Final round of games wrap up spring practice

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What, you thought spring games were over? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Well, that is unless you’re a fan of one of — by our count — 15 programs that will be concluding their spring practices today (UCLA holds up the pack with their game on next week). So, you know, be prepared for another round of games where returns are prohibited, defense gets three points for a sack and Johnny McEntee is awarded the starting job for UConn if he can throw the ball off the uprights, bounce it off a sideline trashcan and into a receiver’s arms for a touchdown.

Or, something like that.

You know the drill by now. We’ll be updating this landing page throughout the day as games finish up to bring you what, again, hopefully, should be a quiet day if all goes according to plan.

So be sure to check back throughout the day in between pulling your hair out over yet another wide receiver your favorite NFL team drafted because they really need to bolster their D-line and for goodness sakes they have enough return guys.

— Washington may have put on an offensive show in the Alamo Bowl against Baylor, but it was the Huskies defense under new DC Justin Wilcox that won UW’s spring game 36-10. (12:18 a.m.)

— Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, one of the most underrated players in the country that the average college football fan couldn’t give two spits about, passed for 480 yards and six touchdowns in Kansas State’s spring game. To illustrate just how useless spring games and the stats it spawns are, however, Klein threw for 1,918 yards in 13 games last season. (8:37 p.m. ET)

— Kansas’ spring game generated some buzz with 15,000 fans who wanted to see the Jayhawks under new coach Charlie Weis. The Jayhawks look to have more offensive firepower with transfer QBs Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps, but will it translate into wins? (6:46 p.m. ET)

— Cody Vaz  led all passers — yes, even Sean Mannion — in Oregon State’s spring game with 151 yards and a touchdown. Mannion should be the guy for the Beavers going forward though. (6:30 p.m. ET)

— Rutgers quarterbacks Chas Dodd and Gary Nova combined to complete 18-of-20 passes and threw a combined three touchdowns in leading the Scarlet team to a 35-0 win over the White team in front of 15,000 fans. (5:17 p.m. ET)

— Here’s our wrap-up on Oregon’s spring game, which featured a tighter QB competition than perhaps previously thought. The Ducks lose some major names on offense, but overall, the receiving group stepped up nicely and the defense was forcing turnovers. A good day for Chip Kelly, in our estimation (4:15 p.m. ET)

— As we have previously noted, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell will not participate in their respective team’s spring games, the former due to a coach’s decision and the latter because of an injury suffered during the earlier portion of spring practice. Ball’s backup, Melvin Gordon, ended up rushing a whopping 30 times for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 21-10 win by the Cardinal team.  (10:32 a.m. ET)

Arkansas House votes to exempt sporting venues from expanded gun law

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Remember how we talked about it’s impossible to follow sports and ignore politics? Not long after John Swofford released a statement on how a North Carolina law would effect ACC sporting events, the Arkansas legislature passed a bill that will do the same in the SEC.

The Arkansas House voted 71-20 to allow its state colleges and universities to exempt themselves from a law that greatly expands venues permitting concealed-carry handguns. Until the passing of SB724 today, guns would have been permissible inside Razorback Stadium, among other places.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement earlier this week urging state lawmakers to remove sporting venues from the bill. “HB 1249 creates concerns for the Southeastern Conference and its member institutions,” he said. “It remains our collective desire to provide a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans, and will continue to closely monitor the status of this legislation.”

Passing the bill was made more complicated by the involvement of the NRA, according to Rep. Jimmy Gateway.

The bill must now head back to the Senate before it can receive final approval from Governor Asa Hutchinson.

John Swofford releases statement on North Carolina repeal of HB2

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It’s pretty much impossible to keep politics out of the sports page today. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey was forced to release a statement on Tuesday urging Arkansas state legislators to exempt Razorbacks sporting venues from a bill that would greatly expand areas allowing concealed-carry handguns, and now ACC commissioner John Swofford has been forced to wade back into political waters.

North Carolina’s state legislature brokered a deal Thursday with new governor Roy Cooper to repeal House Bill 2, the controversial law requiring persons within Tar Heel state borders to use public bathrooms matching their gender at birth. The “bathroom bill” cost the state a reported $3.76 billion in revenue, and some of that lost revenue related directly to college football.

Following the NCAA’s lead of revoking the state’s championship event hosting privileges due to HB2, the ACC moved its football championship game from Charlotte to Orlando (the men’s basketball tournament was previously booked for Brooklyn), a move that cost the conference itself money as well.

Thursday’s repeal of HB2 is more complicated than simply yanking the bathroom bill (this is where I’ll direct you to a much more appropriate place to digest the political news of the hour than a college football blog) and, as such, Swofford’s statement is appropriately nuanced.

The ACC is still undecided where this December’s title game will be played, and Swofford will kick that decision upstairs to the league’s presidents.

Oklahoma OL Christian Daimler to pursue graduate transfer

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Oklahoma offensive tackle Christian Daimler will pursue a transfer, according to a message posted to his Twitter account Thursday.

As a fifth-year senior, Daimler qualifies as a graduate transfer and will be eligible immediately. “I could not be more excited about what my future holds,” Daimler wrote. “Wherever I end up I know that I will always be a Sooner and for that am I so proud. This University [sic] will forever remain close to my heart. Boomer Sooner.”

If that name does not immediately ring a bell, you are forgiven. Daimler appeared in three games as a Sooner, all over last season.

Hailing from Houston, Daimler, who stands 6-foot-7 and is listed at 321 pounds, was a 3-star recruit when he signed with Oklahoma over Texas A&M, Arizona State and Colorado, among others.

Penn State trustee says he’s ‘running out of patience’ with ‘so-called victims’ of Jerry Sandusky

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With Baylor seemingly running away with the title of most embarrassing university in collegiate athletics, a Penn State trustee has said “hold my beer.”

Friday, former Penn State president Graham Spanier was found guilty on one count of endangering the welfare of children in a trial related to his role in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.  In an email to the Chronicle of Higher Education this week, PSU trustee Albert Lord had sharp words for the victims of Sandusky, who was found guilty on 45 of 48 child-sex abuse charges in June of 2012 and is currently serving a sentence of at least 30 years.

“Running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth,” the trustee wrote in a portion of the email. “Do not understand why they were so prominent in trial. As you learned, Graham Spanier never knew Sandusky abused anyone.”

Spanier was found not guilty on two other charges, a second count of child endangerment and one count of criminal conspiracy.

In a statement, the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, Ira Lubert, attempted to distance the body from Lord’s comments.

“Al Lord’s comments are personal and do not represent the opinions of the board or the university.”