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|Alabama opens with QB battle, 3 suspended players (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 8:35 pm]
Alabama opened preseason camp with a quarterback competition, several suspended players and a focus on rebounding from a pair of season-ending defeats. The Crimson Tide veterans hit the practice field Friday with starting nose guard Brandon Ivory, fellow defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Tim Williams suspended for violating team rules, but also with a prominent newcomer throwing passes. Quarterback Jacob Coker made his practice debut after transferring from Florida State and arriving this summer. He and last year's backup Blake Sims are vying to replace 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron, but Tide coach Nick Saban said they're in no rush to pick a starter for the Aug. 30 opener against West Virginia.
Kelly: Quarterback competition isn't artificial (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 8:25 pm]
Coach Brian Kelly is heading into preseason workouts without knowing who will start at quarterback for Notre Dame, insisting it's not the foregone conclusion many believe. It just hasn't shown itself yet.'' Everett Golson, who helped the Irish get to the national championship game in 2012 before being suspended last season for academic impropriety, failed to regain the starting spot in the spring. Kelly said he's looking for a quarterback who is consistent, shows great leadership and has ''the ability to take you to a championship.'' ''If that guy shows himself, I'm ready to name him that quarterback on that day,'' Kelly said. Notre Dame ranked 67th in the nation last season in total offense at 406 yards a game, going 9-4, and in four seasons under Kelly has ended in the top 50 in total offense only once, finishing 35th in 2011.
Pitt suspends DB Titus Howard for 2014 season (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 8:19 pm]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been suspended for the 2014 season by coach Paul Chryst.
Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell hurts knee again (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 2:34 pm]
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell has another knee injury and will miss the start of practice Friday.
Barrow taking sabbatical from Miami (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 2:22 pm]
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Miami linebackers coach Micheal Barrow is taking a sabbatical and will not be with the Hurricanes this season to tend to an undisclosed family matter.
UCF coach not worried about naming starting QB (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 12:17 am]
The only thing that UCF's players want lingering from the best season in school history is the hunger it took to produce it. The Knights reported for preseason camp Thursday after going 12-1 with a Fiesta Bowl win last season. With a month to prepare for the Aug. 30 season opener in Ireland against Penn State, they also understand there is little time to dwell on the past. ''Coach told us last night when we got in our meeting that last season is over with,'' Knights senior linebacker Terrance Plummer said.
Spurrier: Clowney was not distraction (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 12:07 am]
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said having one of college football's top playmakers in Jadeveon Clowney was never a burden for the Gamecocks last season, no matter how big a distraction he seemed to be at times. Clowney became the center of college football once he popped the helmet off Michigan tailback Vincent Smith at the 2013 Outback Bowl. He drew national coverage that put the affable defensive end - and the Gamecocks - in the spotlight nearly every day. ''We got through the year and he did an excellent job,'' Spurrier said.
Vols enter preseason camp relying on newcomers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 12:04 am]
Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he occasionally feels as though he's running an expansion team because the Volunteers have altered their roster so much since the end of last season. He can only hope the Vols don't produce the usual results of an expansion team. Tennessee opens training camp Friday with a roster that features a 32-man recruiting class ranked among the top five in the nation by multiple services. Many newcomers will have prominent roles as the Vols attempt to end a string of four straight losing seasons.
Rutgers motivated as Big Ten's new kid (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 9:29 pm]
As Gary Nova sees it, Rutgers is the new kid at school. Rutgers jumps to the Big Ten this season and was picked to finish last in the conference in most major polls. The Scarlet Knights see this as a source of motivation. ''No question,'' defensive tackle Darius Hamilton said.
Wake suspends RB Gibson from team (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:42 pm]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Wake Forest running back Dominique Gibson has been suspended from the team for violating undisclosed team rules.
Florida State tops preseason Amway coaches' poll (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:39 pm]
Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll. Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.
Iowa halts free tuition offer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 11:31 pm]
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Legal concerns have forced the University of Iowa to suspend a promotion offering free tuition to five randomly selected students who purchased football season tickets.
Stanford star Ty Montgomery rehabbing shoulder (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 8:36 pm]
Stanford wide receiver and All-American kick returner Ty Montgomery is rehabilitating after right shoulder surgery but hopes to play in the season opener against UC Davis on Aug. 30. Montgomery said Wednesday he played through the shoulder injury part of last season. He also hurt a knee in the Cardinal's loss to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, which he said was ''minor.'' Montgomery said he's already lifting weights, running routes and catching passes. ''Whenever they can tell me I can play, I'm ready to play,'' Montgomery said.
New Mexico lineman suspended after arrest (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 8:03 pm]
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A University of New Mexico football player has been suspended from the team following his arrest in a domestic violence case.
Cop once drew gun on squirrel-hunting QB Winston (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 8:02 pm]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Police say Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun.
QB questions abound in SEC with big stars gone (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 7:55 pm]
Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Division favorites Alabama and South Carolina will be banking on new starters. Ditto for Texas A&M, Georgia and defending East Division champion Missouri. So long, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron et al. Hello, little-known new guys.
Iowa offers free tuition to boost football sales (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 7:33 pm]
The University of Iowa is offering a year's worth of free tuition to five randomly selected students who've purchased season tickets for the 2014 football season. The Hawkeyes have seen those numbers drop from 10,000 to roughly 7,000 in less than two years. Any unsold season tickets allotted to students will be made available to the general public and students on Friday. Iowa says the free tuition package is worth roughly $8,000.
Auburn-Clemson to meet in 2016, 2017 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 30, 2014, 5:31 pm]
ATLANTA (AP) -- Auburn and Clemson have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017.
Aresco touts American power as playoff era begins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 9:04 pm]
Commissioner Mike Aresco took to the podium at media day for the American Athletic Conference and talked about power. ''We all hear a lot about Power 5 conferences, the Equity 5, the High Resource 5, the Group of 5, the Autonomy 5, whatever you choose to call them, and we consider ourselves a power conference as well,'' Aresco said Tuesday. Our goal is to be in the conversation as the sixth power conference. In the American's first season, the re-invented league won national championships in men's and women's basketball (Connecticut) and had its football champion (Central Florida) win a BCS game.
Kentucky basketball legend Wah Wah Jones dies (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 29, 2014, 8:42 pm]
Wallace ''Wah Wah'' Jones, a multi-sport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles and is considered the school's greatest all-around athlete, has died. Jones, an All-American, was the last surviving member of the Wildcats' ''Fabulous Five'' that won the 1948 national championship and went on to claim Olympic gold that year with the U.S. team. He returned with three teammates under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp to repeat as titlists in 1949. Jones is the only Wildcat to have his jerseys retired in basketball and football.