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Report: USF’s QB competition has come to a close


The USF Bulls are going to stick with what didn’t work last season.

Quarterback Mike White started the final five games for the Bulls. The team went 0-5, and White threw nine interceptions compared to only three touchdowns.

Yet, it’s White who emerged as the Bulls’ starting quarterback during a competition between him and Penn State transfer Steven Bench.

White was a true freshman, though. The team originally expected to redshirt the quarterback and prepare him for the upcoming 2014 campaign. However, the dismal play from the quarterback position forced the team to burn White’s redshirt. One of those quarterbacks that initially struggled was Bench.

Bench started two games last year. He was 21-of-50 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions during those contests.

White did flash glimpses of the talent that made him the future of USF Bulls football. In his first start, White threw for 311 yards and a touchdown in a 35-25 loss to the Houston Cougars. Over the next four games, White proved he wasn’t ready to start as a freshman.

USF hopes White is ready this season as the program continues to build under the direction of head coach Willie Taggart.

Dismissed by ‘Cuse, Ashton Broyld lands at West Georgia

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A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.

Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia.  Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.

There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves.  Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.

I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”

In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.

In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.