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Doak Walker Award watch list highlighted by 2016 semifinalists Barkley and Pettway

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A watch list of the top running backs in the nation has been released by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum on Thursday. The Doak Walker Award watch list is full of great players, including 2016 Doak Walker Award semifinalists Saquon Barkley (Penn State) and Kamryn Pettway (Auburn).

Among those included on this year’s initial Doak Walker Award watch list (more players can be added at any time) are LSU’s Derrius Guice, Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, LJ Scott of Michigan State, Mike Weber of Ohio State, and Bo Scarbrough of Alabama, Washington’s Myles Gaskin, and Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin.

D’Onta Foreman of Texas beat out both Barkley and Pettway last season for the award. The Doak Walker Award has been presented to the nation’s top running back annually since 1990. Among the winners over the years have included Ricky Williams, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie Bush, and Montee Ball.

To be included on this watch list, the university athletic department must submit a nomination.

2017 Doak Walker Award Watch List

Josh Adams, Notre Dame
Ryquell Armstead, Temple
Kalen Ballage, Arizona State
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Alex Barnes, Kansas State
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan
D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa
Nick Chubb, Georgia
Jordan Chunn, Troy
Justin Crawford, West Virginia
Damarea Crockett, Missouri
Rico Dowdle, South Carolina
D’Andre Ferby, WKU
Kendrick Foster, Illinois
Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
Myles Gaskin, Washington
James Gilbert, Ball State
Derrius Guice, LSU
Damien Harris, Alabama
Kyle Hicks, TCU
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
Jon Hilliman, Boston College
Justin Jackson, Northwestern
Chris James, Wisconsin
Ty Johnson, Maryland
Ronald Jones II, USC
Ray Lawry, Old Dominion
Phillip Lindsay, Colorado
Tonny Lindsey Jr., Utah State
Bryce Love, Stanford
Sony Michel, Georgia
Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech
David Montgomery, Iowa State
Jamal Morrow, Washington State
Ryan Nall, Oregon State
Jacques Patrick, Florida State
Kamryn Pettway, Auburn
Demario Richard, Arizona State
Diocemy Saint Juste, Hawaii
Bo Scarbrough, Alabama
Jordan Scarlett, Florida
LJ Scott, Michigan State
Bradrick Shaw, Wisconsin
Armand Shyne, Utah
Justin Silmon, Kansas State
Ito Smith, Southern Miss
Rodney Smith, Minnesota
Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky
Terry Swanson, Toledo
Shaq Vann, Eastern Michigan
Akrum Wadley, Iowa
Mark Walton, Miami
Warren Wand, Arkansas State
Tre Watson, California
Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt
Mike Weber, Ohio State
Braeden West, SMU
Devwah Whaley, Arkansas
Aeris Williams, Mississippi State
Shaun Wilson, Duke
Marquis Young, Massachusetts

Colorado adds JUCO CB transfer to Class of 2018 lineup

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In need of some depth on the defensive side of the football, Colorado will add JUCO cornerback transfer Delrick Abrams, but not for another year. The Louisiana native announced his commitment to the Buffaloes on Twitter with an announcement video attached on Friday.

Abrams chose Colorado over offers from a handful of FBS programs, but the decision was believed to be down to either Colorado or Oklahoma State. Other programs that extended offers included Arizona State, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, UCLA, and West Virginia.

In 2016 at Independence Community College in Kansas, Abrams recorded 30 tackles and picked off three passes. According to Colorado Daily, Abrams will play one more season for the JUCO program before transferring to Colorado, where he will have three years to use two seasons of remaining eligibility.

WR Tony Brown transferring from Texas Tech to Colorado

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Tony Brown began his collegiate playing career with Darrin Chiaverini as one of his coaches.  Now, it appears he’ll end it that way as well.

The wide receiver took to Twitter to announce that, after conversations with his family, he has decided to transfer from Texas Tech to Colorado.  Brown will not play for or practice with the Buffaloes in 2017, instead choosing to enroll at the university in January of next year, per the Denver Post.

Counting the 2018 season, he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.

The past two seasons, Brown had 27 receptions for 378 yards and a touchdown.  His 17.9 yards per reception as a true freshman in 2015 was tops on the Red Raiders.

Last month, Brown used the same social media site to announce his decision to transfer from Tech.

A three-star 2015 signee, Brown was recruited to Lubbock by Chiaverini.  A Red Raiders assistant in 2014-15, the latter season in which he served as outside receivers coach, Chiaverini moved on to the Buffaloes as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach in 2016.

Pac-12 Networks president denies schools were promised revenues like Big Ten, SEC ventures

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Ask any Pac-12 fan what their biggest source of frustration is right now and more likely than not ‘Pac-12 Networks‘ will be at, or near, the top of their list.

That can at times be the same response given by the league’s athletic directors as revenues from the venture fall further and further behind rivals like the uber-successful Big Ten Network and SEC Network. With those two leagues pushing conference payouts over the $50 million mark as soon as next year, the Pac-12 appears in danger of slipping further and further behind on the finance front.

Speaking to industry publication CableMax this weekPac-12 Networks’ outgoing president Lydia Murphy-Stephans understands that the balance sheet isn’t quite the same out West but parity with the two other conference networks was never something that was promised to schools when the channels were formed several years ago.

“There is a gap between what Pac-12 Networks delivers and the Big Ten Network and the SEC Network,” said Murphy-Stephans in a Q&A with the magazine. “What has to be factored in is the revenue specifically from Pac-12 Networks is only one part of the overall revenue each university receives from the Pac-12. I understand there is frustration, though no athletic director or administrator was ever told the Pac-12 Networks would deliver the same or more revenue than what its peer conferences are currently getting from their networks.

“I don’t think it’s fair in any way to call out Pac-12 Networks as the source of the deficiency the universities or maybe those particular athletic directors or administrators are citing.”

Not exactly the kind of comments that will thrill some around the Pac-12 when it comes time to pay for facility upgrades or to give a coach a raise but probably pretty on the nose as to what was said back when realignment was getting hot and heavy around the country. Murphy-Stephans is leaving her post in the not too distant future so it’s not like she will have to massage some of these comments with Pac-12 administrators like her boss Larry Scott will likely have to do in the coming days.

Colorado regents approve Mike MacIntyre’s $16.25 million extension

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It seemed like it was just last week that Colorado’s Board of Regents was publicly reprimanding Mike MacIntyre for his (lack of) actions following the revelation of a history of domestic abuse by former-CU assistant Joe Tumpkin against his longtime girlfriend.

It seems that way because that’s what happened. From last week:

Chancellor Phil DiStefano will serve a 10-day suspension and athletic director Rich George and football coach Mike MacIntyre will each have to make $100,000 donations to domestic violence causes.

The college’s Board of Regents on Monday also ordered that all three receive letters of reprimand.

On Thursday, that same Board of Regents approved a new contract for MacIntyre that extends through the 2021 season and will pay the coach a total of $16.25 million in salary.

“I am ecstatic that we will be at University of Colorado for the foreseeable future, there’s no place my family and I would rather be,” MacIntyre said in a statement. “We absolutely love it here, the people have been great and I truly believe this is just the beginning.”

“I am blessed to be entrusted with such an incredible group of young men and a staff who have fought to lay a foundation for this football program,” MacIntyre added.  “The support from the administration has been tremendous, as has the enthusiasm from the fans. Together we have come together to accomplish something special. The future is bright for Colorado football.”

MacIntyre will earn $3.1 million in salary in 2017, up from the roughly $2 million he earned in 2016.

Colorado was 10-27 in MacIntyre’s first three seasons, but the Buffs experienced a breakthrough campaign last fall, including 10 wins, a Pac-12 South championship and an appearance in the top-10 of both polls.

The extension was originally announced and signed in January, but approval was delayed following Tumpkin’s accusers revelations in a February Sports Illustrated story. The regents put approval on hold through the completion of an independent investigation by a third-party. That investigation concluded MacIntyre did not act criminally negligent but was in violation of the reporting requirements of his contract — giving the CU the power to fire him without cause.

Instead, Colorado approved his extension.