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Concussion concerns lead Ohio QB Conner Krizancic to retire

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The concern over the long-term effects of concussions has prompted yet another college football player to give up the game.

According to the Twitter feed of the Lake County News-Herald‘s John Kampf, Ohio University quarterback Conner Krizancic has decided to retire from the sport of football because of concussion concerns.  Krizancic sustained a concussion in the Bobcats’ spring game earlier this year, the third concussion, including two in high school, he had sustained during his playing career.

Kampf confirmed the player’s decision through his father.

Krizancic originally signed with Minnesota as a three-star prospect in 2014, but the Gophers quickly moved the Ohio product to wide receiver. The desire to play quarterback led Krizancic to transfer from Minnesota to Ohio in January of 2015.

After sitting out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Krizancic joined the Bobcats’ quarterbacking competition this past spring.  Post-spring, though, there had been talk of Krizancic moving back to receiver.

Big Ten reportedly set to cash in again

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman pose with the Big Ten mascots and Natioanls mascot Screech before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park on June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The other Big Ten sports broadcast rights shoe is reportedly ready to drop, and it is full of cash for the oldest major conference.

Sports Business Daily reported Monday morning ESPN has agreed to pay $190 million per year for six years to continue broadcasting Big Ten football and basketball games.

Of course that figure gets more impressive when we recall it is for only roughly half of the conference’s games. The other half already went to Fox Sports for a reported $240 million per year, and CBS is expected to retain some basketball games for $10 million per year.

Then of course there are still the rights owned by the Big Ten Network.

How does it all add up?

SBJ offers some perspective:

The $2.64 billion deals with Fox, ESPN and CBS average $440 million per year and nearly triple the amount ESPN and CBS had been paying for the same programming. ESPN signed a 10-year deal worth $100 million annually in 2006 — a payout that increased to $150 million this year due to the addition of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers to the conference. CBS paid an average of around $6 million for its current basketball-only deal.

Also of note: Fox managed to secure the first choice of which weeks it will get first choice of games, meaning the network could pluck away the storied Ohio State-Michigan game that traditionally takes place in late November as the season finale.

That game has been fixture on ESPN/ABC for decades.

Previously, ESPN generally had first pick of games with the Big Ten Network taking what was left.

Minnesota sends Gopher truck to pick up new AD Mark Coyle — by accident

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: The jersey and helmet of Jon Christenson #63 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers are seen during the third quarter of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 15, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers 31-24. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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A Power 5 school taking another Power 5 school’s athletics director is a boss move. Showing up to his house in your branded 18-wheeler? That’s some Kenny Powers level stuff.

A pair of Syracuse media outlets showed up to now-former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle‘s house on moving day and spied Minnesota’s equipment truck there ready to move his belongings to Minneapolis.

Reached by the Syracuse Post-Standard, Minnesota said the Gophers’ truck showing up on moving day was a mistake:

“A University of Minnesota football equipment truck has occasionally been used to move new employees to Minnesota,” Minnesota communications director Paul Rovnak told the paper. “In this situation, a different truck should have been used by the transportation company who owns the vehicle. Mark Coyle and members of the Minnesota athletic department were not aware that this truck was being used.”

It appears the entire episode was a big misunderstanding. A big, funny misunderstanding.

Minnesota new home for ex-Oregon DB Eric Amoako

EUGENE, OR - MAY 3: Wide receiver Jeff Bedbury #88 of the Oregon Ducks is tackled by defensive back Eric Amoako #28 of the Oregon Ducks during the spring game at Autzen Stadium on May 3, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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After a sabbatical that lasted a couple of years, Eric Amoako is back at a Power Five program.

On Twitter Friday, Amoako announced that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Minnesota.  As Amoako’s last collegiate stop was at the FCS level, and he’s a graduate, the defensive back will be eligible to play for the Gophers immediately in 2016.

It was announced in June of 2014 that Amoako would be transferring from Oregon. He spent the pst two seasons at Houston Baptist.

Amoako was a three-star member of the Ducks’ 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 57 safety in the country. Amoako received offers from, among others, Kansas State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Purdue coming out of high school in Arlington, Tex.

After redshirting as a true freshman, he played in just one game in 2013 for the Ducks.

Jerry Kill joining K-State in non-coaching role

FORT COLLINS, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Jerry Kill of the Minnesota Golden Gophers leads his team against the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Golden Gophers defeated the Rams 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Seven months after health issues forced him to step away from the game, Jerry Kill has stepped back in.  Sort of.

In a release Tuesday morning, Kansas State athletic director John Currie announced that Kill has been named as the associate athletic director for administration at the university.  The school writes that Kill’s role will consist of being “a member of Currie’s senior departmental staff and serve as chief administrator for the K-State football program.”

In October of last season, Kill was forced to step down as Minnesota’s head football coach because of health issues related to ongoing epileptic seizures.  It was thought that Kill would remain at Minnesota in some type of role, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement and they parted ways in February.

In four-plus seasons with the Gophers, Kill went 29-29.  However, that record was 20-13 over the past two-plus years.  For his entire 22-year coaching career that included stops at Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Emporia State and Saginaw Valley State, Kill sports a lifetime record of 152-99.

While some could view this as a potential move ahead of replacing the 76-year-old Bill Snyder as the Wildcats head coach, Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com writes that “Kill’s position at K-State is not a coach in waiting.”

Kill is a Kansas native who graduated from Southwestern (Kan.) College in 1983.  Below are quotes distributed by the school regarding Kill’s new position.

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JOHN CURRIE
“We are thrilled that Jerry and Rebecca are coming home to join the K-State family. He is ready to move into a new chapter of his life and professional career, and his experience as a former head coach will be a terrific addition to our staff. We look forward to the perspective and mentoring he will provide our coaches and student-athletes as we continue toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program.”

HEAD COACH BILL SNYDER
“[Son and K-State assistant coach] Sean [Snyder] and I have spent a great deal of time with Jerry and Rebecca and feel as though they will be a solid addition to our Kansas State and community family. Both are down to earth, caring people who fit well in this culture. Jerry’s health issues have precluded him from coaching again, but his passion for athletics and young people make this a positive step for his future career.”

JERRY KILL
“Rebecca and I couldn’t be happier to return home to the state of Kansas and join the K-State Athletics family and Manhattan community. I want to make it known that my coaching days are over, and I am excited to start this next phase as an administrator for one of the finest athletics departments in the country. Mentoring has always been very important to me, and I am thrilled to work in support of Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder and the football program and learn more about the administrative side of college athletics under John and the rest of the first-class staff at K-State.”