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Transferring Tulsa DB J.R. Reed making Georgia his new home

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Earlier this week, thanks to another off-field incident, Georgia lost a defensive back. A couple of days later, UGA has reportedly gained a player in the same position group.

While nothing has been confirmed, Dawgs247.com is reporting that safety J.R. Reed has decided to transfer into first-year head coach Kirby Smart‘s program. Reed comes to Athens by way of Tulsa, where he spent his true freshman season in 2015.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, it’s expected Reed will have to sit out the 2016 season. He would then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

Reed was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Plano, Texas. He played in 13 games last season, and was listed as the co-starter on Tulsa’s depth chart exiting the spring this year.

Reed is also the cousin of Deangelo Gibbs, the No. 2 recruit in the state of Georgia for the Class of 2017 who has the Bulldogs as a potential future home.

Tulane loses one RB to dismissal, another to the reopening of his recruitment

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This past week hasn’t been kind to the backfield depth at Tulane.

Citing an unnamed source, the Baton Rouge Advocate has reported that Nigel Anderson has been dismissed by new head coach Willie Fritz. “Unspecified reasons” was the only trigger for the booting mentioned.

Just two members of the Green Wave’s 2015 recruiting class were rated higher than Anderson. However, an NCAA Clearinghouse issue delayed his start with the program and the back ultimately took a redshirt his true freshman season.

Anderson had also been held out of spring practice, but the Advocate wrote that he “was expected to return in the fall.”

In addition to Anderson’s forced departure, a 2016 signee has decided, apparently of his own volition, to leave as well.

According to the same newspaper, A.J. Walker has decided to reopen his recruitment after signing with the Green Wave in February. No reason was given for the three-star recruit’s abrupt change of heart.

K-State adds future home-and-homes with Wazzu, Colorado

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Unlike in its creampuff past, Kansas State is adding some Power Five meat to its future slates.  Sort of.

Thursday, K-State announced that it has reached agreements on future home-and-home series with Colorado and Washington State.

The series against the Buffaloes will be played in 2027 and 2028.  CU will play host to KSU Sept. 18, 2027, with the Wildcats returning the favor in Manhattan Sept. 16, 2028.

As for the series with Wazzu, the first game is scheduled to be played in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 12, 2026, with the return contest Sept. 8, 2029 in Pullman.

“Kansas State joins Wisconsin as a Power 5 opponent that our fans can look forward to seeing in Martin Stadium,” said WSU athletic director Bill Moos in a statement. “Additionally, Boise State and BYU provide future regional home matchups which should be very appealing to our fan base.”

The 2026 Cougars-Wildcats game will be the first-ever meeting in football between the two programs.

The Wildcats’ series with the Buffaloes will be a renewal of an old Big 7/8/12 rivalry that was contested 66 times before the Buffs’ move to the Pac-12.  Those teams first met in 1912, with the last meeting coming in 2010.  CU owns a 45-20-1 edge in the series.

NCSU throwing it back to diamond logo for Notre Dame game

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Oct. 8 will be a special day for the North Carolina State football program, and the Wolfpack has decided to go with a unique look to commemorate the occasion.

On the date mentioned above, NCSU will host Notre Dame at Carter-Finley Stadium. As 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first football game played in the stadium, the school has announced it will use the Irish’s appearance as the setting for the unveiling of throwback uniforms that will feature the rather snazzy-looking red diamond logo on the helmet.

From the school’s release:

Former head coach Dick Sheridan introduced the diamond logo in 1986, his first year as head coach. The Wolfpack wore that helmet for the next 14 seasons, until going back to the traditional Block S in 2000.

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“It’s a special year as we honor Carter-Finley’s 50th anniversary,” said head coach Dave Doeren in a statement. “To recognize our proud tradition, we have brought back the diamond logo and uniform.”

Baylor grants releases to five 2016 signees

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And the exodus is nearly complete.

On the same day that a four-star 2016 signee who benefited from sloppy paperwork officially found a new home, Baylor announced that it has granted a National Letter of Intent release to five members of its most recent recruiting class.  Unfortunately, and continuing the lack of transparency demonstrated by the university throughout the sexual assault scandal, BU declined to divulge the names of those who are on the receiving end of a release from their NLI.

It had previously been reported that another four-star 2016 wide receiver signee, Tren’Davian Dickson, had been granted a release from his NLI.  At various points, it was reported that upwards of seven 2016 signees had requested a release from their NLI, including offensive linemen Patrick Hudson and J.P. Urquidez as well as defensive back Parish Cobb and running back Kameron Martin.

It’s unknown at this point how many of those four are among the five to be released, although anyone on the receiving end of a release had to request one before May 31 for it to be considered.

It’s also unknown what if any restrictions were placed on the releases, although there’s a decent chance none of the group will be permitted to transfer to another Big 12 program.

“I wanted the opportunity to talk with our signees and their families before providing any releases,” said Bears acting head coach Jim Grobe in a statement. “This has never been about whether or not we would ultimately provide individuals with a release; we simply asked that we go through the process outlined by the NLI, take some time and have the chance to speak with the student-athletes and their parents. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities to meet with these families and wish each individual success in all that they do in life.

“I am very impressed with the young men who are here at Baylor and on our team. We have great student-athletes who are working hard, committed to success and being a part of something special. I am committed to each one in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.”

Also in the press release, the university attempted to put a positive face on the departures:

Several members of the 2016 class enrolled for the first session of summer school, which began last month, and are participating in the Bears’ strength and conditioning program. Additional class members are expected to join the program for the second session of summer school in July.

UPDATED 8:27 p.m. ET: CFT can confirm that Martin, Urquidez and Donovan Duvernay are three of the five to have received releases. Duvernay is the brother of Devin Duvernay, also a 2016 Baylor signee who didn’t need a release from his NLI — paperwork snafu — and who signed with Texas earlier today.