- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
KeiVarae Russell says he’s finally back at Notre Dame.
Russell, a senior defensive back, was one of five members of the Fighting Irish football team involved in an academic fraud investigation last year and was suspended from the university.
More than nine months after news of the investigation emerged, Russell posted a simple message on his Instagram account: “#ThankYouNotreDame I’m back…”
</ iframe> Russell started all 26 games for the Fighting Irish during his freshman and sophomore seasons with the program. In those two seasons, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Russell combined for 109 total tackles, nine tackles for loss and three interceptions.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said earlier in the offseason that Russell had been taking classes in order to return to school. He also mentioned that defensive end Ishaq Williams, who was also suspended in the investigation, could return as well.
For more Notre Dame news, visit BlueAndGold.com.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Being a great football player doesn’t always translate to other sports, so when several members of the Ohio State football team played in an exhibition softball game, the results were mixed.
We’ll show you both the good and the bad.
GOOD: All-Big Ten defensive end Joey Bosa hits a home run… in bare feet.
</ iframe> BAD: Quarterback Cardale Jones tries to launch one. It doesn’t go too well.
</ iframe> GOOD: Pretty much everyone in this video – including head coach Urban Meyer.
</ iframe> BAD: Wideout Corey Smith taking a high, outside pitch and trying to pull the ball, resulting in a pop up.
REALLY BAD: Safety Erick Smith’s attempt at catching the pop up.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
The SEC’s transfer rules just got a little stricter.
A proposal by Georgia to ban transfers with “serious misconduct” issues was officially passed by the league’s presidents on Friday.
The new rule specifies “serious misconduct” as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence while enrolled at another school. The proposal sis not specify between misdemeanors and felonies.
This is the SEC's writeup of that new transfer ban. pic.twitter.com/oPHD2GNmiO
Georgia had a vested interest in this rule after John Taylor, a defensive lineman who was dismissed by the Bulldogs after a domestic violence charge, transferred to Alabama while the charges were still pending. Taylor ultimately was dismissed after another domestic violence charge.
There is a waiver process for players who have special circumstances, such as the charges being dropped after the player is dismissed by their former school. In that instance, the commissioner’s office would review the case and make a ruling.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Maryland wide receiver Marcus Leak is no longer with the program.
Leak left the school “to tend to personal matters” and won’t be back with the team, an athletic department spokesman told the Washington PostFriday.
Leak was third on the team in 2014 with 20 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Previously, Leak had 12 catches for 85 yards and a score as a true freshman in 2011 and caught 23 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. Leak missed the entire 2013 season with what was termed a “leave of absence.”
With Leak out of the picture, the Terps’ top four receivers from 2014 are no longer on the roster. Stefon Diggs declared early for the draft, Deon Long graduated and Jacquille Veii also decided to transfer earlier this offseason.
Leak caught three touchdowns in the Terps’ spring game and was slated to start alongside Levern Jacobs, a senior who led the team in receiving (47 catches, 640 yards, 3 TDs) in 2013, but was suspended for the 2014 campaign.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Commissioner Britton Banowsky said UAB would be dropped from Conference USA if its football program was not reinstated.
Conference bylaws state that all programs must have an FBS-level football program or be in the process of transitioning into one to maintain good conference standing.
"It's been clear that our folks aren't interested in changing our bylaws to permit members who don't have football," Banowsky told AL.com. "Relative to UAB and the possibility of them not starting it back, we appreciate how volatile conference membership change would be and have the interest of the coaches and student-athletes in mind when we consider a reasonable length of time for transition which would probably be one year."
UAB would be allowed to stay in the conference for the 2015-16 season, but then would need to find a new home for its remaining sports. C-USA won’t make a final decision on UAB until its conference presidents meet in Dallas on June 8.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
If you were harboring any thoughts that Braxton Miller would make a late transfer from Ohio State, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer shut your brain up on Friday.
“He’s playing for Ohio State (this) fall," Meyer said via the Columbus Dispatch.
Friday was Meyer's first time meeting with the media since spring practice concluded, and thus his first press conference opportunity to reiterate his belief that his quarterback would be staying at Ohio State.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Coming out of spring practice, John Franklin sat at No. 2 on Florida State’s depth chart at quarterback. A week after the Seminoles added Everett Golson as a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, Franklin has decided to transfer.
Doug Gatewood, Franklin’s high school coach, confirmed the news to the Orlando Sentinelon Friday. Franklin informed the staff this week, Gatewood said, and is unsure where his next stop will be.
“He doesn’t know where yet,” Gatewood told the Sentinel. “He is just looking for an opportunity.”
Franklin, a 6-foot, 183-pound redshirt sophomore, sat behind redshirt junior Sean Maguire in the race to replace Jameis Winston at the conclusion of spring practice. Now that Golson, who threw for 5,850 yards, 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions during his time at Notre Dame, is in the mix, Franklin’s chances for playing time in 2015 looked slim.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Friday posted to Twitter a picture of a ring members of the Rebels football program received to commemorate the 2014 season.
And while there were a lot of memorable moments, the way the last year ended — with the Rebels getting manhandled in the Peach Bowl — is surely something everyone associated with the program would quickly like to forget.
After Ole Miss started the season 7-0 and ascended to No. 3 in the country, the school’s highest national ranking in more than 50 years, it fell on some pretty disastrous times. It lost to LSU and then had a heartbreaking loss to Auburn, which included its star receiver, Laquon Treadwell, suffering a season-ending broken leg. Ole Miss lost to Arkansas 30-0 and while it still managed to make the Peach Bowl, one of the most prestigious bowls outside of the College Football Playoff, the Rebels suffered a humiliating 42-3 defeat at the hands of TCU.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Did Art Briles give us a sneak peek of a new set of Baylor uniforms for 2015?
The Baylor coach tweeted this picture Friday.
If they're real, we hope they're a lightly-used alternate in 2015. While we can always endorse chrome – like Baylor's awesome gold helmets – we're not sure about mostly gray uniforms. Especially with the green sleeves. If you look closely, it appears that the bear claw feature that is stylized on the shoulderpads is still there.
Here are some of the uniforms Baylor wore in 2014.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Baylor football is looking to beef up its nonconference schedules after rampant criticism last year that their nonconference slate wasn’t on par with some of the other highly ranked teams in the country.
“We’re in a different spot than we were when we scheduled the teams last year and this year,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Obviously, as we’ve won back-to-back Big 12 championships and our program’s on the national stage and we’re recruiting at an extremely high level, we’re able to take on a higher level of competition.”
As the College Football Playoff started to work itself out last season, Baylor was often criticized for its weak nonconference schedule, which included SMU, Northwestern (La.) State and Buffalo. Those three teams went 12-23 last season. Many pundits believed Baylor’s nonconference slate was the reason it was left out of the playoff.