Tyler Wilson day-to-day after ‘hit to head’

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With the sting of the stunning and shocking upset loss to Louisiana-Monroe slowly subsiding — very slowly — Arkansas can begin to shift its focus to next weekend’s SEC opener against the No. 1 team in the country Alabama.

The biggest question, aside from how long it will take the Hogs to bounce back from the devastating loss, is whether or not they’ll have their starting quarterback in tow when they take the field to face the defending BcS champs.

Tyler Wilson suffered what was only described at the time as an above-the-shoulder injury in the first half of the home loss to the Sun Belt Conference school.  In an update from the school on Wilson condition, UA hinted that the senior suffered either a concussion or concussion-like symptoms and, other than the standard day-to-day, gave no indication as to whether the starter will be available for the Tide.

“Tyler Wilson took a hit to the head and was kept in Little Rock last night for observation,” a statement from head coach John L. Smith read. “His prognosis is good and he will be day-to-day.”

Brandon Allen replaced Wilson at the start of the second half and, while he threw a touchdown pass on his first drive of the third quarter, the Razorbacks could not find the end zone the rest of the game.  Allen, who would be expected to start should Wilson be unable to go, completed 2-of-3 passes for 60 yards on that first drive; after that, the redshirt freshman completed just three of his last 16 attempts for a meager 25 yards and an interception.

In other Hogs injury news, cornerback Tevin Mitchell suffered an injury similar to Wilson’s during the loss.  Unlike Wilson, however, Smith indicated that it’s unlikely the sophomore will be available Saturday.

“He was kept in Little Rock last night and will probably stay again tonight,” Smith said. “The testing that has been done on Tevin came back favorable for him to recover. He will continue to be monitored and will be doubtful for Saturday.

Nebraska players were pumped to go to Kendrick Lamar concert thanks to tickets from Mike Riley

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Nebraska coach Mike Riley has the well-earned reputation of being the nicest guy in college football and his players can probably give him a wholehearted endorsement after this week.

That’s because the Cornhuskers were able to attend rapper Kendrick Lamar’s concert in Lincoln on Friday night after their coach surprised the whole team with tickets to the show. Naturally, said players were quite pumped to be going.

As cool as taking the team to a Kendrick Lamar concert is, I personally can’t wait to see what one-upmanship this inspires across college football. One can already imagine Jim Harbaugh taking the team to see Migos in London next summer…

Indiana freshman DB Bryant Fitzgerald ruled a non-qualifier after compliance error

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A key member of Indiana’s recruiting class won’t be able to play for the Hoosiers this season as a result of a serious compliance gaff at the school.

Freshman defensive back Bryant Fitzgerald was ruled by the NCAA to be a non-qualifier according to a statement released by the program and, as a result, will now be unable to play or practice for the team. A waiver was requested but both it and the appeal were denied.

At the heart of the matter seems to be the IU compliance office incorrectly advising Fitzgerald what classes to take in order to be eligible right away at the school in the eyes of the NCAA. As the above statement and a later one from athletic director Fred Glass make clear, this was a mistake on the school’s part that will cost the defensive back a full season and not about anything he did or didn’t do.

Fitzgerald was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in nearby Avon, Ind. but was expected to make a serious run at playing time given past comments by head coach Tom Allen. It certainly seems like a bummer all around for player, school and coach but the situation is what it is at this point.

Lane Kiffin lands yet another talented transfer in WVU wideout Jovon Durante

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We can joke about Lane Kiffin turning FAU into the real ‘Last Chance U’ in 2017 but… it’s kind of happening for real.

In addition to adding several alums from the Netflix show, the Owls have been stocking the roster left and right with FBS transfers this offseason and added yet another just before the season starts in West Virginia wide receiver Jovan Durante.

Durante has started 17 games in his first two seasons in Morgantown, racking up 331 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016. He was expected to assume a starting role once again this year but didn’t report to the Mountaineers preseason camp for what WVU coach Dana Holgorsen described as personal issues.

The South Florida native will have to sit out the 2017 season but will have two seasons of eligibility for the Owls after he redshirts this year.

BYU linebacker looking to transfer to Utah after being forced to redshirt

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When BYU announced this week that linebacker Francis Bernard was going to redshirt this season, only a few people seemed to think anything was really amiss. That does not seem to be the case anymore just a week before the Cougars start their season.

The Salt Lake Tribune talked with Bernard’s brother, James, about the matter and it appears the family is not too happy over the situation and is now looking to transfer. While that wouldn’t normally be much to write home about, the fact that the younger Bernard wants to move up the road to Holy War rival Utah is bound to raise some eyebrows.

“Just to be clear: My brother wants to transfer, regardless,” James Bernard told the paper. “We talk almost every day. He just doesn’t want to stay there any more.”

He went on to say that the reason that first prompted the redshirt announcement was not related to academics or playing time but a potential Honor Code issue with the school. What exactly that violation was however, is not exactly being made clear by the program to the family.

Bernard was suspended from the team’s bowl game last year for an unspecified violation of team rules but was given every indication that he would be back in the good graces of the team prior to preseason camp. That is obviously not the question and it appears a brewing transfer battle to move from Provo to Salt Lake City will soon be taking place between two bitter rivals over the junior linebacker.