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  • Jim McElwain switches jobs with UF President for April Fools Day (Video)

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    A lot of college football programs like to have fun with their fans on April Fools Day. Florida is taking it to a whole new level on Wednesday by having university president Kent Fuchs and new Gators head coach Jim McElwain switch jobs.

    “Being president is nice and all, but frankly it’s a lot more dull than I thought it would be,” Fuchs said to the Alligator, Florida’s student newspaper. “I’ve been in higher education for a long time, plus I’m an engineer. I could use a little excitement in my life.”

    McElwain is on board with the switch, too, and is already making changes to the school’s graduation ceremony at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

    “I’m thinking we skip the stage for the graduates to walk across,” he said. “Now picture this: Instead, we have them run out of the tunnel while the band plays the fight song. Of course, they might trip on those gowns they wear — I need to work on that. Maybe we put them all in uniforms. Then, just to make things interesting, we bring in a T-shirt cannon and fire rolled-up diplomas out into the crowd.”

    We’ll see if any other teams can top this one. 

  • Reports: Ex-Iowa QB Jake Rudock could be headed to Michigan

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    Jake Rudock could be on his way to Michigan.

    According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Rudock, the former Iowa starting quarterback, “has been told by the Big Ten his waiver to be eligible to play in 2015 has been approved.” That decision clears the way for Rudock to play immediately at Michigan, where he visited last week.

    In fact, ESPN is reporting that Michigan will be Rudock’s landing spot.

    Rudock, a fifth-year senior who started the past two seasons for the Hawkeyes, decided to transfer earlier this month. Per ESPN’s report, Rudock is hoping to battle for the team’s starting spot under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.

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  • Auburn DB T.J. Davis goes down with torn ACL

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    A potential starter in Auburn’s secondary is expected to miss an extended period of time.

    Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Tuesday that junior cornerback T.J. Davis tore his ACL last week and had surgery recently to repair the torn ligament. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Davis had been competing in spring practice to start opposite Jonathan Jones for the Tigers.

    Davis played in 13 games for the Tigers last season, mainly on special teams, but was able to crack the rotation at corner during SEC play. Malzahn called Davis’ injury “a tough blow.”

    “He injured his knee last week, before we left (for spring break),” Malzahn said, per Al.com. “That’s a tough blow, but we’re hoping to get him back during the season.”

    Jones has been limited this spring due to a foot issue, so Davis had been seeing plenty of time at corner before his injury.

    “It’s very unfortunate,” Malzahn said. “He was making some progress at defensive back, and you know, he’s one of our better special teams players, too, but he’ll do everything he can to get back.”

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  • Jonathan Taylor accuser recants domestic violence allegations

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    The woman who accused former Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor of domestic violence has recanted her statements, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

    Taylor was arrested Saturday evening and charged with domestic violence third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief following an alleged altercation with his 24-year-old girlfriend. The woman told police that she and Taylor got into a verbal argument that turned physical. Police said that the woman had “minor injuries to her neck” and found probable cause to arrest Taylor.

    A day after the arrest, Taylor was dismissed from the Alabama football program.

    After further interviews with the woman on Tuesday, she “maintained she had lied about the previous incidents.” She was then charged with “False Reporting to Law Enforcement,” placed in county jail and released after posting bond.

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  • Utah State QB Darell Garretson decides to transfer

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    Utah State junior quarterback Darell Garretson is transferring, the program announced Tuesday.

    Garretson started 11 games for the program over the past two seasons, but was unlikely to receive much playing time behind Chuckie Keeton, who was granted an additional season of eligibility from the NCAA after missing most of the past two seasons due to knee injuries.

    “We thank Darell for his contributions to Utah State football the past two years and wish him the best in the future,” head coach Matt Wells said in a statement.

    After Keeton went down with a torn ACL and MCL against BYU in October 2013, Garretson filled in as a freshman and started the team’s final seven games, leading the team to a 6-1 record. He threw for 1,446 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes and led the Aggies to a win over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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  • Oklahoma RB Keith Ford's dad speaks out about son's suspension

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    A day after Oklahoma running back Keith Ford was suspended indefinitely for academic and team rules violations, Ford’s parents, Keith and Mary, released a statement Tuesday via the Tulsa World. In part, the Fords said that their son “never recovered completely” physically or mentally from breaking a bone in his lower leg against Tennessee on Sept. 13.

    From the World:

    In a subsequent interview with the World’s Guerin Emig, Keith Ford Sr. said that his son hasn’t been himself since the Tennessee game, especially in terms of “timeliness to class and participation in team activities.”

    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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  • Urban Meyer: Ohio State could use 'specialty quarterback'

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    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hasn’t ruled out using two quarterbacks in 2015.

    His depth chart at the position is incredibly crowded with Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones and Meyer admitted Tuesday he could use one in the same way he used Tim Tebow at Florida in 2006 to complement the starter.

    “You might have a specialty quarterback. That’s kind of what we did in 2006 (at Florida),” Meyer said per Cleveland.com. “That was kind of two different skill sets, a very unique situation, a very ego-less approach to the game. One quarterback drives them down, the other guy comes in and is the goal-line quarterback, but it worked.”

    Meyer is referring to Chris Leak and Tebow, who was a freshman at the time and was mainly used as a runner. How that would translate to the 2015 Buckeyes – a team with three accomplished passers – is anybody’s guess.

    “I’ve thought about that a little bit,” Meyer said. “I think it’s one day at a time right now. That’s get Braxton healthy, get J.T. as many reps as he can, and Cardale, he’s only played three games.”

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  • Report: Two new bowl games could be added in 2015

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    Could two more bowl games be added to the slate in 2015?

    With the deadline to apply for new bowl game certification with the NCAA approaching on Wednesday, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that two cities – Tucson, Ariz., and Little Rock, Ark., – are looking to potentially host a game this upcoming season.

    Tucson is expected to officially apply with the NCAA on Tuesday and Little Rock, per McMurphy, has “strong interest” in adding a game as officials are “finalizing plans” to formally apply. The NCAA would then make its decision within a few weeks.

    From ESPN:

    The deadline to apply for new bowl certification with the NCAA is Wednesday, and the organization will decide whether to approve a game a few weeks later. According to sources, if a bowl has two conferences to support it and can get a television network to show the game, the bowl is usually approved by the NCAA.

    If the NCAA approves two new games in Tucson and Little Rock, that would increase the total number of bowl games to 42, including the College Football Playoff title game.

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  • Oklahoma WR Jordan Smallwood out with ACL injury

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    Oklahoma took a hit to its depth at wide receiver on Monday.

    Sooners’ head coach Bob Stoops confirmed that redshirt sophomore wideout Jordan Smallwood is out indefinitely after tearing the ACL in his left knee during spring practice. Smallwood will miss the rest of the spring and summer and at least the first few games of the 2015 season, Stoops said.

    . @OU_CoachStoops confirms that WR Jordan Smallwood has suffered a left ACL injury. Will likely miss first 1-2 games of season.

    Smallwood appeared in all 13 games for the Sooners in 2014 and caught three passes for 21 yards. This is the second major injury for the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Smallwood during his Oklahoma career. He was forced to redshirt the 2013 season after breaking his foot during the preseason.

    Oklahoma is scheduled to play its spring game on April 11. 

    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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  • Judge: Paterno family can't suit NCAA, PSU for breach of contract

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    A Pennsylvania judge ruled Monday that the family of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno cannot sue the NCAA or the university for breach of contract.

    Per the Associated Press, the Paterno estate has argued that the NCAA and university violated the rights of the late coach with the way the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal was handled. That includes the signing of the 2012 consent decree that questioned Paterno’s response to allegations made against Sandusky. Sandusky, the longtime PSU defensive assistant, was sentenced in June 2012 and will spend the rest of his life in prison

    Judge John Leete dismissed the breach-of-contract claim in the Paterno family’s lawsuit, which had been previously amended.

    “Plaintiffs are not amending their complaint to include a new cause of action or even a new theory of an existing cause of action; rather they are attempting to resurrect a claim on which this court already dismissed,” Leete wrote in his decision.

    From the AP:

    A lawyer representing the NCAA said the organization will “continue to defend vigorously” what remains in the lawsuit.