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Scholarship offer for a 9-year-old? Nevada says sure, why not

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OK, this might be getting a little bit ridiculous. Check that — this is getting ridiculous.

Earlier this year, Lane Kiffin, long the king of way-too-early offers, further buttressed that reputation earlier this month when, just weeks after offering the seventh-grade son of Tee Martin, the Florida Atlantic head coach offered a scholarship to a quarterback who had just completed the sixth grade.  Earlier this month, Hawaii one-upped Kiffin by offering an 11-year-old who just completed the fifth grade.

At the time, we wrote, “Surely there’s not an offer to a kid still in elementary school in the offing.”

Nevada football: Hold my beer…

Welp.

Assuming young Mr. Finney just completed the fourth grade — fourth grade!!! — that would make him a member of the Class of 2026.  And you all thought that scheduling way-into-the-future home-and-home series was getting out of hand.

If nothing else, it has people talking about Nevada’s program at a time when not many are talking about college football in general and Wolf Pack football specifically.  Besides, what possible harm could come from entitling pre-teens with scholarship offers, right?

(Tip O’ the Cap: SBNation.com)

Disturbing details emerge in felony arrest of FAU’s leading receiver

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Now we know a little more of the rest of the story, and what we now know is very unsettling.

Thursday, it was reported that Florida Atlantic wide receiver Kalib Woods had been arrested on two counts of felony battery. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the charges stem from a January party in which it’s alleged that Woods broke the jaw of one man and caused internal bleeding in another.

From the Sun Sentinel‘s report:

Woods and the two victims — Stephan Reese and Adrian Muckle — were at a party at 7600 W Camino Real in Boca Raton in the early morning hours on Jan. 13, according to the police report. Muckle said in an affidavit that Woods “approached me with no t-shirt and said remember all that stuff you were talking.”

Both Reese and Muckle told investigators that Woods then tried to punch Muckle but instead hit Reese, knocking him to the ground.

Muckle told police he discovered internal bleeding when his urine was “real dark and black.” He was hospitalized for five days, the affidavit said.

On Jan. 20, Reese underwent surgery “to reconstruct his broken jaw caused by the impact of Kalib striking him in the face,” Reese’s mother said in the affidavit. Reese’s mouth was wired shut and he was unable to eat solid foods for several weeks, according to the affidavit.

According to Reese, the acrimony between Woods and Muckle stemmed from a foul being called in a pickup basketball game more than a year ago. Muckle claimed that, via social media, Woods had threatened to assault him the next time the two met.

As a result of the arrest, Woods was indefinitely suspended by first-year FAU head coach Lane Kiffin.

Last season, Woods was easily the Owls’ top threat in the passing game as he led the team with 68 receptions for 934 yards. The closest in the former category was running back Devin Singletary‘s 26, and Tavaris Harrison‘s 304 in the latter.

For his career, the redshirt senior’s 111 catches have produced 1,487 yards and six touchdowns.

FAU’s leading receiver arrested on felony battery charges, suspended

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After a brief respite, it’s time to, once again, reset the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

In what will prove to be the first significant test of Lane Kiffin‘s tenure at Florida Atlantic, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, citing online records, is reporting that Kalib Woods was arrested Tuesday on two counts of battery.  Both of those charges are felonies.

Other than the incident that led to the arrest happened Jan. 13, no details surrounding the incident have been released.

As a result of the felony arrest, Woods has been indefinitely suspended by the football program.

Last season, Woods was easily the Owls’ top threat in the passing game as he led the team with 68 receptions for 934 yards.  The closest in the former category was running back Devin Singletary‘s 26, and Tavaris Harrison‘s 304 in the latter.

For his career, the redshirt senior’s 111 catches have produced 1,487 yards and six touchdowns.

Hawaii offers scholarship to QB who just finished fifth grade

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Move over Lane Kiffin. You’ve been dethroned.

Long the king of scholarship offers to kids who haven’t played a down of high school football, the former Alabama offensive coordinator and current Florida Atlantic head coach further buttressed that reputation earlier this month when, just weeks after offering the seventh-grade son of Tee Martin, he offered a scholarship to a quarterback who had just completed the sixth grade.

Random fan: Hey, Nick, you hear Kiffin offered a scholarship to a kid who isn’t even in the seventh grade yet?
Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich: Hold my beer…

That would be Titan Lacaden, a quarterback from Hawaii who tweeted this past weekend that he had received an offer from the flagship university in the state. That would also be Titan Lacaden, an 11-year-old quarterback who just completed the fifth grade, which means he’s exponentially closer to elementary-school age than he is high-school age.

While it can’t be confirmed, it’s believed that Lacaden is the youngest player to ever receive an official FBS offer.

And, while Lacaden lacks the age or experience, he does have some football bloodlines as his older brother, Jake Lacaden, played college football for Nevada.

I don’t know if there is a line for being too young to be offered a football scholarship, but, if there is, this is pretty damn close to it. In fact, this has to be the line, right? Surely there’s not an offer to a kid still in elementary school in the offing.

Kiffin: Hold my beer…

Lane Kiffin offers scholarship to QB guru’s son, who just finished sixth grade

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The new Florida Atlantic head coach is at it again — and we don’t mean offering celebrity couples game tickets on Twitter.

In the middle of last month, Lane Kiffin offered 13-year-old Kaden Martin, the seventh-grade son of current USC assistant Tee Martin, a scholarship.  Nearly a month later, Kiffin one-upped that move by offering a scholarship to a kid who has just completed the sixth grade.

Per his profile on Hudl.com, the younger Clarkson is all of 5-7. He would be a member of the Class of 2023, and it would seem highly unlikely that a coach like Kiffin, who has never spent more than eight consecutive seasons with one program — and that was with a national power in USC — will be the Owls coach when National Signing Day that year rolls around.