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Oklahoma State LB hints he got COVID-19 at protest

Oklahoma State LB hints he got COVID-19 at protest

Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga tested positive for the coronavirus, and he intimated that he caught the disease at a recent protest.

He tweeted Tuesday, "After attending a protest in Tulsa AND being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe."

The COVID-19 test that came back positive was administered when Ogbongbemiga was one of 30 Cowboys players who arrived back in Stillwater on Monday, according to ESPN. Monday was the first day players they were allowed back on campus.

On Tuesday, the university outlined its plan for testing all players and staffers as they come back to the school after its shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN reported that Ogbongbemiga faces a quarantine period at isolated on-campus housing ahead of a Friday retest. Oklahoma State also reportedly will conduct contact tracing to find out those who have been around Ogbongbemiga.

The Cowboys plan to commence voluntary training on June 15, the first day they are allowed to do so under Big 12 Conference guidelines.

Ogbongbemiga, a rising senior from Calgary, Alberta, was selected Oklahoma State's defensive MVP last season. He made second-team All-Big 12 after ranking sixth in the Big 12 with 100 tackles and fifth with 15.5 tackles for loss. Ogbongbemiga received first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the third season in a row.

The Cowboys, coming off an 8-5 season that concluded with a 24-21 loss to Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl, are scheduled to open the 2020 season on Sept. 3 against visiting Oregon State.

Former Clemson player says assistant coach used N-word

Former Clemson player says assistant coach used N-word

A former Clemson tight end confirmed Tuesday that Tigers assistant coach Danny Pearman used the N-word at a practice three years ago.

However, D.J. Greenlee told The State newspaper that Pearman did not call him the N-word and that the special teams and tight ends coach "apologized the rest of that season." Greenlee played at Clemson 2013-16.

"It was just a heated argument during practice, basically. Me and the coach got into it and I was speaking with one of my teammates. He heard me use the N-word basically, and basically tried to correct me by saying the N-word back," Greenlee told The State.

"He wasn't saying that I was a N-word," Greenlee told The State.

The incident garnered national attention earlier Tuesday when former Clemson receiver Kanyon Tuttle took to Twitter to chastise Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney over the incident.

"You allowed a coach to call a player the n-word during practice with no repercussions. Not even a team apology," Tuttle tweeted, in part, without naming Pearman.

Not so, said Greenlee.

"Coach Swinney explained to me what was going on," Greenlee told The State. "He said he was going to talk with coach Pearman. I don't know if he did. Coach Pearman apologized."

Pearman "apologized the rest of that season. He knew he was in the wrong," Greenlee told The State, adding that he accepted the apology.

"You can't hold a grudge against someone forever," Greenlee said.

Greenlee said he spoke with Swinney again Tuesday. Clemson said it was aware of Tuttle's social media post but neither the university nor Swinney commented.

Ohio State WR Saunders arrested on curfew charge

Ohio State WR Saunders arrested on curfew charge

Ohio State wide receiver and team captain C.J. Saunders was arrested for allegedly violating curfew in Columbus and posted bond Tuesday morning, according to multiple outlets citing court records.

Saunders was arrested Monday night at 10:45 local time; city-wide curfew went into effect at 10 p.m. It was unclear if Saunders was involved in a protest nearby that resulted in Columbus Police using pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

Protests have sprung up in Columbus and across the country over the death of George Floyd last week in police custody on a Minneapolis street.

Saunders was booked at the Franklin County Jail and will be arraigned Thursday morning on a misdemeanor charge of violating curfew, according to the reports.

Saunders is a sixth-year senior who is waiting word on whether the NCAA will grant his petition for a medical hardship waiver and another year of eligibility. Saunders was named team captain for the 2019 season but did not play because of injuries.

The Dublin (Ohio) Coffman High School product walked on but was placed on scholarship in 2018. Saunders has 27 career catches for 294 yards and a touchdown, having played in one game in 2016 and then 11 games each of the next two seasons.

Two Marshall football players, employee test positive for COVID-19

Two Marshall football players, employee test positive for COVID-19

Two football players and a staffer at Marshall tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced on the day voluntary workouts began on campus.

In a statement released Monday, Marshall announced that the three are asymptomatic and that the cases are unrelated to each other. University officials do not believe the trio contracted the disease on campus. The three are in quarantine and did not participate in Monday's workouts.

Marshall did not identify the players or staffer.

"It shows that what you are doing is working," Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said in a statement. "If a positive comes up, we've caught it and we can quarantine them. Everyone else was negative and what we set out to do with our testing is working. I think that's the positive thing about it. You want to know. That's why you test."

According to Marshall, the following protocols were put in place for returning student-athletes:

--All student-athletes arriving on campus are in mandatory self-isolation for one week.

--Following the completion of the self-isolation period, all student-athletes are tested for COVID-19 and must return a confirmed negative result before being allowed out of self-isolation.

--All athletic department employees who come in close contact with student-athletes are being tested.

--Any student-athlete returning a positive test is required to quarantine and follow positive test guidelines. A student-athlete who tests positive will be required to secure a negative test before completing the quarantine period.

Marshall, coming off an 8-5 season that ended with a 48-25 loss to UCF in the Gasparilla Bowl, is scheduled to open play this year on Aug. 29 at East Carolina.

Harbaugh joins Michigan players in peaceful protest

Harbaugh joins Michigan players in peaceful protest

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh walked with members of his football team and local leaders in a peaceful protest in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Tuesday.

The walk organized by former Michigan football walk-on Mahmoud Issa included Mayor Christopher Taylor and Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox.

Harbaugh posted to Twitter his thoughts on George Floyd's May 25 death in police custody in Minneapolis, which has prompted protests across the United States including Issa's march on Tuesday.

"I believe in equal justice for all," Harbaugh wrote. "All injustice should be confronted and punished. It has to be equal and fair for all, and no one can be above the law. I pray we can get there!"

Issa said Michigan wanted to make sure their connection to the march was known in hopes of driving more interest in participation.

"It led everyone to come out to help," Issa told the Detroit Free Press. "We all know there's unrest going on in the community. Everyone wants to do something, but they just don't know where to start. By starting this, it gave everyone an easy way to help out, make a difference and get the message out."

USC lands four-star QB Miller Moss

USC lands four-star QB Miller Moss

Four-star quarterback Miller Moss committed to USC over LSU, Alabama and UCLA.

Moss participated in the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp and the Mission Hills (Calif.) product said he's always envisioned playing for the Trojans.

"There were a ton of reasons why I chose USC," Moss said in his announcement. "I've mentioned it before, but that's the school I've always wanted to go to. It wasn't an emotional decision, trust me it was well thought out, but end of the day, when I thought about the school I could picture myself at, putting on that jersey and running out of the tunnel, it was always USC.

"Growing up, that was my school. I think every player who grew up in the Pete Carroll era wanted to play for USC. Mark Sanchez was the first USC quarterback I really remember watching but there were so many of them and then going back and seeing the legacy of quarterbacks the school has produced, it's pretty amazing. Every quarterback since Carson Palmer has been drafted -- that's a 20-year run -- and I'm really excited about the opportunity to continue that."

With Bryce Young committed to Alabama and Jake Garcia headed for USC -- he gave his commitment in September 2019 -- there was some doubt whether Moss could hold out and commit later to a program not on his priority list.

But even with Garcia present, Moss said he heard early and often from offensive coordinator Graham Harrell and coach Clay Helton, which pushed him to stick with USC.

Garcia and Moss are top-40 recruits, with Moss coming off of a season in which he threw for more than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns in 12 games.

Navy to host Notre Dame in '20

Navy to host Notre Dame in '20

Notre Dame is heading to Annapolis (Md.) for the first time in the history of the Fighting Irish series with the Naval Academy.

In a game moved from Dublin, Ireland, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is set to become the site of the 94th meeting, and the only time the Midshipmen have played on their home field against Notre Dame.

No date has been finalized for the game, but it's expected to be played Labor Day weekend and broadcast by ESPN/ABC.

"Our student-athletes have had great experiences competing in Ireland and are very disappointed not to be returning to Dublin in 2020," Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said. "The change of venue has been a very difficult decision for our colleagues at the Naval Academy, but we are in full support of their choice. We are also grateful for everything our partners in Ireland have done to make this a smooth transition. We look forward to going back to Ireland for a game in the not too distant future."

Each prior meeting hosted by Navy was played at a neutral site. Overall, Notre Dame owns a 79-13-1 record in the series with Navy, including two wins later vacated by NCAA penalty.

Big Ten commissioner Warren creates anti-hate coalition

Big Ten commissioner Warren creates anti-hate coalition

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, responding to the death of George Floyd, announced Monday that he is founding an Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition for the conference.

Warren, the first African American commissioner of one of the NCAA's Power 5 conferences, referenced the deaths of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile and Emmett Till in his statement.

He wrote, "George Floyd's death cannot be in vain.

"I have made the decision to create the Big Ten Conference Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition and invite student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents and others to join me.

"I have already received powerful notes of support and interest in joining this coalition and look forward to partnering with the existing diversity councils on our various campuses. It is critical that our student-athletes possess their rights to free speech, their rights to peaceful protest and we will work to empower them in creating meaningful change."

Warren previously was the chief executive officer of the Minnesota Vikings from 2015-19, the first African American to hold that position with an NFL team.

He and his wife, Greta, announced Monday a personal $100,000 gift from the Warren Family Foundation to the Washington-based National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights to aid in addressing racism, hate and voter-registration issues.

Warren wrote, "As a Black man, I pray every day for the health and safety of my wife and children, especially during interactions with law enforcement. We continue to see inequality and deep divide regarding how members of the Black community are treated compared to the rest of society and too often, the results have been horrific and senseless. Such racism and inequality are pervasive, not just endemic in law enforcement.

"Meaningful change will only occur if, as a nation, we are united, resilient and determined to create difficult, uncomfortable dialogue and take significant tangible action. We all need to strive to make the world a better place. One person, one family, one city, one state, one conference, one country."

He added, "We must listen to our young people. Our children and future generations deserve better. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution. The Big Ten Conference will be part of the solution as we actively and constructively combat racism and hate in our country."

Floyd, a black man, died May 25 when white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for eight-plus minutes while arresting him.

USC cuts ties with booster over 'racist tweets'

USC cuts ties with booster over 'racist tweets'

The University of Southern California revoked the football season tickets of a prominent booster and cut ties with her Monday after the school was made aware of what it described as "abhorrent and blatantly racist tweets."

Marla Brown, an alum and attorney, who claimed to have once worked for the Los Angeles Police Department Union, referenced protesters and looters in the Los Angeles area in multiple tweets over the weekend saying, "They need to be shot," and "Shoot the protesters." Brown has since deleted her Twitter account.

"(Late Sunday), we were made aware of abhorrent and blatantly racist tweets from an individual who identified as a USC Football Booster," athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. "Following an immediate investigation into the matter, we informed the individual that their season ticket and Trojan Athletic Fund membership privileges have been revoked and their payments will be promptly returned. Their account has been flagged in our system to prevent future purchases.

"Thank you to the USC community for helping us identify this individual so that we could move swiftly to terminate our relationship. We stand in solidarity with the Black community."

Brown expressed some remorse for her posts when reached by the Los Angeles Times on Monday, calling them "very stupid remarks."

"They have to do what they have to do," Brown told the newspaper. "They didn't reach out to me before they did it. It's their decision to make, I guess. I have not much control over it. I certainly would've talked to them if they reached out to me, but I didn't have the opportunity."

Former Trojans wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. called out Brown for her tweets Sunday evening. Brown's Twitter profile photo included her with Pittman, while the receiver was wearing his Trojans jersey.

"If you truly believe the things you have said, I politely ask you to take me out of your profile picture," Pittman posted in a tweet to Brown. "This is disappointing, I know my true Trojan family would never. In times like this, it is important for us to stand together."

Brown was asked if she agreed with the school's assessment that her tweets were racist.

"They were stupid and horrible," Brown said to the Times about her posts. "You know, obviously, they view them as racist. The people who complained about it view them as racist. That's their view. If I sat there and looked at it, I can see that someone might view them as racist. But I can also see that they could be viewed as not necessarily racist.

"So, I think you could go either way on that. Obviously they're going the one way on that, to appease the people that are requesting this. I don't really blame people being angry and upset. I did a really dumb, stupid thing."

Clemson WR Ross out for 2020 with spine injury

Clemson WR Ross out for 2020 with spine injury

Standout Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross will not play for the Tigers in the fall because of a spinal injury that will require surgery.

Ross is expected to have a congenital fusion procedure in his neck and spine on Friday, according to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. His prognosis for returning to the Tigers program is unknown and his career could be in jeopardy.

Over his first two seasons with at Clemson, Ross started 14 of his 29 games played, catching 112 passes for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns. He burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2018, catching 46 passes, nine for touchdowns, and leading the Tigers with 1,000 receiving yards.

The Phenix City, Ala., native caught six passes for 153 yards and a TD in the national championship victory against Alabama to conclude the 2018 season.

If Ross is able to play again, speculation has centered around him skipping his final two years of eligibility after sitting out in 2020 and entering the NFL Draft.

"In January, Justyn will have a decision to make," Swinney told reporters.

Vanderbilt assistant Lewis dies of liver cancer

Vanderbilt assistant Lewis dies of liver cancer

Vanderbilt assistant coach Osia Lewis has died due to liver cancer. He was 57.

Vanderbilt said Lewis died on Sunday.

"Osia Lewis was a special man," Commodores head coach Derek Mason said in a news release. "His wisdom, love, honesty, truth and faith based views truly set him apart. He was a fox-hole teacher who made you better just being around him."

Lewis arrived at Vanderbilt in 2016 and was diagnosed the following year. He transitioned into a part-time coaching role as a defensive assistant.

Overall, Lewis was a college assistant coach for 28 seasons after playing linebacker for Oregon State from 1982-85.

Lewis began his major college coaching career with the Beavers from 1991-96 before stints at Illinois (1997-2002), New Mexico (2003-07), UTEP (2008-09), San Diego State (2011-15) and Vanderbilt. He handled defensive coordinator duties at both New Mexico and UTEP.

Pat Dye, Auburn coaching legend, dies at 80

Pat Dye, Auburn coaching legend, dies at 80

Former Auburn football coach and athletic director Pat Dye died Monday at age 80, according to multiple reports.

Hospitalized in recent weeks with kidney problems, Dye tested positive for the coronavirus last month. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Dye compiled a 99-39-4 record and won four SEC titles with the Tigers from 1981-92. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

An offensive guard and linebacker, Dye played college football for his home-state Georgia Bulldogs from 1958-60. He played for the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos as a two-way starter at tight end and linebacker from 1961-62.

He began his coaching career as an assistant at Alabama (1965-73) under Bear Bryant before becoming head coach at East Carolina (1974-79) and Wyoming (1980). His overall coaching record was 153-62-5. His teams were 7-2-1 in bowl games.

In 2005, the playing field at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium was named Pat Dye Field.

Penn State DT Barber enters transfer portal

Penn State DT Barber enters transfer portal

Penn State defensive tackle Damion Barber said Monday he will continue his career elsewhere.

"Growing up as a kid from Harrisburg it was always a dream to play here at Penn State," he wrote on Twitter. "I succeeded that dream and have loved my time here at the university. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through my time here, I made so many friends and countless memories. I also want to give a special thanks to Coach (James) Franklin & the rest of the staff for taking a chance on me and letting me fulfill my dream out of high school.

"That being said, right now i feel as though the best chance for me and my career is to enter the transfer portal and continue my journey. Thank you Nittany Nation and WE ARE!"

As a sophomore in 2019, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Barber appeared in eight games and registered three tackles.

He was a four-star member of the Nittany Lions' 2017 recruiting class, ranked as the nation's No. 13 strong-side defensive end and Pennsylvania's No. 9 prospect by 247Sports.

Mississippi State CB Jones flips commit to Florida State

Mississippi State CB Jones flips commit to Florida State

Former Mississippi State cornerback Jarrian Jones is transferring to Florida State.

Last week it was reported that the rising sophomore was heading to rival Ole Miss, but Jones confirmed his commitment to the Seminoles Monday on Twitter.

He posted a photo of himself in a Florida State uniform with the words "Committed" and "Jones Island."

Jones played in 11 games for the Bulldogs as a true freshman in 2019, including one start against Texas A&M on Oct. 26.

He finished the season with 12 tackles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

He has three seasons of eligibility remaining, but will have to sit out the 2020 campaign barring a waiver from the NCAA.

A four-star recruit in the Class of 2019, Jones was ranked as the No. 217 player in the nation and the No. 18 safety by the 247Sports composite.

Jones is the fifth Mississippi State player to transfer this offseason, joining guard Stewart Reese (Florida), quarterback Keytaon Thompson (Virginia), offensive lineman Brevyn Jones (Illinois) and defensive tackle Fabien Lovett (undecided).

Chris Beaty, former IU football player, shot and killed during protests

Chris Beaty, former IU football player, shot and killed during protests

Chris Beaty, who played football at Indiana from 2000-04, was shot and killed during protests in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday night. He was 38.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. It was one of several shootings that took place in the city as part of protests over the death of George Floyd.

Beaty, a defensive lineman for the Hoosiers, had remained close to the football program. He owned his own promotions company, Fresh Marketing, and several nightclubs.

Beaty had recently launched the company, Worldwide Masks, which sold face masks for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RB Lingard granted immediate eligibility at Florida

RB Lingard granted immediate eligibility at Florida

Former Miami running back Lorenzo Lingard was granted immediate eligibility at Florida.

Lingard, who entered the NCAA transfer database in December, confirmed his 2020 eligibility this week on Twitter.

"Approved to play this year," he wrote. "Best birthday gift ever."

Lingard, from Orange City, Fla., was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2018 and ranked the No. 2 running back in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.

He rushed 17 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns with the Hurricanes in 2018 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in practice.

He played in two games on special teams in 2019 and enters 2020 as a redshirt sophomore.

In Gainesville, Lingard will compete to replace La'Mical Perine in the backfield. The New York Jets selected Perine in the fourth round in April's draft.

Tennessee RB Jordan arrested on gun, marijuana charges

Tennessee RB Jordan arrested on gun, marijuana charges

Tennessee running back Tim Jordan faces gun and marijuana charges in Florida, according to police.

A rising senior from Bartow, Fla., Jordan was arrested after a traffic stop at about 5 a.m. Saturday in Lakeland. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possessing 20 grams or less of cannabis and possessing drug paraphernalia, per records obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Jordan appeared in 12 games with four starts last season, rushing for 428 yards and one touchdown and adding six receptions for 46 yards.

A Tennessee athletic department spokesperson declined to comment to the News Sentinel.

According to police records, Jordan was pulled over after allegedly speeding and swerving into a bike lane. Officers smelled "a strong odor of cannabis emanating from inside" the car and reported that Jordan and a 17-year-old passenger were "extremely nervous."

Jordan reportedly informed police he had a gun in his back pocket, but did not have a concealed carry permit. The handgun, a Ruger LCP pistol, was loaded and unholstered, according to the arrest warrant.

In Florida, carrying a concealed firearm without a license is a third-degree felony punishable by a sentence up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.

Jordan, 20, and the unnamed passenger were booked into the Polk County Jail. The Polk County Sheriff's Office website listed Jordan's bond at $2,000.

In three seasons with the Volunteers, Jordan has rushed for 1,002 yards and four touchdowns and added 26 catches for 227 yards.

Ex-Alabama DL Alfano no longer at Colorado

Ex-Alabama DL Alfano no longer at Colorado

Former five-star Alabama defensive lineman Antonio Alfano is no longer at the University of Colorado, according to school officials.

In early March, Alfano was suspended indefinitely by new head coach Karl Dorrell, who cited an unspecified violation of team rules. Alfano is now no longer at the school.

Alfano was a five-star recruit from New Jersey in Alabama's 2019 recruiting class. He was the No. 5-ranked prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.

Just after the start of the 2019 season, Alfano walked away from the Crimson Tide. He stopped practicing with the team on Sept. 3 and was suspended for Alabama's 62-10 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 7. The reason for his suspension was not disclosed, but head coach Nick Saban said," I just know that the guy basically quit."

On Sept. 13, Alfano's father, Frankie, said his son would enter the NCAA transfer portal.

In November, Alfano confirmed he was heading to Colorado to play for then-coach Mel Tucker. Alfano arrived on the Colorado campus in January. Tucker left the Buffaloes in February to become the head coach at Michigan State.

Report: North Texas WR Bussey transferring to Hawaii

Report: North Texas WR Bussey transferring to Hawaii

Former North Texas wide receiver Rico Bussey Jr. is heading to Hawaii as a graduate transfer, Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported Saturday.

Bussey caught 68 passes for 1,017 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Mean Green in 2018.

He missed most of the 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL in a Sept. 14 loss at Cal.

Bussey, who entered the NCAA transfer portal in February, has graduated from North Texas and is eligible to play in 2020.

From 2016-19, he caught 128 passes for 1,941 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Hawaii is now coached by Todd Graham, who was hired in January after Nick Rolovich left to become the head coach at Washington State.

Four-star Nebraska signee enters transfer portal

Four-star Nebraska signee enters transfer portal

Defensive back Henry Gray, a four-star signee in Nebraska's 2020 recruiting class, is back on the market.

The Miami native tweeted Friday that he was entering the NCAA transfer portal "due to (an) unanticipated family situation."

Gray, who enrolled in Lincoln in January, could seek a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility at another FBS school in 2020.

He was ranked as the No. 27 safety in the nation and the No. 43 overall prospect in the state of Florida by the 247Sports Composite.