- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Utah State junior quarterback Darell Garretson is transferring, the program announced Tuesday.
Garretson started 11 games for the program over the past two seasons, but was unlikely to receive much playing time behind Chuckie Keeton, who was granted an additional season of eligibility from the NCAA after missing most of the past two seasons due to knee injuries.
“We thank Darell for his contributions to Utah State football the past two years and wish him the best in the future,” head coach Matt Wells said in a statement.
After Keeton went down with a torn ACL and MCL against BYU in October 2013, Garretson filled in as a freshman and started the team’s final seven games, leading the team to a 6-1 record. He threw for 1,446 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes and led the Aggies to a win over Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Alabama's week just got a little bit worse.
Running back Tyren Jones, who was already serving a team suspension, was arrested Tuesday for marijuana possession, the third arrest for the Tide since Saturday morning. Not long after the news of his arrest emerged, Jones was dismissed from the team by head coach Nick Saban.
“Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester," Nick Saban said Tuesday in a statement. "He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement.”
Jones was suspended on Feb. 10 for what coach Saban called "conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program." He was not been working out with the program since the suspension.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
A day after Oklahoma running back Keith Ford was suspended indefinitely for academic and team rules violations, Ford’s parents, Keith and Mary, released a statement Tuesday via the Tulsa World. In part, the Fords said that their son “never recovered completely” physically or mentally from breaking a bone in his lower leg against Tennessee on Sept. 13.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hasn’t ruled out using two quarterbacks in 2015.
His depth chart at the position is incredibly crowded with Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones and Meyer admitted Tuesday he could use one in the same way he used Tim Tebow at Florida in 2006 to complement the starter.
“You might have a specialty quarterback. That’s kind of what we did in 2006 (at Florida),” Meyer said per Cleveland.com. “That was kind of two different skill sets, a very unique situation, a very ego-less approach to the game. One quarterback drives them down, the other guy comes in and is the goal-line quarterback, but it worked.”
Meyer is referring to Chris Leak and Tebow, who was a freshman at the time and was mainly used as a runner. How that would translate to the 2015 Buckeyes – a team with three accomplished passers – is anybody’s guess.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs 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. Saturday8 hrs 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. Saturday8 hrs 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. Saturday9 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. Saturday9 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. Saturday10 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.