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  • Six months after winning the national championship, Urban Meyer was given another great honor — having his likeness cast in butter.

    Butter displays of Meyer, Brutus Buckeye, two Ohio State helmets and the national championship trophy were unveiled Tuesday for the upcoming Ohio State Fair.

    The Ohio State statues will sit beside a traditional butter cow and calf in a glass refrigerated display throughout the 12-day fair, which begins Wednesday.

    “It humbles you, and it’s a great honor,” Meyer told the American Dairy Association Mideast, which sponsors the display.

    The display features 2,000 pounds of butter that is layered onto frames of metal and steel. It took sculptors more than 500 hours to complete the display, which was kept secret until Tuesday’s unveiling.

    This is the second time Ohio State has made the display. In 1997, coach John Cooper stood alongside a player, a cheerleader and a band member.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Ashton Broyld has been dismissed from the Syracuse football program for “a violation of team policy,” Orange head coach Scott Shafer announced Tuesday morning.

    Broyld, a senior who has seen time at running back and wide receiver, was the team’s leading receiver in 2013 with 52 catches for 452 yards. He played in just four games for the Orange last year, totaling 15 catches for 174 yards. He missed eight games with a leg injury.

    The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Broyld also saw action in eight games as a true freshman in 2012 at running back. He rushed for 171 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries. He also registered seven receptions that season for 53 yards.

    Broyld was expected to be used in a hybrid role in 2015, but fell to third string on the Orange’s depth chart coming out of spring practice. Shafer hinted to off-field issues when he told reporters that Broyld needed “to do a good job with everything, and not just football.”

    In Broyld’s absence, sophomore Ervin Phillips (194 rushing yards; 15 catches for 57 yards) and junior Ben Lewis (24 catches, 275 yards, TD) should see increased snaps at the hybrid position. 

    For more Syracuse news, visit CuseConfidential.com.

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  • Dabo Swinney has an idea if Notre Dame doesn't join a conference. The Irish should play an extra game for College Football Playoff eligibility.

    The Clemson coach suggested that Notre Dame add a 13th game to its schedule if it continues to be an independent. His comments come shortly after Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Notre Dame should join a conference to be eligible for the College Football Playoff.

    The Irish currently have an affiliation agreement with the ACC. Notre Dame plays five ACC opponents on a rotating basis and also plays Texas, USC and Stanford this year. They play nine power conference opponents in total, the same number of power five opponents the SEC requires after its one-out-of-conference power five opponent rule goes into effect.

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    A 13th game isn't abnormal in college football. Teams that travel to play Hawaii are given dispensation by the NCAA to play a 13th game before conference championships and bowl games are taken into account. But we're not sure what a 13th game would do for Notre Dame other than giving the school more potential revenue with another home game.

    The Irish could easily schedule a weak opponent for the 13th game and almost guarantee a win if it wanted to. And NBC wouldn't have a problem with televising another Notre Dame home game.

    Or maybe the solution is for Notre Dame to travel to Hawaii every year and simply use the NCAA exemption? We're sure Irish players would enjoy the trip, especially if it came as winter began to descend upon South Bend.

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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  • Delton Williams will officially return to the Michigan State football team in mid-August, head coach Mark Dantonio announced Monday.

    Williams, a rising junior running back, had been indefinitely suspended from the team since a March traffic incident in which he allegedly pulled out (but did not point) a gun after a man honked at him. Williams had a concealed carry permit, but was charged with brandishing a firearm. He pled guilty to a reduced weapons charge in late April and also violated a school ordinance in the process.

    After going through Michigan State’s student conduct system, Williams, who hasn’t been enrolled this summer, is now eligible to rejoin the team.

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    “Delton Williams has satisfied the University’s (student conduct system), court’s and football program’s expectations,” Dantonio said in a statement. “Delton comprehends the severity of the situation and understands that decisions have consequences. He also appreciates the fact that wearing the Michigan State uniform is a privilege and not his right.

    “Provided with various options, he chose to return to Michigan State under specific guidelines in order to complete his education and playing career. Delton looks forward to turning the page to the next chapter in his life by rejoining his teammates and classmates.”

    Williams, who will return to the team on Aug. 14, issued an apology in a lengthy statement released through the program. Here’s his statement in full:

    “First, I want to apologize to the entire Spartan family. Obviously, I didn’t want this to happen and cast a negative light on the University and our football program like it has for the last four months.

    I appreciate the University and Coach Dantonio for providing me with the opportunity to return and finish what I started. Being a student-athlete at Michigan State is truly an opportunity of a lifetime. It was a judgment call, but they all decided to provide me with a second chance. I’m truly blessed and grateful for this opportunity.

    I wasn’t looking for a fresh start or the easy way out by transferring to another school. It has been and continues to be a blessing to be a student-athlete here. God has a plan for us all, and I put myself in a tough situation. I dug myself a hole, took the punishment and now it’s time to get back on track.

    My return isn’t just about playing football because I know it isn’t forever. God willing, I might get the opportunity to play in the NFL, but I already have 64 credits and I’m on pace to graduate. As some say, NFL means ‘not for long.’ My degree is my primary plan, not my back-up plan.

    I never intended to put anyone in harm’s way, and I never believed the situation would get out of hand. I’ve learned from my mistake, and I won’t put myself in that type of situation again. I see things much differently now and know that I must think before I act. As a result of my decision, manhood has been thrust upon me. I’ve grown up a lot over the last four months. That decision could have ruined all of my dreams. This situation has certainly brought me closer to God.

    I look forward to rejoining my teammates and working toward a common goal. I can’t wait to get into the locker room and on to the practice field with my teammates and coaches. I’m truly blessed to be a Michigan State Spartan. At the end of the day, I care about my immediate family and my MSU family – that’s what matters most.”

    Williams is the Spartans’ leading returning running back coming off a season with 326 yards and five touchdowns on 54 carries. Before his suspension, he was supposed to compete for the team’s starting job.

    The Spartans are scheduled to begin preseason camp on Aug. 8.

    For more Michigan State news, visit SpartanMag.com.

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  • It took a lot of hard work for Ohio State to win the national title last season, but the Buckeyes still like to have fun. Take this prank the football program posted on Monday for example.

    A staff member dressed up like one of the mannequins (modeling a team's uniform) you’d see around a football facility and scared the crap out of players as they passed by in the hallway.

    Of all the players to pass by, quarterback Cardale Jones had the best reaction at the 2:12 mark.

    We’ve seen this prank before when Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt pulled it off last August. Clemson’s execution was a bit better with Stoudt more out in the open (one teammate even punched him). Even though Ohio State’s guy was tucked away in the corner, it was still pretty funny. 

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • With the 2015 season right around the corner, college football programs will begin to unveil new uniforms for the year in bunches.

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    And on Monday, it was Air Force, South Florida and Bowling Green that revealed new looks to the world on social media.

    We saw sharp new Air Force alternates last year, and now the Falcons have new home and away Nike combinations. 

    Elsewhere, USF spent the morning tweeting out its wide variety of uniform and helmet combinations. Amid the flurry of tweets was the team’s updated Under Armour green and white uniforms, plus a wild green jersey with yellow numbers.

    Finally, Bowling Green will bring new orange and brown Nike uniforms to the MAC this season.

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  • Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said defensive end Devonte Fields will enroll at Louisville on Aug. 4, just ahead of camp starting on Aug. 6, but he will do so under strict conditions.

    "We've established that he's going to have to do everything right when he's on campus with us," Petrino said while doing interviews Monday at ESPN. "We have some standards that are set for him, and he's going to have to abide by those standards."

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    In 2014, Fields was charged in a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. She stated Fields punched her in the face, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her. He was charged with misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury and dismissed from TCU. The case was dismissed last month after Fields completed an anger management course.

    "We're privy to all the information," Petrino said. "We understand all the information that was out there. Knowing that, we believe we did the right thing in giving him a second chance."

    Fields was the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman with 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He only played in three games in 2013 because of a suspension and a foot injury, but he was named the 2014 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year before the Horned Frogs dismissed him.

    He spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

    Petrino said he hopes Fields can fill the void left by former pass rusher Lorenzo Mauldin, who left for the NFL.

    "Fields has experience," Petrino said. "He's an edge rusher, which is something we lost last year. He's going to have to show that he's a quick learner and understands the defense in a quick time."

    For more Louisville news, visit CardinalSports.com.

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  • Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones seems to be a man of many interests – including professional wrestling.

    On Sunday, Jones was at a local Columbus pool with teammate Tyvis Powell and he got to show off his knowledge of WWE finishing moves on a few kids.

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    Here’s Jones doing Brock Lesnar’s F5 finisher:

    And then the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones capped it off with a John Cena-style “Attitude Adjustment.”

    Jones has a few more weeks to relax before the Buckeyes begin fall camp. At that point, Jones will duke it out with J.T. Barrett for Ohio State’s starting quarterback role.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • The story of UAB disbanding and ultimately reinstating its football program was one that captured the attention of the college football world during the past six months.

    But one of the stories many outside of Birmingham might not have known was that of Timothy Alexander, a member of the UAB football team who is bound to a wheelchair.

    Raycom Sports did a profile on Alexander, the accident that led to him being paralyzed and how he rediscovered his love of football. Alexander was one of the most outspoken members of the UAB football program when it was disbanded and one of the figures that helped bring it back.

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    This video is a poignant look at one of the men who worked hard to save the program that saved him.

    For more UAB news, visit BlazerSportsReport.com.

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  • The Big Ten could have been the Big 16.

    According to Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald, five Big 12 schools — Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas and Iowa State — looked at joining the Big Ten in 2010 when the wheels of realignment started to grind.

    A Big 12 athletic director, who spoke to The World-Herald on condition of anonymity, said he contacted Big Ten athletic directors and presidents with whom he was familiar in June 2010.
    The topic: Was the Big Ten, which had 11 members at the time, interested in adding five Big 12 schools?
    The feedback from Big Ten school officials was positive, both sources said. The sticking point was devising a revenue-sharing plan to satisfy all. It would have taken at least three to four years for that many incoming schools to hit the financial payoffs sought for moving.

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    As we all know, Nebraska did end up going to the Big Ten, A&M ended up in the SEC with Missouri, and Colorado went to the Pac-12. The Big 12 added West Virginia and TCU just to get back to 10 members, and the Big Ten recently added Rutgers and Maryland to go to 14. And that’s where the conferences currently stand.

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    For now.

    The World-Herald noted that evaluations on Oklahoma and Kansas are ongoing and that a move to 16 Big Ten teams is not out of the realm of possibility.

    If the predictions come true that the clock is ticking on the Big 12 sticking together, remember what we previously reported from two sources at Nebraska — the Big Ten has done its “homework’’ to evaluate Oklahoma and Kansas as potential members.

    That might explain comments from Oklahoma President David Boren, who said the Big 12 was “psychologically disadvantaged’’ for having just 10 teams. During Big 12 media days last week, commissioner Bob Bowlsby gave a roundabout answer about the fate of the conference’s membership saying some were in favor of expansion, some weren’t and some could be swayed one way or the other, which, in retrospect, seems like more dysfunction than collaboration.

    If Kansas and Oklahoma were to jump ship, that would put the Big 12 in a position of having to expand or dissolve. And really, how many schools would be quick to jump to a league that is perpetually on the verge of collapse?

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