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  • South Carolina S Jackson retires because of sickle cell disorder
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 19, 2018

    South Carolina safety Tavyn Jackson announced Sunday that he is retiring from football because of a sickle cell disorder.

    • Jackson, a redshirt freshman, will remain on scholarship with the school but will not be able to play again as part of his medical hardship designation. He redshirted in 2017 after injuring his hamstring early in the season.

      Jackson made the announcement on his Instagram account.

      "To start this off, I've been experiencing hard times since I've arrived to college but always managed to see through," Jackson said. "I appreciate all of the support from my family, friends and teammates. Without you guys especially my teammates I wouldn't have gotten this far.

      "The decision was made based on my future and what will come. I have been medically disqualified to play football again due to my sickle cell but USC is still honoring my scholarship and I'll finish school with a degree. I thank everyone and keep me in your prayers."

      South Carolina opens its season Sept. 1 against Coastal Carolina.

      --Field Level Media

  • Taggart closing in on naming FSU starting QB
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 19, 2018

    With the season opener two weeks away, Florida State coach Willie Taggart is still deciding who will start at quarterback for the Seminoles when they take on Virginia Tech.

    • Speaking at FSU's media day on Sunday, Taggart said he's getting closer to a decision.

      "How close? Closer than we were the first day we started training camp," Taggart said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "We're getting there."

      Deondre Francois, the 2016 starter, was hampered by his recovery from a knee injury in spring practice, giving James Blackman and Bailey Hockman a chance to impress Taggart.

      Blackman started 12 games for the Seminoles as a freshman last season after Francois suffered a season-ending injury in the opener, completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 2,230 yards and 19 touchdowns.

      Hockman is a redshirt freshman but has a good grasp on Taggart's offense.

      "I'm excited," Hockman said. "I think I've got a good shot."

      Francois passed for 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions, in his one full season at QB for the Seminoles and seems confident he's ready to resume the role.

      "I feel very comfortable where I'm at now," Francois said.

      --Field Level Media

  • UW transfer Carta-Samuels to start for CSU
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, August 19, 2018

    K.J. Carta-Samuels was listed as the starting quarterback for Colorado State ahead of the Rams' season-opening game against Hawaii on Saturday.

    • Eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer from the University of Washington, Carta-Samuels will start ahead of sophomore Justice McCoy and redshirt freshman Collin Hill, who were listed as co-No. 2s.

      It was initially reported in February that Carta-Samuels intended to transfer to UCLA, but he ultimately ended up at Colorado State, where he will play in coach Mike Bobo's pro-style offense.

      Carta-Samuels had taken the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense since fall practices began last month. He was expected to be named as the starter by coach Mike Bobo, who has been away from the team the past week undergoing tests and treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Hill is still recovering from a second torn ACL in his left knee suffered during a pickup basketball game in March.

      "It feels like it's time," Carta-Samuels said after practice Thursday, via the Coloradoan. "I'm excited. I'm ready to get out there with this team and just get a win, definitely start out with a win this first game and just do some good things and then feed off of it as we go throughout the season."

      Carta-Samuels played in 25 career games for Washington, throwing for 310 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while completing 27-of-47 passes. However, he was stuck behind Jake Browning on the depth chart for the past three seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin WR Cephus leaves team amid legal issue
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus announced Saturday he is leaving the team, for now, to fight "unspecified charges" he expects will be filed against him.

    • On Twitter, Cephus said the Dane County District Attorney's Office is readying charges against him regarding an incident that occurred in April.

      "I have been wrongfully accused of unlawful conduct, and I am innocent of any allegations associated with this consensual relationship," Cephus shared on Twitter.

      Cephus, a junior, was expected to start for the Badgers this season. He missed the final five games of the 2017 season with a broken leg but still finished second on the team with 501 receiving yards. He has 34 career receptions for 595 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons in Madison.

      A team spokesman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Cephus discussed the situation with coach Paul Chryst on Saturday.

      "I am now forced to take a leave of absence from the team in order to focus all of my attention on clearing my name," Cephus said on Twitter. "My football family has been supportive to me and I have too much respect for Coach Chryst, his staff and my teammates to become a distraction in what I know will be an outstanding year for the Badgers."

      Cephus added that he would "fight to clear my name of these allegations."

      Under Wisconsin's student-athlete discipline policy, Cephus will be suspended from the team immediately if he is charged with sexual assault or a violent crime and subject to a "factual inquiry." ESPN reported that such an inquiry would begin immediately and he could remain on scholarship. At the conclusion, athletic director Barry Alvarez and others would make a ruling about any discipline.

      The Badgers open the season Aug. 31 at home against Western Kentucky.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Georgia RB White tears ACL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Georgia freshman running back Zamir White, a prized recruit in the Bulldogs' top-ranked 2018 class, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Saturday and likely will need season-ending surgery.

    • White sustained the non-contact injury while working on a punt coverage team in an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at Sanford Stadium, coach Kirby Smart told reporters.

      "He was covering a punt, and it was a non-contact injury," Smart said. "There was nobody really around."

      White, from Laurinburg, N.C., tore the ACL in his right knee late in his senior season of high school, limiting him in Georgia's spring practices. White rushed for 2,086 yards with 34 touchdowns during his senior year of high school.

      --Alabama sophomore outside linebacker Christopher Allen likely will miss the season after suffering a serious knee injury, coach Nick Saban announced after Saturday's scrimmage.

      Allen will require surgery, and his loss leaves the Crimson Tide two short in their outside linebacker unit. Junior starter Terrell Lewis tore the ACL in his right knee in July.

      Saban also discussed the foot injury suffered Thursday by junior offensive tackle Matt Womack. Saban said Womack fractured the foot after stepping on a teammate's foot and will miss "probably anywhere from four to six weeks."

      --LSU junior wide receiver Drake Davis was suspended indefinitely after being arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend four different times.

      Davis was booked on counts of second-degree battery for each of the alleged incidents. A school official confirmed his suspension, according to The Advocate.

      According to the arrest warrant, LSU Police were informed of the accusations against Davis by a school official. They corroborated the story with the woman, who told police the pair recently had ended a relationship. The alleged abuse dates to May 2017, when she says Davis punched her in the stomach.

      --Sophomore Shawn Robinson will open the season as TCU's starting quarterback, coach Gary Patterson told reporters.

      Robinson completed 13 of 27 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns last season. He wasn't intercepted while playing in six games as the backup to Kenny Hill. He also rushed for 159 yards.

      Robinson beat out Penn transfer Michael Collins for the gig. Collins played in four games as a reserve in 2016 for Penn before transferring to TCU. He sat out last season to meet transfer regulations.

      --West Virginia postponed its fan day activities set for Sunday due to five people within the program being diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, the school announced.

      The school did not identify if all five cases involved players or coaches or support staff. It said it was taking the action because the disease is "highly contagious" and that the school's medical staff is working to control the virus.

      "I know fans who were planning on attending Fan Day will be disappointed, but this is in the best interest of all involved," athletic director Shane Lyons said in a statement. "Our medical staff is doing an excellent job of addressing the matter. However, there is no reason to put the general public at risk."

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Georgia prized-recruit RB White tears ACL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Georgia freshman running back Zamir White, a prized recruit in the Bulldogs' top-ranked 2018 class, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will likely need season-ending surgery, the Athens Banner-Herald reported on Saturday according to a UGA source.

    • White, one of the top-ranked running back recruits in the 2018 class, sustained the non-contact injury while working on a punt coverage team in an intrasquad scrimmage at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, coach Kirby Smart told reporters.

      "I'm sick for the kid," said Smart, who added White will have an MRI exam on the knee.

      With the Bulldogs' top running backs from last season -- Nick Chubb and Sony Michael -- now in the NFL, the 6-foot, 215-pound White was expected to compete for playing time. Returning running backs include sophomore D'Andre Swift, juniors Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien, while freshman James Cook will also get a chance to compete for some carries.

      White, from Laurinburg, N.C., tore the ACL in his right knee late in his senior season of high school, limiting him in Georgia's spring practices.

      White rushed for 2,086 yards with 34 touchdowns during his senior year of high school.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama OLB Allen (knee) likely lost for season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Alabama sophomore outside linebacker Christopher Allen will likely miss the entire season after suffering a serious knee injury, coach Nick Saban announced after Saturday's scrimmage.

    • Allen will require surgery, and his loss leaves the Crimson Tide two short in their outside linebacker unit. Junior starter Terrell Lewis tore the ACL in his right knee in July.

      "Chris Allen had a surgical knee injury, he's probably out for the season," Saban said. "It's unfortunate that we've got two of those now at the same position, both guys who could make a contribution to the team."

      Allen played in seven games last season as a freshman and had six tackles and a forced fumble. He was set to have a larger role this season.

      Another outside linebacker, senior Jamey Mosley, is just back from a shoulder injury and hasn't yet been cleared for contact.

      Saban also discussed the foot injury suffered Thursday by junior offensive tackle Matt Womack. Saban said Womack fractured the foot after stepping on a teammate's foot and will miss "probably anywhere from four to six weeks."

      Womack missed spring drills due to an injury to the same foot.

      Alabama opens the season on Sept. 1 against Louisville.

      --Field Level Media

  • West Virginia cancels event after five contract hand, foot and mouth disease
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 18, 2018

    West Virginia postponed its fan day activities set for Sunday due to five people within the program being diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, the school announced Saturday.

    • The school didn't identify if all five cases involved players or coaches or support staff. It said it was taking the action because the disease is "highly contagious" and that the school's medical staff is working to control the virus.

      "I know fans who were planning on attending Fan Day will be disappointed, but this is in the best interest of all involved," athletic director Shane Lyons said in a statement. "Our medical staff is doing an excellent job of addressing the matter. However, there is no reason to put the general public at risk."

      Major league pitchers Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets and A.J. Happ of the New York Yankees recently contracted the ailment, which is more common in children.

      West Virginia said it is possible the fan day event can be rescheduled.

      The Mountaineers open the season against Tennessee on Sept. 1.

      --Field Level Media

  • Robinson wins TCU quarterback battle
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 18, 2018

    Sophomore Shawn Robinson will open the season as TCU's starting quarterback, coach Gary Patterson told reporters on Saturday.

    • Robinson beat out Penn transfer Michael Collins for the gig.

      Robinson completed 13 of 27 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns last season. He wasn't intercepted while playing in six games as the backup to Kenny Hill. He also rushed for 159 yards.

      Robinson started against Texas Tech and was 6-of-17 passing for 85 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 84 yards in the 27-3 victory on Nov. 18.

      Collins played in four games as a reserve in 2016 for Penn before transferring to TCU. He sat out last season to meet transfer regulations.

      The Horned Frogs open the season against Southern on Sept. 1.

      --Field Level Media

  • LSU suspends WR Davis after arrest
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, August 18, 2018

    LSU junior wide receiver Drake Davis was suspended indefinitely after being arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend four different times.

    • Davis was booked on counts of second-degree battery for each of the alleged incidents.

      A school official confirmed his suspension, per The Advocate.

      According to the arrest warrant, LSU Police were informed of the accusations against Davis by a school official. They corroborated the story with the woman, who told police the pair had recently ended a relationship.

      The alleged abuse dates back to May 2017, when she says Davis punched her in the stomach. She says a second assault in May 2017 left her with a broken rib.

      The final alleged attack was in June, when she says Davis came to her apartment after a text dispute and punched her in the stomach, grabbed her throat and ripped an earring from her ear.

      The warrant also says the woman shared photographic evidence and threatening text messages with police.

      Davis played all 13 games and had three catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Ex-NFL RB Murray set to join college broadcast booth
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    Former Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who retired in July from the NFL, reportedly is headed to the broadcast booth.

    • Murray, who also played for the Tennessee Titans, will join Fox as a college football analyst this fall, according to reporter Barry Horn on Friday.

      Murray played in the NFL for seven seasons. He tallied 659 yards and six touchdowns on 184 carries last season with Tennessee.

      In 2014 with Dallas, Murray gained 1,845 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on 392 carries, earning Offensive Player of the Year honors.

      Fox has not officially announced the deal or who Murray will be paired with in the booth.

      Murray, 30, played four years of college football at Oklahoma.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Zach Smith took lewd photos during 2015 trip to White House
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    Former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired last month after domestic violence accusations by his ex-wife surfaced, took lewd photos of himself during the Buckeyes' visit to the White House in 2015, according to a report Friday by college football reporter Brett McMurphy.

    • The Buckeyes were honored at the White House after winning the 2015 national title over Oregon State.

      According to the report, Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, took multiple inappropriate photos during the White House trip. The report also describes photos of Zach Smith that show a sexual encounter with an Ohio State staffer -- who the report says no longer works for the team -- in the coaches' offices. When the encounter occurred was not reported.

      In addition, the report says documents and receipts show Smith had more than $2,000 in sex toys, male apparel and photography equipment sent to him at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at Ohio State in 2015.

      Smith was fired on July 23, and Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave Aug. 1 after Courtney Smith said in an interview she had been in repeated contact in 2015 with Meyer's wife regarding alleged abuse by her then-husband.

      On July 24, Meyer had denied knowledge of Zach Smith's alleged 2015 abuse while acknowledging he knew of Smith's alleged 2009 abuse that occurred while Smith was on Meyer's staff at the University of Florida.

      Meyer admitted on Aug. 5 that he knew of both alleged incidents at the time each happened and "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures," acknowledging that his recent statements were inaccurate. He apologized for his comments on July 24 and said that he "failed in my words."

      The investigation of Meyer and his handling of the domestic violence allegations against Smith will be completed as scheduled by Sunday, the school announced Friday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maryland board takes control of McNair, culture investigations
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    The board of regents for the University System of Maryland unanimously voted Friday to take full control of two investigations involving the Maryland football program, including the one examining the events leading to the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

    • Walters, Inc. was hired by the university in late June to investigate whether staff members followed proper protocol in treating McNair on May 29, the day the 19-year-old was hospitalized after falling ill during a team workout. McNair died from heatstroke on June 13. That inquiry is expected to be complete by Sept. 15, and the results will be made public, according to university president Wallace D. Loh.

      A separate investigation is being conducted to examine allegations that emerged in a recent ESPN report of a toxic culture within the football program, including strong accusations against head coach DJ Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court. Durkin was placed on leave last week, and Court parted ways with the school Tuesday.

      Loh, who initiated the second investigation earlier this week, chose four people to conduct the inquiry, including retired chief judge Ben Legg and retired judge Alex Williams of the U.S. District Court for Maryland. Also among the four is former prosecutor of the U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland Charlie Scheeler, who has worked on cases involving steroids in MLB and Penn State's compliance with athletics integrity. The yet-to-be announced fourth person is a "retired and respected" coach and athletic administrator from outside the university, Loh said Tuesday.

      Both investigations are now under the control of Maryland's board of regents, after a four-hour meeting was held Friday in Baltimore.

      "Everyone throughout the University System of Maryland was deeply saddened by the death of Jordan McNair," USM board of regents chair James Brady said in a statement. "Our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends, and with everyone at UMCP, at this very difficult time.

      "Earlier today, the board of regents was fully briefed by UMCP President Wallace Loh about the circumstances of Mr. McNair's tragic death, about the actions that have been taken since, and finally about the alarming allegations that have emerged in the last week related to the football program. After a long and robust discussion, the board voted unanimously to assume responsibility for the investigations into these two separate issues. Our goal is to ensure that all system universities, including UMCP, are actively working to protect the health and safety of every student and to foster a supportive culture in which everyone can flourish."

      Loh said in a statement that he and the school "welcome the oversight of the Board of Regents at this critical time."

      At the meeting, the board asked the office of the state attorney general to represent Maryland on "any and all legal claims related to Mr. McNair's death."

      Billy Murphy, the McNair family's attorney, has said previously that a lawsuit "likely" will be filed against the university. He told ESPN on Thursday that "we anticipate a prompt resolution of this or else we'll just go back to court."

      McNair's father told ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday that Durkin should "of course" be fired, adding, "He shouldn't be able to work with anybody else's kid."

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Meyer investigation to finish Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    The investigation of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith will be completed as scheduled by Sunday, the university announced Friday.

    • University president Michael Drake tweeted a news release from the school, which said the independent committee running the investigation will deliver the report next week. From there it will be shared with the board of trustees.

      "Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision," the statement added.

      Drake said in an interview on WOSU radio Thursday that the investigation "will be finished when it's finished," adding he would not treat Sunday as a deadline for a decision on Meyer's future.

      --Four-star safety Jaylen McCollough announced his intention to join Tennessee on Friday, more than two years after the school first offered him.

      "I would like to thank all my close friends and family for supporting me throughout this recruitment process," McCollough wrote on Twitter, in part. "Next I would like to thank all my coaches for pushing me to become a better man and a better player. I would also like to thank the Hillgrove community for its support these past four years. Lastly I am very thankful for all the schools who recruited me during this process. With that being said I Am Officially Committed To The University Of Tennessee."

      The website 247Sports rates McCollough, a 6-foot, 194-pounder from Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove, as the 10th-best safety prospect in the nation. He chose the Volunteers over South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn.

      --Alabama right tackle Matt Womack suffered a broken right foot at Thursday's practice and will need surgery, according to multiple reports on Friday.

      According to 247Sports, Womack will be out roughly six weeks, which likely would mean missing at least four games.

      Womack missed the entire spring with an injury to the same foot.

      --Field Level Media

  • Meyer investigation to wrap up Sunday; Day issues statement
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    The investigation of Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his handling of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith will be completed as scheduled by Sunday, the school announced.

    • University president Michael Drake tweeted a news release from the school on Friday, which said the independent committee running the investigation will deliver the report next week, and it will then be shared with the board of trustees.

      "Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision," the statement added.

      Drake said in an interview on WOSU radio Thursday that the investigation "will be finished when it's finished," adding he would not treat Sunday as a deadline for a decision on Meyer's future.

      "There is a great deal of interest in this investigation," Drake said. "We wanted to make sure we had really good information, and there is time pressure. We wanted to have that information as quickly as possible. ...The most important thing is to get good information so we can make the right decisions going forward."

      Meyer was placed on administrative leave Aug. 1, after Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of Zach Smith, said in an interview she had been in repeated contact in 2015 with Meyer's wife regarding alleged abuse by her then-husband.

      On July 24, Meyer had denied knowledge of Zach Smith's alleged 2015 abuse while acknowledging he knew of Smith's alleged 2009 abuse that occurred while Smith was on Meyer's staff at the University of Florida. Smith was fired on July 23.

      Meyer admitted on Aug. 5 that he knew of both alleged incidents at the time each happened and "followed proper reporting protocols and procedures," acknowledging that his recent statements were inaccurate. He apologized for his comments on July 24 and said that he "failed in my words."

      On Thursday, Drake would not specify whether Meyer could be fired for dishonesty toward the public.

      "What we're doing now is an investigation to try to find out exactly what happened, why, what the context was, etc.," Drake said. "I'm going to wait until I know those things before I make conclusions. I've been doing my best possible job to keep an open mind. As I said, stay tuned."

      The investigation was originally given a two-week timetable. The attorneys for Courtney Smith and Zach Smith have each confirmed that their clients have met with the committee.

      The update on the investigation came the same day that acting head coach Ryan Day -- who is the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach -- posted a letter on the school's website, his first public comments since Meyer was placed on leave.

      In the letter, Day updated each of the team's position groups and spoke to the team's progress as a whole during camp.

      "You will be proud to know that our players and coaching staff have attacked each day and forged together as a team," Day said. "Our program starts and ends with our players, and the leaders of this team are incredibly focused and determined to maximize our talents to be the best team possible when we line up on Sept. 1 (against Oregon State).

      "The energy level the entire group has brought to each day is a testament to the work ethic and perseverance of our program. Our coaching staff has been outstanding driving the program during this camp."

      --Field Level Media

  • Four-star safety McCollough commits to Tennessee
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    Four-star safety Jaylen McCollough announced his intention to join Tennessee on Friday, more than two years after the school first offered him.

    • "I would like to thank all my close friends and family for supporting me throughout this recruitment process," McCollough wrote on Twitter, in part. "Next I would like to thank all my coaches for pushing me to become a better man and a better player. I would also like to thank the Hillgrove community for its support these past four years. Lastly I am very thankful for all the schools who recruited me during this process. With that being said I Am Officially Committed To The University Of Tennessee."

      The website 247Sports rates McCollough, a 6-foot, 194-pounder from Powder Spring (Ga.) Hillgrove, as the 10th best safety prospect in the nation. He chose the Volunteers over South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn.

      McCollough was first offered by then-Tennessee coach Butch Jones in March of 2016, with more than 20 schools offering in the time since. His commitment brings Tennessee's 2019 class to 19 commitments.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Bama OL Womack (broken foot) out six weeks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, August 17, 2018

    Alabama right tackle Matt Womack suffered a broken foot at Thursday's practice and will need surgery, according to multiple reports on Friday.

    • According to 247Sports, Womack will be out roughly six weeks, which would likely mean missing at least four games.

      Womack missed the entire spring with an injury to the same foot.

      The fourth-year junior is one of four returning starters on Alabama's front five, after he won the right tackle job in camp last season and started every game. He had been trying to hold off sophomores Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Willis to keep the job.

      Leatherwood has earned the most work with the first-team offense during falls sessions open to the media, with Willis working in as well. Both players have also spent time at the starting right guard spot.

      The Crimson Tide open against Louisville on Sept. 1 before games against Arkansas State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Their fifth game is Sept. 29 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: McNair parents want Terps' Durkin fired
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Maryland admitted legal and moral responsibility for the death of Terrapins offensive lineman Jordan McNair, but McNair's parents want the university board of regents to hold coach DJ Durkin accountable.

    • McNair died in June from heatstroke after falling ill during practice on May 29. Investigators ruled McNair showed clear signs of extreme exhaustion and could not stand upright. It was an hour later before 911 was called, even after McNair had a seizure, according to records released by ESPN.

      "He shouldn't be able to work with anybody else's kid," Martin McNair told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday. "You send your kid away to college for them to be developed into young people -- and that's physically, emotionally and spiritually. And teach our young kids, our young people that we worked so hard to get there, to, 'Hey, I'm giving my child to you. Keep him safe.' They did anything but that. So of course he should be fired."

      During a press conference on Tuesday, president Wallace D. Loh said the school accepts responsibility for McNair's death.

      --University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear was fired after an investigation into his handling of harassment and sexual assault cases at the school that allegedly happened five years ago.

      Spear had been on paid administrative leave since April 3, when the university began an independent investigation into the allegations. The state Board of Education made the decision to fire him, citing specific mistakes in the handling of a 2013 sexual assault case.

      According to the Idaho Statesman, the firing was for "convenience" and not cause, and Spear will receive the bulk of the money left on his contract, which ends in 2020. Spear joined Idaho in 1998 and was promoted to AD in January 2004.

      --The Notre Dame football team will be looking the part -- sort of -- when it takes the field at Yankee Stadium for a game against Syracuse on Nov. 17.

      The Fighting Irish unveiled Yankees-inspired uniforms to be worn during the game, featuring the baseball team's white and navy pinstripes on the sleeves, pants, gloves and shoes.

      The jersey will also feature the school's name in Yankees script font, and the helmet shows the Fighting Irish's classic ND logo over a pinstriped circular background, like the retired numbers on display in Monument Park. The game is part of Notre Dame's Shamrock Series, in which the Fighting Irish hold a home game at a neutral site.

      --Field Level Media

  • Notre Dame unveils pinstripe uniforms to wear at Yankee Stadium
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    The Notre Dame football team will be looking the part -- sort of -- when it takes the field at Yankee Stadium for a game against Syracuse on Nov. 17.

    • On Thursday, the Fighting Irish unveiled Yankees-inspired uniforms to be worn during the game, featuring the baseball team's white and navy pinstripes on the sleeves, pants, gloves and shoes.

      The jersey will also feature the school's name in Yankees script font, and the helmet shows the Fighting Irish's classic ND logo over a pinstriped circular background, like the retired numbers on display in Monument Park.

      The game is part of Notre Dame's Shamrock Series, in which the Fighting Irish hold a home game at a neutral site. This year will mark their 27th time playing at the old or new Yankees Stadium, and the first such game since 2010.

      Syracuse and Notre Dame played each other at the original stadium on Thanksgiving Day in 1963, with the then-Orangemen winning 14-7.

      It will be just the third game between the sides in the last decade, after they met for games at MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL's New York Giants and Jets, in 2014 and 2016. Notre Dame won both of those contests, 31-15 in 2014 and 50-33 in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Idaho AD fired over handling of 2013 sexual assault allegations
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear was fired Thursday after an investigation into his handling of harassment and sexual assault cases at the school that allegedly happened five years ago.

    • Spear had been on paid administrative leave since April 3, when the university began an independent investigation into the allegations. The state Board of Education made the decision to fire him, citing specific mistakes in the handling of a 2013 sexual assault case.

      According to the Idaho Statesman, the firing was for "convenience" and not cause, and Spear will receive the bulk of the money left on his contract.

      He joined Idaho in 1989, was named interim athletic director in fall 2003 and moved to the full-time job in January 2004. He is under contract through Feb. 17, 2020, at a base rate of nearly $182,000 per year. Any money he earns from another job will be deducted from the salary due to him.

      According to the Statesman, diver Mairin Jameson and distance runner Maggie Miller reported six instances in April 2013 of what they alleged to be harassment by Idaho wide receiver Jahrie Level to police in Moscow, Idaho, and the university athletics department. Miller accused Level of verbal harassment; Jameson accused him of unwanted physical contact, sexual assault and verbal harassment. An unidentified female student also ended up in the hospital with extensive bruises after drinking with Level and two other people in Nov. 2012.

      Spear and the university were found to have failed to follow Title IX regulations when the students came forward and reported their claims. Spear reportedly told Jameson the university couldn't investigate her assault because it happened off campus.

      Spear, Petrino and diving coach Mark Sowa were informed on May 7, 2013 that they didn't follow Title IX guidelines with Jameson's complaint. Spear didn't inform Jameson of that until Feb. 13 of this year, approximately two weeks after Jameson went public with her story during the #MeToo movement.

      The state board met Wednesday to discuss personnel issues, according to the Statesman. The independent report, released last month, labeled the response from Spear as a university representative as "insensitive and inadequate."

      "We believe if Dr. Spear had made the same effort as his head football coach by apologizing in person and without trying to explain how the university failures caused him to respond inadequately, the university may not have to address these issues five years later," the independent report said. The report also said the university hadn't provided sufficient training.

      --Field Level Media

  • McNair's parents want Maryland to fire Durkin
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Maryland admitted legal and moral responsibility for the death of Terrapins offensive lineman Jordan McNair, but McNair's parents want the university board of regents to hold coach D.J. Durkin accountable.

    • McNair died in June from heatstroke after falling ill during practice on May 29. Investigators ruled McNair showed clear signs of extreme exhaustion and could not stand upright. It was an hour later before 911 was called, even after McNair had a seizure, according to records released by ESPN.

      "He shouldn't be able to work with anybody else's kid," Martin McNair told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday. "You send your kid away to college for them to be developed into young people -- and that's physically, emotionally and spiritually. And teach our young kids, our young people that we worked so hard to get there, to, 'Hey, I'm giving my child to you. Keep him safe. They did anything but that. So of course he should be fired."

      During a press conference on Tuesday, president Wallace D. Loh said the school accepts responsibility for McNair's death.

      Head athletic trainer Wes Robinson yelled, "Drag his ass across the field," during McNair's struggle to maintain balance, according to ESPN's report into the mistreatment of players. Robinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwell are on administrative leave, as is Durkin. Strength and conditioning coach Rick Court has resigned, the school announced Tuesday.

      Durkin's fate could be decided Friday when the board of regents is scheduled to hold a closed-door meeting.

      McNair's mother, Tonya Wilson, told ABC on Thursday that her son never would have stopped a workout unless he was physically unable to continue.

      "Jordan was the type of person who would give his all, give his best, because someone asked him to do something," Wilson said. "He would always give his all. He wouldn't have stopped. He wouldn't have stopped. If that's the culture, he didn't want to be called any names, things that they say they've been called."

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Maryland interim coach touts health focus
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Maryland offensive coordinator and interim head coach Matt Canada emphasized the health and safety of his players on Wednesday in his first public comments since head coach DJ Durkin was placed on leave.

    • "Our practices have been extremely crisp," Canada told a reporters at practice. "The focus of our players' health and safety is No. 1, and our players are feeling that and understanding that. That's our primary focus."

      The comments came a day after university president Wallace D. Loh said at a press conference that the school accepted "legal and moral responsibility" for the decisions made by its training staff in relation to the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

      McNair died on June 13 after being hospitalized following a team workout on May 29. No cause of death has been announced, but ESPN reported he died of heatstroke.

      --Redshirt freshman quarterback Lowell Narcisse and fellow QB Justin McMillan announced within 24 hours of each other that they're transferring from LSU.

      Narcisse, a high school All-American in St. James, La., announced via Twitter he was leaving the university to seek an opportunity to play elsewhere. A day later, McMillan, a junior, followed suit via Twitter.

      Myles Brennan, the backup to starter Danny Etling last season, was also absent from practice Tuesday. Former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrow, who announced in May that he was joining the Tigers, was granted immediate eligibility with two years remaining.

      --Colorado State coach Mike Bobo revealed in a tweet that he is being treated for peripheral neuropathy, a chronic nerve condition that usually causes weakness, numbness and pain in the hands and feet.

      Bobo had been hospitalized and underwent medical tests after experiencing numbness in his feet, the school announced Monday.

      In his tweet, Bobo said he is in the process of a multiple-day treatment and he continues "to be encouraged by the on-going medical testing." The Rams open the season Aug. 25 against the Rainbow Warriors.

      --TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock will miss the 2018 season with an Achilles injury sustained during practice Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

      Blacklock started all 14 games in 2017 as a redshirt freshman, collecting 27 tackles (6.5 for loss) and 2.0 sacks en route to sharing Big 12 defensive freshman of the year honors with Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The 6-foot-4, 329-pounder also garnered freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America and has been pegged as a likely NFL prospect once eligible.

      Blacklock was expected to start again alongside Corey Bethley, who started 14 games as a true freshman in 2017. According to 247Sports, redshirt freshman Terrell Cooper, who stands 6-foot-2, 286 pounds, has stepped in for Blacklock at practice.

      --Penn State redshirt junior defensive lineman Ryan Buchholz announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he is retiring from the sport, in part due to chronic pain issues.

      "For the past 13 years, football has been all I've known and done," Buchholz began in his statement. "... Stemming from problems developed in high school, I've been through years of dealing with extreme pain. After multiple back surgeries and the inability to perform 100% at this level, it is time for me to retire."

      Buchholz appeared in 10 games last season, starting six. He was expected to be a regular defensive contributor this season after totaling five sacks and 34 tackles in 23 games between his first two seasons.

      --Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson reportedly will announce his departure from the conference on Thursday, according to published reports.

      Benson, who turns 67 on Dec. 1, is scheduled to hold a conference call with reporters to reveal he will leave the league at the end of 2018-19 academic year, according to The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La.

      Benson became commissioner of the Sun Belt in 2012.

      --LSU and Clemson will face each other for the first time in regular-season play during a home-and-home series in 2025 and 2026, both schools announced.

      Both games will be the season opener for both teams, one at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., on Aug. 30 2025 and the other at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Sept. 5, 2026.

      The two sides have met three times in postseason play: in the 1958 Sugar Bowl, the 1996 Peach Bowl and the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. LSU won the first two meetings before Clemson prevailed 25-24 in 2012.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: TCU DT Blacklock out for season with Achilles injury
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock will miss the 2018 season with an Achilles injury sustained during practice Tuesday, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

    • Blacklock started all 14 games in 2017 as a redshirt freshman, collecting 27 tackles (6.5 for loss) and 2.0 sacks en route to sharing Big 12 defensive freshman of the year honors with Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The 6-foot-4, 329-pounder also garnered freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America and has been pegged as a likely NFL prospect once eligible.

      Blacklock was expected to start again alongside Corey Bethley, who started 14 games as a true freshman in 2017. According to 247Sports, redshirt freshman Terrell Cooper, who stands 6-foot-2, 286 pounds, has stepped in for Blacklock at practice.

      It is the TCU defense's second major injury in camp, as four-star freshman safety Atanza Vongor is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season with an undisclosed ailment.

      The Horned Frogs' defense led the conference in scoring, run defense, pass defense and sacks last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • CSU coach Bobo being treated for nerve condition
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Colorado State coach Mike Bobo revealed in a tweet Wednesday that he is being treated for peripheral neuropathy, a chronic nerve condition that usually causes weakness, numbness and pain in the hands and feet.

    • Bobo had been hospitalized and underwent medical tests after experiencing numbness in his feet, the school announced Monday.

      In his tweet, Bobo said he is in the process of a multiple-day treatment and he continues "to be encouraged by the on-going medical testing."

      "While I remain hospitalized I have been able to remain in close contact with our staff and watch practice film in preparation for our season opener against Hawai'i," Bobo wrote.

      Bobo, 44, is entering his fourth season as the Rams' head coach, having gone 21-18 and earned three bowl appearances in as many years.

      The team has not announced an interim replacement for Bobo, who also calls plays on offense. The Rams open the season Aug. 25 against the Rainbow Warriors.

      Ronnie Letson is the team's assistant head coach/quarterbacks, and Dave Johnson is the running game coordinator/offensive line coach.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penn State DL Buchholz cites health in retiring
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Penn State redshirt junior defensive lineman Ryan Buchholz announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he is retiring from the sport, in part due to chronic pain issues.

    • "For the past 13 years, football has been all I've known and done," Buchholz began in his statement. "... Stemming from problems developed in high school, I've been through years of dealing with extreme pain. After multiple back surgeries and the inability to perform 100% at this level, it is time for me to retire.

      "You only have one body and my health and future well-being is most important to me. Unfortunately, some things don't last forever and I am just very thankful for everyone who has helped and supported me throughout my career."

      Buchholz appeared in 10 games last season, starting six. He was expected to be a regular defensive contributor this season after totaling five sacks and 34 tackles in 23 games between his first two seasons.

      --Field Level Media