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AMES, IA â OCTOBER 31: Linebacker Willie Harvey #16, and linebacker Jordan Harris #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones wrap up running back Johnathan Gray #32 of the Texas Longhorns as he rushed for yards in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 31, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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Starting LB Jordan Harris leaving Iowa State as grad transfer

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Another day, another Power Five player has taken the graduate transfer train out of town.

The latest to take this particular attrition hit is Iowa State, which announced in a press release that Jordan Harris (pictured, No. 2) has decided to leave the Cyclones and finish his playing career elsewhere. As a graduate transfer, Harris would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 if that elsewhere is another FBS program.

As to where that elsewhere may be, the linebacker wants to use his last season of eligibility closer to his home state of Mississippi.

“Jordan has done everything we have asked him to do since the first day I got here,” head coach Matt Campbell said in his statement. “He’s a great person and a great teammate. In our meetings recently, Jordan expressed interest in finishing out his career closer to his family. I have the utmost respect for Jordan and we will fully support him in his decision.”

“Iowa State helped me become the man I am today,” Harris said. “From my teammates, the old coaching staff to the new coaching staff, everybody has played a big role in helping me. I am happy I got my degree from Iowa State, which will open up many more doors for me in the future. I want to finish out my final year where my family can be more involved.”

Harris came to ISU as a junior college transfer and, after redshirting the 2014 season, started all 12 games in 2015. He was third on the team in tackles with 70, and fifth in tackles for loss with five. The 6-1, 233-pounder added a sack, interception and fumble recovery for good measure.

Iowa State sees two players leave the Cyclones

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 04:   Iowa State Cyclones mascot Cy the Cardinal watches the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 4, 2014 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Cyclones 37-20. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Like their in-state rivals from earlier today, Iowa State has seen a pair of players depart as well.

An ISU spokesperson confirmed to the Ames Tribune that quarterback Dom De Lira and defensive tackle Terry Ayeni are no longer on the Cyclones’ roster.  Th former has left the football program with the intent to transfer, while the latter has decided not to play his senior season due to injuries.

The Tribune wrote that De Lira “was passed on the depth chart by newcomer Zeb Noland in the spring and would likely end up behind incoming transfer Jacob Park when the season rolled around.”  That appears to have been the impetus for the former three-star prospect to transfer.

Ayeni didn’t play his true freshman season in 2014 because of a knee injury.  He didn’t see the field in 2015 because of a lingering issue.

PHOTO: Iowa State unveils new alternate helmet

AMES, IA - OCTOBER 3:  Offensive lineman Daniel Burton #70 of the Iowa State Cyclones joins teammates in singing their fight song after their match-up against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 3, 2015 at Jack Trice Stadium, in Ames, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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Ohio State appears headed toward another college football season with an alternate uniform.  Obviously OSU won’t be the only ones trekking down the alternate path, as evidenced by Iowa State’s most recent unveiling.

Monday, the Cyclones took to Twitter to reveal the new alternate helmets the football team will wear (presumably) during one game this season.  And, to be honest, they’re really not bad.  At all.

If the Cyclones, 8-28 overall and 4-23 in Big 12 play the past three seasons, could play half as well as those helmets look, they might be on to something.

Big 12 announces return of title game, 20-percent increase in revenue payouts

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For those members of the Big 12 who are fans of title games and money, Friday was a very good day.

In the biggest news of the afternoon, commissioner Bob Bowlsby revealed that the conference has approved a measure that will allow for the implementation — or re-implementation, as the case may be — of a league championship game in football.  The return of the Big 12 title game will come at the end of the 2017 regular season, although details, such as location, are still up in the air.

In perhaps the most surprising news coming out of this particular development, the vote to reinstate the title game was unanimous.

The first-ever Big 12 title game in football coincided with the league’s first season in 1996.  It was played every year through the 2010 season, when conference expansion — the league lost Colorado and Nebraska prior to the 2011 season — and NCAA rules forced the Big 12 to abandon the game.  In January of this year, the Big 12 won approval to stage a championship game without 12 members as previously required by the NCAA.

The Big 12 will continue on with its round-robin schedule — every team playing the other nine schools every season — as required by the new rule.  On twist, however, is that, per Bowlsby, the Big 12 will likely split into two, five-team divisions; how those divisions will be split is to be determined.

And now we come to the money portion of the program, as it relates to this topic specifically and revenue in general.

That financial windfall is on top of the $30.4 million in revenue distribution each member institution received for the previous year, Bowlsby announced Friday. That’s up 20 percent from a year ago, and third among Power Five conferences behind only the SEC and Big 10.  It also doesn’t include third-tier media rights (Texas makes $15 million from that category, Oklahoma $6 million).

There won’t, however, be an additional revenue stream for conference membership as a whole as Bowlsby also confirmed that the conference has scrapped its plans for a league-wide television network. “Not the time for us to consider [a network],” the commissioner stated, with Oklahoma president David Boren saying the idea is effectively dead..

One final note: the conference’s board has authorized the Big 12 staff to work with consultants on “conference composition” — i.e. expansion.  Earlier this month, Bowlsby stated that he hoped the expansion issue would be resolved, one way or the other, before the end of summer.

It still appears unlikely that the Big 12 will add two additional members — Texas is believed to be staunchly against expansion — but it’s a situation that will bear monitoring throughout the next couple of months.

On Big 12 revote, Baker Mayfield gets another year of eligibility

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates a touchdown against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Say this for the Big 12: they very quickly recognized as asinine decision and, to their credit, reversed course.

In a 5-5 vote Wednesday, the Big 12 shot down a rule proposed by Oklahoma that would’ve permitted walk-ons to transfer within the conference without restrictions.  The proposed rule, which failed due to the lack of a clear majority vote as well as disdain for both common sense and fairness, had been dubbed the “Baker Mayfield rule” in honor of the the OU quarterback who transferred from Texas Tech as a walk-on.

Earlier today it was reported that the Big 12 was going to reconsider that rule; in its reconsideration, the conference reversed course and, by a 7-3 vote, approved the measure.

The new measure will allow a walk-on at one Big 12 school to transfer within the conference and not face restrictions if his first school does not offer him a scholarship.  If that school does offer a scholarship, the walk-on can still transfer within the conference but must sit out a season.

As an added bonus for both Mayfield and the Sooners, the rule will retroactively apply to the quarterback, which means, if he so chooses, he would have another season of eligibility to use during the 2017 season.  Mayfield was not offered a scholarship upon leaving Tech, thus his grandfathering in under this new edict.

Mayfield took note of the reversal on Twitter, and seemingly indicated he’ll use that extra year.