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  • Report: NCAA investigating Ole Miss for rules violations

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The NCAA is reportedly taking allegations made by the stepfather of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil very seriously.

    Tunsil’s stepfather, Lindsey Miller, said last week that his stepson was meeting with football agents on the night Tunsil was arrested for domestic assault against Miller. And according to The Clarion-Ledger, NCAA officials made the trip to Oxford Friday to speak with Miller regarding “an investigation into multiple alleged rules violations” by the Ole Miss football program.

    From The Clarion-Ledger:

    Tunsil and Miller have pressed charges against one another and have a court date scheduled for July 14.

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  • Athletes could receive thousands in NCAA, EA video game settlement

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Thousands of current and former college athletes could receive money as a result of settlements from a series of lawsuits stemming from the use of football and men’s basketball players’ names and likenesses in video games.

    According to legal documents obtained by USA Today, many athletes are “likely” to receive “at least $1,000” and some could receive “$6,700 or more.”

    From USA Today:

    The documents were submitted late Thursday night to U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken as part of the process to gain her final approval of a combined $60 million in settlements of claims against the NCAA, video game manufacturer Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company, the nation's leading collegiate trademark licensing and marketing firm.

    Per USA Today, athletes can receive money from “either or both settlements,” based on a number of factors.

    -- The validated claims rates.

    -- Whether a player's name appeared on a team roster.

    -- Whether his assigned jersey number appeared on a virtual avatar.

    -- Whether his photograph appeared in the game.

  • Report: Michigan State RB Delton Williams 'expected to return' to team

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Running back Delton Williams is not currently enrolled at Michigan State, but that could change soon.

    According to a report from, Williams, the team’s leading returning rusher, is expected to return to the team “as early as this month.” Williams, a rising junior, could potentially participate in the team’s voluntary summer workouts, the report said.

    Williams has been indefinitely suspended from the program since a March traffic incident in which Williams allegedly pulled out a gun after a man honked at him. The man said Williams, who had a concealed carry permit, did not point the weapon.

    The accuser, Anan Abubaker, said he could understand “why he would have a weapon.”

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  • USF adds former N.C. State WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    It turns out quarterback Asiantii Woulard isn’t the only new addition to South Florida’s offense.

    In addition to officially announcing the transfer of Woulard from UCLA, Bulls head coach Willie Taggart also confirmed that ex-N.C. State wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is joining the program.

    The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Valdes-Scantling is a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., who will have two years of eligibility remaining for USF after sitting out the 2015 season. The program said a in a release that Valdes-Scantling is “expected to enroll for the fall semester and join the team at the beginning of preseason camp.”

    Valdes-Scantling, a three-star recruitin the 2013 class, caught 44 passes for 538 yards and a touchdown in two seasons at N.C. State.

    Coming off a 4-8 2014 campaign, the Bulls open their 2015 schedule at home against Florida A&M on Sept. 5.

  • Russell Wilson talks contract, baseball on 'Kimmel' (Videos)

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson made an appearance “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night. Predictably, his contract situation was a point of discussion early on in the interview.

    Wilson is in the final year of his rookie contract despite leading Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, and Kimmel asked him if he wants to be the league’s highest-paid player. Wilson made sure to say all the right things.

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    “I just want to be paid based off my play. It will all work out in the end. We’ll figure it out,” Wilson said.

    Wilson is scheduled to be paid $1.5 million in 2015.

    Wilson is also an accomplished baseball player and played parts of two seasons of minor league ball in the Colorado Rockies organization after being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB draft.

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  • Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended for substance abuse

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain will miss the first four games of the 2015 season.

    The NFL announced that McClain violated the league’s substance abuse policy and in a statement, McClain acknowledged his mistake.

    “I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake,” McClain said. “I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.”

    McClain played the first three years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who picked him No. 8 overall in the 2010 draft. The team released him in April 2013 and McClain signed with the Baltimore Ravens, but he announced his retirement a month later without playing a down for the Ravens.

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  • Jets DT Sheldon Richardson suspended four games

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The New York Jets will play the first four games of the 2015 season without one of their best players.

    The NFL announced Thursday that defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year, was suspended without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for substances of abuse.

    According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Richardson was suspended for marijuana use.

    The suspension will hold the 6-foot-3, 294-pound Richardson out for the Jets’ games against the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

    “I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans,” Richardson said in a statement. “However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field.”

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  • Arizona State honors Pat Tillman with new practice jersey (Photos)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Adidas may have lost Tennessee to Nike this week, but it gained Arizona State.

    The Sun Devils officially began their new deal with Adidas on Wednesday – a deal that spans eight years and is worth $33.8 million according to

    As part of the roll out of Arizona State’s new Adidas gear, the football team showed off a practice jersey that honors Pat Tillman.

    Honor #PT42 football practice jersey #teamadidasASU

    Tillman played collegiately at Arizona State and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 1998. After a few years in the league, Tillman left the NFL to join the Army in 2002. Tillman died while serving in Afghanistan in 2004 and posthumously was awarded with the Purple Heart and Silver Star.

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  • Chargers job listing requires willingness to move to Los Angeles

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The Chargers recently posted a job listing for a Tax Manager to deal with “tax reporting and compliance within the organization.” The requirements for the job seem fairly standard for the position. Applicants need a BA in accounting or an MA in taxation, CPA certification and a minimum five years of experience with a CPA firm. Oh and there’s one other thing: “Willing to relocate to the Los Angeles area, if necessary.”

    That doesn’t sound too promising for fans who hope the team remains in San Diego.

    Chargers owner Dean Spanos, alongside Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, reportedly were in L.A. earlier this week to meet with city officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, about the their “vision for a shared stadium” in Carson, just outside of Los Angeles.

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  • Ex-Patriots LB Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to leaving scene of accident

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to his role in a June hit-and-run crash.

    According to the Boston Globe, Spikes entered his guilty plea on Wednesday in Wrentham (Mass.) District Court and was sentenced to a year of probation.

    Spikes admitted to leaving the scene after he crashed his Mercedes on Interstate 495 in Foxborough in the early morning hours of June 7. Police found the car crashed and abandoned around 3:20 a.m. and determined that Spikes had rear-ended an SUV, causing minor injuries to the vehicle’s three occupants – a man, a woman and their 12-year-old son.

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