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Baylor signee Kam Martin commits to Auburn over TCU

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Another former Baylor Bear has found himself a landing spot, although this time it’s not rival Texas that’s the beneficiary.

On Twitter overnight, Kam Martin announced that he has committed to play his college football for the Auburn Tigers. The running back’s decision came shortly after the Texas native took a visit to The Plains.

Martin opted for Auburn over TCU.

“The main reason I committed to Auburn was because it’s family, man,” Martin told SEC Country in an interview after announcing his decision. “Those guys did everything that I wanted to hear and everything speaks for itself. It’s the SEC, one of the biggest fan bases in the nation and I just want to be a part of something big and special.”

Martin was one of five 2016 Baylor signees who were granted releases by the university from their National Letters of Intent last week.  A four-star 2016 signee according to 247Sports.com, the 5-10, 178-pound Johnson was rated as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the country; the No. 39 player at any position in the state of Texas; and the No. 268 player overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.

As is the case with other 2016 Bears signees who have fled Waco, Johnson will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

Four-star 2016 Baylor signee to choose between Auburn, TCU

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Yep, another post revolving around a now-former Baylor football player.

One of five 2016 BU signees to receive a release from their National Letter of Intent, Kameron Martin took his first visit to a potential destination with a trip to Auburn Friday.  In short order, he will take a visit to TCU as well.

“Probably Tuesday,” the running back told al.com, he will make a decision between the Tigers and Horned Frogs.

“(TCU) said I can be an impact player right away,” Martin told the website. “Auburn showed me a lot of love and treated me like family. That’s kind of what I like. I want to go somewhere where they treat me like family. … Auburn was about business, so we’ll see if TCU can show me a good time.”

A four-star 2016 signee according to 247Sports.com, the 5-10, 178-pound Johnson was rated as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the country; the No. 39 player at any position in the state of Texas; and the No. 268 player overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.

As is the case with other 2016 Bears signees who have fled Waco, Johnson will be eligible to play immediately in 2016 whether he lands at Auburn or TCU.

Ex-TCU QB Zach Allen announces transfer to Rutgers

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Over the weekend, Zach Allen took a visit to Piscataway.  A couple of days later, the erstwhile TCU quarterback/wide receiver has decided to continue his collegiate career in the New Jersey city’s Big Ten school.

On Twitter Wednesday afternoon, Allen announced that he will be enrolling at Rutgers and playing his football for the Scarlet Knights.  As a graduate transfer, Allen will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

As an added bonus for both the player and the program, Allen will have a second remaining season of eligibility at his disposal in 2017.

Allen began his career at TCU as a quarterback, but was moved to receiver last year. A desire to spend his remaining years of eligibility as a quarterback triggered a decision to move on from the Horned Frogs.

A three-star 2013 signee, Allen was rated as the No. 30 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com. He completed both of his career pass attempts for a total of 17 yards, with both throws coming in a 2014 game against Texas Tech.

Last season, Allen caught one pass for eight yards. While he played in 13 games in 2015, most of that action came as the holder on field goals and extra points.

Transferring TCU QB Zach Allen took weekend visit to Rutgers

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We still don’t know to where Zach Allen will transfer, but we do know of at least two potential destinations.

According to nj.com, Allen took a two-day official visit to Rutgers over the weekend.  The quarterback/wide receiver spent time with Scarlet Knights head coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer, who were working a football camp for high schoolers that Allen attended.

Additionally, CFT can confirm that Allen has an interest in potentially continuing his playing career at Hawaii.

Allen began that career at TCU as a quarterback, but was moved to receiver last year.  A desire to spend his remaining two years of eligibility — he’s a grad transfer so he’d be eligible to play in 2016 — as a quarterback triggered a decision to move on from the Horned Frogs.

A three-star 2013 signee, Allen was rated as the No. 30 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports.com.  He completed both of his career pass attempts for a total of 17 yards, with both throws coming in a 2014 game against Texas Tech.

Last season, Allen caught one pass for eight yards.  While he played in 13 games in 2015, most of that action came as the holder on field goals and extra points.

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.