Posted April 16, 2014

NCAA approves 15-yard penalty for low hits on quarterbacks

NCAA, Rule Changes
Jeff Driskel

Florida QB Jeff Driskel was lost for the season after breaking his leg against Tennessee. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)

College football defenders will be penalized for low hits on passing quarterbacks in 2014.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that its Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule that will result in a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty for low contact on passing quarterbacks “at or below the knee.”

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Posted April 16, 2014

Syracuse releases pictures of new football uniforms for the 2014 season

ACC, Syracuse Orange, Uniforms

Syracuse decided that Wednesday was a big news day, announcing the Orange would host LSU in 2015 and releasing photos of its new uniforms. The home unis are (naturally) heavy on the blue and orange, and the road ones seem a bit sharper. The alternates are super gray, kind of like an ignored mid-February snow pile.

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Posted April 16, 2014

Spring Spotlight: Oklahoma TE Blake Bell

Big 12, Oklahoma Sooners, Spring Spotlight
Blake Bell (10)

Following QB Trevor Knight’s emergence, Blake Bell (10) changed positions to tight end. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Oklahoma’s Blake Bell had an up-and-down season in 2013. Entering the fall as a redshirt junior, he was tabbed as the frontrunner to replace departed quarterback Landry Jones. But while Bell started eight games last year, he eventually lost the starting gig to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who starred in the Sooners’ 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.

This spring — heading into his final year of eligibilty — Bell saw the writing on the wall. Instead of competing with Knight for playing time, Bell opted to move to tight end. The experiment has thus far been a success, and the 6-foot-6 Bell could be a unique threat in Oklahoma’s passing game.

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Posted April 16, 2014

Texas A&M QB Matt Joeckel to transfer

Texas A&M Aggies
Matt Joeckel had been part of a three-man competition at Texas A&M to replace Johnny Manziel.

Matt Joeckel had been part of a three-person competition to replace Johnny Manziel. (Cal Sport Media via AP)

One participant in Texas A&M’s spring quarterback battle has opted to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The Aggies announced Wednesday that quarterback Matt Joeckel will transfer to another program.

The fifth-year senior graduated in December and will be eligible for the 2014 season.

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Posted April 16, 2014

New York Times report challenges TPD’s handling of the Jameis Winston investigation

Florida State Seminoles, Legal Matters
Jameis Winston

Florida State’s Jameis Winston was not prosecuted after a sexual assault investigation. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The New York Times released an extensive report on Wednesday examining the Tallahassee Police Department’s handling of the investigation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The Times, which contacted the TPD, the university, prosecutor Willie Meggs and attorneys for both Winston and the accuser, among others, found that the police department’s inquiry into rape allegations against Winston had some very fundamental flaws.

In fact, an examination by The New York Times has found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.

The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.

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Posted April 15, 2014

NCAA approves unlimited meals for student-athletes, other rules changes

NCAA, NCAA Reform, Rule Changes
NCAA

The NCAA announced several new “well-being rules” on Tuesday. (G Flume/Getty)

Progress is progress is progress. The NCAA Legislative Council approved a few new “well-being rules” on Tuesday that can be made final when the Division I Board of Directors meets on April 24. Chief among the changes is that student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks instead of the three meals a day or stipend previously in place. This was an attempt to “meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes.”

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Posted April 15, 2014

The Baylor of the MAC? Dino Babers and the reinvention of Bowling Green’s offense

Bowling Green Falcons, MAC, Spring Football
Bowling Green's Dino Babers

Dino Babers replaced Dave Clawson as Bowling Green’s head football coach in December. (Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — “Tempo is what we do. We will play fast.”

Dino Babers is speaking in front of his Bowling Green team, which has just finished its last full practice of the spring on April 3. The next day will bring walkthroughs, and then it’s on to the spring game on April 5. Babers, 52, has held what he calls “Back It Up Thursday” on this (and every) Thursday during spring workouts, in which he takes the script for a practice and reverses the order to shake things up for the players. On this Thursday, the team scrimmage happened first thing in the morning. Individual drills and warmups occurred at the very end.

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Posted April 15, 2014

Report: Third Orlando bowl will pit teams from American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt

American Athletic Conference?, Bowls, Sun Belt
American Athletic Conference

The American Athletic Conference has reportedly partnered with a new Orlando bowl game. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

The American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt have partnered with a third Orlando bowl game beginning in 2015, sources told the Orlando Sentinel.

The new bowl game is set to take place at the Citrus Bowl and will be managed by the Orlando Sports Foundation instead of Florida Citrus Sports, which oversees the current Capital One and Russell Athletic bowls.

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Posted April 14, 2014

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly dismissed for ‘conduct detrimental to program’

Clemson Tigers
Chad Kelly

Chad Kelly had been in a three-way race with Deshaun Watson and Cole Stoudt to start at quarterback. (Tyler Smith/Getty)

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly has been dismissed from the football program, the school announced on Monday. The news was first reported by TigerIllustrated.com.

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Posted April 14, 2014

Michigan student task force releases inquiry into expulsion of Brendan Gibbons

Big Ten, Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Stadium

Michigan failed to explain a delay in a sexual assault case involving an ex-football player. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan failed to explain a lengthy delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by a former Wolverines football player and the player’s expulsion last December, the university’s Central Student Government announced on Sunday. A student task force from Michigan’s CSG examined the case surrounding former kicker Brendan Gibbons, who was expelled from the university in December following his alleged involvement in a reported sexual assault on Nov. 22, 2009, when Gibbons was a freshman.

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