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  • Report: Backup Ohio State QB Collier tears ACL
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Ohio State's quarterback Stephen Collier, who was battling for the backup spot behind starter J.T. Barrett, suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and will be lost for the season, Eleven Warriors reported Wednesday.

    • An Ohio State spokesman confirmed to Eleven Warriors that Collier had surgery Wednesday, and said the quarterback is "most likely" out for the season.

      Collier is believed to have injured the knee during the Spring Game April 16.

      Collier was competing with redshirt freshman Joe Burrow for the backup job.

  • Iowa State lands Duke grad transfer Edwards
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Former Duke defensive back Evrett Edwards announced he will transfer to Iowa State for his senior season.

    • A graduate transfer who will be eligible to play immediately, Edwards visit Iowa State last month and also considered Maryland and Troy, according to CollegeFootballTalk.com.

      "Glad to announce that I will be playing football at Iowa State!" Edwards wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday.

      Edwards played in 25 games over the past two seasons after redshirt as a freshman for Duke. He appeared in 13 games last season as a reserve at the "Bandit" safety position, posting six tackles. The Woodbridge, Va. native had 20 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in 12 games in 2014.

  • Gophers DL Hall to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    Defensive end Mose Hall announced that he will transfer from the University of Minnesota.

    • The former three-star recruit from the Class of 2015 made the announcement on Twitter, but did not provide a reason for his departure from the Gophers program.

      "I want to thank the University of Minnesota for the opportunities that were presented to me over the past year," Hall wrote on Tuesday. "I want to thank my coaches, teammates, fans, and friends for the atmosphere and everything that they have done for me, but after much thought, I would like to announce that I am transferring from The University of Minnesota.

      Hall redshirted as a freshman, and will need to sit out the 2016 season if he transfers to another FBS school per NCAA rules.

  • Alabama adds The Citadel to 2018 schedule
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    The Citadel announced it has reached an agreement to play Alabama during the 2018 regular season.

    • The game, scheduled for Nov. 17, will be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in the first ever meeting between the two schools.

      "This is a fantastic opportunity for our program," The Citadel head coach Brent Thompson said in a statement. "These games are important for many reasons, and they allow us to provide our cadet-athletes with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I'm excited that our team will have the experience of playing in front of more than 100,000 fans against one of the premier teams in college football."

      The game is certainly not going to quiet the critics of non-conference scheduling by FBS schools. Since 1978, FCS programs have earned only seven victories against FBS opponents, although The Citadel said it has four of those wins in its press release. Alabama's other current non-conference games in 2018 are scheduled to be played against Louisville in Orlando and at home against Arkansas State. A fourth non-conference game has yet to be announced.

      Alabama does have non-conference games scheduled against traditional powers Southern Cal (2016 in Arlington, Texas) and Florida State (2017 in Atlanta) on neutral sites.

  • College football notebook: Auburn players face charges over pot
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Four Auburn football players, including defensive back Carlton Davis, a freshman All-America selection last season, were arrested over the weekend and cited on misdemeanor drug charges.

    • Along with Davis, defensive end Byron Cowart, wide receiver Ryan Davis and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson were arrested around 11 p.m.

      The four face second-degree possession of marijuana charges, a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama that carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail along with a $6,000 fine.

      Auburn coach Gus Malzahn released a statement and said, "I am aware of the situation and we will handle this matter appropriately."

      --Nathan Harris, a member of the Troy football team, was killed over the weekend when the motorcycle he was riding struck the back of a pickup.

      The 19-year-old Harris earned a spot on the team as a walk-on and eventually became the team's holder on field-goal attempts and extra points.

      The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Police are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

      --Five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson announced he has chosen to sign with California over Georgia and Notre Dame, his other two finalists.

      Robertson is rated as the No. 1 receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com, and originally committed to Alabama. However, he decommitted in April of 2015. He also considered Stanford, but could not qualify academically.

      It came as somewhat of a surprise that the Georgia native chose the Bears over the Bulldogs.

      --Former East Carolina quarterback Kurt Benkert confirmed he will enroll at the University of Virginia, 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!" Benkert tweeted Sunday.

      Benkert was named ECU's starter in August, only to sustain a right knee injury that ultimately ended his season. Blake Kemp took over the starting job and went on to pass for 2,658 yards and 16 touchdowns, and the Pirates also have former Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson among four quarterbacks on their roster.

  • Troy holder killed in motorcycle wreck
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Nathan Harris, a member of the Troy football team, was killed over the weekend when the motorcycle he was riding struck the back of a pickup.

    • The 19-year-old Harris earned a spot on the team as a walk-on and eventually became the team's holder on field-goal attempts and extra points.

      The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Police are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

      "Nate was a tremendous person and a very caring young man," Troy head coach Neal Brown said in a statement "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."

  • Four Auburn football players arrested on marijuana charges
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Four Auburn football players, including defensive back Carlton Davis, a freshman All-America selection last season, were arrested over the weekend and cited on misdemeanor drug charges.

    • Along with Davis, defensive end Byron Cowart, wide receiver Ryan Davis and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson were arrested around 11 p.m.

      The four face second-degree possession of marijuana charges, a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama that carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail along with a $6,000 fine.

      Auburn coach Gus Malzahn released a statement and said, "I am aware of the situation and we will handle this matter appropriately."

      Carlton Davis started nine games last season and had three interceptions.

      Cowart played in 12 games after being one of the top high school defensive end recruits.

      Ryan Davis redshirted last year.

      Dinson saw action in nine games before suffering a catastrophic knee injury that will likely sideline him this upcoming season.

  • 5-star WR recruit chooses Cal over Georgia
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson announced he has chosen to sign with California over Georgia and Notre Dame, his other two finalists.

    • Robertson is rated as the No. 1 receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com, and originally committed to Alabama. However, he decommitted in April of 2015. He also considered Stanford, but could not qualify academically.

      It came as somewhat of a surprise that the Georgia native chose the Bears over the Bulldogs.

      "I am excited to take my talents to the University of California, Berkeley," Robertson announced at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Sunday. "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."

      Landing Robertson is a big win for Cal coach Sonny Dykes, whose team tied for fourth in the Pac-12 last season at 8-5 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

      "Demetris is an outstanding young man who wants to be challenged academically and believes that Cal is a great fit for him," Dykes said. "We're really excited about getting Demetris into the University of California and our football program. 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."

  • Virginia lands former ECU QB Benkert
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 2, 2016

    Former East Carolina quarterback Kurt Benkert confirmed he will enroll at the University of Virginia, 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!" Benkert tweeted Sunday.

      Benkert was named ECU's starter last August, only to sustain a right knee injury that ultimately ended his season. Blake Kemp took over the starting job and went on to pass for 2,658 yards and 16 touchdowns, and the Pirates also have former Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson among four quarterbacks on their roster.

      Since he is scheduled to graduate this spring, Benkert will become immediately eligible for Virginia.

      With the Cavaliers, Benkert joins a depth chart that includes returning starter Matt Johns and Connor Brewer, a two-time transfer from Texas and Arizona.

  • Ray Lewis III arrested on sexual-conduct charges
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 29, 2016

    Coastal Carolina cornerback Ray Lewis III, the son of former NFL star Ray Lewis, was arrested Friday and charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    • Lewis allegedly sexually assaulted two women at an apartment on Jan. 23 near the campus in Conway, S.C.

      According to a police report, Lewis sexually assaulted an 18-year-old female who he knew was "incapacitated and/or physically helpless" while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

      Lewis is also accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female, but he has not yet been charged with a crime in regard to that allegation. That investigation is ongoing.

      Lewis, 20, turned himself in on Friday and was released 90 minutes later on $10,000 bond.

      He also was indefinitely suspended from the Coastal Carolina football team.

      "Once CCU became aware of an incident, the University immediately began facilitating the administrative investigation, which includes requests to Conway Police Department for the police report and other information pertaining to this case," the university said in a statement. "The University obtained the arrest warrant today.

      "Immediately upon arrest, Ray Lewis III was suspended indefinitely from the football team. The University continues its administrative investigation process."

      Lewis had 19 tackles as a sophomore in 2015 in his first season with the Chanticleers. He transferred from Miami, the alma mater of his father.

      Lewis' famous father had his own issues with the law back in 2000. The Baltimore Ravens standout was charged with two counts of murder after two people were stabbed to death outside a nightclub after the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

      Lewis eventually pled guilty to obstruction of justice. Lewis received a year of probation and was fined $250,000 by the NFL.

      His stellar career with the Baltimore Ravens ended in 2013 when he retired.

  • Ole Miss vows to 'aggressively investigate' Tunsil's admission
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 29, 2016

    Ole Miss vowed to "aggressively investigate" possible NCAA violations after Laremy Tunsil, the offensive tackle taken by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 13 NFL Draft pick, admitted he took money from a coach while playing for the Rebels.

    • "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 university said in a statement late Thursday night. "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."

      Tunsil spoke at a news conference after he was taken by the Dolphins on Thursday night in Chicago and an alleged hack of his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

      Tunsil tumbled to the Dolphins after a video appeared on his Twitter account just minutes before the start of the draft showing him smoking marijuana through a bong while wearing a gas mask.

      "It was a mistake. It happened years ago," Tunsil told the NFL Network of the video. "Someone hacked my Twitter account. It's a crazy world, things happen for a reason. I'm glad to be in Miami."

      Tunsil said he did not know who posted the video. In addition to the video, Tunsil was asked about screenshots of a text conversation he allegedly had with Ole Miss director of football operations John Miller in which Tunsil asked for money.

      "I made a mistake. That happened," Tunsil said.

      When asked if that meant he had taken money from a coach, Tunsil said, "I'd have to say yeah."

      Head coach Hugh Freeze was in the green room with Tunsil and fellow NFL first-round picks from Ole Miss -- wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (23rd overall to the Minnesota Vikings) and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (29th overall to the Arizona Cardinals).

      Ole Miss received a notice of allegations from the NCAA in January. The notice includes violations that led to Tunsil being suspended by the NCAA for the first seven games last season for accepting improper benefits.

  • NCAA reverses ban on satellite camps
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 28, 2016

    The NCAA board of directors on Thursday reversed a decision on football satellite camps and waived the ban that was put in place earlier this month after some schools complained about the practice.

    • The satellite camps were called into question during the past few months by Alabama coach Nick Saban and several conferences, including the SEC, who spoke out against them. The camps and clinics are used mainly during the summer by northern schools, primarily the Big Ten, in the South and fertile recruiting regions.

      Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer were among those complained after the ban, which restricted coaches from working at camps outside of a 50-mile radius from their schools, was put in place. Harbaugh made headlines last season by conducting satellite camps and working at clinics in the South.

      "It's clear that the membership has differing views on this subject, and the Council appreciates the Board's insights into this important issue," said Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips, who serves as the council chairman. "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."

      The SEC said in a statement that it disagreed with the reversal, but its schools will be permitted to hold summer camps. The ACC also will allow its coaches to work at the camps.

      "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," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said.

      The NCAA said in a statement that it will ask the Division I council, which enacted the ban, to research the FBS recruiting process and report back to the board of directors with recommendations by Sept. 1.

      "The Board of Directors is interested in a holistic review of the football recruiting environment, and camps are a piece of that puzzle," said South Carolina president Harris Pastides, who serves as the chairman of the board of directors. "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."

  • Idaho drops to FCS level
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 28, 2016

    The University of Idaho is dropping in status to the Football Championship Subdivision level beginning in 2018, the school announced Thursday.

    • Idaho will remain at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for the next two seasons. The move must still be formally approved by the Idaho State Board of Education.

      The Vandals will join the Big Sky Conference, the league they were in before jumping up to FBS in 1996.

      "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 has been pondering its future since being notified by the Sun Belt in March that the school's membership would not be renewed after the 2017 football season.

      "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," athletic director Rob Spear said in the statement.

      Idaho made the 1996 jump from the Big Sky along with Boise State but was unable to compete at the higher level.

      In the 20 seasons since moving into the largest division of college football, Idaho struggled to be competitive, averaging just 3.7 wins and posting just three winning seasons.

      The current stint with the Sun Belt began in 2014 and is the school's second stretch in the league.

      A move to FCS means the football program will reduce the number of scholarships, per NCAA guidelines, to 63 from 85.

      Other football members of the Big Sky are Cal Poly, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis and Weber State.

  • Report: Idaho to drop down to FCS
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    The University of Idaho is set to become the first program in history to move from FBS to the FCS level.

    • According to multiple reports, the school is expected to announce Thursday that its football program will rejoin the Big Sky Conference, which is made up of FCS schools.

      The Vandals played football in the Big Sky from 1963 to 1995. In the 20 years since moving into the largest division of college football, Idaho struggled to be competitive, averaging just 3.7 wins and posting just three winning seasons.

      Idaho and New Mexico State were dropped in April by the Sun Belt Conference as football-playing members. The schools are halfway through a four-year associate membership with the Sun Belt and will remain in the conference through 2017.

      If Idaho had stayed in FBS, it likely would have played as an independent, which is considered cost prohibitive for the school. The Vandals finished with a 4-8 record last year.

      A move to FCS means the football program will reduce the number of scholarships, per NCAA guidelines, to 63 from 85.

      Other football members of the Big Sky are Cal Poly, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, UC Davis and Weber State.

  • Stepfather sues projected early draft pick Tunsil
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Laremy Tunsil is facing another lawsuit from his stepfather as the former Ole Miss offensive tackle prepares for the NFL Draft.

    • Lindsey Miller, Tunsil's stepfather, alleges in the suit that Tunsil attacked him last June and verbally abused him, leading to "intentional infliction of emotional distress." Tunsil said he was acting in defense of his mother.

      Tunsil is expected to be among the first names called after the draft begins Thursday night in Chicago.

      Miller wants compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees, pre- and post-judgment interest and all costs associated with the suit because of "past, present and future bodily injury, pain and suffering, severe emotional distress, medical costs, damage to reputation, and/or other types of damages that he has incurred (and will likely continue to incur)," according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

      Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is mentioned in the suit.

      "Defendant Tunsil knew, or should have known, that Coach Hugh Freeze, in particular, would repeat his remarks to local, state, and/or national media given Defendant Tunsil's critical role on the Ole Miss football team. In fact, Coach Freeze and/or others did just that. As a result, Defendant Tunsil's malicious statements, as repeated by Coach Freeze and others, caused irreparable damage to Mr. Miller's reputation, the nature and scope of which will be determined at trial."

      The case was dropped last August with Tunsil and Miller agreed not to pursue domestic violence charges.

      Tunsil also was ruled last year to have received impermissible benefits and was suspended for the first seven games of Ole Miss' 2015 season.

      The NCAA determined after an investigation that Tunsil had access to "three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket and one day use of a rental vehicle."

      NFLDraftScout.com projects that Tunsil will be the No. 6 pick in this year's draft. He finished his college career allowing just two sacks in 29 games.

  • Eastern Michigan: We're not dropping football
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Eastern Michigan responded to a report that suggested students and faculty favored dropping football at the school by saying Tuesday that it plans to continue playing at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

    • A letter signed by interim president Donald Loppnow, president-elect James Smith and members of the Board of Regents called the report that appeared in the Detroit Free Press false.

      There are "absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference," the administration said in the letter. "Any headlines or claims that Eastern is considering dropping football, or reducing our support of the program in any way, are false."

      Eastern Michigan plays in the Mid-American Conference, which is made up of FBS teams in football and Division I programs in all other sports.

      The Free Press reported that faculty and students wanted the university to drop football as a cost-saving measure or move to lower levels in Division II or Division III, citing the program's lack of competitiveness.

      "Culturally and geographically, EMU football will simply never succeed from an attendance and financial standpoint," faculty member Howard Bunsis told the Board of Regents at a meeting 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."

      The administration's response came Tuesday in an open letter that read:

      "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.

      "We are 100 percent supportive of our current Athletics administration, particularly Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke. She has assembled an outstanding support team and we already have seen positive results in terms of continuing Eastern's championship traditions in a number of our sports, as well as in many new initiatives to increase revenues. As an example, year-to-date, fundraising has increased by nearly $430,000.

      "Two-and-a-half years ago, she hired an outstanding football coach in Chris Creighton. Now entering his third year and with the majority of the team now made up of his recruits, we believe the best is ahead in terms of on the field and academic performance. We believe very strongly in Coach Creighton and his efforts to rebuild the program.

      "We want to collectively reiterate that any notion, suggestion, or headline that in any way suggests Eastern is considering eliminating football or moving into another conference or division, is absolutely false. We will remain proud members of the Mid-American Conference football family for a long, long time."

  • Department of Justice looking into satellite-camp decision
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 25, 2016

    The NCAA's controversial decision to shut down satellite camps has caught the eye of the U.S. Department of Justice.

    • According to USA Today, the department has begun an informal inquiry to determine whether banning such camps jeopardizes opportunities for lower-income students to earn scholarships.

      On April 8, the NCAA Division I council voted to shut down satellite camps, saying schools could only conduct clinics or camps at their own facilities.

      A number of schools use satellite camps to study prospects outside their normal recruiting region. Michigan, for one, has held a number of such camps in the heart of the Southeastern Conference.

      As expected, the NCAA decision was met by some schools, specifically Big Ten schools Ohio State and Michigan, with disdain.

      Ohio State's Urban Meyer was vocally upset and talked about the demise of such camps and how hundreds of players have earned scholarships thanks to these camps.

      "I wish they'd revisit that part of it. I think there's a knee-jerk reaction because people complained and I get that," Meyer explained earlier this month.

      The NCAA Division I Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on Thursday in Indianapolis to approve rules passed by the council.

  • Miami suspends RB Walton
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 23, 2016

    Sophomore running back Mark Walton of the Miami Hurricanes was suspended from the team following a recent arrest, the university confirmed on Saturday to Local10 News.

    • The Associated Press reported that Walton was charged with DUI and that other charges are pending.

      "We are aware of the situation regarding Mark Walton and we have taken immediate action by suspending him from the team," Athletics Director Blake James told Local 10 News. "We have no further comment at the time."

      Walton amassed 1,054 all-purpose yards and scored 10 touchdowns for the Hurricanes last season. He rushed for 56 yards on 10 carries in Miami's spring game.

  • Notre Dame to end Shamrock Series
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 21, 2016

    Notre Dame plans a modified schedule marked with major programs and the end of the Shamrock Series.

    • Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said after this year's Nov. 12 game with Army the Shamrock Series, in which Notre Dame plays a relocated home game in a major city, the series will be paused to allow the Irish to maximize its home schedule.

      That revised schedule could soon include a renewal of the rivalry with Michigan, which has the support of Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh and the new atheltic administration staff.

      Swarbrick told ESPN "some remarkably challenging" games would be announced soon as Notre Dame attempts to keep up with the daunting schedules of other major football powerhouses bound by a conference schedule, such as Alabama and Clemson.

      "That's our obligation in this system," Swarbrick said. "Our 12 better compare with anybody's 13. That's the way we're approaching scheduling."

  • Syracuse DBs Scissum, Winfield allegedly stabbed by ex-teammate
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 17, 2016

    Former Syracuse football player Naesean Howard has been charged with stabbing two of his former teammates, according to published reports Sunday.

    • Howard allegedly stabbed defensive backs Chauncey Scissum and Corey Winfield on Saturday. Winfield is listed in stable condition at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, while Scissum is resting comfortably.

      Police said both Scissum and Winfield were stabbed multiple times and had non-life threatening injuries. It was unclear what prompted the stabbings.

      Howard, 20, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was dismissed from the football team during the 2014 season.

      "We are aware of this incident and our focus right now is on supporting our two students as they recover," Syracuse senior vice president of public affairs Kevin Quinn said in a statement. "The accused individual, who knew the victims, has been suspended from the university indefinitely. We do not tolerate any act of violence and the safety of our campus and community is a top priority."

      Scissum, 21, is a junior safety who had 43 tackles in 2015. Winfield is a junior cornerback who had 30 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks last season.

  • Cal settles Agu wrongful death suit for $4.75M
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Three months after publicly accepting the university was negligent in the death of former football player Ted Agu, Cal-Berkeley reached an agreement on a $4.75 million settlement of a wrongful death suit.

    • "The university is glad to have reached a resolution with the Agu family, as it has been a difficult process for everyone involved," UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof said Thursday. "Now UC Berkeley can continue to focus its energies on enhancing the safety and well-being of student-athletes."

      Almost two years passed before Cal admitted fault in January.

      Agu died Feb. 7, 2014, at age 21 after a conditioning drill during offseason workouts.

      A medical examiner initially identified the cause of his collapse during a drill as a heart condition. It was later determined that Agu's death was associated with a sickle cell trait that made him more susceptible to heat stroke and the breakdown of muscle during high-intensity workouts.

      Since Agu's death, new policies and protocols are in place, including prohibiting the use of "high-risk physical activity" as punishment. The reform was required as part of the settlement and insisted upon by the Agu family.

      The conditioning drill involving a weighted rope and sprinting up and down a steep inclined street 10 times. Teammates deposed said Agu was clearly struggling for a long period of time before coaches and trainers came to his aid. One teammate, offensive lineman Matt Cochran, said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle that he saw Agu fall several times.

      "On behalf of the family, we are pleased that Cal has accepted responsibility, monetarily acknowledged the enormity of the loss suffered, and taken critically important reforms aimed at preventing these tragedies from occurring to others," Steve Yerrid, an attorney for the Agu family, said in a statement.

  • Petrino gets new seven-year deal from Louisville
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, April 14, 2016

    Louisville and head football coach Bobby Petrino on Thursday agreed to a new seven-year deal that keeps the 55-year-old Petrino with the Cardinals through 2023.

    • Petrino led the Cardinals to an 8-5 record and a win in the Music City Bowl over Texas A&M last season

      "I do like where we are at right now," Petrino told wlyk.com. "I really think that as a program we are making strides in the right direction. Academically, our guys are graduating at the end of their eligibility. ... I think that's something that's important and something that's been different my second time back," Petrino added.

      Petrino becomes the third highest paid coach in the ACC behind Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. According to reports, the deal is worth $30.6 million.

      Since returning to Louisville two years ago, Petrino has worked his magic leading the Cardinals to a 17-9 record and a pair of bowl bids.

      He previously led the Cardinals from 2003 to 2006 and in each season Louisville went to a bowl game.

      "I love the growth of this program," athletic director Tom Jurich said. "I love how the young kids are developing. I love how our old kids are graduating."

  • Former Baylor DE Oakman faces sexual assault charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman, who was expected to be taken in the upcoming NFL Draft, was arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted a female Baylor student earlier this month, the Waco Tribune reported Wednesday.

    • NFLdraftscout.com projected Oakman to be taken in the third round of the draft, ranking him as the 11th-best defensive end prospect and the 92nd-best prospect overall.

      A charge as serious sexual assault could hurt his draft status significantly.

      According to the Tribune report, Oakman, Baylor's career sack leader, was waiting to be booked into the jail Wednesday afternoon.

      Waco police searched his residence on April 3 looking for evidence to support the woman's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Oakman.

      Oakman told Waco police the sexual contact was consensual.

      The police affidavit said the woman claimed she met Oakman at a Waco bar and asked her if she wanted to go to his residence. Once they got to Oakman's residence, she claimed he forced her into a bedroom.

      The Tribune reported that court records showed the woman went to the hospital after the alleged assault and was examined by a sexual assault nurse examiner.

      Oakman, 24, graduated from Baylor in December.

      He sent a message on his Twitter account at 8:06 a.m. April 3 that said, "The devil will come and try to strip you of everything you worked for."

      If Oakman is found guilty, this incident would affect his chances of being drafted, especially after he was dismissed from the team at Penn State as a redshirt freshman, reportedly for grabbing the wrist of a store clerk.

      Strictly from a football perspective, Oakman was not as highly regarded by scouts as his hype might suggest.

      At an imposing 6 feet 8 and 287 pounds, Oakman certainly has the frame and physique of a highly drafted NFL prospect. With a three-sack performance in the Senior Bowl a noteworthy exception, however, Oakman's production rarely matched his perceived potential in 2015, when his sack numbers dropped from a career-high 11 in 2014 to just 4.5 this past season.

      He had a significant dropoff from his breakout 2014 season.

  • Iowa DE Ott loses medical hardship appeal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Iowa defensive end Drew Ott was denied a medical hardship waiver for an extra year of eligibility and will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

    • Ott confirmed Wednesday that the NCAA rejected his appeal for a fifth year with the Hawkeyes. He suffered elbow and knee injuries last season that limited him to six games.

      For months, Ott had waited for a decision and was unable to work out for NFL teams while in limbo and because of his injuries. The Big Ten approved a waiver, but the NCAA did not agree, ending his career at Iowa after four seasons.

      Iowa argued that while Ott played in more than 30 percent of the Hawkeyes' 14 games last season, he missed significant time in those games because of the injuries. A dislocated elbow suffered in the second game limited Ott's playing time before he sustained a torn ACL in the sixth game that ended his season -- and ultimately his college career.

      "Finding out that my time has come to an end here at Iowa leaves me with a lot of people to thank," Ott said in an Instagram post. "Thank you to my coaches for giving me the opportunity, believing in me, and staying with me through this whole process. Hawkeye fans, you have been amazing and thank you for the constant support. I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without my friends and family."

      Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz expressed dissatisfaction with the decision, particularly with the length of the process.

      "I'm disappointed for Drew and I'm really quite frankly disappointed with the decision and disappointed with the process," Ferentz said.

      With Ott now gone from the program, redshirt freshman Matt Nelson will be the favorite to start at defensive end next fall. He filled in last year after Ott went down.

      Ott was named second-team All-Big Ten after the 2014 season when he led the team in tackles for loss with 12 and sacks with eight. He started 31 of the final 32 games of his Iowa career, including 19 straight before the injuries, after playing in five games as a true freshman in 2012.

  • USC hires Swann as new AD
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    USC named Lynn Swann as the Trojans' new athletic director to succeed Pat Haden on July 1, the school announced Wednesday.

    • The 64-year-old Swann, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, becomes the third consecutive former USC football player to hold the position.

      Haden announced in February that he will retire on June 30.

      Swann, a four-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers as their wide receiver, was selected with the 21st overall pick of the NFL Draft in 1974. After his playing days, Swann went on to a lengthy broadcasting career.

      "To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan," USC president Max Nikias said in a statement. "He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence."

      Swann won a national championship at USC while playing for coach John McKay in 1972 when the Trojans went 12-0. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in public relations.

      "I am excited about coming back to USC -- its growth and success under President Nikias has been phenomenal and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of that," Swann said. "As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience.

      "USC opened doors for me. I learned about myself, and my education created a pathway to go forward. I was always looking toward preparing for that career beyond football."

      USC has scheduled a news conference with Swann on Thursday.

      The 63-year-old Haden, a former USC quarterback, will remain with the school for one year to help guide the renovation of the Coliseum. He has run the Trojans' athletic department for 5 1/2 years, taking over from Mike Garrett, a former USC running back, in 2010.

      Former USC head coach Pete Carroll, now with the Seattle Seahawks, took to Twitter to congratulate Swann.

      "Excited to hear Lynn Swann is the next Athletic Director at USC! He will be an outstanding leader and great champion for the Trojan cause!" Carroll tweeted.

      Former USC player Ronnie Lott wrote on Twitter, "Lynn Swann is a Hall Of Fame person and leader. This is wonderful news."