Najee Murray

Report: Buckeyes boot corner


Even as Ohio State is expecting national stage-type things on the field this year, “issues” off the field have reportedly continued during the run up to the 2013 season.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, is reporting that cornerback Najee Murray has been dismissed from the football team.  Even in the context of a confidential source being used, the only reason given for the departure was the standard violation of unspecified team rules.

OSU has yet to publicly address Murray’s status for the upcoming season, and declined to comment on the report when asked via email.

As a true freshman and mainly on special teams, Murray played in the first six games of the 2012 season before going down with a torn ACL.  The 11W website wrote that Murray “was expected to be a contributor on special teams and in the secondary during the 2013 season.”

In late July, it was reported that, in separate incidents, starting running back Carlos Hyde and star cornerback Bradley Roby were a person of interest in the punching of a female and arrested for assault, respectively.

While Hyde was ultimately not charged in connection to the case, he was suspended for at least the first three games of the season by head coach Urban Meyer.  The All-American Roby was taken off the list of player speakers at the Big Ten media days last month and has been “demoted” to the second team for the initial portion of summer camp.  Any further punishment, up to and including game suspensions, has yet to be announced.

Additionally, there were legal incidents involving tight end Marcus Baugh and defensive lineman Tim Gardner over the summer.  Baugh was arrested for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification.  He is suspended for the season opener against Buffalo, and will lose the summer financial aid afforded student-athletes.

Gardner, on the other hand, will not be a Buckeye in 2013 after a mid-July arrest in Columbus for obstruction official business.

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Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.

Michigan’s keeping ‘fingers crossed’ for leading rusher’s availability

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Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5.  The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.

De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland.  Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.

“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”

Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).

In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well.  The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury