Chip Kelly reportedly the Browns’ top choice for head coach

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A week ago, it was reported that the Philadelphia Eagles would make “a heavy push” for Oregon’s Chip Kelly.

Apparently, and not so unexpectedly, the Eagles could have some significant competition for Kelly’s coaching services.

According to SiriusXM radio’s Adam Caplan, Kelly is the No. 1 choice of the Cleveland Browns to replace Pat Shurmur as head coach.  Caplan noted that Joe Banner, the Browns’ new president, and Kelly’s agent, David Dunn, have what’s previously been a strong working relationship.

Kelly has previously been connected to the Browns by multiple media outlets, as well as to the Carolina Panthers.

As we’ve previously noted, and on multiple levels, the reports connecting Kelly to the NFL make sense; in January of this year, Kelly nearly took the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job offered to him before deciding to return to the Ducks.  In the weeks leading up to the Tampa wooing, the Miami Dolphins were also reportedly in contact with Kelly about their vacancy.

Additionally, there’s the looming potential of NCAA sanctions that could set Kelly on a Pete Carroll-esque course to the NFL.  In December, it was reported that Oregon will appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions at some point in the spring of 2013.  At that point, the Ducks, including Kelly, would be compelled to answer questions from the NCAA regarding allegations of improprieties connected to so-called street agent Willie Lyles.

Regardless of whether it’s the Browns or Eagles or Panthers, most NFL insiders and those connected to the college game would consider it a monumental upset if Kelly didn’t leave the Ducks for the professional ranks.

And, if Kelly were to leave Eugene as most expect?  The Chris Petersen-to-UO rumors will commence in earnest within a nanosecond.  While Petersen has rebuffed numerous offers from big-time programs over the past few years, the Oregon job would mark the most significant and serious challenge to the Boise State administration’s efforts to keep him with the Broncos.

USF the landing spot for Michigan transfer Eddie McDoom

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Nearly two weeks after leaving the Midwest, Eddie McDoom is heading south.

Over the weekend, it was reported that McDoom intends to transfer into Charlie Strong‘s South Florida football program. USF, which opens the 2018 season Sept. 1 against FCS Elon, subsequently confirmed McDoom’s addition to the roster, including his official addition to the online roster.

McDoom will be forced to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA bylaws. The wide receiver will then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2019 season.

Earlier this month, it was reported that McDoom was no longer a part of the Michigan football program.

McDoom, a three-star 2016 signee, finished the Wolverines portion of his playing career with 16 receptions for 140 yards. The Florida native also ran the ball 24 times for another 203 yards.

Lingering effects of devastating 2016 knee injury forces Michigan’s Grant Newsome to retire

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As the player himself stated, not all stories have a happy ending.

Michigan offensive lineman Grant Newsome sustained a serious knee injury in early October of 2016 and spent 38 days in the hospital, including more than a week in intensive care, as doctors fought to save his leg. Newsome missed the entire 2017 season as he recovered from the devastating injury, and then was sidelined for spring practice this year as he still awaited medical clearance to resume playing football.

Optimistic of a return in early May, Newsome instead announced Monday that he will be forced to retire from the sport. Newsome’s injuries included a dislocated knee, fractured tibia, three torn knee ligaments as well as significant and extensive nerve damage in the area, and the latter issue is what in very large part foiled Newsome’s comeback attempts.

“Despite the near-miraculous healing in the knee, the totality of the injury was too much,” Newsome wrote in his Twitter missive, “as some recent secondary injuries coupled with the fragile nature of a vascular graph have made the risk of playing football again one that is too great for me to accept. …

“One day I will be able to play catch with my kids, to chase after them as they learn to ride a bicycle, to stand on my own two feet and applaud them at their graduation.”

Newsome plans to remain with the Wolverines as a student coach, working with U-M’s tight ends. He will also enroll in graduate school and work toward earning his Master’s degree.

Prior to the injury, Newsome, a four-star 2015 signee, started the first five games of the 2016 season at left tackle after starting one game as a freshman in 2015.

Former four-star Florida State lineman moves on from football

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With the start of the 2018 season less than two weeks away, Florida State will have one fewer option in the trenches than expected.

Corey Martinez took to his personal Twitter account Monday to announce that he has decided “to move on from football and do what’s best for myself and my family.” The lineman also provided some details as to what his post-football future will hold.

“As I continue my life journey,” the fifth-year senior wrote, “I look forward to stepping foot into the construction industry so that I can work my way into becoming a project manager and apply for my General Contractors license in the near future.”

On 247Sports.com‘s composite board, Martinez was rated as four-star 2014 signee. That same board had the Tampa product as the No. 14 offensive guard in the country and the No. 33 player at any position in the state of Florida.

Martinez played in 11 games the past three seasons after redshirting as a true freshman. He started three games during his time with the Seminoles, with all three of those starts coming during the 2016 season.

Florida State AD Stan Wilcox takes over Oliver’s Luck’s old NCAA job

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As had been rumored, Florida State is in search of a new athletics boss.

The NCAA announced Monday that Stan Wilcox has accepted the position of executive vice president of regulatory affairs. Wilcox has been the athletic director at Florida State since August of 2013, and FSU will now be forced to launch a national search for a replacement.

Wilcox will replace Oliver Luck, the former West Virginia athletic director who left the NCAA in June of this year to take on the job of XFL commissioner.

“Stan is a highly-respected, visionary leader in intercollegiate athletics, and I’m excited to have him join our senior leadership team at the national office,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “Stan’s nearly three decades of experience working in athletics administration at Notre Dame, Duke and Florida State, among others, have clearly demonstrated his commitment to providing student-athletes with the opportunity to excel in both academics and athletics while being successful in life.”

“I want to thank Stan for everything he has done at FSU. We’re excited for him, and we all wish him the best in his new position,” said FSU president John Thrasher in his statement. “Our success on the playing fields under his leadership has been exceptional, with national championships in football, soccer, and softball over that time. We finished ninth in the 2017-18 Learfield Director’s Cup last year, and our student-athletes reached a cumulative 3.0 GPA this past year.”

Below is Wilcox’s full statement on his departure from Tallahassee:

I am honored and humbled to join Mark Emmert’s leadership team at the NCAA.

I am so grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have led me to this point. The Big East Conference, Notre Dame University, Duke University and most recently Florida State University have provided a depth and breadth of experiences on which I will rely heavily moving forward.

I am excited to return to the NCAA, where my intercollegiate athletics career began.

Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to former Florida State University Presidents Eric Barron and Garnett Stokes, and current President John Thrasher. The success we have enjoyed in Tallahassee would not have been possible without their trust, guidance and support, and without the fine efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and athletics support staff.

My wife Ramona and I are excited to start this new chapter in my career and in our lives together.