Update: Penn State commit, top-rated ’13 TE tears ACL

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UPDATED 2:56 p.m. ET: Unfortunately, Adam Breneman‘s worst fears were realized.

In a statement, the father of the Penn State verbal commitment confirmed that, after an MRI was performed Friday, morning, the top-rated tight end in the country in the Class of 2013 did indeed suffer a torn ACL during a camp at his high school Thursday.  Obviously, Breneman will not play his senior season of football, although the injury is not expected to impact his availability for his first summer camp with the Nittany Lions next year.

“We are very grateful for the outpouring of support over the past 24 hours with regards to Adam’s injury,” Brian Breneman‘s statement read. “An MRI this morning confirmed that Adam has a torn ACL in his right knee. While he is disappointed that he will be unable to play football his senior season, he is very optimistic about his future at Penn State, and is totally committed to making a full recovery in time for the 2013 season. WE ARE!”

There’s also been speculation that, because he won’t play basketball his senior year either because of the injury, that he would graduate early and become an early enrollee at Penn State.  Such a move would technically make him eligible to participate in spring practice, although how much if anything he would do during those sessions remains very much up in the air.

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What kind of knee injury?  It could be severe.  Or it could be very minor.

That’s the waiting game the player and, by extension, the football program are playing at the moment.

According to multiple media outlets, tight end Adam Breneman suffered the knee injury during a 7-on-7 camp at his Pennsylvania high school Thursday.  After speculation began to spread about the injury, Breneman sent a text to, among others, the Patriot-News, with that paper writing that the player had stated he “is praying it’s not an ACL injury, but was told by Dr. Brian Bixler it might be his ACL.”

An MRI is expected to take place at some point Friday morning.  If the tests show an ACL tear, Breneman would very likely miss his entire senior season at Camp Hill (Penn.) Cedar Cliff High School.

During his junior season last year, Breneman played through torn labrums in each shoulder that ultimately required surgery in the offseason.

This is all part of a bigger plan,” the player tweeted yesterday. “Everything, no matter what, will turn out the way it was supposed to. …

“So overwhelmed by all the support from everyone! Praying for the best. No matter what happens, I’ll come back better than ever.”

Breneman is the top-rated TE in the country according to Rivals.com and is the highest-rated nonbinding verbal commitment of a 2013 Penn State recruiting class that currently ranks No. 13 according to the same website.

Former Tennessee AD John Currie reportedly one of three in running for Maryland AD job

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It didn’t take that long to hear John Currie’s name mentioned for another Power Five gig.

The former Kansas State athletic director who memorably was run out of the same position in Knoxville following a messy coaching search at Tennessee has reportedly made the cut at Maryland and will be interviewed as one of three finalists at the school. Per the Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus:

Former Terps AD Kevin Anderson had taken a six-month sabbatical late last year from the position but eventually resigned in early April to formally vacate the job. Evans has been acting as athletic director ever since Anderson’s departure and has been with the school since 2014. That figures to give him a bit of a leg up on the other two candidates and it doesn’t hurt that he also has previous AD experience from his time at Georgia from 2004 to 2010, even if the ending was not the one he wanted in Athens.

As for Currie, his name being a finalist is notable given the messy divorce he had at Tennessee that saw him earning $75,000 a month during a paid suspension that he was placed on after nearly hiring Mike Leach to become the next Vols football coach. He formally split with the university in March (with a nice $2.5 million check) and has been lecturing at various schools ever since.

It remains to be seen which direction Maryland eventually goes but it seems pretty clear that the school isn’t going for an under the radar hire given the names on their shortlist.

Mike Riley reportedly leaving Oregon State to join spring football league in San Antonio

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Next spring you may very well be able to see a former San Antonio Gunslinger-turned-Pac-12 coach across the sidelines from a former San Antonio Rider turned-Pac-12 coach… in San Antonio.

If you’re throughly confused or don’t know the semi-pro teams that have operated in the state of Texas over the years, the former would be referring to new Alliance of American Football head coach Rick Neuheisel and the latter is referring to Mike Riley, who according to longtime NFL reporter and current SiriusXM host Alex Marvez is apparently leaving his gig as an assistant at Oregon State to be a head coach again with a new AAF franchise.

Riley re-joined the Beavers coaching staff this offseason as assistant head coach and tight ends coach, helping out his former QB Jonathan Smith in Corvallis after he was let go from Nebraska. His third stint on the sidelines for OSU does not appear to be a lengthy one based on this report though it’s possible he could coach the upcoming 2018 season with the team before going to Texas since the AAF does not start until February of 2019 as a unique new spring league.

The move does mark a return to San Antonio for Riley, who has spent plenty of time in the area over the years and was once the head coach of the Riders (a World League of American Football team) for two seasons in 1991 and 1992. Interestingly enough, that first coaching staff had now-Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst on it and saw current Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett become the starting quarterback.

Oregon State has not confirmed Riley’s departure or his temporary replacement if there is one but one figures to hear more details at a press conference for the AAF tomorrow.

Notre Dame LB Te’Von Coney pleads guilty to marijuana possession

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Notre Dame linebacker Te’Von Coney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to marijuana possession as part of a case stemming back to 2016. Coney was one of five Irish players arrested on Aug. 19, 2016, when an Indiana State Police trooper made a traffic stop for speeding and discovered marijuana and an unregistered handgun in the car. Notre Dame safety Max Redfield, wideout Kevin Stepherson, cornerback Ashton White and running back Dexter Williams were also arrested.

Through a plea deal, Coney was sentenced to 363 days of probation and had a 180-day jail sentenced suspended down to time served.

White, Redfield and Stepherson were either booted from the team or transferred, while Coney and Williams have gone on to shine in South Bend. Williams rushed 39 times for 360 yards and four touchdowns last season and is expected to split starting duties this fall, while Coney was Notre Dame’s leading tackler a year ago, collecting 116 stops and 12.5 TFLs.

A Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native, Coney’s plea is not expected to impact his status on the team. Irish head coach Brian Kelly said earlier this month he expected Coney, who is taking summer classes at Notre Dame right now, to play this fall “if he takes care of it (the court case) in the manner I expect him to.”

Wake Forest adds pair of graduate transfer kickers

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Wake Forest was active on the graduate transfer market Tuesday, picking up two kickers to add to its 2018 roster.

The Deacons announced Darren Ford as a transfer from Division III Hope College in Michigan and Eric Osteen from Army.

Ford connected on 25-of-38 field goals and 99 PATs at Hope while also averaging 40 yards per punt over the past two seasons. He also handled kickoffs for the past three seasons at Hope.

Osteen is a rare case; he graduated from Army back in 2013 and recently completed a 5-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army. He will kick for Wake Forest while pursuing an MBA. He was the Black Knights’ kickoff specialist in his former career, totaling 40 touchbacks in 110 kickoffs from 2011-12. He recorded five kickoffs in six tries during Army’s 2012 game against Wake Forest.

Ford and Osteen figure to slide into starting roles for the Deacons’ 2018 squad. Mike Weaver, a senior, handled place-kicking and kickoff duties for Wake Forest a season ago. He made 21-of-25 field goals and 52-of-56 extra points and posted 33 touchbacks in 83 total kickoffs.