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  • Quarterback Shane Morris saw little time as a member of the Michigan football team. (Getty)
    Quarterback Shane Morris saw little time as a member of the Michigan football team. (Getty)

    In perhaps one of the most not-so-shocking announcements of the transfer season, Michigan quarterback Shane Morris has decided to leave the Wolverines to pursue playing time elsewhere as a graduate transfer, according to reports.

    Morris, once he graduates, can transfer to any school he chooses and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

    Morris was a four-star recruit out of De La Salle High School in Warren, Michigan in 2013, but has played sparing during his time with the Wolverines. Morris saw action in his first two seasons with the program, but redshirted his third. During his Wolverines career, Morris threw for 434 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions.

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  • NCAA president Mark Emmert wants to assess the money college athletes make for winning Olympic medals. (Getty)
    NCAA president Mark Emmert wants an eight-team playoff. (Getty)

    NCAA president Mark Emmert said Wednesday that he’d like to increase the College Football Playoff field from four teams to eight in an effort to allow the champions of all five of the Power Five conferences to be represented.

    Emmert was speaking at the Learfield Sports Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York.

    “I’m kind of old school about that, I guess,” he said. “It would be really fun to have a model where those five champions all got a crack at moving forward. I don’t know what that looks like.”

    The four-team playoff field has been met with scrutiny since its inception three years ago. The manner by which the teams are selected, which is by a 12-person committee, also has come under fire. CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock has maintained the playoff has no plans to expand its pool of teams in the near future. The CFP already has contracts with game sites through the 2020 season.

    However, if the CFP had decided to go

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  • Oregon has found its new coach.

    The school officially announced South Florida coach Willie Taggart as its new coach Wednesday afternoon. The news was first reported Wednesday morning by ESPN.

    Taggart has turned around South Florida in his four years with the program. The Bulls went 10-2 in 2016 and will play in the Birmingham Bowl vs. South Carolina.

    “I am grateful for the trust that President [Michael] Schill and [athletic director] Rob Mullens have put in me to be the next head coach of the Oregon football program, and I thank them for the opportunity,” Taggart said in a school statement. “Oregon has a strong national presence and a proud recent history of playing among the nation’s elite, and I look forward to the challenge of upholding the excellence.  I can’t wait to get started.”

    The 40-year-old former Western Kentucky quarterback came to South Florida before the 2013 season after three seasons at WKU. The Bulls were 2-10 in Taggart’s first year — a year after going 3-9 — and

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    Arkansas QB Ricky Town is on the move again. (Getty)

    Arkansas quarterback Ricky Town will transfer following the Belk Bowl, coach Bret Bielema said Sunday night.

    Town, a redshirt sophomore, hasn’t played this season. He transferred to Arkansas prior to the 2015 season from Southern California. He enrolled at USC in January 2015 and went through spring practices with the Trojans before opting to leave. he’s been third string for the Razorbacks.

    Bielema said Town plans to transfer to a junior college. If he does that, he can transfer back to an FBS school and play immediately in 2017.

    Town was a four-star recruit out of St. Bonaventure in Ventura, California. He was rated the No. 5 quarterback in the Class of 2015.

    “With what Ricky has done here, he’s been a great part to our team,” Bielema said. “He played a great role last year as our scout-team quarterback. This year as our third-team quarterback.

    “He’s been engaged, locked into every game plan. He just feels there’s a better

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  • This is what Navy wore in 2015 for its 14th-straight win over Army. (Getty)
    This is what Navy wore in 2015 for its 14th-straight win over Army. (Getty)

    Navy has some sweet helmets for the Army game again.

    The Midshipmen are officially the visitors for Saturday’s game and will wear a white jersey with blue shoulders and numbers. The highlight of the uniform — for us, anyway — is the gold helmets with the blue helmet stripe and stars.

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    Behold these beauties.

    Closer look at Navy's helmet. (Navy Football)
    Closer look at Navy’s helmet. (Navy Football)
    Full Navy uniform for Saturday's game. (Navy Football)
    Full Navy uniform for Saturday’s game. (Navy Football)

    The Midshipmen have a 14-game win steak heading into Saturday’s game. It’s the longest win streak of any team during the series.

    Army revealed its uniforms for the game Monday.

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  • Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey has returned to 2015 form in the past five games. (AP)
    Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey has returned to 2015 form in the past five games. (AP)

    Stanford junior running back Christian McCaffrey will declare for the NFL draft, according to a report by Matt Miller of Bleacher Report.

    Miller, who specifically writes about draft prospects, believes McCaffrey will be a first-round pick.

    McCaffrey, a Heisman finalist in 2015, has amassed 3,922 rushing yards, 1,206 receiving yards, 1,859 return yards and 33 total touchdowns in his three seasons with the Cardinal.

    Overall, Miller has McCaffrey as the third-best running back in the draft behind LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook.

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  • Former Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam was found dead on Monday. (Getty)
    Former Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam was found dead on Monday. (Getty)

    Former University of Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner, was found dead Monday night in a Boulder, Colorado park. He was 42.

    A middle-aged passerby discovered the body and called police at approximately 8:54 p.m. Monday. Salaam was pronounced dead at the scene. Boulder police said there were no signs of foul play and according to the Boulder Daily Camera, Salaam’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

    The coroner’s office will conduct an official investigation to determine the cause and manner of death.

    “The Buff Family has lost an outstanding young man and a great Buff today,” Colorado athletic director Rick George said in a statement on the school’s website. “We are heartbroken for Rashaan and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.”

    Salaam won the 1994 Heisman in a landslide — 248 votes and 842 points — after rushing

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  • Maybe the President-elect of the United States will be firing off some football-related tweets in the next few days?

    A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that Trump will be at Saturday’s game between Army and Navy. He’ll sit on the Army side of M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in the first half and on the Navy side in the second half.

    According to the Baltimore Sun, it’s Trump’s first visit to the city since September.

    Presidential attendance at the games is commonplace. President Barack Obama last attended the game in 2011 and George W. Bush went three times and was in attendance in 2008, the final year of his two terms as president.

    Donald Trump already has an Iowa jersey from visiting the state during his presidential campaign. (Getty)
    Donald Trump already has an Iowa jersey from visiting the state during his presidential campaign. (Getty)

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    Trump has huge football knowledge. Or at least he’d probably tell you his familiarity of the game was fantastic and top level.

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  • Joe Mixon missed the 2014 season after the punch. (Getty)
    Joe Mixon missed the 2014 season after the punch. (Getty)

    The public has a right to see the surveillance tape of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman in the summer of 2014 according to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

    The court ruled Tuesday the video, which hasn’t been released, must be available to the public. Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season after the incident, which left the woman with reported facial fractures.

    The city of Norman, Okla., has sought to keep open-records laws from being applicable to the video.

    From the Tulsa World:

    It’s unclear, however, if the video will be immediately released. One Norman city official said an appeal for a re-hearing of the ruling remains possible, which could delay release of the video until at least January 2017.

    The right to view the tape made it to the Supreme Court following a suit by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. The association has contended that since it has to do with Mixon’s arrest on misdemeanor assault

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  • Malik McDowell had seven tackles for loss in nine games. (Getty)
    Malik McDowell had seven tackles for loss in nine games. (Getty)

    Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell won’t be returning to East Lansing, Mich., for his senior year. He’s heading to the NFL.

    McDowell posted his intentions to Twitter on Tuesday.

    McDowell had 34 total tackles in 2016 and seven tackles for loss in nine games. He missed three games because of an ankle injury though was still a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the conference’s coaches.

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    His statistics were a good per-game follow to a monster sophomore campaign that included 41 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and an interception that was returned for a touchdown in 14 games.

    A former five-star recruit, McDowell’s recruitment was one of the biggest stories of National Signing Day in 2014. He initially signed with the Spartans against his parents’ wishes

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  • Matt Rhule led Temple to 10 wins and the AAC title this season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
    Matt Rhule led Temple to 10 wins and the AAC title this season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Baylor has found its new coach.

    The school announced Tuesday that it has hired Temple’s Matt Rhule. Rhule has led the Owls to back-to-back 10-win seasons, including this year’s American Athletic Conference title. He will be introduced at Baylor on Wednesday.

    In four years at Temple, his first head-coaching job, Rhule, 41, has a 28-23 record and won the AAC East title in the last two seasons. Rhule was an assistant at Temple from 2006-2011 and also had stints as an assistant with the New York Giants and at Western Carolina, UCLA and Buffalo. He played collegiately at Penn State.

    “We could not be more excited to welcome Matt, Julie and their children to the Baylor Family,” said Baylor athletic

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  • Malik Zaire, Notre Dame's former starting QB, will pursue a graduate transfer. (Getty)
    Malik Zaire, Notre Dame’s former starting QB, will pursue a graduate transfer. (Getty)

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire is already lining up visits.

    After being granted his release from the Irish last week, Zaire plans to visit Wisconsin and North Carolina this week, IrishIllustrated.com and ESPN.com are reporting. Both reports say Zaire is expected to make the trip to Madison to visit the Badgers on Wednesday before heading south to UNC on Friday.

    Zaire’s release from Notre Dame apparently is without restriction. That would allow him to transfer to North Carolina despite the Heels being on the Irish’s schedule in 2017. Zaire, who is expected to graduate from Notre Dame this month, would be immediately eligible wherever he ends up.

    Per IrishIllustrated.com, North Carolina has been in touch with Zaire since he was given his release. Wisconsin entered the picture more prominently after the Big Ten title game.

    While Wisconsin has been a potential destination from the start,

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  • Blake Barnett started vs. USC (Getty).
    Blake Barnett started vs. USC (Getty).

    Blake Barnett is headed to the Pac-12.

    A few months after transferring from Alabama, the former Crimson Tide quarterback announced Monday night that he will transfer to Arizona State.

    Barnett was one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2015 recruiting class. He redshirted his first season at Alabama and started the Tide’s season opener against USC after battling with true freshman Jalen Hurts and redshirt junior Cooper Bateman for the starting role during fall camp.

    Barnett played the first two series of the USC game before Hurts was inserted into the lineup. Hurts has started ever since and led Alabama to an SEC title and the No. 1 ranking in the College Football Playoff. Barnett served as Hurts’ backup for three games

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  • The 2016 Heisman Trophy finalists were unveiled Monday night with five players earning invitations to the ceremony Saturday night in New York City.

    The finalists are: Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook and Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers.

    Before Alabama’s Derrick Henry won it last year, a quarterback had taken home the Heisman in five straight seasons. With Jackson considered the heavy favorite, a new streak of quarterbacks could begin in 2016.

    In addition to the five finalists, there were quite a few stars who won’t make the trip to New York. Those snubs include Texas running back D’Onta Foreman, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Washington quarterback Jake Browning and San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey, who is second in the nation with 2,018 yards and recently moved to No. 3 all-time in career rushing yards.

    Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named a Heisman finalist Monday night. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
    Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson
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    (Yahoo Sports/Amber Matsumoto)

    Each Monday, we’ll gather the best catches from the weekend (or the midweek games) and bring them here for you to vote on in a poll. There could be only a few nominees, or there could be five or six. It all depends on the weekend. If you have a catch you’d like to nominate, don’t hesitate to hit us up on Twitter (@YahooDrSaturday).

    The voting remains open until Friday and the winner advances to another round of voting that will help crown the best catch of the regular season.

    The regular season is over, but we’ve got one final week of catches to sort through before we reveal our 14 finalists! A tight end joined our list of winners in Week 13 with Penn State’s Mike Gesicki taking home the crown for his awesome touchdown catch in PSU’s win over Michigan State. Here’s that play again (you’ll see more from Gesicki in just a bit):

    Here are your Week 14 nominees:

    KD Cannon – Baylor

    The second half of the season has been rough for Baylor, but KD Cannon continues

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  • When LSU takes on Louisville in the Citrus Bowl, it will mark the final collegiate game for Leonard Fournette.

    The junior Tigers running back announced Monday that he will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL draft.

    “I will be declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft after our bowl game,” Fournette said. “I make this announcement now so that there will not be speculation and distractions while we prepare. I want everyone to know that I will forever treasure my experience as a Tiger. I will take with me the many valuable lessons that I have learned here, and the love that you have shown me throughout the years. I will forever be an LSU Tiger. Thank you.

    The New Orleans native arrived at LSU in 2014 as a five-star recruit and the top running back prospect in the country. After a slow start to his true freshman season, it quickly became clear

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  • Army uniform for Army-Navy game. (goarmywestpoint.com)
    Army uniform for Army-Navy game. (goarmywestpoint.com)

    The Army football team will honor the World War II 82nd Airborne Division with a special uniform for the Army-Navy game.

    According to the Army release, the uniforms, which are gray and black, were designed to pay homage to “authentic WWII era paratrooper jump suits with division patch, oversized 48-star American flag patch, player name tapes, full-color historical unit patches and an improvised camo base layer. Additionally, initial members of the 82nd Airborne Division represented each of the continental states, informing their “All American” nickname and iconic “AA” shoulder patch. “

    The Army helmets are painted like netting and showcase authentic, era-specific battalion icons.

    Army uniform for Army-Navy game. (goarmywestpoint.com)
    Army uniform for Army-Navy
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  • Quarterback Lorenzo Nunez has opted to transfer from South Carolina. (Getty)
    Quarterback Lorenzo Nunez has opted to transfer from South Carolina. (Getty)

    Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Lorenzo Nunez has decided to transfer, coach Will Muschamp announced Sunday.

    Nunez came to South Carolina as a four-star quarterback, but was transitioned out of the position this offseason.

    “He wants to play quarterback,” Muschamp said.

    “I’m disappointed,” Muschamp said. “I thought he could help our football team moving forward. But I want him to be happy. He’s done a lot for South Carolina. We’re trying to help him right now.”

    Nunez threw for 376 yards and ran for 375 yards as a quarterback before moving to receiver. He dressed out for most games this season, but never saw the field as the plan was for him to redshirt.

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  • Dr. Saturday's 2016 bowl rankings: Ohio State-Clemson should be awesome

    Bowl season is less than two weeks away.

    With all 40 matchups set for one of the best times of the year, let’s take a look at all of them. Unsurprisingly, we think the two College Football Playoff semifinal games will be the best matchups, but there are some non-New Year’s Six games that should be pretty good.

    Below is our list, in descending order, of the most appealing matchups. There will undoubtedly be some duds at the top of this list and some scintillating contests at the bottom. But that’s not going to deter us from making predictions.

    1. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 31, Phoenix): Ohio State (11-1) vs. Clemson (12-1)
    Our top matchup of bowl season has loads of intrigue. Ohio State is well-equipped to defend Clemson’s offense. But Clemson is well-equipped to defend Ohio State. Our early guess is that the games of OSU RB Mike Weber and Clemson RB Wayne Gallman decide the game.

    Clemson QB Deshaun Watson vs. Ohio State's defense should be a great matchup. (Getty)
    Clemson QB Deshaun Watson vs. Ohio State’s defense should be a great matchup. (Getty)

    2.Chick-fil-A Peach

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  • Penn State will play USC in the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)
    Penn State will play USC in the Rose Bowl. (Getty Images)

    Now that you’ve had some time to digest the College Football Playoff semifinal matchups — Alabama vs. Washington and Clemson vs. Ohio State — the selection committee revealed the other New Year’s Six bowl games.

    Here’s how the slate looks:

    Rose Bowl: No. 9 USC (9-3) vs. No. 5 Penn State (11-2) — Jan. 2, Pasadena, Calif.

    Penn State missed out on a berth in the College Football Playoff, but a trip to Pasadena is not a bad consolation for the Big Ten champions. The Nittany Lions will face a big test in USC, which played at a very high level, including a convincing win over No. 4 Washington, over the second half of the season. Both teams had slow starts — Penn State at 2-2, USC at 1-3 — before rattling off lengthy winning streaks (nine for PSU, eight for USC) heading into the postseason.

    This looks like an evenly matched game with high-powered offenses and solid, underrated defenses. Trace McSorley vs. Sam Darnold is quite the young

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