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  • Miami DE Patchan enters transfer database
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 25, 2020

    Miami defensive end Scott Patchan has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

    • Patchan, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 249 pounds, will be eligible to play his final season elsewhere in 2020 as a graduate transfer.

      "It has always been my dream to play at the University of Miami. I will cherish the relationships fostered with my teammates, coaches and others," he posted Saturday on Twitter. "I will be a Cane for life. I now look forward to new challenges. God bless."

      Patchan started six games and played in all 13 for the Hurricanes in 2019, finishing with a career-high 33 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

      He played in 30 games for Miami and registered 63 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 2018, he scored a touchdown on a blocked punt return against Savannah State.

      A member of the Hurricanes' 2015 recruiting class, Patchan chose Miami over offers from Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA. He was rated as a four-star recruit and the No. 19 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com.

      --Field Level Media

  • Notre Dame signee faces burglary, other charges
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 25, 2020

    A Notre Dame football signee is among three teenagers accused of breaking into a business and stealing nine guns, according to a report on Saturday.

    • Lexington, Ky., television station WKYT said Landen Bartleson, 18, and two 16-year-olds face charges of criminal mischief, burglary and receiving stolen property.

      Bartleson, ranked as a three-star cornerback on the 247Sports composite, signed with Notre Dame on Dec. 18 and was expected to enroll in June.

      WKYT said police responded to a report of a burglary at a store in Danville, Ky., and quickly took the three suspects into custody. Police also located a stolen car linked to the suspects, and all nine guns were found in it, according to the report.

      Notre Dame has not yet commented on Bartleson's future with the program.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Baylor hiring ex-UNC coach Fedora as OC
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 25, 2020

    Baylor plans to hire former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora as its next offensive coordinator, Yahoo Sports reported Saturday.

    • Fedora, 57, spent last season as an analyst for the University of Texas.

      He joins the staff of new Bears coach Dave Aranda, the former LSU defensive coordinator who was hired last week to replace Matt Rhule. Rhule left Waco to become head coach of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

      Fedora compiled a 45-43 record at North Carolina from 2012-18 but was fired after his teams posted 3-9 and 2-9 record in his last two seasons in Chapel Hill. His Tar Heels made four bowl appearances.

      He was 34-19 as the head coach with four bowl appearances in four seasons at Southern Miss from 2008-11.

      A proponent of the spread offense, Fedora served as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State under coach Mike Gundy from 2005-07.

      This will be his second stint in Waco, where he coached tight ends, wide receivers and running backs from 1991-96.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-A&M, Arkansas QB Starkel lands at San Jose State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 25, 2020

    San Jose State has signed former Arkansas and Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel, who will compete for the starting job for the 2020 season.

    • Starkel began his college career at Texas A&M (2016-18) and Arkansas (2019). A graduate transfer, he can play immediately and has one year of eligibility remaining.

      He announced his decision to transfer on Dec. 13, just days after former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman was hired as the Razorbacks' head coach.

      Starkel redshirted at Texas A&M in 2016 and played in 11 games (five starts) over the next two seasons. He tallied 1,962 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions with the Aggies, and he set the Texas A&M bowl game record with for 499 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-52 loss to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl in 2017.

      At Arkansas in 2019, he played in eight games (five starts) and was the Razorbacks' leading passer, completing 53.6 percent of his pass attempts for 1,152 yards and seven touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

      Starkel's spot on the Arkansas roster will be filled by former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks, who announced Monday he would join the Razorbacks as a grad transfer.

      --Field Level Media

  • Southern Cal hires Orlando as defensive coordinator
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 24, 2020

    Southern California filled its defensive coordinator vacancy on Friday by announcing the hiring of Todd Orlando.

    • The 48-year-old Orlando was fired as Texas' defensive coordinator after the 2019 season. He was hired as Texas Tech's assistant head coach on Jan. 8 but departed that gig earlier this week.

      "We are excited to have Todd join our Trojan football program," USC coach Clay Helton said in a statement. "He is an experienced and successful defensive coordinator who has made an impact everywhere he has coached. He brings a passion, energy, toughness and discipline to his coaching and those characteristics were evident in our discussions. His defensive system poses an extreme challenge to offenses."

      Orlando replaces the fired Clancy Pendergast, who ran USC's defense for the past four seasons.

      Orlando, 48, was defensive coordinator at Texas for three seasons. The Longhorns ranked 65th in scoring defense (27.5 points per game) and 97th in total defense (431.5) in 2019.

      He has also run defenses at Connecticut, Florida International, Utah State and Houston.

      Orlando said he is looking forward to getting to work with the defensive players.

      "We're a veteran group and I'm excited to work the guys who have played the game before," Orlando said in a video on USC's website. "Sometimes when you come into situations you might have youth -- especially when you change systems -- and it can be a little difficult."

      The Trojans ranked 78th in both scoring defense (29.4) and total defense (408.7) in 2019 as Pendergrast came under fire.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: LSU to pay Orgeron $42M in new deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 24, 2020

    LSU coach Ed Orgeron agreed to a six-year contract that will pay him $42 million in total compensation, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported Friday.

    • The national champion Tigers were undefeated in 2019, capping a perfect 15-0 season with a title game victory over Clemson. LSU is 11-1 in its past 12 against teams ranked in the top 10 and was 7-0 in those games in 2019.

      Oregeron, 58, made $4 million in 2019, which was tied for 28th in college football according to USA Today Sports' database on college coaching salaries.

      Since being named interim head coach in 2016, Orgeron has a 40-9 record and is 23-7 in the Southeastern Conference.

      This offseason, Orgeron must replace passing game coordinator Joe Brady and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Brady was hired as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers and Aranda named head coach at Baylor.

      The Tigers also will need to come up with a quarterback. Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow is gone and widely expected to be a top NFL draft pick.

      --Field Level Media

  • Miami starting QB Williams entering transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Miami Hurricanes starting quarterback Jarren Williams is putting his name in the transfer portal, he confirmed Thursday.

    • His announcement comes days after former Houston quarterback D'Eriq King announced he is transferring to Miami.

      Williams would need a waiver to be able to play at another school in 2020.

      Williams wrote Thursday on Instagram, "First, I want to start by saying that these decisions are never easy. But, after prayer and counsel, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal. ...

      "Life is a journey and in this world you will be confronted with a fork in the road. I am at that fork and sometimes you can't look back. I am looking forward to what God has in store for me next."

      Williams, 20, completed 169 of 276 passes for 2,187 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019 in 12 games (10 starts), but also threw seven interceptions for the 6-7 Hurricanes. His best game might have been in a 52-27 victory over Louisville, when he set a Miami record with six touchdown passes.

      In 2018, when he went 1-for-3 passing for 17 yards and rushed for a touchdown in his only game, he was suspended one game for an unspecified team rules violation.

      After that season, he intended to transfer after believing he was treated unfairly by then-head coach Mark Richt, according to the Miami Herald, but teammates talked him into staying.

      King, who accounted for 50 total touchdowns with the Cougars in 2018, played in just four games this past season before choosing to redshirt and preserving his final year of eligibility. He entered the NCAA's transfer portal on Jan. 13.

      On Monday, King selected Miami as his new destination after reportedly also drawing interest from LSU, Arkansas, Maryland, Ole Miss and Oregon.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stanford LB Pryts withdraws from transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Stanford's leading tackler has reportedly withdrawn his name from the NCAA transfer database.

    • Inside linebacker Andrew Pryts will return to the Cardinal for his final season in 2020, 247Sports.com reported on Wednesday.

      The redshirt junior started all 12 games and registered a team-high 71 tackles in 2019, adding one tackle for loss and one interception. He posted a season-high 10 tackles in a 24-20 loss to rival California in the "Big Game" on Nov. 23.

      In 26 career games, Pryts has 78 tackles and one interception.

      Stanford finished 4-8 in 2019, ending a streak of 10 consecutive bowl appearances.

      --Field Level Media

  • Auburn DC Steele agrees to three-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Auburn's Kevin Steele has agreed to a three-year contract extension that reportedly will make him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in college football.

    • The school did not provide financial terms on the deal during its announcement late Wednesday night, however ESPN cited sources as saying that the contract will pay Steele $2.5 million per year.

      Steele's new deal will run through the 2022 season.

      Steele, 61, is making $1.9 million annually on his current contract, which puts him with Clemson's Brent Venables and Texas A&M's Mike Elko as the lone coordinators to earn at least that much.

      Previously, LSU's Dave Aranda was the highest-paid assistant in college football at $2.5 million before he left the school to take the head coaching position at Baylor earlier this month.

      "Kevin has done a fantastic job with our defense the last four years making it one of the best in the country," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "This will provide great stability and leadership for our defense in the future. I'm appreciative of Kevin's hard work."

      Steele has been at Auburn for four seasons. Prior to that he was the defensive coordinator at LSU, Alabama and Clemson.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas DTs Christmas-Giles, Wilbon to transfer
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    Texas defensive tackles D'Andre Christmas-Giles and Gerald Wilbon both entered the NCAA transfer portal, 247Sports.com reported.

    • Both are graduate transfers and will be eligible to play for another FBS school in 2020.

      Christmas-Giles (6-3, 315) appeared in 20 games for the Longhorns, registering six tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. Because he only played in one game in 2019, he has one year of eligibility remaining.

      Wilbon (6-3, 325) played in 36 games and posted 19 tackles, a half-sack and a fumble recovery. He played in just three games last season, leaving him one year of eligibility remaining.

      Both players were members of the Longhorns' 2016 recruiting class. Christmas-Giles was a four-star signee and rated the No. 35 defensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com. Wilbon was a three-star recruit and the No. 47 DT. Both players are from Louisiana.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-ASU coach Graham hired at Hawaii
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    Hawaii will introduce Todd Graham as its head football coach on Wednesday.

    • He will replace Nick Rolovich, who was named head coach at Washington State last week.

      Graham, 55, has 12 years of head coaching experience but has been out of football since he was fired at Arizona State following the 2017 season. His head coaching record is 95-61 at Rice (2006), Tulsa (2007-10), Pittsburgh (2011) and Arizona State (2012-17).

      Graham was 46-32 at Arizona State over six seasons, twice posting 10-win seasons and finishing in the AP Top 25 in 2013 and 2014.

      His final three seasons were less successful -- marks of 6-7, 5-7 and 7-6 -- leading to his dismissal.

      In his career, Graham has coached teams in nine bowl games, with a 5-4 record.

      The Rainbow Warriors were 10-5 in 2019 and won the Mountain West Conference's West Division. They defeated BYU in the Hawaii Bowl.

      --Field Level Media

  • Police: Ex-Mississippi State WR Wilson victim of homicide
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    Police in Birmingham, Ala., are investigating the death of former Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson as a homicide.

    • Wilson, 25, was found dead on Tuesday in a home in the city after police received a call about an unresponsive person. Sgt. Johnny Williams of the Birmingham Police Department said he had only "limited details on the investigation" but that police were seeking people in the area with "additional information as to what may have occurred during this homicide."

      Wilson, who attended high school in Birmingham, played for Mississippi State from 2013-15 and was a favorite target of quarterback Dak Prescott.

      In three seasons with the Bulldogs, Wilson had 133 catches for 1,936 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. He is No. 6 in receptions on the Bulldogs' all-time list and tied for second in touchdown receptions.

      He caught 19 touchdown passes from Prescott, making them the No. 1 quarterback-to-receiver TD duo ever for the Bulldogs.

      In 2015, he caught 60 passes for 918 yards, placing him seventh in receiving yards for a season in Mississippi State history.

      Alabama's Mr. Basketball in 2013, he started his Mississippi State career as a two-sport athlete, appearing in seven basketball games before deciding to concentrate on football.

      Wilson left Mississippi State after three seasons to enter the 2016 NFL Draft but wasn't selected. He worked out for the Chicago Bears in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oregon hires ex-Mississippi State coach Moorhead as OC
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Oregon named former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead as its offensive coordinator.

    • "I've admired Joe's offensive philosophy and ability as a play caller from afar, and after meeting with him I was even more impressed," Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said Tuesday in a statement announcing Moorhead's hiring. 'He is a great teacher and communicator, and instills confidence and belief in his players. His offenses have been explosive, balanced, multiple and creative."

      Moorhead was fired on Jan. 3 after leading the Bulldogs to a 14-12 record and two bowl appearances in two seasons in Starkville. He was replaced by Mike Leach, formerly of Washington State.

      Moorhead, 46, replaces Marcus Arroyo, who left the Ducks to become the head coach at UNLV.

      Under Moorhead, Mississippi State was 6-7 in 2019 and ranked seventh in the SEC in both total offense (400.1 yards per game) and scoring (27.6 points per game).

      Moorhead was the head coach at his alma mater Fordham from 2012-15 and has served as the offensive coordinator at Penn State (2016-17), Connecticut (2009-10), Akron (2006-08) and Georgetown (2003). At Penn State, Moorhead twice was named the national offensive coordinator of the year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top QB Vandagriff commits to Georgia
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Georgia has landed its latest home-grown quarterback prospect.

    • Brock Vandagriff, ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2021, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he will play for the Bulldogs. He attends Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart, Ga., just outside Athens.

      "I'm staying home. #GoDawgs #CommitToTheG," he wrote.

      The 6-foot 2 1/2, 199-pound recruit committed to Oklahoma on June 20, then decommitted on Jan. 1.

      "These last couple of months have brought to my attention how hard it is going to be for me to attend college so far away from home," Vandagriff wrote then on Twitter.

      Before choosing Oklahoma, he had Georgia in his top six schools, which also consisted of Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida.

      Aside from being the top quarterback, the 247sports composite also lists him as the No. 1 player in talent-rich Georgia and the No. 8 prospect in the nation.

      Recent signees Jake Fromm (2017) and Justin Fields (2018) also played high school football in Georgia. Fromm recently announced he will enter the 2020 NFL Draft after three seasons with the Bulldogs. Fields transferred to Ohio State after one season.

      --Field Level Media

  • QB King transferring to Miami (FL)
    By Field Level Media / Monday, January 20, 2020

    Former Houston quarterback D'Eriq King announced he will transfer to the University of Miami in a Twitter post on Monday.

    • King, who accounted for 50 total touchdowns with the Cougars in 2018, played in just four games this past season before choosing to redshirt and preserving his final year of eligibility. He entered the NCAA's transfer portal on Jan.13.

      Miami had been mentioned as a destination for King, who also reportedly drew interest from LSU, Arkansas, Maryland, Ole Miss and Oregon.

      The 5-foot- 11 King, from Manvel, Texas, was highly coveted for his dual-threat ability. He's one of six quarterbacks in FBS history to account for 50 touchdowns in a single season. He threw for 36 TDs and ran for 14 more in 2018, when he missed his last 2 1/2 games with a right knee injury.

      King passed for 663 passing yards and six TDs and ran for another six TDs in his abbreviated 2019 season.

      Miami went 6-7 last season under first-year head coach Manny Diaz. Following the season, the Hurricanes hired Rhett Lashlee from SMU and named him their new offensive coordinator.

      The Hurricanes are expected to run a no-huddle, spread offense under Lashlee.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Texas Tech QB Duffey headed to Central Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Former Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey is joining Central Michigan as a graduate transfer, he wrote in a text to ESPN on Sunday.

    • Duffey played in 10 games last season, the final eight as the starter after an injury to Alan Bowman. He passed for 2,840 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes and averaged 284.0 yards per game.

      He also ran for 212 yards and a touchdown for the Red Raiders (4-8).

      Duffey appeared in eight games, with three starts, in 2018, leading the team in rushing with 369 yards.

      Duffey appeared headed to Tulane earlier this month, but he was denied admission because of academics, according to nola.com.

      Duffey has one season of eligibility at Central Michigan, where he will be looking to replace now-departed Tennessee transfer Quinten Dormady, who helped the Chippewas bounce back from a 1-11 record in 2018.

      Central Michigan (8-6) won the Mid-American Conference West division title in its first year under former Florida head coach Jim McElwain. The Chippewas lost 48-11 to San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Clemson's Simmons entering NFL draft
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced Saturday that he plans to skip his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

    • "Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out," Simmons wrote on Twitter, leading into a lengthy post.

      The Tigers' leading tackler the past two seasons is expected to be chosen among the top 10 picks, projecting as a versatile linebacker-safety hybrid.

      A redshirt junior, Simmons finished the 2019 season with 102 tackles (16 for loss), eight sacks and three interceptions, earning the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He totaled 236 tackles (28 for loss), 10 sacks and four interceptions during his Clemson career.

      --Clemson junior defensive tackle Xavier Kelly has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

      He appeared in 10 games for the national championship runner-up Tigers in 2019, tallying six tackles, a half-sack, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

      The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Kelly, who registered 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 28 games with the Tigers, will be eligible to play his final season in 2020 as a graduate transfer.

      --LSU and members of its national championship team are "unlikely" to face penalties from the NCAA stemming from players apparently accepting cash from Odell Beckham Jr. following the Tigers' 42-25 win over Clemson, according to a report by CBS Sports.

      The LSU football program has been under extra scrutiny this week following its win Monday night in New Orleans, where Cleveland Browns and former LSU wide receiver Beckham was seen handing out cash to LSU players on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

      CBS Sports cited two compliance experts, who noted that any junior or senior headed to the NFL draft would likely not be impacted, while underclassmen would be required to pay back the money to avoid suspension.

      --Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, fresh off LSU's national championship win, will skip playing in next week's Senior Bowl, confirmed Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy.

      "Had a great talk with @LSUfootball QB Joe Burrow last night and he decided to forgo the @seniorbowl to spend time with family," wrote Nagy in a social media post. "Our staff completely respects his decision and wish Joe nothing but the best. Some NFL team and city are getting a special player, person, and leader."

      Burrow reportedly was considering playing in the all-star college football exhibition game, set for Saturday in Mobile, Ala., given that the Cincinnati Bengals are set to coach the South team in the game. The Bengals hold the first pick in April's NFL draft and Burrow is expected to go No. 1.

      --Wisconsin wide receiver Aron Cruickshank announced he is transferring to Rutgers.

      A 5-foot-9 sophomore, Cruickshank played in all 14 games for the Badgers in 2019.

      He rushed 13 times for 139 yards and one touchdown, caught three passes for 29 yards and returned 23 kickoffs for 674 yards and two scores in 2019. Cruickshank returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Wisconsin's 28-27 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clemson LB Simmons to enter NFL draft
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced Saturday that he plans to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

    • "Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out," Simmons wrote on Twitter, leading into a lengthy post.

      The Tigers' leading tackler the past two seasons is expected to be chosen among the top 10 picks.

      A redshirt junior, Simmons finished the 2019 season with 102 tackles (16 for loss), eight sacks and three interceptions, earning the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He totaled 236 tackles (28 for loss), 10 sacks and four interceptions during his Clemson career.

      Clemson junior wide receiver Tee Higgins, also projected to go in the first round, declared for the draft on Wednesday. Cornerback A.J. Terrell, considered a second- or third-round prospect, declared for the draft on Friday.

      On Saturday, star running back Travis Etienne announced that he will return to school for his senior season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin WR Cruickshank transfers to Rutgers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Wisconsin wide receiver Aron Cruickshank announced Saturday he is transferring to Rutgers.

    • A 5-foot-9 sophomore, Cruickshank played in all 14 games for the Badgers in 2019.

      He posted a photo to Instagram on Saturday wearing a Rutgers uniform with the headline "Committed."

      He rushed 13 times for 139 yards and one touchdown, caught three passes for 29 yards and returned 23 kickoffs for 674 yards and two scores in 2019.

      Cruickshank returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Wisconsin's 28-27 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

      The Brooklyn, N.Y., native will have to sit out the 2020 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility with the Scarlet Knights starting in 2021.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clemson DT Kelly enters NCAA transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Clemson junior defensive tackle Xavier Kelly has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

    • He appeared in 10 games for the national championship runner-up Tigers in 2019, tallying six tackles, a half-sack, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

      The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Kelly will be eligible to play his final season in 2020 as a graduate transfer.

      "I have never shied away from hard work or a challenge. My time at Clemson was a challenge that I happily accepted, (and I) worked hard to be the best defensive lineman, teammate and student I could be," Kelly posted Saturday on Twitter.

      "With this being said, I have decided to enter the transfer portal and continue my football career elsewhere. It is an honor to be able to say that I graduated from Clemson. Clemson will always have a special place in my heart."

      Kelly registered 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 28 games with the Tigers.

      A four-star recruit in Clemson's 2016 recruiting class, he was rated the No. 1 prospect in the state of Kansas and the No. 8 defensive end in the country by the 247 Sports Composite.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Penalties unlikely for LSU, players who got cash from OBJ
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 18, 2020

    LSU and members of its national championship team are "unlikely" to face penalties from the NCAA stemming from players apparently accepting cash from Odell Beckham Jr. following the Tigers' 42-25 win over Clemson, according to a report Saturday by CBS Sports.

    • The LSU football program has been under extra scrutiny this week following its win Monday night in New Orleans, where Cleveland Browns and former LSU wide receiver Beckham was seen handing out cash to LSU players on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

      CBS Sports cited two compliance experts, who noted that any junior or senior headed to the NFL draft would likely not be impacted, while underclassmen would be required to pay back the money to avoid suspension.

      "My takeaway is that they were celebrating and having fun," said former NCAA official Tim Nevius. "This is overly scrutinized despite the fact it could potentially be a rules violation. But it is unlikely to impact anyone's eligibility because the guys who accepted the money are leaving.

      "And any underclassmen who got money, there is a threshold that will require them to repay the money that would not likely result in a suspension."

      That threshold ranges from $200-$500. Nevius also noted that the NCAA might, however, investigate whether the incident was a scheme by a booster to compensate players. Beckham may be considered a booster after donating headphones to LSU players prior to the game. The NCAA did approve the gifts.

      "If they've already played in their last game, they're probably not going to be implicated by the rules," said Brian Battle, former Florida State and FAU compliance official.

      The report noted that an LSU official showed CBS Sports a counterfeit bill the morning after the game and said that's what was handed out by Beckham. However later that night, Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow said on the "Pardon My Take" podcast that the money was authentic.

      "I'm not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah," Burrow said on the podcast by Barstool Sports.

      --Field Level Media

  • Burrow turns down invite to Senior Bowl
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, January 18, 2020

    Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, fresh off LSU's national championship win, will skip playing in next week's Senior Bowl, confirmed Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy on Saturday.

    • "Had a great talk with @LSUfootball QB Joe Burrow last night and he decided to forgo the @seniorbowl to spend time with family," wrote Nagy in a social media post. "Our staff completely respects his decision and wish Joe nothing but the best. Some NFL team and city are getting a special player, person, and leader."

      Burrow was reportedly considering playing in the all-star college football exhibition game, set for Saturday in Mobile, Ala., given that the Cincinnati Bengals are set to coach the South team in the game. The Bengals hold the first pick in April's NFL draft and Burrow is expected to go No. 1.

      The 23-year-old Burrow passed for five touchdowns and ran in one to lead No. 1 LSU past No. 3 Clemson 42-25 in New Orleans on Jan. 13, leading the Tigers to a 15-0 season and their first national title since 2007. He finished the season with NCAA records of 60 touchdown passes and 65 touchdowns accounted for, breaking the marks of 58 and 63, respectively, set by Hawaii's Colt Brennan in 2006.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Clemson RB Etienne to return
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 17, 2020

    Clemson star running back Travis Etienne announced Friday he will return to school for his senior season.

    • Etienne was forecasted to be selected in the latter part of the first round or in the second round of the NFL draft, making his decision is to return to Clemson a bit of a surprise. Set to turn 21 on Jan. 26, he weighed the pros and cons since Monday night's loss to LSU in the College Football Playoff title game.

      "Speaking of dreams, I have long dreamed of competing at the highest level and getting the chance to compete in the NFL," Etienne wrote in a post on his Twitter account. "But I'm not done dreaming here at Clemson either, which is why I'm announcing that I'll be returning for my senior season. I look forward to earning my degree from this great university and continuing to fight with my brothers on the team to make you proud during the 2020 season."

      The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Etienne has rushed for a school-record 4,038 yards and holds Atlantic Coast Conference records for rushing touchdowns (56) and total touchdowns (62).

      --LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss, and linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

      With his family watching in the stands, Thaddeus Moss had two touchdown receptions in LSU's 42-25 win over Clemson on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game. He finished the game with five catches for 36 yards. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Moss finished the season with 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns.

      The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Chaisson led the Tigers in sacks this season, tallying 6.5 to go along with 60 tackles in 13 games, all starts. He also had a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss.

      --The Georgia Bulldogs added former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken to their coaching staff, head coach Kirby Smart announced.

      Monken, 53, spent just one season in Cleveland under former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, and new coach Kevin Stefanski did not retain him.

      Monken's mission will be to revive the Bulldogs' offense, which ranked No. 72 in the nation in passing last season (fifth in the SEC) with 223.0 yards per game and No. 50 in scoring with 30.8 points per game (fifth in SEC). He'll have to do it while breaking in a new quarterback as three-year starter Jake Fromm announced he will enter the NFL draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Clemson RB Etienne returning for senior season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 17, 2020

    Clemson star running back Travis Etienne announced Friday he will return to school for his senior season.

    • Etienne was forecasted to be selected in the latter part of the first round or in the second round of the NFL Draft, making his decision is to return to Clemson a bit of a surprise.

      Set to turn 21 on Jan. 26, he weighed the pros and cons since Monday night's loss to LSU in the College Football Playoff title game.

      "Speaking of dreams, I have long dreamed of competing at the highest level and getting the chance to compete in the NFL," Etienne wrote in a post on his Twitter account. "But I'm not done dreaming here at Clemson either, which is why I'm announcing that I'll be returning for my senior season.

      "I look forward to earning my degree from this great university and continuing to fight with my brothers on the team to make you proud during the 2020 season."

      The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Etienne has rushed for a school-record 4,038 yards and holds Atlantic Coast Conference records for rushing touchdowns (56) and total touchdowns (62).

      He was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season in 2019 when he rushed for 1,614 yards and 19 touchdowns and also caught 37 passes for 432 yards and four scores.

      As a sophomore, Etienne set a school single-season record by rushing for 1,658 yards.

      With Etienne returning and quarterback Trevor Lawrence entering his junior season, Clemson again should be a national championship contender next season.

      --Field Level Media

  • LSU's Moss, Chaisson latest to declare for NFL Draft
    By Field Level Media / Friday, January 17, 2020

    LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss, son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss, and linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson declared for the 2020 NFL Draft on Friday.

    • "After much prayer, council and thought I have decided to forgo the remaining year of eligibility I have at LSU to enter the 2020 NFL Draft," Thaddeus Moss wrote on Twitter. "I have loved being a part of something as legendary as this 2019-2020 football team."

      With his family watching in the stands, Thaddeus Moss had two touchdown receptions in LSU's 42-25 win over Clemson on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game. He finished the game with five catches for 36 yards.

      The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Moss finished the season with 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns.

      Randy Moss was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, his first year of eligibility. Thaddeus Moss introduced his father during Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, Ohio.

      Thaddeus Moss is the latest LSU player to declare for the NFL Draft. He joins linebackers Chaisson, Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips, as well as safety Grant Delpit, wide receiver Justin Jefferson, center Lloyd Cushenberry and left tackle Saahdiq Charles.

      Chaisson's decision ensures the Tigers will need to replace their entire starting linebacking corps from this past season.

      Chaisson announced his decision in a lengthy statement on Twitter, thanking the numerous people who impacted his LSU career.

      "I realize I will never be able to fully repay the debts I owe my LSU family, but at the very least, I hope that I've made you all proud," he wrote.

      "Now, after three life-changing years, this once wide-eyed boy has become a battle-tested man. After consulting with my family and God, it is with great honor and pride that I declare myself to the NFL Draft."

      The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Chaisson led the Tigers in sacks this season, tallying 6.5 to go along with 60 tackles in 13 games, all starts. He also had a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss.

      --Field Level Media