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CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that the Big 12 would like to wrap up the expansion process before the start of the season.

Dodd relays that according to three people with knowledge of the situation, "the Big 12 doesn't want expansion to overshadow the league's football season with a drawn-out process that would extend into the 2016 campaign." When CBS Sports reached out to conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby for comment, he declined to put a potential timetable to the proceedings. If Dodd's report proves accurate, pieces figure to rapidly start to fall into place over the coming weeks. Looking at the near future, AAC Media Days are set for Monday and Tuesday. With multiple rumored Big 12 targets residing in the AAC, it figures to be a fun few days for gossip. Probably less so for the assembled coaches and players.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 4:00 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill wrote that Alabama four-star 2017 WR commit Jerry Jeudy possesses "a terrific blend of instincts, feet, speed and quickness."

Luginbill notes that Jeudy "[g]ets downfield in a hurry, but is more of a sandlot route runner who is so confident in his athleticism that he knows he can win one-on-one without being overly disciplined." The analyst sees the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder as having promise on either side of the ball, going so far as to say that he "[m]ay be one of the more gifted two-way players this class has to offer." Luginbill compares him to Clemson wideout Deon Cain due to similarities in speed, size, physicality and athleticism.
Jul 29 - 3:47 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior WR Shaq Davidson transferred to Jacksonville State.

Jacksonville State assistant coach J.R. Sandlin took to Twitter to welcome Davidson into the other Gamecocks' fold. Davidson left the team early this winter and did not participate in spring practice. The 5-foot-10, 179-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school, but tore a ligament in his knee during the 2014 campaign and did not see game action in 2015. By dropping down to the FCS, he will be eligible to play immediately this coming season.
Jul 29 - 3:24 PM

ESPNU will begin airing 'Being Bret Bielema' on Wednesday's this August.

Here is a fun one for your Friday. 'Being Bret Bielema' started out as a digital web series documenting Bielema's life and odd times this winter, but gained enough popularity that the World Wide Leader deemed it to be must-see midweek ESPNU viewing. They are giving it the silver screen bump. The series will begin its television run on August 10. In a preview of sorts, a short clip of Bielema murdering a golf ball with an awkward, short swing was posted to promote the upcoming series.
Jul 29 - 3:06 PM

San Jose State senior WR Tyler Winston has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2016 season.

Winston burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2013, earning Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors for the campaign while being named to Phil Steele's Freshman All-America team on the strength of a 58-858-5 receiving line. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder averaged a nice 14.8 yards per reception that season. He has yet to match those lofty freshman numbers. Last season, Winston posted a 35-368-2 line in eight games. He had been an expected starter for 2016 and with his absence, youngsters Rahshead Johnson, Bailey Gaither and Tre Hartley should all see increased reps and opportunities in August camp.
Jul 29 - 2:49 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 QB Emory Jones.

Jones was also flirting with Tennessee -- he made a pair of unofficial visits to the Volunteers during the offseason before he made the pledge to Ohio State. Scout.com's analysis team notes that the 6-foot-4, 179-pounder is "an athletic quarterback who can hurt defenses with his legs," but "prefers to sit in the pocket and use his arm." They are keen on his "live arm," ability to roll through passing progressions and his touch on deep balls. The outlet ranks Jones as the No. 66 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. He stands as Ohio State's second commitment in that far-off class.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 29 - 2:38 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior DL Larry Jefferson is no longer listed on the team's active roster following a Tuesday arrest.

According to a criminal complaint, Jefferson was arrested and charged with possession on Tuesday after he was stopped by authorities who were investigating a brandishing incident. They allegedly found small quantities of cocaine and marijuana. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder might logically have received a more lenient punishment than outright exile from West Virginia had he not already been serving an indefinite suspension for a violation of team rules this spring.
Jul 29 - 2:18 PM

Alabama freshman LB Christian Bell transferred to Wisconsin.

Bell announced his intention to transfer earlier in the week and wasted no time coming to a decision. The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder will have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. A three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, Bell initially took a grayshirt at Alabama before enrolling in January. He will have four years of eligibility remaining come the start of the 2017 campaign. Consider this a depth blow to the champs and nothing more. AL.com's Matt Zenitz has noted that Bell was buried on the depth chart and simply stuck in terms of potential playing time.
Jul 29 - 1:28 PM

The NCAA football oversight committee recommended that "live-contact" practice be limited to once a week.

As matters stood prior to Wednesday, the NCAA guideline recommended two live-contact practices a week. It is important to note that these are guidelines being put forward by the NCAA, rather than enforceable rules. The Ivy League has gone a step further even than that -- completely barring live-contact practices starting this season. This shouldn't be considered a sea change, just a minor tweak. By the NCAA's new guidelines, players who do not play in a game would be afforded an additional live-contact practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 12:56 PM

In a poll of 23 Big 12 and SEC coaches, Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops was named the coach who his peers would most want a son to play for.

The assortment of coaches were asked which coach -- other than themselves -- they would want their son to play for. Stoops won out with five votes. Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio and Stanford HC David Shaw each received three endorsements on the question. Stoops was understandably touched by the high esteem in which he is held, saying, "That my peers, coaches, feel I treat kids the right way. I don’t know, hopefully a good role model and mentor to them and coach, as well. It means a great deal to me."
Source: Tulsa World
Jul 29 - 12:35 PM

Alabama received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Jerry Jeudy.

One has to wonder if blossoming star wideout Calvin Ridley might have been whispering in Jeudy's ear down the stretch. Ridley and Jeudy were teammates at Monarch High when the former was a senior and the latter a freshman. "It's the best fit for me," said the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder. "I felt like Alabama was home for me, and they have had good receivers from South Florida go there" Former supernova WR Amari Cooper would also fit that South Florida bill that Jeudy is referring to. While he showed inconsistency at times during the spring and summer camp circuit -- Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell termed his performance at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge to be that of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde -- there is no denying Jeudy's overall level of talent. On the ESPN 300, he checks in at No. 26 overall. Probably needless to say, the Alabama machine is building a monster 2017 class. They have already received commitments from 11 ESPN 300 prospects.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 12:14 PM

Former South Carolina, Duke and Florida head coach has joined Florida's athletic department as an Ambassador and Consultant.

We doubt this will cut into Spurrier's tee times. The ball coach is returning to his "home" with the Gators, and you can expect to see him on sideline shots in fancy boxes shaking hands and mingling with top donors. It certainly seems like his coaching days are over.
Jul 29 - 11:44 AM

San Diego State junior RB Marcus Stamps will "likely" miss the entire 2016 season after undergoing back surgery.

"He felt something in his back during spring practice. They kept checking him out, then they suggested he get it operated on," head coach Rocky Long said. There is a glimmer of optimism that Stamps could be back by midseason, but with the surgery taking place just a month ago, Stamps could be headed for a redshirt season. Stamps also suffered a knee injury last year that sidelined him for the final three games. He has only carried the ball 24 times in two seasons.
Jul 29 - 10:43 AM

Tulane redshirt senior QB Devin Powell has elected to transfer to FCS level Nicholls State.

He will be eligible to play immediately, although there is no guarantee Powell wins the starting job after struggling to do so at Tulane. Powell started his final game with the Green Wave, which was one of four starts in four years for the quarterback.
Source: NOLA.com
Jul 29 - 10:19 AM

Montana redshirt senior RB Joey Counts was arrested on a DUI charge, his second arrest in less than a year.

Counts was released after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge. The running back was a part of last season's investigation involving three of the school's football players breaking into a family's home. "If Counts is convicted of a misdemeanor DUI, it would be his third Category II violation of the conduct code, which calls for a dismissal from the football team," beat writer Kasey Bubnash explains. Counts is the team's fourth running back on the depth chart.
Jul 29 - 9:22 AM



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