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  • Boston College suspends WR Flutie
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Boston College wide receiver Troy Flutie, the nephew of former Eagles and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Saturday and was suspended from the team, the school announced Monday.

    • Flutie, 20, crashed his car into a curb in his hometown of Natick, Mass. early Saturday morning. He denied to police officers that he had been drinking, failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test, resulting in the loss of his driver's license for 180 days.

      "Troy has been suspended from the football team by Coach Steve Addazio pending further investigation and faces the possibility of additional University sanctions pending the outcome of the court proceedings," Boston College said in a statement to school newspaper The Heights.

      Flutie, who played quarterback at Natick High School, also spent time at the position for Boston College during the 2015 season, completing 24 of 49 passes for 382 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

      He did not record a catch in 2015, but he rushed for 33 yards on 23 carries.

  • QB Mitch to transfer from South Carolina
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 20, 2016

    Former starting quarterback Connor Mitch is leaving South Carolina as a graduate transfer this summer.

    • Mitch, who began the 2015 season as the starter before he was injured, will complete his undergraduate studies this summer and then go elsewhere for his final two seasons of eligibility. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately at another school.

      Mitch informed Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp of his decision.

      "I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer," Mitch said in a release. "I believe it's in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I'd like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia."

      After winning the starting job last summer, Mitch guided South Carolina to a 17-13 victory over North Carolina in the 2015 opener before suffering shoulder and hip injuries in the next game against Kentucky that ended his season.

      Mitch completed 13 of 29 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in the two games.

      After spring practice last month, Mitch was buried on the depth chart behind senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain.

  • Alabama offers scholarship to 8th-grade LB
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Not every eighth grade football player can match Jesus Machado's graduation gift – a verbal scholarship offer from the University of Alabama.

    • Machado is at Champagnat Catholic in Hialeah, Fla., in August by Dennis Marroquin, who revealed the news about Machado. While written scholarship offers cannot be extended until a player is a high school senior and verbal offers are nonbinding, Machado already has verbal offers from West Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan State and North Carolina State.

      Machado is a linebacker prospect who played on Champagnat's varsity football team as an eighth-grader. The offers are noteworthy in that they are strong signals of interest and value in recruiting circles but ultimately hold no weight or responsibility for either side.

      The offers are not uncommon for middle schoolers these days.

      Miami (Fla.) head coach Mark Richt and LSU coach Les Miles have made headlines with similar moves since Signing Day 2016 in February.

      Richt offered Georgia eighth-grade quarterback Harrison Bailey a scholarship on February 17, and Bailey posted for a photo in a No. 5 Miami jersey when he confirmed the news on Twitter. Since he is in the Class of 2020, Bailey has three more years to wait before he can officially sign a binding letter to join the Hurricanes.

      Bailey is 6-3, 175 pounds and said he was told by Richt they made the exception to offer a scholarship to a kid without a driver's license for a reason.

      "You're talented and we think you can handle it," Bailey told Youth1.com of the meeting. "We don't think you'll get a big head and we want to offer you a scholarship."

  • Former Texas Tech QB Webb transferring to Cal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Quarterback Davis Webb is leaving Texas Tech and heading to Cal as a graduate transfer after earlier saying he would play for Colorado next season, according to reports from multiple media outlets Wednesday.

    • The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Webb is considered an NFL prospect and a candidate to replace 2016 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Jared Goff as Cal's starter. As a graduate transfer, Webb will be eligible to play immediately.

      Webb was enrolled for the spring semester at Texas Tech when he said in January that he would join the Colorado Buffaloes after graduating, but it was a verbal commitment only and he reportedly started to question his decision in February.

      Colorado offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini tweeted his support for Webb's decision.

      Cal coach Sonny Dykes and new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital worked under former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, who developed the pass-oriented "Air Raid" offense.

      Webb passed for 5,557 yards and 46 touchdowns with 22 interceptions in three seasons at Texas Tech, but he was supplanted as the starter by Patrick Mahomes.

  • Troubling Baylor accusations piling up
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Baylor is already under a microscope for its handling of sexual violence allegations involving the football program and a new report indicates more possible transgressions have mostly escaped public notice.

    • ESPN's Outside the Lines uncovered in an investigation details of alleged sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent acts not reported in the media and that many of the football players allegedly involved were not subject to disciplinary action or held out of games.

      In one instance, three football players were charged at an off-campus event, but Baylor and Waco police took steps to shield the report from the public. Another case remained open for four years, with police concluding that the victim had made various other previous allegations and questioned her credibility.

      For months, Baylor has been under fire for its handling of similar cases pertaining to athletes. The university hired a law firm in 2015 to conduct a review of its response to sexual assaults that has yet to be completed.

      According to federal law, schools are required to address allegations of sexual assault immediately. And yet Outside the Lines in a previous investigation found apparent violations of Title IX federal law when the school failed to look into allegations of sexual violence.

      According to ESPN, the university also failed to comply to federal law requiring schools to hire a full-time Title IX coordinator until 2014.

      "We are certain the actions that result from this deliberative process will yield improvements across a variety of areas that rebuild and reinforce confidence in our university," Baylor said in a statement to ESPN. "We are saddened when any student, including a student-athlete, acts in a manner inconsistent with Baylor's mission or is a victim of such behavior."

      Former defensive end Tevin Elliott was found guilty of one sexual assault after being a suspect in four similar cases and one attempted assault from 2009 to 2012. In 2013, former defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was found guilty of sexually assaulting a Baylor soccer player.

      In April, former defensive end Shawn Oakman was charged with a sexual assault of a Baylor graduate student after being investigated in a 2013 case for assaulting his former girlfriend. Also last month, Baylor players Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman were named as suspects in a sexual assault that took place more than two years ago but never were charged.

      One female student told Outside the Lines that she did not proceed with charges because she doubted the school would act punitively toward the player allegedly involved.

      "I'd seen other girls go through it and nothing ever happened to the football players," she said. "It's mind-boggling to see it continue to happen. I can't understand why. I think as long as they're catching footballs and scoring touchdowns, the school won't do anything."

  • College football notebook: Alabama's Robinson arrested on weapons charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson, the top-ranked prospect at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft class, was charged with felony possession of stolen firearms and misdemeanor possession of narcotics on Tuesday morning in West Monroe, La.

    • Robinson had his bond set at $750 and was arrested at a city park with Alabama defensive back Hootie Jones. Jones, who was also charged with narcotics possession, and Robinson are from West Monroe. The Quachita Parish Sheriff Office said the arrest happened as officers approached a car at 2:33 a.m. to investigate what they expected to be the smell of marijuana.

      The handgun was spotted on the lap of the passenger and a bag of marijuana was also observed on the driver's side floorboard. A stolen handgun was removed from beneath Robinson's seat. Jones was also charged with possessing a handgun in the presence of narcotics.

      NFLDraftScout.com ranks Robinson, who is entering his junior season in 2016, as the best offensive tackle in the 2018 draft class. He is likely a first-round pick in next year's draft if he opts to leave school early.

      --Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill joined the athletic department at Kansas State in a non-coaching position.

      In five seasons, Kill was 29-29 with the Golden Gophers and 156-102 overall.

      The 54-year-old Kill, who retired in October. has dealt with the effects of epilepsy since 2005 -- including several game-day seizures -- and took a seven-game leave of absence in 2013. He will be the associate athletic director for administration at K-State, where he is not a candidate to replace the 76-year-old Snyder, the school said.

      --Notre Dame landed prized quarterback recruit Phil Jurkovec, the top dual-threat passer in the Class of 2018.

      Coach Brian Kelly has had a golden touch with quarterbacks on the recruiting trail, including Everett Golson, Gunner Kiel, Malik Zaire, DeShone Kizer and Brandon Wimbush. With the exception of five-star recruit Kiel in 2012 (he transferred multiple times), all were four-star recruits.

      The Gibsonia-Pine (Pa.) sophomore quarterback was widely expected to opt for Ohio State or Alabama but told 247 Sports that he would be in South Bend.

  • Jerry Kill hired at Kansas State
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill joined the athletic department at Kansas State in a non-coaching position.

    • In five seasons, Kill was 29-29 with the Golden Gophers.

      "Rebecca and I couldn't be happier to return home to the state of Kansas and join the K-State Athletics family and Manhattan community," Kill said. "I want to make it known that my coaching days are over, and I am excited to start this next phase as an administrator for one of the finest athletics departments in the country.

      "Mentoring has always been very important to me, and I am thrilled to work in support of Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder and the football program and learn more about the administrative side of college athletics under John and the rest of the first-class staff at K-State."

      The 54-year-old Kill retired in October. has dealt with the effects of epilepsy since 2005 -- including several game-day seizures -- and took a seven-game leave of absence in 2013.

      Kill retires with a 29-29 record in five seasons at Minnesota and a 156-102 career record, including stints at Northern Illinois and FCS Southern Illinois.

      He becomes the associate athletic director for administration at Kansas State, where he is not a candidate to replace the 76-year-old Snyder, the school said.

      "We are thrilled that Jerry and Rebecca are coming home to join the K-State family," athletic director John Currie said in a statement. "He is ready to move into a new chapter of his life and professional career, and his experience as a former head coach will be a terrific addition to our staff. We look forward to the perspective and mentoring he will provide our coaches and student-athletes as we continue toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program."

  • Notre Dame lands top 2018 QB
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Notre Dame landed prized quarterback recruit Phil Jurkovec, the top dual-threat passer in the Class of 2018.

    • Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly has had a golden touch with quarterbacks on the recruiting trail, including Everett Golson, Gunner Kiel, Malik Zaire, DeShone Kizer and Brandon Wimbush. With the exception of five-star recruit Kiel in 2012 (he transferred multiple times), all were four-star recruits.

      The Gibsonia-Pine (Pa.) sophomore quarterback was widely expected to opt for Ohio State or Alabama, but he told 247 Sports on Monday that he would be in South Bend.

      "I came up here with the intent of committing," Jurkovec said. "It's the right fit for me. The whole education of Notre Dame from the books to the spirituality, the whole university and everything that it offers—I just fell in love with it."

  • Alabama star LT Robinson arrested for felony
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson, the top-ranked prospect at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft class, was charged with felony possession of stolen firearms and misdemeanor possession of narcotics in West Monroe, La., on Tuesday morning.

    • Robinson had his bond set at $750 and was arrested at a city park with Alabama defensive back Hootie Jones. Jones, who was also charged with narcotics possession, and Robinson are from West Monroe.

      The Quachita Parish Sheriff Office said the arrest happened as officers approached a car at 2:33 a.m. to investigate what they expected to be the smell of marijuana.

      The handgun was spotted on the lap of the passenger and a bag of marijuana was also observed on the driver's side floorboard.

      A stolen handgun was removed from beneath Robinson's seat. Jones was also charged with possessing a handgun in the presence of narcotics.

      NFLDraftScout.com ranks Robinson (6-5, 326), who is entering his junior season in 2016, as the best offensive tackle in the 2018 draft class. He is likely a first-round pick in next year's draft if he opts to leave school early.

      That projection is clouded by the arrest Tuesday.

      Robinson was limited during spring practice and wore a black non-contact jersey because of a shoulder injury, but coach Nick Saban called on him to emerge as a leader with senior center Ryan Kelly, a first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in April, gone to the NFL.

      "He's got sort of the alpha dog personality that you really like in a leader. Some guys are willing to take that responsibility. He seems to be doing that."

  • Pitt losing WR Davidson, QB Bertke to transfers
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 16, 2016

    Pitt Panthers wide receiver Jaquaun Davidson and backup quarterback Adam Bertke both plan to transfer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    • Neither played last season as redshirt freshmen, and their transfer destinations are not yet known.

      Davidson is a former three-star recruit from Elizabeth Forward High School who was expected to compete for reserve playing time next season.

      Bertke was also a three-star recruit coming out of Maria Stein, Ohio. But the Panthers have plenty of depth behind starter Nate Peterman in redshirt freshman Ben DiNucci, converted wide receiver Manny Stocker and incoming freshman Thomas MacVittie. Former Central Florida quarterback Bo Schneider also announced he plans to transfer to Pitt, where he will be eligible to play in 2017.

  • Michigan schedules satellite camp in Australia
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is scouring more than just the four corners of the United States for players to don the Maize and Blue.

    • The Wolverines will hold three camps in Florida on June 3. That same day, Michigan has scheduled a satellite camp nearly 10,000 miles away in Australia.

      Nathan Chapman, who runs a football camp in Australia that has sent mostly kickers and punters to the States, will be in charge of this camp as well. According to Chapman, all positions will be looked at during the three-hour camp.

      Harbaugh has also suggested holding satellite camps in Hawaii and Samoa.

  • DT Knox won't return for Michigan State
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Michigan State defensive tackle Damon Knox has played his last game for the Spartans.

    • Coach Mark Dantonio said in a release that Knox, who graduated in December, will pursue a career in law enforcement.

      "Damon has been a major contributor to our success the past five years," Dantonio said. "We appreciate his time and commitment to the Michigan State football program and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

      Knox was injured for much of his career with the Spartans, but he was healthy for the 2015 season. He started in one game and finished with 15 tackles.

      He participated in winter workouts and spring practices while trying to chart his future. He did not participate in the Green and White scrimmage on April 23.

  • College football notebook: ACC adding football replay center
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 12, 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference will become the first conference to add a replay review center for football.

    • At the end of the ACC's spring meetings on Thursday in Amelia Island, Fla., conference officials announced that on-site officials will work with a review center for all ACC games and nonconference home games starting this fall.

      Notre Dame, which is part of the ACC in all sports except football, plays five conference schools each year and will comply with the new replay system.

      Replay officials at the operations center in Greensboro, N.C., will be able to assist with calls that are challenged by coaches and help the officials at the game make rulings through headset communications.

      --Thomas Sirk is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles and could be ready for Duke's season-opener.

      Head coach David Cutcliffe said at the ACC spring meetings there is a chance Sirk is under center Sept. 3 against N.C. Central, seven months after he was injured.

      With Sirk injured in February after tearing his left Achilles three years ago, the Blue Devils prepared Parker Boehme during spring practice for the possibility he would be the starter in September.

      --Mississippi officials have confirmed a text message conversation published on Laremy Tunsil's Instagram account during the NFL draft did occur last year but are still investigating whether the messages were altered, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Thursday.

      The conversations show Tunsil asking Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller for money to pay rent and his mother's $305 utility bill in early 2015. Miller directs Tunsil to "see Barney next week," a reference to assistant athletic director for high school and junior college relations Barney Farrar.

      The firestorm erupted during the draft as Tunsil plummeted down the board and was finally selected 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins. The offensive tackle was forecast to go as high as No. 3.

      Tunsil said on April 28 that he did receive money from an Ole Miss coach. He has refused to elaborate further.

  • ACC approves centralized replay center
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 12, 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference will become the first conference to add a replay review center for football.

    • At the end of the ACC's spring meetings on Thursday in Amelia Island, Fla., conference officials announced that on-site officials will work with a review center for all ACC games and nonconference home games starting this fall.

      Notre Dame, which is part of the ACC in all sports except football, plays five conference schools each year and will comply with the new replay system.

      Replay officials at the operations center in Greensboro, N.C., will be able to assist with calls that are challenged by coaches and help the officials at the game make rulings through headset communications.

      "This is another step in enhancing the quality of instant replay within college football," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "Officiating remains one of the highest priorities for our league, and our coaches and schools value the opportunity to be state of the art in this area."

      Dennis Hennigan, ACC coordinator of football officiating, will be in charge of the review center and Ted Jackson will serve as assistant coordinator for instant replay.

      Central replay systems were approved by the NCAA football rules committee in February on an experimental basis.

      "I felt like we needed to be aggressive in being a part of this experimentation," Swofford said. "I'm sure we'll learn a lot from it, but we want to do everything that we can do to enhance officiating."

      The ACC had several games impacted by questionable calls last season, including the Miami-Duke finish during which the Hurricanes' eight laterals led to the winning touchdown. The ACC later said there were four blown calls on the crazy play.

      The NFL already uses a similar centralized replay center.

      "The NFL model is working, and you've got better equipment, you've got more experience, more eyes; I don't think it's going to be a drastic change," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "But if it gets one thing right, I think that's critically important."

  • Ole Miss officials say Tunsil text seeking payments did occur
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Mississippi officials have confirmed a text message conversation published on Laremy Tunsil's Instagram account during the NFL draft did occur last year but are still investigating whether the messages were altered, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Thursday.

    • The conversations show Tunsil asking Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller for money to pay rent and his mother's $305 utility bill in early 2015. Miller directs Tunsil to "see Barney next week," a reference to assistant athletic director for high school and junior college relations Barney Farrar.

      The firestorm erupted during the draft as Tunsil plummeted down the board and was finally selected 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins. The offensive tackle was forecast to go as high as No. 3.

      Prior to the Instagram issue, a picture on Tunsil smoking from a bong while wearing a gas mask was posted on Tunsil's Twitter account.

      Tunsil said on April 28 that he did receive money from an Ole Miss coach. He has refused to elaborate further.

  • Duke QB Sirk could be back for September opener
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Thomas Sirk is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles and could be ready for Duke's season-opener.

    • Head coach David Cutcliffe said at the ACC spring meetings there is a chance Sirk is under center Sept. 3 against N.C. Central, seven months after he was injured.

      He's ranked the 12th-best quarterback in the 2017 class by NFLDraftScout.com.

      "That's where we are in our thoughts," Cutcliffe said. "He's a great athlete. He heals a lot faster than I do. So I'm hopeful that we have a shot."

      With Sirk injured in February after tearing his left Achilles three years ago, the Blue Devils prepared Parker Boehme during spring practice for the possibility he would be the starter in September.

      Cutcliffe said it became apparent recently that Sirk might actually get back on the field in August.

      "He's done amazingly well," Cutcliffe said. "Now you reach a point that he's still well ahead, way beyond what he was the last time. Now when we get to the next step -- can you run full speed? And after he can run full speed, can he change directions? He rushed for over 800 yards, so he is a runner. We'll get to that point hopefully … maybe mid-July we'll start getting a pretty clear picture is what they're telling me."

  • Big 12 flirting with Houston, Memphis for expansion
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    The Big 12 is drawing interest from Houston, Memphis and other schools with expansion back on the table.

    • According to documents obtained by ESPN.com, officials from universities at Houston, Memphis, Central Florida and Colorado State have been lobbying members of the Big 12's composition committee.

      West Virginia president Gordon Gee is one of three Big 12 presidents on the committee, which is charged with exploring expansion candidates.

      According to ESPN, documents reveal that Gee has been busy in that role, which included a trip to Houston in late November. Gee met with Houston president Renu Khator, athletic director Hunter Yurachek and football coach Tom Herman.

      The documents also show Memphis president David Rudd wrote a letter to Gee in February, and copied Oklahoma president David Boren and Baylor president Ken Starr, the other two members of the composition committee, as well as former Big 12 board chairman and Kansas State president Kirk Schulz.

      In the Feb. 24 letter, Rudd pledged that Memphis will make a $500 million investment in academic and athletic infrastructure over the next five years, according to ESPN. Rudd also enclosed a letter from FedEx chairman Fred Smith, who stated that the company headquartered in Memphis will be behind the school's Big 12 campaign.

      "We strongly support the university's efforts to become a member of an expanded Big 12 athletic conference," Smith wrote to Rudd in a letter dated Feb. 23. "In support of (Memphis') Big 12 aspirations, we have researched college conference sponsorships and are prepared to become a major Big 12 sponsor of football and basketball."

      Smith said in the letter that FedEx would be prepared to sponsor a Big 12 championship game.

      "We believe the University of Memphis and the Big 12 are a great fit and hope our support will contribute to the University of Memphis becoming a member of this storied athletic conference in the near future," Smith wrote in the letter.

      Other documents ESPN.com gathered show that the presidents at Colorado State and Central Florida also sent brochures to Gee promoting their schools to the Big 12.

      The Big 12 presidents and athletic directors will meet May 31 in Irving, Texas. The topic of possible expansion is expected to be discussed.

  • Clemson reinstates WR Cain
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Suspended Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain will be back with the team this fall.

    • Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches spring meetings that Cain will begin working out in preparation for the 2016 season.

      Cain was suspended in December before the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma after failing a drug test. He sat out winter and spring workouts as part of his punishment.

      Swinney indicated that he's not concerned about the missed time with the team as much as Cain's conduct off the field.

      "I really don't need to see him run a comeback, to be honest with you," Swinney said. "I am not worried about the football side of Deon Cain. The football side of eon Cain is going to be special if I can get him dialed in on other things that really are more important."

      The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Cain finished last season with 34 receptions for 582 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman.

  • Pitt RB Conner says he has completed chemotherapy
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Pittsburgh running back James Conner's vow to return to the football field picked up steam when he said he had finished his chemotherapy treatments associated with the Hodgkin's lymphoma he has been dealing with for close to six months.

    • Conner is waiting on test results from doctors now that his 12th and final chemotherapy session is completed.

      "Glory to God allowing me to get through these 12 schedule chemo treatments.. Been a long road, Results coming soon!" Conner said on his Twitter feed.

      Conner was the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year when he rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore.

      He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2015 season-opening contest but that was far the only hardship he was going to have to face. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in late November.

      Conner recently appeared on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" and expressed confidence that he will ready for the 2016 season.

      "Hopefully everything will look great and I'll be back on the field," Conner said during the show. What I want to do next is carry the ball again. I can't wait for the season to start. The goal [to play in the NFL] is still the same; it's just a little postponed. Everything's going to work out for the best. I believe it."

  • Auburn QB to have shoulder surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    Auburn Tigers quarterback Tyler Queen was scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

    • Queen was limited during spring practice as he continued to recover from elbow surgery in September, but was shut down after injuring his AC joint during a live scrimmage on April 2, according to AL.com.

      The 6-foor-1, 241-pounder from Kennesaw, Ga., is a redshirt freshman who is fourth on the depth chart. While he may be available in the fall, Queen is not expected to have a significant role in 2016. Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and John Franklin III will compete for the starting job.

  • Penn State paid settlement involving sex-abuse claim against Sandusky.
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 9, 2016

    Penn State paid out a settlement involving a sex-abuse claim against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky from 1971, a university spokesman confirmed Sunday to ESPN.

    • Sandusky, a 1965 Penn State graduate, joined the football staff as a defensive coach in 1969. He remained on the staff through 1999, and in 2012, he was convicted of 45 criminal counts related to sexual molestation of minors dating back to the mid-1990s.

      The university has paid out more than $60 million to settle dozens of civic claims related to Sandusky.

      Earlier Sunday, Penn State president Eric Barron posted a letter on the school's website, decrying the public reaction to the latest allegations involving Sandusky.

      "I want you to know I am appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment that have accompanied the media stories surrounding these allegations," Barron wrote. "All too often in our society, people are convicted in the court of public opinion, only to find a different outcome when all the facts are presented.

      "In contrast, over the last two days we have worked to be diligent in reanalyzing the record of reports and depositions to ensure that our reactions and comments are both responsible and trustworthy."

      He went on to write that Penn State couldn't find evidence that the school or then-head football coach Joe Paterno was told that Sandusky assaulted children in the 1970s and 1980s.

      CNN reported Friday that a man told Penn State officials in 1971 that he was raped by Sandusky, but that the school officials told him to drop the allegations.

      Last week, Sandusky, 72, was granted a hearing to prove his claims that prosecutors lied and withheld evidence in his case.

  • UAB RB Bryant declared brain dead after shooting
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 8, 2016

    UAB running back Greg Bryant was declared brain dead Sunday, one day after being found shot in his car early Saturday morning, multiple media outlets reported based on confirmation from the Bryant family.

    • He was 21.

      Bryant and passenger Maurice Grover were found shot in a car on Interstate 95 in West Palm, Fla., at around 4:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, police told CBS affiliate WPEC. Grover had minor injuries, and Bryant was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment. He was placed in critical condition before confirmation of his death.

      Bryant was a highly rated recruit in high school who began his college football career at Notre Dame in 2013. He rushed for 14 yards as a freshman, but missed most of the season with an injury and received a medical redshirt. The next season he rushed for 289 yards, which was second on the team.

      Bryant left Notre Dame when he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2015 season.

      He transferred to ASA College, a junior college in Miami, and played just one game there in 2015, before transferring to Alabama-Birmingham. Bryant was considered the biggest name in UAB's first recruiting class since restarting its football program.

      UAB won't play football again until the 2017 season, but Bryant was allowed to enroll in January 2016.

      Police have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting.

  • Florida State dismisses RB Pender
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, May 8, 2016

    Florida State dismissed running back Mario Pender on Saturday hours after he was arrested and booked on charges of committing domestic violence and resisting an officer without violence.

    • Pender, a fifth-year senior, had his most productive year on the field in 2014 when he rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns.

      He suffered a collapsed lung and played in only three games last season, rushing for 105 yards and one touchdown. In 2013, he was academically ineligible.

      The university released a statement late Saturday confirming Pender no longer was a member of the team.

      "Florida State Athletics announced today that Mario Pender has been permanently dismissed from the football team following his arrest earlier in the day. The Athletics Department will have no further comment at this time."

      His bond was set at $500.

      While a senior in high school in 2011, Pender was accused of punching his girlfriend in a car. Those charges were dropped.

  • RB Bryant of UAB critical after shooting
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 7, 2016

    Running back Greg Bryant of Alabama Birmingham was in critical condition after being shot early Saturday morning in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    • The Palm Beach Post reported that two men were found shot in a car on southbound I-95 at about 4:45 a.m.

      Bryant was identified as the driver of the car and was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Lori Colombino of the West Palm Beach Police Department.

      Maurice Grover, the passenger in the vehicle, also was taken to the hospital with what were described as minor injuries.

      "The UAB Football Family's prayers are with Greg Bryant and his family this morning," coach Bill Clark of UAB said in a statement on AL.com.

      "He was injured in a shooting last night in Miami and is receiving medical care, surrounded by his family. We are working to get more information and to support Greg and his family in this difficult time."

      Bryant transferred to UAB in November after beginning his career at Notre Dame.

  • Paterno family, Penn State challenge new report
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 6, 2016

    The family of the late Joe Paterno is once again vehemently defending his reputation after it was reported that the former Penn State football coach knew as far back as 1976 that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had molested a child.

    • Penn State also responded to the Paterno family complaints Friday, saying records from 40 years ago aren't available to evaluate the claims made by a boy that he told Paterno of Sandusky's actions. The university also contended that the allegations were not proven facts.

      The allegations were in a court document related to an insurance case involving Penn State and the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Co. It contained references that Paterno was informed of sexual abuse by Sandusky in 1976, 1987 and 1988, Pennlive.com reported.

      Later Friday, NBC News reported that as many as six former assistant coaches at Penn State witnessed "inappropriate behavior" between Sandusky and boys, going back as far as the 1970s. It is unclear whether any of the coaches reported what they saw to their superiors before the scandal became public in 2011.

      Sandusky was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison in 2012 after being found guilty on 45 counts of child molestation.

      "The university has no records from the time to help evaluate the claims," Penn State said in a statement. "More importantly, Coach Paterno is not here to defend himself. Penn State does not intend to comment further, out of concern for privacy, and due to the strict confidentiality commitments that govern our various settlement agreements."

      Paterno died in January 2012 of lung cancer at age 85 approximately two months after being fired as football coach. His reputation was tarnished when it was learned he failed to notify police in 2002 when he was told that Sandusky had molested a young boy inside the Penn State football complex.

      Paterno's family regularly defended his legacy after his death and are doing so again after the latest allegation.

      "Because of a single sentence in a court record of an insurance case, Joe Paterno's reputation has once again been smeared with an unsubstantiated, 40-year-old allegation," the family statement began. "In response to this allegation and the subsequent media hype, the Paterno family is demanding a full public review of the facts.

      "From Day One, Joe Paterno and his family have called for an objective and total pursuit of the truth with a full respect for due process. In 2011 and 2012 Joe Paterno was subjected to an unprecedented rush to justice by Louis Freeh and the NCAA. Time has proven that the Freeh report was deeply flawed and the unprecedented punitive actions of the NCAA were unjustified. Over the past 4 1/2 years, numerous allegations that were taken as fact when they were initially communicated have been proven false. It is in this context that the latest claim should be viewed.

      "The reckless, all-out rush to accept accusations as legitimate without a full fair review of the facts cannot be allowed to happen again. Fighting shadows and rumors on issues that are this significant is a disservice to everyone who cares about the truth. We do not fear the truth, we embrace it. And we will not allow a repeat of what happened before. We challenge anyone with evidence of misconduct to come forward and present their allegations in a process that allows a full, fair review of the evidence. We will stand by the facts, but we will never accept veiled accusations presented in a context where they cannot be objectively reviewed and analyzed.

      "If anything has been learned from the Sandusky tragedy it should be that rushed investigations do incredible harm. For once, a fair process should come before conclusions are reached."

      Paterno's actions are again under the microscope one day after Sandusky, 72, was granted a hearing to prove his claims that prosecutors lied and withheld evidence in the case in which he was convicted.

      Pennsylvania judge John Cleland on Thursday set the hearing for May 20 and said it would "provide the defense with an opportunity to prove" the allegations. Sandusky's defense team is seeking the dismissal of charges or a new trial.

      Solicitor general Bruce Castor, a legal constituent for the district attorney's office, told reporters that Sandusky's allegations aren't valid claims.

      "Mr. Sandusky has nothing but time on his hands and thus can claim anything he likes," Castor said. "Proving those claims is an entirely different matter, however."

      After the court hearing, Pennlive.com reported that one of Penn State's insurers maintained "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."

      In addition, unnamed Penn State assistant coaches reportedly witnessed "inappropriate conduct" between Sandusky and children in 1987 and 1988, and a 1988 case reportedly was called to the attention of the school's athletic director.

      In the insurance case, Penn State is trying to recoup more than $60 million it has paid to settle dozens of civic claims related to Sandusky.

      Paterno's lack of action in 2002 created a firestorm before the school fired him in 2011.

      Then-graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary said he witnessed Sandusky molesting the child and said he informed Paterno of the attack. Paterno waited a day before contacting school authorities and police were never notified of the sexual assault.

      The NBC report said one former Penn State assistant coach witnessed an incident involving Sandusky in the late 1970s. Three other former assistant coaches allegedly saw inappropriate conduct between Sandusky and boys in the early and mid-1990s.

      "You won't believe what I just saw," one of those three coaches said entering a room filled with Penn State football staff, according to source used in the NBC News report.

      A lawyer representing one of the former assistants denied his client saw any improper behavior from Sandusky. A second coach declined to comment. A third could not be reached, and the name of the fourth was not disclosed to NBC News.