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  • Former Arizona State coach Kush dies
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    College Football Hall of Famer Frank Kush, who won a school-record 176 games as Arizona State's coach, died on Thursday, the school confirmed. He was 88.

    • Kush served as Sun Devils' coach from 1958-79 before a controversial exit. He also coached the NFL's Colts from 1982-84, the first two years in Baltimore and the final season coming after the franchise's move to Indianapolis.

      Kush was fired by Arizona State in 1979 due to an incident during a 1978 game in which he punched punter Kevin Rutledge and shook his face mask during a game. There was originally a coverup before some players and assistant coaches supported Rutledge's claims.

      Then-athletic director Fred Miller cited the coverup as part of the reason for Kush's firing.

      Kush was 176-54-1 during his 22 seasons with the Sun Devils.

      During Kush's tenure with the Colts, the franchise drafted John Elway with the No. 1 overall pick in 1983 but the quarterback refused to play for Kush and owner Robert Irsay. Elway was eventually traded to the Denver Broncos.

      Kush compiled an 11-28-1 record with the Colts.

      Kush was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1995.

  • Oklahoma S Sunderland charged with felony burglary
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Oklahoma safety Will Sunderland was charged with a felony count of second-degree burglary on Wednesday, just days after a separate warrant was issued for his arrest on a misdemeanor complaint of concealing stolen property.

    • Sunderland is accused of selling a pair of stolen video game systems and controllers to an electronics store in Oklahoma City.

      As for Wednesday's charge, Sunderland is accused of taking the electronics from an Oklahoma dorm. According to Oklahoma City police, the property was taken March 15 and sold later that day.

      A probable cause affidavit filed in Cleveland County states police used surveillance footage and school ID swipe logs to tie Sunderland to the burglary, the Tulsa World reported Thursday.

      Sunderland has turned himself in and posted $2,000 bond in Oklahoma City for the misdemeanor charge Wednesday. He entered a not guilty plea in his arraignment and has a court date set for July 20 in Oklahoma County.

      On Monday, Sooners coach Lincoln Riley announced that Sunderland has been suspended indefinitely.

      Sunderland recorded 15 tackles and an interception while playing in eight games last season.

  • Oklahoma QB Mayfield pleads guilty to public intoxication
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 19, 2017

    Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing following his February arrest, the prosecutor's office in Fayetteville, Ark., announced Monday.

    • Mayfield, 22, accepted a plea deal last Wednesday in Fayetteville District Court but details were not released until Monday.

      Mayfield was fined $100 for each charge of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing. In addition, he must pay $160 in court costs and $483.20 in restitution. Prosecutors dropped a resisting arrest charge against him.

      Mayfield, a 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist, was arrested on Feb. 25 in Fayetteville. Dash cam footage released in March showed police tackling him into a wall after he tried to run from the scene.

      Last week, new Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced Mayfield would be disciplined for the arrest internally, which included 35 hours of community service and undergoing university alcohol education. Mayfield will not miss any playing time.

      Riley, who recently replaced Bob Stoops as coach, feels the lesson was learned by Mayfield.

      "Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program," Riley said last week in a statement. "He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and the team has every confidence in him going forward."

      Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last season after passing for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award and Clemson signal caller Deshaun Watson was second.

      Oklahoma opens the season on Sept. 2 against Texas-El Paso.

  • Florida coach McElwain agrees to contract extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 16, 2017

    Florida football coach Jim McElwain had his contract reworked, the school announced Friday.

    • McElwain's deal now runs through the 2022 season. His contract is worth $26.9 million over the next six seasons.

      His average salary of $4.48 million ranks fifth among SEC coaches.

      McElwain has led the Gators to a 19-8 record in his two seasons as coach. Florida has reached the SEC title game both seasons and lost both times.

      McElwain will receive a $250,000 bonus for reaching the College Football Playoff semifinals, $300,000 for advancing to the title game and $400,000 for winning a national championship.

      Florida also extended the deal of basketball coach Mike White through 2023 on Friday.

  • Oklahoma QB Mayfield avoids suspension
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be suspended for any games during the upcoming season despite his recent drunk-driving arrest.

    • The university announced the sanctions for the Heisman Trophy finalist on Thursday and he will be required to complete 35 hours of community service and participate in an alcohol-education course before the fall semester. The community service will include work with law enforcement.

      Mayfield was arrested in Fayetteville, Ark., and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He tried to flee the scene and was tackled by a police officer.

      He pleaded not guilty in April.

      "As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team," Mayfield said in a statement released by Oklahoma. "I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position."

      New Sooners coach Lincoln Riley feels the lesson was learned.

      "Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program," Riley said in a statement. "He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and the team has every confidence in him going forward."

      Riley recently replaced Bob Stoops as coach.

      Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last season after passing for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award and Clemson signal caller Deshaun Watson was second.

      Oklahoma opens the season on Sept. 2 against Texas-El Paso.

  • Michigan's Rome trip to cost up to $800K
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    The Michigan football team's recent trip to Rome will end up costing between $750,000 and $800,000.

    • Wolverines athletic director Warde Manuel said Tuesday he is still waiting for the final numbers to come in from the late April trip, which the school previously said was paid for by a private, anonymous donor who put no restrictions on the cost.

      "It's going to come in around $750,000, $800,000," Manuel told the Detroit News at Egypt Valley Country Club, where he participated in the Meijer LPGA Classic celebrity Pro-Am. "Waiting on a few numbers, so we don't have it final, final. ...

      "It will be about $5,000 to $6,000 a person, so it was a great investment. It was just terrific. We pay them through an educational experience like Michigan does all the time. I don't think about it in terms of paying our athletes but if people want to say we should give something to our students of value, I can't think of a better way to invest in them for their lifetime and their experience."

      Head coach Jim Harbaugh took the Wolverines to Rome after finals for a week of sightseeing and team bonding, in addition to three spring practices.

      "Still got a glow about it," Harbaugh said recently of the trip.

      Harbaugh, who got to meet the Pope, said he was thrilled with the entire trip for his players.

      "It was an incredible trip," Harbaugh said Monday on the Rich Eisen radio show. "The best thing I've ever been a part of on a football team."

      Harbaugh said 25-28 players did a study abroad program after the trip, five did overseas internships and 10 traveled abroad.

  • Hawaii offers scholarship to fifth-grade QB
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    The University of Hawaii offered a scholarship to a quarterback that is still in elementary school.

    • Titan Lacaden, who is 11 years old and in fifth grade, took to Twitter to announce that he received a verbal offer from Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich.

      "Blessed with a D1 offer. Thank you Coach Rolo!! @NickRolovich #Future #defendpriderock #UHWarriors," Lacadan wrote on the social media site.

      Notably, there are family ties involved as Lacaden's older brother, Jake, played linebacker at Nevada while Rolovich served as the team's offensive coordinator.

      Also, Lacaden's father, Frank, is a high school coach who works with a group called the All Blacks Crusaders. That group traveled to Hawaii's football camp on Saturday and met with Rolovich.

      "(Rolovich) said he likes Titan and what he does. We both agreed that he's different, he carries himself differently," Frank Lacaden said, per ESPN. "They said they want to offer a scholarship and asked me how I felt about it. I know what my older son went through in the recruiting process and it's difficult, especially with us being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. So when opportunity knocks, you answer the door."

      Lacaden's offer comes approximately one week after one made by Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin to sixth-grade quarterback Pierce Clarkson, the son of QB guru Steve Clarkson.

  • Gundy signs new deal at Oklahoma State
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy signed a new contract which includes a raise to $4.2 million annually.

    • Gundy's previous contract was set to expire in 2019. That deal was extended in 2016 when the Cowboys' coach landed a two-year, $8.3 million pact.

      "Today is a good day for Oklahoma State football," OSU athletic director Mike Holder said. "The new contract recognizes Coach Gundy's success at building and sustaining a premier college football program and reflects our appreciation and our long-term commitment to Coach Gundy. Not only is he one of the best coaches in the country, he also does things the right way.

      "His players love playing for him because he is the consummate players' coach. While I believe his achievements are often overlooked nationally, he's certainly appreciated by those of us at Oklahoma State."

      Gundy is the longest-tenured and winningest coach in Oklahoma State history with a career record of 104-50. OSU won the Big 12 championship in 2011 and a Big 12 South co-championship in 2010. Only three other coaches have more than Gundy's 63 Big 12 wins.

      As recently as May, Gundy did not sound certain he was long for Stillwater based on the terms of his contract and rising salary demands he made on behalf of his assistant coaches. Gundy acknowledged on the record that he was feeling vulnerable at his alma mater.

      Gundy also told The Oklahoman last month that he was ready to sign a deal that would not require any additional short-term maintenance to his own contract or that of his assistants, who were among the lower-paid football staff in the Big 12.

      "I don't want to just sign something that a year from now, I'm going to say I don't like," Gundy said. "I have no interest in that. I don't know how long I'm going to coach. But I do know this. I want to have every opportunity for these guys ... to do what we want to do. I feel we've earned that now."

      His new five-year deal includes automatic salary escalators of $125,000 per year.

  • CU suspends chancellor but not coach, AD over handling of DV allegations
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 12, 2017

    University of Colorado chancellor Phil DiStefano must serve a 10-day suspension, and athletic director Rick George and Buffaloes head football coach Mike MacIntyre each are required to donate $100,000 to benefit domestic-violence awareness as a result of the way they handled domestic-violence allegations against former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin, the school announced Monday.

    • DiStefano, George and MacIntyre all will receive official reprimands.

      The announcements by university system president Bruce Benson and the Colorado Board of Regents came after a regents meeting that followed an investigation into how university officials responded to the claims made by Tumpkin's former girlfriend.

      Former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, a partner at the law firm WilmerHale, one of two law firms that provided the report on the incident, noted three failures by the three school officials.

      --a failure to report domestic violence allegations

      --a failure to report the information to law enforcement officials

      --a failure of supervision of Tumpkin

      "This has been a difficult time for the university community, and particularly for the woman who brought this to my attention," MacIntyre said in a statement. "When she reached out to me, my first concern -- which I shared with her -- was for her safety. I immediately reported to the athletic director for direction.

      "All of us involved have learned that we have additional reporting responsibilities, and we will follow those procedures in the future. I had never been in a situation where one of my coaches was accused of abusing a spouse or partner. But, as the regents and President Benson recognized, I never acted in bad faith."

      DiStefano requested the 10-day suspension for himself, and said, according to ESPN.com, "I wish to say again that I sincerely regret that I did not immediately contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance upon learning of the allegations of domestic violence. Rather than trying to determine for myself if her complaint fell within our jurisdiction, I should have contacted our campus experts, who would have made sure that she received an immediate response from the university."

      Benson also read a statement.

      "We didn't handle this matter as well as we should have," Benson said, according to the Denver Post. "CU does not and will not tolerate domestic violence or any sort of sexual misconduct."

      "Some will say these disciplinary actions go too far," Benson also said, according to ESPN.com. "Some will say they don't go far enough. Not everyone will be happy."

      A major mistake in the university's response, according to the report, was that DiStefano, George and MacIntyre did not inform the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance of the allegations immediately after learning of them.

      The woman who made the allegations told Sports Illustrated that she spoke to MacIntyre on the phone on Dec. 9. She said she told him she had been subjected to two years of abuse by Tumpkin, including an incident that had occurred the previous month.

      She had requested a restraining order after she alleged Tumpkin, while drunk, pinned her against a wall, choked her and dragged her on the floor.

      A week after MacIntyre had talked to the accuser, Tumpkin was named the defensive play-caller for Colorado's Alamo Bowl game against Oklahoma State, replacing Jim Leavitt, who taken a job at Oregon days earlier.

      In a statement on Feb. 9, MacIntyre said, "Tumpkin was made the play-caller for the bowl game because, at the time of the decision, there was no police report or legal complaint. This decision was approved by my superiors."

      In December, in the days before the bowl game, Tumpkin's former girlfriend filed a temporary restraining order with the Broomfield (Colo.) Police Department.

      At that point, George released a statement that read, "We are still gathering details about the very serious allegations in this filing. Once I've reviewed it, I will get together with Coach (Mike) MacIntyre and we will take whatever action is appropriate and necessary."

      George announced Jan. 9 that Tumpkin was indefinitely suspended, then was asked to resign on Jan. 27. He resigned at that point.

      The next day, the restraining order became permanent, and charges were filed against Tumpkin on Jan. 31.

      Tumpkin faces five felony counts of second-degree assault and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault in a domestic-violence case, according to the district attorney for Adams and Broomfield counties in Colorado.

  • Nebraska's Keyshawn Johnson Jr. cited for marijuana
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 10, 2017

    University of Nebraska freshman wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. was cited for suspicion of possession of marijuana.

    • Johnson, son of former NFL wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson, also was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, campus police records show, according to the Omaha World Leader.

      A true freshman, Johnson, 18, had more than an ounce of marijuana in his possession in a dorm room and was the only student cited, university police Sgt. Doug Peterson said.

      "Head coach Mike Riley and the athletics department are aware of the incident involving Keyshawn Johnson Jr. We will have no additional comment until we have all information regarding this matter," the school said in a statement.

      Johnson was among the top recruits in California last season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder had 68 receptions as a junior and 48 catches and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

  • Stoops to retire as Oklahoma coach after 18 seasons
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Bob Stoops, the longest-tenured coach in college football, announced on Wednesday that will retire after 18 seasons at Oklahoma.

    • Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, 33, will succeed the 56-year-old Stoops, who will remain as special assistant to the athletic director.

      "After 18 years at the University of Oklahoma, I've decided to step down as the head football coach," Stoops said in a statement. "... I feel the timing is perfect to hand over the reins. The program is in tremendous shape. We have outstanding players and coaches and are poised to make another run at a Big 12 and national championship.

      "... Thank you all for a lifetime of memories we shared together of 10 conference championships, the 2000 national championship, strong relationships with players and coaches, and the great Oklahoma football fans. Boomer!"

      Riley has produced top-10 offenses in each of his two years in Norman, Okla.

      Signed to a three-year contract extension last month, Riley is not expected to receive an interim tag upon being named head coach, FOX Sports reported.

      Riley takes over a team led by senior quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Baker Mayfield.

      "The time is now because Lincoln Riley will provide a seamless transition as the new head coach, capitalizing on an excellent staff that is already in place and providing familiarity and confidence for our players," Stoops said in the statement. "Now is simply the ideal time for me and our program to make this transition."

      Stoops replaced John Blake and joined the Sooners as a rookie head coach in 1999, guiding the team to a 13-2 victory over No. 2 Florida State to win the BCS National Championship Game the following year.

      Oklahoma wasn't as fortunate in its next three national title games, losing to LSU (2004), USC (2005) and Florida (2009).

      The Sooners are 9-9 in bowl games under Stoops' watch, including a 35-19 triumph over Auburn in the Sugar Bowl last year.

      Oklahoma captured 10 Big 12 titles under Stoops and recorded double-digit victory totals in 14 seasons, including an 11-2 mark in 2016.

      A two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2000, 2003), Stoops began his coaching career as a volunteer coach and graduate assistant at Iowa. He later accepted assistant coaching positions at Kent State, Kansas State and Florida, where he was part of the Gators' national championship team in 1997.

  • Michigan State dismisses three players charged with sexual assault
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Michigan State dismissed three football players Tuesday after a district court issued warrants for their arrest on sexual assault charges earlier in the day.

    • One day after being charged with sexual assault, arrest warrants were signed by a district court judge on Tuesday morning for former Spartans players Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance.

      Corley, King and Vance are accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside an on-campus apartment earlier on Jan. 16. King was charged with first- and third-degree sexual assault while Corley and Vance were both charged with third-degree sexual assault.

      "Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement via ESPN.

      Michigan State suspended the three players from the football team in February, when the school was informed of the allegations.

      Curtis Blackwell, a Michigan State football staff member, was also suspended after he violated school policy by failing to inform the university of the information he obtained from conversations with the players.

      On Monday afternoon, the school's board of trustees met with Dantonio and athletic director Mark Hollis to discuss the results of the recently completed investigation into the matter.

      Corley, a wide receiver, had 33 catches for 453 yards and three touchdowns in his freshman season in 2016.

      King, a defensive end, had 10 tackles in nine games as a true freshman in 2016. Vance, a defensive back, red-shirted and did not play last season.

      Another Spartans football player, Auston Robertson, was dismissed from the team in April after being charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly raping a woman in her apartment.

  • 3 Michigan State players charged with sexual assault
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, June 5, 2017

    Three Michigan State football players have been charged with sexual assault for an alleged on-campus attack involving a female student that occurred in January, according to a statement from the Ingham County (Mich.) prosecutor Monday.

    • "I have decided to authorize sexual assault charges against the three persons whose warrants were requested by the MSU Police," prosecutor Carol Siemon said. "We are alleging that on the night of Jan. 16, those three persons sexually assaulted a woman in an East Lansing apartment on campus."

      Siemon's office did not release the names of the players who will be charged. The prosecutor's office typically does not release the names of those charged with crimes until they have been arraigned. The three players are expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

      Michigan State announced Feb. 9 that three players and a staffer "associated with the football program" had been suspended while the university's police department investigated sexual assault allegations.

      Siemon said in her release Monday that the former staff member suspended by the university will not face criminal charges.

      "Our office also reviewed charges against an individual who previously worked for the Michigan State University football program," Siemon said in the statement. "This did not concern any allegation of criminal sexual conduct. After review, I have declined to issue charges and no warrant will be issued. It is our practice not to release names of suspects in denied cases."

      Siemon's decision on Monday comes on the heels of the university's board meeting with football coach Mark Dantonio and athletic director Mark Hollis, with the board issuing a statement in support of the two.

  • Former Notre Dame QB Zaire transferring to Florida
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, June 4, 2017

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire plans to transfer to Florida and join the Gators as a graduate transfer.

    • Zaire told Fox Sports and 247Sports late Saturday night of his plans and confirmed to ESPN on Sunday that he will visit Florida's campus on Wednesday to finalize the graduate transfer process.

      "The visit Wednesday is just making sure we dot our I's and cross our T's, so it's just everything really solidifying things," Zaire told ESPN. "Making sure it feels how I know it would be of making it a home. If everything goes as planned, I'm a Gator, but of course the visit is important to take everything in."

      Zaire will be eligible to play this season.

      At Notre Dame, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound left-handed quarterback completed 58 of 98 passes for 816 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in his Fighting Irish career. He also rushed 72 times for 324 yards and two scores.

      "I am going to embrace that challenge and I'm very eager to get down there," Zaire told Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

      Zaire said earlier in the week that he was considering multiple schools, including Florida, Texas, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

      "You just want to be able to be a part of something special," Zaire told 247Sports. "You're playing in basically like a minor league from The League. For me, I didn't want the challenge to dissipate at the end of the day.

      "Coming from Notre Dame, you're playing top games every week, and I wanted to continue that trend. I didn't want to run from the challenge, I wanted to embrace the challenge."

      On Friday, SEC school presidents and chancellors tweaked the conference's graduate transfer policy, easing restrictions and reducing penalties for programs whose graduate transfers fail to meet academic requirements.

      The Gators had been unable to add Zaire because two previous graduate transfers -- linebacker Anthony Harrell and offensive lineman Mason Halter -- failed to meet academic requirements after transferring to Florida in 2015, putting coach Jim McElwain's program on probation.

      The conference's graduate transfer rule previously prevented schools that had graduate transfers who did not meet the academic requirements from accepting more transfers for a three-year period.

      Friday's vote reduced the ban to one year, a proposal by the athletic directors at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla. The SEC had been the only Power 5 conference with that kind of punitive system.

      Zaire is expected to compete with Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Luke Del Rio for the Gators' starting job.

      "I'm going in there to be a part of the team and do what I can to help the team win and win the team's respect," Zaire told 247Sports. "There's other guys out there on the field, too. So being a good teammate is first and foremost. Being a good teammate and letting the other things happen when they happen and continue to work hard. I think I bring some value and good things to the team, so I'm excited to be a part of that."

      Zaire decided to leave Notre Dame after the Irish's disappointing 4-8 season in 2016.

  • Kansas State changes stance, grants Sutton his release
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 2, 2017

    Kansas State released Corey Sutton from his scholarship two days after the wide receiver strongly criticized coach Bill Snyder and the school's transfer policies on social media.

    • Sutton was initially denied a request to transfer to any of the 35 schools he put on a list that he presented to Snyder.

      As Snyder came under heat nationally over the situation, he stated Thursday night that Sutton had failed two drug tests during his time at Kansas State.

      The school reversed course and granted Sutton his release on Friday, and Snyder apologized for his comments.

      "I would like to apologize to Corey and his family for my remarks last night which included sensitive and private information," Snyder said in a statement. "I spoke out of line and for that I express a sincere regret for my comments."

      The decision to grant Sutton his release occurred after "further dialogue" about the situation.

      "After having further dialogue with Coach Snyder and the Sutton family, we believe that it is in everyone's best interest to grant Corey his full release," athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. "We wish Corey the best as he continues his athletic and academic career."

      Sutton told ESPN on Friday that Snyder's comments about the failed drug tests are untrue.

      Sutton played 10 games last season as a true freshman and caught four passes for 54 yards.

  • Woodson, Johnson headline 2018 Hall of Fame ballot
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Former Michigan Heisman Trophy winning cornerback Charles Woodson and former Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson are among the first-time candidates on the ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class.

    • Safety Ed Reed (Miami) and receiver Ed McCaffrey (Stanford) are also on the ballot for the first time. Among the other 75 major-college football players under consideration are defensive tackle Warren Sapp (Miami), linebacker Ray Lewis (Miami), running back Eric Dickerson (SMU) and former Heisman winning quarterback Eric Crouch (Nebraska).

      Mack Brown (Texas was his last stop) and Frank Beamer (long-time coach at Virginia Tech) are among the six major-college football coaches on the ballot.

      A total of 98 players and 31 coaches from the lower divisions are also under consideration.

      The 2018 class will be inducted on Dec. 4 and honored Jan. 8 in Atlanta on the night of the College Football Playoff national championship game.

  • North Carolina's Fedora gets contract extension through 2022
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 25, 2017

    North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is under contract at the school through the 2022 season after his extension was formally approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Thursday.

    • Fedora's income will rise to slightly over $3 million for the final three years of the contract. His compensation package will be slightly below $2.3 million in 2017.

      "We are pleased that the Board of Trustees has approved the terms of Coach Fedora's contract, which will allow him to continue our football program's success into the next decade," North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "Under his leadership, our student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom, contributing positively to our community -- and competing for championships.

      "We know this was a lengthy process, but we wanted to make sure the terms were appropriate for both Coach Fedora and the university."

      Fedora is 40-25 in five seasons with the Tar Heels, including a 13-3 mark in ACC regular-season play over the past two seasons.

      Fedora and his staff also helped turn quarterback Mitch Trubisky from a reserve into the No. 2 overall pick in the recent NFL Draft.

      "I enjoy coaching at the University of North Carolina and I appreciate the trust Chancellor (Carol) Folt and Bubba Cunningham have shown in the leadership of our program," Fedora said in a statement. "Our staff and players have worked diligently over the last five years to build a program that encompasses all aspects of the student-athlete experience, while simultaneously achieving success on the field."

      Fedora's contract includes various bonuses, including $200,000 for a College Football Playoff appearance, $100,000 for a New Year's Six bowl and $50,000 for other bowl game appearances or National Coach of the Year honors.

  • Former Kentucky, Baylor coach Morriss reveals Alzheimer's battle
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Former Kentucky and Baylor head coach Guy Morriss revealed he is battling Alzheimer's disease, WKYT-TV in Lexington reported.

    • Morriss, who also played 15 NFL seasons as an offensive lineman, said he was diagnosed last fall. He said he was having trouble doing minor tasks.

      "At first I couldn't write my name," Morriss told WKYT. "I would not write my name. I didn't know my ABCs. I couldn't do that little rhyme."

      Morriss, 66, said there has been progress -- "Dressing myself is a win for me. Tying my shoes is a win for me," he said.

      Dr. Greg Jicha, who is treating Morriss, told WKYT that it is possible Morriss' long NFL career -- he played in 217 regular-season games with the Philadelphia Eagles (11 seasons) and New England Patriots (four) from 1973-87 -- is a factor.

      "We know that many NFL players and folks who have engaged in careers where repetitive head injury, even mild head injury, can leave them predisposed to a variety of conditions," Jicha said.

      Morriss compiled a 27-54 record in seven seasons as a college head coach. He went 9-14 as Kentucky's coach in 2001-02, and 18-40 in five seasons at Baylor before being fired after the 2007 campaign.

  • Ex-Tide coach Stallings recovering from stroke
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 22, 2017

    College Football Hall of Famer Gene Stallings, who coached Alabama to the 1992 national championship, said he is recovering from a stroke in his hometown of Paris, Texas.

    • Stallings, 82, told Alabama reporters on a conference call that he suffered the stroke on Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., prior to a banquet in which Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was the featured speaker. Swinney played at Alabama during Stallings' tenure as coach from 1990-96.

      "Bottom line is I'm not supposed to do anything for five, six weeks," Stallings said.

      Stallings said he started not feeling well around noon CT on Thursday. His condition worsened before and during the banquet, and he said he lost peripheral vision out of his right eye. Stallings sought medical attention around 10 p.m.

      He said he will undergo further testing.

      Stallings recorded a 70-16-1 record in his seven seasons as Crimson Tide coach, including a 13-0 mark in the championship season. He had a 97-61-2 overall record in 14 seasons as a college coach, including a 27-45-1 record at Texas A&M from 1965-71.

      He also spent four seasons as an NFL head coach with the Cardinals from 1986-89 -- two years when the franchise was located in St. Louis and the other two in Phoenix. He posted a 23-34-1 record.

  • Florida WR Callaway cited for marijuana possession
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, May 18, 2017

    Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to Alachua County court records.

    • Callaway, 20, was a passenger in a black Mercedes SUV when Gainesville Police Department officers stopped the vehicle for a seatbelt violation on Saturday morning. According to the police report, officers smelled marijuana in the car driven by Kendrick Williams, 40, and found seven grams of the drug in Callaway's pocket during the search.

      Callaway is scheduled to appear in court on June 6.

      Florida released a statement saying that "Coach (Jim) McElwain is aware of it and it is being dealt with."

      Callaway was suspended amid sexual battery allegations last spring, but was reinstated to the team in August after an independent hearing officer found Callaway not responsible of sexually assaulting a female student in December 2015.

      Callaway reeled in 54 passes for 721 yards and three touchdowns during his sophomore season. Overall, he has 89 receptions for 1,399 yards and seven TDs in two seasons.

  • Lawsuit: Baylor football players recorded gang rapes
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, May 17, 2017

    Baylor University was named in a federal lawsuit alleging football players routinely recorded gang rapes and conducted dog fights during hazing parties.

    • A former Baylor volleyball player filed the lawsuit on Tuesday.

      She alleges four or more football players raped her and possibly drugged her at a party in 2012. The lawsuit alleges players then burglarized her apartment, harassed her and her family until she departed the school in 2013.

      The lawsuit doesn't name the players but alleges upperclassmen on the football team had freshman players bring women to parties to be drugged and gang raped. The lawsuit also alleges those attacks were often recorded so video and photos could be shared by players to brag about the activities.

      The suit alleges that the woman said there is at least one video of several football players gang raping two female students. The suit also states that the video was circulated among players, who also staged dog fighting on a regular basis.

      The woman said she told her coach. Her coach made former football coach Art Briles and athletic director Ian McCaw aware of the incident, while her mother gave an assistant football coach the names of the players but did not hear back.

      The lawsuit occurred after previous legal filings by the school's Board of Regents allege Briles said, "Those are some bad dudes. Why was she around those guys" when showed a list of players allegedly involved in the incident.

      The suit continued an ongoing issue for the school.

      More than a dozen women have filed lawsuits against Baylor.

      Those lawsuits allege officials mishandled or ignored sexual assault allegations for several years. Additionally, the school is also facing a state criminal investigation and several federal civil rights investigations.

      Briles was fired in May 2016. He has denied any wrongdoing occurred.

  • WR Giles announces he will transfer to LSU
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Former Texas Tech wide receiver Jonathan Giles has decided to transfer to LSU, he announced on his Twitter feed.

    • Giles caught 69 passes for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdown passes last season as a sophomore. He will sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      "First and foremost, I would like to thank my family and everyone who has helped me throughout this whole recruiting process," Giles said. "I would also like to thank all the colleges who has given me the opportunity to continue my football and education career. The relationship I have made with the coaches will stay with me for a lifetime."

      Giles prospered last season with the Red Raiders by being the favorite target of quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, who elected to enter the NFL draft and was the 10th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs.

      Giles chose LSU over Florida State and Oregon.

  • Report: FAU coach Kiffin offers scholarship to 7th-grader
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    First-year Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kiffin is looking to the future, as he offered a scholarship to seventh-grader Kaden Martin, the 13-year-old son of USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • Kaden Martin would be in the recruiting class of 2022.

      Kaden is a standout quarterback at Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach, Calif., and he is also an excellent left-handed pitcher in baseball. His fastball has been clocked at over 80 mph, and his Little League team made it to the California state finals last year.

      Tee Martin told ESPN.com that his son will continue to play football and baseball as well as basketball.

      Tee Martin worked under Kiffin at USC as wide receivers coach in 2012-13 when Kiffin was the Trojans' head coach. Martin is entering his second season as the offensive coordinator under Clay Helton.

      "I'm just extremely proud and appreciative for the opportunity for Kaden," Tee Martin told AL.com. "He and coach Kiffin have always had a great relationship. I'm thankful."

      In 2010, Kiffin offered 13-year-old David Sills a scholarship. Sills ultimately signed with West Virginia and is a wide receiver.

      There may be questions as to whether Kiffin will be at Florida Atlantic five years from now. His track record does not suggest a long stay.

      He spent a little over year as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Kiffin was then hired as Tennessee's head coach but left after one season to become USC's head coach. He was fired by USC during his fourth season with the Trojans. He then spent three seasons as Alabama's offensive coordinator coach before being hired by Florida Atlantic.

  • North Carolina officially adds former LSU QB Harris
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 12, 2017

    North Carolina officially added former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris on Friday when the graduate transfer signed a scholarship agreement with the school.

    • Harris recently completed his graduation requirements at LSU and is eligible for the 2017 season.

      Harris originally announced he was transferring to North Carolina on March 28.

      "Obviously, it has been an important time for me, looking for a great situation and another opportunity to grow as a young man and as a student as well as a football player," Harris wrote on Facebook at the time. "The opportunity to accomplish that is very important to me. After my official visit this weekend to the University of North Carolina, I'm going to get that opportunity."

      Harris lost his starting job at LSU after two games of last season to Danny Etling. Harris started 12 games in 2015 as a sophomore and passed for 2,165 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.

      In 25 games over three seasons with the Tigers, Harris passed for 2,756 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for seven touchdowns.

      North Carolina doesn't have a current starting quarterback as Mitch Trubisky departed school to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky was the second overall selection by the Chicago Bears.

  • Tebow agrees to contract extension with ESPN
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 8, 2017

    Tim Tebow, currently a minor league baseball player in the New York Mets' farm system, reached a multiyear contract extension with ESPN on Monday to continue as a college football analyst on the SEC Network.

    • The network announced Tebow will keep working as a studio commentator on SEC Network's traveling pregame show "SEC Nation." The former Heisman Trophy winner and BCS National Championship-winning quarterback also will continue his role in ESPN's College Football Playoff programming, providing personal championship perspective and analysis.

      ESPN said Tebow's insight and commentary will be utilized throughout the year on various network shows and platforms.

      Tebow's role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue his professional baseball dreams.

      "Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to his analysis of college football and surprised many fans with his strong opinions and engaging presence on SEC Nation," Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president of event and studio production, said in a statement. "His unique experiences within the SEC and his broad national fan base are huge assets to SEC Nation and ESPN's larger CFP coverage."

      The 29-year-old Tebow continues to have ups and downs in his transition to a minor league baseball player for the Mets' Class A affiliate.

      Tebow is hitting .242 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 26 games with the Columbia Fireflies this season.

      "Over the last three years ESPN and the SEC Nation crew have become like family," Tebow said in a statement. "I love the passion that SEC fans bring to our set every Saturday morning and I look forward to continuing to share my own love of the game with fans on ESPN and SEC Network."

      Tebow captured the 2007 Heisman Trophy as part of a stellar college football career at the University of Florida. The Broncos made him a first-round draft pick in 2010, and he led Denver to a playoff win after his second pro season. He also spent one season with the New York Jets and played in 35 NFL games.