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Eastern Kentucky confirms addition of ex-Mizzou QB Maty Mauk

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It’s official: Maty Mauk will attempt to rehabilitate his flailing career — and battered public image — at a lower level of football.

Following up on reports that surfaced earlier in the week, an Eastern Kentucky official has confirmed to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Mauk has signed an athletic grant-in-aid agreement with the FCS school. Mauk will be eligible to play immediately in 2016, his final season of eligibility.

Matter writes that Mauk will “likely compete with senior quarterback Bennie Coney, a returning starter who set several team records last season.”

Given how the first three years of his career went, it’s borderline amazing Mauk’s even getting another shot at a starting job at any level.

In late January, Mauk was dismissed by Mizzou, three days after he was suspended when a video showing a person who appeared to be Mauk snorting what appeared to be a line of cocaine.  That marked Mauk’s third suspension in four months.

Mauk was suspended in late September of las year for violating unspecified team rules.  After missing four games, he was reinstated.  Less than a week after his reinstatement, he was suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season.  That suspension allegedly stemmed from an off-campus incident involving the player and an unidentified male outside of a downtown Columbia drinking establishment.

In late December, new Mizzou head coach Barry Odom reinstated Mauk before being forced to dismiss the quarterback a month later.

Mauk was the starting quarterback on the Tigers’ 2014 SEC East title squad after starting a handful of games for the 2013 East title team.  He attempted just 110 passes in that truncated 2015 season that again saw him begin the year as the starting quarterback.

42 defensive players named to Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

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Another day, another watch list.

One day after the Rimington Award released its initial spring watch list, the Lott IMPACT Trophy has followed suit, with the award named in honor of former USC great Ronnie Lott unveiling a watch list consisting of 42 players from seven of the 10 FBS conferences.  The trophy is handed out annually to the defensive player who most represents the qualities of the honor’s namesake – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Last year’s winner was Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib.

Alabama is the only team with three players on the list. Six teams placed two players each: Michigan, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, USC and Virginia. There was also one FCS team represented — Harvard.

Conference-wise, the Big Ten paced all leagues with 10 players selected, followed by the SEC”s eight and the ACC’s seven. The Mountain West led all Group of Five conferences with two players. The only other G5 league to get an initial nod was the AAC (Houston).

Below is the complete 42-player watch list for the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Sean Ahern, S, Harvard
Joey Alfieri, LB, Stanford
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Evan Berry, CB, Tennessee
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson
Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State
Jason Cabinda, LB, Penn State
Josh Carraway, DE, TCU
Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Dylan Haines, S, Texas
Charles Harris, DL, Missouri
Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
Derwin James, S, Florida State
Joshua Kalu, CB, Nebraska
Andrew King, LB, Army
Desmond King, S, Iowa
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Jourdan Lewis CB, Michigan
William Likely, CB, Maryland
Dallas Lloyd, S, Stanford
Cameron Malveaux, DE, Houston
James McFarland, DE, TCU
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
Viliami Moeakiola, LB, Arizona State
Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Arrion Springs, DB, Oregon
Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force
M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
Drue Tranquill, S, Notre Dame
Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
Jordan Whitehead, DB, Pitt
Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
A.J. Wolf, DL, Duke

SEC joins ACC in utilizing ‘collaborative process’ for instant replay

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Earlier this month, the ACC became the first conference to adopt what was described as “collaborative instant replay.”  Less than a week later, the SEC has followed the ACC’s centralized lead.

The SEC announced in a Tuesday press release that it “will implement a collaborative process for instant replay in the sport of football beginning with the 2016 season, following a unanimous vote of the league’s athletics directors and approval by the SEC Executive Committee.”  The conference’s decision to utilize a command center for instant replay comes a month after it was tested during an unnamed member school’s spring game.

“Under this experiment, personnel operating from SEC Headquarters will assist the in-stadium Instant Replay Officials when replay decisions are made,” the release further added.  Additional details, including detailed plans and complete logistics for the new replay process, will be presented to coaches and administrators during the SEC Media Days in July.

Those details will then be released to the public at a media briefing during those meetings.

“Our goal is to continue to use the best-available resources to support correct outcomes when instant replay is used,” said SEC commissioner Greg Sankey in a statement. “We believe the collaborative effort, which will involve additional officiating experts during replay reviews, will enhance the Conference’s football officiating program. I believe this update to the instant replay review process will better support football officiating in the SEC through the use of technology.”

Per Twitter bio, ex-Mizzou QB Maty Mauk headed to the FCS

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 15: Maty Mauk #7 of the Missouri Tigers points to the Missouri Tigers fans after the Tigers defeated the Texas A&M Aggies  in an NCAA football game on November 15, 2014 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. The Tigers won 34-27. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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If Maty Mauk is to resurrect a playing career that went down in spectacular flames once, it appears he’ll do so at a lower level of football.

Dismissed by Missouri earlier this year, Mauk graduated from the university this weekend.  And, apparently, as he attempts to move on to the next chapter of his life, it will include a move on to Eastern Kentucky of the FCS as that’s his destination per his updated Twitter bio.

Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that there has been “[n]o confirmation from Mauk or [his] family” on landing at EKU.  Then there’s this:

WTVQ ABC 36 reporter Kennedy Hardman tweeted Monday that EKU had confirmed Mauk’s commitment, though he had not signed a financial aid agreement. Hardman later deleted the tweet and then said EKU had not confirmed Mauk’s commitment.

Given how the first three years of his collegiate career went, confusion and uncertainty should be expected.

In late January, Mauk was dismissed by Mizzou, three days after he was suspended when a video showing a person who appeared to be Mauk snorting what appeared to be a line of cocaine.  That marked Mauk’s third suspension in four months.

Mauk was suspended in late September of las year for violating unspecified team rules.  After missing four games, he was reinstated.  Less than a week after his reinstatement, he was suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season.  That suspension allegedly stemmed from an off-campus incident involving the player and an unidentified male outside of a downtown Columbia drinking establishment.

In late December, new Mizzou head coach Barry Odom reinstated Mauk.

Mauk was the starting quarterback on the Tigers’ 2014 SEC East title squad after starting a handful of games for the 2013 East title team.  He attempted just 110 passes in that truncated 2015 season that again saw him begin the year as the starting quarterback.

If Mauk does end up landing at EKU, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

ESPN selections set for epic opening weekend

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Clemson Tigers fans cheer in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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We already knew that the opening weekend of the 2016 was going to be epic.  Now we know on which channels (most of the) said epic-ness will take place.

Tuesday, ESPN announced its channel selections for the Week 1 slate of games, with the World Wide Leader kicking off its coverage with South Carolina-Vanderbilt on ESPN Sept. 1 — hold on, it gets better — and being bookended by Ole Miss-Florida State on Labor Day.

In between, it’s highly-anticipated opening Saturday matchups such as Oklahoma-Houston (noon ET, ABC), LSU-Wisconsin (3:30 ET, ABC, Lambeau Field), Georgia-North Carolina (5:30 ET, ESPN), USC-Alabama (8 ET, ABC) and Clemson-Auburn (9 ET, ESPN).  For those with an international lean, and are early risers, the Georgia Tech-Boston College will be broadcast live from Dublin, Ireland, beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

Oh, and lest we forget the clash of iconic programs: Notre Dame-Texas, kicking off at 7:30 ET Sunday night as the NFL season will be a week away from kicking off.

And all of that is without even mentioning games that have yet to have their broadcast destination announced, including UCLA-Texas A&M, Kansas State-Stanford, Missouri-West Virginia and Arizona-BYU, among others.

So, yes, it’ going to be one hell of an opening weekend.  Go ahead and prepare your goodbyes to family and friends now, informing them you’ll see them on the other side of Labor Day.