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  • Minnesota athletics official takes leave amid Norwood Teague investigation

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 19 mins ago

    Another Minnesota athletics official is under investigation.

    According to the Star Tribune, Mike Ellis, an associate athletic director under former Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague, has “voluntarily” agreed to a leave as the sexual harassment and discrimination investigation into Teague continues. Teague resigned in August after university employees filed complaints of sexual harassment.

    According to the Star-Tribune, five anonymous complaints against Ellis have been received since Teague’s Aug. 7 resignation.

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    From the Star-Tribune:

    Ellis did not respond to the Star Tribune’s requests for comment.

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  • Memphis announces suspensions from Miami Beach Bowl brawl

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Remember that huge brawl that immediately followed the end of Memphis’ 55-48 win over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl?

    More than nine months later, Memphis coach Justin Fuente finally publicly announced the players he suspended for their involvement in the fight.

    According to the Associated Press, linebacker Leonard Pegues and defensive end Isadore Outing are both suspended for the season-opener against Missouri State on Saturday.

    Additionally, offensive linemen Nick Thomas, Michael Stannard and Trevon Tate, along with cornerback Chauncey Lanier, are suspended for the first half of the Missouri State game. Pegues is also suspended for the first half of the Tigers Week 2 matchup at Kansas.

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    The suspensions were decided in conjunction with the American Athletic Conference.

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  • UCLA DB Ishmael Adams suspended indefinitely following arrest

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams has been suspended following his weekend robbery arrest, Bruins head coach Jim Mora announced Tuesday.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, the suspension is indefinite, pending additional information obtained by police.

    Adams was arrested at 3:36 a.m. Sunday for allegedly using force to steal a cell phone from an Uber driver.

    Per the Times, Adams was released on bail Tuesday at 6:24 a.m and has a court date scheduled for Sept. 22.

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    Adams, a redshirt junior, was a first team All-Pac-12 selection last year. He registered 41 tackles and two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. Adams also started every game for the Bruins in 2013 and led the team with four interceptions. He also totaled 61 tackles.

    UCLA opens up its season at home against Virginia on Saturday.

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  • Urban Meyer 'has an idea' on starting QB, will play both throughout season

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Urban Meyer reiterated his stance Tuesday: he will not publicly name Ohio State’s starting quarterback prior to Monday’s opener at Virginia Tech.

    However, he did hint during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference that he’s made his decision. He also said both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are likely play over the course of the season.

    “I kinda have an idea of who’s gonna go early,” Meyer said, per “I’ve also made the decision that when you have good players, you play them. I would anticipate throughout the course of the year, we’ll play both quarterbacks.”

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    With the Buckeyes opening on a Monday, Meyer noted that the usual game-week practice schedule has shifted a bit with an off day Tuesday. After Wednesday’s practice, though, Meyer said, he should be firm with his decision on the starter.

    It’s a win-win situation for Meyer. Both Jones, a junior, and Barrett, a redshirt sophomore, have proven to be more than capable.

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  • Coastal Carolina officially joins the Sun Belt (Update)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The Sun Belt added Coastal Carolina as its 12th member on Tuesday. 

    The league announced Tuesday that the Chanticleers will join Sun Belt in all sports but football for the 2016-17 year, with the football program joining the fold for the 2017 season.

    After multiple outlets reported the news Monday night, the conference confirmed it with a press conference Tuesday afternoon near Coastal Carolina’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., campus.

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    "This is a great day for the Sun Belt Conference as we are very proud to have Coastal Carolina University join our membership," said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. "The Sun Belt is a growing conference with a bright future and Coastal Carolina makes a perfect fit as it too has seen a tremendous amount of growth and has all the tools necessary to move forward at the highest level of collegiate athletics. 

    Coastal was reportedly voted in as a member over Eastern Kentucky, the other finalist for the 12th spot.  

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  • Tennessee DE Andrew Butcher arrested for public intoxication

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Tennessee defensive end Andrew Butcher was arrested over the weekend.

    According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, officers found Butcher, a true freshman, drunkenly “running around” on Interstate 40 around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

    "The defendant was running around on 40 East near James White Parkway," the arrest report says, per The Tennessean. "Upon contact with the defendant he had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet."

    The 18-year-old was subsequently arrested and charged with “public intoxication, underage possession of alcohol and violating a controlled access roadway.”

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    According to police, Butcher admitted to drinking beer that night. He was later released after posting bound.

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  • Ex-USC LB Morgan Breslin sues school over disability insurance

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    Former USC linebacker Morgan Breslin is suing the university.

    According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Breslin claims that school officials “guided him in purchasing” a disability insurance policy that has provided “inadequate coverage” for an injury.

    Breslin, 24, played for the Trojans in 2012 and 2013, filed the suit Friday alleging “breach of contract, fraud and both intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic relations.” He was injured in USC’s game at Arizona State on Sept. 28, 2013 (you know, the one that got Lane Kiffin fired).

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    He says the injury prevented him from pursuing a professional football career.

    From the Daily News:

    Breslin was designated an exceptional student athlete for the 2013-14 season as part of an NCAA program that encourages athletes to stay in school and complete their degree program while being offered the chance to buy disability insurance, the suit states.

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  • Reports: UCLA DB Ishmael Adams arrested for robbery (Update)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams was arrested early Sunday for an alleged incident with an Uber driver, according to a report from the Daily Bruin. His bail is set at $100,000.

    The report says Adams is accused of using force to steal the driver's cell phone around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

    From the Daily Bruin:

    Police arrested UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams for allegedly stealing an Uber driver’s cell phone outside of UCPD headquarters on campus early Sunday.

    Adams, a redshirt junior on the UCLA football team, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. near the Facilities Management building in central campus about a block away from the reported robbery, according to police logs. His bail was set at $100,000.

    Adams was arrested about 12 minutes after the driver called police and reported the robbery. The driver also reported apparent minor injuries, police said.

    UCLA said in a statement that it is aware of the incident.

    UCLA’s season opens up at home against Virginia on Saturday.

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  • Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze: Chad Kelly will 'likely' start at QB

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Chad Kelly will “likely” start at quarterback when Ole Miss begins its season on Saturday, Rebels coach Hugh Freezetold reportersMonday.

    Freeze said Kelly, a redshirt junior, has a “slight edge” over Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade. He added that all three would play against Tennessee-Martin and the competition is ongoing. 

    It’s been a long journey for Kelly to reach this point.

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    He started his career at Clemson, but was dismissed during his redshirt freshman season for “conduct detrimental to the program” and having a “pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of (Clemson’s) program.”

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  • Tyrone Swoopes named Texas' starting quarterback

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    In a decision that shouldn’t be much of a surprise, Texas head coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that junior Tyrone Swoopes will start at quarterback when the Longhorns open up at Notre Dame on Saturday.

    Swoopes, who started 12 games for the Longhorns in 2014, beat out redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard for the starting gig.

    Swoopes was plagued by inconsistency in his first year starting. He finished the season 2,409 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while also rushing for 262 yards and four more scores.

    Though Swoopes will start the game, Strong said that Heard will also see action against the Fighting Irish.

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    Here’s the entire depth chart, via Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News:

    Texas depth chart.

    Saturday’s game in South Bend will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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