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Baylor players showed strong support on social media for ousted former HC Art Briles on Thursday.

Bears players were nearly as outraged by Briles' firing as the public was about the circumstances that got him fired. A smattering from the myriad tweets: "Injustice," sophomore defensive tackle Andrew Morris wrote. Junior linebacker Raaquan Davis: "WOWWWWWW BROOOOO [series of furious face emojis]." Senior cornerback Ryan Reid: "Coach B when God closes one door he opens another! I love you man!" Senior safety Orion Stewart: "Only reason I'm here today is Coach B.. Took a chance on a skinny ass kid wit barely any offers but had had faith in me and I did it 4 him!!"
May 26 - 8:55 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Cal graduate QB Davis Webb "will attract the NFL’s attention" but must "make better decisions against zone coverage."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Webb recently signed with the Golden Bears as a grad transfer with an eye on taking over for Jared Goff. At Texas Tech in 2014, the big-armed Webb ranked No. 16 with a big-time throw percentage of 5.43 percent. "He can throw with accuracy and touch both between and outside the numbers, but his flashes of brilliance were accompanied equally by head-scratching throws," Palazzolo wrote. While Webb proved adept at shredding teams downfield, his 5.71 percent rate of turnover-worthy plays (13 interceptions on only 345 attempts in 2014) forced the Red Raiders to hand his job to a guy named Patrick Mahomes, who never gave it back. "Webb is often mechanical and robotic in the pocket and a little too slow to get through his progressions," Palazzolo wrote. "However, the flashes are enough to think that Webb can have success in the Pac-12, particularly since he’s moving to a similar offensive system."
May 26 - 8:14 PM

As Miami transitions to incoming DC Manny Diaz's 4-3 scheme, Diaz says his players will play more aggressively and physically.

Diaz is talking about the little things like setting a hard edge, pursuing the ball until the whistle and taking intelligent angles. He has some help in the chalk room, namely from former Missouri assistant Craig Kuligowski, who oversaw a spate of stud defensive linemen with the Tigers. Last year, Mizzou ranked No. 2 in the FBS with 106 tackles for loss, while Miami had a mere 66. "[The players] instantly bought in because they see this defense is about defensive linemen making plays," Diaz said. [They] know his track record, so he had instant credibility when he walked in and then he said, ‘Hey, by the way, we’re playing a scheme where instead of you worrying about tying up blocks or standing on the line of scrimmage, we’re going to eat in the backfield.’"
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 7:54 PM

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher indicated that FSU junior RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is ahead of schedule and will be fully healthy at some point next month.

Cook was injured during a pass protection drill in spring practices. "When June goes, he'll be running full speed with our players, and when August comes he'll be in contact and everything will be going great," Fisher said. Rotoworld ranks Cook as the No. 1 RB in the 2017 class.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 7:21 PM

Oregon junior DB Charles Nelson made NFL.com's list of best athletes in college football.

Nelson ran a sub-4.4 forty in high school and is now on the Ducks' track team. On the football field, there isn't a lot that he can't do. Nelson ended last season at corner, between which and safety he started eight games after starting three at receiver earlier in the year. In addition, Nelson is one of the best kickoff returners in the game. The only downer as far as an NFL projection goes is his frail 5-foot-8, 170-pound frame.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 7:03 PM

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn relayed that five-star 2018 DE Micah Parsons played corner, middle linebacker, receiver and running back during the East Coast Elite 7-on-7.

"[Parsons] is incredibly quick, he changes directions like a safety, he is loose, he plays at a fast pace and he dominates in nearly everything he does," Dohn wrote. "His speed and desire to compete stood out above everything else, and that is saying something given his immense talent." The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder committed to Penn State in late February. Per Dohn, he is not expected to reopen his recruitment.
May 26 - 6:00 PM

The Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner reports that Baylor has yet to decide whether DC Phil Bennett will serve as interim head coach.

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reported earlier on Thursday that Bennett would be named interim head coach while Baylor searches for Art Briles' replacement. When they announced Briles' firing, however, no interim name was attached in the statement. Bennett declined to offer a comment. Forde reported that OC Kendal Briles would remain on staff, too, something that also has yet to be confirmed by the university.
May 26 - 5:48 PM

Baylor four-star 2017 QB Kellen Mond said that he would be discussing his commitment with his family following the firing of HC Art Briles.

"I definitely committed there because of Art Briles, but I won't know or do anything until I talk to my parents more in depth," Mond said. The 6-foot-3, 199-pound dual-threat gunslinger out of Florida has been committed to the Baylor cause since last June. He ranks as their highest commitment on the ESPN 300, which slots him in at No. 48. Four-star TE Kendrick James --who had been pledged to Baylor prior to Thursday's immolation of the program -- has already chosen to reopen his recruitment.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 5:34 PM

Four-star 2017 ATH Hamsah Nasirildeen's top five schools are Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina and Florida.

Nasirildeen will be taking camp visits to all five of the schools in question, plus Georgia. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound jack-of-all-trades athlete hails from Concord, North Carolina, and ranks as Rivals' No. 226 overall recruit for 2017. He told the outlet that he has forged close ties with the coaches at Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama.
Source: Rivals
May 26 - 5:20 PM

Following the firing of Baylor HC Art Briles, Iowa four-star 2017 RB Eno Benjamin tweeted that he was happy he did not commit to the Bears.

"So glad I made the right choice and decided not to pursue Baylor. Smh," Benjamin wrote. The Bears had been pursuing his commitment, but the 5-foot-10, 190-pound back opted to join the Hawkeyes in late April.
May 26 - 4:48 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Matt Clare forwarded Texas OC Sterlin Gilbert, Houston HC Tom Herman and Syracuse HC Dino Babers (among others) as potential candidates to replace former Baylor HC Art Briles.

Clare is offering speculation, so take these names with a grain of salt. It is unlikely (though not impossible) that Baylor names a new head coach over Memorial Day weekend. DC Phil Bennett is expected to take over on an interim basis. Along with Gilbert, Herman and Briles, Rivals also sees Cal HC Sonny Dykes, Tulsa HC Phillip Montgomery or UNC HC Larry Fedora as potentially nice fits at Baylor.
Source: Rivals
May 26 - 4:39 PM

Army senior CB Josh Jenkins tweeted that he is "looking to transfer."

Jenkins suffered a serious head injury in a fight with teammate Seth Combs during the Fourth of July weekend last summer. Combs was dismissed from the team, but the damage had already been done, as Jenkins was unable to play in 2015 due to his injuries. This spring, the 6-foot, 190-pounder was held out of contact drills. HC Jeff Monken said that he was hopeful Jenkins would be a go for contact work come August.
May 26 - 4:25 PM

Arkansas junior WR Kendrick Edwards transferred to Arkansas State.

Edwards announced his transfer on Twitter, though the Red Wolves have yet to confirm. Last March, the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder was removed from Arkansas and given permission to transfer, but was reinstated with the Razorbacks a short time later. During his two seasons at Arkansas, the former three-star recruit caught eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. He will have to sit out the 2016 season due to transfer regulations set by the NCAA, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
May 26 - 4:08 PM

The Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn reports that redshirt sophomore LB Marquis Hendrix and redshirt sophomore freshman CB Donzale Roddie have been expelled due to a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation.

These expulsions have been confirmed by the players' families. Redshirt freshman S Darreon Jackson has also been suspended for one year. The misconduct investigation was launched last fall after a female student told Title IX Director of Compliance Annie Kerrick that the three players forced her to perform oral sex. Jack Hendrix, father of Marquis, went on an ugly rant to the Statesman regarding the expulsion, saying, "There are some promiscuous young ladies hiding behind Title IX, and there’s a vendetta against football by those investigators. There was no police investigation, or no repercussions for her actions."
May 26 - 3:51 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that the NCAA has contacted Baylor and that they will cooperate.

Baylor's board of regents released a fact-finding report after firing HC Art Briles earlier on Thursday. The report detailed multiple disturbing findings, including that in some instances, members of the coaching staff spoke with some complainants following alleged incidents of sexual assault or violence and the misconduct was not reported. Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that if the NCAA levels sanctions against the university, it could have a catastrophic effect on recruiting.
May 26 - 3:38 PM



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