- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday50 mins ago
South Florida quarterback Mike White, who started 15 games for the Bulls, has been granted his release.
White, who opened last season as the team’s starter, appeared to be trailing in the quarterbacking competition this spring behind Quinton Flowers and senior Steven Bench.
"Mike and I talked after the conclusion of spring practice and he expressed his desire to pursue the remainder of his career at another school," coach Willie Taggart said in a release by the school.
“We wish Mike all the best in his future and thank him for his contributions to our program and university.”
White won the starting job during fall camp last August and while his grip on the role was tenuous, he did rally the Bulls from a 20-point halftime deficit for a 38-30 win against Tulsa. However, he threw two interceptions in the first half against Cincinnati the following week and was benched at halftime. His only playing time at the end of the season came in the fourth quarter against SMU where he rallied the Bulls to a 14-13 win.
White was a big-league pitching prospect during high school, but turned his attention solely on football last spring in an effort to become the Bulls starter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Ohio State is waiting for the NCAA's response to determine if the photo quarterback Braxton Miller posted to Instagram last week is in violation of any NCAA rules.
Miller posted a photo with himself next to a stack of AdvoCare supplements. The caption to the photo included Miller's name in an email address to purchase products. While NCAA athletes are not prohibited from selling AdvoCare products, use of their likeness to promote the business is prohibited.
The picture was deleted shortly after it was posted and Ohio State said last Wednesday that it was looking into the issue. According to the Columbus Dispatch, OSU's compliance department immediately interviewed Miller and the findings after the department's investigation were forwarded to the NCAA.
“Waiting for NCAA response,” athletic director Gene Smith said per the Dispatch.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Could two more bowl games be added to the slate in 2015?
With the deadline to apply for new bowl game certification with the NCAA approaching on Wednesday, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that two cities – Tucson, Ariz., and Little Rock, Ark., – are looking to potentially host a game this upcoming season.
Tucson is expected to officially apply with the NCAA on Tuesday and Little Rock, per McMurphy, has “strong interest” in adding a game as officials are “finalizing plans” to formally apply. The NCAA would then make its decision within a few weeks.
The deadline to apply for new bowl certification with the NCAA is Wednesday, and the organization will decide whether to approve a game a few weeks later. According to sources, if a bowl has two conferences to support it and can get a television network to show the game, the bowl is usually approved by the NCAA.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a tweet Tuesday that he would not be attending the College Football Playoff meeting in Indianapolis this week because of the newly signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law last week and takes effect July 1, would prohibit laws that "substantially burden" a person's freedom of religion. The broad definition of the Act has caused many critics to claim the bill would open the door for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Cincinnati backup quarterback Jarred Evans was found not guilty of assault after a jury sided with his claim that he punched a fellow student in self-defense.
On Friday, Evans testified that he and his girlfriend were walking down the street when they heard a series of racial remarks. Evans is black and his girlfriend is white. The couple ignored the comments and continued walking, but Evans said one of the men, Ryan Smith, blocked their path.
"He flinched at me with his hands up," Evans testified, "and I just reacted with a punch, a jab."
That punch left Smith unconscious on the sidewalk.
However, Smith gave a contradictory account, stating that he was behind the couple and that Evans sought him out and punched him for no reason.
The jury took three hours to deliberate. Judge Robert Taylor also declared a mistrial on a disorderly conduct charge after jurors could not reach a verdict.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Oklahoma took a hit to its depth at wide receiver on Monday.
Sooners’ head coach Bob Stoops confirmed that redshirt sophomore wideout Jordan Smallwood is out indefinitely after tearing the ACL in his left knee during spring practice. Smallwood will miss the rest of the spring and summer and at least the first few games of the 2015 season, Stoops said.
. @OU_CoachStoops confirms that WR Jordan Smallwood has suffered a left ACL injury. Will likely miss first 1-2 games of season.
Smallwood appeared in all 13 games for the Sooners in 2014 and caught three passes for 21 yards. This is the second major injury for the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Smallwood during his Oklahoma career. He was forced to redshirt the 2013 season after breaking his foot during the preseason.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Attention residents of Clemson, S.C., we have a game for you. Notice coach Dabo Swinney on his moped.
After safety Jabar Johnson wore a non-contact jersey at practice on Monday after he had an incident with a moped, Swinney was asked about his scooter opinion. Instead of pontificating about the risks of the automated transportation, he supported the method.
"They have to handle their business," Swinney said via TigerIllustrated.com. "Wear helmets and be safe whether you're in a car or a moped or a bike. Sometimes there are things you don't control. I ride a moped, wear a helmet. I cruise all over town and nobody knows who I am. I love it. It's fun."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
UCLA's Devin Lucien will play at a different school in 2015.
The Bruins' third-leading receiver in terms of receptions in 2014 has decided to transfer according to the Los Angeles Times. He could graduate in the summer and be immediately eligible at his new school.
Per BruinSportsReport.com, Lucien said "a lot" went into his decision to make the move out of UCLA though he didn't get into specifics. In 2014, he had 29 catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
While losing a receiver with over 20 catches is rarely considered a positive, UCLA is well-equipped to handle his departure. While Lucien was third on the team in catches, he was sixth in yards. All five of the players ahead of him in the yardage column are returning for 2015.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Praise Martin-Oguike will be a redshirt junior in 2015 after he was given an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Martin-Oguike, a key contributor for Temple's defensive line in 2014, missed both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2014, he had 37 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
He missed those two seasons because of rape allegations. In 2012, he was accused of sexual assault in his dorm room and expelled from Temple. As the case moved on, prosecutors in 2013 withdrew the charges of forcible rape, false imprisonment and other offenses because of a lack of evidence. Martin-Oguike's attorney had said the relationship with the woman was consensual.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday that he was not apologizing for bringing former Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor to the school.
Taylor was dismissed Sunday after a domestic violence arrest. It was his second domestic violence arrest in less than a year. He was also one of the Georgia players in trouble for depositing tuition checks twice in the spring of 2014.
"No, I'm not sorry for giving him an opportunity," Saban said via TideSports.com. "I'm sorry for the way things worked out. I'm not apologizing for the opportunity we gave him. We wanted to try and help the guy make it work, it didn't work. We're sorry it didn't work, we're sorry there was an incident, we're sorry for the people that were involved in the incident. But we're not apologizing for what we did."
Saban also described Taylor as a "good person." He said that Taylor was involved in counseling programs upon his enrollment at Alabama.