District Attorney declines to charge Oklahoma's Frank Shannon with sexual assault, still could face university disciplineSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday43 mins ago
Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon, the team’s leading tackler last season, has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student, but prosecutors decided not to file charges against him, according to The Oklahoman.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday that no charges were filed “based on the woman’s wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented.”
(Mashburn) explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place."
However, a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by the Oklahoman said that Shannon was accused of “attempting to forcibly have sex with a woman in his bedroom after the two left a party together” on Jan. 20.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The quarterback exodus at Texas Tech is continuing.
Two walk-on quarterbacks who received playing time during spring practice have decided to leave the team, leaving QB Davis Webb as Texas Tech's only quarterback until summer begins.
Tech confirmed the departure of Mike Richardson and Tanner Touschto the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Wednesday. Richardson is looking to transfer to a different school for more playing time while Tousch is leaving the football program to focus on school. Both had joined the Tech program prior to the spring semester.
After a strong performance in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona State, Webb asserted himself as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. Webb was 28-41 for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-23 win.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
12 teams in a conference is the magic number in the Football Bowl Subdivision to hold a conference championship game. The Sun Belt currently has 11 teams.
Because conference title games are a lucrative proposition not only in terms of money and exposure, the Sun Belt is looking for a team to fill up the football egg carton.
James Madison won't be that 12th team. The FCS school was under consideration by the conference to make the jump to FBS, but any move to the Sun Belt isn't happening.
“It appears they made a decision to stay FCS,” Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday. “We never offered an invitation and we never extended an invitation either formal or informal."
The Sun Belt had 12 teams lined up for 2014 last year, but as other conferences made moves throughout the trickle-down-effect of conference realignment, Western Kentucky is moving to Conference USA for 2014, leaving the Sun Belt back at 11 for football. (Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington are members but don't play football.)
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Illinois revealed its new football uniforms for 2014 on Wednesday night and we like the all-white look.
The uniforms are part of a rebranding for the entire athletic department, which showcased different looks for all of its sports. The three football uniform sets paraded around were all monochromatic and included a blue, an orange and a white set.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
The drama isn't over at Minnesota State Mankato.
A day after Todd Hoffner announced he was taking his old job back as coach of Minnesota State's football team, "several dozen" players walked out of practice demanding answers and supporting Aaron Keen, who was serving as the interim coach.
Keen was Hoffner's offensive coordinator until Hoffner was suspended in August 2012. The players, clad in sweatshirts instead of football equipment, went across the street shortly after Hoffner's return to the job on Wednesday.
Junior defensive back Samuel Thompson read a prepared statement saying the Mavericks players wanted interim coach Aaron Keen to continue in the head coaching role.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule designed to “better protect passers from low contact at or below the knee.”
If you’re an NFL fan, this might sound similar.
When a quarterback is “in a passing posture with one or both feet on the ground,” defensive players cannot hit the quarterback “forcibly at or below the knee.” Additionally, a defender “may not initiate a roll or lunge” and hit the quarterback in the knee or below.
Of course, when a quarterback takes off and runs a low hit is fair game. Also, if a defender is blocked into the quarterback, it won’t be ruled a foul.
Violating this new rule will result in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.
The proposal for this rule was discussed when the Football Rules Committee met in February. No action was taken at that time, but since then all 10 FBS commissioners “expressed support” for the rule. The Rules Committee “unanimously recommended” the rule. Coaches were also consulted via surveys.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Florida State has issued a lengthy response to Wednesday morning’s New York Times report that said that “there was virtually no investigation at all” by Florida State or the Tallahassee Police Department into the accusations of sexual assault involving star quarterback Jameis Winston.
“The university expresses its deep disappointment in today's New York Times story alleging FSU officials did not properly investigate a rape allegation against Jameis Winston ‘in apparent violation of federal law,’” the response reads. “It also vigorously objects to the newspaper's characterization of the university as being uncooperative in explaining its actions.”
The university stated that it gave a general statement to the Times and “numerous written answers over a period of weeks” and that “most of the responses were left out of the story, giving readers an incorrect impression of the university’s efforts on behalf of sexual assault victims under Title IX.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, who started 15 games for the Wildcats in two seasons on campus, will transfer from the school. Head coach Mark Stoops confirmed the news on Wednesday.
“We respect Jalen and his decision as we want the best for him,” Stoops said. “I thank Jalen for his contributions to the team during his time at Kentucky. I want everyone to understand how hard he has worked and the effort he has given since our staff has been here.”
Whitlow started seven games as a true freshman in 2012 and in 2013, Stoops’ first season at Kentucky, Whitlow started another eight games. Whitlow, who will finish the semester before transferring to another school for his final two seasons of eligibility, threw for a combined 1,834 yards and eight touchdowns in his two seasons in Lexington. He also added 663 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
“I appreciate the University of Kentucky and what the coaching staff and administration have done for me,” Whitlow said. “I also thank the community and the fan support I have received here. I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
DENTON, Texas – The Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy sits in North Texas coach Dan McCarney's office on a coffee table near the door. It's impossible to miss. All two-plus feet of it tall, it takes up most of the table's surface.
Its prominent location isn't on accident either. North Texas' 36-14 win over UNLV on January 1 was the program's third bowl win. When something happens for just the third time in 100 years, you get the right to soak it all in.
The win gave North Texas its first nine-win season since 2003 and solidified the program's first winning season since 2004, a season that seems much further away than 10 years ago for North Texas fans.
"We set a goal last January ... and all we said was 'hit six' (wins). But what the hell is that, hit six?" McCarney told Yahoo Sports. "We said this, let's hit six, and we talked to our football team about it. Frank Winter, my strength and conditioning coach and I were the two that really kind of came up with it."
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Syracuse football unveiled its brand new Nike uniforms for the 2014 season on Wednesday which were designed to “connect the team’s past and present.” The uniforms feature custom “taller and more narrow” numbers, which were designed to resemble the height of New York City’s skyline, which goes along with that "New York's College Team" campaign they've been running.
At home, the Orange will wear a navy blue uniform with an orange helmet. On the road, the squad will wear white jerseys and pants with navy stripes and a white matte-finish helmet. An alternate grey look is also available with orange stripes and a navy helmet.