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Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:31 pm

Former Gator not tempted by supplemental draft

Posted by Chip Patterson

With the now-former Georgia running back Caleb King joining the group of players available for the NFL supplemental draft, another former SEC standout says there is no rush to end his college career.

Former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins was dismissed from the Gators' program in June after his third drug arrest, his second in a four-month span. Now with Northern Alabama, Jenkins is looking forward to turning around his reputation and was not interested in making a situation-forced jump to the next level.

"It's not all about the money," Jenkins said to The Florence Times-Daily. "I went three years without money at the University of Florida, so why can't I do it another year. I'm not in a rush to get the money. I just wanted to come back and rebuild my image."

Jenkins may have stepped down from the SEC ranks, but if you are going to drop to Division II - joining former Auburn head coach Terry Bowden is a great way to keep your pro prospects alive. Bowden believes that Jenkins is a first-round draft pick, and is looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the team in his final year of eligibility. As for Gators' head coach Will Muschamp, Jenkins insists that he harbors no ill will towards the first-year coach and they have even stayed in touch through text messages. Jenkins' absence leaves the Gators with only one returning starter in the secondary, junior cornerback Jeremy Brown.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:31 pm

Report: Caleb King to enter supplemental draft

Posted by Chip Patterson

The pressure on highly touted freshman running back Isaiah Crowell this season at Georgia increased with the announcement that Caleb King would be academically ineligible to play in 2011. Recent reports would suggest that King does not plan on suiting up in a Bulldogs uniform again, and will be testing the (supplemental) draft waters.

Seth Emerson, of the Macon Telegraph, reported on Sunday that a source close to King has said the to-be senior has decided to enter the NFL supplemental draft. The date of the supplemental draft has not been announced yet due to the lockout, though league officials have confirmed the event will take place. King will join former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the group of players hoping to become a late addition to an NFL roster.

If a team selects a player in the supplemental draft, they will forfeit their selection in that round of the following year's draft. Instead of the usual draft order, teams are grouped by win total and a franchise may submit a bid on what round they would be willing to pick a certain player. NFL teams will have to decide first if they want to add Pryor or King, and then at what cost.
Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:47 pm

West Virginia closing the Rodriguez/Stewart era

Posted by Chip Patterson

On the same day that Ohio State responded to allegations and Caleb King was ruled academically ineligible, more NCAA-related news came out of the ongoing investigation of West Virginia. As first reported by Dennis Dodd, Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart were both charged with failure to monitor compliance with NCAA legislation.

The charges were in regards to the allegation that West Virginia exceeded the permissible limit of the number of coaches and staff members engaged in team coaching activities. West Virginia proposed two years probation, lose three scholarships, and other internal restrictions for the football program. The NCAA, West Virginia, Stewart, and Rodriguez agreed on the facts of the case, charges, and penalties.

For West Virginia fans, it is the beginning of moving on from the soap opera that was the Rodriguez-Stewart transition. The university will not fight these allegations or penalties, and clearly athletic director Oliver Luck and the rest of the administraton is ready to bring a close to all this mess as quickly as the NCAA will allow.  In the last few years there have been reports of shady transitions, more than one forced retirement/resignation, and then most recently the leaking of false information from inside the program. Combine all this drama with the controversy of adding beer sales to the certain West Virginia athletic events, and it is fair to say they have had enough off-field attention for one offseason. More than most schools in their conference, West Virginia is anxious to crate some on-field headlines.

When they do take the field, they should be creating headlines. The Mountaineers offense struggled at times in 2010, particularly considering the caliber of talent at each position. Eight starters return from that unit, and now they will be under the watch of Dana Holgorsen's high-octane system. The 6-foot-3 Geno Smith fits in perfectly, with an impressive arm to spread the ball around and the athletic ability to remain a threat outside the pocket. He's not a run-first quarterback, or even run-second, but he can still do damage with open space. The defense returns two of the best pass rushers in the nation, with Julian Miller and Bruce Irvin now both every-down defensive linemen. There are some experience issues in the secondary, but there are few quarterbacks outside of Cincinnati's Zach Collaros who have proven the ability to consistently beat teams downfield. Regardless of the shortcomings in West Virginia's outlook, they are still expected to be in the Big East title hunt.

Mountaineer fans have a head coach; one they can feel like they searched for and found. He arrived earlier than expected to the heralded post, but now he's here. It's time to close a very successful (and occasionally very dramatic) era in West Virginia football, and begin focusing on the future with one of the brightest offensive minds in the game.
Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:36 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:47 pm

Florida LB to miss 2011 after AVM treatment

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida linebacker Neiron Ball is expected to miss the 2011 season after being treated for arteriovenous malformation, according to a local report.

Ball's brother-in-law told the Orlando Sentinel that the sophomore was healthy, but "probably going to miss next season" because of the extensive treatment. Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a condition in which an abnormal connection forms between the arteries and the brain. Ball was hospitalized on Feb. 15 when a blood vessel burst in his brain. After diagnosis, Ball underwent "radial surgery" -- which the report compares to radiation treatment -- and has been slowly working his way back to 100 percent.

Ball played in every game of the 2010 season and was likely going to be in the mix for a starting job in the fall. He did not practice in the spring but will return to campus in August. At that point, Ball and new head coach Will Muschamp will determine the best plan for his return to the field, if that is an option.

Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:48 pm

Former Nebraska QB Green considering USC

Posted by Chip Patterson

When former Nebraska quarterback Cody Green left the Cornhuskers, he called the decision one of the "hardest things I've ever done." With that decision out of the way, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal caller from Dayton, Texas must now decide where to take his talents -- and there are some equally big names on the list.

Green told ESPN.com's Joe Schad on Thursday he plans to visit USC "as early as next week." Several members of the Trojans' coaching staff reportedly have a positive relationship with Green, and the former Cornhusker has them on the list as potential destinations. Green has already visited Tulsa and Kansas State and will take a look at Baylor as well. Nebraska's move to the Big Ten helped open up these Big 12 opportunities near his hometown, but Green has not made it clear which way he is leaning.

2010 saw an already crowded quarterback position become even more competitive with freshman Taylor Martinez emerging as the latest dual-threat star in the Nebraska backfield. Green started in two victories for the Cornhuskers last fall, including the division-clinching victory over Colorado. But at the end of spring practice, Martinez was still the number one quarterback, and Green realized that now is the time to search out other opportunities.

Green told Schad he plans to enroll in a new school in time to join the team for fall camp. Most FBS schools will start their fall camp on or around Aug. 1.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:48 pm

Nebraska self-reports textbook violations to NCAA

Posted by Chip Patterson

Nebraska announced on Tuesday that it has self-reported NCAA violations regarding student-athletes receiving impermissible textbooks. Under NCAA rules players can receive required textbooks, but are not able to receive the benefit of the ones recommended for the course.

The university's compliance department found 248 student-athletes received impermissible textbooks between the spring of 2007 and the fall of 2010. The total value of the textbooks reportedly comes to $27,869.47. The school said 181 of the student-athletes received less than $100 worth of benefits, while the total value for the remaining 57 was more.

If this sounds like "not big a deal," then welcome to the new world of compliance in college football. With the Ohio State's, North Carolina's, USC's, and possibly Oregon's finding themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, school's across the nation have taken note. A new era of pro-actively watching and investigating the activities of the department is necessary for schools to guarantee they do not suffer a similar fate as other violators. Athletic director Tom Osborne spoke on the issue Tuesday.

"The important thing to understand is that opposed to as some other NCAA cases involving books, no student-athletes received any money. In other words, they didn't sell their books and pocket the money," Osborne said. "There was no scam of that type. No one knowingly violated any rules. The student-athletes simply did what they were told they could do. The extra benefit was really simply the use of some books they probably normally would not have bought. ... There was no athletic competitive advantage. In other words, there was no recruit that came here, nobody that was given a leg up in terms of competitive ability and certainly no coaches were involved at all in this.

"The error that we made was we simply did not monitor the situation as we should have. We probably should have had regular communication with the bookstore from our compliance office, and in turn, it would have been very helpful had the bookstore at some point have given us a call and said, "Is this something we can do?"

In addition to each of the student-athletes donating the value of the textbooks received to a charity of their choice, the school imposed a $28,000.00 fine on the athletic department. Nebraska has not received any official response from the NCAA, though the violations will likely fall under the "failure to monitor" allegations. In many cases the athletes were provided benefits by the book store staff, who did not know the recommended books were not permitted to be given along with the required materials.

Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:48 pm

Temple recruits: Move to Big East coming soon

Posted by Chip Patterson

July 1 marked the first day in the house for recent conference jumpers like Utah and Nebraska. As the conferences continue to realign, eyes continue to turn to the 8-team Big East. With TCU arriving in 2012 and the negotiation of a new media deal on the horizon, it is assumed that the conference will be making more moves in the near future to increase membership. Jason Brewer, of SB Nation Philly, pulled together some interesting quotes from Temple recruits that suggest the Owls rumored move back into the Big East could come as soon as after this season.

First came quotes earlier from Temple Football Forever, which included TE Tanner Kearns sharing his excitement for the potential to play in Lincoln Financial Field and "knows" the Owls "plan on moving to the Big East soon." The father of Temple commit CB Tavon Young took it a step further, stating his son will be close to home and "in the Big East in 2012." Add those quotes to the recent statements from LB Michael Kalaman and TE Jameson McShea and you've got to assume that there there is something going on behind the scenes in Philadelphia.

Temple spent 14 years in the Big East before their departure in the exodus of 2003-2004. Since then current Miami head coach Al Golden worked to rebuild the program from within the MAC, bringing the Owls their first postseason appearance in 30 years in 2009. After his departure to the Hurricanes, the hiring of Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio has helped continue the momentum that Golden started in Philadelphia.

But Temple is not the only team that has been discussed in possible Big East expansion. The conference nearly gave one bid away to Villanova before discussions took a turn in another direction, many believe that UCF is a football powerhouse in the making that could benefit the conference geographic balance, and recently the addition of Army and Navy has been discussed. I doubt that Temple's staff would be outright lying to recruits, so they at least have some reason to believe that Temple's invitation to the BCS ranks could be coming in time to join along with TCU.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto told CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy that there is no "best model" for Big East expansion, but there is certainly an end date. By September 2012, the conference needs to be set in their membership in order to capitalize on the negotiation of a new media deal when their current one with ESPN expires. ESPN has already made moves to try and begin those talks, but the conference still has some moves to make before they are comfortable presenting their future product. Temple's potential addition would bring the conference to ten teams heading into the 2012 season, but what would that mean for their Philadelphia brethren Villanova? The Wildcats, already a member of the conference in every sport but football and women's lacrosse, would be one of the easier additions logistically. If the Big East brings in both schools to the football conference, that leaves only one spot left to finish with the magical 12-team count needed to hold a conference championship game. With UCF, Army, Navy, Houston, and East Carolina all likely interested in making the jump, someone is going to get left out. Again.

With all of the other five conferences securing new media deals in the last couple years, the Big East gets to be the prettiest girl at the dance for the next several months. Sure, the schools left aren't exactly the lighting up the BCS standings (only UCF and Houston have ever been ranked); but there is still a lot of potential value for a conference looking to make a statement on the national scene.

Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:49 pm

UGA cooperates with NCAA on eligiblity questions

Posted by Chip Patterson

When the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer began investigating the Columbus (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department, they discovered some interesting transactions involving a city-funded AAU baksetball team, the Georgia Blazers. included in these questionable transactions were possible impermissible benefits provided to two current University of Georgia athletes.

The report alleges that basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jones received financial assistance from parks director Tony Adams and lieutenant Herman Porter through a misuse of state funds. The Columbus Police Department claimed the NCAA was aware of the investigation and the parties involved, but the university discovered these possible violations along with the rest of the public.

Basketball coach Mark Fox said he was "just made aware" of the allegations on Sunday, and UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said that the department had reached out to the NCAA and SEC regarding the allegations in the report.

"UGA and the student-athletes will work cooperatively with both entities as the process continues," McGarity said in the release. Do not expect to hear much more from Georgia until the issue is settled.

In Jones' case, the report alleges that a credit card designated for the AAU basketball was used to purchase flights to and from Los Angeles (Jones was committed to USC before a neck injury kept him on the sidelines and eventually he transferred to UGA) in 2009. Even though he was signed to USC at the time of the purchases, possibly penalties could be enforced on the 2011 season. Jones is expected to be a starting linebacker for the Bulldogs in the fall, and could miss 3-4 games if the NCAA determines the the plane tickets warrant an NCAA violation. Georgia starts their season with two of the biggest games on their schedule, facing Boise State in Atlanta on Sept. 3, and South Carolina in Athens on Sept. 10.
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