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

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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

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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’

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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

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Posted April 14, 2014

Michigan student task force releases inquiry into expulsion of Brendan Gibbons

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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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Posted April 14, 2014

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

Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oklahoma Sooners, Spring Football
Everett Golson

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, 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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(Video via BTN)

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.