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Late North Texas scores keep Army from running away with Heart of Dallas Bowl

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Army came into this afternoon’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl second in the nation in rushing.  Its opponent, North Texas, was 105th (out of 128 teams) in the country in stopping the run.  It didn’t take a rocket surgeon to see where this one was headed.

On the strength of 294 first-half yards on the ground, the Black Knights literally ran its way to a 24-21 halftime lead on the Mean Green.  The lead could’ve been a little larger as Army failed to cash in on all four point-afters — they missed the extra point kick after their first touchdown then failed on back-to-back-to-back two-point attempts on the next three scores.

All four of the service academy’s touchdowns came on the ground.  The Black Knights, which came into the game averaging just under 10 pass attempts per game, attempted just one pass the first two quarters — and that one was completed and went for 38 yards.

Seven Black Knight players were credited with at least one carry, with Darnell Woolfolk‘s 84 yards and Tyler Campbell‘s 80 (70 came on a first-quarter touchdown run) pacing the team.  Woolfolk accounted for two of the four rushing touchdowns.

Army’s defense was nearly the equal of its rushing offense in holding UNT’s offense to less than 100 yards prior to the last six minutes-plus of the half for the Mean Green.  Those last six-plus minutes, though, completely changed the complexion of the game.

A nine-play, 83-yard drive, capped off by Jeffrey Wilson‘s 22-yard touchdown pass from former Alabama quarterback Alec Morris with 2:26 left in the half, nearly doubled UNT’s offense output to 177 yards for the first two quarters and cut the deficit to two scores.  After UNT’s defense pushed Army into a three-and-out on the ensuing drive, Morris drove the Mean Green another 68 yards on a possession that ended with the quarterback’s second touchdown pass of the half, a 27-yarder to Rico Bussey, and sliced the margin to a mere field goal with 10 seconds left in the quarter.

Army is seeking to exact revenge for a 35-18 loss to UNT earlier this year in which the Black Knights committed seven turnovers, which the Mean Green turned into 21 points.  In this game, Army hasn’t turned the ball over once.

North Texas will receive the ball to open the second half.

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.