Oregon TE suspended for bowl game for role in snowball fight


A snowball fight that escalated into flaky warfare has cost Oregon a little bit of depth at wide receiver for its postseason game.

The Oregonian, citing two university sources, is reporting that tight end Pharaoh Brown has been suspended for the Ducks’ Alamo Bowl game against Texas.  The news of the suspension comes one day after head coach Mark Helfrich released a statement calling the actions of Brown and several other football players who were involved “unacceptable and dangerous.”

No other football players have been suspended for their roles, although the paper wrote that a “source left open the possibility that others could face discipline.”

Friday, Brown and the players, as well as other UO students, were involved in what started out as a snowball fight that turned into target practice on vehicles.  A video of the incident, which shows Brown, dressed in his letterman jacket, dousing what turned out to be a UO professor with a tub of snow as he exited his car, quickly went viral.  At around the 30-second mark of the video below, Brown dumps a tub of snow on the windshield of one vehicle, while the shot of Brown’s encounter with the professor appears around the 45-second mark.

The professor, who does not want charges pressed against any individual involved, met Sunday with Helfrich, who apologized for the actions of his players.  Helfrich also set up a meeting between the players involved and the professor, the Oregonian reported.

The university is still in the process of investigating the incident, and further punishment for Brown and others could be forthcoming.

In nine games this season, Brown has 10 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Starting Utah corner Casey Hughes transfers to Michigan

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Less than two weeks after leaving the Pac-12, Casey Hughes has landed in the Big Ten.

Jan. 10, Hughes announced on Twitter that he had decided to transfer from Utah.  Over the weekend, the defensive back confirmed that he will be transferring into the Michigan football program.

Hughes joins Jim Harbaugh‘s squad as a graduate transfer, which will allow him to use his final season of eligibility with the Wolverines this year.

Hughes started 11 games in 2017 for the Utes, missing two others because of injury.  After taking a redshirt as a true freshman in 2014, the North Las Vegas native played in 18 the next two seasons.  He didn’t start any of those contests.

Missouri new home for former LSU QB Lindsey Scott

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After a brief sabbatical, Lindsey Scott is back in the SEC.

Scott confirmed on his personal Twitter account Monday evening that he has committed to continuing his collegiate playing career at Missouri. Per his social media missive, the quarterback opted for Mizzou over FBS programs like Kansas and UT-San Antonio.

A three-star member of the LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, Scott was rated as the No. 26 dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 54 player at any position in the state of Louisiana.  He took a redshirt his true freshman season.

In August of last year, Scott decided to transfer from the Tigers.  He spent the 2017 season at Last Chance U, otherwise known as East Mississippi Community College.

Former Iowa State lineman Keenan Forbes signs with Wazzu

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After a brief junior-college pit stop, Keenan Forbes is back at a Power Five program.

Washington State confirmed over the weekend that Forbes has been added to the football program’s 2018 signing class.  The offensive lineman has already enrolled in classes at the university and is expected to take part in spring practice in a couple of months.

Counting 2018, Forbes will have three seasons of eligibility at his disposal.

A three-star member of Iowa State’s 2016 recruiting class, the Florida high schooler chose ISU over his other finalist, Temple.  After redshirting as a true freshman, Forbes opted to transfer from the Cyclones.

Forbes spent the 2017 season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

Ryan Day expected to turn down NFL wooing, stay at Ohio State

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It appears Urban Meyer‘s coaching staff at Ohio State will (for now) remain intact after all.

Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Ryan Day was considering leaving his job as Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach to join former OSU assistant and newly-minted NFL head coach Mike Vrabel as the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.  A day later, one report has Day eschewing the NFL opportunity and remaining with Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Day just completed his first season with the Buckeyes, serving as both co-coordinator and quarterbacks coach.  He has been a solo coordinator twice in his coaching career — at Temple in 2012 and then in 2013-14 at Boston College.

Prior to coming to OSU, Day was the quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 and spent the 2015 season in the same job with the Philadelphia Eagles.  Those were his first two stints at the NFL level.

Given that OSU will be breaking in a new quarterback in 2018, keeping Day on the staff is a significant win for Meyer’s program.