Miami has dismissed two of its best defensive players from the program.
The school announced Saturday that both defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace “have been permanently dismissed for violating NCAA rules.”
Grace, a senior, led the Hurricanes in tackles (79) in 2015 while Muhammad, a redshirt junior, led the team in both tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5). Both were expected to start for the Hurricanes in 2016 and be among the top players on new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s unit.
The two were being investigated by the school for allegedly receiving extra benefits from a luxury car rental agency. In a release, the school said it will continue to provide financial aid for the two players “through graduation.”
Miami is already on NCAA probation through October following from the scandal involving former booster Nevin Shapiro. The school said it “will not be subject to sanctions” stemming from Muhammad and Grace’s violations.
“The decision was made in consultation with outside counsel and after discussions with the NCAA enforcement staff,” the school said in a statement. “As no staff members or boosters were involved in the violations, the program will not be subject to sanctions and, at this time, the university deems this matter closed.”
The Miami Herald reported that Miami players may have used cars from South Beach Exotic Rentals “in exchange for future promises.” Linebacker Juwon Young was previously removed from the roster as a result of the investigation. Young, a junior, reportedly was not honest with school officials. He had 57 tackles and an interception in 2015.
Stacy Coley, one of the team’s top receivers, was also reportedly being investigated by the school. There is no word whether he will be subject to any discipline. Coley had 47 catches for 689 yards and four touchdowns last year.
Stacy Coley has not been cleared yet, I'm told. Does not mean he will also be dismissed, just that his status is unclear
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) August 27, 2016
Miami is entering its first season under Mark Richt, who returned to his alma mater following his dismissal from Georgia after 15 seasons. Richt replaces Al Golden, who was fired during the 2015 season – his fifth with the program. Overall, Golden finished with a 32-25 (17-18 ACC) with the Hurricanes.
Miami opens its season against Florida A&M on Sept. 3.
For more Miami news, visit CaneSport.com.
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Two Western Michigan players are suspended from the team following allegations they held up a female student.
Per WWMT CBS, Ronald George and Bryson White are in custody at the Kalamazoo County (Michigan) Sheriff’s Office. The two allegedly used a semi-automatic gun and a knife in the incident at an off-campus residence and were arrested while in a car with weapons and cash inside.
Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck issued a statement to WWMT after the allegations.
“Having heard this news early this morning, I took action to immediately suspend both freshman players indefinitely. We expect to learn more about these allegations today. I’m extremely disappointed and want to assure the community that this kind of conduct is unacceptable and does not represent the values of this team or this university. The students will be held accountable to all University student- code, Athletic-student athlete and Football Code of conduct standards. Violations of these standards can lead to dismissal from the team and University.”
Neither player is currently listed on the WMU roster. George is a linebacker while White is a wide receiver. Both players are true freshmen in 2016.
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August 27, 2016
Any fears that Cal would take a step back offensively by losing quarterback Jared Goff were assuaged Friday as new starter Davis Webb threw for more than 400 yards in his Bears’ debut.
Cal defeated Hawaii 51-31 in front of 61,247 fans in the inaugural Sydney Cup in Australia, which marked the official start to the college football season. The game was the first collegiate contest for the city and an attempt to show Sydney had the ability to host a major college football bowl game in the future.
And Webb did his best to give the fans a good show.
Webb, a Texas Tech transfer, didn’t have much of a learning curve since he ran a similar offense in Lubbock, and his Air Raid acumen showed up early. He made several first-half connections with receiver Chad Hansen, who had 14 catches for 160 yards and two first-half touchdowns.
Webb, who surprisingly played the entire game, never stopped throwing even as the Bears were up by 20 with a minute remaining. He hit 10 different receivers and completed 37 of 53 passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns. Webb also rushed for a score. What’s more, the Bears didn’t turn the ball over and that’s really what tilted the game in Cal’s favor.
The Rainbow Warriors had three turnovers, including a costly fumble on a kickoff toward the end of the first half, which helped turn a six-point Hawaii deficit with five minutes remaining in the first half into a 17-point Cal halftime lead.
While Cal’s offense looked like it picked up where it left off last season, unfortunately so did the defense. Hawaii’s 31 points were the most the Rainbow Warriors had scored since 2014 and they averaged 6.5 yards per rush. Had it not been for the turnovers, this game could have been much closer.
With this game in the books, there’s just one week until the rest of the college football season gets underway.
For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com.
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August 26, 2016
Update: Saturday, Aug. 27 – 1:30 p.m.
Duke has confirmed in a press release that quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the entire 2016 season. Sirk, the school said, suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon during practice on Thursday. He will undergo surgery “at a date to be determined,” the school said.
Sirk previously ruptured his left Achilles on February 9 and was working to return for the start of the Blue Devils’ season. He also missed the 2013 season because of an injury to his right Achilles tendon.
Original story: Friday, Aug. 26 – 11:30 p.m. ET
Duke starting quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the season after reinjuring the Achilles tendon he tore in February, according to multiple reports.
According to reports, the injury occurred Thursday and Sirk was evaluated Friday. The school has not made an official announcement.
This is the third Achilles injury for Sirk since 2013.
Sirk led the Blue Devils in passing with 2,625 yards and rushing with 803 yards last season. Sirk was the co-MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl.
In Sirk’s absence, redshirt freshman Daniel Jones has been taking the bulk of the first-team snaps.
For more Duke news, visit DevilsIllustrated.com.
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The player two former Kansas rowers accused of sexual assault reportedly transferred to Indiana State to continue his football career.
According to the Kansas City Star, someone familiar with one of the allegations identified the player as long snapper Jordan Goldenberg. He transferred to the FCS school but was taken off the school’s roster this week. Here’s what Indiana State said in a statement to the Star.
“Jordan Goldenberg Jr. has been removed from the Indiana State University football team, effective Aug. 25. The upper administration of the athletics department and football team recently learned more information about Goldenberg and after a review, decided it was best for him to focus on obtaining his degree.”
“Steps have been taken to ensure this situation is not repeated. Because of privacy limitations, the University will not release further details.”
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August 26, 2016
With the college football season a week away – unless you’re Cal and Hawaii – teams are running out of time to name starting quarterbacks. And numerous teams made their starters known on Friday.
• Indiana said junior-college transfer Richard Lagow would start the team’s season-opening game vs. Florida International on Sep. 1. Lagow beat out Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron for the starting gig. Both Cameron and Diamont are listed as the team’s No. 2 QB. Lagow wears No. 21, which will take some getting used to. Not too many players start at quarterback while wearing No. 20 or greater.
Diamont threw 31 passes in 2015 while Cameron threw 16 as Nate Sudfield was the team’s primary quarterback.
• Western Kentucky named South Florida transfer Mike White its starter. White succeeds Brandon Doughty, who was a senior in 2015. White transferred from South Florida after the 2014 season. He spent time as the team’s starter in both 2013 and 2014 and had a completion percentage of 51.5 percent in those two seasons. That percentage will have to be much higher if WKU wants to continue the success it had with Doughty at QB.
• Oregon named FCS tranfer Dakota Prukop as the opening day starter. Given Prukop’s production at Montana State, it would have been incredibly surprising if Jeff Locke had won the starting job.
• Justin Holman will start at QB for Central Florida. Holman, who threw the majority of passes for the team in 2015, beat out Boise State transfer Nick Patti. Holman was 127-250 passing for 1,379 yards, seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season as UCF failed to win a game.
• Tulane said redshirt freshman Glen Cuiellette would start against Wake Forest in Week 1. Cuiellette beat out Johnathan Brantley and Darius Bradwell for the role, though new coach Willie Fritz said two quarterbacks would play. According to the Advocate, he declined to name who the second quarterback would be. Fritz came to Tulane from Georgia Southern and Bradwell had previously committed to GSU.
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East Carolina dismissed defensive tackle Darius Commissiong on Friday after he was charged with felony animal cruelty.
If you’re brave enough to read the gory injuries Commissiong is alleged to have inflicted on a one-year-old Shih Tzu, you can click here to read the Greenville, North Carolina, Police Department’s Facebook post. The dog suffered multiple and incredibly severe injuries and died from the trauma. It’s especially harrowing to read on what’s been deemed National Dog Day.
Per the police, officers responded to an apartment at approximately 2 a.m. Friday. The apartment’s resident, a female, let the officers in and they saw the dog and its injuries. Witness descriptions of a person who was in the area at the time of the alleged incident led police to Commissiong.
“While we always want to be in a position to guide young people, unacceptable behavior such as this clearly crosses the line of humanity and simply will not be tolerated,” East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery said in a statement. “There’s a level of accountability which defines our program, athletics department and East Carolina University, and any conduct which isn’t congruent with those values is unwelcome here.”
Commissiong, a projected starter, is already no longer listed on East Carolina’s roster. A junior in 2015, he had 10 tackles. He transferred to ECU after he was dismissed from Georgia Tech in 2014 because of an NCAA student-conduct violation. He was one of three GT athletes dismissed at the time.
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A woman believes Kansas coach David Beaty saved her son’s life in 2013 at a trampoline park.
Beaty, then an assistant at Texas A&M, was in the Houston area at a Cosmic Jump with his family. Max Menchaca was on a trampoline slide at the park and ended up falling through a tear in the trampoline at the end of the slide.
He landed head-first five feet below on a concrete surface and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Menchaca’s mother, Trace, posted the story of Beaty’s kindness after the accident to Facebook on Thursday. Beaty was nearby when Max fell through the trampoline and Trace said Beaty “literally dove in after him. He talked to him, comforted him, reassured him and held him tight during his grand mal seizures.”
sweet lil story pic.twitter.com/MQomKVPtvo
— lea(h) (@leamenchaca) August 26, 2016
A jury awarded the Menchaca family $11.5 million in damages in February. Max suffered a serious brain injury as a result of the impact with the concrete and has needed to undergo both physical and speech therapy.
While the family are Oklahoma State fans, Trace said they’ll be cheering for Beaty when the Jayhawks play the Cowboys on Oct. 22. She said they’ll be in attendance at the game at Kansas as Beaty’s guests.
“We are honored to be his invited guests at the Kansas v. OSU game in October. What an exciting blessing to get to meet this amazing person. yes we are now OSU Cowboys, but on that day we will all be wearing blue for the man in blue.”
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Arizona football is at it again. This time, with “Gladiator.”
Roughly a year after the team did a James Bond parody where coach Rich Rodriguez played the role of Bond and even rappelled in the stadium.
Now he’s channeling Russell Crowe. We are definitely entertained.
Arizona’s video department deserves a hearty raise after this series of videos. The program did a “Speed” parody when pace of play and substitutions were a hot topic and started the series off with a western.
We’re also wondering what movie the team should parody next. Rodriguez would be a good Austin Powers. Jason Bourne, maybe?
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August 26, 2016
Marshall has dismissed one of its most-experienced defensive backs.
Thundering Herd coach Doc Holliday announced Friday that safety Tiquan Lang is no longer with the team “due to a violation of team rules and policies.”
Lang was a key member of the Herd’s secondary in 2015, but was arrested in May on multiple charges. According to the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Lang was found asleep in a running vehicle and police found a firearm “partially concealed” under the front seat and Xanax in the center console. He was facing misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
He missed Marshall’s spring game following the arrest.
In three seasons with the program, Lang totaled 195 tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions in 36 games. In 2015, he had 91 tackles and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns against Purdue.
Coming off a 10-3 record in 2015, Marshall opens its season Sept. 10 against Morgan State.
For more Marshall news, visit HerdNation.com.
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