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NCAA takes step toward allowing one-time transfers for athletes without sitting out

NCAA takes step toward allowing one-time transfers for athletes without sitting out Things are moving quickly in favor of college athletes on the topic of transferring. On Tuesday, the NCAA's Transfer Waiver Working Group announced a concept is under consideration that would allow undergraduate student athletes in all sports to transfer once without sitting out of competition for one year. The concept comes on the heels of the an initial proposal from the Big Ten last year, which was publicly supported by the ACC on Monday. This would allow student-athletes across all sports to transfer once without sitting out a year so long as they: receive a transfer release from their previous school, leave their previous school academically eligible, maintain their academic progress at the new school and depart under no disciplinary suspension. The current rule mandates that undergraduate transfers in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and hockey must receiv..

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Georgia, Clemson announce neutral-site game in Charlotte to open 2021 college football season

Georgia, Clemson announce neutral-site game in Charlotte to open 2021 college football season Two college football powers will open the 2021 season with a bang. Clemson and Georgia announced Tuesday that they will meet on Sept. 4, 2021 in the season-opener at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2014. "Thank you to Georgia and the Charlotte Sports Foundation for helping make this game a reality," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. "Kicking off the 2021 season with this matchup will be a tremendous showcase for both universities and our fans. UGA is a great football program and we know that Charlotte will provide a first-class experience for everyone involved." When they tee it up in Charlotte, it'll rekindle a big out-of-conference rivalry between two schools that are just 72 miles from each other. The Bulldogs hold a 42-18-4 all-time advantage over the Tigers. They last met in a home-and-home series in 2013..

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Ex-Clemson four-star defensive lineman Xavier Kelly announces Arkansas as transfer destination

Ex-Clemson four-star defensive lineman Xavier Kelly announces Arkansas as transfer destination The good news keeps on coming for first-year Arkansas coach Sam Pittman. Ex-Clemson defensive end Xavier Kelly, a former four-star prospect in the Class of 2016, announced on Twitter that he will finish his college career with the Razorbacks. Kelly is a rising senior graduate transfer and will be eligible in the 2020 season. "I will be finishing out my college career at the University of Arkansas," he wrote on Twitter. Kelly played in 29 games in three seasons with coach Dabo Swinney's Tigers. He had 2.5 sacks playing mostly in a reserve role on that loaded defensive line. Kelly was the No. 100 overall player and ranked No. 8 among defensive ends in his recruiting class. He was the second-highest rated defensive lineman in Clemson's 2016 class behind five-star defensive tackle and No. 2 overall player Dexter Lawrence. He will join an Arkansas defense that's in desperate nee..

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Charlie Strong joining Alabama coaching staff as defensive analyst for Crimson Tide, per report

Charlie Strong joining Alabama coaching staff as defensive analyst for Crimson Tide, per report Nick Saban's Career Rehabilitation Center, Trophy Emporium and Little Debbie Bakery has added another name to its growing list of ex-head coaches who have come through the program. Charlie Strong, most recently the coach at South Florida, will be joining the Crimson Tide's staff as a defensive analyst, according to ESPN's Chris Low. AL.com reported that Strong was in Tuscaloosa for two days a week ago, fueling the speculation he'd eventually be added to the staff. Some of those former head coaches to come through Saban's program include Mike Locksley, Lane Kiffin, along with Major Applewhite and Butch Jones, both of whom are offensive analysts for the Tide. Strong was let go this past season after the Bulls finished 4-8. Though Strong had initial success as South Florida's coach in 2017, he went 11-14 in his last two years. Prior to serving as USF's coa..

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Clay Helton has no time for your hate, not while USC’s level-headed coach has football games to win

Clay Helton has no time for your hate, not while USC's level-headed coach has football games to win LOS ANGELES -- Clay Helton has suffered mightily. Satisfied? Probably not if you're among the legions at USC who have spent their recent existence persecuting Helton for being the latest Trojans coach to not be Pete Carroll. But there is something to be said for the man's character, coaching and pain threshold. Helton was literally sitting in a dentist's chair the morning of the National Signing Day earlier this month. "I'm sorry I'm acting like this," Helton told CBS Sports. "I had a root canal today." No apologies needed. Helton showed up for work anyway because there was a recruiting class to wrap up, media to address, and at the end of the day, one more interview to do. That was following three hours of oral surgery after an infection had set in. "I did it, and I'm sore as all get out," Helton explained. "They were going to [wait] a week and we..

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ACC backs Big Ten proposal to allow every athlete a one-time transfer without sitting out

ACC backs Big Ten proposal to allow every athlete a one-time transfer without sitting out The ACC announced Monday that it supports a proposal from the Big Ten that would allow undergraduate student athletes in all sports to transfer once without sitting out of competition for one year. The current rule mandates that undergraduate transfers in football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and hockey must receive a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible immediately. Players in the remaining sports are allowed to transfer without sitting out. "During the league's annual winter meetings (February 12-14), the ACC discussed the transfer environment and unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes regardless of sport," the conference said in a statement. "As a conference, we look forward to continuing the discussion nationally." The statement comes three weeks after news broke that the Big Te..

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LSU, Utah schedule future home-and-home football series for 2031, 2032 seasons

LSU, Utah schedule future home-and-home football series for 2031, 2032 seasons LSU and Utah announced Monday that the two schools have agreed to a home-and-home series starting in the 2031 season. The Utes will host the Tigers on Sept. 6, 2031 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, and the two teams will tee it up in a rematch on Sept. 11, 2032 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. The Tigers are 2-0 all-time against the Utes, with both games taking place in Death Valley. They won 35-10 in 1974 and followed it up with a 35-7 victory two years later. The matchup will be big for a Utah program that has been steadily gaining notoriety since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. "Our aspirations to continue to grow and elevate our football program make opportunities like this especially important," said Utah athletic director Mark Harlan. "For our student-athletes it is an incredible opportunity to play a high-profile opponent in two fantastic environments. It also is incredibly attractive to our f..

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Colorado coaching search: Bret Bielema emerges as candidate to replace Mel Tucker, per report

Colorado coaching search: Bret Bielema emerges as candidate to replace Mel Tucker, per report The offseason coaching carousel started unexpectedly spinning again this month when Mel Tucker took the Michigan State job after one season at Colorado. Now, a familiar college football face has emerged to potentially take his place in Boulder. NFL Network's Ian Rappaport reported Monday that former Arkansas and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is interviewing for the job with the Buffaloes. Bielema, who is 97-58 in 12 seasons as a head coach, has been out of the college ranks since he was let go by Arkansas following the 2017 season. He spent the 2018 season as a consultant for the New England Patriots and moved on the field to coach the defensive line in 2019 on Bill Belichick's staff. He was recently named the outside linebackers coach for the New York Giants. Bielema enjoyed plenty of success as the head coach at Wisconsin from 2006-12. He posted a 68-24 overall record, went 37-1..

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Baton Rouge Zoo names baby giraffe Burreaux after LSU’s Joe Burrow

Baton Rouge Zoo names baby giraffe Burreaux after LSU's Joe Burrow There's no doubt that Joe Burrow is going to go down as one of the all-time greats to come through the LSU football program. Now his name is going to live on in the area for quite some time. On Friday, the Baton Rouge Zoo announced that their new baby male giraffe is named Burreaux. You voted. We tallied. Meet Burreaux!!! Thanks to everyone who nominated and supported the cause. This little guy has big shoes to fill, but something tells us he's up for the challenge! pic.twitter.com/G1BjA0tX27 — Baton Rouge Zoo (@BatonRougeZoo) February 14, 2020 Of course, the name is in reference to the LSU quarterback, who spelled his last name as "Burreaux" on the back of his jersey during the school's Senior Night. The zoo held a fundraiser in which each dollar donated would count as a vote for a name. Kiume (Swahili for masculine and strong) and Romeo were the other two finalists for the name. Romeo is a mix..

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Eastern Kentucky football player body slams police officer while getting arrested

Eastern Kentucky football player body slams police officer while getting arrestedVideo captured from a police cruiser shows the linebacker picking up an officer, and throwing him to the ground A linebacker for Eastern Kentucky University was arrested on Tuesday in Ohio after he body slammed a police officer who was trying to put him in handcuffs. Michael Harris, a redshirt sophomore and Auburn transfer, faces felony assault charges and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, obstructing official business and resisting arrest. Video from a Grove City, Ohio police cruiser, which was first obtained by 10TV WBNS, shows Harris putting his hands up as officers confront him. He then puts on his hood and tries to enter his stopped car, but before he can enter an officer shoves him against his car and tries to hold him while Harris is bent over at the waist. Harris then lifts the officer up in the air and falls to the ground on top of him seconds later. A third officer ar..

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