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  • LSU came up with a creative way to welcome its 2016 signing class.

    The program will honor its signees with billboards in the Baton Rouge area and all across the state of Louisiana.

    The Tigers have already officially welcomed five early enrollees to the team, so their photos are already on display in Baton Rouge. Those five early enrollees are running back Devin White, defensive back Saivion Smith, linebacker Michael Divinity and wide receivers Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson. All are four-star recruits.

    The rest of the Tigers’ signing class will get the same treatment once their commitments become

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  • Did Notre Dame commit an NCAA violation by parking its equipment truck outside a recruit’s home?

    According to ESPN.com, the Irish may have violated NCAA bylaw when coaches publicized a Thursday morning trip visit to Savannah, Georgia.

    The coaches were visiting five-star athlete Demetris Robertson, who tweeted a video of the 18-wheeler parked outside of his house.

    According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who spoke with “compliance officials from schools in three different Power 5 conferences,” the Notre Dame

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  • Here’s a bit of advice for Texas A&M students: don’t invite Myles Garrett to play pickup basketball if you’re not prepared to get dunked on.

    One student learned this the hard way on Friday, as Garrett – the Aggies’ star defensive end – threw down a monstrous one-handed slam over a fellow student. A tweet from Reed Rowdies, the student section for the men’s basketball team, shared the dunk with the world.

    Poor guy never had a chance.

    The 6-foot-5, 262-pound Garrett totaled 12.5 sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles this season as a sophomore. He also had 11.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss as a true freshman in 2014.

    With athleticism like that, maybe he could provide some production for the Aggies’ fifth-ranked hoops team.

    For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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  • (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)As we inch closer and closer to signing day, recruiting has come into focus in the world of college football. And this year, the work Jim Harbaugh is doing at Michigan has drawn headlines.

    According to Rivals.com, the Wolverines have the No. 3 overall class in the country. But as a product of that success on the recruiting trail, the Wolverines have seen a number of decommitments, with a few verbally committed prospects being pushed aside weeks before signing day

    Harbaugh has drawn criticism for this, but defended his program’s recruiting approach when speaking to reporters Friday following the introduction of new athletic director Warde Manuel.

    Harbaugh told reporters that the program’s approach to recruiting is a “meritocracy.”

    From MLive.com:

    Harbaugh says his approach to recruiting is the same as his approach to the team's depth chart during the season.

    It's a meritocracy.

    "We're very much out there, we don't hide how we operate and with what we do," Harbaugh said. "It's a

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  • (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)Michigan finally has a full-time athletic director in place.

    Michigan announced Friday that it has hired Warde Manuel to replace Jim Hackett, who has served as the school’s interim AD since October 2014. 

    "Athletics plays a key role in the U-M community and beyond. It is a front door to the many activities and values of our community," said UM President Mark S. Schlissel. "Warde Manuel knows how to succeed in the classroom, compete on the field and positively contribute to the social fabric of a vibrant university."

    Manuel, who spent the past four years at Connecticut, played college football for the Wolverines under Bo Schembechler from 1986 to 1989 and was a teammate of UM head coach Jim Harbaugh in 1986. Harbaugh was in attendance for Manuel's introductory press conference and presented him with a Wolverines jersey.

    Manuel previously worked in UM’s athletic

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  • Owen HansonOwen HansonFormer University of Southern California athlete Owen Hanson was charged as the head of an international narcotics trafficking and gambling ring by a federal grand jury in California.

    Hanson was a walk-on football player and men’s volleyball player for the Trojans in the early-2000s. He was one of 22 people charged in the ring, which included offenses such as racketeering, drug trafficking, and money laundering.

    According to the indictment, Hanson ran an enterprise called “ODOG,” which distributed hundreds of pounds of drugs in the United States, Mexico and Australia, and ran an illegal gambling business. He also used several shell companies through which he laundered the profits. His operation used violence and intimidation to urge customers to pay off their debts.

    Hanson was initially arrested on Sept. 9 after arranging the delivery of five kilograms of each cocaine and methamphetamine.

    Hanson’s enterprise was uncovered following an investigation into a similar organization, Macho

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  • Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has already made his antics leading up to National Signing Day national news, and now he’s trying to drum up attention for the day itself.

    Michigan Athletics’ Twitter account began rolling out names of C-list invitees that will be making guest appearances during the Wolverines’ National Signing Day extravaganza.

    That list included former players such as Desmond Howard and Denard Robinson, analysts like Todd McShay and Lou Holtz, and even Major League pitcher Derek Holland. But there was one revealed invitee that stood out above the rest.

    Flair and Harbaugh are buds. Flair congratulated Harbaugh on Twitter following the 2015 season. Harbaugh, a noted pro wrestling enthusiast, offered to officiate a Flair-Hulk Hogan match.

    In 2014, Harbaugh invited Flair to speak to the San

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  • Dave Boren wants to assure everyone out there that the Big 12 is in no danger of collapsing, or even expanding at this point.

    Oklahoma’s president held a 54-minute session with media on Thursday to lay out the future of the Big 12 and stress that the conference is not in bad shape.

    “I would emphasize: I don’t think the Big 12 Conference is in any danger of falling apart,” Boren said. “I don’t. There’s no imminent danger of that, nor is there anybody even considering that, I don’t think. Our first choice by far in every possibility for us is to stay in the Big 12 Conference and enhance it, make it stronger, make it better.”

    Boren also said he doesn’t expect the Big 12 presidents to take a vote next week to add a conference championship game.

    Earlier this month, the NCAA deregulated rules that required conferences to have 12 teams and divisions in order to have a conference title game. Therefore the Big 12 could implement a game with 10 teams and have the teams with the best records play

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  • Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been dismissed from the team, coach Barry Odom announced Thursday.

    “I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program,” Odom said in a statement released by the school. “When I met with Maty back in December, I wanted to give him an opportunity for a fresh start, but I also made it very clear what our expectations would be moving forward. After gathering information and speaking with a number of individuals this week, it is clear Maty has failed to live up to those expectations by violating team rules in recent weeks.”

    Late Monday evening, a video surfaced allegedly showing Mauk snorting a white power off a table. Missouri immediately suspended Mauk while unnamed teammates rushed to his defense, saying the video was old and that Mauk had been turning his life around.

    However, Odom said in the statement that the video was not the reason for the dismissal, but that other issues had

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  • Former Northern Illinois University running back Akeem Daniels filed a federal lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel on Wednesday seeking $5 million in damages.

    In the suit, Daniels claims the daily fantasy site used his name to generate millions of dollars in revenue. He also said the daily fantasy sites opened himself and several other players up to allegations of point-shaving and fixing, and created “an unwanted state of fear and concern of the risk of being contacted by speculators who have a financial interest."

    “[FanDuel’s] unlawful business model puts [Daniels and others] at unwanted risk of contact with speculators whose interests align with ‘corruption in the form of fixed outcomes and point-shaving,’” the lawsuit says.

    The lawsuit mentions 15 other Northern Illinois players who were named in the daily fantasy games.

    The lawsuit is similar to the one Ed O’Bannon brought against the NCAA that claimed the collegiate sports entity was profiting off the names and likenesses of

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  • One thing that both fans and media members love to do when trying to project the next college football season is to look at what a team is returning. Often overlooked, however, is the impact of new players filling the roles of recently departed key contributors.

    The Big Ten is losing some of the best players in the country. Some of them have been cornerstones of championship runs in recent years, while others were simply elite talents who carried their teams through tough times. We've narrowed our focus to 10 players in the nation's oldest conference who will be the most difficult to replace.

    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Offensive lineman Taylor Decker #68 of the Ohio State Buckeyes holds the Fiesta Bowl trophy after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Offensive lineman Taylor Decker #68 of the Ohio State Buckeyes holds the Fiesta Bowl trophy after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

    Decker is going to make a run at being the first overall player taken in this year's NFL Draft. You could make the argument that he was the best offensive tackle in all of college football. Ohio State will replace him with an elite player, because that's how Urban Meyer recruits. Be that as it may, talent and physical attributes like those possessed by Decker aren't

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  • Demetris Robertson is one of the few high-level non-committed recruits remaining with less than a week before National Signing Day, so Notre Dame decided to bring their A-game to his house Thursday morning by parking its 18-wheeler equipment bus in his neighborhood.

    Robertson, a five-star receiver from Savannah, Georgia, told ESPN.com he had no idea the truck was coming and was stunned when he saw it.

    “I’m still smiling,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it, I’m still shocked. I didn’t get a chance to see what was in it, because I had to hurry off to school.”

    Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford apparently accompanied the truck to Georgia and to a local Waffle House.

    Robertson has offers from

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  • (via USC Athletics)(via USC Athletics)USC has hired one of its own to coach the defensive line.

    Trojans head coach Clay Helton announced that Kenechi Udeze will serve as the team’s defensive line coach. Udeze played for the Trojans from 2001-03 and totaled 135 tackles, 51 tackles for loss, 28 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

    Udeze declared for the NFL after his junior season and was picked 20th overall by the Minnesota Vikings. He started 47 games in his first four seasons, but a 2008 cancer diagnosis cut his playing days short. Udeze retired in 2009 after a comeback attempt. His cancer is in remission.

    After graduated from USC in 2010, Udeze turned his attention toward coaching. He served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington from 2009-11 and also had stints at Pittsburgh and with the Seattle Seahawks, Vikings and Buffalo Bills.

    He spent the 2015 season with USC with the strength staff, but was bumped up to defensive line coach on an interim basis during the team’s preparation

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  • Top 50 college football players for 2016

    Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A deep collection of individual talent is set to return for college football’s 2016 season. Three of the top five Heisman finalists are back, including Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The returning group of options at running back is especially deep, as LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook will be a factor in the Heisman race after finishing inside of the top 10. On defense, ends Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) and Jonathan Allen (Alabama) rank as the top returning defenders for 2016, with defensive backs Jourdan Lewis (Michigan) and Desmond King (Iowa) not far behind. 

    The 2016 season is still months away, but the early entry deadline has passed and a better picture of how all 128 teams stack up has started to form. Using career accomplishments so far, projected performance next season, positional importance and overall talent, Athlon Sports has ranked the top 50 players for 2016. This list will look a little different by

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  • University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe announces his resignation from office Monday. (AP)University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe announces his resignation from office Monday. (AP)Two months after his resignation amid racial protests, former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe is going on the offensive.

    In an email sent to undisclosed recipients obtained by the Columbia Tribune, Wolfe detailed what he said were “circumstances and specific unconscionable behaviors” that led to his resignation and his concerns about “the future of the University.” In the email, which was dated Jan. 19 and addressed to “friends,” Wolfe criticized the actions of former Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and the Board of Curators, described political pressure from Sen. Kurt Schaefer and condemned the MU football team for its involvement in the protests.

    “I believe the University of Missouri is under attack and current leadership from the Board on down is frozen. They are at risk of being defunded by the General Assembly [over $500m] and you have already read about the drop in enrollment projections,” Wolfe wrote.

    “Without change, the odds of the Board’s ability

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  • Former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb has announced his transfer to Colorado.

    Webb still needs to finish nine credit hours at Texas Tech before he’s eligible as a graduate transfer. He plans to enroll at Colorado in the summer.

    Webb was named the Holiday Bowl MVP in 2013 after passing for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-23 win against Arizona State. He was named the starter for the 2014 season and played in eight games, but he lost five out of his final six and gave up his starting role to Patrick Mahomes, who remained the starter into the 2015 season.

    Webb played sparingly in 2015, completing just 22 of 41 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

    Webb’s transfer is fortuitous for Colorado, which will be without starting quarterback Sefo Liufau, who will miss the 2016 season with a Lisfranc injury.

    For more

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  • Former University of Texas quarterback Vince Young was arrested in Austin early Monday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

    Young already has appeared in front of a judge and posted a $2,000 bail.

    Young currently serves as a diversity and community engagement officer in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, a position he assumed in September 2014.

    In three seasons with the Longhorns, Young threw for 6,040 yards and 44 touchdowns and rushed for 3,127 yards and 37 touchdowns. He set several school records and went on to play six seasons in the NFL.

    ** UPDATE **

    Young will retain his job with the university according to a statement.

    For more Texas news, visit Orangebloods.com.

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  • Several Iowa football players, including quarterback C.J. Beathard, were at a rally supporting Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the University of Iowa on Tuesday night.

    The players were on stage prior to Trump’s arrival, tossing Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps into the crowd and telling rallygoers to vote for Trump. Sophomore tight end Peter Pekar held up a black and gold Iowa jersey with a No. 1 and Trump’s name on the back.

    After Trump arrived at the event, he called the players on stage and was especially glowing about Beathard.

    “We’ve got the next Tom Brady right over here,” Trump said. “The quarterback, he’s gonna be the next Tom Brady. And I know Tom and he’s a great guy.”

    When Trump referred to the football program, he used the term “we” and he made sure to fire up the pro-Iowa football crowd by saying the players had endorsed him.

    “They are so nice, they endorse Trump,” Trump said. “They like Trump and I like them. I love you guys.”

    A “Let’s Go Hawks” chant broke

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  • Femur bone found at Oregon State's Reser Stadium (Loren Davis)Femur bone found at Oregon State's Reser Stadium (Loren Davis)Construction crews digging in the north end zone of Oregon State’s Reser Stadium made an unexpected discovery — mammoth bones.

    The construction crew unearthed a large femur bone, which anthropologists believe was from a mammoth. Other bones from several other extinct animal also were found.

    “There are quite a few bones, and dozens of pieces,” Loren Davis, an associate professor of anthropology at OSU who was called to the site after the initial discovery was made, said in an Oregon State release. “Some of the bones are not in very good shape, but some are actually quite well preserved.”

    Davis said no human remains were found and that more testing would be needed to determine exactly what kind of animals were found and when they roamed the Earth. Davis believes the area construction crews were digging up was part of a marsh or bog that would have been a watering hole for several animals.

    “Animals who were sick would often go to a body of water and die there, so it’s not unusual to find

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  • Karl Kapchinski, a former Texas A&M trainer who was fired two years ago, told HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel coaches made him clear injured athletes before they were fully healed.

    The interview, which was classified as "a revealing look at the conflicts of interest among coaches, doctors and trainers, calling into question the thoroughness of care that student-athletes receive and highlighting the pressure on medical professionals to keep players on the field at any cost,” premiered Tuesday.

    During the interview, Kapchinski was asked whether he felt pressured to return a player to the field before they were ready and he replied: “I would say yes.

    “Yes. They would always, you know, tend to put pressure on you to get good players back.”

    Kapchinski noted that there were players he’d sent back onto the field that he wish he’d hadn’t, and that often times doing so “resulted in the player having a subsequent injury.”

    Kapchinski’s motives for the interview were immediately questioned.

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