Baylor University has hired a Philadelphia law firm to independently investigate the university's handling of sexual assault complaints, including one against defensive end Sam Ukwuachu. Ukwuachu was sentenced last month to six months in jail and 10 years of probation for sexual assault. In a statement Wednesday, Baylor regents said Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez, partners in the law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, will lead the investigation.
Posted: September 3, 2015, 12:20 am
Florida has its quarterback for the season opener, just not the season. Coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday that sophomore Treon Harris will start against New Mexico State on Saturday night. Redshirt freshman Will Grier also will see playing time.
Posted: September 2, 2015, 10:46 pm

Lawerence Phillips smiles as the crowd in the stands at Pro Player Stadium calls out to him as he takes the field for the first time in a Miami Dolphins uniform Sunday Dec. 7, 1997 in Miami before a game against the Detroit Lions. Phillips signed with the Dolphins last week after a stormy stint with the Saint Louis Rams.(AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.


Posted: September 2, 2015, 10:01 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas has dismissed cornerback Matthew Boateng for an undisclosed violation of team rules just three days before the Jayhawks open the season against South Dakota State.
Posted: September 2, 2015, 9:09 pm
BYU defensive back Michael Davis has been charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and riot after a July dispute over a parking spot. Lt. Brandon Post said police were called to an apartment complex in Provo on July 29. BYU spokesman Brett Pyne said the university is aware of the citation and it has been addressed.
Posted: September 2, 2015, 8:49 pm

Nebraska NCAA college football head coach Mike Riley speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Riley's been in football coaching for 40 years, including three years at the helm of the San Diego Chargers. But he's never worked at a place like Nebraska, where football is a 365-day-a-year passion. By Eric Olson.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

A woman who says she was raped while attending Oregon State University in 1999 seeks $7.5 million in a federal Title IX lawsuit against the school and its former football coach, Mike Riley. The woman accuses the university and Riley of failing to address a sexually violent culture among the football team that contributed to her being attacked by a player's cousin at an off-campus apartment. Dennis Erickson had been Oregon State's football coach for 10 months at the time of the alleged rape, but his name does not appear in the suit filed Monday in Eugene.


Posted: September 2, 2015, 7:38 pm

FILE - In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford makes remarks during the ACC NCAA college football kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C. The Atlantic Coast Conference is still figuring out whether it will start a dedicated cable channel of its own. Details have been scarce about the behind-the-scenes process the league and broadcast partner ESPN are navigating in an effort to determine whether it makes financial sense to start an ACC-specific channel like the ones some other conferences have. League Commissioner John Swofford has even joked about the process,

The Atlantic Coast Conference is still figuring out whether it will start a dedicated cable channel of its own. Details have been scarce about the behind-the-scenes process the league and broadcast partner ESPN are navigating in an effort to determine whether it makes financial sense to start an ACC-specific channel like the ones some other conferences have.


Posted: September 2, 2015, 5:17 pm

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2014 file photo, North Carolina's Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer (10) celebrate Schoettmer's interception and touchdown against Liberty during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina has overhauled its defensive coaching staff and scheme after giving up the most programs and yards in program history last year. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced it has secured two more future regular season college football games in Charlotte between North Carolina and South Carolina.


Posted: September 2, 2015, 4:50 pm

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, UCLA's Ishmael Adams celebrates after his team defeated Texas 20-17 in an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas. UCLA cornerback Adams has been arrested on suspicion of taking a phone from an Uber driver. UCLA's media relations office confirmed Adams' arrest Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Adams was arrested early Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 morning when he allegedly used force to take the phone, according to Tod Tamberg, the assistant director of UCLA's media relations and public outreach office. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

UCLA suspended cornerback Ishmael Adams indefinitely on Tuesday following his arrest last weekend on suspicion of felony robbery. Coach Jim Mora announced the suspension after practice on campus for the 13th-ranked Bruins, who open their season Saturday at the Rose Bowl against Virginia. Mora said the Bruins have a responsibility ''to represent the highest ideals and moral values.


Posted: September 2, 2015, 12:14 am

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh yells during the Coach Jim Harbaugh's Elite Summer Football Camp, Friday, June 5, 2015, at Prattville High School in Prattville, Ala. Harbaugh will have to improve the Wolverines by one game over last season to get them into postseason. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the decision is made on who will be his starting quarterback for the season opener at Utah on Thursday. Jake Rudock and Shane Morris were listed as co-No. 1 quarterbacks on the depth chart released Monday. Harbaugh said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday that Rudock and Morris know which one of them will take the first snap against the Utes.


Posted: September 1, 2015, 8:28 pm
Last year was so successful, Tennessee is going to do it again. Tennessee fans started a grassroots effort to check-out Neyland Stadium last season, giving a fresh and unique spin on the whole concept of decking the entire crowd out in one uniform color. This even goes beyond the stripe-out efforts that have started to…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 3, 2015, 1:31 am
Forget about laser light shows and well-choreographed halftime shows by marching bands. LSU is attempting to raise the bar when it comes to halftime entertainment. Fans attending LSU home games this season will be treated to two shows more likely to resemble a Super Bowl halftime concert than a traditional college football halftime show with…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 3, 2015, 12:10 am
It is not often Temple enters a season with high expectations, but that appears to be the case with the Owls in 2015. Though other teams may be favored to make a run in the American Athletic Conference (Cincinnati is the preseason favorite), many have been lauding Temple’s returning experience this fall. No team can…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 11:02 pm
Florida used to be known for playing multiple quarterbacks, and it helped Steve Spurrier take the Gators to an elite status and helped Urban Meyer win his first national championship. New Gators coach Jim McElwain may not have that kind of quarterback pool to swim in down in Gainesville, but he will continue this Florida…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 10:21 pm
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is none too pleased about anonymous sources from Rutgers leaking information about an investigation to the media. Whether he violated university policy or directions or not, Flood has a legitimate gripe. Earlier today NJ.com reported the latest developments on the investigation involving the head football coach, in which Flood is…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 8:19 pm
The names of two defensive players not playing the season opener at Minnesota have not been confirmed by head coach Gary Patterson, but the release of the Horned Frogs’ depth chart seems to draw some conclusions. Defensive end James McFarland and cornerback DeShawn Raymond were not listed on the depth chart for the season opener,…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 6:40 pm
Well, this is certainly among the last things Nebraska head coach Mike Riley would have liked to see just days before starting a new season at his new job. A former student at Oregon State has filed a Title IX lawsuit that blames Riley of failing to address an allegedly sexually violent culture at Oregon…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 5:22 pm
Last week it was reported Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood was being investigated for alleged impermissible contact with a university faculty member. The latest twist in this story suggests Flood may have done so despite being advised not to do so by academic support staff members. A new report from NJ.com cites multiple unnamed university officials…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 4:31 pm
Washington State and Central Michigan have agreed to a future home-and-home series that will see the Pac-12 and the world of MACtion cross paths. That could be a lot of fun, but we will have to wait for this particular series to begin. Washington State will visit Central Michigan on September 14, 2019. Central Michigan…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 3:24 pm
For years the message from ACC commissioner John Swofford was the conference needed to win big game against other top conferences on the field. Despite some good results in recent years, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich says the conference will once again have to change the narrative circling its conference by winning big game son…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 2:59 pm
By default we already know who the starting quarterback will be for Rutgers in the season opener against Norfolk State. Hayden Rettig has already been reported to be the starting quarterback for the Scarlet Knights in the first game of the season while Chris Laviano sits out the first half of the game. Laviano was…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 2:26 pm
As the 2015 season draws near, we peek into our crystal ball and guess project how each of the five major conferences will play out. Today, we will be examining the home of the defending national champion, the Big Ten.  And while we’re at it, check out some of our other Power Five conference predictions HERE…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 2, 2015, 2:10 pm
Winning a national championship is hard. Winning two can be even harder. Three or four? Nearly impossible in today’s world, but Alabama head coach Nick Saban has been the coach to have done it four times (one with LSU, three with Alabama). Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has three under his belt (two with Florida, one…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 2, 2015, 1:31 pm
Have you or anyone you know ever had one of those moments where you say something out loud during a conference call thinking your line is on mute – only it’s not? Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson may be fighting that feeling right now. In a conference call heralding the addition of Coastal Carolina, Benson acknowledged far…
Author: Zach Barnett
Posted: September 2, 2015, 12:19 am
For years, Georgia’s indoor facility was like that swarm of African killer bees you heard about as a kid: rumored to be on its way, though no one ever actually laid eyes on it. Well, the bees have arrived. The University of Georgia athletics board has approved construction on a $30 million indoor facility, to…
Author: Zach Barnett
Posted: September 1, 2015, 11:52 pm
Ninety-nine percent of the time, a quarterback headed into his third year as starter on a successful team is chosen by his teammates as a captain. Connor Cook, it appears, is the one percent. Cook was not chosen as one of three captains by his fellow Spartans – senior center Jack Allen, senior defensive end Shilique Calhoun and…
Author: Zach Barnett
Posted: September 1, 2015, 10:35 pm
Strange story out of Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers recently hired Jon Schuetz as Memorial Stadium’s public address announcer, and then turned around and fired him one day later. Schuetz, formerly the sports director for KETV-TV in Omaha, told his former employer he was fired after university officials discovered a social media post he made critical of…
Author: Zach Barnett
Posted: September 1, 2015, 9:47 pm
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall will announce which of his players were suspended because of their actions in last year’s bowl game after the 2015 opener is played.  His counterpart, however, is a being a little more forthcoming. Monday, Memphis head coach Justin Fuente announced six players are facing game suspensions because of their actions…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 8:44 pm
Not surprisingly, there are immediate repercussions for Ishmael Adams’ alleged off-field misdeed. UCLA head coach Jim Mora confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Adams has indefinitely suspended from the football program.  The move comes roughly 24 hours after reports surfaced that Adams had been arrested in connection to an on-campus robbery. It was subsequently reported that Adams…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 8:36 pm
Whatever in-game breather Leon Allen was expected to get because of Anthony Wales‘ presence will, for the foreseeable future, be put on hold. Or entrusted to someone less experienced. Wales sustained an undisclosed injury recently and will most certainly miss Western Kentucky’s opener against Vanderbilt Thursday. Head coach Jeff Brohm would only say that the…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 7:33 pm
Yesterday’s report has officially become today’s come-to-fruition news. In a press release, the Sun Belt announced that Coastal Carolina has accepted an invitation to join the conference.  The Chanticleers will join the league for football in 2017, while they move all of their other varsity sports in a year earlier for the 2016-17 season. Currently…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 6:02 pm
Michigan released its depth chart Monday and declined to publicly name a starting quarterback, instead putting an “OR” between the two combatants for the job, Iowa transfer Jake Rudock (pictured, right) and junior “incumbent” Shane Morris (pictured, middle).  That, though, doesn’t mean Jim Harbaugh hasn’t done so privately. On the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday, Harbaugh acknowledged that both Rudock…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 5:21 pm
To say the least this is interesting timing on Myron Burton Jr.‘s part. Just four days before the start of the 2015 season, Auburn confirmed that Burton has decided to take his leave of Gus Malzahn‘s Tigers football program.  No reason was given for what was as a “mutual” divorce between the player and the…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 4:55 pm
If George O’Leary gets his way, UCF will, in a few months, be searching for its first new head coach in over a decade. In June of this year, O’Leary added the title of interim athletic director to his full-time job as head coach of the Knights.  O’Leary has since hinted that he would like to…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 3:56 pm
In the wake of his embarrassingly inebriated incident earlier this month, some thought Steve Sarkisian should be suspended while still others thought a dismissal was in order. Pat Haden did neither, and Monday night he explained why. During the course of and appearance on the “Trojans Live” radio show, the USC athletic director was asked about…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 3:33 pm
A college-age human being wrapped up in alcohol-related tumult?  Well I never. The latest to encounter such an off-field entanglement is Tennessee defensive lineman Andrew Butcher (pictured, No. 52), with the Knoxville News Sentinel reporting that was arrested on multiple charges very early Sunday morning.  Those charges include public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 2:32 pm
As the 2015 season draws near, we peek into our crystal ball and guess project how each of the five major conferences will play out. Today, we will be examining the home of the defending national champion, the Big Ten.  And while we’re at it, check out some of our other Power Five conference predictions HERE (ACC)…
Author: Kevin McGuire
Posted: September 1, 2015, 2:10 pm
An injury derailed Phillip Ely‘s first season in Toledo. Fortunately, he’s going to get another go at it. The Rockets confirmed Monday that Ely will start the program’s opener this Thursday against Stony Brook. The move comes a handful of days after Ely was named as one of four UT captains for the 2015 season.…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 1:59 pm
Now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story. And, in the process, have what’s likely a first here at CFT. While very few details were available at the time, it was reported late Monday afternoon that star UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams had been arrested on a robbery charge and was…
Author: John Taylor
Posted: September 1, 2015, 12:28 pm
The Great Wheel of Conference Realignment may have just taken its last spin. For now. According to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and USA Today‘s Dan Wolken, Coastal Carolina is set to join the Sun Belt as the league’s 12th and final member. The Chanticleers were finalists alongside Eastern Kentucky for the conference’s last…
Author: Zach Barnett
Posted: September 1, 2015, 1:14 am

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