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  • Charlotte QB Olsen arrested on rape charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    University of North Carolina Charlotte junior quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested Sunday in Charlotte on a rape charge.

    • Olsen was charged with felony second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on a female and second-degree forced sex.

      According to a statement from the university, "This incident occurred a week after a separate, unrelated case of alleged on-campus sexual assault involving acquaintances. Olsen has been suspended from Charlotte athletics, and the University is reviewing the case consistent with its disciplinary procedures."

      Olsen's college career already had a rocky path.

      A New Jersey high school star and brother of current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, Kevin Olsen enrolled at the University of Miami in 2013, took a redshirt year, and then left the Hurricanes in 2014 due to reported team violations.

      He was thrown off the Towson University football team in March 2015, and he played for Riverside (Calif.) City College in the fall of 2015.

      Last season, he appeared in six games for Charlotte, completing 87 of 175 passes for 842 yards. He threw six touchdown passes and three interceptions, making one start in midseason.

  • Alabama to hire Patriots assistant as OC
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 17, 2017

    New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll will be named Alabama's offensive coordinator, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

    • Daboll, who recently completed his third season as Patriots tight ends coach, will become the Crismon Tide's fifth offensive coordinator since the end of the 2011 season.

      Daboll will replace Steve Sarkisian, whose only game as the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator was the College Football Playoff national championship loss to Clemson.

      Sarkisian then left Alabama to become the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator.

      Sarkisian succeeded Lane Kiffin as Alabama's offensive coordinator. Kiffin was the Crimson Tide's offensive coordinator throughout the 2016 regular season and for Alabama's national semifinal victory over Washington. But two days after that game, Kiffin accepted an offer to become Florida Atlantic's head coach.

      Alabama coach Nick Saban interviewed Daboll and former Houston Texans offensive coordinator George Godsey in the last few weeks. Alabama co-offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was also a candidate for the job after being promoted from an offensive analyst's role.

      Daboll, 41, spent 17 seasons in the NFL. He was a graduate assistant at Michigan State for two years when Saban was the Spartans' head coach.

      Daboll will be charged with grooming two young quarterbacks -- Jalen Hurts, who led the Crimson Tide to a 13-1 record as a true freshman, and freshman Tua Tagovailoa, an early enrollee who was ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country.

  • Warrants sought in Michigan State sex assault case
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    The Michigan State University police department has submitted a request for arrest warrants resulting from its investigation into a sexual assault claim involving three of the school's football players.

    • The Ingham County (Mich.) Prosecutor's Office confirmed the request in a news release on Thursday morning, saying that it "will review all of the available evidence and information and make a review decision in the short-term future."

      The university last week announced that three Michigan State football players had been suspended after allegations of sexual assault were made against them last month.

      The three players were not officially named, but the university confirmed that recruiting director Curtis Blackwell was on paid suspension earlier this week. Michigan State declined to say whether the ban was related to the assault investigation.

      According to the police probe, the university has launched its own Title IX investigation.

  • LSU QB Harris to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Quarterback Brandon Harris plans to transfer from LSU.

    • Harris made the declaration via social media and the school later confirmed his intention to transfer.

      After starting the first two games of the season for the Tigers, Harris was replaced by Purdue transfer Danny Etling.

      Harris played in only four games in 2016.

      He went 9-3 as a sophomore in 2015, but with only modest production, was on a short leash in 2016. An uneven performance in LSU's loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field led to a change from then-coach Les Miles.

      Etling will be a senior this coming season, but LSU is limited at quarterback behind him.

      If Harris graduates, he could be eligible to play immediately at any school.

  • Sandusky's adopted son charged with sex crimes
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 13, 2017

    Jeffrey S. Sandusky, the adopted 41-year-old son of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, was arrested Monday and charged with sex crimes involving two girls.

    • The younger Sandusky was charged by Pennsylvania State Police and arraigned by a district judge in Bellefonte, Pa., on 14 counts. Police have accused him of soliciting nude photos from a then-16-year-old girl last year and seeking oral sex in 2013 from her then 15-year-old sister.

      Jeffrey Sandusky was charged with solicitation of statutory sexual assault, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, six counts of unlawful contact with a minor and two counts each of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.

      He was jailed on $200,000 bail.

      According to the arrest affidavit on Nov. 21, the alleged victims' father turned over text messages from the younger Sandusky in which he made the request for nude photographs. The affidavit said Sandusky told the alleged victim in texts that it's not weird because he "studied medicine" and instructed her "to not show these texts to anyone."

      Jeffrey Sandusky accompanied his mother, Dottie, to many of the court proceedings involving Jerry Sandusky, who was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison for sexually assaulting 45 minors -- with accusations stemming as far back as the 1970s.

  • Kansas State coach Snyder reveals he has throat cancer
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 13, 2017

    Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder announced Monday he has been diagnosed with throat cancer and has been receiving outpatient treatment for about three weeks.

    • Doctors indicated Snyder's prognosis to be excellent and have "projected a positive outcome," according to his lengthy statement issued by K-State.

      The 77-year-old Snyder is expected to be on the field for the start of the Wildcats' spring practice next month. Kansas State begins spring practice March 29 and the spring game is April 22.

      "I have been diagnosed with throat cancer and have been receiving outpatient treatment at the KU Medical Center for about three weeks and am getting along very well," Snyder said in his statement. "The doctors and staffs at both KU Med and M.D. Anderson (in Houston) have been great; working so very well together to finalize the overall treatment plan which is being conducted in Kansas City. Both 'teams' have projected a positive outcome and have worked out a schedule that allows me to be in Kansas City for my regular treatments and still be back in the office on a regular basis through the first week of March."

      Snyder addressed his health now after recent speculation that he was seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness. He apologized for publicly disclosing his diagnosis in a statement.

      "I feel bad having to release this information about my health in this manner prior to sharing it in person with so many personal friends, distant family, players and their families, past and present, and many of the Kansas State football family so close to our program. But, with so much talk presently out there, I certainly owe it to everyone to make them aware of my condition."

      Snyder was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame two years ago and won his 200th game with the Wildcats in 2016. Kansas State finished 9-4 last season and defeated Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl.

      Snyder, a four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, just completed his 25th year at Kansas State and has a 202-105-1 record with the Wildcats.

      Snyder said the coaching staff -- which includes his son, Sean, the Wildcats' associate head coach/special teams coordinator -- will carry out their responsibilities when he is away from the team.

      "Coach Snyder's health is of the utmost importance, and he has our full support during this time," Kansas State athletic director John Currie said. "We will provide all of the necessary accommodations he and his family need to ensure a smooth treatment process. He will remain our head coach during this treatment period, and we look forward to seeing him on the field this spring and in pursuit of career win No. 203 on Sept. 2."

      Snyder thanked his supporters at the school as well as family and friends.

      "I'm very grateful to those who have responded over the past 24 hours via calls, texts, emails, etc., with such kind thoughts and words," Snyder said. "And again, my apology to each of you whom I did not have the opportunity to reach personally before this release."

  • Alabama DE Allen adds Lombardi to trophy collection
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 11, 2017

    Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen capped his collection of college football awards Saturday by being named winner of the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Rotary Club of Houston announced.

    • Allen was selected over three other finalists -- Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville, defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M and linebacker/returner Jabrill Peppers of Michigan.

      "I was just in shock," Allen said after being named the winner. "Whenever you receive an award of this magnitude, it's obviously a blessing."

      The award is Allen's fourth of the campaign. He also won the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards as the nation's top defensive player and the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end.

      Allen, expected to be one of the top picks in the 2017 NFL draft, had 69 tackles and 10 sacks in 2016. He also returned two fumbles for touchdowns and finished seventh in the Heisman balloting.

      Allen joins Cornelius Bennett (1986) as the only Alabama players to win the Lombardi Award.

      The Lombardi Award was first given out in 1970 and has traditionally been awarded to an offensive or defensive lineman. It was expanded this season to include all positions with the mandate being that it goes to a player who best demonstrates outstanding performance while meeting the standards of former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi's brand of leadership.

  • Michigan State suspends 4 amid sexual assault allegations
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Michigan State suspended three football players and a staff member while the university investigates sexual assault allegations.

    • The school didn't identify the players or the football staff member while announcing the discipline on Thursday.

      No criminal charges have been filed in regards to the complaint, which was made in late January.

      "Sexual assault is unacceptable, and members of MSU Athletics who fail to uphold our standards for creating a culture that is safe, supportive, and responsive to those affected by it will be held accountable," athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. "My expectation of all members of the department is full and complete cooperation with all investigations."

      A Title IX investigation will also be conducted to see if policy was violated.

      Football coach Mark Dantonio has yet to make a comment on the situation.

  • Kelly reportedly has 'no interest' in Alabama
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Chip Kelly isn't ready to return to the college ranks, as the former San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Oregon coach has "no interest" in Alabama's offensive coordinator job, according to a report from Bleacher Report.

    • Kelly is still holding out for an NFL job as a head coach or coordinator, per Bleacher Report.

      The Crimson Tide lost offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to the Atlanta Falcons. Sarkisian was elevated to the job at Alabama during the week of the College Football Playoff Championship against Clemson after Lane Kiffin's abrupt departure.

      Sarkisian joined the Falcons in the same capacity Tuesday after Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan left to become the new coach of the 49ers.

      Kelly was fired by the 49ers on Jan. 1 after going 2-14 in his only season with the team. He was hired by San Francisco one month after he was fired by the Eagles less than three seasons into his tenure as head coach in December 2015.

      Kelly guided the Ducks to a 46-7 mark in his four seasons at Oregon, including an appearance in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

  • Big 12 to withhold cut of Baylor's future revenue
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    The Big 12 Conference board voted unanimously Wednesday to withhold 25 percent of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor, pending an outcome of changes within the school's athletic programs.

    • Baylor was not included in the board of directors vote and will be responsible for all associated costs, the conference announced.

      Each Big 12 school received about $30 million in revenue from the conference last year, and 25 percent of that would be about $7.5 million, according to the Houston Chronicle.

      "The Board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable," University of Oklahoma president and Big 12 board chairman David Boren said in a statement. "Effective immediately, the Conference is withholding 25 percent of Baylor's share of any future revenue distribution until the proper execution of controls is independently verified.

      "By taking these actions the Board desires to ensure that the changes that were promised are actually made and that systems are in place to avoid future problems. The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the Board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with Conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX."

      Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda told ESPN that Baylor would have the opportunity to recoup any withheld revenue if it satisfied the board members at the conclusion of a third-party verification review.

      A lawsuit filed by a Baylor graduate student on Jan. 27 alleged that 31 football players were involved in a minimum of 52 rapes from 2011 to 2014. The student alleged she was gang-raped in 2013 by two Baylor football players after a party. The woman's lawsuit accused the university of Title IX violations and negligence.

      The Wall Street Journal reported in October that 17 women filed sexual or domestic violence complaints against players in former coach Art Briles' football program since 2011. Among the allegations were four gang rapes.

      Baylor interim president David Garland released a statement after the Big 12's announcement.

      "Upon learning the scope and scale of the troubling incidents that occurred within our campus community through an independent investigation, Baylor University took unprecedented corrective actions that led to leadership changes within the University administration and athletic department and 105 recommendations to strengthen the safety and security of our students," Garland said. "No other university in the country has responded as aggressively and decisively as Baylor regarding incidents of sexual assaults on its campus.

      "Under the university's new leadership, Baylor has demonstrated a firm commitment to athletics compliance and integrity, increased awareness and prevention of sexual assault, implementation of Title IX best practices and providing comprehensive support services for any student in need of them. Baylor already had planned to hire an outside auditor to audit the implementation of our enhanced practices, and we welcome the Big 12 Conference's request of an independent review. While the withholding of conference distributions is an unexpected financial event, we do not deem these actions to materially impact the overall financial position of the University. We pledge our full cooperation, and we will work with the Big 12 Conference to conduct the audit as expeditiously as possible.

      "This third-party review at the request of the Big 12 Conference will provide an opportunity for us to demonstrate our progress to date and our ongoing commitment in establishing Baylor as a leading institution in athletics compliance and governance and for preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses."

  • Army suspends DC Bateman for role in Wake Forest leak scandal
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    Army suspended defensive coordinator Jay Bateman for two weeks and fined him $25,000 for accepting game-plan information from a Wake Forest radio announcer, the service academy announced Tuesday.

    • According to Army, its investigation determined that Bateman and former assistant Ray McCartney accepted "non-public information and took actions to conceal the information and its source."

      Army defeated Wake Forest 21-13 on Oct. 29. A few weeks later, Wake Forest game-plan information was discovered in Louisville's stadium and a school investigation determined that radio analyst Tommy Elrod leaked Demon Deacons' information to opponents on multiple occasions.

      "Our commitment is to foster a culture of excellence and winning in everything we do," said U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., who handled the investigation. "It does not mean that we win at all costs. Rather, it means winning in accordance with our values and who we are as an institution and a nation. When we win, we will do so honorably, remaining true to the values and standards that define us."

      Athletic director Boo Corrigan said Bateman will be required to attend an ethics program.

      "Although no NCAA rules were violated, these actions do not represent our values," Corrigan said in a statement. "We appreciate Wake Forest bringing this matter to our attention and I want to apologize to the Wake Forest administration and to the West Point community."

      Army joins Louisville and Virginia Tech as schools that confirmed they received information from Elrod. The Atlantic Coast Conference fined Louisville and Virginia Tech $25,000 apiece for the actions of coaches who accepted the information.

      Elrod, a former quarterback at Wake Forest, had been leaking information since 2014. He was fired from his radio job and banned from the school's athletic facilities.

  • Baylor fires assistant Washington after prostitution arrest
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 7, 2017

    Baylor football is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.

    • Recently-hired strength and conditioning coach Brandon Washington was arrested early Saturday morning at a Waco, Texas-area hotel on a prostitution solicitation charge and was fired by Baylor shortly after.

      Washington, 33, was arrested shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday after arriving at the hotel to meet a prostitute. He was released from McLennan County Jail later in the day after posting $1,000 bond.

      The Class B misdemeanor charge carries a punishment of up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

      Washington, 33, was a member of newly-hired coach Matt Rhule's staff at Temple for the past three years.

      A statement released from Baylor's athletics department said Washington passed a full criminal background check at the time of his hiring.

      "When we arrived at Baylor, we made a commitment to character and integrity in our program," Rhule said, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. "Brandon's actions are completely unacceptable. We will not tolerate conduct that is contradictory to these values."

      Rhule was hired on Dec. 6 to coach the Bears following a year-plus sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of coach Art Briles. Baylor president Ken Starr was also removed from his post and resigned as a tenured staff member at Baylor Law School.

      A lawsuit filed by a Baylor graduate student on Jan. 27 alleged that 31 football players were involved in a minimum of 52 rapes from 2011 to 2014.

  • Oregon assistant Reaves, on leave after arrest, resigns
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 6, 2017

    Oregon assistant coach David Reaves' brief stay in Eugene is over.

    • The co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach resigned on Friday, according to press reports.

      Reaves was arrested on Jan. 22 by Eugene police and charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

      Oregon assistant Jimmie Dougherty was a passenger during the arrest, but he is not facing charges.

      That was just five days after Reaves was officially hired at Oregon. He came to Oregon to join new Ducks head coach Willie Taggart, for whom he worked at South Florida.

      Reaves, 38, was put on administrative leave after his arrest and was going to be fired by the school, but he decided to quit. There was no indication that any kind of settlement was reached.

      Reaves' two-year contract was to be worth $300,000 per year. He was to share offensive coordinator duties with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

      Reaves' previous coaching stops included South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico and IMG Academy before going to South Florida in 2013.

      Reaves' DUI came less than a week after Ducks strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for a month without pay following the hospitalization of three players after offseason conditioning workouts.

      Now Reaves is out of a job and Taggart will be searching for a replacement. Taggart said on national signing day last week that he was close to announcing a new addition to the staff.

  • NCAA agrees to pay $208.7M scholarships settlement
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 4, 2017

    The NCAA and 11 major conferences agreed to pay $208.7 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by former athletes who claimed their scholarship value was illegally capped at less than the actual cost of attending college, the institutions announced Friday night.

    • If the preliminary settlement is approved by a judge, the average class member who played his or her sport for four years would receive approximately $6,763, according to CBSSports.com.

      The lawsuit, which claimed the NCAA and college sports' conferences violated antitrust law, was filed in 2014 by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston and later consolidated with other cases.

      "This is a watershed settlement -- recovering nearly all of the damages in the case," said attorney Steve Berman, who represented the class of athletes. "We're incredibly pleased with this settlement that brings student-athletes the payment and recognition they deserve."

      The NCAA and conferences have since changed their rule to allow cost-of-attendance stipends. In January 2015, the five biggest conferences -- the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference -- passed NCAA legislation allowing the value of athletic scholarships to increase.

      The settlement will be fully funded by NCAA reserves, the association said. No school or conference will be required to contribute.

      "The agreement maintains cost of attendance as an appropriate dividing line between collegiate and professional sports," the NCAA said in a statement. "In fact, the NCAA and conferences only settled this case because the terms are consistent with Division I financial aid rules, which allow athletics-based aid up to the full cost of obtaining a college education. Whenever possible and appropriate, the NCAA prefers to provide benefits to student-athletes rather than incur the ongoing cost of lawyers and legal processes."

      The NCAA said it will "continue to vigorously oppose the remaining portion of the lawsuit seeking pay for play."

  • Oklahoma RB Mixon not invited to NFL combine
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 3, 2017

    Embattled Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon wasn't invited to this month's NFL scouting combine, USA Today reported Friday.

    • The publication also reported that Baylor receiver Ishmael Zamora wasn't invited due to his well-publicized off-the-field incident.

      Mixon broke four bones in the face of Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor with a punch in July 2014. The video of the punch was released in December and increased heat on Sooners coach Bob Stoops for not dismissing Mixon from the program.

      The NFL implemented a rule last year that prohibits players who are convicted of crimes like domestic assault and sexual assault from attending the festivities.

      Mixon accepted a plea that didn't involve admitting guilt and he didn't serve jail time. But apparently the high-profile nature of his case led to the NFL's decision.

      Mixon rushed for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016 as a third-year sophomore. He is expected to work out for scouts at Oklahoma's Pro Day on March 8.

      Zamora served a three-game suspension during the 2016 season after video emerged showing him beating and kicking a dog. He was charged with a misdemeanor and was fined and served community service.

      Zamora caught 63 passes for 809 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016 as a third-year sophomore.

      The NFL combine is Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis.

  • Former Ohio State S Hooker to miss NFL combine
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Former Ohio State star safety Malik Hooker will miss the NFL scouting combine after undergoing surgeries for shoulder and hernia injuries.

    • Hooker reportedly underwent the procedures on Tuesday. The shoulder surgery was to repair a torn labrum.

      He confirmed the surgeries on Twitter, saying in part "PS I Already Had My Surgery And I'm Walking Already! Trust The Process ..."

      Hooker is rated the top free safety and the No. 4 overall prospect for the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.

      Hooker excelled last season as a third-year sophomore by intercepting seven passes and returning three of them for touchdowns. He recorded 74 tackles and was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back.

      The NFL scouting combine is Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis. Hooker could attend the festivities to speak with NFL teams if he is unable to work out.

  • National Signing Day notebook: DT Solomon commits to Michigan
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    Five-star recruit Aubrey Solomon, who Rivals rated as the second-best defensive tackle in the country, announced his commitment to Michigan on National Signing Day.

    • Solomon made his decision known on Wednesday, a move that is viewed as impressive considering the Georgia-born player eschewed SEC powers Alabama and Georgia as well as USC to compete in Ann Arbor.

      Solomon originally committed to the Wolverines several months ago, but the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder backed off that statement after Michigan sent a thank you note addressed to another player in regard to attending an event he knew nothing about.

      "A day or two ago, they sent my mom a card thanking us for going to the Michigan BBQ, but we never went," Solomon at the time told Dawgs247, a Georgia recruiting site. "I do not know which recruit they were talking to, but it was not me. It was just a little heartbreaking, for me to supposedly be so high on their list, for them to confuse me with someone else.

      "Plus they spelled both of my names wrong after I told them, but that was not the main issue. I guess they do not have tabs on me."

      Solomon, who apologized for his comments shortly thereafter, made a flub of his own on Wednesday. When announcing his official decision, Solomon said that he would be attending the "University of Miami" while putting on a Michigan hat.

      The signing put Michigan fourth in the rankings released on Wednesday afternoon by Rivals.com. Alabama was well out ahead at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Georgia and then LSU at No. 5.

      In other key signings around the nation:

      Five-star defensive end LaBryan Ray selected home-state school Alabama over Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss.

      The 6-4, 275-pound Ray, who is listed as the 26th best player by 247Sports Composite, was named the AL.com Huntsville-Region Player of the Year.

      Four-star defensive end Jarez Parks elected to grayshirt at the Crimson Tide, opting to enroll at the school in January instead.

      Parks was expected to announce his commitment on Wednesday, but elected this route as Alabama was running out of scholarships for the Class of 2017.

      Parks will not be on scholarship once he enrolls to the school and will have to pay his own way.

      Five-star wide receiver Devonta Smith committed to Alabama, spurning his home state in the form of LSU.

      Listed as 6-1, 160 pounds, Smith is the No. 9 wide receiver and 64th overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

      --Four-star linebacker Levi Jones, who is the 65th-ranked player in the ESPN 300, committed to USC to kick off the National Signing Day festivities.

      A 6-4, 215-pound linebacker from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, Jones cited his visit to Southern Cal as his primary reason for selecting the Trojans over Florida State, Florida and UCLA.

      Jones, however, elected to have some fun in revealing his decision on Wednesday. He took off his jacket to reveal a long-sleeve Florida T-shirt before pulling that off to show a Florida State shirt underneath. The disrobing continues as he removed that shirt to reveal a USC shirt.

      Jones added a Trojans hat before saying, "Fight on," to complete the display.

      His father, Robert Jones, is a three-time Super Bowl champion.

      USC also landed offensive tackle Austin Jackson, tight end Josh Falo and defensive tackle Jay Tufele, who were ranked in the ESPN 300 at Nos. 54, 92 and 119, respectively.

      Jackson, who is listed at 6-5, 260 pounds out of Phoenix, selected the Trojans ahead of Arizona State and Washington.

      Falo, who is listed at 6-5, 235 pounds, visited USC on Jan. 13. He made his decision after visiting Oregon on Friday.

      Tufele took an official visit from USC in January and chose the school over BYU, Michigan, Ohio State and his home state of Utah.

      --Jeff Thomas, who is the eighth-ranked wide receiver and No. 55 overall in the ESPN 300, declared he would commit to Miami.

      Thomas, who is from East St. Louis, Ill., reportedly was also considering Tennessee, Illinois and Oregon.

      --Four-star safety Todd Harris, who was ranked 83rd overall in the ESPN 300, signed with LSU.

      The 6-0, 180-pound Harris, who is from Plaquemine, La., opted to stay closer to home and passed on offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Ole Miss and TCU.

      The Tigers also secured the services of signing Under Armour All-American defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson, who was ranked No. 34 in the ESPN 300.

      Chaisson, who is listed at 6-4, 220 pounds, received his first offer from LSU when he attended a prospect camp and selected the Tigers over Baylor and Colorado.

      Four-star linebacker Tyler Taylor, who is ranked 204th in the ESPN 300, signed with LSU over Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.

      --Guard Tedarrell Slaton, who is the 91st ranked player in the ESPN 300, committed to Florida over Georgia and Miami.

      Slaton, who is listed at 6-4, 360 pounds, is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

      Versatile Christopher Henderson, who played running back and wide receiver in addition to defensive roles, also committed to the Gators.

      Henderson originally had committed to Miami and received offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee.

      --Linebacker Willie Gay, who is ranked 211th in the ESPN 300, selected Mississippi State over Ole Miss and LSU.

      Gay, who is from Starkville (Miss.) High School, opted to stay home for college over LSU and Michigan.

      --Leonard Warner, who is the second-ranked linebacker and 130th overall in the ESPN 300, selected Florida State over Georgia and Stanford.

      --Four-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant, who is No. 100 in the ESPN 300, signed with Auburn.

      Bryant, a Georgia native, reportedly received offers from 27 schools -- including 13 of the 14 teams in the SEC.

      --Four-star cornerback Chevin Calloway, who is No. 120 in the ESPN 300, signed with Arkansas.

      Calloway, who originally had committed to Iowa, was also considering Nebraska, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M.

      --Leonard Warner, who is the second-ranked inside linebacker in the country and No. 130 on the ESPN 300, committed to Florida State.

      The 6-4, 224-pound Warner chose the Gators over his home state of Georgia as well as Stanford.

      --Michigan State commit and three-star defensive end prospect Donovan Winter was unable to send his letter of intent on Wednesday ... as he was in jail.

      Police arrested the 18-year-old Winter on Monday and charged the native of Orlando, Fla. With burglary and larceny of a firearm.

      Winter, who committed to the Spartans in June, is ordered to appear in court on March 7. The school is not allowed to comment on prospective student-athletes until it receives their letters of intent.

      The Spartans did reel in a big name in the form of Hunter Rison, who is the son of former NFL wide receiver Andre Rison. The younger Rison is also a wide receiver and is already enrolled at Michigan State.

      --Florida landed a signing-day surprise with four-star wide receiver James Robinson joining its 2017 class.

      Robinson was arrested for marijuana possession during a weekend visit to Ohio State in January and it appeared Florida coach Jim McElwain would not be allowed to sign him. But on Wednesday afternoon McElwain welcomed Robinson to Florida family via Twitter.

      Robinson, who is from Lakeland, Fla., is ranked the 16th-best wide receiver prospect nationally and the 19th-best recruit from Florida by Rivals.

  • Ex-Colorado assistant charged with five felonies for assault
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Former Colorado safeties coach Joe Tumpkin was charged with five felony counts of second-degree assault and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault in a domestic violence case, authorities announced Tuesday.

    • The incidents involving Tumpkin and an ex-girlfriend occurred in a 22-month stretch ending in Nov. 2016. Tumpkin allegedly "used his hands as a deadly weapon, caused bodily injury and strangled" the ex-girlfriend.

      Tumpkin, 45, resigned last Friday upon request by the university.

      He was placed on administrative leave earlier this month when football coach Mike MacIntyre and athletic director Rick George learned that the woman obtained a restraining order against Tumpkin on Dec. 20.

      The woman's complaint states that Tumpkin physically assaulted her multiple times during a three-year relationship. The woman said Tumpkin would choke and bite her and she detailed incidents on back-to-back nights in November when Tumpkin pinned her against the wall and choked her the night before a game against Washington State, and then choked her and dragged her by the hair the following night.

      Tumpkin spent the past two seasons with the Buffaloes.

  • Alabama assistant Chapman charged with DUI
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, January 30, 2017

    Alabama assistant strength coach Josh Chapman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Sunday morning.

    • Chapman, 27, was arrested after he was found "passed out" in his vehicle, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office. He was released on $1,000 bond.

      Chapman was a nose tackle for the Crimson Tide from 2007-11 and was a second-team All-SEC defensive lineman. The Birmingham, Ala., native won two national championships with the team.

      Chapman was a fifth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. He spent three seasons with the Colts before being released in September 2015.

      Chapman joined the Alabama staff prior to last season, working under head strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran.

  • Arizona State to name Alabama's Napier offensive coordinator
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, January 29, 2017

    Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier is expected to be hired as Arizona State's offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

    • The 37-year-old Napier will replace Chip Lindsey, who left Arizona State last week to be the Auburn offensive coordinator. The news was first reported by Fox Sports and USA Today.

      Napier becomes the third assistant coach to leave Alabama since the end of the 2016 season. Lane Kiffin left coach Nick Saban's staff to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic and Mario Cristobal left to be the co-offensive coordinator, run-game coordinator and offensive line coach at Oregon.

      Napier previously was Clemson's first offensive coordinator under Dabo Swinney from 2009-10, getting the job at age 29. Napier was fired by Swinney following the 2010 season.

      Napier, a former Furman quarterback, landed at Alabama as an offensive analyst in 2011, then moved to Colorado State as the quarterbacks coach for a year. He returned to Alabama in 2013 to coach the receivers for the last four years.

      Napier will be reunited with former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett, who transferred to Arizona State in December.

  • UNLV works out contract extension with Sanchez
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 28, 2017

    UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the school announced Friday.

    • The school said it is still working on the terms of the agreement but said Sanchez's new contract keeps him with UNLV through the 2021 season.

      Sanchez originally signed a four-year contract in December 2014 after Bobby Hauck compiled a 13-38 record from 2010 to 2014. He is 7-17 with the school and became the first Rebels coach to win at least three games in his first season since John Robinson in 1999.

      "Tony signed a four-year contract and halfway through it, we are even more convinced he is the answer to the question of how to make UNLV football consistently successful," UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement. "Continuity is important in turning this program around and Tony's success in building a roster, building the brand and building interest and support throughout the community has earned him an extension to see that vision realized."

      Sanchez also became only the third UNLV coach to win the fabled Fremont Cannon by defeating in-state rival Nevada-Reno in his debut campaign and the first to do it on the road.

      "I want to thank President Jessup and Tina for their continued support along with the entire southern Nevada community, which has been unbelievable throughout our first two years here," Sanchez said in a statement. "I am so excited to be leading UNLV football for years to come."

  • Lawsuit alleges 52 rapes involving 31 Baylor football players
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, January 28, 2017

    In a lawsuit filed Friday against Baylor, a university graduate alleged that 31 football players were involved in a minimum of 52 rapes from 2011 to 2014.

    • Those numbers are significantly higher than previously reported. According to The Dallas Morning News, the totals are not verified yet.

      The student alleged she was gang-raped in 2013 by two Baylor football players after a party. Shamycheal Chatman and Tre'Von Armstead were not charged of a sexual-assault crime, according to police.

      The woman graduated from the school in 2014. Her lawsuit accused the university of Title IX violations and negligence.

      The suit also states that there were five gang rapes among the 52, and two involved 10 or more players.

      John Clune, the woman's attorney, said Baylor has tried to take steps to avoid a similar situation, but it's not enough.

      "As hard as the events at Baylor have been for people to hear, what went on there was much worse than has been reported," Clune said in a statement.

      A previous rape allegation was made against one of the accused in this case, but university officials never took action.

      The new lawsuit details alleged practices of arranging sex for football recruits to lure them to sign with the school and also a permissive culture toward drugs and alcohol.

      "Our hearts go out to any victims of sexual assault," interim university president David E. Garland said in a statement on Friday. "Any assault involving members of our campus community is reprehensible and inexcusable. Baylor University has taken unprecedented actions that have been well-documented in response to the issue of past and alleged sexual assaults involving our campus community."

      A Baylor study conducted by a law firm indicated that 17 women reported sexual assaults or domestic assaults involving 19 players, The Wall Street Journal reported in October.

      Baylor representatives declined to comment on the latest claims.

      The sexual assault scandal resulted in Art Briles losing his job as football coach, the resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw and the departure of chancellor Ken Starr.

  • Colorado assistant Tumpkin resigns amid domestic violence allegations
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, January 27, 2017

    Colorado safeties coach Joe Tumpkin resigned due to criminal allegations that he assaulted an ex-girlfriend.

    • Tumpkin's resignation is effective Jan. 31. He resigned upon request by the university, the school said in Friday's press release.

      Tumpkin was placed on administrative leave earlier this month when football coach Mike MacIntyre and athletic director Rick George learned that the woman obtained a restraining order against Tumpkin on Dec. 20.

      "Joe is currently defending himself against allegations made in court records that do not represent our values," George said in a statement. "Furthermore, we need to move forward to ensure we do not have gaps in our coaching staff as we build the team and sign new recruits."

      The woman's complaint states that Tumpkin physically assaulted her multiple times during a three-year relationship, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. The woman said Tumpkin would choke and bite her and she detailed incidents on back-to-back nights in November when Tumpkin pinned her against the wall and choked her the night before a game against Washington State, and then choked her and dragged her by the hair the following night.

      Tumpkin spent the past two seasons with the Buffaloes.

  • Oregon assistant Reaves arrested for DUI, will be terminated
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Oregon co-offensive coordinator David Reaves, who was hired just five days ago, is in the process of being fired after being arrested early Sunday by Eugene Police and charged with driving under the influence.

    • Reaves, 38, was officially hired by Oregon on Jan. 17, and school announced the process to terminate Reaves' employment with cause has commenced.

      "University of Oregon assistant football coach David Reaves was arrested last night and charged with Driving Under the Influence by members of the Eugene Police Department," Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a news release. "Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and the process to terminate his employment with cause has commenced. The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness."

      New Oregon head coach Willie Taggart brought Reaves along from South Florida. Reaves also was set to coach tight ends for the Ducks and carried the title of passing game coordinator under Taggart.

      Reaves was stopped at 2:12 a.m. local time Sunday with a passenger in downtown Eugene after "multiple traffic violations," according to Eugene police. The responding officer suspected Reaves was impaired and after an investigation Reaves was charged with DUI, reckless driving and reckless endangerment, and booked at Lane County jail at 5:18 a.m., police said.

      Reaves left after posting bail at 9:52 a.m., according to The Oregonian. He must appear in Eugene Municipal Court on Jan. 25.

      Reaves was to share offensive coordinator duties with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

      Reaves previously had stints at South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico and the IMG Academy before joining Taggart at USF in 2013. Reaves called the plays during the Bulls' Dec. 29 Birmingham Bowl victory.

      The news of Reaves' DUI comes less than a week after Ducks strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended for a month without pay following the hospitalization of three players after offseason conditioning workouts.

  • Ex-Michigan QB Morris going to Central Michigan
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Former Michigan quarterback Shane Morris will finish his career with Central Michigan.

    • Morris, who said earlier this month that he would transfer as a graduate, announced Saturday his decision to play for the Chippewas.

      The 6-foot-3, 213-pounder was the Wolverines' third-string quarterback last season, behind starter Wilton Speight and John O'Korn. Speight and O'Korn both will return for 2017.

      Morris went 47 of 92 for 434 yards and five interceptions during his career at Michigan. He made two starts for the Wolverines, both losses.

      He replaced an injured Devin Gardner against Kansas State in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. His other start was against Minnesota in 2014, a loss that sparked a concussion controversy after the Wolverines let Morris to return to the game after he was hit on the head.