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BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 3: Running back Steven Lakalaka #4 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors is engulfed by safety Kameron Miles #24 and the rest of the Boise State Broncos defense during first half action on October 3, 2015 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 55-0.(Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
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Boise State’s Kameron Miles arrested for domestic battery, dismissed

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After a couple of days of calm on the legal front, it’s time to, once again, reset the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

According to the Idaho Press-Tribune, Boise State defensive back Kameron Miles (pictured, left) was arrested very early Wednesday morning and charged with one count of domestic battery.  Officers from the Boise Police Department were called to the scene of what was originally believed to be a road-rage incident that was instead domestic situation involving Miles and a female victim that was known to the player.

From the BPD’s statement on the incident:

As officers were responding they received more information the situation was reportedly a physical domestic altercation which had reportedly occurred earlier at a residence near the intersection of Pennsylvania Street and Amy Avenue. Officers arrived and were able to make contact with the victim and gather evidence of a verbal argument which had occurred between a male suspect and the female victim, known to each other.

“The argument escalated when the suspect is alleged to have physically battered the victim. The victim left the residence in a vehicle, and met with police in the area of Broadway and Front. Officers were later able to locate the suspect, identified as Miles, who had left the residence in a separate vehicle. Miles was transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked under the above charge. The investigation remains ongoing.

BSU officials are aware of the incident but have no public comment on the development.

This is, though, at least the third legal incident involving Miles in less than three years.  Just last week, the Press-Tribune reports, Miles pleaded guilty to a drug paraphernalia charge.  In March of 2014, Miles, originally a Texas A&M signee, was dismissed by the Aggies following an arrest for theft.

“My actions (do) not reflect my character, I made a mistake and I accept full responsibility & the consequences of my actions,” Miles wrote in Twitter apology at the time.

After a year in the junior college ranks, Miles transferred to the Broncos.  He has played in 23 games the past two seasons, and is expected to compete for playing time as a redshirt senior this season.

UPDATED 4:28 p.m. ET: A Boise State official has confirmed to CFT that Miles has been dismissed from the Broncos football program following his latest brush with the law.

Independents and Group of Five National Signing Day Recap: Irish bounce back, Memphis tops AAC

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is seen during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on October 15, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 17-10. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Outside of the Power Five conferences, recruiting went about as expected in 2017.

Notre Dame continued to pound the national trail and landed a top 12 class full of players who will be expected to play early. BYU managed another impressive group that was one of the most diverse out there. The schools with a talent-rich backyard to draw on did well in the AAC.  Boise State was once again tops in the Mountain West and did better than a few peers in the region. And yes, Lane Kiffin earned that recruiting reputation by pulling in the best class of Conference USA.

Though there wasn’t much drama outside the top schools, there nevertheless was plenty of action for many programs on National Signing Day.

Top recruits (all rankings via 247Sports Composite): No. 67 overall Brock Wright (TE, Notre Dame), No. 154 overall Chaz Ah You (DB, BYU), Aisa Kelemete (DE, Boise State), Nick Robinson (TE, Memphis), Nicholas Sims (RB, Toledo)

Top classes: Notre Dame (No. 11 overall), Memphis (No. 58 overall), Boise State (No. 60 overall), BYU (No. 65 overall), Florida Atlantic (No. 71 overall), Toledo (No. 74 overall), Texas State (No. 87 overall)

Biggest storyline: Irish still land solid recruiting class

Despite the worst season in South Bend since Charlie Weis and a nearly brand new coaching staff, Notre Dame still managed to cobble together a top 12 class on Signing Day. Tight end Brock Wright was the highest rated player and should see early playing time but the number of quality offensive linemen was really evident in the group Brian Kelly signed. Will it be enough to help with a big turnaround? We’ll see.

Biggest surprise: Memphis runs away with things in the AAC but new coaches still fared well

Given all the turnover in the American this year, it should probably come as no surprise that the Tigers pulled the top recruiting class in the conference. That’s a testament to what Mike Norvell is building with the program and the fact that they don’t have to go far for players. Many of the same factors played a role in Scott Frost landing the second-best class at UCF. It was also pretty impressive what Luke Fickell did on the recruiting trail at Cincinnati and Charlie Strong did at USF given those two didn’t have a ton of time to get things lined up.

Don’t sleep on: Boise State, Colorado State

The Broncos were once again the class of the Mountain West on the recruiting trail and fended off several Pac-12 schools for prospects. That will put them firmly in the mix to win the league again in 2017 but don’t overlook another good job by Mike Bobo and staff at Colorado State in landing 17 three-star players.

We’ll see about: Everybody else

Blocked by Kansas, Boise State DB transfers to Arkansas State

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After thinking he would be continuing his collegiate playing career at Kansas, Darreon Jackson has instead lopped off the first two letters and added a “State” to his new home.

Wednesday morning, amidst the high school additions on National Signing Day, Arkansas State confirmed that it has added Jackson as a junior college transfer.  The signing comes exactly a week after it was reported that the defensive back, who previously announced his commitment to KU, was no longer being recruited by the Jayhawks.

Kansas backed off its pursuit of Jackson because of off-field incidents at the player’s previous school

Back in May of last year, reports surfaced that two Boise State redshirt freshmen — linebacker Marquis Hendrix and cornerback Donzale Roddie — had been expelled from the university in the wake of a Title IX sexual misconduct investigation.  An unidentified female BSU student had accused Hendrix and Roddie, along with Jackson, of coercing her into performing oral sex on at least three separate occasions.

Jackson was not expelled along with his two former teammates; rather, he was suspended for one year as he was found to have simply coerced the woman into oral sex with an unnamed recruit and had no physical contact with her.  That suspension was ultimately reduced for a suspension, although Jackson decided to leave Boise.

Jackson was never charged with a crime.

Mountain West commissioner says Chargers’ move to LA played role in Poinsettia Bowl folding

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 21:  President of the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Ted Tollner congratulates Harvey Langi #16 of the Brigham Young Cougars  for winning the Defensive Player of the game after defeating the Wyoming Cowboys 24-21 in a game on December 21, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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One of the bigger surprises this offseason has been the announcement that the Poinsettia Bowl was closing its doors and folding for good this year after a strong dozen year run.

The move has left several in college athletics scrambling as a result of the shakeup to the postseason picture and the league most directly affected is the Mountain West. Perhaps not surprisingly, commissioner Craig Thompson isn’t too thrilled with the big hole in the bowl lineup now and went on 93.1FM/1350AM The Ticket up in Boise, Idaho to discuss the move and some of the reasoning behind it.

What’s most interesting there is the fact that Thompson thinks the Chargers move from San Diego to Los Angeles played a role in the decision to cancel the game. The Holiday Bowl, run by the same organization, has denied that is behind folding the game but has already begun to explore moving from Qualcomm Stadium to the San Diego Padres’ home of Petco Park in case the city decides to close the football stadium after next year.

“This is purely a decision made for our organization,” Mark Neville, executive director of the bowl game association, told the Associated Press last week.”It’s a completely different environment. Doing two games in San Diego, in the span of a week, is becoming more and more challenging in relation to ticket sales and sponsorships.”

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, as it has no doubt become much tougher to operate two bowl games in one city and the fact that the local pro football team is heading up the 405 certainly doesn’t help matters. In addition to the Mountain West needing to find a new spot for bowl eligible teams in 2017, BYU — which beat Wyoming in the final Poinsettia Bowl last December — is also looking for a new bowl game to go to next season.

Kansas blocks transfer of former Boise State DB connected to Title IX investigation

Kansas head coach David Beaty talks to Kansas cornerback Tyrone Miller Jr. during the first half of an NCAA football game against South Dakota State Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A former Boise State football player previously suspended for his role in an alleged sexual assault will not be allowed to join the Kansas football program. Defensive back Darreon Jackson is no longer being recruited by the Jayhawks and will supposedly not be allowed to join the Kansas program.

“[Kansas head coach] David Beaty has told us that (Jackson) is not among the prospects we are recruiting,” Kansas associate athletic director for external relations Jim Marchiony said, according to The Kansas City Star.

Jackson is a JUCO transfer from Coffeyville Community College. After committing to Kansas as a JUCO transfer, the process was apparently halted when a background check by Kansas revealed Jackson was connected to the 2015 sexual assault incident that led to the expulsion of two Boise State football players. Jackson was suspended for his connection to the situation. An appeal was later denied.

Jackson left Boise State for the 2016 season and announced his commitment to Kansas on Saturday. He was not charged with any crime.