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  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    Army-Navy will not move to accommodate CFP
    By The Sports Xchange

    The College Football Playoff final regular-season rankings and playoff pairings will be announced before the Army-Navy game the next four years and the service academics have no plans to change the date for their annual rivalry showdown.

    • This fall, the final CFP rankings and pairings are due out Dec. 6 after many conferences play their championship games. Army-Navy will take place six days later on Dec. 12.

      "We have no intention of moving it. None," Navy athletics director Chet Gladchuk told USA Today on Friday. "It would show that we've realigned our priorities in a way that doesn't complement our mission. We can't do it. It's something that's that special.

      "If it means that we've got to sacrifice the opportunity to participate in the playoff system, then that's something we'll have to deal with. We'll have to work on that."

      Army and Navy have a 10-year television agreement to broadcast the game that runs through 2018.

      "I think it is a stand-alone game," Army athletics director Boo Corrigan said. "I think we do hold a place in the history of college football. And the idea of that game being a stand-alone is very, very important to us."

      Navy begins competition this fall in the American Athletic Conference after years as a football independent. The league membership puts the Midshipmen in the running for a potential playoff spot.

      "Every non-BCS team wants to go to (an access bowl)," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "You want to be that school. It's what you shoot for. Just like the big guys, if you're part of that, you want to be in the final four."

      Army's only chance to reach the CFP as an independent would be to finish in the top four of the rankings at the end of the season.

      "From our standpoint, if we're in a situation where we're 11-0 going into that game, that's a great story for college football," Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said. "That's a great story for Army West Point. Let's get to that point and make it be a story."

      The CFP playoff committee said it is seeking a solution to the schedule conflict annd making progress.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    North Carolina receives notice of academic fraud allegations
    By The Sports Xchange

    The University of North Carolina said Friday it has received notice from the NCAA regarding allegations of academic fraud committed within the athletic department.

    • "We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA's 90-day deadline," UNC chancellor Carol L. Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.

      "The University will publicly release the NCAA's notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA's allegations, we will follow this same release process."

      The NCAA last year reopened its 2011 investigation of academic irregularities at the school, noting that it had access to new witnesses who had not stepped forward previously. The 2011 investigation dug into reports of no-show courses, phony grades and other academic fraud, but yielded no significant penalties.

      An independent investigation conducted in 2014 found evidence that the school's athletes, specifically men's basketball and football players, were enrolled in no-show classes at the university in order to raise their GPA and maintain eligibility.

      According to results of an independent investigation, hundreds of athletes at the school enrolled in classes they didn't have to attend and received artificially inflated grades in far-reaching academic fraud over an 18-year period.

      The report commissioned by the university was released Oct. 22 by Kenneth Wainstein, who is a former federal prosecutor and FBI counsel now working for a Washington D.C. law firm. The report was conducted over eight months and included 126 interviews.

      More than 3,100 students were involved and student-athletes accounted for 47.4 percent of the course enrollments.

      The report said school academic advisers steered students and athletes into sham classes, but the findings do not directly implicate coaches or athletic administrators in the scheme.

      The investigator called it a "shadow curriculum." The report said academic advisers in UNC's athletic department colluded with the manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department for student-athletes to take classes to boost their grade-point averages and keep them eligible in their respective sports.

      The classes, in place from 1993 to 2011, allowed a student to write a paper of at least 10 pages, rather than attend lectures or meeting with professors.

      In January, two former North Carolina athletes sued the NCAA and the school, accusing the NCAA of ignoring cases of academic fraud at the school.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Golson chooses Florida State
    By The Sports Xchange

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State landed the services of a player who nearly single-handedly beat the Seminoles last year: former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.

    • Golson announced his decision to leave South Bend on Tuesday, ending months of speculation about where the former Fighting Irish starter would land after he publicly declared last year that he wanted to play his final season elsewhere.

      Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday, making him eligible to immediately transfer to any Division I program, per NCAA rules.

      "I cannot wait to get started," Golson, who came one play from knocking off No. 2 FSU last fall before Notre Dame lost 31-27, told Fox Sports shortly after the announcement. "To coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family."

      Golson's arrival immediately improves Florida State's quarterback situation, which was riddled with uncertainty after the departure of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, a sophomore who left school early and was ultimately chosen No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in last month's NFL Draft.

      Before Golson, Florida State appeared ready to turn to junior Sean Maguire, whose brief stints subbing for Winston last year were shaky, completing 38 of 70 passes for 455 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions.

      Maguire has started just one game in his career. Meanwhile, Golson has 25 starts under his belt, including in the 2012 BCS National Championship game, which the Irish lost to Alabama.

      Golson, a dual-threat quarterback that Florida State hasn't seen in years, missed the 2013 season because of an academic violation but returned with a vengeance last season, passing for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also rushed for eight touchdowns.

      In the Fighting Irish's loss to the Seminoles on Oct. 18. Golson was 31-of-52 passing for 313 yards and three scores.

      Golson's mobility was a huge problem even for Florida State's speedy defense, and there was little doubt after that game he captured the attention of Fisher, who praised Golson for standing "toe to toe" win Winston and compared their battle with "Ali/Frazier, Thrilla in Manilla."

      "Their quarterback is a heck of a player," Fisher said of Golson after the win.

      There are concerns about Golson's propensity for turning the ball over; he had 22 last year. However, Winston wasn't far behind Golson with 20, and the Seminoles seemed to manage.

      While it isn't clear if Golson was promised the starting job at Florida State, it's clearly his to lose going into the fall as he instantly become the most accomplished quarterback on the Seminoles' roster.

      The South Carolina native briefly considered other schools, such as the Gamecocks, the University of Florida and Georgia before picking Florida State.

      "The support I've received there (Notre Dame) over the past four years has helped strengthen my integrity, wisdom and character," he said Tuesday. "I would like to thank all of the coaches who spent time speaking with me these past few weeks and considered adding me to their football programs."

      One of the reasons Golson likely chose Florida State is because the ACC has no restrictions on accepting graduate transfers. The SEC does, and there were questions whether the SEC would grant a waiver had he picked a program in that conference.

      Golson joins a Florida State program that has gone 27-1 during the past two seasons and won three straight ACC titles. And while many college football analysts considered the Seminoles to be in rebuilding mode entering this season, Golson once again puts them in the conversation.

      Florida State's players seem to be excited about that.

      "YESSSSS!!! Welcome to the family EG!," Seminoles star returner and defensive back Jalen Ramsey tweeted after the announcement. "#Nolenation The Rich Keep Getting Richer!"

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    West Virginia loses three players to transfers
    By The Sports Xchange

    The West Virginia Mountaineers confirmed senior cornerback Jaylon Myers, sophomore safety Malik Greaves and sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Tezeno intend to transfer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    • Myers recorded seven tackles in 11 games last season and will have one season of eligibility remaining. Graves did not record and statistics in one game in 2014.

      Tezeno, a little-used reserve last year, announced on Instagram that he plans to transfer to Sam Houston State.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    College football notebook: Golson delays decision
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday, delayed announcing Monday where he would transfer. Because he has earned a degree, he will be eligible to play his final season this fall.

    • Many expected Golson to announce he was transferring to Florida State. Despite saying he wants to visit other schools, the Seminoles remain the favorite to land Golson.

      Last week, he visited Florida State, Florida and Georgia. According to ESPN, Alabama, South Carolina, LSU and UCLA also are interested in getting Golson on campus.

      In 2012, Golson led the Irish to an undefeated regular season before losing to Alabama in the BCS National Championship game.

      He sat out the 2013 season on academic suspension and returned last season.

      --Oklahoma Sooners sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young has been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules.

      In 2014, Young was fourth on the team with 19 receptions and 225 yards. He started three games and appeared in 12.

      --Offensive lineman Darius James intends to transfer to the Auburn Tigers after stating earlier this month that he planned to leave the Texas Longhorns, according to 247Sports.com.

      He will need to sit out the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    QB Golson delays announcing transfer decision
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday, delayed announcing Monday where he would transfer. Because he has earned a degree, he will be eligible to play his final season this fall.

    • Many expected Golson to announce he was transferring to Florida State. Despite saying he wants to visit other schools, the Seminoles remain the favorite to land Golson.

      Last week, he visited Florida State, Florida and Georgia. According to ESPN, Alabama, South Carolina, LSU and UCLA also are interested in getting Golson on campus.

      In 2012, Golson led the Irish to an undefeated regular season before losing to Alabama in the BCS National Championship game.

      He sat out the 2013 season on academic suspension and returned last season. He threw for 3,455 yards with 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year and lost his starting job to Malik Zaire because of turnovers.

      He has 32 turnovers in 26 career games.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    Oklahoma WR Young dismissed from team
    By The Sports Xchange

    Oklahoma Sooners sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young has been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules.

    • A school spokesperson confirmed Sunday that Young was no longer with coach Bob Stoops' program.

      In 2014, Young was fourth on the team with 19 receptions and 225 yards. He started three games and appeared in 12.

      Young, from Perris, Calif., caught three passes for 28 yards in the Red-White spring game last month,

  • Monday, May 18, 2015
    Report: Auburn lands Texas transfer James
    By The Sports Xchange

    Offensive lineman Darius James intends to transfer to the Auburn Tigers after starting earlier this month that he planned to leave the Texas Longhorns, according to 247Sports.com.

    • He will need to sit out the 2015 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

      A former four-star recruit by Rivals.com rated as the No. 1 center in the country, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound James redshirted as a freshman and then started two games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

  • Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Virginia QB Lambert will transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Greyson Lambert, former starting quarterback and co-captain at Virginia, said on Saturday that he will transfer.

    • Lambert made the announcement in a post on Twitter the same day he received his degree in graduation ceremonies at the school in Charlottesville, Va.

      The 6-foot-5 Lambert was anointed as the starter before last season, but was benched before halftime in the opener against UCLA and shared the job with Matt Johns for the rest of the season.

      Johns won the starting job this year in spring practice and in a news conference after releasing the depth chart, coach Mike London said the battle for the quarterback spot "wasn't close."

      Lambert was the second scholarship quarterback to leave Virginia in the last week, as redshirt freshman Crowin Cutler made a similar announcement on Twitter earlier in the week.

  • Friday, May 15, 2015
    Golson's school decision could come Monday
    By The Sports Xchange

    Quarterback Everett Golson, who has announced that he will spent his final college season at a school other than Notre Dame, is expected to announce his choice of college on Monday, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday.

    • The leading candidate for Golson's services appears to be Florida State.

      He visited with Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher on Monday and seemed impressed with Florida State. Fisher is looking for a replacement for Jameis Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in the recent NFL Draft who led the Seminoles to the national championship in 2013 and a berth in the four-team national playoff in 2014.

      Golson is scheduled to graduate from Notre Dame on Sunday, and he would be eligible to play his final season of college football immediately at another school.

      Golson has said he wanted to play closer to his hometown of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and he also also visited Florida and Georgia, according to reports.

      Redshirt junior Sean Maguire emerged from spring practice as the leading candidate to replace Winston as the Seminoles' quarterback. But presumably Golson would be given every opportunity to win the starting job in his only season at Florida State.

      Golson was Notre Dame's quarterback in its loss to Alabama in the 2012 national championship game. However, he missed the 2013 season while serving a school suspension for an academic violation. He returned to Notre Dame for the 2014 season.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015
    College football attendance declines
    By The Sports Xchange

    College football experienced a downturn in attendance last year, with average crowds shrinking by more than 1,000 fans per game at the FBS level.

    • Crowds at what formerly was known at Division I schools averaged 44,603 in 2014, the lowest figure since 2003 and a drop of 2.3 percent over 2013.

      The decline was most evident at Michigan, which didn't finish as the FBS attendance leader for only the second time since 1974, according to ESPN. The Wolverines had the sixth largest drop in the country, averaging 6.683 fewer fans after struggling on the field in 2014.

      Big Ten rival Ohio State bucked the trend and rose to the top of FBS attendance with an average of 106,296 fans, an increase of 1,300 from the previous season.

      The defending national champion Buckeyes continued their upward trend by drawing a record 99,391 in April to their spring game in Ohio Stadium.

      Texas A&M averaged 105,123 fans and passed rival Texas for the first time. The Aggies led FBS with a rise of 17,998 fans after a Kyle Field expansion.

      Surprisingly, the second biggest jump came at UAB, which went from 10,548 fans in 2013 to 21,841 in 2014 before the program was cut by the school.

      Other schools with significant boosts were Florida State and Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers.

      The biggest drop-offs were seen at Purdue, which was down 13,684 fans, Akron (8,680) and Pittsburgh (8,426).

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Michigan AD for football Minick suspended
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan indefinitely suspended associate athletic director for football Jim Minick on Wednesday after he was arrested last weekend on suspicion for driving under the influence of alcohol.

    • Minick, 50, was hired in January at Michigan after Jim Harbaugh became the head coach.

      "Jim Minick made a regrettable decision last week and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated," Harbaugh said. "Jim makes no excuses, regrets this decision and understands the consequences for his actions.

      "Due to the serious nature of this event, Jim Minick has been suspended indefinitely and we ask for your understanding while we address the situation."

      Minick, a retired Marine colonel and longtime Harbaugh friend with no football background, was arrested in Pittsfield Township, Mich., at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a crash. He told police that he was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

      Officers suspected that Minick had been drinking, but he refused a breathalyzer and a blood sample was drawn. Charges are pending the toxicology report.

      "I'm not going to make any excuses," Minick said. "I'll face the consequences of my actions. I regret the difficult position in which this has put my family and my employer."

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    College football notebook: Florida QB Mornhinweg transferring
    By The Sports Xchange

    Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has decided to transfer to Columbia University, leaving sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier as the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the Florida roster.

    • Gators coach Jim McElwain declined to confirm a report that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson visited Florida on Tuesday. Golson visited Florida State on Monday and has other visits planned.

      South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday that he was not pursuing the native of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

      "We are not really in that," Spurrier told The State. "If he came down here and said he wanted to go to South Carolina, I may have to look at that situation; but, from what I understand, he's got four or five other schools he is looking at."

      Former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio, the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, is expected to enroll at Florida over the summer. Del Rio spent one season as a walk-on for the Crimson Tide and one year at Oregon State, where he completed 8 of 8 passes for 141 yards as Sean Mannion's backup. He decided to transfer again after Beavers coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska and was replaced by Gary Andersen.

      Mornhinweg, the son of longtime NFL assistant coach Marty Mornhinweg, started the final three games in 2013 but saw action in just one game last season.

      ---UAB president Ray Watts says a decision will be made by June 1 on whether to reinstate the football program.

      The president revealed the time frame Wednesday in a letter to students and staff.

      Watts said the school is expecting to receive a financial review on Friday. The report by College Sports Solutions, commissioned by the school's Athletic Assessment Task Force, will project the cost to maintain current athletic programs and reinstate the football, rifle and bowling programs, which were shut down earlier this year.

      ---Michigan wide receiver and return specialist Dennis Norfleet has been suspended but not kicked out of the program, according to ESPN.

      MLive.come reported Tuesday that Dale Harvel, Norfleet's high school coach in Detroit, said the Wolverines senior was removed from coach Jim Harbaugh's team. However, sources told ESPN that Norfleet has been suspended from all football activities due to academic issues, not dismissed from the program.

      Meanwhile, cornerback Blake Countess announced on Instagram that he will play his fifth year of eligibility at another school. He would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

      The Wolverines added Stanford graduate transfer cornerback Wayne Lyons, who is expected to compete for a starting job opposite Jourdan Lewis.

      ---Suspended running back Keith Ford is leaving Oklahoma.

      The school confirmed Wednesday that Ford is seeking a transfer. He was suspended indefinitely in March for violations of academic and team rules.

      Last season, Ford was leading the team in rushing and was one of its top receivers until a broken right leg suffered in the Sooners' third game sidelined him for five games.

      ---Arizona freshman wide receiver Kaelin DeBoskie is leaving the program to seek a transfer.

      DeBoskie sat out the 2014 season as a redshirt after he suffered a hamstring injury in preseason camp that caused him to miss significant practice time.

      There was no immediate word on a future destination for DeBoskie, a former three-star recruit. Transferring to another FBS school would require DeBoskie to sit out a year before becoming eligible to play.

      ---Georgia Tech and Tennessee are expected to play in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta.

      GT athletics director Mike Bobinski told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expects the Yellow Jackets to play in the game, with an official announcement expected after scheduling details are worked out with the Atlanta Falcons. The game would be played at the Falcons' new stadium rather than the Georgia Dome.

      The first Chick-fil-A Kickoff game was played in 2008 between Alabama and Clemson, and each game has featured one team from the SEC or ACC. Auburn and Louisville will play in the 2015 game, with Georgia and North Carolina scheduled to play in 2016.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Arizona WR DeBoskie pursues transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona freshman wide receiver Kaelin DeBoskie is leaving the program to seek a transfer.

    • DeBoskie sat out the 2014 season as a redshirt after he suffered a hamstring injury in preseason camp that caused him to miss significant practice time.

      His name was no longer on the team's online roster as of Tuesday afternoon.

      There was no immediate word on a future destination for DeBoskie, a former three-star recruit. Transferring to another FBS school would require DeBoskie to sit out a year before becoming eligible to play.

      As a high school senior, DeBoskie had 55 receptions for 964 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 141 yards, compiled 385 return yards and totaled 35 tackles and four interceptions while playing defensive back.

      DeBoskie practiced during the spring but was battling receivers Samajie Grant, Nate Phillips, Tony Ellison, Tyrell Johnson and Jonathan Haden to move up the Wildcats' depth chart.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Report: Michigan's Norfleet suspended, not dismissed
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan wide receiver and return specialist Dennis Norfleet has been suspended but not kicked out of the program, according to ESPN.

    • MLive.come reported Tuesday that Dale Harvel, Norfleet's high school coach in Detroit, said the Wolverines senior was removed from coach Jim Harbaugh's team. However, multiple sources told ESPN that Norfleet has been suspended from all football activities due to academic issues, rather than dismissed from the program.

      Michigan has said only that it is an internal matter.

      "There's no finality right now to what's going on," Terel Patrick, an assistant at Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. High School, told ESPN. "He didn't have the best semester academically. He's working through some issues right now. He's been suspended from team activities, but it's not final as far as his position."

      Norfleet set Michigan career records for most kickoff returns with 94 and kickoff return yardage with 2,203 in three years. At the end of spring practice, Harbaugh indicated that he might use Norfleet on offense, defense and special teams in 2015.

      Norfleet has two years to use his final year of eligibility, which means he could be reinstated by Michigan or transfer to another school an potentially sit out a year.

      --Michigan cornerback Blake Countess announced on Instagram that he will play his fifth year of eligibility at another school. He would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

      Countess wrote on Instagram along with a graduation photo: "My past four years here at the University of Michigan have been great! Nothing but love and appreciation for Ann Arbor, the faculty, the coaches, the support staff and the great fans but after many sleepless nights and much prayer I have decided to play my final year of eligibility elsewhere. I truly thank those that have been there for me and hope you would continue to do so. #ForeverGoBlue"

      Countess, 5-feet-10 and 185 pounds, started 10 games last season and 30 in his Wolverines career, compiling 114 tackles, six interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

      The Wolverines added Stanford graduate transfer cornerback Wayne Lyons, who is expected to compete for a starting job opposite Jourdan Lewis.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Sooners RB Ford to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Suspended running back Keith Ford is leaving Oklahoma.

    • The school confirmed Wednesday that Ford is seeking a transfer. He was suspended indefinitely in March for violations of academic and team rules.

      Last season, Ford was leading the team in rushing and was one of its top receivers until he suffered a broken right leg against Tennessee in the Sooners' third game that sidelined him for five games.

      Ford finished the season with 392 yards and five touchdowns rushing and 146 yards and one touchdown receiving.

      After Ford was injured, Samaje Perine became Oklahoma's top back and rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns while earning All-American honors.

      Despite Ford's departure, the Sooners are still stocked at running back behind Perine with Alex Ross and newcomers Joe Mixon and Rodney Anderson.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Georgia Tech-UT expected to play in '17 kickoff game
    By The Sports Xchange

    Georgia Tech and Tennessee are expected to play in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta.

    • GT athletics director Mike Bobinski told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he expects the Yellow Jackets to play in the game, with an official announcement expected after scheduling details are worked out with the Atlanta Falcons. The game would be played at the Falcons' new stadium rather than the Georgia Dome.

      The first Chick-fil-A Kickoff game was played in 2008 between Alabama and Clemson, and each game has featured one team from the SEC or ACC. Auburn and Louisville will play in the 2015 game, with Georgia and North Carolina scheduled to play in 2016.

      "All signs are very good," Bobinski told the AJC. "Like everything, I'll feel better when I see it and we sign it, but I've got no indication other than it's happening and we're still good to go."

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Golson making rounds; Spurrier says Gamecocks not in mix
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is making the rounds in search of a new program, but it won't be at South Carolina.

    • Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday that he was not pursuing the Myrtle Beach, S.C. native.

      "We are not really in that," Spurrier told The State. "If he came down here and said he wanted to go to South Carolina, I may have to look at that situation, but from what I understand he's got four or five other schools he is looking at."

      Golson reportedly visited Florida State on Monday and Florida on Tuesday, with more visits upcoming - including a reported meeting with Georgia on Wednesday. He will be able to play this season as a graduate transfer. However, if he looks to join an SEC team, the program would first need to file a waiver due to Golson's past academic suspension due to the conference's rules. Golson was suspended for the 2013 season due to academic issues.

      Florida State, which is looking to replace Jameis Winston, is considered one of the front-runners to land Golson. Sean Maguire is the current frontrunner to start for the Seminoles in 2015.

      "(Golson) is a great young man," Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters at the ACC spring meetings. "We're negotiating."

      Georgia currently has Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta competing to replace Hutson Mason.

      "I don't make public comments on prospects," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday. "I think we have guys who are capable of getting the job done. We have three on scholarship (including Jacob Park). I think I'd always feel better with four or five on scholarship as a normal practice. We hope that everybody stays healthy, but I think we have some outstanding ballplayers."

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Florida QB Mornhinweg going to Ivy League
    By The Sports Xchange

    Quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has decided to transfer to Columbia University, leaving the Florida Gators with sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier as the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

    • Gators head coach Jim McElwain declined to confirm a report that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson visited Florida on Tuesday, citing NCAA rules. Golson visited Florida State on Monday and has other visits planned, according to reports.

      Former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio, the son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, is expected to enroll at Florida over the summer. Del Rio spent one season as a walk-on for the Crimson Tide and one year at Oregon State, where he completed 8 of 8 passes for 141 yards as Sean Mannion's backup. He decided to transfer again after Beavers head coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska and was replaced by Gary Andersen.

      Mornhinweg, the son of longtime NFL assistant coach Marty Mornhinweg, started the final three games in 2013. However, he saw action in just one game last season, and that was to run out the clock. Former starter Jeff Driskel transfered to Louisiana Tech after last season, leaving Harris and Grier to compete for the job - unless Golson joins the program.

      ''The one thing that we are doing, however, and it's irregardless of whatever position it is, we're always looking to help the organization fill holes where needed,'' McElwain said. ''Obviously (Golson) mentioning us is something that's exciting, and at the same time, we're doing it at a lot of different spots."

      --McElwain said cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer enrolled at Florida. He was arrested and charged with three counts of armed robbery stemming from an April 18 incident in Gainesville in which he and two other men are accused of entering an apartment of an acquaintence. According to the Gainesville Police, Jackson left to take a phone call and the other men robbed the resident of the apartment and two visitors at gunpoint.

      Jackson was expected to start opposite Vernon Hargreaves after sitting out last season following shoulder surgery.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    UAB will announce decision on football by June 1
    By The Sports Xchange

    UAB president Ray Watts says a decision will be made by June 1 on whether to reinstate the football program.

    • The president revealed the time frame Wednesday in a letter to students and staff.

      Watts said the school is expecting to receive a financial review on Friday. The report by College Sports Solutions, commissioned by the school's Athletic Assessment Task Force, will project the cost to maintain current athletic programs and reinstate the football, rifle and bowling programs, which were shut down earlier this year.

      "The Task Force was also charged with determining what financial resources are needed beyond what UAB has previously committed to its athletic programs in order to reinstate a consistently successful football program and to determine if external, private funding exists to sustain such an effort," Watts said.

      Earlier this month, UAB supporters made almost $6 million in pledges to bring back football and the two other programs.

      Once the CSS report is received, Watts said, "The UAB senior leadership team will be consulting with various stakeholders within the UAB community. We will consider the report's findings, along with other important, valuable and mission-critical data, in order to make the best decision for UAB going forward, guided by our vision, mission and strategic plan. We plan to make an announcement by June 1."

      If UAB maintains its decision to eliminate football, Conference USA is expected to expel the school in June.

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Former Illini player calls Beckman "worst coach I ever met"
    By The Sports Xchange

    Another former player spoke out against Illinois coach Tim Beckman on Tuesday, one day after ex-Illini offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic said he was forced to play through injuries and alleged that there was abuse and misuse of power in the program.

    • "When I was being recruited out of high school, I met a bunch of college coaches," Dennis North, a defensive back from 2011 to 2014, told The Daily Illini. "Tim Beckman, man, he takes the cake as the worst coach I ever met."

      Like Cvijanovic, North felt he was pressured to play while injured, saying the coaching staff "forced him to continue to practice when he should have been doing light work," the student newspaper reported.

      North was recruited to Illinois by former coach Ron Zook and remained when Beckman was hired as his replacement.

      "For two weeks I took a drug test every day," North told The Daily Illini. "He was blatantly trying to find something to kick me off the team."

      Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said Monday that an internal investigation would be conducted but that the results would not be made public. Beckman has not publicly commented on the allegations.

      "I am disappointed that a former Fighting Illini player has chosen this path to air his concerns," Beckman said in a statement. "I have been overwhelmed by the support show by student-athletes and the parents who are currently in our program, along with many former players. It is truly humbling. We'll continue to treat the players in our program, current and former, like family as we continue to move forward."

      Cvijanovic, a three-year starter at tackle, lashed out against his former program and coach in a long series of tweets Sunday, alleging mistreatment after he sustained football-related injuries in 2013 and 2014.

      Cvijanovic told the Chicago Tribune that he is considering legal action after his knee and shoulder injuries allegedly were mishandled by Beckman and the team's athletic medical staff, damaging his chances at an NFL career.

      In a statement Sunday night addressing Cvijanovic's comments, Beckman said, "Simon Cvijanovic was a valued member of the University of Illinois football team. He chose to leave the team during the 2014 regular season and withdrew from the university before the end of the semester. Upon his return for the spring semester, we have continued to support him with medical care, an academic scholarship and academic advising. We cannot make any student accept our support.

      "We wish him success in completing his degree, and we wish him the best of success in whatever he pursues after he graduates."

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Report: Michigan dismisses Norfleet
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan wide receiver and return specialist Dennis Norfleet is apparently no longer a member of the team.

    • MLive.come reported Tuesday that Dale Harvel, Norfleet's high school coach in Detroit, said the Wolverines senior was removed from coach Jim Harbaugh's team.

      "Evidently, he was dismissed from the team, Dennis informed us he was no longer on the team," Harvel told MLive.com. "Something about a disciplinary thing between him and Coach Harbaugh. Whether it was academics or something internal, I'm not sure. He just said they had a disagreement and he was let go."

      An additional report suggested the possibility of academics as the cause for Norfleet's dismissal after he allegedly skipped several final exams in April.

      Norfleet set Michigan career records for most kickoff returns with 94 and kickoff return yardage with 2,203 in three years. At the end of spring practice, Harbaugh indicated that he might use Norfleet on offense, defense and special teams in 2015.

      The Norfleet news comes a day after Michigan made headlines for self-reporting minor NCAA violations under Harbaugh.

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Ex-Tar Heel arrested in sports agent probe
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former college defensive back Chris Hawkins will appear in a North Carolina courtroom Tuesday afternoon on charges of violating the state's sports agent law.

    • According to arrest warrants made public Tuesday, Hawkins faces two counts of trying to convince ex-Tar Heels defensive end Robert Quinn to sign a contract in 2010. Hawkins is accused of giving Quinn $13,700 in cash while also helping the St. Louis Rams star sell game-used equipment.

      ABC11.com reported the 32-year-old Hawkins also has been accused of contacting Jabari Price, a defensive back with North Carolina in 2013 via Instagram. Hawkins was not a registered agent and intentionally failed to register as an athlete agent, the warrant said.

      Hawkins, who played at North Carolina and Marshall, was arrested Monday and held on $500,000 bond. He is the sixth person to be arrested in an investigation connected to the North Carolina football program, which began in the summer of 2010.

  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    Illinois will investigate complaint against Beckman
    By The Sports Xchange

    Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said Monday that he will follow up on a public complaint by former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic that coach Tim Beckman forced him to play through injuries and displayed other forms of "abuse and misuse of power."

    • Thomas said he already has talked to Beckman about the complaint, and Thomas told reporters, "As it related to coach Beckman and the fact that he's really been personally attacked, he's put the welfare of this young man above everything else."

      But Thomas said, "We will have a follow-up; we will review it."

      Cvijanovic, a three-year starter at tackle, lashed out against his former program and coach in a long series of tweets Sunday, alleging mistreatment after he sustained football-related injuries in 2013 and 2014.

      Cvijanovic told the Chicago Tribune that he is considering legal action after his knee and shoulder injuries allegedly were mishandled by Beckman and the team's athletic medical staff, damaging his chances at an NFL career.

      Cvijanovic and his father, Frank, also allege that Peter Cvijanovic's diabetes also was mistreated. The younger Cvijanovic, also an offensive lineman for the Illini, recently received a medical hardship scholarship after his first season at Illinois.

      "I'm trying to give everyone the power to stand up," Simon Cvijanovic tweeted. "(Players) here don't believe in themselves. They think everything that is happening is normal, but Beckman is exploiting all the negatives of the NCAA. He knows we have no one to go to; and, by the time we can afford to stand up for ourselves, it's too late."

      Illinois coach Tim Beckman released a statement Sunday:

      "Simon Cvijanovic was a valued member of the University of Illinois football team. He chose to leave the team during the 2014 regular season and withdrew from the university before the end of the semester.

      "Upon his return for the spring semester, we have continued to support him with medical care, an academic scholarship and academic advising. We cannot make any student accept our support.

      "We wish him success in completing his degree, and we wish him the best of success in whatever he pursues after he graduates."

      Cvijanovic started 33 games over four years, including nine at left tackle as a senior.

      Cvijanovic said he was pushed to return to practice two days after he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Nov. 1 against Ohio State.

      Cvijanovic said he was told by offensive line coach Tom Brattan that pain from his injuries were "in my head."

      The shoulder injury occurred after Cvijanovic hurt his left knee as a junior. An Illinois-hired doctor performed arthroscopic surgery, removing meniscus from the knee in December 2013.

      Among his comments on Twitter, Cvijanovic wrote that Beckman "and his staff have systematically removed our voices by holding scholarships over our head" and that "I'm not just gonna keep quiet while players suffer."

  • Friday, May 8, 2015
    UAB supporters pledge $6M to reinstate football
    By The Sports Xchange

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham supporters have made almost $6 million in pledges to bring back football to the school.

    • The UAB Athletics Assessment Task Force told a crowd of more than 200 people on Thursday night that the UAB Football Foundation received 154 pledges to reinstate football, bowling and women's rifle.

      Justin Craft, the head of the task force's fundraising subcommittee, encouraged supporters to make five-year commitments.

      "I'm overwhelmed at the support," Craft told AL.com. "This is really something people want. I think Birmingham wants this program to return."

      UAB president Ray Watts announced in early December the final decision to shut down the football program following the 2014 season, citing concerns that maintaining football was too expensive and a losing proposition.

      The claim by Watts was challenged by a study asserting that, in fact, football makes money for the university and that surpluses would grow in the coming years, ESPN reported in April.

      According to AL.colm, the next step is converting the UAB Football Foundation pledge agreements into official UAB gift agreements.

      "What we're going to do at UAB is bring football back on a world class level," said Wes Smith, chairman of the task force.