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Court docs: Video allegedly shows Alabama DB kicking assault victim in head
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:23:54 GMT)
Alabama defensive back Deionte Thompson was allegedly captured on video kicking an 18-year-old man in the head. Per the Decatur Daily, the existence of a video showing Thompson and Rufus Joseph allegedly kicking Noah Frillou in the head was discovered in interviews with a female witness. Later during the interview, the witness “clearly remembers” one of those involved in kicking Frillou in the head wore a “white Alabama hat,” which the officers identified as Thompson from a previous video from the scene.
Ezekiel Elliott's mom owned a troll on Twitter
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:28:09 GMT)
Ezekiel Elliott’s mom has no time for Twitter trolls. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Whether it’s on message boards or social media, fans are never shy to toss around allegations about a rival team’s players. This is especially true when it comes to cars. Back
Ex-Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd appears headed to Baylor
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:06:05 GMT)
Jalen Hurd transferred from Tennessee during his junior season. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Jalen Hurd. Hurd put up big numbers in 2015 as a sophomore running back at Tennessee, but abruptly decided to leave the Vols during the 2016 season.
Raiding the state: Texas
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:55:32 GMT)
Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.Out-of-state recruiting is becoming more important in today’s world of college football and we are seeing schools march into enemy territory and pull top prospects away with regularity. This week, we took
AP Exclusive: SEC's Sankey refuses to step down in UNC case
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:40:06 GMT)
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey has denied a request seeking his removal as head of the NCAA infractions panel handling North Carolina's ongoing academic case because of a conflict of interest. ''The panel, including me, will hear and decide this case based on the case record and the membership's bylaws,'' Sankey wrote to all involved parties. The case stalled in March after Abrams wrote the NCAA to say his client, Deborah Crowder, was willing to talk with investigators for the first time.
Maryland football spring game preview: 3 things to look for in the Terps' Red vs. White game
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:43:01 GMT)
The annual culmination of spring football wont entirely quench anyones thirst for the season to start in earnest, but it should hold the fans over until August. This wont be a real football game, as the Terps will pit their offense and defense against each other across four 12-minute quarters. This is exactly how Maryland did it last year, when the defense won 51-35.
Dalvin Cook's reaction to Florida State teammate DeMarcus Walker's first pitch was perfect (Video)
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:52:41 GMT)
Florida State product DeMarcus Walker is the perfect example of that. Walker, a projected mid-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, threw out the first pitch at the FSU baseball game on Wednesday night. During a Thursday appearance on “SportsCenter,” another FSU draft prospect, running back Dalvin Cook, was shown the video of his teammate’s pitch.
Addio! Michigan's football team heads to Italy
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:27:27 GMT)
Jim Harbaugh presented players on the University of Michigan football team with an opportunity, putting them a compelling essay away from being close enough to possibly shake the hand of Pope Francis at the Vatican. Salim Makki and Grant Newsome were the chosen two. Makki, Newsome and most of the Wolverines will travel to Rome this weekend for a unique, weeklong trip.
Ray Lewis’ son reportedl set to transfer from Utah State
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:55:08 GMT)
It was expected that Utah State would expand Rayshad Lewis‘ role with the Aggies to the defensive side of the ball. Instead, the son of former Miami All-American standout Ray Lewis has decided to look for a new college football home. Reportedly. According to Scout.com, Lewis (pictured, No. 9) has decided to leave USU and will transfer to an undetermined location. The wide receiver seemingly confirmed the pending movement as he retweeted several well-wish tweets on his Twitter timeline. He also posted the following cryptic tweet Friday morning. If Lewis lands at another FBS program, he’ll have to sit out the 2017 season. He’d then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.
Bears' defensive back needs spotlight three candidates for No. 3 pick
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:09:00 GMT)
The scriptwriters for the 2016 Bears season sure had a warped sense of humor. Before everything went so far off the rails, they penned such a perfect start. Those who haven't locked the memories away in a deep, dark place will recall the very first drive. The defense against Brock Osweiler and the Texans. Second-and-8 from the Bears' 34-yard line. Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter matched up with Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins in man-to-man. As Hopkins ran a 13-yard out to the left sideline, Porter stayed velcroed to his outside hip. When the ball arrived, Porter ripped it from Hopkins' hands. Interception. In that moment, it seemed the Bears' defense might return to its ball-hawking ways of
Which College Is Getting the Most Value for Its NFL Talent?
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:26:00 GMT)
Seriously, it’s all about following the money. For the record, we have. Thanks to the quality research by the good folks at USA Today — who used financial data from the 2013-14 fiscal year — we learned, based on the total revenue generated by their athletic departments, which schools bring in the most money. With 20 alumni in the National Football League and an athletic department that generated $157,899,820 in revenue — the third richest in the country — Michigan only produced one pro player from $7.9 million of its revenue.
ESPN Events acquires Miami Beach Bowl, which will move out of Florida
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:24:05 GMT)
The Miami Beach Bowl is getting a new owner and new location. The Miami Beach Bowl is getting a new owner and a new home. The three-year-old bowl game — which was founded, owned and operated by the American Athletic Conference — has been acquired by ESPN Events, the league announced on Friday.
The problem with giving Baylor death penalty; Herman trying to keep Longhorns' expectations down
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:31:45 GMT)
Mosley: Baylor's more of a "sleeper" pick. Matt Rhule's inheriting a team that pretty much lost an entire recruiting class. And Cannon and Zamora, the two most talented WRs, left early. The good news for him is that Pooh Stricklin, Blake Lynch, Chris Platt and true freshman R.J. Sneed could all be really good. And I think Quan Jones will make a good TE if he can stay off of Twitter. The Frogs can compete for a title if Kenny Hill takes the next step like Boykin did a couple years ago. He doesn't have to be quite as good as Boykin ... but he needs to take on some of those leadership traits. We'll see how the Frogs do with Cumbie calling the plays. Patterson had soured on Meachem, from what I can
Iowa QB situation unsettled heading into offseason
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:26:15 GMT)
Iowa opened spring practice hoping that quarterback Nathan Stanley would seize the starting job. Stanley and Tyler Wiegers failed to clarify Iowa's vacancy during spring workouts, which concluded Friday night with a scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said earlier this week that Stanley and Wiegers will compete to replace C.J. Beathard through the start of workouts in August.
Kiffin's first spring at FAU comes to a close
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:15:57 GMT)
Lane Kiffin had his trademark windbreaker on for Florida Atlantic's spring game, replete with the omnipresent visor underneath the headset. The look for FAU's coach hasn't changed. None of that mattered to Kiffin.
Austin Fontaine commits to Maryland football: Terps land 4-star DeMatha DT
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:44:45 GMT)
Four-star defensive tackle Austin Fontaine committed to Maryland before the teams spring game Saturday, joining a high school teammate in giving the Terps a huge boost in the trenches. Fontaine is the highest-rated commit in the Class of 2018 so far for Maryland. Fontaine gives Maryland some much-needed talent on the defensive line.
Rutgers responds to NCAA, recommends self-imposed sanctions
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:49:38 GMT)
Rutgers has issued its formal response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations from December. In that Notice of Allegations, the NCAA detailed seven violations it says the Scarlet Knights football program committed. As a result, the school is recommending a series of self-imposed sanctions, including one year of probation, a $5,000 fine and a reduction in off-campus recruiting opportunities by the coaching staff.
Brian Kelly takes the blame for Notre Dame’s struggles last season
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:44:03 GMT)
Notre Dame wrapped up spring football with the Irish’s annual spring game on NBC Sports Network on Saturday afternoon in South Bend and front and center was not surprisingly head coach Brian Kelly. While fans of the team were probably most interested in how quarterback Brandon Wimbush looked, Kelly did go into detail about what the offseason has been like after last year’s disappointing 4-8 campaign. While the coach has been known to be a bit defensive when it comes to the team’s struggles, he did open up during a sit-down interview and was transparent in taking the blame for the way 2016 went. “When you have a losing season, you have to look at yourself first,” Kelly told NBC Sports’ Jac Collinsworth. “I’ve
'He's a little bit like Jamal Adams': Just in college four months and LSU safety Grant Delpit is making his mark
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:36:00 GMT)
Four months ago, Grant Delpit was in high school. On Saturday night, he started at safety in LSU's spring game. No, that No. 9 wasn't Rickey Jefferson. It was the freshman sensation. "He had a great night," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "Grant may start for us." Delpit, wearing Jefferson's old jersey number and playing his position, started with the No. 1 defense in place of the injured John Battle in the Tigers' spring game. It took him just his second series to record a pass-breakup, leaping up and swatting away a long attempt from quarterback Danny Etling. Delpit, an IMG Academy product who's originally from New Orleans and grew up in Houston, was a consensus four-star rated prospect out of high
Quarterback spot remains up in air for Hokies
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:22:16 GMT)
Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech will head into the summer with three quarterbacks vying to be the starter, and the Hokies' second-year coach has said repeatedly he has no timetable for when he will make the final decision. The Hokies had the same scenario last season, but at least then they were returning the previous season's starter. Evans had a stellar season, leading the Hokies to a 10-4 record, then made himself available for the NFL Draft.
Fromm shines, Eason 'electric' at times in Dogs' spring game
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:40:13 GMT)
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia quarterbacks Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm had the stage Saturday, when the Bulldogs' G-Day spring game was designed to feature the passing game. The results were mixed, especially for Eason, the sophomore returning starter . Eason flashed what coach Kirby Smart calls "electric throws" that enabled the quarterback to win the starting job as a true freshman in 2016. He also remained prone to mistakes, and threw an interception that Smart said "just shouldn't happen to him at this point in time." Fromm, who enrolled early this spring, becoming one of the top names in Georgia's 2017 recruiting class, matched Eason's two scoring passes. Fromm had a higher completion percentage
UNC transfer QB Caleb Henderson sidelined for Maryland’s spring game
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:39:59 GMT)
Maryland fans anxious for a look at a quarterback transfer in “meaningful action” will have to wait another few months. An ankle injury, head coach DJ Durkin confirmed Thursday, will keep Caleb Henderson out of the Terrapins’ spring game Saturday. The quarterback suffered an ankle injury during practice recently on what was described as a non-contact play. At least at the moment, the move to sideline Henderson appears to be precautionary in nature. “Not concerned at all. He’ll be just fine,” Durkin said according to the Baltimore Sun. “He suffered an ankle injury. No sense in pushing right now or trying to do something crazy. We want him to be healthy for the majority of summertime and fall
SEC commissioner confirms graduate transfer rule changes will be discussed at spring meetings
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:35:51 GMT)
We’re still over a month away from the SEC’s annual spring meetings down in Destin, Fla. but one item we might be able to confirm is on the agenda will be the graduate transfer rules for the conference. It’s a hot topic around the league and particularly so at Florida, which is in the mix to land Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire but can’t officially take him due to restrictions from the conference office. That may change however, as SEC commissioner Greg Sankey confirmed in a radio interview on Friday with ESPN Gainesville. “It will come up,” Sankey said, according to SECCountry.com. “I do think we need to look where we’ve been restrictive in the past because of the absence of national
College Football: 10 Records No One Has Been Able to Break
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:39:00 GMT)
Major college football has been around for well over 100 years. In the history of college football, very few records have proven to be far enough out of reach to stand the test of time. During the streak, head coach Bud Wilkinson led Oklahoma to recognized national titles in 1955 and 1956, and conference titles in all five seasons where the streak was alive.
UM spring scrimmage ends with no clear QB starter and N’Kosi Perry on deck
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:59:00 GMT)
If Miami Hurricanes fans were hoping to hear that one quarterback charged forward with such authority Saturday in the final spring scrimmage that he is the unquestioned leader, think again. Perhaps the biggest winner at Boca Raton High School, where the scrimmage/game was played in front of the media and about 500 friends, family members and guests, was high school senior N’Kosi Perry. The nationally heralded dual-threat prep quarterback, set to arrive on campus next month and battle for the starting job, chattered with fans and watched as no one among his future teammates wrested the starting job that NFL-bound Brad Kaaya relinquished. Heading into the summer as the co-leaders in the quarterback race are redshirt junior Malik Rosier and redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs.
UCF coach Scott Frost has a message for Charlie Strong, Lane Kiffin and Butch Davis
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:25:00 GMT)
UCF football coach Scott Frost seems a bit perturbed with all of the attention being given to the new high-profile coaches in the State of Florida — marquee names such as Charlie Strong at USF, Lane Kiffin at FAU and Butch Davis at FIU. Frost’s message comes in loud and clear: It’s not even close — UCF has so much more to offer recruits than all of the other non-Power Five schools in the talent-rich Sunshine State. “I took it as a little bit of a challenge when I would turn on ESPN and I would see segments on how tough recruiting was going to get in the State of Florida, and they would mention all of those other guys and not mention us,” Frost said on our Open Mike radio show. “We’re proud of
Malik Dixon tweets decision to transfer from USF
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:44:57 GMT)
This spring, Malik Dixon changed positions. Not long after, Dixon has decided to change football programs. In a missive penned and posted on his personal Twitter account, Dixon announced that, “[a]fter long talks and consideration with my family and friends, I think it would be best for me to transfer schools.” The redshirt freshman also revealed that he will be transferring to an unspecified junior college. “I would first like to thank USF football and its staff, [former head coach Willie] Taggart, and [current head coach Charlie] Strong for giving me the opportunity to play football at the college level and further my education,” Dixon wrote. “I have built relationships here that will last
Diary: Dorian Thompson-Robinson's mom talks Michigan spring game visit
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:58:37 GMT)
So, let me tell you, if December, January, and February weren’t eye openers for me during Dorian’s recruiting process, his unofficial visits have been. He can’t do anything official until September 1, so everything to this point has been unofficial. But I can assure you, Dorian is officially a popular young man. And while I know there are coaches salivating at the thought of landing a skilled dual-threat quarterback, I have my priority list and I would say there are several things in general I’m looking for in a school. One of which must be that they have to have a major medical school there, so in the event there is an injury, he can be immediately taken care of. UCLA obviously has that. And
Arkansas exploring having metal detectors at stadium this fall
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:03:01 GMT)
The Arkansas legislature recently exempted state colleges from a new concealed-carry handgun law but that has not stopped schools from worrying about safety at big events in their stadiums this fall. To that end, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the University of Arkansas has sent out a request for ‘metal detectors and advice on setting up the equipment to maximize both security and speed of entry.’ While school officials wouldn’t confirm metal detectors and new security measures would be in place this fall at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, it certainly appears we’re down that road eventually. “UAPD and Razorback Athletics are working jointly to prepare security plans to be submitted
Houston WRs coach Darrell Wyatt ‘steps down,’ replaced by Kenny Guiton
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:21:45 GMT)
There’s been a somewhat surprising shakeup to Major Applewhite‘s first coaching staff at Houston. The football program announced Friday that Darrell Wyatt had stepped down from his post as Cougars’ wide receivers coach “to pursue other career opportunities,” although there are rumors that the assistant had been dismissed. In the same release, UH also confirmed that Kenny Guiton has been hired as Wyatt’s replacement. “We’re very appreciative of Darrell’s contributions over the last 15 months and certainly wish him well,” said Applewhite in a statement. “We are excited for Kenny’s return to our program and know he’ll be welcomed by both our current and future student-athletes.” The hiring of Guiton
QB Anu Solomon hit rock bottom at Arizona, so he's got nowhere to go but up with Baylor
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:47:00 GMT)
"I hit rock bottom last year," Solomon said, "so I can't go anywhere but up." Solomon had considered Baylor as a senior at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School, and focused on Baylor again. Former Baylor quarterback Shawn Bell, newly added to Matt Rhule's staff, gave the sales pitch. Solomon chose Baylor even after Smith threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns in the Cactus Bowl. "Yeah, I watched the game and I saw Zach and how he competed," Solomon said. "That kind of excited me. All my life I've been competing and I'm not going to do anything different." One factor in Solomon's decision was the pro experience on Rhule's staff. Like all the other quarterbacks, Solomon is learning a new system