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  • Coach Tony Sanchez has a high profile transfer to start his UNLV career.

    Former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny said he was heading to the Rebels on his Instagram account. Al.com first reported Tenpenny's choice as his Instagram account is listed as private.

    Tenpenny won't be eligible to make an immediate impact for Sanchez, however. He's got to sit out the 2015 season and will have two years to play. Sanchez is beginning his first season as UNLV coach after coaching at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School.

    He left Alabama in January and would have been one of six returning players in Alabama's backfield had he stayed with the Crimson Tide (RB Tyren Jones was later dismissed from the program). Tenpenny was a former four-star recruit and the No. 53 recruit in the country according to Rivals when he was a member of the class of 2013. In two seasons with the Tide he had 218 rushing yards. 

    When he is eligible to play, Tenpenny could be a huge boost to UNLV's backfield. Last year, the Rebels averaged just 3.6 yards per carry as a team and the leading rusher was senior Shaquille Murray-Lawrence with 552 yards.

    For more UNLV news, visit Rebel-Net.com. 

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  • Today’s random offseason tweet of the day comes from HoddyToddy.com, which has given us quite possibly the best birth announcement ever.

    Meet Heather Callihan, a young Ole Miss fan, who is not shy in admitting that she conceived her still baking bundle of joy following Ole Miss’ 23-17 win against Alabama.

    I mean, it was the first time Ole Miss had beaten Alabama since 2003. There were probably several little ones that got their start on Oct. 4, 2014. Might be a bunch of little Bos, Wallaces, Laquans or even Jaylens and Waltons (or whatever the female equivalent to those names would be) being born in July.

    Hey, just in time for fall camp!

    From all of us here at Dr. Saturday, congrats Heather and good luck.

    For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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  • When Alabama fans and media were focused on Florida State transfer Jacob Coker last spring as the potential starting quarterback for the Tide, coach Nick Saban often warned that Blake Sims shouldn’t be overlooked.

    And for that, Sims was grateful.

    The departed senior, who started one season for the Tide and signed a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers, penned a thank you letter through Bleacher Report, in which he thanked Saban, coach Lane Kiffin and fans for their support.

    Here is part of the letter:

    I went to the University of Alabama to become a man. When he was recruiting me, Coach Saban gave me his word that when I left, I would leave a grown man with a degree.
    He kept his word.
    Coach Saban was like a father figure to me. Words can't explain how much he has taught me about life and how much better prepared I am for success than when I showed up in Tuscaloosa. Whenever I was wrong, he would let me know "Blake, that's not the way that a man acts. That's not how a professional quarterback acts." Our relationship could not be stronger.
    I also want to say thank you to Coach Kiffin for everything he has done for me. He taught me how to be a quarterback and had my back when I was down and out. He was always there for me and gave me great advice. I knew I could go talk to him about anything, no matter what the situation was.
    And to the Crimson Tide fans, keep being the best fanbase in the country. Trust in Coach Saban and whoever he starts at any position. Believe in that player as you believed in me. I’m a prime example of what happens when fans get behind somebody and believe in them.
    After last year, I wish I could play another season in Tuscaloosa, but God has a plan for me. He gave me an opportunity, and I took advantage of it. If I had to re-do my career at Alabama, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Sims also thanked his teammates, including former Tide running back Trent Richardson, who Sims called "big brother."

    Sims helped lead the Tide to an SEC title and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. He set a school record with 3,487 passing yards.

    This was a nice gesture, especially for a fanbase that didn’t necessarily believe Sims was the best man for the job at the beginning of the season.

    For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.

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  • West Virginia senior offensive lineman Russell Haughton-James was arrested Sunday night on a single count of burglary.

    Details of the events that led up to the charge are scarce and coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement he’s still gathering the facts.

    “I have been made aware of the situation,” Holgorsen said. “I am gathering the facts at this time and will to continue to monitor. I have no further comment at this time”

    Haughton-James, 22, has played in 28 career games with the Mountaineers and started the started the Gold-Blue spring game at left tackle. He appeared in 12 games last season as a backup, was used as an extra linemen in short-yardage situations and on special teams. Haughton-James was expected to play backup to Yodny Cajuste and Marquis Lucas this fall.

    For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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  • Quarterback Philip Nelson is hoping the third school is the charm.

    The former Rutgers and Minnesota quarterback is trying to restart his career at South Alabama, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune, which received an email from Nelson’s father.

    Nelson's college years have been rocky. He played in 19 games at Minnesota in 2012 and 2013 before transferring to Rutgers to play in a more pass-oriented offense. But his stint with the Scarlet Knights was short-lived after he was kicked off the team following an arrest for assault.

    Nelson was accused of assaulting former Minnesota State linebacker Isaac Kolstad, who sustained a serious brain injury. Nelson was initially charged with first and third-degree assault, two felonies, but eventually pled guilty to a fifth-degree assault misdemeanor. Nelson was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

    Nelson has two years of eligibility remaining and is eligible to play in the fall.

    Brandon Bridge, South Alabama’s starting quarterback last season, signed a free agent deal with the Cowboys. Hunter Vaughn, who started when Bridge was injured, is the frontrunner for the starting job followed by Matt Floyd, who played last season. The Jaguars also have junior Cody Clements and freshman Dallas Davis as quarterbacks on the roster.

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  • Ball State quarterback Ozzie Mann has decided to transfer, the school announced.

    Mann, a redshirt sophomore, started six games for the Cardinals last season. He completed 116-of-197 passes for 1,281 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.

    "We want to thank Ozzie for his hard work and for representing our program in a first class manner,” Ball State coach Pete Lembo said in statement.  “Depth chart decisions are never easy, but they need to be made.  Ozzie has our full support and we will do whatever we can to help him with this next step in his career."

    Mann opened the 2014 season as the Cardinals starting quarterback and went on to start five games before being benched in favor of Jack Miles.

    This spring, Mann worked primarily with the second team while Miles took the bulk of the first-team reps.

    With Mann gone, Ball State has just Miles and redshirt freshman David Morrison as its quarterbacks with Riley Neal joining the program in the summer.

    Mann redshirted in 2012 and played in six games in 2013. He likely will have to sit out a season if he transfers to another FBS program.

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  • Oregon State cornerback Dashon Hunt announced via Instagram last week that he is ending his football career due to spinal stenosis, a condition he said he’s had since birth.

    "It was truly a blessing to have been apart of the #OregonStateFootball team but sadly my days of playing is over due to a condition that I was born with called #SpinalStenosis," Hunt said.

    "This team will forever be my team and I will always support every single brother of mine on it through their football careers and life. And a message to all my teammates 'just because I can't play on the field with yall, best believe I'ma be on the sideline helping and watching yall strive towards greatness because our team is bound for great accomplishments in these upcoming years. I love all yall as my own brothers and I'll always be here for every last one of yall' And to everyone else who has supported me throughout my career thank you very much from the bottom of my heart and God Bless you all!"

    Hunt played in seven games last year, mostly on special teams, and amassed three tackles, including a tackle for loss. He was competing for a starting right cornerback spot this spring. Hunt was a four-star recruit in the 2013 class, the highest-rated recruit of that class, and was originally slated to play as a freshman before his illness forced him to redshirt.

    Florida offensive lineman Rod Johnson was forced to retire last month because of the same condition.

    h/t CFT

    For more Oregon State news, visit BeaverBlitz.com.

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  • Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel, who was arrested for burglary on Wednesday, has been dismissed from the team.

    Daniel, DeNorris James, a walk-on to the football team this spring, and Khalil Sellers, a former Auburn track athlete, were arrested on theft and burglary charges after an investigation into missing items from several dorm rooms following spring break.

    Daniel was charged with four counts of theft, including first-degree theft of an item worth at least $2,500 or anything taken from another person. He also was booked on four counts of burglary. Six of the counts are felonies.

    Daniel, a junior-to-be, played in 13 games last season, including two starts. He tied for the team-lead with 17 quarterback hurries and finished with 15 tackles, including one sack. He was expected to play a pivotal role in Will Muschamp’s new offense and even added 19 pounds this offseason to contribute at defensive tackle.

    For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

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  • It’s an odd time to do a random offseason tweet of the day, but this one was too good not to share, especially on this, the biggest (self-proclaimed) sports day of the year.

    Yes, that’s Kentucky coach Mark Stoops with Iron Mike Tyson in front of someplace fancy in Vegas  getting ready to watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

    Not gonna lie, my first thought was, wow, even Iron Mike couldn’t get a ticket? And then, I remembered that cameos in The Hangover movies and a couple iffy reality TV shows probably don’t leave a lot of disposable income for an excessively expensive ticket to a fight that will probably go decision anyway. Nah, there's no way they'd leave Iron Mike outside.

    That's probably just a bad shot of the outside of the MGM Grand, in which case I’m questioning Stoops’ decision to pay an absurd amount of money for a ticket to the fight (which he apparently did and secured a VIP pass) and by extension most of his life choices. Remember, there were no comp tickets issued for this bout. Ah, who are we kidding? We all know Coach Cal has ins everywhere. No doubt he's the one who scored the tickets.

    But, if Stoops did pay tens of thousands of dollars for a ticket, it’s totally possible he could return to Kentucky with a pet wildcat and a growling Kentucky Wildcat tattooed to the side of his face.

    Hey, hangin’ with Iron Mike makes people do weird things — like race pigeons.

    And by the way, how do Kentucky folks feel about Stoops skipping the Derby for the fight?

    For more Kentucky news, CatsIllustrated.com.

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  • Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham made a bit of a boo-boo Saturday when he tweeted out a list of the state of Georgia’s top college football prospects.

    Grantham, who used to be the defensive coordinator at Georgia, tweeted what appeared to be a ranked list of the state of Georgia’s top prospects from the 2016 and 2017 classes.

    What appeared to be an accidental tweet was deleted quickly, but not before 247Sports managed to nab a screenshot.

    This error will probably result in an NCAA slap on the wrist, but more importantly, Grantham just gave Georgia coach Mark Richt and his staff insight into the players he’s attempting to lure from Georgia’s backyard to Louisville.

    Either that or this is a cunning ploy from Grantham to throw Georgia off Louisville’s recruiting trail. Yeah, we don’t think Grantham’s that coy either. This was just a case of a pocket tweet that went wrong. Next time Grantham should utilize the “sleep” button.

    For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.

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