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Photo: Big 12 to unveil new logo

Bored students during lesson

Yep, we are neck-deep into what seems like an abnormally long and interminable offseason.  The latest example of that?  This post.

Friday night, the Big 12 conference wrote on its Twitter account that “[t]he #Big12 will officially update its logo on July 1 – next Tuesday. Get ready for a great new look! #OneTrueChampion.”

So, of course, the conference itself scooped its official unveiling by posting a photo of its new logo along with the tweet.

For those who are not yet asleep and/or comatose, here it is:

New Big 12 Logo

And, for those who are not yet asleep and/or comatose and would like to see how the new logo compares to the old one, here it is:

Big 12 logo

So, there ya go. That’s all I have. Do with it what you will.

And, on a completely unrelated note, it’s exactly 61 days until Abilene Christian travels to Georgia State to officially kick-off the FBS portion of the 2014 season and 62 days until South Carolina hosts Texas A&M in the first Power Five game of the new college football year.

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Four-star recruit one of two ‘Cuse signees who fail to qualify

K.J. Williams AP

Unfortunately for Syracuse, the most highly-rated member of its most recent recruiting class will have to wait to make an on-field impact for the Orange.

In a text message to the Syracuse Post-Standard, head coach Scott Shafer confirmed that talented wide receiver K.J. Williams failed to qualify academically and will not play for the Orange in 2014.  Additionally, fellow 2014 signee Treevon Prater is in the same academic boat as Williams and will be on the FBS sidelines this season.

It’s unclear what route either player will take for the 2014 season, be it the JUCO ranks or a prep school.  The good news for both is that the door will likely be open once they get their academic house in order, with the Post-Standard writing that “[t]raditionally, Syracuse and Shafer have stood by most recruits who didn’t qualify initially, allowing them to join the Orange after prep school or junior college.”

By far the bigger of the two losses will be Williams.

The Bethlehem, Pa., product was the only four-star member of a recruiting class that was rated 41st in the country and 10th in the ACC. The 6’2″, 188-pound Williams was rated as the No. 31 receiver in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Pennsylvania.

He chose Syracuse over offers from, among others, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

Coming out of high school in East St. Louis, Ill., Prater was given a three-star rating by Rivals.com.

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2015 QB recruit who gave USC a verbal when he was 13 decommits

David Sills

It appears the speculation has, finally come to fruition.

In February of 2010 and as a 13-year-old seventh grader, David Sills verbally committed to — eventually — play his college football at USC.  Fast-forward to September of last year and the firing of the head coach to whom Sills committed, Lane Kiffin.  The rumors first sprouted at around that time, and only intensified when Ricky Town, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in next year’s class, committed to the Trojans in late January.

Now, nearly five months to the day after Town’s pledge, Sills has apparently pulled his as the tweet from Scout.com‘s Brian Dohn attests:

To further buttress the report, Sills’ retweeted Dohn’s tweet on his personal Twitter account, although he’s yet to officially announce he’s pulled his verbal.

This also could be a case of a football program, with a new coaching staff in place, quietly pulling the scholarship offer made by the previous regime as has been speculated just a couple of weeks ago.

Regardless, and while Dohn states Sills currently has no leader, Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com tweeted that West Virginia may now be a possibility.  With Kiffin now the offensive coordinator at Alabama — the school from which Town decommitted to commit to USC, incidentally — the Crimson Tide would also seem to be an option.  In fact, in mid April, Sills took a visit to Tuscaloosa.

The Tide already has one commitment from a touted 2015 recruit at the position: Blake Barnett, a four-star prospect rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country.

That same recruiting site also gave Sills four stars and rates him as the No. 14 pro-style quarterback in the country.  The 6-3, 200-pound Maryland high schooler has scholarship offers from, among others and in addition to one from WVU, Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia Tech.

(Photo credit: Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy)

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Auburn’s Jonathon Mincy popped for pot possession

Jonathon Mincy, Giorgio Newberry

Oh these wacky kids and their, well, wacky weed.

The latest player to set the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker back to double zeroes is Jonathon Mincy, the Auburn defensive back who was arrested at some point Friday and charged with (gasp!) marijuana possession in the second degree.  Lest the “second-degree” nature of the “crime” fool you, it’s a misdemeanor.

Here are the details of what led to Mincy’s arrest, courtesy of al.com:

Henry County Sheriff’s Office said that Mincy was a passenger in a vehicle with four people that was pulled over for speeding.

The vehicle was allegedly traveling at 92 mph in a 65 mph zone on Highway 431.

(Writer’s note: apparently the driver wasn’t partaking in any alleged herb inhalation as, if he/she were, they would’ve been pulled over for traveling at 29 mph in a 65 mph zone.)

Quincy has started 29 games during his time on The Plains, including all 14 last season during the Tigers’ run to the BCS title game. What type of punitive measures the long-time starter may be facing in relation to this off-field hiccup are unclear.

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