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FAU will allow star WR with felony charges pending to return, play

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I’m going to go ahead and guess that some will have some fun with and/or angst over Lane Kiffin for the decision made by his current employer.

In mid-June, Kalib Woods was arrested on two counts of felony battery. The charges stemmed from a January party in which it’s alleged that the Florida Atlantic wide receiver broke the jaw of one man and caused internal bleeding in another.

Because of the charges, Woods was suspended for the Owls’ first six games of the season. Despite the fact that the felony charges are still pending — his next court appearance is Jan. 10 — his lawyer has confirmed to OwlAccess.com that his client will be allowed to play in this Saturday’s Homecoming Game against North Texas.

The decision was made during a university disciplinary hearing Monday.

“I applaud the university or doing the right thing despite the fact that criminal charges are still pending,” Woods’ attorney, Michael Gottlieb, told the website.

Initially barred from campus after the arrest, the school ultimately reversed course, which allowed Woods to attend classes and practice with the team. The website also reports that Woods was removed from scholarship and is now a member of the team as a walk-on.

Last season, Woods was easily the Owls’ top threat in the passing game as he led the team with 68 receptions for 934 yards. For his career, the redshirt senior’s 111 catches have produced 1,487 yards and six touchdowns.

‘Bama offers clarification on Maurice Smith transfer imbroglio

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Alabama defensive back Maurice Smith would like to transfer to Georgia. His mother said Alabama is blocking the transfer. Smith’s desire to leave the Tide has come at a personal cost to him.

In a push back against arcane transfer rules — there is no explanation for why Kirby Smart can leave Alabama for Georgia with no penalty while Smith can’t except for “we’ve always done it that way” — it has been pointed out Alabama allowed wide receiver Chris Black was allowed to transfer to Missouri without a crimson blockade.

Alabama offered this explanation on Thursday:

Still, Alabama could allow Smith to transfer to Georgia if it wanted. It just doesn’t.

Of course, Smart and Georgia have no leg to stand on. Earlier this off-season, the exact same scenario played itself out in Athens, except it was an even less inconvenient scenario for the Bulldogs.

Georgia running back A.J. Turman wanted to rejoin Mark Richt at Miami. Smart didn’t let him. Turman ended up at Florida Atlantic, and what went around finally came around.

Georgia hands out scholarship offers to nine players from same school

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The growing trend in college football recruiting seems to be offering a handful of scholarships to multiple players from the same school at the same time. Tennessee turned heads recently by offering scholarships to 20 different players from IMG Academy before Michigan got a chance to set up camp for spring football practices. Another SEC East program is getting in on the mass scholarship offer technique this spring.

Georgia sent scholarship offers to nine players from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. The offers were extended to at least nine players spanning from the recruiting classes of 2017 through 2019, according to Rivals. Among the players receiving scholarship offers from Georgia include the sons of Asante Samuel, Al Blades and Warren Sapp (Asante Samuel, Al Blades and Benjamin Sapp). Given their football lineage, all three figure to be top recruiting targets in the next couple of years. Georgia dropping a scholarship now is a wise strategy to try and stay ahead of the recruiting frenzy that will follow.

St. Thomas Aquinas has a storied history when it comes to athletes. The school has turned out players like Joey Bosa, Giovani Bernard, Duron Carter, and Michael Irvin. And that is just to name a few.