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)

Ex-Rutgers QB officially enrolls at San Diego State

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Three months after it was initially indicated, Chris Laviano officially has a new college football home.

According to a press release, Laviano has signed an offer-in-aid and is enrolled in classes for the summer session at San Diego State.  The move paves the way for the quarterback to join the Aztecs football team for the upcoming season.

As Laviano is moving on to SDSU as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2017.  This will be Laviano’s final season of eligibility.

In late November of last year, Laviano opted to transfer from Rutgers.  Prior to that, Laviano had started 18 consecutive games for the Scarlet Knights until he was benched in October of last year.

In 2015, Laviano completed nearly 61 percent of his passes for 2,247 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The completion percentage was the best for an RU player since 2008, while the yardage was good for eighth in school history.

Overall, he tossed 21 touchdowns and 15 picks during his time in Piscataway.

At SDSU, Laviano will compete with, among others, the incumbent Christian Chapman for the starting job. The 2016 starter missed spring practice this year as he recovered surgery on his thumb he underwent this offseason.

In his first full season as the starter, Chapman completed 153-of-251 passes for 1,994 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.  His 149.2 pass efficiency was second among Mountain West signal-callers.

Highest-rated signee in TCU’s 2015 recruiting class to transfer

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Ratings-wise, Deshawn Raymond was the crown jewel of TCU’s 2015 recruiting class.  Two years later, he’s gone.

On his personal Twitter account this week, Raymond announced that he has decided to transfer from the Horned Frogs and continue his collegiate playing career at an undetermined elsewhere. “I want to thank [head coach Gary Patterson] for giving me this golden opportunity and allowing me to be apart [sic] of something special,” the cornerback wrote. “I appreciate everything y’all did for me.”

A four-star 2015 signee, Raymond was rated as the No. 27 corner in the country and the No. 11 player at any position in the state of Louisiana. According to 247Sports.com‘s ratings, no player in the Horned Frogs class was rated higher than Raymond.

In addition to TCU, he held offers from, among others, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Texas A&M. He took official visits to Nebraska and MSU, and a handful of unofficial visits to LSU.

After playing in 11 games as a true freshman, Raymond didn’t see the field at all in 2016. Should the defensive back land at another FBS program, he’d be forced to sit out the 2017 season. He would then have two seasons of eligibility to use beginning in 2018.

North Carolina approves contract extension for Larry Fedora

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Heading into his sixth season at North Carolina, Larry Fedora will do so armed with a revamped deal.

Early Thursday afternoon, the university announced that a contract extension for Fedora has been formally approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.  Fedora is now under contract through the 2022 season.

“We are pleased that the Board of Trustees has approved the terms of Coach Fedora’s contract, which will allow him to continue our football program’s success into the next decade,” said UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham in a statement. “Under his leadership, our student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom, contributing positively to our community – and competing for championships. We know this was a lengthy process, but we wanted to make sure the terms were appropriate for both Coach Fedora and the University.”

Fedora’s 2016 compensation of just under $2 million was 11th out of the 11 ACC head coaches listed in USA Today‘s salary database.  The new deal will pay Fedora $2.29 million in 2017, which would’ve been ninth among conference coaches last season.

Below are the salary breakdowns for each year of the new contract:

In his five seasons with the Tar Heels, Fedora has gone 40-25 overall and 26-14 in ACC play. His wins are already fifth in school history, while his .615 winning percentage is second since UNC joined the ACC in 1953.

In 2015, the Tar Heels played in their first-ever conference championship game en route to an 11-win season that was the program’s best since Mack Brown’s last year in Chapel Hill and tied for the most in school history.

“I enjoy coaching at the University of North Carolina and I appreciate the trust Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham have shown in the leadership of our program,” Fedora said. “Our staff and players have worked diligently over the last five years to build a program that encompasses all aspects of the student-athlete experience, while simultaneously achieving success on the field.”

Report: Houston Nutt could sue Ole Miss for defamation if he doesn’t get apology

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If Ole Miss thought it had seen the last of Houston Nutt, they may want to think again.  And fast.

In the midst of an NCAA “situation” that has already result in significant penalties for the football program, the university attempted to paint the football-related issues as having mainly occurred on Nutt’s watch when he was the Rebels’ head coach from 2008-11.  Nutt wasn’t pleased with the portrayal at the time the Notice of Allegations was issued in May of last year, and certainly isn’t happy a year later.

“It hurts you,” Nutt told Yahoo SportsPat Forde. “It devastates you. …

“My name wasn’t mentioned in the report but my name’s on the ticker [on television]. My name is thrown out there a lot. It’s a frustrating thing.”

Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, takes it a step further, telling Forde that, if a public apology from Ole Miss isn’t forthcoming, he has every intention of filing a defamation lawsuit against the university on his client’s behalf.

“I would hope this wouldn’t become a legal situation,” Mars said. “But if the university doesn’t recognize at some point the damage that’s been done … I would like to think the appropriate action will be taken.

“This was a smear campaign. If it weren’t so deceitful and morally wrong, it would probably go down in college football history as one of the best trick plays ever.”

There were 13 allegations made by the NCAA against the Ole Miss football program. Nine of those, the majority of which are relatively minor in nature, came during Hugh Freeze‘s time with the Rebels.

In an updated NOA released in February of this year, the NCAA charged the university with lack of institutional control.  The university also self-imposed a one-year bowl ban and agreed to forfeit all postseason revenue for the 2017 season, which could be upwards of $7 million.

Freeze was charged with violating head coach responsibility legislation.