others. I have been and continue to be very open about my personal beliefs. However, I do not inject those beliefs or the work of the foundation into the political process.

"I appreciate the recognition of my and the foundation's efforts. However, after much thought, in order to avoid a distraction for the team and the entire football program, I've decided it is in the best interests of all involved that I not attend the event on June 2."

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 7:17 pm

The Idaho football team could be facing more APR-related sanctions.

The academic progress rate scores for schools were released Wednesday and Idaho's football score was once again low. The Vandals had an APR of 896 in 2013-2014. It's Idaho's fourth-straight year of having an average below 930.

Teams must have a four-year average above 930 to avoid penalties.

Idaho was banned from the 2014 postseason because of low APR scores and it's feasible to think a bowl ban could be in the offing again in the future. Though we're probably obligated to say (again) that it'd take a big turnaround for the Vandals to get bowl eligible in the first place (UNLV was also banned for the 2014 postseason).

After 1-11 seasons in 2012 and 2013, Idaho was 1-10. The Vandals' game at Florida was canceled at the beginning of 2014. In March, Idaho said it'd be eligible for the postseason in 2015 and that it's current single-year APR was expected to be in the 960s.

Idaho also had the lowest APR score of any FBS school. Here are the newest APR four-year averages for each FBS school with 2013-2014 included.

ACC
Duke 992
Clemson 984
Boston College 980
Georgia Tech 978
Virginia Tech 977
Louisville 977Syracuse 968
Virginia 967
Miami 967
Pitt 963
Wake Forest 962
North Carolina State 960
Florida State 955
North Carolina 937

American
UCF 977
Tulane 972
South Florida 970
Temple 969
Cincinnati 962
UConn 960
Memphis 951
East Carolina 950
SMU 947
Houston 941
Tulsa 941

Big 12
Kansas State 976
Oklahoma 963
Baylor 960
Texas 958
Iowa State 951
Kansas 945
West Virginia 942
Texas Tech 936
TCU 936
Oklahoma State 934

Big TenWisconsin 998
Northwestern 992
Michigan 990
Nebraska 985
Rutgers 980
Indiana 977
Minnesota 975
Maryland 973
Illinois 973
Ohio State 973
Michigan State 973
Iowa 966
Purdue 964
Penn State 956

Conference USA
Rice 973
Middle Tennessee State 973
North Texas 970
UTSA 961
Marshall 959
UTEP 954
Old Dominion 951
Southern Mississippi 949
Western Kentucky 947
Florida Atlantic 943
Louisiana Tech 941
Florida International 933

Independent
Army 981
Notre Dame 978
Navy 974BYU 952
UNC-Charlotte 943

MAC
Toledo 970
Northern Illinois 970
Miami 966
Bowling Green 961
Ball State 958
Western Michigan 955
Ohio 955
Central Michigan 949
Buffalo 948
Akron 947
Kent State 945
Eastern Michigan 942
UMass 937

Mountain West
Utah State 985
Boise State 981
Air Force 980
San Jose State 975
Hawaii 966
San Diego State 964
Wyoming 960
Fresno State 949
New Mexico 945
Colorado State 944
Nevada 943
UNLV 937

Pac-12Stanford 987
Washington 977
UCLA 975
Utah 973
Oregon 967
Arizona 961
Colorado 957
Washington State 951
Arizona State 949
USC 948
Oregon State 946
Cal 941

SEC
Vanderbilt 983
Alabama 978
Missouri 976
South Carolina 975
Texas A&M 974
Florida 971
Mississippi State 971
Auburn 968
Georgia 961
Mississippi 947
LSU 947
Tennessee 945
Kentucky 945
Arkansas 938

Sun BeltLouisiana-Monroe 969
Appalachian State 960
Texas State 958
Louisiana-Lafayette 953
Arkansas State 951
South Alabama 943
Georgia Southern 943
Georgia State 940
Troy 937
New Mexico State 931
Idaho 896

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 6:09 pm

(USA Today Sports Images)There won’t be a bowl game in Austin, Texas, in 2015 after all.

It was reported earlier in the month that three new bowls in Austin, Orlando and Tucson, Ariz., were official, but ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday that the game in Austin has not come to fruition – for now.

The other two – the Cure Bowl in Orlando and the Arizona Bowl in Tucson – are still set to debut this season.

From ESPN:

The Austin bowl hoped to have teams from the American and Sun Belt conferences. It was tentatively going to be played at the University of Texas' Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters told ESPN that the game could become official in 2016 instead.

“We applaud their courage to explore it and have the courage to step back and make sure they had it right,” Waters said. “They can come back in a year to organize and reach out to key individuals in the community. It will be better in every way a year from now.”

With the Austin bowl out of the picture, the bowl slate is set with a record 41 games, including the College Football Playoff title game. 

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 4:46 pm

The first commitment of Jim McElwain's tenure at Florida looks to be leaving the program.

According to InsidetheGators.com, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe's locker has been cleared out and he has left the team. Imatorbhebhe was an early enrollee at Florida after McElwain took over from former Florida coach Will Muschamp.

He didn't play in the spring game and could be heading west to join his brother, a member of the class of 2016 who has verbally committed to USC. From InsidetheGators.com:

Imatorbhebhe's young brother, 2016 four-star wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, recently committed to Southern Cal over Florida.

The source said he wouldn't be surprised if Daniel were to head west as well.

Daniel was a three-star recruit in the class of 2015. A native of Georgia, he was the No. 18 tight end in the country and the No. 36 prospect in the state.

Given Florida's situation at tight end, Imatorbhebhe might have been a candidate for a redshirt in 2015. The Gators return three players from 2014, including Jake McGee, a graduate transfer from Virginia in 2014. McGee suffered a season-ending left leg injury against Eastern Michigan and was granted a medical redshirt for a sixth season in 2015.

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Posted: May 27, 2015, 1:00 pm

North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen is at it again.

We highlighted Cohen’s incredible athleticism in a post last week, but he managed to one-up himself in a video he posted to his Instagram account on Tuesday afternoon. 

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Catching passes while doing backflips has apparently become the new cool thing for college football players to do throughout the offseason, and Cohen clearly wanted us to know that no one is going to top him. Two one-handed catches at once? We’ll see if anyone can come close to that.

The 5-foot-6, 172-pound Cohen, who will be a junior in 2015, has put up big numbers for Aggies so far in his career with a combined 2,527 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. He also has 36 career catches for 389 yards and two touchdowns.

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 9:15 pm

LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond was arrested on a felony domestic abuse charge Monday.

Per the Baton Rouge Advocate, the charge is felony domestic abuse with strangulation involving an alleged incident with his fiancée

From the Advocate:

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, an argument occurred Monday afternoon between Domond and his fiancée. During the dispute, while she was leaning over the crib of their “newborn baby,” Domond allegedly “grabbed her from behind by the neck,” lifted her off the ground and dropped her, the report says.

The woman told deputies she “began to lose consciousness,” the report says, and she “almost blacked out.” At some point during the argument, Domond allegedly grabbed a bandana from his fiancées head. In response, she sprayed him with pepper spray, the report says.

The woman told deputies Domond then picked her up and “slammed her on the couch,” the report says. She also told them Domond bit her on her hip, prompting her to spray him again with pepper spray, the report says.

Domond was arrested Monday afternoon and was still in jail according to court records. He also reportedly denies the accusations and said she pulled a knife on him earlier in the day. According to the police report, she said she did it in self defense.

Domond was a backup for LSU last season and appeared in one game. He's been suspended from the team.

#LSU has suspended OL Jevonte Domond. Les Miles has reached out to Domond but has yet to speak with him, Michael Bonnette says.

— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) May 26, 2015

Domond signed with LSU before the 2014 season out of Glendale Community College in Arizona. He was a four-star recruit, per Rivals. He was one of the top offensive tackle recruits in the 2014 junior college class and played just one season of high school football at Maricopa High School in Arizona.

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 8:47 pm

Former Michigan running back Justice Hayes is headed to Conference USA.

Hayes, who announced his intent to pursue a graduate transfer in January, posted on Twitter Tuesday that he’s headed to Southern Miss.

My little bro pulled the trigger today so what the heck, let's get the ball rolling!!! #GoldenEagle #ToTheTop pic.twitter.com/ubmssNgXXm

— Justice Hayes (@810hay) May 26, 2015

The 5-foot-10, 194-pound Hayes ran for 213 yards on 48 carries and had 11 catches for 65 yards in 2014 as a backup for the Wolverines last season. Both totals were career highs. Prior to the 2014 season, Hayes combined for 89 rushing yards on 20 attempts and six catches for 40 yards in 2012 and 2013. Hayes redshirted the 2011 campaign.

At Southern Miss, Hayes joins a crowded backfield that returns its top two rushers from 2014 – Ito Smith (536 yards 2 TDs) and George Payne (271 yards, 6 TDs).

The Golden Eagles went 3-9 in 2014. 

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 8:41 pm

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)Alabama coach Nick Saban has had a lot to say this offseason about various issues in the world of college football. He addressed a few more at Tuesday’s SEC meetings.

One issue in particular – satellite camps – have been hotly debated over the past few years with Big Ten coaches attending camps in the South. While again addressing the camps, Saban also grouped in graduate transfers.

“Let me say this, in general about rules, whether it's transfer rules, whether it's camp rules, whether it's any rules, we need to have the same rules in the Big 5 in all the leagues, all five leagues,” Saban said per 247Sports.com. “If we're going to compete for the championship and everybody's going to play in the playoff system and everybody's going to compete for that, then we need to get our rules in alignment so we're all on a level playing field, whether they're transfer rules, whether they're satellite camps.

The SEC has stricter rules when it comes to satellite camps and graduate transfers compared to other Power 5 conferences. SEC coaches, including Saban, have spoken out against the practice in which coaching staffs (looking at you, Penn State and Michigan) are “guests” at camps hosted by other schools.

The NCAA prohibits schools from hosting camps more than 50 miles from their own campus, but participating in camps as guests is a convenient loophole that SEC coaches are barred (by league rules) from taking advantage of.

Additionally, when it comes to graduate transfers in the SEC, student-athletes must meet certain criterion, including no disciplinary issues at prior institutions. This most recently came up with the transfer of former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who missed the entire 2013 season due to academic violations. He was linked to several SEC schools for his final season of eligibility, but landed at Florida State.

If Golson is going to transfer to an SEC school, SEC bylaw 14.1.15.1 might get in the way pic.twitter.com/S9WBgfWlQ8

— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 7, 2015

Saban thinks the rules on these issues should be the same across the board – with no exceptions.

"It's a disadvantage not to be able to do something in one league and be able to do it in another,” Saban said per Al.com. “It's a disadvantage to be able to recruit a player in one league and not be able to do it in another. And it's also a disadvantage if you start bringing up things like if a player gets suspended or whatever from one school, he can't transfer to another. Well, these things need to be global; otherwise we're going to become a farm system for all the other leagues.”

The ACC has aligned with the SEC on its satellite camps stance, while the Big Ten, Pac 12 and Big 12 continue to allow the practice. It doesn’t look like the bickering on this issue will end any time soon. 

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 7:49 pm

Oregon got some reinforcement for its offensive line with the addition of Notre Dame OL Matt Hegarty.

Oregon's football staff announced Hegarty's arrival via its Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.

Congrats @MHegs77! Welcome to the Oregon Family. #MenOfOregon #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/zvnmtywY8D

— OregonGridiron (@OregonGridiron) May 26, 2015

Hegarty said he was transferring from Notre Dame in March. He's a graduate transfer and is eligible to play immediately. He was a starter on Notre Dame's offensive line for 11 of the Irish's 13 games in 2014 at center and guard. Given the picture in the tweet, it looks like he'll be keeping his No. 77, though the number is currently worn by Haniteli Lousi per Oregon's roster.

He missed part of the 2012 season after he had what was termed a "mini-stroke" in November 2012. He subsequently had heart surgery to repair two small holes in his heart that had been there since birth. He was able to return in time for spring practice before the 2013 season.

Hegarty will likely step in and compete for a starting job at Oregon. The Ducks return both starting tackles in Tyler Johnstone and Tyrell Cosby and right guard Cameron Hunt. Hegarty could compete with Doug Brenner at center and Jake Pisarcik at left guard. Hroniss Grassu, considered one of the best centers in the country in 2014, was a third round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hegarty was a four-star recruit in the class of 2011 and redshirted in his first year at Notre Dame.

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 7:40 pm

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during the game against the Georgia State Panthers at Memorial Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for the Palmetto Family Council, which has drawn the ire of several people who are calling for him to back out of the engagement.

The Palmetto Family Council is a conservative advocacy group that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

“I find it highly inappropriate that Coach Swinney would appear at a fundraiser for an organization that is so openly discriminatory and politically motivated,” House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, said in a statement released to The State. “I cannot fathom why Coach Swinney or anyone else would knowingly assist a group whose mission is to fight against equal rights and equal treatment of others.”

According to the Family Council website, its No. 1 goal is keep the “traditional family model” in South Carolina.

"Our vision is to transform the culture in South Carolina by promoting the values and virtues of marriage, the traditional family model, and sexual purity."

GLAAD vice president of programs Zeke Stokes also issued a statement on the GLADD website questioning why Swinney would want to be part of a the Family Council event.

"The Palmetto Family Council's values are out of line with the values of love and acceptance for all people, and I hope the Coach will reconsider the message that his alignment with them sends," wrote Stokes, who is from South Carolina.

Clemson spokeswoman Robin Denny told The State that Swinney was notified several months ago the Family Council was giving him an award for various factors, including the work of his foundation.

“As far as we can surmise it is not a speaking engagement, merely an acceptance of an award,” Denny told the paper.

The paper also noted that South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner had previously spoken to the organization.

Clemson student William Ta'oma started a petition on change.org calling for Swinney to withdraw from the event.

While Family Council president Oran Smith told the paper that Swinney should have the right to speak to whomever he wants, Rutherford does not see it that way.

“As a state employee, national figure and role model to kids all over the state, Coach Swinney should send a message that he has zero tolerance for discrimination and cancel his appearance,” Rutherford said.

For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 6:48 pm

Memorial Day should be about honor and inspiration, and one former football player added some of the latter during his college graduation on Saturday.

Chris Norton, a former player for Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, walked across the stage to receive his diploma a little more than five years after doctors told him he had a three percent of regaining movement after suffering a fractured neck and a compressed spinal cord.

On Oct. 26, 2010, Norton, then a freshman at Lutheran, was covering a kickoff when an opposing player’s knee came up and knocked Norton in the head. He was motionless and had to be airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“They told me there was a three percent chance of any kind of movement below the injury site,” Chris said in a 2011 interview with Des Moines television station KCCI. “So that was definitely a big blow. But it never really seemed real. Just knew right from the beginning that that wasn’t going to be the case and that I was going to be able to walk and be able to move again.”

A year after his accident, Chris was able to stand on his own and shortly afterward he began taking steps. His journey is chronicled in a piece KCCI aired Monday.

After walking in his graduation, he proposed to his girlfriend, who said yes, making an even more tear-jerking moment that much more emotional.

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 4:18 pm

Urban Meyer spent Memorial Day taking in one of his favorite pastimes — photobombing.

Yes, America’s favorite photobombing coach was at it again this past weekend, tainting a picture with a blushing bride.

For gosh sake, you'd think master photobomber could shut it down at a WEDDING! @OSUCoachMeyer @AmyHalpin @Nicki_07 pic.twitter.com/erhpWmKwVN

— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) May 25, 2015

I think we can all appreciate Shelley Meyer calling out her husband’s addiction. After all, this isn’t his first photobomb. There was that one time he was caught photobombing a couple at a party. And then that one time he photobombed a recruit. And, of course, the one time he was called out for photobombing his own family, which prompted the hashtag “#urbphotobomb.”

Way to keep the streak alive, Urbz. We here at Dr. Saturday support you’re your strange, yet highly entertaining addiction.

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 3:24 pm

Sep 13, 2014; Bowling Green, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Isaac Griffith (17) against the Bowling Green Falcons at Doyt L. Perry Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsIndiana sophomore wide receiver Isaac Griffith was arrested over the weekend for drunk driving.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Griffith was pulled over early Saturday morning in Bloomington at 3:54 a.m. when an officer “noticed that his vehicle had its high beams on.”

After Griffith was pulled over, the officer “observed the odor of an alcoholic beverage,” according to an Indiana University PD spokesman. At that point, Griffith was arrested and hit with preliminary charges of “operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content above 0.08, and illegal consumption.”

A spokesman for Indiana football told the Star that the program is “aware of the situation and currently gathering more facts.”

Griffith’s arrest comes more than a year after he nearly drowned while swimming during a spring break trip with a friend and two teammates in Sarasota, Fla. Griffith was caught in a riptide while swimming, but a friend was able to drag him to shore.

After spending two days in a medically induced coma, Griffith was able to make a full recovery and played in two games for the Hoosiers last season. 

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 1:46 pm

Former Michigan CB Blake Countess says he's going to Auburn.

He announced the decision in an Instagram post Tuesday morning.

Countess started 30 games in his Michigan career and is a graduate transfer. He'll be able to play immediately at Auburn. The SEC accepts graduate transfers if the transfers fit a specific set of criterion.

He amassed over 100 tackles in his Michigan career and was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2013.

Countess' decision to go to Auburn comes on the heels of a visit to the school, so we can't say it's too much of a surprise. He told AuburnSports.com that he had a good time at the school and Auburn's coaching staff explained to him how he'd be utilized as a member of the Tigers' defense.

"Just the genuine feel I got from them," Countess said via AuburnSports. "They are all great guys and their track records speak for themselves. They know what they are doing and they have done it successfully at high levels.

"They all sat down with me and did a really good job of explaining their situation to me. They explained how they would utilize me and my skillset, how they would help me get to where I want to be and also how I could help get them to where they want to be, which is national champions."

He'll likely step in immediately as a starter in Auburn's defense and also adds depth to a position that was a bit thin. CB T.J. Davis tore his ACL in the spring and may not be available to play at all in 2015.

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 1:35 pm

UPDATE (12:30 p.m. ET): According to arrest warrants in the case obtained by NJ.com, Dailey and Johnson allegedly stole $20. When the two were arrested, police said they found a pellet gun in their possession.

From NJ.com:

Dailey, who was driving a black Dodge registered to his mother, and Johnson, the passenger, stopped the car directly in front of an 18-year-old who was riding his bicycle home from work just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, according to the warrant. Police said Johnson got out of the car with his face covered by a cloth and pointed what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and asked, "What you got?"

After the victim said he had $20, Johnson said, "Hand it over," according to the warrant. Dailey, 19, stood behind Johnson, 19, near the rear of vehicle during the exchange. Dailey and Johnson then got back into the car and drove away, according to the warrant.

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Rutgers defensive back Darian Dailey was arrested Sunday morning in Florida after he and another man allegedly robbed a bicyclist.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the two men were in a car when they allegedly committed the act. The person on the bike was able to get the license plate number of the car.

From CBS New York:

Dailey, 19, of Bradenton, was held Monday in the Manatee County jail on a Sarasota County warrant charging him with robbery with a firearm. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

The other suspect, 19-year-old Trezelle Johnson of Sarasota, was also jailed on the same charge.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood issued a statement that the team was aware of the situation. Dailey posted bail on Monday.

Dailey was a redshirt freshman in 2014. He said he chose to come to Rutgers because of the fit of the school. And the food.

"It's about the block R, honestly," Dailey said when he committed to the school in 2014 via NJ.com. "I want to be a part of the DBU (defensive back university) that they have. And I think that's the best fit for me because I like to play man-to-man and I like to go in on corner blitzes.

"It was just the best fit for me," he continued. "All the coaches treat you the same. They treat you as if you are their own child. It was good. I liked the people around there and the food was great."

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Posted: May 26, 2015, 1:10 pm

Kyle Kirchhoff, an assistant football coach at College of DuPage and a former player at Division III Loras College, fell from a catwalk at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Friday and died. He was 24.

He was attending a Chevelle concert at the venue. According to the Chicago Tribune, he landed on two protruding pieces of metal.

The paper said he and two friends were on the second-floor balcony and went through a door. From the Tribune:

Two of the three found their way to a catwalk where they were able to watch the show, and after a short while, they noticed Kirchhoff wasn't with them. When they searched for him, they found his body. He had apparently fallen about 6 to 8 feet onto two metal rods, the source said.

Kirchhoff suffered two wounds to his chest and was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:54 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office and police.

The concert was stopped after the body was found. Aragon Ballroom could not be reached for comment on Kirchhoff’s death.

"Duhawk football has lost a great friend and teammate," Loras College coach Steve Helminiak said in a statement. "Kyle was loved by his teammates and coaches alike, his impact on and off the field will be missed but not forgotten."

"Kyle's love of life and football was infectious to all who were fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kyle's family as they mourn during this very difficult time."

College of DuPage is a community college in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Kirchhoff coached the defensive line there, a position he played at Loras.

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Posted: May 25, 2015, 1:38 am

Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard was named starter after replacing Jake Rudock against Tennessee during the TaxSlayer Bowl and apparently thought now would be a good time to refine his image.

Beathard had been known for his long blonde hair that he said took him three years to grow, but now those locks are going to Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides hair replacement for children undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or suffering from Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues.

Just my personal opinion, but Beathard seems to rock hipster way better than hippy.

And it should play well with all the television cameras now that Beathard is face of the Iowa program and the hope for the first season with more than eight wins since 2009.

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Posted: May 22, 2015, 11:02 pm

Sergeant William Shemin (via Army.Mil)When William Shemin arrived on Syracuse’s campus to play football and lacrosse in 1919, he had already accomplished a great deal more than the average college student. Almost 100 years later, he’ll receive the highest military honor.

The White House announced last week that Shemin will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during World War I.

From the White House’s press release:

Sergeant William Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, American Expeditionary Forces.  Sergeant Shemin distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of the Vesle River, Bazoches, France, on August 7-9, 1918. 

Sergeant Shemin entered the Army on October 2, 1917. He was assigned as a rifleman to Company G, 47th Infantry Regiment, which moved from Syracuse, New York to Camp Greene, North Carolina, joining the 4th Infantry Division. The Division arrived in France in May, 1918. 

While serving as a rifleman from August 7-9, 1918, Sergeant Shemin left the cover of his platoon’s trench and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue the wounded. After officers and senior non-commissioned officers had become casualties, Shemin took command of the platoon and displayed great initiative under fire, until he was wounded, August 9.

Shemin, who was hospitalized for three months with various injuries, also received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery.

Shemin, who was just 19 years old during his heroic display, was honorably discharged from the Army in August 1919. He later enrolled in Syracuse and earned a degree from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. Following graduation, Shemin relocated to the Bronx, N.Y., and started a landscaping business.

He passed away in 1973.

Shemin’s daughter, Elsie Shemin-Roth, will accept the Medal of Honor on her father’s behalf at the White House on June 2, per Syracuse.com

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Posted: May 22, 2015, 11:02 pm

This offseason, we’ve highlighted a few college football players who can catch passes while doing a backflip. While those have been impressive, we don’t think anyone will top North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen.

The 5-foot-6, 172-pound Cohen posted multiple videos on his Instagram account, and we’ve having a hard time deciding which catch is best. Take a look.

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Cohen is clearly an incredible athlete, but he can produce on the field too. Cohen, who will be a junior in 2015, rushed for a combined 2,527 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He’s also been productive in the passing game with 36 catches for 389 yards and two touchdowns.

We’re anxious to see what Cohen can do in 2015. 

(H/T Kristen Balboni)

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Posted: May 22, 2015, 6:14 pm

(Photo: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)North Carolina announced Friday that it has received the NCAA’s notice of allegations. The NOA stems from an NCAA re-investigation into the widespread academic fraud allegations at the university.

“We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline,” a joint statement from chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “The University will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA’s allegations, we will follow this same release process.

The NCAA re-opened its investigation into North Carolina in June. The previous investigation was closed in 2012 and resulted in sanctions for the football team. The team was banned from playing in a bowl in 2012. Coach Butch Davis was fired in 2011 and athletic director Dick Baddour resigned around the same time.

The team was also forced to vacate wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

The basketball team could be penalized as part of the new investigation. 10 of the 15 players on North Carolina's NCAA title-winning 2005 team majored in African and Afro-American Studies, the department which much of the academic fraud allegations has centered around. 

According to an independent report published in October, academic counselors pushed over 3,000 students — approximately half of them athletes — into sham classes that were designed to keep athletes eligible over a period of 18 years.

The report said 81 students got a grade from the so-called “paper classes” in the African and Afro-American Studies department high enough to push their GPA to above 2.0. 

Last January, a former UNC football player said the academic environment at the school was “a scam.” Michael McAdoo said he was enrolled in four of the no-show classes.

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Posted: May 22, 2015, 4:57 pm

If you’ve ever wondered how a coaching staff decides whether or not to offer a scholarship to a prospect, Miami has you covered.

In a “Canes All Access” video, the Miami coaches thoroughly debate whether or not to offer certain prospects (which of course, they do not name) on their recruiting board.

 

It’s a behind the scenes look that fans rarely get a glimpse of and gives you an idea of what the recruiting process is all about. These coaches have done their research on these prospects, but show that the recruiting goes beyond measurables and 40-yard dash times.

The most interesting part of the video is when defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio remarks that a certain prospect is only elite at playing safety. He’s not concerned with a potentially subpar 40-yard dash time, he sees the kid’s instincts and feel for the position.

“The best instinctive safeties that we’ve ever had, what did they run?” he asks another coach. “He ran 4.68. If a guy runs 4.5 and he can’t play safety … You understand? He can’t see it. He can’t line up. He can’t make the calls. He’s not instinctive. He can’t read run/pass. He backs the hell up because he’s scared. All those things.

“This guy can play safety. He’s a hell of a safety. What do you want then?”

D’Onofrio also makes it clear that recruiting athletes and moving them to a different position is not something he prefers compared to recruiting someone who may not be the same caliber of athlete, but knows the position.

“I’ve been doing this for too long that when everybody says, ‘Oh yeah, I’m not sure he can play wideout but he can play safety or I’m not sure if he can play corner but he can play safety,’ but you’ve never seen him play safety,” D’Onofrio explains. “Safety is a different deal. The best safeties I’ve ever had are the ones that played safety in high school. Their tape was good in high school, and their tape was good in college.”

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Posted: May 22, 2015, 3:55 pm

Keith Ford is going from one current Big 12 school to a former one.

The former Oklahoma running back is transferring to Texas A&M. He'll have to sit out the 2015 season but will have two seasons of eligibility left after.

“I’m going to Aggieland,” Ford told 247 Sports Thursday evening. “It feels great. When I went up there today you could really tell how much time they put into their player’s futures. They care about you getting your degree as much as your success on the field. What really helped me come to my decision was when I sat down with Coach (Kevin) Sumlin. It didn’t sound like it was rehearsed or anything. He was just talking to me man-to-man and laid out his expectations for me. He also wanted me to believe in him. After I heard all of that I was like, ‘Yea, I’m coming here.’ I can't wait to get up there."

Ford was Oklahoma's leading rusher in 2014 until he broke his leg. He missed significant time and his parents said he wasn't 100 percent both mentally and physically when he came back. He was suspended from the team in the spring. He told the Tulsa World after he announced his transfer decision that he was uncomfortable with the staff changes Oklahoma had made offensively.

Running backs coach Cale Gundy was moved to inside receivers and Jay Boulware became the team's running backs coach.

“It just wasn’t the right fit," Ford told the World. "His style of coaching was not my style. I had a relationship with Coach Gundy. I really came to OU because of Coach Gundy, because I wanted to work with him. I didn’t really know this guy and his actions didn’t fit the way I wanted to be coached.”

Ford was a four-star running back in the class of 2013 and the No. 7 running back in the country.

For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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Posted: May 22, 2015, 2:16 pm

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Kenny Hill is officially headed to TCU.

Hill, who set Texas A&M’s single-game record for passing yards in the Aggies’ season-opening win over South Carolina last year, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he’s set to enroll on June 1.

Reports emerged in January that TCU was Hill’s likely landing spot after he asked for his release from the Aggies’ program, and he told the Star-Telegram that he visited campus to watch the Horned Frogs’ practice in the spring.

Hill, who became known as “Kenny Trill,” burst onto the scene when he threw for 511 yards and three touchdowns to open the season. He played well throughout the non-conference slate as the Aggies started 5-0, but things went downhill when SEC play began.

Hill threw six interceptions in a three-game span against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama – all losses – and then was suspended two games for violating team rules.

By the time he returned from his suspension, true freshman Kyle Allen took over as the team’s starter and held that role for the rest of the season.

Overall in 2014, his sophomore season, Hill threw for 2,649 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hill also saw brief playing time as Johnny Manziel’s backup in 2013.

As a transfer, Hill has to sit out the 2015 season, but he could be in line to replace senior Trevone Boykin as the Horned Frogs’ starter in 2016. 

For more TCU news, visit PurpleMenace.com.

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Posted: May 22, 2015, 2:08 pm

University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray Watts holds a press conference Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/AL.com, Frank Couch )Things aren’t looking good for the return of UAB football, at least according to an Alabama State Representative.

From Al.com:

State Rep. Jack Williams told AL.com Thursday morning he's received "strong indications" that UAB President Ray Watts has decided not to reinstate the school's football program and plans to announce that news Friday night.

"This could lead to irreparable damage at UAB in its relationship with the community," Williams said.

Watts announced his decision to eliminate football, rifle and bowling last December, and Williams told Al.com that the president is “holding fast” to that decision. While Williams says the school is planning for a Friday night announcement, Watts said in a statement that no decision has been reached.

"We continue to consult with various stakeholders within the UAB community and consider the findings of the (College Sports Solutions) report, along with other important, valuable and mission-critical data, in order to make the best decision for UAB, guided by our vision, mission and strategic plan," Watts said. "We will meet with our constituent groups over the next week to receive their input as part of the decision-making process. We plan to make an announcement by June 1."

Williams told Al.com that Watts had meetings scheduled with powerful boosters on Thursday morning, both of whom would like UAB to reinstate football.

Williams said two key meetings are scheduled for this morning to try to convince Watts to reinstate football. Williams said four local business leaders have a meeting scheduled with University of Alabama System trustee Johnny Johns, and local philanthropist Jimmy Filler has a meeting scheduled with Watts.

Williams said he understands that Filler plans to present Watts with a multimillion-dollar guaranteed letter of credit to contribute to upgrading UAB's football facilities if that sport is reinstated.

When announcing his decision, Watts said the school could not afford to continue supporting the three eliminated sports. However, an independent economic analysis firm said in April that the decision to terminate the sports was was “ill-advised from a net cash-flow perspective.”

Additionally, the university enlisted College Sports Solutions to complete a report on the feasibility of reinstating the sports. According to Al.com, the CSS report said going either way were “viable options” for the school. 

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Posted: May 21, 2015, 8:04 pm

(Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports)Penn State senior defensive back Da’Quan Davis is no longer with the team.

Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin announced the news Wednesday during a stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan, hours before the Baltimore Sun reported that Davis was arrested for marijuana possession earlier in the month.

“Da’Quan is no longer with the team,” Franklin said Wednesday in New York City, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I keep my comments pretty limited on those things, but we wish him the best, but yeah, he’s no longer with the program. That’s also why we don’t necessarily release things if we don’t have to because I want him to be able to focus on graduating and finishing up his academics.”

According to the Sun, Davis was arrested May 9 by Penn State campus police and charged with “possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia and purchasing alcohol as a minor.”

Davis, who played in six games for Penn State last season, turns 21 on June 17. He has a preliminary hearing in State College scheduled for June 24.

The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Davis played in all 12 games for the Nittany Lions as a true freshman in 2012 under Bill O’Brien and recorded five tackles, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Davis has mainly played on special teams in the past two seasons, combining for eight tackles in 13 games played. He was expected to play a similar role in 2015 as he sat behind senior Trevor Williams and sophomores Grant Haley and Christian Campbell throughout spring practice. Penn State also brought in four-star recruits John Reid and Garrett Taylor at corner.

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Posted: May 21, 2015, 6:30 pm

Northern Illinois is looking for a new field design for 2015 and it's looking for fan input.

Here's the catch though, the field design has already been chosen. Yes, this is a slow reveal. We know, we know. The school posted six designs on its Instagram and would like feedback, but the choice has already been made.

Here are the designs via NIU’s Instagram account:

Personally, I like the first choice with outline of the Huskie, but I’m also a gravitating to the last option with the alternating yard lines. Maybe the Huskies should make it easy on everyone and just change their field design for every home game in 2015.

Which one would you pick?

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Posted: May 21, 2015, 4:08 pm

Perhaps Syracuse has confused itself when it comes to the No. 44 jersey. Or, at the very least, confused a lot of us.

A day after having a ceremony around the number worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little, the school issued a statement about the number on Wednesday.

"Yesterday's announcement was simply a reiteration of that commitment and another opportunity to celebrate the great accomplishments of those who have worn the number with Syracuse pride and honor," Syracuse Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Kevin Quinn said in an email to Syracuse.com. "The retired #44 jersey will continue in its place of honor at Dome — as a symbol of past glories and future successes."

Yes, the school unveiled plans for statues honoring Brown, Davis and Little at Tuesday's ceremony, but the crux of the event seemed to center around the return of the No. 44, which was retired by the school in 2005.

After all, Syracuse tweeted this:

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— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) May 19, 2015

And interim athletic director Pete Sala said this, via Syracuse.com:

"With the blessing of Jim Brown and Floyd Little, the No. 44 is back. The Syracuse University Football Orange, we are restoring the No. 44 back to the program."

Makes it look like the No. 44 would be back on the roster, right?

And former Syracuse QB Donovan McNabb, a member of the school's board of trustees, certainly felt the number was being brought back as he expressed his displeasure about the announcement on Twitter.

Instead, it appears that Syracuse either had an event for the sake of having an event or Sala and the team's Twitter account weren't completely correct.

Now, it seems that Syracuse will proceed with a previous policy that said players would be allowed to wear No. 44 in special circumstances. During the ceremony, Little, now a special assistant to the athletic director and on the committee to help decide who is deserving of No. 44, was quoted describing the characteristics the school would be looking for in a player to wear the number.

Given the Wednesday statement, those comments appear to be in reference to the continuation of the policy. Unless, somehow, the waters surrounding the number get murkier in the days ahead.

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Posted: May 21, 2015, 2:27 pm

Chris Petersen's return to Boise State is only available to season-ticket holders.

The Broncos' home-opener is against Washington and the school will not be selling single-game tickets to the game on Sept. 4.

From the Idaho Press-Tribune:

“We need to reward our season ticket holders,” Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle told the Idaho Press-Tribune. “If you’re a season ticket holder for Boise State, you can order as many Washington tickets as you want. The only criteria is that you have to be a season ticket holder. Our goal is that we want to create more value in our season ticket.”

There is no limit on the number of additional tickets to the game a season-ticket holder can buy. So if you want to go to the game and that game alone, better find a friend who has season tickets. The extra tickets to the game go on sale June 1.

As the Press-Tribune notes, BSU's home schedule is, well, not that good outside of this marquee matchup. In addition to Washington, where Petersen went in December 2013, Boise hosts Idaho State, Hawaii, Wyoming, New Mexico and Air Force. While the Falcons were 10-3 last year, Idaho State is an FCS school and the other three opponents went a combined 12-25 in 2014.

Similar to Miami's two-pack of tickets last year for the Florida State game, It also may be a way to prevent opposing fans from snatching up a bunch of tickets and putting a smattering of purple in the stadium.

Boise isn't incredibly close to Washington given its location in Idaho, but Washington fans aren't limited to the extreme northwest part of the country. It's reasonable to assume that some would travel to the Boise State game and giving access to season-ticket holders only is a way to blunt that idea.

Or, at the very least, make Washington fans who do want to go pay a premium on the secondary market and make some Boise fans a little money in the process.

For more Boise State news, visit Blue-Turf.com.

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Posted: May 21, 2015, 1:40 pm

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