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  • Briles officially out at Baylor
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Art Briles is officially out at Baylor.

    • The university announced Friday night that it reached agreement with the former coach on a termination of their "employment relationship" effective immediately.

      "Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes, including deficiencies in university processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities with the football program," a joint statement from Baylor and Briles read.

      Briles came under fire over the program's handling of sexual assault complaints against football players. He was initially suspended by the school's board of regents with intent to terminate in late May.

      Briles had challenged a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and said he would not settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who was raped by a Baylor football player. He claimed he was wrongfully terminated from his job but later withdrew his demand after reports surfaced that he had reached a settlment in his contract dispute with the school.

      There were eight years remaining on Briles' contract. No financial details of a settlement were made available by the private school.

      "Baylor wishes Coach Briles well in his future endeavors," the statement read. "Coach Briles expresses his thanks to the city of Waco and wishes the Baylor Bears success in the future."

      Jim Grobe was hired May 30 to serve as acting coach for the 2016 season. All of Briles' former assistants will remain on staff this season.

  • Miami LB Young suspended indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Miami junior linebacker Juwon Young has been "suspended indefinitely for a violation of department rules," athletic director James Blake announced in a press release on Friday.

    • Young was reportedly less than forthcoming during an athletic department investigation conducted by the compliance department. According to the Miami Herald, Young's use of a luxury vehicle is the subject of the investigation.

      The potential NCAA investigation leaves Young's future with the program in doubt.

      Junior defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad also is being investigated for a possible NCAA violation involving a vehicle.

      The Hurricanes are on NCAA probation until October for past violations.

      Young had 57 tackles last season. Muhammad is the team's top pass rusher and had five sacks in 2015.

  • Ex-Baylor commit WR Duvernay picks Texas
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Four-star wide receiver Devin Duvernay committed to Texas over TCU on Wednesday, just weeks after Baylor failed to submit his National Letter of Intent paperwork to the Big 12 office.

    • "I'm going to Texas," Duvernay said, via ESPN.com. "I just feel like they are coming up, and feel good about (head coach) Charlie Strong and his staff's plan and they are going to turn this thing around. I feel like (offensive coordinator) coach Sterlin Gilbert is kind of the missing piece to help out the offense. I feel like he can add me in, and add some speed to the receiving core."

      Duvernay made unofficial visits to Texas and TCU the last two weekends before picking the Longhorns. He plans to enroll at Texas for the second summer session July 11, according to ESPN.

      Duvernay previously was informed Baylor's recruits would not be released from National Letter of Intent papers that became official in February despite the ongoing sexual assault and violence scandal that prompted the firing of coach Art Briles.

      Because of a clerical error that led to Duvernay's paperwork not being filed with the Big 12 office, the No. 3-ranked wide receiver in the recruiting Class of 2016 was free to sign with another school, the conference said on June 2.

      More than 40 schools then reached out to Duvernay.

      Seven other members of Baylor's 2016 recruiting class -- including Duvernay's twin brother, Donovan -- are not as fortunate. Baylor plans to block the release of those players despite the coaching change and potential NCAA ramifications.

  • College football notebook: Harbaugh going to be a dad, again
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday his wife, Sarah, is expecting their fourth child.

    • "Attacking this pregnancy with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind," Harbaugh said.

      For the 52-year-old Harbaugh, this will be child No. 4 with his 37-year-old wife. He has three children from a previous marriage.

      One of those children, Jay, is the tight ends and special teams coach for the Wolverines.

      --New Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will be paid $1 million a season now that his three-year deal has been approved by Alabama trustees.

      Former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was making $1.5 million per season -- the most of any assistant in the country -- before leaving to take the head coaching job at Georgia.

      Coincidentally, Pruitt was the defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs under Mark Richt before being named to replace Smart.

      --Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer says there are lessons his Buckeyes can learn from the Cleveland Cavaliers' championship run.

      Meyer and LeBron James -- both from Northeastern Ohio -- have a forged a friendship. James is often seen on the Buckeyes' sideline and has helped motivate the Buckeyes at practices and before games.

      "God bless it did they play hard," Meyer told his team on Monday. "I know you might say, 'Well I'm not a Cavs guy,' but get something out of that. I know what I got out of that: I can't wait to do that again with a group of players."

  • Meyer motivates Buckeyes, singles out LeBron James
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer says there are lessons his Buckeyes can learn from the Cleveland Cavaliers' championship run.

    • Meyer and LeBron James -- both from Northeastern Ohio -- have a forged a friendship. James is often seen on the Buckeyes' sideline and has helped motivate the Buckeyes at practices and before games.

      But James' latest exploits -- leading the Cavaliers to an improbable world championship after being down 3-1 to the Golden State Warriors -- might give the most fodder for Meyer to get his players to understand the team concept and meaning of sacrifice.

      "God bless it did they play hard," Meyer told his team on Monday. "I know you might say, 'Well I'm not a Cavs guy,' but get something out of that. I know what I got out of that: I can't wait to do that again with a group of players."

  • 'Bama DC Pruitt to earn $1 million
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    New Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will be paid $1 million a season now that his three-year deal has been approved by Alabama trustees.

    • Former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was making $1.5 million per season -- the most of any assistant in the country -- before leaving to take the head coaching job at Georgia.

      Coincidentally, Pruitt was the defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs under Mark Richt before being named to replace Smart.

      All of Nick Saban's assistant coaches received raises except for offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Kiffin is entering the final year of a three-year deal worth $2.074 million. He still is being paid from when he was head coach at Southern California.

  • Harbaugh to be father for seventh time
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday his wife, Sarah, is expecting their fourth child.

    • "Attacking this pregnancy with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind," Harbaugh said.

      For the 52-year-old Harbaugh, this will be child No. 4 with his 37-year-old wife. He has three children from a previous marriage.

      One of those children, Jay, is the tight ends and special teams coach for the Wolverines.

      The elder Harbaugh is embracing the moment.

      "It feels great. There's nothing I'd rather be defined as more than as a dad," Harbaugh said. "People define us as men in a lot of ways: doctor, lawyer, dentist, construction worker, teacher, coach. But being called a dad is the defining moment."

  • Baylor rape victim files lawsuit
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 20, 2016

    Former Baylor head coach Art Briles faces a federal lawsuit from a sexual assault victim who claimed he never went through with a promised apology and a pledge of support after the incident.

    • Jasmin Anderson, a former Baylor student, was raped by former football player Tevin Elliott in 2012. Elliott was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 for sexually assaulting her.

      Anderson said in a lawsuit that Briles pledged to support her and to offer an apology, which never came. The suit also alleged that Baylor created a "hunting ground for sexual predators."

      Last week, Baylor reportedly reached a financial settlement with Briles, who stepped down in May.

      In March, Hernandez also sued the university, Briles and McCaw for failure to comply with Title IX laws. University chancellor Ken Starr was reassigned.

      Hernandez apparently was frustrated during meetings last weekend with financial posturing. Starr was demoted in the wake of the scandal after an independent investigation determined the school ignored the claims of discrimination.

  • Alabama's Robinson, Jones won't be prosecuted
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 20, 2016

    Alabama star left tackle Cam Robinson has avoided prosecution, for now.

    • Robinson and reserve defensive back Hootie Jones were arrested in May in Monroe, La. Robinson was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound All-American also was charged with the illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of narcotics.

      Jones was facing the same two lesser charges as Robinson.

      But on Monday, the district attorney in Monroe declined to prosecute, saying there was not sufficient evidence.

      "I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning," District Attorney Jerry Jones told KNOE-TV of Monroe.

      But the charges were not dropped completely, however. The case could proceed in the future if new evidence is presented.

      According to a police report, the two players were arrested in a Monroe park on May 17 when an officer approached a parked car around 2 a.m. and smelled marijuana.

      A bag of pot was found and Jones is alleged to have had a gun on his lap. According to the police report, a stolen gun was under Robinson's seat.

      Robinson has started 29 games for the Crimson Tide. Coach Nick Saban had said he would let the legal process run its course before deciding how to punish the two players.

  • Ex-Vanderbilt player found guilty of rape
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 19, 2016

    Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on five counts late Saturday night in the 2013 gang rape of an unconscious woman in a campus dorm room.

    • A jury in Nashville, Tenn., returned the verdict hours after testimony concluded in the case. Among the charges in which Vandenburg, 23, was found guilty were aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

      Vandenburg faces a 15-to-25-year prison sentence. He was taken into custody after the verdict.

      Vandenburg was pinpointed as the ringleader in the assault, according to testimony from co-defendant and former teammate Jaborian McKenzie. Vandenburg was dating the woman and recorded the attack on his phone.

      Two other former Vanderbilt football players -- Corey Batey and Brandon Banks -- also participated in the attack. Batey was found guilty in April and is scheduled to be sentenced in July while McKenzie and Banks are awaiting trial after entering not guilty pleas.

      The woman testified she met up with Vandenburg at a local bar June 22, 2013 and drank a cup of blue liquid he provided her. She said she remembers nothing from that point until 8 a.m. the next morning.

      The four players allegedly dragged the unconscious woman into Vandenburg's dorm room, where the assault took place.

  • Oklahoma State's Gundy lands two-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 17, 2016

    Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy received a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the Oklahoma State/A&M Board of Regents announced on Friday.

    • The regents unanimously approved the extension in which Gundy will earn $4.15 million - $3.55 million in salary and $600,000 in retirement -- in both 2020 and 2021.

      Gundy is currently working under an eight-year, $29.725-millon deal that ends in 2019. He has a 94-47 record in 11 seasons as coach of the Cowboys.

      "Coach Gundy runs the program the right way," Joe Hall, the chair of the regents, said in a statement. "We appreciate the integrity of the football operations from top to bottom. He is unwilling to compromise on the high standards he sets for his coaches, staff and players, and he leads by example. We were reminded earlier this year of the importance of having a coach who does things the right way and puts the interest of the university and team first."

      Oklahoma State university president Burns Hargis said it was important to extend Gundy's contract.

      "We wanted to be sure that everybody knew that he was our guy," Hargis said in a statement. "I think recruits and assistant coaches want to know that the coach that hired you is going to be the coach that's there. So we thought it was important with just four years left to make a statement in that regard."

  • Briles reportedly reaches settlement with Baylor
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 17, 2016

    Former Baylor football coach Art Briles has reportedly reached a settlement with the university, stemming from his recent dismissal in the wake of how sexual assault allegations were handled by the football program.

    • The settlement, first reported by Bleacher Report, comes one day after Briles filed a motion accusing Baylor of wrongful termination.

      Briles was owed $40 million for the eight years remaining on a contract. Details of the settlement haven't been divulged.

      Briles went 65-37 in eight seasons at the school before being removed as coach in the wake of a report on the football program's handling of sexual assaults by the law firm Pepper Hamilton.

      The report said Baylor failed to properly respond to sexual assaults.

      Briles accused the university of wrongful termination and his attorney strongly chastised the school in the motion as part of a lawsuit filed by rape victim Jasmin Hernandez.

      Briles' attorney, Ernest Cannon, said Baylor was using Briles as a scapegoat after failing to adequately handle allegations of sexual assault.

      Briles is named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit filed in March by Hernandez, a former Baylor student who cited Title IX violations. Hernandez was raped in 2012 by football player Tevin Elliott, who was convicted and received a 20-year prison sentence.

      Hernandez has chosen to be identified as she is speaking publicly to draw attention to the situation.

  • Briles accuses Baylor of wrongful termination
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Former Baylor coach Art Briles accused the university of wrongful termination and his attorney strongly chastised the school in a motion filed Thursday as part of a lawsuit filed by rape victim Jasmin Hernandez.

    • Briles' attorney, Ernest Cannon, said Baylor is using Briles as a scapegoat after failing to adequately handle allegations of sexual assault.

      "The conclusion is inescapable that the motive of Baylor and the Board of Regents was to use its head football coach and the Baylor athletic department as a camouflage to disguise and distract from its own institutional failure to comply," Cannon wrote to university attorneys.

      The letter suggests that Briles is prepared to engage in a lengthy legal fight with his former employers. Briles went 65-37 in eight seasons at the school before being removed as coach in the wake of a report on the football program's handling of sexual assaults by the law firm Pepper Hamilton.

      The report said Baylor failed to properly respond to sexual assaults and it also led to the departure of athletic director Ian McCaw and the demotion of university president Kenneth Starr to chancellor.

      Briles said he still hasn't seen the evidence the school used to make the decision on his status.

      Briles is named as a co-defendant in the lawsuit filed in March by Hernandez, a former Baylor student who cited Title IX violations. Hernandez was raped in 2012 by football player Tevin Elliott, who was convicted and received a 20-year prison sentence.

      Hernandez has chosen to be identified as she is speaking publicly to draw attention to the situation.

      In another development, three women filed a Title IX lawsuit of their own over Baylor's handling of the sexual assaults.

      The women claim they were victims of "student-on-student sexual assault and subsequent sex-based harassment."

  • Notre Dame WR Robinson retires due to concussions
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson has decided to give up football due to a history of concussions, but will remain with the team as a student assistant during the 2016 season.

    • Robinson, the son of basketball Hall of Fame center David Robinson, sustained three concussions during the past year, including one during spring practice, and met with a head injury specialist in April.

      The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Robinson sat out the spring game and was not involved in summer workouts before coming to a decision to give up football entering his senior season.

      In three seasons with the Irish, Robinson caught 65 passes for 896 yards and seven touchdowns.

      "After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue playing football due to multiple concussions," Robinson said in a statement. "I couldn't have come to this difficult personal decision without the incredible support from so many within the Notre Dame football program. I am extremely thankful to Coach (Brian) Kelly and his staff for the life-changing opportunity to play football at the greatest university in the world."

      The multitalented Robinson was elected student body president at Notre Dame in February and sang the national anthem before an NBA game between the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks in April.

      On the field, the San Antonio native had 16 receptions for 200 yards and one touchdown as a junior after making 40 catches for 539 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014.

      "This was an extremely tough decision for Corey," Kelly said. "He's such a committed kid to everything he does -- whether it be academics, football, community service or campus leadership initiatives -- that he wanted to finish his four-year career on the field. He was so excited to lead a group of young receivers this fall.

      "While that won't happen in the manner Corey initially intended, he will remain involved with the program on a day-to-day basis as a student assistant. He sets a remarkable example for all of our players -- not only how to represent yourself on and off the field but also how working hard through adversity can lead to tremendous success."

  • Report: Baylor to settle with Briles
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Art Briles will not be brought back as Baylor coach in 2017, according to a report Wednesday.

    • After USA Today reported Monday that some Baylor donors wanted Briles to serve a one-year suspension and then return to coaching, sources told HornsDigest.com on Wednesday that contract settlement talks between Briles and the school are taking place.

      A Baylor spokesperson had told the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday that the school's board of regents did not vote on the status of Briles, who was suspended May 26 with intent to terminate after the reports of sexual assaults involving members of the football team and the manner in which the program handled the allegations surfaced.

      Briles, 60, was 65-37 in eight seasons while taking the program to unprecedented heights. The Bears have won 10 or more games in four of the past five seasons.

      Briles had eight years and nearly $40 million in guaranteed salary left on his contract when he was let go amid detailed findings that revealed the football program turned a cold shoulder to alleged victims of sexual assault and violence.

      HornsDigest.com reported that the settlement would be in the $20 million range.

      Baylor hired former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe as interim coach on May 30.

      Bob Simpson, a Baylor booster and co-owner of the Texas Rangers, told The Dallas Morning News that he supported bringing Briles back.

      "We'd like to see that," Simpson said.

  • Former Baylor signee headed to Oklahoma State
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    A member of Baylor's 2016 recruiting class was granted a release from his letter of intent and committed to play for Oklahoma State.

    • Defensive tackle D.Q. Osborne transferred to Baylor in February from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College, but after the sexual assault scandal created a firestorm at the school this spring decided to leave.

      The 6-foot, 310-pound Osborne, a junior, will be eligible to play this fall for the Cowboys. He also considered Texas Tech and New Mexico.

      "I liked the coaches and the campus is beautiful," Osborne told Scout.com. "I can see myself playing football here the next two years and enjoying being at the school. I enjoyed everything about my visit. Yes, I am happy to know where I am going to be playing football and going to school for the next two years."

      As many as seven Baylor signees are trying to secure releases from their letters of intent to transfer elsewhere, but Osborne was not one of the seven.

  • Illini DL pleads not guilty to battery
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 13, 2016

    Senior defensive lineman Jarrod "Chunky" Clements of Illinois pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight at a party in March and has entered a program that could see the charge reduced or dropped.

    • Clements' attorney, Evan Bruno, said Monday the 6-3, 290-pound Clements allegedly punched another man at a party on March 4, was charged on April 28 and entered a plea June 3.

      Tony Lozar, Champaign County lead prosecutor, said Clements is taking part in a program that allows those accused of lower-level crimes to perform community service and have charges reduced or dropped.

      Clements was given 20 hours of community service.

      Illinois coach Lovie Smith said in a statement that he is "disappointed" in Clements and will "reinforce" Illinois' expectations for its athletes.

  • Baylor reportedly considering one-year suspension for Briles
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 13, 2016

    Some of Baylor's biggest donors reportedly are pushing to bring back Art Briles as football coach in 2017.

    • USA TODAY Sports reported Monday that a "small minority" of Baylor donors want Briles to serve a one-year suspension and then return to coaching, but the newspaper reported it was "unlikely" to happen.

      Horns Digest reported that the Baylor board of regents would vote Monday night on whether to bring back Briles, citing a source. Waco television station KWTX, citing sources, also reported that a "very close" vote was scheduled for Monday.

      Baylor suspended Briles on May 26 "with an intent to terminate" amid the controversy over the school's handling of rape allegations involving football players.

      In the wake of an investigation detailing a pattern of sexual assaults at the school, president Ken Starr was removed and athletic director Ian McCaw resigned. Starr also later resigned from his new position as chancellor but will continue to teach in the law school.

      According to KCEN-TV, Bears players have been informed of the plan to try to bring back Briles.

      "We don't know yet. We'd like to see that," Bob Simpson, a co-owner of the Texas Rangers and Baylor donor, told the Dallas Morning News.

      Briles, 60, was 65-37 in eight seasons while taking the program to unprecedented heights. The Bears have won 10 or more games in four of the past five seasons.

      Briles had eight years left on his contract when he was let go amid detailed findings that revealed the football program turned a cold shoulder to alleged victims of sexual assault and violence.

      Briles' dismissal was prompted by the findings of independent law firm Pepper Hamilton, LLP, which conducted an investigation into how the school handled numerous alleged sexual assaults, including incidents involving several Baylor football players.

      Baylor hired former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe as interim coach on May 30. Since the decision to severe ties with Briles, the majority of players in the 2017 recruiting class have backed out of their commitments and some of the incoming players have requested to be allowed to leave and enroll at other schools.

  • Florida AD Foley retiring after 25 years
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 13, 2016

    Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley announced Monday he is retiring after 25 years overseeing the Gators' athletic department.

    • The 63-year-old Foley informed Florida's head coaches and staff members that he will step down effective Oct. 1 after working at the school since 1976.

      "After a long period of thought and consideration, I have made a decision to retire as the Athletics Director effective October 1, 2016," Foley said in a statement through the school. "As difficult as a decision it has been to make, I know the time is right.

      "So many memories. Of championships won. Of teams setting goals and then achieving them. The passion shown by Florida fans across the state, nation and world. Those letters or emails from student-athletes after they receive their degrees, so appreciative of their Gator experience. Those are what I'll take with me because they are a part of me. This is a special place built by the effort, passion and drive of our coaches and student-athletes."

      Foley took over for Bill Arnsparger as athletic director in 1992 at age 39. Foley will stay with the university as emeritus athletic director as part of his contract agreement.

      "I want to do what's right for Florida,'' Foley said. "That's why I have spent a lot of time thinking it through. And I want to make sure everyone understands this is my decision. I'm not sick; I'm not dissatisfied; I'm not getting pushed. It happens to all of us. The time comes."

      Under Foley as athletic director, 27 Gators teams won national championships -- tied for the most among sitting athletic directors.

      "Jeremy's amazing accomplishments as Athletics Director are well known, and the university is very grateful to him for the national championships, a winning sports program that is highly ranked year after year, and the growth of women's sports," Florida president Kent Fuchs said in a statement. "Jeremy also has a well-deserved reputation for recruiting the nation's most talented coaches and building an athletic association that is recognized as among the very best in the country."

      Foley is the only athletic director in Division I history to oversee a program that won multiple national titles in football (1996, 2006, 2008) and men's basketball (2006, 2007). The Gators won the SEC All-Sports Trophy in 24 of Foley's 25 years as Florida AD.

      The Gators won back-to-back men's basketball titles under coach Billy Donovan, whom Foley hired in 1996 at the age of 29.

      "What a privilege it has been to be a part of this athletic program," Foley said. "It's never been a job -- the relentless energy from the student-athletes and coaches ensured that. I've worked with some of the best in the business and met some truly outstanding people. I've been part of some memorable Gator events and championships. I came to work every day with a staff full of friends and we've shared every emotion along the way. I have been truly blessed with a career I have loved at a place I love."

  • LB Harris leaving Iowa State as grad transfer
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 10, 2016

    Starting Iowa State linebacker Jordan Harris plans to play his final season at a school closer to home as a graduate transfer.

    • The senior, a Mississippi native, started all 12 games in 2015, finishing third on the team with 70 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 233-pound Harris was expected to anchor the middle of the Cyclones' defense, which ranked 97th in the country last season with 32.7 points allowed per game.

      "Jordan has done everything we have asked him to do since the first day I got here," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said in a statement Thursday. "He's a great person and a great teammate. In our meetings recently, Jordan expressed interest in finishing out his career closer to his family. I have the utmost respect for Jordan and we will fully support him in his decision."

      Harris played two seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. He sat out his first season at Iowa State as a redshirt in 2014.

      "Iowa State helped me become the man I am today," Harris said. "From my teammates, the old coaching staff to the new coaching staff, everybody has played a big role in helping me. I am happy I got my degree from Iowa State, which will open up many more doors for me in the future. I want to finish out my final year where my family can be more involved."

  • Report: Woman claims she was raped by current Baylor player
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Another woman is alleging that she was raped by a current member of the Baylor football team.

    • A Baylor senior identified as "Ally" told KCEN-TV in Waco, Texas that she was sexually assaulted in the spring of 2014.

      The woman was a freshman at the time. She said she is afraid of retaliation from the unidentified player, who she tries to avoid on campus.

      She said she went to the campus health clinic the morning after the incident but that the assault wasn't reported to police or campus officials.

      "I agreed to kiss him, I didn't think that from that it would escalate to him being on top of me and completely disregarding anything that was coming out of my mouth," the woman told KCEN.

      She told the station she once contacted the counseling department but felt the "football aspect" deterred that office would being more helpful.

      "You know, it seemed like something they didn't want to attack, they didn't want to address," she said.

      The Baylor football program has been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal that is resulting in the departure of coach Art Briles.

      Briles was fired, athletic director Ian McCaw resigned and university president Kenneth Starr was demoted and later resigned as chancellor in the aftermath of a scathing report by the independent law firm Pepper Hamilton, LLP. The entity conducted an investigation into how the school handled numerous alleged sexual assaults, including incidents involving several Baylor football players.

      The report unveiled the following issues regarding the football program:

      "Baylor failed to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players. The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University.

      "In certain instances, including reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics. In those instances, football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant and/or a parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct.

      "As a result, no action was taken to support complainants, fairly and impartially evaluate the conduct under Title IX, address identified cultural concerns within the football program, or protect campus safety once aware of a potential pattern of sexual violence by multiple football players."

      Hamilton found that the university's student conduct processes "were wholly inadequate to consistently provide a prompt and equitable response under Title IX," and failed to eliminate a "potential hostile environment."

  • Baylor enrollee wants out
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    A freshman wide receiver who enrolled in January at Baylor wants to bail.

    • Tren'Davian Dickson requested a release from his national letter of intent and intends to transfer, according to reports on Wednesday.

      Dickson is awaiting a response from the school, which has 30 days to grant his release or deny it. He went through spring practice with the team before the sexual assault scandal thar rocked the program led to the dismissal of former coach Art Briles last month.

      Last week, Dickson said he met with the Baylor coaching staff and then returned to his home in Navasota, Texas.

      As a member of the team who enrolled in school early, Dickson would be required to sit out the 2016 season as a transfer before becoming eligible at another university. He told ESPN that Baylor, which can restrict his transfer options, will not allow him to leave for another Big 12 program.

      The former four-star prospect was ranked No. 33 overall by Scout.com in the Class of 2016. He set a high school record with 39 touchdown receptions during the 2014 season.

      Dickson is part of an exodus of incoming freshmen who decided to play elsewhere. Among them are wide receiver Devin Duvernay, offensive lineman B.J. Autry and defensive lineman Jeremy Faulk. Several others are still seeking releases from their letters of intent.

  • College football notebook: Mora receives two-year extension at UCLA
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero announced the school reached a two-year extension with Jim Mora that puts the football coach under contract through the 2021 season.

    • No financial details were disclosed, but Mora was set to earn $3.35 million in 2015, second only to Washington's Chris Petersen ($3.402 million) among Pac-12 coaches.

      Mora is 37-16 with the Bruins, tying the program record for most victories through the first four seasons of a career, although he is a modest 23-13 in conference play.

      --Western Kentucky announced quarterback Nelson Fishback will miss four to six months after pectoral surgery. He had been a contender to replace starter Brandon Doughty, a seventh-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2016 NFL Draft.

      WKU also added former Wake Forest quarterback Steve Donatell to the roster, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

      --Former Buffalo tight end Matt Seybert announced he will transfer to Michigan State.

      A member of Buffalo's 2015 recruiting class, Seybert did not play as a true freshman and will need to sit out the upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules.

      [ The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Seybert played for St. Francis High in Michigan and reportedly had interest from Eastern Michigan among other schools as he considered his options.

  • Spartans land TE transfer from Buffalo
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Former Buffalo tight end Matt Seybert announced he will transfer to Michigan State.

    • A member of Buffalo's 2015 recruiting class, Seybert did not play as a true freshman and will need to sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules.

      The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Seybert played for St. Francis High in Michigan, and reportedly had interest from Eastern Michigan among other schools as he considered where to transfer to.

  • WKU loses QB Fishback for 4-6 months
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Western Kentucky announced quarterback Nelson Fishback will miss 4-6 months following pectoral surgery. Fishback had been a contender to replace 2015 starter Brandon Doughty, a seventh-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2016 NFL Draft.

    • "This is extremely disappointing for Nelson," WKU head coach Jeff Brohm said in a statement Tuesday. "He has worked hard to put himself in this position and is a young man who does all of the things you would want out of your quarterback. Nelson has always been the kind of teammate you want to have inside and outside of the locker room."

      Fishback, who completed 7-of-8 passes for 70 yards six games last season, announced on Twitter that he had suffered a "season ending injury" and that he planned on finishing his masters degree while not discussing his football future.

      WKU also added former Wake Forest quarterback Steve Donatell to the roster, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

      Donatell said in March that he intended to continue his career at WKU, and will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer. The Hilltoppers are looking to replace Tyler Higbee, a fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams.

      Donatell began his career at Wake Forest as a linebacker, moving to tght end last year and going on to catch three passes for 31 yards.