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  • Sunday, January 25, 2015
    Harbaugh lands his first two recruits at Michigan
    By The Sports Xchange

    Jim Harbaugh picked up his first two verbal commitments this weekend as the new head coach of the Michigan Wolverines.

    • Harbaugh got his first commitment of the 2015 class on Saturday night when Lakeland, Fla., three-star defensive end Reuben Jones announced his plans on Twitter.

      Zach Gentry of Albuquerque, N.M., then became the first Michigan quarterback commitment under Harbaugh.

      The 6-foot-4, 225 pound Jones was committed to Nebraska until Harbaugh, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive line coach Greg Mattison visited him at his school earlier this week, according to the Detroit Free Press. Jones then decommitted before coming to Ann Arbor for a visit.

      Gentry, a 6-6, 230-pound four-star quarterback, switched his commitment from Texas to Michigan.

      Michigan's 2015 class only has eight commitments so far with National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

  • Saturday, January 24, 2015
    Kiffin returns to Alabama
    By The Sports Xchange

    Amid speculation that he could return to the NFL, Lane Kiffin has told Alabama that he will return for a second year as the team's offensive coordinator.

    • The school announced Kiffin's decision Saturday.

      Kiffin, 39, reportedly had been a candidate to become the San Francisco 49ers' offensive chief.

      "This time of year, there are lots of things out there regarding other coaching opportunities, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to the University of Alabama, coach (Nick) Saban and our team," Kiffin said in a statement released by the school.

      Kiffin left USC, where he was an assistant under Pete Carroll, in 2007 to coach the Oakland Raiders and went 5-15 before being fired during his second season. He then spent one season as coach at Tennessee before returning to USC in 2010 to replace Carroll as coach. He was fired early in the 2013 season and landed in Alabama last year.

      "We're very pleased and happy that Lane is going to be staying here at the University of Alabama with us," Saban said. "He's done a fabulous job and is one of the finest offensive coaches in the country. He is going to have plenty of opportunities in the future, and we want to continue to help him develop as a coach so when he leaves here he'll be in a very good situation. Our offense was extremely productive last season and we look forward to building on some of the good things we did on that side of the ball with this year's team."

  • Saturday, January 24, 2015
    Miller hints at Ohio State return
    By The Sports Xchange

    Quarterback Braxton Miller of Ohio State, considered a Heisman Trophy candidate before he missed the 2014 season because of right shoulder injury sustained in August, might return to the Buckeyes after all.

    • Miller is a senior and can transfer without having to sit out a year, and has been speculation that he might be heading to Florida State, Oregon or LSU.

      However, when Ohio State celebrated its national championship with a rally at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Miller sounded like he wasn't going anywhere.

      "Privilege and honor to be part of this team," Miller told the fans. "Guess what, we've got another year to do it. So go Bucks."

      Miller would have to beat out Cardale Jones, who took the Buckeyes to the national championship after injuries sidelined Miller and J.T. Barrett.

  • Friday, January 23, 2015
    Notre Dame S Hardy to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy will follow through with his intention to transfer after graduating this spring.

    • Hardy said before the Music City Bowl in December that he was playing his last game with the Fighting Irish and his departure was made official Friday when he was released from his scholarship.

      Hardy was one of six players suspended last summer by Notre Dame as part of an academic investigation. He returned to the team in October.

      Possible destinations for Hardy after the current academic year, according to SI.com, are Miami (Ohio), Purdue, Connecticut and Bowling Green. He'll be able to play next fall as a graduate transfer.

      Miami is coached by Chuck Martin, who became the RedHawks' head coach last year after serving as Notre Dame's secondary coach and then defensive coordinator. UConn head coach Bob Diaco is also a former Irish defensive coordinator.

      Hardy played in 15 games for the Irish during the past two seasons and had 35 tackles. He made two starts in 2013.

  • Friday, January 23, 2015
    With Sunseri off to Oakland, FSU adds Lawing
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida State quickly replaced defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri on Thursday, just hours after he left the program for the Oakland Raiders.

    • Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher didn't go far for Sunseri's replacement, reportedly luring Brad Lawing, Florida's assistant head coach and defensive line coach.

      Lawing, a 21-year college coaching veteran, was at Florida for two years. Before that, he was defensive line coach at South Carolina from 2006 to 2012.

      Sunseri had bounced around the South -- Alabama (2009-11), Tennessee (2012) and Florida State -- ever since leaving the Carolina Panthers after six seasons. He had worked with Jack Del Rio, recently hired as the Raiders' coach, during that time.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015
    College football notebook: Enos named Arkansas OC
    By The Sports Xchange

    Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos is leaving the school to become offensive coordinator at Arkansas.

    • Arkansas coach Bret Bielema hired Enos, a former Michigan State quarterback, who was entering his sixth season at CMU. Enos led Central Michigan to two bowl appearances and compiled a 26-36 record.

      Enos takes over for Jim Chaney, who left Arkansas to become the coordinator at Pitt.

      ---Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian left Tennessee on Thursday to become the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      Bajakian had spent the past two seasons with the Volunteers after three years as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Cincinnati. He also worked at Central Michigan as quarterbacks coach in 2002-2003 and offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2009.

      The only NFL experience on Bajakian's resume is with the Chicago Bears as their offensive quality control assistant from 2004 to 2006. He worked under Lovie Smith, who is now the head coach of the Buccaneers.

      ---Ole Miss starting safety Trae Elston and a teammate were arrested early Thursday in Oxford, Miss., the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

      Elston was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to a booking log. Wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow also faces a disorderly conduct charge.

      In Elston's third year as a starter in 2014, he had 59 tackles, one tackle and one forced fumble. Stringfellow transferred from Washington after he was suspended for his alleged involvement in a post-Super Bowl brawl in Seattle. He sat out the 2014 season at Ole Miss and could challenge for a starting job in 2015.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Tennessee loses OC Bajakian to Tampa Bay
    By The Sports Xchange

    Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian left Tennessee on Thursday to become the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    • Bajakian had spent the past two seasons with the Volunteers after three years as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Cincinnati.

      He also worked at Central Michigan as the quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2003 and its offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2009.

      When Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos left Thursday to become offensive coordinator at Arkansas, it was thought that Bajakian might be headed back to the Chippewas to replace Enos. That was before the Buccaneers announced the addition of Bajakian to their staff later in the day.

      The only NFL experience on Bajakian's resume is with the Chicago Bears as their offensive quality control assistant from 2004 to 2006. He worked under Lovie Smith, who is now the head coach of the Buccaneers.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Arkansas names Enos offensive coordinator
    By The Sports Xchange

    Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos is leaving the school to become offensive coordinator at Arkansas.

    • Arkansas coach Bret Bielema hired Enos, a former Michigan State quarterback, who was entering his sixth season at CMU.

      "Dan is a great fit for our program," Bielema said. "He runs a pro-style offense and brings expertise at the quarterback position as both a player and coach. We played against each other in college, and he was a very intelligent and talented quarterback who showed great toughness and leadership. He has an outstanding reputation and will be a tremendous asset for Razorback football."

      Former Central Michigan assistant Mike Bajakian was mentioned as a possible replacement candidate after leaving his job as Tennessee's offensive coordinator on Thursday, but he took a job as quarterbacks coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      Enos takes over for Jim Chaney, who left Arkansas to become the coordinator at Pitt.

      Enos led Central Michigan to two bowl appearances and compiled a 26-36 record.

      "I want to thank (Bielema) for this wonderful opportunity to be part of something special at the University of Arkansas," Enos said. "The challenge of winning a championship in the SEC and developing young men at the highest level of college football is very attractive. Bret and I share many of the same philosophies, and I'm excited to open the next chapter of my coaching career down in Fayetteville."

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Two Ole Miss players arrested
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ole Miss starting safety Trae Elston and a teammate were arrested early Thursday in Oxford, Miss., the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

    • Elston was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to a booking log. Wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow also faces a disorderly conduct charge.

      "We are gathering facts on the matter," Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said.

      In Elston's third year as a starter in 2014, he had 59 tackles, one tackle and one forced fumble.

      Stringfellow transferred from Washington after he was suspended for his alleged involvement in a post-Super Bowl brawl in Seattle. He sat out the 2014 season at Ole Miss and could challenge for a starting job in 2015.

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    Georgia's Richt gets extension through 2019
    By The Sports Xchange

    Georgia gave head coach Mark Richt a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Bulldogs through the 2019 season.

    • The extension includes an $800,000 raise to a new annual compensation of $4 million. His previous compensation was $3.2 million annually.

      "We are very pleased with the direction of our program under Mark's leadership," athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement released by the school. "Mark and his staff are making significant strides in all areas of our program, and we look forward to great things in the years to come."

      In 2014, Richt led the Bulldogs to their ninth 10th-win season in his 14 years at Georgia that was capped by a 37-14 victory over Louisville in the Belk Bowl.

      "I appreciate the confidence that Greg McGarity has in the direction of our football program and how we represent the University of Georgia," Richt said in a statement. "Our staff has an outstanding work ethic and we are committed to the development of our student-athletes on and off the field."

      The 54-year-old Richt's 136-48 record includes going 78-34 in SEC games since he took over the program in 2001. His .739 winning percentage ranks behind only Ohio State's Urban Meyer (.844), Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (.792) and Alabama's Nick Saban (.746).

      Richt has guided the Bulldogs to two SEC championships, five appearances in the SEC championship game and 14 consecutive bowl games.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    College football roundup: Memphis suspends 12 players after brawl
    By The Sports Xchange

    Twelve Memphis football players were suspended Tuesday for their part in an on-field brawl after the Tigers' 55-48 double-overtime victory over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22.

    • The suspensions, announced by the school and the American Athletic Conference, will cover practices, scrimmages and from a half-game to two games for individuals. In addition, coach Justin Fuente and his staff will determine whether mandatory anger management counseling and community service hours will be required.

      The school did not release the names of those who will be disciplined. BYU has not yet announced any disciplinary action for its players who were involved in the melee.

      ---Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is extending the family coaching tree with the Wolverines. Jay Harbaugh, the 25-year-old son of Jim Harbaugh who worked for the Baltimore Ravens -- where Jim's brother John is head coach -- will serve as tight ends coach and assistant special teams coordinator.

      Before working for his uncle and winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens, Jay Harbaugh was undergraduate assistant on Mike Riley's staff at Oregon State. Riley is now a coach in the Big Ten; he was hired to coach at Nebraska last month.

      ---Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson faces misdemeanor third-degree domestic violence and criminal mischief charges after his arrest Tuesday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      Sierra Patterson, 20, also an Alabama student, was arrested along with Anderson.

      Tuscaloosa police reported that the incident occurred late Monday. Witnesses said Anderson and Patterson argued in the yard of a home. Patterson allegedly keyed and threw objects at Anderson's car, and he kicked her vehicle. Police indicated that both cars were damaged.

      Anderson played in 11 games this past season for the Crimson Tide and finished with 25 tackles, including eight for loss.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    Memphis issues suspensions after bowl brawl
    By The Sports Xchange

    Twelve Memphis football players were suspended Tuesday for their part in an on-field brawl after the Tigers' 55-48 double-overtime victory over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22.

    • The suspensions, announced by the school and the American Athletic Conference, will cover practices, scrimmages and from a half-game to two games for individuals. In addition, coach Justin Fuente and his staff will determine whether mandatory anger management counseling and community service hours will be required.

      The school did not release the names of those who will be disciplined.

      "We hold our student-athletes to the highest standards of sportsmanship and personal conduct at the University of Memphis," athletic director Tom Bowen said. "The actions of a few members of our football program in Miami were completely unacceptable.

      "I can assure our community, fans and stakeholders that we have and will continue to hold our young men and women accountable and will use this unfortunate incident as a teaching tool for all our student-athletes moving forward."

      The brawl that resulted in punches thrown on the field started at midfield after an interception by Memphis defensive back DaShaughn Terry ended the game.

      BYU has not yet announced any disciplinary action for its players who were involved in the melee.

      The bowl victory was Memphis' first since 2005 and allowed the Tigers to reach 10 wins in a season for the first time since 1938.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    Alabama LB Anderson arrested
    By The Sports Xchange

    Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson faces misdemeanor third-degree domestic violence and criminal mischief charges after his arrest Tuesday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    • Sierra Patterson, 20, also an Alabama student, was arrested along with Anderson. Bond was set at $500.

      Tuscaloosa police reported that the incident occurred late Monday evening. Witnesses said Anderson and Patterson argued in the yard of a home. Patterson allegedly keyed and threw objects at Anderson's car, and he kicked her vehicle. Police indicated that both cars were damaged.

      Anderson played in 11 games this past season for the Crimson Tide and finished with 25 tackles, including eight for loss.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    Harbaugh names son, Jay, as TEs coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is extending the family coaching tree with the Wolverines.

    • Jay Harbaugh, the 25-year-old son of Jim Harbaugh who worked for the Baltimore Ravens -- where Jim's brother John is head coach -- will serve as tight ends coach and assistant special teams coordinator.

      "Jay gathered a wealth of experience the last three seasons coaching in the NFL and I am excited to have him join our coaching staff," Jim Harbaugh said in a school-issued statement. "His passion for teaching the game is at the highest level and he will be an asset to our team."

      Prior to working for his uncle and winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens, Jay Harbaugh was undergraduate assistant on Mike Riley's staff at Oregon State. Riley is now a coach in the Big Ten; he was hired to coach at Nebraska last month.

      "It is an amazing opportunity and privilege to coach football at one of the premier universities in the world," Jay Harbaugh said in a statement. "I'm ecstatic about being in Ann Arbor, and to be a part of building something special with the great people in our program."

  • Monday, January 19, 2015
    North Carolina hires Chizik as DC
    By The Sports Xchange

    The North Carolina Tar Heels officially hired former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator Monday.

    • Chizik, 53, served as head coach at Auburn from 2009-12 and led the Tigers to three bowl victories, including wining the 2011 BCS national championship, which followed an undefeated 2010 season. He was the defensive coordinator at Texas under Mack Brown when the Longhorns captured the 2005 national championship.

      Chizik was fired in 2012 following a 3-9 season. Since leaving Auburn, he has served as an analyst for ESPN, working most recently with the SEC Network. He also worked as a college football analyst with Sirius/XM radio.

      "Throughout the hiring process, I worked closely with athletic director Bubba Cunningham to invest in someone who believes in the mission of the university and shares our vision of providing an outstanding experience to the student-athletes," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. "Gene Chizik believes in competing at the highest level both on and off the field and is another highly regarded leader for our program."

      North Carolina finished No. 117 in the nation in total defense last season, allowing an average of 497.8 yards per game. Former defensive coordinator Vic Koening was fired following the season.

      "I'm thrilled to join Coach Fedora's staff and I appreciate the trust he and athletic director Bubba Cunningham have in me," Chizik said in a news release "It is a tremendous opportunity to coach at one of the most prestigious universities in the country and live in Chapel Hill. I'm committed to the student-athlete experience they expect at Carolina, and look forward to developing our players into the best they can be in all areas of their lives."

      Chizik also was Auburn's defensive coordinator from 2002-04. In 2004, he earned the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the country when Auburn went 13-0, won the Southeastern Conference and finished No. 2 in both national polls.

      Chizik was head coach at Iowa State from 2007-08. He also coached at Clemson, Middle Tennessee State and Central Florida.

  • Friday, January 16, 2015
    Utah gives Whittingham four-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Utah agreed to a new four-year deal with coach Kyle Whittingham on Friday, ending speculation that the school and coach might part ways in the wake of a recent exodus by assistant coaches.

    • Whittingham will earn $2.6 million in 2015 and receive a $100,000 raise each year through 2018, the school said.

      "We are excited to come to terms on a contract extension for coach Whitt, and under his leadership we're looking forward to a successful football season next fall and in the years to come," athletic director Chris Hill said.

      Whittingham, 55, is 85-43 in 10 seasons as Utah's coach. Utah went 9-4 last season, including a 45-10 victory over Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

      But questions swirled around the program after the departures of three assistants: Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake and defensive line coach Ilaisa Tuiaki left for Oregon State, and offensive coordinator Dave Christensen joined Texas A&M's staff.

      Neither Hill nor Davis addressed the staffing issue Friday.

      "We appreciate the confidence and commitment the University of Utah has shown our program," Whittingham said. "We have a talented team returning for the 2015 season and we're excited about the future of Utah football. The No. 1 priority right now is finishing up another outstanding recruiting class."

  • Friday, January 16, 2015
    Paterno becomes winningest coach again
    By The Sports Xchange

    Penn State is getting back 112 wins that were vacated two years ago in the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the late Joe Paterno again becomes the winningest coach in major college football history in a settlement reached with the NCAA.

    • The NCAA, Penn State and Pennsylvania lawmakers announced the settlement Friday -- weeks before a scheduled trial in state court on the legality of the 2012 consent decree.

      Paterno, who died in January 2012, is once again the all-time leader in FBS coaching victories. He moves back to the top with 409 victories, ahead of Bobby Bowden's 346.

      As part of the proposed settlement:

      --Penn State agrees to commit $60 million to activities and programs for the prevention of child sexual abuse and the treatment of victims of child sexual abuse.

      --Penn State acknowledges the NCAA's legitimate and good faith interest and concern regarding its handling of the Sandusky matter.

      --Penn State and the NCAA will enter into a new Athletics Integrity Agreement (with the concurrence of the Big Ten Conference) that includes best practices with which the university is committed to comply and that provides for the university to continue to retain the services of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and his firm to support the university's activities under the Athletics Integrity Agreement and in the areas of compliance, ethics and integrity.

      "We acted in good faith in addressing the failures and subsequent improvements on Penn State's campus," said Kirk Schulz, chairman of the NCAA board of governors. "We must acknowledge the continued progress of the university while also maintaining our commitment to supporting the survivors of child sexual abuse."

      Pennsylvania state Sen. Jake Corman, who had sued the NCAA, said, "The NCAA has surrendered. ... This is a full repeal of the consent decree.'

      The scandal at Penn State hit in November 2011 when Sandusky, a retired assistant coach for the Nittany Lions, was accused of sexually abusing boys, some of them on campus.

      Sandusky, who maintains his innocence, was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

      Paterno was fired in November 2011 after six decades with the school and died just two months later of complications from lung cancer. He was 85.

      In July 2012, the NCAA Division I board of directors and executive committee issued unprecedented sanctions for Penn State's role in enabling child sexual abuse by Sandusky to occur on campus. In addition to the $60 million fine and vacation of wins from 1998 to 2011, penalties included a four-year postseason ban, scholarship reductions, five-year probation and a waiver of transfer rules.

      The NCAA executive committee restored postseason access and the full complement of scholarships in 2014, based on the recommendation from Mitchell in response to the university's progress.

      "I am pleased to learn that financial resources to help child sexual abuse survivors will soon become available," Mitchell said. "I remain impressed with Penn State's progress to date and look forward to its many reforms and improvements continuing to take root."

      Paterno's family, which had filed its own lawsuit against the NCAA, called the settlement Friday "a great victory for everyone who has fought for the truth in the Sandusky tragedy." However, a spokesman said the family will continue its suit against the NCAA.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015
    Hogan will return for fifth year at Stanford
    By The Sports Xchange

    Quarterback Kevin Hogan said Thursday that he will return to Stanford for his fifth season.

    • "I ultimately decided I wasn't ready to leave this place and that I could continue to grow here," Hogan said a statement issued by the school on the final day for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft. "Some of the guys I talked to said to rely on your gut and don't make a decision you might regret down the road. This is something I can't regret. Coming back to Stanford really was a win-win situation for me."

      Hogan, who assumed control of Stanford's offense the year Andrew Luck was the No. 1 pick in the draft, is 24-8 as Stanford's starting quarterback.

      After taking over from Josh Nunes nine games into the 2012 season, Hogan led the Cardinal to a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin.

      Stanford returned to the Rose Bowl to cap the 2013 season, losing to Michigan State 24-20.

      After an inconsistent start last season, Hogan got hot and led the Cardinal to an 8-5 record, including a 45-21 win over Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30.

      Hogan has thrown for 6,518 yards, 48 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his Stanford career.

      Hogan, who redshirted in 2011, chose to return for his fifth season rather than enter the draft, where he likely would have been a late-round pick.

      With Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley coming out early, Hogan is the No. 3 quarterback prospect for 2016, according to NFLDraftScout (a property of The Sports Xchange).

      "A lot of my decision wasn't necessarily related to the football program," Hogan said. "It was the school in general. I feel I can further dedicate myself academically and possibly get my master's degree next year. There's no better locker room in the country and I wasn't ready to leave these guys.

      "I want this team to reach its ceiling," Hogan added. "We're talented in every part of the game and have never really fulfilled our potential. I think we saw signs of it at the end of the year."

      As for rumors that he might consider transferring to be closer to his Virginia home after his father died in December, Hogan said, "You'd have to be crazy to transfer from Stanford. I love this place."

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015
    College football roundup: Jones remains at Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange

    Cardale Jones is staying at Ohio State. he redshirt sophomore quarterback who led the Buckeyes to the first College Football Playoff championship in spectacular fashion announced Thursday in Cleveland at his high school that he will be back in Columbus for another season.

    • He called it a "simple" decision" to return. Jones had never started at game at Ohio State until J.T. Barrett suffered a fractured ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan. That left the Buckeyes with no choice but to turn to Jones, who began the season as the third-stringer behind Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller and Barrett.

      The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones started for the first time against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game in December and led Ohio State to a 59-0 victory. Three weeks later, Jones and the Buckeyes defeated Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl, which served as a national semifinal, and then handled Oregon 42-20 in the championship game on Monday night in Arlington, Texas.

      --With three underclassmen already declaring for the NFL draft, Alabama got some good news Thursday when linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive lineman Jarran Reed said they will stay.

      Ragland, a junior, was second on the team with 95 tackles, including 10.5 for loss. Reed, a transfer from East Mississippi Community College, had 55 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, in 2014.

      Wide receiver Amari Cooper, running back T.J. Yeldon and safety Landon Collins previously announced they are leaving Alabama to make themselves available in the NFL draft.

      --Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan apparently will stay in school next year.

      Amid speculation that he might transfer or opt for the NFL Draft, Hogan tweeted Thursday that he was "ready to get back to work on the farm for the 2015 season."

      Hogan has been Stanford's starter for two-plus seasons and led the Cardinal to a 24-8 record.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015
    Two Alabama defenders are staying
    By The Sports Xchange

    With three underclassmen already declaring for the NFL draft, Alabama got some good news Thursday when linebacker Reggie Ragland and defensive lineman Jarran Reed said they will stay.

    • Ragland, a junior, was second on the team with 95 tackles, including 10.5 for loss.

      "I've thought a lot about this decision and talked to my family, coach Saban and everyone close to me," Ragland said in a statement. "I'm going to return to the University of Alabama for my senior season. One of the big factors for me and my family is earning my degree, and I'm on track to graduate. You only form a brotherhood like this once, and I look forward to spending another season here with my teammates. Roll Tide."

      Reed, a transfer from East Mississippi Community College, had 55 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, in 2014.

      "After sitting down with my family, coach Saban and coach (Bo) Davis, I have decided to return to Alabama for my senior year," Reed said. "I am on track to finish my degree and that is very important to me. The chance to play in the NFL is still my dream, but I am excited about another year at Alabama with my teammates. I learned a lot being here last year, and I'm confident another year will only improve my chances to succeed in the future."

      Wide receiver Amari Cooper, running back T.J. Yeldon and safety Landon Collins previously announced they are leaving Alabama to make themselves available in the NFL draft.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015
    Jones opts to return to Ohio State
    By The Sports Xchange

    Cardale Jones is staying at Ohio State.

    • The redshirt sophomore quarterback who led the Buckeyes to the first College Football Playoff championship in spectacular fashion announced Thursday in Cleveland at his high school that he will be back in Columbus for another season.

      He called it a "simple" decision" to return.

      Jones had never started at game at Ohio State until J.T. Barrett suffered a fractured ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan. That left the Buckeyes with no choice but to turn to Jones, who began the season as the third-stringer behind Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller and Barrett.

      Miller was lost for the season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder during preseason camp and replaced by Barrett, who played so well that he was in the running for the Heisman before the injury.

      The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones started for the first time against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game in December and led Ohio State to a 59-0 victory. Three weeks later, Jones and the Buckeyes defeated Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl, which served as a national semifinal, and then handled Oregon 42-20 in the championship game on Monday night in Arlington, Texas.

      Jones' size and strong arm earned him the nickname 12-gauge and make him an intriguing NFL prospect, but Jones decided that he needed more experience before launching a pro career. He also wants to continue to pursue his college degree.

      Jones said the last 48 hours since the championship game were stressful as he weighed the decision. The deadline for underclassmen to announce their decision to enter the NFL draft was Thursday.

      "After I'm done with football, I have my whole live to live," Jones said during the announcement at Ginn Academy. "That's when I think my education will come in handy."

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    College football roundup: Orgeron joins LSU staff
    By The Sports Xchange

    The LSU Tigers hired former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron as defensive line coach on Wednesday, one day after Les Miles named former Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele as his new defensive coordinator.

    • Both hires will be officially announced at a joint press conference later Wednesday. LSU confirmed the hiring of Orgeron via Twitter.

      Orgeron, a Louisiana native, most recently spent four seasons on Lane Kiffin's staff at USC, serving as interim coach for eight games after Kiffin's midseason firing. Orgeron, who did not coach during the 2014 season, developed a reputation as one of the nation's most successful recruiters with assistant stints at Miami, USC and Tennessee and three seasons as head coach at Ole Miss.

      Steele comes to LSU from Alabama, where he spent the 2014 season coaching the Crimson Tide linebackers and the 2013 season as director of player personnel.

      ---The Auburn Tigers hired Alabama outside linebackers coach and top recruiter Lance Thompson on Wednesday to become linebackers coach on Gus Malzahn's staff.

      Thompson was ranked the No. 1 recruiter in the nation on the Ultimate ESPN 300 recruiting power rankings last January and was named Rivals national recruiter of the year in 2008.

      Thompson, 50, is the third defensive assistant coach Auburn has added since the end of the regular season, joining defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson. Thompson worked with Muschamp when they were both assistant coaches at LSU in 2002-2003.

      ---Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott will forgo an early jump to the NFL and return for his senior season in 2015.

      Prescott's announcement Wednesday at a news conference confirmed earlier reports that he would stay in school. The NFL deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Thursday.

      The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder led Mississippi State to the top of the national polls for five weeks this season and finished the year with 3,449 yards passing, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He added 986 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

      ---Left tackle Ronnie Stanley will remain at Notre Dame for his senior season, the school announced.

      According to NFLDraftScout.com, the 6-foot-6, 318-pound Stanley was projected as the No. 7 offensive tackle in the 2015 draft. He has made 26 consecutive starts for the Irish.

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Prescott stays at Mississippi State
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott will forgo an early jump to the NFL and return for his senior season in 2015.

    • Prescott's announcement Wednesday at a news conference confirmed earlier reports that he would stay in school. The NFL deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Thursday.

      The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder led Mississippi State to the top of the national polls for five weeks this season and finished the year with 3,449 yards passing, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He added 986 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

      NFLDraftScout.com projected Prescott as a second-round pick this year and he said during the season that he wouldn't leave school unless he knew he would be selected in the first round.

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    LSU hires Orgeron after naming Steele DC
    By The Sports Xchange

    The LSU Tigers hired former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron as defensive line coach on Wednesday, one day after Les Miles named former Alabama linebackers coach Kevin Steele as his new defensive coordinator.

    • Both hires will be officially announced at a joint press conference later Wednesday. LSU confirmed the hiring of Orgeron via Twitter.

      Orgeron, a Louisiana native, most recently spent four seasons on Lane Kiffin's staff at USC, serving as interim coach for eight games after Kiffin's midseason firing.

      Orgeron, who did not coach during the 2014 season, developed a reputation as one of the nation's most successful recruiters with assistant stints at Miami, USC and Tennessee and three seasons as head coach at Ole Miss.

      Steele, who had success at both the college and NFL level, was been named LSU's defensive coordinator on Tuesday.

      Steele comes to LSU from Alabama, where he spent the 2014 season coaching the Crimson Tide linebackers and the 2013 season as director of player personnel.

      "This is a great hire for us," Miles said in a statement Tuesday. "Kevin has had a very successful coaching career, one that has seen him coach alongside some of the top coaches in the game. He won a national title with Tom Osborne at Nebraska, coached with Bobby Bowden at Florida State, and coached in the NFL with one of the great defensive coaches in Dom Capers.

      "He has a great defensive mind and he's an outstanding recruiter. He knows our players and our system and his knowledge of the SEC and the SEC Western Division makes him a great fit. We are very excited the Kevin will be joining our staff."

      Steele served as defensive coordinator at Alabama in 2007 and then held the same position at Clemson for three years from 2009-2011.

      Before he joined the Alabama staff in 2007, Steele coached with Bobby Bowden at Florida State for four years (2003-06), serving as the executive head coach. He was named the Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year in 2005 at Florida State.

      Steele joined Florida State after serving as the head coach at Baylor from 1999-2002. He coached linebackers for the Carolina Panthers from 1995-98.

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    Auburn hires Alabama's Thompson as LB coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Auburn Tigers hired Alabama outside linebackers coach and top recruiter Lance Thompson on Wednesday to become linebackers coach on Gus Malzahn's staff.

    • In the span of 24 hours, Alabama lost two defensive assistants to two of its biggest rivals. On Tuesday, Crimson Tide linebackers coach Kevin Steele joined LSU as defensive coordinator.

      Thompson was ranked the No. 1 recruiter in the nation on the Ultimate ESPN 300 recruiting power rankings last January and was named Rivals national recruiter of the year in 2008.

      Thompson, 50, is the third defensive assistant coach Auburn has added since the end of the regular season, joining defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson.

      Thompson worked with Muschamp when they were both assistant coaches at LSU in 2002-2003.

      "I'm excited to have Lance Thompson join our staff. Lance is very familiar with Will having worked with him before," Malzahn said in a statement. "He's an outstanding coach and an outstanding recruiter who is very familiar with our state and the Southeastern Conference. Lance will be a great addition to our staff."

      Thompson worked at Alabama three different times, including his latest stint from 2012-14. He also coached at Alabama from 1999-2000 and 2007-08. In addition, he coached at Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Central Florida, where he was defensive coordinator from 2004-06.

      Thompson coached under Nick Saban at both Alabama and LSU. He was the assistant head coach in charge of recruiting and the tight ends coach when LSU won the 2003 national title.

      "I'm really excited and very appreciative to be joining the Auburn football family and work with Coach Malzahn, Coach Muschamp and the entire staff," Thompson said in a release. "I have a great amount of respect for Coach Malzahn and what he represents and what he has accomplished in a short period of time. I hope to bring my strengths to the program to help Auburn football achieve its goals of winning a national championship."