Southern Mississippi's Cooper Harrington (83) gets tackled by Marshall safety Tiquan Lang (21). (AP Photo/Steve Coleman)Marshall defensive back Tiquan Lang was arrested on Saturday.

According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, the rising senior safety was found asleep in a running vehicle early Saturday morning. Police also found a firearm “partially concealed” under the front seat and Xanax in the center console.

In all, the 21-year-old Lang, who was arrested at 5:50 a.m., was charged with “misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.”

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From the Herald-Dispatch:

Upon arrival, officers turned off the car and made multiple attempts to wake the man, who was asleep with the driver's seat reclined, according to criminal complaints. Police state the man had trouble maintaining balance as he exited the vehicle once awake.

After he was out of the vehicle, police say they found a Glock 27 with an extended 30-round magazine partially concealed under the seat.

A police dog sniffed out one full and two partial Xanax bars in the center console. Reports state police could smell the odor of marijuana, but none was found. A plastic cup with a small amount of liquor was located in the console.

Lang told police he had a prescription for the Xanax, but did not have it with him. Additionally, police said Lang’s performance on field sobriety tests “indicated impairment,” though he was found to have a .016 blood-alcohol level, which is below the legal limit of .08.

Lang was booked into custody on Saturday morning and released that afternoon. He did not play in Marshall’s spring game, which was held on Saturday afternoon.

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Lang was a key member of the Thundering Herd defense in 2015, finishing with 91 tackles and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns against Purdue. Overall in his three seasons with the program, Lang has 195 tackles, 15 passes broken up and four interceptions.

In a statement, Marshall head coach Doc Holliday said the program is aware of the situation and will “handle it internally and appropriately.”

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Posted: May 1, 2016, 11:54 pm

Baker Mayfield is a man of many talents.

Not only is the Oklahoma senior one of the best quarterbacks in the country, he also has some skills as a gymnast.

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For real, just watch this:

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— Oklahoma Women's Gym (@OU_WGymnastics) April 30, 2016

That’s Mayfield alongside former Sooners lineman Nila Kasitati, who is no stranger to Oklahoma’s women’s gymnastics program. The two put together quite a routine.

Hilarious.

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Posted: May 1, 2016, 8:36 pm

Nearly three months after national signing day, Demetris Robertson finally announced his college decision Sunday. His landing spot was a bit of a surprise, too.

Robertson, a five-star athlete from Savannah, Georgia, chose Cal over Notre Dame and in-state Georgia, among others. Robertson, the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2016 class according to Rivals.com, also considered Alabama (where he once verbally committed), Georgia Tech and Stanford among his 52 total FBS offers.

Demetris Robertson Announces Commitment To Cal https://t.co/Rp07I2qrNB @d_rob4 #GoBears #CalFamily pic.twitter.com/r2KJIMnBKc

— Cal Football (@CalFootball) May 1, 2016

“I am excited to take my talents to the University of California, Berkeley,” Robertson said at a press conference at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. “The first reason is that the education was a big part of my decision. I wanted to keep that foundation.

“When I went there, it felt like home. Me and the coaching staff have a great relationship. That’s where I felt were the best of all things for me.”

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Robertson announced the decision by unveiling a (upside-down) painting of the Cal logo.

Demetris Robertson, #1 athlete in the country, picks Cal. Welcome @d_rob4! pic.twitter.com/gERNOuwXkP https://t.co/tcEcpo4sh3

— GoldenBlogs (@GoldenBlogs) May 1, 2016

Robertson previously signed a non-binding financial aid agreement with Cal, along with Georgia and Georgia Tech. Ultimately, however, he opted to head to the west coast.

“Demetris is an outstanding young man who wants to be challenged academically and believes that Cal is a great fit for him. We’re really excited about getting Demetris into the University of California and our football program,” Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said. “He’s a great fit for us with very high academics. He wants to achieve at a high level in the classroom. The great academics at Cal and the improvement of our program along with our West Coast location attracted him.

“He wanted to achieve some very specific things outside of football and he felt like he could do that at Cal better than anywhere else. We’re looking forward to his contributions on and off the field. He’s going to be a great ambassador for our program.”

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During his time at Savannah Christian High School, Robertson, the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia, played running back, wide receiver and cornerback. He also was a standout on special teams as a returner. As a senior, Robertson had 1,463 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns – nine rushing, one receiving, two punt returns, and one kickoff return. He also totaled 41 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

Robertson becomes the 28th member of the Bears’ 2016 recruiting class.

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Posted: May 1, 2016, 5:54 pm

(AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt)The resignation of Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis reportedly stemmed from impermissible contact with recruits.

According to Al.com, Davis, who resigned Friday morning, is being investigated by the NCAA for “visiting multiple out-of-state recruits during a period when coaches aren’t allowed any contact with recruits.”

From Al.com:

The NCAA contacted Alabama's compliance office regarding the situation, and Davis was questioned and caught being dishonest before eventually resigning, according to the source.

The recruits in question did not end up signing with Alabama, according to the source.

Davis had two stints under Nick Saban at Alabama. He first served as defensive line coach from 2007-2010. He left to take the same position at Texas, but returned before the 2014 season. Davis was named Rivals.com’s SEC Recruiter of the Year for the 2016 class.

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"Bo Davis has submitted his letter of resignation," Saban said in a statement when announcing Davis’ resignation. "We appreciate all the contributions he made to the program and wish him and his family the very best in the future."

According to Al.com’s report, Davis’ alleged violations are similar to those committed by former Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, who resigned in June 2014.

The NCAA concluded that Phillips committed a Level II recruiting violation when he made contact with a prospect during a dead period in January 2014. Because Florida immediately suspended Phillips and stopped recruiting the prospect, the NCAA did not penalize the school.

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Posted: May 1, 2016, 5:11 pm

Virginia has added another quarterback to its roster.

A week after announcing his intention to leave East Carolina, Kurt Benkert told multiple outlets (and later confirmed on Twitter) Sunday that he has committed to play for the Cavaliers. Benkert is set to graduate from ECU this month, so he will be immediately eligible once he arrives at UVA, where he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

I'm ready for the next chapter, it's going to be a great 2 years! #UVa #HoosRisingpic.twitter.com/yR7RjtMLow

— Kurt Benkert (@KurtBenkert) May 1, 2016

At Virginia, Benkert will reunite with former East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill, who was abruptly fired in December at the conclusion of his fifth year with the program. After his dismissal, McNeill quickly landed at UVA as assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach under Bronco Mendenhall, who left BYU for the Virginia gig.

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Benkert was named East Carolina’s starting quarterback entering the 2015 season, but tore his ACL late in preseason camp and missed the entire season.

After recovering from surgery, Benkert competed with Philip Nelson for ECU’s starting quarterback gig throughout the spring. The competition was set to continue into the summer, but Benkert opted to pursue another opportunity.

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The addition of Benkert adds another name into the mix for Virginia’s starting quarterback job. Fifth-year seniors Matt Johns and Connor Brewer split first team reps throughout the spring. Johns started all 12 games last season, throwing for 2,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Brewer began his career at Texas, where he redshirted, and also had a two-year stint at Arizona as a backup. He transferred to UVA in 2015 and served as Johns’ backup, appearing in two games.

Virginia went 4-8 in 2015.

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Posted: May 1, 2016, 4:12 pm

Troy University football player Nathan Harris passed away Saturday morning.

The school announced that Harris, a freshman safety, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in his hometown, Gulf Shores, Alabama. He was 19 years old.

Troy Athletics Mourns the Death of Football Student-Athlete Nathan Harrishttps://t.co/7dzEebv3Up pic.twitter.com/DU0yFdqvkw

— Troy Athletics (@TroyAthletics) April 30, 2016

“This is an unthinkable tragedy and the thoughts and prayers of the Troy Athletics Department and the Troy University community are with Nathan’s family and friends,” athletic director Jeremy McClain said in a statement. “It is devastating to see a young life end in such a heartbreaking way, and we will provide support and comfort for his teammates, friends and coaches as they go through the grieving process.”

Harris joined the Trojans as a walk-on last semester and recently earned a starting spot at holder, the school said. Before joining the team at Troy, the 6-foot-1, 193-pound Harris was the starting quarterback at Gulf Shores High School.

“Nate was a tremendous person and a very caring young man,” Troy head coach Neal Brown said. “While his time here at Troy University was brief, his impact was felt by many. He was loved by his teammates and had a positive effect on our team’s culture in a short time.”

According to Al.com, police said Harris “was killed when the motorcycle he was driving struck the end of a flatbed truck with tandem trailer carrying lumber.” Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation. 

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Posted: May 1, 2016, 12:44 am

Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was at a nightclub in Auburn, Alabama, when a triple murder took place there a week ago according to police.

Foster is a native of Auburn and police say he was not involved in the shooting that killed three men on April 23. From AL.com:

Auburn police learned from other attendees "way after the fact" that Foster was at Mr. D's Lodge the night of the shooting, he said.

"There was no information that he or any other athletes were involved in the actual shooting itself," Register said.

The shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument that happened in the nightclub. A man, Tarabien Latrent Cobb, has been arrested and charged with murder in the three deaths. He's a relative of Recco Cobb, one of the men killed in the shooting.

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Foster currently has a tribute to Recco Cobb as his Twitter bio.

You my heart dawg my rider bra wherever I go you go wherever you go I go we had a PACK 1Love one for me and one for you brother R.I.P Recco Cobb #OG

Foster, a senior in 2016, had 73 tackles for the Tide in 2015 as Alabama beat Clemson for the College Football Playoff title. He originally committed to Auburn (and got an Auburn tattoo) before he signed his National Letter of Intent with Alabama.

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Posted: April 30, 2016, 3:43 pm

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After the dust from Ole Miss’ wild Thursday night settled (for now), the college football offseason trudged on on Friday.

Alabama got to bask in its championship glory again after receiving its SEC, National Championship and College Football Playoff rings.

#VIEWS #RollTide pic.twitter.com/CsoGIkKNKe

— Crimson Tide FB (@CrimsonTide_FB) April 29, 2016

After being bypassed in the first round of the NFL Draft, former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack let teams know that he is recovering nicely from knee surgery by casually dunking a basketball.

😴 pic.twitter.com/lwXRusQyp1

— Myles Jack (@MylesJack) April 29, 2016

Jack didn't have to wait long in the second round. He was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 36 overall pick.

Jim Harbaugh wielding a drill? Jim Harbaugh wielding a drill.

Good to have the All-Americans back in Schembechler Hall and Proud to be in the company of these Mighty Men! pic.twitter.com/fuGkktlw0M

— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 29, 2016

At Navy, senior corner Brendon Clements is back with the team. Clements has started 35 games in his career, totaling 157 tackles and five interceptions.

#NavyFootball rising senior CB Brendon Clements has been reinstated to the team

— Scott Strasemeier (@ScottStras) April 29, 2016

Gary Patterson is the fourth-highest paid coach in the Big 12.

Gary Patterson’s pay approaching $4 million, TCU tax filing shows https://t.co/7LCGWeFc0U

— Carlos A. Mendez (@calexmendez) April 29, 2016

Now that SEC coaches can participate in satellite camps, it appears Ole Miss and Mississippi State are joining forces.

Speaking of our friends at Ole Miss & Mississippi State…. sources tell us an "Egg Bowl Satellite Camp" is happening… https://t.co/sNnVtycOD5

— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) April 29, 2016

And while the SEC and ACC changed their satellite camp policies after Thursday's NCAA Board decision, the Pac-12 will keep its stance the same.

Pac-12 will keep its policy on satellite camps following NCAA BOG decision (FREE) https://t.co/gFBJZFhJfq pic.twitter.com/Ye71nGROXK

— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson) April 29, 2016

We're already counting down the days until MIDWEEK FUN BELT ACTION.

Sun Belt and @ESPN Announce Game Times for 2016 Midweek Football Schedule

STORY: https://t.co/EEYnRbDKNd#FunBelt pic.twitter.com/J9SNCFmqNa

— #FunBelt (@SunBelt) April 29, 2016

Only 158 days until Georgia Southern vs. Arkansas State!

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Posted: April 30, 2016, 12:04 am

Oregon will pay homage to one of its best teams for Saturday’s spring game.

The program announced Friday that the Ducks will don throwback uniforms that honor the 100th anniversary of Oregon’s first Rose Bowl team from 1916, when UO knocked off Penn, 14-0. The uniforms are in the school’s former colors – blue, yellow and white – that were worn until 1925.

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The squad will be divided into two teams – “Webfoots” and “Mighty Oregon.” Both teams will wear gold pants and gold helmets, but Webfoots will go with blue jerseys while Mighty Oregon rocks white. Both teams have fight song lyrics on a sleeve and a patch of Oregon’s state flag on the pants.

Additionally, non-contact players (quarterbacks) will wear yellow jerseys.

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Oregon, of course, is no stranger to special uniforms, even with spring games. The Ducks went with unique pro-military styles for the past three years. Overall, this is the eighth straight spring game where the Ducks debuted new uniforms.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 11 a.m. PT.

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Posted: April 29, 2016, 7:43 pm

Ray Lewis III (J. Reuben Long Detention Center)Coastal Carolina cornerback Ray Anthony Lewis III, 20, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Friday after two women told police he sexually assaulted them.

On Jan. 23, police responded to a local hospital where two women said they were sexually assaulted at an apartment across the street from Coastal Carolina’s campus.

According to the arrest warrant, Lewis engaged in sexual battery with an 18-year-old woman he knew was incapacitated either by drugs or alcohol.

Lewis turned himself into police on April 29.

Lewis is the son of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and two-time Super Bowl champion, Ray Lewis, who retired in 2013.

Lewis spent two seasons at the University of Miami, his father’s alma mater, before transferring to Coastal Carolina. He played in 12 games in 2015 and made 14 solo tackles.

 

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: April 29, 2016, 5:17 pm

It wasn't long after the satellite camp ban was rescinded that Michigan and the SEC began to mend fences.

The Wolverines and Georgia will work a satellite camp together in Atlanta this June. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff had originally planned to host a camp solo at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia on June 2. However, that camp has been moved to Maynard H. Jackson High School in Atlanta. It will still be hosted by Cedar Grove High School.

Man its on and popping pic.twitter.com/wUOy3AJo4V

— Coach Smith CGHS (@headbcg) April 29, 2016

Harbaugh and Georgia coach Kirby Smart have not always seen eye-to-eye when it comes to the Wolverines’ off-season travel schedule. Smart was vocal about Michigan's trip to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida last month for spring football.

"You've gotta think about recruiting rules, how are they going to handle those, is it an advantage, disadvantage?" Smart said, according to DawgsNation.com.

Harbaugh responded via Twitter, but refused to call Smart by name.

If the Georgia coach is implying any intent on our part to break rules, he is barking up the wrong tree.

— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 24, 2016

This is one of many camps Michigan has planned for its offseason, but the first with an announced pairing with an SEC school. It will be interesting to see if other SEC schools follow suit because you know what they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: April 29, 2016, 4:38 pm

Update: 4/29 - 12:30 p.m. ET

In a statement from head coach Nick Saban, Alabama announced that defensive line coach Bo Davis has resigned.

"Bo Davis has submitted his letter of resignation," Saban's statement read. "We appreciate all the contributions he made to the program and wish him and his family the very best in the future."

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Alabama assistant coach Bo Davis is expected to resign or be fired from his job amid allegations of recruiting violations, according to Rivals site TideSports.com.

Alabama has been investigating Davis and the NCAA has made inquiries as well. There have been no specifics into which recruiting rules were possibly broken.

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Davis was hired as the Tide’s defensive line coach when coach Nick Saban took over the team in 2007. In 2010, he took the same position at the University of Texas. He returned to Alabama in 2014 to coach one of the nation’s best defensive lines.

Davis’ contract runs through 2017. He’s currently making $475,000 after receiving a one-year extension and $25,000 raise last June.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: April 29, 2016, 4:30 pm

Laremy Tunsil is not a victim.

Let’s go ahead and put that out there right now.

The former Ole Miss offensive lineman might be described as a lot of things after the events of Thursday night — naïve, a pawn, oportunistic and maybe even a little dumb — but victim is not one of them.

He’s also not a snitch as some have painted him to be.

So let's stop calling him that as well.

He’s a guy whose past caught up with him at the most inopportune time possible and was forced to fess up to his misdeeds.

Simple. Clean. Indisputable.

Prior to Thursday night’s first round of the NFL draft, an anonymous hacker posted a video of Tunsil smoking marijuana out of a bong fashioned from a gas mask. Tunsil's camp claimed the video was allegedly years old, but it didn’t stop teams from taking a pass on Tunsil as he tumbled out of the top 10.

Then, after the Miami Dolphins drafted Tunsil at No. 13, the hacker (the same one or a different one, we don’t really know) started posting text messages between Tunsil and John Miller, assistant athletic director for football operations, on Tunsil’s Instagram account. The messages showed Tunsil asking for money to pay rent and his mother’s $305 electric bill.

While debates raged on Twitter regarding the validity of the text messages, Tunsil removed all doubt in his post-draft press conference.

“I made a mistake,” Tunsil said. “That happened.”

When asked for clarity on whether he was talking about taking money from a coach Tunsil said, “I’d have to say yeah.”

Tunsil was then ushered off the podium by his agent’s assistant and into a room with the door shut behind him.

The entire ordeal, from the time the gas mask video appeared on Twitter to Tunsil hastily being escorted out of the media room, was almost surreal and evoked all sorts of emotions from fans and media.

There was sympathy.

I saw a kid sweating bullets, wanting to tell the truth and put all the Ole Miss stuff behind him. "The truth shall set you free."

— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) April 29, 2016

And there was outrage.

Todd McShay just called out Laremy Tunsil for being honest under some B.S. code to Ole Miss. McShay is paid by a media company. Remarkable.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 29, 2016

And neither of those portrayals was an accurate one for the soon-to-be millionaire.

Tunsil was in a no-win situation by the time he got to the press conference. Sure, agent Jimmy Sexton dropped the ball by allowing Tunsil to take any questions or at the very least allowing him to face the media alone. Regardless, what was Tunsil supposed to do? His and Ole Miss’ (alleged) NCAA violations were splashed very prominently across social media and ultimately across every major news broadcast in the country. If he said he didn’t take money, he’d be lying. If he said he did, he sinks his school into the depths of NCAA infractions hell, a place Ole Miss is already festering while it responds to its current notice of allegations that stems from other Tunsil improprieties.

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Still, this doesn’t make Tunsil a victim. Some really sinister stuff happened to him Thursday night. No one will dispute that. However, he brought a lot of that darkness to his own doorstep. Say what you want about college athletes getting paid, but rules are rules and they were willfully broken. Not only that, Tunsil kept a digital paper trail of his violations. Now whether those were still on his phone, stored in his cloud, whatever, doesn’t matter. Point is Tunsil, and ultimately Ole Miss, left the door open to get caught and they did.

@nickbaumgardner @Graham_Couch Assuming Ole Miss made promises during recruitment it's a shame he even had to text & ask for the $.

— Dan Kilbridge (@LSJDanK) April 29, 2016

As an aside, cheating was so much easier before the digital age. Money was placed in socks in lockers or slipped under the table at restaurants. There were no text messages, no paper trails (unless they were used for blackmail later). Communication was at a minimum and most of it was done via pay phone.

These days, programs have to be smarter. Don’t kid yourself, many are. Ole Miss just doesn’t happen to be one of them and now the school says it will "aggressively investigate" what was shared with the world Thursday night.

“The university is aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss,” the school said in a statement Friday morning. “Like we do whenever an allegation is brought to our attention or a potential violation is self-discovered, we will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC.”

According to one NFL team, a financial advisor who was fired by Tunsil could also be responsible for the social media leaks.

— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) April 29, 2016

So where does this story go from here?

Well, Tunsil will sign a contract with the Dolphins worth millions of dollars. He’ll go on to play on Sundays, and if he stays away from the drugs, he might make a Pro Bowl or two. His life will move on like it was supposed to sans the $10 million or so he lost by slipping out of the first 10 picks.

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Ole Miss, however, could bear the brunt of this. Or not. Tunsil doesn’t have to cooperate with the NCAA and its investigation, and Ole Miss can deny the claims until its red and blue in the face. We’ve seen it before (ahem, D.J. Fluker) and we’ve seen claims fade into the ether.

It doesn't help that Thursday’s admission of taking money was not Tunsil’s first offense. He was suspended seven games last season for receiving “the use of three loaner vehicles during a six-month period without payment; a four-month, interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for buying a used vehicle; two nights at a local home; an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate; and one-day use of a rental car.”

So we can’t exactly pretend that the rule-breaking between Tunsil and Ole Miss wasn't blatant and habitual. Sure, it’s unfortunate that it came out the way it did, but it’s not unfortunate that it came out. And in the end, what should have been a joyous celebration of a school-record three players being drafted in the first round was marred.

So there, if you're looking for a victim, maybe it's the loyal fans that would have liked to celebrate this day instead of forget it.

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Author: Graham Watson
Posted: April 29, 2016, 5:38 am

Ohio State is having a big night with five players selected in the first 20 picks of the NFL draft. However, it’s coach Urban Meyer who is getting the most attention on social media.

When linebacker Darron Lee was selected No. 20 by the New York Jets, Meyer stood up to high five his former star defensive player and Lee left him hanging.

DENIED pic.twitter.com/my5zcJFI7c

— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 29, 2016

Urbz couldn’t even play this one off. There was no pretending to brush back the hair or giving that fake shoutout to a mythical friend on the other side of the room. No, Meyer just lowered his hand sheepishly as he waited for Lee to eventually acknowledge him.

It actually brought a twinge of sadness to an otherwise glorious night for the Buckeyes as that neglected high five could be perceived as a metaphoric symbol of a once great Ohio State team leaving Meyer behind.

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Posted: April 29, 2016, 2:58 am

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Guess what guys, the satellite camp ban has been overturned and all is right with thecollege football world (golf claps). The changing of a rule that lasted all of four weeks brought a few fun Twitter comments regarding everyone’s favorite Michigan coach.

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— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) April 28, 2016

. @CoachJim4UM right now pic.twitter.com/DCiRqGH23n

— Jay Harbaugh (@JayHarbaugh) April 28, 2016

And we added one for good measure.

Meanwhile in Ann Arbor: pic.twitter.com/KF0Sn8xW7o

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) April 28, 2016

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, however, not as excited about the rule change.

Satellite Camp Statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: pic.twitter.com/DEgP3bezEJ

— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) April 28, 2016

Meanwhile, Les Miles was in rare social media form today by posting this video about getting ready to text recruits…

The day is finally here... had to make sure I was ready to geaux !! LM https://t.co/P5HP8xvm4z

— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) April 28, 2016

And this photo…

Found old pic for #TBT..current and former LSU coaches running a marathon Don't know if I can run that fast now !!LM pic.twitter.com/gF3LSI0Lkc

— Les Miles (@LSUCoachMiles) April 28, 2016

Which drew this comment from Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who ran the Boston Marathon last week.

@LSUCoachMiles good job for an olineman. Maybe you can run with me next year. #26for36

— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) April 28, 2016

Former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds penned a nice note to fans as he embarks on his potential NFL career.

The @NavyFB QB @KReynolds_19 pens a heartfelt thank you letter to his alma mater. https://t.co/dYpXbVavSW pic.twitter.com/fuRRAjMjhM

— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) April 28, 2016

Former Cal coach Jeff Tedford could be back in the game as an assistant at Washington.

Former Cal coach Jeff Tedford eyeing UW as a possible comeback to college coaching. @A_Jude: https://t.co/u3oHHV6HuT pic.twitter.com/pmBdZEE0fd

— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) April 27, 2016

Kansas State is having a contest to send some lucky fans to the game against Stanford.

K-State with a pretty interesting contest for free trip to Stanford game: pic.twitter.com/WtsJzqOfpL

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) April 28, 2016

And we’re pretty sure something is wrong with Lane Kiffin, whose Twitter timeline is both entertaining and odd.

good morning, Lane https://t.co/vt5lcGzCwA

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 11:23 pm

*** Updated story ***

UMass is staying in the FBS for now.

Thursday morning the UMass Faculty Senate, a body that advises the chancellor, put forth a motion to either drop football from the FBS or eliminate it altogether. After the Faculty Senate stated its case, the senators voted on the matter.

The motion against FBS football is defeated by a vote count of 26 to 14.

— Daniel Malone (@Daniel_Malone) April 28, 2016

The most outspoken defender of keeping the football program was chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, who made a passionate plea to the senators to keep the football program. In the end, however, the decision whether or not to drop football, would have rested with the chancelor, president and athletic director.

Here is the letter penned by Chancellor Subbaswamy to Faculty Senators in regard to the motion: pic.twitter.com/8hqU0whqo1

— Daniel Malone (@Daniel_Malone) April 28, 2016

In fact, chancellor Subbaswamy made it pretty clear that he would have his own, systematic procedure for ever making such a decision.

— Daniel Malone (@Daniel_Malone) April 28, 2016

Afterwards, Subbaswamy went on to say that the continued efforts against FBS football by the Faculty Senate are a "waste of time."

— Daniel Malone (@Daniel_Malone) April 28, 2016

*** Original story ***

The arms race in college football continues to create a chasm between the Power Five teams and the Group of Five teams.

That has become evident in the past week as at least two athletic departments — Idaho and Eastern Michigan — have come under fire to re-evaluate their athletic priorities.

Idaho announced Thursday plans to drop down from the FBS to the FCS, an unprecedented move, by 2018. Faculty and students have called for Eastern Michigan, whose football program hasn’t had a winning season since 1995, to move from the FBS to Division II in all sports.

And now, UMass might be contemplating a similar type of step backward.

On Thursday, the university’s Faculty Senate discussed a motion to "urge Chancellor Subbaswamy, President Meehan, and the Board of Trustees of the University to end Division I football (Football Bowl Subdivision) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and either move to a different division or discontinue NCAA football altogether."

This isn’t the first time this subject has surfaced in the Faculty Senate. UMass’ time in the FBS was on a sort of experimental basis, which was supposed to be reassessed in three years. Now that that trial period has run its course and the Minutemen are embarking on Year Five, the Faculty Senate wants to broach whether the move to the FBS has been worthwhile and whether its sustainable in the future.

While past attempts to do away with college football have failed, the Faculty Senate might have some momentum on its side considering Idaho’s predicament. Like the Vandals, the Minutemen are without a conference after being pushed out of the MAC. UMass schedule to play as an independent for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. UMass has won just eight games during its four FBS years and has spent nearly $9 million to keep the program afloat.

Those costs will increase without the excess money that comes from a conference backing. Also, the team will struggle to find enough opponents to not only fill the schedule but also to come to Massachusetts to provide in-house revenue.

Idaho’s move to the FCS and ultimately the Big Sky Conference was out of necessity and sustainability. UMass will be facing a similar situation in the coming years if not already.

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 9:52 pm

Tennessee offensive lineman Charles Mosley, who was cited for DUI and speeding last July, had his case dismissed Thursday.

Mosley's attorney Steve Oberman told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the case was dismissed because the state failed to establish probable cause to arrest Mosley.

"The arresting officer believed he had sufficient grounds to arrest Mr. Mosley," Oberman told the News Sentinel. "The proof presented today in court was insufficient to send the case to the grand jury. ... Mr. Mosley and I are thrilled to have the case concluded in such a favorable fashion."

Mosley was pulled over on July 22 at 1:51 a.m. for allegedly driving 79 mph in a 55-mph zone.

The arresting officer said he smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle. Mosley said he had not been smoking, but that the friends he had been with earlier in the evening were.

Mosley failed a field sobriety test and the arresting officer said he found marijuana residue on the passenger side and in the backseat. Mosley submitted to a blood test, but that sample was not tested for alcohol.

Mosley faced internal discipline at the time, and subsequently appeared in 12 games last season as a backup at left guard.

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 7:39 pm

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami’s home opener may not be played at home.

According to the Miami Herald, scheduled upgrades to Sun Life Stadium are “running a few weeks behind schedule,” leading Hurricanes athletic director Blake James to look into some backup plans if the stadium is not ready for UM’s opener against Florida A&M on Sept. 3.

Miami could consider nearby FIU Stadium (capacity: 20,000) on Sept. 3 – two days after FIU opens its schedule at home against Indiana.

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Things could get a bit more complicated the following weekend if Sun Life is still not available. The Hurricanes are scheduled to host Florida Atlantic on Sept. 10. FIU hosts Maryland the night before, so FIU Stadium would likely be unavailable.

Another nearby stadium option is Marlins Park, home of MLB’s Miami Marlins. However, the Marlins host the Los Angeles Dodgers that night, so that would be off the table. That could potentially raise the possibility of just moving the game to FAU Stadium in nearby Boca Raton. In that instance, Miami would be in the awkward position of playing a “home” game against FAU at FAU’s stadium.

This is all hypothetical, of course. Sun Life Stadium is also home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. The franchise, per the Herald, expects the stadium to be good to go in time for its Aug. 25 preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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If that does not come to fruition, the Dolphins have a “top-secret contingency plan.” Miami, to its credit, is doing its due diligence so it’s not left scrambling.

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 6:57 pm

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)The NCAA will not ban satellite camps, after all.

Three weeks after the NCAA Division I Council voted to put an end to the practice, the Division I Board of Directors rescinded the ruling Thursday.

These camps – and the decision to ban them – have been a source of controversy. The NCAA previously prohibited programs from hosting camps more than 50 miles from their own campus, but several Big Ten coaching staffs, especially Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, took advantage of a loophole that allowed them to participate in camps (which were hosted by other schools) as guest coaches.

Many of these camps took place in the fertile recruiting grounds of the South. Predictably, coaches from the SEC and ACC – both of which banned its coaches from taking advantage of the loophole – were not happy. Both leagues presented proposals to alter the rule, and the ACC's version passed. 

The initial ruling closed this loophole, but it came with some unintended consequences, including limiting possible scholarship opportunities for some prospective student-athletes. Not only did the ruling ban coaches from participating in camps across the country, it also prevented coaches from smaller schools from coaching at camps held by Power Five schools.

The outcry prompted the NCAA to take a closer look at the issue.

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From the NCAA’s release:

The camps and clinics rule received widespread attention after its adoption, with supporters contending the rule would keep coaches on campus with current student-athletes and steer recruiting toward the scholastic environment. Detractors believe the camps provide opportunities for previously un-recruited student-athletes to be noticed by high-profile coaches and possibly receive scholarships.

The Board’s action means the camps and clinics rule currently legislated is in effect and football coaches may be employed at any camp that follows Division I camps and clinics rules.

In accordance with Thursday's decision, the Board of Directors hopes the Council will look at the "FBS recruiting environment," not only camps, from a broader view.

“The Board of Directors is interested in a holistic review of the football recruiting environment, and camps are a piece of that puzzle,” said Board of Directors chair Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina. “We share the Council’s interest in improving the camp environment, and we support the Council’s efforts to create a model that emphasizes the scholastic environment as an appropriate place for recruiting future student-athletes.”

Added Northwestern athletic director and Council chair Jim Phillips: “It’s clear that the membership has differing views on this subject, and the Council appreciates the Board’s insights into this important issue. This review will provide an opportunity to identify the most effective ways prospective student-athletes can have their academic and athletic credentials evaluated by schools across the country."

From the NCAA:

Historically, coaches used camps and clinics primarily to provide skill instruction to young people and generate revenue. Actual recruiting activities are prohibited at camps and clinics, and the events have not been subject to recruiting calendars. Over time, camps and clinics have increasingly been viewed as a recruiting tool.

Another factor that changed the way coaches use camps and clinics was a 2008 rule change prohibiting FBS coaches from evaluating prospective student-athletes during “live” nonscholastic football activities. Many think the rule was intended to reduce third-party influence in recruiting, but others believe it increased the pressure on coaches to use camps as a place to find future talent. Some coaches broaden their recruiting reach by working at camps held by other schools, including Football Championship Subdivision schools.

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The satellite camp ban was initially adopted following a vote from representatives from each FBS conference. The Big Ten was the only Power Five conference to vote against the ban, joining the AAC, MAC and Conference USA. On the other side, the SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12, Sun Belt and Mountain West all voted for the ban. 

In the weeks that followed that ruling, several people came out in opposition to the vote of their conference. Notably, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero "did not vote the way he was supposed to."

"We had 11 schools in our conference that wanted this looked at as we studied more comprehensively football recruiting issues – there's a variety of them – but in the meantime we'd prefer the status quo, which for us allows coaches to attend other camps in other markets," Scott said.

Guerrero said it was clear the ban would pass, so he voted for the proposal (the ACC's, not the SEC's) that was more favorable to the Pac-12's stance. 

Similarly, Texas State head coach Everett Whithers made it clear he is in favor of the camps, despite TSU athletic director Larry Teis voting for the ban on behalf of the Sun Belt Conference.

Moving forward, the Board of Directors says it hopes for "initial recommendations for improving the football recruiting environment" by Sept. 1, the deadline for legislative concepts which could be applied to the 2016-17 season.

And meanwhile, with the national ban off the table, expect a bunch of previously-scheduled camp arrangements to be announced. The SEC will be in that mix. In a statement expressing disappointment in the ruling, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said league coaches will be allowed to "engage" in camps this summer.

“While we are disappointed with the NCAA governance process result, we respect the Board of Directors’ decision and are confident SEC football programs will continue to be highly effective in their recruiting efforts,” Sankey said. 

“We continue to believe football recruiting is primarily an activity best-focused in high schools during the established recruiting calendar, which has provided opportunities for football prospective student-athletes from all across the country to obtain broad national access and exposure but with appropriate guidance from high school coaches, teachers and advisors that focuses on both their academic and athletic opportunities as they decide where they will play college football.

“SEC coaches will be allowed to engage in summer camps as a result of Conference legislation approved during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings.”

The ACC will also reportedly lift its ban. 

W/rule change ACC now said it's lifting its restrictions on satellite camps, allowing ACC coaches to be in line with NCAA regulations

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 28, 2016

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 6:08 pm

After losing its membership to the Sun Belt Conference, Idaho is dropping down a tier in college football.

The Vandals will start playing at the FCS level in 2018 as a member of the Big Sky Conference, the school confirmed Thursday.

“I understand the magnitude of this decision and the strong opinions that surround it, both for and against, but joining the Big Sky Conference is the best possible course for our athletics program and for our university,” Idaho president Chuck Staben said in a statement. “We have carefully weighed our options and concluded that competing as an independent with an extremely uncertain future conference affiliation would be irresponsible when we have the alternative of joining one of the most stable FCS conferences. The Big Sky allows us to renew traditional rivalries and offers our athletes the opportunity to excel, just as they do in our other Big Sky sports programs.”

Idaho's final season in the Sun Belt is in 2017 after the conference made the decision to play with 10 teams starting in 2018. New Mexico State also lost its membership to the conference along with Idaho.

”We are extremely motivated to compete in the Sun Belt for the next two years and then align with like institutions that make geographic sense in the Big Sky Conference that will provide our student-athletes with a quality experience,” said Idaho athletic director Rob Spear.

The Sun Belt was already a wacky geographical fit for the school because most of its members were in the southeastern part of the United States. With no openings in other FBS conferences, Idaho could have either gone independent or joined the Big Sky.

And going independent would have been a logistical nightmare and not very feasible. As an independent, Idaho would have had to schedule every game itself and getting teams to come to the Kibbie Dome without an exorbitant cost to the school would have been hard. Not to mention the lack of television revenue that comes with conference membership; there would not be a nationwide market for the rights to broadcast Idaho football games.

The Vandals are members of the Big Sky in all other sports and were previously part of the conference in football from 1965-1995 before moving up to FBS. Idaho also becomes the first team to drop out of FBS and into FCS football.

“We have two years to position our athletics department to best serve our students and provide the quality co-curricular benefits we expect from Vandal athletics,” Staben said. “We will be successful in the Big Sky Conference and will build a vibrant football culture that is an excellent front porch for our university.”

Idaho has games against FBS teams scheduled from 2018-2022. And as a member of FCS it can keep those games. However, its opponents – especially Power Five schools – may not want to keep the Vandals on the schedule, especially because of the College Football Playoff. Teams can only count one win against FCS schools for bowl eligibility.

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And as we saw last season with North Carolina, having two FCS teams on the schedule can be a serious schedule strength detriment. Despite having just one loss before the ACC Championship Game, North Carolina wasn't within sniffing distance of making the Playoff.

Here's Idaho's currently scheduled future non-conference opponents starting in 2018:

2018
Fresno State
Wyoming
Northern Illinois
Florida

2019
Penn State
Wyoming
San Jose State

2020
Temple
San Jose State
LSU

2021
San Jose State
Indiana

2022
San Jose State
Indiana
Old Dominion

The Sun Belt is currently an 11-team league with New Mexico State and Idaho, though that's about to change. Coastal Carolina is joining the league and the conference will play at 12 teams for two seasons before dropping down to 10.

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 5:17 pm

(USA Today Sports Images)Two Colorado football players have been indefinitely suspended from the team following arrests.

According to the Daily Camera, linebacker Nu’umoto Falo and running back Donald Gordon were arrested Thursday morning on charges of “second-degree burglary, theft between $2,000 and $4,999, drug possession and second-degree trespassing” for allegedly stealing from an on-campus dorm room. University police said the two have been accused of stealing “prescription drugs, laptops, video games and other electronics” earlier this month.

Both players are being held on bond as of Thursday morning.

CU head coach Mike MacIntyre is "disappointed" by the arrests, a program spokesman said in a statement. 

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Falo, a sophomore, appeared in seven games for the Buffs in 2015 and registered 17 tackles. Gordon redshirted the 2015 season and will be a redshirt freshman in 2016.

Falo and Gordon are the third and fourth CU players to be arrested this offseason. Defensive lineman Nathaniel “Blake” Robbins was arrested in March for allegedly assaulting two police officers who responded to a domestic dispute between Robbins and his girlfriend.

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Additionally, Samson Kafovalu, another defensive lineman, was arrested earlier this month for obstruction of a police officer.

Robbins was dismissed from the program while Kafovalu, a senior, remains suspended indefinitely.

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 4:22 pm

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Navy took a trip to the White House — again — and filmed the trip.

3 FB teams get to be honored by POTUS each year: Super Bowl, NCAA & CIC Champs. We've been 10 times in last 13 years https://t.co/4EIJBBgX0v

— Navy Football (@NavyFB) April 28, 2016

UAB added yet another running back to what is shaping up to be a very competitive backfield.

UAB adds Kansas State RB Kalin Heath, who redshirted last season. https://t.co/xGjBJkrWDW

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The NCAA’s Board of Governors has adopted a new requirement for championship bids.

Board of Governors adopts new requirement to championship bid process to protect against discrimination: https://t.co/6HOhI8LH3Y

— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) April 27, 2016

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to that one time when Donald Trump tried to announce Texas Tech players.

In case y'all had forgotten this bit in which the Donald introduced Tech starters. Well, two of them, anyway: https://t.co/a0sCkn9Pt0

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Posted: April 28, 2016, 1:24 am

Dak Prescott left a mark on Mississippi State not only on the football field — and in the record books — but also on the fans of the Bulldogs program.

So in appreciation for Prescott’s time with the program, the school released a video called “A Letter to Dak,” which thanks the former Bulldogs quarterback for his contributions to Starkville as he embarks on an NFL career.

I’m not tearing. You’re tearing up!

The video includes kind words from Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, university president Mark Keenum and several MSU fans.

Prescott time in Stakville was a memorable one. He was just the second Mississippi State quarterback to earn back-to-back All-SEC First-Team honors. He set 38 records with the Bulldogs while throwing for 9,376 yards and 70 touchdowns. He also rushed for 2,521 yards and 41 scores.

Prescott also led the Bulldogs to their high two-year win total in program history.

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Posted: April 27, 2016, 11:16 pm

Colorado's coach is still publicly confident former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb will be a member of his team in 2016.

Webb previously announced he was heading to Colorado in January. As a graduate transfer, he's eligible to play immediately. And that immediate eligibility has made him a hot commodity. Webb has visited other schools who would like to secure his services for the upcoming season.

He's taking visits to other schools because the financial aid agreement he's signed with Colorado isn't binding.

“I talk to Davis Webb basically every day, almost every night,” MacIntyre said via BuffStampede.com. “He has told me every time he is definitely coming to Colorado. I don't have any other reason to think why he wouldn't.

“I just don't like the rule. He signed a financial aid agreement with us but everybody else can still recruit him and badger him and try to manipulate him, which I do not agree with. I think that is wrong, but that is the way the rule is. But I believe he will still be here at Colorado.”

Webb reportedly visited Cal, where he could replace Jared Goff if he transferred there. He's also reportedly visited Auburn; both Jeremy Johnson and Sean White saw time at quarterback for the Tigers in 2015. Webb would (likely) start for Colorado in 2016 because Sefo Liufau is out for the season with a foot injury.

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Webb is transferring from Texas Tech because Patrick Mahomes is now the entrenched starter for the Red Raiders. Mahomes was the full-time starter throughout the 2015 season after taking over for the final part of 2014.

Webb was the Holiday Bowl MVP in 2013 when Texas Tech beat Arizona State. His transfer means that he's the third notable quarterback from Tech's 2013 roster to transfer. Baker Mayfield, who opened the season as the starter, is now Oklahoma's quarterback and Michael Brewer transferred to Virginia Tech.

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Posted: April 27, 2016, 3:11 pm

Hawaii defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii was arrested Monday, his second April arrest.

The second arrest is on a charge of criminal property damage. He was arrested earlier this month on counts of domestic abuse, harrassment and resisting arrest. From KHON 2:

The criminal property damage charge stems from an incident that happened in March, before his first arrest, that was apparently just reported. HPD says Tulimasealii turned himself in and was booked just after 6 p.m.

Sources tell us Tulimasealii and his ex-girlfriend were in a car that was parked near the Hale Aloha Ilima dormitory at UH Manoa when the two started arguing. He then started punching the dashboard, damaging the radio and navigation instruments in the car. Police records show the total damage was more than $1,500.

Tulimasealii, along with Ka'aumoana Gifford, was suspended from the team following his first arrest. Gifford was arrested on the same charges Tulimasealii was.

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A spokesperson for Hawaii said the there had been no change in Tulimasealii's standing with the team and it would wait for the legal proceedings to go forward before it addressed his status.

Tulimasealii was one of Hawaii's best defensive players in 2015. He had 63 tackles and 18.5 tackles for a loss. He also had 3.5 sacks and led the team in both sacks and TFL.

had 63 tackles and 18.5 tackles for loss in 2015. His 63 tackles were good for fifth on the team and he was the team's leader in tackles for loss. His 3.5 sacks also led the team. He also had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

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Posted: April 27, 2016, 2:30 pm

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We're about to find out where five-star wide receiver recruit Demetris Robertson is going to play college football.

5-star WR Demetris Robertson will make his college announcement at 1 p.m. ET Sunday: https://t.co/DwEVQ07ud3

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

Robertson has reportedly delayed his decision to raise his SAT score to get in to Stanford. However, according to Rivals, Stanford is not one of his finalists. He's believed to be considering Georgia, Georgia Tech, Cal, Alabama and Notre Dame. He's reportedly signed financial aid agreements with the first three.

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Here's what the field looked like before and after Kenny Chesney's concert at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Before/after pic.twitter.com/yVho8BRf1y

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Miami and Florida's 2019 season-opener is now official.

It’s official: Florida and Miami will meet to open the 2019 season at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The teams last played in 2013.

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Posted: April 26, 2016, 11:12 pm

Eastern Michigan issued an open letter response to the student and faculty recommendation that the school cease to play in the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football's top level.

And the Eagles have no plans on going anywhere.

In the past several days, there has been considerable media coverage of reports that indicate that Eastern Michigan University is considering eliminating football, or reducing support for football by dropping down to a lower division of the NCAA and by dropping out of the Mid-American Conference. These reports are not based on any solid factual information. We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference.

We are pleased to be a member of an outstanding conference, the Mid-American Conference, where all of our sports and our talented student athletes have the opportunity to compete at the highest levels with neighboring institutions in the Midwest. Any headlines or claims that Eastern is considering dropping football, or reducing our support of the program in any way, are false.

The letter goes on to say the school was completely supportive of the athletic department, fundraising was up $430,000 year-to-date from last year and that "We will remain proud members of the Mid-American Conference football family for a long, long time."

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The faculty and student plan was pitched to the university's board of regents on Friday. The report presented to the board said athletic expenses were at $33 million in 2015 while revenue was at $7 million.

The school was also part of an HBO Real Sports report on the financial situations of athletic departments and how they can affect the school at large.

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Posted: April 26, 2016, 10:54 pm

Virginia Tech has suspended two defensive players indefinitely.

The team announced the suspensions of cornerback Adonis Alexander and defensive end Houshun Gaines on Tuesday with no reason given. According to the Roanoke Times, arrest records indicate both players were caught possessing marijuana.

From the Times:

Alexander, 19, and Gaines, 18, were issued summons for possession of marijuana at 2:31 a.m. Sunday, hours after Virginia Tech concluded its spring game. The offense location was at Union Bank on North Franklin in downtown Blacksburg.

Gaines, whose summons said he had a blood alcohol content of .058, was also charged with underage possession/purchase of alcohol.

All of the charges are misdemeanors. Neither player was booked. Both are scheduled to appear in Montgomery County General District Court in Christiansburg on June 27 at 8:30 a.m.

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Alexander is in line to start for Virginia Tech in 2016. He played an important role for the Hokies defense in the absence of Kendall Fuller in 2015. Fuller, a likely early choice in the NFL draft that starts this weekend, was sidelined with a knee injury after playing just three games. Alexander had 55 tackles and four interceptions in 2015. He appeared in 12 games and made eight starts.

Gaines redshirted in 2015 and is expected to get significant playing time in 2016.

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Posted: April 26, 2016, 8:11 pm

A member of Louisiana Tech's 2016 recruiting class has been arrested as part of an armed robbery investigation.

According to Pine Bluff police, David Beasley is one of four people accused of an armed robbery that involved a shooting early Saturday morning. Beasley and the three others appeared in court on Monday and face a charge of aggravated robbery and a charge of first-degree battery. Both charges are felonies. One of the other men was also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon.

From the Pine Bluff Commercial:

According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told police he had met an acquaintance behind a store at University Drive and Collegiate Drive “to smoke a blunt” (a cigar with marijuana in it), and once he got there, the driver and passenger in another car, a black Dodge, tried to rob him.

The alleged victim told police that the driver of the car pulled a gun on him and tried to force him into the vehicle. He said they took his money and a backpack before he was able to break away and the driver of the car shot him.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that the alleged victim also told police he could hear a passenger in the back seat yelling “get him, don’t let him get away” before the alleged victim took off running and was shot, then collapsed in the middle of the street.

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The car was pulled over shortly after the shooting after running a stop sign. A backpack was allegedly found in the car with a gun, pot and money. Beasley was the driver of the car, according to police, and was identified out of a lineup as the shooter by the alleged victim. From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Walker's friend, Kiyon Johnson, told police that he "saw a scuffle involving Walker and heard Walker yell then he heard a gunshot," according to the affidavit. Walker described the shooter as a "tall, light-skinned black male with long dreads." He later picked Beasley from a photo lineup as being the man who shot him.

According to the Commercial, the condition of the alleged victim is unknown. He was taken to a hospital after the shooting.

Beasley was a three-star safety in the class of 2016 according to Rivals. He was listed as the No. 8 prospect in the state of Arkansas. A spokesperson for Louisiana Tech told the Democrat-Gazette the school was aware of the incident and was looking into it.

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Posted: April 26, 2016, 5:14 pm

Was Baylor notified by the Waco Police Department of a 2013 assault allegation against former defensive end Shawn Oakman?

Per a Waco PD spokesperson to the Waco Tribune, there is "no indication" that the department told the school about a police report involving Oakman and the alleged victim. Oakman is accused of shoving a woman into walls and cabinets at her apartment in January of 2013.

However, the spokesperson said that if the police told the university, it may not be logged in the incident report anyway. From the Tribune:

Swanton said there is no indication that a Waco police officer notified any Baylor employee about the incident report. Swanton also said if an officer had contacted Baylor, it would not necessarily be included in the report. He said there is no requirement for Waco police to notify any Baylor employee when a student or student-athlete is named in any police report.

“Some of the officers have different working relationships with some of the Baylor folks and will pass things along from time to time,” Swanton said. “Sometimes we share information on cases that involve their students, and sometimes we don’t. There’s no reason why we do or don’t, and again, there’s no formal policy and requirement or law that says we have to.”

Oakman was arrested earlier in April regarding accusations of sexual assault. The 2013 incident allegedly stemmed from comments from another woman on the alleged victim's Instagram posts. 

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The alleged victim told police she did not want to press charges. The report notes bruising on her arms and a swollen lip. The Tribune notes that Baylor officials have not responded to requests for comment regarding their knowledge of the 2013 accusations against Oakman.

Two former Baylor players – Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu – are currently incarcerated after being found guilty on rape charges. An Outside the Lines report earlier in April detailed sexual assault allegations against two former members of the Baylor football team including tight end Tre'Von Armstead.

Armstead was dismissed from the team in September for what was termed a violation of team rules. According to the OTL report, the dismissal came at the same time a Title IX investigation into the accusations started.

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Posted: April 26, 2016, 2:53 pm

New Mexico tight end Michael Walsh was arrested over the weekend on a charge of aggravated DWI.

Per the Albuquerque Journal, Walsh was arrested Saturday night and additionally cited for not having his registration, no proof of insurance and for blocking traffic.

According to police, Walsh was approached after the white Ford SUV he was driving sat through multiple light cycles at the I-40/Juan Tabo exit ramp. He was found asleep or unconscious in the driver’s seat, police said. Upon awakening, he exhibited a strong smell of alcohol and acknowledged he had been drinking.

Walsh originally refused a breathalyzer test, according to the complaint, but later provided two samples at or above twice the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08 percent.

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He was released Sunday morning. New Mexico coach Bob Davie told the Journal that the school was in the process of gathering information "But there will be some penalty. Obviously it's a very serious situation."

Walsh transferred to New Mexico before the 2014 season and is set to be a senior in 2016. He was a walk on wide receiver when he transferred and played tight end and special teams in 2015 after he was awarded a scholarship in the fall.

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Posted: April 26, 2016, 1:01 pm

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One of the bigger bits of news of the day was the NCAA Notice of Allegations received by North Carolina. It was somewhat of a surprise to see no mentions of the football program in it. 

UNC's amended Notice of Allegations is out. It can be found right here: https://t.co/BFF6fQnUqi

— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) April 25, 2016

Quick skim of the amended North Carolina NOA suggests there's not a whole different than last May. No specific mention of football or MBB.

— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) April 25, 2016

The NCAA has removed all references to the men’s basketball and football programs in #UNC’s amended notice of allegations.

— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) April 25, 2016

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Welcome to Twitter, Bill Snyder!

Hey, @CoachBillSnyder is on Twitter. He’s 76 years old. This should be fun.

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) April 25, 2016

So very proud of the young men in our program for their effort and commitment to improve during the off season & throughout spring practice.

— Bill Snyder (@CoachBillSnyder) April 25, 2016

UAB Athletics received a nice donation.

Medical Properties Trust announces $500,000 commitment to UAB Athletic Foundation https://t.co/xwu0JpmuK1

— Drew Champlin (@DrewChamplin) April 25, 2016

Former Oregon QB Vernon Adams appeared on The Dan Patrick Show. The NFL prospect did not lack confidence, especially when comparing himself to projected No. 1 pick Jared Goff.

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"There's nothing that he’s doing that I can’t do." - @vadams_qb on Jared Goff ...
https://t.co/itemNNmEJo pic.twitter.com/HVtrIFGw5b

— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) April 25, 2016

After four years playing minor league baseball, D'Vone McClure has decided to give college football a shot. He will join Arkansas as a walk-on and is expected to play receiver.

#Arkansas adds former MLB player to football roster. Cleveland Indians will pay for his college. Good addition. https://t.co/o2pwAsbvKP

— Danny West (@DannyWest1) April 25, 2016

A Western Kentucky early enrollee ran into some trouble over the weekend.

WKU RB Quinton Baker was arrested on multiple charges over the weekend, including DUI and possession of marijuana: https://t.co/m5p5dlTE3P

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) April 25, 2016

Michigan, specifically tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, got creative on social media and paid homage to the new Drake album.

Whose "Views from the 6" cover is better? @Drake or @JayHarbaugh? https://t.co/A1qLP9urLh pic.twitter.com/YW1dNQWH14

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) April 25, 2016

Boise State got in on the act as well.

#VIEWS from The Blue #ATF17 🔷🔹🐴🔸🔶 pic.twitter.com/PzDLKX3EZG

— Boise State Recruits (@BSURecruits) April 25, 2016

Baylor's Rico Gathers is trying to follow the Antonio Gates path by going from basketball forward to tight end.

Stats from #Baylor F/TE Rico Gathers' Pro Day: 6-6, 273 LBs. 4.75-4.85 40-yard dash. 9'7" broad jump. 4.56 short shuttle.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2016

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Posted: April 26, 2016, 12:56 am

NCAA president Mark Emmert. (AP)The debate about satellite camps has reportedly reached the federal level.

According to a report from USA Today, the United States Department of Justice “has begun an informal inquiry” into the camps, which were banned via a vote from the NCAA’s Division I Council on April 8. Representatives from the DOJ have reached out to “coaches, conference commissioners and college administrators,” the report says.

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From USA Today:

The DOJ's interest, according to one of the people who spoke to USA TODAY Sports, is based on whether an NCAA ban of satellite camps — a term used to describe off-campus coaching clinics attended by prospective student-athletes — could jeopardize or lessen opportunities for youth players to be seen or have access to college football coaches.

Some coaches – Jim Harbaugh from Michigan, most notably – used the camps to extend their recruiting footprint into different parts of the country, mainly the South. The decision to ban the practice had some unintended consequences, however. Coaches from smaller schools are no longer allowed to attend camps hosted by Power Five programs. This can limit opportunities for exposure and potential scholarship offers for some prospective student-athletes.

The vote, which came via conference representatives, passed 10-5 (a Power Five league vote was worth two) in favor of the ban.

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The Big Ten was the only Power Five conference to vote against the ban, but Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told reporters last week that 11 schools from his conference were not in favor of the ban. Despite this UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, who represented the league, voted to ban the camps because he thought it would pass no matter the Pac-12’s vote. Because of this, Guerrero said he voted in favor of the ACC’s proposal to ban the camps (as opposed to the SEC’s version of legislature) because it believed it’d best benefit the Pac-12. 

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Posted: April 25, 2016, 10:57 pm

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Kurt Benkert is leaving East Carolina.

The program announced Monday that Benkert, a junior quarterback, has decided to pursue a graduate transfer once he earns his degree. According to a release from the program, Benkert is on track to graduate with a degree in business administration in May.

"I am saddened to announce that I am transferring from East Carolina University," Benkert said. "I am very blessed for the opportunity that ECU has given me in obtaining my degree, and am forever thankful for the support from such great coaches, teammates, faculty and fans. This was a very tough decision that came from a lot of sleepless nights and conversations from those close to me. With that being said, I feel it is in my best interest to explore other options for graduate school. Thank you again Pirate Nation for the support throughout the last three years, it was never unnoticed and I will forever be grateful for it." 

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Benkert was named ECU’s starting quarterback during preseason practice last August, but tore his ACL a week later and missed the entire season. After rehabbing the knee, Benkert competed with senior Philip Nelson this spring for the starting role under new head coach Scottie Montgomery. Blake Kemp, who started for ECU after Benkert was injured, left the program in January.

"While it was initially disappointing to hear, our immediate focus needs to remain on Pirates who want to be Pirates," Montgomery said. "We had a very competitive spring at many positions and the objective is for that energy, work ethic and ambition to continue throughout the summer and into preseason camp. I am impressed by the leadership we currently have in place on this team and my confidence in those young men grows on a daily basis."

A starter had yet to be named, but Benkert, who appeared in three games as Shane Carden's backup in 2014, still decided to move on from ECU. The decision essentially paves the way for Nelson, who landed at ECU after leaving Minnesota and being dismissed by Rutgers, to assume the No. 1 QB role.

The two alternated reps with the first-team offense during last weekend's spring game with Nelson completing 13-of-24 passes for 231 yards and Benkert going 12-of-25 for 216 yards and a touchdown. 

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At Minnesota, Nelson threw for 2,179 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for 548 yards and another six scores. After the 2013 season, he decided to transfer to Rutgers in order to play in a more pro-style system, but his stint with the Scarlet Knights was short-lived after a May 2014 felony assault arrest

Nelson eventually pleaded guilty to fifth-degree assault and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

As for Benkert, he has two years of eligibility remaining and can compete immediately at his next institution. 

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Posted: April 25, 2016, 9:34 pm

Five-year-old Tennessee fan A.J. Cucksey was surprised with a Vols-themed bedroom over the weekend, and UT quarterback Josh Dobbs was there to welcome him to his redesigned room.

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What an amazing day helping @PrayersforAJ receive his Special Spaces room makeover! A huge thank you @CBWW_Realtors pic.twitter.com/X0yt3AHmYw

— Special Spaces (@SpecialSpacesUS) April 24, 2016

A.J., who is battling an inoperable brain tumor, was the recipient of the generosity of Special Spaces, a non-profit organization that provides room makeovers for children with life-threatening illnesses. And in addition to the bedroom, Special Spaces also outfitted a new playroom for A.J. and his sister Gia.

A.J. was pumped.

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A.J. was especially excited to see Dobbs, who, per WVLT, he first met a few years ago.

This boy has an inoperable brain tumor.@josh_dobbs1 @SpecialSpacesUS did something pretty cool for him. Watch at 11. pic.twitter.com/FNy5kjaGRe

— Casey Wheeless (@WVLTCasey) April 24, 2016

@SpecialSpacesUS this one should have the sound fixed!! pic.twitter.com/uAMW4q8khp

— Steve Winfree (@KnoxSportsGuy) April 24, 2016

And to cap off the visit, A.J. joined Dobbs for a rendition of Rocky Top.

@WVLTCasey Here is a video I took today of Aj singing Rocky Top to Josh Dobbs. Thought you might want to see it :-) pic.twitter.com/7srV4ZhRis

— Steve Winfree (@KnoxSportsGuy) April 24, 2016

Well done.

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Posted: April 25, 2016, 8:38 pm

Eastern Michigan students and faculty have issued a report that urges the school to drop out of Division I and find another level of collegiate athletics in an effort to save money.

"Culturally and geographically, EMU football will simply never succeed from an attendance and financial standpoint," faculty member Howard Bunsis said in a presentation to the Board of Regents on Friday. "It is a losing proposition — always has been, and always will be. We hardly raise any money for football, and our attendance is the lowest in the country. Some of you believe that we are close to succeeding, if we just throw more money at the situation. This proposition is insane.

"This has nothing to do with our performance on the field, or the quality of our coaches. Our coaches are good people and dedicated professionals. They are fighting a losing battle that cannot be won. Each and every one of you needs to reassess why you are here; if you have any sense of what is right for EMU, you will drop EMU from Division I football as soon as possible. How can you sit there and justify throwing millions of dollars away?"

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The report, which Bunsis helped prepare, said each Eastern Michigan student paid $917 out of pocket to support athletics and saw little to no return on their investment. EMU doesn’t make enough money to cover its costs because students don’t attend contests and several of the programs aren’t successful. The EMU football program hasn’t had a winning season since 1995.

According to the report, Eastern Michigan’s athletic spending has increased over the past 10 years from around $20 million in 2005 to more than $33 million in 2015 while athletic revenues have declined from around $10 million to almost $7 million.

The report to the Board of Regents came out almost the same time as HBO’s Real Sports' story regarding athletic departments financially gutting academics. The two schools profiled in the piece were Eastern Michigan and Rutgers.

The report issued by EMU funding doesn’t say it wants the school to get out of athletics altogether, but proposes moving down to Division II in football and the Horizon League in basketball.

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However, Eastern Michigan isn’t ready to entertain that idea. In a statement via the school’s athletic website, the athletic department stands by its decision to remain among Division I programs.

Participating in Division 1 Athletics is a substantial financial investment – not only at Eastern, but also at every university that offers a Division 1 program. It is an investment we are committed to because of the benefits Athletics provides our institution and students. At the same time, the University is committed to an ongoing evaluation of the best possible use of resources in all operating areas, including Athletics.

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Posted: April 25, 2016, 7:04 pm

Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was accused of assault by an ex-girlfriend in 2013, according to a report from Rivals’ Alex Dunlap.

The police report states Oakman was accused of grabbing the alleged victim, shoving her into a wall and other various things.

The alleged victim declined to press charges. However, Dunlap asserts the school knew about the incident, but declined to discipline Oakman.

Shawn Oakman 2013 Incident Report page 1 #BaylorScandal pic.twitter.com/1m7j5pj27Y

— Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) April 25, 2016

Shawn Oakman 2013 Incident Report Page 2: #BaylorSCANDAL pic.twitter.com/N5ZRqiWelF

— Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) April 25, 2016

Shawn Oakman 2013 Incident Report Page 3 #BaylorScandal pic.twitter.com/Yrp4McNh1X

— Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) April 25, 2016

Oakman was arrested earlier this month for an alleged assault against a female Baylor student after the two left a nightclub.

Baylor has been under immense scrutiny lately about their handling of sexual assaults involving student athletes. Two other players were investigated for sexual assualt in 2013 adn the school wait until 2015 to investigate. Two former Baylor football players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, were convicted of sexual assault in the past two years yet the school didn;t disclose the assault claims.

Elliott was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2014, and Ukwuachu was sentenced to 10 years felony probation and 180 days in county jail last August.

Baylor also is in the midst of a Title IX case brought by Elliott’s victim, who stated the school was "indifferent to her report of sexual assault and knew of Elliott's proclivity toward violence against women."

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Posted: April 25, 2016, 5:51 pm

Former Pittsburgh quarterback Chad Voytik has transferred to FCS Eastern Kentucky.

Voytik announced his plans to transfer at the end of last season. He will graduate from Pitt this month and will be eligible to play immediately.

Voytik told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he chose Eastern Kentucky because of his relationship with offensive coordinator Angelo Mirando, who was Mississippi State’s receivers’ coach when the Bulldogs recruited Voytik out of high school.

Voytik started all three games for the Panthers in 2014 before losing his starting job to Nathan Peterman after two games in 2015.

Voytik completed 61 percent of his passes in 2014 for 2,233 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 466 yards and three touchdowns.

In 2015, Voytik completed 16 of 24 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He had 37 yards and a score on the ground.

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Posted: April 25, 2016, 5:42 pm

Georgia defensive back Juwuan Briscoe spent part of his Saturday night arrested.

According to jail records, Briscoe was arrested by UGA's police department on two misdemeanor traffic charges. He was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. for not having a license and not wearing his seatbelt. Both charges had a bond of $500 and Briscoe was released from custody approximately an hour after his arrest according to the jail site.

Briscoe, a freshman in 2015, had two starts with six tackles and two pass breakups last season. He made his first start against Florida and also had seven other appearances. He's considered a possible starter for the Bulldogs in 2016.

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Briscoe was a four-star recruit in the class of 2015 according to Rivals. The site had him listed as the No. 29 cornerback in the country and the No. 7 recruit in the state of Maryland.

He's also the third Georgia player arrested this month. Freshman defensive Julian Rochester and freshman cornerback Chad Clay were arrested less than two weeks ago for allegedly shooting a BB gun in their dorm room. Jonathan Ledbetter, another defensive lineman, was arrested in March for alcohol possession and having a false ID. He's been suspended for the first game of the season.

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Posted: April 24, 2016, 3:51 pm

Miamis Mark Walton celebrates his touchdown as snow falls during the fourth quarter of the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Victor Calzada)Miami running back Mark Walton has been suspended from the team following an arrest early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Walton, 19, was the first-team running back for the Hurricanes during the spring game.

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According to the Associated Press, other charges against Walton are pending, including an investigation into impersonating a law enforcement officer, which is a third-degree felony in Florida.

"We are aware of the situation regarding Mark Walton and we have taken immediate action by suspending him from the team," Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. "We have no further comment at the time."

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Walton, a rising sophomore, had 1,054 all-purpose yards for the Hurricanes last season. He led the team with 10 total touchdowns and was second on the team with 450 rushing yards and fifth with 293 receiving yards.

He had 10 carries for 56 yards in Miami’s spring game.

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Posted: April 23, 2016, 8:46 pm

A group of USC offensive linemen found themselves stuck in an elevator Friday night following a dinner with their offensive line coach in Redondo Beach, California.

Offensive tackle Zach Banner and seven of his offensive-line friends decided to cram into an elevator that was weight-tested for 2,500.

Banner told ESPN the group probably exceeded that weight limit by about 700 pounds.

So it was no surprise that when the elevator started to descend from the fifth floor, it abruptly stopped suspended between the fifth and four floors.

What did Banner do? He decided to hilariously document the entire ordeal on Twitter.

We Are Stuck on the elevator.... pic.twitter.com/mfykPPtxUJ

— Zach Banner (@zachbanner73) April 23, 2016

The fire department did show up with drinks and snacks, but as the rescue effort dragged on and the temperature in the elevator began to rise, panic started to set in.

Fireman are but aren't helping much pic.twitter.com/eyD7JwHzBH

— Zach Banner (@zachbanner73) April 23, 2016

Please someone help😂😂😂! pic.twitter.com/p3bNBfdWLU

— Zach Banner (@zachbanner73) April 23, 2016

And then tears turned into a rap (as they often do).

@espn USC Oline stuck in the elevator so we made "The Elevator Rap" pic.twitter.com/Rf1hAmB4cS

— Zach Banner (@zachbanner73) April 23, 2016

Overall, the eight players who were stuck in the elevator for about an hour were ultimately freed.

We made it out

— Zach Banner (@zachbanner73) April 23, 2016

Not gonna lie, these players handled a crowded and hot situation with humor and grace. Not a claustrophobic guy in the bunch, apparently. Not sure many other people would have handled it as well.

And let’s all be thankful there were no bystanders in that elevator with them.

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Posted: April 23, 2016, 3:34 pm

A group of University of Houston players donated 24 cases of water to help flood victims in need.

Junior offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers and his girlfriend spearheaded the effort after classes were cancelled for the second consecutive day due to severe storms that caused massive flooding throughout the area. Rodgers called some of his teammates and asked if they’d be willing to donate a little money to help buy water.

In the end, 13 players chipped in.

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"It wasn't a lot of money, like maybe 10 bucks a person at least,” Rodgers told SB Nation.

Eight players, including quarterback Greg Ward, bought the water at local grocery stores and delivered it to the campus alumni center. Houston athletic officials were not aware of the player-led effort until the water started showing up.

Proud of our players who took it upon themselves to rally around the HTown community in a time of need! #CoogStrong pic.twitter.com/gXybDIgRte

— #HTownTakeover (@UHCougarFB) April 19, 2016

Most of Houston’s players were not affected by the storms because they either live near or on campus. The majority of the floodwaters have occurred in the north and west areas of the city.

Rodgers, a native of Maryland, has only been in Houston since February, but still felt a drive to help.

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"We get snow in Maryland, that's about it," Rodgers told SB Nation. "But you never know when you're going to be the person who needs help. If I was just a regular person who moved here a few months ago and this flood happened to me, I would want someone to come help. We just figured it was a good thing to do."

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Posted: April 23, 2016, 3:11 pm

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Former Tennessee coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin had some fun on the interstate today.

#RTR16 pic.twitter.com/1ryhIZMSY0

— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) April 22, 2016

Arkansas got warmed up to Prince after news of the artist's death on Thursday.

First 4️⃣ songs of practice today were Prince songs ⤵️

✅1999
✅Purple Rain
✅Kiss (@OLINEPRIDE fav)
✅Raspberry Beret pic.twitter.com/C7tLD6C8xd

— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) April 22, 2016

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Kansas State AD John Currie got an extension.

Kansas State announces that AD John Currie has agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2022. https://t.co/eEU8eelEg9

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

Former Auburn RB Cadillac Williams has a new job.

Former #Auburn star Cadillac Williams will become a grad assistant RB coach at D2 power West Georgia.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 22, 2016

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Posted: April 22, 2016, 11:12 pm

The University of Tennessee will no longer be receiving phone calls deemed "courtesy calls" from the Knoxville Police Department.

Per a statement released Friday afternoon, the police department is ending the practice, which came to light when facts regarding the investigations into rape accusations by Tennessee football players went public. In the initial hours after ex-players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams were accused of rape in November 2014, Knoxville's police chief communicated with Tennessee coach Butch Jones four times via phone.

From the Knoxville News Sentinel:

"After reviewing our long-standing practice of courtesy notifications to the University of Tennessee administration of incidents involving UT students, it is clear that no investigations were compromised or improper information provided," Rausch said in a prepared statement released Friday.

"But in the interest of transparency and to alleviate any appearance of conflict of interest, we have changed the previous practice, to ensure that investigators focus without hindrance on finding the facts and bringing justice to victims of crime.

"Going forward, in any incident involving a student at the University, KPD will make formal notification only to UT law enforcement, as required by state law and as part of our ongoing interdepartmental cooperation."

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The statement comes after the police department had declined requests for interview by the News Sentinel regarding the practice of calling coaches. The Knox County District Attorney's office had said it was against the practice and the calls may have violated state law.

Johnson and WIlliams were suspended indefinitely after the allegations. They could face trial this summer.

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Posted: April 22, 2016, 10:53 pm

Cal is switching from Nike to Under Armour uniforms after 2016.

The school announced a 10-year $86 million deal with the school Friday. It goes into effect on July 1, 2017. Perhaps we can expect some loud uniforms from Cal in the future?

UC Berkeley is one of the world’s top universities and a standard bearer for academic excellence and athletic achievement," Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said in a statement. "We share a mutual commitment to relentless innovation and believe we have found a perfect partner in the university. It's an honor to bring our mission for making athletes better to the Golden Bears. We look forward to collaborating with Cal Athletics and the entire campus for betterment in fitness, wellness, charitable and professional development in ways never done before by an apparel and footwear partner."

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In addition to providing uniforms for Cal's sports teams, Under Armour will "also connect directly with the broader campus community by providing student internships, employment opportunities for UC Berkeley graduates, charitable partnerships and exclusive product discounts for campus departments" among other facets of the deal.

According to Under Armour, Cal is the 34th Division I school to sign with the apparel company and it's also the second Pac-12 team. Utah also has an agreement with Under Armour. Under Armour had reportedly bid for Texas' new apparel contract but the Longhorns re-upped with Nike.

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Posted: April 22, 2016, 7:47 pm

(AP Photo/Young Kwak)BYU is adding size to its defensive line – a whole lot of it.

The school announced Friday that Corbin Kaufusi, a 6-foot-10, 255-pound center for the basketball team, will join the football team. Kaufusi is the son of BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi and the brother of Bronson Kaufusi, who played defensive end for the Cougars from 2012-2015. Bronson had 64 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior and is expected to be an early or mid-round selection in next week’s NFL Draft.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play football at BYU,” Kaufusi said. “I’m really excited about what is happening with football. I’m looking forward to being coached by my dad and learning from him and my teammates. I’m grateful for the support of the basketball coaches as I pursue this opportunity.”

Corbin Kaufusi will “work out with both teams” during the summer before transitioning to football full-time for preseason camp. When the football season ends, he will rejoin the basketball team.

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Kaufusi actually signed with BYU as a football player out of high school, but ended up joining the basketball team instead when he returned from a two-year Mormon mission in 2014. On the basketball court, Kaufusi had played in 70 games, starting 36, over the past two seasons. He averaged 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61.2 percent last season.

“We’re excited to welcome Corbin to the football program,” head coach Kalani Sitake said. “He’s a versatile athlete with great size, and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop his abilities both on the football field and the basketball court here at BYU.”

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Kaufusi, who was a second-team all-state selection as a senior at Timpview High School in Provo, will have sophomore eligibility for the football team in 2016. 

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Posted: April 22, 2016, 6:11 pm

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Hardy Nickerson is headed to the Big Ten.

Nickerson, Cal’s leading tackler in 2015, announced Thursday that he will transfer to Illinois after he graduates in the summer. At Illinois, he will join his father, Hardy Nickerson Sr., who was hired as the Illini’s defensive coordinator by new head coach Lovie Smith.

As a graduate transfer, the younger Nickerson, a linebacker, will be able to suit up immediately for the Illini in 2016.

"After much thought, prayer and numerous discussions with my parents, I have decided to graduate from Cal and pursue a post-graduate degree at the University of Illinois in the fall," Nickerson said on Twitter. "A most unique opportunity presented itself when my father joined the Illinois football staff as their new defensive coordinator just last month. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play my final year of college football for my father and head coach Lovie Smith and it is an opportunity that I simply cannot pass up."

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Nickerson played in 35 games, including 27 starts, for Cal over the past three seasons. He totaled 246 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception during that span, including a team-leading 112 tackles in 2015. Nickerson redshirted in 2012 after playing his final two seasons of high school football at Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland, where Hardy Sr., a Cal Athletics Hall of Fame member and 16-year NFL veteran, was head coach.

“This is a unique situation where Hardy has an opportunity to play his final season of college football for his father,” Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said. “The Nickerson family is extremely tight-knit and this is something that is only happening because of their tremendous family relationship. We hate to lose Hardy for next season but wish him, his father and their entire family the best. Hardy has been a tremendous representative of our university, our football program and the Cal community both on and off the field for the past four years.”

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Added Nickerson Jr.: “I would like to thank coach Dykes and the entire coaching staff, trainers, administrative and operations staff, academic support, coach Tedford, who recruited me, Cal Athletics, and all of the alumni and fans who have given me the utmost support and inspiration. But most importantly, I want to thank my teammates, who are my family and who I will miss tremendously. My teammates are an extension of myself. We’ve been through an awful lot together and I will never forget all of the experiences that we have shared. It has been an honor to be a part of the Cal football family and I wish the team much success in the future. Go Bears!”

For Illinois, the addition of Nickerson Jr. fills the hole left when T.J. Neal decided to pursue a graduate transfer of his own. Neal, who compiled 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and two sacks for the Illini last season, landed at Auburn.

"It's a unique and exciting situation for the Nickerson family," said Smith. "Hardy is a tremendous leader and his outstanding work ethic will help the young players on our team. I'm very happy that he will get the chance to play for Coach Nickerson in his final season as a college player.”

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Posted: April 22, 2016, 2:42 pm

(Bernard Thomas/The Herald-Sun via AP)North Carolina is going with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback.

Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora announced Friday morning that Trubisky, a junior, will start under center when UNC opens its season against Georgia on Sept. 3.

"I thought Mitch did a good job this spring and didn't just assume he was going to be the starter. He worked extremely hard and earned it," Fedora said in a release. "We always want to have competition at every position. Mitch is the QB with the most experience returning, but he worked hard this spring, competed every day and deserves to be the starter."

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Trubisky replaces Marquise Williams, who graduated in December. Williams became UNC’s starter midway through the 2013 season and finished his career with 7,965 yards and 61 touchdowns through the air along with 2,458 yards and 35 scores on the ground.

Trubisky played very well last year, but mostly in mop-up duty. He completed 40-of-47 passes for 555 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. He also threw for 459 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions as a redshirt freshman in 2014.

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Friday’s news was a widely expected result, especially since only one other quarterback on the roster – sophomore Caleb Henderson – has ever thrown a pass in a regular season game. Now it’s official, and Trubisky will be expected to carry the torch for an offense that put up nearly 500 yards per game on offense and won 11 games.

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Posted: April 22, 2016, 1:54 pm

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Is Big 12 expansion in the works? How about a league championship game?

So the biggest advocate of Big 12 expansion is now the league's biggest voice. https://t.co/53i78SBCg4

— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) April 21, 2016

They will continue to deliberately deliberate https://t.co/T8hjWWuqDr

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

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Ole Miss received its Sugar Bowl rings on Thursday. They look very classy.

Ole Miss... We Ring True! #Hotty Toddy #Flagship pic.twitter.com/rzKLfDstbL

— Matt Luke (@CoachMattLuke) April 21, 2016

This whole satellite camp ban is getting interesting as both the Pac-12 and Sun Belt are saying if there was a re-vote, they would change their positions.

"A majority of the Sun Belt membership was in favor of satellite camps." - Karl Benson, four days ago https://t.co/1hIZdsECMJ

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Cardale Jones is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ best cheerleader

Cardale Jones pumped up the crowd and put his arm to use at last night's @Cavs game. VIDEO: https://t.co/ARTJyc4US3 pic.twitter.com/tXyj6qMLJL

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South Carolina is showing off sweet matte black helmets.

South Carolina showed off sharp new black helmets yesterday: https://t.co/LZwHwMNyuX (Photo: @JohnDelBianco27) pic.twitter.com/UkPmb80ZfB

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

Oklahoma redshirt wide receiver John Humphrey has been granted his transfer.

Oklahoma redshirt freshman receiver... https://t.co/wpcuXOm90s

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

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A third party has asked for extra time in responding the NCAA Notice of Allegations issued to Ole Miss.

Ole Miss’ says third party asked for extra 30 days to respond to the NCAA Notice of Allegations. pic.twitter.com/0fUl9jNDHI

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Posted: April 21, 2016, 11:01 pm

With spring practice in the books, Pittsburgh running back James Conner took a quick trip to Los Angeles.

The redshirt junior, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma late last year, was a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show, where he detailed his quest to return to the field and play in the NFL. He was also paid a visit by surprise guest.

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Conner, the 2014 ACC Player of the Year, told DeGeneres that he has completed 10 of his 12 chemotherapy treatments, which take place every two weeks. His final treatment, Conner said, is scheduled for May 9.

All the while, Conner has continued to train and practice as much as he can. He cannot participate in full-contact practices yet, but, when he is not in treatment, he has been on the field with his teammates.

“We’ve got a game Sept. 3. I’ve got to be ready,” Conner told DeGeneres when asked how he pushes through. “I owe it to my teammates and the whole city of Pittsburgh to be ready.”

Conner’s resiliency has been inspired in part by Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry. Berry received the same diagnosis as Conner in December 2014 and was able to return to the field for the Chiefs in 2015, earning Pro Bowl honors and the Comeback Player of the Year.

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Conner had previously only spoken with Berry on the phone, but DeGeneres surprised Conner by bringing Berry onto the set.

Conner hopes to follow in Berry’s footsteps – not just by returning to the field for the Panthers, but by making it to the NFL.

“The goal is still the same, it’s just a little postponed,” Conner said.

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Posted: April 21, 2016, 4:05 pm

Washington State coach Mike Leach was right.

Following the NCAA Division I Council's vote to ban satellite camps, Leach said 11 of the conference's members wanted to keep satellite camps around. However, the conference, through UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, the conference's representative, voted to ban the camps. He did not do what he was supposed to have done according to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.

"I think he's clear he did not vote the way he was supposed to vote," Scott said via ESPN. "We had 11 schools in our conference that wanted this looked at as we studied more comprehensively football recruiting issues – there's a variety of them – but in the meantime we'd prefer the status quo, which for us allows coaches to attend other camps in other markets."

Scott confirmed Leach's comment that 11 of the teams didn't support the ban. And while he didn't name UCLA as the lone dissenter, he certainly didn't rule the Bruins out as the one team supporting the ban telling people to draw their own conclusions.

Via SI.com, here's an email Guerrero sent to other Pac-12 ADs explaining the reasoning behind his vote.

This is the e-mail Guerrero sent to his fellow ADs on April 13. pic.twitter.com/GJ1CkbfrX7

— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) April 21, 2016

Guerrero thought the ban would pass no matter the Pac-12's vote, so of the two available proposals (one from the ACC, another from the SEC), he voted for the one he believed would best benefit the Pac-12.

From SI.com:

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero didn’t expect the satellite camp issue to come to a vote at the NCAA’s Division I Council meeting on April 9. But it did come to a vote, and it passed with Guerrero voting in favor. Guerrero—the Pac-12’s representative on the council—then had to tell his colleagues why he voted against the wishes of 11 of the league’s 12 schools. He wrote that when it became apparent the ban would pass no matter how the Pac-12 voted, he threw his support behind the proposal that most resembled one already on the Pac-12 books. 

When he initially went to the Oversight Committee's meeting, Guerrero told SI.com he planned to vote against the ban, but things changed based on "discussions in the meeting" with representatives from other conferences.

Guerrero climbed from beneath the bus under which Scott threw him Wednesday and told SI.com that he went to the meeting with the intention of voting against the ban—if it even came to a vote. Guerrero had expected the Football Oversight Committee to table the satellite camp discussion, but a one-vote margin moved it to the council for action. And when it became apparent from the discussions in the meeting that the Big 12, Sun Belt and Mountain West would join the ACC and SEC in voting for the ban, Guerrero had to make a call because the Pac-12’s “no” vote would not change the outcome. This is common in the NCAA’s version of representative democracy. Occasionally leagues will direct a representative to vote a certain way no matter what.

It's important to note that the Pac-12's vote did not seal the fate of satellite camps on its own. The vote was 10-5 in favor of the ban (votes from Power Five conferences count double), so the vote would have been 8-7 in favor of the ban if the Pac-12 sided with the minority.

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But things really get interesting when you couple the Pac-12's vote along with the Sun Belt's vote. Texas State AD Larry Teis voted for the Sun Belt in favor of banning the camps. His coach, Everett Whithers, is for the camps. Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said a majority of the conference was pro-satellite camp, though he said Teis had the latitude to do what he wanted. Benson also justified Teis' vote by saying it didn't change the balance of the vote.

Well, had the Pac-12 also vote along with the majority of its members, the Sun Belt would have helped keep satellite camps around. Yeah, this whole thing is an absolute cluster.

So what's next? Well, the discussion certainly isn't going to go away. And don't be surprised if some sort of compromise is figured out, if there isn't an outright reversal of the ban within the 60-day override period (since the ban didn't pass with an 85 percent majority, it can be overturned if 66.7 percent of FBS schools veto the measure). It's clear that the interests of a few have dictated the outcome here. And while that's not an uncommon occurrence in college football, the majority seems to be getting bigger and bigger.

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Posted: April 21, 2016, 2:36 am

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Oklahoma WR John Humphrey is transferring. He redshirted in 2015.

pic.twitter.com/HnlSnCHcTf

— John Humphrey ひ (@Presidential___) April 20, 2016

Utah State transfer Darell Garretson is the starting quarterback at Oregon State.

Oregon State just released its sprint depth chart. Listed as the starting QB -- Darell Garretson pic.twitter.com/i2ngT2OQdc

— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) April 20, 2016

The career of Ohio State DT Donovan Munger is over because of blood clots. He appeared in 12 games for the Buckeyes in 2015.

Per @11W, Ohio State DT Donovan Munger is done playing football because of blood clots: https://t.co/Hsl0uTkL1w

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) April 20, 2016

You should read Pat Forde's shopping trip to get the items Ludacris requested for Georgia's spring game.

New and hopefully improved column link: a line-item look at Georgia's ludicrous cost and hassle of hosting Ludacris https://t.co/V7716C4RSo

— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 20, 2016

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Alabama coach Nick Saban got a $100,000 bonus for his team's APR score. Remember, Saban isn't the only coach getting a bonus for his team's academic progress rate.

Nick Saban gets a $100,000 bonus for Alabama’s APR score. https://t.co/JlUxLISnZG

— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) April 20, 2016

No FBS teams received sanctions for poor APR scores. Southern is facing a postseason ban, however.

Less than a year after being reinstated from a postseason ban, Southern is facing another one for its APR score: https://t.co/qWGCqt9PBn

— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) April 20, 2016

Notre Dame's Shamrock Series is taking a one-year hiatus in 2017.

Notre Dame to pause Shamrock Series for 2017 https://t.co/T11i3FPHXf

— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) April 20, 2016

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Posted: April 21, 2016, 12:03 am

Kansas will have quarterbacks Montell Cozart and Deondre Ford for an extra season each.

The two were granted medical hardship waivers by the Big 12 after suffering injuries in the 2015 season and will be considered redshirt juniors for 2016.

"It is great to see the Big 12 is giving Montell and Deondre a year back after both of these guys had their junior seasons end prematurely," Kansas coach David Beaty said in a statement. "They have worked tirelessly with our medical staff to get healthy and we are fortunate to have two more seasons with them in our program."

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Cozart was the team's starter entering 2015 but was lost for the season after four games because of a right shoulder injury. He was 66-of-105 passing for 752 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception in 2015. Ford missed the majority of the season because of torn ligaments in his right thumb. He was 11-23 passing for 132 yards and a pick.

The injuries meant freshman Ryan Willis took over as Kansas' starter for the rest of the season. Willis was 164-315 passing for 1,719 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The three will compete to be the Jayhawks' starter in 2016.

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Posted: April 20, 2016, 7:58 pm

A former football player at Colorado State-Pueblo has filed a federal lawsuit against the school and the U.S. government's guidelines for campus sexual assault investigations for what he says is a wrongful suspension regarding a sexual assault investigation.

Grant Neal was suspended from the school after an investigation into sexual relations with a woman described as his girlfriend. The woman, a trainer on the football team, became friends with Neal and the relationship progressed from there after the two went to a movie together.

Two nights later, the two were together at the woman's apartment. From CBS 4 in Denver:

On Oct. 25 the female student invited Neal to her apartment saying she was alone. After a short amount of time the two students ended up in her bedroom, undressed. The two were making sexual contact when Neal said “She was very adamant in pulling me close and wanting me to have intercourse with her. At the beginning, when I was lying on top I didn’t have a condom.” Neal said the woman said she was not on birth control.

“I immediately got off her and asked if I should put a condom on and she said yes and then we engaged in sexual intercourse. She never said no and never told me to stop.”

The woman's friend then reportedly told university officials about an alleged rape the next day after seeing a hickey on the woman's neck and finding out she and Neal had sex. The school started a Title IX investigation the next day, and this is what the woman said to investigators.

According to CSU-Pueblo’s internal investigation, obtained by CBS4, the woman told an investigator, “Grant was lying on top of me and I told him that I did not want to have sexual intercourse with him that is unprotected because I am not on any birth control. Although I told Grant no, Grant ended up penetrating me … and I told him to stop. He stopped and pulled out from me immediately. Grant then said to me that if he used a condom, would I be okay with that. I told Grant yes to the condom. Grant placed on the condom and we began to have protected sex at this point which I was okay with it.”

One of the reasons Neal is filing the suit is because he has audio of a conversation with the woman where she said “I hope you know I don’t think you did any of that, right? I may be acting like the typical girl who just got raped, but I hope you know I don’t think I did." She also claims she told a university investigator that Neal was a "good guy" and "not a rapist" or a "criminal" and "it's not even worth any of this hoopla."

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Neal's roommate also told CBS 4 that he saw the couple having sex at Neal's apartment on Oct. 27, the night the investigation began.

Per Newsweek, the lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind according to legal experts because of its inclusion of the government. The suit, alleging gender bias, names the U.S. Department of Education and the department's Office for Civil Rights as defendants.

“We believe the ‘Dear Colleague’ letter issued by the U.S. Department of Education is illegal and unconstitutional,” Andrew Miltenberg, who represents Neal and has become a go-to lawyer for male respondents in sexual assault cases, tells Newsweek via email. “By essentially encouraging male gender bias, the Administration’s directive has violated Title IX and created a new class of victims on campus—accused male students who have had their right to due process stripped away.”

As part of the terms of his suspension, Neal is banned from campus until the woman graduates. A statement from CSU-Pueblo to CBS 4 said Neal was afforded due process in the investigation and the unversity could not comment because of privacy laws.

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Posted: April 20, 2016, 7:23 pm

When his son was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia in 2011, Jimbo Fisher had thoughts about whether or not he should step down from his position as Florida State head coach.

Fisher had taken over for the retired Bobby Bowden for the 2010 season. His Seminoles had posted a 10-4 record and won the Peach Bowl. But he was now having thoughts – though not incredibly serious – about if he needed to vacate his position.

From the Palm Beach Post:

“Yeah, it did cross my mind, without a doubt,” Fisher revealed last month for the first time in an exclusive interview with the Palm Beach Post. “I didn’t know what (Ethan’s condition) required, what it meant. ‘Should I coach? ‘Should I not coach?’

“I don’t know if we ever got to that point where we thought about it seriously but it crossed my mind to think about that because I didn’t know until we found out everything.”

Ethan is now 11 and makes annual visits to the Mayo Clinic for checkups. Fanconi anemia is a very rare blood disorder that affects approximately 130,000 children every year.

The typical lifespan for those with the condition is into the mid-30s. But patients are now living into their 40s and 50s thanks to increased research. And according to the Post, 94 percent of patients who receive a bone marriow transplant live more than three years past their transplant date. In 1998, that number was 22 percent.

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A lot of funding for that research has come from the Fisher family, who wanted to help others afflicted with the disease. Jimbo and his ex-wife Candi (they divorced in December) have helped raise over $3.5 million thanks to their Kidz1stFund. From the Post:

"Once they provided the hope we wanted to go into action and it was (Candi) that had the great idea to start Kidz1st and the ambition to do it," Jimbo said. "Then it was … 'We've come to grips with it, now we're going to attack it. We're not going to let it control us. We have to deal with it but we're going to attack it like it attacks us. Go at it.'"

Said Candi: "I had to focus this energy into something positive or it's going to eat me up. I felt like it was our responsibility. No one knew what FA was."

Part of the fundraising included a game against Virginia in 2014, where a $1 million check was presented between quarters. It was a perfect opportunity to fundraise because then-Virginia coach Mike London also has a child with Fanconi anemia. According to the Kidz1stFund, the odds of two FBS coaches having children with the disease are 1 in 990 billion.

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Posted: April 20, 2016, 6:13 pm

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)Atlanta-based rapper Ludacris agreed on short notice to perform at G-Day, Georgia’s annual spring game. It came at a cost, of course.

According to the Macon Telegraph, the University of Georgia Athletic Association dished out $65,000 to Luda and his crew for the 15-minute performance at Sanford Stadium.

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Initially, Georgia AD Greg McGarity told reporters last week that the school was unable to schedule a musical act for the event. But, per the Telegraph, Ludacris’ representatives reached out and a deal was reached. The addition of Ludacris to the day’s festivities was announced just two days before the game.

Via an Open Records Act request, the Telegraph detailed what comes with the booking of Ludacris. In a signed contract, UGA agreed to feed and provide transportation for the rapper and his entourage and also provide some other, um, amenities.

Among the requested items for Ludacris’ dressing room:

  • A loaf of whole grain bread “with the most amount of grains”
  • Organic creamy peanut butter
  • Organic jelly (strawberry or grape only)
  • Assorted candy
  • Fruit Roll Ups
  • 6 large white t-shirts
  • A box of condoms (Trojan Ecstasy!)
  • Various liquor and wine

Here is the full itinerary:

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Along with Luda’s meal of choice:

Oh, and if you’re wondering, the performance seems to have gone well.

All #Dawg. All day. Every day. 🐾@Ludacris 🎧 #CommitToTheG pic.twitter.com/q8bULjWLKR

— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) April 19, 2016

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Posted: April 20, 2016, 4:47 pm

Dare Ogunbowale is a man of many talents.

The Wisconsin running back led his team with 819 yards and seven touchdowns rushing last season, but the senior is also quite a musician. He put those skills on display Tuesday night at the Buckinghams – Wisconsin’s annual student-athlete showcase event.

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Alongside golfer Matt Ross and basketball player Vitto Brown, Ogunbowale showed that he is quite the piano player. Watch this:

Ogunbowale wasn’t the only football player to perform. Another running back, Corey Clement, performed an original hip-hop song.

Impressive stuff.

On top of that, both Ogunbowale and Clement won the event’s President’s Award for leadership.

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While dealing with a variety of injuries, Clement rushed for only 221 yards last season. He put up 949 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, so with him at full strength, alongside Ogunbowale and sophomore Taiwan Deal (503 yards, six TDs), the Badgers should have quite the stable of backs in 2016.

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Posted: April 20, 2016, 3:52 pm

Illinois running back Dre Brown will miss his second straight season.

The redshirt freshman announced Tuesday night that he suffered a torn ACL during practice on Monday and will miss the 2016 season. Brown missed all of 2015 after tearing the ACL in his right knee last spring and indicated in a Twitter message that his football future is not clear.

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Breaks my heart to announce this. Don't know why it happened to me... Going to try and keep my head up. Pray for me. pic.twitter.com/4777m4DydB

— Dre Brown (@DreBrown27) April 20, 2016

According to the Chicago Tribune, Brown was expected to be a “major contributor” to the Illini offense in 2016, serving as one of the main backups to Ke’Shawn Vaughn.   

Brown is the second Illinois player to tear an ACL in back-to-back years. The program announced earlier in the month that wide receiver Mike Dudek would miss a second consecutive season as well. 

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Dudek caught 76 passes for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns in 2014.

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Posted: April 20, 2016, 2:36 pm

(Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)Iowa took a hit to its secondary depth on Tuesday.

The program announced that defensive back Maurice Fleming will pursue a graduate transfer after earning his degree in May. In a release, Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz said Fleming approached him about the move. The coach granted his release without restrictions, so Fleming can transfer to any school and compete immediately.

“Maurice has shared his desire to spend his fifth and final season as a graduate transfer at another institution,” Ferentz said. “Reese has been a valuable contributor throughout his career at Iowa, and we wish him the best in his final decision this fall.”

Fleming has played in 33 games in his Iowa career, but has been a backup to fellow seniors Desmond King and Greg Mabin. King, an All-American, is entering his fourth year as a starter while Mabin will start for a third straight season at the opposite cornerback spot.

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Looking for a place to start, Fleming opted to move on.

“I feel blessed for my time at Iowa and want to thank coach Kirk Ferentz and coach Phil Parker for their help in making me a better football player and keeping me humble,” Fleming said in a statement. “At this time I am going to explore my options to make the best of my senior year.”

Fleming played in all 14 games for the Hawkeyes last season, finishing with 17 tackles and five pass breakups. Overall, Fleming totaled 31 tackles in his career. 

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Posted: April 20, 2016, 2:07 pm

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Here's Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

VIDEO | @CoachDanMullen crosses the finish line in the 120th @bostonmarathon to make his dream a reality! #HailStatehttps://t.co/sFtEZmhsEM

— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) April 18, 2016

He finished in under 4:30. That's an impressive time for someone who had never run a competitive race before. From the Boston Globe:

“I’ve never even ran a 5K,” said Mullen shortly after crossing the finish line. “I trained for this, but I’ve never done any type of race before.”

Yet he never had any doubt about being able to complete the race.

“It was just a matter of how painful it was going to be,” said Mullen. “But there was no chance I wasn’t going to finish.”

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LSU center Andy Dodd proposed to his girlfriend on the field at Tiger Stadium. She said yes.

I am so thankful that I get to spend the rest of my life with you❤️@A_Dodd89 pic.twitter.com/bHHEyTncDO

— Ralynn O'Brien (@obrien_ralynn) April 17, 2016

The NCAA has approved a rule that allows two parents to accompany recruits on official visits.

NCAA approves proposal that will allow 2 parents on OVs. I wrote last week how this will be HUGE for #NotreDame. https://t.co/c8WjXJ5lQK

— Andrew Ivins (@BGI_AndrewIvins) April 19, 2016

Former Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell wrote an open letter to NFL teams.

Laquon Treadwell has written an open letter to NFL teams about why he should be picked on the Players’ Tribune: https://t.co/xFxh3KcCxy

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

I’ve had a lot of people tell me that if I can play in the SEC, I can play in the NFL. I just have to continue to work hard. I’ve heard that sometimes when guys get to the NFL and get paid, they lose their love for the game and start playing for the money. But when I strap on an NFL helmet and that whistle blows, I’m going to play the game the same way I played it in the streets when I was a kid — the same way I played it when I was winning Park District Super Bowls and when I won a state title in high school — with a pure love for the game and a championship-or-bust mindset.

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