Posted April 15, 2014

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

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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

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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’

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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

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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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Posted April 14, 2014

Spring Game Roundup: Notre Dame QB spot still unsettled; Florida unveils offense

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Everett Golson passed for 154 yards and ran for a score in Notre Dame’s spring scrimmage. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

With spring games occurring across the country, SI.com distills the top news and notes from the weekend’s games.

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Posted April 13, 2014

Ohio State’s spring game offers little insight, but Urban Meyer sees progress

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Running back Bri'onte Dunn (25) is mobbed by teammates after scoring a TD during Ohio State's spring game. (Khris Hale/Icon SMI)

Ohio State RB Bri’onte Dunn (25) receives congratulations after scoring in the spring game. (Khris Hale/Icon SMI)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Spring games feature about as much structure as a backyard game of 500, where the kid throwing basically makes up the rules as he goes along (heavy on the “Dead or Alive” and “Mystery Box” yells). As a result, it’s hard to take too much away from them.

In the case of Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer, little was resolved and much was left open until the fall as the Gray team beat the Scarlet team, 17-7, in front of 61,058 at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The most competitive aspect of the day occurred before the scrimmage even started, when Meyer led the team in the Circle Drill and the roster formed a giant “O” over the existing “O” at midfield.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott resisted freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan’s push as best he could and was frustrated when McMillan started to gain ground, ending in a frustration spar. Both backup quarterbacks, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, were given multiple chances to go one-on-one, with Jones outmuscling the redshirt freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas.

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Posted April 12, 2014

Video: Bo Pelini holds up a cat at Nebraska’s spring game

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Bo Pelini appeared to be on the hot seat near the end of last season, but in one of the offseason’s biggest surprises the Nebraska coach is winning over the internet. And as we all know, winning online hearts is the first step to winning actual real human hearts. (Pelini’s contract was extended through 2018 in March.)

Before the Cornhuskers’ spring game on Saturday, Pelini entered with a cat, as a not-so-subtle hat tip to @FauxPelini. This wasn’t the first time Pelini acknowledged his Twitter alter ego. He asked for his cat back during the BCS national championship.

Life is just so weird right now.

Posted April 11, 2014

Photos: Florida State releases new-look football uniforms entering the 2014 season

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Florida State’s famed pregame ritual, in which Chief Osceola rides Renegade onto the field and spikes a flaming spear into the turf, has become one of college football’s most recognizable stadium traditions. Now, it will become an integral part of the Seminoles’ on-field look.

The defending national champions unveiled new uniforms on Friday which use the Seminole tribe’s symbols for arrow, man on horse (which, conveniently, looks an awful lot like a lowercase ‘f’) and fire. “The power of that [pregame] symbolism was part of the story,” Todd Van Horne, Nike’s football design director, told SI.com.

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Posted April 11, 2014

Missouri dismisses wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from Tigers’ football program

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Receiver Dorial-Green Beckham has been dismissed from Missouri’s football team. (Denny Medley/USA Today Sports)

Missouri has dismissed wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from its football program, the school announced on Friday.

Green-Beckham, the former top-ranked overall prospect in the class of 2012, was suspended indefinitely earlier this week for a violation of team rules. The suspension was reportedly linked to an alleged burglary at a Columbia apartment complex.

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Posted April 11, 2014

Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham releases statement, to enter counseling

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Dorial Green-Beckham led all Missouri receivers last season with 59 catches and 12 touchdowns.

Dorial Green-Beckham led all Missouri receivers last year with 59 catches and 12 touchdowns. (John Bazemore/AP)

After being suspended indefinitely on Monday for a violation of team policies, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham released a statement through his father John Beckham to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying that he would be entering counseling. Green-Beckham was allegedly involved in an altercation with his girlfriend and two other women late Saturday night, but police said they would not be making any arrests.

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