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  • Oft-injured BYU quarterback Taysom Hill announced via Twitter on Tuesday he was returning for the 2016 season.

    Hill will be a fifth-year senior in 2016 after his previous senior season was cut short with a Lisfranc fracture in in the season opener against Nebraska. Hill has had three of his four seasons ended because of injuries.

    Hill returning is certainly a boost for the Cougars. When healthy, Hill is one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. In 2013, his only complete season as a starter, Hill passed for 2,938 yards and rushed for 1,344 yards.

    In 2014, Hill played in five games, passed for 975 yards and rushed for 460 yards before suffering a broken leg and a torn ligaments against Utah State. Even though he only played one game in 2015, he still passed for 268 yards and rushed

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  • Notre Dame offensive linesman Steve Elmer, right, recovers a fumble. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Notre Dame offensive linesman Steve Elmer, right, recovers a fumble. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Notre Dame offensive lineman Steve Elmer is moving on from football.

    Elmer, a three-year starter, announced in a letter written on Notre Dame’s website that he has decided to forgo his final season to pursue a professional career away from the game. Elmer, who currently has a 3.52 grade-point average, is on track to graduate with a degree in economics in May in just three and a half years.

    “I have no problems with the coaching staff, no academic issues, and no violations of team rules that normally come along with a statement like this,” Elmer wrote. “My reasons for cutting my playing career short have nothing to do with any negative experiences at Notre Dame; in fact, I would consider my commitment to this exceptional University the best decision I have ever made. Playing football here was a huge challenge, but I wouldn’t trade the experience of doing battle out there on that field with my brothers for anything.

    “While playing football for Notre Dame has been nothing short of an

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  • Auburn has added a big-time transfer to its defense.

    Former Illinois linebacker T.J. Neal announced Tuesday that he will play for Auburn for his final season of college football. Neal was a two-year starter for the Illini and compiled 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and two sacks last season. He announced his decision to leave Illinois late last month.

    As a graduate transfer, the 6-foot-1, 235-pound Neal will be able to suit up for the Tigers immediately. He fills a big need, too. Both Cassanova McKinzy and Kris Frost graduated, so Neal has a chance to move right into the starting lineup at middle linebacker.

    Overall in his career at Illinois, Neal appeared in 38 games and made 25 starts, totaling 245 tackles and 21.5 tackles for loss. He is on track to graduate in May.

    Auburn went 7-6 in 2015.

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  • Former Rhode Island offensive lineman Tyler Catalina won’t play for Iowa State after all.

    Catalina, a tackle who has been pursuing a graduate transfer for his final season, announced Monday that he is headed to Georgia. Catalina visited the UGA campus last weekend.

    Catalina had previously verbally committed to Iowa State and was announced as part of the Cyclones’ 2016 signing class. However, he told the Des Moines Register on National Signing Day that he was still looking at other options. He signed a financial aid agreement with ISU, but unlike a national letter of intent, the financial aid agreement is not a binding document.

    Even after giving a verbal to Iowa State in December, Catalina continued to land offers from high-level programs looking for a quick fix on the offensive line. In addition to Georgia, Catalina received offers from Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Penn State, Arizona, Boston College

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  • (via Iowa athletics)(via Iowa athletics)Iowa defensive back Omar Truitt ran into some trouble over the weekend.

    According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Truitt, 19, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor drunken driving early Sunday morning. Police said Truitt was pulled over at about 12:40 a.m. on Sunday morning. The arresting officer smelled alcohol on Truitt and a breathalyzer subsequently showed a .091 blood alcohol content. Truitt was also subjected to two field sobriety tests, police said.

    Truitt didn’t appear in a game in his two seasons with the Hawkeyes. He redshirted his first season with the program in 2014 and missed the 2015 season with an undisclosed injury.

    According to the Gazette, the Iowa program is aware of Truitt’s arrest and is “in the process of gathering facts.”

    Truitt was a three-star recruit in the 2014 class.

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  • Will Muschamp hasn’t coached a game at South Carolina, but already there might be some buyer’s remorse from fans.

    According to an article in USA Today, Muschamp was the fourth choice for the coaching position since the school thought it had nabbed the biggest coaching fish in the pond.

    Houston’s Tom Herman was reportedly interested in South Carolina’ head coaching position early in the search, but according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, his desire changed after the Gamecocks 23-22 loss to the Citadel.

    South Carolina, in fact, first targeted Houston’s Tom Herman and was so far down the road toward an agreement, according to two people familiar with the process, that the school’s administration had essentially shut its search process down.
    Those same people, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity, said Herman’s mind changed after South Carolina lost to The Citadel on Nov. 21 and it became clear the next coach would have a massive rebuilding job on his hands. Herman
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  • Marshall football has come up with a creative way to reward strong performances — championship wrestling belts.

    A group of program supporters have worked behind the scenes during the past year to help create championship belts that resemble the same ones used in WWE. And what they came up with was four belts, each weighing eight pounds, which would be awarded to the best offensive, defensive, special teams and weight room performer.

    Each belt is custom-made and nickel and gold plated. The four belts cost about $7,000.

    Marshall wrestling belts (Kenny Kemp, Charleston Gazette-Mail)Marshall wrestling belts (Kenny Kemp, Charleston Gazette-Mail)

    “We thought it would be something that would be unique, that only Marshall has done, and that the kids would have fun with it,” said Geoff Perry, who spearheaded the idea.

    Marshall hasn’t detailed what it plans to do with the belts, but more than likely they’ll be awarded weekly to the team’s best performers and be used as a recruiting tool during visits.

    While Marshall isn’t the first team to award wrestling belts as incentive, it might have cornered the market on

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  • Cincinnati is interested in switching conferences.

    According to documents obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer, emails show that the president of the school has been in contact with others about the possibility of the Bearcats joining the Big 12 since 2014. Cincy is currently a member of the American Athletic Conference.

    The Big 12 is currently at 10 teams. While it's possible the league could expand at some point, there's no immediate incentive for it to do so. The league is now allowed to host a conference championship game after a rule mandating that conferences must have 12 teams to have a title game was ditched.

    Per the communications revealed by the Enquirer, president Santa Ono talked to former Kansas State president John Wefald, who told Ono that if Cincinnati wanted to get to the Big 12, it may have to make a short term revenue cut and that Oklahoma president David Boren liked UC as an expansion candidate. Boren has been outspoken about his thoughts on the Big 12 expanding back

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  • (via Bethune-Cookman athletics)(via Bethune-Cookman athletics)Bethune-Cookman linebacker Don’Kevious Johnson was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning.

    According to the Palm Beach Post, Johnson was wounded during a fight shortly after 1 a.m. at the clubhouse of Indigo Lakes Golf Club in Daytona Beach, Florida. Police said several involved in the fight went outside the clubhouse and Johnson and two other Bethune-Cookman students, a man and a woman, were shot.

    According to WKMG, the two other students, Justine Cunningham and Tre Jamal Williams, both 21, remain hospitalized. Cunningham was shot in the head and is listed in critical condition while Williams, who sustained a gunshot to the back, is in stable condition.

    The alleged shooter, Lamont Postell Jr., turned himself into police on Saturday afternoon. He faces a first-degree murder charge and two counts of attempted murder.

    The 23-year-old Johnson, a native of Belle Glade, Florida, transferred to Bethune-Cookman in 2014 after beginning his career at Alabama State. Johnson was majoring in

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  • One of the MAC’s top returning receivers is headed to the SEC.

    In a lengthy message posted to his Twitter account, Bowling Green wideout Gehrig Dieter announced that he play his final season of college football at Alabama as a graduate transfer.

    In a brief release, Bowling Green said in a statement that Dieter will graduate from the school in May.

    "Gehrig Dieter plans to graduate in May from Bowling Green State University and has informed the program that he has chosen, upon the completion of his degree program, to pursue other opportunities outside of BGSU football," the release said.

    The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Dieter broke out in 2015 as a junior, totaling 94 catches for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the MAC champion Falcons. His 94 receptions were third in the MAC while his 10 touchdown catches were tied for fourth-best.

    Several of those touchdown catches were of the highlight reel variety. Watch

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  • Pittsburgh running back James Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December, but that hasn’t stopped him from participating in the Panthers’ winter conditioning.

    Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi posted a video of Conner going full speed during drills on Saturday morning. He looks like he hasn’t lost a step.

    Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a treatable form of cancer and Conner has been receiving chemotherapy treatments at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The school’s athletic department is helping Conner’s family pay for his medical care.

    Conner rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns and won ACC Player of the Year in 2014, but missed the majority of the 2015 campaign with a knee injury.

    He was still working his way from the knee injury when the cancer diagnosis was revealed. The knee appears to be healthy, as evidenced by Narduzzi’s video.

    Narduzzi said earlier this month

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  • The Texas attorney general's office is not requiring Baylor to release police records relating to sexual assaults committed by two former football players.

    The records were requested by both the Associated Press and ESPN's Outside the Lines. According to the state, the release of the records would violate the privacy of the victims in the assaults.

    From the AP:

    In arguing that the records should remain private, Wheelus says that the party requesting the information knows the names of the victims, so releasing the records would result in making public "highly intimate or embarrassing details."

    The AG's office, headed by Attorney General and Baylor graduate Ken Paxton, declined further comment on the opinion.

    The records requests were related to the cases involving Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu. Three women who said they were assaulted by Elliott alleged the school ignored their pleas for action. The women were featured in an ESPN Outside the Lines piece earlier in February that

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  • Recruits may consider talk from coaches during the recruiting process to be cheap at times, but University of Michigan records show that the practice of recruiting certainly isn't.

    According to records obtained by USA Today, Michigan spent approximately $136,000 for head coach Jim Harbaugh and his assistants to recruit in late January 2015. It was Harbaugh's first month as the Wolverines' coach after he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Traveling alone or being accompanied by as many as three assistants at a time, Harbaugh racked up 18 jet-travel legs from Jan. 19 through Jan. 30. There were another five “dead” legs involving no passengers, and an assistant coach had one solo travel leg. There was only day during that period for which no private-jet trips were logged.

    Altogether, the total value came to nearly $136,000.

    No, other FBS coaches aren't flying commercial to go see recruits, either. While Harbaugh's expenses may seem extreme, don't believe for a second that he's

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  • (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)The ongoing budget crisis in Louisiana will negatively affect higher education in the state if a series of tax increases proposed by new Governor John Bel Edwards are not approved by the state legislature.

    And as a result of the potential cuts to higher education that Edwards laid out in a statewide address Thursday night, college football would also be threatened.

    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

    He said new revenue was needed to prevent universities from running out of money before the semester ends. LSU, the state's wealthiest higher education institution, would only be able to pay its bills through April 30, unless some tax increases went into place. 

    The governor went so far as to say that LSU football was also in jeopardy, due to a threatened suspension of spring classes that would put college athletes' eligibility in danger next year. He said the state would no longer be able to afford one of its most popular programs with middle class residents -- the TOPS college

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  • Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, left, greets Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh before an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, left, greets Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh before an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)While the SEC is attempting to stop Michigan from holding some of its spring practices in Florida, the head coach of one of Michigan’s rivals seems to think it’s a pretty good idea.

    Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said he hasn’t considered taking his team away from East Lansing for practice, but he and his staff are “thinking about it” now.

    “I think it’s creative, there’s no question about that,” Dantonio said Thursday per The Detroit News. “From our standpoint, we’ve never thought to do that, but we’re thinking about it nowadays. If we want to go to Florida or someplace else, in Texas or something like that, that would be our option to do that, and I guess that’s allowed right now.”

    On the other hand, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi – Dantonio’s former defensive coordinator at MSU – told CoachingSearch.com that he is not a fan of leaving campus for practice.

    “Spring ball, I think you need to be on campus,” Narduzzi said. “They’re also student-athletes, not just athletes. … If I

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  • (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)A day after USC athletic director Pat Haden was taken from campus in an ambulance due to lightheadedness, he reportedly “underwent an unspecified medical procedure” on Thursday.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Haden is “expected to remain hospitalized for another day or two.”

    The 63-year-old Haden was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after feeling lightheaded when walking back to his office. Per the Times, Haden was discharged from that hospital Wednesday afternoon but was admitted to another hospital later that day “and spent the night before Thursday’s procedure.”

    Haden, who has been USC’s AD since 2010, has battled health problems in the past. Health issues were the reason Haden stepped away from the College Football Playoff selection committee in October. That decision came two weeks after Haden, who uses a pacemaker, left the sideline during USC’s game at Notre Dame due to lightheadedness.

    Haden announced last week that he will retire in June and transition into a role

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  • (USA Today Sports Images)(USA Today Sports Images)Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn will not return to Charlie Strong’s staff for the 2016 season.

    Orangebloods.com was the first to report the departure of Vaughn, who has been on Strong’s staff since he arrived at Texas in January 2014.

    "Chris did a tremendous job for us," Strong said in a statement. "He's a terrific football coach and a great person. However, circumstances have put us in a position that we are going to part ways."

    Vaughn has been highly regarded as a recruiter at Texas, but, as Strong alluded to in his statement, alleged transgressions at a previous institution are reportedly the root of his parting from the Longhorns.

    According to the Austin American-Statesman and Horns247, Vaughn’s name has come up in the NCAA investigation into Ole Miss, where he previously served as defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008 to 2011.

    From the American-Statesman:

    It’s believed NCAA investigators have “a thick file” on Vaughn from his time as an Ole Miss

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  • Jake Spavital has found a home in the Pac-12.

    More than a month after he and Texas A&M “mutually decided to part ways,” the former Aggies’ offensive coordinator has landed at Cal as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

    “Jake is one of the brightest young coaches in college football and he is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff,” Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said. “We were looking for someone to join our coaching family that shares our vision and has a similar offensive philosophy to what we have used to produce some of the nation’s top offenses for nearly two decades. Jake has gained a tremendous amount of experience by working with some of the top coaches in the game, while he has tutored some of the best quarterbacks in college football history. Both will pay huge dividends for us.”

    Spavital will replace Tony Franklin, who left Cal last month to

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  • (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Barry J. Sanders is headed to his father’s alma mater.

    A month after announcing his intention to leave Stanford and pursue a graduate transfer, Sanders, the son of NFL great Barry Sanders, told The Oklahoman that he will play his final season of college football at Oklahoma State.

    “They’ve got my full commitment and I’m looking forward to being there come late June,” Sanders said.

    Sanders, a running back, is scheduled to graduate from Stanford in the summer. Before his Hall of Fame NFL career with the Detroit Lions, Sanders’ father was a star at OSU and had one of the best individual seasons in college football history in 1988, finishing with 2,850 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns en route to a Heisman Trophy.

    The younger Sanders was the backup to Heisman runner-up Christian McCaffrey at Stanford the past two seasons. He redshirted his first season with the program in 2012 and combined for 664 yards and five touchdowns over the past three seasons, including 315 yards and four scores

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  • (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)Louisville may be without one of its top pass-rushers next season.

    Miles Young, the father of Louisville outside linebacker Trevon Young, told the Courier-Journal that it is unlikely his son will suit up for the Cardinals during the 2016 season. Young suffered a dislocated and fractured left hip in the first quarter of Louisville’s Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M on Dec. 30.

    Young had surgery on Dec. 31 and recovery is expected to take 8-12 months, but it’s not a sure thing that he’ll be able to return to full strength.

    From the Courier-Journal:

    Miles Young said that his son is expected to remain on crutches for about another five weeks but is doing well and experiencing no lingering pain in his hip following surgery on Dec. 31 to put his leg back in place and insert a plate around a chipped piece of his hip socket. Miles Young said that once Trevon is off crutches he can gauge his preparedness to rehab for football.

    His father is confident that Trevon Young, who had a dominant

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