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Washington State head coach Mike Leach speaks to reporters during NCAA college Pac-12 Football Media Days, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Mike Leach rips NCAA’s decision to ban satellite camps


The Pac-12 was one of the four power conferences to vote in favor of banning satellite camps, but that doesn’t mean everybody within the Pac-12 was in favor of the decision. Washington State head coach Mike Leach had no problem sharing his displeasure over the decision that was made official earlier in the day.“It appears that the selfish interests of a few schools and conferences prevailed over the best interests of future potential student-athletes,” Leach said in a text message to

“It appears that the selfish interests of a few schools and conferences prevailed over the best interests of future potential student-athletes,” Leach said in a text message to The Seattle Times on Friday. “The mission of universities and athletic programs should be to provide future student-athletes with exposure to opportunities, not to limit them. It appears to me that some universities and conferences are willing to sacrifice the interests of potential student-athletes for no better reasons than to selfishly monopolize their recruiting bases.

“I will be fascinated to hear any legitimate reasoning behind this ruling. We need to rethink this if we are actually what we say we are.”

Leach hits the nail on the head with his assessment of this ruling. The SEC and ACC have a great interest in protecting the fertile recruiting grounds of the south. The Pac-12 could feasibly want to lock down the exposure to talent on the west coast, while the Big 12 should want to dominate the recruiting opportunities in the southwest as much as possible.

The shutting down of satellite camps is being viewed as a big win for the SEC, and perhaps the ACC, but Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com reported the Big 12 and Pac-12 also voted in favor of shutting down the practice. The Big Ten was the lone dissenting power conference.

Michigan lineman-turned-Wazzu commit Logan Tuley-Tillman gets probation for filming sex

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This long-running sordid chapter in the life of Logan Tuley-Tillman has nearly been put in the player’s rear-view mirror.

According to the Seattle Times, the 21-year-old Tuley-Tillman was sentenced Washtenaw (Mich.) County Trial Court to two years probation for filming a woman during consensual sex without her consent Last month, Tuley-Tillman pleaded guilty to two counts — to capturing or distributing an image of an unclothed person and using a computer to commit a crime.

In September, Michigan announced that Tuley-Tillman had been dismissed from the football program for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.”  A month later, it was revealed that the offensive lineman had been charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he was accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge.

Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois.  He played in one game as a redshirt freshman in 2014, the season opener against Appalachian State.

Prior to his dismissal, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.

In January, Tuley-Tillman announced that he would be transferring to Washington State.  However, the lineman is still said to be considering other schools, including Houston and Ole Miss.  Because he will graduate from Michigan in May, Tuley-Tillman will be eligible to play immediately in 2016 at whichever program he lands.

New Pac-12 policy to prohibit transfers with misconduct issues

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In May of 2015, the SEC announced that it had enacted a rule that would bar conference schools from accepting transfers who had been disciplined for “serious misconduct” at that student-athlete’s previous institution, with “serious misconduct” defined as sexual assault, domestic violence and sexual violence.  Nearly a year later, a fellow Power Five member is taking a similar tack.

Saturday, the Pac-12 announced that its presidents and chancellors — the Pac-12 CEO Group — have “approved a policy prohibiting [future transfers] from receiving athletic aid or participating in athletics if the transfer student-athlete is unable to re-enroll at a previous institution due to student misconduct.” For the purpose of this new policy, “student misconduct” is defined as “assault, harassment, academic fraud, and other violations of campus behavior conduct policies.”

The policy further stipulates that “[i]t will not apply to academic performance reasons unrelated to misconduct.”

As part of this new policy, transfers into any Pac-12 institution in any sport will be required to self-disclose whether they would be eligible to re-enroll at the university from which they are transferring. It will be up to each member institution to institute an appeals process for those potential transfers who are deemed ineligible under the new policy.

The conference itself will not play a role in handling appeals.

“This is an important step to strengthen our student-athlete transfer admission processes and to address the safety of our students,” said UCLA chancellor and CEO Group president Gene Block.

Wazzu CB Calvin Green arrested on hit-and-run, other charges

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Yep, let’s go ahead and, once again, reset the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker.

According to multiple media outlets in the area, Washington State’s Calvin Green was arrested on pair of charges following an incident very early Sunday morning.  Specifically, the school’s student newspaper, the Daily Evergreen, reports, the cornerback was charged with hit-and-run unintended and reckless endangerment in the second degree. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News added that Green was also charged for driving without a license.

The former paper adds that “[a]lcohol may have been involved,” so Green could be facing additional charges at some point.

As for the particulars that led to the charges, Pullman Radio reports the following:

A 22-year-old Pullman woman told police that she saw 20-year-old Calvin Green hit her parked car. Green allegedly fled the scene and parked in a nearby alley when the woman chased him down on foot to confront him. She told police that Green quickly drove out of the alley and that she had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by his car. WSU Police stopped Green on Gaines Street a short time later where he was arrested and released.

A school official confirmed that head coach Mike Leach is aware of the incident, but that the football program has no comment at this time.

Green caught 13 passes for 68 yards as a true freshman in nine games in 2014. The following year, Green moved from receiver to corner.

SEC, Ohio State tops on Carolina, Denver Super Bowl rosters

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Cam Newton may be hurtling toward history, but the former Auburn quarterback will not be the lone player representing the SEC in next month’s Super Bowl.  In fact, he’s far, far from it.

As you may have heard, Newton’s Carolina Panthers are set to square off with Peyton Manning‘s Denver Broncos in the 50th Super Bowl Feb. 3.  Manning and Newton are two of and FBS-best 30 former SEC players who are on the two teams’ rosters, which includes those on the 53-man, reserved/injured list, practice squad, reserved/suspended by commissioner and reserve/future squad.

The Pac-12 is next with 23, followed by the Big Ten (21) and ACC (17).  The final Power Five conference, the Big 12, has 10, three less than the Mountain West’s 13.  The AAC, with eight, is the only Group of Five league to come close to double digits.  The MAC, meanwhile, is the only conference to be shutout, while all of the other divisions in the NCAA combined for 18 players.

Nearly every SEC team is represented in this year’s big game, the lone exception being Vanderbilt.  Of the dozen schools in the Pac-12, only Arizona and Washington State are missing.  Both the ACC and Big Ten have 11 of their 14 teams in the game, the lone exceptions being Clemson, Louisville and Virginia Tech for the former and Illinois, Minnesota and Rutgers for the latter.

One of those B1G schools that’s in, Nebraska, has had at least one player on a Super Bowl roster for 23 straight years, the longest active streak for any FBS program.

Ohio State easily outdistances individual schools with seven, three more than the four each for Auburn, Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Tennessee.  Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado State, Georgia, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC and Utah.

A total of 20 schools have two players each, including Coastal Carolina, the only non-FBS program in the group.  The other 19 includes Arkansas, Boise State, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, San Diego State, South Carolina, Stanford, Troy, Tulane, Washington and Wisconsin.