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Ray Lewis’ son indicates he’s headed to Maryland from Utah State

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Rayshad Lewis‘ dad made an NFL Hall of Fame name for himself in Maryland.  His son is now hoping to find some football success in the same state, albeit at the collegiate level.

On his personal Twitter account Monday, Lewis (pictured, No. 9) posted a photo of himself wearing a University of Maryland jersey as well as Terrapin gloves. “New chapter… You ain’t gotta understand just sit back and watch,” Lewis, the son of former Miami Hurricanes and Baltimore ravens standout Ray Lewis, wrote on the social media site.

Last month, the younger Lewis decided to transfer from Utah State.

Because he landed at another FBS program, Lewis will have to sit out the 2017 season. He’ll then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.

Lewis was a two-star member of the Aggies’ 2016 recruiting class, opting for USU over offers from, among others, Appalachian State, Ball State, FAU, Idaho, Old Dominion and Toledo.

As a true freshman last season, Lewis started seven of the 12 games in which he played. The 5-10, 165-pound receiver finished second on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (476), while his two receiving touchdowns were tied for second.  The receptions and yards were second-most in the school’s history for a freshman.

For good measure, he added 110 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

This spring, the Aggies football program flirted with making Lewis a two-way player, with the rising sophomore logging time as a defensive back. He was also penciled in as a punt returner before his transfer.

Three Utah State players charged in connection to December burglaries suspended

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For the fourth day in a row, the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker will need to be reset.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, three Utah State football players — linebackers Troy Murray and Kevin Meitzenheimer, along with defensive back Jay Brown — have been suspended from the football program.  All three are redshirt freshmen.

The reason for the suspensions?  The trio has been charged in connection to a pair of December burglaries that allegedly occurred in Logan late last year.  A fourth individual, 2016 signee Dayshawn Littleton, was charged as well but is no longer a part of the football program.

From the Tribune‘s report:

Murray and Brown, both 19, were arrested April 4 and 5, respectively, as suspects in the theft of electronics equipment including video game consoles. Officers traced the equipment to Salt Lake City after Murray and Brown allegedly pawned it.

Charges against Meiztenheimer and Littleton, both 19, stem from an alleged attempt to prevent charges from being filed against Murray and Brown. Meiztenheimer and Littleton allegedly tried to hit a witness with a car and threatened to return and shoot the witness, according to Logan Police. When police arrested the the men on April 5, they found an assault rifle in the car. They were both charged on April 27.

None of the players involved have played a down for the Aggies.

Ray Lewis’ son reportedly set to transfer from Utah State

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It was expected that Utah State would expand Rayshad Lewis‘ role with the Aggies to the defensive side of the ball.  Instead, the son of former Miami All-American standout Ray Lewis has decided to look for a new college football home.

Reportedly.

According to Scout.com, Lewis (pictured, No. 9) has decided to leave USU and will transfer to an undetermined location.  The wide receiver seemingly confirmed the pending movement as he retweeted several well-wish tweets on his Twitter timeline.  He also posted the following cryptic tweet Friday morning.

If Lewis lands at another FBS program, he’ll have to sit out the 2017 season. He’d then have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018.

Lewis was a two-star member of the Aggies’ 2016 recruiting class, opting for USU over offers from, among others, Appalachian State, Ball State, FAU, Idaho, Old Dominion and Toledo.

As a true freshman last season, Lewis started seven of the 12 games in which he played. The 5-10, 165-pound receiver finished second on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (476), while his two receiving touchdowns were tied for second.  The receptions and yards were second-most in the school’s history for a freshman.

For good measure, he added 110 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

This spring, the football program flirted with making Lewis a two-way player, with the rising sophomore logging time as a defensive back. He was also penciled in as a punt returner.

Two Utah State players arrested for suspicion of burglary, theft

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Just one day after resetting the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker, it’s time to reset it again.

According to the Cache Valley Daily, two Utah State football players, cornerback Jaylan Brown and linebacker Troy Murray, were arrested Thursday and being held on suspicion of burglary and theft.  The arrests are the culmination of an investigation that reaches back to late last year.

From the website’s report:

Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said officers had been investigating two burglaries that allegedly occurred in December. In both cases, the victims reported their video game consoles had been stolen, along with some games.

In March, one of the consoles was traced to a person in Salt Lake. Police officers interviewed the person and learned that the console had recently been purchased from a video game store in Sugar House.

When officers contacted the store they found the rest of the stolen merchandise that had allegedly been pawned by Murray and Brown.

This latest run-in with the law could prove especially problematic for Murray.  From the Utah Statesman:

Murray, a linebacker, was arrested in December on drug charges. He was given a Plea in Abeyance — meaning he is required to complete community service, educational programs and meet monthly with a probation officer through Professional Probation Services. After he completes his requirements, he is eligible to have the charges removed from his record.

However, if convicted for the theft and burglary charges, Murray’s Plea in Abeyance could be revoked.

The USU football program has yet to publicly comment on the legal developments.

Both of the players took redshirts for their true freshman seasons and have yet to appear in a game for the Aggies.

Mountain West alters revenue distribution plan based on TV appearances, but Boise State keeps sweetheart deal

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One of the more obscure remnants of the realignment era in college athletics is the way the Mountain West distributes television revenue. Most notably, Boise State was allowed to keep a certain slice of the pie (slightly less than $2 million) as part of the condition that they would stay in the league, then the rest of the remaining members would split what was left — with a catch.

That catch turned out to be a form of a bonus system that gave a little extra to schools who appeared on national television on conference partners like ESPN and CBS Sports Network. It appears the MWC has had a change of heart about how things are being distributed because that is changing going forward next season.

Per the Idaho Statesman:

The conference determined the formula and bonus structure was not performing as it had been intended. Now, Boise State’s membership agreement and its ESPN deal were honored, meaning the school gets $1.8 million up front annually. That’s the average bonus payout Boise State got from 2013-15 under the contract it agreed to when deciding to stay in the Mountain West. The remaining revenue will be divided among the 11 football-playing schools outside Hawaii, worth approximately $1.1 million per year, meaning a total of $2.9 million for Boise State.

The bonus system was a bit of a sore spot for many schools in the league, something commissioner Craig Thompson conceded in an interview last July. The new deal looks to be a little more fairer to everybody in the league and probably won’t draw as many complaints as before (though that Boise State sweetheart deal from realignment remains). While the overall figures aren’t anywhere close to their Power Five peers, it’s still a nice chunk of change for many of the Mountain West athletic departments.