Duke KR DeVon Edwards suffers season-ending knee injury
Duke says safety and kick returner DeVon Edwards is out for the season with torn knee ligaments.
Coach David Cutcliffe said Sunday that Edwards tore both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during Saturday's 38-35 upset at Notre Dame.
Edwards was injured on the Fighting Irish's first kickoff of the day and was on crutches at the end of the game. The redshirt senior has six career kick returns for touchdowns, one shy of the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA records.
September 25, 2016
Florida upgrades Callaway's status for Tennessee
Florida is expected to have dynamic receiver Antonio Callaway back against 14th-ranked Tennessee on Saturday.
Coach Jim McElwain says Callaway ''got around pretty good'' in practice Wednesday and upgraded his injury status, saying ''take him off the doubtful list and put him questionable to probable as we go.''
Callaway has 13 receptions for a team-leading 201 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season. He suffered a deep thigh bruise against Kentucky on Sept. 10 and didn't play in last week's 32-0 victory against North Texas. The passing game sputtered without Callaway, gaining 216 yards through the air. His return would be big for Florida, which will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio against the Volunteers.
McElwain says ''he's got to be running 100 percent for us to put him out there.''
September 21, 2016
Indiana's Hartman injures left knee during non-contact drill
Indiana forward Collin Hartman injured his left during a non-contact workout.
Coach Tom Crean said Wednesday that the injury was still being evaluated.
Hartman, a 6-foot-7 senior from Indianapolis, has played a key role for the Hoosiers each of the past two seasons, especially on defense.
Last season, he started 24 times in 35 appearances and averaged 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds on a team that reached the Sweet 16. As a sophomore, Hartman started 12 of 32 games and shot 50 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from 3-point range as he averaged 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Hartman tore the ACL in his right knee after his freshman season, in 2013-14, but returned to the court at the start of his sophomore year.
September 21, 2016
Penn State linebacker Wartman-White out for season
Brandon Smith spent early weekdays last year studying opposing defenses so he could copy players' characteristics and mimic tactics as the leader of Penn State's scout team defense.
Now, he'll lead the real thing.
The former walk-on linebacker is expected to make his first start in the middle of a banged up defense that's lost all three starting linebackers to injuries when Penn State (2-1) plays at No. 4 Michigan (3-0) on Saturday.
Penn State coach James Franklin announced Tuesday that Nyeem Wartman-White will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury suffered midway through the Temple game. His second season-ending injury in as many years is the latest blow for a unit already without Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda. Neither appear ready to return for Saturday's game.
Wartman-White began the season at outside linebacker and shifted back to the middle with Cabinda out. When Wartman-White went down, it left Penn State with sophomores Jake Cooper and Manny Bowen, neither of whom had experienced calling the defense. Penn State needed a voice that carried some seniority and experience, even if it was as a captain on the scout team.
''He's been here four years and he's played three defensive snaps,'' Franklin said. ''He played 57 plays on Saturday. I think the confidence he displayed and how he called the defense I think helped.''
A former standout high school wrestler and javelin thrower, Smith made an immediate impact. Temple gained just 2 rushing yards in the second half where Smith finished with eight tackles, one for a loss and broke up a pass. It didn't come as a surprise for his teammates who'd watched his efforts on the scout team.
''He brought 100 percent effort every single day at practice,'' Cooper said. ''He made our offensive line better and everyone around him better. He was physical all the time.''
And a nuisance for an offensive staff that wanted to dial-in gimmick plays in practice but had difficulty doing so with Smith opposing them.
''He's one of those guys in practice where you get frustrated with him on scout team because you'll be trying to do a play-action pass, you're trying to do a fake with a reverse or something like that, and he'd be there,'' Franklin said. ''You thought he was cheating the drill, but he's reading his keys. He's one of those guys. He's just more athletic than I think people give him credit for.''
His football IQ is impressive too, Franklin said. Smith said he's learned a lot from studying different defenses each week in order to provide accurate looks for the starting offense.
''It's a neat experience in that aspect that you get to play in all these schemes and different fronts in front of you,'' Smith said. ''From that perspective, you learn a lot more about the game. But as far as fundamentals and things of that nature, you just play the same as always, knee-bend, pads rolled over, hand striking.''
Penn State will need those fundamentals to be crisp to slow the Wolverines.
Michigan's multi-faceted rushing attack is powered by a big, experienced group of linemen with three fifth-year seniors in addition to tight end Jake Butt. The Wolverines also utilize a perimeter passing attack to create space for playmakers like Amara Darboh who turned a quick screen into a 45-yard touchdown to spark his team's comeback against Colorado last week.
A lot of those sideline pursuits will fall to Cooper and Bowen. Both played on special teams last season and saw a handful of defensive snaps with Cooper starting in Penn State's bowl game loss Georgia where it wasn't as loud as what they're expecting in the Big House on Saturday.
''I think at this point it's going to be growing and communicating together,'' Cooper said. ''Communication's going to be a big factor when you've got three starters that are all out. Those are all experienced guys. They've had a lot of snaps in games and things like that. To be able to communicate is going to be the biggest key for us.''
September 20, 2016
Florida QB Del Rio ruled out vs Tennessee
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss Saturday's game at Tennessee because of a knee injury.
Coach Jim McElwain officially ruled Del Rio out Monday, saying he won't play against the Volunteers (3-0) and could miss more time. The injury forces the 19th-ranked Gators (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to turn to former Purdue starter Austin Appleby as they begin a stretch of seven consecutive league games.
Del Rio injured his left knee Saturday on a low hit by North Texas defensive end Josh Wheeler, who was flagged for a personal foul. McElwain, who clearly thought the play was dirty, screamed at the Mean Green sideline and had to be restrained by officials and then his players.
September 19, 2016
Utah RB Williams retires, Fitts out with injury
Utah starting running back Joe Williams has retired from football after a slow start to the 2016 season.
Coach Kyle Whittingham said the senior has some physical issues that forced him to leave the game. Williams was expected to replace current Denver Broncosrunning back Devontae Booker, but struggled and was benched during the last game after losing a fumble. Ball security had been an issue for Williams since 2015.
''His body is just worn out,'' Whittingham told reporters Tuesday. ''It has nothing to do with playing time or any bad feelings, he's leaving on good terms. I think you noticed in some games that he's just not the same guy. He has some things that are really bothering him physically so he's going to retire.''
Williams rushed for 75 yards on 22 carries in two games this season and is on track to graduate in December. Freshman Zack Moss has been promoted to starter after rushing for 58 yards on 12 carries in his debut last week.
Whittingham also announced that defensive end Kylie Fitts will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. Fitts was in his second season as a starter and led the Utes with seven sacks in 2015. The senior will apply for a medical redshirt.
Seniors Pita Taumoepenu and Hunter Dimick are listed as starters at defensive end.
Senior receiver Cory Butler-Byrd has been reinstated from an indefinite suspension. He was suspended amid a misdemeanor criminal mischief investigation stemming from allegations that he damaged a university police patrol car and building in July. Butler-Byrd has pleaded guilty in the case.
''He served his two-game suspension so we feel like he's done everything that has been asked of him,'' Whittingham said. ''He still has things that he'll adhere to the rest of the way, but he's good to go.''
Butler-Byrd played cornerback in 2015, but made the switch to receiver to help an offense that has struggled through the air since joining the Pac-12.
September 14, 2016
Clemson WR Renfrow out at least 4 weeks
Clemson starting receiver Hunter Renfrow will miss at least four games with a broken right hand.
Renfrow's injury came on a 35-yard touchdown catch in a 30-24 victory over Troy on Saturday. He had a wrap on the hand afterward, but said the injury was not serious. However, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said an MRI exam Monday showed a ''little crack below his thumb.''
Swinney said Renfrow could play, but would have difficulty holding the ball. Swinney said Renfrow would need surgery. Renfrow plans to return against North Carolina State on Oct. 15.
Renfrow is a redshirt sophomore and former walk-on who caught two TDs in Clemson's 45-40 loss to Alabama in the national championship game.
Backup Ray-Ray McCloud will take Renfrow's place in the starting lineup.
September 13, 2016
Illinois guard Coleman-Lands out for 8 weeks with injury
Illinois sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has broken a bone in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined for about eight weeks
September 12, 2016
Florida State DB Derwin James out with knee injury
Florida State defensive back Derwin James is having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
Coach Jimbo Fisher says there is no timetable how long the sophomore will be out, but he is optimistic that James can return this season.
James suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of their win over Charleston Southern.
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound James is used as a safety, nickelback and edge rusher and is one of the team's top tacklers. He had eight tackles and an interception in the opener against then-No. 11 Mississippi and recorded three tackles against Charleston Southern.
Sophomore A.J. Westbrook or senior Nate Andrews are in the mix to start in place of James.
September 12, 2016
Injured Baylor RB Jefferson will not return this season
Baylor coach Jim Grobe says running back Johnny Jefferson will not play this season as he takes time away from school to recuperate from injuries and deal with personal issues.
Johnson has been dealing with injuries to his foot and ribs and did not play in Baylor's opening victory.
Grobe said Jefferson is still a member of the team and he hopes the junior returns to school next semester.
Jefferson ran for 1,000 yards last season, including 299 in a bowl victory against North Carolina, and figured to be the No. 2 tailback behind Shock Linwood.
September 9, 2016
Navy QB Smith lost for season with torn ACL
Tago Smith, who replaced Keenan Reynolds as Navy's starting quarterback, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Smith tore his right ACL in Navy's 52-16 victory over Fordham on Saturday.
The injury occurred on the third play of the second quarter during a 22-yard run by Smith. He finished the game with 97 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 10 carries and completed his only pass for 45 yards.
Smith, a senior, was elevated to the starting position after Reynolds enjoyed a record-setting run during his four years at the school.
Senior Will Worth now takes over at quarterback for Navy. Sophomore Zach Abey is the backup and freshman Malcolm Perry is third on the depth chart.
Worth rushed for 22 yards against Fordham and completed all three of his passes for 78 yards.
September 5, 2016
Florida loses Dre Massey for season to knee injury
Florida will be without receiver Dre Massey for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
Coach Jim McElwain confirmed Monday that Massey will have season-ending surgery, a big blow considering the Gators were counting on the junior college transfer to make an immediate impact this fall.
Massey injured his knee on the opening kickoff in Florida's 24-7 victory over UMass on Saturday night. He continued to play until halftime.
Widely considered Florida's most versatile player, Massey is capable of lining up at receiver, running back, quarterback, returner and even punter. He did it all at Holmes (Mississippi) Community College last year. He caught 21 passes for 548 yards and six touchdowns, and carried 59 times for 452 yards and three scores. He also punted three times (averaged 22.3 yards) and threw three passes (all incomplete).
September 5, 2016
FSU DE Keith Bryant to miss 2016 season due to foot surgery
Florida State junior defensive lineman Keith Bryant is expected to miss the season with a foot injury.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said during his weekly call-in show Wednesday that Bryant will likely undergo season-ending surgery on his foot within the next week.
"It just happened within the last three days," Fisher said.
Bryant re-aggravated an injury he suffered just before to spring practice. Prior to that, Bryant had lost about 20 pounds and was having a strong offseason as he transitioned from defensive tackle to defensive end.
August 31, 2016
Florida rules out WR Worton
Florida has ruled out receiver C.J. Worton for its season opener Saturday against UMass.
Coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday that Worton, who is being counted on to be a significant part of the receiving corps, won't be available because of a high ankle sprain. Worton hasn't practiced since injuring his right ankle about three weeks ago.
His absence, a lingering knee injury to Kalif Jackson and at least two suspensions leave the Gators thin at receiver against the Minutemen.
Freshman receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells are suspended for the opener after being charged with firing BB guns in a residence hall in July.
McElwain said Florida will rotate six scholarship receivers Saturday night: Antonio Callaway, Dre Massey, Brandon Powell, Ahmad Fulwood, Josh Hammondand Freddie Swain.
August 31, 2016
Duke QB Sirk out for season after reinjuring Achilles tendon
Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the season after tearing the Achilles tendon he first tore in February.
Coach David Cutcliffe said Saturday that the redshirt senior will have surgery to repair the partial tear in his left Achilles tendon.
This marks the third injury to an Achilles tendon since 2013 for Sirk, who led Duke in rushing and passing last season and was the co-MVP of the Blue Devils' Pinstripe Bowl victory over Indiana.
He tore the tendon during an offseason conditioning workout on Feb. 9. He reinjured it during practice Thursday night, and was evaluated Friday.
Cutcliffe has said redshirt freshman Daniel Jones has been taking most of the first-team snaps during practice.
Sirk passed for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns and added a team-best 803 yards rushing and eight TDs during his first season as Duke's starter. He missed the 2013 season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon that April.
August 27, 2016
Arizona's Talbott Denny injures knee, out for season
Arizona senior forward Talbott Denny will miss the season after tearing the ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.
The school said Wednesday that the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Lipscomb will have surgery.
Denny, from Tucson's Salpointe Catholic High School, missed all of last season at Lipscomb because of a shoulder injury.
August 24, 2016
Nebraska OL Jerald Foster out for season with knee injury
Nebraska starting offensive lineman Jerald Foster has a torn knee ligament and is out for the season.
Coach Mike Riley announced Friday that the sophomore left guard was injured in practice this week and will require surgery.
Riley said Corey Whitaker would be first in line to replace Foster, but the senior will be having minor knee surgery and miss the next two weeks.
That means redshirt freshman Jalin Barnett and freshman Boe Wilson will handle the left guard spot at least until Whitaker can return.
August 19, 2016
Tennessee offensive tackle Hall expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Tennessee offensive tackle Chance Hall has had arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced Hall's injury and gave the potential timetable for his return Thursday.
Hall started Tennessee's final five games at right tackle last season and had been competing for a starting role at that spot again this season. Hall, Brett Kendrickand Drew Richmond were shaping up as the three main contenders for the two starting tackle slots.
Jones added that suspended defensive tackle Alexis Johnson participated in conditioning with the team during Thursday's practice. Jones said Johnson ''will continue to have to work his way back onto our football program and on our team.''
Johnson, who signed with Tennessee in December, has been suspended from the team since his February arrest on charges of false imprisonment and aggravated assault. The false imprisonment charge was dismissed and the aggravated assault was reduced to misdemeanor domestic assault April 21, and prosecutors agreed to drop all charges if he avoided trouble for the next six months.
August 18, 2016
Clemson DE Bryant to miss at least 3 games with foot injury
Clemson starting defensive end Austin Bryant is expected to miss at least three games after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says Bryant got hurt at practice Monday night and had surgery Tuesday. Swinney says he hopes to have the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Bryant back to face Georgia Tech on Sept. 22. That timeline has Bryant out the first three games, including the opener at Auburn on Sept. 3.
Bryant, a sophomore, played in 13 games last season. His best performance came in the Orange Bowl, when he filled in for injured starter Shaq Lawson and had eight tackles in a 37-17 win over Oklahoma.
August 16, 2016
Baylor running back Jefferson out injured
Johnny Jefferson, one of Baylor's two returning 1,000-yard rushers, has sore ribs from a car accident after already being out of practice because of a foot injury.
''He'll be out for a while,'' acting head coach Jim Grobe said after practice Monday.
Jefferson's foot was stepped on early in preseason practice, and he was already sidelined before the car accident Thursday.
Grobe said the foot injury is the bigger issue and isn't sure if Jefferson will be ready for the Sept. 2 season opener against Northwestern State.
''Everybody handles pain differently,'' Grobe said. ''If the trainers and doctors feel like he can handle the pain and can go, we're pretty apt to try to push him to get back on the field. With the running back, the problem is if your wheels are banged up. A big part of his ability is he's a physical runner and he's got great balance, but a big part of him being successful is his foot speed.''
The Bears should have back Shock Linwood, their other 1,000-yard rusher, who Grobe said has looked good in practice.
Jefferson capped his season of exactly 1,000 yards with 299 yards and three touchdowns in Baylor's 49-38 victory over North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but Linwood (1,329 yards) missed the bowl game and spring practice because of a broken foot.
''He's looked solid. He looked solid in our summer workouts and has really gotten to the point where he just wants to get in shape,'' Grobe said of Linwood, who is close to being the school's career rushing leader. ''He's a guy who stays out extra on his own. He knows he may have to carry the football a few times. ... But I sense a guy that's on a mission.''
Jefferson and Linwood both missed Baylor's first scrimmage Saturday. While Jefferson was hurt, Linwood was taking part in graduation ceremonies on campus.
Linwood has had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the Bears. His 3,462 career yards are only 204 shy of breaking Walter Abercrombie's school record that has stood since 1981.
''I didn't go at all this spring, so I was out since December. ... I was having to get myself back in football shape, but also work my mind mentally on recovering from the surgery and all that,'' Linwood said. ''So being able to bounce back and redirect myself was the most important part for me to do.''
August 15, 2016
Notre Dame fires defensive coordinator after 1-3 start
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder on Sunday, hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke dropped the Fighting Irish - who started the season ranked No. 10 - to 1-3. ''I had time last night to evaluate our current situation and made what I felt to be the best decision for the program,'' Kelly said. Greg Hudson, a former Irish linebacker under Lou Holtz who was hired as a defensive analyst over the summer, was named VanGorder's replacement.
September 25, 2016
Ron Turner fired at FIU
Florida International has fired coach Ron Turner.
The Panthers made the move Sunday, one day after the team fell to 0-4 this season with a 53-14 loss to Central Florida.
FIU has won only 13 of its last 53 games, going back to the final game of the 2011 season. The Panthers were 10-30 in parts of four seasons under Turner, who replaced Mario Cristobal before the 2012 season.
Defensive coordinator Ron Cooper is taking over as interim coach.
September 25, 2016
NCAA grants Florida State's White immediate eligibility
Florida State women's basketball player Chatrice White has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.
The 6-foot-3 junior center from Shelby, Nebraska, transferred from Illinois in May. White averaged 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, had 18 double-double games as was named to the Big Ten's all-conference second team.
Florida State coach Sue Semrau said Friday that White will add to the Seminoles' low-post game and gives the team tremendous depth. White also had 56 3-pointers in two seasons at Illinois.
White was a 2014 McDonald's High School All-American and was named to the Big Ten's all-freshman team in 2014-15.
September 23, 2016
Florida State reinstates QB Malik Henry
Florida State quarterback Malik Henry has returned to the team.
Henry was suspended by coach Jimbo Fisher on Aug. 20 for a violation of team rules. Fisher has refused to say why he suspended Henry.
The freshman is a highly touted part of the 2016 recruiting class that's ranked among the nation's best. Henry was an early enrollee and threw a pair of touchdowns in the spring game.
Fisher did say following Tuesday's practice that it was likely Henry would be redshirted. The 13th-ranked Seminoles (2-1), who are at South Florida on Saturday, have started redshirt freshman Deondre Francois for all three games. Backing Francois up are senior Sean Maguire, sophomore J.J. Cosentino and freshman walk-on Jake Rizzo.
September 20, 2016
Big 4 classic extended through 2019
The annual doubleheader featuring Iowa's four Division I teams has been extended through 2019.
The event, known as the Hy-Vee Classic, features the Hawkeyes and Cyclones playing Northern Iowa and Drake on a rotating basis in the state's capital city of Des Moines. The doubleheader began as a compromise in 2012 so that high-majors Iowa and Iowa State could still face their instate rivals without having to play a true road game.
The event has taken off lately, with sellouts in each of the last two seasons.
Northern Iowa and Iowa, which both advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament, play each other in Des Moines on Dec. 17. The Cyclones will face Drake.
September 19, 2016
Florida plans new football facility, part of $100M upgrades
Florida is making a strong push to catch up in the facilities race of college athletics. A little more than a year after finishing a $17 million indoor practice field and with a $65 million renovation to its on-campus arena nearing completion, the Gators announced concepts for the next phase of upgrades Friday. ''There's a lot of momentum building in our program on different levels,'' said Jeremy Foley, who is retiring Oct. 1 after 25 years as Florida's athletic director
September 16, 2016
Rules committee official: OSU error shouldn't prompt changes
The officiating error that gave Central Michigan a chance to beat Oklahoma State is unlikely to lead to changes in the way officials enforce penalties at the end of games. Rogers Redding, the former national coordinator of officials who sits on the NCAA's football rules committee, told The Associated Press on Monday that the circumstances that led to the mistake were rare. Also Monday, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he does not want to play future nonconference games without officials from Power Five conferences.
September 12, 2016
Officials who botched end of Oklahoma State game suspended
The eight-man officiating crew that botched the end of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game has been suspended for two games, the Mid-American Conference announced Sunday. ''The crew missed an opportunity to advise the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in its game-winning touchdown,'' Big 12 coordinator of officials Walt Anderson said in a statement. Officials mistakenly gave Central Michigan (2-0) an untimed final play from midfield after Oklahoma State (1-1) was penalized for intentional grounding while trying to run off the last four seconds of the fourth quarter with a three-point lead.
September 11, 2016
Alabama doubles Kiffin's salary to $1.4 million this season
Alabama has doubled offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's salary for this season.
The university trustees' compensation committee approved Kiffin's new $1.4 million deal on Friday. It runs from July 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017.
He made $714,000 last season under a three-year deal which ran through this season.
Kiffin was the only returning assistant who didn't get a raise in June. He had been receiving a buyout from USC.
''It was a significant amount and that ended June 30 of this year,'' athletic director Bill Battle told trustees. ''It is what the top coordinators are making and Lane has been very effective for us the two years that he's been here. We feel like this is very appropriate for what he should be making.''
Alabama has made the playoffs with new starting quarterbacks in each of Kiffin's first two years, including last season's national title. The new salary would have put him alongside Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables as college football's fifth-highest paid assistant in 2015, according to USA Today. The top four were all in the Southeastern Conference, led by then-Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp at $1.6 million.
Kiffin is a former Tennessee, Southern California and Oakland Raiders head coach who was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award given to the nation's top assistant in 2014. That season, Blake Sims set a school record with 3,487 passing yards.
New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is making $1 million annually on his three-year deal.
Trustees also approved a 5-year deal for new baseball coach Greg Goff worth $450,000 annually.
September 9, 2016
Davis cleared to play for Michigan State this season
The NCAA has granted Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis an extra year of eligibility to play this season.
Davis missed the entire 2015 season following a knee injury. The Spartans had been hopeful he would be able to play this year but were waiting on the official word. Davis earned a degree in sociology last month.
He has played in 40 games for Michigan State, starting 12. He has 11 sacks.
Coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement Friday that it's good to see Davis rewarded after missing last season.
September 9, 2016
Armed Forces Classic moved to University of Hawaii campus
The fifth annual Armed Forces Classic has been moved to the University of Hawaii campus to allow more fans to attend.
The Nov. 11 doubleheader pitting Arizona against Michigan State and Kansas against Indiana was originally scheduled to be held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Previous editions of the classic have been played in Germany, South Korea, Puerto Rico and Japan.
September 8, 2016
Minnesota reinstates Reggie Lynch
Minnesota junior center Reggie Lynch has been reinstated to the team, after his arrest this spring on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct didn't produce charges.
The Gophers confirmed Thursday that Lynch has returned from the suspension that was issued after he was jailed briefly following the May 8 incident. The Hennepin County Attorney's office declined to take the case, citing insufficient evidence proving a crime was committed.
The 6-foot-9 Lynch, who played at Edina High School in suburban Minneapolis, sat out last season per NCAA rule following his transfer from Illinois State.
For Illinois State, Lynch led the Missouri Valley Conference in blocked shots as both a freshman and a sophomore, averaging 2.8 per game. In the 2014-15 season, he averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 22.2 minutes.
September 8, 2016
Pirates WR Brown declared ineligible
The NCAA has ruled East Carolina receiver Trevon Brown ineligible to play this season.
The junior was the Pirates' projected starter at the ''Z'' outside receiving position after preseason camp. He sat out of the opener against Western Carolina, with the school saying it was to ''ensure he meets full eligibility standards.''
The school announced Brown's status in a release Wednesday and didn't specify exactly why Brown was ineligible. It said Brown would remain on the roster and be allowed to practice as long as he is enrolled at the school on a full-time basis.
Brown will have one season left. Senior Jimmy Williams is expected to start in Brown's spot for the second straight game when the Pirates host North Carolina State on Saturday.
September 7, 2016
UNLV signs Baxter, Arizona lands Ayton
UNLV coach Marvin Menzies has added a recruit to his first recruiting class in the desert, signing forward Troy Baxter Jr. after he committed to the school last week.
The 6-foot-8 Baxter will be eligible to play for the Runnin' Rebels as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.
Baxter of Tallahassee, Florida, averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots as a senior at Oldsmar Christian last season.
He originally committed to South Florida, but was released from his national letter of intent.
Arizona has landed one of the top players of the 2017 recruiting class, receiving a verbal commitment from big man DeAndre Ayton.
The 7-footer announced his decision on ESPN's SportsCenter on Tuesday.
Ayton is rated by many recruiting services as the top player in the 2017 class and has been pursued by numerous schools, including Kansas and Kentucky.
At 7-foot, 250 pounds, Ayton is long and strong, is a good-passing big man and has a solid mid-range game. He's also a superb shot blocker.
Originally from the Bahamas, Ayton plays at Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, where he averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds and nearly 4 blocked shots per game last season.
September 6, 2016
LSU lineman Boutte suspended
LSU has suspended offensive lineman Josh Boutte for one game after his late hit Saturday in the final minutes of the Tigers' loss to Wisconsin.
A release from the school states Boutte called Wisconsin defensive back D'Cota Dixon on Monday to apologize for the hit, which came after Dixon had sealed a Wisconsin victory with an interception. Boutte was ejected after hitting Dixon as he celebrated the interception.
Boutte will sit out No. 5 LSU's home opener against Jacksonville State on Saturday.
Coach Les Miles also apologized on behalf of the school for what he said was a mistake by Boutte.
The SEC issued a statement from Commissioner Greg Sankey saying the league has accepted the one-game suspension imposed by LSU and that it not impose any additional penalties.
September 5, 2016
South Carolina suspends 3 Gamecocks
South Carolina has suspended backup offensive lineman Alan Knott and three teammates for the Gamecocks' opener against Vanderbilt on Thursday night for violating team rules.
A team spokesman also confirmed defensive lineman Abu Lamin began serving a three-game suspension against Vanderbilt for a violation of team rules.
Knott is the backup center and had been expected to play against Vanderbilt in coach Will Muschamp's debut. But he didn't make the trip along with offensive lineman Christian Pellage and defensive back Toure Boyd.
September 1, 2016
Baylor receiver Zamora suspended 3 games for beating dog
Baylor sophomore receiver Ishmael Zamora has been suspended for the first three games of the season after a video surfaced of him beating his dog with a belt this summer. Zamora in a statement Tuesday apologized for his actions, saying he was sorry that he took out his frustrations on his dog. Baylor acting coach Jim Grobe said the program does not condone that sort of behavior by anyone, and worked with university officials to hold Zamora accountable for his actions
August 30, 2016
Auburn DB Stephen Roberts suspended for opener
Auburn defensive back Stephen Roberts won't play against No. 2 Clemson following his arrest on two misdemeanor charges.
Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that Roberts is suspended for Saturday night's opener. After that, Malzahn says Roberts' status will be week to week and, ''We'll see how he responds.''
Roberts was arrested last week and charged with attempting to elude an officer and possessing a firearm without a license.
Auburn police said the 20-year-old Roberts was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop and attempted to flee from the officer.
Roberts has been competing for the starting job at free safety after making 26 tackles last season. He started the final four games.
The starting safeties will be Johnathan Ford and Tray Matthews.
August 30, 2016
Innocent pleas entered for 4 Notre Dame players, Redfield
Not guilty pleas have been entered for two Notre Dame football players and a third kicked off the team following his arrest on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession.
Linebacker Te'von Coney, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and safety Max Redfield, who was dismissed from the team, appeared in court Tuesday where a judge entered the pleas for them. Attorneys for running back Dexter Williams and cornerback Ashton White filed motions to waive initial hearings. A not guilty plea also was entered on Redfield's behalf on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license.
The five were arrested Aug. 19 after their car was stopped for speeding and an improper taillight. Police say they found two bags of marijuana.
August 30, 2016
Ohio State suspends wide receiver Torrance Gibson
Ohio State's depth at wide receiver took a hit Monday when the university announced Monday that Torrance Gibson has been suspended from school for unspecified reasons.
Coach Urban Meyer said the suspension was not related to football, and ''I disagree with it.'' He didn't comment further. The university said Gibson was suspended for the fall semester for violating the student conduct code.
Gibson is a redshirt freshman quarterback-turned-receiver. Coaches said he was to be in the mix at wide receiver with Noah Brown, Corey Smith, Parris Campbell, Austin Mack and others. Brown is expected to start at one of the wideout spots but the others were battling for the spot, including Gibson, who caught two touchdown passes in the spring game. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder came to Ohio State as a five-star recruit at quarterback from Plantation, Florida, and then asked for the move to receiver.
''As we say here, you have to be ready when your number is called,'' said Billy Price, an offensive guard and team captain. ''With Torrance, the suspension, it's unfortunate but it gives an opportunity for a younger guy to get in there and be able to show what he's done during camp. So we'll make sure the team is ready.''
August 29, 2016