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Report: Former Buckeyes assistant Smith arrested

Report: Former Buckeyes assistant Smith arrested

Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith was arrested on Thursday afternoon at an elementary school in Ohio, according to multiple reports.

Smith reportedly violated a civil protection order when he tried to pick up his children from the school.

Smith was fired by Ohio State in July after ex-wife Courtney Smith sought a court order for protection against him, which led to media reports of other alleged domestic-violence incidents involving the coach.

Zach Smith pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in October and had a criminal trespassing charge dropped in proceedings that stemmed from an alleged incident with his former wife earlier in 2018. He tweeted afterward that he and his ex-wife also agreed to a mutual protection order that runs through Oct. 10, 2021.

According to Courtney Smith's attorney, Zach Smith was not supposed to pick up the children until after 6 and at a different location. Courtney Smith was at the school at the time and was kept away from her ex-husband.

Her lawyer also disputed that the order keeping Zach and Courtney Smith was "mutual," despite claims by the former coach's attorney.

"Contrary to statements made by Mr. Smith's attorney as has been reported, Mr. Smith agreed to a 3-year Consent Agreement Domestic Violence Civil Protection Order to stay away from his ex-wife," Julia L. Leveridge said in a statement. "This Order is to protect Courtney Smith, and she did not agree to any mutual stay-away order."

Michigan State P Hartbarger, WR Sowards get 6th season

Michigan State P Hartbarger, WR Sowards get 6th season

Starting punter Jake Hartbarger and wide receiver Brandon Sowards will be back at Michigan State in 2019 after the NCAA granted them a sixth year of eligibility, the school announced Thursday.

Hartbarger injured his right leg against Arizona State on Sept. 8 and missed the rest of the 2018 season. Michigan State had to rely on four starting punters.

He entered last season as a Ray Guy Award candidate, having averaged 42.1 yards per punt during his career.

Sowards started four games last season, making 18 catches for 201 yards. He missed the 2017 season because of a torn knee ligament, in between two years (2016 and 2018) when he led the team in punt returns.

Florida freshman CB Steele enters transfer portal

Florida freshman CB Steele enters transfer portal

Defensive back Chris Steele, the highest-ranked Florida signee in the Class of 2019, has entered the transfer portal.

He graduated early from prep powerhouse St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., to enroll in school in January but apparently wants out of coach Dan Mullen's program.

Zach Abolverdi of Gator Sports reported Thursday that Steele and his parents were unhappy that Mullen didn't reassign Steele immediately 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, also a four-star recruit, 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.

A high school All-American, Steele was the No. 5 cornerback and the nation's No. 42 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He had worked with the No. 1 defense in spring drills.

Reports: Bowling Green QB Doege enters transfer portal

Reports: Bowling Green QB Doege enters transfer portal

Bowling Green starting quarterback Jarret Doege has entered the transfer portal, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Doege completed 62.2 percent of his 389 passes last season for 2,660 yards, with 27 touchdowns 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.

Doege would have to sit out the 2019 season, unless he received a waiver from the NCAA to be immediately eligible.

New coach Scot Loeffler has junior Grant Loy (12 pass attempts last season) and redshirt freshman Bryce Veasley, a former three-star recruit, as potential options to start.

UNC RB Brown transferring to Kansas State

UNC RB Brown transferring to Kansas State

North Carolina running back Jordon Brown said Wednesday he will graduate and transfer to Kansas State for the 2019 season.

Brown has one year of eligibility remaining after rushing for 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons with the Tar Heels.

"May the next move be the best move," Brown wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, accompanied by a photo of himself wearing a Kansas State uniform with the caption, "Committed to the Cats."

Brown also caught 46 passes for 342 yards in his 28 games with North Carolina.

His best game came against Old Dominion in 2017 when he rushed 18 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 53-23 victory.

With the Wildcats, Brown will battle to replace Alex Barnes, who rushed for 1,355 yards and 12 TDs last season. Undrafted, Barnes signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Ex-Ohio State QB Baldwin going to TCU

Ex-Ohio State QB Baldwin going to TCU

Former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin, who entered the transfer portal last month, has decided to play at TCU, a source confirmed Tuesday to ESPN.

"I visited this past weekend and I had an awesome time," Baldwin told 247Sports, which was the first outlet to report his decision.

Baldwin, who was a redshirt freshman at Ohio State, had been competing with Justin Fields, a transfer from Georgia, but all signs pointed to Fields winning the job after spring practice. In the spring game, Baldwin completed 20 of 36 passes for 246 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"My family and I have prayed and talked a lot about where I belong and what is best for me," Baldwin wrote on Twitter last month. "In the end, we feel like it'd be better for me to step away from Ohio State. I want everyone to know this isn't done out of anger or frustration, but I'm not just a football player."

Fellow Buckeyes QB Tate Martell previously transferred to Miami following the addition of Fields.

Baldwin, whose hometown is Austin, Texas, will apply for immediate eligibility with the Horned Frogs. He'll get to play four seasons with the Horned Frogs as long as he is granted immediate eligibility.

TCU could have fierce competition at the position, with starting candidates also including redshirt freshman Justin Rogers, Michael Collins, a part-time starter in 2018, and Kansas State grad transfer Alex Delton.

Florida DB Edwards pleads not guilty to simple battery

Florida DB Edwards pleads not guilty to simple battery

Florida defensive back Brian Edwards, who was arrested Monday on a simple battery (dating violence) complaint, was released Tuesday from the Alachua County Jail after pleading not guilty at his first court appearance.

According to the Gainesville Police Department report, Edwards and his girlfriend of two years got into a dispute around 6 p.m. Monday. When the woman turned to leave, Edwards grabbed her neck to try to keep her from exiting.

Another witness saw the incident, according to the report, and called police, who saw there were marks on the woman's neck and a scratch on her shoulder.

The 6-foot-2, 192-pound Edwards, 20, has appeared in 18 games in two seasons as a backup defensive back and special teams player for the Gators. He recorded seven tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery as a true sophomore last season.

In another incident last year, Edwards was the passenger in the car of teammate Kadarius Toney's during a traffic stop, where a loaded AR-15 was discovered in the back seat.

Another high-profile situation involving a Florida football player occurred this April.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported that Gators quarterback Jalon Jones, who entered the college football transfer portal on April 30, was accused of sexual battery by two women in separate incidents on April 6, according to a police report. Neither woman pursued charges.

WR Pettway transfers from Arkansas to Iowa State

WR Pettway transfers from Arkansas to Iowa State

Graduate transfer receiver La'Michael Pettway has departed Arkansas and is transferring to Iowa State.

Pettway scored four touchdowns among last season's 30 receptions. He led the Razorbacks with 499 receiving yards.

"So many feelings & mixed emotions, a lot of praying went into this decision!! All of this was a lot to process but it's reality. I'm not sure exactly what to say, but to the University of Arkansas, The community, My help academically, My parents, even relationships that I've lost before making this decision, I wouldn't be who I am today without you," Pettway said in a note on Twitter.

"To the fans some happy-some not, I appreciate you guys making my days as a Razorback some to remember. BEING THE FIRST in my immediate family to receive a college degree is more than an accomplishment of mine that I'll forever cherish! With all of that being said @Cyclonefootball let's make it happen."

Pettway, who had 37 catches in 19 games for Arkansas, also reportedly considered Auburn and Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma, Georgia announce future series

Oklahoma, Georgia announce future series

College football powers Oklahoma and Georgia have scheduled a home-and-home series.

The Sooners will host the Bulldogs in Norman, Okla., on Sept. 9, 2023, and will travel to Athens, Ga., for a Sept. 13, 2031 contest.

"We are especially exited about this series because it helps us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in 2023," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement Monday.

In the schools' only previous meeting, Georgia edged Oklahoma 54-48 in double-overtime in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018.

The Sooners previously announced future home-and-home series against Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, LSU and Tennessee.

Texas Tech AD Hocutt gets contract extension

Texas Tech AD Hocutt gets contract extension

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt received a two-year extension through the 2027 season that boosts his pay to $1.5 million, beginning Sept. 1.

The school announced the revised package on Monday and said Hocutt will receive 3 percent annual pay raises for the life of the contract.

Hocutt, who is in his eighth year of running the athletic department, becomes the highest-paid AD in the Big 12.

"Texas Tech University and Lubbock have become home for my family and there is not a greater place," Hocutt said in a university news release. "I look forward to continuing our work to elevate Texas Tech Athletics to the top echelon of college athletics."

Hocutt scored well by hiring Chris Beard as men's basketball coach, as the school reached the NCAA Tournament title game in April before falling to Virginia. The baseball team has also thrived with three trips to the College World Series in the past five years.

Hocutt, who spent two years as chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, has been unable to make Texas Tech a player in that sport despite the presence of now-Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes II.

The Red Raiders were just 35-40 under Kliff Kingsbury -- a Hocutt hire -- before firing him last November after six seasons.

But overall, Hocutt has been a hit in the eyes of his bosses.

"As a result of Kirby's leadership and vision, our athletic programs have enjoyed unprecedented success," university president Lawrence Schovanec said in a statement. "He has assembled an administrative staff and a group of coaches who reflect his priorities to develop our student-athletes, academically and athletically, while competing at the highest level. His success in fundraising has resulted in impressive improvements in facilities and resources.

"He is one of the most respected athletic directors in the nation, and we are fortunate that he will continue to lead our programs at Texas Tech."

No. 1 QB recruit Uiagalelei commits to Clemson

No. 1 QB recruit Uiagalelei commits to Clemson

DJ Uiagalelei, a heralded quarterback recruit in the class of 2020, verbally committed to Clemson on Sunday.

The five-star prospect from California's St. John Bosco High School made the announcement on social media, posting a two-minute video on Twitter that ends with him revealing his decision. He selected Clemson over Oregon.

"I am announcing my commitment to Clemson University. I'm all in. Go Tigers," Uiagalelei says while standing at the 50-yard line at Clemson's Memorial Stadium wearing a Tigers uniform.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Uiagalelei passed for 3,666 yards and 48 touchdowns and rushed for six scores last season. He also starred in baseball as a pitcher with a 95-mph fastball and plans to continue playing in college.

Uigalelei is ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the nation and No. 13 overall at all positions by the 247Sports composite. St. John Bosco High School also produced Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen.

Transfer WR Mannix eligible to play at Texas Tech

Transfer WR Mannix eligible to play at Texas Tech

Wide receiver McLane Mannix, who transferred from Nevada to Texas Tech, has been granted an eligibility waiver from the NCAA and can play for the Red Raiders in 2019.

Mannix cited "personal family matters" as his reason for the transfer. He is entering his junior season.

Last season for the Wolf Pack, Mannix caught 50 passes for 875 yards and seven touchdowns. At Texas Tech, he'll be called on to replace JaDeion High, who caught 62 passes for 804 yards and four touchdowns, and Antoine Wesley, who caught 88 balls for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns.

High was a senior in 2018, and Wesley left early for the NFL draft. He was not drafted but signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent.

Mannix played in high school football in Midland, Texas, and originally committed to Vanderbilt before decommitting and choosing Nevada.

Michigan QB Peters seeking transfer

Michigan QB Peters seeking transfer

Brandon Peters, once considered the heir apparent at quarterback for Michigan, entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed Peters' decision Saturday in a text message to mlive.com.

Peters started four games in 2017, and despite a pass-completion rate of 52.8 percent, he seemed on track to assume the starting job for the Wolverines. That was until Shea Patterson transferred from Mississippi and claimed the spot for 2018.

From Avon, Ind., the 6-foot-5 Peters entered Michigan as a four-star prospect and the No. 6-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2016, per the 247Sports composite. He redshirted that season and is on track to graduate this summer.

As a graduate transfer, he will be allowed to play immediately this fall and will have two years of eligibility left.

According to mlive.com, Peters had fallen to the bottom of the quarterback depth chart. Patterson is the presumed starter entering summer camp, followed by redshirt sophomore Dylan McCaffrey and redshirt freshman Joe Milton.

Duke's Cutcliffe get contract extension through 2022

Duke's Cutcliffe get contract extension through 2022

Duke extended the contract of football coach David Cutcliffe through the 2022 season on Friday.

The extension is for two years, athletic director Kevin White said in a news release.

Cutcliffe has a 67-72 record in 11 seasons at Duke and has guided the Blue Devils to six bowl games in the past seven seasons.

"To be sure, there is no better fit for Duke University and its prestigious football program than David Cutcliffe," White said in a statement. "David has set the standard of achievement -- academically, athletically and socially -- and what he has accomplished over the past 11 years is truly exceptional.

"His passion for excellence and vision for the program create the right combination to guide us well into his second decade on campus. In my humble opinion, David Cutcliffe is clearly the very best college football coach in the country."

Cutcliffe, 64, won Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013 and the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year award in 2003 during his time at Ole Miss.

Duke won 10 games in 2013 and nine in 2014. The Blue Devils were 8-5 last season behind NFL first-round quarterback Daniel Jones.

"For over a decade now, the administrative support has been tremendous and has enabled us to solidify the foundation of principles we believe in," Cutcliffe said in the news release. "Duke is a special place, and to be quite simple about it, we could not envision being anywhere else."

Cutcliffe has a 111-101 overall record in 18 seasons as a head coach. He guided Ole Miss to a 44-29 mark and five bowl games from 1998-2004.

Chambers wins Wyoming QB job

Chambers wins Wyoming QB job

Redshirt freshman Sean Chambers is Wyoming's No. 1 quarterback following the conclusion of spring practice.

The final depth chart was released this week, showing Chambers ahead of Tyler Vander Waal, who lost the starting job to Chambers late last season.

Chambers took over in the second half of a game against Utah State in Week 8 and started three more games before breaking his leg.

Since he appeared in just four games, Chambers was allowed to invoke his redshirt status and maintain four years of eligibility.

Vander Waal returned after Chambers was hurt and led the Cowboys to wins in the final two games, but was unable to regain the job this spring.

Wyoming players will begin summer conditioning on May 27 and open camp practice on Aug. 2.

The Cowboys host Missouri on Aug. 31 in the season opener.

Gators' Jones accused of sexual battery before entering transfer portal

Gators' Jones accused of sexual battery before entering transfer portal

Florida quarterback Jalon Jones, who entered the college football transfer portal Tuesday, was accused of sexual battery last month, according to a police report.

The Tampa Bay Times obtained the report and first reported the story.

A fellow Florida student told authorities that Jones sexually assaulted her at his residence April 6 and that she obtained a rape kit from a local hospital, but ultimately declined to press criminal charges.

Florida's spring game was played a week after the alleged assault, and the native of Richmond, Va., rushed three times for 63 yards and a touchdown and completed 1 of 3 passes for five yards.

Jones was an early enrollee from the 2019 class and a four-star recruit from Henrico High School. The 247Sports composite ranked him as the nation's No. 10 dual threat quarterback and the No. 21 quarterback overall in the class.

"We are aware of the incident reports and have followed athletic department and campus protocols," Florida spokesman Steve McClain said in a statement. "Campus police officers completed a complaint withdrawal the night of the alleged assault, and the university's Victims Advocate center was notified."

According to the police report, the alleged victim claimed she went to Jones' residence and that he was consoling her after an argument with another person.

The victim contends she told Jones to stop sexual activity numerous times, but it didn't stop and she wasn't allowed to leave until Florida freshman cornerback Jaydon Hill intervened.

Jones had dropped to fourth on Florida's depth chart before entering the transfer portal. Second-year Florida coach Dan Mullen had recruited Jones to play at Mississippi State before moving on to the Gators before the 2018 season.

Ex-Texas A&M WR Johnson sentenced to life in prison

Ex-Texas A&M WR Johnson sentenced to life in prison

Former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, a day after a jury found him guilty of murder.

Jurors in Dallas County, Texas, began their deliberations Wednesday morning and reached a decision before noon. On Tuesday, it took them just 15 minutes to find Johnson guilty of killing a random stranger, 53-year-old David Stevens of Dallas, with a machete.

The trial for Johnson, 25, began Monday, and his defense attorney called no witnesses.

Stevens was killed Oct. 12, 2015, and Johnson confessed the crime to a 911 operator shortly after it occurred. Johnson was said to have been upset about his housing situation. Stevens' wife Patti committed suicide shortly after her husband was murdered.

The following year, Johnson was ruled unfit to stand trial and admitted to North Texas State Hospital. He was found competent for trial in 2018.

Johnson, who played high school football in Dallas, was a five-star recruit, the No. 3 wide receiver and the No. 33 overall prospect in the Class of 2012, according to the 247Sports composite.

He played just his freshman season for the Aggies, appearing in 10 games and catching 30 passes for 339 yards and a touchdown. He vanished from campus late in the season, eventually was found at his family's home, and sat out the 2013 season before seeking reinstatement to the team. He never played again for the Aggies.

Judges overturns conviction of ex-PSU president

Judges overturns conviction of ex-PSU president

One day before former Penn State University president Graham Spanier was scheduled to begin serving a two-month prison sentence, a judge overturned his conviction on a child-endangerment charge Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick issued the ruling in Scranton, Pa. She found that prosecutors and Judge John Boccabella improperly followed a portion of a revised Pennsylvania child-endangerment statute that was changed in 2007 when trying Spanier, who was charged with a crime that allegedly occurred in 2001.

The state accused Spanier of failing to take action after learning of alleged sexual assault by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on children.

According to the judge's ruling, "(The) conviction in this matter was based on a criminal statute that did not go into effect until six years after the conduct in question, and is therefore in violation of Spanier's federal constitutional rights."

Mehalchick gave the state three months to retry the case, but the attorney general's office did not immediately announce its planned course of action.

Spanier, 70, left his job under fire in 2011 in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.

Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing multiple boys, and he is serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison.

Wake Forest's Clawson gets extension through 2026

Wake Forest's Clawson gets extension through 2026

Wake Forest and football coach Dave Clawson reached agreement on a contract extension that runs through the 2026 season.

Clawson previously was under contract through the 2024 campaign.

"I'm honored to receive a long-term contract," Clawson said in a statement. "... Wake Forest is making a significant commitment to personnel, resources and facilities that will benefit the entire program and position us to remain successful. Our staff is thankful and determined to continue being a perennial bowl team with the goal of competing for championships."

The extension was agreed to just one day before outgoing athletic director Ron Wellman retires. John Currie will replace Wellman.

"I am excited to know that Dave Clawson will be the football coach at Wake Forest for a long, long time," Wellman said in a statement. "Our desire is for him to finish his coaching career at Wake Forest and we have every reason to believe that will be the case. Dave has done a superb job in managing all aspects of our football program and the future of the team is extremely bright with his leadership."

Clawson, 51, is 28-35 through five seasons with the Demon Deacons. His teams have won bowl games in each of the past three seasons.

Clawson has a 118-115 career record, also having served as a head coach at Fordham (1999-2003), Richmond (2004-07) and Bowling Green (2009-13).

Washington QBs Yankoff, Sirmon enter transfer portal

Washington QBs Yankoff, Sirmon enter transfer portal

A pair of Washington quarterbacks have entered their names in the NCAA transfer portal.

Colson Yankoff and Jacob Sirmon, two highly ranked members of the Class of 2018, have decided to explore a transfer. They can withdraw their names and return to Washington if they desire.

Washington has not announced who will start at quarterback, but it is anticipated the job will go to Jacob Eason, a Georgia transfer.

Eason started for the Bulldogs in 2016 as a true freshman. But when he suffered a knee injury in the first game of the 2017 season, he was replaced by Jake Fromm, who never relinquished the starting spot and led Georgia to the College Football Playoff that year.

Eason, who grew up in suburban Seattle, transferred to Washington last year and sat out the season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

His backup is expected to be Jake Haener, the No. 2 quarterback behind Jake Browning last season.

Both Yankoff and Sirmon redshirted in 2018. Northwest natives, both were four-star prospects and in the top 10 at the position in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite.