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Iconic Vols announcer Ward dead at 88

Iconic Vols announcer Ward dead at 88

Iconic Tennessee broadcaster John Ward died in Knoxville on Wednesday as the result of a lengthy illness. He was 88.Ward earned the moniker the "Voice of the Vols" during his three decades of broadcasting for the school's basketball and football teams."It is with a heavy heart that we announce a great voice has gone silent," the Vol Network said in a statement regarding Ward's death."... While it is a sad day for all Vol fans, we take great pride in the fact that John belonged to us. Only the Tennessee Volunteers could call John their own, and he was proud to be the 'Voice of the Vols.' He loved his alma mater, the fans, and the state of Tennessee. He remains the very heartbeat of the Vol Network."
Review of Maryland OL's death to begin this week

Review of Maryland OL's death to begin this week

An outside consultant will begin his review of the death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair by the end of this week, a university spokesman said Tuesday.Dr. Rod Walters, a sports medicine consultant and longtime athletic trainer with stints at Appalachian State and South Carolina, will conduct the review. Maryland announced that a probe of McNair's death would take place at a press conference last week.McNair, who was 19, died last Wednesday after being hospitalized May 29 following an organized team workout. An exact cause of death was not disclosed, but a GoFundMe page set up last week to support McNair's family says 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 for the past week.""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 last Thursday. "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."During the press conference, Evans detailed much of what took place at the May 29 workout, which he said began around 4:15 p.m. with the temperature near 80 degrees at the Terrapins' practice fields, with the strength and conditioning staff and trainers on hand.According to Evans, the workout had all players run 10 110-yard sprints and McNair -- listed at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds -- completed all of them before struggling to recover afterward, leading trainers to come to his attention.
Wake Forest adds two kickers, including Army veteran

Wake Forest adds two kickers, including Army veteran

In need of a reliable kicker next season, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson went searching for a few good men.He found a top candidate in Eric Osteen, a 28-year-old West Point alum who served as a platoon leader, company executive officer and company logistics officer with the Army before completing his military service. Osteen served as Army's kicker through his senior season in 2012 and is eligible to play for the Demon Deacons as a graduate transfer.Before trading his cleats for Army boots, he notched 29 touchbacks on 53 kickoffs during his senior season.
College football notebook: Riley nets five-year, $25M extension

College football notebook: Riley nets five-year, $25M extension

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is the owner of a rich contract extension before his second season even commences.The Oklahoma Board of Regents approved a five-year, $25 million deal for Riley on Tuesday after he went 12-2 in his first season as coach.Riley will make $4.8 million this season and his base salary will increase by $100,000 in each of the remaining four seasons.He made $3.1 million last season as the Sooners reached the College Football Playoff behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield before losing to Georgia 54-48 in double-overtime in the national semifinals at the Rose Bowl.--Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson's academic issues were cleared up and he will remain with the program, according to multiple reports.Reports from earlier this month stated that Jackson had been suspended indefinitely due to the situation.It appears the Hokies should have their sophomore quarterback on the field when they open up at Florida State on Sept. 4. Jackson passed for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He was intercepted nine times while helping the Hokies to a 9-4 record.--Notre Dame senior linebacker Te'von Coney was given a year of probation after pleading guilty to marijuana possession, stemming from an arrest in August of 2016.
Notre Dame LB Coney pleads guilty to marijuana possession

Notre Dame LB Coney pleads guilty to marijuana possession

Notre Dame senior linebacker Te'von Coney was given a year of probation after pleading guilty to marijuana possession on Tuesday, stemming from an arrest in August of 2016.Coney's plea deal, accepted by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele, suspends a 180-day jail sentence with one day of time served while putting him on 363 days of probation.Coney and four teammates -- safety Max Redfield, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, cornerback Ashton White and running back Dexter Williams -- were arrested on Aug. 19, 2016, after an Indiana state trooper found marijuana and an unregistered handgun in a car that White was driving when it was pulled over for speeding.Head coach Brian Kelly told the South Bend Tribune that Coney, who is in summer classes at Notre Dame and has been working out with the team, would be back with the Fighting Irish "if he takes care of [the court case] in the manner I expect him to." Kelly indicated he expected the case to be wrapped up before Aug. 1, the scheduled trial date before Tuesday's plea deal was accepted.Coney is expected to start at middle linebacker for the second straight year after leading Notre Dame in tackles (116) and tackles for loss (11.5) last season. He also started nine games as a sophomore in 2016, totaling 61 tackles (1.5 for loss).
Tennessee adds transfer OL Kennedy, RB London

Tennessee adds transfer OL Kennedy, RB London

Tennessee announced the additions of former Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy and former Michigan State running back Madre London as graduate transfers on Tuesday.Both will be eligible to play this season. Kennedy has two years of eligibility remaining, while London has one.Kennedy chose Tennessee over Auburn. He graduated from Alabama in December, though his transfer was delayed when the Tide put restrictions on his release that blocked him from having contact with other SEC programs. However, the rule allowing such was changed at the SEC spring meetings last month, which paved the way for Kennedy to proceed with his transfer.Kennedy adds depth to a Tennessee offensive line that sorely needs it. Trey Smith missed spring practice due to a medical issue, and Chance Hall is coming back from a knee injury.London, meanwhile, announced his intent to transfer to Tennessee in March.
Sooners' Riley receives five-year, $25 million deal

Sooners' Riley receives five-year, $25 million deal

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is the owner of a rich contract extension before his second season even commences.The Oklahoma Board of Regents approved a five-year, $25 million deal for Riley on Tuesday after he went 12-2 in his first season as coach.Riley will make $4.8 million this season and his base salary will increase by $100,000 in each of the remaining four seasons.He made $3.1 million last season as the Sooners reached the College Football Playoff behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield before losing to Georgia 54-48 in double-overtime in the national semifinals at the Rose Bowl.
Report: Virginia Tech QB Jackson's academic issue resolved

Report: Virginia Tech QB Jackson's academic issue resolved

Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson's academic issues were cleared up and he will remain with the program, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.Reports from earlier this month stated that Jackson had been suspended indefinitely due to the situation.It appears the Hokies should have their sophomore quarterback on the field when they open up at Florida State on Sept. 4.Jackson passed for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He was intercepted nine times while helping the Hokies to a 9-4 record.Jackson also rushed for 324 yards and six scores.Jackson wasn't named the starter after the team's conclusion of spring drills, although the academic situation was not yet public.
Report: Former Oregon LB Leiato found dead after crash

Report: Former Oregon LB Leiato found dead after crash

Former Oregon linebacker Fotu Leiato was found dead early Saturday after a single-car crash near Autzen Stadium, according to police in Eugene, Ore.The rollover crash had occurred the day before, but the alleged driver of the car, Pedro Chavarin Jr., told police he was alone at the time, according to local ABC affiliate KEZI.Chavarin, 22, was cited for driving under the influence after being taken to the hospital.Police say a pedestrian "spotted a hand and brush over a person down a gravel path" several hours after the crash and notified authorities. Police responded to the report and found Leiato's body.Leiato had been dismissed from Oregon's football team in May after a pair of arrests earlier this year.
Meyer: QB Haskins to open camp as starter

Meyer: QB Haskins to open camp as starter

Redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins will open preseason camp as the Ohio Buckeyes' starting quarterback, but he will continue to compete with redshirt freshman Tate Martell, head coach Urban Meyer said Friday."Dwayne is the starter," Meyer told reporters before the Ohio State Football Job Fair in Columbus. "Then Tate is in full competition mode."Haskins has been the favorite to claim the starting role after he filled in for J.T. Barrett last season, finishing with a 70.2 percent completion rate (40 of 57) for 565 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.His ascension up the depth chart bumped down previous backup Joe Burrow, who transferred to LSU last month in search of an opportunity to start despite having a strong spring in Columbus.Haskins went 9-of-19 for 120 yards and two scores in the Buckeyes' spring game.
Syracuse QB Culpepper resumes workouts after beating cancer

Syracuse QB Culpepper resumes workouts after beating cancer

Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper is completely cancer free and had his first full workout with the team on Friday.Culpepper, a redshirt sophomore, said he broke down in tears when doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. informed him that he had overcome his testicular cancer."When they took my IV out, it was magical," Culpepper told reporters. "To finally walk out of there, I couldn't put it into words. I can't even describe the euphoria."Culpepper did think of one way to convey his joy."The closest thing I can say is it felt like beating Clemson," he said. "You just feel so incredibly ecstatic that nothing in your life could ever go wrong."
Texas Tech dismisses WR Shorts after his arrest

Texas Tech dismisses WR Shorts after his arrest

Wide receiver Quan Shorts, arrested Thursday on a marijuana possession charge, was dismissed from the Texas Tech football program.Coach Kliff Kingsbury made the announcement in a statement from the athletic department, providing no further details.Shorts was arrested on Thursday afternoon while Lubbock (Texas) Police were conducting an ongoing investigation at an apartment complex, the police department said in a statement.In March, Shorts, Red Raiders quarterback Jett Duffey, cornerback Des Smith and safety Christian Taylor were all arrested after an alleged late-night clash with police at a Lubbock nightclub. The four players briefly were suspended from the Texas Tech team, but Kingsbury reinstated them a short time later.
College football notebook: Maryland opens review into death

College football notebook: Maryland opens review into death

Maryland's athletic department is conducting an external review of the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, athletic director Damon Evans said at a press conference Thursday.McNair, who was 19, died Wednesday after being hospitalized since May 29 following an organized team workout. An exact cause of death was not disclosed, but a GoFundMe page set up last week to support McNair's family says 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 for the past week."During the press conference, Evans detailed much of what took place at the May 29 workout, which he said began with the temperature near 80 degrees at the Terrapins' practice fields, with the strength and conditioning staff and trainers on hand.According to Evans, the workout had all players run 10 110-yard sprints and McNair -- listed at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds -- completed all of them before struggling to recover afterward, leading trainers to come to his aid. No further details were provided about McNair's health after the workout, including his condition or cause of death, due to the McNair family's requests for privacy.--Wake Forest suspended quarterback Kendall Hinton and tight end Thomas Cole for the first three games of the season for a violation of team rules.Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson released a statement in which he said the players "made poor decisions and they take responsibility for their actions." Hinton and Cole will sit out for the Aug. 30 season opener on the road at Tulane, as well as home games against Towson and Boston College.
Maryland conducting review of OL McNair's death

Maryland conducting review of OL McNair's death

Maryland's athletic department is conducting an external review of the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, athletic director Damon Evans said at a press conference Thursday.McNair, who was 19, died Wednesday after being hospitalized May 29 following an organized team workout. An exact cause of death was not disclosed, but a GoFundMe page set up last week to support McNair's family says 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 for the past week.""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," Evans said. "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."During the press conference, Evans detailed much of what took place at the May 29 workout, which he said began around 4:15 p.m. with the temperature near 80 degrees at the Terrapins' practice fields, with the strength and conditioning staff and trainers on hand.According to Evans, the workout had all players run 10 110-yard sprints and McNair -- listed at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds -- completed all of them before struggling to recover afterward, leading trainers to come to his attention."Right now I don't have the specific details as to what time that took place but what I do know is that they were immediately over to him," Evans said.Evans added that a cart took McNair to the training room for further care and 911 was called, before McNair was taken to the hospital around 6 p.m. All players were given a gallon of water in the morning, with snacks, Gatorade and lunch during the day, Evans said.No further details were provided about McNair's health after the workout, including his condition or cause of death, due to the McNair family's requests for privacy.
Wake Forest suspends QB Hinton, TE Cole

Wake Forest suspends QB Hinton, TE Cole

Wake Forest has suspended quarterback Kendall Hinton and tight end Thomas Cole for the first three games of the season for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the school announced Thursday.Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson released a statement in which he said the players "made poor decisions and they take responsibility for their actions." Hinton and Cole will sit out for the Aug. 30 season opener on the road at Tulane, as well as home games against Towson and Boston College.Hinton, a rising junior, was projected to be the Demon Deacons' starting quarterback after an impressive showing in spring practices. He served in a backup role last season, completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 399 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Saban not stressed about Tide QB competition

Saban not stressed about Tide QB competition

As Alabama coach Nick Saban sees it, Tua Tagovailoa versus Jalen Hurts puts the Crimson Tide in a no-lose situation.Tagovailoa, who rescued Alabama with a stirring performance in relief of two-year starting quarterback Hurts in the national championship game, was ready to transfer had that game worked out differently.What looks like a difficult decision from the outside is a simple matter of competition, and Saban is ready to let the best man win."It won't be difficult at all," Saban said prior to his charity golf tournament. "What we're trying to do is give the guys an opportunity and that's the fair thing for both of them, and that's really what our goal is."Saban said his experience has been that the locker room, not the coaches or quarterbacks, winds up deciding most QB competitions. He also inferred the player that ends up starting Alabama's opener Sept. 1 against Louisville might not be the starter in perpetuity."I think both players need to know that they need to win the team -- that's what they need to do -- and the best way for them to do that is to stay focused on what they need to do," Saban added. "And anything that they do that brings attention to themselves probably erodes the opportunity for that to happen."
Reports: Tennessee adds Alabama OL transfer Kennedy

Reports: Tennessee adds Alabama OL transfer Kennedy

Tennessee is bringing in former Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy as a graduate transfer, according to multiple reports Thursday.Kennedy chose Tennessee over Auburn. He has two years of eligibility remaining and will enroll in the Vols' second summer session, according to 247Sports.Kennedy graduated from Alabama in December, though his transfer was delayed when the Tide put restrictions on his release that blocked him from having contact with other SEC programs. However, the rule allowing such was changed at the SEC spring meetings last month, which paved the way for Kennedy to proceed with his transfer.
Reports: Tennessee adds Alabama OL transfer Kennedy

Reports: Tennessee adds Alabama OL transfer Kennedy

Tennessee is bringing in former Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy as a graduate transfer, according to multiple reports Thursday.Kennedy chose Tennessee over Auburn. He has two years of eligibility remaining and will enroll in the Vols' second summer session, according to 247Sports.Kennedy graduated from Alabama in December, though his transfer was delayed when the Tide put restrictions on his release that blocked him from having contact with other SEC programs. However, the rule allowing such was changed at the SEC spring meetings last month, which paved the way for Kennedy to proceed with his transfer.
Cal football recuirt sustains spinal injury

Cal football recuirt sustains spinal injury

Chris Fatilua, a football recruit headed for Cal in the fall, sustained a serious spinal cord injury Monday afternoon in an accident at San Diego.No other details were immediately known.Fatilua's family issued a statement through the school that read, in part, "(Chris) is receiving treatment for his injury and his long-term prognosis is unknown at this time. Our family is tremendously appreciative of the support we have received from everyone at this difficult time. It is reassuring and inspirational to know that we will have that support as we begin the recovery process and tackle the challenges ahead."Cal head coach Justin Wilcox wrote in a message posted on the football team's Twitter account, "Our hearts and minds are with incoming freshman Chris Fatilua and his family at this difficult time. The most important thing to focus on right now and in the immediate future is Chris' recovery. Our Cal family will be there to support them in every way possible now and when Chris is ready to join us in Berkeley."
College football notebook: Maryland OL McNair dead at 19

College football notebook: Maryland OL McNair dead at 19

Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair died Wednesday, school executive athletic director Damon Evans announced. McNair was 19.An exact cause of death was not disclosed, though a GoFundMe page set up last week to support McNair's family says 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 for the past week."McNair was hospitalized following an organized team workout on May 29.McNair, a native of Randallstown, Md., played in one game as a true freshman in 2017. Several of his teammates took to Twitter to share their condolences, including former Terrapin D.J. Moore, who was a first-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in this year's NFL draft.--The NCAA will reportedly announce that it will add three bowl games for the 2020 season after the NCAA Football Oversight Committee signed off on the additions.Chicago and Myrtle Beach, S.C., are expected to be named as two of the locations, with the Chicago game being played at Wrigley Field, according to former ESPN college football insider Brett McMurphy.