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Ray Lewis’ son reportedly set to transfer from Utah State

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It was expected that Utah State would expand Rayshad Lewis‘ role with the Aggies to the defensive side of the ball.  Instead, the son of former Miami All-American standout Ray Lewis has decided to look for a new college football home.

Reportedly.

According to Scout.com, Lewis (pictured, No. 9) has decided to leave USU and will transfer to an undetermined location.  The wide receiver seemingly confirmed the pending movement as he retweeted several well-wish tweets on his Twitter timeline.  He also posted the following cryptic tweet Friday morning.

If Lewis lands at another FBS program, he’ll have to sit out the 2017 season. He’d then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.

Lewis was a two-star member of the Aggies’ 2016 recruiting class, opting for USU over offers from, among others, Appalachian State, Ball State, FAU, Idaho, Old Dominion and Toledo.

As a true freshman last season, Lewis started seven of the 12 games in which he played. The 5-10, 165-pound receiver finished second on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (476), while his two receiving touchdowns were tied for second.  The receptions and yards were second-most in the school’s history for a freshman.

For good measure, he added 110 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

This spring, the football program flirted with making Lewis a two-way player, with the rising sophomore logging time as a defensive back. He was also penciled in as a punt returner.

Colorado State LB Hunter Donnelly arrested after violating restraining order

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And it’s Colorado State that gets the “honor” this time around of resetting the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker back to double zeroes.

According to The Coloradoan, linebacker Hunter Donnelly was arrested by university police officers Wednesday for violating a restraining order.  “A domestic violence enhancement was added to the charge,” the paper added.

No details of what led to the initial restraining order or the violation of it were released.  Additionally, the paper noted, “Donnelly could face additional discipline from the university pending a review by the school’s Student Resolution Center.”

As a result, the redshirt freshman has been suspended from all team activities by CSU head coach Mike Bobo.  That includes this weekend’s spring football game.

Donnelly was a three-star member of CSU’s 2016 recruiting class.  Only three Rams signees on the defensive side of the ball that year were rated higher than the Arlington, Tex., product.  He took a redshirt his true freshman season.

San Diego State, UCLA add second home-and-home

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Back in 2014, San Diego State and UCLA announced a future home-and-home series. That series is still on, and has now found some similar company.

Thursday, both football programs jointly announced that they have reached an agreement on a second home-and-home. The Aztecs will play host to the Bruins on Sept. 23, 2023, with the latter returning the favor Sept. 12, 2026, at the Rose Bowl.

The previously announced home-and-home will be played during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The two teams have met 15 times previously, with the Bruins winning all 15 games. The first matchup came in 1984, the last in 2009.

According to SDSU, the Aztecs now have home-and-homes scheduled against Pac-12 schools in 10 of the next 12 seasons.

San Diego State is scheduled to play a series with Arizona State (2017 in Tempe, 2018 in San Diego), a home-and-home with Stanford (2017 in San Diego, 2018 in Stanford), a series with UCLA (2019 in Los Angeles, 2020 in San Diego), a home-and-home with Arizona (2021 in Tucson, 2022 in San Diego), a series with Utah (2021 in San Diego, 2022 in Salt Lake City), now another with UCLA (2023 in San Diego, 2026 in Los Angeles) and a second with ASU (2027 in Tempe, 2028 in San Diego).

Boise State QB Rathen Ricedorff ruled ineligible over NCAA violation

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Boise State’s quarterback room will have one less seat moving forward.

The football program announced in a statement Tuesday that Rathen Ricedorff has “rendered himself ineligible for the entire 2017 football season” due to an NCAA rules violation.  The specific nature of the violation the quarterback allegedly committed was not divulged by the school.

As a result of the violation and subsequent ineligibility, Ricedorff has left the Broncos football team.

Coming to the Broncos this offseason as a three-star junior college prospect, Ricedorff was rated as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback by 247sports.com at that level of college football.  While Brett Rypien is the Broncos’ unquestioned starter at the position, it was thought that Ricedorff would slide into the backup role; Jake Constantine, however, surpassed the JUCO transfer on the depth chart this spring.

In fact, in Boise’s spring game, Ricedorff attempted just three passes.  The redshirt freshman Constantine, barring something unexpected, will likely serve as Rypien’s backup.

Ricedorff’s departure will, after 2017 signee Chase Cord joins the team this summer, leave the Broncos with just three scholarship quarterbacks.  There’s a possibility the program could add a graduate transfer at some point before the start of summer camp in early August.

NCAA approves 10th assistant, additional recruiting reforms

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The assistant coaching carousel is getting set to get a lot busier and a whole lot more hectic.

As expected, the NCAA on Friday approved a slew of reforms in what The Association described as a “new football recruiting model.”  The one that’s garnering the most attention will have a significant impact on the recruiting trail as FBS programs will be permitted to add a 10th full-time, on-field assistant coach to their staffs.  It as expected that head coaches would be permitted to add that 10th assistant in August; however, the effective date for the additional help will be Jan. 9, 2018.

That date is one day after the College Football Playoff championship game for the 2017 season.

  • It changes the recruiting calendar to allow for an early signing period in December (effective Aug. 1). Only the Collegiate Commissioners Association can create new National Letter of Intent signing periods.
  • It adds a period for official visits that begins April 1 of the junior year and ends the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June of that year. Official visits can’t occur in conjunction with a prospect’s participation in a school’s camp or clinic (effective Aug. 1).
  • It prevents Football Bowl Subdivision schools from hiring people close to a prospective student-athlete for a two-year period before and after the student’s anticipated and actual enrollment at the school. This provision was adopted in men’s basketball in 2010 (effective immediately, though schools may honor contracts signed before Jan. 18, 2017).
    Football Bowl Subdivision schools are limited to signing 25 prospective and current student-athletes to a first-time financial aid agreement or a National Letter of Intent. Exceptions exclude current student-athletes who have been enrolled full-time at the school for at least two years and prospective or current student-athletes who suffer an incapacitating injury (effective for recruits who sign after Aug. 1, 2017).
  • It limits the time for Football Bowl Subdivision coaches to participate in camps and clinics to 10 days in June and July and requires that the camps take place on a school’s campus or in facilities regularly used by the school for practice or competition. Staff members with football-specific responsibilities are subject to the same restrictions. The Football Championship Subdivision can conduct and participate in camps during the months of June and July (effective immediately, though schools may honor contracts signed before Jan. 18, 2017).
  • It allows coaches employed at a camp or clinic to have recruiting conversations with prospects participating in camps and clinics and requires educational sessions at all camps and clinics detailing initial eligibility standards, gambling rules, agent rules and drug regulations (effective immediately).

“This is a significant move forward for football recruiting,” Big 12 commissioner and Football Oversight Committee chairman Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “The entire package of rule changes is friendly for students, their families and their coaches. We will continue to monitor the recruiting environment to make sure the rules work as intended, and we will suggest adjustments when necessary.”

The NCAA also made sure to note that “[d]ecisions are not final until the close of the Division I Board of Directors meeting April 26.” Additionally, the early signing period in December will not be official until the Conference Commissioners Association signs off on it at a June meeting.

It’s expected the CCA will overwhelmingly approve the measure.

On the non-recruiting front, the NCAA Division I Council also voted to eliminate “multiple contact practices a day” — aka two-a-days — in summer camp.  “A single day may include a single, three-hour, on-field practice session and a walk-through,” a separate release stated.

“The Council’s action reinforces our commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes,” said Council chair Jim Phillips, athletic director at Northwestern. “We continue to be guided by the recommendations from medical professionals, coaches and administrators and the strong support for discontinuing two contact practices in the same day.”