Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips gestures to one of his players during a time out in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Kentucky 38-0. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
After a couple of years away, Shaq Wiggins is back in the SEC.
The defensive back took to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon to announce that he “will continue to finish my career at the University of Tennessee.” The move to Rocky Top comes a little over a month after he decided to transfer from Louisville.
As a graduate transfer, the defensive back will be able to play for the Vols in 2017.
I have made my decision and I will continue to finish my career at the University of Tennessee !!!!! 🍊
— Shaquille Wiggins (@ShaqWiggins6) April 26, 2017
The transfer to UT continues Wiggins’ well-traveled collegiate career.
In early May of 2014, Georgia announced that Wiggins had decided to transfer from the Bulldogs; later that month, he followed former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to the U of L. With Grantham departing this offseason for the same job at Mississippi State, it was thought that, after a successful appeal of an initial barring, the Bulldogs would be a potential landing spot for Wiggins.
Wiggins started at corner for the Cardinals in 2015, earning honorable mention All-ACC honors. Injuries plagued him throughout the 2016 season.
At least for the moment, one LSU offensive lineman has taken up residence in Ed Orgeron‘s doghouse.
In a very brief press release Wednesday afternoon, LSU announced that Adrian Magee has been indefinitely suspended from the football program. Other than the lineman violated unspecified team rules, no reason for the suspension was given.
A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class, Magee was rated as the No. 45 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 20 player at any position in the state of Louisiana. An injury forced the 6-5, 309-pound lineman to take a redshirt as a true freshman.
Last year as a reserve, Magee saw action in three games.
This spring, Magee started at right tackle because of an injury to returning starter Toby Weathersby. Weathersby is expected to be fully recovered for the start of summer camp in early August, with Magee sliding back to his role as a backup.
This’ll certainly leave a mark on the ol’ depth chart.
Louisiana-Lafayette announced Tuesday night that a total of 13 players have been indefinitely suspended by head coach Mark Hudspeth. Those 13 are tight end Matthew Barnes, defensive end Joe Dillon, left guard Robert Hunt, defensive back Denarius Howard, defensive end Jarvis Jeffries, defensive tackle LaDarrius Kidd, linebacker Terik Miller, defensive back Damar’ren Mitchell, running back Trey Ragas, defensive back Simeon Thomas, defensive back Levarious Varnado, left tackle D’Aquin Withrow and running back Jordan Wright.
While the school attributed the suspensions to a violation of unspecified team rules, KATC-TV is reporting that all 13 of the players were arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy to commit felony theft stemming from an incident earlier this month.
From the television station’s report:
According to investigators, surveillance video shows the 13 players going to a room on the fourth floor of the Huger Hall dormitory and stealing around $2,400 worth of items from the room. Police say the students surrendered after warrants for their arrests were issued.
Seven of those suspended started games last season — Hunt (13), Withrow (13), Mitchell (11), Dillon (eight), Jeffries (seven), Thomas (seven) and Howard (two). Dillon was named a Freshman All-American by several organizations after leading the Ragin’ Cajuns with 12.5 tackles for losses and seven sacks in 2016.
Wright (pictured, No. 27) wasn’t a starter, but he was fourth on the team last season with 192 yards rushing. With the departure of leading rusher Elijah McGuire (1,127 yards), Wright, Ragas and Darius Hoggins (281 yards last season) are expected to compete or the starting running back job this season.
UL-L is scheduled to open the 2017 season Sept. 2 against Southeastern Louisiana.
Following Louisville’s spring game earlier this month, Kyle Bolin confirmed that he would be transferring from the football program. A little over a week later, the quarterback already has a new team lined up.
Per a tweet posted to his personal Twitter account, Bolin wrote he’s “proud to say my next home will be at Rutgers University.” The football program has thus far declined to confirm Bolin’s addition to Chris Ash‘s roster.
Bolin is scheduled to graduate from the U of L next month, meaning he’ll be eligible to play for the Scarlet Knights this coming season.
I’m proud to say my next home will be at Rutgers University. #TheHunt is on.
— Kyle Bolin (@_kb14_) April 26, 2017
Texas, Cincinnati, Northern Illinois, Southern Miss and Western Michigan were also considered potential destinations for Bolin.
Bolin started five games in 2015 as he and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson shared quarterbacking duties that season. Jackson replaced Bolin after a pair of picks in the regular-season finale against rival Kentucky that year and, coming off his four-touchdown performance in the Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M, the former was firmly entrenched as the starter heading into the spring of 2016.
The arrival of Bolin couldn’t come soon enough for the quarterback-depleted Knights.
In mid-November, Rutgers had six scholarship quarterbacks on its roster. By the beginning of December, that number had been cut in half as two of them, Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano, left the program as graduate transfers while another, Mike Dare, left as a run-of-the-mill transfer. The group was further pared earlier this month when Tylin Oden was dismissed for violating team rules and TCU transfer Zach Allen suffered a torn ACL.
With Allen’s injury, it leaves the Scarlet Knights with just one healthy signal-caller on scholarship at the moment — Giovanni Rescigno, the starter to close out the 2016 season and presumptive front-runner to maintain the job. Another will be added when 2017 signee Johnathan Lewis comes to campus this summer.
Rescigno, Lewis and Bolin will commence a battle for the starting job when summer camp opens in early August.