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Nick Saban Unhappy With Satellite Camp Recruiting Practices

Nick Saban Unhappy With Satellite Camp Recruiting PracticesStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(ALABAMA) -- The Crimson Tide's autocratic head coach is displeased with the Big Ten's recruiting practices at satellite camps in his hotbed. Nick Saban feels that there is a competitive advantage gained by other universities and it is "ridiculous" how other coaching staffs are invading his turf through use of a technicality to recruit high school athletes. “If we’re all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?” Saban said, per Al.com. “I mean we’re not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we’re going to have satellite camps all over the country. So it doesn’t really make sense.” Saban is forbidden from attending similar camps in Big Ten areas as the SEC prevents their members from taking advantage of a loophole that allows head coaches to appear as "guests" at football camps.  James Franklin, head coach of Penn State, was the impetus for Saban's outrage when he and his football staff appeared at camps in Florida and Georgia. The NCAA prevents coaches from hosting such camps, but Franklin was allowed to show up because it was hosted by an outside group. Saban previously served as head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, a member of the Big Ten, from 1995-1999. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

UCLA Recruit Jamabo Arrested

UCLA Recruit Jamabo ArrestediStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- UCLA recruit Soso Jamabo has been arrested in Texas after allegedly being caught drinking alcohol and evading arrest. Jamabo, 18, was reportedly spotted swerving in a truck on State Highway 175 at high speed. Officers then noticed that occupants were throwing objects out of the vehicle, "having total disregard for the public safety of others on the road." Jamabo was arrested and booked into the Kaufman County jail on a charge of evading arrest. The five star recruit is a native of Plano Texas and signed with UCLA in February out of Plano West High. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alabama Dismisses DT Taylor

Alabama Dismisses DT Taylor American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Al.) -- The Alabama Crimson Tide have dismissed defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor from the football team after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, the team announced. Alabama dismisses DT Jonathan Taylor from team. pic.twitter.com/nX4UkqVlSy — Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) March 29, 2015 The 21-year-old was taken into custody after a 24-year-old woman called police and said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. When police arrived there were visible marks on her neck. Taylor, transferred to the program after being dismissed from the Georgia Bulldogs program last year after being arrested for allegedly striking his girlfriend with a closed fist and then choking her. The case is still pending. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams Transfers to Oregon

Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams Transfers to Oregon Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oregon Ducks may have found their heir apparent to Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota as Eastern Washington Quarterback Vernon Adams has announced he will transfer to the school. Adams spent three years at Eastern Washington and was a prolific player while a part of an FCS school. Adams threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns with 31 interceptions while completing 64.8 percent of his passes. He has also been named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year twice during his time with the school. "I am very thankful for everything Vernon has done for Eastern and our football program these past four seasons," Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin said in a statement. "I wish him nothing but the best in his senior season. We are very confident in the quarterbacks in our program, and our expectations and goals are the same for what we are capable of accomplishing in the 2015 season." If Adams does open the season as the Ducks' starter, he'll feel right at home as Oregon will open the season September 5 against Eastern Washington. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Arkansas Rewards Head Football Coach Bret Bielema with Contract Extension

Arkansas Rewards Head Football Coach Bret Bielema with Contract Extension Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite coming off a 7-6 season, Arkansas has rewarded head football coach Bret Bielema with a two-year extension as well as a raise. Bielema's new deal will be a six-year deal that will run through the 2020 season, and will earn $4 million or more throughout the rest of his new deal. Bielema will now be eligible for athletic and academic achievement incentives totaling up to $1 million per year. "Coach Bret Bielema is not only one of the best college football coaches in the nation, he is an outstanding leader," Arkansas vice chancellor and athletics director Jeff Long said. "What Coach Bielema and his coaching staff have done for our young men, on and off the field, is something that has dramatically changed the course of our program and most importantly positively impacted the lives of our football student-athletes. He is building a championship program in a way that all Arkansans can be proud of. We look forward to his continued leadership of our football program and the many successes yet to come." Arkansas went just 3-9 in his first season with university, but they showed significant improvement in 2014. He had sent the prevous seven seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Top QB Recruit Kyler Murray Sticking with Texas A&M

Top QB Recruit Kyler Murray Sticking with Texas A&M Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas A&M football fans and coaches can breathe a sigh of relief as Kyler Murray, the Gatorade National Player of the Year as well as the No. 1-ranked quarterback, has decided to commit to Texas A&M. Murray was considering other options, and even visited with the Texas Longhorns last week, but decided College Station was the best fit for him. "Texas A&M is where my heart is at," Murray said late Thursday night. "Coach [Charlie] Strong and Texas is a great opportunity, but I felt that A&M was the place for me. Not because of my dad having played there, but just the right place for me." "It went well," Murray said when asked about a recent meeting with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. "All my questions were answered. I just can't wait to get this all over with and get back to playing ball." Murray was ranked 13th overall in the ESPN 300. As the starting quarterback at Allen High, Murray won his third straight state championship in Texas' highest classification in December. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Todd Grantham Turns Down Raiders to Stay at Louisville

Todd Grantham Turns Down Raiders to Stay at Louisville Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite an offer to join the Oakland Raiders coaching staff as their defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham has decided to stay at Louisville. In Grantham's first season as the Cardinals defensive coordinator, the team was sixth in the country in total defense. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, but I'm committed to the University of Louisville," Grantham said. "I said when I came to Louisville that I thought we could win a national championship, and we are building toward that goal with the success we had this season." "Coach Petrino and Tom Jurich have given me a great opportunity and I'm grateful for their commitment,: he continued." "My family loves it in Louisville, and I think we are establishing something special here with head coach Bobby Petrino and our staff. Our main objective over the next week is to finish strong in recruiting and continue to bolster this signing class." Earlier in the offseason, the Raiders hired Jack Del Rio as their new head coach. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty of Rape

Two Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty of Rape iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tn.) -- Corey Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were found guilty on all charges related to a rape case from 2013.  The two former football players at Vanderbilt University were convicted by a Nashville jury after a little more than three hours of deliberation. The two were accused of raping a female student in a dormitory. Batey, 21, was found guilty on five charges of aggravated rape and two charges of aggravated sexual battery. While Vandenburg, 21, was found guilty on the same charges plus evidence tampering as well as unlawful photography. Two other players are currently awaiting trial on similar charges. The victim released a statement after the verdict: "You are my heroes and I am so proud of and grateful for each of you," the statement read. "I am also hopeful that the publicity this case has received will lead to a discussion of how we can end sexual violence on college campuses. Finally, I want to remind other victims of sexual violence: You are not alone. You are not to blame." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NCAA Restores 111 Victories taken away from Joe Paterno

NCAA Restores 111 Victories taken away from Joe Paterno Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Joe Paterno is the NCAA's all-time winningest football coach once again as the NCAA agreed with Penn State to restore the 112 wins taken away following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Also part of the agreement will have the university pay a $60 million fine to address child abuse be spent within Pennsylvania to resolve that lawsuit. "We are not at all admitting that we didn't have the authority to impose the penalties," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "This was, in all ways, an extraordinary circumstance. We all hope that we never find ourselves in a position like this." The agreement added 111 wins back onto Paterno's career record, and one victory they took away once Paterno left the school after the scandal. With Paterno's career-wins mark restored to 409, former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden now sits at second on the list at 357 wins once again. Back in September, the NCAA announced the end of the school's ban on postseason play and restored their full slate of football scholarships earlier than scheduled. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Florida Ends 2014 Season on High Note, Top ECU in the Birmingham Bowl

Florida Ends 2014 Season on High Note, Top ECU in the Birmingham Bowl iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- After a disappointing regular season, the Florida Gators have some momentum heading into 2015 after defeating East Carolina 28-20 in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday. Gators quarterback Treon Harris didn't have his best game of the season, but he was good enough as he completed five of 11 passes for 123 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. With the Pirates closing in, Harris threw an 86-yard touchdown to Ahmad Fulwood to give Florida a 28-14 lead. But arguably the story of the game was when Harris left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury. In came junior quarterback and former starter Jeff Driskel. On Saturday, new Gators head coach Jim McElwain confirmed that Driskel has asked for and received his release from his scholarship. "That's up to him," McElwain said on Driskel's possible return. "We all have choices, and I'm not going to hold him hostage." Driskel went eight of 17 for 48 yards in what was likely his final game with the team. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Tennessee Puts Away Iowa, 45-28 to win the TaxSlayer Bowl

Tennessee Puts Away Iowa, 45-28 to win the TaxSlayer Bowl iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The Tennessee Volunteers laid it on early and often to the Iowa Hawkeyes, leading to a 45-28 win in the TaxSlayer Bowl. After jumping to a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter, Tennessee never looked back. It was Tennessee's first bowl game victory since beating Wisconsin in the 2008 Outback Bowl when Phillip Fulmer was the head coach. Sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs had an efficient game for Tennessee on Friday through the air, as he completed 16 of 21 passes for 129 yards with one touchdown and one interception. As solid as Dobbs was, it was the running game that powered Tennessee past Iowa. Dobbs added 76 rushing yards on 13 carries while also scoring two touchdowns. Jalen Hurd carried the ball just 16 times on the way to 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee and Iowa both finish the 2014 season at 7-6. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Houston Rallies Back to Shock Pittsburgh, 35 -34

Houston Rallies Back to Shock Pittsburgh, 35 -34 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- In a game that neither team will forget anytime soon, the Houston Cougars stunned Pittsburgh after rallying back to defeat the Panthers 35-34 in the Armed Forces Bowl. With less than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Houston trailed Pitt 34-13 until quarterback Greg Ward Jr. led a furious comeback. "We've been through a lot of games where we was coming from behind and we got close to coming back and winning the game, but we just couldn't finish it," wide receiver Deontay Greenberry said. "It's all about just never quitting." Ward threw all three of his touchdowns in the game in final minutes of the game, including the go-ahead score on a 25-yard throw to Deontay Greenberry with :59 seconds left on the clock. Still down 34-33, interim head coach David Gibbs decided to go for two and the risk paid off as Ward once again found Greenberry to take a 35-34 lead. "We decided to go for two at the end because we had the momentum," Gibbs said. Houston finishes their season at 8-5 while Pittsburgh will end their season at 6-7. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stanford Rolls to Bowl Win over Maryland

Stanford Rolls to Bowl Win over Maryland Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Devon Cajuste caught two touchdown passes while Remound Wright rushed for three more, helping Stanford roll to a 45-21 win in the Fosters Farm Bowl on Tuesday night against Maryland. The Cardinal (8-5) scored 21 points in the second quarter to deny Maryland (7-6) their first postseason win since 2010. "We just played better. There's no magic to it," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. Quarterback Kevin Hogan played much better in fact. The senior threw for 189 yards and two scores while also rushing for 50 yards in the win. Both touchdown passes came in the second as Stanford scored 35 straight points to turn a 7-7 deadlock into a 42-7 blowout.  "We finished the season strong. Just the season as a whole, we know how good we are," Hogan said. "It stinks that sometimes people look at the record and judge a team off that." Wright finished the day with only 49 yards on the ground, but his three first half touchdowns helped ignite the offensive onslaught. Cajuste was one of ten different receivers to catch a pass, while freshman Christian McCaffrey added 138 all-purpose yards. Maryland struggled to get anything going on offense against one of the top defense in the country, mustering only 222 total yards, including just 17 on the ground. The Terrapins did get two scores late in the game to try and close the gap. William Likely returned a kickoff 100 yards to snap Stanford's 35 consecutive points, and C.J. Brown added a 2-yard run in the final minutes. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Georgia Trounces Louisville in Belk Bowl

Georgia Trounces Louisville in Belk Bowl Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Georgia Bulldogs scored 20 unanswered points en route to a 37-14 blowout over Louisville in the Belk Bowl on Tuesday night. Freshman Nick Chubb led the way with a career-high 266 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the win. "He showed everybody in the country that he's a pretty talented kid, a tough kid," Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said. Chubb's workload increased in the second quarter when quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury. The freshman then went to work against the nation's second-best rush defense, averaging 8 yards per carry. His 266 yards were the second most in a bowl game by a Georgia running back, trailing only Herschel Walker's 283 yards in 1980. "That's a blessing being in the same sentence with him," Chubb said. "He's a great running back. But I had an awesome line up front making everything possible for me. I'm thankful for everyone around me and it's been a great season." Going into the second quarter tied at 7-7, Georgia (10-3) got a pair of Marshall Morgan field goals, sandwiched around Chubb's first touchdown run of the day. The lead ballooned in the third when Sony Michel barrelled into the end zone from two yards out. Louisville (9-4) finally got back on the board with a 6-yard run from Brandon Radcliff. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Notre Dame Wins Music City Bowl

Notre Dame Wins Music City Bowl Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Notre Dame dropped five of its last six regular season games, but ended the season with a bowl win. Senior kicker Kyle Brindza's 32-yard field goal as time expired gave the Fighting Irish (8-5) a 31-28 win over Louisiana State University in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday night. "To leave a program so historic like this in this kind of fashion is great," Brindza said. "It's a blessing for me, but also to be able to help win a game for all my teammates is a bigger blessing." Brindza had missed six of his last nine field goal attempts as Notre Dame lost its final four games of the regular season. Their rebound in the postseason was due to a strong performance from quarterback Malik Zaire, who was making his debut for the Irish. Zaire threw for the game's opening touchdown and scored again on a 7-yard run in the second quarter. LSU (8-5) rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit to take a 28-21 lead on Leonard Fournette's 98-yard touchdown run. However, the Irish quickly knotted the score again thanks to C.J. Prosise's 50-yard scamper. After blocking a Tigers field goal attempt early in the fourth, Notre Dame controlled possession to help set up the game-winning kick. The game did have some controversy at the end of the first half. LSU's holder, Brad Kragthorpe, took the snap on a field goal attempt and headed for the end zone but was ruled short. Video review upheld the call, a decision that coach Les Miles was not happy about. "The guy that carried the ball, forcing it, said he absolutely scored," Miles said. "Kids will be kids, but this guy's going to tell the truth." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida State Signs Fisher to New Eight Year Contract

Florida State Signs Fisher to New Eight Year Contract ThinkStock(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) --  The Florida State Seminoles are intent on keeping head coach Jimbo Fisher around for a long time. On Tuesday, the University locked up Fisher through the 2022 season where he will earn $5.5 million per season, according to ESPN's Chris Low. "I am honored to be the head coach at Florida State University, which I've said many times before," Fisher said in a statement. "I appreciate that FSU believes in what we are doing and supports our goal of maintaining one of the best programs in the country. It is a privilege to coach the young men in our program. It is truly a family." Last year, Florida State signed Fisher to an extension that ran through the 2018 season.   After winning a National Championship and repeating an undefeated regular season, Florida State felt they needed to lock up Fisher for the long term. The Seminoles head coach is 58-10 since taking over the program from Bobby Bowden in 2010.  Florida State's next game is against Oregon in the Rose Bowl on January 1. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Muschamp Rejoins Auburn as Defensive Coordinator

Muschamp Rejoins Auburn as Defensive Coordinator Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Will Muschamp didn't have to wait too long to find employment. The former Florida football coach has reached a deal to become the new defensive coordinator at Auburn, the school announced late Friday night. The three-year deal is reportedly worth between $1.6 million and $1.8 million annually, making Muschamp the highest paid defensive coordinator in major college football. "My family, Carol, Jackson, Whit, and I are excited about coming back to Auburn and I look forward to working with Coach Malzahn to win championships," Muschamp said in the statement. Muschamp, who was 28-21 in four seasons with the Gators, will be making his third stint with the Tigers. He was the defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007 for Tommy Tuberville and was also a graduate assistant in 1995 and '96.  Despite a disappointing end to his tenure at Florida, Muschamp was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Gators to an 11-2 record. During his time, the Florida defense was among the nation's best in multiple categories, including opponents yards per game and third-down percentage. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ESPN: Wisconsin Set to Hire Pittsburgh’s Paul Chryst as Head Football Coach

ESPN: Wisconsin Set to Hire Pittsburgh’s Paul Chryst as Head Football Coach David Stluka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Wisconsin Badgers are turning to a familiar face as ESPN reports that the school has hired Pittsburgh's Paul Chryst as their new head football coach. Chryst played quarterback for the school from 1986-1988. He was also an assistant at Wisconsin from 2002-2011 and would replace the recently departed Gary Andersen. Andersen stepped down earlier this week to join Oregon State as their head football coach. In three seasons at Pitt, Chryst went 19-19 after replacing Todd Graham. "It is our practice not to comment on the personnel searches of other institutions," Pittsburgh said in a statement, according to the Journal Sentinel. "Paul Chryst is the University of Pittsburgh's head coach, has been recruiting all week on behalf of the program and will begin preparations for Pitt's bowl game this weekend." This past season, Wisconsin finished 10-3, first in the Big-Ten West, and will play Auburn in the Outback Bowl on January 1. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Baylor Ends Regular Season with Win Over Kansas State

Baylor Ends Regular Season with Win Over Kansas State ThinkStock(WACO, Texas) -- The Baylor Bears earned a share of their second straight Big 12 Championship with a 38-27 win over ninth-ranked Kansas State on Saturday. The win also keeps number six Baylor (11-1) in the running for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. The Bears opened the game with a pair of rushing touchdowns from Bryce Petty and Shock Linwood respectively, that immediately gave them the upper hand. The Wildcats (9-3) got on the board in the second quarter as Charles Jones scored from 1-yard out, but the defense was unable to stop Baylor's high-octane attack. Baylor answered every Kansas State score with a scoring drive of their own, holding a 24-14 lead at halftime. Baylor added two more touchdowns in the third and went up 38-20 before the Wildcats made a run in the fourth quarter. Jake Waters hit Tyler Lockett for an 8-yard touchdown pass to get Kansas State within 11 put they were unable to get any closer.  The Bears now hope they are part of the four-team playoff, which currently has TCU in ahead of Baylor, when the final rankings are announced Sunday at noon. Baylor defeated the Horned Frogs in their only head-to-head meeting while TCU clinched a share of the conference crown with a blowout win over Illinois State on Saturday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Ohio State Routs Wisconsin, 59-0, for Big Ten Title

Ohio State Routs Wisconsin, 59-0, for Big Ten Title Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- As if the inaugural College Football Playoff didn't need any more potential controversy, fifth-ranked Ohio State throttled number 13 Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten title game on Saturday, only adding to the list of teams vying for a top-four spot.  I don't think there's any doubt we're one of the top four teams in America," said coach Urban Meyer, who has led the Buckeyes (10-3) to 11 consecutive wins, nine of which have been by double digits. Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, starting his first ever college game, showed no jitters and threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout. Jones also earned MVP honors, helping Ohio State put up 38 points in the first half alone. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had a strong contribution to the championship, racking up 220 yards on the ground and scoring twice. What may have been most impressive was the play of the Buckeyes defense. Wisconsin (10-3) running back, and Heisman hopeful, Melvin Gordon was held to just 76 yards on 26 carries and no touchdowns. It was the second lowest rushing total this year for the nation's top back. It was the first shutout loss for the Bdagers since 1997, and worst since a 59-0 defeat by Ohio State in 1979. Meanwhile, the win was Ohio State's largest over a ranked team in school history. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
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