Georgia back Caleb King reportedly ineligible for 2011 season

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Senior running back Caleb King was a highly recruited in-state product who signed with Georgia in 2007. However, after three years in which he failed to tally more than 600 rushing yards a season, it would be a stretch to say his time in Athens wasn’t at least a little disappointing.

Now, it appears King won’t even get a chance to end his career on a high note.

According to a tweet from Bryan Fischer of CBS Sports citing university sources, King has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season.

The University of Georgia has sent out a release confirming the departure and Seth Emerson of dawgextra tweets “UGA release: Caleb King is academically ineligible and will not be with the team this fall. King , a senior, will ‘consider options.'”

King also took to his own Twitter account to offer this cryptic message:

“Somethings u cant control, and what seems bad right now might turn out good. Too all of my homeboyz … “

King had previously missed the 2010 Liberty Bowl due to academic reasons and faced a two-game suspension last season after being arrested for a failure-to-appear warrant following a no-show in court for a speeding ticket.

Now, with King out of the picture, let the speculation about incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell begin.

Crowell was considered by both Scout.com and Rivals.com to be one of the top running backs in the country for the 2011 signing class. And with the departure of fellow UGA back Washaun Ealey to Jacksonville State, Crowell will likely be the favorite to win the starting running back job as Georgia heads into preseason camp.

Then again, with the way we’ve been bashing incoming freshman phenoms, I suppose we should let the kid battle it out before we anoint him anything.

UPDATED 05:14 p.m. ET: We were finally able to get a hold of the statement that Georgia sent out on King’s eligibility. Apparently, we were at or near the bottom of the need-to-know list.

University of Georgia senior tailback Caleb King has been declared academically ineligible for the fall semester and will not be with the Bulldog football team this fall according to an announcement Friday by head coach Mark Richt.

“It’s unfortunate Caleb will not be with us this season,” said Richt. “We wish him the best in whatever he decides to do; however, we have to move forward and this will provide more opportunities for others to step up.”

King indicated he will consider the options available to him before making a decision on his future plans.

In his Georgia career, King played in 29 games including ten starts. He carried the ball 255 times for a total of 1,271 yards.

LOOK: Notre Dame unveils alternate uniforms honoring Knute Rockne’s legacy

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As you may know, I’m hardly a fan of the alternate uniform craze.  These, though, I can very easily get behind.

Notre Dame on Friday released images of new uniforms the Fighting Irish will wear for their Nov. 18 game against Navy.  From helmet to shoes, the new duds will serve as a head-to-toe tribute to the legendary Knute Rockne.

The players will all have the name “ROCKNE” emblazoned on the backs of their jerseys, while the helmets replicate the leather ones of Rockne’s era.  The cleats also will pay homage to the era in which Rockne, also a former player at the school, coached the Fighting Irish to five national championships from 1918-1930.  In those 13 seasons, the Irish lost just 12 games under Rockne.

Additionally, the sleeves will be adorned with the words from one of Rockne’s most famous speeches.



Penn State OKs James Franklin’s new deal, reportedly worth nearly $6 million annually

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James Franklin is now in some very heady financial company.

Friday morning, Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Compensation, as expected, unanimously approved an amended contract for their head football coach.  While no details were released — that’s expected to happen later today — it’s believed the amended deal will extend through the 2023 season.  Franklin’s old contract ran through 2019.

Additionally, Bruce Feldman of SI.com is reporting that the new six-year deal will average $5.8 million annually.  What Franklin’s compensation for 2017 and beyond will, again, be divulged later on today.

The average of $5.8 million a year would make him the fourth-highest-paid coach in college football, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban and a pair of fellow Big Ten coaches — Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.

Set to enter his fourth season with the Nittany Lions, Franklin has an overall record of 25-15 at the school.  After a pair of 7-6 seasons to begin his tenure, 2016 was a breakout one for the program as they went 11-3 and won the Big Ten championship for the first time since 2008.

Expectations are extremely high coming off that breakout season as the Nittany Lions are ranked sixth in the preseason coaches’ poll.

WATCH: Chris Simms cops to accepting $100 handshakes at Texas

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Given the content, what could possibly go wrong in the comments section below?

Chris Simms was a quarterback at Texas from 1999-2002, starting for the Longhorns his last two seasons in Austin. During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Thursday, Simms, now a studio analyst on NBC‘s coverage of Notre Dame football, freely admitted that he accepted “$100 handshakes” from what he described as “random” boosters at various times while at the school and part of the football team.

“He might have 10 football jerseys for you to sign real quick and you’d sign it, and then he’d… ‘hey, thanks for this I appreciate that’ and give ya a $100 handshake,” Simms said, before going on to say, essentially, it happens everywhere so get over it already.

“For people out there to think like that doesn’t happen, that’s just stupid,” Simms explained. “Like get over it, it’s not a big deal, it’s happening everywhere. It’s happening at Harvard, it’s happening at Division II schools, it’s going on everywhere.”

The pertinent discussion starts at around the 4:16 mark.

Report: there will be a Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl this year

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I think we can all agree with this: it’s about damn time.

Since the St. Petersburg Bowl was launched in 2008, it’s undergone several name changes, from the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (2008) to the St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O’Brady’s (2009) to the Beef O’Grady’s Bowl (2010-13) to the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (2014).  Now, the game that’s been known as the St. Petersburg Bowl the past two seasons is set to undergo its most glorious name change yet as Brett McMurphy is reporting that it will now be known as the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.

See, absolutely and utterly glorious.  In a similar vein, move over Poulan Weed-Eater Bowl as we have a new king wearing the “Greatest Bowl Game Name Ever” crown.

Bad Boy Mowers bills itself as “delivering the finest cut lawn care professionals and serious landowners demand;” the fact that the home of the bowl game, Tropicana Field, utilizes Shaw Sports Turf as its playing surface merely serves to add to the greatness of the name. And from where does Gasparilla come? McMurphy describes it as “an attempt to make the bowl seem more regional for the Tampa Bay area since the annual Gasparilla Parade is held each year in Tampa.”

The name change for the game, which pits teams from the AAC and Conference USA against each other, is expected to officially be announced Monday.