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  • Michigan State WR Macgarrett Kings Jr. has been reportedly charged with two misdemeanors after he was arrested early Saturday morning.

    From The Detroit Free-Press:

    Kings, who will be a senior receiver in the fall, has been charged with drunken and disorderly conduct and obstructing, resisting, hindering or assaulting a police officer, according to East Lansing 54-B District Court documents. Both are misdemeanors punishable by up to 93 days in jail and $500 in fines.

    Kings, 21, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested in East Lansing at 2:36 a.m. on Saturday, according to court documents. MSU coach Mark Dantonio could not be reached immediately for comment on the status of Kings with the team, which starts spring football March 24.

    It's not the first time that Kings has been arrested around this time of year as a member of Michigan State's football team, either. He was arrested in April of 2014 for DUI and OWIafter his blood alcohol level tested at 0.234 on a breath test. He missed much of Michigan State's spring football season and was sentenced to 13 months probation in the summer following a plea deal.

    If he's convicted of the charge of drunken and disorderly conduct, it's a violation of his probation. As part of the terms of his probation, per the Free-Press, he was prohibited from consuming alcohol.

    Kings had 29 catches for 404 yards in 2014. Before his 21st birthday in September, Kings said he wanted a touchdown or two against Wyoming. He didn't even get a catch, though he had two carries for two yards.

    For more Michigan State news, visit SpartanMag.com.

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  • Shea Patterson is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2016. He's Rivals' No. 3 prospect overall. He's listed as having a solid verbal commitment to Ole Miss.

    And his brother is now a member of the Ole Miss staff.

    Per the Clarion-Ledger, Sean Patterson is the associate director for recruiting operations and was added to the staff directory on Monday. Per an Ole Miss spokesperson, Sean Patterson started working at Ole Miss on Feb. 23.

    While it's obvious that there are advantages to Ole Miss hiring Sean Patterson for a position that was unfilled after it was created in 2014, hiring a coach or family member of a prized recruit to the staff of a team is nothing new. There may be more notable examples in basketball, but it's not unheard of in football.

    And it's not like Ole Miss is hiring Shea's brother from out of nowhere, either. It just looks really transparent.

    Sean, a former quarterback at Duquesne, was an offensive quality control assistant for LSU until he resigned earlier in February on the same day Shea Patterson made his verbal commitment to the Rebels. Before that, he was an assistant at Arizona, a school where Shea had previously verbally committed. He decommitted from the Wildcats in July, a week after Sean had taken the position at LSU for the 2014 season.

    Shea Patterson is a native of Shreveport, La., and had scholarship offers from 28 other schools including LSU and five other members of the SEC. If his brother doesn't find that it's a good fit at Ole Miss, he can always change his verbal commitment again and sign with a different school on National Signing Day 2016. We're sure there are many other programs who would gladly hire Sean to secure the services of Shea.

    For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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  • The Kentucky depth chart at quarterback took a hit on Wednesday.

    The team confirmed that redshirt sophomore quarterback Reese Phillips ruptured his Achilles tendon during a workout and will miss all of spring practice. However, according to the Herald-Leader, the team believes he could potentially return in the fall.

    Phillips was the Wildcats’ No. 2 quarterback behind Patrick Towles in 2014. In three games, Phillips completed 2-of-9 passes for 45 yards with an interception.

    His injury leaves the Wildcats with just two healthy quarterbacks when spring practice begins on Saturday morning – Towles and highly-touted redshirt freshman Drew Barker.

    Towles threw 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 12 starts last season. Barker was questioned recently for his role in a bar fight, but has not been charged.

    Former Kentucky starter Maxwell Smith, an All-SEC Freshman selection in 2012, graduated in January and transferred to San Diego State, further limiting UK’s depth at quarterback.

    Wildcats head coach Bob Stoops said the competition for the starting role is open. As of now, the competition is down to two men based on sheer numbers.

    For more Kentucky news, CatsIllustrated.com.

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  • When two men assisted Christine Mowrer and her mother after she crashed her Jeep on Tuesday afternoon, she had no idea that one of the men was Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

    Mowrer, 53, told MLive.com that she lost control of her Jeep Cherokee after hitting a patch of ice on I-94 in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh and UM director of football operations Jim Minick were also driving on I-94 and saw the crash occur when they were on their way to the airport.

    Mowrer said her vehicle “flipped three or four times” and she and her 73-year-old mother were both partially ejected from the vehicle. Harbaugh and Minick were there for assistance until medics arrived.

    “They took care of me until the ambulance got there,” Mowrer told MLive.com from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. “I didn’t even know who he was until the state police told me later.

    “I had blood dripping out of my nose and he helped me out and got me onto the ground. He got coats and blankets on us and put up an umbrella to block the wind. He probably kept me from going into shock. He was very, very nice.”

    Mowrer expressed gratitude that Harbaugh and Minick stopped to help.

    “I would like to tell them thank you but I really don’t know how to get a hold of them,” she said. “I really appreciate what they did for me and my mother.”

    Michigan athletics spokesman David Ablauf told MLive that Harbaugh and Minick declined to comment.

    “They believed they were doing what any other individual would do for another when they stopped and assisted,” Ablauf said.

    Though he declined to comment, Harbaugh did praise Minick on Twitter.

    Mowrer said she “ruptured a disc in her spine,” but doctors have told her that the injury will not require surgery and she will make a full recovery. Mowrer’s mother broke her nose and is also expected to make a full recovery.

    Michigan had its first three spring practices last week. After a week off this week, the Wolverines will return to the field on March 10.

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Auburn coach Gus Malzahn doesn't like an offseason rule proposal.

    The NCAA Rules Committee will look at a proposal on Thursday that limits offensive linemen from going downfield before a pass. Currently, a lineman has a (perhaps enforced with some slack) three yard cushion to go downfield before a pass is thrown. Per the proposal, "to be legal, a lineman who is more than one yard past the line of scrimmage must be engaged with a defensive player when a pass is released."

    "That's part of the creativity of the game," Malzahn said via Al.com. "I'm not into anything that takes the creativity out of the game. You know, you see a lot of coaches around the country, specifically high school coaches that are coaching in college, that's very important to them."

    Malzahn's solution is that the current rule is enforced more strictly.

    The cushion linemen have has been used to excellent effect by Malzahn and other coaches, who use screens and misdirections. A big part of the rule change could limit how Auburn would call run/pass option plays. A fake handoff with a late pass may not be as deceiving if linemen don't have three yards (and a little more) to barrel downfield before the pass is thrown.

    For a complete list of what the rules committee will look at, including the increased use of technology, click here.

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  • Virginia Tech running back Shai McKenzie has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with two counts of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” according to the Roanoke Times.

    The charges are class one misdemeanors and have the potential for 12 months in jail and a fine up to $2,500.

    Hokies head coach Frank Beamer is aware of the situation and athletic department spokesperson Whit Babcock issued a statement on the program’s behalf.

    “We are aware of the situation and misdemeanor arrest. We take these matters seriously,” Babcock told the Times in an email. “Coach Beamer has suspended Shai indefinitely from all team related activities as of yesterday. It’s in the hands of the proper authorities and we will respect the process.”

    According to the Times, warrants were filed in Montgomery County (Va.) Court detailing an investigation into the 19-year-old McKenzie and Devin A. Gavion, an 18-year-old Virginia Tech student, for “carnal knowledge of a child between the ages of 13 and 15.”

    McKenzie and Gavion reportedly met two girls, one age 15 and another age 14, on social media.

    From the Times:

    Police obtained a warrant for McKenzie and Gavion's DNA on Feb. 27 after two girls, one 15 years old and another 14, met two adult males using social media, who they later identified as McKenzie and Gavion. The warrant states that an investigation included information that the group met at a home in Christiansburg "and it was revealed" they "had sexual intercourse" between Feb. 11 and Feb. 15. Four condoms were also recovered from the residence, according to the warrant.

    McKenzie was processed and released on $5,000 bond, accoding to the Christiansburg Police Department. Gavion, who is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail, is facing a felony count of carnal knowledge and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    McKenzie was a true freshman in 2014 who quickly established himself as one of the team’s top backs. Before suffering a season-ending knee injury in late September, McKenzie rushed for 269 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries in five games for the Hokies.

    According to the Times, McKenzie has been participating in the team’s winter workouts, including on Tuesday.

    The Hokies are scheduled to begin spring practice on March 24.

    For more Virginia Tech news, visit HokieHaven.com.

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  • TCU is heading east for some recruiting pointers.

    Coach Gary Patterson and his staff are heading to Alabama when spring practice concludes to see how Alabama has been so successful in recent years on the recruiting trail.

    “We want to see some things recruiting-wise, how they do things,” Patterson said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “You don’t just learn Xs and Os from people. You’re trying to learn things on a lot of different levels.”

    In return, Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and his father have been looking at the characteristics of the uptempo offense TCU installed for 2014 with great success (Yes, we still remember Nick Saban's comments about tempo and player safety). The Horned Frogs only lost to Baylor en route to a 12-1 season.

    “I need to grow analysts,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to have people who can help you find out about recruits faster. That’s somebody that’s won championships, that’s always had the No. 1, 2, 3 recruiting class.”

    It's a win-win for both programs, especially TCU. While the Horned Frogs were fourth in the Big 12 in Rivals' 2015 recruiting rankings, TCU was 34th in the country. While Alabama officially lost the 2015 recruiting title to USC per Rivals, it wasn't by much, if any at all.

    WIth Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham, both savants of uptempo offenses, TCU was fifth in the country in total offense in 2014. The year before (which necessitated the offensive style change), the Horned Frogs were 108th. Imagine how potent the offense could be with higher-level recruits and another couple years of fine-tuning?

    For more TCU news, visit PurpleMenace.com.

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  • Matt Hegarty, a starter on Notre Dame’s offensive line, will play elsewhere in 2015.

    After overcoming a stroke in 2012, Hegarty played in 12 games in 2013 and started 11 of the Fighting Irish’s 13 games in 2014 at center and guard.

    Despite his extensive playing time, Hegarty explained that his decision to pursue a graduate transfer for his final season of college football stemmed from the uncertainty surrounding his standing on the team’s depth chart heading into the 2015 season.

    Here’s his entire statement, via ESPN.com:

    "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that the Notre Dame Football program has afforded me. I want to thank Notre Dame, my coaches, my teammates and friends at school for the four great years I had at Notre Dame. I also want to thank the Notre Dame Nation for all of their support over the years. My focus has been to pour myself into everything that I have done at ND. I have worked hard and have always done everything that was asked of me. Recently my coaches informed me that they wanted me to change positions. They also explained that with many younger players in the wings, they wanted to develop them more heavily in the rotation – a need that I understand and appreciate.

    "Unfortunately, I have already had to miss a precious amount of football battling back from my stroke, and I value every rep and opportunity going into my final year of college ball that much more. My goal is to contribute this season, continue to develop my skills and pursue my dream of playing in the NFL. Because of this goal, I have asked for a transfer to play at another school where I can contribute more on the field. Notre Dame has amassed formidable depth on the O-line and have many very talented players to fill all positions. So I wish everyone at ND the best this year and especially to my 15 brothers on the offensive line as they prepare for the 2015 season."

    The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Hegarty, a native of Aztec, New Mexico, is set to graduate from Notre Dame in May. Hegarty was a four-star recruit who redshirted his first season with the Irish in 2011.

    In 2012, he was second on the depth chart at center and appeared in the team’s first nine games, primarily on special teams, before suffering a “mini-stroke” on Nov. 8. Hegarty later underwent heart surgery in December 2012 to repair two small holes in his heart. Hegarty was able to rejoin the team for spring ball in 2013.

    With Hegarty moving on to another school, Nick Martin could potentially move back to center after sliding over to left guard for most of the 2014 season.

    Notre Dame begins spring practice on March 18.

    For more Notre Dame news, visit BlueAndGold.com.

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  • Fresh off what is arguably the greatest fat guy touchdown of all-time, Baylor’s LaQuan McGowan has been practicing at tight end during spring practice.

    McGowan, a guard who is listed at 6-foot-7 and 410 pounds, caught an 18-yard touchdown pass against Michigan State in the third quarter of the Cotton Bowl after checking in as an eligible receiver.

    McGowan, a redshirt junior who is now wearing No. 80, showed how well he can move for his size against the Spartans. Now Baylor head coach Art Briles hopes to incorporate the big man into the offense moving forward.

    “We’re looking at him as kind of a slot and tight end type of guy,” Briles said per the Waco Tribune. “He can certainly help us in the run game in those situations. The way we’re looking at it is we’ve got three games in nonconference to kind of feel it out and see what he can do and teach him what to do in live action.”

    Bears quarterback Seth Russell, who is slated to replace Bryce Petty as starter, is impressed with McGowan’s hands.

    “His hands are about as big as my leg, so I can pretty much put it wherever and he can snag it out of the air,” Russell said.

    Hopefully we’ll see McGowan’s receiving skills on display once again in Baylor’s spring game on March 20.

    For more Baylor news, visit SicEmSports.com.

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  • The status of USC’s projected starter at tight end is reportedly up in the air.

    A report emerged from the Los Angeles Daily News on Tuesday night saying that sophomore Bryce Dixon had been dismissed from the team due to a “student-conduct issue” stemming from an incident that "involved a USC female student." However, while acknowledging that Dixon missed the first day of spring practice due to a conduct issue, Trojans’ head coach Steve Sarkisian declined to expand on Dixon’s status.

    “Sarkisian declined to say more about it, citing privacy laws and instruction from the university’s general counsel,” wrote Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

    On top of that, the Orange County Register’s Michael Lev described the situation as “fluid.”

    A source close to the situation told me not to draw any conclusions just yet, that it’s a fluid situation and that Dixon has to go through a process. (The latter sounded an awful lot like the Josh Shaw deal from last year.) That same source could not estimate how long Dixon would be away from the team.

    Dixon, who caught 14 passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman in 2014, was suspended for the Cal game last season for disciplinary reasons but returned the following week.

    Dixon’s name remains on the roster, and the team’s official blog acknowledged that he missed day one of practice with a "conduct issue."

    The Trojans’ only other scholarship tight end on the roster for spring practice, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, was academically ineligible and missed the entire 2014 season. In addition to Cope-Fitzpatrick, who has just three career catches for 16 yards, walk-on Connor Spears is also available in spring ball.

    Four-star freshman Tyler Petite and preferred walk-on Caleb Wilson are also set to join the program in the fall.

    For more USC news, visit TrojanSports.com.

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