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Two players off KU’s roster, but neither is Jake Heaps


The mystery of where Jake Heaps will play his college football in 2014 continues.

Late last month, it was reported that the quarterback would be transferring out of the Kansas football program.  Shortly after those reports surfaced, head coach Charlie Weis stated, through a spokesperson, that Heaps was “at a team meeting [that day] and was still listed on the KU roster.”

A little over two weeks later that remains the case as Heaps is still listed on KU’s online roster. A school official confirmed to the Wichita Eagle earlier this week that Heaps’ status is unchanged from Weis’ previous comments.

Weis himself was asked about Heaps’ status again Wednesday night.  As expected, the coach was in no mood to discuss personnel.

I’m not talking about any of those things. … We’re not here to talk about the personnel of our team,” Weis said according to the Topeka Capital-Journal prior to a football preview party.

Reports of Heaps’ departure surfaced a couple of weeks after Montell Cozart was named the Jayhawks’ starter. Heaps is reportedly transferring — for a second time — in search of more playing time, with FBS programs such as Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, SMU and Utah State reportedly on his transfer to-do list.

While Heaps, at least for now, remains on the roster, a pair of defensive players don’t. Linebacker Samson Faifili and cornerback Brandon Hollomon, the Kansas City Star reported, are no longer listed on the team’s roster. The Eagle writes that “[a] Kansas football official confirmed that Faifili and Hollomon were correctly removed from the roster but had no official comment about their departures.”

Both players would’ve been, at best, backups heading into summer camp in a couple of months.

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

Associated Press

As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.