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Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:44 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 1:44 am
 

NCAA grants Pitt guard Chris Jacobson sixth year

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's a rare occurrence for a player to be granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. The association, however, seems to be in a giving mood.

Pittsburgh guard Chris Jacobson was the latest beneficiary as athletic director Steve Pederson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the senior will return next season after the NCAA awarded him a sixth year of eligibility.

Jacobson had started 17 straight games for the Panthers before suffering a season-ending injury to his left knee against Iowa last season. The lineman missed his entire freshman year in 2007 as a result of another season-ending injury.

Pitt is returning 15 starters from last season's 6-7 squad and will surely enjoy the boost from having Jacobson back with first year head coach Paul Chyrst taking over.

The Panthers open the 2012 season at home on September 1 against Youngstown State.

Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:31 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 6:47 pm
 

NCAA rules committee proposes new changes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Following a regular meeting this week, the NCAA Football Rules Committee has recommended several rules proposals aimed at enhancing player safety for the upcoming season.
Changes are normally on a two-year cycle but the emphasis on safety was strong enough that the changes are proposed for immediate implementation in 2012.

“In all of our proposals, we are continuing the annual effort to find ways to make our game safer where we can,” said committee chair Scot Dapp. “Without question, these changes will enhance student-athlete safety and we feel very comfortable based on the data we collected that the impact will be significant.”

Proposed changes include:

  • The committee voted to move the kickoff back five yards to the 35-yard line and require that kicking team must be no further than five yards back to limit running starts. Another change was to move the touchback on kicks and safety punts to the 25-yard line to encourage more touchbacks.
  • Another recommendation is if a player loses his helmet other than as the result of a facemask, it will be treated like an injury and the player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play. Also, the player must not continue to participate in play to protect him from injury.
  • To clarify blocking below the waist rules, the committee approved wording that allows offensive players in the tackle box at the snap to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with a few exceptions. 
  • The committee proposed a rule similar to the leaping rule on place kicks that does not allow the receiving team on punts to jump over blockers, unless the player jumps straight up or between two players.
According to the NCAA website, the recommendations must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which has a teleconference scheduled for later this month.

Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:39 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 6:41 pm
 

LSU G Josh Dworaczyk granted sixth year

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The rich usually get richer in college football, and Wednesday was no exception at likely preseason No. 1 LSU.

The school announced that senior guard Josh Dworaczyk has received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and will return to the Tigers roster for the 2012 season. Dworaczyk had started 26 consecutive games for LSU at left guard before suffering a knee injury in fall camp and missing the entire 2011 season.

"I'm excited to be able to get another year so that I can finish my career on the field," Dworaczyk said in a statement. "I felt like I had some unfinished business so being able to get this additional year is a blessing. Watching from the sidelines last year wasn't always easy because I was so used to being a contributor on the field. Getting another year means that I get to wear the Purple and Gold again and for that I'm very thankful."

The re-addition of Dworaczyk will make an already experienced Bayou Bengal offensive line that much more veteran-laden. Alongside right tackle Alex Hurst and center P.J. Lonergan, Dworaczyk will give the Tigers three senior starters, with rising junior Chris Faulk returning to start at left tackle for a total of four returning full-time starters.

"This is great news for our program," Les Miles said. "It's nice to see that he's going to get a chance to finish out his LSU career on the field."

Dworaczyk is expected to participate in the Tigers' spring drills, which begin March 1.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:09 pm
 

Missouri LT Elvis Fisher cleared for sixth year

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Missouri is going to need all hands on deck for its inaugural season in the SEC. And fortunately for the Tigers, one of the most experienced, most valuable of those hands is returning to the team for a sixth year of eligibility to take a crack at the nation's top conference.

The father of Missouri senior left tackle Elvis Fisher confirmed to the Columbia Daily Tribune Tuesday that this son had been granted an extra season of eligibility and would be returning to the field this fall. After redshirting in 2007, Fisher started every game for the Tigers his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons before tearing his patellar tendon in fall camp 2011. Fisher was an honorable mention All-Big 12 lineman in 2009 and 2010 and would have set a new team record for consecutive starts had he remained healthy.

The NCAA told Missouri officials Tuesday that Fisher's resulting application for a medical hardship waiver had been approved. Fisher celebrated the news himself on Twitter:

 

 Fisher's father, Jeff Fisher, told the Tribune the family had not been certain Elvis would play a sixth year even if the NCAA granted the waiver.

“We hashed it out,” Jeff said. “We decided, ‘If they say yes, let’s do this' ... If they said no, we were going to be doubling up our efforts to try and get into the NFL. But this way gives him more prep time to get stronger and faster, have another year, and play the first year in the SEC. It’s exciting."

Assuming he returns to full strength by the start of the 2012 season, Fisher will give the Tigers three returning starters on their offensive line--no small positive considering some of the defensive lines Mizzou will face this year.

Though reportedly "ahead of his recovery plan," Fisher's availability for the Tigers' spring drills is still to be determined.

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:53 pm
 

Ohio St.'s Gee to Bielema: 'Get a life'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

From calling mid-majors the "Little Sisters of the Poor" to asking Jim Tressel not to fire himOhio State president Gordon Gee has not exactly been one to keep his mouth out of the headlines over the past 12 months. And he may not be for the next 12 months, either, judging by this interview with OSU student newspaper The Lanternin which he tells Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema to "get a life."

Bielema infamously accused new Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer of using "illegal" recruiting "tactics" and asked Badger athletic director Barry Alvarez to voice his complaints to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany on his behalf. Gee emphatically stood up for Meyer in the Lantern interview, calling him the "finest in the country" and "the greatest affirmation of the quality of this institution."

When asked directly about Bielema's comments, Gee was every bit as emphatic.

"We hired the best coach and we went out and got the best kids so get a life," Gee said.

Ah, Signing Day: that magical time of the college football calendar that can lead the president of the third-largest university in the country to publicly call out a coach within his own conference using an insult from a 36-year-old Saturday Night Live sketch.

Gee also referred to the NCAA investigation into Tressel and the Buckeye football program that resulted in its 2012 bowl ban as a "yearlong colonoscopy."

We now fervently await Gee's next pledge to cease discussing matters related to football.

HT: MGoBlog. 

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:30 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 1:48 pm
 

USC offers "Unfinished Business" T-shirts

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Matt Barkley declared he would return for his senior season at USC to complete his career's "unfinished business," the Trojans got more than another year of All-American-caliber quarterbacking and a likely preseason No. 2 ranking--they got the inspiration for a snazzy gift to season ticket buyers.

That gift (via the Twitter feed of Scott Enyeart) is this T-shirt, featuring Barkley and star safety T.J. McDonald:

 

Like we said: snazzy. But we can't help but note that the Trojans are using Barkley's image and Barkley's slogan to sell tickets to see Barkley play, all without giving Barkley a single extra thing in return. So it goes in the NCAA. With any luck, Barkley will at least be able to score one of the T-shirts for himself.

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:44 pm
 

NCAA grants Boise RB Harper sixth year

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Boise State isn't going to return much in the way of experience in 2012. But thanks to a Tuesday ruling from the NCAA, they'll have a little more at the running back position than they would have had otherwise.

Per the Idaho Statesmansenior tailback D.J. Harper has been granted a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility. Harper ran for a career-high 557 yards in 2011, placing him second on the Broncos behind fellow senior Doug Martin. With Martin moving onto the NFL and Harper both eligible and healthy, Harper should finally have his first shot at serving as the Broncos' every-down back. 

Harper looked well on his way towards becoming a major contributor for the Boise offense in 2009, his first junior year, when he ran 44 times for an average of 6.5 yards per-carry over the Broncos' first three games. But a torn ACL suffered in that third game put Harper on ice for the rest of that season, and a second torn ACL in the same knee limited his impact in 2010, when he again appeared in only three games.

Despite the NCAA's occasional stinginess in granting the waivers -- Arizona State wideout T.J. Simpson was denied a sixth year Tuesday after missing all of 2011 with a knee injury -- the Broncos were highly confident in Harper's application following the pair of ACL tears, holding him out of the traditional Senior Day festivities.

Originally a lightly-regarded running back recruit out of Cypress, Texas, Harper has 1,642 career rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

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Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:59 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Chip Kelly jumps from Oregon to the NFL and back


Posted by Bryan Fischer

UPDATE: Oregon released an official statement from Chip Kelly on Monday, confirming both Kelly's contact with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers and his plans to remain as the Ducks' head coach.

“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization," Kelly explained.  "I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon.”

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked for permission to engage in conversation with Coach Kelly, which was granted,” Oregon Athletics Director Rob Mullens said. “The University of Oregon is one of the nation's preeminent college football programs and, as such, it comes as no surprise the NFL is interested in our personnel. We are pleased with Coach Kelly’s decision to remain as our head coach. Coach Kelly has provided great leadership and remains committed to building on our position among the elite college football programs in the country.”



Two sources with direct knowledge of the talks told CBSSports.com that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had agreed in principle to take the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was in the process of finalizing details of a multi-year contract but has changed is mind and will stay at Oregon. The Register-Guard first reported the news of Kelly's departure and that he would be staying in Eugene Sunday night.

"I don't know what to say... he changed his mind," one source said via text message.

News of the possible departure first surfaced during the middle of Sunday's NFC Championship Game with a report from Portland TV station KGW sports reporter Michael Berk. Tampa Bay fired head coach Raheem Morris in January after 10 straight losses to cap a 17-31 mark over three seasons.

Kelly, 48, is coming off the most successful three-year stretch in Oregon history, capped off with the program's first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years at the beginning of this year. The Ducks are 34-6 in three seasons with Kelly as head coach, including three straight BCS bowls and an appearance in the national championship game in 2011. He came to Eugene as offensive coordinator in 2007 after spending eight seasons at New Hampshire and promptly set a host of school and conference records on the offensive side of the ball.

Numerous questions surround the timing of the move to Tampa Bay, beginning with Oregon's still-open NCAA investigation into recruiting violations surrounding supposed scout Willie Lyles. Kelly is believed to be at the center of the probe regarding, among other things, a $25,000 payment to Lyles for scouting services and any improprieties surrounding former Ducks running back Lache Seastrunk. The school has retained attorney Michael Glazier, a partner in the firm Bond, Schoeneck & King with the nickname 'The Cleaner' for his expertise in dealing with NCAA cases. Oregon received a notice of inquiry in September.

There is also the issue as to whether Kelly's fast-paced spread option offense can translate to the NFL. The Ducks have finished in the top 12 in the country in scoring offense since he took over the reigns and he's terrorized Pac-12 defensive coordinators with an explosive run game and quick passing game. Kelly has zero NFL experience but has not exactly been shy about jumping up a level, telling multiple people that he's wanted to coach in the league at some point in his career. According to The Oregonian he was making around $2.8 million per year under a recently re-worked contract with a buyout in the neighborhood of $3.5 million.

Multiple reports said Kelly was pulled off the road and did not make scheduled in-home visits on Sunday as his contract was being negotiated with the Bucs.



 
 
 
 
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