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    Michigan’s Rome trip is off to a roaring start.

    Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh is having so much fun that he bartered for a pair of sunglasses from a vendor. And then also carried around a bottle of milk in his back pocket.

    The Wolverines stopped and dropped off supplies to refugees in the city Sunday afternoon. Harbaugh and his father Jack also attempted to explain the differences between football in the United States and soccer, or what the rest of the world knows as football.

    Michigan’s trip, which began over the weekend, will include a trip to the Vatican. According to the AP, defensive tackle Salim Makki and offensive lineman Grant Newsome will join Harbaugh and his wife as VIPs on the Vatican trip. The two players were chosen via an essay contest Harbaugh had for the team.

    Makki, a Muslim, said in his essay that he considers Pope Francis a hero.

    I am a devout Muslim but my grandmother was a Christian and I have had the fortune of having the values of both religions instilled in me. Growing up my father taught me the importance of coexistence in religions and respecting the beliefs of others. Last semester, I intentionally enrolled in the course “The History of Jesus” to advance my knowledge of Jesus Christ in order to relate with my teammates and coaches.

    His Holiness Pope Francis is sincerely one of my heroes. In a time where Muslims have been scrutinized and wrongly identified with violence, People Francis has defended Islam and stated that not all Muslims are violent. His Holiness has continued his support of Islam by washing the feet of Syrian Muslim refugees and calling for mutual respect during the holy month of Ramada. A true hero defends and helps the hopeless and that’s why Pope Francis is a hero.

    The Wolverines’ trip is being funded by an anonymous donor. And while Power Five schools voted in January to ban off-campus practices during vacation periods, the rule doesn’t go into effect until August and Michigan’s semester ends April 27.

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    Three-star Georgia signee D’Antne Demery was arrested Saturday in Athens following Georgia’s spring game after he allegedly struck his girlfriend following an argument.

    The incident was reported at approximately 9:15 p.m. to police as a man choking a woman. Demery’s girlfriend and mother of their one-month-old child then called allegedly police and said she wanted to press charges. Here’s what she told police when they made in-person contact with her. From the Athens Banner-Herald:

    Police contacted the victim in front of Boars Head, a downtown bar. According to the victim, she and Demery got into an argument and he “began to get loud,” and she started to walk off. He told her, “walk off again, and Imma show you,” according to information provided by the police spokesperson.

    As she began to walk away again, Demery came from behind her, grabbed her on the back of her neck, pushed her against the wall and also grabbed her by the hair. Friends eventually separated them.

    Demery eventually was able to “reconnect with the victim, in which he threw her; causing her glasses to fall off, her phone fell out of her hand, causing it to hit the ground which resulted in a crack to the screen,” according to police.

    The two were in Athens to attend the spring game and Demery was booked shortly before 11 p.m. into the Athens-Clarke County jail. According to the jail’s website, Demery was still incarcerated as of Sunday morning and was charged with simple battery and criminal trespass. Both charges are misdemeanors.

    Demery, an offensive lineman and native of Brunswick, Georgia, was rated the No. 35 offensive tackle in the country according to Rivals and the No. 34 prospect in the state of Georgia.

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    Baylor capped off its first spring under Matt Rhule with a really cool moment.

    Clint Lewis, a 41-year-old man born with Down Syndrome, became part of the program as a manager back in 1995 and later became a full-time staff member, working with the equipment staff. For years he has led his beloved Bears out of the tunnel and onto the field, but on Saturday he actually got the chance to don the equipment.

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    And when he did, the coaching staff dialed up a trick play to Lewis. He came through with a big play and a touchdown, making for an awesome moment.

    When Lewis scored, the entire Baylor team was there to celebrate with him in the end zone. How cool is that?

    Baylor highlighted Lewis’ impact on the program with a video earlier this week.

    “The thing that was really cool about this one is Clint’s been here for 22 years,” Rhule said after the game.

    “I was just really, really excited to see how much it meant to our players. I think they were trying to get out of the scrimmage, because they kept dancing and dancing and dancing and chanting. But, it’s special when you know how much that person has given to you.”

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  • Ezekiel Elliott’s mom has no time for Twitter trolls. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Whether it’s on message boards or social media, fans are never shy to toss around allegations about a rival team’s players. This is especially true when it comes to cars.

    Back in 2015 when Ezekiel Elliott, now with the Dallas Cowboys, was a star running back for Ohio State, he tweeted about receiving a parking ticket on campus. Somehow, this came up on Friday night in response to an “SEC Exposed” account, presumably accusing Elliott of receiving some outside assistance to afford the car.

    Elliott’s mom, Dawn, caught wind of the tweet came off the top rope with this perfect response.

    Owned.

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  • Jalen Hurd transferred from Tennessee during his junior season. (Getty)

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Jalen Hurd.

    Hurd put up big numbers in 2015 as a sophomore running back at Tennessee, but abruptly decided to leave the Vols during the 2016 season. On Saturday, five months after UT coach Butch Jones confirmed Hurd’s decision, Hurd announced (we think) he will continue his career at Baylor.

    Hurd reportedly visited Baylor’s campus earlier this month. Other visits from Hurd, according to various reports, included Ohio State, Cal and Louisville. Ultimately, Baylor, under the direction of new head coach Matt Rhule, was the choice for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound bruiser.

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    Hurd, a five-star recruit in the 2014 class, made an immediate impact at Tennessee as a true freshman. He rushed for 899 yards and five touchdowns while also catching 35 passes for 221 yards and two scores out of the backfield.

    He proved to be quite the workhorse in 2015 when he rushed for 1,288 yards and 12 scores on 277 carries. He also pitched in 22 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

    He was UT’s leading rusher — 451 yards — when he made the decision to leave the program last season. He also dealt with a number of injuries, including a concussion, throughout the season. In a November Twitter message (that has since been deleted), Hurd pointed to the injuries and his frustrations with Tennessee’s read-option scheme as the main reasons for his transfer. With that said, he put rumors of any purported issues between he and the UT coaching staff to rest.

    At Baylor, Hurd will have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy the NCAA’s transfer requirements. From there, the 2018 season will be his final season of eligibility. Interestingly, Hurd may be switching positions when he finally suits up for the Bears.

    Whatever position he plays, the addition of a big-time athlete like Hurd should be a big one for Baylor.

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  • Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (13) impressed in his first action at Bryant Denny Stadium. (Getty Images)

    It seems silly to have to write this: Jalen Hurts is Alabama’s starting quarterback.

    Hurts was both the SEC’s freshman and offensive player of the year in 2016 as he led the Crimson Tide to a national runner-up finish. He threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns while also gaining 954 yards and scoring 13 times on the ground. This was all as a true freshman.

    Sure, he struggled in the College Football Playoff against top-notch defenses as a passer. Again, he was a true freshman. He had a fantastic season, but now the Tide, like always, brought in another highly-rated recruit at the position. His name is Tua Tagovailoa, and he performed quite well during Saturday’s spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium.

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    Tagovailoa, a lefty from Hawaii, enrolled early and has impressed throughout spring ball. That carried over to A-Day as he led touchdown drives on his first two series and finished the day with 313 yards, three touchdowns (one on a wacky deflection) and an interception (which was returned for a touchdown on an awesome play by Terrell Hall) while working with both the first and second-team offenses.

    Tagovailoa showed flashes of what made him such a highly sought-after recruit, but that doesn’t mean he is just going to leapfrog Hurts on the depth chart. This was just an exhibition, after all, but don’t think that thought didn’t cross the minds of some of the 74,326 in attendance in Tuscaloosa as Tagovailoa dropped in quite a few gorgeous passes against the second-string defense.

    Tide head coach Nick Saban has said throughout the spring that the staff’s main focus with Hurts was to help him improve from the pocket. It showed during the game with Hurts connecting on quite a few nice deep balls and finishing the afternoon with 301 yards, two scores and an INT while facing the top defensive unit. After the game, Saban seemed pleased with what he’s seen from the soon-to-be sophomore.

    Even if Tagovailoa — who wasn’t immune to some freshman mistakes — stole the show, Hurts played well, too.

    And if you think Saban and his staff (or any staff across the country, for that matter) will overreact from a spring game performance, you’re sorely mistaken, no matter how impressive it may have been. It could be different without a player of Hurts’ caliber ahead of Tagovailoa, but for now, please cool any quarterback controversy chatter — at least until preseason practice.

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    Temple’s Haason Reddick is expected to be selected in the first round of Thursday’s NFL draft. But before he starred on the field for the Owls, he arrived on campus as a walk-on.

    Reddick was able to earn a scholarship and after Temple’s spring game on Saturday, he was there for another walk-on’s — tight end Chris Myarick — big moment.

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    First, Myarick, a redshirt junior, earned the distinction of “most valuable walk-on” from ESPN’s Kevin Neghandi, a Temple graduate. It got better from there with new Owls head coach Geoff Collins announcing that Myarick, with his parents at his side, has been put on full scholarship. Pretty cool.

    The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Myarick played in all 14 games last year for the Owls and registered his first career reception, a 14-yarder, against Penn State. He also made his first career start against Stony Brook. He also appeared in four games in 2015 as a redshirt freshman.

    According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Myarick actually found out on Friday night, but that didn’t lessen the moment he had with his teammates and parents.

    “I was in pure shock and smiles from ear to ear, and when I saw my parents out there it felt like a dream, all the hard work coming through,” Myarick said.

    Moments like that never get old, and it had to be super motivating for other Temple walk-ons — especially with a guy like Reddick as an example.

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    Alabama defensive back Deionte Thompson was allegedly captured on video kicking an 18-year-old man in the head.

    A felony arrest warrant was sought for Thompson’s arrest last week. The 20-year-old is accused, along with three others, of a spring break assault in Crystal Beach, Texas, on March 18.

    Per the Decatur Daily, the existence of a video showing Thompson and Rufus Joseph allegedly kicking Noah Frillou in the head was discovered in interviews with a female witness. Frillou allegedly was knocked unconscious during the assault and suffered multiple facial fractures.

    Later during the interview, the witness “clearly remembers” one of those involved in kicking Frillou in the head wore a “white Alabama hat,” which the officers identified as Thompson from a previous video from the scene.

    According to the video, Thompson was dressed in “a white Alabama hat backward, a white sleeveless shirt and gray and red shorts,” while Rufus Joseph was identified by his “gray sweat shorts.”

    Per court records obtained by the Anniston Star, Frillou said the only thing he remembered from that day was going to the beach.

    Thompson, 20, turned himself in to the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Department last Friday and was “excused” from the team to “cooperate with law enforcement” per a statement from Alabama coach Nick Saban last week. Saban said Thursday at his news conference that he had “no intentions of taking action until I know what I’m taking action for or about.”

    Thompson is set to be a redshirt sophomore in 2017. Eight of his nine tackles on the season came by way of playing coverage for Alabama’s kickoff team.

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  • The Miami Beach Bowl is getting a new owner and new location. (AP)

    The Miami Beach Bowl is getting a new owner and a new home.

    The three-year-old bowl game — which was founded, owned and operated by the American Athletic Conference — has been acquired by ESPN Events, the league announced on Friday.

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    Although the AAC will remain a part of the bowl, the game will no longer be played in the state of Florida. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that the game will likely be played in Frisco, Texas.

    The bowl has been played at Marlins Park in Miami since its founding. Let the record show that Tulsa was the last Miami Beach Bowl winner as we know it, beating Central Michigan 55-10 behind quarterback Dane Evans.

    “We are proud of the postseason opportunities that we have been able to provide to student-athletes through our founding of the Miami Beach Bowl, and we appreciate the relationships that we have built with the Miami Marlins, Marlins Park and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach,” AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a release. “This transfer makes sense on many levels. We are excited to enhance our overall relationship with ESPN and to continue our affiliation with the bowl.”

    The AAC is 2-1 in the bowl, with USF falling to Western Kentucky in 2015 and Memphis topping BYU in 2014. That game had, um, quite the ending.

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  • Nick Saban told ESPN he’ll never get over Alabama’s loss to Clemson. (Getty)

    Alabama fans probably will never be able to unsee Deshaun Watson hitting Hunter Renfrow for a title-winning touchdown with one second to go. The Crimson Tide’s coach apparently won’t be able to, either.

    Nick Saban spoke with ESPN this week, and the Alabama boss said he will never get over the Tide’s 35-31 loss to Clemson this past January, which denied his program its fifth title in eight years.

    “I’ll never get over it because you never do with those kind of losses,” Saban told ESPN this week. “I never got over the returned field goal at Auburn. I never got over playing poorly against Ohio State and losing that game late. And then in this game, we didn’t play very well, and Clemson did when they had to. That’s what eats at you. We didn’t play that great against Washington, either (in a 24-7 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win) in the semifinal.”

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    Saban took the blame for the Tide not playing their best when the stakes were highest. He was pleased with the progress the team made over the course of the season, especially with a true freshman quarterback in Jalen Hurts.

    Saban also downplayed the impact of changing coordinators before the title game, as he dumped Lane Kiffin — who had just taken the FAU head job — in favor of Steve Sarkisian.

    “We scored more points in that game against a better defense than we did the first playoff game,” Saban said. “We really scored 17 against Washington (not counting a defensive touchdown). At the end of the day, we played 80 plays of defense and gave up 14 points, and Clemson scored three times in the fourth quarter. So, what’s that have to do with the offensive coordinator? Now, if we had kept the ball more on offense, maybe there wouldn’t have been the pressure on the defense in the end or whatever, but we just didn’t do the things we needed to do to win that game.

    “Look, having to make the change probably wasn’t helpful, but it was better than the alternative and that wasn’t my fault. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.”

    Saban, of course, isn’t alone in not getting over the loss to the Tigers. At least he didn’t ask Watson to leave a Tuscaloosa bar.

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