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  • Bethune-Cookman linebacker killed in shooting

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Bethune-Cookman linebacker Don’Kevious Johnson was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning.

    According to the Palm Beach Post, Johnson was wounded during a fight shortly after 1 a.m. at the clubhouse of Indigo Lakes Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Florida. Police said several involved in the fight went outside the clubhouse and Johnson and two other Bethune-Cookman students, a man and a woman, were shot.

    According to WKMG, the two other students, Justine Cunningham and Tre Jamal Williams, both 21, remain hospitalized. Cunningham was shot in the head and is listed in critical condition while Williams, who sustained a gunshot to the back, is in stable condition.

    The alleged shooter, Lamont Postell Jr., turned himself into police on Saturday afternoon. He faces a first-degree murder charge and two counts of attempted murder.

    The University’s Department of Public Safety is working with the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD), as this is an active investigation.

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  • Bowling Green WR Gehrig Dieter transfers to Alabama

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    One of the MAC’s top returning receivers is headed to the SEC.

    In a lengthy message posted to his Twitter account, Bowling Green wideout Gehrig Dieter announced that he play his final season of college football at Alabama as a graduate transfer.

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    In a brief release, Bowling Green said in a statement that Dieter will graduate from the school in May.

    "Gehrig Dieter plans to graduate in May from Bowling Green State University and has informed the program that he has chosen, upon the completion of his degree program, to pursue other opportunities outside of BGSU football," the release said.

    The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Dieter broke out in 2015 as a junior, totaling 94 catches for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the MAC champion Falcons. His 94 receptions were third in the MAC while his 10 touchdown catches were tied for fourth-best.

    Several of those touchdown catches were of the highlight reel variety. Watch these two from Bowling Green’s game against Toledo:

    Because Dieter started his career at SMU, he could need a waiver to play for the Crimson Tide. 

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  • Pitt RB James Conner, fighting cancer, back on practice field (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Pittsburgh running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December, but that hasn’t stopped him from participating in the Panthers’ winter conditioning.

    Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi posted a video of Conner going full speed during drills on Saturday morning. He looks like he hasn’t lost a step.

    #ConnerStrong #24 #H2P 💪 pic.twitter.com/mAURBcN2rx

    Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a treatable form of cancer and Conner has been receiving chemotherapy treatments at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The school’s athletic department is helping Conner’s family pay for his medical care.

    Conner rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns and won ACC Player of the Year in 2014, but missed the majority of the 2015 campaign with a knee injury.

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  • Louisiana budget crisis could threaten LSU football

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The ongoing budget crisis in Louisiana will negatively affect higher education in the state if a series of tax increases proposed by new Governor John Bel Edwards are not approved by the state legislature.

    And as a result of the potential cuts to higher education that Edwards laid out in a statewide address Thursday night, college football would also be threatened.

    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

    He said new revenue was needed to prevent universities from running out of money before the semester ends. LSU, the state's wealthiest higher education institution, would only be able to pay its bills through April 30, unless some tax increases went into place. 

    The governor went so far as to say that LSU football was also in jeopardy, due to a threatened suspension of spring classes that would put college athletes' eligibility in danger next year. He said the state would no longer be able to afford one of its most popular programs with middle class residents -- the TOPS college scholarship -- without tax hikes. 

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  • Mark Dantonio: Michigan's spring Florida trip is 'creative'

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    While the SEC is attempting to stop Michigan from holding some of its spring practices in Florida, the head coach of one of Michigan’s rivals seems to think it’s a pretty good idea.

    Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said he hasn’t considered taking his team away from East Lansing for practice, but he and his staff are “thinking about it” now.

    “I think it’s creative, there’s no question about that,” Dantonio said Thursday per The Detroit News. “From our standpoint, we’ve never thought to do that, but we’re thinking about it nowadays. If we want to go to Florida or someplace else, in Texas or something like that, that would be our option to do that, and I guess that’s allowed right now.”

    For more Michigan State news, visit SpartanMag.com.

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Report: USC AD Pat Haden underwent medical procedure

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    A day after USC athletic director Pat Haden wastaken from campus in an ambulancedue to lightheadedness, he reportedly “underwent an unspecified medical procedure” on Thursday.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Haden is “expected to remain hospitalized for another day or two.”

    The 63-year-old Haden was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after feeling lightheaded when walking back to his office. Per the Times, Haden was discharged from that hospital Wednesday afternoon but was admitted to another hospital later that day “and spent the night before Thursday’s procedure.”

    Haden announced last week that he will retire in June and transition into a role helping the school with its renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

    For more USC news, visit TrojanSports.com.

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  • Boise State manager hits crazy shot (Video)

    Sam Cooper at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Former Boise State kicker Dan Goodale is working as a manager for the Broncos’ men’s basketball team this season, and it’s given him a chance to show off some other skills aside from kicking.

    During shootaround ahead of Wednesday’s controversial game at Colorado State, Goodale showed off his arm strength by hitting this insane shot.

    Forget half-courters, @Dannyg_41 mastered a new trick shot at today's shootaround. #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/bof3A2VqoI

    That basket is at least 30 rows up from the court, and Goodale’s shot – his first try  –  was nothing but net. He made it look effortless, too.

    As a senior in 2014, Goodale was an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection on the football field and led the nation with 65 touchbacks. He also hit on 16-of-21 field goal attempts.

    He’s another shining example that kickers are athletes, too.

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  • Reports: Texas assistant involved in Ole Miss investigation

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn will not return to Charlie Strong’s staff for the 2016 season.

    Orangebloods.com was the first to report the departure of Vaughn, who has been on Strong’s staff since he arrived at Texas in January 2014.

    "Chris did a tremendous job for us," Strong said in a statement. "He's a terrific football coach and a great person. However, circumstances have put us in a position that we are going to part ways."

    Vaughn has been highly regarded as a recruiter at Texas, but, as Strong alluded to in his statement, alleged transgressions at a previous institution are reportedly the root of his parting from the Longhorns.

    According to the Austin American-Statesman and Horns247, Vaughn’s name has come up in the NCAA investigation into Ole Miss, where he previously served as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008 to 2011.

    Vaughn and Texas "are expected to reach a settlement," per Horns247.

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  • Former Texas A&M OC Jake Spavital lands at Cal

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Jake Spavital has found a home in the Pac-12.

    More than a month after he and Texas A&M “mutually decided to part ways,” the former Aggies’ offensive coordinator has landed at Cal as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

    Welcome to the #CalFamily Coach Spavital! #GoBears pic.twitter.com/Tfr3qoxI8E

    Spavital will replace Tony Franklin, who left Cal last month to take the OC job at Middle Tennessee. Franklin said he wanted to be closer to his family.

    Spavital spent the past three seasons at A&M. He first served as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator before being promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 campaign.

    Cal went 8-5 in 2015 and won the Armed Forces Bowl.

    For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com.

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  • Barry Sanders will transfer to Oklahoma State for final season

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Barry J. Sanders is headed to his father’s alma mater.

    A month afterannouncing his intention to leave Stanford and pursue a graduate transfer, Sanders, the son of NFL great Barry Sanders, told The Oklahoman that he will play his final season of college football at Oklahoma State.

    “They’ve got my full commitment and I’m looking forward to being there come late June,” Sanders said.

    Sanders, a running back, is scheduled to graduate from Stanford in the summer. Before his Hall of Fame NFL career with the Detroit Lions, Sanders’ father was a star at OSU and had one of the best individual seasons in college football history in 1988, finishing with 2,850 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns en route to a Heisman Trophy.

    He will be eligible to play immediately and compete for the Cowboys’ starting running back job in 2016. 

    For more Stanford news, visit CardinalSportsReport.com.

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