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WVU adds USC transfer Kenny Bigelow as graduate transfer

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After being granted a sixth year of eligibility, we now know where defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow will be lining up on Saturdays this fall. Bigelow is heading to West Virginia, as he officially announced on his Twitter account on Saturday.

As a graduate transfer, Bigelow will be eligible to play this fall for the Mountaineers. Last year at USC, Bigelow played in seven games after missing the 2016 season due to a torn ACL. It was the second time Bigelow suffered a torn ACL at USC, with a previous ACL injury in 2014 costing him playing time. It is because of the two ACL injuries and lost season the NCAA decided to grant Bigelow a rare sixth year of eligibility.

Bigelow played for the same high school as current West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V. Former Mountaineers Wendell Smallwood and Daikiel Shorts also played for the same high school before attending West Virginia.

Texas Tech suspends four arrested Red Raiders

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Not surprisingly, there are some football-related repercussions for a quartet of Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Over the weekend, four Red Raider football players, quarterback Jett Duffey, wide receiver Quan Shorts, defensive back Desmond Smith and linebacker Christian Taylor, were arrested following an incident outside of a Lubbock nightclub.  Duffey and Taylor were charged with criminal mischief, while Shorts and Smith are facing one count each of disorderly conduct.

Tuesday, head coach Kliff Kingsbury announced that all four of those players have been indefinitely suspended from the football team.

Duffey is expected to compete with McLane Carter for the starting quarterback job.

Shorts has 14 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns in 18 career games. Smith started at cornerback for the Red Raiders last season and was credited with 46 tackles and one interception. Taylor appeared in all 13 games in 2017, registering five tackles.

Four Texas Tech players arrested early Sunday morning

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Four Texas Tech players were arrested and booked into the Lubbock County jail on Sunday morning, according to mug shots and records posted by Inside the Red Raiders publisher Jarret Johnson.

The four players are quarterback Jett Duffey, wide receiver Quan Shorts, defensive back Desmond Smith and linebacker Christian Taylor. Duffey was booked at 4:15 a.m. on criminal mischief charges, Taylor at 4:48 a.m. on criminal mischief charges, Shorts at 5:08 a.m. on disorderly conduct charges, and Smith at 8:07 a.m. on disorderly conduct charges. All remain on the Lubbock County jail’s active roster as of press time.

Below is a summary from the Lubbock Police Department, via Myhighplains.com:

Officers were dispatched to Bash Riprocks Nightclub (2419 Main Street) at 1:54 a.m., following reports of a disturbance where a suspect was possibly armed. 

Upon arrival to the scene, officers located a large group of people in front of the nightclub who were impeding traffic.

After attempting to locate [the] armed suspect, an officer observed an individual intentionally cause damage to a vehicle by smashing the windshield. When officers tried to arrest the suspect, the crowd became aggressive toward the responding officers.

In all, 10 suspects were arrested, eight for disorderly conduct, and two for Criminal Mischief. One of the arrestees (20-year-old) Desmon Smith Williams was taken to UMC for a dog bite from one of the responding K-9 units. He was treated, released, and later booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center. No officers were injured in the incident.

Taylor smashed a car windshield in front of one of the responding officers and Jett Duffey damaged property at ULOFTS in front of officers while we were trying to disperse the crowd.

Duffey, a sophomore from Mansfield, Texas, appeared in one game as a redshirt freshman in 2017, but is expected to compete with junior McLane Carter for the starting role this fall. This has not been Duffey’s first disciplinary issue in Lubbock, however. He was suspended by the university for the spring and summer sessions of 2017 after the Texas Tech Title IX panel determined he had “nonconsensual intercourse” with a woman in April 2016. Duffey was named the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Mr. Texas Football Award winner during his senior year of 2015 before enrolling for the spring term of 2016.

Shorts is a junior from Humble, Texas, in the Houston area. He has 14 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns in 18 career appearances. Smith, a junior from Odessa, Texas, started at cornerback for the Red Raiders last fall, collecting 46 tackles and one interception. Taylor, a junior from Houston, appeared in all 13 games in 2017, registering five tackles.

Not that there’s ever a good time for four players to be arrested, but Sunday’s arrests are an especially bad one. The Red Raiders’ men’s basketball program meets No. 1 seed Villanova for a spot in the program’s first Final Four at 2:20 p.m. ET today in Boston.

Texas Tech did not respond to a CFT inquiry seeking comment, but one is presumably coming at some point today.

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger calls out Oklahoma, OU WR fires back

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Sam Ehlinger is doing his darndest to bring the Red River rivalry back. The Longhorns quarterback nearly beat Oklahoma by himself in October, throwing for 278 yards and rushing for a game-high 110 to led Texas back from a 20-0 deficit to take a fourth quarter lead before a Baker Mayfield bomb to Mark Andrews handed the Sooners a hard-fought 29-24 win.

On Monday, Texas linebacker Marquez Bimage tweeted this.

Ehlinger took the opportunity to subtly tweak former Oklahoma All-American left tackle Orlando Brown, who was the anti-star of the NFL Combine after throwing up a meager 14 reps on the bench press.

Naturally, Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown fired back with a look-at-the-scoreboard tweet.

This is pretty tame as far as Twitter beefs go, but it’s an interesting look at Ehlinger’s mindset. The sophomore is going out of his way to be the most hated Longhorn, and seems to welcome the scorn he brings upon himself. You could say that makes him similar to another Austin native-turned-Red River rivalry star: Baker Mayfield.

Texas’ second-leading receiver transferring from Longhorns

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On a day of comings, there was one noteworthy going from the Lone Star State.

In the midst of National Signing Day, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps took to Twitter to announce that he has decided to transfer out of the Texas football program. “Thank you,” the wide receiver wrote in a very brief missive, adding, “Texas will always be in my heart.”

The announcement comes a couple of weeks after a report had surfaced that the redshirt freshman was seeking a transfer.

Hemphill-Mapps was a three-star member of the Longhorns’ 2016 recruiting class.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Hemphill-Mapps finished tied for second on the team in receptions with 37.  His 402 receiving yards were good for third on the ‘Horns.  He also added eight carries for 31 yards for good measure.

In the season-opening loss to Maryland, Hemphill-Mapps returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown.  He ended up averaging just under 11 yards per punt return, a number that was second in the Big 12 and 16th nationally.

It’s expected the Texas native will have to sit out the 2018 season if he ends up at another FBS program.  That would then leave him with two more seasons of eligibility at his disposal beginning with the 2019 season.