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  • Sunday, March 29, 2015
    Alabama dismisses DL Taylor after arrest
    By The Sports Xchange

    Alabama dismissed defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor from the team Sunday after he was arrested on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    • The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Taylor, who has a history of domestic violence issues, was arrested Saturday night and charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

      "This will still need to go through the legal process, but when he was given an opportunity here, it was under strict guidelines and we made it clear there was a zero-tolerance policy," coach Nick Saban said in a statement.

      Police were called to a residence near campus by a 24-year-old woman who said she was assaulted. After speaking with her and with Taylor, officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest him. The alleged victim had minor injuries to her neck and a hole was punched in a bedroom closet door at the scene.

      Taylor was held on a $1,000 bond. He was subject to a mandatory 12-hour domestic violence hold.

      Taylor, a transfer from Georgia, was charged last July with felony aggravated assault and family violence after he allegedly hit his girlfriend with a fist and choked her while arguing. He was subsequently dismissed from the Bulldogs' football program. The case is still pending.

      In a separate incident while at Georgia last March,Taylor was arrested for theft by deception after four football players attempted to cash meal reimbursement checks twice.

      Taylor left Georgia for Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College last fall and then enrolled at Alabama in January.

      Saban and athletic director Bill Battle defended signing Taylor despite a public backlash, saying he deserved another chance.

      "We recruited this young man out of high school," Saban said in February. "We felt that what we knew about him, what his high school coaches said about him, from what people at the school he was at said about him and where he came from in junior college that he was the kind of guy that deserved a second chance.

      "But with that chance we also have stipulations and things that he needs to do from a personal-development standpoint so that he won't make any kind of mistake like this again. That's an on-going process with him. That's something that we continue to monitor, and it's something he's done a very good job with."

  • Sunday, March 29, 2015
    Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence
    By The Sports Xchange

    Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was arrested Saturday night on a domestic violence charge for the second time in a year.

    • The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Taylor was charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence third-degree criminal mischief, according to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

      Police were called to a residence near campus by a 24-year-old woman who said she was assaulted. After speaking with her and with Taylor, officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest him. The alleged victim had minor injuries to her neck and a hole was punched in a bedroom closet door at the scene.

      Taylor was being held on a $1,000 bond. He was subject to a mandatory 12-hour domestic violence hold.

      A transfer from Georgia, Taylor was charged last July with felony aggravated assault and family violence after he allegedly hit his girlfriend with a fist and choked her while arguing. He was subsequently dismissed from the Bulldogs' football program. The case is still pending.

      In a separate incident while at Georgia last March,Taylor was arrested for theft by deception after four football players attempted to cash meal reimbursement checks twice.

      Taylor left Georgia for Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College last fall and then enrolled at Alabama in January. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and athletic director Bill Battle defended signing Taylor despite a public backlash, saying he deserved another chance.

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Alabama DB Smith arrested on DUI charge
    By The Sports Xchange

    Alabama defensive back Geno Smith was charged with driving under the influence after his second arrest in two years in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    • Smith was released on $1,000 bond Saturday morning from the Tuscaloosa County jail, according to sheriff's records.

      In August 2013, Smith also was arrested on a DUI charge and suspended by Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban for the start of the season.

      Smith's status with the team was unknown after his latest arrest. Saban was not available for comment after Saturday's practice.

      The senior is expected to compete for a full-time starting job this fall. Last season, Smith started six of 14 games as a junior and finished wtih 56 tackles. He has played in 39 career games in three seasons.

  • Friday, March 27, 2015
    Johnson replaces Manning on CFP committee
    By The Sports Xchange

    Archie Manning has stepped down from the College Football Playoff selection committee and has been replaced by Bobby Johnson, former coach at Vanderbilt and Furman.

    • Manning, a former star at Mississippi and in the NFL and the father of NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, had been part of the initial 13-person committee created in 2013.

      "I was honored when I was chosen to be on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee," Manning said in a statement released by the committee on Friday. "It's a great group of people and they did a wonderful job last year. But as I look ahead to the various commitments I have -- to my family, numerous time obligations around the country and to other conflicting demands -- I have concluded that I won't be able to return to the committee. I particularly want to watch Peyton and Eli play, in person when I can, and it's hard to do that when weekends are devoted to watching college games. This is not an easy choice, but it's the right choice for (wife) Olivia and me."

      Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP, said, "Everyone on the committee is going to miss Archie. He is an all-star and he knows college football inside and out. On the other hand, we are delighted to welcome Bobby to the committee. His extensive knowledge of the sport and his notable integrity make him a perfect member of this group."

      The CFP management committee picked Johnson to replace Manning on Wednesday.

      Johnson, a former player at Clemson, has more than 39 years of experience as a player and coach.

      "I have tremendous respect for the selection committee and I am honored to join the group," he said. "As a former player and coach, I'm particularly happy about the opportunity to continue to serve the game."

      Manning is the second member of the committee to withdraw this year. Former West Virginia AD Oliver Luck was replaced in February by Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt after Luck took a position with the NCAA.

      The other members of the committee are Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez, former Air Force Academy superintendent Michael Gould, USC AD Pat Haden, former NCAA Tournament selection committee member Tom Jernstedt, Nebraska legend Tom Osborne, Clemson AD Dan Radakovich, former U.S. Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, former sports reporter Steve Wieberg and former college coach Tyrone Willingham.

      The committee is responsible for choosing four teams to play in the College Football Playoff. In the inaugural year of the format last season, Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 to claim the national championship. Alabama and Florida State were the semifinal losers.

  • Friday, March 27, 2015
    Vanderbilt QB Robinette ends career, enters medical school
    By The Sports Xchange

    Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette, citing health concerns, has abruptly ended his playing career and will enter medical school.

    • Robinette, a redshirt junior for the Commodores, told head coach Derek Mason on Thursday and informed teammates Friday morning. He plans to enter Vanderbilt School of Medicine this summer to study orthopedics.

      Robinette started the 2014 season opener, but was pulled out for an injury. He played in just six games last season because of injuries.

      The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Robinette started five of his 16 career games, throwing for 1,096 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions during his two seasons. He rushed for 277 yards and nine touchdowns during his career.

      Robinette said his decision was influenced by a history of injuries, including a knee sprain in last year's opener against Temple and a concussion he suffered against South Carolina on Sept. 20 that forced him to miss six weeks.

      "This has been a very difficult decision to make," Robinette said in a statement released by the university. "This team means the world to me and I love playing football more than anything. It's been tough coming to a decision that is right for my family and I, and protects my health and future.

      "I've been very deliberate in coming to this decision. It's difficult but I'm really excited to move forward to the next chapter of my life and really to see what the field of medicine has in store for me."

      Robinette was competing with three other quarterbacks to be Vanderbilt's starter this spring -- sophomore Wade Freebeck, redshirt sophomore Johnny McCrary and redshirt freshman Shawn Stankavage. Freshman quarterback Kyle Shurmur will arrive on campus before the fall.

      "Patton Robinette is one of the most fierce competitors that I've ever had the pleasure to coach," Mason said in a statement. "He's been a winner on every level and a guy that others look to for leadership. Patton leaves this football team in good hands, and has done a fantastic job of helping to create a foundation for success.

      "This has been tough on Patton and his family, but we support his decision and look forward to seeing what the future in medicine holds for such an outstanding young man."

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Vols OL Thomas charged with felony theft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tennessee offensive lineman Coleman Thomas was arrested in Knoxville, Tenn., on a felony theft charge and subsequently removed from all team activities on Thursday.

    • Thomas, who will be a sophomore in the fall, allegedly stole an Xbox and three Xbox games from another student's dorm room on March 13, according to reports.

      Police arrested Thomas on Wednesday and he was released on $2,000 bond. An arraignment is scheduled for April 7.

      Last season, Thomas played in 11 games as a true freshman and started five at right tackle.

      Thomas participated in the Vols' first spring practice and Tuesday and was interviewed by the media, but there was no indication of pending charges against him. The athletic department then announced Thursday that Thomas would not be allowed to participate in team activities until further notice.

      According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, the Xbox and Xbox games were worth $640 and sold at a local Game Stop store the same day the alleged theft had been reported.

      "We are aware of the situation and are awaiting further details," school spokesman Jimmy Stanton said.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Independence Bowl loses Duck Commander
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duck Commander is ending its sponsorship of the Independence Bowl after just one year.

    • "After reviewing everything, the model that was presented to them didn't work in the end and we're going back to the drawing board," outgoing bowl chairman Paul Pratt told KTBS-ABC. "We're still working with them with a postgame review to see if we can put in place a financial mechanism that works for them and works for the bowl. We officially, as of (Tuesday), started to look at a search firm to go out and find us either a local or national sponsor. But we're currently in the market for a new title sponsor."

      The 2014 Independence Bowl was played on a letter of intent between the bowl and the company, rather than a standard contract, according to the Shreveport Times.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Ohio State looks into issue involving QB Miller
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ohio State is checking into a possible NCAA rules violation involving Braxton Miller after the senior quarterback was pictured on an Instagram page appearing to endorse a line of nutritional products.

    • The information page, with Miller sitting next to a local trainer behind a table with AdvoCare products, was deleted Tuesday night. It included links to order items through Miller.

      Ohio State officials did not issue a formal statement on Wednesday but said the school is looking into the situation. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Miller is not concerned about any possible rules violation.

      College athletes are allowed to sell products such as AdvoCare, but they can't use their image or their ties to a school for promotional purposes.

      Miller is working out with the Buckeyes this spring after undergoing shoulder surgery and sitting out the 2014 season. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year is rehabbing the shoulder and expected back in the fall to compete with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting job.

      AdvoCare is a weight-loss and nutritional products company that sponsors the Texas Bowl.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    Carl Pelini files defamation suit
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Florida Atlantic head coach Carl Pelini filed a defamation suit against a former assistant whose claims that Pelini used drugs eventually led to his resignation in 2013.

    • The lawsuit was entered in Seneca County, Ohio. Pelini is now the defensive line coach at FCS Youngstown State under his brother, head coach Bo Pelini.

      In Pelini's filing on Monday, he contends that Matt Edwards, the former FAU assistant who is now defensive coordinator at NCAA Division II Tiffin (Ohio), signed a false affidavit that resulted in "injury, harm, damage to reputation and other damage to (Pelini) as a result of these false statements."

      Edwards claimed that Pelini used marijuana and cocaine. Pelini, who is seeking more than $25,000 in damages, has denied the accusations.

      "It's been a very frustrating time," Pelini told SI.com. "An embarrassing time. There's a lot of false information and misinformation out there. Everybody seems to have a theory as to what happened. I feel like this is going to be an opportunity for me to go under oath and state the facts as they really happened."

      Pelini has not coached since leaving Florida Atlantic in November 2013 with a 5-15 record in two seasons. He had been teaching English at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb., before returning to coaching at Youngstown State.

      Bo Pelini, who was fired at Nebraska after last season, said Carl Pelini passed three drug tests before he was hired.

      "Carl is a phenomenal addition to this staff with his experience and character," Bo Pelini said. "It's time he got back in this profession because there's so much he can add. It's unfortunate that he's had to live under a cloud due to some false accusations that were made over a year ago."

      The Pelinis are both natives of Youngstown.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    Concussion fears led to Michigan C Miller quitting
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Michigan center Jack Miller gave up football before starting his senior season because he feared the effects of concussions.

    • Miller told ESPN on Wednesday that his decision earlier this month to leave the team was based on concerns abuot the long-term effects of head injuries. He said he had one concussion in high school and maybe two to three in college.

      "I know I've had a few and it's nice walking away before things could've gotten worse," Miller said. "And yes, multiple schools have reached out. But I'm ready to walk away from it. My health and happiness is more important than a game."

      Miller doesn't plan to change his mind. He wants to finish his degree and seek business opportunities.

      "I know it's pretty unorthodox for a 21-year-old to see past his own nose," he said. "This game requires such a passion to excel, and my flame is burned out. However, I'd be lying if I said that the concussion thing doesn't scare me a little."

      During his career with the Wolverines, Miller played in 22 games and started 16, including all 12 in 2014.

      Miller's decision comes on the heels of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland retiring at age 24 after one NFL season because of concussion concerns.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    NCAA files support Carroll, USC
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pete Carroll, who left USC for the Seattle Seahawks amid an NCAA investigation in 2010, said the release of internal NCAA documents in court this week is a positive sign.

    • "People are still fighting for the truth there and hopefully it will come to light again. I'll appreciate that," Carroll said Wednesday from the NFL owners meetings.

      Carroll, who coached at USC for nearly a decade, reiterated what he has said previously about the Reggie Bush case: "I don’t think it was dealt with properly. I don’t think it was handled well at all by the NCAA."

      After a four-year investigation, the NCAA levied heavy sanctions against USC in 2010, declaring "lack of institutional control" in cases involving Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo.

      Carroll's running backs coach, Todd McNair, was found to have engaged in unethical conduct and was sanctioned by the NCAA as well and has not been able to find a coaching job since.

      Nearly 500 pages of emails, interview transcripts and other documents filed Tuesday in McNair's 4-year-old defamation lawsuit vs. the NCAA reflect the disdain some committee members had for USC.

      Two non-voting members seemed to have the most negative influence on the case.

      Rodney Uphoff said the case against USC was stronger than the case against Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols.

      Uphoff also ripped USC for bringing in Lane Kiffin as Carroll's successor, saying USC needed a "wakeup call that doing things the wrong way will have serious consequences. In light of all the problems at USC, a failure to send a serious message in this case undercuts the efforts to help clean up NCAA sports."

      Uphoff pointed to Miami athletic director Paul Dee, who chaired the infractions committee in the case vs. USC, as an example of the kind of person USC should have hired. A year after the USC sanctions, Dee's school came under investigation for NCAA violations and was sanctioned as well.

      Another non-voting committee member, former U.S. attorney Roscoe Howard, said the committee didn't need to explain itself. Regarding McNair, he said, "We need not say why we disbelieve him. We only need to let the public, or whomever, know that we do disbelieve him."

      Other committee members said they saw no evidence that McNair knew of violations, but they deferred to others.

      The documents released Tuesday did not include some of the most vitriolic communications, which a judge in 2012 said "tend to show ill will or hatred."

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    WR Kings, RB Williams absent from Michigan State roster
    By The Sports Xchange

    When Michigan State began spring practice on Tuesday, running back Delton Williams and wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. were not on the roster.

    • Both players were involved in legal issues during the winter.

      Williams, expected to be No. 1 on the spring depth chart after the departure of Jeremy Langford, was suspended indefinitely from the program earlier this month after he was arrested for brandishing a firearm during a March 16 road-rage incident on campus. Williams faces an April 15 pre-trial hearing.

      Kings, a returning starter for the Spartans, was charged with drunken and disorderly conduct and obstructing, resisting, hindering and assaulting a police officer after a offseason incident. A pre-trial hearing scheduled for March 19 was postponed. Kings also was suspended last spring because of an alcohol-related issue.

      Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio offered no comment on the status of either player other than to say they're in "limbo."

      "I'm going to talk about the guys on our depth chart," Dantonio said. "And anybody not on the depth chart is sort of in limbo, that’s the best way to say it right now. And we're day to day on a lot of guys."

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    Buckeyes' Barrett bouncing back quickly
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett recovery from a broken ankle is ahead of schedule, which will only complicate things for Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer.

    • The reigning champs are in the midst of spring practice and Barrett has not missed any reps in 7-on-7 drills, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

      And while Barrett has been limited in practice, he is doing more than what Meyer expected.

      "He's doing more than I thought," Meyer said Tuesday. But what has really surprised Meyer is the interaction between Barrett, fifth-year senior quarterback Braxton Miller and Cardale Jones, the Buckeyes' third-string quarterback who led them to the national title.

      Miller, Barrett and Jones have bonded and seem to enjoy rooting for each other.

      During Tuesday's practice, Meyer said he saw Miller and Barrett talking football before Miller came over to tap Jones on the head after making a good play.

      "That's not common," Meyer said. "That's not common."

      Jones is the only quarterback without limitations this spring. Miller is throwing after re-injuring a shoulder and missing all of last season. He finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting two years ago and was one of the top candidates last year before his injury.

      Barrett finished fifth in the voting last year.

      Ohio State opens its season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7.

  • Sunday, March 22, 2015
    Florida State plans big upgrades to football stadium
    By The Sports Xchange

    Success on the field usually translates to financial success when it comes to college football, and that is true in Tallahassee, Fla.

    • With the Seminoles just one year removed from winning a national championship, there were rumblings about enhancing the game experience for local fans.

      As part of the answer, Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium is undergoing a minor facelift to the tune of about $6 million.

      Repairs and maintenance should give new life to the 65-year-old facility in time for the upcoming football season. This year's improvements will be just the start, though.

      Earlier this month, the university's Board of Trustees approved issuing up to $85 million in bonds to fund a $79.5 million project that will transform venerable Doak Campbell into a state-of-the-art venue for football.

      "In college athletics, you are always going to be in the facilities business," Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox told the Tallahassee Democrat. "You are always going to be upgrading, fixing, creating new athletic facilities."

      Trustees set their sights on adding a new premium outdoor seating section, making structural repairs, repainting the stadium and the updating sky box suites.

      Florida State officials continue to have conversations about what approach makes the most sense.

      Fans will see the addition of a 6,000-seat club section completed in time for the 2016 season.

  • Sunday, March 22, 2015
    Idaho's payday to play Mizzou in 2017: $1.3 million
    By The Sports Xchange

    Missouri has filled out its 2017 football schedule and will host Idaho on Oct. 21. Missouri, reportedly, will pay the Vandals $1.3 million to make the trip to Columbia.

    • The Vandals were supposed to play the Gators last season, but lightning led to the cancellation of the game. Idaho was supposed to make a return trip to Gaineseville in 2017, but that plan has been scrapped.

      "Our thanks to the Idaho administration and staff, we're very pleased to work together to get this game scheduled," Missouri executive associate athletic director Bryan Maggard, who oversees scheduling for Tigers football, said in a statement. "We appreciate their efforts and are glad to be able to close out the schedule for the 2017 season."

      Missouri is the two-time reigning SEC East division champions and have defeated the Vandals both times the teams have met.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    College football notebook: Morgan State players injured in stabbing
    By The Sports Xchange

    A Morgan State football player was seriously injured and two teammates also were stabbed during an on-campus incident on Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore.

    • Police and university officials reported that the suspect was seen swinging a knife outside a cafeteria and that one of the injured players was transported to a local hospital in very serious condition after being stabbed in the chest.

      The other victims also were stabbed, but their injuries did not appear to be as serious.

      Police commissioner Anthony W. Batts told the Baltimore Sun after visiting the site that there was a fourth person involved at the crime scene who could be a considered a suspect or person of interest. One suspect was reported to be in custody.

      ---Michigan offensive lineman Graham Glasgow was suspended after violating his alcohol-related probation last weekend.

      The reshirt senior acknowledged that he drank alcohol after a breathalyzer test reading of .086 on Sunday morning, according to court records. Glasgow pleaded guilty in July to driving while impaired after he was arrested on drunken driving charges last April. His sentence involved alcohol-education classes and random drug and alcohol testing.

      During the past two seasons, Glasgow started 24 games at guard or center. Last week, 2014 starting center Jack Miller, who would have been a redshirt senior, left the team, saying he did not want to continue his football career. Glasgow had replaced Miller at center during practice.

      ---With last season's leading rusher Jeremy Langford using up his eligibility at Michigan State and headed for the NFL draft, running back Delton Williams was expected to contend for his spot during the spring and fall. But it's uncertain how Williams will factor into the mix going forward after he was suspended indefinitely from the team by coach Mark Dantonio on Tuesday following his arraignment on brandishing a firearm in public.

      Reports indicated that Williams was involved in a road-rage incident on campus late Monday night that resulted in his arrest. Michigan State police had issued a warning for a black male seen displaying a gun from his car. He was taken into custody at the Ingham County Jail late Monday night. According to court records, he pleaded not guilty.

      Last season, Williams rushed for 316 yards and five touchdowns on 54 carries. He was the Spartans' third leading rusher behind Langford and Nick Hill.

      ---Arizona State wide receiver Cameron Smith was hoping a few months of offseason rest and rehabilitation would let him avoid having surgery on his right knee, but on Tuesday, coach Todd Graham revealed that Smith had surgery and will be lost for season.

      Smith was limited in practice as last season wore down and the injury prevented him from playing in the Sun Bowl. He finished third on the team last season with 41 receptions and 596 receiving yards while hauling in six touchdowns.

      The news of Smith's surgery comes on the heels of reports that junior college transfer Davon Durant had been suspended. Durant, who is projected as a starter at linebacker, was arrested on charges related to a domestic violence incident.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Michigan State suspends RB Williams
    By The Sports Xchange

    With last season's leading rusher Jeremy Langford using up his eligibility at Michigan State and headed for the NFL draft, running back Delton Williams was expected to contend for his spot during the spring and fall.

    • But it's uncertain how Williams, a rising junior, will factor into the mix at the position going forward after he was suspended indefinitely from the team by coach Mark Dantonio on Tuesday following his arraignment on brandishing a firearm in public.

      No reason was given for the suspension in a one-sentence announcement by Dantonio, but reports indicated that Williams was involved in a road-rage incident on campus late Monday night that resulted in his arrest. Michigan State police had issued a warning for a black male seen displaying a gun from his car on a campus street.

      Williams was taken into custody at the Ingham County Jail in Mason at 11:50 p.m. Monday. According to court records, he pleaded not guilty on Tuesday

      Last season, Williams rushed for 316 yards and five touchdowns on 54 carries. He was the Spartans' third leading rusher behind Langford and Nick Hill.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Sun Devils lose WR Smith for season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona State wide receiver Cameron Smith was hoping a few months of offseason rest and rehabilitation would let him avoid having surgery on his right knee.

    • He was limited in practice as last season wore down and the injury prevented him from playing in the Sun Bowl.

      On Tuesday, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham revealed that Smith had surgery and will be lost for season.

      "Obviously, that's a big blow for us," Graham told the Arizona Republic. "It's one of those things that he tried to work through it. It's something he dealt with all year.

      "He got two or three different opinions and we just thought the best interest for him in the long-term was to have surgery and to get it finished. It's kind of a lengthy, seven-to eight month recovery."

      Smith was third on the team last season with 41 receptions and 596 receiving yards while hauling in six touchdowns.

      Graham said Smith's knee injury was "unusual."

      The news of Smith's surgery comes on the heels of reports that junior college transfer Davon Durant had been suspended. Durant, who is projected as a starter at linebacker, was arrested on charges related to a domestic violence incident.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Morgan State players injured in stabbing
    By The Sports Xchange

    A Morgan State football player was seriously injured and two teammates also were stabbed during an on-campus incident on Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore.

    • Police and university officials reported that the suspect was seen swinging a knife outside a cafeteria and that one of the injured players was transported to a local hospital in very serious condition after being stabbed in the chest.

      The other victims also were stabbed, but their injuries did not appear to be as serious.

      Police commissioner Anthony W. Batts told the Baltimore Sun after visiting the site that there was a fourth person involved at the crime scene who could be a considered a suspect or person of interest. One suspect was reported to be in custody.

      The incident might have been related to fights that broke out last weekend at a campus dance that attracted 1,200 students.

      In 2012, a Morgan State football player was injured during a shooting in the same area of campus.

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Michigan suspends OL Glasgow
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan offensive lineman Graham Glasgow was suspended after violating his alcohol-related probation last weekend.

    • The reshirt senior acknowledged that he drank alcohol after a breathalyzer test reading of .086 on Sunday morning, according to court records.

      Glasgow pleaded guilty in July to driving while impaired after he was arrested on drunken driving charges last April. His sentence involved taking alcohol-education classes and agreeing to random drug and alcohol testing.

      "We have been made aware of Graham's probation violation and he has been suspended," first-year Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Graham will be subject to punishment through the judicial system, the student-athlete alcohol policy and the Michigan football program."

      During the past two seasons, Glasgow started 24 games at guard or center. Last week, 2014 starting center Jack Miller, who would have been a redshirt senior, left the team, saying he did not want to continue his football career. Glasgow had replaced Miller at center during practice.

  • Friday, March 13, 2015
    Washington QB Miles takes leave of absence
    By The Sports Xchange

    SEATTLE - The University of Washington announced quarterback Cyler Miles will take a voluntary leave of absence from the program and miss the team's spring practices.

    • Miles started 12 of the Huskies' 14 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2014, throwing for 2,397 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. However, he was expected to face strong competition for the starting job in 2015 from redshirt junior Jeff Lindquist, redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and true freshman Jake Browning, a highly-touted recruit from California.

      "Cyler is dealing with some things in his life that are more important than football, and he felt it was important to take some time away from the game," coach Chris Petersen said in the announcement. "We are working to support him in any way we can and hope he returns to the football field soon."

      The school announced the leave is for "personal reasons" and that Miles will remain enrolled at the school.

      Miles was suspended from the team in February 2014 following an alleged assault in an incident following the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl. He was reinstated to the program in May but sat out the team's season-opening victory at Hawaii.

      Miles was recruited by former Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, who left to take over at Southern Cal last year.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015
    College football notebook: Sankey named SEC commissioner
    By The Sports Xchange

    Executive associate commissioner Greg Sankey will go from right-hand man to successor when 74-year-old Mike Slive officially retires in July.

    • Sankey, 50, has been in his current role, which includes the title CEO of the SEC since March 2012.

      Sankey was raised in Auburn -- New York -- and moved to Louisiana to work in the athletic department as an intern as Northwestern State and rose to the commissioner level in the Southland Conference just after turning 31. He was hired by Slive in 2002.

      Slive set his official retirement date as July 31, 2015.

      Sankey was hired by Slive to reshape the league's governance, enforcement and compliance program, and he has also directed the SEC's championships staff. He is also part of the Division I Legislative Council, Committee on Academic Performance and the chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

      ---Starting center Jack Miller has decided to leave the Michigan Wolverines. The fifth-year senior started all 12 games last season, and it does not appear he plans to seek a transfer to play elsewhere.

      Miller was given the Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award as the Wolverines' top center last season. The 6-foot-4, 297-pounder has appeared in 22 career games, including 16 starts, and is a three-time letterwinner.

      Redshirt sophomore Patrick Kugler finished last season as Miller's primary backup.

      ---Former Oklahoma Sooners running back David Smith announced he will transfer to Jacksonville State.

      Smith was sixth on the Sooners with 76 yards on 10 carries last season, and was stuck down the depth chart behind star Samaje Perine. Smith will have two years of eligibility remaining.

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015
    SEC names Sankey next commissioner
    By The Sports Xchange

    Executive associate commissioner Greg Sankey will go from right-hand man to successor when 74-year-old Mike Slive officially retires in July.

    • Sankey, 50, has been in his current role, which includes the title CEO of the SEC since March 2012.

      "The institutions of the Southeastern Conference searched for a commissioner who would carry forward the momentum of success enjoyed by the SEC over the last decade while also possessing a vision for change in the modern era of college athletics," said Nick Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University and president of the SEC presidents and chancellors. "Greg Sankey's experience with our institutions, his respect on the national landscape, his understanding of the balance of athletics and academics, and his passion for the welfare of student-athletes make him the perfect leader for the SEC."

      Sankey was raised in Auburn -- New York -- and moved to Louisiana to work in the athletic department as an intern as Northwestern State and rose to the commissioner level in the Southland Conference just after turning 31. He was hired by Slive in 2002.

      Slive set his official retirement date as July 31, 2015, shortly after the SEC Media Days -- now a four-day event -- will be aired almost entirely on Sankey and Slive's most recent successful project, the SEC Network.

      Sankey was hired by Slive to reshape the league's governance, enforcement and compliance program, and he has also directed the SEC's championships staff. He is also part of the Division I Legislative Council, Committee on Academic Performance and the chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

      "The universities of the SEC represent the greatest combination of academic and athletic excellence and I am honored to be selected to follow Mike Slive as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference," Sankey said. "The SEC is poised to make a difference in the lives of student-athletes for generations to come. We must ensure that the lessons they learn from their achievements in competition and in the classroom translate into success in life after college."

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Former Sooners RB transfering to Jacksonville St.
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Oklahoma Sooners running back David Smith announced he will transfer to Jacksonville State.

    • Smith was sixth on the Sooners with 76 yards on 10 carries last season, and was stuck down the depth chart behind star Samaje Perine. Smith will have two years of eligibility remaining.

      "So much contemplation regarding the continuation of playing this sport," Smith wrote on his Instagram account. "With much prayer and guidance I’ve decided to play out my last two years of eligibility at Jacksonville state university located in Jacksonville, Alabama. I’ve truly enjoyed the people of Norman Oklahoma, I love you all."

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Starting C Miller leaves Wolverines
    By The Sports Xchange

    Starting center Jack Miller has decided to leave the Michigan Wolverines football program. The fifth-year senior started all 12 games last season, and it does not appear he plans to seek a transfer to play elsewhere.

    • "This week I made the difficult decision to not return for my fifth season at Michigan," Miller wrote on Twitter. "In short, I have accomplished all of my goals. I will graduate with a free education from the best public university in the world and have played a lot of football at the highest possible level. It is time to start the next chapter of my life. I'm am eternally grateful for the opportunity Michigan has given me. Thank you to everyone who has made this dream come true."

      Miller was given the Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award as the Wolverines' top center last season. The 6-foot-4, 297-pounder has appeared in 22 career games, including 16 starts, and is a three-time letterwinner.

      Redshirt sophomore Patrick Kugler finished last season as Miller's primary backup.