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Report: Agent says this is Murray's last season as Oklahoma QB

Report: Agent says this is Murray's last season as Oklahoma QB

If Oklahoma football fans have grown anxious this offseason worrying about whether quarterback Kyler Murray will stick around for the Sooners, at least they won't have to worry about that after this season.His agent says when this season is over, so is his career as an Oklahoma football player.In a story published Saturday by The Athletic's Jason Kersey, Scott Boras, Murray's baseball agent, said "Kyler's baseball career has a very defined path which includes playing football at OU for only the 2018 season."That very much mirrors what Murray himself reportedly said last month."When you get drafted, you've got one year to play football and your time's up," The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber quoted Murray as saying during previous interviews. "I've been playing football my whole life. I don't want to look at it like that. Obviously you've got to take it one day at a time, one play at a time. That's how I've always played the game. Can't get too ahead of ourselves."
Alabama's Hurts expresses frustration with offseason talk

Alabama's Hurts expresses frustration with offseason talk

Alabama coach Nick Saban says he hasn't chosen his starting quarterback for the 2018 season. And one of the candidates, incumbent starter Jalen Hurts, showed his disappointment and frustration Saturday about events leading up to the season.He spoke to reporters for the first time since January. That's when he was benched at halftime of the College Football Playoff title game against Georgia. And since then, he's heard nothing but whether it will be him or Tua Tagovailoa -- who led the Tide to a come-from-behind win in the championship game -- starting and the speculation he will leave the program if he isn't chosen."When I look at the things that are being said -- and I'm not looking for it, it comes to me -- when I see that those things are being said, that's silly because, 'He said this, he said that, maybe Coach [Nick] Saban said this,'" Hurts said. "Whoever said whatever, what did Jalen say? Not a thing."Hurts said he was "shocked" a few weeks ago when Saban told the SEC media that he didn't know whether Hurts would still be with the team come the season opener on Sept. 1 against Louisville. He said Saturday that since then, he told Saban in a meeting that he will be with the team this fall and graduate in December."For me, no one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt," said Hurts, a junior. "No one asked me what was on my mind. No one asked me how I felt about the things that were going on. Nobody asked me what my future held. That's that. So now it's like when we try to handle the situation now, for me, it's kind of late, it's too late, the narrative has already been created."Hurt is 26-2 as a starter at Alabama and threw 17 touchdown passes and one interception last season. Tagovailoa, a sophomore, threw for three touchdowns in the comeback in the title game and is considered a better passer than Hurts. Still, Hurts said his experience should have earned him some respect."With the success that I've had here in my first two years, I've built a brand for myself, and I've tried to represent this university in the best way I can," Hurts said.Saban reiterated Saturday that the starting quarterback decision has yet to be made and will be based in part on "consistency in performance" as well as leadership.
LSU suspends RG Ingram

LSU suspends RG Ingram

LSU coach Ed Orgeron announced Friday that starting right guard Ed Ingram has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.Ingram started the final 12 games as a freshman and had been listed as the starter on the depth chart as recently as Wednesday, according to The Times-Picayune.Orgeron wouldn't expand on what Ingram had done to run afoul of policy."It's a violation of team policy," Orgeron said. "We have a policy set in place by the university. He broke that policy. We just need to see what happens."
External review into Maryland OL McNair's death due on Sept. 15

External review into Maryland OL McNair's death due on Sept. 15

An outside consultant's review of the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair is expected to be delivered on Sept. 15, according to ESPN.Dr. Rod Walters, a sports medicine consultant and longtime athletic trainer with stints at Appalachian State and South Carolina, is conducting the review, which began in late June.McNair, who was 19, died two weeks after being hospitalized May 29 following an organized team workout. An exact cause of death was not disclosed, but a GoFundMe page set up to support McNair's disclosed that he received a liver transplant after being airlifted to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and had been "fighting for his life."McNair's parents said heatstroke caused their son's death.The "Who We Are" section of the Jordan McNair Foundation's website now reads: "The Jordan McNair Foundation was established in June 2018 by Tonya Wilson & Martin 'Marty' McNair following the death of their beloved son Jordan Martin McNair, an offensive lineman for the University of Maryland. Jordan's untimely death was the result of a heatstroke he suffered during an organized offseason team workout."The external review must not cost more than $24,000 and will "focus on preparation for competition, competition, and post-competition care that the student-athlete experiences, benchmarked against federal and state laws and industry best practices," according to ESPN's reporting of the contract, which it received through a Freedom of Information Act request.Maryland also turned over information about its athletic training staff, strength and conditioning staff, and any consulting physicians associated with the team."The prudent thing to do and the right thing to do when a situation like this arises is to do a review to make sure that the proper protocols were followed," athletic director Damon Evans said in announcing the review. "We believe it's important to bring in an external group to conduct the review. We started that process of discussing from the moment Jordan was hospitalized, and we will have a team that will provide us the necessary feedback so we can move forward."
Ohio State's Meyer: I 'failed' in denying prior knowledge about fired assistant

Ohio State's Meyer: I 'failed' in denying prior knowledge about fired assistant

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on Friday issued his first extensive statement regarding the domestic violence allegations against former assistant Zach Smith, two days after the university placed Meyer on paid administrative leave.In the statement posted to his Twitter account, Meyer said that he "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures" at both Ohio State and Florida when learning of any incidents involving players, coaches or staff members. But Meyer also acknowledged he "failed" in addressing questions about an alleged 2015 incident involving Smith during Big Ten Media Days last week, and said "I apologize for the way I handled those questions."When asked during his media session about his knowledge of any allegations against Smith in 2015, Meyer said, "I was never told about anything. Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it. So I know nothing about it."Meyer is on paid administrative leave while Ohio State investigates whether or not he did know of allegations of domestic violence against Smith back in 2015. Meyer fired Smith on July 23 after learning Smith had been charged with trespassing and was deemed by a judge to be a danger to his ex-wife.A report by college football reporter Brett McMurphy earlier Wednesday indicated that Courtney Smith, Zach Smith's wife at the time, had informed Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer's wife, of the alleged abuse in October 2015. McMurphy reported originally that Urban Meyer did indeed know of the allegations back in 2015, though in an interview with Stadium released later Wednesday, Courtney Smith could only confirm she told Shelley Meyer.Zach Smith also was arrested for battery of Courtney Smith in 2009 when he was on Meyer's staff at Florida, an incident Meyer said last week he reported to supervisors at the time. Zach Smith wasn't charged in the case, as Courtney Smith declined to press charges. She said in an interview with Stadium on Wednesday night that she made that decision under pressure from Zach Smith's family.Meyer is 73-8 in his six seasons with the Buckeyes, including winning the 2014 national championship.Smith is the grandson of former Ohio State coach and College Football Hall of Fame member Earle Bruce, who gave Meyer his first college coaching job as a graduate assistant in 1986.Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who also coaches quarterbacks, will serve as acting head coach during the investigation.Here is the full text of Meyers' statement Friday:"Family and the university community that I love so dearly.When I stand before the 105 young men in our football program and talk about core values and doing the right thing and respecting women, it is not lip-service. I genuinely believe that we have an obligation to help develop the young men in our charge into positive change agents and that responsibility rests with me.
Louisville WR Smith undergoes emergency appendectomy

Louisville WR Smith undergoes emergency appendectomy

Louisville senior receiver Jaylen Smith is out indefinitely after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Friday morning, the school announced.Smith felt ill Thursday night and then awoke early Friday with severe pain. He was transported to a hospital and underwent surgery."We were fortunate to catch this early and anticipate a full recovery," Louisville trainer Matt Summers said in a statement. "Jaylen is doing well and we look forward to him returning to the practice field as soon as possible."
Ohio State forms special group to direct Meyer investigation

Ohio State forms special group to direct Meyer investigation

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees on Thursday night announced the formation of a "special, independent board working group" that will direct the inquiry into football head coach Urban Meyer, and whether he had any prior knowledge of domestic assault allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.According to a release by the university, current trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter and Alex Shumate will be in the group, as will former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.According to the release, "The special working group will direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice and assist with communication to the full board on the matter."A day earlier, the university placed Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates whether or not Meyer knew of allegations of domestic violence against Smith, the recently fired receivers coach.A report by college football reporter Brett McMurphy earlier Wednesday indicated that Courtney Smith, Zach Smith's wife at the time, had informed Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer's wife, of the alleged abuse in October 2015. McMurphy reported originally that Urban Meyer did indeed know of the allegations back in 2015, though in an interview with Stadium released later Wednesday, Courtney Smith could only confirm she told Shelley Meyer."Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban, she was going to have to tell Urban," Courtney Smith told Stadium. "I said 'that's fine. You should tell Urban. We can't have somebody like this coaching young men.'"According to the report by Stadium, Courtney Smith "says she never got confirmation that Shelley told Urban."Courtney Smith did tell Stadium that she told several of the assistant coaches' wives her claims of abuse in 2015, as well.
5-star recruit Kaho seeks release from Washington commitment

5-star recruit Kaho seeks release from Washington commitment

Five-star linebacker recruit Ale Kaho has formally asked to be released from his letter of intent with the Washington Huskies, according to The Seattle Times.A family member informed the Times of the news and cited recent family turmoil and Kaho's health since leaving home as the prime factors.Kaho has been back in Reno, Nev. since returning for the memorial services of an aunt and uncle that passed suddenly. His parents are also said to be going through a divorce, according to a member of Kaho's family.His family was said to be worried when he returned home 20 pounds lighter than when he left for Seattle. Kaho, who still had one high school class to finish, wasn't allowed to work out with the team in any official capacity."He had so much stuff going on right now," the anonymous family member told the Times. "Football is not even our concern right now. He does not look right. He does not act right. He's not the same bubbly kid we know."
Kentucky coach Stoops reveals DE Paschal has melanoma

Kentucky coach Stoops reveals DE Paschal has melanoma

Kentucky sophomore defensive end Joshua Paschal has malignant melanoma, Wildcats coach Mark Stoops revealed on Friday.Speaking at media day, Stoops said Paschal is awaiting further tests after melanoma was found in lesions taken from his foot recently.Stoops also said offensive line coach John Schlarman is undergoing testing for an undisclosed health issue, but will continue coaching in the interim."Our hearts and prayers are with Josh and John as they battle this issue," Stoops said, per ESPN.
NC State loses appeal, transfer TE Angeline to sit 3 games

NC State loses appeal, transfer TE Angeline to sit 3 games

North Carolina State tight end Cary Angeline, who transferred from USC, will be eligible to play after sitting the first three games, Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said on Friday after the NCAA ruled against a waiver request.The Wolfpack were hoping Angeline would be able to play in the third game - Sept. 15 vs. West Virginia -- since he played just two games at USC last year. He dressed for a third game with the Trojans, but didn't play, and later decided to transfer.'I'm really excited he's here," Doeren told The News & Observer. "I have huge hopes for him."
4-star LB Eaford commits to Oregon for 2019

4-star LB Eaford commits to Oregon for 2019

Four-star linebacker Ge'mon Eaford is the latest addition to a strong 2019 recruiting class for the Oregon Ducks.Eaford, from Deerfield Beach, Fla., chose the Ducks over Florida, Florida State, Nebraska and Oklahoma in announcing his decision in a Thursday night ceremony.He'll join Josh Delgado, a wide receiver out of Florida's IMG Academy, in making the journey to the opposite corner of the country for his college career.
Ex-Baylor coach Briles says he will lead Italian team

Ex-Baylor coach Briles says he will lead Italian team

Former Baylor football coach Art Briles said Thursday he will have another chance at coaching, this time in Italy, according to a report.Briles told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a deal was being finalized for him to coach the Guelfi Firenze American Football team. The team is based in Florence, and the season begins in March.Briles was fired in May 2016 amid a rape scandal at the Waco, Texas, school and sexual assault charges against some of his players. He posted a 65-37 record in eight seasons at Baylor."I'm a football coach, and it's all I've ever done and all I've ever really had a passion to do; this gives me a chance to be on the field and between the lines," Briles, 62, told the Star-Telegram. "... It's a golden opportunity for me to get on the field and be involved. I'm jacked about it."
Alabama tops preseason coaches poll

Alabama tops preseason coaches poll

Coach Nick Saban and Alabama are looking for another national championship in 2018, and the Crimson Tide seemingly are the favorites heading into the season.In the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, released Thursday, the Crimson Tide received 61 of the 65 first-place votes.Alabama has topped the poll for three consecutive seasons and was named by the coaches as the preseason favorite for the fifth time since 2010.Under Saban, the Crimson Tide have won five national championships since he took over the program in 2007. They have been in the College Football Playoff three times, as has Clemson. The Tigers, who received three first-place votes, were No. 2 in the coaches poll.Ohio State, facing uncertainty over the future of coach Urban Meyer a day before fall camp opens, received the final first-place vote and the No. 3 spot. Meyer was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday while the university investigates whether or not he knew about 2015 domestic violence allegations against recently fired receivers coach Zach Smith.Georgia, which lost in the national title game to Alabama in January, and Oklahoma rounded out the top five.Here is the complete Top 25 from the Amway Coaches Poll:1. Alabama2. Clemson3. Ohio State4. Georgia5. Oklahoma6. Washington7. Wisconsin8. Miami9. Penn State10. Auburn11. Notre Dame12. Michigan State13. Stanford
Bob Evans chain sidelines Meyer amid investigation

Bob Evans chain sidelines Meyer amid investigation

Bob Evans Restaurants put its partnership with Urban Meyer on hold Thursday as Ohio State continues to investigate what its football coach knew about allegations of domestic abuse against a former assistant coach.Just days ago, the Ohio-based restaurant chain announced an endorsement deal with Meyer and proclaimed him its "head breakfast coach."Now, all that has changed."At Bob Evans Restaurants, we believe strongly in the family first values upon which the company was founded," according to a statement provided to USA Today. "We are suspending the current partnership with Urban Meyer and removing all related content pending the results of the official Ohio State University investigation."Meyer was placed on administrative leave by Ohio State on Wednesday after a report emerged that said Meyer knew that his former wide receivers coach, Zach Smith, had been accused of domestic violence by his now ex-wife in 2015. Smith was fired July 23, days after an Ohio judge issued an order of protection that banned Smith from going within 500 feet of ex-wife Courtney Smith.Zach Smith has never been convicted of any charges related to Courtney Smith.
Ohio State places Meyer on paid administrative leave

Ohio State places Meyer on paid administrative leave

Ohio State placed head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates whether or not Meyer knew of allegations of domestic violence against recently fired receivers coach Zach Smith.A report by college football reporter Brett McMurphy earlier in the day contradicted Meyer's recent comments at Big Ten media day that he was unaware of allegations against Smith. The report said Meyer was aware that Zach Smith was accused of domestic violence by his wife, Courtney Smith, since at least Oct. 2015.Offensive coordinator Ryan Day, who also coaches quarterbacks, will serve as acting head coach during the investigation."The university is conducting an investigation into these allegations," Ohio State said in a statement. "During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave. Ryan Day will serve as acting football coach during the investigation."We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible."Meyer discussed the situation with athletic director Gene Smith and said he was on board with the decision by the university to place him on leave."Gene and I agree that being on leave during this inquiry will facilitate its completion," Meyer said in a statement. "This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter."At last week's Big Ten media days, Meyer claimed to know nothing about the 2015 allegation against Zach Smith."I was never told about anything," Meyer said. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it. So I know nothing about it."
College football notebook: Nebraska coach Frost finds missing rings

College football notebook: Nebraska coach Frost finds missing rings

The 14 championship rings Nebraska coach Scott Frost reported as stolen from his garage have been located, according to multiple reports.Police in Lincoln, Neb., said Tuesday that Frost found them in his garage one night earlier, though some other items he said were stolen hadn't been found.On Sunday night, Frost reported a burglary from his home, which is vacant because of renovations. He told police that burglars had entered through an unlocked garage door sometime between Friday evening and Sunday evening and walked off with sports memorabilia worth more than $100,000.The Cornhuskers coach originally said the 14 rings from his playing and coaching career -- 10 from Oregon, two from Nebraska and two from Central Florida -- had been stolen, along with five pairs of Air Jordan shoes, football helmets and a video game console. Frost also reported finding the game console and one helmet, but the shoes, five football helmets and photos remained missing.--Four-star prep linebacker Kalen DeLoach has committed to Florida State.DeLoach, a member of the Class of 2019, is from Islands High School in Savannah, Ga. He chose the Seminoles over a number of top programs, including Alabama and Clemson.He spent a few days at Florida State over the weekend and let coach Willie Taggart know of his decision after he returned home.
Report: Meyer was aware of abuse claims against fired Buckeyes coach

Report: Meyer was aware of abuse claims against fired Buckeyes coach

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer knew of allegations of domestic violence against an assistant coach fired last week at least as far back as 2015, according to college football reporter Brett McMurphy.Meyer called wide receivers coach Zach Smith's firing a "very tough call" when asked about it at Big Ten media days in Chicago last week, but claimed past allegations of domestic violence against Smith that came to light last week entered into the decision.McMurphy says he has seen a series of text messages between Courtney Smith, Zach Smith's ex-wife, and Shelley Meyer and other coaches' wives that show Urban Meyer was aware of the allegations since at least Oct. 2015."I was never told about anything," Urban Meyer said of allegations against Smith, per McMurphy. "Never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it. So I know nothing about it. I asked people back at the office to call and see what happened, and they came back and said they know nothing."McMurphy says texts obtained from Courtney Smith prove that Shelley Meyer, a registered nurse and instructor at Ohio State University College of Nursing, and Lindsey Voltolini, the wife of longtime Urban Meyer assistant Brian Voltolini, both knew of her claims in 2015 and had passed along the information to the head coach.According to a reported exchange between Courtney Smith and Lindsey Voltolini, Urban Meyer said Zach Smith had denied everything and that Urban Meyer didn't "know what to think."Meyer didn't go into details surrounding the dismissal of Smith. His firing came in the wake of reports that an Ohio judge issued a protection order to keep Smith from within 500 feet of his ex-wife.Smith was charged with criminal trespassing related to an argument in May with Courtney Smith. Police have looked into disputes between the former couple for at least nine years, including a 2009 incident when Zach Smith worked for Meyer at Florida, according to reports.McMurphy reported last week that Zach Smith was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim (believed to be Courtney Smith) in Gainesville, Fla., and in 2015 on felony counts of domestic violence and felonious assault against Courtney Smith in Powell, Ohio.
4-star WR Jackson flips from Miss. St. to Ole Miss

4-star WR Jackson flips from Miss. St. to Ole Miss

Four-star wide receiver Dannis Jackson announced that he has flipped his verbal commitment for the Class of 2019 from Mississippi State to Ole Miss.Rated as the No. 7 prospect in Mississippi by 247Sports.com, the Sumrall, Miss. native caught 132 passes for 2,287 yards and 28 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Jackson originally committed to the Bulldogs about a month ago."I know many won't understand, but I have to do what's best for me and follow my heart," Jackson tweeted Monday night. "My upcoming senior season is approaching and my teammates/coaches deserve my full focus. I'm looking forward to finishing my senior year and beyond excited to be a rebel."Ole Miss now has three of the top 10 prospects in the state in Jackson, Diwun Black and Jerrion Ealy. One of the factors that may have contributed to Jackson's decision is that he will play basketball and football for the Rebels."I knew he liked Ole Miss," Sumrall head coach Shannon White told USA Today. "He was really torn. He really liked both places. ... I think this is a decision he's going to stick with. He's always liked Ole Miss."
4-star WR Jackson flips from Miss. St. to Ole Miss

4-star WR Jackson flips from Miss. St. to Ole Miss

Four-star wide receiver Dannis Jackson announced that he has flipped his verbal commitment for the Class of 2019 from Mississippi State to Ole Miss.Rated as the No. 7 prospect in Mississippi by 247Sports.com, the Sumrall, Miss. native caught 132 passes for 2,287 yards and 28 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Jackson originally committed to the Bulldogs about a month ago."I know many won't understand, but I have to do what's best for me and follow my heart," Jackson tweeted Monday night. "My upcoming senior season is approaching and my teammates/coaches deserve my full focus. I'm looking forward to finishing my senior year and beyond excited to be a rebel."Ole Miss now has three of the top 10 prospects in the state in Jackson, Diwun Black and Jerrion Ealy. One of the factors that may have contributed to Jackson's decision is that he will play basketball and football for the Rebels."I knew he liked Ole Miss," Sumrall head coach Shannon White told USA Today. "He was really torn. He really liked both places. ... I think this is a decision he's going to stick with. He's always liked Ole Miss."
Frost finds championship rings reported missing

Frost finds championship rings reported missing

The 14 championship rings Nebraska coach Scott Frost reported as stolen from his garage have been located, according to multiple reports.Police in Lincoln, Neb., said Frost found them in his garage Monday night, though some other items he said were stolen hadn't been found.On Sunday night, Frost reported a burglary from his home, which is vacant because of renovations. He told police burglars had entered through an unlocked garage sometime between Friday evening and Sunday evening and walked off with sports memorabilia worth more than $100,000.The Cornhuskers coach originally said the 14 rings from his playing and coaching career -- 10 from Oregon, two from Nebraska and two from Central Florida -- had been stolen, along with five pairs of Air Jordan shoes, football helmets and a video game console.