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Posted on: March 8, 2012 6:00 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 6:03 pm
 

Oklahoma's Kellen Jones to transfer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's one less linebacker competing for a starting job with the Sooners this spring.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops confirmed on Thursday that linebacker Kellen Jones was leaving the program and will transfer.

"Kellen leaves the program in good standing, and we wish him the best," said Stoops.

Jones played in 12 games with the Sooners in 2011 as a freshman, playing both as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. He finished the season with 10 tackles.

He was expected to compete for a starting spot with the Sooners this fall alongside Tom Wort and Corey Nelson. Instead it looks like a door has been opened for guys like Joseph Ibiloye, Jaydan Bird and Aaron Franklin.

Jones began his college career at Michigan before transferring to Oklahoma before the season.

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Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:03 pm
 

PODCAST: The Doddcast - Mar. 8

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Is J. Darin Darst crazy? Plenty of emailers seem to think so, and that's just one of the topics discussed on the latest episode of The Doddcast. Dennis Dodd joins Darst and Adam Aizer to talk about the latest news in the movement toward a college football playoff, and discuss Temple's move/return to the Big East.

The boys can't escape March Madness, either, as some college basketball talk makes its way into the episode as well.

To listen, click below, pop the podcast player out in a new window, or download the mp3. And remember that all of the CBSSports.com College Football Podcasts can be downloaded for FREE from the iTunes Store. Enjoy:



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Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Badgers interest in O'Brien likely to increase

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In 2011 accepting a transfer quarterback from the ACC worked out well for Wisconsin when Russell Wilson helped lead the team to its second consecutive Rose Bowl and a victory in the first Big Ten Championship Game. Now it looks like the Badgers may be looking to take that route once again in 2012.

Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien has said already that he'd consider Wisconsin when he transfers.

What is likely to increase Wisconsin's interest in O'Brien, aside from his ability, is that quarterback Jon Budmayr suffered a setback in his recovery from an elbow issue that has been bothering him last summer. An issue that puts Budmayr's future as a quarterback in serious doubt, and leaves the Badgers without a lot of depth at the quarterback position right now.

From the Wisconsin State Journal:
The situation is desperate enough that the Badgers are expected to make a strong push to land O’Brien, who announced he is transferring after the spring semester and has expressed interest in UW.

A UW source indicated the Badgers would like to get O’Brien, but Bielema declined comment when asked about the chance of bringing in an outside quarterback.
O'Brien graduates from Maryland this spring, so just like Russell Wilson, he won't have to sit out a year before being able to suit up with the Badgers. Which is important for Wisconsin as adding O'Brien would make them the clear favorite in the Big Ten's Leaders Division as Ohio State isn't eligible for postseason play in 2012.

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Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:14 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Adonis Smith transferring to UNLV

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It did not take Adonis Smith long to find a new school. Two weeks after announcing he was transferring from Northwestern, Smith told the Chicago Tribune that he'd be continuing his college football career at UNLV.

“One of my goals will be to help UNLV gain a bowl berth and compete for a conference title in the near future,” Smith told the Tribune.

“I would like to thank all my friends, teammates, fans, faculty and coaching staff for making my stay at Northwestern a great one. Northwestern is a great university with an outstanding community. I will always cherish my memories there and I wish everyone and the team great success in the future."

Smith, who is a northern California native, chose UNLV over unspecified Pac-12 and WAC schools. He'll have to sit out the 2012 season before he can suit up for UNLV.

Smith had 66 carries for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns for Northwestern in 2011.

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Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Tim Beckman treats his players to porridge

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you were wondering what Illinois football would be like under new head coach Tim Beckman, it seems the program has taken on a bit of a "Goldilocks and The Three Bears" feel.

As part of Illinois' "All-In Banquet" this week, players who had followed Beckman's rules this semester were treated to a nice meal of steak and eggs. Those players who weren't showing up to all their classes ten minutes early or missed a rep during winter workouts were given porridge.

Some players complained the porridge were too hot, others said it was too cold, but Beckman felt it was just right.

"I think it was a little bit of an eye-opening experience for some of them," Beckman told the Chicago Tribune. "We ask our players to be above and beyond … and compete at a level that we think is a championship level." 

Now, it's important to point out that Beckman holds himself to the same standard that he does his players. Since he missed a winter workout while attending an alumni event, he joined the Illini players who found themselves with a bowl of porridge placed in front of them. In all, 21 Illini players were treated to the steak and eggs.

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Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Keenan Allen to miss spring practice

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Cal quarterback Zach Maynard really enjoyed passing to Keenan Allen last season, but he's not going to be able to this spring.

Cal announced in a press release on Wednesday afternoon that the team's leading receiver in 2011, Allen, won't be participating in spring practice this year thanks to an ankly injury. While the release did not go into specifics on Allen's ankle injury, it did say that he'll be undergoing surgery on the ankle on Thursday.

The good news is that head coach Jeff Tedford also said that Allen would "be back for summer workouts and fully recovered for the season."

Of course, while that's good news for Cal, Allen not being around this spring could be bad news for the aforementioned Maynard. After an up-and-down season in 2011, Maynard enters spring practice competing with Zach Kline for the starting quarterback job. Kline is a highly-touted member of Cal's latest recruiting class.

Having a receiver like Allen around, whom Maynard is very comfortable with, would help his chances in the quarterback battle this spring.

Allen led Cal with 98 receptions, 1,343 receiving yards and 6 touchdown catches in 2011 as a sophomore.

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Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:10 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 11:13 am
 

Illinois' Justin Staples to be suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following a DUI arrest on campus on February 9, in which he was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .157, Illinois defensive lineman Justin Staples was suspended from winter workouts for two weeks.

If Staples thought that would be the extent of his punishment, he was wrong.

Staples will be allowed to participate in spring practice with the Illini, which starts Wednesday, but he'll be missing some time this fall when the games begin.

New head coach Tim Beckman said that Staples will "miss some game time" but did not go into specifics into how much game time that is exactly. It could be a half, a game, or a number of games.

Staples started only one game as a redshirt junior in 2011, but played in all 13 games, recording 16 tackles and a sack.

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Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:48 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 10:48 am
 

Michael Harrison leaves Oklahoma State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Wide receiver Michael Harrison had been a candidate to earn a starting job on the Oklahoma State offense in 2012 but was suspended for the season in February. Now it seems that Harrison has decided since he can't play football in 2012, he doesn't want to play football in 2013 or any other year.

Harrison told head coach Mike Gundy he was leaving the Oklahoma State program last week.

“The NCAA suspended him,” Gundy told The Oklahoman. “I never suspended him, and then he chose to not play football. He made that choice himself. My recommendation to him was to finish school, because that's what you have to do. You can't go anywhere at this particular time…and then if he chooses to (leave), that's his call.

“I don't know what he wants to do. I just know that he's decided he does not want to play football anymore.” 

Harrison caught 20 passes for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Cowboys last season.

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