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Updated on 4:05p ET, Thursday, March 14, 2019

Nebraska RB Washington surrenders on porn charges

Nebraska running back Maurice Washington surrendered to authorities in California Monday morning to face charges of child pornography and "revenge porn."

Coach Scott Frost confirmed to reporters that Washington was not at practice on Monday and that he expected the running back to return to Lincoln, Neb., later in the day.

Washington was booked into jail in Santa Clara County with bail set at $35,000. He posted bail, and his next court date was set for April 10, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

"Working through his lawyer, I know he wanted to get out there and surrender and satisfy the warrant as quickly as he could," Frost said. "They had it worked out for today, so Maurice flew out to California (Sunday) night."

Washington has been charged with a felony count of child pornography for possession of a video of a person under 18 engaging in or simulating sexual conduct. Authorities also filed a misdemeanor count of sharing a recording without consent of the subject. The video was recorded in 2016, but the acts he's charged with allegedly occurred in 2018.

The young woman and Washington were involved in a relationship in ninth grade, his attorney has said.

Washington was a freshman in the 2018 college season and had a productive year with the Huskers. He played in 11 games and gained 455 yards on 77 carries, adding three touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes for 221 yards and a score.

Frost previously said Washington's participation in spring practice would be limited because of the legal proceedings.

Fox hires Meyer, Bush for new pregame show

Fox Sports has hired former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and former Southern California running back Reggie Bush to join a college football pregame show launching this fall, the network announced on Monday.

They will join host Rob Stone, former USC quarterback Matt Leinart and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn on the planned one-hour program.

"Urban and Reggie will make fantastic additions to our already impressive college football roster, and we're looking forward to seeing Brady shine in his new role," Fox Sports National Networks president Mark Silverman said in a statement. "We think that this entire lineup will educate and entertain viewers with the unique FOX attitude that viewers are familiar with."

Multiple reports have claimed the show is expected to be a direct challenger to ESPN's "College GameDay."

The Sporting News reported in January that Meyer and Fox Sports were nearing a deal that would allow the 54-year-old Meyer to have his choice of working as an analyst in the studio or in the broadcast booth.

Meyer worked as a studio analyst for ESPN in 2011 after leaving Florida and before taking the Ohio State job.

Meyer walked away from Ohio State after the Buckeyes' defeat of Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. He cited health issues as the reason for his retirement, which ended a tough season that saw him suspended for the first three games over his handling of a staff member's alleged domestic violence.

He won three national championships as a coach and compiled a 187-32 record in 17 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

Bush, 34, followed a prolific college with an 11-year run in the NFL, including a Super Bowl title with the New Orleans Saints. Bush and Leinart both won the Heisman Trophy while at USC, though Bush was forced to forfeit his years later following an NCAA investigation into his eligibility.

Quinn has called games for Fox Sports over the past five seasons, while Stone and Leinart have been frequent contributors.

Reports: Ex-Badgers QB Hornibrook lands at FSU

Quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who last month entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, has decided to transfer to Florida State, according to multiple reports on Sunday morning.

Hornibrook visited to the school on Friday, meeting with coaches and players and taking in practices.

Provided Hornibrook graduates on schedule in May, he will be able to play immediately for the Seminoles. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Hornibrook, a redshirt senior, quarterbacked Wisconsin for three seasons. He appeared in 35 career games but was limited to nine in 2018 because of concussion-related symptoms. The MVP of the 2017 Orange Bowl, he completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 5,438 yards with 47 touchdowns and 33 interceptions during his three seasons playing with the Badgers.

However, he wasn't expected to be handed the starting job in 2019. A competition between Hornibrook, junior Jack Coan and standout freshman Graham Mertz was likely to unfold.

Florida State, by contrast, needs an experienced quarterback.

The Seminoles have two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: redshirt sophomore James Blackman and redshirt freshman Jordan Travis, a transfer from Louisville. Travis is ineligible to play in 2019 under NCAA rules, although Florida State has applied for waiver.

Blackman has appeared in 17 games for the Seminoles -- 13 in 2017 and four in 2018 before redshirting the rest of the season. He has thrown for 2,740 yards along with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The 2018 starter, Deondre Francois, was dismissed from the team in early February following allegations of domestic violence.

Florida State also has walk-on quarterback Nolan McDonald on the roster.

Texas fires ex-QB Young from campus job

Legendary Texas quarterback Vince Young has been fired by his alma mater for poor job performance.

Young, who worked part-time as a development officer and football camp specialist, "failed to maintain standards of conduct suitable and acceptable to the university," according to school documents released to the Austin American-Statesman.

The former NFL quarterback made $50,000 a year in the job.

Young, 35, learned of his termination in a letter dated March 1. His "documented history of work performance" and a pair of arrests on drunk driving charges contributed to the decision, according to the newspaper.

He previously received a letter in September 2017 warning him that further poor performance on the job could lead to his dismissal.

Young was arrested outside of Houston on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in February and posted $500 bond. He previously paid a $300 fine and was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a similar charge stemming from an arrest in January 2016.

In three seasons at Texas, Young passed for 6,040 yards and 44 touchdowns with 28 interceptions and rushed for 3,127 yards and 37 more scores. He led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship.

Young was drafted third overall by Tennessee and played for the Titans for five seasons, appearing in 54 games and starting 47. He ended his career after one season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, playing in six games and starting three.

Young finished with 8,964 yards passing and 46 touchdowns with 51 interceptions in the NFL. He rushed for 1,459 yards and 12 scores.

He will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

North Carolina TE Fritts tears ACL again

North Carolina tight end Brandon Fritts suffered a torn right ACL during spring practice, the school announced.

In 2018, he tore his left ACL in spring practice and missed the entire season.

A school news release said he has been ruled out for the spring and "will continue to be evaluated heading into the fall."

The 2019 season will be his sixth, and it's his final year of eligibility. He entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal in December but changed his mind and decided to stay with the Tar Heels.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed with this injury, but I'm going to attack the rehab process and see what might be possible during the fall," Fritts said in a statement. "I made a commitment to be at North Carolina because I wanted to play with my teammates and this coaching staff, and I'm going to work to try and make that a possibility."

Head coach Mack Brown also issued a statement about Fritts.

"I feel terrible for Brandon, but he's a tough young man and he'll work really hard during the rehab process," Brown said. "He's been through this before, so that may help him as he navigates the next few months. ... We'll do everything we can to support him, pick him up, and make sure he knows that he brings a ton of value to what we're doing, both on and off the field."

In his three seasons at North Carolina, Fritts has caught 47 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns.

QB Hornibrook makes official visit to Florida State

Quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who last month entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, made an official visit to Florida State on Friday as he investigates potential landing spots.

Hornibrook, a redshirt senior, quarterbacked Wisconsin for three seasons. He appeared in 35 career games but was limited to nine in 2018 because of concussion-related symptoms. The MVP of the 2017 Orange Bowl, he completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 5,438 yards with 47 touchdowns and 33 interceptions during his three seasons playing with the Badgers.

However, he wasn't expected to be handed the starting job in 2019. A competition between Hornibrook, junior Jack Coan and standout freshman Graham Mertz was likely to unfold.

Florida State, by contrast, needs an experienced quarterback.

The Seminoles have two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: redshirt sophomore James Blackman and redshirt freshman Jordan Travis, a transfer from Louisville. Travis is ineligible to play in 2019 under NCAA rules, although Florida State has applied for waiver.

Blackman has appeared in 17 games for the Seminoles -- 13 in 2017 and four in 2018 before redshirting the rest of the season. He has thrown for 2,740 yards along with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The 2018 starter, Deondre Francois, was dismissed from the team in early February following allegations of domestic violence.

Florida State also has walk-on quarterback Nolan McDonald on the roster.

Provided Hornibrook graduates on schedule in May, he will be able to play immediately at his new school. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Florida, Miami to kick off season on Aug. 24

The opening of the college football season just got an added boost when it was announced Thursday that Florida and Miami will meet on Aug. 24 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

A request to move up the marquee matchup a week from Aug. 31 has been approved by the NCAA.

The neutral-site game, with a 7 p.m. ET kickoff, will be televised by ESPN.

"Moving the Camping World Kickoff to Aug. 24 is a unique and rare opportunity that showcases college football, both storied programs, and the state of Florida," Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said.

The decision was made after the idea was initially pitched by the College Football 150th Anniversary Organization and ESPN. Talks about the game being part of a celebration to open the 150th anniversary season of college football also involved both schools and Florida Citrus Sports.

A waiver from the NCAA to move the date of the game was required.

"We understand that the new game date could affect Hurricanes fans who had already made travel plans for the original game date," Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. "We will work diligently with any of those affected to help ensure that they can still attend the Camping World Kickoff and have a great experience."

Miami's Manny Diaz will make his debut as head coach, while Florida's Dan Mullen enters his second season with the Gators. The two schools haven't met since 2013.

"We are excited to kick off the celebration of 150 years of college football on August 24 in Orlando," Mullen said in a statement. "It will be a great showcase for the university, our program and all of Gator Nation."

Also playing that day are Samford and Youngstown State in the 2019 Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff in Montgomery, Ala., and FBS schools Arizona and Hawaii in Honolulu.

Maryland implementing changes after McNair’s death

Maryland has made a number of changes as the result of the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair after suffering heatstroke during a workout in May 2018.

Walters Inc., a sports medicine consulting firm led by Rod Walters, made 20 recommendations after it was hired by the university to conduct a separate investigation into McNair's death. Maryland athletic director Damon Evans reported to an advisory council Wednesday, and said that the athletic department has implemented 18 of those recommendations in an effort to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

McNair showed signs of extreme exhaustion during a May 29 workout (his body temperature was measured at 106 degrees at the hospital), and he died on June 13. He was 19 years old.

The changes will include providing cold water immersion devices at all practices, ensuring specific temperature readings are done at each practice location, and posting emergency plans at all activity sites, with staff members receiving additional instruction.

Recommendations still to be implemented include establishing a medicine review board for student-athlete health issues -- which is expected to be done by May -- and providing a supervision model for athletic trainers.

A report on the changes is planned to be delivered to university president Wallace D. Loh and the board of regents.

Oklahoma coach Riley: QB Hurts in spring 'battle'

Quarterback Jalen Hurts, jumping from Alabama to Oklahoma, will be one of the most intriguing grad transfers of the 2019 season.

But as he tries to follow in the quarterback footsteps of the past two Heisman winners -- Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray -- he will first have to navigate his first spring camp with the Sooners, beginning on Thursday.

"Within our walls, Jalen is just like any other player," coach Lincoln Riley said at a press conference Wednesday.

"He's got a great skill set. He's done a nice job acclimating to our players, to our staff, to Norman. He's handled it all well. But he's in a battle. He knows that, our team knows that. That is just part of how we are always going to do it here."

Hurts is widely expected to win the job, but the Sooners will also get a good look at redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai over 15 spring practices. He is a former four-star dual-threat quarterback from Texas.

"He and Tanner are both doing a nice job," Riley said of Hurts.

"We'll obviously get to see more once we get on the field tomorrow. You feel them both stepping up. Just in the time we're able to meet with them now, you feel the sense of urgency in the meeting room from them both. Both are inexperienced guys within this system right now, and you feel them really pushing hard to get better.

"They can both do everything you need to do to play the position well. ... The competition will be great."

Hurts was a two-year starter at Alabama, going 26-2 and helping the Crimson Tide win the 2017 national championship, although he was replaced at halftime of the title game against Georgia as Tua Tagovailoa led a comeback in an overtime victory.

Tagovailoa won the camp battle to be the 2018 starter, but Hurts stuck around and cemented his place in Alabama lore when he came off the bench to lead another Crimson Tide comeback against Georgia, this time in the SEC title game.

In his three seasons at Alabama, Hurts threw for 5,626 yards with 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He added 1,976 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns.

Five-star recruit Spencer Rattler arrives at Oklahoma in the summer.

"Jalen has been through a lot, which will do nothing but help Tanner and the rest of the guys in our room," Riley said.

"And that's a big deal. I know we've had big names and guys who have done a lot in this sport over the last few years, but we've always had a competitive room ... and they also supported and helped each other. I suspect we will have that again."

Kelly hopes to coach Irish for 5 more years

Brian Kelly said he hopes to remain the head coach at Notre Dame for at least five more seasons.

Entering his 10th season with the Fighting Irish in 2019, Kelly has three years left on his contract.

"I may look to see if we can add two more years," Kelly told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. "I think if I'm fortunate enough to go five more years here, I would be very happy."

Kelly, 57, would become the longest-tenured head coach in the history of the prestigious program if he sticks around that long in South Bend, Ind.

The legendary Knute Rockne holds the record, having coached Notre Dame for 13 seasons from 1918-30. Frank Leahy (1941-43, 1946-53), Ara Parseghian (1964-74) and Lou Holtz (1986-96) each led the Fighting Irish for 11 seasons.

Notre Dame is 81-35 with eight bowl appearances in nine seasons since Kelly took over the program in 2010.

Kelly needs 25 victories to pass Rockne (105) for the school's all-time lead.

Kelly has been linked to NFL head coaching vacancies in the past, including the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this year.

Texas to add All-ACC grad transfer OL

Parker Braun, a first-team All-ACC offensive guard from Georgia Tech, will play at Texas this season as a grad transfer, according to multiple reports Sunday.

Braun is likely to step into the starting left guard position, vacated by the departure of senior Patrick Vahe.

The Longhorns hope to plug in Braun as seamlessly as they did last season with another hyped grad transfer offensive lineman, Calvin Anderson from Rice. Anderson held down the left tackle position last season as Texas went 9-4 and finished No. 9 in the AP poll.

Braun earned first-team All-ACC honors last season after being second-team all-league in 2017. He started 32 games in three seasons for the Yellow Jackets.

Braun is expected to graduate from Georgia Tech in May. He was considered one of the top non-quarterback grad transfers available this offseason.

Trump fetes North Dakota State with fast-food treats

North Dakota State celebrated its FCS title at the White House the same way Clemson marked its championship there: with a fast-food feast.

With a skeleton kitchen staff on hand amid the federal government shutdown in January, President Donald Trump treated Clemson to a boatload of burgers, fries and such. And on Monday, he stuck with the menu for North Dakota State's visit.

The Bison, who have won seven of the past eight national titles, had a spread of food from Chick-fil-A, McDonald's and Domino's.

"We could have had chefs -- we could have -- but we got fast food," Trump told the team. "I know you people very well."

In return, the team presented Trump with a green and gold jersey bearing his name and the number 45.

While some of the Clemson players stayed home from the White House trip in protest of Trump's policies, all of the Bison players attended, coach Matt Entz said.

"This isn't a political trip, this is a Bison trip and, personally, I sold it as two things: It's one more opportunity for the 2018 team to be together, but also in my mind the start of the 2019 season and the things we're going to do together," Entz told the Grand Forks Herald.

NDSU took the 108 players who were at the Division I FCS national title game in Frisco, Texas, and two players who have joined the team since.

The Bison captured the FCS title on Jan. 5 with a 38-24 defeat of Eastern Washington.

Utah extends Whittingham's contract

Utah's Kyle Whittingham, the dean of Pac-12 football coaches, has signed a contract extension through December 2023, the school announced Monday.

The deal adds two years to his previous contract. Financial terms, were not disclosed, but according to USA Today, Whittingham made $3.78 million last season.

"Coach Whittingham is one of the top coaches in college football and extending his contract was a high priority in my first year here," athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "Kyle's teams compete for championships on the field and in the classroom, and his loyalty to the University of Utah has made this a great partnership."

Whittingham led Utah to its first Pac-12 South Division title last season, losing in the conference title game to Washington. The Utes joined the league from the Mountain West in 2011.

Whittingham, 59, is 120-61 in parts of 15 seasons as Utah's head coach. He is 11-2 in bowl games.

The announcement came as Utah opened spring camp on Monday.

Wake Forest hires Currie as AD

Wake Forest officially hired alum John Currie on Monday to replace athletic director Ron Wellman, who is retiring at the end of April after 27 years in his current position.

Currie, a 1993 graduate of Wake Forest, previously served eight years as the athletic director at Kansas State before taking the same role at Tennessee.

But his tenure with the Volunteers lasted less than a year. He took over as athletic director on April 1, 2017, and was fired Dec. 1, 2017, following a disastrous search to replace fired head football coach Butch Jones. Tennessee fans lashed out after Currie extended an offer to then-Ohio State assistant coach Greg Schiano, who reportedly had a tie to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case when he was a graduate assistant and young assistant coach at Penn State.

A witness in the Sandusky trial said that Schiano witnessed Sandusky's abuse on at least one occasion. Schiano has denied any knowledge of the abuse.

He also reached out to North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren, who didn't accept the job, and reportedly had reached an agreement with Washington State coach Mike Leach that never turned into an offer.

Soon after, Currie was fired. Since leaving the Volunteers he has been teaching a class in sports administration at Columbia University.

A North Carolina native, Currie began his professional career at Wake Forest with an internship in the athletics department in 1993. He was hired by Wellman for that position.

"This is very much a dream come true to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of someone who has been a lifelong mentor and continues to be a great friend and adviser, like Ron, is very special," the 47-year-old Currie said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Wellman, 70, will depart as the longest-tenured AD in the country.

Currie becomes just the third athletic director hired at Wake Forest since 1964.

Ex-Iowa RB Bullock dies in accident

Former Iowa running back Damon Bullock was struck by a car and killed early Sunday morning, his family said.

Bullock's father, Roscoe Handy, told KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that his son was driving near the family home in Duncanville, Texas, when he was in a single-car crash around 3 a.m. Sunday. His car hit a light pole, and all street lights went dark.

Handy said Bullock parked his car and walked back into the street, where he was hit by a driver heading to work. That commuter stopped and called for help.

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed his death in a news release.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Damon's parents, Kimberly and Roscoe, and the entire family," Ferentz said. "Damon's tragic and unexpected death is a shock to all of us within the Iowa football program, as well as his former teammates. Damon was an outstanding young man and we enjoyed him being a part of the Hawkeye football program."

Bullock played four seasons (2011-14) with the Hawkeyes, gaining 1,690 yards from scrimmage and scoring five touchdowns.

NCAA emphasizes safety in football rule proposals

Some rule change proposals for the 2019 season were announced Friday by the NCAA football rules committee, with the emphasis on player safety.

Chaired by Stanford football coach David Shaw, the committee proposed a progressive penalty for players who receive a second targeting foul in the same season. In addition to being disqualified from that game, the player would be suspended for the team's next contest.

The current rule for players who commit targeting results in an ejection from that game and missing the first half of the next game if the penalty occurred in the second half. If the penalty occurred in the first half, there's no further suspension.

Instant replay officials will examine all aspects of the play and confirm the foul when all elements of targeting are present, according to ncaa.com. If any element of targeting cannot be confirmed, then the replay official will overturn the targeting foul. No other option will be available to let the call on the field stand during a targeting review.

"The targeting rule has been effective in changing player behavior," NCAA secretary-rules editor Steve Shaw said in a statement. "The progressive penalty is to ensure that a player re-evaluates his technique, with coaching staff support, after he receives a targeting foul. Additionally, the instant replay review changes will ensure that when a player is disqualified, it is clearly warranted."

After much discussion, the committee went with the additional ejection and firmer replay confirmation standards.

"I don't see it as a compromise so much as I see it as another way to reach the same goal," Stanford's David Shaw said. "We want the discipline to be severe for helmet-to-helmet contact, but we also want it to be right. That was kind of the idea of the two-tiered system, which was, 'OK, if it's a violent hit, but it's not helmet-to-helmet, it's not technically targeting, then we will take off the ejection.'

"Now what we're saying with this rule, we're going to make sure of the ejection to make sure it's right. The goal is the same."

Other proposed rule changes include:

If a game reaches a fifth overtime, teams will alternate two-point conversions until a winner is determined instead of taking turns starting at the opponent's 25-yard line.

The elimination of the two-man wedge blocking formation during kickoff returns and forcible contact on blindside blocks. A blindside block with forcible contact would result in a 15-yard penalty. If the block also includes elements of targeting, it will be a blind-side block with targeting.

The proposals will be reviewed for approval by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on April 17.

QB Elliott leaving UNC for grad assistant position at Arkansas St.

Senior quarterback Nathan Elliott is leaving the University of North Carolina and transferring to Arkansas State to pursue a graduate assistant position, he announced on Twitter Friday morning.

"It was not an easy decision to make, but in my heart, I feel that it is the right one," wrote Elliott, who already received his degree from North Carolina but has one year left of eligibility. "I am forever grateful for the memories I have made at the University of North Carolina."

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Notre Dame WR McKinley remains suspended

Notre Dame wide receiver Javon McKinley remains suspended and unable to take part in any team activities, coach Brian Kelly said Friday.

On Feb. 10, McKinley was riding in an Uber car around 4 a.m. and was unresponsive, police said. After officers woke him and tried to walk him back to his dorm, he allegedly punched them.

He was charged two counts of battery as well as illegal consumption of alcohol, all misdemeanors. He is due to appear in St. Joseph County Superior Court on April 15.

"He is still on the suspended list," Kelly told reporters Friday during a news conference. "He will be until we clear up all matters legally and otherwise. There is nothing to report until it has been changed."

McKinley was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2016 and played six games that fall but sustained a broken left fibula during a practice. He did not play in 2017.

Last season, he played in four games but made no receptions.

FCS champ North Dakota State to visit White House

FCS champion North Dakota State will visit the White House and tour the U.S. Capitol on Monday.

President Donald Trump will meet the team in the morning. Following that visit, the Bison will travel to Capitol Hill to be honored at luncheon hosted by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

The Capitol tour will follow.

The White House visit typically is reserved for FBS programs - Clemson visited following its College Football Playoff win - but Trump issued an invitation to the Bison, who defeated Eastern Washington 38-24 in the FCS title game in January.

To Hoeven, it's a well-deserved honor.

"Not only are the Bison the reigning FCS national champions, but they have won seven of the last eight championship games," Hoeven said. "This is a stellar team and an exceptional program."

Ex-Baylor DE found not guilty in rape case

Former Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman has been found not guilty in a 2016 rape case.

The jury in McLennan County, Texas, returned the verdict after about two hours of deliberations on Thursday.

The woman, also a Baylor student at the time, testified that she was drunk and told Oakman she wanted to leave his home. She said he wouldn't let her, and then assaulted her. Oakman's attorney said the two, who had a prior relationship, engaged in consensual sex.

"The jury rejected the state's narrative and concluded that the state had failed to prove this was a non-consensual encounter," attorney Alan Bennett said.

Oakman, now 26, is Baylor's career leader in sacks and was forecast to be a second- or third-round draft pick in 2016. He was not drafted.

He previously had been accused of assaulting a woman in January 2013 but no charges were filed. That woman did not want to pursue the case.

His April 2016 arrest occurred amid an investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Baylor athletes.

Two other former Baylor football players -- Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman - are awaiting trial in a 2017 sexual assault case. A third, former defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, has appealed his 2015 sexual assault conviction.

Ultimately, football coach Art Briles was fired, campus president Kenneth Starr was demoted and athletic director Ian McCaw was suspended. McCaw and Starr eventually left Baylor.

Waiver submitted to NCAA would change date of Miami-Florida game

A waiver was submitted to the NCAA in January requesting permission to move up by one week the date of the Florida-Miami game in Orlando to commemorate the 150th anniversary of college football.

ESPN lobbied the schools and Florida Citrus Sports in December to have the game moved from Aug. 31 to Aug. 24, which would mark the earliest start to the season for either school.

"This is a unique and rare opportunity that would showcase college football, both storied programs, and the state of Florida," read a joint statement released by the schools, ESPN, Florida Citrus Sports and college football's 150th anniversary organization.

The statement went on to say that all parties, including fans, "need time to make necessary arrangements should the waiver be granted. A decision is anticipated shortly."

The only other FBS game slated for Aug. 24 is Arizona at Hawaii.

Whenever the date, the game will be the first between Miami and Florida in six years. It will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Florida and Miami have already announced that anyone who purchased tickets for the game and cannot go if the date were changed will be reimbursed.

Harris becomes first female non-kicker to sign letter of intent

Toni Harris made history this week by accepting a scholarship offer to play football at Central Methodist University in Missouri, becoming the first female player at a skill position to sign a letter of intent.

A native of Detroit, who played free safety last fall at East Los Angeles Community College, Harris announced the news Tuesday on Twitter.

Harris, 22, chose Central Methodist over offers from at least four other schools, according to a report in Sports Illustrated.

Harris has been playing football since she was 6. She played wide receiver and cornerback in high school in Michigan. She made three tackles and one tackle for a loss last season at East L.A.

"A lot of coaches didn't believe in me," Harris told ESPN in January. "A coach told me nobody's ever going to play you to be at the next level. In the end, you've got to push yourself. I'm going to focus on my goals."

Harris, who was featured in a Toyota commercial that aired during Super Bowl LIII, said her ultimate goal is to reach the NFL.

"The NFL is the dream," Harris said in an espnW Q&A. "I'm going to be working toward that until the death of me. Whether I go drafted or undrafted, I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep my faith and God is going to take me there."

In 2017, Becca Longo, a kicker from Arizona, became the first female to earn a football scholarship to an NCAA school at the Division II level or higher when she committed to Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo.

Report: Alabama to hire Applewhite as analyst

Major Applewhite, fired as Houston's head coach after last season, will join the Alabama staff as an analyst, AL.com reported Tuesday night.

It will be Applewhite's second stint in Tuscaloosa, as he served as Nick Saban's first offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Alabama in 2007.

Applewhite, 40, left Alabama for his alma mater, Texas, where he was an assistant head coach/running backs coach from 2008-10 and then co-offensive coordinator from 2011-13.

He next landed at Houston, first as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2015 and '16 before taking over as head coach for a loss in the Las Vegas Bowl in December 2016.

In two seasons plus one game in charge of the Cougars, Applewhite produced a 15-11 record. His teams lost all three bowl games, including a 70-14 defeat against Army last December that ended Houston's 8-4 season.

Applewhite lost his job a week after the blowout loss, though Houston reportedly owed him a nearly $2 million buyout.

Applewhite was a record-setting quarterback for Texas from 1998-2001.

Saban recently added another big-name analyst to his staff, bringing in Mike Stoops. The former Arizona head coach was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma for six-plus seasons before he was fired in October.

Clemson TE Williams not expected back on team

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said he doesn't expect his starting tight end, Garrett Williams, to return in 2019.

Instead, he said, Williams likely will exchange his Clemson orange uniform for military gear.

"He's around this spring and is going to be out there helping us, but he's dealing with his health issues. He's getting his knee back right and he's got a lot of things he's dealing with. But he really wants to go into the military," Swinney told The Post and Courier. "Right now, he's probably not going to be back."

A redshirt junior, Williams has one year of eligibility left. He's primarily a blocker in the Clemson offense, but in 2018 he started 13 games and caught one pass for 4 yards and scored a rushing touchdown from 2 yards out.

In January, Williams told reporters he needs knee surgery and needs to be physically able to carry on his family's military tradition.

Swinney said he will support Williams, no matter what uniform he chooses.

"He wants to join the military and he's excited about that," Swinney said. "So it's big."

Last week, Oklahoma incoming freshman defensive tackle Derek Green, who signed with the Sooners in December, announced he had decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy. At the time, he said, "I'm not into the game right now."

He apparently has changed his mind, however.

Two days later, Green announced he had decided to put off military service and transfer schools instead.

Ex-Colorado WR/DB Cunningham killed

Authorities confirmed that the man killed in a dispute over a parking space in Arapahoe County, Colo., was Anthony "T.J." Cunningham, who played receiver and defensive back for the Colorado Buffaloes in the early 1990s and spend one season in the NFL.

Cunningham, 46, an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., according to the school's website, was shot Sunday morning and pronounced dead Monday afternoon, according to reports from multiple media outlets.

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Cunningham and a neighbor, Marcus Johnson, 31, had planned to meet Sunday. They intended to settle what friends and other neighbors described as an ongoing dispute over a parking space in front of their homes, according to reporting from TheDenverChannel.com.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said Johnson called authorities to report the shooting just after it occurred, and that the sheriff's office responded around 9:30 a.m.

The charge against Johnson was upgraded from suspicion of attempted murder to suspicion of murder when Cunningham died on Monday, the spokesperson said.

Cunningham made 21 catches for 239 yards and no touchdowns as a receiver for the Buffaloes in the 1992 and '93 seasons. He returned kickoffs in those two seasons.

In 1995, Cunningham switched to defensive back, making two interceptions. He also returned a few punts over the 1993 and '95 seasons.

A sixth-round draft choice of the Seahawks in 1996, Cunningham played nine games for Seattle that season as a defensive back, coming up with one fumble recovery.

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