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  • Kansas coach David Beaty during the Jayhawks’ win over Texas in 2016. (Getty)

    Beating Texas can make a moribund football program willing to invest, apparently.

    Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said at a booster event Wednesday night that the school was planning a $300 million investment in its football facilities. While details of the project are sparse, it would include an indoor football facility and upgrades to Memorial Stadium per Kansas.com.

    We’re joking about the direct cause-and-effect relationship between the Jayhawks’ 2016 win in the fall and the football spending, but increased optimism about a team’s future can lead to projects like this. Kansas’ 24-21 win over the Longhorns was the first conference victory for coach David Beaty and the first Big 12 win for the school since a 2014 win over Iowa State.

    From Kansas.com.

    “It’s exciting for me, because it’s a great time to be at KU,” Beaty said. “That guy (Zenger) has done so much here, and for him to clear the deck and really make room for football right now — and he’s a football guy at heart — knowing that our fans deserve a really, really nice stadium … we want these people to be comfortable and really enjoy their time there.”

    Kansas is one of the few Power Five schools without an indoor practice facility specifically for football. Memorial Stadium, which was built in 1921, is the seventh-oldest stadium west of the Mississippi per the school. The track was removed from around the football field at the stadium in 2014.

    For more Kansas news, visit JayhawkSlant.com.

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  • The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry really is a year-round thing, even among friends.

    Ty Higgins lives in Powell, a town just north of Columbus, Ohio. Naturally, he’s an Ohio State fan, but his neighbor is a fan of the rival Wolverines. The two get along well enough (they’ve been friends for 10 years) that the Michigan fan asked Higgins to keep an eye on his house while he was out of town on vacation.

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    The Michigan fan probably wishes he hadn’t done so. Watch this:

    How good is that? Higgins mowed the famous script Ohio into the neighbor’s lawn. He even dotted the ‘i’ with a weed whacker. Let’s compare his work to how it looks on Saturdays:

    (AP)

    Not too shabby.

    Higgins told Fox 8 in Columbus that the neighbor has yet to see the lawn in person (he returns to town on Friday), but the two communicated over text. Some sort of “payback,” Higgins said, is sure to come his way. But for now, Higgins has a leg up — both on the field and in the neighborhood.

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    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • High school football prospect Tyreke Smith raised attention to the epidemic of blacks being killed at an alarming rate. (ElevenWarriors.com)

    Four-star 2018 defensive end recruit Tyreke Smith attended Ohio State’s one-day camp Saturday with an offer from the Buckeyes already in hand.

    With little more to prove to the college football programs on the field — he has an offer from essentially every powerhouse in America — it was what he wore while participating that grabbed headlines.

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    His shirt read “I Hope I Don’t Get Killed For Being Black Today.”

    “I decided to wear the shirt because I wanted to bring attention to the epidemic of blacks being killed at an alarming rate,” Tyreke told Ohio State site Eleven Warriors. “What we would like to do is have people talk about these issues to reduce the murder rate of African-Americans.”

    Smith hails from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, located in Cuyahoga County. The county experienced 168 homicides in 2016 alone, the most of any county in the state of Ohio. One such shooting in the area that garnered national attention was that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. The shirt was designed by Tyreke’s older brother Malik, a basketball player at Bryant University in Rhode Island.

    Malik stressed that the shirt, which is available through his Twitter account, is not meant to target police brutality alone, but black-on-black crime as well.

    “The shirt was created to bring light into the everyday problems that blacks face between police and black-on-black crimes,” Malik told Eleven Warriors. “The shirt exemplifies a voice that we have but may not be heard. So why not have people see it?

    “We need to come together as a unit and stop coming after our own people,” he added. “We have to work together.” He also tweeted out support for his younger brother.

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    Tyreke pointed to “a lack of parenting, community policing and valuing education” as issues that surround crime, and he took time to thank his own family, coaches and teachers for their positive impact on him.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Marcell Frazier had 8.5 sacks in 2016. (Getty)

    Missouri defensive end Marcell Frazier doesn’t want to talk to “local” media outlets in 2017.

    Frazier made the proclamation on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, saying that he’s not bound to talk to media because he’s an amateur.

    While he didn’t reply directly to that tweet, his preceding tweets give an idea as to why he feels the need to not talk to “local” outlets, whatever the word local means. Though we’re guessing that if Frazier has a big season and ESPN wants to do a feature for College GameDay, he’ll be more than happy to cooperate.

    Missouri basketball player and incoming freshman Jeremiah Tilmon was arrested on minor in possession charges Friday morning. Though a quick perusal of Missouri-based media didn’t find any excitement or exclamation points about his arrest. The excitement around Missouri basketball has been centered around the Tigers’ potential turnaround in 2017-18.

    Frazier is a likely starter on Missouri’s defensive line and was second to teammate Charles Harris with 8.5 sacks in 2016. Harris was a first-round draft pick.

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    While Frazier’s claims of a lack of obligation because he’s an amateur may seem noble in the era of athlete activism, they’re also misguided. Without getting into a debate about what athletes should be compensated, his scholarship is being paid for by donations to Missouri’s athletic department and revenue from the SEC. That revenue comes from media rights, and the media exposure helps fuel those donations.

    Locking out media outlets closest to Columbia also seems a bit self-defeating, especially for a player on a football team that’s missed a bowl game the past two seasons. Frazier doesn’t have to make himself available to media 24/7, but going to the other extreme is, well, a tad extreme. Perhaps a someone from Missouri’s famed school of journalism can get in touch with Frazier and explain to him the benefits of a cordial relationship.

    For more Missouri news, visit PowerMizzou.com. 

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    Keyshawn Johnson Jr. won’t be a part of Nebraska’s 2017 football season according to his father.

    The former NFL wide receiver and current NFL analyst told Omaha World-Herald that his son would be taking a leave from the team and potentially rejoin it in January. Johnson Jr. was cited for marijuana possession on June 9 after a floor supervisor in a dorm reported the smell of marijuana to police. 

    From the World-Herald:

    “One thing you will not do as my son is you will not embarrass Nebraska, you will not embarrass [coach] Mike Riley and you will not embarrass this family,” the elder Johnson said. “If you mature and you’re ready to resume your football career and academic goals, then Nebraska will be ready to embrace you.”

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    Per Rivals’ HuskerOnline.com, “the door is open for [Johnson Jr.s] return next January assuming he meets certain requirements set forth by Riley.” The site also said Johnson was likely to be a redshirt in the fall had he been part of the team after he enrolled early in January.

    Johnson Jr. was a four-star recruit and No. 43 wide receiver in the class of 2017 according to Rivals. He was one of seven four-star recruits who signed with the Huskers in February to form the No. 20 recruiting class in the country.

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  • New Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is getting a nice pay bump to be the Sooners’ head coach. But his salary is nowhere near what his predecessor was making.

    Riley’s five-year contract to be Bob Stoops’ successor at Oklahoma was approved by the school’s board of regents Tuesday. He’ll make $3.1 million in 2017 and the contract will average $3.5 million over its term.

    Stoops was making $5.5 million in 2016 according to USA Today’s coaching salary database. That figure was good for fourth among coaches behind only Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer.

    Riley’s salary would put him in a tie for No. 33 in the country according to last year’s rankings. His 2017 salary is the same as what Kansas State coach Bill Snyder made in 2016 and would have been behind four other Big 12 coaches.

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    Riley was set to make $1.3 million as OU’s offensive coordinator in 2017 as part of a contract extension he signed with the school earlier this year. But with Stoops’ sudden retirement earlier this month, Riley saw his salary more than double.

    The second-highest paid coach in the Big 12 last season was Charlie Strong, who was fired from Texas at the end of the year. Strong made $5.2 million last season and his replacement, Tom Herman, will make $5.25 million in 2017. The contract makes Herman the highest-paid coach in the Big 12.

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who made nearly $3.8 million in 2016, will make $4.2 million this upcoming season as part of his contract extension with the school.

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    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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  • Diesel was very good at high-fives.

    Is there a better way to honor a dog mascot than with a statue of the dog giving a high-five?

    Northern Illinois will unveil a statue outside its stadium this fall that depicts former mascot Diesel the husky. Diesel, who died in 2015, became quite the beloved figure when he was filmed giving a cheerleader a high-five during a game in 2013.

    That same scene will be replicated in the statue, which donors say will be a tribute to the school’s tradition of live husky mascots.

    Per the Chicago Tribune, a fund to pay for the statue has raised $11,000 of the $25,000 needed and the statue is currently being cast.

    Diesel’s owner, Tom Bonnevier, is among the group of NIU alumni who put together the Diesel Memorial Project which is raising the money for the Project. Tom describes the purpose of the project, “Diesel and our other Huskie mascots have done so much to lift the spirits and enjoyment of games for Huskie fans. We felt the statue would be a fitting tribute to our mascots’ contributions.”

    Diesel, the team’s mascot for nine years, retired at the end of the 2013 season. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in August 2015 and went to NIU’s win over UNLV a few weeks later the day before he died.

    Upon his retirement, Diesel was replaced by Mission, who is also a very good dog.

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  • Robert Foster is expected to have a bigger role in Alabama’s offense in 2017. (AP)

    Alabama wide receiver Robert Foster was injured over the weekend after being struck by a car while riding a dirt bike.

    According to BamaInsider.com, the accident occurred Saturday evening in the parking lot of the Crimson Tide’s football facility and resulted in Foster needing 27 stitches. The senior posted pictures of the damage on social media and said he did not break any bones.

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    Foster, a top-50 recruit out of the Pittsburgh area in 2013, caught just five passes for 55 yards last season but is expected to have a larger role in 2017 as a senior. In his three seasons with the Tide, Foster has 21 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Foster had 115 receiving yards during the Tide’s spring game earlier this year.

    It’s unclear if his injuries from the weekend will impact his availability for preseason camp later this summer.

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    For more Alabama news, visit BamaInsider.com.

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  • Phillip Fulmer was Tennessee’s head coach from 1992-08. (AP)

    Phillip Fulmer will return to the University of Tennessee after all.

    The former Vols head coach was reportedly a candidate for UT’s athletic director position back in January, but that went to John Currie, formerly of Kansas State. Instead, UT president Joe DiPietro announced Tuesday that Fulmer has been hired as his special advisor for community, athletics and university relations.

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    “This is a special opportunity for me. I’ve had the chance to work with Dr. DiPietro for a couple of years in a volunteer capacity, and I was excited when he approached me with this position,” Fulmer said. “I look forward to serving UT campuses statewide, our communities, and UT athletics for the greater good for our great state and the university.”

    In this role, Fulmer “will serve as an ambassador for the University system at community and athletics events, support the intercollegiate athletic programs at UT campuses in Knoxville Chattanooga and Martin, and work with UT government relations and alumni affairs leadership to advocate for the statewide system with elected officials and UT alumni.”

    “Phillip has been a tremendous asset to the University of Tennessee both on and off the field for more than 40 years,” DiPietro said. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with him on the UT President’s Council, and I look forward to working with him in a broader sense to advocate for the University with our key stakeholders.”

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    Added Currie: “As a native Tennessean who has given his all for the Vols throughout his life, both as a student-athlete on the field and during a Hall of Fame coaching career leading our program to its most dominant and successful era in modern history, Coach Fulmer is a perfect ambassador for our University and athletics program. I’ve appreciated and enjoyed numerous visits with Coach Fulmer since I returned to Knoxville, and I am honored to work with him in support of President DiPietro and Chancellor Davenport as we serve the University of Tennessee, our students and student-athletes.”

    Fulmer served as Tennessee’s head coach for 17 seasons and won two SEC championships and the national title in 1998. The 66-year-old is a Tennessee graduate who played offensive line for the Vols. He was an assistant from 1980 to 1992 before landing the head-coaching gig. He had a 152-52 record at Tennessee, but was forced out in 2008 after a 5-7 season.

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    Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

    For more Tennessee news, visit VolQuest.com.

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  • Oklahoma DB Will Sunderland (21) is a potential starter in 2017. (AP)

    Oklahoma announced the suspension of a potential starter on Monday night.

    Because of a charge for concealing stolen property, junior defensive back Will Sunderland has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Lincoln Riley. Per The Oklahoman, the charge was levied June 13 and a warrant for Sunderland’s arrest was issued June 15.

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    Sunderland is accused of selling two gaming systems that were stolen from an OU residence hall. He has not, however, been charged with stealing the devices, but knew they were stolen.

    From The Oklahoman:

    Sunderland sold an XBOX One, controllers and games along with a Playstation 4, controllers and games to CDR Electronics in Oklahoma City for $499.50, according to the affidavit. The property was stolen from the OU residence hall, which houses student athletes, on March 15 and was sold by Sunderland later that day, according to the affidavit. Sunderland is not charged with stealing the gaming systems.

    Sunderland, a junior from Midwest City, signed the receipt at CDR Electronics stating that he had owned the gaming systems for four months, according to the report. According to the affidavit, Sunderland was interviewed by OUPD and admitted to knowing the property was stolen when he sold it to CDR.

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    Sunderland, 20, appeared in eight games in each of the last two seasons. Last year, Sunderland totaled 15 tackles and had a memorable interception, his first, in the win over rival Texas. He also totaled three tackles in 2015.

    Local reports had Sunderland sliding into a safety role opposite Steven Parker in 2017. Now his standing with the team is up in the air.

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    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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