Air Force removes top rusher Fagan from team
Air Force removed its leading rusher in 2018 from the team.
"Cole Fagan has been removed from the team pending an ongoing investigation," the Air Force Academy said in a statement.
Fagan's profile page has been taken off the Falcons' football website.
As a junior in 2018, Fagan rushed for 997 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.
Troy Garnhart, Air Force's associate athletic director for communications, told The Gazette in Colorado Springs that Fagan was taken off the team in April but would not elaborate on the school-issued statement.
Fagan, from Dunnellon, Fla., is the son of former NFL defensive end Kevin Fagan, who played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1987-93.
Air Force finished with a 5-7 record last season. The Falcons open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Colgate.
Packers' Rodgers makes big donation to Cal
Cal announced the creation of the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship and plans to renovate the locker room thanks to a "seven-figure" gift from the alumnus and Green Bay Packers quarterback.
"I'm pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football," Rodgers said in a statement on Tuesday. "My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach (Justin) Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team's direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward."
Rodgers played two seasons at Cal (2003-04) before Green Bay drafted him in the first round in 2005. He passed for 5,469 yards with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and is the school's career leader in passing efficiency (150.3).
"What Aaron Rodgers is doing for our team is an absolute blessing," current Cal quarterback Chase Garbers said. "For a man who will go down as one of the greatest football players to ever play the game to make a contribution to our program of this magnitude is incredible. ... The support he is showing is inspiring. It is an absolute thrill to have a former Cal player like Aaron, a guy who we as current players look up to so much, invest in our program."
The scholarship will be awarded each year to a junior college transfer. Rodgers transferred to Cal after one season at Butte College near his hometown of Chico, Calif.
Renovations of the Golden Bears' locker room will be completed in time for the 2019 season and will be renamed the Aaron Rodgers Team Locker Room, according to the school.
Maryland adds Clemson transfer LB
Former Clemson linebacker Shaq Smith has landed at Maryland as a graduate transfer, the Terrapins announced Monday.
Smith, who has two years of eligibility remaining, entered the transfer portal last month despite ending spring ball projected as a starter for the defending national champion Tigers. He made 16 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack, in 15 games as a backup last season.
Smith, a Baltimore native who completed his high school career at IMG Academy in Florida, had been linked to Maryland since entering the portal. He has a strong relationship with Maryland cornerbacks coach Cory Robinson, who coached Smith for a year in high school in Baltimore.
Smith (6-2, 250) redshirted in 2016 and played in 13 games in 2017, tallying 14 tackles and one interception.
He was a four-star recruit in Clemson's 2016 class, rated as the No. 3 inside linebacker prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
While Smith is eligible immediately, Maryland is waiting on an NCAA transfer waiver on another linebacker -- Ohio State's Keandre Jones.
Report: Ex-Ball State CB shot, killed
A former Ball State cornerback who had a brief NFL career was shot and killed in Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The newspaper reported that Eric Patterson, 26, died early Saturday morning following a shooting in a home in his native Tampa.
According to the report, Patterson's roommate was awakened by a noise and when he got out of bed to check the source, he found his roommate on the floor and someone else leaving the home.
Police told the Times the shooting didn't appear random, but a motive had not been established.
His coach at Ball State, Mike Neu, tweeted the news.
"We are mourning the passing of one of our own, Eric Patterson. We are extremely saddened by this, and we ask that you please keep Eric and his family in your prayers.
"Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. #EP"
Patterson played 41 games for the Cardinals from 2011-14, making 189 tackles and intercepting six passes. In his senior season, he also returned kicks and made the 2014 All-Mid-American Conference first team as a kick returner, averaging 25.7 yards per return.
Unselected in the 2015 NFL Draft, he signed with New England and was released a month later. The Colts picked him up, and he appeared in two games in September 2015 before his release. He played in one game later that season with the St. Louis Rams, then was in camp with the Cleveland Browns before the 2016 season.
Report: Terry Bowden joining Clemson staff as intern
There reportedly will be another Bowden on the sidelines for Clemson football.
The Clemson Insider reported Monday that former Auburn and Akron coach Terry Bowden will serve as an unpaid graduate intern on coach Dabo Swinney's staff this season.
The 63-year-old Bowden is working toward a master's degree in athletic leadership.
His older brother, Tommy, was Clemson's head from 1999 until 2008, when he was fired six games into the season and replaced by Swinney.
Their father, Bobby Bowden, was the head coach at West Virginia (1970-1975) before spending the next 34 seasons at Florida State, winning two national championships.
Terry Bowden was hired as Auburn's coach in 1993, and the Tigers finished 11-0 that season. He was named Coach of the Year and remained the coach until 1998. He was fired after the team started the season 1-5.
He returned to the Division I ranks in 2012 and coached Akron to a 35-52 record before being fired in December.
Overall, his record as a head coach is 82-69-1.
Ex-Gators S Joiner arrested in wife's 2016 death
Former Florida Gators safety Tony Joiner was arrested Saturday and faces second-degree murder charges in connection with the 2016 death of his wife.
Heyzel Obando, 26, was found dead in her apartment in Fort Myers, Fla., on Valentine's Day in 2016. Her death was ruled a homicide two months later and has gone unsolved for more than three years.
The Fort Myers News-Press reported that Joiner, 33, was arrested in Lake Wales, Fla., and booked in the Polk County Jail.
Joiner played safety at Florida from 2004-07 and served as a team captain during his senior season. He helped the Gators win the BCS national championship during the 2006 season.
Joiner's former Gators teammate, tight end Aaron Hernandez, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd in Massachusetts.
Four-star OL Rivers commits to Hurricanes
The Miami Hurricanes received a commitment for their Class of 2020 from four-star recruit Jalen Rivers on Sunday.
Rivers, a 6-foot-6, 331-pound offensive tackle from Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Fla., chose Miami over Alabama, Florida and Georgia, among others.
"After talking with my family and taking my time to consider all aspects of my decision, I am excited to say that I will be committing and continuing my academic & athletic career at The University of Miami!" Rivers wrote in a tweet announcing his decision.
Rivers also wrote that he intends to graduate from Oakleaf early so he can enroll early at Miami.
UTEP's Locksley arrested on DWI, other charges
A Texas-El Paso quarterback faces numerous charges following his arrest Saturday morning.
Kai Anthony Locksley was charged with driving while intoxicated, making a terroristic threat, possession of marijuana under two ounces and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to El Paso County jail records.
His father, Mike Locksley, is the football coach at Maryland.
The younger Locksley played in nine games last season for the Miners, starting eight. He completed 49.1 percent of his passes for 937 yards, throwing three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 340 yards and six scores.
Locksley transferred from Iowa Western Community College prior to last season. He will be a senior in 2019.
Texas WR Woodward out with broken foot
Texas wide receiver Al'Vonte Woodward broke his left foot during a voluntary workout and will miss part of the 2019 season.
"He will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be able to return at some point this fall," the university said in a statement.
Woodward was reportedly participating in a player-led 7-on-7 practice when the injury occurred on Thursday.
The 6-foot-1 redshirt freshman was an Under Armour All-American and a four-star recruit in the Longhorns' 2018 recruiting class. He was the 20th-ranked prospect nationally among receivers, per the 247Sports Composite.
Texas begins the season at home against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 31. The Longhorns' first Big 12 game is at home against Oklahoma State on Sept. 21.
Texas A&M DB Tucker arrested on assault charge
Texas A&M defensive back Derrick Tucker was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury.
Brazos County (Texas) court records show he was arrested Thursday in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred on March 24.
He was released on $5,000 bond. No other information was available.
Tucker was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2017, ranked as the nation's 19th-best safety that year.
He has been a contributor in his two years in the program. He has played in 21 games, starting 15 of them, and has 82 tackles, an interception and one forced fumble.
Neither coach Jimbo Fisher nor the university has commented on Tucker's situation.
Gore Jr. commits to Florida Atlantic
The son of Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore will play college football at Florida Atlantic.
Frank Gore Jr., who plays at Killian High School in Miami, made the announcement on social media. He is in the Class of 2020.
A running back like his father, Gore Jr. is 5-foot-8 and ranked as a three-star prospect on the 247Sports composite. He is listed by the service as the No. 74 running back in the nation.
He also had scholarship offers from Kentucky, Southern Mississippi and Chattanooga.
The elder Gore played collegiately at Miami (2001-04), but he tweeted his support for his son's choice to play for coach Lane Kiffin at FAU.
"Real Proud!! #Blessings," he wrote.
The elder Gore ranks fourth in NFL history with 14,748 rushing yards.
Report: Ex-USC AD Haden investigated in admissions scandal
Former Southern Cal athletic director Pat Haden is being investigated for a potential role in the national college-admissions cheating scandal that has involved several high-profile universities, including USC, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The federal investigation reportedly involves possible ties between Haden, USC's AD from 2010 to 2016, and William "Rick" Singer, who allegedly organized the scam, the Journal reported, through a person familiar with the investigation.
It has yet to be determined if Haden will face criminal charges.
The scheme involved fraudulently altering test scores and getting students admitted to some of the top universities in the country as recruited athletes -- regardless of athletic ability -- while funneling bribes to men's and women's coaches at schools such as USC, Yale, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
"Like many people, I was introduced to Mr. Singer several years ago by a friend," Haden said in a statement provided to the Journal by his son-in-law. "I was unaware of his illegal activities and had no ongoing relationship with him whatsoever."
Haden did introduce Singer to Donna Heinel, a former USC senior associate athletic director, and said because of Singer's connections would be "someone Ms. Heinel should work with," according to the Journal, through another person familiar with the matter.
Prosecutors indicated that clients of Singer paid more than $1.3 million from 2014-18 to USC accounts under Heinel's control during that time. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy.
U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling in March called it the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the department of justice." He said part of the charges were related to securing admission to elite colleges by bribing coaches under false pretenses.
"In return for bribes, these coaches agreed to pretend that certain applicants were recruited, competitive athletes, when, in fact, the applicants were not. As the coaches knew, the students' athletic credentials had been fabricated."
One of the schemes involved parents paying Singer, the founder of a college prep business, $15,000 to $75,000 to have someone take the SAT or ACT for their children. He allegedly accepted $25 million in bribes from wealthy parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, from 2011-18. He has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud and obstruction of justice.
Along with Heinel, USC women's soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, and men's and women's water polo coach Jovan Vavic have been implicated in the scandal and are no longer associated with the university.
Jackson State signee shot, killed
A Jackson State football signee was shot and killed in Dallas on Tuesday, just days after his high school graduation.
Leroy Hawkins III, 17, was sitting in the passenger seat in a 2007 Pontiac, which was parked in a lot. A suspect approached the car, argued with the occupants, and pulled out a gun, according to Dallas television station WFAA.
Hawkins was shot several times and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police said the Hawkins, the driver and the suspect knew each other. No arrest had been made as of Wednesday morning.
Hawkins, an offensive lineman, was a graduate of DeSoto High School.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Leroy Hawkins," said Ashley Robinson, Jackson State's vice president and athletic director. "Leroy was a tremendous son, athlete, student and friend, and he will be sorely missed. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends."
Reports: CB Steele heading to USC, not Oregon
The travels of freshman cornerback Chris Steele continue.
Just three weeks after announcing in a since-deleted tweet that he was transferring from Florida to Oregon, multiple reports Wednesday said Steele instead will attend Southern California.
Steele, from prep powerhouse St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., enrolled at Florida in January and went through spring practice, working with the first-team defense while cornerback Marco Wilson rehabbed an ACL injury. Steele entered the transfer portal in early May.
He would have to receive a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible this season for the Trojans.
Steele and his parents reportedly were unhappy that Florida coach Dan Mullen didn't immediately reassign Steele to a new dorm room when he asked for the move soon after arriving on campus. He apparently was uncomfortable sharing a room with quarterback Jalon Jones, another early entrant.
Jones left the school after being accused of the sexual battery of two women. The allegations stem from two incidents that allegedly occurred about 30 minutes apart on April 6.
Steele was rated the No. 5 cornerback and the nation's No. 42 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite.
He visited USC on Monday, along with five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy.
McCoy, a early enrollee at USC in January, transferred to Texas weeks later after new Trojans assistant coach Kliff Kingsbury bolted to take the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job. He then re-entered the transfer portal and committed to USC for a second time.
Former Washington QB Yankoff transfers to UCLA
Former Washington quarterback Colson Yankoff transferred to UCLA, the Bruins revealed Tuesday on their Twitter account.
Yankoff is a redshirt freshman after sitting out last season. He left the Washington program last month.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Yankoff chose Washington over fellow Pac-12 schools Oregon and Cal during the recruiting process while playing at Coeur d'Alene High in Northern Idaho. UCLA, then coached by Jim Mora, didn't recruit him.
He will now be one of the quarterbacks in second-year coach Chip Kelly's program. Sophomore Dorian Thompson-Robinson is the likely starter.
Excited Warren welcomes ‘legacy’ opportunity to lead Big Ten
Introduced Tuesday as the new commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, Kevin Warren stated the following during a news conference at league offices in Rosemont, Ill.:
"This is No. 1 on my list. So this is not about a job. This is really about an opportunity for a legacy. This is what I call one of those legacy opportunities. That's why I'm humbled and I'm honored and I'm just excited to go to work."
As Jim Delany's successor, the former chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings becomes the first black commissioner of one of college sports' Power 5 conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Southeastern Conference).
"When you have an iconic leader like Jim Delany, the worst thing you can do is to go and try to tear down what he's built and what this staff has built," Warren said of the man responsible for creating the Big Ten Network while taking the league to new heights with an increase to 14 schools during a reign that lasted more than 20 years and will officially end Jan. 1, 2020. "So I think one of the things that I will focus on is making sure that I take the time and energy to be a great listener and a great observer -- to take what he's built, to take what our presidents and chancellors have built, to take what this staff has built, to take what our student-athletes have built - to really understand that, and then to build on top of that."
Warren, 55, will officially begin his job on Sept. 16 to begin the transition, and said, "There are only a couple places that I would ever consider spending the next major portion of my life and my career."
Presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten finalized Warren's hiring on Sunday at their annual meeting.
"It's a historic moment for collegiate sports," Sun Belt commissioner Keith Gill told USA Today. "We talk a lot about diversity and inclusion in our enterprise. This is another step forward in that."
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel also strongly supported the hire, telling the Detroit Free Press in a statement: "I was excited to hear yesterday that Kevin Warren was selected as the next Commissioner of the Big Ten. I have known Kevin for a couple of decades. Great person, really smart, and excellent leader. I am excited about working with him in his new role."
Among Warren's previous jobs, he took his law degree to work at a firm with Mike Slive, the late SEC commissioner, and was known for representing universities facing NCAA violations. He began his NFL career in 1997 under then-St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil.
On Tuesday, Warren discussed Slive, who died in 2018, and got emotional remembering a man he considers "a second father."
"Mike Slive would tell me, early on, these commissioner jobs were really an extension of athletics," Warren said. "Now they're a multi-international conglomerate. Yes, still at its core, the student-athlete is and has to be at the core of it. That's the focus, but now there's so many other things associated with it: television and digital issues, and data analytics, and the game-day experience, and the fan experience and sponsors, and rules and regulations, and the future, and the health and wellness, and the constituents and partners.
"All these different things come together. This is a different time."
While spending most of the last two decades in NFL front offices, including with the Rams (1997-2001, football legal counsel, vice president of football administration) and the Detroit Lions (2001-03, senior vice president of business operations and general counsel) before beginning a 15-year tenure with the Vikings, Warren is excited about this latest opportunity as he succeeds Delany.
"Everyone is different," Warren said. "I'm sure I'll have a different style, but I know that there are certain innate and fundamental characteristics that we will be the same on. And that's the love of this conference, the respect for the presidents and chancellors, the respect for the student-athletes and the athletic administration, the love for our fans. I think all those attributes that Jim has, of being a hard worker and working together and collaborating as a visionary, I have a lot of those same attributes."
West Virginia S Robinson enters transfer portal
All-Big 12 safety Kenny Robinson of West Virginia has entered the transfer portal, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.
As a 2018 sophomore, the first-team all-conference selection was second on the team with 77 tackles and tied for second in the league with four interceptions.
Robinson was considered the toughest safety for opposing teams to pass against in the Big 12, according to Pro Football Focus. He is the Mountaineers' active leader in interceptions with seven.
Robinson has played in every game for WVU since he was a freshman in 2017. If he decides to transfer, the Wilkinsburg, Pa., native will be eligible for two more seasons and have an option to redshirt.
According to a source at ESPN, Robinson is the 13th West Virginia player -- and the second expected starter -- to add his name to the transfer portal since January, when head coach Neal Brown was hired. Wide receiver Marcus Simms announced in April his plans to leave Morgantown.
Unlike Simms, Robinson was reportedly present for practices this spring.
UNC coach Brown expects fast recovery from surgery
North Carolina football coach Mack Brown underwent successful knee replacement surgery Monday and is expected to be back at work Tuesday.
The university announced the surgery was performed by Dr. Michael Bolognesi at Duke University Hospital. The surgeon played football at North Carolina from 1989-93 during Brown's first tenure with the Tar Heels.
"The surgery went really well with no issues or complications and he'll begin a standard rehabilitation program in Chapel Hill immediately," Bolognesi said in a statement released by North Carolina. "We don't expect there to be any need to alter his summer schedule as it relates to team and football operations."
The surgery was performed in the morning, and Brown was walking later in the day before his release from the hospital, the school statement said.
"How cool is it that one of our former players replaced my knee yesterday," Brown, 67, said in a news release. "We talk about building young men so they can be productive husbands, fathers and citizens. Carolina produces a lot of special people and I'm happy we were able to play a small part in Mike's development because we counted on him and he, along with the rest of the surgical and anesthetic team, did a tremendous job."
Vikings' Warren named Big Ten commissioner
The Big Ten named Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren as its next commissioner.
Warren becomes the first black commissioner of one of college sports' Power 5 conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Southeastern Conference).
A former sports agent, Warren played college basketball and earned a law degree from Notre Dame.
The decision to hire Warren, 55, as the replacement for Jim Delany was made over the weekend at the annual meeting of Big Ten presidents and chancellors.
Delany, 71, was scheduled to retire next June after more than 30 years on the job. The Big Ten announced Tuesday that Delaney instead will retire at the of 2019 and will assist Warren during the transition period.
Warren will assume the position on Sept. 16.
Warren spent time as an international lawyer before breaking into NFL management by working in the front offices of the then-St. Louis Rams (1997-2001, football legal counsel, vice president of football administration) and the Detroit Lions (2001-03, senior vice president of business operations and general counsel).
While working for the law firm Greenberg Traurig from 2003-05, Warren helped the group led by Zygi Wilf in its $600 million purchase of the Vikings. Warren then joined the Vikings as executive vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer in 2005, and he became the club's chief operating officer 10 years later.
Warren oversaw the club's development, construction and move into U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2006 and hosted the Super Bowl in February 2018. He also has served on NFL committees focused on emergency planning and promoting diversity.
"Kevin has impacted the Vikings and our family in immeasurable ways over the last 15 years. He has worked tirelessly to elevate the Vikings franchise, all with the greater good of the organization and Minneapolis-St. Paul in mind," the Wolf family said in a statement. "...Kevin has been a tremendous leader for the Vikings and he and his family have been passionately and intricately involved in the community, enhancing the lives of so many people. We know the Big Ten and their student-athletes, coaches, and administrators are extremely fortunate to have his leadership, character, and vision."
Delany's stint in charge of the Big Ten saw the conference grow to 14 schools with the addition of Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland, plus the launch of the Big Ten Network.
WR Jones indicates his return to USC
Southern California wide receiver Velus Jones, who had entered the transfer portal before spring practice, signaled his return to the Trojans on Monday.
"Feels great to be a Trojan can't wait to get back to work with my brothers war time!" he wrote on Twitter.
Jones, arguably the fastest of USC's receivers, rejoins a wide receiver group that includes standouts Michael Pittman Jr., Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns (a combined 159 catches last season) but lacks depth after three other receivers transferred in the offseason.
A fourth transfer, five-star recruit Bru McCoy, enrolled at Texas but is expected to re-commit to the Trojans after entering the transfer portal last week. He would have to win a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible in 2019.
Jones, who will be a redshirt junior this fall, visited Auburn, Tennessee and Western Kentucky while contemplating a transfer.
He caught 24 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown last season. Jones and the other USC receivers likely will see their numbers increase this season in the first year under coordinator Graham Harrell, who installed an Air Raid attack this spring.
Peppers, Heupel headline newcomers on College HOF ballot
Peppers was a unanimous All-American in 2001, when he won the Lombardi Award as the nation's best lineman and the Bednarik Award as the top defensive player. He announced his retirement from the NFL in February after 17 seasons.
Heupel, entering his second season as the head coach at UCF, was the Heisman runner-up and winner of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award in 2000, when he led Oklahoma to its most recent national title.
Among other first-time nominees on the ballot are Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, Alabama offensive lineman Chris Samuels, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller and Michigan State kicker Morten Andersen.
Among the returning names on the ballot are Heisman winners Rashaan Salaam (Colorado, 1994), Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001) and Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), as well as SMU running back Eric Dickerson, Cal tight end Tony Gonzalez, Notre Dame receiver/return specialist Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, and Miami linebacker Ray Lewis.
In all, 76 FBS players and five FBS coaches, as well as 101 players and 33 coaches from the divisional levels, are on the list.
To be considered, players must have received first-team All-America recognition by an officially recognized outlet that helps determine the NCAA's consensus All-America teams, be 10 years removed from playing in college, and have played within the past 50 years. Players who are playing professionally are not eligible until their retirement.
The Hall's Class of 2020 will be announced in January 2020 in the days leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, which will be played Jan. 13 in New Orleans. The inductees will be enshrined at a ceremony in New York on Dec. 8, 2020.
Full list of FBS player nominees:
1. Flozell Adams, Michigan State, OT, 1994-97
2. Morten Andersen, Michigan State, PK, 1978-81
3. Aaron Beasley, West Virginia, DB, 1992-95
4. Eric Bieniemy, Colorado, RB, 1987-90
5. Jerome Brown, Miami (Fla.), DT, 1983-86
6. Lomas Brown, Florida, OT, 1981-84
7. Larry Burton, Purdue, SE, 1973-74
8. Keith Byars, Ohio State, RB, 1982-85
9. Gregg Carr, Auburn, LB, 1981-84
10. Mark Carrier, USC, S, 1987-89
11. Kevin Carter, Florida, DE, 1991-94
12. Matt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh, QB, 1975-77
13. Dallas Clark, Iowa, TE, ,2000-02
14. Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech, LB, 1989-91
15. Tim Couch, Kentucky, QB, 1996-98
16. Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB, 1998-2001
17. Brad Culpepper, Florida, DT, 1988-91
18. Eric Dickerson, SMU, RB, 1979-82
19. Glenn Dorsey, LSU, DT, 2004-07
20. Tim Dwight, Iowa, WR/KR, 1994-97
21. Jumbo Elliott, Michigan, OT, 1984-87
22. Kevin Faulk, LSU, RB, 1995-98
23. David Fulcher, Arizona State, DB, 1983-85
24. Moe Gardner, Illinois, DT, 1987-90
25. Tony Gonzalez, California, TE, 1994-96
26. Dan Hampton, Arkansas, DT, 1975-78
27. Jason Hanson, Washington State, PK, 1988-91
28. Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech, RB, 1994-96
29. Marcus Harris, Wyoming, WR, 1993-96
30. Marvin Harrison, Syracuse, KR/WR, 1992-95
31. Jeff Hartings, Penn State, OL, 1992-95
32. Mike Hass, Oregon State, WR, 2002-05
33. E.J. Henderson, Maryland, LB, 1999-2002
34. Josh Heupel, Oklahoma, QB, 1997-2000
35. Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh, RB, 1984, 1986-87
36. Steve Hutchinson Michigan, OL, 1997-2000
37. Larry Jacobson, Nebraska, DT, 1969-71
38. Ernie Jennings, Air Force, WR, 1968-70
39. E.J. Junior, Alabama, DE, 1977-80
40. James Laurinaitis, Ohio State, LB, 2005-08
41. Greg Lewis, Washington, RB, 1987-90
42. Ray Lewis, Miami (Fla.), LB, 1993-95
43. Todd Lyght, Notre Dame, DB, 1987-90
44. Bobby Majors, Tennessee, DB/P, 1969-71
45. Ed McCaffrey, Stanford, WR, 1986-87, 1989-90
46. Cade McNown, UCLA, QB, 1995-98
47. Mark Messner, Michigan, DT, 1985-88
48. Pete Mitchell, Boston College, TE, 1991-94
49. Corey Moore, Virginia Tech, DL, 1997-99
50. Dan Morgan, Miami (Fla.), LB, 1997-2000
51. Ken Norton Jr., UCLA, LB, ,1984-87
52. Leslie O'Neal, Oklahoma State, DT, 1982-85
53. Carson Palmer, USC, QB, 1998-2002
54. Julius Peppers, North Carolina, DE, 1999-2001
55. Anthony Poindexter, Virginia, DB, 1995-98
56. David Pollack, Georgia, DL, 2001-04
57. Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, QB, 1998-2001
58. Simeon Rice, Illinois, LB, 1992-95
59. Ron Rivera, California, LB, 1980-83
60. Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB, 1992-94
61. Chris Samuels, Alabama, OT, 1996-99
62. Larry Seivers, Tennessee, WR, 1974-76
63. Kenneth Sims, Texas, DT, 1978-81
64. Justin Smith, Missouri DL, 1998-2000
65. C.J. Spiller, Clemson, RB/KR, 2006-09
66. Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame, OT, 1990-93
67. Dennis Thurman, USC, DB, 1974-77
68. Andre Tippett, Iowa, DE, 1979-81
69. Troy Vincent, Wisconsin, DB, 1988-91
70. Chris Ward, Ohio State, OT, 1974-77
71. Michael Westbrook, Colorado, WR, 1991-94
72. Zach Wiegert, Nebraska, OT, 1991-94
73. Roy Williams, Oklahoma, DB, 1999-2001
74. Al Wilson, Tennessee, LB, 1995-98
75. Steve Wisniewski, Penn State, OG, 1985-88
76. Elmo Wright, Houston, WR, 1968-70
Full list of FBS coaching nominees:
1. Larry Blakeney, Troy (1991-2014)
2. Jim Carlen, West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-81)
3. Pete Cawthon Sr., Austin (Texas) College (1923-27), Texas Tech (1930-40)
5. Billy Jack Murphy, Memphis (1958-71)
6. Darryl Rogers, Cal State East Bay (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)
Report: OL Dickerson leaving FSU for 'Bama
Florida State offensive lineman Landon Dickerson is set to transfer to Alabama after he graduates this summer, according to NoleGameday.com.
As a graduate, Dickerson would be able to play immediately for the Crimson Tide and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Dickerson was forced to redshirt last season after he was injured in the opener and played in just two games. Lower leg injuries also cost him much of the previous two seasons.
Dickerson figures to add depth to the offensive line for Alabama, which has won two of the past four national championships.
Report: WR recruit McCoy headed back to USC
Just months after switching allegiances from USC to Texas, top recruit Bru McCoy is re-entering the transfer portal and expected to re-commit to the Trojans.
The five-star wideout from California's Mater Dei High School originally entered the transfer portal just weeks after committing to the Trojans and soon after enrolled at Texas.
"After a lot of thinking and talking with my family, I've decided to leave UT and return home," McCoy wrote in a statement to 247Sports.
"I did not expect this turn of events, but am confident this is the best decision for me and my family. I've worked extremely hard to get to where I am today. I am grateful for the opportunities I have and do not take them for granted. I appreciate those who have supported me even before I've set foot on a college football field. I will do my best to earn back any trust and respect I've lost as a result of this process. I will work hard to be the best teammate and person I can be as I prepare for the chance to compete again in the future."
He was rated the ninth-best player overall for the 2019 class, per the 247Sports composite.
Per NCAA rules, McCoy would have to sit out a season after transferring unless he receives a hardship waiver.
SEC to allow alcohol sales at sports venues
The Southeastern Conference approved a policy Friday at its spring meetings to allow its member schools to sell beer and wine at athletic events.
The rule takes effect Aug. 1 and leaves the discretion of whether to sell alcohol open to each SEC school.
"Our policy governing alcohol sales has been a source of considerable discussion and respectful debate among our member universities in recent years," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "As a Conference, we have been observant of trends in the sale and consumption of alcohol at collegiate sporting events and have drawn upon the experiences and insights of our member schools which have responsibly established limited alcohol sales within controlled spaces and premium seating areas."
Alcohol previously had been available only in premium seating areas, such as luxury boxes, at SEC venues.
The policy comes with several rules, including where alcohol can be sold within venues, a limit on how many beverages can be purchased per transaction and specific times alcohol can be sold at each event.
Star 2020 WR recruit Fleming picks Buckeyes
The top wide receiver recruit in the Class of 2020 has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Julian Fleming made the announcement on social media Friday morning, choosing the Buckeyes over Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Penn State.
"For a while, I thought I was going to Penn State, then for a while I thought I was going to Clemson, and then I just finally settled down and figured it out," Fleming said, per ESPN. "It was just the at-home feeling and their players. (Ohio State) puts their players first and all my visits there, I had countless hours with all the players, so I really got the college vibe right away."
Fleming is a 6-foot-2 wideout at Southern Columbia High School in Catawissa, Pa., and is listed as the sixth overall prospect and top receiver in the 247Sports composite rankings for the Class of 2020.
He had 78 catches for 1,524 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior.
The Buckeyes' receiving corps is expected to be led this season by seniors K.J. Hill, Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor.
"I'm definitely going to try right away because they'll only have a couple solidified spots," Fleming said.
"They lost three receivers this year; they'll probably lose one or two next year. I'm hoping to go make an immediate impact. That's always the goal, but if anything happens, I'm just going to try to work my way up."