Robert Woods among notables on Biletnikoff Award watch list

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You know the drill. Another day, another watch list.

The annual watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s best wide receiver, was released this morning. Among the notable players on it include Tavon Austin (West Virginia), Justin Hunter (Tennessee), Roy Roundtree (Michigan), Kenny Stills (Oklahoma) and Robert Woods (USC).

(Note: Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is not on the watch list because of his arrest)

Last year’s winner was Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon (pictured).

You can view all of the individual preseason watch lists in one handy repository HERE, and the entire Biletnikoff Award watch list below.

Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin JR
Keenan Allen California JR
Tavon Austin West Virginia SR
Stedman Bailey West Virginia JR
Emory Blake Auburn SR
Josh Boyce TCU JR
Jheranie Boyd North Carolina SR
Corey Brown Ohio State JR
Dan Buckner Arizona SR
Michael Campanaro Wake Forest JR
DeVonte Christopher Utah SR
Keenan Davis Iowa SR
Marcus Davis Virgina Tech SR
Mike Davis Texas JR
Andre Debose Florida JR
Aaron Dobson Marshall SR
Noel Grigsby San Jose State JR
Cobi Hamilton Arkansas SR
Nick Harwell Miami (Ohio) JR
Willie Haulstead Florida State JR
Erik Highsmith North Carolina SR
Cody Hoffman BYU JR
DeAndre Hopkins Clemson JR
Justin Hunter Tennessee JR
Allen Hurns Miami (FL) JR
Darius Johnson SMU SR
TJ Jones Notre Dame JR
Tavarres King Georgia SR
Alec Lemon Syracuse SR
Colin Lockett San Diego St. JR
Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt JR
Matt Miller Boise State SO
TJ Moe Missouri SR
Uzoma Nwachukwu Texas A&M SR
Quinton Patton La. Tech SR
Tevin Reese Baylor JR
Da’Rick Rogers Tennessee JR
Roy Roundtree Michigan SR
Mike Shanahan Pittsburgh SR
Kenny Stills Oklahoma JR
Devin Street Pittsburgh JR
Ryan Swope Texas A&M SR
Conner Vernon Duke SR
Eric Ward Texas Tech JR
Markus Wheaton Oregon State SR
Terrance Williams Baylor SR
Marquess Wilson Wash.State JR
Robert Woods USC JR

South Carolina’s Javon Charleston suspended after arrest on assault, burglary charges

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If you had the SEC in “next conference to reset the Days Without An Arrest ticker” pool, go ahead and collect your winnings.

According to the Columbia State, South Carolina’s Javon Charleston was arrested earlier this month on one count each of assault and burglary.  The charges stem from an incident that occurred during the early-morning hours of June 17.

The alleged victim claims that Charleston, after she stopped responding to his text messages, broke into her house and, after finding her in bed with another male, engaged in a verbal altercation with the man and ultimately chased him out of the residence.  It was after that when the woman claims she was physically assaulted by Charleston, who allegedly referred to her as a “dirty slut” in the process of the alleged assault.

Charleston, the newspaper wrote, “told the police he knew the woman and the code to get into the residence and that he went to check on her when she stopped texting him, believing that she was drunk.”

As a result of the arrest, Charleston has been indefinitely suspended by the football program.

Charleston was initially a walk-on to the Gamecocks who was placed on scholarship during summer camp last year. The wide receiver/defensive back appeared in 13 games last season, with most of those appearances coming on special teams.  He has been competing for a starting safety job throughout the offseason.

Chad Morris finally finalizes $3.5 million contract with Arkansas

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Chad Morris was hired in early December and has already gone through his spring practice at Arkansas but just signed that big new contract with the school this week.

The practice of working for a new program but not formally signing a contract isn’t new (just ask Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher) but all the parties in Fayetteville finally got pen to paper in recent days to finalize the deal, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The deal runs through the end of the 2023 season and will pay Morris roughly $3.5 million in base salary with plenty more available for the head coach to collect in bonuses:

Morris will be eligible for up to $1 million in competition-based bonuses and $200,000 in academic-based bonuses each year, and is eligible for three retention payments of $500,000 apiece, contingent that no “significant” NCAA violations have occurred and the program is not on NCAA probation at the time the payments are due in February of 2019, 2021 and 2023.

(AD Hunter) Yurachek said he signed the contract last Friday and it was executed with the signatures of University of Arkansas, Fayetteville chancellor Joseph Steinmetz and UA system president Donald Bobbitt this week.

Thankfully, there’s no complicated buyout structure like there was with former head coach Bret Bielema. If Morris wants to leave for another job, he’d owe $3 million prior to Dec. 31, 2019 and decreasing amounts each year afterward. If he’s fired by the school before the final day of 2022, he will receive 70 percent of his $3.5 million annual salary until the end of 2023. If he is fired on or after Jan. 1, 2023, he will take the full $3.5 million he’s owed.

Funny enough though, according to the Democrat Gazette, his boss still hasn’t signed his own deal with the school despite being formally hired the day before Morris was last December. One down, one to go we guess.

Clemson AD Dan Radakovich rules out alcohol sales at Memorial Stadium

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Death Valley is staying dry.

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich spoke to the Post and Courier this week and pretty flatly rejected joining the burgeoning bandwagon in college athletics and allowing beer and/or alcohol sales at the Tigers’ football stadium.

“It hasn’t been a huge topic here because we really don’t look at that as something moving forward inside Memorial Stadium that is on our list of things to get done,” Radakovich said. “There’s a different atmosphere at our games.”

Alcohol is not sold anywhere at the stadium for Clemson home games though there are some unique cases where fan can bring some to specific areas prior to game day for consumption after kickoff.

The policy stands in stark contrast to some of their fellow ACC schools, as everybody from Pitt to Louisville to Wake Forest have begun sales. There’s been significant debate in the SEC on opening things up on the same front and major programs like Penn State to smaller ones like Fresno State are cashing in on the new revenue stream.

It doesn’t sound like the Tigers will be joining them anytime soon.

“Our people in the parking lot have a good time. There’s no question about that,” Radakovich added. “But inside the stadium, I think it’s a little different.”

Mike Gundy and AD Mike Holder will be together at Oklahoma State at least through 2021

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Mike Gundy and Mike Holder better patch up their relationship because both are set to be in Stillwater a lot longer.

Days after the Cowboys head coach and athletic director got into an interesting back-and-forth over the former’s recruiting prowess following the latter’s comments, Holder received a new contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2021.

Gundy himself is signed a year beyond that as part of the new five-year deal he inked after the 2017 season.

The new deal with Holder includes a hefty six-figure raise from the $644,371 he made from the school last year. There was a point early in his tenure where he was one of the Big 12’s lowest paid AD’s but that story has shifted significantly over the years as OSU’s budget has climbed, with the school taking in some $93 million in revenue according to the latest figures.

Given all of the new contracts, hopefully both Holder and Gundy will both have a conversation in the coming months to get back on the same page and patch up their relationship — because both are set to be attached at the hip in Stillwater for several more years.