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  • It's official: Michigan is heading to Rome for spring practice

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Michigan football will officially spend part of its spring practice schedule in Rome.

    Yes, the Rome in Italy.

    The program announced Monday that it will hold three of its 15 spring practices at the facility of AS Roma, a professional soccer club located in Italy’s capital city. The trip will take place in April “after finals toward the end of winter semester,” Michigan, which called the trip a “a special educational and football experience,” said in a release.

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    “During the trip to Rome, the Wolverines will be immersed in the culture of Italy. The team will visit historic landmarks, spend time with youth at orphanages, and visit deployed U.S. military in the country amongst other team activities,” the release says. “The experience will culminate with a youth clinic, and the team will play a scrimmage that will be open to the Italian public.”

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  • Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is early Vegas favorite for 2017 Heisman

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has the chance to become the second player to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner in 2017, but he’s not the early favorite to win the award.

    Bovada released its early odds for the 2017 Heisman and two other quarterbacks — Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett — are listed ahead of Jackson, who threw for 3,543 yards, rushed for 1,571 yards and combined for 51 touchdowns in 2016. Mayfield is listed as an 11/2 favorite for the Heisman, with Barrett at 6/1 and Jackson at 7/1.

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    Mayfield and Barrett will square off in Week 2 when the Sooners travel to Columbus on Sept. 9. Barrett threw for four touchdowns and had 74 rushing yards when the Sooners and Buckeyes played in 2016 — a 45-24 OSU win. Mayfield, who set a single-season NCAA record for quarterback efficiency in 2016, threw for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss.

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  • Oregon to fire assistant coach David Reaves after DUI arrest

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    It has been a rough week for the Oregon coaching staff.

    Just days after Ducks strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for a month without pay following the hospitalization of three players following conditioning workouts, another member of Willie Taggart’s staff — co-offensive coordinator David Reaves — was arrested Sunday morning for DUI.

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    As a result, Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and “the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement.

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  • Ex-Michigan QB Shane Morris to finish career at Central Michigan

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    With Wilton Speight entrenched as Michigan’s starting quarterback, Shane Morris announced earlier this month he would pursue a graduate transfer. On Saturday, Morris made his transfer destination known.

    Morris is headed to the MAC to play his final season for Central Michigan, which has an opening at quarterback with the graduation of Cooper Rush, a four-year starter.

    Proud to say that I will finish my collegiate football career playing at Central Michigan University. #FireUp????☝???? pic.twitter.com/qYJcXTWjVL

    — Shane Morris (@ShaneMorris_7) January 21, 2017

    Central Michigan has played in a bowl game the past two seasons and returns many of its starters on offense, so Morris, who had spotty playing time throughout his career at Michigan, could have plenty to work with if he wins the starting job for the Chippewas.

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  • Auburn hires Arizona State's Chip Lindsey as offensive coordinator

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Auburn has found its new offensive coordinator.

    A little more than a week after Rhett Lashlee surprisingly left the Tigers for the same position at Connecticut, Gus Malzahn has officially brought in Arizona State’s Chip Lindsey to oversee his offense. Auburn announced the news early Saturday afternoon.

    “I’m excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family,” Malzahn said. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit. Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession.”

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    With the loss to OU, the Tigers finished 2016 with an 8-5 record.

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  • Is Michigan considering practicing in Rome this spring?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Michigan may be getting even more adventurous for its spring practices in 2017.

    According to Rivals’ TheWolverine.com, Michigan is considering traveling to Rome for a week of spring practices and there could “perhaps” be a formal announcement of the plan next week.

    The plan – not necessarily in response to the NCAA’s legislation, though it probably is – is to take the team to Rome, Italy this spring for a week of spring ball, followed by study abroad for several members of the football team (not just limited to Rome, we’ve heard).

    This has been in the works since last fall but a trip like this requires plenty of planning and great detail. Team doctors were told to get their passports ready, etc., and to prepare.

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Outgoing Alabama AD Bill Battle says Saban-to-Texas talk kept him up at night

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Now that Greg Byrne has been brought in from Arizona, outgoing Alabama athletic director Bill Battle has had some time to reflect on his tenure with the Tide.

    One thing Battle did not have to do during his time as AD was hire a football coach. Nick Saban, the best in the land, was already there when he arrived 2013. However, Battle said he was tasked with keeping Saban in the fold.

    No, really. In an interview with Al.com, Battle said one of the most challenging parts of his four years was the highly publicized rumblings of Texas’ interest in Saban as head coach back in December 2013.

    For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.

  • Tennessee promotes Larry Scott to offensive coordinator

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Tennessee filled its offensive coordinator vacancy with someone already on staff.

    The school said Friday it had promoted tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Larry Scott to coordinator. Former Utah State assistant Mike Canales will be the team’s quarterbacks coach.

    “Larry played an important role in the success we had offensively last year and was heavily involved in all aspects of our game plan, both during the week and on game day,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said in a statement. “We felt it was vital to maintain our continuity on offense and keep building on what we have established the past four seasons.”

    Scott replaces Mike DeBord, who left the school in January to be the offensive coordinator at Indiana. DeBord will be an assistant under new coach Tom Allen, who was promoted to replace Kevin Wilson after Wilson resigned from the Hoosiers.

    Scott was Tennessee’s tight ends coach for one season after coming over from Miami where he was the interim coach for the Hurricanes in the final half of 2015 after Al Golden was fired.

    Sophomore running back John Kelly, who had 630 yards and averaged 6.4 yards a carry is Tennessee’s leading returning rusher.

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  • Following Chargers' departure, SDSU looking to extend stadium lease through 2020

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    San Diego State would like to stay at Qualcomm Stadium for four more seasons.

    With the San Diego Chargers now the Los Angeles Chargers, the Aztecs are set to be the main occupant of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The school’s current lease goes through the 2018 season, but athletic director John David Wicker said Thursday the school has started talks to stay at Qualcomm through 2020.

    The two-year extension would give SDSU an opportunity to build a football stadium for itself without having to find a temporary home. But that two-year lease would, of course, have to come with the assurance that Qualcomm Stadium would stay open. That’s apparently not a guaranteed.

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  • Oregon players injured during workouts released from hospital

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The three Oregon football players who were hospitalized following strenuous workouts last week have been released from the hospital.

    According to The Oregonian, tight end Cam McCormick and offensive lineman Sam Poutasi, both redshirt freshmen, were no longer hospitalized as of Friday morning. Senior offensive lineman Doug Brenner was released Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson told the paper. The three had been treated after dealing with extreme soreness following a series of conditioning workouts led by new Ducks strength coach Irele Oderinde.

    Oderinde, who came to Oregon alongside new head coach Willie Taggart from South Florida, was suspended for a month without pay by the university on Tuesday.

    For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.

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