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  • Michigan ends 'Legends' jersey program, will retire six numbers

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Michigan is putting an end to its “Legends” jersey program.

    The Wolverines athletic department announced Tuesday that it will no longer allow current players to wear the jersey numbers of players dubbed the “Michigan Football Legends:” Gerald Ford (No. 48), Tom Harmon (No. 98), Desmond Howard (No. 21), Ron Kramer (No. 87), Bennie Oosterbaan (No. 47) and Albert, Alvin and Whitey Wistert (No. 11).

    Each of those jerseys will be retired in a ceremony during the Wolverines’ Nov. 28 contest against rival Ohio State.

    Michigan interim athetic director Jim Hackett said the decision was reached after meeting with the current team and first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh.

    "During the search process for our new football coach, I had a meeting with the Michigan Football team, and they expressed their feelings associated with wearing these legendary jerseys," Hackett said. "At one end of the spectrum they are awed by the legacy of the men who wore them, and at the other end of the spectrum, and as part of a team sport, they wondered why we would call attention to one of our team members.

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  • Jimbo Fisher: Dalvin Cook won't practice until battery case resolved

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    It looks like Florida State will be without running back Dalvin Cook when preseason camp begins on Aug. 5.

    Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday morning on ESPN that Cook, who was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly punching a woman, would not be allowed to practice or work out with the team until the legal process plays out.

    According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, an arraignment date in Cook’s case is scheduled for Sept. 2.

    Cook’s lawyer Ricky Patel said earlier this month that Cook is innocent and that they are “not interested” in pursuing a plea deal.

    “It’s just not right here,”Patel said. “It must be dropped or he must be found not guilty. If necessary, we will file civil charges after these false allegations.”

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  • Syracuse dismisses senior Ashton Broyld

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Ashton Broyld has been dismissed from the Syracuse football program for “a violation of team policy,” Orange head coach Scott Shafer announced Tuesday morning.

    Broyld, a senior who has seen time at running back and wide receiver, was the team’s leading receiver in 2013 with 52 catches for 452 yards. He played in just four games for the Orange last year, totaling 15 catches for 174 yards. He missed eight games with a leg injury.

    The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Broyld also saw action in eight games as a true freshman in 2012 at running back. He rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries. He also registered seven receptions that season for 53 yards.

    Broyld was expected to be used in a hybrid role in 2015, but fell to third string on the Orange’s depth chart coming out of spring practice. Shafer hinted to off-field issues when hetold reporters that Broyld needed “to do a good job with everything, and not just football.”

    For more Syracuse news, visit CuseConfidential.com.

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  • Michigan State RB Delton Williams to return in August

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    Delton Williams will officially return to the Michigan State football team in mid-August, head coach Mark Dantonio announced Monday.

    Williams, a rising junior running back, had been indefinitely suspended from the team since a March traffic incident in which he allegedly pulled out (but did not point) a gun after a man honked at him. Williams had a concealed carry permit, but was charged with brandishing a firearm. He pled guilty to a reduced weapons charge in late April and also violated a school ordinance in the process.

    Williams, who will return to the team on Aug. 14, issued an apology in a lengthy statement released through the program. Here’s his statement in full:

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  • WATCH: Cardale Jones, other Buckeyes get scared in dummy prank

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    It took a lot of hard work for Ohio State to win the national title last season, but the Buckeyes still like to have fun. Take this prank the football program posted on Monday for example.

    A staff member dressed up like one of the mannequins (modeling a team's uniform) you’d see around a football facility and scared the crap out of players as they passed by in the hallway.

    Of all the players to pass by, quarterback Cardale Jones had the best reaction at the 2:12 mark.

    We’ve seen this prank before when Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt pulled it offlast August. Clemson’s execution was a bit better with Stoudt more out in the open (one teammate even punched him). Even though Ohio State’s guy was tucked away in the corner, it was still pretty funny. 

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Air Force, South Florida, Bowling Green unveil new uniforms (Photos)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    With the 2015 season right around the corner, college football programs will begin to unveil new uniforms for the year in bunches.

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    And on Monday, it was Air Force, South Florida and Bowling Green that revealed new looks to the world on social media.

    We saw sharp new Air Force alternates last year, and now the Falcons have new home and away Nike combinations. 

    Can't get enough of our new uniforms? Check out the gallery of all the photos.http://t.co/thirjobIrc pic.twitter.com/prxtoHgCER

    Elsewhere, USF spent the morning tweeting out its wide variety of uniform and helmet combinations. Amid the flurry of tweets was the team’s updated Under Armour green and white uniforms, plus a wild green jersey with yellow numbers.

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  • Cardale Jones performs WWE moves on small child (into a pool)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones seems to be a man of many interests – including professional wrestling.

    On Sunday, Jones was at a local Columbus pool with teammate Tyvis Powell and he got to show off his knowledge of WWE finishing moves on a few kids.

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    Here’s Jones doing Brock Lesnar’s F5 finisher:

    DOOOOOOOO HEEEEMMMMMM!!! @CJ12_ pic.twitter.com/fOH7qbSX6X

    And then the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones capped it off with a John Cena-style “Attitude Adjustment.”

    "Hold up wait a minute! Yall thought he was FINISHED!" @CJ12_ pic.twitter.com/hatxoECAV6

    Jones has a few more weeks to relax before the Buckeyes begin fall camp. At that point, Jones will duke it out with J.T. Barrett for Ohio State’s starting quarterback role.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Jimbo Fisher throws out first pitch to Jameis Winston at Rays game (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher made the trip south from Tallahassee to Tampa to throw out the first pitch at Sunday’s Tampa Bay Rays game. And to complete the Florida State battery, former Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston served as Fisher’s catcher.

    Fisher’s pitch was a little low, but Winston, who also played baseball at FSU, helped his former coach out and framed it in the strike zone.

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    Winston was the first overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft, so his baseball playing days are over. His first training camp with the Bucs begins later this week.

    Meanwhile at FSU, Fisher will oversee the competition to replace Winston in preseason camp – a competition that will likely come down to redshirt junior Sean Maguire and Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson. 

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

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  • Florida State ballboy 'Red Lightning' says he's headed to the NFL

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    Florida State has a great track record of sending its players to the NFL. Now the Seminoles’ famous ballboy and equipment manager Frankie Grizzle-Malgrat is apparently taking his game to the next level, too.

    Grizzle-Malgrat, affectionately known as “Red Lightning,” tweeted on Sunday that he’s headed to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.

    A new journey begins today... Training Camp with the @AtlantaFalcons #RiseUp #DirtyBirds

    According to ESPN, Grizzle-Malgrat will be an equipment intern for the team throughout training camp.

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    Long live Red Lightning.

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  • Teammates surprise Mitchell Meyers after final chemo treatment (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    Iowa State defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers had his final chemotherapy treatment Friday after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in January.

    To signify the end of this part of the recovery process, Meyers got to “ring the bell” at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. To make it even better for Meyers, dozens of his teammates were there to surprise him as he walked out into the waiting area.

    The football team surprises @MeyersMitchell in his final chemo treatment today. #CyclONEnation pic.twitter.com/4RKlVMcXPZ

    "From here, Mitchell will come back to his hometown in Houston and undergo radiation before joining us in the month of September," Rhoads said. "Prayers still extended for Mitchell and his family and everything that he’s going through, and our football team watches in admiration and appreciation each and every single day.”

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