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  • USC, UCLA jumping to Big Ten in 2024
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Southern California and UCLA are leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten in 2024, a bombshell move that stunned the world of college athletics on Thursday.

    • Both institutions confirmed the news Thursday evening after the conference voted to accept them and expand to 16 teams.

      The move also comes less than a year after the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC announced a strategic "alliance" that would focus on competitive inter-conference scheduling in football and men's and women's basketball -- and came with an implicit agreement that member institutions would not leave one "alliance" conference for another.

      USC joined the Pac-12, then called the Pacific Coast Conference, in 1922 while UCLA joined in 1928.

      "Ultimately, the Big Ten is the best home for USC and Trojan athletics as we move into the new world of collegiate sports," USC athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. "We are excited that our values align with the league's member institutions. We also will benefit from the stability and strength of the conference; the athletic caliber of Big Ten institutions; the increased visibility, exposure, and resources the conference will bring our student-athletes and programs; and the ability to expand engagement with our passionate alumni nationwide."

      "UCLA Athletics' primary responsibility is to our student-athletes -- to supporting them and providing them with the resources and opportunities to have an elite experience while they represent the four letters," UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond said in a statement. "From increased exposure and a broader national platform for our student-athletes, to enhanced resources for our teams, this move will help preserve the legacy of UCLA Athletics for generations to come."

      The Pac-12 released a statement later Thursday night, saying it was looking toward the future.

      "While we are extremely surprised and disappointed by the news coming out of UCLA and USC today, we have a long and storied history in athletics, academics and leadership in supporting student-athletes that we're confident will continue to thrive and grow into the future," the conference said in part. "The Pac-12 is home to many of the world's best universities, athletic programs and alumni, representing one of the most dynamic regions in the United States. We've long been known as the Conference of Champions, and we're unwavering in our commitment to extend that title."

      The Big Ten last expanded in 2014 with the additions of Rutgers and Maryland. The move brings them on par with the SEC once again; the SEC will reach 16 member institutions when Texas and Oklahoma officially join the fold.

      Pac-12 football teams have only appeared twice in the College Football Playoff since it began in the 2014 season: Oregon (2014) and Washington (2016). The Big Ten has had six teams make the playoff, with Ohio State winning the inaugural title.

      The remaining 10 schools in the Pac-12 are Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

      --Field Level Media

  • 5-star WR Johntay Cook II commits to Texas
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Five-star wide receiver Johntay Cook II committed to Texas on Wednesday, giving coach Steve Sarkisian his quarterback-wideout combination of the future.

    • Cook, ranked as the No. 6 receiver in the nation by the 247Sports composite, joins quarterback Arch Manning as the Longhorns' top commits in the Class of 2023.

      Manning, the No. 1 player in the class, committed last week.

      Cook, from DeSoto, Texas, chose his home-state school over Oregon and Michigan.

      "Honestly, I'm ready to come home," Cook told 247Sports. "It's just the right fit for me. I couldn't go wrong. Coach Sark is an offensive genius. Texas has been loving me since Day 1. ... With Arch Manning, nobody is going to be able to fool with me and him. Freshman year I'll have Quinn Ewers, so I'm arguably going to have the best two quarterbacks in college football."

      The Longhorns now have the No. 2 recruiting class in 2023, following only Ohio State, per the 247Sports ranking.

      The Buckeyes' class is highlighted by Brandon Inniss and Carnell Tate, both from Florida high schools, who are two of the top three wide receivers in 2023.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ole Miss WR Drew Burnett recovering from gunshot wound
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Ole Miss wide receiver Drew Burnett is recovering from a gunshot wound sustained after celebrating the school's win in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

    •, a student-run site at Ole Miss, reported Burnett was shot in the leg. Omaha police said they responded to 12th and Cass streets in the city at 1:14 a.m. Monday and found Burnett, 19, with the bullet wound.

      A news release said witnesses reported the shot came from a dark-colored, extended-cab pickup truck.

      Cassidy Burnett, the player's sister-in-law, told the publication that Drew was walking back to his hotel when he was shot in what she said apparently was a "random drive-by shooting."

      "He's doing well," Cassidy Burnett said. "He's in high spirits and is expected to make a full recovery."

      Burnett was treated and released at Nebraska Medical Center and has returned home to Memphis. His brother, James Burnett, said Drew should be able to play for the Rebels by "mid-fall," per

      Drew Burnett is a walk-on freshman.

      The police department is asking anyone with information to contact Omaha Crime Stoppers. A tipster with information that leads to an arrest is eligible for a $10,000 reward.

      Ole Miss defeated Oklahoma on Sunday to win its first College World Series.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Mississippi State's Mike Leach signs extension
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Mississippi State and football coach Mike Leach agreed to a two-year extension through the 2025 season, multiple outlets reported.

    • Leach, 61, completed the first two years of a four-year deal he signed with the Bulldogs in January of 2020. The new agreement boosts his annual compensation from $5 million to $5.5 million, according to reports from the Clarion Ledger and ESPN.

      Leach led Mississippi State to a 4-7 record in 2020 and a 7-6 mark in 2021. The Bulldogs beat Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl after his first season and lost to his former employer Texas Tech in the Liberty Bowl last season.

      Overall, he owns a 150-103 record in 20 seasons as a head coach at Texas Tech (2000-09), Washington State (2012-19) and Mississippi State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Mississippi State extends Mike Leach through 2025
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    Mississippi State and its head football coach, Mike Leach, agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday according to multiple reports.

    • The extension reportedly will keep Leach in Starkville, Miss. through the 2025 season and raise his annual salary to $5.5 million.

      Leach, 61, is entering his third season at the helm of the Bulldogs. They went 4-7 in his first season -- the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign -- and 7-6 last season. In both seasons, Mississippi State went to bowl games, winning the Armed Forces Bowl in 2020 and losing the Liberty Bowl in 2021.

      Mississippi State is the third stop for Leach as a head coach. He won 84 games -- and never had a losing season -- in 10 years at Texas Tech. After a few years away from coaching, he was hired at Washington State in 2012 and went 55-47 in eight seasons, guiding the Cougars to a 2-4 record in bowl games.

      Leach was an understudy of Hal Mumme and helped popularize his pass-heavy "Air Raid" offensive attack.

      Will Rogers returns as the Bulldogs quarterback this season after finishing second in the SEC in passing yards (4,739) and passing touchdowns (36) last year.

      Mississippi State opens its 2022 season at home against Memphis on Sept. 3.

      --Field Level Media

  • ACC to scrap divisions after 2022 season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    The 2022 season will be the last featuring divisions in the ACC, which announced a new scheduling format Tuesday.

    • The league is adopting a 3-5-5 format beginning in 2023, when every team will play three permanent rivalry games each season and rotate through the other 10 teams every other year.

      "The future ACC football scheduling model provides significant enhancements for our schools and conference, with the most important being our student-athletes having the opportunity to play every school both home and away over a four-year period," ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said in a statement. "In the end, it was clear this model is in the best interest of our student-athletes, programs and fans, at this time."

      At the end of the regular season, the top two teams (by conference winning percentage) will meet in the ACC title game on the first Saturday in December.

      The ACC is the latest league to do away with divisions, joining the Big 12 (2011), American (2021), Pac-12 (2023) and Mountain West (2023).

      According to ESPN, Pittsburgh will have the easiest slate against permanent rivals while Georgia Tech the toughest.

      ACC permanent rivalries:

      Boston College: Miami, Pitt, Syracuse

      Clemson: FSU, Georgia Tech, NC State

      Duke: UNC, NC State, Wake Forest

      Florida State: Clemson, Miami, Syracuse

      Georgia Tech: Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest

      Louisville: Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia

      Miami: BC, FSU, Louisville

      North Carolina: Duke, NC State, Virginia

      NC State: Clemson, Duke, UNC

      Pitt: BC, Syracuse, Virginia Tech

      Syracuse: BC, FSU, Pitt

      Virginia: Louisville, UNC, Virginia Tech

      Virginia Tech: Pitt, Virginia, Wake Forest

      Wake Forest: Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Big 12 eyes Brett Yormark as next commissioner
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    The Big 12 is targeting Roc Nation chief operating officer Brett Yormark as its next commissioner, multiple outlets reported.

    • Yormark, 55, would replace Bob Bowlsby, who announced in April that he was stepping down after a decade as commissioner.

      Yormark was promoted to COO of Jay Z's Roc Nation agency in January after previously working as co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified.

      Although he has little experience in collegiate sports, Yormark spent 15 years at Barclays Sports and Entertainment and was the CEO there before joining Roc Nation in 2019.

      The Big 12 is a league in transition, with Texas and Oklahoma announcing last year that they are moving to the Southeastern Conference when their Big 12 rights expire in 2025. Bowlsby helped to usher in the additions of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF, who will join no later than 2024-25.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star CB Tony Mitchell picks Alabama
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Cornerback Tony Mitchell, a five-star prospect ranked No. 15 in the Class of 2023 per the 247Sports composite, committed to play for Alabama late Sunday.

    • Earlier in the week, the Alabama native whittled down his list to four finalists. He picked the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M.

      Mitchell is listed at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He plays for Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala. He is 247Sports' second-ranked cornerback in the class.

      Alabama previously landed another five-star corner, Jahlil Hurley -- the third-ranked player at his position in the class. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide also have commitments from four four-star players in the class, including quarterback Eli Holstein.

      --Field Level Media

  • Nebraska OL Nouredin Nouili fails drug test, will miss season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Nebraska starting offensive lineman Nouredin Nouili said he failed a drug test and will miss the 2022 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • UAB coach Bill Clark retires due to serious back issues
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    UAB football coach Bill Clark said Friday that he is retiring from his post due to chronic 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."

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Notre Dame RB Jadarian Price (Achilles) to miss season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Notre Dame running back Jadarian Price will miss his freshman season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, The Athletic reported Friday.

    • 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 2023 prospect QB Arch Manning commits to Texas
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Five-star quarterback Arch Manning, widely considered the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023, committed to Texas on Thursday.

    • 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jim Tressel stepping down as president of Youngstown State
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is stepping down as president of Youngstown State next year.

    • 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio State secures "THE" trademark
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    It's "THE" Ohio State University, or at least it is when it comes to merchandise and clothing sales, as the school has secured a trademark to utilize the word "THE" in marketing after a three-year fight.

    • "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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio State lands second 5-star WR in two days
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Five-star wideout Brandon Inniss committed to Ohio State on Tuesday, giving the Buckeyes their second top-3 pass catcher 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."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rueben Owens, top RB in Class of 2023, picks Louisville
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 20, 2022

    Five-star running back prospect Rueben Owens announced Monday that he was committing to 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star WR Carnell Tate commits to Ohio State
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 20, 2022

    Five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to Ohio State on Monday.

    • 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Boston College G Christian Mahogany (ACL) likely to miss season
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Boston College standout guard Christian Mahogany told ESPN on Thursday that he tore the ACL in his right knee and will likely miss the entire 2023 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."

      --Field Level Media

  • Six schools to join AAC for 2023-24 season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    Six schools will join the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2023, the conference announced Wednesday. The universities already had been accepted as members but the entry date had yet to be finalized.

    • 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).

      --Field Level Media

  • Army-Navy game to be played in five different cities
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    The prestigious Army-Navy game will be played in five different East Coast locations from 2023-27, the two military academies announced Wednesday.

    • 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 2023 QB prospect Arch Manning visits Alabama
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 14, 2022

    The nephew of Super Bowl winners Peyton and Eli Manning paid a visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala. recently as his college recruitment continues.

    • 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.

      Rate Arch Manning in his Alabama threads.

      (?? via olausalinen IG)

      — Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) June 12, 2022

      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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: A&M asked SEC to consider suspending Nick Saban
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 13, 2022

    Texas A&M beseeched the SEC to consider fining and suspending Alabama coach Nick Saban for publicly stating that the Aggies "bought every player" through NIL deals, On3 reported Monday.

    • 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • AAC, 3 teams agree on 2023 departure date
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 10, 2022

    Cincinnati, UCF and Houston will join the Big 12 in the 2023 fall seasons under an agreement reached with the American Athletic Conference.

    • 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, 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • QB CJ Carr, grandson of Lloyd Carr, picks Notre Dame over Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 9, 2022

    Notre Dame landed a commitment from a five-star quarterback in the Class of 2024 -- and it also allowed the Fighting Irish to score a win over one of their biggest rivals.

    • 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.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former LSU WR Koy Moore transfers to Auburn
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 5, 2022

    Koy Moore, a former LSU wide receiver who entered the transfer portal last fall, announced that he would be transferring 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.

      --Field Level Media