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Florida State WR Campbell transfers to Penn State

Florida State WR Campbell transfers to Penn State

Florida State wide receiver George Campbell announced on social media that he is transferring to Penn State for his final year of eligibility.Campbell, a five-star prospect in the Seminoles' 2015 recruiting class, is a graduate transfer and can play for the Nittany Lions immediately.The 6-foot-4, 207-pound senior caught 13 passes for 206 yards in three seasons with Florida State.
Report: Alabama to hire Applewhite as analyst

Report: Alabama to hire Applewhite as analyst

Major Applewhite, fired as Houston's head coach after last season, will join the Alabama staff as an analyst, AL.com reported Tuesday night.It will be Applewhite's second stint in Tuscaloosa, as he served as Nick Saban's first offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Alabama in 2007.Applewhite, 40, left Alabama for his alma mater, Texas, where he was an assistant head coach/running backs coach from 2008-10 and then co-offensive coordinator from 2011-13.He next landed at Houston, first as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2015 and '16 before taking over as head coach for a loss in the Las Vegas Bowl in December 2016.In two seasons plus one game in charge of the Cougars, Applewhite produced a 15-11 record. His teams lost all three bowl games, including a 70-14 defeat against Army last December that ended Houston's 8-4 season.
Clemson TE Williams not expected back on team

Clemson TE Williams not expected back on team

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he doesn't expect his starting tight end, Garrett Williams, to return in 2019.Instead, he said, Williams likely will exchange his Clemson orange uniform for military gear."He's around this spring and is going to be out there helping us, but he's dealing with his health issues. He's getting his knee back right and he's got a lot of things he's dealing with. But he really wants to go into the military," Swinney told The Post and Courier. "Right now, he's probably not going to be back."A redshirt junior, Williams has one year of eligibility left. He's primarily a blocker in the Clemson offense, but in 2018 he started 13 games and caught one pass for 4 yards and scored a rushing touchdown from 2 yards out.In January, Williams told reporters he needs knee surgery and needs to be physically able to carry on his family's military tradition.Swinney said he will support Williams, no matter what uniform he chooses.
Ex-Colorado WR/DB Cunningham killed

Ex-Colorado WR/DB Cunningham killed

Authorities confirmed that the man killed in a dispute over a parking space in Arapahoe County, Colo., was Anthony "T.J." Cunningham, who played receiver and defensive back for the Colorado Buffaloes in the early 1990s and spend one season in the NFL.Cunningham, 46, an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., according to the school's website, was shot Sunday morning and pronounced dead Monday afternoon, according to reports from multiple media outlets.According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Cunningham and a neighbor, Marcus Johnson, 31, had planned to meet Sunday. They intended to settle what friends and other neighbors described as an ongoing dispute over a parking space in front of their homes, according to reporting from TheDenverChannel.com.A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said Johnson called authorities to report the shooting just after it occurred, and that the sheriff's office responded around 9:30 a.m.The charge against Johnson was upgraded from suspicion of attempted murder to suspicion of murder when Cunningham died on Monday, the spokesperson said.
Ex-Virginia Tech QB Jackson transferring to Maryland

Ex-Virginia Tech QB Jackson transferring to Maryland

Former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson will transfer to Maryland, he announced Monday on Twitter.Jackson is on track to graduate from Virginia Tech this spring, which would make him immediately eligible in 2019 and the likely favorite to start for the Terrapins. He has two years of eligibility remaining.Jackson announced his decision to transfer in late January, with reports at the time saying he felt disrespected by being asked to compete with current junior Ryan Willis for the starting job in 2019.Willis took over for Jackson during the 2018 season after the latter fractured his left fibula on Sept. 22, in his third game of the year. Willis threw for 2,716 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine picks in 12 games.Jackson threw for 575 yards and five touchdowns against one interception in 2018 before his injury. He enjoyed a strong redshirt freshman campaign in 2017 with 2,991 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder also ran for 385 yards and seven touchdowns during his time with the Hokies.
Idaho WR Sather diagnosed with renal cancer

Idaho WR Sather diagnosed with renal cancer

University of Idaho redshirt freshman wide receiver Collin Sather remains hospitalized for treatment of advanced renal cancer.Renal cancer affects the kidneys and is rare in teenagers. The average age of diagnosis of kidney cancer is 64, according to the American Cancer Society."We are with Collin every day during this fight," Idaho head coach Paul Petrino said in a statement. "He is a great young man and the model of a great teammate. Everyone in our program cares a lot about him, and he will always be a valued member of this team."We keep Collin and his family in our thoughts and prayers each day. We are here to help him keep fighting, and we will be here to welcome him back when he wins his battle."
Alabama finalizes coaching staff with seven new hires

Alabama finalizes coaching staff with seven new hires

Former Washington and Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian will return to coach Nick Saban's staff at Alabama in 2019.Sarkisian is among the seven coaches who will work with Saban next season who weren't on the staff in 2018. Sarkisian will be the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach."We are excited to be able to assemble such a talented group of coaches to develop our players both on and off the field," Saban said. "These coaches have a great mix of energy, enthusiasm, and experience that will be a tremendous asset to our program. They are all excellent teachers of the game and fantastic recruiters who bring a wealth of experience to our staff."Sarkisian called the plays for Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff championship game loss to Clemson after coordinator Lane Kiffin accepted the head coach position at Florida International.He replaces Mike Locksley, now the head coach at Maryland.Also joining the Crimson Tide's offensive staff is Kyle Flood, who will be the line coach. He held that position the past two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, and he also is the former head coach at Rutgers.
Report: Ohio State DC Hafley rebuffs Bengals

Report: Ohio State DC Hafley rebuffs Bengals

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley will remain with the Buckeyes, despite the Cincinnati Bengals' interest in interviewing him for their vacant coordinator opening, NFL Network reported Friday.Hafley, 39, was the San Francisco 49ers' secondary coach the past three seasons after previous stints with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a few NCAA stops.He joined the Buckeyes in early January, pairing with Greg Mattison to replace outgoing defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, under whom Hafley worked while in Tampa Bay.The Bengals are still looking for a defensive coordinator for new head coach Zac Taylor's staff. According to various reports, they've been turned down by veteran coaches Jack Del Rio and Dom Capers, while Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham opted to stay with the Gators after receiving a raise, despite the Bengals' interest.
Ex-Eastern Michigan coach Rasnick dies at 59

Ex-Eastern Michigan coach Rasnick dies at 59

Former Eastern Michigan football coach Rick Rasnick has died at the age of 59, the school announced Friday.Rasnick, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2013, died Wednesday.Rasnick coached Eastern Michigan from 1995 to 1999, taking over the program when he was 35 years old. He opened with a 6-5 record and finished 20-34 with the Eagles.
NCAA transfer rules under review

NCAA transfer rules under review

The NCAA is reviewing the guidelines regarding granting transfer waivers at the Division I level, the organization announced Thursday.The work being done by the Committee for Legislative Relief comes as a majority of student-athletes in the past year have been granted immediate eligibility to play at their new schools rather than sit out a year.According to NCAA statistics, 149 of 226 athletes in all sports -- 65.9 percent -- were granted a waiver to play immediately in the 2018-19 school year.The last time waivers were granted for immediate eligibility came in the 2014-15 academic year, when 72.7 percent -- 179 of 246 -- were approved.In the years in between, athletes who were granted waivers were given an extra year of eligibility instead of immediate play.The NCAA review began earlier this week during the committee's meeting in Indianapolis, and the group's goal is to make recommendations for any change prior to the 2019-20 academic year. The goal is to have final recommendations for changes before the start of the 2019-20 academic year.
Warrant issued for Nebraska RB Washington

Warrant issued for Nebraska RB Washington

Nebraska running back Maurice Washington will return to Northern California and turn himself in to face charges of revenge porn and child pornography, his attorney said.A judge in Santa Clara County signed an arrest warrant for the player on Thursday."I have confirmed with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office that a Judge has signed a warrant for Mr. Washington," the attorney, John C. Ball, said in a prepared statement. "We expected this, and were prepared for it. I have also specifically confirmed that we will continue to move forward with a self-surrender, meaning that Mr. Washington will not be arrested or extradited, and that he will voluntarily appear in court in California."We are still in the process of determining a timeframe for that first court appearance, as well as continued discussions regarding possible resolutions and the accompanying timeframes associated with those resolutions. Regardless of any of those timeframes, Mr. Washington will remain fully cooperative in this matter."Washington has been accused of sending a video to his ex-girlfriend, recorded as she allegedly was being sexually assaulted. He is not accused of assault or of making the recording.Because she was 15 at the time of the alleged assault, the child pornography charge applies. The two were involved in a relationship in eighth grade, Ball said.
Oregon lands Penn State transfer WR

Oregon lands Penn State transfer WR

Penn State graduate transfer wide receiver Juwan Johnson announced his intention Thursday to join the Oregon Ducks, providing another target for senior quarterback Justin Herbert.Johnson announced his decision on Twitter, writing, "Eugene, see you this fall #GoDucks"Johnson's arrival will help make up for the loss of receiver Dillon Mitchell, who left early to enter the NFL Draft. Mitchell led Oregon with 75 catches for 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns.Johnson's best season at Penn State came in 2017, when he caught 54 passes for 701 yards. He caught 81 passes for 1,123 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons with the Nittany Lions.
Ansley is new DC as Tennessee sets staff

Ansley is new DC as Tennessee sets staff

Derrick Ansley has been officially hired and will take over as the Tennessee Volunteers' defensive coordinator in a staff shakeup, the school announced Friday.Ansley, whose hiring was widely reported last week, spent last season as the defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders. He previously worked as the defensive backs coach at Alabama in 2016 and 2017, when second-year Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt was the Tide's defensive coordinator."Derrick was a graduate assistant for me for two years at Alabama and then was the defensive backs coach," Pruitt said in a statement. "We are very familiar with each other. It's good to work from the back to the front (of the defense). I think he brings a lot of experience. He has coached a lot of really good players. And probably, when I start a sentence, he can finish it."Ansley will handle the defensive play-calling, which is a role Pruitt handled last season, when the Vols went 5-7.This is Ansley's second stint at Tennessee, having coached defensive backs in 2012 under head coach Derek Dooley.
Missouri appeals NCAA sanctions

Missouri appeals NCAA sanctions

Missouri submitted its appeal of recent NCAA sanctions on Thursday, the university athletics department said.The appeal was filed with the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee.The NCAA on Jan. 31 levied a slew of penalties on Missouri, including a postseason ban on the football program for the 2019 season and a reduction in scholarships. The NCAA said a tutor at the school had committed misconduct.The baseball and softball programs also were hit with a postseason ban for the spring season. The Tigers were ordered to vacate their records in those sports, as well as football.Athletic director Jim Sterk said earlier this week that he likely would appeal the postseason bans for all three teams, as well as scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions.
Florida State fires OL coach Frey

Florida State fires OL coach Frey

Florida State offensive line coach and run game coordinator Greg Frey has been let go, head coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Friday."This morning I informed Greg Frey that we are moving in a different direction with our offensive line coaching position," Taggart said."I appreciate the hard work and expertise Greg brought to our program and understand how important it was for him that FSU be successful. I wish Greg and his family the best as he continues his coaching career. We are working to fill this position quickly."Florida State had one of the worst rushing attacks in the country last season, ranking 126th out of 129 teams by averaging 91.1 yards per game. The offensive line suffered multiple injuries, exposing the team's lack of depth up front.Houston offensive line coach Randy Clements has been linked to joining the Florida State staff. Clements has worked with new Seminoles offensive coordinator Kendal Briles at Baylor and Houston.
College football notebook: DC Grantham stays at Florida

College football notebook: DC Grantham stays at Florida

Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, after meeting twice with the Cincinnati Bengals this week, has decided to stay with the Gators and will receive an extension and a raise.Grantham was considered the leading candidate to become the defensive coordinator for new Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, according to the NFL Network.Grantham earned $1.4 million last season, according to USA Today, making him the 10th-highest-paid assistant in the country. Florida extended his contract one year through the 2022 season with a raise to $1.8 million annually over the next four years, according to FloridaGators.com.--Nebraska running back Maurice Washington will return to Northern California and turn himself in to face charges of revenge porn and child pornography, his attorney said. A judge in Santa Clara County signed an arrest warrant for the player on Thursday.Washington has been accused of sending a video to his ex-girlfriend, recorded as she allegedly was being sexually assaulted. He is not accused of assault or of making the recording.Because the girl was 15 at the time of the alleged assault, the child pornography charge applies. The two were involved in a relationship in eighth grade, according to Washington's lawyer.--Missouri submitted its appeal of recent NCAA sanctions, the university athletics department said. The appeal was filed with the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee.The NCAA on Jan. 31 levied a slew of penalties on Missouri, including a postseason ban on the football program for the 2019 season and a reduction in scholarships. The NCAA said a tutor at the school had committed misconduct.The baseball and softball programs also were hit with a postseason ban for the spring season. The Tigers were ordered to vacate their records in those sports as well as football.--Two Nebraska football players were cited for misdemeanor theft and accused by police of using stolen credit card information to pay for a pizza delivery, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.Linebacker Caleb Tannor and wide receiver Chad Alioth Jr. were ticketed by campus police and are scheduled to appear in court next month, according to a police official.University assistant police chief Hassan Ramzah told the newspaper that the alleged theft was reported on Jan. 23 after the cardholder discovered the card had been used.--The Oregon Ducks and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt reached an agreement to part ways, the school announced.
Two Nebraska players accused of pizza theft

Two Nebraska players accused of pizza theft

Two Nebraska football players were cited for misdemeanor theft and accused by police of using stolen credit card information to pay for a pizza delivery, the Lincoln Journal Star reported Thursday.Linebacker Caleb Tannor and wide receiver Chad Alioth Jr. were ticketed by campus police and are scheduled to appear in court next month, according to a police official.University assistant police chief Hassan Ramzah told the newspaper that the alleged theft was reported on Jan. 23 after the cardholder discovered the card had been used.The football program has not publicly addressed the situation.
Missouri coach calls out SEC schools for recruiting his seniors

Missouri coach calls out SEC schools for recruiting his seniors

Missouri coach Barry Odom said his 19 seniors have been "contacted and bombarded non-stop" by SEC coaches trying to lure them away from the Tigers in light of the program's 2019 bowl ban.NCAA rules permit rising seniors to transfer from programs facing postseason bans and gain immediate eligibility.Odom called out his fellow conference coaches ahead of their annual meeting on Wednesday, singling out Tennessee as the most aggressive pursuer."Everybody is going to have a bad day," Odom told CBS Sports, expressing his frustration at having to essentially re-recruit his own players."You combine that with somebody that -- who'd we beat 51-17 this year? Tennessee? Yeah, those guys. They are non-stop reaching out daily (saying), 'Hey, come here.' The grass is not always greener somewhere else."
Oregon, DC Leavitt part ways

Oregon, DC Leavitt part ways

The Oregon Ducks and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt reached an agreement to part ways, the school announced Thursday.Leavitt, who was under contract for three more seasons and due $5.1 million, will receive a buyout that "has a maximum amount of $2.5 million, payable over multiple years and subject to reduction based on future employment," the school said in a statement.Leavitt spent two seasons at Oregon, making improvement in the Ducks' defense.Oregon ranked 126th nationally in scoring defense in 2016, allowing 41.4 points per game. The Ducks improved to 29.0 points allowed per game in Leavitt's first season and 25.4 last year.Leavitt was hired at Oregon after a successful season coordinating the Colorado defense and helping the Buffaloes to a surprising Pac-12 South title in 2016.
Oklahoma freshman changes tack, will enlist in Navy

Oklahoma freshman changes tack, will enlist in Navy

Oklahoma incoming freshman defensive tackle Derek Green, who signed with the Sooners in December, has decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy."I can start with it (football) not having my full interest in high school, and I came to Oklahoma because I thought it was going to change," Green told SoonerScoop.com."But it didn't and I'm not into the game right now. I don't want to waste anybody's time because Oklahoma has a great group of guys on that defense that's there and coming in, and I want them to be successful. They can spend more time developing them, while I try to serve my country."Green, who enrolled in school this month, was a three-star recruit from Jacksonville, N.C.