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Tied for second on the team in sacks, Taylor Henry (no relation) has abruptly left the Oregon State football program, head coach Mike Riley announced Monday.

Other than “personal reasons, no reason was given for Henry’s unexpected departure.

Henry had played in seven games this season, starting five of those contests.  The junior defensive end suffered a glute injury in late September and missed some time as he recovered.

Two of Henry’s three sacks on the season came in an Oct. 22 win over Washington State.

There’s no word on to which school Henry may transfer, provided he decides to continue his collegiate career.

LISTEN: Classy Bill Snyder offers heartfelt words of encouragement to Charlie Strong

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats makes notes during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 14, 2015 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 59-44. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
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As if you needed any further confirmation that ageless Bill Snyder is indeed the classiest man in all of college football, here’s Reason No. Infinity.

Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats continued its spell over Texas, jumping out to a sizable first-half lead then holding on for a 24-21 win over the Longhorns.  It was the fourth loss in five games for UT, further cranking up the heat underneath Charlie Strong‘s coaching seat.

In fact, the loss likely served as one of the final nails in Strong’s Austin coffin.

Perhaps sensing what the loss meant to his counterpart on the other sidelines, Snyder took the time in the postgame handshake to offer what were no doubt heartfelt words of encouragement to the beleaguered Strong.

What else, though, would you expect from a man who still handwrites notes to opponents after they beat his team?

Unshackled: Saturday marks end of Miami’s NCAA probation

MIAMI - OCTOBER 14:  'Ibis' the University of Miami Hurricanes mascot runs through a smoke cloud prior to a game against the Florida International University Panthers at the Orange Bowl on October 14, 2006 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The dark cloud that was Nevin Shapiro has officially lifted and is now a thing of the past.

As pointed out by the Orlando Sentinel, today marks the end of Miami’s three-year probation handed down in the wake of the Shapiro impermissible benefits controversy.  The U had self-imposed a bowl ban on its football program that ended after two years in 2013.  It was the three scholarships that were stripped from the football program in each of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons, though, that impacted the football program the most.

And continues to impact it to a much greater degree than the program for that matter, as first-year Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt recently noted.

“It’s great that we’re going to be able to get a full allotment of scholarships and that’s part of our issue right now,” Richt told the Sentinel. “We’re very thin in a lot of spots. … When you get your numbers back and you could get a couple cycles of recruiting and get some depth, you can withstand some of the injuries that we’ve had. But when you get a few injuries when you’re already light as it is, it’s kind of a domino effect. … Getting our numbers back is going to be huge.

“We’ve got a bunch of great men. We’re really excited about our program. I know the future is bright. It is a big day, no doubt.”

Shapiro first came to the NCAA’s attention in August of 2010, with reports surfacing that the convicted felon was writing a tell-all book in which he was alleging former Hurricane players had committed major NCAA violations.  In August of the next year, the NCAA’s investigation became public knowledge; a Yahoo! Sports report that same month had Shapiro claiming he spent “millions of dollars” on six dozen UM student-athletes, with the benefits ranging from “cash, prostitutes, entertainment in [Shapiro’s] multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and on one occasion, an abortion.”

In February of 2012, Shapiro, apparently agitated that nearly four dozen individuals connected to The U were lined up to testify against him in his federal trial, promised to take “that program down to Chinatown” and that the Miami story will become “an urban legend” before it’s all said and done.

Shapiro was ultimately sentenced to 20 years in prison for orchestrating what was in the neighborhood of a $1 billion Ponzi scheme.

“I hope what everyone has taken away from this – whether it’s our staff, our coaches, our students, our boosters – is that we need to understand the rules that we have at the NCAA and what they have set for us as a program,” athletic director Blake James, who wasn’t the AD during the scandal, told the paper. “For me, the biggest thing is to be vigilant in our approach, make sure we’re doing everything we can to educate our staff, students, and boosters.

“Education is the big thing. I think we’ve done a good job of monitoring and how we monitor. Some of that is through technology and some of it is prioritizing resources. I think those are the big things and those are the things that will continue on. … It’s going to be business as usual over the last few years.”

That ongoing education was put to the test earlier this year as four Hurricane football players were investigated for their involvement with a luxury car rental agency.  Two were ultimately dismissed, one transferred to Marshall and the other was cleared.

It’s not believed that the football program will face any sanctions, even minor ones, from the NCAA over the situation as they had been extremely transparent with The Association throughout the process.

3 TDs from Skyler Howard give WVU 21-10 halftime lead on TCU

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Skyler Howard #3 of the West Virginia Mountaineers throws a pass against the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half at FedExField on September 24, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Looking to prove they are every much worth respecting, West Virginia is off to a good start at home against TCU in Big 12 play this afternoon. The Mountaineers took advantage of a special teams mistake by TCU on the opening kickoff and now hold a 21-10 lead at halftime.

Deante Gray had the ball knocked out of his hands on TCU’s opening kickoff return. West Virginia recovered the loose ball and setup the offense from the TCU 17-yard line. Skyler Howard completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Daikiel Shorts on a third and short for an early 7-0 lead. TCU’s first offensive possession did not last long, with an interception by Rasul Douglas giving West Virginia a second straight offensive opportunity on TCU’s side of the field, but West Virginia missed a field goal on the possession.

Howard completed a second touchdown pass later with a 22-yard play to Shelton Gibson to put West Virginia up 14-0. TCU got on the board on the ensuing possession with a field goal at the end of an 11-play drive. After a three-and-out by the Mountaineers offense, TCU pulled even closer with a 12-play drive capped by a Kenny Hill touchdown pass to Jaelen Austin. West Virginia wasted little time rebuilding the lead with Howard’s third touchdown pass of the half, this time to Gary Jennings.

West Virginia’s Elijah Battle was ejected from the game in the second quarter following the latest in a long string of controversial targeting penalties around college football.

No. 6 Texas A&M scores late to cut into No. 1 Alabama’s lead at halftime

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Texas A&M Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin reacts during an NCAA college football game against the Auburn Tigers on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Alabama controlled the first half of play in their usual dominating fashion… right up until the final minute of the first half in their latest SEC West showdown.

Texas A&M cut into the Tide’s lead with an eight play, 80 yard touchdown drive just before halftime to head into the locker room down just 13-7 in a game much more lopsided than the score would indicate.

Prior to their final drive of the half, the Aggies couldn’t get much of anything going offensively and were averaging under three yards a play as Alabama’s defense dialed up the pressure and had several bone-rattling hits. Quarterback Trevor Knight made a huge run on 4th down as the clock was running out however to setup an eventual touchdown pass to Josh Reynolds that gave the visitors plenty of hope at the midway mark.

On the flip side, Crimson Tide left tackle Cam Robinson won most of his reps against Aggies star pass rusher Myles Garrett (who appeared banged up) in a marquee matchup for the dozens of NFL scouts on hand. Quarterback Jalen Hurts looked good running the ball and hitting intermediate throws but made a freshman mistake when tossing an interception right to linebacker Claude George during the second quarter to halt a drive.

While a nice development for the A&M defense on the play, they did lose a key player in Donovan Wilson as the result of targeting on the interception return and the Aggies offense promptly threw a pick on their first play after the turnover to give the ball right back.

Alabama had several other chances to extend their lead in this one during the first half but couldn’t quite take advantage thanks to some miscues that Nick Saban will no doubt be looking to correct in the locker room. Maybe the late score was just enough for Texas A&M to think they can make this a game in the second half but it should be a fun finish in Tuscaloosa either way for this top 10 matchup.