Report: Mizzou, Gary Pinkel reach agreement on new contract

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Rumored to be in the works for months, Missouri and its head football coach have reportedly come to an agreement on a new deal.

Citing multiple sources, PowerMizzou.com is reporting that Gary Pinkel has signed off on a new contract that will increase his pay from $2.8 million in 2013 to at or just north of $3 million annually.  The Rivals.com website writes that “[t]he contract would not become official until all parties have signed and it has been approved by the University and the Board of Curators.”

A school official told CFT that an update on the status of the coach’s contract could come this week, although there’s been no official confirmation.

According to the site, the amount of years tacked on to the new agreement is unknown.  Pinkel’s current deal runs through the 2017 season.

In 2013, Pinkel was just eighth among the 14 SEC coaches, ahead of only Florida’s Will Muschamp ($2.72 million), Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen ($2.7 million), Auburn’s Gus Malzahn ($2.44 million), Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze ($2 million), Kentucky’s Mark Stoops ($2 million) and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin ($1.84 million).  Even with a bump that would put him at or slightly above $3 million, he’d still likely find himself behind the likes of South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (3.3 million), Georgia’s Mark Richt ($3.2 million) and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($3.1 million).  In fact, three of those coaches mentioned — Malzahn ($3.85 million annually), Sumlin ($5 million), Spurrier ($4 million) and Freeze ($3 million) — have all received new contracts in the past few months, meaning that, even with a raise, Pinkel could still find himself somewhere between eighth and 10th in pay among SEC coaches.

In addition to Pinkel’s pay increase, the salary pool for his coaching staff is expected to be bolstered as well.  Last season, Mizzou spent just over $2.6 million on assistants, a figure that was 10th in the conference.  What dollar amount will be in play with the new salary pool is unknown.

Pinkel will be entering his 14th season with the Tigers, having compiled a 102-63 mark at the school.  The Tigers are coming off one of its most successful seasons under Pinkel, a 12-2 record that included an SEC East championship, a spot in the conference title game and a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State.  That stunning success came on the heels of a 5-7 2012 season that included a 2-6 league record in the program’s first season in the SEC.

Steven Clark transfers to Western Michigan after being medically DQd by Syracuse

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Steven Clark will indeed give college football at this level another go.

In a text message to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Clark confirmed that he has decided to transfer to Western Michigan.  The move comes a little over a month after a health issue prematurely ended his time at Syracuse.

While the school’s medical results were disputed by his family, Clark (pictured, No. 72) was medically disqualified by ‘Cuse in June because of a genetic disorder that makes him susceptible to blood clots. Not long after, the defensive lineman stated on Twitter that he had “requested… permission to contact other schools in order to see if I can go anywhere else to play.”

According to the Post-Standard, “four independent doctors cleared Clark for physical activity — two before the disqualification and two after.” WMU doctors will need to sign off on Clark’s health as well.

If that happens, Clark would be eligible to play immediately for the Broncos.

The lineman ended his Orange career having played in 21 games, starting nine of those contests. He was credited with 37 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Coming to SU as a three-star 2015 recruit out of Alabama, Clark held offers from, among others, Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

Ex-Michigan State football player suing Draymond Green

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An incident involving one former Michigan State football player and one ex-Spartans basketball player continues to make headlines a year later.

In mid-July last year, former MSU hoops star hoops star and current Golden State Warrior Draymond Green was arrested and charged with assault following an altercation at an East Lansing drinking establishment.  According to police reports at the time, the target of the alleged assault was Spartans cornerback Jermaine Edmondson.

Fast-forward a little over 12 months later, and Edmondson, along with his girlfriend Bianca Williams, has filed a civil lawsuit in California against Green.  Per mlive.com, the attorney representing the plaintiffs “declined to specify an amount of damages her clients are seeking.”

“I think about what happened with Draymond every day,” Edmondson said according to the website. “I still feel his hand on my jaw. There are nights when I wake up crying. I don’t understand why my name has been turned into this joke, and he gets all this credit for being a superstar and for standing up for women.”

Less than a week after the incident, Edmondson, who claimed during today’s press conference he longer felt safe on the university’s campus because the incident involved the beloved Green, was granted a release from his MSU scholarship and transferred from the Spartans.  Reportedly, however, the incident and transfer had nothing to do with each other.

Edmondson ended up at a Div. II program in Virginia, but did not play at all during the 2016 season.

Green ultimately saw the original assault charge dropped, instead paying a noise violation fine.

“Draymond looks forward to defending himself and clearing up the misinformation put forth today,” a portion of a statement from Green’s publicist read.

Larry Fedora part of North Carolina contingent attending mid-August NCAA hearing

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I’m quite certain that Larry Fedora is absolutely thrilled over this development.

On Aug. 1, North Carolina football players will report to campus.  A day later, the Tar Heels will kick off their sixth summer camp under Fedora.  Exactly two weeks after that?  Fedora will be forced to leave his football squad as part of the UNC contingent that will be in attendance at the university’s hearing in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

The two-day hearing will take place Aug. 16-17 in Nashville, Tenn.

The news comes exactly two months after, for the third time in as many years, UNC responded to a Notice of Allegations connected to a decade-long academic scandal.

In June of 2014, the NCAA informed UNC “that it would reopen its original 2011 examination of the past academic irregularities.” The first NOA was sent to the university in 2015, with UNC accused of lack of institutional control as to student-athletes in multiple sports, including football, receiving preferential access to the controversial African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) courses dating all the way back to 2002.  In April of 2016, UNC received an amended NOA that replaced “lack of institutional control” with “failure to monitor.”

A decision from the NCAA on what if any punitive measures the football program will face is expected to come two months or so after the conclusion of the hearing.  Such a timeline would, of course, put the resolution right in the middle of the football season.

It should be noted that Fedora is not facing any type of misconduct connected to the academic scandal.

Jim Harbaugh confirms Michigan football will head to Paris, Normandy next offseason

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At least partially, Michigan players will see their offseason travel wishes for next year granted.

Fresh off their spring break trip to Rome this year, Jim Harbaugh revealed last month that his Wolverines football players, following a team vote, were eyeing a trip next year that would include stops in Paris and London.  At the Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, Harbaugh confirmed that they would indeed be taking the team to Paris around the same time next year.

Instead of London, however, U-M will take in the sights at historically-steeped Normandy.

The trip to Rome this year cost in the neighborhood of $800,000, although that particular tab was picked up by a well-heeled booster of the program. It’s expected that the same scenario financially will play out for this trip as well, regardless of the cost.