Fighting Irish Add Recruit, Sooners Riley Dealing With Off Field Issues, Other College Football News

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August 3, 2019

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The University of Oklahoma and football coach Lincoln Riley have both responded to social media posts from a woman who said she was abused by running back Kennedy Brooks.

In tweets posted Friday from an account that has since been turned private, Mallory Jech said she dated Brooks from June 2018 to March 2019, during which she was “used, cheated on, manipulated and abused both mentally AND physically.”

Riley said he would prefer to name a starting quarterback during the Sooners’ fall camp but isn’t guaranteeing that’ll happen.

“You get a lot more accurate snapshot of where these guys are really at, as camp unfolds,” Riley said during Oklahoma’s media day Friday. “I would prefer to [name a starter during camp] because then you’re able to get it out of the way, you’re able to start to focus your reps in on the starter and the team knows — everybody knows — and you can move on.”

Former Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer encouraged troubled staff member Zach Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 when Smith was offered a coaching position at Alabama, according to a text message exchange released by OSU on Friday afternoon.

Notre Dame’s latest run at a national title under coach Brian Kelly ended with another rude awakening.

“We got a taste of what it’s like to be in the playoffs,” said Kelly, whose 10th Irish squad begins preseason drills Sunday morning at Culver Academy, 45 miles south of the Notre Dame campus. “I want to win the darn thing.”

The Irish started 12-0 last season but were dismissed 30-3 by eventual national champion Clemson in a College Football Playoff semifinal. It was similar to 2012, when Kelly’s undefeated Notre Dame team lost 42-14 in the national title game.

Oregon added another top California prospect to its recruiting class on Monday when ESPN 300 wide receiver Johnny Wilson announced his commitment to the Ducks.

Wilson is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver from Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California, and is the No. 58-ranked prospect overall in the class.

Austin Jackson wants to lead Southern California back to the Pac-12 title, but the left tackle already scored a bigger victory when he donated bone marrow to his younger sister, Autumn, last month.

Jackson said the transplant to treat his sister’s Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a genetic condition that causes bone marrow to not produce red blood cells, seems to be working.

The Navy football team has changed its motto for the upcoming season after reporters from The Capital Gazette questioned whether it was insensitive after last year’s deadly shooting in its newsroom.

Navy’s seniors originally selected “Load the Clip” as the motto for the 2019 season but replaced it with “Win the Day” on Friday.

Over the past few weeks, Ohio State and Texas were locked in a recruiting battle for elite running back Bijan Robinson.

On Friday, the No. 31-ranked prospect in the class of 2020 announced his decision, with the Longhorns winning out over the Buckeyes, USC, UCLA and Arizona.

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PHOTO: Pioneer Press | Gophers quarterback Zack Annexstad out indefinitely with an injury

Minnesota sophomore quarterback Zack Annexstad will be out indefinitely with a foot injury he suffered during Friday’s practice.

“Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game, and we feel terrible for Zack,” Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement released Saturday.

Annexstad threw for 1,277 yards and nine touchdowns last season as a walk-on freshman. He started Minnesota’s first seven games before injuries slowed him down and ultimately ended his season.

UTEP has reinstated quarterback Kai Locksley following his June arrest in which he allegedly made a terroristic threat. The Miners announced the decision Friday, the same day they began their first practice of the season.

Locksley had been suspended from the team after his arrest. He had been facing charges of driving while intoxicated, marijuana possession, unlawful carrying of a weapon and making a terroristic threat, according to jail records. USA Today reports that Locksley allegedly threatened to empty a handgun on people.

Missouri coach Barry Odom on Friday defended his decision to reinstate defensive end Tre Williams and said the program still has a zero-tolerance policy for violence against women.

Williams had been suspended by the Tigers after he was charged with a felony in December for allegedly hitting his girlfriend several times and choking her during an argument.

In July, Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. He was officially reinstated to the team this week.

A jury deliberated for just 30 minutes on Friday before it acquitted former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus on charges alleging that he sexually assaulted two female students.

Cephus, 21, was suspended from the football team last August and was expelled from the university earlier this year for violating its non-academic misconduct code. It wasn’t immediately clear how the verdict would affect his status with the school and team.

Former Florida State starting quarterback Deondre Francois has enrolled at Hampton as a graduate transfer, the school announced Friday. Francois participated in the FCS team’s first practice. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Graduate transfer linebacker Manny Bowen has left the Utah football team without ever appearing in a game. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Bowen, who transferred from Penn State, left the team earlier this week to pursue a business opportunity.

Longtime Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who has coached with the Hokies for 32 seasons, will retire after the 2019 season, the school announced Thursday.

(All Information from ESPN writers and news service)

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