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  • By Steven Lassan, 5 days 14 hours ago

    The career of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is over at Missouri. Green-Beckham was recently suspended due to an off-the-field incident, but on Friday, coach Gary Pinkel dismissed the former No. 1 recruit from the team.

    Green-Beckham was recently under investigation after an altercation at an apartment. Police were prepared to charge Green-Beckham with first-degree burglary, but the complainants decided not to press charges.

    In two years with the Tigers, Green-Beckham caught 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns.

    There’s no question this is a huge loss for Missouri. Green-Beckham was arguably the No. 1 receiver in the nation heading into 2014 and a likely first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

    Missouri was already set to lose Marcus Lucas and L’Damian Washington in 2014, so the Tigers will have an inexperienced group of receivers for quarterback Maty Mauk. Bud Sasser, Darius White and Jimmie Hunt will have to emerge as go-to targets to help replace Green-Beckham.

    Green-Beckham’s football future is uncertain. Since he has a redshirt year available, Green-Beckham could sit out 2014 and play for a FBS team in 2015. However, he may choose to go the FCS route and play right away this year.
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 12 hours ago

    Mississippi State has updated its uniform and helmet combination a couple of times under coach Dan Mullen, and it appears the Bulldogs will make a few tweaks for 2014.

    According to this photo tweeted by @LoganLowery, Mississippi State’s new uniforms will resemble one of their uniforms from the 1990s. The jerseys feature stripes on the shoulders, along with “Hail State” above the number.

    This isn’t a huge change for Mississippi State, and the jerseys will just be worn against Southern Miss on Aug. 30.

    Here's a look at the new jerseys for the Bulldogs in 2014:



     

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago

    Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham is expected to be one of the top receivers in the nation in 2014. However, Green-Beckham’s status with the team is up in the air, as the junior receiver has been suspended indefinitely.

    Coach Gary Pinkel released a statement announcing Green-Beckham’s suspension:

    “It's unfortunate, but it's the right thing to do for our football program, for the athletic department, and also for Dorial," Pinkel said. “We have high standards related to the expectations that come along with being a Missouri Tiger and Dorial has not met those recently. Representing Mizzou and our fans is a privilege, and we'll work with him during this process.”

    “It's been disappointing to have this, and other issues which have taken place lately. It's frustrating, because we work very hard to instill responsibility and discipline in our young men so that our program represents Mizzou the right way. These actions aren't representative of those expectations, and we are addressing these issues head on.”

    Green-Beckham was one of the top recruits in the 2012 signing class and caught 28 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman. As a sophomore, Green-Beckham became one of the top receivers in the SEC, grabbing 59 passes for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    Green-Beckham is a key piece of Missouri’s offense for 2014, as the Tigers were already set to lose Marcus Lucas and L’Damian Washington.
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 week 2 days ago

    LSU hasn’t made many tweaks to its jersey or helmet in recent years, but it appears the Tigers are making a slight alteration for 2014.

    According to this tweet from LSU’s Michael Bonnette, LSU has updated the Tiger logo on its helmet.

    Here’s a look at the new logo:


    And here’s a side-by-side comparison of the old and new logo:
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 month 4 days ago

    College football’s new playoff format has encouraged better scheduling among BCS teams, and Texas A&M and UCLA continued that trend with an announcement of a two-game series.

    The Aggies and Bruins will play in 2016 at Kyle Field and 2017 at the Rose Bowl.

    Assuming both teams continue on their recent trajectory, this should be one of the top non-conference games during those two seasons.

    However, let’s also hope this leads to more Pac-12-SEC matchups – especially in the bowl season.

    Heading into the new playoff format, there’s no Pac-12-SEC bowl matchup scheduled. Shouldn’t the top two conferences in the nation play each other in a bowl? Even if the postseason matchups don't transpire for a while, it's good to see high-profile teams like Texas A&M and UCLA playing non-conference games.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago

    Coming off a successful 12-2 season and an appearance in the SEC title game, Missouri has extended Gary Pinkel’s contract.

    Pinkel will receive a raise to $3.1 million a season, and his pool for assistant coach salaries has been increased. Pinkel's contract will run through 2020, which includes a $450,000 bonus if Missouri wins the national championship.

    In 13 years at Missouri, Pinkel is 102-63 and has only one losing season since 2005.

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago

    Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the team on Tuesday due to a violation of team rules.

    Harvey-Clemons was already slated to miss the first three games of 2014 due to a suspension, but coach Mark Richt decided to dismiss the safety permanently this week.

    Harvey-Clemons was regarded as a five-star prospect by Scout.com in the 2012 signing class. He played in 14 games as a freshman, recording 14 tackles and one pass breakup.

    As a sophomore, Harvey-Clemons was expected to emerge as one of the key players on Georgia’s defense. He missed two games but recorded 66 tackles and one interception.

    Harvey-Clemons has two years of eligibility remaining and could transfer to another FBS school.

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago

    College football’s Heisman Trophy won’t be awarded until next December, but it’s never too early to think about the frontrunners for next season.

    Bovada has released its early odds for 2014, and there’s a familiar face at the top. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the favorite to repeat, with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota a 7/2 favorite.

    Quarterbacks own five out of the top seven spots in the early odds. Running backs T.J. Yeldon (Alabama) and Todd Gurley (Georgia) are the only skill players in the top seven.

    Also of interest: No wide receivers make the early odds for 2014.

    Here’s the early list of favorites to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy from Bovada:

     

    PlayerOdds
    Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)2/1 
    Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)7/2 
    Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)4/1 
    T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)5/1 
    Bryce Petty (QB Baylor)6/1 
    Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)12/1 
    Todd Gurley (RB Georgia)12/1 
    Mike Davis (RB South Carolina)15/1 
    Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin)16/1 
    Everett Golson (Notre Dame)25/1 
    Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma)25/1 
    Duke Johnson (RB Miami)33/1 
    Karlos Williams (RB Florida State)33/1 
    Matt Johnson (QB Bowling Green)66/1 
    Rakeem Cato (QB Marshall)66/1 
  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago

    Last year, photos of a gray Kentucky jersey and helmet circulated on the internet. But the Wildcats didn’t wear the gray uniforms in 2013.

    Could that change in 2014?

    The all-gray uniforms returned to the internet this week, with freshman quarterback Drew Barker modeling the new look.

    Overall, this isn’t a bad look for Kentucky. 
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 2 months 3 weeks ago

    The deadline for college football players to enter the 2014 NFL Draft has passed, and the official tally stands at 98 underclassmen declaring early for the next level.

    The list of early entrants also includes four players that have already graduated and are leaving with eligibility remaining, including Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and USC safety Dion Bailey.

    Here’s the full list of the 98 underclassmen leaving for the NFL, along with four other players that have already graduated and set to move onto the next level.

    PlayerPositionCollege
    Davante AdamsWRFresno State
    Nick AddisonDBBethune-Cookman
    Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
    George AtkinsonRBNotre Dame
    Odell BeckhamWRLouisiana State
    Kelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
    Kapri BibbsRBColorado State
    Brendan BigelowRBCalifornia
    Alfred BlueRBLouisiana State
    Russell BodineCNorth Carolina
    Blake BortlesQBCentral Florida
    Chris BoydWRVanderbilt
    Bashaud BreelandDBClemson
    Martavis BryantWRClemson
    Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
    Ha Ha Clinton-DixDBAlabama
    Jadeveon ClowneyDESouth Carolina
    Brandon ColemanWRRutgers
    Brandin CooksWROregon State
    Scott CrichtonDEOregon State
    Isaiah CrowellRBAlabama State
    Jonathan DowlingDBWestern Kentucky
    Kony EalyDEMissouri
    Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
    Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
    Mike EvansWRTexas A&M
    Ego FergusonDTLouisiana State
    Cameron FlemingTStanford
    Khairi ForttLBCalifornia
    Austin FranklinWRNew Mexico State
    Devonta FreemanRBFlorida State
    Carlos GrayDTNorth Carolina State
    Xavier GrimbleTESouthern California
    Terrance HackneyTBethune-Cookman
    Victor HamptonDBSouth Carolina
    Jeremy HillRBLouisiana State
    Kameron JacksonDBCalifornia
    Nic JacobsTEMcNeese State
    Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State
    Anthony JohnsonDTLouisiana State
    Jamel JohnsonWRAlabama State
    Storm JohnsonRBCentral Florida
    Henry JoseyRBMissouri
    Cyrus KouandjioTAlabama
    Jarvis LandryWRLouisiana State
    Cody LatimerWRIndiana
    Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State
    Marqise LeeWRSouthern California
    A.C. LeonardTETennessee State
    Albert Louis-JeanDBBoston College
    Colt LyerlaTEOregon
    Aaron LynchDESouth Florida
    Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
    Marcus MartinCSouthern California
    Tre MasonRBAuburn
    Chris McCainDECalifornia
    Terrance MitchellDBOregon
    Viliami MoalaDTCalifornia
    Donte MoncriefWRMississippi
    Adam MuemaRBSan Diego State
    Jake MurphyTEUtah
    Troy NiklasTENotre Dame
    Louis NixDTNotre Dame
    Jeoffrey PaganDEAlabama
    Ronald PowellDEFlorida
    Calvin PryorDBLouisville
    Loucheiz PurifoyDBFlorida
    Kelcy QuarlesDTSouth Carolina
    Darrin ReavesRBAlabama-Birmingham
    Ed ReynoldsDBStanford
    Antonio RichardsonTTennessee
    Paul RichardsonWRColorado
    Marcus RobersonDBFlorida
    Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
    Greg RobinsonTAuburn
    Bradley RobyDBOhio State
    Richard RodgersTECalifornia
    Bishop SankeyRBWashington
    Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
    Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
    Ryan ShazierLBOhio State
    Yawin SmallwoodLBConnecticut
    Brett SmithQBWyoming
    Jerome SmithRBSyracuse
    Willie SneadWRBall State
    John SpooneyRBBrown
    Josh StewartWROklahoma State
    Xavier Su’a-FiloGUCLA
    Vinnie SunseriDBAlabama
    De’Anthony ThomasRBOregon
    Stephon TuittDENotre Dame
    Trai TurnerGLouisiana State
    George UkoDESouthern California
    Pierre WarrenDBJacksonville State
    Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
    Terrance WestRBTowson
    James WilderRBFlorida State
    David YankeyTStanford
       
    Dion BaileyDBSouthern California
    Carl BradfordDEArizona State
    Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
    Adrian HubbardLBAlabama

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