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  • Kyle Kirchhoff, an assistant football coach at College of DuPage and a former player at Division III Loras College, fell from a catwalk at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Friday and died. He was 24.

    He was attending a Chevelle concert at the venue. According to the Chicago Tribune, he landed on two protruding pieces of metal.

    The paper said he and two friends were on the second-floor balcony and went through a door. From the Tribune:

    Two of the three found their way to a catwalk where they were able to watch the show, and after a short while, they noticed Kirchhoff wasn't with them. When they searched for him, they found his body. He had apparently fallen about 6 to 8 feet onto two metal rods, the source said.

    Kirchhoff suffered two wounds to his chest and was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:54 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office and police.

    The concert was stopped after the body was found. Aragon Ballroom could not be reached for comment on Kirchhoff’s death.

    "Duhawk football has lost a great friend and teammate," Loras College coach Steve Helminiak said in a statement. "Kyle was loved by his teammates and coaches alike, his impact on and off the field will be missed but not forgotten."

    "Kyle's love of life and football was infectious to all who were fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kyle's family as they mourn during this very difficult time."

    College of DuPage is a community college in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Kirchhoff coached the defensive line there, a position he played at Loras.

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  • Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard was named starter after replacing Jake Rudock against Tennessee during the TaxSlayer Bowl and apparently thought now would be a good time to refine his image.

    Beathard had been known for his long blonde hair that he said took him three years to grow, but now those locks are going to Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides hair replacement for children undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or suffering from Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues.

    Just my personal opinion, but Beathard seems to rock hipster way better than hippy.

    And it should play well with all the television cameras now that Beathard is face of the Iowa program and the hope for the first season with more than eight wins since 2009.

    For more Iowa news, visit HawkeyeReport.com.

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  • When William Shemin arrived on Syracuse’s campus to play football and lacrosse in 1919, he had already accomplished a great deal more than the average college student. Almost 100 years later, he’ll receive the highest military honor.

    The White House announced last week that Shemin will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during World War I.

    From the White House’s press release:

    Sergeant William Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, American Expeditionary Forces.  Sergeant Shemin distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of the Vesle River, Bazoches, France, on August 7-9, 1918. 

    Sergeant Shemin entered the Army on October 2, 1917. He was assigned as a rifleman to Company G, 47th Infantry Regiment, which moved from Syracuse, New York to Camp Greene, North Carolina, joining the 4th Infantry Division. The Division arrived in France in May, 1918. 

    While serving as a rifleman from August 7-9, 1918, Sergeant Shemin left the cover of his platoon’s trench and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue the wounded. After officers and senior non-commissioned officers had become casualties, Shemin took command of the platoon and displayed great initiative under fire, until he was wounded, August 9.

    Shemin, who was hospitalized for three months with various injuries, also received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery.

    Shemin, who was just 19 years old during his heroic display, was honorably discharged from the Army in August 1919. He later enrolled in Syracuse and earned a degree from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. Following graduation, Shemin relocated to the Bronx, N.Y., and started a landscaping business.

    He passed away in 1973.

    Shemin’s daughter, Elsie Shemin-Roth, will accept the Medal of Honor on her father’s behalf at the White House on June 2, per Syracuse.com

    For more Syracuse news, visit CuseConfidential.com.

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  • This offseason, we’ve highlighted a few college football players who can catch passes while doing a backflip. While those have been impressive, we don’t think anyone will top North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen.

    The 5-foot-6, 172-pound Cohen posted multiple videos on his Instagram account, and we’ve having a hard time deciding which catch is best. Take a look.

    Cohen is clearly an incredible athlete, but he can produce on the field too. Cohen, who will be a junior in 2015, rushed for a combined 2,527 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He’s also been productive in the passing game with 36 catches for 389 yards and two touchdowns.

    We’re anxious to see what Cohen can do in 2015. 

    (H/T Kristen Balboni)

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  • North Carolina announced Friday that it has received the NCAA’s notice of allegations. The NOA stems from an NCAA re-investigation into the widespread academic fraud allegations at the university.

    “We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline,” a joint statement from chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “The University will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA’s allegations, we will follow this same release process.

    The NCAA re-opened its investigation into North Carolina in June. The previous investigation was closed in 2012 and resulted in sanctions for the football team. The team was banned from playing in a bowl in 2012. Coach Butch Davis was fired in 2011 and athletic director Dick Baddour resigned around the same time.

    The team was also forced to vacate wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

    The basketball team could be penalized as part of the new investigation. 10 of the 15 players on North Carolina's NCAA title-winning 2005 team majored in African and Afro-American Studies, the department which much of the academic fraud allegations has centered around. 

    According to an independent report published in October, academic counselors pushed over 3,000 students — approximately half of them athletes — into sham classes that were designed to keep athletes eligible over a period of 18 years.

    The report said 81 students got a grade from the so-called “paper classes” in the African and Afro-American Studies department high enough to push their GPA to above 2.0. 

    Last January, a former UNC football player said the academic environment at the school was “a scam.” Michael McAdoo said he was enrolled in four of the no-show classes.

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  • If you’ve ever wondered how a coaching staff decides whether or not to offer a scholarship to a prospect, Miami has you covered.

    In a “Canes All Access” video, the Miami coaches thoroughly debate whether or not to offer certain prospects (which of course, they do not name) on their recruiting board.

    It’s a behind the scenes look that fans rarely get a glimpse of and gives you an idea of what the recruiting process is all about. These coaches have done their research on these prospects, but show that the recruiting goes beyond measurables and 40-yard dash times.

    The most interesting part of the video is when defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio remarks that a certain prospect is only elite at playing safety. He’s not concerned with a potentially subpar 40-yard dash time, he sees the kid’s instincts and feel for the position.

    “The best instinctive safeties that we’ve ever had, what did they run?” he asks another coach. “He ran 4.68. If a guy runs 4.5 and he can’t play safety … You understand? He can’t see it. He can’t line up. He can’t make the calls. He’s not instinctive. He can’t read run/pass. He backs the hell up because he’s scared. All those things.

    “This guy can play safety. He’s a hell of a safety. What do you want then?”

    D’Onofrio also makes it clear that recruiting athletes and moving them to a different position is not something he prefers compared to recruiting someone who may not be the same caliber of athlete, but knows the position.

    “I’ve been doing this for too long that when everybody says, ‘Oh yeah, I’m not sure he can play wideout but he can play safety or I’m not sure if he can play corner but he can play safety,’ but you’ve never seen him play safety,” D’Onofrio explains. “Safety is a different deal. The best safeties I’ve ever had are the ones that played safety in high school. Their tape was good in high school, and their tape was good in college.”

    For more Miami news, visit CaneSport.com.

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  • Keith Ford is going from one current Big 12 school to a former one.

    The former Oklahoma running back is transferring to Texas A&M. He'll have to sit out the 2015 season but will have two seasons of eligibility left after.

    “I’m going to Aggieland,” Ford told 247 Sports Thursday evening. “It feels great. When I went up there today you could really tell how much time they put into their player’s futures. They care about you getting your degree as much as your success on the field. What really helped me come to my decision was when I sat down with Coach (Kevin) Sumlin. It didn’t sound like it was rehearsed or anything. He was just talking to me man-to-man and laid out his expectations for me. He also wanted me to believe in him. After I heard all of that I was like, ‘Yea, I’m coming here.’ I can't wait to get up there."

    Ford was Oklahoma's leading rusher in 2014 until he broke his leg. He missed significant time and his parents said he wasn't 100 percent both mentally and physically when he came back. He was suspended from the team in the spring. He told the Tulsa World after he announced his transfer decision that he was uncomfortable with the staff changes Oklahoma had made offensively.

    Running backs coach Cale Gundy was moved to inside receivers and Jay Boulware became the team's running backs coach.

    “It just wasn’t the right fit," Ford told the World. "His style of coaching was not my style. I had a relationship with Coach Gundy. I really came to OU because of Coach Gundy, because I wanted to work with him. I didn’t really know this guy and his actions didn’t fit the way I wanted to be coached.”

    Ford was a four-star running back in the class of 2013 and the No. 7 running back in the country.

    For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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  • Kenny Hill is officially headed to TCU.

    Hill, who set Texas A&M’s single-game record for passing yards in the Aggies’ season-opening win over South Carolina last year, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he’s set to enroll on June 1.

    Reports emerged in January that TCU was Hill’s likely landing spot after he asked for his release from the Aggies’ program, and he told the Star-Telegram that he visited campus to watch the Horned Frogs’ practice in the spring.

    Hill, who became known as “Kenny Trill,” burst onto the scene when he threw for 511 yards and three touchdowns to open the season. He played well throughout the non-conference slate as the Aggies started 5-0, but things went downhill when SEC play began.

    Hill threw six interceptions in a three-game span against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama – all losses – and then was suspended two games for violating team rules.

    By the time he returned from his suspension, true freshman Kyle Allen took over as the team’s starter and held that role for the rest of the season.

    Overall in 2014, his sophomore season, Hill threw for 2,649 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hill also saw brief playing time as Johnny Manziel’s backup in 2013.

    As a transfer, Hill has to sit out the 2015 season, but he could be in line to replace senior Trevone Boykin as the Horned Frogs’ starter in 2016. 

    For more TCU news, visit PurpleMenace.com.

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  • Things aren’t looking good for the return of UAB football, at least according to an Alabama State Representative.

    From Al.com:

    State Rep. Jack Williams told AL.com Thursday morning he's received "strong indications" that UAB President Ray Watts has decided not to reinstate the school's football program and plans to announce that news Friday night.

    "This could lead to irreparable damage at UAB in its relationship with the community," Williams said.

    Watts announced his decision to eliminate football, rifle and bowling last December, and Williams told Al.com that the president is “holding fast” to that decision. While Williams says the school is planning for a Friday night announcement, Watts said in a statement that no decision has been reached.

    "We continue to consult with various stakeholders within the UAB community and consider the findings of the (College Sports Solutions) report, along with other important, valuable and mission-critical data, in order to make the best decision for UAB, guided by our vision, mission and strategic plan," Watts said. "We will meet with our constituent groups over the next week to receive their input as part of the decision-making process. We plan to make an announcement by June 1."

    Williams told Al.com that Watts had meetings scheduled with powerful boosters on Thursday morning, both of whom would like UAB to reinstate football.

    Williams said two key meetings are scheduled for this morning to try to convince Watts to reinstate football. Williams said four local business leaders have a meeting scheduled with University of Alabama System trustee Johnny Johns, and local philanthropist Jimmy Filler has a meeting scheduled with Watts.

    Williams said he understands that Filler plans to present Watts with a multimillion-dollar guaranteed letter of credit to contribute to upgrading UAB's football facilities if that sport is reinstated.

    When announcing his decision, Watts said the school could not afford to continue supporting the three eliminated sports. However, an independent economic analysis firm said in April that the decision to terminate the sports was was “ill-advised from a net cash-flow perspective.”

    Additionally, the university enlisted College Sports Solutions to complete a report on the feasibility of reinstating the sports. According to Al.com, the CSS report said going either way were “viable options” for the school. 

    For more UAB news, visit BlazerSportsReport.com.

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  • Penn State senior defensive back Da’Quan Davis is no longer with the team.

    Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin announced the news Wednesday during a stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan, hours before the Baltimore Sun reported that Davis was arrested for marijuana possession earlier in the month.

    “Da’Quan is no longer with the team,” Franklin said Wednesday in New York City, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I keep my comments pretty limited on those things, but we wish him the best, but yeah, he’s no longer with the program. That’s also why we don’t necessarily release things if we don’t have to because I want him to be able to focus on graduating and finishing up his academics.”

    According to the Sun, Davis was arrested May 9 by Penn State campus police and charged with “possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia and purchasing alcohol as a minor.”

    Davis, who played in six games for Penn State last season, turns 21 on June 17. He has a preliminary hearing in State College scheduled for June 24.

    The 5-foot-10, 174-pound Davis played in all 12 games for the Nittany Lions as a true freshman in 2012 under Bill O’Brien and recorded five tackles, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

    Davis has mainly played on special teams in the past two seasons, combining for eight tackles in 13 games played. He was expected to play a similar role in 2015 as he sat behind senior Trevor Williams and sophomores Grant Haley and Christian Campbell throughout spring practice. Penn State also brought in four-star recruits John Reid and Garrett Taylor at corner.

    For more Penn State news, visit BlueandWhiteIllustrated.com.

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