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  • Report: Miami investigating 2 players for NCAA violations (Update)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Update: June 24 - 5:30 p.m. ET

    According to CaneSport.com, up to five players could be involved in the same issues that got Young suspended from the team.

    But the announcement immediately jumpstarted speculation of the involvement of an additional player or players. A source told CaneSport that as many as five other players might also be under suspicion of accepting illegal benefits from the same car agency .A separate source told CaneSport that the rumors that basketball players might also be involved are totally false.

    There were no confirmations or denials of any of the rumors from UM except another highly-placed source told CaneSport that there is absolutely no NCAA investigation involving the issue that caused Young's suspension or possibly involving any other UM athletes.

    Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammed, another player named in the report that said Young was being investigated, has not been suspended by Miami.

    Update: June 24 - 1:30 p.m. ET

    According to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, Young was not forthcoming during the school's investigation.

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  • CMU LB Malik Fountain acquitted on assault charges

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    A Central Michigan linebacker accused of punching two women was acquitted on all charges on Thursday.

    According to the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun, Malik Fountain, a sophomore for the Chippewas, was facing four misdemeanor assault charges - two counts of assault, one count of aggravated assault and one count of jostling - stemming from an alleged December incident at a bar. He was found not guilty after jury deliberations lasted about an hour.

    From the Morning Sun:

    In a move never seen before by defense attorney Joseph Barberi, jurors in the Malik Fountain trial filed out of the Isabella County Courthouse Thursday morning and hugged Fountain, his mother, father, girlfriend and brother.

    As jurors returned not guilty verdicts for two counts of assault, one count of aggravated assault and one count of jostling, Fountain’s parents, Dion Fountain and Pamela Randle, and other relatives, quietly wiped tears from their eyes following Judge Eric Janes’ caution to the gallery to remain calm.

    For more Central Michigan news, visit ChippewaCountry.com.

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  • NC State to wear throwback uniforms vs. Notre Dame (Photos)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    When NC State hosts Notre Dame on Oct. 8, the Wolfpack will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first game at Carter-Finley Stadium. In doing so, the team will wear throwback uniforms featuring the program’s classic red diamond logo.

    Closer look at #CF50 throwbacks. pic.twitter.com/C2pgamAmkd

    NC State first used the diamond logo in 1986 and it graced the Wolfpack’s helmet for the following 14 seasons until returning to the block “S” in 2000.

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    “It’s a special year as we honor Carter-Finley’s 50th anniversary,” head coach Dave Doeren said. “To recognize our proud tradition, we have brought back the diamond logo and uniform.”

    Here is how the rest of the uniform combination will look:

    Coming off a 7-6 record in 2015, NC State opens its 2016 campaign at home against William & Mary.

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  • Baylor releases 5 2016 signees from national letters of intent

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Five signees from Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class have officially been released from their National Letters of Intent.

    The university announced the decision Thursday night, clarifying that the prospects involved were those who “formally requested” their release prior to May 31. The school did not name the prospects in question in a news release, but severaloutlets reported they are defensive back Parrish Cobb, defensive back Donovan Duvernay, offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, running back Kameron Martin and offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez.

    Those five players have been granted a full release, Baylor Rivals.com affiliate SicEmSports.com confirmed with the National Letter of Intent office. They are now free to completely re-open their recruiting process and sign with any other institution.

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  • Dismissed Michigan OL says he's headed to Akron

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    It appears former Michigan offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman is staying in the Midwest.

    Tuley-Tillman, who was dismissed from Michigan in September 2015, announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he will continue his career at Akron as a graduate transfer.

    “Finally done with my bachelors and happy to join @ZipsFB and get back to work,” Tuley-Tillman tweeted.

    Tuley-Tillman was dismissed by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” A few months later, specifics emerged when Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies for filming sex with a woman without her consent.

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  • Projected Michigan State starter gets sixth year

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Michigan State received some good news on Tuesday.

    The program announced that offensive lineman Brandon Clemons, an expected starter, has officially been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Clemons has appeared in 32 games during his Spartans career and was listed as a starter at right guard during spring practice.

    The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Clemons missed most of his redshirt freshman season (2012) due to a foot injury, allowing him to pursue a medical redshirt. He graduated in December 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

    Clemons began his career on the defensive line and saw action in six games in 2013 before moving to the other side of the ball in 2014. He played in 13 games in 2014 and became more of a regular presence in the line rotation last year throughout Big Ten play.

    Davis was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection in 2014 but missed the 2015 season after tearing his ACL during preseason practice. He is allowed to practice with the team while the eligibility process plays out. 

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  • UNC settles with former WR involved in alleged hazing incident

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    North Carolina has reached a settlement in a case involving the alleged hazing for a former Tar Heels walk-on.

    Yahoo Sports was the first to report that Jackson Boyer, a wide receiver, was involved in an alleged physical confrontation with teammates in the Chapel Hill hotel the team stayed in during preseason camp. Boyer reportedly suffered a concussion in the alleged Aug. 4, 2014 incident and received a $795,000 settlement from the school, The News & Observer reportedTuesday after receiving a copy of the settlement.

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    The settlement “covers all of Jackson Boyer’s actual or potential personal injury claims, including but not limited to, any claim for damages, attorneys’ frees and litigation expenses,” the paper said.

    As part of the settlement, the school said it would continue to work to prevent incidences of hazing.

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  • Alabama AD Bill Battle to take leave for cancer treatment

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Alabama athletic director Bill Battle will spend a few weeks away from the university.

    The school announced Tuesday that Battle, 73, has multiple myeloma, a treatable form of cancer. Battle was first diagnosed in March 2014 and has been privately undergoing treatments since then while continuing to work. An upcoming stem cell transplant will “keep him away from the office for a few weeks,” the school said.

    “In the spring of 2014, I was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer," Battle said in a statement. "Subsequent to that diagnosis my wife, Mary, and I visited with doctors at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center; University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa; and the Winship Cancer Institute to determine the best treatment options.

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    Though he won’t be in Tuscaloosa, Battle plans to continue working.

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  • Attorney: Art Briles was no-show at mediation meeting with victim

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    The attorneys for a woman who was raped by a former Baylor football player are speaking out against former Bears head coach Art Briles.

    The woman, former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez, was raped by former Baylor linebacker Tevin Elliott in 2012. During the trial for Elliott, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison, accusations of rape by three other women, plus a misdemeanor charge for another attempted assault, against Elliott emerged.

    Hernandez filed a Title IX lawsuitagainst Baylor, Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw in March. The suit said Baylor " failed to properly train and educate" employees in "appropriate response to allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and retaliatory conduct." 

    According to ESPN.com, her attorneys say Briles “backed out of a pledge to support and apologize” to Hernandez.

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  • DA declines to prosecute Alabama's Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Two Alabama players arrested in May will not face prosecution.

    KNOE-TV reported Monday that the Monroe, La., district attorney will not pursue cases against offensive lineman Cam Robinson and defensive back Hootie Jones, citing insufficient evidence.

    DA declines to prosecute Bama players Cam Robinson & Hootie Jones due to insufficient evidence @KNOE8 @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/v6cJvisjda

    "I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning,” said Ouachita Parish District Attorney Jerry Jones.

    However, according to Al.com, the local clerk’s office said the case “could proceed in the future if new evidence is presented.”

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