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  • Coach sues Kiffin, claims he was promised job to secure recruit
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Former Alabama receiver Antonio "A.C." Carter filed a lawsuit alleging fraud against Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin, the university and the state of Florida.

    • Carter alleges Kiffin misled him to believe he had a job on FAU's football staff as assistant wide receivers coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach, according to SEC Country.

      Carter's offer was revoked after two prior misdemeanor charges showed up on a conducted background check.

      The complaint, which was filed Tuesday in Shelby County, Ala., claims "Kiffin deliberately misled him regarding a job on the FAU football staff in order to benefit from his family relationship with a prospect."

      Carter was a three-year starter at Alabama before a leg injury ended his career in 2001. His comeback attempt lasted until 2004, and Carter finished his college career with 106 receptions for 1,294 yards.

      Carter served as a graduate assistant under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2008, before leaving Tuscaloosa for a coaching position at Appalachian State.

      Carter was passing coordinator at Appalachian State (2008), wide receivers coach at Eastern Michigan (2009) and Samford (2010-12).

      Carter said in the lawsuit that he helped FAU on National Signing Day and had been recruiting a junior college prospect from his hometown.

      "The prospect's family had just celebrated New Year's Eve together with Plaintiff Antonio Carter and his family just a few weeks earlier," the lawsuit states. "It is believed that this relationship between Plaintiff Antonio Carter and the coveted prospect was known to the coaches and defendants at the time he was hired."

  • Saban rips media, NCAA's new camp rules
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Alabama coach Nick Saban went on a fiery rant against the media and NCAA, and made it clear the Crimson Tide are not going to a conservative offense after losing the national title game.

    • Saban responded to a "ball-control question" from a reporter during Alabama's spring practice press conference on Tuesday and then moved on to rip the NCAA's camp rules.

      "I don't know where you came up with where we go to ball control," Saban said. "That's not what we do. The New England Patriots threw the ball over 60-something percent of the time, which is more than we threw it. So, where does that assumption come from or do you do what everybody else in the media does -- create some (expletive) and throw it on the wall and see what sticks, which is what I see happening everywhere?

      "And the people who scream the loudest kind of get the attention and then we pass some rule that everybody has to live with or some law and the consequences mess up a lot of other things. Do it all the time. We're doing it right now. ... Where did that come from? I never said that, nobody in this building ever said that, so where'd you come up with that? Just had a dream about it, or what?"

      In the 35-31 loss to Clemson in the title game in January, Alabama had a nine-minute time of possession deficit and gave away a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

      "We didn't block them," Saban said. "We didn't execute very well. We didn't throw the ball accurately when we had open people and a couple of times we dropped it. I think it was more a lack of execution than it was something schematically that we were doing. And that's on us as coaches. That's not to blame anybody but us for not having the players well-prepared. The defense also needs to get themselves off the field on third downs so they don't play as many plays. It's a combination of things.

      "But I do think we could have executed a lot better in that particular game. And I think most players would probably tell you that on both sides of the ball -- not to take anything away from Clemson. But it is what it is. But as we always do, we're going to self-assess what we did through quality control, what we did well, what we need to improve on and visit people, try to get better and the things we need to do better."

      Saban then went on a tangent about the new NCAA rules, raising concerns about high school coaches being prohibited from working summer camps.

      "And we pass some rule that everybody has to live with, or some law, where the consequences mess up a lot of other things," Saban said. "We do it all the time. We're doing it right now. The NCAA is doing it. We're going to change the way we have summer camps. We can't have high school coaches working summer camps. I mean, it's the most ridiculous thing that I've ever seen. It is what it is and whatever they do, they do.

      "So we say we don't want third-parties dealing with players. So we're not going to let the high school coach bring a guy to camp, but some third-party guy can bring him to camp now. Makes no sense at all. But all the people who have common sense, they don't say anything about it. But the people who scream the loudest will get the thing changed and it'll mess everything up. That's the way it goes. The way it goes in the world, politics, just the way it goes."

  • Minnesota exonerates three players in sexual assault scandal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    University of Minnesota provost Karen Hanson upheld the punishments of two football players for their role in the school's sexual assault scandal while clearing three others of wrongdoing on Monday.

    • After hearing their appeals, Hanson ruled that defensive back KiAnte Hardin's expulsion and running back Carlton Djam's one-year suspension were suitable punishments.

      Meanwhile, she removed the one-year suspensions for defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr., running back Kobe McCrary and quarterback Mark Williams. The three players are expected to return to spring practice on Tuesday.

      "These couple of months have been nothing short of a nightmare for me and I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me and shown nothing but love," Winfield wrote Monday on Twitter. "Today I have officially been cleared and I am excited to tear up the field for my brothers and my gopher fans."

      Last September, a woman alleged she was pressured into having sex with multiple football players at the university. Players who admitted to having sex with the woman said it was consensual.

      No charges were filed, but the university launched an investigation and a report from the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action department concluded 10 football players were in violation of the school's conduct code.

      The suspensions of those 10 players resulted in a two-day player boycott and the team threatening to skip the Holiday Bowl, in which the Gophers were scheduled to face Washington State, because of a lack of "due process."

      The team eventually decided to play in the game, which Minnesota won 17-12. After the season, first-year coach Tracy Claeys was fired -- in part because of his controversial support for the players during their boycott. In January, the school hired P.J. Fleck to replace Claeys.

      Minnesota (9-4, 5-4 in Big Ten) finished fourth in the conference's West Division last season.

  • Former Michigan CB Lewis faces domestic violence charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Former Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis, a top NFL Draft prospect, was charged with domestic violence after an alleged incident in Ann Arbor, Mich., early Wednesday.

    • A warrant for Lewis' arrest was issued on a count of misdemeanor domestic violence. No arraignment date was listed in the court documents, according to multiple media reports.

      Ann Arbor Det. Lt. Matthew Lige told multiple media outlets that a woman believed to be Lewis' girlfriend called 911 at 1 a.m. She told the responding police officers that Lewis assaulted her after an argument.

      "There were no visible apparent signs of injury, but she is claiming that assault occurred," Lige told ESPN. "Assault can occur without apparent injury. It wasn't clear if an assault had occurred, so officers released him at the scene."

      Lewis, who wasn't on the scene when police arrived, subsequently met with officers in a different location.

      Lewis tweeted Wednesday afternoon, "It's sad that somebody would want to control you so bad they would ruin your life over it." He later deleted the tweet.

      A 5-foot-10, 188-pound senior, Lewis is ranked by NFLDraftScout.com as the eighth-best cornerback prospect and the 46th-best overall prospect. He is projected to be a second-round draft choice.

  • Florida QB Del Rio will undergo surgery on throwing shoulder
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Two months after having surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio is scheduled to have surgery on the shoulder that matters more -- his right shoulder.

    • Gators head coach Jim McElwain announced Tuesday that Del Rio would have his throwing shoulder cleaned out on Wednesday. McElwain said the procedure was "not major," which presumably means it will be arthroscopic surgery.

      McElwain expects Del Rio, a junior, to be ready to return by the time fall practice begins. Del Rio had already been ruled out for spring practice because of the January surgery he had on his left shoulder.

      Del Rio started six games for Florida last season, and the team was 5-1 in those games.

      He passed for 762 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in his first three games before a knee injury sidelined him for three weeks.

      He was not has successful when he returned, throwing for 596 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions in his three starts after his return.

      He did not play after the Nov. 5 game against Arkansas.

      With Del Rio sidelined for the spring, redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask will compete for the No. 1 quarterback spot until Del Rio returns.

      Del Rio is the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.

  • Baylor fires football staffer after inappropriate text messages
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, March 14, 2017

    Baylor has let another staffer go in the wake of its sexual assault scandal, firing associate director of football operations DeMarkco Butler after he sent inappropriate text messages to a teenager.

    • Under Texas law, the individual Butler texted is considered an adult, but the university confirmed to local TV station KWTX on Monday that it had dismissed him.

      "DeMarkco Butler is no longer employed by Baylor University. As a personnel matter, we have no further comment," Baylor said in a statement to KWTX.

      Butler was hired by first-year coach Matt Rhule in February. The school also fired assistant strength coach Brandon Washington, who Rhule also hired, following his arrest in a prostitution sting in early February.

      Baylor fired coach Art Briles last May after university regents held him responsible for a lack of accountability for athlete misconduct, including sexual assault allegations.

      Baylor president Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw also lost their jobs amid the scandal.

      In January, a victim filed a lawsuit against Baylor claiming to have been gang raped by two football players. The suit alleged that 31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of rape between 2011 and 2014.

      Earlier this month, Briles denied covering up sexual assault in a letter.

  • Ex-Penn State officials enter guilty pleas
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, March 13, 2017

    Two former Penn State administrators pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor child endangerment related to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal more than five years ago that led to legendary coach Joe Paterno's firing.

    • Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz each face up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000 as part of a plea agreement entered in Superior Court in Harrisburg, Pa.

      Former university president Graham Spanier was also charged in the case. He was not in the courtroom Monday, but the last remaining defendant in the case is scheduled to go on trial next week.

      Schultz and Curley were arrested in 2011 and Spanier in 2012. They were charged with felony conspiracy and on suspicion of failing to notify authorities of reports of child sexual abuse by Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts in the sexual abuse of 10 boys. Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in prison -- -- with accusations stemming as far back as the 1970s.

      Spanier, Curley and Schultz handled a 2001 complaint by graduate assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky -- at the time a retired defensive coach at Penn State -- sexually abusing a boy in a team shower. The school administrators did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities and Sandusky was not arrested until a decade later.

      The guilty pleas by Curley and Schultz indicated they could testify for the prosecution against Spanier, Penn Live reported.

      Penn State's overall costs related to the Sandusky scandal are reportedly approaching a quarter-billion dollars.

  • Saban lends support to LB Foster
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    Nick Saban had nothing but positives to say about the football character of his Butkus Award-winning linebacker Reuben Foster at Alabama's Pro Day on Wednesday.

    • Foster made headlines for all of the wrong reasons a week ago in Indianapolis when he was unceremoniously booted from the NFL Scouting Combine following an altercation (reportedly verbal) with a hospital official during the medical evaluations.

      "If you're looking for a good teammate to be on your team, Reuben's going to be very, very good," Saban told reporters following a workout attended by an estimated 75 NFL talent evaluators, including head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Pete Carroll (Seahawks) and Todd Bowles (Jets). "If you're looking for somebody to be a candy striper and be nice to everybody at the hospital, maybe not."

      Foster did not work out Wednesday while recovering from shoulder surgery, which may have played a part in the delayed medical evaluation that led to his frustration.

      Foster did not speak to reporters during the workout but his former head coach stumped for him.

      "I absolutely have (spoken to Foster about the Combine incident). Reuben has been a great player for us here. I think that if anybody here asks someone eight or 10 times, 'Am I in the right place? Is my name on the list? Why have I had to stay here for so long?' and nobody will respond to you, I think it would probably create a little anxiety for all of us," Saban said. "And I know that Reuben wishes that he would have responded maybe in a little more positive way. But I think other people could have responded and been a little more respectful to him as well."

      Foster is one of five projected first-round picks for Alabama, joining defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard, edge rusher Tim Williams and cornerback Marlon Humphrey, each of whom stood on their Combine workouts and competed in only positional drills Wednesday.

      Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson and wide receiver ArDarius Stewart did a little more, posting 22 and 10 repetitions in the bench press, respectively. Each is projected as a possible third-round selection by NFLDraftScout.com.

      While few expected any of Alabama's top prospects to compete again after such a short layoff since the Combine, it was thought that Allen, in particular, might want a second chance after a somewhat disappointing performance in Indianapolis, including a 5.0 time in the 40-yard dash after measuring just under 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds.

      Allen did not appear as quick or flexible as Tomlinson (6-3, 310) during arc drills that were part of Wednesday's workout, though the reigning Bednarik and Nagurski Award winner's production (69 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks) speaks for itself.

      One relatively unheralded player who may have helped his stock Wednesday was Bowling Green graduate transfer Gehrig Dieter (6-2, 210 pounds), who reportedly dropped just one pass during the throwing session and was clocked between 4.58-4.62 in the 40-yard dash with a 32-foot, 5-inch vertical jump and 9-11 broad jump.

      "It was very big for him," Howard said when asked about Dieter. "He came out and ran great routes. He did a really good job. It's huge. He didn't get a lot of opportunities (last season). But this guy has a lot of film, especially from Bowling Green. I know he's a good receiver. So, he'll be fine."

      --Rob Rang is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, distributed in partnership with The Sports Xchange and CBSSports.com.

  • Briles: I did not cover up sexual violence
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Art Briles is denying allegations that he turned a blind eye to alleged incidents of sexual assault while coaching at Baylor in a one-page letter he released Thursday.

    • On Wednesday, the Texas Rangers opened a preliminary investigation at the behest of Texas legislators into the manner in which Baylor dealt with assault allegations.

      "Let me be clear. I did not cover up sexual violence," Briles wrote in the letter addressed to "Baylor Nation" via KWTX.com. "Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice or safety for anyone."

      Briles was fired by Baylor after eight seasons on May 26, 2016 at the suggestion of university regents who held him responsible for a lack of accountability for athlete misconduct, including sexual assault allegations.

      In October, regents told the Wall Street Journal the allegations of violence included 17 women reporting sexual or domestic assault incidents against 19 football players, including four allegations of gang rape, dating back to 2011.

      However, a regent anonymously told KWTX that "The vast majority of those allegations presented did not have facts to support them."

      In January, a victim filed a lawsuit against Baylor claiming to have been gang raped by two football players. The suit alleged that 31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of rape between 2011 and 2014.

      Baylor officials have since denied those numbers.

      Baylor president Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw also lost their jobs in the wake of the scandal.

      Briles had yet to publicly respond to the allegations before Thursday. Briles began the letter by bluntly stating he "did not obstruct justice on or off campus."

      He filed a libel lawsuit against some Baylor regents, but dropped the suit in February.

      KWTX reports Briles was paid more than $15 million in exchange for a non-disparagement and confidentiality agreement.

      "Despite the insistence of certain people, I can remain silent no longer," Briles wrote. "There is an onslaught of information coming out in the press that is inaccurate, misleading, and unfair to Baylor, its amazing students, its strong faculty, the administration, and its athletic programs.

      "Rumor, innuendo, and out of context messages, emails and comments have no place in a true fact-finding mission. The key to growth for the school begins with full transparency, not selective messaging. To participate, or worse yet, instigate such, is unfair to the victims, the accused, the programs and all of Baylor Nation.

      "I hope and pray that at some point, those feeding this disinformation will stop, and full disclosure rather than messaging misdirection will take place. It's long overdue."

  • Oklahoma QB Mayfield arrested
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    Quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners was arrested early Saturday morning in Fayetteville, Ark., and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest.

    • Mayfield, a 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist, was arrested at 2:56 a.m. and was released from the Washington County (Arkansas) Jail at 11:23 a.m. after he posted bond, The Oklahoman reported.

      A police officer was flagged down by a man to take an assault and battery report at about 2:29 a.m., according to the preliminary police report. The man was yelling at Mayfield, who told the officer that he was trying to break up an altercation that occurred before the officer arrived.

      The officer asked Mayfield to stay so that he could take his statement, at which point Mayfield began "yelling profanities and causing a scene," according to the officer's report.

      Mayfield, 21, had slurred speech, had difficulty walking down stairs and was covered in food on the front of his clothing, according to the report.

      When the officer asked Mayfield to come to him, Mayfield began walking away, the officer wrote in his report. When the officer told him to stop, Mayfield sprinted away, which forced the officer to chase him and tackle him.

      Mayfield kept his arms locked in a tight position and would not comply with the officer's orders to put his arms behind his back before the officer handcuffed him, according to the report.

      "We are aware of the matter and are learning the details," the university said in a statement. "We don't have any other information at this time."

      Mayfield is due in court on April 7, according to the Washington County website. He also appears to have a hearing scheduled for Monday.

      Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last year, passing for 3,965 yards and 40 touchdowns with eight interceptions for the Big 12 champion Sooners. He led the Sooners to a victory over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl and was the game's MVP after passing for 296 yards and two touchdowns.

      Mayfield announced in December that he would return for his senior season.

  • Ole Miss facing further NCAA allegations
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Mississippi announced Wednesday it is self-imposing a one-year bowl ban for the 2017 season after being notified of eight new alleged NCAA rules violations in addition to 13 pre-existing allegations.

    • Among the NCAA charges levied toward Ole Miss was a lack of institutional control and a charge against head football coach Hugh Freeze for failing to monitor his staff. The school is contesting both those charges.

      "We announced today that the NCAA enforcement staff's investigation of football has now concluded, and that earlier today our outside legal counsel received the university's notice of allegations dealing with the football program," Ole Miss chancellor Jeff Vitter said in a video statement.

      In January 2016, the university received a notice of allegations involving football, women's basketball and track and field from an investigation that began in 2012. Thirteen of the allegations were connected to football.

      The university issued a response to the allegations within the mandated 90-day time period on May 27.

      However, the investigation was reopened when former Rebels offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil admitted on the night of the NFL Draft last April to taking money from Ole Miss coaches.

      In response, Ole Miss self-imposed a double-digit reduction in scholarships for the football program.

      Last June, the NCAA committee on infractions separated the 13 football-related allegations in the original notice from the women's basketball and track and field ones.

      The university's women's basketball and track and field teams were penalized in October when their respective cases concluded.

      "Throughout the more than four-year investigation, the University of Mississippi has been committed to seeking the truth," Vitter said. "While we vigorously disagree with some key allegations, and while we have had our differences on occasion with the NCAA about the investigative process, I want to thank everyone involved -- both here and at the NCAA -- for working with us to bring this phase of the process to an end."

  • Charlotte QB Olsen arrested on rape charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    University of North Carolina Charlotte junior quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested Sunday in Charlotte on a rape charge.

    • Olsen was charged with felony second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on a female and second-degree forced sex.

      According to a statement from the university, "This incident occurred a week after a separate, unrelated case of alleged on-campus sexual assault involving acquaintances. Olsen has been suspended from Charlotte athletics, and the University is reviewing the case consistent with its disciplinary procedures."

      Olsen's college career already had a rocky path.

      A New Jersey high school star and brother of current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin Olsen enrolled at the University of Miami in 2013, took a redshirt year, and then left the Hurricanes in 2014 due to reported team violations.

      He was thrown off the Towson University football team in March 2015, and he played for Riverside (Calif.) City College in the fall of 2015.

      Last season, he appeared in six games for Charlotte, completing 87 of 175 passes for 842 yards. He threw six touchdown passes and three interceptions, making one start in midseason.

  • Alabama to hire Patriots assistant as OC
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 17, 2017

    New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll will be named Alabama's offensive coordinator, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

    • Daboll, who recently completed his third season as Patriots tight ends coach, will become the Crismon Tide's fifth offensive coordinator since the end of the 2011 season.

      Daboll will replace Steve Sarkisian, whose only game as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator was the College Football Playoff national championship loss to Clemson.

      Sarkisian then left Alabama to become the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator.

      Sarkisian succeeded Lane Kiffin as Alabama's offensive coordinator. Kiffin was the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator throughout the 2016 regular season and for Alabama's national semifinal victory over Washington. But two days after that game, Kiffin accepted an offer to become Florida Atlantic's head coach.

      Alabama coach Nick Saban interviewed Daboll and former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey in the last few weeks. Alabama co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was also a candidate for the job after being promoted from an offensive analyst's role.

      Daboll, 41, spent 17 seasons in the NFL. He was a graduate assistant at Michigan State for two years when Saban was the Spartans' head coach.

      Daboll will be charged with grooming two young quarterbacks -- Jalen Hurts, who led the Crimson Tide to a 13-1 record as a true freshman, and freshman Tua Tagovailoa, an early enrollee who was ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country.

  • Warrants sought in Michigan State sex assault case
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    The Michigan State University police department has submitted a request for arrest warrants resulting from its investigation into a sexual assault claim involving three of the school's football players.

    • The Ingham County (Mich.) Prosecutor's Office confirmed the request in a news release on Thursday morning, saying that it "will review all of the available evidence and information and make a review decision in the short-term future."

      The university last week announced that three Michigan State football players had been suspended after allegations of sexual assault were made against them last month.

      The three players were not officially named, but the university confirmed that recruiting director Curtis Blackwell was on paid suspension earlier this week. Michigan State declined to say whether the ban was related to the assault investigation.

      According to the police probe, the university has launched its own Title IX investigation.

  • LSU QB Harris to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Quarterback Brandon Harris plans to transfer from LSU.

    • Harris made the declaration via social media and the school later confirmed his intention to transfer.

      After starting the first two games of the season for the Tigers, Harris was replaced by Purdue transfer Danny Etling.

      Harris played in only four games in 2016.

      He went 9-3 as a sophomore in 2015, but with only modest production, was on a short leash in 2016. An uneven performance in LSU's loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field led to a change from then-coach Les Miles.

      Etling will be a senior this coming season, but LSU is limited at quarterback behind him.

      If Harris graduates, he could be eligible to play immediately at any school.

  • Sandusky's adopted son charged with sex crimes
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 13, 2017

    Jeffrey S. Sandusky, the adopted 41-year-old son of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, was arrested Monday and charged with sex crimes involving two girls.

    • The younger Sandusky was charged by Pennsylvania State Police and arraigned by a district judge in Bellefonte, Pa., on 14 counts. Police have accused him of soliciting nude photos from a then-16-year-old girl last year and seeking oral sex in 2013 from her then 15-year-old sister.

      Jeffrey Sandusky was charged with solicitation of statutory sexual assault, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, six counts of unlawful contact with a minor and two counts each of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.

      He was jailed on $200,000 bail.

      According to the arrest affidavit on Nov. 21, the alleged victims' father turned over text messages from the younger Sandusky in which he made the request for nude photographs. The affidavit said Sandusky told the alleged victim in texts that it's not weird because he "studied medicine" and instructed her "to not show these texts to anyone."

      Jeffrey Sandusky accompanied his mother, Dottie, to many of the court proceedings involving Jerry Sandusky, who was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison for sexually assaulting 45 minors -- with accusations stemming as far back as the 1970s.

  • Kansas State coach Snyder reveals he has throat cancer
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 13, 2017

    Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder announced Monday he has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has been receiving outpatient treatment for about three weeks.

    • Doctors indicated Snyder's prognosis to be excellent and have "projected a positive outcome," according to his lengthy statement issued by K-State.

      The 77-year-old Snyder is expected to be on the field for the start of the Wildcats' spring practice next month. Kansas State begins spring practice March 29 and the spring game is April 22.

      "I have been diagnosed with throat cancer and have been receiving outpatient treatment at the KU Medical Center for about three weeks and am getting along very well," Snyder said in his statement. "The doctors and staffs at both KU Med and M.D. Anderson (in Houston) have been great; working so very well together to finalize the overall treatment plan which is being conducted in Kansas City. Both 'teams' have projected a positive outcome and have worked out a schedule that allows me to be in Kansas City for my regular treatments and still be back in the office on a regular basis through the first week of March."

      Snyder addressed his health now after recent speculation that he was seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness. He apologized for publicly disclosing his diagnosis in a statement.

      "I feel bad having to release this information about my health in this manner prior to sharing it in person with so many personal friends, distant family, players and their families, past and present, and many of the Kansas State football family so close to our program. But, with so much talk presently out there, I certainly owe it to everyone to make them aware of my condition."

      Snyder was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame two years ago and won his 200th game with the Wildcats in 2016. Kansas State finished 9-4 last season and defeated Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.

      Snyder, a four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, just completed his 25th year at Kansas State and has a 202-105-1 record with the Wildcats.

      Snyder said the coaching staff -- which includes his son, Sean, the Wildcats' associate head coach/special teams coordinator -- will carry out their responsibilities when he is away from the team.

      "Coach Snyder's health is of the utmost importance, and he has our full support during this time," Kansas State athletic director John Currie said. "We will provide all of the necessary accommodations he and his family need to ensure a smooth treatment process. He will remain our head coach during this treatment period, and we look forward to seeing him on the field this spring and in pursuit of career win No. 203 on Sept. 2."

      Snyder thanked his supporters at the school as well as family and friends.

      "I'm very grateful to those who have responded over the past 24 hours via calls, texts, emails, etc., with such kind thoughts and words," Snyder said. "And again, my apology to each of you whom I did not have the opportunity to reach personally before this release."

  • Alabama DE Allen adds Lombardi to trophy collection
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 11, 2017

    Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen capped his collection of college football awards Saturday by being named winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Rotary Club of Houston announced.

    • Allen was selected over three other finalists -- Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville, defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M and linebacker/returner Jabrill Peppers of Michigan.

      "I was just in shock," Allen said after being named the winner. "Whenever you receive an award of this magnitude, it's obviously a blessing."

      The award is Allen's fourth of the campaign. He also won the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards as the nation's top defensive player and the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end.

      Allen, expected to be one of the top picks in the 2017 NFL draft, had 69 tackles and 10 sacks in 2016. He also returned two fumbles for touchdowns and finished seventh in the Heisman balloting.

      Allen joins Cornelius Bennett (1986) as the only Alabama players to win the Lombardi Award.

      The Lombardi Award was first given out in 1970 and has traditionally been awarded to an offensive or defensive lineman. It was expanded this season to include all positions with the mandate being that it goes to a player who best demonstrates outstanding performance while meeting the standards of former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi's brand of leadership.

  • Michigan State suspends 4 amid sexual assault allegations
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Michigan State suspended three football players and a staff member while the university investigates sexual assault allegations.

    • The school didn't identify the players or the football staff member while announcing the discipline on Thursday.

      No criminal charges have been filed in regards to the complaint, which was made in late January.

      "Sexual assault is unacceptable, and members of MSU Athletics who fail to uphold our standards for creating a culture that is safe, supportive, and responsive to those affected by it will be held accountable," athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. "My expectation of all members of the department is full and complete cooperation with all investigations."

      A Title IX investigation will also be conducted to see if policy was violated.

      Football coach Mark Dantonio has yet to make a comment on the situation.

  • Kelly reportedly has 'no interest' in Alabama
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Chip Kelly isn't ready to return to the college ranks, as the former San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Oregon coach has "no interest" in Alabama's offensive coordinator job, according to a report from Bleacher Report.

    • Kelly is still holding out for an NFL job as a head coach or coordinator, per Bleacher Report.

      The Crimson Tide lost offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to the Atlanta Falcons. Sarkisian was elevated to the job at Alabama during the week of the College Football Playoff Championship against Clemson after Lane Kiffin's abrupt departure.

      Sarkisian joined the Falcons in the same capacity Tuesday after Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left to become the new coach of the 49ers.

      Kelly was fired by the 49ers on Jan. 1 after going 2-14 in his only season with the team. He was hired by San Francisco one month after he was fired by the Eagles less than three seasons into his tenure as head coach in December 2015.

      Kelly guided the Ducks to a 46-7 mark in his four seasons at Oregon, including an appearance in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

  • Big 12 to withhold cut of Baylor's future revenue
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    The Big 12 Conference board voted unanimously Wednesday to withhold 25 percent of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor, pending an outcome of changes within the school's athletic programs.

    • Baylor was not included in the board of directors vote and will be responsible for all associated costs, the conference announced.

      Each Big 12 school received about $30 million in revenue from the conference last year, and 25 percent of that would be about $7.5 million, according to the Houston Chronicle.

      "The Board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable," University of Oklahoma president and Big 12 board chairman David Boren said in a statement. "Effective immediately, the Conference is withholding 25 percent of Baylor's share of any future revenue distribution until the proper execution of controls is independently verified.

      "By taking these actions the Board desires to ensure that the changes that were promised are actually made and that systems are in place to avoid future problems. The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the Board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with Conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX."

      Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda told ESPN that Baylor would have the opportunity to recoup any withheld revenue if it satisfied the board members at the conclusion of a third-party verification review.

      A lawsuit filed by a Baylor graduate student on Jan. 27 alleged that 31 football players were involved in a minimum of 52 rapes from 2011 to 2014. The student alleged she was gang-raped in 2013 by two Baylor football players after a party. The woman's lawsuit accused the university of Title IX violations and negligence.

      The Wall Street Journal reported in October that 17 women filed sexual or domestic violence complaints against players in former coach Art Briles' football program since 2011. Among the allegations were four gang rapes.

      Baylor interim president David Garland released a statement after the Big 12's announcement.

      "Upon learning the scope and scale of the troubling incidents that occurred within our campus community through an independent investigation, Baylor University took unprecedented corrective actions that led to leadership changes within the University administration and athletic department and 105 recommendations to strengthen the safety and security of our students," Garland said. "No other university in the country has responded as aggressively and decisively as Baylor regarding incidents of sexual assaults on its campus.

      "Under the university's new leadership, Baylor has demonstrated a firm commitment to athletics compliance and integrity, increased awareness and prevention of sexual assault, implementation of Title IX best practices and providing comprehensive support services for any student in need of them. Baylor already had planned to hire an outside auditor to audit the implementation of our enhanced practices, and we welcome the Big 12 Conference's request of an independent review. While the withholding of conference distributions is an unexpected financial event, we do not deem these actions to materially impact the overall financial position of the University. We pledge our full cooperation, and we will work with the Big 12 Conference to conduct the audit as expeditiously as possible.

      "This third-party review at the request of the Big 12 Conference will provide an opportunity for us to demonstrate our progress to date and our ongoing commitment in establishing Baylor as a leading institution in athletics compliance and governance and for preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses."

  • Army suspends DC Bateman for role in Wake Forest leak scandal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    Army suspended defensive coordinator Jay Bateman for two weeks and fined him $25,000 for accepting game-plan information from a Wake Forest radio announcer, the service academy announced Tuesday.

    • According to Army, its investigation determined that Bateman and former assistant Ray McCartney accepted "non-public information and took actions to conceal the information and its source."

      Army defeated Wake Forest 21-13 on Oct. 29. A few weeks later, Wake Forest game-plan information was discovered in Louisville's stadium and a school investigation determined that radio analyst Tommy Elrod leaked Demon Deacons' information to opponents on multiple occasions.

      "Our commitment is to foster a culture of excellence and winning in everything we do," said U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., who handled the investigation. "It does not mean that we win at all costs. Rather, it means winning in accordance with our values and who we are as an institution and a nation. When we win, we will do so honorably, remaining true to the values and standards that define us."

      Athletic director Boo Corrigan said Bateman will be required to attend an ethics program.

      "Although no NCAA rules were violated, these actions do not represent our values," Corrigan said in a statement. "We appreciate Wake Forest bringing this matter to our attention and I want to apologize to the Wake Forest administration and to the West Point community."

      Army joins Louisville and Virginia Tech as schools that confirmed they received information from Elrod. The Atlantic Coast Conference fined Louisville and Virginia Tech $25,000 apiece for the actions of coaches who accepted the information.

      Elrod, a former quarterback at Wake Forest, had been leaking information since 2014. He was fired from his radio job and banned from the school's athletic facilities.

  • Baylor fires assistant Washington after prostitution arrest
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    Baylor football is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.

    • Recently-hired strength and conditioning coach Brandon Washington was arrested early Saturday morning at a Waco, Texas-area hotel on a prostitution solicitation charge and was fired by Baylor shortly after.

      Washington, 33, was arrested shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday after arriving at the hotel to meet a prostitute. He was released from McLennan County Jail later in the day after posting $1,000 bond.

      The Class B misdemeanor charge carries a punishment of up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

      Washington, 33, was a member of newly-hired coach Matt Rhule's staff at Temple for the past three years.

      A statement released from Baylor's athletics department said Washington passed a full criminal background check at the time of his hiring.

      "When we arrived at Baylor, we made a commitment to character and integrity in our program," Rhule said, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. "Brandon's actions are completely unacceptable. We will not tolerate conduct that is contradictory to these values."

      Rhule was hired on Dec. 6 to coach the Bears following a year-plus sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of coach Art Briles. Baylor president Ken Starr was also removed from his post and resigned as a tenured staff member at Baylor Law School.

      A lawsuit filed by a Baylor graduate student on Jan. 27 alleged that 31 football players were involved in a minimum of 52 rapes from 2011 to 2014.

  • Oregon assistant Reaves, on leave after arrest, resigns
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 6, 2017

    Oregon assistant coach David Reaves' brief stay in Eugene is over.

    • The co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach resigned on Friday, according to press reports.

      Reaves was arrested on Jan. 22 by Eugene police and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

      Oregon assistant Jimmie Dougherty was a passenger during the arrest, but he is not facing charges.

      That was just five days after Reaves was officially hired at Oregon. He came to Oregon to join new Ducks head coach Willie Taggart, for whom he worked at South Florida.

      Reaves, 38, was put on administrative leave after his arrest and was going to be fired by the school, but he decided to quit. There was no indication that any kind of settlement was reached.

      Reaves' two-year contract was to be worth $300,000 per year. He was to share offensive coordinator duties with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

      Reaves' previous coaching stops included South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico and IMG Academy before going to South Florida in 2013.

      Reaves' DUI came less than a week after Ducks strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for a month without pay following the hospitalization of three players after offseason conditioning workouts.

      Now Reaves is out of a job and Taggart will be searching for a replacement. Taggart said on national signing day last week that he was close to announcing a new addition to the staff.

  • NCAA agrees to pay $208.7M scholarships settlement
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 4, 2017

    The NCAA and 11 major conferences agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by former athletes who claimed their scholarship value was illegally capped at less than the actual cost of attending college, the institutions announced Friday night.

    • If the preliminary settlement is approved by a judge, the average class member who played his or her sport for four years would receive approximately $6,763, according to CBSSports.com.

      The lawsuit, which claimed the NCAA and college sports' conferences violated antitrust law, was filed in 2014 by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston and later consolidated with other cases.

      "This is a watershed settlement -- recovering nearly all of the damages in the case," said attorney Steve Berman, who represented the class of athletes. "We're incredibly pleased with this settlement that brings student-athletes the payment and recognition they deserve."

      The NCAA and conferences have since changed their rule to allow cost-of-attendance stipends. In January 2015, the five biggest conferences -- the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference -- passed NCAA legislation allowing the value of athletic scholarships to increase.

      The settlement will be fully funded by NCAA reserves, the association said. No school or conference will be required to contribute.

      "The agreement maintains cost of attendance as an appropriate dividing line between collegiate and professional sports," the NCAA said in a statement. "In fact, the NCAA and conferences only settled this case because the terms are consistent with Division I financial aid rules, which allow athletics-based aid up to the full cost of obtaining a college education. Whenever possible and appropriate, the NCAA prefers to provide benefits to student-athletes rather than incur the ongoing cost of lawyers and legal processes."

      The NCAA said it will "continue to vigorously oppose the remaining portion of the lawsuit seeking pay for play."