Nebraska OL Nouredin Nouili fails drug test, will miss season
He announced his ineligibility Saturday on Twitter.
"I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, coaches, and Husker fans for my error in judgement," Nouili wrote. "It is an honor to be a part of this football program and represent this university, and I do not take that responsibility likely. Thanks to Coach (Scott) Frost, our athletic and university administration for allowing me to continue to be part of this program in 2022."
He will be allowed to practice with the team and said he intends to return to play in 2023.
Neither Nouili nor Frost revealed the drug involved in the case.
A native of Germany, Nouili was an exchange student at a high school near Lincoln, Neb. He played seven games at Colorado State in 2019, then transferred to Nebraska as a walk-on. He started the final seven games of the 2021 season at left guard and was put on scholarship in November.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Nouili was an academic All-Big Ten selection.
Frost said the Cornhuskers program will stick by Nouili.
"We will fully support Nouredin Nouili as continues his academic and athletic career at the University of Nebraska. He is an outstanding young man, who made a mistake that will force him to miss the 2022 season and forfeit a year of eligibility," Frost said in a prepared statement. "Noure will be a full participant in practice this fall, and we look forward to him resuming his playing career in 2023."
Nebraska will open the season on Aug. 27 in Dublin, Ireland, against Big Ten opponent Northwestern.
UAB coach Bill Clark retires due to serious back issues
Clark, who famously rebuilt the program in Birmingham after it was shut down for two seasons, will officially step down on Aug. 1.
"Retiring as the UAB head football coach is the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but my future health and well-being depend on it," Clark wrote on Twitter.
Clark, who turns 54 on Tuesday, will leave after eight years and six seasons. He has a 49-26 record, including the only two bowl victories in school history.
Clark said he will undergo spinal fusion surgery in hopes of alleviating the back issues that have plagued him. He said he initially hurt the back while doing squats in high school.
"I have reached this difficult decision after consultation with a number of world-class medical experts and much family discussion, reflection and prayer," Clark said in his lengthy statement. "Having undergone a previous back surgery, extensive physical therapy, shots and chiropractic therapy, I have exhausted all of my options.
"Due to the extreme physical demands placed on a head coach, it is clear to me. It's time to pass the torch and try and get well."
Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent will serve as interim coach, and defensive coordinator David Reeves was promoted to assistant head coach. The Blazers are moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference for the 2023 season.
The UAB program was shut down after the 2014 season due to financial reasons. The program was reinstated one year later and the Blazers began play again in 2017 and Clark stunningly guided the team to an 8-5 record that season and an 11-3 mark in 2018.
Clark was named Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year for the 2018 campaign.
The Blazers went 9-4 last season for their fifth straight winning season. UAB finished the campaign with a 31-28 victory in the Independence Bowl over No. 13 BYU -- the highest-ranked team the program has ever defeated.
"We rose from ashes to build something rare and real, and we did it together," Clark wrote. "We set excellence as a standard, and we achieved it."
Report: Notre Dame RB Jadarian Price (Achilles) to miss season
The injury occurred this week during training, per the report.
The Irish were counting on Price to play a key role this season, especially early after Logan Diggs sustained a shoulder injury in the Blue-Gold Game that is expected to sideline him to start the season.
Price, a four-star recruit from Denison, Texas, was the No. 17 running back in the Class of 2022, as ranked by the 247Sports composite.
Top 2023 prospect QB Arch Manning commits to Texas
Manning is the nephew of former NFL greats Peyton and Eli Manning and the grandson of Archie Manning. He is the son of Cooper Manning.
Manning selected the Longhorns over a slew of powerhouses, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Clemson. He visited Alabama on June 10 and went to Georgia on June 3. He paid a visit to Austin last Friday.
The 6-foot-4 native of New Orleans is ranked as the top overall player in the 2023 class by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. In his junior season at Isidore Newman High School, he threw for 26 touchdowns and rushed for seven.
Manning could be the starting quarterback for Texas in 2025, the year the Longhorns enter the SEC.
Jim Tressel stepping down as president of Youngstown State
He plans to step down on Feb. 1, 2023. Tressel, who has held the position since 2014, is holding a press conference Thursday.
Tressel, 69, first came to Youngstown State as head coach of the Penguins football team. He led Youngstown State to four Division I-AA (now FCS) national titles in 15 years. He left in 2001 to become the head coach at Ohio State, where he won the 2002 BCS national championship and seven Big Ten titles.
Tressel ran afoul of NCAA rules and ultimately resigned after the 2010 season. He went 106-22 in 10 seasons, but the NCAA vacated his 12-1 mark and Sugar Bowl win in 2010. His official record with the Buckeyes stands at 94-21.
At issue was emails Tressel received from an attorney in April 2010, informing the coach that some of his players were receiving improper benefits. Tressel failed to report those emails to the university.
Ohio State secures "THE" trademark
"Ohio State is pleased to have received a trademark for THE on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels," OSU senior director of media and public relations Ben Johnson said in a statement.
Ohio State filed for "THE" trademark in August of 2019 ... a few months after fashion retailer Marc Jacobs had.
The two parties eventually reached an agreement that allowed both parties to use the branding, but OSU had to continue to make its case with the patent office, which originally rejected the argument on the basis that the word was merely ornamental.
Ohio State finally won THE argument.
"THE has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years, and Buckeye fans who purchase official Ohio State gear support student scholarships, libraries and other university initiatives," Johnson said.
Ohio State lands second 5-star WR in two days
Inniss, who plays at American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the nation's No. 2 wide receiver and the 18th best prospect in the country in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
On Monday, five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to the Buckeyes. He's the nation's No. 3 wide receiver and the 28th best prospect in the country, per 247's composite rankings.
Inniss originally committed to Oklahoma last August but reopened his commitment when then-Sooners coach Lincoln Riley left for Southern California after the season.
Inniss chose Ohio State over West Virginia, Wisconsin, Alabama and Oklahoma, among 37 offers.
"The fact that I will be coming into a great situation because for the position they want me to play they will be short at that spot, so coach (Ryan) Day and coach Hart (Brian Hartline) were telling me I would have to come in and contribute right away, not only telling me that, they showed me as well," Inniss told 247Sports about his decision. "And the players on the team was already treating me like I'm one of them, not just a recruit."
Rueben Owens, top RB in Class of 2023, picks Louisville
A native of El Campo, Texas, Owens is the highest-rated running back in the Class of 2023. He also comes in as the No. 16 overall prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Owens, listed at 5-feet-11 and 190 pounds, previously committed to Texas in February 2021 but soon reopened his recruitment.
"I have always been a trailblazer, and aimed to create my own legacy on the road less traveled in hopes of inspiring others to believe in themselves," Owens wrote on social media. "It was the driving force in me making this life-changing decision on where to spend the next 3-4 years of my life.
"With that being said, I will be committing to the University of Louisville (to) play ball at the next level. Now let's go make history..."
Louisville has the 11th-best recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports, and Owens represents the second-highest rated recruit to commit to the Cardinals in history.
Five-star WR Carnell Tate commits to Ohio State
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Tate is the nation's No. 3 wide receiver and the 28th best prospect in the country in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
Tate chose the Buckeyes over LSU, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona, among 37 offers.
"Coach (Brian) Hartline is what made Ohio State right for me," Tate told 247Sports. "His development is very important to me. I know he would help develop me into a first-round pick and a great receiver."
Landing Tate vaults Ohio State to No. 2 in the 247Sports' composite team rankings for 2023.
Boston College G Christian Mahogany (ACL) likely to miss season
Mahogany said he tore the ACL in May and had it surgically repaired on May 27 in New York. A timeline hasn't been determined but the typical recover period of six to nine months would only gave him a slim chance of seeing any action this year.
Mahogany, a junior, said he is focused on playing for Boston College in 2023.
"I think I'm probably going to come back because it's hard," Mahogany said of recovering from an injury. "I'm going to leave no doubt on my college career. Especially after an injury like this, I'm going to prove that I can still do it."
Mahogany was being discussed as a potential high pick in the 2023 NFL draft. He was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last season.
Now the two-year starter will be watching a lot of football instead of playing it.
"I'm up and down," Mahogany told ESPN of his emotions. "Some days it's up, and some it's down. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude. This is the plan for me. This is something that I have to overcome in my career. I'm going to make a full recovery and come back by any means necessary."
Six schools to join AAC for 2023-24 season
Joining ahead of the 2023 fall sports season are UAB, FAU, Charlotte, North Texas, Rice and UTSA. The timing coincides with the departure of current member schools Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to the Big 12 next summer.
"We are extremely pleased and excited to welcome our new members to the conference in 2023, as we begin our second decade," commissioner Mike Aresco said in a news release. "Our incoming schools comprise a distinguished group with attributes that will enhance our conference's Power 6 goals. We have already seen the investment and commitment that these institutions have made as they prepare to compete in The American, and, together with our accomplished incumbent institutions, the conference is assured of many years of championship-level competition as part of a bright future that will build on the extraordinary legacy of the past decade."
The conference switches were triggered earlier this year when Oklahoma and Texas announced their intention to move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. That left openings to fill in the Big 12, triggering team shifts across the country.
The American will have 15 schools, though not every school will compete in a full complement of sports.
The league will be made up of the six new teams, plus East Carolina, Memphis, Navy (football only), South Florida, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State (basketball and Olympic Sports only).
Army-Navy game to be played in five different cities
The 2023 game will be played in Foxborough, Mass., and the 2024 contest will be held in Landover, Md. Baltimore will be the site in 2025, followed by East Rutherford, N.J., in 2026 and Philadelphia in 2027.
"Our destinations over the next five years provide the Academies with an opportunity to share the economic impact, history and tradition of Army-Navy with a number of communities in diverse geographic areas," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a news release. "We are certain that each location will present a uniquely accommodating experience for our fans and will make for an incredibly memorable event for our midshipmen and cadets. Our gratitude goes out to all the cities that showed interest and congratulations to the recipients of the games."
Army athletic director Mike Buddie issued similar comments about the five games, which will be televised by CBS.
"The Army-Navy game is a great showcase for both service academies," Buddie said in a news release. "We are looking forward to the pageantry and tradition to be on display for the fans in these cities while providing an opportunity to support the Cadets and Midshipmen. We had great interest from many regions and thank the cities who participated in the bid selection process. We cannot wait to have this game played at some incredible venues in great cities."
The Army-Navy game has never previously been held in the Boston area and it will mark just the second contest in the Washington D.C. area. The first was in 2011 when Navy prevailed 27-21.
Baltimore will be host of the game for the seventh time and the Meadowlands in New Jersey will be the site for the sixth time.
Philadelphia is hosting this season's game. It will be its 90th time as host and the game will be played on Dec. 10. No. 91 will come at the end of the rotation in 2027.
Navy leads the series 62-53-7. Navy won last season's game 17-13 at East Rutherford, N.J.
Top 2023 QB prospect Arch Manning visits Alabama
Tabbed as a consensus five-star quarterback by recruiting services, Arch Manning took his official visit to Alabama this past weekend after participating in a 7-on-7 camp at LSU.
Manning posed for a photo in an Alabama jersey and helmet, which made the rounds on social media.
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Three other five-star recruits also visited Alabama at the same time: tackle Kadyn Proctor, running back Richard Young and linebacker Anthony Hill.
The 6-foot-4 native of New Orleans is ranked as the top overall player in the 2023 class by 247sports, ESPN and Rivals. In his junior season at Isidore Newman, he threw for 26 touchdowns and rushed for seven.
Manning hasn't released a top schools list like some other college recruits typically do, but he's visited Texas, Georgia and Ole Miss multiple times. He took his official visit to Georgia on June 3, and is expected to make his official visit to Texas later this month.
Report: A&M asked SEC to consider suspending Nick Saban
The website says it obtained communications between Texas A&M and the SEC on May 19 through an open records request. Texas A&M sent an email and had multiple phone conversations with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey the morning after Saban's infamous comments, On3 reported.
"We expect the league to take strong, public action against Coach Saban and the University of Alabama to demonstrate that such unprofessionalism and disrespect for Texas A&M's student-athletes, coaches, and the university as a whole, will not be tolerated," read the email sent by A&M athletics director Ross Bjork and co-signed by university president Katherine Banks.
"A public apology from Coach Saban to Coach Fisher, Aggie Football, and Texas A&M University is a good starting point, but the league should also consider monetary and participation penalties against Coach Saban," the email stated, per On3.
Sankey was working on a reprimand of Saban but added A&M coach Jimbo Fisher to it after the latter's press conference, when he said "somebody should have slapped" Saban, among other jabs.
Saban's incendiary comments came May 18 during an event with more than 100 business leaders in Birmingham, Ala. Saban made the initial comments to point out that the wild-west nature of NIL deals for players is not sustainable. And he took aim at Texas A&M's recruiting class, ranked No. 1 in the country.
"I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players," Saban said. "We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness.
Saban has since apologized multiple times for singling out A&M -- as well as Jackson State and Miami -- during his speech.
AAC, 3 teams agree on 2023 departure date
The three schools announced last year that they were heading to the Big 12 but when remained the question mark. AAC commissioner Mike Aresco announced Friday that the conference's member institutions voted to end the membership of the three schools effective July 1, 2023.
The schools had been expected to join the Big 12 no earlier than July 2024. The earlier date was settled after an undisclosed financial settlement, Cincinnati.com reported.
"All three institutions enjoyed tremendous success under the American Athletic Conference banner, and all three were instrumental in taking the conference to great heights, both athletically and academically," Aresco said. "We wish them the best and look forward to having them compete in our conference in 2022-23."
BYU also is joining the conference in 2023.
The announcement last year that Texas and Oklahoma would move to the Southeastern Conference in 2025 set off a chain reaction in college sports. With the Big 12 moving to replace those two programs and expand, other conferences then underwent a shift in membership and numbers.
With Cincinnati, Houston and UCF joining the Big 12, the American will add FAU, North Texas, Rice, Charlotte, UAB and UTSA.
QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, picks Notre Dame over Michigan
CJ Carr, the grandson of longtime Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, committed to Notre Dame Thursday.
Carr also listed Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia, LSU and Wisconsin as finalists.
He plays at Saline High School in Saline, Michigan, outside Ann Arbor, but he told ESPN that South Bend always left him impressed.
"I've been telling my family I'm going to Notre Dame since this last spring," Carr said, per ESPN.
Carr even said his father asked him to hold off a little longer to consider his other options.
"After the last camp at Notre Dame, we were supposed to go down south and I was like, 'Dad, I know where I want to go,' and he let me commit," Carr said.
Listed at 6-foot-2 1/2, 195 pounds, Carr is the No. 20 overall prospect and the fifth-best quarterback in the Class of 2024, per the 247Sports composite.
Lloyd Carr coached the Wolverines from 1995-2007. He led Michigan to a national title in 1997 and he retired with a 122-40 record with victories in the Rose, Citrus and Orange Bowls.
The elder Carr's Michigan teams went 5-4 against Notre Dame.
Former LSU WR Koy Moore transfers to Auburn
The former four-star, top-300 recruit (per 247 Sports) prepped at Rummel in the New Orleans area and contributed to the Baton Rouge-based Tigers as a freshman in 2020. He had 22 catches for 177 yards over eight games.
Moore saw less playing time in 2021, only catching five balls for 71 yards in three games.
He rejoins former LSU quarterback TJ Finley in Auburn.
QB McKenzie Milton retires from football
Milton was injured Nov. 23, 2018, during the regular-season finale at South Florida. The nerves in his right leg were so damaged and the blood flow so restricted that amputation was a possibility. After extensive rehabilitation, he transferred to Florida State and played in a game in relief last September, and almost led the Seminoles to a comeback victory against Notre Dame.
"There is no easy way to put or say this but my playing days of football have come to an end," Milton, 24, posted on Instagram. "With the culmination of the 2022 NFL draft it has become pretty evident that a path to the NFL is not realistic."
Milton said he has asked himself where he would be had he never gotten hurt. But he said he realized last Nov. 23, on the three-year anniversary of his injury, that he had another calling. That's when he saw the first ultrasound of his son.
"As much as I love playing QB and being in the locker room with the guys, I know there's no greater opportunity/responsibility in this world than being a father," he said.
Milton played in 33 games at UCF, leading the school to a 13-0 record in 2017 and 12-1 mark in 2018. With the Knights, he threw for 8,683 yards with 72 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He ranks fourth in both career yardage and touchdowns and also set school single-season records of 4,037 passing yards and 37 passing scores in 2017.
He added 20 rushing touchdowns. Twice, Milton finished in the Top 10 of Heisman Trophy balloting.
Last season with Florida State, Milton appeared in six games and threw for 775 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions.
Idaho State DBs coach charged with murder
The charge stems from a 2017 incident, reports said. Neal was also charged with one count of drive-by shooting and one count of discharging a firearm at a structure, both of which are felonies. He is being held at a county jail in Idaho and will be extradited back to Arizona.
Neal joined the Bengals in January after the program hired new head coach Charlie Ragle. The school has placed Neal on administrative leave.
"I have been in constant contact with (Ragle), who has known Davonte' for many years and never had any knowledge or suspicion of a possible crime of any kind," Idaho State athletic director Pauline Thiros told the Idaho State Journal. "The news of Davonte' Neal's arrest and charges in Arizona was a great shock. Going forward, we will cooperate in every way possible, safeguard our program and culture, support each other and our students, and allow the legal process to work. The news is devastating and we hope for resolution for all involved."
Neal's background check before being hired came back clean, the university said in a release Thursday.
A wide receiver and cornerback, Neal played college football at Notre Dame (2012) and Arizona (2014-16).
Sam Pittman gets contract extension at Arkansas
The five year agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2026. The university said Thursday that his new base salary is $5 million and includes incentive bonuses that will increase his pay based on wins and "postseason success."
An additional year will be tacked on to the contract if the Razorbacks win seven games in a season, including a bowl game against a Power 5 or Top 25 team.
Pittman, 60, is entering his third season on the job and has a combined 12-11 record. The Razorbacks were 2-10 in each of the two seasons prior to his arrival.
"Coach Pittman and his staff have done a tremendous job quickly restoring the pride and belief in our football program," athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a news release. "There is no doubt, Coach Pittman has proven to be the right man to lead our football team. He has earned this opportunity with the success he and his staff have had on the field and on the recruiting trail."
Arkansas was 9-4 last season and beat Penn State 24-10 in the Outback Bowl. The team finished the season ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll.
"Arkansas is where I want to be, this is my dream job," Pittman said. "I am so grateful for our University and Hunter for believing in me, our coaches and staff and the program we're building. We are all excited to continue to build on what we've done and continue to make our fans and the whole state of Arkansas proud of our football team."