Making the morning rounds.
• Comings and goings, part one. Surprise: Just a few months after watching his team sign one of the nation's most coveted prospects at his position — and less than a week after his head coach publicly called him out at a meet-and-greet with boosters — Georgia running back Washaun Ealey has been granted an unconditional release to transfer with two years of eligibility remaining. Ealey was on campus for two seasons and led the Bulldogs in rushing in both of them, but also offset his 1,528 yards and 14 touchdowns with a hit-and-run arrest that cost him the first game of 2010 and another suspension earlier this year for violating team rules. As early as February, he was already rumored to be considering a transfer to Georgia Southern.
Now it's even more clear why Mark Richt moved heaven and earth and the NCAA compliance manual in pursuit of hyped instate tailback Isaiah Crowell: If the job wasn't Crowell's to lose before, it certainly is now. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
• Comings and goings, part two. Ohio State linebacker Dorian Bell, a former five-star recruit from just outside Pittsburgh, is reportedly transferring home to Pitt after being suspended for the entire 2011 season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Bell played in eight games last year as a redshirt freshman and was considered a serious contender to take over for outgoing senior Ross Homan, but didn't travel with the team for the Sugar Bowl, raising suspicion that last week's suspension was the result of a repeat offense. [Bucknuts]
• Comings and goings, part three. North Carolina has dismissed defensive lineman Jared McAdoo, a part-time starter, for — all together now — an unspecified violation of team rules. In 2008, McAdoo was hit with a felony drug count as a high school senior for allegedly selling a prescription painkiller, and also charged last summer for bringing a BB gun on campus, but had bounced back to start three games last year on UNC's attiriton-ravaged defensive line. [Charlotte Observer]
• Hold your horses. Texas coach Mack Brown took to ESPN Monday afternoon to deny a report that incumbent Garrett Gilbert had been secretly named the starting quarterback, maintaining that the four-man derby will remain open into preseason practices. "As we've said throughout the spring and many times since, we have not talked with the kids about a depth chart, and that includes our quarterback position," Brown said in a statement to College Football Live. [Dallas Morning News]
• No offense, but I can do better. Ex-Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, drafted 51st overall in last week's United Football League draft after being passed over by the NFL version, has politely told the Omaha Nighthawks "thanks but no thanks" as he waits for his prospects to unfold amid the ongoing NFL lockout. "It's a quick turnaround between the [NFL] draft and the UFL. We told them it's a real honor [but] I am going to try to keep my options open in terms of NFL free agency," Herzlich said Monday on Sirius NFL Radio. "I'm convinced that it will work out. I know the people in Omaha are excited. If it doesn't work out with the NFL, that could be a good fit for me." [ESPN Boston]
• Goings and comings. USC announced Monday that wide receiver Brice Butler, a former top-100 recruit who announced he was leaving the team in January, will remain a Trojan after all, despite coach Lane Kiffin's insistence in during spring practice that he wasn't reaching out to keep Butler in the fold. With Butler's return, USC now has three receivers listed on the current roster — Butler, Markeith Ambles and Brandon Carswell — who have either left the team or been temporarily booted by Kiffin since the end of last season. [Orange County Register]
Quickly… The NCAA will host a live blog this afternoon to give media members the enforcement experience. … Kodi Buns gets one last standing ovation from the Auburn faithful. … Remember when making your Pac-12 South picks that Utah misses Oregon and Stanford on the conference schedule. … Copywriter to compose awkwardly constructed headline. ... And South Alabama's fledgling program may not be very good yet, but they're paying the price, yo.
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