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  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    OSU DE Bosa injures foot
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ohio State All-America defensive end Joey Bosa suffered a foot injury and will be in a walking boot for about two weeks.

    • One of the top defensive players in the country and a potential top pick in next year's NFL draft was seen at a job fair on Friday at Ohio State using a scooter to get around.

      The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Bosa recorded 13 1/2 sacks and 21 tackles for loss during the Buckeyes' championship run last season.

      Bosa was said to have been using the scooter as a precautionary measure. Ohio State called his injury a foot sprain.

      When asked about the injury, Bosa shrugged and said "It's not a big deal. Two weeks and I'll be out of it."

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    College football notebook: QB Miller expected to remain at Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expects quarterback Braxton Miller will play for the school this fall and has no plans for him to switch positions.

    • "He's playing for Ohio State this fall," Meyer told reporters at a news conference Friday.

      Miller, who was the Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013, missed the 2014 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder suffered during preseason camp.

      Rumors have circulated that Miller would use the graduate transfer option for his final season of eligibility. He graduated this spring from Ohio State.

      Behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, the Buckeyes defeated Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff in January.

      Jones is preparing for a highly anticipated battle with J.T. Barrett and Miller for the starting quarterback job in the fall.

      After Miller sustained the torn labrum, Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record before fracturing his

      ankle in the Buckeyes' regular-season finale against Michigan last year. Jones then took over and went 3-0 as a starter, winning the Big Ten Championship Game and the CFP semifinal and title game.

      Meyer said Friday that Miller has been working hard on his rehab and has progressed to throwing up to 35 yards this summer.

      "He's in the best shape he's ever been in his life," Meyer said. "He's working his tail off."

      Some believe Miller's NFL future is at receiver or running back.

      "The objective is to get him healthy," Meyer said, "and be an Ohio State quarterback."

      ---Ten days after Florida State landed Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson, Seminoles quarterback John Franklin plans to transfer to another school.

      Franklin, a rising sophomore, had entered the offseason considered the No. 2 quarterback on Florida State's depth chart behind Sean Maguire. Franklin missed the spring game due to an injury, allowing backup quarterbacks De'Andre Johnson and J.J. Cosentino to get more snaps in the game.

      After redshirting as a freshman, Franklin appeared in two games at FSU but spent much of the time on the scout team. He was a three-star member of Florida State's 2013 recruiting class.

      On Friday, Franklin posted this statement on his Instagram account:

      "I want to first and foremost thank Coach Jimbo Fisher for being the first coach to take a chance on me at playing Quarterback out of high school. He saw something in me that many other schools looked over and for that I will forever be greatful. I want to thank all the coaches for taking me under their wing and treating me as one of their own. Want to thank the one and only Nole Nation for supporting me while I was here at FSU. No matter where I end up I will always be a Nole at heart. Lastly, want to thank my teammates for being a family away from home."

      ---University of Minnesota linebacker De'Niro Laster said he will transfer to a school closer to his Cleveland home due to a family situation.

      "I'm transferring home to be closer to my family, as we are going through a difficult family situation right now," Laster told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune via text message. "I will miss all of my teammates and the fans dearly! I don't have a school picked right now, but I will have one in the upcoming week. I love Coach (Jerry) Kill, and I am thankful and honored for what we did there as a program. I wish the best to all my teammates and coaches!"

      If he transfers to an FBS school, Laster will be required to sit out the 2015 season. He could play immediately if he transfered to an FCS or lower-level program. Laster played in nine games last season after redshirting in 2013. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

      ---John Kenny announced he plans to enroll at the University of Arizona and will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in 2016 after sitting out a year per NCAA transfer rules.

      Kenny announced two weeks ago that he would transfer from the University of Iowa, and he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

      Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez offered Kenny a scholarship two years ago. Kenny chose Iowa, where he began as a linebacker before moving to fullback for the 2014 season. He did not log any carries, but did catch four passes for 27 yards.

      ---The Southeastern Conference will distribute an NCAA-record $435 million, with each of the 14 schools receiving $31.01 million, ESPN.com reported.

      Each SEC member will receive an increase of more than $10 million per school from last year's payout of $20.9 million per school, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

      The SEC made $455 million in total revenue based on the revenue-sharing plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 1, but $20 million was retained by institutions that participated in bowl games last season.

      The jump in revenue was, in large part, because of the SEC Network, which is currently in its ninth month.

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    Gophers OLB Lester to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    University of Minnesota linebacker De'Niro Laster said he will transfer to a school closer to his Cleveland home due to a family situation.

    • "I'm transferring home to be closer to my family, as we are going through a difficult family situation right now," Laster told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune via text message. "I will miss all of my teammates and the fans dearly! I don't have a school picked right now, but I will have one in the upcoming week.

      "I love Coach (Jerry) Kill, and I am thankful and honored for what we did there as a program. I wish the best to all my teammates and coaches!"

      If he transfers to an FBS school, Laster will be required to sit out the 2015 season. He could play immediately if he transfered to an FCS or lower-level program.

      Laster played in nine games last season after redshirting in 2013. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    Arizona lands former Iowa LB/FB Kenny
    By The Sports Xchange

    John Kenny announced he plans to enroll at the University of Arizona and will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in 2016 after sitting out a year per NCAA transfer rules. Kenny announced two weeks ago that he would transfer from the University of Iowa, and he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

    • Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez offered Kenny a scholarship two years ago. Kenny chose Iowa, where he began as a linebacker before moving to fullback for the 2014 season. He did not log any carries, but did catch four passes for 27 yards.

      "can't wait to get out to Tucson and keep chasing my dream #beardown," Kenny tweeted Thursday night.

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    QB Lambert to visit Florida, Georgia
    By The Sports Xchange

    After missing out on Everett Golson, the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs are showing interest in former Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert.

    • Golson visited with both schools earlier this month before choosing Florida State. Lambert received his release from Virginia two weeks ago and is scheduled to visit the Bulldogs this weekend, per the Athens Banner-Herald, while 247Sports.com reported he will travel to Florida on Monday.

      The Gators currently have only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in Treon Harris and Will Grier, who were competing for the starting job during the spring. The Bulldogs currently have a three-player race between Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park to replace Hutson Mason.

      Scheduled to receive his degree from Virginia in June, Lambert (6-5, 225) has two years of eligibility remaining and would be immediately eligible to play for either team as a graduate transfer. He three 11 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 12 games last season and was passed by Matt Johns on the depth chart during the spring.

      Colorado State, Fresno State and Purdue have also shown interest in Lambert.

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    Meyer says QB Miller will remain at Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expects quarterback Braxton Miller will play for the school this fall and has no plans for him to switch positions.

    • "He's playing for Ohio State this fall," Meyer told reporters at a news conference Friday.

      Miller, who was the Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013, missed the 2014 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder suffered during preseason camp.

      Rumors have circulated that Miller would use the graduate transfer option for his final season of eligibility. He graduated this spring from Ohio State.

      Behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, the Buckeyes defeated Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff in January.

      Jones is preparing for a highly anticipated battle with J.T. Barrett and Miller for the starting quarterback job in the fall.

      After Miller sustained the torn labrum, Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record before fracturing his

      ankle in the Buckeyes' regular-season finale against Michigan last year. Jones then took over and went 3-0 as a starter, winning the Big Ten Championship Game and the CFP semifinal and title game.

      Barrett and Miller, still recovering from injuries, were on hand April 18 when the Buckeyes set a college football record for spring-game attendance when 99,391 turned out to watch the Scarlet beat the Gray 17-14 in Ohio Stadium. Jones finished 19 of 42 for 304 yards and two touchdowns..

      Meyer said Friday that Miller has been working hard on his rehab and has progressed to throwing up to 35 yards this summer.

      "He's in the best shape he's ever been in his life," Meyer said. "He's working his tail off."

      Some believe Miller's NFL future is at receiver or running back.

      "The objective is to get him healthy," Meyer said, "and be an Ohio State quarterback."

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    Florida State QB Franklin plans to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ten days after Florida State landed Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson, Seminoles quarterback John Franklin plans to transfer to another school.

    • Franklin, a rising sophomore, had entered the offseason considered the No. 2 quarterback on Florida State's depth chart behind Sean Maguire. Franklin missed the spring game due to an injury, allowing backup quarterbacks De'Andre Johnson and J.J. Cosentino to get more snaps in the game.

      After redshirting as a freshman, Franklin appeared in two games at FSU but spent much of the time on the scout team. He was a three-star member of Florida State's 2013 recruiting class.

      On Friday, Franklin posted this statement on his Instagram account: "I want to first and foremost thank Coach Jimbo Fisher for being the first coach to take a chance on me at playing Quarterback out of high school. He saw something in me that many other schools looked over and for that I will forever be greatful. I want to thank all the coaches for taking me under their wing and treating me as one of their own. Want to thank the one and only Nole Nation for supporting me while I was here at FSU. No matter where I end up I will always be a Nole at heart. Lastly, want to thank my teammates for being a family away from home. I've built relationships with yall boys that no one will ever be able to understand nor break up. I'm going to miss grinding on the field and all the love we shared together. Some people may not understand why I decided to leave, but this is my life and I'm doing what is best for me to continue reaching my dreams and making them reality. I appreciate all the love and support as I go through this transition and I’m looking forward to see what God has in store for me in the near future. Thank you."

      He added that, "Any schools that are interested in me or want to talk feel free to message me on any social media. I'm open to all schools right now."

      Franklin, also a track standout, moved to wide receiver early last season but eventually shifted back to quarterback. On the scout team, he often acted as a scrambling quarterback when the Seminoles prepared to face mobile quarterbacks.

      Golson's arrival could have been the tipping point for Franklin. Golson announced his decision to leave South Bend on May 19, ending months of speculation about where the former Fighting Irish starter would land after he publicly declared last year that he wanted to play his final season elsewhere.

      Golson immediately improves Florida State's quarterback situation, which was riddled with uncertainty after the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a sophomore who left school early and was ultimately chosen No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

  • Friday, May 29, 2015
    SEC schools to each receive $31.2 million payout
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Southeastern Conference will distribute an NCAA-record $436.8 million, with each of the 14 schools receiving $31.2 million.

    • Each SEC member will receive an increase of more than $10 million per school from last year's payout of $20.9 million per school, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

      The SEC made $455.8 million in total revenue based on the revenue-sharing plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 1, but $20 million was retained by institutions that participated in bowl games last season.

      The jump in revenue was, in large part, because of the SEC Network, which is currently in its ninth month.

      The Big 12 will distribute "north of $250 million," sources told ESPN. The Big Ten distributed $338.9 million during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to IRS filings.

      In addition, at the SEC's spring meetings in Destin, Fla., the league increased the fine for schools rushing the field to $50,000 for a first offense, $100,000 for a second offense and $250,000 for a third offense. The previous amounts were $5,000, $10,000 and $25.000.

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
    College football notebook: New FSU QB Golson says, 'I just needed a fresh start'
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida State quarterback Everett Golson said moving along from South Bend was about him, not about Notre Dame.

    • "It's something that's pretty crazy right now for me to adjust to, but I do think it was best for me," Golson told FOX Sports. "I just needed a fresh start. It was me sitting down and thinking, 'OK, where do I feel the most comfortable?' It was nothing to knock Notre Dame. I just had to put myself in the best position possible."

      Florida State likely will install Golson as the starter to replace No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston, who was 26-1 in two seasons and won the Heisman Trophy and a national title.

      Golson weighed options, including LSU, before announcing he would be in Tallahassee next season, where the goal is a national title. Golson said he quickly formed a bond with coach Jimbo Fisher, an offensive-minded coach with a background developing quarterbacks.

      ---Noah Spence, a former standout pass rusher at Ohio State who recently transferred to Eastern Kentucky, was arrested for public intoxication Thursday morning in Richmond, Ky.

      Spence was banned by the Big Ten last season after failing two drug tests. He considered entering the NFL draft but opted to transfer to Eastern Kentucky, an FCS school, instead.

      Spence was selected to the All-Big Ten team as a sophomore in 2013 after he tallied eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss for the Buckeyes.

      ---Former Notre Dame defensive back Eilar Hardy has decided to transfer to Bowling Green, the team announced Thursday.

      Hardy will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer after earning his degree from Notre Dame earlier this month. Hardy played in 13 games, including two starts, over the past two seasons for the Irish.

      "We are excited to welcome Eilar Hardy to Bowling Green and our football program," Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said in a statement. "Having lost so much to graduation last year from our secondary, he will provide experience and leadership for that group. He has played at a high level his whole career, and we are excited that he has chosen to become a Falcon."

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Former Ohio State star Spence arrested
    By The Sports Xchange

    Noah Spence, a former standout pass rusher at Ohio State who recently transferred to Eastern Kentucky, was arrested for public intoxication Thursday morning in Richmond, Ky.

    • Spence was banned by the Big Ten last season after failing two drug tests. He considered entering the NFL draft but opted to transfer to Eastern Kentucky, an FCS school, instead.

      Spence was selected to the All-Big Ten team as a sophomore in 2013 after he tallied eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss for the Buckeyes.

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Notre Dame transfer lands at Bowling Green
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame defensive back Eilar Hardy has decided to transfer to Bowling Green, the team announced Thursday.

    • Hardy will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer after earning his degree from Notre Dame earlier this month. Hardy played in 13 games, including two starts, over the past two seasons for the Irish.

      "We are excited to welcome Eilar Hardy to Bowling Green and our football program," Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said in a statement. "Having lost so much to graduation last year from our secondary, he will provide experience and leadership for that group. He has played at a high level his whole career and we are excited that he has chosen to become a Falcon."

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    College football notebook: Former Notre Dame lineman Hegarty picks Oregon
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty will spend his final college season at Oregon as a graduate transfer.

    • Hegarty announced in March that he was leaving Notre Dame. He also visited Florida State before deciding on the Ducks.

      Last fall, Hegarty started 11 games at guard or center for the Fighting Irish. At Oregon, he has an immediate chance for playing time at center after Hroniss Grasu was drafted by the Chicago Bears earlier this month.

      The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Hegarty suffered a stroke in 2012 after playing in nine games for Notre Dame and had heart surgery. The next season, he returned to play in 12 games.

      --Former Michigan running back Justice Hayes is transferring to Southern Mississippi to complete his college football career.

      As a graduate transfer, Hayes will be eligible to play this fall for the Golden Eagles.

      In Hayes' final season at Michigan in 2014, he ranked fifth on the team in rushing with 213 yards on 48 attempts.

      -- LSU suspended junior offensive tackle Jevonte Domond after he was arrested on a felony domestic abuse charge in Baton Rouge, La.

      The Baton Rouge Advocate reported after reviewing police records that Domond was accused of felony domestic abuse battery with strangulation and was booked at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office on Monday afternoon.

      The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Domond played in one game for the Tigers last season after transferring to LSU from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College. He was not expected to be a regular on the offensive line during the 2015 season.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    LSU OT Domond arrested on domestic abuse charge
    By The Sports Xchange

    LSU suspended junior offensive tackle Jevonte Domond on Tuesday after he was arrested on a felony domestic abuse charge in Baton Rouge, La.

    • The Baton Rouge Advocate reported after reviewing police records that Domond was accused of felony domestic abuse battery with strangulation and was booked at the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office on Monday afternoon.

      The sheriff's report obtained by the Advocate indicated that Domond's fiancee said the couple was involved in an altercation Monday and that he allegedly grabbed her back the neck and dropped her. She went on to say Domond slammed her on the couch when she attempted to use pepper spray on him.

      Domond denied trying to strangle his fiancee and said she threatened him with a kitchen knife during an argument earlier that day. The couple has a newborn baby that was present during the confrontation, according to the sheriff's report.

      The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Domond played in one game for the Tigers last season after transferring to LSU from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College. He was not expected to be a regular on the offensive line during the 2015 season.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Former Notre Dame OL Hegarty transfers to Oregon
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt Hegarty will spend his final college season at Oregon as a graduate transfer.

    • Hegarty announced in March that he was leaving Notre Dame. He also visited Florida State before deciding on the Ducks.

      Last fall, Hegarty started 11 games at guard or center for the Fighting Irish. At Oregon, he has an immediate chance for playing time at center after Hroniss Grasu was drafted by the Chicago Bears earlier this month.

      The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Hegarty suffered a stroke in 2012 after playing in nine games for Notre Dame and had heart surgery. The next season, he returned to play in 12 games.

      Hegarty joins former Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams as a graduate transfer at Oregon for next season. Adams is hoping to replace departed Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as the Ducks' starter.

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    RB Hayes transfers from Michigan to Southern Miss
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Michigan running back Justice Hayes is transferring to Southern Mississippi to complete his college football career.

    • As a graduate transfer, Hayes will be eligible to play this fall for the Golden Eagles. He confirmed the move south on Tuesday via Twitter.

      "My little bro pulled the trigger today so what the heck, let's get the ball rolling!!! #GoldenEagle #ToTheTop"

      In Hayes' final season at Michigan in 2014, he ranked fifth on the team in rushing with 213 yards on 48 attempts. With a logjam in the Wolverines' backfield heading into the 2015 season, Hayes decided to move to the Conference USA program.

      Southern Miss returns leading rushers Ito Smith (536 yards, two touchdowns) and George Paynes (271 yards, six touchdowns) from last season's three-win team.

      "The fact that I will be graduating from the University of Michigan in April will be meritorious," Hayes said in January. "I have earned team captain on numerous occasions, won respect from coaches and players, and most importantly played my heart out every Saturday.

      "I truly appreciate the offer from (new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh) to allow me to return for my fifth year, but I have decided that I will choose another college to play football as a graduate student."

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Auburn lands Michigan transfer Countess
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Michigan cornerback Blake Countess announced on Twitter that he will transfer to Auburn, skipping expected visits with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

    • "Excited to attack the next chapter in my life!," wrote Countess, who will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

      Countess previously visited Arizona, but decided Auburn was the place to close out his college career following a weekend visit. The Tigers lost five defensive backs off last season's team, and Countess is expected to compete for a starting job.

      Countess had 24 tackles and three pass breakups while starting 10 of 12 games for Michigan last season.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    Army-Navy will not move to accommodate CFP
    By The Sports Xchange

    The College Football Playoff final regular-season rankings and playoff pairings will be announced before the Army-Navy game the next four years and the service academics have no plans to change the date for their annual rivalry showdown.

    • This fall, the final CFP rankings and pairings are due out Dec. 6 after many conferences play their championship games. Army-Navy will take place six days later on Dec. 12.

      "We have no intention of moving it. None," Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk told USA Today on Friday. "It would show that we've realigned our priorities in a way that doesn't complement our mission. We can't do it. It's something that's that special.

      "If it means that we've got to sacrifice the opportunity to participate in the playoff system, then that's something we'll have to deal with. We'll have to work on that."

      Army and Navy have a 10-year television agreement to broadcast the game that runs through 2018.

      "I think it is a stand-alone game," Army athletics director Boo Corrigan said. "I think we do hold a place in the history of college football. And the idea of that game being a stand-alone is very, very important to us."

      Navy begins competition this fall in the American Athletic Conference after years as a football independent. The league membership puts the Midshipmen in the running for a potential playoff spot.

      "Every non-BCS team wants to go to (an access bowl)," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "You want to be that school. It's what you shoot for. Just like the big guys, if you're part of that, you want to be in the final four."

      Army's only chance to reach the CFP as an independent would be to finish in the top four of the rankings at the end of the season.

      "From our standpoint, if we're in a situation where we're 11-0 going into that game, that's a great story for college football," Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said. "That's a great story for Army West Point. Let's get to that point and make it be a story."

      The CFP playoff committee said it is seeking a solution to the schedule conflict annd making progress.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    North Carolina receives notice of academic fraud allegations
    By The Sports Xchange

    The University of North Carolina said Friday it has received notice from the NCAA regarding allegations of academic fraud committed within the athletic department.

    • "We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA's 90-day deadline," UNC chancellor Carol L. Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.

      "The University will publicly release the NCAA's notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA's allegations, we will follow this same release process."

      The NCAA last year reopened its 2011 investigation of academic irregularities at the school, noting that it had access to new witnesses who had not stepped forward previously. The 2011 investigation dug into reports of no-show courses, phony grades and other academic fraud, but yielded no significant penalties.

      An independent investigation conducted in 2014 found evidence that the school's athletes, specifically men's basketball and football players, were enrolled in no-show classes at the university in order to raise their GPA and maintain eligibility.

      According to results of an independent investigation, hundreds of athletes at the school enrolled in classes they didn't have to attend and received artificially inflated grades in far-reaching academic fraud over an 18-year period.

      The report commissioned by the university was released Oct. 22 by Kenneth Wainstein, who is a former federal prosecutor and FBI counsel now working for a Washington D.C. law firm. The report was conducted over eight months and included 126 interviews.

      More than 3,100 students were involved and student-athletes accounted for 47.4 percent of the course enrollments.

      The report said school academic advisers steered students and athletes into sham classes, but the findings do not directly implicate coaches or athletic administrators in the scheme.

      The investigator called it a "shadow curriculum." The report said academic advisers in UNC's athletic department colluded with the manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department for student-athletes to take classes to boost their grade-point averages and keep them eligible in their respective sports.

      The classes, in place from 1993 to 2011, allowed a student to write a paper of at least 10 pages, rather than attend lectures or meeting with professors.

      In January, two former North Carolina athletes sued the NCAA and the school, accusing the NCAA of ignoring cases of academic fraud at the school.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Golson chooses Florida State
    By The Sports Xchange

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State landed the services of a player who nearly single-handedly beat the Seminoles last year: former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.

    • Golson announced his decision to leave South Bend on Tuesday, ending months of speculation about where the former Fighting Irish starter would land after he publicly declared last year that he wanted to play his final season elsewhere.

      Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday, making him eligible to immediately transfer to any Division I program, per NCAA rules.

      "I cannot wait to get started," Golson, who came one play from knocking off No. 2 FSU last fall before Notre Dame lost 31-27, told Fox Sports shortly after the announcement. "To coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family."

      Golson's arrival immediately improves Florida State's quarterback situation, which was riddled with uncertainty after the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a sophomore who left school early and was ultimately chosen No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in last month's NFL Draft.

      Before Golson, Florida State appeared ready to turn to junior Sean Maguire, whose brief stints subbing for Winston last year were shaky, completing 38 of 70 passes for 455 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions.

      Maguire has started just one game in his career. Meanwhile, Golson has 25 starts under his belt, including in the 2012 BCS National Championship game, which the Irish lost to Alabama.

      Golson, a dual-threat quarterback that Florida State hasn't seen in years, missed the 2013 season because of an academic violation but returned with a vengeance last season, passing for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also rushed for eight touchdowns.

      In the Fighting Irish's loss to the Seminoles on Oct. 18. Golson was 31-of-52 passing for 313 yards and three scores.

      Golson's mobility was a huge problem even for Florida State's speedy defense, and there was little doubt after that game he captured the attention of Fisher, who praised Golson for standing "toe to toe" win Winston and compared their battle with "Ali/Frazier, Thrilla in Manilla."

      "Their quarterback is a heck of a player," Fisher said of Golson after the win.

      There are concerns about Golson's propensity for turning the ball over; he had 22 last year. However, Winston wasn't far behind Golson with 20, and the Seminoles seemed to manage.

      While it isn't clear if Golson was promised the starting job at Florida State, it's clearly his to lose going into the fall as he instantly become the most accomplished quarterback on the Seminoles' roster.

      The South Carolina native briefly considered other schools, such as the Gamecocks, the University of Florida and Georgia before picking Florida State.

      "The support I've received there (Notre Dame) over the past four years has helped strengthen my integrity, wisdom and character," he said Tuesday. "I would like to thank all of the coaches who spent time speaking with me these past few weeks and considered adding me to their football programs."

      One of the reasons Golson likely chose Florida State is because the ACC has no restrictions on accepting graduate transfers. The SEC does, and there were questions whether the SEC would grant a waiver had he picked a program in that conference.

      Golson joins a Florida State program that has gone 27-1 during the past two seasons and won three straight ACC titles. And while many college football analysts considered the Seminoles to be in rebuilding mode entering this season, Golson once again puts them in the conversation.

      Florida State's players seem to be excited about that.

      "YESSSSS!!! Welcome to the family EG!," Seminoles star returner and defensive back Jalen Ramsey tweeted after the announcement. "#Nolenation The Rich Keep Getting Richer!"

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    West Virginia loses three players to transfers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The West Virginia Mountaineers confirmed senior cornerback Jaylon Myers, sophomore safety Malik Greaves and sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Tezeno intend to transfer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    • Myers recorded seven tackles in 11 games last season and will have one season of eligibility remaining. Graves did not record and statistics in one game in 2014.

      Tezeno, a little-used reserve last year, announced on Instagram that he plans to transfer to Sam Houston State.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    College football notebook: Golson delays decision
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday, delayed announcing Monday where he would transfer. Because he has earned a degree, he will be eligible to play his final season this fall.

    • Many expected Golson to announce he was transferring to Florida State. Despite saying he wants to visit other schools, the Seminoles remain the favorite to land Golson.

      Last week, he visited Florida State, Florida and Georgia. According to ESPN, Alabama, South Carolina, LSU and UCLA also are interested in getting Golson on campus.

      In 2012, Golson led the Irish to an undefeated regular season before losing to Alabama in the BCS National Championship game.

      He sat out the 2013 season on academic suspension and returned last season.

      --Oklahoma Sooners sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young has been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules.

      In 2014, Young was fourth on the team with 19 receptions and 225 yards. He started three games and appeared in 12.

      --Offensive lineman Darius James intends to transfer to the Auburn Tigers after stating earlier this month that he planned to leave the Texas Longhorns, according to 247Sports.com.

      He will need to sit out the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    QB Golson delays announcing transfer decision
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday, delayed announcing Monday where he would transfer. Because he has earned a degree, he will be eligible to play his final season this fall.

    • Many expected Golson to announce he was transferring to Florida State. Despite saying he wants to visit other schools, the Seminoles remain the favorite to land Golson.

      Last week, he visited Florida State, Florida and Georgia. According to ESPN, Alabama, South Carolina, LSU and UCLA also are interested in getting Golson on campus.

      In 2012, Golson led the Irish to an undefeated regular season before losing to Alabama in the BCS National Championship game.

      He sat out the 2013 season on academic suspension and returned last season. He threw for 3,455 yards with 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year and lost his starting job to Malik Zaire because of turnovers.

      He has 32 turnovers in 26 career games.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    Oklahoma WR Young dismissed from team
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oklahoma Sooners sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young has been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules.

    • A school spokesperson confirmed Sunday that Young was no longer with coach Bob Stoops' program.

      In 2014, Young was fourth on the team with 19 receptions and 225 yards. He started three games and appeared in 12.

      Young, from Perris, Calif., caught three passes for 28 yards in the Red-White spring game last month,

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    Report: Auburn lands Texas transfer James
    By The Sports Xchange

    Offensive lineman Darius James intends to transfer to the Auburn Tigers after starting earlier this month that he planned to leave the Texas Longhorns, according to 247Sports.com.

    • He will need to sit out the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

      A former four-star recruit by Rivals.com rated as the No. 1 center in the country, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound James redshirted as a freshman and then started two games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Virginia QB Lambert will transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Greyson Lambert, former starting quarterback and co-captain at Virginia, said on Saturday that he will transfer.

    • Lambert made the announcement in a post on Twitter the same day he received his degree in graduation ceremonies at the school in Charlottesville, Va.

      The 6-foot-5 Lambert was anointed as the starter before last season, but was benched before halftime in the opener against UCLA and shared the job with Matt Johns for the rest of the season.

      Johns won the starting job this year in spring practice and in a news conference after releasing the depth chart, coach Mike London said the battle for the quarterback spot "wasn't close."

      Lambert was the second scholarship quarterback to leave Virginia in the last week, as redshirt freshman Crowin Cutler made a similar announcement on Twitter earlier in the week.