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  • 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.

  • Neck injury ends career of Arkansas RB Williams
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 8, 2017

    Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III, who rushed for 1,360 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, announced Monday he is giving up football after suffering a second neck injury.

    • Williams' latest neck injury came during the Razorbacks' final spring scrimmage last month. He was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.

      Williams, who would have been a junior this season, wrote a heartfelt letter on Arkansas' official website that was titled "Next Chapter."

      "I've seen the replay. I saw a normal hit. That scared me," Williams wrote in his letter. "It shows me it doesn't take a big hit at this point. Any little thing can trigger it. I also saw the reaction of my mom and my sister. That broke my heart. I can't do this anymore. I want to be able to walk."

      Williams suffered the first neck injury as a freshman in 2015 against Auburn and underwent surgery to fuse a disk in his neck.

      "I'm moving onto the next chapter of my life," Williams wrote. "It's tough to not be able to play football anymore because I've been playing since I was four years old. It wasn't something I wanted to do or planned on having to do so early. I've prayed, listened to my doctors, my parents and my gut. It still doesn't seem real yet, but I really don't have a choice. I've dodged the bullet twice. I realize at the end of the day I want to live a normal life and be around my family."

      Williams met with doctors and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema last week before making his final decision to walk away from playing football.

      "Coach B (Bielema) has been someone I've looked up to since the day I met him," Williams wrote. "He's always been there for me. I'm grateful to him for the opportunity to play football at the University of Arkansas and in front of the best fans in college football. I'm grateful for the opportunities I'm going to earn during the rest of my time here. I can't wait to work under him and learn. I want to be a general manager one day, and he's already helped me look into career paths to achieve my goals."

      Bielema gave his full support to Williams and his family.

      "As a head coach you always remember the first meeting you have with all your recruits and how that first impression is made," Bielema said Monday. "Rawleigh was committed to another school, but after a visit with him and his father, I knew we had a chance. We said at the time that unique recruiting stories often lead to unique experiences in the years ahead and that has been no disappointment. Rawleigh handled his recruiting with maturity and class and that followed into his playing career.

      "At Arkansas, not only does he have All-SEC academic success, but he also steps away as the reigning SEC regular-season rushing leader. This next chapter in Rawleigh's life will be filled with unlimited success in any career path or anyway of life he chooses. As a head coach I couldn't be more excited to begin the next chapter with him and be there for him."

  • Penn State K Julius dealing with eating disorder
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Penn State kicker Joey Julius posted on social media that he is again receiving treatment for binge eating.

    • "I have been struggling over the last couple months with my eating disorder," the 5-foot-10, 258-pound Julius wrote on his Facebook page Friday. "It got to the point where I had to return to St. Louis to seek further treatment at the McCallum Place. Recovery is a wonderful and beautiful thing that I am working on returning too.

      "For anyone out there that has similar struggles I hope you too can seek help in some way."

      Julius, who will be a redshirt junior in the fall, said he made the posts after questions arose concerning his absence from Penn State's spring game.

      The 22-year-old announced on Oct. 3 that he struggles with binge eating and has battled the disorder for over a decade.

      Julius said he's improving while away from school, but did not put a timetable on his return.

      "I am doing well and the treatment is helping," Julius said in Friday's post. "There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very long tunnel."

  • Former Oregon TE Lyerla overdoses after escape from jail
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, May 5, 2017

    Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla escaped from a minimum-security prison in Hillsboro, Ore., on Friday and was caught later in the day, according to authorities.

    • According to KGW, Hillsboro police found the 24-year-old inside a home, overdosed on an unknown drug. Lyerla was transported to a local hospital.

      Lyerla, who is serving a six-month jail sentence for forgery, drug possession and DUII stemming from convictions in March, escaped from the Washington County Community Corrections Center located in Hillsboro, a suburb to the west of Portland.

      He reportedly opened and escaped through a first-floor window. The alarm alerted authorities, who did a prisoner check and noticed Lyerla was missing.

      The 24-year-old Lyerla reportedly will face a second-degree felony charge for the escape.

      Lyerla caught 34 passes for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns in 27 games with Oregon from 2011-13. He left the team after just two games in 2013 for what was termed "personal reasons."

      A few months after his departure from Oregon, Lyerla pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.

      He went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft and was signed by the Green Bay Packers. He was released after injuring a knee and never played in an NFL game.

  • Saban receives three-year extension at Alabama
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    Nick Saban and his run of dominance at Alabama will continue for the foreseeable future.

    • Saban was given a three-year contract extension voted on by the school's board of trustees on Tuesday morning. He will earn $6.48 million per year through the 2025 season, ESPN reports.

      The 65-year-old will receive a $4 million signing bonus and a $6.725 million salary this coming season, according to the network. Saban will receive another $400,000 upon completing the season to bring his 2017 compensation to $11.125 million.

      Saban has completion bonuses following each year of his contract, resulting in a $3.6 million payment following the 2021 campaign, per ESPN. He will make $400,000 per year after that.

      Saban expressed his desire to finish his coaching career at Alabama.

      "Terry (Saban's wife) and I are pleased and happy to agree to the contract extension the University of Alabama has offered us, ensuring our time here in Tuscaloosa will continue for many more years," Saban said . "This has become our home and we are looking forward to finishing our career at Alabama."

      Saban is the second-highest paid college football coach behind Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, who makes $9 million per season.

      Under Saban, the Crimson Tide are 114-19 and have won four national championships. Alabama went 14-1 (8-0 in SEC) last season but lost to Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

      Saban has also coached at LSU, Michigan State and Toledo and owns a 205-65-1 record as a collegiate head coach. He also spent two seasons in the NFL coaching the Miami Dolphins, going 15-17 before joining Alabama in 2007.

  • South Florida DE Jackson arrested on sexual assault charges
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    South Florida defensive end Ladarrius Jackson was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual assault/battery and false imprisonment of a fellow student at a residential hall on campus, according to multiple reports.

    • Jackson, a 22-year-old junior, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. ET after forcing a female classmate to perform a sexual act earlier in the day, per a USF police report.

      He "forced her into her room after she placed her hands on a wall in an attempt to stop him, pushed her onto the bed and straddled her," according to the report via the Tampa Bay Times.

      The victim said she did not attempt to leave the room because she was afraid the 6-foot-4, 243 pound Jackson would try to stop her. She immediately reported the incident to the university housing staff.

      No physical injuries were reported to the police and Jackson was detained at Tampa International Airport, the Times reports.

      Jackson was still in jail as of Tuesday morning and being held without bail, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office records show.

      Jackson has been removed from team activities pending the investigation.

      "We are aware of the charges filed against (Jackson)," USF coach Charlie Strong said in a statement. "While we find the allegations troubling, we will continue to gather information and support the judicial process before providing further comment."

      Jackson, of Birmingham, Ala., recorded three tackles in seven games last season. He is the second South Florida football player to be arrested this offseason.

      In March, defensive back Hassan Childs was arrested on assault and marijuana possession charges and later dismissed from the team.

  • Georgia RB Holyfield arrested on drug charges
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, May 1, 2017

    Georgia sophomore running back Elijah Holyfield was arrested Monday on multiple misdemeanor drug charges.

    • Campus police arrested Holyfield with less than one ounce of marijuana and paraphernalia.

      Per the University of Georgia code of conduct, a one-game suspension is mandated for athletes following any marijuana-related arrest.

      The 20-year-old is the son of former boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

      Holyfield is competing for playing time with sophomore Brian Herrien, who also received reps as a slot receiver during spring drills. Holyfield rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown in the spring game, and coach Kirby Smart said the light had come on, hinting at a short-yardage role.

      "It seems he is running faster, more powerful, more comfortable," Smart said. "He's just a bowling ball, man. He's really physical, especially in the red area."

      Holyfield was a four-star recruit and played in five games as a freshman.

  • RB Williams suffers stinger in Arkansas' spring finale
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III, the team's leading rusher last season with 1,360 yards, was taken off the field on a stretcher during Saturday's final spring practice after sustaining a scary injury.

    • The players knelt in a moment of prayer after the injury.

      Arkansas later officially diagnosed the injury as a stinger, which is less serious than what had been feared initially. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

      Much of the immediate worry resulted from the fact that Williams suffered a serious neck injury as a freshman in 2015. So the initial concern was that Williams had sustained a similar injury.

      Coach Bret Bielema told reporters after practice that the stinger was unrelated to his 2015 injury.

      It is unclear when Williams will be able to resume football-related activities.

  • Air Force WR Robinette may be grounded before takeoff
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette's dream of playing in the NFL this season may be impacted by a change in the academy's policy requiring cadets to serve two years of active duty.

    • The Air Force Academy said in a statement obtained by the Denver Post that it will no longer defer the two years of active duty for cadet athletes to play professional sports upon graduation, a departure from a 2016 policy change by the Department of Defense.

      That means Robinette could not start his playing career until the 2019 season at the earliest.

      "The Air Force notified Academy officials (Thursday) that the service would not approve requests to waiver active duty military service commitments for cadet athletes," the statement said. "Cadets will be required to serve two years active duty prior to entering Ready Reserve status, which would permit their participation in professional sports. The Air Force places tremendous value on our cadet athletes and their contributions to the nation as we continue to build leaders of character, engage in combat operations overseas and continue to ensure our highest military readiness at home."

      According to USA TODAY, Robinette is hoping there is a way to lobby the Pentagon to allow him to be grandfathered into the NFL under the 2016 policy because an official order has not been signed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

      Robinette is on track to graduate May 24 -- taking six courses to finish his degree in management at the Air Force Academy -- while he prepared this spring for the draft believing he would be able to join an NFL team immediately.

      The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Robinette, who led college football in yards per catch (27.4) in 2016, was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and was expecting to be picked on Saturday's final day of the draft. He finished his senior season with 35 receptions for 959 yards and six touchdowns for the Falcons.

  • Standing Pat: Northwestern extends longtime coach Fitzgerald
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Pat Fitzgerald already has been spent 11 seasons as Northwestern coach and he could potentially coach the Wildcats for at least another decade after signing an extension through the 2026 season.

    • The school announced the extension for the program's all-time winningest coach on Tuesday. Fitzgerald is 77-62 since taking over in 2006 and has recorded two 10-win seasons.

      The 42-year-old Fitzgerald was a star linebacker for the school from 1994-96 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He became a Northwestern assistant coach in 2001 before eventually being promoted to head coach.

      "This is home for me and my family, and I love this university," Fitzgerald, who grew up in the Chicago area, said in a statement. "I'm extremely privileged to coach the exceptional young men we invite here to earn the best education in college football and compete at the highest level in the Big Ten conference.

      "The best is yet to come, and we're excited for the future."

      The Wildcats went 7-6 last season and played in a bowl game for the seventh time in nine seasons.

      Northwestern has participated in just 13 total bowl games. Fitzgerald has been a part of 11 of those either as a player, assistant coach or head coach.

      Fitzgerald's previous contract ran through the 2020 season.

      Northwestern also announced an extension for basketball coach Chris Collins through the 2024-25 season on Tuesday.

  • Michigan LB Peppers tests positive for dilute sample
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Three days before the NFL Draft, it was revealed that Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers tested positive at the NFL Combine in March.

    • Peppers, projected to be a top-five draft pick, tested positive for a dilute sample, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday, adding that the NFL has notified teams of the result.

      While such news could plummet the stock of Peppers, his representatives at CAA quickly released a statement in an attempt to explain the dilute test.

      "Peppers went to the combine. He was sick after flying there from San Diego," the statement read. "He has a history of cramping. Peppers was being pumped with fluids, drinking 8-10 bottles of water before he went to bed, because he was the first guy to work out two days for the LBs and DBs. He had to go through that first day, come back on second day, and that was the fear. So Peppers was pounding water and under the weather. He never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance."

      The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder Peppers was listed by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 1 outside linebacker prospect for 2017, although he is projected as a safety in the NFL.

      Peppers led Michigan and ranked third in the Big Ten Conference with 16 tackles for losses during his redshirt sophomore season. He had 72 total stops, which tied for second on the team, and had four sacks and one interception. He also returned 10 kickoffs for a 26-yard average and 21 punts for a 14.8-average and one touchdown.

      Peppers was named an All-American, the Big Ten defensive player of the year, linebacker of the year and return specialist of the year. He sat out Michigan's Orange Bowl loss to Florida State, citing a hamstring injury that he tweaked a day earlier.

  • Father of FSU WR Rudolph killed in accident
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, April 24, 2017

    Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph, a 2017 NFL Draft hopeful, received tragic news when his father was killed in an accidental shooting.

    • The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday that Darryl Rudolph, 55, was shot Friday morning while working on repairs inside a nightclub in West Palm Beach, Fla.

      The sheriff's office said Rudolph was hit in the neck/back area when a gun in an adjacent room went off accidentally. He later died after being transported to a local hospital.

      Travis Rudolph, who spent three seasons at FSU, hopes to be selected in this year's draft, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in Philadelphia. He is projected to go in the sixth or seventh round as the 30th-ranked wide receiver and No. 223 overall by NFLDraftScout.com.

      Rudolph starred at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. He finished his college career with the Seminoles as a top 10 receiver in team history, with 153 receptions (seventh) and 2,311 yards receiving (eighth). He also scored 18 career touchdowns, tied for 13th on FSU's all-time list.

      Travis Rudolph made national headlines last season at Florida State for his actions off the field after a photo of him having lunch with an autistic boy went viral on social media. Rudolph developed a close friendship throughout the season with the boy, Bo Paske, a Tallahassee middle school student who was sitting by himself during lunch on a school day.

      Darryl Rudolph, who was a youth coach in the South Florida area, told ESPN at the time he was "overwhelmed with joy" when he learned what his son had done for the boy.

      "When I used to coach and help other kids with football, basketball and sports, Travis was small but he used to pay attention to what I was doing," Darryl Rudolph said in an interview with ESPN last September. "I told them get your education. You can be the best athlete in the world, but without an education, you're not going very far. That's what Travis followed through on."

  • Georgia releases four-star recruit after domestic incident
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, April 23, 2017

    Georgia released offensive lineman D'Antne Demery from his national letter of intent following charges of domestic violence, Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart announced Sunday.

    • The news shortly after Demery was released on bond from the Athens-Clarke County (Ga.) jail after his arrest on Saturday night.

      Demery, a four-star recruit from Brunswick, Ga., was charged with misdemeanor simple battery and criminal trespass for allegedly choking and shoving his girlfriend, who is also the mother of his 1-month-old child, according to ESPN. Demery, who is listed at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds, was arrested by police around 9:30 p.m. Saturday and transferred to jail, where he was released on $1,500 bond Sunday afternoon.

      "University of Georgia football signee D'Antne Demery has been released from his National Letter of Intent according to an announcement by UGA head coach Kirby Smart," the school said in the announcement. "The release follows Demery's arrest Saturday night on charges of simple battery, criminal trespass-damaged property in downtown Athens.

      "The Brunswick, Ga., native signed with UGA in February and was scheduled to report to the University in June to begin classes."

      Officers were dispatched to a Waffle House because of a report of a man "choking a female," according to details of an incident report provided to ESPN by an Athens-Clarke County police spokesman.

      Demery and the woman had left the restaurant by the time officers arrived, but she called 911 and said she wanted to press criminal charges against Demery for hitting her, according to police.

      Demery was due to join the team this summer and was in Athens after attending the Bulldogs' spring game on Saturday.

  • Ex-Vols RB Hurd transferring to Baylor
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Former University of Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd announced during the middle of last season his intention to transfer and Saturday he revealed where he's headed.

    • Hurd tweeted a picture of himself saying it was time for the next chapter in his football career. Though he didn't include the name of the school in his text, he was wearing a Baylor shirt in the photo and holding two thumbs up.

      ESPN confirmed with Baylor that Hurd was headed to the Texas school and that he plans to move from running back to wide receiver.

      According to ESPN, Hurt also visited California, Ohio State and Louisville before deciding on Baylor.

      As a regular transfer and not a graduate, Hurd will have to sit out the 2017 season under NCAA rules before becoming eligible to play for the Bears in 2018.

      The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Hurd visited Baylor the weekend of April 8.

      A junior last season, the 240-pound Hurd left the Tennessee program on Oct. 31 after rushing for 16 yards on eight carries in the first half two days earlier against South Carolina. He was held out of the second half because of injury.

      Earlier in the season, Hurd also missed a game against Texas A&M with an undisclosed injury.

      There were reports that Hurd was unhappy with the way he was being utilized in the Tennessee offense and also he was upset that his injuries were disclosed.

      " ... I want to play in an offensive scheme that highlights my abilities to run but also expands to allow me to show my abilities to catch the ball and be a mismatch for defenses," Hurd wrote last fall.

      Hurd entered 2016 as a preseason Doak Walker and Maxwell Award candidate but finished the abbreviated year with 451 yards on 122 carries and three touchdowns in seven games.

      In 2015, Hurd ran for a school sophomore-record 1,288 yards and was selected the Outback Bowl Most Valuable Player.

      Hurd finished his Tennessee career with 2,634 rushing yards, which ranks sixth in program history and just 444 yards behind the record held by Travis Henry.

  • College football notebook: Michigan to practice in Italy next week
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his football team will hold three practices in Italy next week.

    • Harbaugh said 99 players are expected to make the nine-hour flight from Detroit to Rome. The majority of the team travels on Saturday for a sightseeing and educational trip that will also include the Wolverines' final three spring practices scheduled for April 27-29.

      Michigan will practice at the Olympic Training Center in Rome, take part in a coaching clinic and hold a scrimmage on the last day of practice at the Stadio dei Marmi stadium in Rome.

      Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, will see their infant son, John, baptized at the Vatican, according to The Detroit News.

      The trip is being funded by a Michigan donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the newspaper reported.

      --Michigan State freshman defensive end Auston Robertson was dismissed from the program just hours after being charged with third-degree sexual assault.

      Prosecutors announced the charges one day after receiving investigation results from police. The alleged assault took place on April 9 in Meridian Township, not far from the Michigan State campus in East Lansing.

      This is the second sexual allegation against Robertson in the past two years. He was accused of improperly touching a female classmate while in high school in October 2015 and charged with misdemeanor battery.

      Robertson was the fourth Michigan State player under suspicion of sexual assault in 2017.

      --Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon reached a civil settlement agreement with the woman he punched almost three years ago.

      Amelia Molitor, an Oklahoma student, and Mixon settled on her accusation of intentional infliction of emotional stress.

      He was suspended from Oklahoma's football team for the 2014 season.

      Mixon rushed for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016 as a third-year sophomore.

  • Former Oklahoma RB Mixon reaches settlement in punching incident
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon reached a civil settlement agreement Friday with the woman he punched almost three years ago.

    • Amelia Molitor, an Oklahoma student, and Mixon settled on her accusation of intentional infliction of emotional stress.

      Molitor's attorney released a statement via NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, although terms of the settlement remain confidential.

      "I am happy we were able to bring the lawsuit to an end. Joe and I were able to meet privately, without any attorneys, and talk about our experiences since that night. I am encouraged that we will both be able to move forward from here with our lives," Molitor's statement read. "From our private discussions I am satisfied that we are going to put this behind us and work towards helping others who may have found themselves in similar circumstances.

      "I greatly appreciate his apology and I think the feelings he expressed were sincere. We both could have handled things differently. I believe if we had a chance to go back to that moment in time, the situation would not have ended the way it did."

      Mixon also issued a joint statement with Molitor, admitting he was happy to have the opportunity to apologize.

      "I'm thankful Mia and I were able to talk privately. I was able to apologize to her one-on-one," Mixon's statement read. "The way I reacted that night, that's not me. That's not the way I was raised. I think she understands that.

      "Talking together helps move us past what happened. I know I have to keep working to be a better person, and this is another step in that direction. I love working with kids, and I'm looking forward to more chances to do that kind of work. I want to lead a life that inspires them, and I hope I can lead by example from today forward."

      The misdemeanor criminal charge against Mixon, acts resulting in gross injury, was pleaded to probation, counseling and community service. He was suspended from Oklahoma's football team for the 2014 season.

      The video from a sandwich shop's surveillance system shows the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Mixon delivering the punch to Molitor, breaking four bones in her face in July 2014. The video of the punch was released in December.

      Mixon rushed for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016 as a third-year sophomore.

      Mixon is expected to be selected during next week's NFL draft. However, there are reports that several teams don't have him on their draft boards due to the incident with Molitor.

  • Michigan State DL Robertson dismissed after sexual assault charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, April 21, 2017

    Michigan State freshman defensive end Auston Robertson was dismissed from the program on Friday just hours after being charged with third-degree sexual assault.

    • Prosecutors announced the charges one day after receiving investigation results from police. The alleged assault took place on April 9 in Meridian Township, not far from the Michigan State campus in East Lansing.

      Spartans coach Mark Dantonio announced last week that a player connected with an April 9 assault in Meridian Township had been suspended. He didn't identify the player but did comment about Robertson after Friday's events.

      "The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature," Dantonio said in a statement. "Sexual assault has no place in our community. While there is an ongoing criminal process, we're extremely disappointed that Auston put himself in this position. He is no longer a member of our football program."

      This is the second sexual allegation against Robertson in the past two years. He was accused of improperly touching a female classmate while in high school in Oct. 2015 and charged with misdemeanor battery.

      Robertson was allowed to enter into a diversionary program in that case and just completed it on March 11. The charges were cleared from his record on March 22.

      "Due to the charges he was facing during his recruitment, we took precaution in allowing Auston to be a part of our football program, including a thorough vetting, which we acknowledged publicly at his signing," Dantonio said. "This was a multiple-step process that continued through his final admission in the summer.

      "Following his arrival on campus, he underwent an extensive educational process with specific prerequisites put in place for his participation as a student-athlete. This included daily supervised sessions within the football program and regular meetings with university staff addressing appropriate behavior and developmental growth.

      "He also successfully completed his one-year diversionary program as directed by the court, which included a 22-week course focused on behavior changes that began in Indiana and was transferred to the state of Michigan (Prevention and Training Services). Despite these measures, Auston broke our trust and expectations by putting himself in a compromising situation."

      Robertson was the fourth Michigan State player under suspicion of sexual assault in 2017.

      Three unidentified players have been serving suspensions since Feb. 9 in relation to an alleged sexual assault on Jan. 16. Recruiting director Curtis Blackwell also was suspended in relation to the case.

      Prosecutors have not yet charged anyone in that case.

      According to the Detroit Free Press, there is a Title IX investigation being conducted in relation to possible violations of the university's sexual misconduct policy.