UPDATE: A&M clears path for Kenny Hill transfer, still weighing options

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The wheels are beginning significant movement forward on Kenny Hill‘s departure from College Station.

Mere hours after it was reported that the quarterback had asked for his release from Texas A&M in order to transfer, that release has been granted. During a Friday radio interview, head coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed that Hill had indeed received a release from his scholarship and, the best part, he has no restrictions on his release.

The no-restrictions aspect means that Hill can transfer to any school he desires, even those in the state of Texas, so bravo to Sumlin and A&M football for showing the class and decency in this parting of ways that not many do these days.

Sumlin added that Hill is currently “meeting with his family and figuring out what he wants to do.”

What he wants to do, apparently, is transfer to a Texas school in the Big 12. 247Sports.com first reported that Hill’s definitive destination is TCU. According to ESPN.com‘s Travis Haney, “TCU is a strong possibility for Hill.”

If the report is accurate, or if Hill lands at another FBS school, he would have to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  That one season, if TCU comes to fruition, would allow Hill to learn the offense under Trevone Boykin, who will likely enter his final season with the Horned Frogs as one of a handful of Heisman favorites.

Hill began the 2014 season as the successor to Johnny Manziel under center, but poor performance coupled with at least one unspecified off-field issue handed the job to true freshman Kyle Allen in late October.

UPDATE [8:30 p.m. ET]: While Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill may be interested in the TCU Horned Frogs, the quarterback is still considering all of his options.

“While Kenny is indeed planning on transferring, we have not committed to any school at this time,” Hill’s father, Ken Hill, told FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman via text. “We will begin meeting with schools on the 15th of January when the dead period is over. Any previous reports suggesting we are committed to any school is simply inaccurate.”

The original reports indicated that Hill is interested in a Big 12 school located in the state of Texas. TCU could be the favorite, but the Baylor Bears, Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders are also possibilities. Baylor and Texas Tech are intriguing options, because they run similar offensive schemes as Texas A&M.

Two workers injured by falling beams at Bryant-Denny Stadium renovation

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Two workers were injured Saturday by falling beams at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The workers were laboring on a manlift when a pair of beams fell and struck the lift, trapping the workers, who were not named.

Firefighters responded around 5 p.m. Saturday to extract the workers, who were “seriously injured,” according to AL.com. After they were extracted, the workers were transported to DCH Regional Medical Center. Their condition was not known as of press time.

The workers were working on a $92.5 million phase of renovation to Bryant-Denny Stadium, announced in last fall. Crimson Tide AD Greg Byrne said in September that construction would be expedited to meet an aggressive schedule.

“We realized this is an aggressive construction schedule we are going to be talking about. However, our contractors are confident. They have expressed they will deliver this on time,” he said at the time.

Mizzou adds Va Tech’s second-leading receiver

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Missouri’s passing game received a boost this weekend in the form of a new receiver. Damon Hazelton, Jr., has joined the team as a graduate transfer.

Hazelton arrives via Virginia Tech, but announced over earlier this month he would leave Blacksburg. This is the second transfer of his career; the Towson, Md., native signed with Ball State out of high school.

Hazelton made the announcement Saturday through a social media post.

After sitting out 2017 as an undergraduate transfer, Hazelton led the 2018 Hokies with 51 grabs for 802 yards and eight touchdowns. His production dipped a bit in 2019, registering 31 catches for 527 yards but still collecting eight touchdowns.

He joins a Mizzou receiving corps where no player caught more than 31 passes in a Kelly Bryant-led offense. With Bryant out of eligibility and Eli Drinkwitz now running the show, expect Hazelton to be the focus of the Tigers’ re-tooled passing game.

2020 Notre Dame signee arrested on burglary charges, no longer welcome as part of Fighting Irish football team

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The Notre Dame football team has seen its most recent recruiting class thinned thanks to an off-field incident.

During the Early Signing Period last month, Landen Bartleson signed on as a member of the Notre Dame football team’s 2020 recruiting class.  Bartleson had been expected to enroll at the university this coming summer.

Instead, Bartleson is one of three individuals arrested and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and receiving stolen property.  Bartleson, 18, and two 16-year-old juveniles were taken into custody Friday by Danville, Kentucky, law enforcement officials.

The particulars, from WKYT-TV:

Danville police say officers were called to check out a burglary that happened overnight at a store on Westridge Drive.

Police say the suspects smashed a window and stole multiple weapons.

As a result of the off-field incident, the Notre Dame football program has cut ties with Bartleson.  A statement from head coach Brian Kelly confirmed the development.

After reviewing all of the facts available to us and speaking with the Bartleson family, we informed them that Landen will no longer be welcomed as a member of our football program.

“This incident is very much out of character for the man we have come to know and we wish Landen and his family well.

Bartleson is a three-star 2020 prospect, rated as the No. 6 player regardless of position in the state of Kentucky.

Iowa State QB Re-al Mitchell latest to enter name into transfer portal

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The portal has claimed another name and Iowa State’s quarterback depth will suffer as a result.

Cyclones signal-caller Re-al Mitchell became the latest enter the NCAA Transfer Database this week and confirmed on social media that he was leaving Ames for another opportunity elsewhere.

The move is fairly unsurprising given that Mitchell arrived on campus in the same recruiting class as current starter Brock Purdy. With a pathway to significant playing time blocked by one of the best young QB’s in the sport, a ticket out of town seemed like it was coming sooner or later for the team’s No. 2 on the depth chart.

A dual-threat known for his speed, Mitchell was originally ranked as a three-star prospect coming out of high school who picked ISU over Arizona, Illinois, Kansas State, South Carolina and others. He wound up playing in six games under Matt Campbell over two seasons and threw for an even 100 yards and one touchdown.

A Southern California native, it’s possible a move back West could be in the cards for Mitchell. He appears to be insistent on playing under center but did see spot duty as a wide receiver during his stint in Ames.

Following the departure of Mitchell, Campbell will quite a bit of youth behind Purdy on the team’s depth chart. Freshman Aidan Bouman enrolled early for spring practice while fellow Class of 2020 QB and four-star recruit Hunter Dekkers will arrive later as they battle it out for backup reps. Iowa State opens the season at home against FCS South Dakota before heading to Kinnick Stadium to take on rival Iowa in Week 2.