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Reports: Bielema interviewing for Colorado job

Reports: Bielema interviewing for Colorado job

Colorado is interviewing Bret Bielema for its head coaching position, according to multiple reports Monday.The former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach was hired last month as the New York Giants' senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.Former Buffaloes coach Mel Tucker left last week for Michigan State, a position that Bielema also expressed interest in.
Police: Ex-Wisconsin WR Randle El linked to double homicide

Police: Ex-Wisconsin WR Randle El linked to double homicide

Former Wisconsin wide receiver Marcus Randle El turned himself into police on Saturday in connection with a double homicide in Janesville, Wis.Randle El, 33, is expected to be charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, Janesville police chief David Moore said at a news conference. Randle El surrendered himself to Janesville police in Chicago on Saturday afternoon. He lives in Homewood, Ill.Police said Seairaha Winchester, 30, of Janesville, and Brittany McAdory, 28, of Joliet, Ill., were found by a passing motorist near the side of a road early Monday. The two women each had multiple gunshot wounds and were transported to a hospital, where they died.Randle El played at Wisconsin from 2004-07. He is the younger brother of Antwaan Randle El, who played nine seasons in the NFL and is an offensive assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
College football notebook: Colorado’s Chiaverini now interim coach

College football notebook: Colorado’s Chiaverini now interim coach

Colorado named assistant coach Darrin Chiaverini as its interim football coach. He'll take over for Mel Tucker, who officially was named head coach at Michigan State on Wednesday.Chiaverini, 42, was the Buffaloes' wide receivers coach the past four seasons, and in 2019, doubled as assistant head coach. He was a wide receiver at Colorado from 1995-98."I have a lot of confidence in Darrin to lead us through this interim period," Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement. "He has been associated with the program beginning with his playing days 25 years ago and cares deeply about the Buffs."Known as a prolific recruiter - he was named one of the top recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com for the past three recruiting classes - Chiaverini sent a message to the players via Twitter on Wednesday, writing, "Came to Boulder Colorado when I was 17 years old!! There is not a better University in the country than the University of Colorado!! We are building something Buff Nation will be proud of!! To our 2020 class and our current players stand Shoulder to Shoulder and know we're Rising."--BYU linebacker Chaz Ah You faces multiple charges, including suspicion of DUI, following his arrest in Eagle Mountain, Utah.He was arrested Sunday after driving 75 mph in a 35-mph zone and following other vehicles too closely, according to Utah County court documents obtained by KSLSports.com. A search of the vehicle discovered two alcohol containers, one empty, and a THC vape pen, per the report. A field sobriety test was performed at Utah County Jail, where he was charged with suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, unsafe lane travel, speeding and possession of an open container of alcohol.
Bonds set for two accused former Buckeyes

Bonds set for two accused former Buckeyes

Two former Ohio State football players accused of rape appeared in court for the first time Thursday in Columbus.Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner set bond at $100,000 for Amir Riep and $75,000 for Jahsen Wint, the Columbus Dispatch reported.The judge also ordered both men to have no contact with the alleged 19-year-old victim or with each other, and to make no comments on social media regarding the case.Riep and Wint, both 21, were arrested Tuesday on charges of rape and kidnapping. On Wednesday, Ohio State coach Ryan Day dismissed both defensive backs, who each had one year of eligibility remaining, from the team.The alleged incident occurred on Feb. 4 at the off-campus apartment the players share.According to police, a woman said she was at the apartment and began having consensual sex with Riep, but told Riep she did not want to continue. Then Wint allegedly entered the room and asked to join them before grabbing the woman by the throat and assaulting her.The players allegedly demanded the woman attest that the sex had been consensual on a video recording and take a shower before Riep drove her home.
Colorado tabs Chiaverini as interim coach

Colorado tabs Chiaverini as interim coach

Colorado named assistant coach Darrin Chiaverini as its interim football coach. He'll take over for Mel Tucker, who officially was named head coach at Michigan State on Wednesday.Chiaverini, 42, was the Buffaloes' wide receivers coach the past four seasons, and in 2019, doubled as assistant head coach. He was a wide receiver at Colorado from 1995-98."I have a lot of confidence in Darrin to lead us through this interim period," Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement. "He has been associated with the program beginning with his playing days 25 years ago and cares deeply about the Buffs."Known as a prolific recruiter - he was named one of the top recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com for the past three recruiting classes - Chiaverini sent a message to the players via Twitter on Wednesday."Came to Boulder Colorado when I was 17 years old!! There is not a better University in the country than the University of Colorado!! We are building something Buff Nation will be proud of!! To our 2020 class and our current players stand Shoulder to Shoulder and know we're Rising," he wrote.
BYU LB Ah You arrested for suspicion of DUI

BYU LB Ah You arrested for suspicion of DUI

BYU linebacker Chaz Ah You faces multiple charges, including suspicion of DUI, following his arrest in Eagle Mountain, Utah.He was arrested Sunday after driving 75 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone and following other vehicles too closely, according to Utah County court documents obtained by KSLSports.com.A search of the vehicle discovered two alcohol containers, one empty, and a THC vape pen, per the report. A field sobriety test was performed at Utah County Jail, where he was charged with suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, unsafe lane travel, speeding and possession of an open container of alcohol.BYU issued a statement acknowledging it is "aware of the situation and looking into it."Ah You, who led the Cougars with 5.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2019, was the highest-rated signee in BYU's 2017 recruiting class. The four-star recruit was ranked No. 2 regardless of position in the state of Utah by the 247Sports composite.
Reports: Michigan State hires Colorado's Tucker

Reports: Michigan State hires Colorado's Tucker

Michigan State will hire Colorado's Mel Tucker to be its next football coach, multiple media outlets reported early Wednesday.Tucker, 48, will replace Mark Dantonio, who retired Feb. 4 after 13 seasons with the Spartans.Tucker and Michigan State reportedly reached an agreement in principle over a contract just three days after the coach announced he would remain with Colorado.According to The Athletic, the Spartans will more than double the $2.7 million was Tucker making with the Buffaloes.Tucker tweeted Saturday, "While I am flattered to be considered for the HC job @MSU_football, I am committed to @CUBuffsFootball for #TheBuild of our program, its great athletes, coaches & supporters. #UnfinishedBusiness #GoBuffs"Tucker produced a 5-7 record last year at Colorado -- his only season as a college head coach.
Report: Chiefs OC Bieniemy top choice to replace Tucker

Report: Chiefs OC Bieniemy top choice to replace Tucker

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy could be called home to coach Colorado.According to reports, Bieniemy is a leading candidate to replace Mel Tucker, who is expected to be named head coach at Michigan State after initially turning down the job to stay at Colorado.Bieniemy played running back for the Buffaloes -- he's the all-time leading rusher in program history -- and was a candidate for head-coaching openings in the NFL last month. He was not hired, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid labeled Bieniemy as "ready right now" when asked about his candidacy during Super Bowl media sessions.Reid has produced several successful head coaches, including Doug Pederson (Eagles) and John Harbaugh (Ravens), who've won the Super Bowl.
Two Ohio State players face rape, kidnapping charges

Two Ohio State players face rape, kidnapping charges

Two Ohio State defensive backs were arrested on charges of rape and kidnapping late Tuesday.Junior cornerback Amir Riep and redshirt senior safety Jahsen Wint, both 21, were booked into Franklin County Jail awaiting arraignment.Both players have been suspended from any team activities.The alleged incident occurred last week at the off-campus apartment the players share.According to the police affidavit, a woman alleged she was at the apartment and began having consensual sex with Riep, but told Riep she did not want to continue. Then Wint allegedly entered the room and asked to join them before grabbing the woman by the throat and assaulting her.
Reports: LSU to hire Linehan as passing game coordinator

Reports: LSU to hire Linehan as passing game coordinator

The LSU Tigers are hiring former NFL coordinator and head coach Scott Linehan to replace passing game coordinator Joe Brady, multiple outlets reported Monday.The Athletic's Bruce Feldman was the first to break the news.Brady spent one season at LSU, helping coordinator Steve Ensminger install and teach a spread offense that launched quarterback Joe Burrow to the Heisman Trophy and the Tigers to a 15-0 record and the national championship.Brady, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant, left after the title-game win over Clemson to be the offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers. LSU improved from 54th nationally to first in total offense in his one season in Baton Rouge.Linehan, 56, was out of football last season after serving five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys -- the first as passing game coordinator and the last four as offensive coordinator. He also was the coordinator for the Detroit Lions (2009-2013), the Miami Dolphins (2005) and Minnesota Vikings (2002-2004).
Reports: Cincinnati's Fickell says no to Michigan State

Reports: Cincinnati's Fickell says no to Michigan State

Cincinnati's Luke Fickell turned down the head coaching position at Michigan State, multiple outlets reported Monday.Fickell interviewed for the opening created by Mark Dantonio's sudden departure last week, but he reportedly has opted to remain with the Bearcats after discussions with his family.Fickell, 46, met with Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman in Cincinnati on Sunday.Fickell has compiled a 26-13 record with two bowl appearances in three seasons with the Bearcats, including consecutive 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that, he had extensive experience in the Big Ten as a former Ohio State defensive tackle and longtime Buckeyes assistant coach.He also was Ohio State's interim coach in 2011 after Jim Tressel's resignation amid NCAA violations. The Buckeyes finished 6-7.Dantonio, 63, stepped down down after 13 seasons in East Lansing as the winningest coach in Michigan State history. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year led the Spartans to a 114-57 record with 11 bowl appearances. The Spartans also played in a College Football Playoff semifinal in 2015 -- a 38-0 loss to eventual champion Alabama.
Utah QB Shelley to enter transfer portal

Utah QB Shelley to enter transfer portal

Utah quarterback Jason Shelley announced over social media that he is placing his name in the NCAA's transfer portal."After a lot of praying and talking with my family, I have decided to enter my name in the NCAA transfer portal," Shelley said in a statement on his Twitter account. "Thank you coaches for this opportunity to play for the University of Utah these last (three) seasons."Shelley's decision to look elsewhere comes two months after former South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley announced his desire to move to Utah as a graduate transfer. Bentley will be eligible to play for the Utes in the fall.If Shelley does transfer to another FBS program, he will have to miss the 2020 season due to NCAA transfer rules.Shelley has thrown for 1,205 yards and six touchdowns in 18 games over the last two seasons with Utah.Bentley was a starter for the Gamecocks for half of his freshman season in 2016, then throughout the next two campaigns. He played in just one game for the Gamecocks in 2019 as he sustained a season-ending foot injury in the opener against North Carolina.
Ex-Ohio State assistant Smith sentenced to jail time

Ex-Ohio State assistant Smith sentenced to jail time

Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith was sentenced to 20 days in jail and fined $750 for violating a protection order, the Columbus Dispatch reported.Smith was found guilty in December of violating the order, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was sentenced on Friday. The judge ordered him to serve 180 days in jail, with 160 days of the sentence suspended.The charge stemmed from an incident at his children's school last May. His ex-wife, who had an order of protection against him, was at the school when he tried to pick them up before his scheduled time, the Dispatch reported.
Cincinnati's Phillips named head coach at Youngstown State

Cincinnati's Phillips named head coach at Youngstown State

Youngstown State named Cincinnati running backs coach Doug Phillips as its head coach on Friday.He replaces Bo Pelini, who left FCS-level Youngstown State after five seasons to become defensive coordinator at LSU. Like Pelini, the 51-year-old Phillips is a Youngstown native.Phillips began his coaching career at Youngstown State in 1991 as a graduate assistant, learning under Jim Tressel. He moved on to the high school football coaching ranks from 1997 to 2005, then rejoined Tressel at Ohio State as defensive quality-control coach for a season in 2006. Tressel now is the president at Youngstown State.He was the defensive ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Bowling Green from 2007-08 before going to work as a high school administrator until 2015. He returned to college football in 2016 as director of player personnel at Iowa, then moved on to Cincinnati in 2017.
College football notebook: Clemson OC Elliott gets big raise

College football notebook: Clemson OC Elliott gets big raise

Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott received a big pay raise -- from $1 million to at least $1.6 million a year -- on Thursday when the university Board of Trustees approved the contracts of the Tigers' 10 assistant coaches.In 2020, Elliott becomes the Tigers' sole offensive coordinator after Jeff Scott departed to become South Florida's head coach, and the accompanying pay raise makes him among the highest-paid coaches at the position.ESPN said the trustees approved a three-year, $5.1 million deal that will pay him $1.6 million in 2020, $1.7 million in 2021 and $1.8 million in the final year of the deal.Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will earn $1.6 million this season, as well. With a salary of $2.5 million a year, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the nation.--Central Michigan will not admit former Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey as a student because of a Title IX allegation, meaning he will not join the Chippewas as a graduate transfer, the campus newspaper reported.Duffey told ESPN on Jan. 19 that he was heading to Central Michigan to play his final year of eligibility. The newspaper said, however, that a 2019 Title IX complaint against Duffey -- his second while a student at Texas Tech -- played a role in Central Michigan declining his admission.
Clemson OC Elliott becomes one of nation's highest-paid assistants

Clemson OC Elliott becomes one of nation's highest-paid assistants

Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott received a big pay raise -- from $1 million to at least $1.6 million a year -- on Thursday when the university Board of Trustees approved the contracts of the Tigers' 10 assistant coaches.In 2020, Elliott becomes the Tigers' sole offensive coordinator after Jeff Scott departed to become South Florida's head coach, and the accompanying pay raise makes him among the highest-paid coaches at the position.ESPN said the trustees approved a three-year, $5.1 million deal that will pay him $1.6 million in 2020, $1.7 million in 2021 and $1.8 million in the final year of the deal.Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will earn $1.6 million this season, as well.With a salary of $2.5 million a year, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the nation.
Report: Suspension of LSU's Starks stems from arrest

Report: Suspension of LSU's Starks stems from arrest

LSU, which indefinitely suspended freshman linebacker Donte Starks last week, did so a day after he was arrested in Marrero, La., nola.com reported.The 19-year-old was arrested Friday night on misdemeanor charges of illegally possessing a concealed handgun and attempting to run away from deputies, the outlet reported. He was suspended on Saturday, with coach Ed Orgeron citing a violation of team rules as the reason.Deputies were investigating a complaint about men selling crack cocaine when they encountered Starks, but no drugs were found. A loaded handgun was found in Starks' backpack, however, nola.com reported Wednesday.Starks appeared in three games for the undefeated national champions this season, mostly on special teams. He did not record a tackle.
Report: CMU won't admit transfer QB Duffey

Report: CMU won't admit transfer QB Duffey

Central Michigan will not admit former Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey as a student because of a Title IX allegation, meaning he will not join the Chippewas as a graduate transfer, the campus newspaper reported."Jett Duffey was not admitted and is not a student at Central Michigan University," Heather Smith, the campus' director of communications, said in an email to the Central Michigan Daily. "Thus, there is nothing the president or anyone else at the university would be able to comment on."Duffey told ESPN on Jan. 19 that he was heading to Central Michigan to play his final year of eligibility. The newspaper said, however, that a 2019 Title IX complaint against Duffey - his second while a student at Texas Tech - played a role in Central Michigan declining his admission.A female student at the university described to the newspaper how Duffey sexually assaulted her while she was incapacitated. The case was solved through mediation, and Duffey wasn't suspended from the team.He was suspended for two semesters, however, after being deemed responsible by a Title IX panel for two counts of sexual assault in 2017 against an incapacitated woman. A grand jury ruled there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute the case.He also was suspended for one week after being involved in a disturbance in front of a nightclub in Lubbock, Texas.Duffey's attorney, Chuck Lanehart, told ESPN that Duffey never faced any criminal charges."Jett is a talented football player, an excellent student, and he deserves a chance to continue his college playing career," Lanehart told ESPN. "He has consistently maintained his innocence of allegations of misconduct and has been cleared by Texas Tech of any Title IX allegations from 2019."
Pitt coach Narduzzi wants to ‘squash’ Michigan St. rumors

Pitt coach Narduzzi wants to ‘squash’ Michigan St. rumors

Pittsburgh Panthers head football coach Pat Narduzzi tried to make it abundantly clear Wednesday, which happened to be National Signing Day: He is staying put.The former Michigan State defensive coordinator has been the subject of rumors about moving on since Tuesday, when Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio announced his retirement."The rumors, squash them, whatever you want to call it," Narduzzi told reporters during a news conference. "I got decisions to make, too. I'm here at Pitt. I want to be here at Pitt. That's where I'm going to be."Narduzzi, who has compiled a 36-29 record at Pitt and led the Panthers to the ACC championship game in 2018, worked eight seasons for Dantonio, making him seem like a logical successor.Asked during his Wednesday news conference if he had been contacted by Michigan State about the opening, Narduzzi said, "Next question. C'mon now. ... Put it this way, my phone was blowing up (Tuesday) night."Narduzzi, whose contract runs through 2024, reiterated, "It's my ultimate goal to be here at Pitt. I came here to get a job done. We're just working on continuing to move forward."Again, we couldn't be in a better situation here at the University of Pittsburgh. We really couldn't. I'm blessed to be the head coach here and count my blessings every day. That's kind of the way it is."
Arizona St. promotes Lewis, Pierce as co-DCs

Arizona St. promotes Lewis, Pierce as co-DCs

Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards promoted special advisor Marvin Lewis and linebackers coach Antonio Pierce on Tuesday to serve as co-defensive coordinators for the 2020 season.The duo will replace Danny Gonzales, who left in December to be head coach at New Mexico. Tony White initially was named Gonzales' replacement, but he took a job as Syracuse's defensive coordinator on Tuesday.Lewis, 61, joined the Sun Devils as a special advisor last May after parting ways with the Cincinnati Bengals, ending a 16-year tenure as head coach.His background is defense, as he was a longtime linebackers coach in college, held the same position for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1992-95 and then coordinated the Baltimore Ravens' defense from 1996-2001, including the historic 2000 unit that won a Super Bowl."Marvin Lewis is someone that I have come to trust wholeheartedly during my career and his coaching acumen will prove to be invaluable as we continue to push this program forward," Edwards said in a statement.