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Lincoln Riley signs five-year deal at Oklahoma


Lincoln Riley has signed his initial head coaching contract at Oklahoma.

The school’s Board of Regents on Tuesday released details of Riley’s deal, which lasts five years and pays him a $3.1 million base salary to start. That would put him in line with Bill Snyder and Todd Graham for 33rd nationally among 2016 head coaches, according to the USA Today database.

However, Riley’s contract also includes a $200,000 raise every Feb. 1 and a $500,000 retention bonus each June 1.

Riley was named Oklahoma’s newest head coach on June 7, following the abrupt retirement of Bob Stoops.

Pitt RB Rachid Ibrahim re-joining Paul Chryst in Wisconsin

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Rachid Ibrahim signed with Paul Chryst at Pittsburgh out of Rockville, Md., in 2013.

His career as a Panther got off to a good start, playing in 26 of 26 possible games while averaging 6.7 yards per carry on 60 rushes and 8.1 yards per grab on 20 receptions. However, Ibrahim suffered a torn Achilles in training camp before the 2015 season and did not see the field in the two following campaigns.

Ibrahim left the roster before spring practice and on Monday evening announced he will re-join Chryst at Wisconsin.

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Ibrahim will join the Badgers’ roster as a graduate transfer, making him immediately eligible to appear for Wisconsin for one season. He joins a running back roster that saw its two leading rushers a year ago, Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale, leave due to graduation.

Mizzou pass rusher says he won’t do local interviews this season

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Missouri defensive end Marcell Frazier won’t speak to the local media in 2017, according to a tweet the player sent on Tuesday afternoon.

“I will not be available to local media this season,” he wrote. “I gain nothing from it. I am still an amateur, not binded (sic) to do interviews (yet).”

It isn’t clear what caused his self-imposed boycott of local media, but it does imply Frazier would still be willing to talk if, for example, Tom Rinaldi wanted to parachute into Columbia for a College GameDay featured.

Missouri has not commented on Frazier’s desired lack of comments.

A fifth-year senior, Frazier ranked second on the Tigers’ roster last season with 7.5 sacks and 8.5 TFLs to go with 33 tackles.

Report: Oregon QB Travis Jonsen to transfer, leaving Ducks with two returning QBs

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Oregon quarterback Travis Jonsen intends to transfer, according to colleague Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.

Fentress writes that Jonsen’s motivation is an apparent indicator that incumbent Justin Hebert has pulled away in the derby to win the starting job for Willie Taggart‘s first Ducks team. Hebert finished last season as the starter, appearing in nine games with 1,936 passing yards on 63.5 percent completions with 19 touchdowns against four interceptions while rushing for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Jonsen is a redshirt sophomore who has yet to accumulate game action but whose departure still stings. With Jonsen on his way out, the only remaining Ducks signal callers behind Hebert are redshirt senior Taylor Alie, who has never thrown more than nine passes in a game, and true freshman Braxton Burmeister. Redshirt freshman Terry Wilson, Jr., has already transferred this year.

Fentress also writes that Jonsen had to be talked out of transferring before spring practice even began but stuck around to serve as Hebert’s primary competition. Any facade of a quarterback derby ended after the Ducks’ spring game when Hebert hit 16-of-26 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns while Jonsen completed 5-of-15 passes for 86 yards and a pick.

Jonsen is a former 4-star recruit who is reportedly headed to Riverside City College, which would allow him to return to FBS in 2018.

Baker Mayfield accepts plea deal, fines for February arrest

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We already know Baker Mayfield‘s internal punishment for his hilarious February arrest in Fayetteville, Ark., and now we know the price authorities will exact from the Sooner signal caller.

According to the Norman Transcript, Mayfield has accepted a plea deal for three misdemeanor charges. He will pay $100 fines apiece for charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing. Mayfield will also pay $160 in court costs, bringing his total in fees and fines to the Fayetteville court to $483.20.

Mayfield will also complete 35 hours of community service and a university alcohol education program by the beginning of the fall semester on Aug. 21.

“As I stated earlier, I could not be more disappointed in my actions and the embarrassment they caused for my university and team,” Mayfield said. “I am anxious to fulfill the responsibilities that have been set and am continuing to dedicate myself to the high standard that everyone rightfully expects from someone in my position.”

Said Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley: “He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and team has every confidence in him going forward.”

Mayfield was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, setting an FBS single-season efficiency record (196.4) after completing 70.9 percent of his throws for 3,965 yards with 40 touchdowns against eight interceptions.