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  • Oregon dismisses LB Leiato from team
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    Oregon senior linebacker Fotu Leiato was dismissed from the football team, university officials confirmed on Thursday.

    • Leiato has been arrested twice in 2018.

      The 21-year-old was arrested in late April on charges of theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

      Leiato also was booked on a misdemeanor trespassing charge in January.

      Leiato recorded 14 tackles last season as a junior and was expected to be a starter in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • LB Kirkland plans to transfer from Tennessee
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 25, 2018

    Tennessee's linebacker depth took a hit Thursday night when Darrin Kirkland Jr. announced his intention to leave as a graduate transfer.

    • Kirkland, who has two years of college eligibility remaining, did not state his destination in his Twitter post.

      Beginning by writing, "Lord please guide me on this journey," Kirkland added, "For the last 3 years The University of Tennessee has been my home. After much prayer, thought, and consideration about what my future holds, I have decided to use my last 2 years of eligibility as a graduate transfer to another university to pursue my graduate degree while playing football. Tennessee will always hold a special place in my heart. These moments have been priceless and I'm a better player and man from this experience."

      Kirkland sat out all of last season following an operation to repair a torn meniscus. According to the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, he recently participated in some of the Volunteers' spring practices but not the Orange and White Game.

      The previous two years, he compiled 111 tackles while making 16 starts, and he was selected to the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman team in 2015.

      Kirkland was a four-star recruit out of Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.

      The Volunteers went 4-8 last season, 0-8 in the SEC. They open 2018 play with a neutral-site game vs. West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 1.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky DB Walker charged with drug trafficking
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Kentucky defensive back Marcus Walker was arrested by Lexington Police on Thursday morning and faces several drug-related charges.

    • Walker has been charged with buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in a controlled substance. His booking citation on the Fayette County Jail's website alleges he was trafficking more than 5 pounds of marijuana and 4 or more grams of cocaine.

      The Lexington Herald-Leader reports police said they found a large amount of cash when executing a search warrant at Walker's home.

      Walker is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Fayette District Court on Thursday afternoon.

      Kentucky sports information director Susan Lax told the Herald-Leader the school is "aware of the situation and [is] in the process of gathering more information."

      Walker, a former four-star recruit, has primarily played special teams in his time at Kentucky. He has appeared in 21 games the last two seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tulane coach Fritz lands two-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Tulane extended the contract of coach Willie Fritz by two years through the 2023 season, the school announced.

    • Fritz is 9-15 over his first two seasons at the school, including a 5-7 mark last season.

      Athletic director Troy Dannen is pleased with what he has seen from Fritz.

      "Great programs start with great leadership," Dannen said in a statement. "Willie has provided that great leadership during his first two years. ...

      "He has led with integrity and class, while elevating anticipation and expectations for our program moving forward. Our commitment to him signals our trust and confidence in all aspects of the direction of the football program at Tulane University."

      Fritz is equally thrilled to see the commitment being made toward himself and the program.

      "I couldn't be more excited with the direction in which our football program is headed," Fritz said. "It is an absolute joy to coach at this institution. We have total buy-in from everyone on our staff to our administration, and I know we have a bright future."

      Fritz went 17-7 in two seasons at Georgia Southern before landing the Tulane job.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Florida State suspends OL Ball
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Florida State offensive lineman Josh Ball has been suspended by the university following an investigation into his conduct, according to multiple reports.

    • Ball was accused of abuse last fall by former girlfriend Sandra Sellers, who sought a protective order against him. A joint resolution ordering Ball to stay away from where Sellers lives and places she frequents was reached in November.

      The length of his suspension was not immediately known, but Sellers reportedly posted about the ruling on Facebook. The post included some reported details of the discipline from the university, including that Ball will be on disciplinary probation effective spring semester in 2019 through spring semester 2020. That would put his status for the football team next season in question.

      Ball was not charged with any crimes and a resolution was reached following a civil hearing after Sellers detailed in a sworn petition 11 incidents of claimed abuse over an 18-month period. That led to the university inquiry.

      According to the Orlando Sentinel, Ball has been ordered to stay at least 500 feet from Sellers' residence in Tallahassee, her parents' residence, her church, her job, and Tallahassee Community College.

      Ball started nine games at left tackle for the Seminoles last season as a redshirt freshman and was expected to enter fall camp as the starter at right tackle. Fifth-year senior Derrick Kelly would likely get the first shot at replacing Ball if he is unavailable for the 2018 season, with Jauan Williams and Mike Arnold also in the mix.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penn State adds two big commits to 2019 class
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    The Penn State football program received a notable boost on Monday via two key commitments.

    • Five-star linebacker Brandon Smith and four-star defensive back Tyler Rudolph both verbally committed to the Nittany Lions, giving them five big-name commits in the last week.

      Top-ranked junior college safety Jaquan Brisker committed Thursday, highly regarded running back Devyn Ford did the same Friday and four-star defensive back Marquis Wilson pledged Sunday night.

      Smith, the country's No. 30 overall prospect, per 247sports.com, announced his commitment at a ceremony at Louisa County High School in Mineral, Va. The 6-foot-4, 223-pounder had officially visited Texas A&M last month.

      Rudolph, from Waterbury, Conn., picked Penn State over Clemson among several other competitors. He's ranked 22nd among defensive backs in the class by 247sports.com.

      Penn State's recruiting class is currently ranked 14th in the nation.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jury sides with NCAA in McNair defamation suit
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    A Los Angeles jury found in favor of the NCAA in the defamation trial centered around former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair.

    • After six days of deliberation, the jury voted 9-3 on Monday that the NCAA did not make a false statement about McNair when it found him guilty of unethical conduct in the Reggie Bush extra benefits scandal.

      McNair, 52, was seeking $27 million in damages, noting that he has been unable to find work after the scandal. He sued the NCAA in June 2011 after he was sanctioned with a one-year "show cause" penalty.

      McNair hasn't coached at the college or professional level since he was sanctioned.

      Bruce Broillet, McNair's attorney, said in a statement they were "disappointed in the result" and "assessing the situation and considering our next steps."

      --Field Level Media

  • Harbaugh planning South Africa trip for Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    The next exotic stop for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines: South Africa.

    • The mercurial coach told WTKA-AM during a radio interview Monday morning that the team's annual expenses-paid trip to a foreign country will take them on safari and to Johannesburg and Cape Town next year.

      "How about that? How about a safari?" Harbaugh said. "I'm looking forward to it."

      Starting last year, the annual trip for the Michigan football team has become tradition. The Wolverines were in France last month and began the ritual with a trip to Italy in 2017. The trips are financed by Michigan donors Bobby Kotick and Don Graham, and players are not required to go.

      On the trip to Italy, the Wolverines held three spring practices. The France trip featured no football.

      "Both (Italy and France) were great," Harbaugh said. "Both experiences were unbelievably good. Look forward to doing it again next year."

      Other destinations Harbaugh has considered include Cuba, Spain and Greece.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former 5-star QB Johnson reportedly transferring from Clemson
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 21, 2018

    Clemson Tigers sophomore quarterback Hunter Johnson is transferring from the program, with Purdue and Northwestern expected to be potential landing spots for the Brownsburg, Ind., native, according to multiple reports.

    • Johnson has three years of eligibility remaining but will have to sit out one season if he transfers to another FBS program, per NCAA rules. He initially committed to Tennessee and was also heavily recruited by Penn State and Notre Dame in 2015.

      Johnson was a five-star recruit who saw limited action as a freshman in 2017, completing 21 of 31 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns in seven games as a backup to Kelly Bryant. His most extensive action came against The Citadel, when he completed 7 of 8 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.

      The Tigers have since added highly touted incoming freshman and early enrollee Trevor Lawrence, the top-ranked recruit in the nation according to some services. Redshirt freshman Chase Brice is the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster with Johnson departing. Zerrick Cooper (Jacksonville State) and Tucker Israel announced their transfers earlier this year.

      Bryant is the only quarterback on the Clemson roster with game experience.

      Johnson completed 8 of 14 passes for 85 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the spring game while also rushing for a 3-yard touchdown. Lawrence completed 11 of 16 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown -- a 50-yard pass to deep threat Tee Higgins.

      "Regardless of where we are today we've got a long way to go before we play in September, and no matter what happens in September I don't think the competition's just going to end," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after spring practices ended, per The State. "I think we've got guys on the roster that are going to be driven each and every day to either be the guy or beat the guy out or make the guy better or whatever it may be."

      --Field Level Media

  • LSU legend Cannon, who won Heisman in '59, dies at 80
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Billy Cannon, who won the Heisman in 1959 during an electrifying college career at LSU, has passed away at the age of 80, the university announced on Sunday.

    • Cannon died peacefully in his sleep., according to a tweet from LSU.

      "Billy Cannon passed away peacefully in his home early Sunday morning. He was 80 years old. The entire #LSU family mourns with the Cannons and his loved ones. He will never be forgotten. #20," the tweet read.

      Cannon played all over the field for the Tigers, taking snaps at halfback, fullback and tight end on offense and playing defensive back and returning kicks as well. He led the team to an undefeated national championship season in 1958, scoring the only points in a 7-0 Sugar Bowl win against rival Clemson to seal the title.

      He followed that with his 1959 Heisman-winning campaign, highlighted by an 89-yard punt return touchdown to beat No. 3 Ole Miss on Halloween. The Rebels had led the No. 1 Tigers 3-0 in the fourth quarter when Cannon took the punt on a bounce and went the distance.

      Cannon was drafted No. 1 overall in both the AFL and NFL drafts in 1960. He originally agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, but then agreed to a more lucrative deal with the AFL's Houston Oilers, sparking a lawsuit by the Rams. A judge ruled in favor of the Oilers, paving the way for Cannon to become the first professional football player to sign a deal worth $100,000.

      He later played for the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs before retiring after a season-ending injury in 1970.

      Cannon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and his No. 20 is one of only two retired numbers at LSU. Tommy Casanova is the other. Jerry Stovall will have his number retired this season.

      He became a dentist after leaving football and worked at the Louisiana State Penitentiary until his death.

      --Field Level Media

  • OL Warmack leaves Alabama for Oregon as grad transfer
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Offensive lineman Dallas Warmack is following his position coach to join the Oregon Ducks as a graduate transfer.

    • Warmack announced his decision to leave Alabama for the Ducks on Saturday night. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.

      In his statement, Warmack cited new Ducks coach Mario Cristobal, who was Warmack's position coach at Alabama.

      "I am going to play my last two years for the coach I believe in the most!" part of his statement read. "Coach Cristobal let's take Oregon to the highest level!"

      Warmack played in 16 games for Alabama across 2015 and 2016, but redshirted last season.

      His brother, Chance Warmack, was a first-round draft pick (10th overall) out of Alabama by the Tennessee Titans in 2013. He currently plays guard for the Philadelphia Eagles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Neuheisel hired to coach Phoenix team in new pro football league
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 18, 2018

    The Alliance of American Football has announced former UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel will coach the league's team in Phoenix, adding to its list of coaches with name recognition.

    • The professional league, to be aired on CBS, plans to debut next Feb. 9, a week after the NFL Super Bowl, and has eight teams playing a 10-game season.

      The AAF said in a tweet that its fans "are in for a treat" with Neuheisel's hiring.

      [Social]

      Phoenix fans are in for a treat! @CoachNeuheisel officially announced as head coach for the #AlliancePHX team with all home games played at Sun Devil Stadium pic.twitter.com/RR9rSxcEqM

      — AAF (@TheAAF) May 18, 2018

      [Social]

      Neuheisel posted a record of 87-59 as coach of Colorado, Washington and UCLA. He was 21-28 in his time with the Bruins, which ended with a 6-6 season in 2011.

      Other coaches announced for the AAF have included former Chicago Bears star and San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary for a Memphis franchise; former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress for a team in Atlanta and Steve Spurrier, a former head coach in college at Florida and South Carolina and with the Washington Redskins in the NFL, for a team in Orlando.

      --Field Level Media

  • OSU transfer QB Burrow chooses LSU
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 18, 2018

    Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow has picked LSU over Cincinnati, the quarterback confirmed in a tweet late Friday night.

    • "Excited to be playing in Death Valley next season. Ready to get to work," Burrow tweeted.

      Burrow scheduled visits to Cincinnati and LSU last week after announcing his plans to transfer on May 8. A redshirt junior, he still has two seasons of eligibility remaining, and he will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

      Burrow was a three-star recruit and arrived on the Buckeyes' campus as a redshirt in 2015. He backed up J.T. Barrett in 2016 but was bumped to No. 3 on the depth chart last season behind redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, who projects as the 2018 starter.

      "I came here to play. I didn't come here to sit on the bench for four years," Burrow told the Columbus Dispatch in March. "I know I'm a pretty darn good quarterback and I want to play somewhere."

      With LSU, Burrow will have a chance at the starting job after Danny Etling, last year's primary option for the Tigers at quarterback, was selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of last month's NFL draft. Other QB options on LSU's roster include freshman Lowell Narcisse, junior Justin McMillan and sophomores Andre Sale and Myles Brennan.

      --Field Level Media

  • QB Barnett lands at USF as grad transfer
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 18, 2018

    Former Alabama and Arizona State quarterback Blake Barnett enrolled at USF as a graduate transfer.

    • According to multiple reports, Barnett left Arizona State for Tampa and has two years of eligibility remaining at USF. He will be in competition for the quarterback job in fall camp with Chris Oladokun and Brett Kean.

      A five-start recruit in 2015, Barnett committed to Notre Dame before backing out to accept a scholarship to Alabama. He redshirted before serving as Alabama's Week 1 starter against Southern Cal in 2016.

      Jalen Hurts replaced Barnett and became the starter, a move that pushed Barnett to transfer to Arizona State. Barnett was the No. 2 quarterback behind Manny Wilkins in Tempe.

      After a coaching change at ASU, Barnett is on the move again.

      USF is attempting to replace Quinton Flowers, who started 38 games for the Bulls and signed as an undrafted free agent running back with the Cincinnati Bengals last month. Flowers had 2,608 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns the past two seasons for the Bulls.

      Flowers passed for 8,013 yards and 71 touchdowns during his three seasons as a starter at USF.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tide QB Tagovailoa pondered transfer last season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 18, 2018

    Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Thursday that he planned to transfer from the Crimson Tide if he did not play in January's national championship game against Georgia.

    • Tagovailoa wound up replacing starter Jalen Hurts at halftime and he rallied the Tide from a 13-0 deficit to a 26-20 victory over the Bulldogs. He threw the game-winning touchdown in overtime and earned the game's offensive MVP award as a true freshman.

      According to Hawaii News Now, Tagovailoa told students at his old middle school in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, on Thursday that he intended to transfer after the season if he did not see the field against the Bulldogs.

      "I wanted to leave the school," he said, as part of a motivational speech about perseverance. "So I told myself if I didn't play in the last game, which was the national championship game, I would transfer out. If I gave in, I don't think I would have seen the end blessing of where I am now."

      Tagovailoa also described a point early during his time in Tuscaloosa where he spoke to his parents about potentially transferring to Southern California, but they told him to push through his struggles.

      "I called my dad and asked him if my offer to the University of Southern California was still available," he said. "I wanted to leave. I told my dad I wanted to go to a school where I thought it'd be easier for me and wouldn't challenge me so much."

      The rising sophomore is battling Hurts, a rising junior, for the starting job in 2018, though the lefty Tagovailoa sustained an injury to his throwing hand on the first day of spring practice and will not be healthy until summer workouts after having a setback.

      Hurts' father, Averion Hurts, suggested to Bleacher Report in April that his son would seek a transfer if not named Alabama's starter, saying, "He'd be the biggest free agent in college football history."

      He also said that he expects head coach Nick Saban to oversee a fair battle between the two signal-callers but added that his son will not change positions.

      "Coach Saban's job is to do what's best for his team," Averion Hurts said. "I have no problem with that. My job is to do what's best for Jalen -- and make no mistake, Jalen is a quarterback, and he wants to play quarterback. He loves Alabama, loves Coach Saban and everything about that place. But he wants to play, and he will play."

      --Field Level Media

  • DL McDougle announces transfer from WVU to WSU
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Lamonte McDougle is transferring from West Virginia to Washington State, the defensive lineman announced on Twitter late Wednesday night.

    • McDougle, who has three years of eligibility remaining, will sit out the 2018 season as a result of transfer rules. He had 23 tackles (four for loss), two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in appearing in all 13 games as a true freshman with West Virginia last season.

      McDougle is the son of Stockar McDougle, who had current Washington State coach Mike Leach as an offensive coordinator when he played offensive line at Oklahoma.

      --Field Level Media

  • Frost fires back at Alabama, questions legitimacy of titles
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Scott Frost isn't willing to let Alabama get the last word regarding UCF's perfect 13-0 "championship" season.

    • The former Knights coach, now patrolling the sidelines for Nebraska, said in a recent interview with KETV in Omaha that not all of Crimson Tide's national championships are legitimate -- a response to Alabama coach Nick Saban telling USA Today UCF's self-proclaimed championship season is "not the same as actually earning it."

      "I think I'm on the record enough with that kind of stuff, but Alabama has probably got one or two championships they claim that weren't necessarily recognized by everybody," Frost said in the interview, which is set to air in full Sunday.

      Alabama claims 17 national titles, including last season's. However, several of the team's early titles are considered up for debate seeing as they were claimed before the modern polling systems existed.

      In his interview with USA Today, Saban continued, "There's probably a significant number of people who don't respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves.

      "We've only had one undefeated team, and that is really hard to do. So I have a tremendous amount of respect for their team and what they were able to accomplish. ... And they can make every claim that they should have been in the playoff. I get that.

      "But we have a system, and it's not fair to the people who went through the system and earned their way playing really, really good teams -- I mean really good teams -- and really tough games. It's not quite fair to them for somebody else just to decide to [claim a national championship]."

      UCF celebrated its 13-0 season with a national championship banner and handed out rings to players. For his part, Frost previously told USA Today that he "would have had a hard time getting behind" the championship claims if he were staying at UCF, though he later told the Orlando Sentinel he doesn't have a problem with the idea of there being multiple title winners.

      --Field Level Media

  • College football notebook: Alabama, Texas to play games in 2022-23
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Alabama and Texas will play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023, the schools announced Wednesday.

    • The Longhorns will host the Crimson Tide on Sept. 10, 2022, with Texas traveling to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023.

      The 2022 meeting will be the first time Alabama and Texas have played each other since the 2010 BCS national championship game, a 37-21 Crimson Tide win. However, the Longhorns are 7-1-1 against the Tide all time.

      As a result of the agreement, Texas and Ohio State have mutually agreed to push back the dates of their home-and-home series from 2022 and 2023 to 2025 and 2026. The Longhorns will host the Buckeyes on Aug. 30, 2025, and travel to Columbus on Sept. 5, 2026. In addition, Texas has added a home game against UTEP on Sept. 19, 2020, and canceled a home game against UCF scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023.

      --Duke junior kicker/punter Austin Parker was reinstated to the program, five months after being booted off the team.

      Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe dismissed Parker in December due to unspecified violations of university academic policy. Cutcliffe said he was initially against allowing Parker to rejoin the team but recently changed his mind. The university said Parker started summer school at Duke.

      "During this process, Parker has displayed humility and wisdom while, through his actions, regaining our trust," Cutcliffe said in a school news release. "This certainly hasn't been easy, but that's the way life lessons can be taught. He went through the procedure for re-application to the school and, most importantly, continues his education here at Duke immediately with the first summer school session."

      --Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive died in Birmingham, Ala., after a lengthy illness, the SEC announced. He was 77.

      Slive served as the conference's commissioner from 2002 until retiring in July 2015, shortly after announcing he was beginning treatment for the recurrence of prostate cancer, which he was first diagnosed with in the late 1990s. He had been working as a consultant for the conference since retiring.

      During his tenure, four SEC teams combined to win the BCS National Championship Game eight times, including an unprecedented seven straight titles from 2006 to 2012. The conference also added Texas A&M and Missouri as new members in 2012 and launched the SEC Network in affiliation with ESPN in August 2014, making it the richest conference in college sports.

      --Former Georgia football star Andy Johnson died in Athens after a long illness. He was 65.

      A three-year starting quarterback for Georgia from 1971-73, Johnson led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record as a sophomore when he rushed for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns.

      In his three seasons, Johnson rushed for 1,799 yards and 21 touchdowns and passed for 1,518 yards and nine touchdowns. He was intercepted 17 times. Johnson was an NFL running back with the New England Patriots from 1974-82.

      --Field Level Media

  • Longtime SEC commissioner Slive dies at 77
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive died in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday after a lengthy illness, the SEC announced. He was 77.

    • Slive served as the conference's commissioner from 2002 until retiring in July 2015, shortly after announcing he was beginning treatment for the recurrence of prostate cancer, which he was first diagnosed with in the late 1990s. He had been working as a consultant for the conference since retiring.

      "Slive oversaw a remarkable era of success in the SEC while helping shape the landscape of college sports as a national leader in college sports," the SEC said in a statement.

      During his tenure, four SEC teams combined to win the BCS National Championship Game eight times, including an unprecedented seven straight titles from 2006 to 2012. The conference also added Texas A&M and Missouri as new members in 2012 and launched the SEC Network in affiliation with ESPN in August 2014, making it the richest conference in college sports.

      In total, the SEC won 81 national championships in 17 of its 21 sponsored sports during Slive's tenure.

      Before joining the conference, Slive was the founding commissioner of the Great Midwest Conference (1990-95) and its evolved form, Conference USA, leading the latter conference from 1995-2002.

      Prior to getting into athletics, he practiced law in New Hampshire, serving as a judge in Hanover District Court from 1972-77.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama, Texas agree to games in 2022-23
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Alabama and Texas will play a home-and-home series in 2022 and 2023, the schools announced Wednesday.

    • The Longhorns will host the Crimson Tide on Sept. 10, 2022, with Texas traveling to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023.

      The 2022 meeting will be the first time Alabama and Texas have played each other since the 2010 BCS national championship game, a 37-21 Crimson Tide win. However, the Longhorns are 7-1-1 against the Tide all time.

      "We are pleased and happy to be able to add an opponent the caliber of the University of Texas to our non-conference schedule," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a team release. "The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have played a lot of memorable games over the years and the addition of this home-and-home series will be great for not only our fans, but fans of college football."

      As a result of the agreement, Texas and Ohio State have mutually agreed to push back the dates of their home-and-home series from 2022 and 2023 to 2025 and 2026. The Longhorns will host the Buckeyes on Aug. 30, 2025, and travel to Columbus on Sept. 5, 2026.

      In addition, Texas has added a home game against UTEP on Sept. 19, 2020, and canceled a home game against UCF scheduled for Sept. 9, 2023.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Georgia QB Johnson dies at 65
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Former Georgia football star Andy Johnson died early Wednesday in Athens after a long illness. He was 65.

    • Johnson was an NFL running back with the New England Patriots from 1974-82.

      A three-year starting quarterback for Georgia from 1971-73, Johnson led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record as a sophomore when he rushed for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns.

      In his three seasons, Johnson rushed for 1,799 yards and 21 touchdowns and passed for 1,518 yards and nine touchdowns. He was intercepted 17 times.

      Johnson was a fifth-round pick by the Patriots in 1974. His best season was 1976 when he rushed for 699 yards and six touchdowns and caught 29 passes for 343 yards and four scores.

      Overall, Johnson rushed for 2,017 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 161 passes for 1,807 yards and nine touchdowns for New England.

      Johnson threw a 24-yard, halfback option touchdown pass to Harold Jackson in a 31-10 playoff loss against the Houston Oilers on Dec. 31, 1978.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke reinstates K/P Parker
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Duke junior kicker/punter Austin Parker was reinstated to the program on Wednesday, five months after being booted off the team.

    • Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe dismissed Parker in December due to unspecified violations of university academic policy. Cutcliffe said he was initially against allowing Parker to rejoin the team but recently changed his mind.

      The university said Parker started summer school at Duke on Wednesday.

      "During this process, Parker has displayed humility and wisdom while, through his actions, regaining our trust," Cutcliffe said in a school news release. "This certainly hasn't been easy, but that's the way life lessons can be taught. He went through the procedure for re-application to the school and, most importantly, continues his education here at Duke immediately with the first summer school session."

      Parker enjoyed a strong sophomore season prior to his dismissal. He made 17 of 21 field-goal attempts and averaged 42.1 yards per punt with 10 downed inside the 20-yard line.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blandino hired to handle offseason replay review
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 14, 2018

    Former NFL officiating executive Dean Blandino was hired as director of instant replay by College Football Officiating, the NCAA announced Monday.

    • Blandino's new job will be an offseason gig and he will continue in his role as a Fox Sports on-air rules analyst for NFL and NCAA broadcasts. Blandino will study the functioning of the instant replay system.

      "Dean emerged as the best candidate from a talented group of people interested in helping shape the future of instant replay in college football," Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference and chair of the CFO Board of Managers, said in a statement. "His expertise and skills will help guide this important aspect of officiating."

      Blandino served in a variety of roles with the NFL from 1994-2017. He became senior vice president of officiating in 2013 and served in the role until his 2017 departure to Fox.

      "I'm extremely excited to join the CFO and NCAA in this role," Blandino said in the statement. "I've spent much of my career in the replay space and look forward to continuing to improve our processes and programming with the ultimate goal of efficient -- and correct -- outcomes."

      Blandino's role starts immediately and concludes at the end of August. His duties resume in January of 2019.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ole Miss legend Brewer dies at 83
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Billy Brewer, the second-winningest head football coach in Ole Miss history, died in Memphis on Saturday following a brief illness, the school announced. Brewer was 83.

    • "As a coach and player, Billy Brewer shared a love for Ole Miss that was unparalleled," said Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke in a statement. "He was greatly admired by his players and his teammates and will forever be engrained in the history of Rebel Football. Our prayers go out to the Brewer family and all of Rebel Nation during this time."

      Brewer played for Johnny Vaught's Rebels in the late 1950s before later serving 11 years as head coach at Ole Miss. His 67 victories in that time is second only to Vaught's 190 in the program's history.

      Brewer, who coached Ole Miss from 1983-93, finished with a 67-56-3 record. He took the Rebels to five bowl games, winning the Liberty Bowl twice (1989, '92) and the Independence Bowl once (1986).

      Brewer coached six years at Southeast Louisiana (1974-79) and three years at Louisiana Tech (1980-82) before taking over the Rebels job. He leaves behind two sons and five grandchildren.

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA: Former Ole Miss players immediately eligible
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 11, 2018

    Five former Mississippi players will be eligible to play this season for other programs, the NCAA ruled Thursday.

    • The ruling followed a recent decision that made ex-Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson eligible to play next season at Michigan. Patterson asked the NCAA for a waiver to play rather than sit out one season based on being misled by the Rebels during his recruiting process amid a then-ongoing NCAA probe.

      The NCAA granted similar waivers to allow wide receiver Tre Nixon to play for Central Florida; safety Deontay Anderson to play for Houston; offensive lineman Jack DeFoor to play for Georgia Tech; linebacker Jarrion Street to play for Alabama-Birmingham; and linebacker Breon Dixon to play for Nebraska.

      "I couldn't be happier for those guys," the players' lawyer, Thomas Mars, said to CBS Sports after the NCAA ruled that none would have to sit out a year. "They've all maintained a positive, forward-looking attitude for the past four months. But the uncertainty about their future was a heavy burden to carry."

      One more former Rebel could seek a waiver to play next season. Wide receiver Van Jefferson transferred from Ole Miss to Florida, but his status for the 2018 season remains undecided, possibly due in part to his move within the Southeastern Conference.

      Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin told CBS Sports that the school soon plans to file a waiver application regarding Jefferson's eligibility.

      --Field Level Media