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Third time’s a charm? LSU’s Rob Bolden transferring again

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Despite the fact that a pair of reserve quarterbacks transferred out and left LSU with just two scholarship players at the position on its roster, there was no consideration given to moving wide receiver back to the position he had previously played.

Now, Bolden has apparently considered, and decided on, moving on from Baton Rouge.

Citing a source close to the school, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that Bolden has decided to transfer out of the football program.  The Times-Picayune states that a pair of directional Michigan schools — Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.  Presumably, Bolden would get the opportunity to move back to the quarterback position at either one of those MAC schools.

LSU has yet to announce what if any decision Bolden has made.

If he has received his degree, Bolden, a senior, would be eligible to play at the FBS level immediately in 2014.

In early August of 2012, Bolden officially left Penn State after two seasons and ultimately ended up at LSU.  He didn’t play a single down for the Bayou Bengals during his two seasons there, and was moved to receiver during spring practice this year.

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Herd hands Doc Holliday a contract extension

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Just a couple of weeks before the start of summer camp, Doc Holliday has been rewarded for his work in Huntington.

In a press release, Marshall announced that it has reached agreement with its head football coach on a contract extension.  The new deal is for two additional years and ties Holliday to the Herd through the 2014 season.

The release explains that “Monday’s extension did not include an increase in Holliday’s base ($175,000) and supplemental salary ($425,000 for radio, television and fundraising appearances on behalf of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation).” However, Holliday did see a bump in the amount of potential earnings via incentives.

He has incentives in his contract, if achieved, for an additional $145,000. Those include a $30,000 bonus for each conference championship and $30,000 for each Marshall bowl appearance. Both figures are an increase of $10,000 over his previous contract.

The Herd is coming off a 10-4 season, the program’s best since going 11-2 in 2002. Overall, the Herd is 27-24 in Holliday’s four years in Huntington.

“Coach Holliday has made Marshall football relevant again,” athletic director Mike Hamrick said. “With his leadership, the Thundering Herd is on its way to competing for championships on a regular basis.”

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Troll Tide: ‘Bama flag flown at Kyle Field; worker reportedly fired

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Yeah, this probably won’t go over well in just about every corner of College Station.

The home of the Texas A&M Aggies, Kyle Field, is in the midst of a mammoth renovation project that will push its capacity from 82,539 (No. 17 nationally) to 106,511 (No. 3).  Given the size and scope of the work being done, there are thousands of workers on the site.

And, based on one photograph, at least one of them is an Alabama fan.  Or has a twisted sense of humor.

From SBNation.com‘s Doug Keegan:

Ouch.  And pretty damn funny too.

That said, you can rest easy, Aggie fans, as ESPN.com writes that “[t]he picture was taken over the weekend and we’re told the Alabama flag has since been taken down.”

So, that’s that.

UPDATED 4:19 p.m. ET: According to FOXSports.com, the crane operator responsible for the prank was fired from his job.  That might be a bit of an overkill reaction by whoever was responsible for the man’s firing.

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ACL surgery will cost Auburn’s Lawson sizable chunk of 2014

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Earlier this offseason, it was intimated by the father of Carl Lawson that his son underwent surgery on his knee that didn’t involve an ACL damage.

That, however, wasn’t the case at all.

The defensive lineman’s head coach confirmed Monday at SEC media days that he indeed underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL.  Lawson suffered the injury during spring practice and didn’t play in the spring game because of it.

According to Gus Malzahn, the football program is hopeful Lawson will be able to return at some point before the end of the upcoming season.  Being out the entire year, however, has not been ruled out.

Losing Lawson would be a significant blow to the Tigers’ defense.

Lawson was being looked upon as a player who could replace the production lost by the departure of All-American Dee Ford for the NFL.  In 2013 as a true freshman, Lawson was third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and second in sacks with four.

Lawson’s name littered most Freshman All-American lists.

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Gus Malzahn: Nick Marshall will ‘face consequences’

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Just what those consequences are, however, remain to be seen.

At the SEC Media Days, which kicked off earlier this afternoon, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn addressed the situation involving his starting quarterback. Late last week, as has been widely reported, Nick Marshall was cited for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop.

A “teary-eyed” Marshall was “very regretful” during the stop according to police officer who pulled him over, while Malzahn in a statement expressed his “disappointment” in the situation.

Malzahn stated Monday that “Nick made a mistake and he’ll have to deal with the consequences,” adding “I’m not ready to say what those [consequences] are.” When asked if Marshall would play in the season opener, Malzahn said “I’m not at that point yet,” meaning no decision one way or the other has been made.

Auburn’s season opener is also its SEC opener as the Tigers will square off with Arkansas.

“We have high expectations for players, especially our quarterback,” Malzahn explained. “I’m hoping he learns a lesson. I know he’s very remorseful and that’s a start.”

As for the decision to keep Marshall away from Media Days, Malzahn explained it thusly.

“It’s a privilege and a reward to represent Auburn at SEC Media Days,” the coach said. “Last Friday, Nick lost that privilege.”

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Myles Jack headlines 51-strong Butkus Award watch list

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Last week, Myles Jack was one of 81 defensive players named to the Nagurski Award watch list.  Today, the two-way UCLA star has joined a more position-specific group.

The Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker, announced its preseason watch list Monday, with 51 players representing all eight conferences earning honors.  All but one of the 51 come from FBS programs, with the lone exception being Harvard’s Zach Hodges.

The SEC leads all conferences with nine players listed, followed the Pac-12 with eight, the ACC and Big 12 with seven and the Big Ten with six.  The only leagues that weren’t a part of this watch list were Conference USA and the MAC.

Georgia was the only team to place three players on the watch list, while seven — Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and Washington — had two players apiece.

The 2013 Butkus Award winner was Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.  Miami’s Denzel Perryman is the only 2013 semifinalist returning to this years preseason grouping.

Below is the complete 2014 Butkus Award watch list:

Stephone Anthony, Clemson
Kelby Brown, Duke
Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, Maryland
Dyshawn Davis, Syracuse
Aaron Davis, Colorado State
Paul Dawson, TCU
Trey DePriest, Alabama
Steve Edmond, Texas
Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
Maurice Falls, East Carolina
Leonard Floyd, Georgia
Kris Frost, Auburn
Alani Fua, BYU
Jarrett Grace, Notre Dame
Curtis Grant, Ohio State
Bryce Hager, Baylor
Ben Heeney, Kansas
Jordan Hicks, Texas
Zach Hodges, Harvard
Mike Hull, Penn State
Myles Jack, UCLA
Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
A.J. Johnson, Tennessee
Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
Derrick Malone, Oregon
Tyler Matakevich, Temple
Derrick Matthews, Houston
Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville
Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
Braylon Mitchell, Arkansas
Mason Monheim, Illinois
Mike Orakpo, Texas State
Norkeithus Otis, North Carolina
Denzel Perryman, Miami (Fla.)
Terrance Plummer, UCF
Sunny Puetasi, Wyoming
Hayes Pullard, USC
Reggie Ragland, Alabama
Jake Ryan, Michigan
Stephon Sanders, SMU
Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
Terrance Smith, Florida State
Eric Striker, Oklahoma
A.J. Tarpley, Stanford
John Tavai, USC
Shaq Thompson, Washington
James Vaughters, Stanford
Ramik Wilson, Georgia

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CFP unveils new title trophy

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Four days after being a trophy tease, the new system for determining a champion in college football has unveiled its new hardware.

At a press conference Monday morning, the newly-minted College Football Playoff revealed the new trophy for college football’s national champion at the FBS level.  The CFP is a four-team tournament that will first be played following the conclusion of the 2014 regular season, with a pair of semifinal games preceding the national championship game.

While the new trophy is no crystal football, it’s actually a pretty good-looking piece of hardware as far as trophies go.  Take a gander below:

CFP Trophy

CFP executive director Bill Hancock stated “we wanted something that could be hoisted” by the winning team. The trophy weighs in at 35 pounds — by comparison, the old crystal football sans the stand weighed eight pounds — and is made of 24-carat gold, bronze and stainless steel.

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Whopping 123 players included on Lombardi watch list

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Another day, another watch list — and a ridiculously big one, size-wise, at that.

The Rotary Lombardi Award announced its watch list Monday morning, with a whopping 123 players and 76 universities as a part of the initial group.  In other words, there’s a fairly decent chance that just about anyone, including yourself, will be featured on the list.

For those unaware of what actually qualifies a player for consideration for this particular trophy, here you go: “[e]ligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.”

The positional breakdown for this year’s watch list is as follows: 48 offensive linemen — 19 guards, 16 tackles, 11 centers and two listed as “offensive lineman” — 38 linebackers, 21 defensive ends, 14 defensive tackles and one “defensive lineman.”

Last year’s winner was Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald.

If you have a half hour or so, below is the complete 2014 Lombardi Award preseason watch list for your reading pleasure:

Henry Anderson, DE, Sr. – Stanford
Stephone Anthony, LB, Sr. – Clemson
Chi Chi Ariguzo, LB, Sr. – Northwestern
T.T. Barber, LB, Jr. – Middle Tennessee State
Jamaal Bass, LB, Sr. – Northern Illinois
Vic Beasley, DE, Sr. – Clemson
Michael Bennett, DT, Sr. – Ohio State
Austin Blythe, C, Jr. – Iowa
Joey Bosa, DE, So. – Ohio State
Brett Boyko, T, Sr. – UNLV
Kelby Brown, LB, Sr. – Duke
Brandin Bryant, DT, Jr. – Florida Atlantic
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Jr. – Michigan State
AJ Cann, G, Sr. – South Carolina
Justin Cherocci, LB, Sr. – Central Michigan
Le’Raven Clark, T, Jr. – Texas Tech
Ben Clarke, C, Jr. – Hawaii
La’El Collins, T, Sr. – LSU
Christian Covington, DT, Jr. – Rice
Carl Davis, DT, Sr. – Iowa
Tyeler Davison, DT, Sr. – Fresno State
Reese Dismukes, C, Sr. – Auburn
Jamil Douglas, G, Sr. – Arizona State
Spencer Drango, T, Jr. – Baylor
Ejiro Ederaine, LB, Jr. – Fresno State
Steve Edmond, LB, Sr. – Texas
Mario Edwards, DE, Jr. – Florida State
Cameron Erving, T, Sr. Florida State
Dominic Espinsoa, C, Sr. – Texas
Kyler Frackrell, LB, Jr. – Utah State
Devonte Fields, DE, So. – TCU
BJ Finney, C, Sr. – Kansas State
Trey Flowers, DE, Sr. – Arkansas
Leonard Floyd, LB, So. – Georgia
Alani Fau, LB, Sr. – BYU
Bryce Giddens, C, Jr. – Arkansas State
Hroniss Grasu, C, Sr. Oregon
Randy Gregory, DE, Jr. – Nebraska
Bryce Hager, LB, Sr. – Baylor
Justin Hamilton, DT, Sr. – UL-Lafayette
Lincoln Hansen, T, Sr. – Eastern Michigan
Rob Havenstein, T, Sr. – Wisconsin
Brock Hekking, DE, Sr. – Nevada
Ben Henney- LB, Sr. – Kansas
Treyvon Hester, DT, So. – Toledo
Sean Hickey, T, Sr. – Syracuse
Jermaine Holmes, LB, Sr. – Marshall
Chucky Hunter, DT, Sr. – TCU
Martin Ifedi, DE, Sr. – Memphis
Scott Inskeep, G, Sr. – UTEP
Myles Jack, LB, So. – UCLA
Tre Jackson, G, Sr. – Florida State
Grady Jarrett, DT, Sr. – Clemson
Chris Jasperse, C, Sr. – Marshall
Cameron Jefferson, G, Sr. – UNLV
Chris Johnson, LB, Sr. – Navy
Kaleb Johnson, G, Sr. – Rutgers
A.J. Johnson, LB, Sr. – Tennessee
Gerrand Johnson, DT, Jr. – UL-Monroe
Tyler Johnstone , T, Jr. – Oregon
Chris Jones, DT, So. – Mississippi State
Bronson Kaufusi, LB, Jr. – BYU
Eric Kendricks, LB, Sr. – UCLA
Andrae Kirk, LB, Sr. – Florida Atlantic
Arie Kouandjio, G, Sr. – Alabama
Qushaun Lee, LB, Sr. – Arkansas State
Cyril Lemon, G, Sr. – North Texas
Braden Lyons, T, Sr. – Florida Atlantic
Luther Maddy, DT, Sr. – Virginia Tech
Derrick Malone, LB, Sr. – Oregon
Greg Mancz, G, Sr. – Toledo
Nick Martin, OL, Sr. – Notre Dame
Shaquille Mason, G, Sr. – Georgia Tech
Tyler Matakevich, LB, Jr . – Temple
Josue Matias, G, Sr. – Florida State
Derrick Mathews, LB, Sr. – Houston
David Mayo, LB, Sr. – Texas State
Benardrick McKinney, LB, Jr. – Mississippi State
Silverberry Mouhon, DE, Jr. – Cincinnati
Ryan Mueller, DE, Sr. – Kansas State
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, So. – Ole Miss
Shawn Oakman, DE, Jr. – Baylor
Cedric Ogbuehi. T, Sr. – Texas A&M
Andrus Peat, T, Jr. – Stanford
Remington Peck, DL, Jr. – BYU
Denzel Perryman, LB, Sr. – Miami
Andy Phillips, G, Sr. – Central Michigan
Terrance Plummer, LB, Sr. – UCF
Hayes Pullard, LB, Sr. – USC
Mykhael Quave, T, Jr. – UL-Lafayette
Daniel Quave, G, Sr. – UL-Lafayette
Cedric Reed, DE, Sr. –Texas
Jacob Richard, C, Jr. – Ball State
Tyler Roberts, DE, Jr. – Troy
A’Shawn Robinson, DE, So. – Alabama
Jake Ryan, LB, Sr. – Michigan
Ty Sambrailo, T, Sr. – Colorado State
Brandon Scherff, T, Sr. – Iowa
Isaac Seumalo, C, Jr. – Oregon State
Danny Shelton, DT, Jr. – Washington
Steve Shumaker, OL, Sr. – Army
Robert Singletary, DE, Sr. – UTSA
Jake Smith, C, Sr. – Louisville
Jaylon Smith, LB, So. – Notre Da
Quinton Spain, G, Sr. – West Virginia
Eric Striker, LB, Jr. – Oklahoma
Junior Sylvestre, LB, Sr. – Toledo
AJ Tarpley, LB, Sr. – Stanford
Shaq Thompson, LB, Jr. – Washington
Laken Tomlinson, G, Sr. – Duke
Dominique Tovell, DE, Jr. – UL-Lafayette
Max Tuerk,G, Jr. – USC
Clint Van Horn, T, Jr. – Marshall
Zach Virgil, LB, Sr. – Utah State
Diaheem Watkins, DE, Sr. – UAB
Cody Whitehair,G, Sr. – Kansas State
Cody Wichmann, G, Sr. – Fresno State
Ucambre Williams, T, Sr. – South Alabama
Leonard Williams, DE, Jr. – USC
Ramick Wilson, LB, Sr. – Georgia
Eddie Yarbrough, DE, Jr. – Wyoming
Mason Y’Barbo, G, Sr. – North Texas

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Injured Penn State O-lineman hopes to play this year

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As it turns out, one of Penn State’s most experienced offensive linemen won’t miss the entire 2014 season.  Maybe.

Back in late March, it was reported Miles Dieffenbach sustained what was only described at the time as a serious knee injury during spring practice. The lineman confirmed Saturday that the serious knee injury was indeed, as rumored, a torn ACL that he incurred when he collided with a teammate.

Dieffenbach underwent surgery and is currently going through the rehab process. Because he would not be eligible to appeal for a sixth season of eligibility — he would only have one season lost to injury — Dieffenbach, a senior, is pushing for a return for the final month or so of the season.

“Right now I’m in a really good place,” Dieffenbach said at the annual Lift For Life event. “I haven’t had any hiccups. Everything is feeling good, my strength is good and right now I’m staying on track. Hopefully I’ll be back for the last 3-4 games.”

The Nittany Lions’ last four games of the upcoming season are, in order, Indiana, Temple, Illinois and Michigan State. The earliest of those games, the Hoosiers matchup, takes place Nov. 8, just over seven months after Dieffenbach suffered the injury. Such a timeframe would certainly be well within the realm of possibility for a return, especially for a lineman.

The past two seasons, Dieffenbach has started 23 games at both left and right guard.

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