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Preseason watch lists release dates announced

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(Yes, it’s that slow news-wise)

Last month, the Lott Impact Trophy and Rimington Trophy released their respective preseason watch lists.

By the end of next month, 15 other awards will release theirs as well.

In a release, it was announced that the members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) will unveil their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period beginning Monday, July 9.

The first watch lists announced will be the Maxwell Award (player of the year) and the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year).  The final watch list to be unveiled will be the Walter Camp Award (pictured), presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding player, July 20.

Below is the complete schedule of watch list release dates:

Mon., July 9
· Maxwell Award (Presented to the college player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club)
· Bednarik Award (Presented to the college defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club)

Tues., July 10
· Mackey Award (Presented to the nation’s most outstanding tight end by the Nassau Co. Sports Commission)
· Rimington Trophy (Presented to the nation’s premier center by the Boomer Esiason Foundation)

 Wed., July 11
· Lou Groza Award (Presented to the nation’s top place-kicker by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission)
· Ray Guy Award (Presented to the nation’s best punter by the Augusta [Ga.] Sports Council)

Thurs., July 12
· Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Presented to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club)
· Outland Trophy (Presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the FWAA)

Fri., July 13
· Jim Thorpe Award (Presented to the nation’s best defensive back by the Jim Thorpe Association)

Mon., July 16
· Butkus Award (Presented to the nation’s most outstanding linebacker by the Butkus Foundation)
· Rotary Lombardi Award (Presented to the college lineman of the year by the Rotary Club of Houston)

Tues., July 17
· Biletnikoff Award (Presented to the nation’s most outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation)

Weds., July 18
· Davey O’Brien Award (Presented to the nation’s best quarterback by the Davey O’Brien Foundation)

Thurs., July 19
· Doak Walker Award (Presented to the nation’s premier running back by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum).

Fri., July 20
· Walter Camp Award (Presented to the nation’s most outstanding player by the Walter Camp Football Foundation)

Jay Paterno pens passionate Facebook post defending late father

STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 26: Jay Paterno, son of Joe Paterno, pauses during his speech during a public memorial for former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State, January 26, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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It’s become crystal clear at this point there is nothing anyone can do, no arranging of words, no stacking of facts, witnesses and testimony, that can change the mind of Joe Paterno‘s supporters. Perhaps a video recording of Paterno admitting he knew of Jerry Sandusky‘s crimes and did nothing to stop them, but maybe not even then.

Leading that pack is the late coach’s family, and chief among them his son and former assistant coach Jay Paterno.

Following new allegations against Penn State uncovered in an insurance suite that came to light on Thursday, the younger Paterno issued a blistering defense of his father. (Hat tip to our own Kevin McGuire for capturing it.)

It’s unclear as of yet how the testimony will affect the insurance suit against Penn State, but one thing that is apparent is the arguing over Paterno’s involvement in the affair and the subsequent affect on his legacy will continue for years to come.

Depositions to begin soon in John Chavis-LSU suit

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 5:  Defensive coordinator John Chavis of the LSU Tigers looks on during pre-game warm-up against the Washington Huskies on September 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The LSU Tigers defeated the Washington Huskies 31-23. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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LSU got the best of John Chavis on the field in November, but the former Tigers defensive coordinator could gain revenge in the court room.

According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, Chavis has turned over phone records from November 2014 through Feb. 13, 2015, the key period in detailing whether Chavis violated his contract agreement with LSU in leaving for a lateral position with Texas A&M. At stake is a $400,000 buyout the school says it is owed.

LSU contends Chavis started working for the Aggies before his contract expired on Jan. 31, 2015, a stance seemingly buoyed by the fact Chavis was photographed in Aggie gear while on recruiting trips with A&M coaches.

Chavis filed a countersuit in Texas alleging the school owes him more than $200,000 in unpaid vacation wages and $400,000 in bonuses. Chavis also accused LSU of altering his contract after he signed it — which the school admitted, though in a “nominal” way.

Should the case go to trial, LSU administrators and coaches could be deposed, which every media member in the country should actively root for. Considering the last such suit led to Charlie Strong forgetting his own quarterback’s name and Texas assistants contradicting each other on the stand during Oklahoma State’s similar suit with its former offensive line coach Joe Wickline, LSU coaches and Chavis hitting the stand could lead to absolute gold.

Ex-Vandy RB Brian Kimbrow now an ex-MTSU RB, too

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Maybe the third time will be the charm for Brian Kimbrow? Or maybe there’ll be no third time, period?

That appears to be the case Kimbrow confirmed to Rivals.com earlier this week that he has walked away from the Middle Tennessee State football team. Not only that, but the running back has walked away from the sport, period.

“I just didn’t love football like I used to and wanted to focus on school and my forensics career,” Kimbrow told the recruiting website. “Just burned out for real.”

Kimbrow began his collegiate career at Vanderbilt as a four-star recruit in 2012. He ran for 748 yards and six touchdowns his first two seasons with the Commodores before he was indefinitely suspended early on in the 2014 season for conduct detrimental to the team. A month later, the then-junior was dismissed from the Vandy football program.

Kimbrow joined MTSU as a graduate transfer earlier this year and participated in spring practice with his new Blue Raiders teammates.

James Pierre, three-star 2016 signee, given release from UNC

5 Sep 1998:  General view of the mascot for the North Carolina Tar Heels displayed during the game against the Miami Ohio Redhawks at the Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Redhawks defeated the Tar Heels 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Chris Cova
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Once at 26, North Carolina’s 2016 recruiting class has been pared by one.

According to a report from 247Sports.com, 2016 signee James Pierre has been given a release from the National Letter of Intent he signed with UNC.  The recruiting website reports that Pierre was denied admissions by the university, leading to his full release.

Because he has not attended any classes at UNC, Pierre would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS program.  He’d then have the standard five years to use four seasons of eligibility.

A three-star 2016 recruit, Pierre was rated as the No. 48 safety in the country.  In addition to UNC, Pierre held scholarship offers from, among others, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.