LSU has dismissed defensive tackle Travonte Valentine for a violation of team rules, the program announced Thursday. "At this point in time, Travonte is no longer part of our football program," head coach Ed Orgeron said in a statement. "We wish him the best." It's the second time Valentine has been booted from the Tigers, as he was first dismissed in 2015 due to multiple failed drug tests and academic shortcomings. Valentine was cleared by the SEC to return before the 2016 campaign, and he was subsequently reinstated by LSU. The 6-foot-3 nose guard played in five games this season, registering 10 tackles, but didn't play in the Tigers' final seven contests. Valentine, now a redshirt sophomore, was one of the top defensive tackle recruits in the 2014 class. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Pitt and UCF are set to lock horns twice in the next three years, as the programs announced Thursday they've agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. The Panthers will travel to Orlando for a road game in 2018 before hosting the Knights at Heinz Field in the second leg of the series a year later. In their one previous meeting, Pitt notched a 52-7 win over UCF in 2006. The Knights now have one non-conference date to fill in both 2018 and 2019, while the Panthers' non-conference schedule for those years has been filled: Pitt football finalized its 2018 and 2019 non-conference schedules, now featuring a home-and-home with UCF pic.twitter.com/ci5viBZ1db — Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) January 19, 2017 Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Clemson's defense will have a different look when they try to repeat as national champions in 2017, as co-defensive coordinator and defensive end coach Marion Hobby has left to take a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars. "Marion Hobby is an excellent coach who breeds success and comes from a winning culture," Jaguars Executive Vice-President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said in a statement. "In recent years, Marion has overseen the development of top-tier players who are currently experiencing success at the highest level in the National Football League." Clemson's defense finished the 2016 season ranked 10th in the country, allowing just 18 points per game, with its best performance in the Fiesta Bowl shutout of Ohio State. Losing Hobby is certainly a blow to the Tigers, but with Dabo Swinney able to retain co-defensive coordinator Brent Venables, it should be another strong unit in 2017. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content re..
LSU has entrusted Matt Canada as the man to run its offense, and the former Pitt coordinator is going to be well-compensated as he does so. According to documents obtained by Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, Canada will be paid $1.5 million per year to run the Tigers' offense. His base salary will be $500,000, with the extra $1 million coming from media rights compensation and other sources. The 41-year-old isn't the only coordinator to hit the $1.5 million mark, as the Tigers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda signed a new deal in December that will pay him $1.8 million per season. LSU, Alabama, and Texas A&M all led the country in coordinator pay last season, at $2.5 million for each program, so it's probably a safe bet that the $3.3 million the Tigers will be paying next season is the highest in college football history. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Colorado has apparently found its man to replace Jim Leavitt, as sources told Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal that the Buffaloes have hired Kentucky's D.J. Eliot as their new defensive coordinator. Eliot has served as the Wildcats defensive coordinator since 2014, coming over to the SEC program from Florida State when Mark Stoops took the head coaching position. Stoops took over defensive play-calling duties from Eliot after Kentucky started this season 0-2. Colorado's defense enjoyed an impressive season under Leavitt's leadership, finishing 20th in the country, allowing just 21.7 points per game. The veteran coordinator left the Buffaloes to join Oregon in the same capacity following the season. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Nebraska's pipeline to California for recruits will continue in 2018, as four-star athlete Eric Fuller Jr. announced his commitment to the Cornhuskers for next year's class on Wednesday. The Los Angeles native joins 2017 four-star commits Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr. as Californians making the trip to the Big Ten school for their collegiate careers. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound speedster is ranked as the 10th-best athlete in the class of 2018, and is listed as the 132nd overall prospect on the ESPN Jr. 300. Fuller plays both receiver and cornerback for his high school team in Los Angeles, and it remains to be seen where Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley will use him once he arrives on campus. A number of Power 5 schools were courting Fuller prior to his Nebraska commitment including Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Baylor. Eric Fuller Jr. BioPosition: ATH Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. School: Augustus F. Hawkins High School Height: 5-8 Weight: 150 lbs. Copyright © 2017 Score..
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A proposed June signing period for college football recruits has been rejected by the NCAA's Division I Council, but a possible December signing period remains very much in play. The Council modified a proposal for flexibility in the recruiting calendar Wednesday at the NCAA's annual convention by removing the June signing period. The Council acted on the recommendation of the NCAA's football oversight committee. The proposed calendar, which still includes a December signing period, awaits a final vote in April. Any proposed changes to the signing date also need approval from the Collegiate Commissioners Associate, which administers the national letter of intent. Approved changes to the recruiting calendar could take effect as early as later this year. The traditional national signing day takes place on the first Wednesday of February. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Wake Forest will reportedly hire former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel for the same position, a source told Adam Rittenberg of ESPN. Sawvel guided Minnesota to the 21st-ranked scoring defense and total defense in 2016, but was let go after the Golden Gophers' Holiday Bowl victory. The 46-year old would replace Mike Elko, who left for the same position at Notre Dame last month. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
After capping a magical 2016 season with a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the Rose Bowl, USC will get no favors from its 2017 schedule. For the first time since 1995, the Trojans will fail to have a bye week during their schedule. Most teams will finish their seasons on Nov. 25, while USC will instead finish on Nov. 18 when it hosts rival UCLA. As a College Football Playoff contender, not playing on the final weekend of the regular season could prove costly. Date Opponent Sept. 2 vs. Western Michigan Sept. 9 vs. Stanford Sept. 16 vs. Texas Sept. 23 @ California Sept.29 @ Washington State Oct. 7 vs. Oregon State Oct. 14 vs. Utah Oct. 21 @ Notre Dame Oct. 28 @ Arizona State Nov.4 vs. Arizona Nov. 11 @ Colorado Nov.18 vs. UCLA If USC is tied in the Pac-12 South and fails to earn a berth into the conference championship game, the Trojans won't be on TV or play any games for two straight weeks - after which the CFP committee will select the four playoff participants. Ohio State..
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson has turned down the chance to play in the Senior Bowl later this month. Watson's representatives cited the long season and his continued training for the NFL draft as reasons he won't play in the Jan. 28 game in Mobile, Alabama. Watson is a junior giving up his final college season, but has graduated, making him eligible for the game. The Senior Bowl would've given NFL personnel the chance to see the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Watson up close. That includes the Cleveland Browns, holders of the No. 1 pick in next spring's draft, whose staff will coach in the bowl. Watson led the Tigers to a national championship with a 35-31 victory over Alabama. He threw for 4,593 yards, 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions this season. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.