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  • Disgraced ex-Baylor coach Briles lands Texas HS job
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    Former Baylor head coach Art Briles, who was fired in 2016 as part of a sexual assault scandal at the university, was hired as head coach at Mount Vernon High School, the school announced Friday night.

    • According to a statement, the 63-year-old Briles was approved to receive a two-year contract by the Mount Vernon ISD Board of Trustees.

      "We are pleased to welcome Coach Briles back home to Texas," Mount Vernon ISD superintendent Jason McCullough said in the press release. "He brings with him a wealth of not only football experience but also life experience. He is passionate about investing in the lives of young people and helping them to succeed both on the field and in life."

      Briles started his head-coaching career in high school at age 28 in 1984 and remained entrenched in the state's football coaching scene at five high schools over two decades before he jumped to the college level as an assistant with Mike Leach at Texas Tech in 2000. He won four state titles at Stephenville High school in a seven-year span from 1993-99.

      "I began my coaching career in the Friday night lights of Texas high school football, and I'm looking forward to returning to my roots," Briles said in a statement. "I have learned many lessons during my time as a coach. Some lessons are born out of success and others out of failure. But they all present opportunities to grow, to learn, and to teach, as we strive for excellence both on and off the field."

      After three years as the running backs coach for the Red Raiders, Briles was hired at the University of Houston as head coach in 2003. Following five successful seasons and three bowl games with the Cougars, Baylor tabbed Briles as head coach.

      Briles' teams finished in the top 20 four times in his eight seasons at Baylor, where he went 65-37 with six bowl appearances. He was considered one of the rising coaches in Division I until Baylor terminated Briles three years ago following a widespread sexual assault scandal in the Bears' football program.

      Briles was close to being hired for the offensive coordinator job at Southern Miss, until negative backlash followed a Biloxi Sun Herald report that Briles was on the Hattiesburg campus for an interview. The school quickly reversed course amid criticism.

      Overall, Briles compiled a 99-65 record in 13 seasons as a head coach at Houston (2003-07) and Baylor (2008-15), leading the Bears to Big 12 championships in 2013 and 2014.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Georgia QB Mathis has emergency surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    D'Wan Mathis, a freshman quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs, is recovering after having emergency surgery to remove a cyst on his brain on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

    • His father told DawgNation that the surgery was a success.

      "The procedure today was a success, and I want to thank Coach (Kirby) Smart and Georgia for the way they treated my son and my family through all of this," Terence Mathis said.

      Mathis, from Michigan, originally committed to Michigan State, then decommitted and pledged to Ohio State, but changed his mind again and signed with the Bulldogs in December.

      The quarterback's father said his son had complained of severe sinus pain, citing the change in climate, prior to the surgery.

      While Mathis had success both throwing and catching the ball at Georgia's spring game on April 20, he figured to be behind junior college transfer Stetson Bennett IV and standout incumbent starter Jake Fromm on the depth chart.

      --Field Level Media

  • Two Clemson players' PED appeals denied
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    Clemson Tigers offensive lineman Zach Giella and tight end Braden Galloway will miss the 2019 season after the NCAA denied an appeal of their failed drug tests that also kept them out of the College Football Playoff.

    • They were found to have trace amounts of the banned substance Ostarine in the late-December drug tests.

      An attorney for the players, Robert Ariail, revealed the decision by the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards on Friday morning. The players had argued that the positive result was likely due to contamination, but an independent lab was unable to find any evidence after testing 27 supplements and products, according to The Greenville News.

      Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence also tested positive and missed the Tigers' title run, but has since been drafted by the New York Giants in the NFL.

      The decision ends the college career for Giella, who only had one season of eligibility remaining. Galloway will have two years remaining when he is reinstated in 2020.

      Ostarine, also known by its generic name enobosarm, is a muscle builder that falls into a class of drugs called Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs). The drug, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2008, has been shown to produce similar results to anabolic steroids without the many dangerous side effects.

      Ostarine currently is being researched as a treatment for a variety of muscle-wasting diseases such as osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy and chemotherapy in cancer patients.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas A&M hires Ole Miss AD Bjork
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 24, 2019

    Texas A&M plucked Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork to fill the same role with the Aggies.

    • Bjork, 46, will fill the vacancy created by another swap within the Southeastern Conference when ex-Aggies athletic director Scott Woodward left for the same job at LSU.

      "I am so honored to accept this position and look forward to greeting coaches, staff and the entire 12th Man," Bjork said in a statement. "I remember visits to Kyle Field even before its massive renovation, being enthralled with the whole environment. I love leadership lessons, especially in military history; The Corps of Cadets - the ‘Keepers of the Spirit' - are also a wonderful draw to the university.

      "I will always aspire to live up to the core values that the university holds dear, and to compete for and win championships."

      The Aggies included head football coach Jimbo Fisher in the decision-making process to hire a new athletic director, according to the Dallas Morning News. Fisher worked alongside university president Michael Young to spearhead the search.

      Bjork spent seven years at Ole Miss, during which time the NCAA vacated several victories for the Rebels' football team and instituted a playoff ban for 2018. The NCAA cited the reason for the sanctions on a lack of institutional control and an "unrestrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting."

      Texas A&M also considered Clemson's Dan Radakovich and Oregon's Rob Mullens for its vacant position, the newspaper reported. But Radakovich signed a contract extension to remain with the Tigers, and Mullens decided to remain loyal to the Ducks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Notre Dame lands No. 1 APB Tyree
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Notre Dame landed the commitment Thursday of Chris Tyree, the No. 1 all-purpose back in the Class of 2020.

    • Tyree, a four-star recruit from Chester, Va., also is listed as the No. 29 overall player in his class by the 247Sports composite.

      The 5-foot-9 back had offers from schools in every Power Five conference, and narrowed his choices to the Fighting Irish, Alabama and Oklahoma.

      He announced his decision in a ceremony at Thomas Dale High School.

      --Field Level Media

  • ESPN announces 2019 bowl game schedule
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    ESPN networks will televise nearly three dozen bowl games to end the 2019 college football season.

    • Beginning Dec. 20 with the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl and Frisco Bowl and culminating in the grand finale on Jan. 13 with the national championship game, bowl season is getting a later start.

      The 2019 college football season runs 15 weeks instead of the standard 14. More bowls than usual will be played after New Year's Day.

      The semifinal games of the College Football Playoff will be played Dec. 28 in the Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl, giving teams more than two weeks to prepare for the title game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

      ESPN will air five games between the semifinals and the NCAA championship game: Birmingham Bowl and Gator Bowl (Jan. 2); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Jan. 3); Armed Forces Bowl (Jan. 4); and Mobile Alabama Bowl (Jan. 6).

      --Field Level Media

  • K-State WR Zuber enters transfer database
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Kansas State wide receiver Isaiah Zuber has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

    • Zuber, who led the Wildcats in receptions in 2017 (51) and 2018 (52), is a graduate transfer and would be eligible to play elsewhere this season.

      Zuber appeared in 34 games for Kansas State, catching 127 passes for 1,321 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned 19 kickoffs for 309 yards and 10 punts for 178 yards and a score in 2018.

      Zuber sat out the Wildcats' spring practice this year following offseason hip surgery.

      Kansas State and first-year head coach Chris Kleiman open the 2019 season at home on Aug. 31 against Nicholls State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas gives Herman two-year extension through 2023
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 23, 2019

    After guiding Texas to its first 10-win season in a decade in 2018, head coach Tom Herman received a two-year, $13.25 million contract extension through 2023 on Thursday.

    • The University of Texas System regents approved the deal, which will pay Herman $6.5 million in 2022 and $6.75 million in the final year.

      The Longhorns finished 7-6 in Herman's first season in 2017 and went 10-4 in 2018, including a trip to the Big 12 championship game and a victory against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

      Texas ranked No. 9 in the final poll for 2018, its highest year-end finish since a No. 2 ranking in 2009.

      The Longhorns open the 2019 season at home against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 31.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mississippi State extends Moorhead through 2022 season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead had his contract extended through the 2022 season, the school announced Tuesday.

    • Moorhead is slated to earn $3.05 million in 2019 with raises of $100,000 to follow in each of the next three seasons.

      "We are excited about the leadership of Mississippi State football under Coach Moorhead," athletic director John Cohen said in a news release. "He is a man of integrity, loyalty and humility. His love for his players and our program is evident. He is driven by elevating our program to a championship standard on and off the field. We look forward to watching the continued growth of our football program under his watch."

      The Bulldogs went 8-5 in Moorhead's first season, including a 4-4 mark in SEC play. Mississippi State concluded its season by losing to Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

      "For me, it's about building a championship program our Bulldog fans can be proud of and helping our players maximize their potential on and off the field, while walking away with a meaningful degree from Mississippi State University," Moorhead said in a statement. "Our team is excited about the season ahead, and I look forward to continuing to elevate our program in everything we do."

      Moorhead became Mississippi State's coach following the 2017 season. He was hired after Dan Mullen departed Starkville to become head coach at Florida.

      Moorhead spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as offensive coordinator at Penn State. That stint occurred after he went 38-13 as head coach at Fordham (2012-15), an FCS program.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gators, Seminoles extend rivalry series through 2022
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Florida and Florida State extended their Sunshine Showdown rivalry through the 2022 season.

    • The schools announced Tuesday that the Gators and Seminoles will continue their traditional Thanksgiving weekend slot. They will meet in Gainesville on Nov. 30, 2019 and Nov. 27, 2021, and in Tallahassee on Nov. 28, 2020 and Nov. 26, 2022.

      Florida holds a 35-26-2 lead in the all-time series that began in 1958.

      Florida State has won seven of the last nine, however, including four in a row at Florida.

      The Gators won the most recent meeting, a 41-14 decision in Tallahassee on Nov. 24, 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • C-USA partners with NFL Network on TV deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 20, 2019

    The NFL Network will broadcast 10 Conference USA games in each of the next four seasons, according to a joint press release Monday.

    • "While exploring new media options for football, NFL Network stood out as an excellent opportunity for national exposure," Conference USA commissioner Judy MacLeod said in the release. "We look forward to showcasing our conference through their tremendous platform and reach."

      The NFL Network will show one game a week on Saturdays.

      "We are excited to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes to our fans on a weekly basis," said Hans Schroeder, chief operating officer of NFL Media. "Our fans crave live football, and partnering with Conference USA -- a conference which boasts several Hall of Fame players -- provides us with an excellent opportunity to do so."

      The slate of 2019 games on the NFL Network will be announced at a later date.

      Pro Football Hall of Famers who played at C-USA schools include Brett Favre (Southern Miss), Randy Moss (Marshall), Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech) and "Mean" Joe Greene (North Texas).

      --Field Level Media

  • Illinois DE Roundtree suffers severe spinal injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 20, 2019

    Illinois defensive end Bobby Roundtree underwent surgery Sunday after suffering a severe spinal injury Saturday near his home in Largo, Fla.

    • Roundtree, a junior, had 12.5 tackles for loss, including 7.5 sacks, last season, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the league's media.

      "Bobby Roundtree is exactly what you want in a student-athlete," Illini head coach Lovie Smith said in a statement released by the school.

      "He is a hard worker, dependable, a dedicated student and a leader. This is devastating to his teammates, the entire Fighting Illini family and his family and friends. We will give Bobby all the support possible as he battles through his recovery. Please keep Bobby and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

      Smith was one of several Illini coaches who were at the hospital this weekend to support Roundtree, who underwent surgery at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Fla.

      Roundtree has started 20 of 24 games in two seasons with the Illini, making 116 tackles, including 16.5 for loss and 11.5 sacks. He also has forced two fumbles and broken up 10 passes.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former FSU QB Francois to walk on at FAU
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 20, 2019

    Quarterback Deondre Francois, dismissed by Florida State in February, was invited to walk on at Florida Atlantic.

    • Francois told 247 Sports he was excited to have the opportunity to play football following a string of incidents with his former girlfriend.

      "Just the situations that have happened with me off the field, I feel like I could have avoided those situations being around the right people and having the right people around me. I feel FAU has the right supporting cast," Francois said, per 247 Sports. "When I went down for a visit, it was very family oriented and something new for me."

      Francois played 25 games for Florida State, during which time he was alleged to have made threats to his girlfriend in a video posted to Instagram. That incident came one month after Francois was cleared of an alleged battery of his girlfriend, who was nine weeks pregnant.

      FAU starter Chris Robison is returning but was suspended during the spring while under investigation for sexual battery. No charges were filed.

      --Field Level Media

  • Twitter suspends Iowa, Iowa State football accounts
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 18, 2019

    College football fans in the Hawkeye State got a surprise Saturday when they went to look for news about the Iowa and Iowa State programs: Twitter suspended the official accounts of both football programs.

    • Twitter users trying to access either account received an error message that said the account was unavailable because of a suspension.

      Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said in an email to media outlets that the women's gymnastics team account also had been suspended, but that was operational again Saturday afternoon.

      "Two University of Iowa Athletics Department official twitter accounts have been suspended due to music copyright infringement in a limited number of posts in 2018," Roe wrote. "We are in the process of working with Twitter to resolve the issues and to ensure future posts are in compliance, and as a result, one of the accounts has been reactivated. We appreciate everyone's patience and support of the UI Athletics Department social media accounts."

      An Iowa State spokesman said the school was discussing the issue with Twitter.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star DE Murphy joining Clemson
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 17, 2019

    Five-star defensive end Myles Murphy announced his commitment to Clemson on Friday, choosing the reigning national champions over Auburn.

    • The commitment gives Clemson five five-star recruits in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite. The composite pegs Murphy -- of Powder Springs, Ga. -- as the No. 8 player in the entire class and the second-best strong-side defensive end.

      The top strong-side defensive end, Jordan Burch of Hammond (S.C.), is also considering Clemson, which has the nation's consensus top recruiting class thus far. The Tigers already had top defensive tackle Bryan Bresee committed.

      Murphy, a 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, announced his decision at halftime of the Hillgrove (Ga.) High spring game, while surrounded by his teammates.

      Murphy's parents told ESPN they believe Clemson gives their son his best opportunity to excel on the field and academically, where he intends to pursue an engineering degree.

      Among his many other offers were Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and South Carolina.

      Clemson is looking to restock a defensive line that had four players drafted into the NFL in April, including three in the top 17 picks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Oregon WR stops gunman at school
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 17, 2019

    Former Oregon wide receiver Keanon Lowe prevented a possible school shooting before it could happen Friday by tackling an armed male student at a high school in Portland, Ore., according to multiple reports.

    • According to The Oregonian, police and witnesses say Lowe tackled the student -- who was wearing a trench coat and carrying a shotgun -- in a hallway at Parkrose High School. Police say there were no injuries, nor are there any other suspects, and the gun was recovered at the scene.

      "I'm just happy everyone was OK," Lowe told the newspaper after being interviewed by police. "I'm happy I was able to be there for the kids and for the community."

      Lowe, who played for the Ducks from 2011 to 2014, coaches football and track and field at the school, where he also works as a security guard.

      Several students told The Oregonian that the student, said to be an 18-year-old senior, appeared in a doorway of a classroom in the fine arts building, separate from the school's main building, and pulled a shotgun from under his jacket. But no shots were fired before Lowe intervened.

      "Incidents such as the one that occurred today strikes the worst fear in the hearts of students and parents," police chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. "The officers and school staff worked together to respond quickly and ensure the safety of all involved. I commend the school staff member who displayed quick actions and bravery when he confronted the subject."

      Lowe, listed at 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds during college, had 68 catches for 891 yards and 11 touchdowns across four seasons at Oregon.

      He tried out briefly for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals before working under former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly in an undefined role with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • QB Stevens transfers to Mississippi State
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 17, 2019

    Quarterback Tommy Stevens said Friday he is transferring from Penn State to Mississippi State, where he will reunite with his former offensive coordinator, Joe Moorhead.

    • Stevens graduated from Penn State in December and can play immediately for the Bulldogs. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

      "We look forward to Tommy joining our team and completing his final year of eligibility as a Mississippi State Bulldog," Moorhead said in a statement. "Tommy is very talented and will be an excellent addition to our roster. He will have the opportunity to compete at quarterback this season."

      Mississippi State needs a quarterback to replace starter Nick Fitzgerald, who signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay after he wasn't chosen in the NFL Draft in April. Stevens will be competing with Keytaon Thompson, Jalen Mayden and Garrett Shrader.

      Moorhead coached Stevens for two seasons at Penn State, where the quarterback backed up Trace McSorley.

      Stevens appeared in 18 games over three seasons with the Nittany Lions but had limited opportunities, completing 24 of 41 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Bowling Green QB Doege heads to WVU
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Jarret Doege, who was Bowling Green's starting quarterback last season, will transfer to West Virginia, he announced Thursday.

    • Doege completed 62.2 percent of his 389 passes last season for 2,660 yards, with 27 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He started five games as a true freshman in 2017 and all 12 games last season for the Falcons, who went 3-9 and fired coach Mike Jinks in October.

      Doege, who entered the transfer portal last week, has two years of eligibility remaining and will have to sit out the 2019 season under transfer rules, unless he applies for and is granted a waiver by the NCAA to be immediately eligible.

      Doege's younger brother, Seth Doege, played quarterback in the Big 12 for Texas Tech from 2009 to 2012.

      West Virginia, looking to replace departed quarterback Will Grier (a third-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers), could turn to Oklahoma grad transfer Austin Kendall or redshirt junior Jack Allison in 2019. Both have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      --Field Level Media

  • TCU leading rusher faces felony drug charges
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 16, 2019

    TCU leading rusher Sewo Olonilua was arrested this week on two felony drug charges, multiple outlets reported.

    • He was arrested Tuesday in Huntsville, Texas, and faces charges of possession of controlled substances weighing more than 1 gram and less than 4 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Walker County records obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

      Olonilua was booked and released from jail on Wednesday after posting a $4,000 bond, according to the report. No court date has been set, and the charges can result in a penalty of between two and 10 years in prison under Texas laws.

      "We are aware of the matter and we are looking into it," the school said in a statement.

      Entering his senior season, Olonilua has rushed for 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games for the Horned Frogs.

      He led the team with 635 yards on the ground in 2018, capping off the season with 194 yards and a TD against Cal in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 26. He was named Offensive MVP of TCU's 10-7 win.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Clemson LB Smith enters transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Clemson linebacker Shaq Smith has entered the NCAA transfer portal, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

    • The rising redshirt junior graduated in May, so he is eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

      Smith registered 16 tackles (2.5 for loss) and one sack in 15 games as a backup for the national champion Tigers last season.

      Smith still has the option to withdraw from the database and return to Clemson. However, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said during an event earlier this month that when a player enters the transfer portal, he does not expect them back.

      "I mean, I think when you enter the transfer portal, it says you're leaving," Swinney said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "That's what it says to me. That's how I look at it."

      Smith redshirted in 2016 and played in 13 games in 2017, tallying 12 tackles and one interception.

      A four-star recruit in Clemson's 2016 class, Smith was rated the No. 3 inside linebacker in the nation by the 247Sports Composite that year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Auburn-Oregon, LSU-Texas to open ABC primetime slate
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    ABC will open the 2019 season with a primetime game pitting Oregon and Auburn on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

    • Oregon and Auburn square off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a rematch of the 2011 BCS National Championship game. Auburn won the game 22-19 in Glendale, Ariz.

      In ABC's second primetime game of the 2019 season, LSU travels to take on Texas in Austin.

      Texas and LSU are playing for the 18th time, most recently in the 2003 Cotton Bowl, which went to the Longhorns, 35-20.

      The first conference game of the ABC primetime slate is Clemson visiting Syracuse in what is the home opener and homecoming for the Orange.

      The national title-winning Tigers lost only one regular-season game the past two seasons -- 27-24 to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in 2017.

      Clemson won the 2018 meeting, 27-23.

      --Field Level Media

  • Florida freshman CB transfers to Oregon
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Florida freshman cornerback Chris Steele, who was the Gators' top-rated recruit in the 2019 class, announced on social media Tuesday that he will transfer to Oregon.

    • Steele, from prep powerhouse St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., enrolled at Florida in January and went through spring practice, working with the first-team defense while cornerback Marco Wilson rehabbed an ACL injury. Steele entered the transfer portal last week.

      He would have to receive a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible this season for the Ducks.

      Steele and his parents reportedly were unhappy that Florida coach Dan Mullen didn't immediately reassign Steele to a new dorm room when he asked for the move soon after arriving on campus. He apparently was uncomfortable sharing a room with quarterback Jalon Jones, another early entrant.

      Jones left the school after being accused of the sexual battery of two women. The allegations stem from two incidents that allegedly occurred about 30 minutes apart on April 6.

      Steele was rated the No. 5 cornerback and the nation's No. 42 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite. He gives Oregon three of the top six recruits from the state of California, joining defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (the nation's No. 2 prospect) and cornerback Mykael Wright (No. 41 overall).

      Before adding Steele, Oregon already had the Pac-12's top-rated recruiting class, ranked No. 5 nationally in the 247Sports composite.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bowen resigns as Memphis athletic director
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen has resigned to pursue other opportunities, the school announced Tuesday.

    • Allie Prescott, the former president of Triple-A baseball's Memphis Redbirds, has been named interim athletic director while the school conducts a search for Bowen's permanent replacement.

      University President M. David Rudd said at press conference Tuesday, "I don't want to speak for Tom. (His reason for resigning) is a question that he would need to answer. He submitted a resignation and I accepted it. He wants to look at other alternatives and other options."

      Bowen was selected the school's athletic director in 2012, during the summer before the Tigers joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013.

      He helped to improve the Memphis football program, and hired head coach Mike Norvell who has compiled a 26-14 record in three seasons with the Tigers. Memphis went 8-6 last season and lost to Wake Forest in the Birmingham Bowl, its fifth five straight postseason appearance.

      The men's basketball team, which finished 22-14 this season following a loss in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament, is coached by former NBA player Penny Hardaway, who was hired in March 2018. The Tigers have also played in a new arena since November 2017.

      In March, Bowen agreed to a six-month contract extension while he and the school were in negotiations for a new deal. His initial five-year contract included an annual salary of $400,000. A two-year extension in 2015 did not change the financial terms of the original agreement.

      Bowen previously was the AD at San Jose State for eight years.

      A graduate of Memphis State in 1969, Prescott was named Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year in 2000 while serving as president and general manager of the Triple-A franchise.

      Prescott, who has already met with Norvell and Hardaway, doesn't foresee any major changes in the future of either program.

      "I would presume to say that I won't do much right now except stay out of the way of Coach Hardaway because it seems like things are going awfully well right now, and the same for Coach Norvell," Prescott said.

      --Field Level Media

  • Beilein's NBA beeline steers Michigan to seek stronger Harbaugh deal
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Michigan wants to avoid viewing football coach Jim Harbaugh as the other one who got away.

    • Following the unexpected departure of basketball coach John Beilein on Monday, the Wolverines are planning to address the contract of Harbaugh, who was the third highest-paid coach in college football last season at $7.504 million in total pay.

      "I stand by my decision and my statement that I want him to retire here," athletic director Warde Manuel said.

      Harbaugh, 55, is entering his fifth season as head coach of his alma mater. Michigan has three 10-3 seasons -- including in 2018 -- and an 8-5 record in 2017 under Harbaugh.

      His contract calls for a 10 percent raise in 2020 and expires in 2021.

      Beilein spent 12 seasons at Michigan and took the Wolverines to two Final Fours. But he interviewed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday and by Monday afternoon was making plans to jump to the NBA and move his family to Ohio.

      --Field Level Media

  • Troy QB Smith transfers to Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 13, 2019

    Troy quarterback Sawyer Smith announced Monday that he has transferred to Kentucky for his final two seasons.

    • Smith will be immediately eligible due to being a graduate transfer.

      Smith made his announcement on Twitter.

      "Excited to announce that I'm going to spend my last seasons as a Graduate Transfer at THE University of Kentucky!! Words can't begin to explain how proud my family and I are to be apart of the #BBN @UKFootball"

      Smith passed for 1,669 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. He started the final seven games after Kaleb Barker was lost due to a knee injury.

      Kentucky was in the market for a quarterback after backup Gunnar Hoak recently transferred to Ohio State. Junior Terry Wilson returns as the Wildcats' starter.

      --Field Level Media