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AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 28:  Richard Mullaney #16 of the Alabama Crimson Tide fails to pull in this reception against Carlton Davis #18 of the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Four Auburn Tigers arrested for pot possession

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With another weekend in the books, it’s time to, once again, reset ye olde arrest ticker.

The latest football program to send the tracker back to double zeroes is Auburn, with the Opelika-Auburn News reporting that four Tigers football players, defensive end Byron Cowart, defensive back Carlton Davis, wide receiver Ryan Davis and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson, were arrested by the Auburn police department late Saturday night.  According to the News, all four were arrested on a single charge each of second-degree possession of marijuana.

The papers write that “[s]econd degree marijuana possession is listed under Alabama Code – Section 13A-12-214 as a person who commits the crime if said person possesses marijuana for personal use only.”

Head coach Gus Malzahn told the News that he is “aware of the situation and we will handle this matter appropriately.”

The defensive back Davis is the most noteworthy of the pot-smoking foursome.  As a true freshman in 2015, he started at corner for the Tigers and led all SEC freshmen with three interceptions.  He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team at the end of the season.

Cowart, a five-star 2015 signee, played in all 13 games as a true freshman, while Dinson played in nine games in his first season with the Tigers.  The receiver Davis, also a true freshman, didn’t have a reception in 2015 but ran the ball twice for 20 yards.  Davis’ first college carry went for 28 yards.

Nearly 30 percent of early entrants went undrafted

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28:  A detail from the red carpet prior to the start of the 2016 NFL Draft on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)
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North of 100 college football players decided earlier this year, in some form or fashion, to forego their remaining collegiate eligibility for an early shot at the NFL.  In the end, roughly seven out of every 10 of those players felt a draft.

In mid-January, the NFL announced that 96 players “have been granted special eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft.”  Another 11 players with eligibility remaining “have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements” and were eligible for the draft as well.

Add it up, there were 107 players who left collegiate eligibility on the table.  And, in the end, exactly 30 of those players were left without a seat once the draft music had stopped.

Below is the list of players who will hope to gain a foothold on an NFL club as an undrafted free agent:

Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon
Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
Travis Blanks, LB, Clemson
Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn
Dariusz Bladek, OG, Bethune-Cookman
Beniquez Brown, LB, Mississippi State
Trenton Coles, DB, Duquesne
Elijah Daniel, DT, Murray State
Terrell Davis, LB, British Columbia
Eric Enderson, P, Delaware
David Grinnage, TE, North Carolina State
Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona
Denver Kirkland, OT, Arkansas
Darius Latham, DL, Indiana
Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers
Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa
Marquez North, WR, Tennessee
Joe Powell, DB, Globe
Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State
Alex Redmond, OL, UCLA
Aldrick Rosas, K, Southern Oregon
Tyrell Smith, OT, Massachusetts
Ron Thompson, DE, Syracuse
Corey Tindal, DB, Marshall
Quinn van Gylswyk, K, British Columbia
Cleveland Wallace III, CB, San Jose State
De’Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
Avery Young, OL, Auburn

In statement, SEC reaffirms league to rescind its satellite camp ban

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The SEC had fought hard in pushing the NCAA’s Div. 1 Council to ban the practice of satellite camps, and then continued to push for The Association’s Board of Directors to reaffirm the ban.  In the end, though, that conference has taken the “if you can’t beat ’em join ’em” tack.

Shortly after the NCAA confirmed that its Board of Directors had, at least for the foreseeable future, rescinded the ban on coaches taking part in football camps outside of their regions, the SEC confirmed that it will be rescinding its own ban on the practice.  That rescinding follows through on the “threat” made last year by the conference that it would, essentially, unleash its football programs on the rest of the country if a ban wasn’t enacted.

The SEC’s lifting of the ban on such camps is not effective immediately; rather, it will take effect May 29.  After that date, as outgoing commissioner Mike Slive said in late May last year, “our folks will be free to fan out all over the country and have at it.”

In a statement, Slive’s replacement, Greg Sankey, lamented the lifting of the ban while at the same time reaffirmed that “SEC coaches will be allowed to engage in summer camps as a result of Conference legislation approved during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings.”

Below is the entirety of Sankey’s statement.

While we are disappointed with the NCAA governance process result, we respect the Board of Directors’ decision and are confident SEC football programs will continue to be highly effective in their recruiting efforts.

“We continue to believe football recruiting is primarily an activity best-focused in high schools during the established recruiting calendar, which has provided opportunities for football prospective student-athletes from all across the country to obtain broad national access and exposure but with appropriate guidance from high school coaches, teachers and advisors that focuses on both their academic and athletic opportunities as they decide where they will play college football.

Mike MacIntyre confident Colorado can hold onto Davis Webb

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Davis Webb #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Mike MacIntyre, 10-27 in his three seasons at Colorado, needs to win to keep his job. He needs a quarterback to win. That’s not to say a quarterback is all the Buffs need, but they’re not winning without competence behind center.

So MacIntyre really needs to hang on to Davis Webb.

A graduate transfer from Texas Tech, Webb signed a financial aid agreement to join the Buffs’ roster in January, but NCAA rules allow other schools to continue recruiting the lanky gunslinger. And they have. Webb has visited Auburn and Pac-12 bunkmate California.

“I just don’t like the rule,” MacIntyre told Kevin Gemmell of ESPN.com. “He signed with us. He signed a financial aid agreement. And then everybody else can still recruit him … and try to manipulate him, which I do not agree with. I think that’s wrong. But that’s the way the rule is. But I believe he’ll still be here at Colorado.”

Colorado has a quarterback in Sefo Liufau, a 3,200-yard passer in 2014. But Liufau is still in the process of recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury he suffered at the tail end of 2015. A redshirt is still on the table for him, meaning Webb is either a nice luxury or a necessary stop gap. Colorado’s next most experienced passer is rising sophomore Cade Aspay, who tossed three touchdowns and five picks in 92 attempts last season. senior Jordan Gehrke, who threw all of 24 passes last season.

Still, MacIntyre thinks Webb will eventually join him in Boulder.

“I talk to Davis Webb basically every day,” MacIntyre said. “Almost every night. He’s told me every time he’s definitely coming to Colorado. I don’t have any other reason to think why he wouldn’t.”

Photos: Kenny Chesney concert renders Jordan-Hare Stadium field unrecognizable

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 08:  A general view of Jordan Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies on November 8, 2014 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Kenny Chesney is the a serial polygamist in college football, rivaled only by Snoop Dogg. The country crooner has become notorious for pledging his undying affection for any program willing to open its weight room or spare him a t-shirt from the bottom of the hamper.

So it makes sense that, following a weekend show at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium, he renders the palatial playing surface unrecognizable. Because that’s what happens when you allow Chesney into your program: he destroys it.

(Kidding.)

(Sort of.)

Thankfully, the Auburn grounds crew will have plenty of time to get the field back into shape before Clemson rolls in on Sept. 3.