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Penn State tabs Clifford as starting QB

Penn State tabs Clifford as starting QB

Sophomore Sean Clifford will open the season as Penn State's starting quarterback, the school announced Friday on its Twitter account.Clifford beat out redshirt freshman Will Levis and will make his first career start on Aug. 31 when the No. 15 Nittany Lions host Idaho.Clifford replaces standout Trace McSorley, who set school records for passing yards (9,899) and passing touchdowns (77) during his time in Happy Valley. McSorley was a sixth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2019 NFL Draft.Clifford set two school records when he threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Daniel George in a win over Kent State last season. It was the longest pass play and longest play from scrimmage in Nittany Lions history.
NCAA places Mississippi State on three years probation

NCAA places Mississippi State on three years probation

Mississippi State's football and men's basketball teams have been placed on three years probation by the NCAA on Friday following an investigation into academic misconduct involving a part-time tutor and 11 players.The NCAA also announced a reduction of two football scholarships for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, and a reduction of one men's basketball scholarship for 2020-21.The football and men's basketball teams will vacate wins as part of the resolution agreement with the NCAA. Postseason bans were not levied for either program, however.The probe revealed that a part-time tutor aided 10 members of the football team and one basketball player in an online general chemistry course during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year.The tutor, no longer associated with the school, has been given a 10-year show-cause order.
Mississippi State tabs QB Stevens as starter

Mississippi State tabs QB Stevens as starter

Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens was named as the team's starter for next week's season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, the school announced Thursday.Stevens joined the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer from Penn State this offseason, a move that reunited him with coach Joe Moorhead. The latter served as Stevens' offensive coordinator with the Nittany Lions in 2016-17.The 6-foot-5 Stevens, who graduated from Penn State in December, bested junior Keytaon Thompson for the starting job.
Wisconsin WR Cephus eligible to play

Wisconsin WR Cephus eligible to play

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus, recently reinstated at the school after being found not guilty of sexual assault, has been cleared by the NCAA to play the 2019 season.He shared the news on Twitter on Friday, and the school confirmed it."God is good! So thankful to be eligible to play with my teammates! Thank you to everyone who helped get me to this point! #OnWisconsin," he wrote.Cephus missed the 2018 season. He was suspended a year ago, then expelled, amid a determination he had violated the school's misconduct code. He was reinstated as a student on Monday.The junior wide receiver practiced with teammates for the first time in a year on Wednesday, and coach Paul Chryst implied Cephus still needed some time to get game ready.
Liberty coach Freeze out of hospital

Liberty coach Freeze out of hospital

Liberty coach Hugh Freeze is out of the hospital after dealing with a back injury and a potentially life-threatening staph infection.The school issued a statement that said Freeze is recuperating at a hotel that overlooks the campus and is monitoring his team's progress from there via a live television feed. In addition, the football coaches are holding many of their meetings at the hotel.According to the statement, Freeze won't return to the office for a few days.
Washington names Georgia transfer Eason starting QB

Washington names Georgia transfer Eason starting QB

Transfer quarterback Jacob Eason, as expected, was named the starting quarterback at Washington.Head coach Chris Petersen made it official on Friday.Eason, who was raised and played his high school football in the Seattle area, began his college career at Georgia, heading to the Bulldogs as a five-star recruit in the Class of 2016.He played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs in 2016, starting 12 of them. He completed 204 of his 370 pass attempts for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns against eight interceptions and led Georgia to an 8-5 record.Eason entered the 2017 season as the starter over another five-star recruit, Jake Fromm. But Eason sustained a leg injury early in the season opener, and when he was ready to return, coach Kirby Smart elected to stick with Fromm.The Bulldogs lost the national championship game in 2017, and Fromm transferred to Washington soon after. He sat out the 2018 season.
College football notebook: Harbaugh decries 'cheaters'

College football notebook: Harbaugh decries 'cheaters'

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh makes a controversial remark about how much money Southeastern Conference schools spend on recruiting in a new book about his Wolverines football program."(It's) hard to beat the cheaters," Harbaugh tells author John U. Bacon in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, "Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football." Harbaugh doesn't explain his definition of cheating or name any specific schools or coaches, according to a review of the book posted by Forbes.com.According to a report last month by Stadium, SEC member Georgia spent $2.63 million on recruiting in 2018 -- nearly double the $1.40 million spent by Michigan. Other SEC schools, including Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee, did not release their data for that report."If you want to make Michigan great, and make yourself great, this is a great place to be," Harbaugh says in the book. "The (recruits) you have to oversell what we have to offer, you know it's not going to work."--UCF named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush as its starting quarterback.Knights coach Josh Heupel said in a statement that true freshman Dillon Gabriel will also play in the Aug. 29 season opener against Florida A&M.Wimbush, Gabriel and redshirt freshman Quadry Jones spent fall practice vying for the starting job.--Virginia Tech senior quarterback Ryan Willis will be the starter when the Hokies open the season at Boston College on Aug. 31.Coach Justin Fuente announced his decision and named sophomore Hendon Hooker as the backup.A transfer from Kansas, Willis took over the starting gig last September after Josh Jackson sustained a broken leg against Old Dominion. Jackson later transferred to Maryland.--Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens was named as the team's starter for next week's season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, the school announced.Stevens joined the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer from Penn State this offseason, a move that reunited him with coach Joe Moorhead. The latter served as Stevens' offensive coordinator with the Nittany Lions in 2016-17.The 6-foot-5 Stevens, who graduated from Penn State in December, bested junior Keytaon Thompson for the starting job.--Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has transferred to Tennessee as a walk-on.
Harbaugh on recruiting: 'Hard to beat the cheaters'

Harbaugh on recruiting: 'Hard to beat the cheaters'

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh makes a controversial remark about how much money SEC schools spend on recruiting in a new book about his Wolverines football program."(It's) hard to beat the cheaters," Harbaugh tells author John U. Bacon in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, "Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football."Harbaugh doesn't explain his definition of cheating or name any specific schools or coaches, according to a review of the book posted Wednesday by Forbes.com.According to a report last month by Stadium, SEC member Georgia spent $2.63 million on recruiting in 2018 -- nearly double the $1.40 million spent by Michigan. Other SEC schools, including Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee, did not release their data for that report."If you want to make Michigan great, and make yourself great, this is a great place to be," Harbaugh says in the book. "The (recruits) you have to oversell what we have to offer, you know it's not going to work. If you don't get the appeal of the program, of a Michigan education, of the kind of camaraderie you get working with like-minded people -- well, I don't know what to tell you. You'll probably be happier somewhere else -- and maybe we will be, too!"
Ex-Maryland QB Hill transfers to Tennessee

Ex-Maryland QB Hill transfers to Tennessee

Former Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill has transferred to Tennessee as a walk-on.Hill will be required to sit out the 2019 season per NCAA regulations.A Washington, D.C., product, Hill was a four-star recruit and the 10th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2017, according to the 247Sports composite. He sustained knee injuries in each of his two seasons with the Terrapins.He appeared in 13 games for Maryland, completing 102 passes for 1,313 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.
UCF tabs Notre Dame transfer Wimbush as starting QB

UCF tabs Notre Dame transfer Wimbush as starting QB

UCF named Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush as its starting quarterback Thursday.Knights coach Josh Heupel said in a statement that true freshman Dillon Gabriel will also play in the Aug. 29 season opener against Florida A&M.Wimbush, Gabriel and redshirt freshman Quadry Jones spent fall practice vying for the starting job."We've been pleased that all three quarterbacks have played at a high level during fall camp," Heupel said.Wimbush transferred from Notre Dame in January and emerged as the front runner for the starting job after Darriel Mack Jr. injured his ankle over the summer in a non-football activity.
Pac-12 punts a.m. kickoff plan

Pac-12 punts a.m. kickoff plan

Pac-12 officials are allowing the sun to set on a plan to introduce morning kickoffs for the 2019 season.Initiated to compete with Eastern-rooted conferences with games in the noon and 1 p.m. ET timeslots, the Pac-12 Conference considered starting games as early as 9 a.m. in the Pacific time zone.Arizona schools play a portion of their season on the equivalent of Pacific time because most of the state doesn't observe daylight saving time. Utah and Colorado are in the Mountain time zone.Some schools were more interested in the early starts than others, Pac-12 spokesman Andrew Walker said, and the plan is expected to be reviewed and reconsidered in 2020.
UConn, BC schedule series for 2022-23

UConn, BC schedule series for 2022-23

UConn and Boston College agreed on Wednesday to play a home-and-home football series in the 2022 and 2023 seasons.The most recent game involving the programs was in November 2017, when the Eagles defeated the Huskies 39-16 at Fenway Park. Boston College leads the overall series 12-0-2.UConn, which is leaving the American Athletic Conference and will turn to independent status in 2020, will host the next game of the series, on Oct. 29, 2022, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. The Huskies go to BC's Alumni Stadium on Oct. 28, 2023.
Wisconsin WR Cephus back at practice

Wisconsin WR Cephus back at practice

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus practiced Wednesday for the first time since being reinstated by the university.Badgers coach Paul Chryst told reporters at a press conference that he was happy to have the 6-foot-1 junior back on the field, though his playing status remains up in the air until eligibility issues are resolved."Certainly he's excited to be back with a group that means a ton to him," Chryst said. "I haven't asked him anything specific like, ‘How do you feel?' but certainly everyone has gone through a lot, him being one of them."The school expelled Cephus after he was arrested on two counts of sexual assault and announced his reinstatement on Monday after he was found not guilty of the charges earlier this month. The athletics department later issued a statement stating Cephus was back with the Badgers but had to work through "eligibility issues before he can participate in a game."The Wisconsin State Journal said department spokesman Brian Lucas declined to identify the nature of those issues. He said, however, that Cephus' athletic scholarship had been restored.
Virginia Tech names Willis as starting QB

Virginia Tech names Willis as starting QB

Virginia Tech senior quarterback Ryan Willis will be the starter when the Hokies open the season at Boston College on Aug. 31.Coach Justin Fuente announced his decision Thursday and named sophomore Hendon Hooker as the backup.A transfer from Kansas, Willis took over the starting gig last September after Josh Jackson sustained a broken leg against Old Dominion. Jackson later transferred to Maryland.
Tennessee State suspends QB Croft

Tennessee State suspends QB Croft

Tennessee State suspended quarterback Demry Croft after he was arrested on sexual assault charges.He was arrested on Monday on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery and was released on bond later that day. All charges stem from an incident that police said occurred Dec. 1.Croft, 22, began his college career with Minnesota, and he started the final six games of the 2017 regular season as a sophomore. After the season ended, he announced he was transferring because he had been "falsely accused of damaging a door."He moved on to Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference and started four games in 2018, completing 61 of 101 passes for 888 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. He missed the final five games of the season with a shoulder injury.
Illinois names Michigan transfer Peters starting QB

Illinois names Michigan transfer Peters starting QB

Illinois coach Lovie Smith has picked Michigan graduate transfer Brandon Peters to be his starting quarterback.Peters, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, is a former four-star recruit who played in 10 games (four starts) for the Wolverines."We loved Brandon when we got a chance to know him during the recruiting process," Smith said in a statement."Now that we've seen him on the field, he has been everything we thought he would be. He has really thrown the ball well and is a better runner than he's given credit for. Most importantly, he has moved into a leadership role for us. We're pumped up about Brandon leading us heading into the season."Illinois starts the season Aug. 31 against visiting Akron.
Auburn names freshman Nix starting QB

Auburn names freshman Nix starting QB

Bo Nix was named starting quarterback for Auburn on Tuesday and he is set to become only the second true freshman to start a season opener in school history.The school announced the decision on its Twitter account. The Tigers open the campaign against Oregon on Aug. 31 at Arlington, Texas.Travis Tidwell, who started the opener in 1946, is the only true freshman to take the first snap.Nix beat out redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood in a spirited competition that began in the spring.Nix is the son of Patrick Nix, a quarterback for Auburn from 1992-95. Patrick Nix passed for 4,957 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Tennessee State QB Croft arrested, charged with rape

Tennessee State QB Croft arrested, charged with rape

Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft was arrested and charged with six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery following a grand jury indictment.All of the charges are felonies and stem from an incident that reportedly occurred Dec. 1.Tennessee State released a statement about the arrest but didn't mention Croft specifically."The University is aware that a student athlete was arrested in a criminal matter," the statement read. "Due to federal and state student privacy laws, no further comment can be made at this time. However, the University takes seriously any allegation of sexual misconduct that may affect our campus community."Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County court records show Croft was arrested Monday with bond set at $50,000. He was released later in the day.His arraignment was set for Sept. 4.WSMV in Nashville reported that grand jury indictments obtained by the station allege that Croft "intentionally engaged in unlawful sexual contact" as well as "unlawful sexual penetration" with a woman without her consent.Croft, 22, began his college career with Minnesota, and he started the final six games of the 2017 regular season as a sophomore. After the season ended, he announced he was transferring because he had been "falsely accused of damaging a door."
Reports: WVU LB Cowan suspended 4 games

Reports: WVU LB Cowan suspended 4 games

West Virginia linebacker VanDarius Cowan was suspended for the first four games of the season due to NCAA eligibility issues, according to multiple reports Wednesday.The Alabama transfer will miss the Mountaineers' games against James Madison, Missouri, North Carolina State and Kansas. He could return Oct. 5 when Texas visits Morgantown.West Virginia coach Neal Brown recently called the 6-foot-4, 235-pound sophomore his best natural pass rusher.Cowan was a four-star member of the Crimson Tide's 2017 recruiting class, and ranked as the nation's No. 4 outside linebacker by the 247Sports Composite.
QB Daniels to start for USC

QB Daniels to start for USC

Southern Cal is sticking with JT Daniels as its starting quarterback."We feel confident where we are right now and felt like we needed to move forward and to allow more reps for the guys that are going to be in the No. 1 and No. 2 position," Trojans coach Clay Helton said. "For us, it was just the consistency that (Daniels) had over the 30 practices. He was consistent day in and day out in doing his assignments and making the plays and moving the team."An 11-game starter as a true freshman, Daniels was competing with redshirt sophomore Jack Sears, redshirt junior Matt Fink and true freshman Kedon Slovis, who will begin the season as USC's primary backup. Helton changed offensive coordinators, hiring Graham Harrell in the offseason.