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Police: Dismissed Michigan State player sexually assaulted woman while girlfriend waited in car
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:11:46 GMT)
It made perfect sense why Mark Dantonio dismissed Auston Robertson from his Michigan State football team on Friday. Now it really makes sense. Friday, reports surfaced that Robertson was facing a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony, stemming from an April 9 incident. At the time, no details of what led to the charge were divulged; now, they have been. From mlive.com, detailing the testimony of Meridian Township (Mich.) police detective Rebecca Payne during a court hearing: … the alleged victim said she ran into Robertson at a party at around 11 p.m. on April 8 in East Lansing. After the victim accompanied Robertson and a friend to a local pizza place, Robertson’s girlfriend
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
Mark Richt talks David Njoku, Brad Kaaya, more
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:22:30 GMT)
As the draft approaches, we’ve talked to more than a few NCAA coaches. Friday’s PFT Live include a visit from Miami coach Mark Richt, who has a couple of intriguing prospects in the 2017 draft. I asked specifically about tight end David Njoku and quarterback Brad Kaaya. “The big thing for him is he does have a rare athleticism at that tight end position,” Richt said of Njoku. “The length, the speed, and the quickness. Sometimes when guys are longer and they weigh 245, 250 [pounds] they don’t have the quicks. But he’s got great quick twitch. He’s got great body control. He can catch a ball in kind of any position you can ask for. He’s a much tougher online blocker than people want to give him
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.
Former Tennesse RB Jalen Hurd to play WR at Baylor, per report
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:37:15 GMT)
Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd will become Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd, according to a report from ESPN’s Jake Trotter. Hurd announced on Halloween he would leave the Vols roster, seeking a change in position as well as scenery. After visits to Ohio State and Louisville, Hurd trekked to Waco for the Bears’ spring game on Saturday, where he indicated on Twitter afterward that he would become a Bear. Trotter filed afterward, citing a source, that Hurd will indeed become the latest member of the Bears’ wide receiving corps. Hurd is a physical freak that will excel at whatever position he plays. As a 6-foot-2 running back, he toted the rock 589 times for 2,635 yards with 20 touchdowns in his
A Deshaun Watson breakdown from someone who knows him best
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:30:33 GMT)
There were two minutes left and 68 yards between Deshaun Watson and a national championship comeback victory against mighty Alabama, and not a single soul on the Clemson sideline, or in the Clemson huddle, was sweating it. “When we looked up at the clock and saw there was two minutes left, we knew there was a good chance we could go win this thing, and everybody in the huddle felt the same way,” Clemson assistant coach/quarterbacks and recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter said by phone. “Before the season, Coach [Dabo] Swinney asked everybody in the program to pick a word for themselves to help encourage them and help them get through the season. And Deshaun’s word was ‘legendary.’ “And so,
Bears' defensive back needs spotlight three candidates for No. 3 pick
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:31:36 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
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.
Which College Is Getting the Most Value for Its NFL Talent?
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:26:00 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.
Ray Lewis’ son reportedly 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.
Michigan meets with refugees as part of Italian Spring Break trip
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:37:59 GMT)
Michigan is in Rome for Spring Break and Jim Harbaugh determined an act of charity would be the Wolverines’ first item of business upon landing on Italian soil. After landing in Rome at 9 a.m. local time, the Wolverines immediately headed to the Borghese Gardens, where they distributed backpacks filled with blankets, shirts and shorts to refugees. “What an experience,” quarterback Wilton Speight told the Toledo Blade. “I saw on the itinerary that we were going to have an opportunity to meet some refugees, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this where we could dive into each other’s lives and teach each other a thing or two about our background, our culture, our favorite sport. It’s been
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.
What we learned: Hayes, Book star in Notre Dame’s spring finale
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:01:10 GMT)
Time spent on a traditional game wrap of a spring intrasquad exhibition seems misspent. Gold won Notre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold Game 27-14 led by rising sophomore quarterback Ian Book. The first-string defense (Gold) held the first-string offense to an average of 5.4 yards per play. For context’s sake: Last season Notre Dame gained an average of 6.1 yards per play and held opponents to 5.4. With that abbreviated recap out of the way, what did Saturday’s pseudo-game environment show about the Irish? If the 20,147 in attendance paid attention, they had the chance to learn a few things: Daelin Hayes will be ready to hit a quarterback in September Notre Dame’s quarterbacks were off limits all spring.
QB controversy in Tuscaloosa? Freshman Tua Tagovailoa impresses at Alabama spring game
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:15:07 GMT)
Alabama’s annual A-Day spring game took place at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday and those tuning in to the Crimson team’s last minute 27-24 win over the White team had to be especially impressed with the Tide’s explosive offense under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. In particular that comes at the quarterback position, where there might be more of a controversy at the spot than first thought. Incumbent Jalen Hurts was very sharp on his downfield passes but his strong outing (301 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) was overshadowed by true freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who simply stole the show down in Tuscaloosa. The early enrollee signal-caller from Hawaii jumped onto the scene in
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
'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.
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
Iowa no closer to naming a starting quarterback after spring practice wraps up
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:08:22 GMT)
Iowa wrapped up spring football on Friday night as the Hawkeyes held their annual spring game under the lights at Kinnick Stadium. One of the biggest storylines surrounding the team heading into the 2017 season is what kind of improvements will be made on offense and, in particular, who will start at quarterback. Despite having 15 practices over the past month or so, it appears the Hawkeyes are not close to naming a starter however. “We’d probably do a coin toss, literally do a coin toss,” head coach Kirk Ferentz told the media on Friday regarding which quarterback would start if there was a game tomorrow. “But luckily we’re going to have at least 15, 18 practices before we make that decision.
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
Maryland adds associate head coach title to wide receivers coach Chris Beatty’s resume
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:48:59 GMT)
Just before the Terps’ spring football game on Saturday, Maryland has added a title and given a promotion to wide receivers coach Chris Beatty. The Terrapin Times is first reported the change, which was later confirmed on the school’s official website. Beatty is highly regarded for his recruiting abilities and played a big role in the team’s strong close to National Signing Day a few months ago. He joined the staff in College Park last year when head coach D.J. Durkin was hired and has recently had coaching stops at Virginia, Wisconsin and Illinois. The title is a nice reward for Beatty and comes a few months after the previous holder of that associate head coach title, Mike London, left the
Following spring practice, will Notre Dame continue habitual progress?
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:00:32 GMT)
“He’s taking care of business off the field, which invariably it always comes back to this,” Kelly said Wednesday. “If you’re taking care of work in the classroom and you’re starting the day right, making your bed—I’m just using that analogy—if you start the day right, it’s going to trend the right way and it’s trending the right way on the field for him.” Mack is the most obvious example of a needed change in habits. When you miss a season due to academic issues, reconfiguring your priorities becomes a topic of conversation. His instance, though, serves as a readily-cited example of a more widespread concern. Of all the optimistic conversation and concerted change following last season’s 4-8
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
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.
Cameron Rising Flips to Texas
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
The recent tribulations of Sooners recruiting continued on Saturday night, as 2018 QB commit Cameron Rising flipped his decision from Oklahoma to Texas in a twitter post. Sooners fans have watched with some trepidation as Rising continued to take trips and keep his options open, but the announcement still comes as a surprise — especially since Oklahoma legacy Casey Thompson committed to UT earlier this month. Rising was at the UT spring game, but he also attended OU’s the week before. Everything seemed more or less status-quo from the QB, who committed to OU way back in August 2016. Rising, a four-star prospect from Newbury Park, Calif., is currently one of the ten best pro-style prospects in
O-line update: Brumfield has 'hold' on starting gig, Magee started with No. 1 unit and more
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:35:00 GMT)
LSU's offensive line is taking shape, and Garrett Brumfield is a part of it. Brumfield, a University High product and redshirt junior, has a "hold" on the starting left guard position, Orgeron said, but the competition there isn't over. He started at the spot with the No. 1 offense during Saturday's spring game. Brumfield is thought to be battling freshman Austin Deculus and sophomore Donavaughn Campbell for Will Clapp's old gig. Clapp "is going to be our starting center," Orgeron insisted Saturday night. "Garrett has a hold on it right now," Orgeron said of Brumfield. "I think he’s going to be the starter, but it’s not guaranteed." As for Deculus, a midyear enrollee, "He’s a second-teamer now.
4-star OU QB commit Cameron Rising flips to Texas
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Just over a week after landing a Sooner state quarterback in Casey Thompson, Tom Herman and his staff have flipped an Oklahoma commit, with four-star Newberry Park (Calif.) quarterback Cameron Rising announcing his commitment to the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. From Rising’s Twitter announcement: “I wanted to be sure so I visited more schools and even returned to Oklahoma for their spring game. Again, Oklahoma came out on top. AND THEN I WENT TO TEXAS and got that feeling Coach Smith told me about. I could feel the energy throughout the entire program - the coaches, players, recruits and fans. I want to be a part of building something special, something historic and know that Texas is the place
Miami Beach Bowl sold and will be moving
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:06:00 GMT)
Three and done for the Miami Beach Bowl. The only football game played at Marlins Park, on the ground the Orange Bowl once sat — or, if you prefer, the bowl game played on a baseball field and named for a city smaller than the city in which it actually was played — has been sold by the American Athletic Conference to ESPN Events. The game will leave the state, but take the AAC. On the opponent side, the rotation of conferences that includes FIU and FAU’s Conference USA likely will remain. Only three Miami Beach Bowls were played. ESPN broadcast each. The AAC didn’t want to get into financial specifics of the game. ESPN spokesman Derek Volner said the network wouldn’t elaborate on all its reasons