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Rutgers’ Kyle Flood suspended three games, fined $50K

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Kyle Flood‘s off-field chickens have apparently come home to roost for the Rutgers head coach, and it could end up being his football team that suffers the most because of it.

While the school has yet to announce it, nj.com is reporting that Flood has been suspended for three games in the wake of a university investigation into his alleged actions.  The probe centered on an email that Flood sent from a private email account to an RU faculty member regarding the eligibility of one of his former football players.

In actuality, the contact between Flood and the faculty member may go deeper than just one email.

If the suspension starts immediately, Flood would be shelved for a road game against Penn State (Sept. 19) and home games against Kansas (Sept. 26) and Michigan State (Oct. 10).  He would then be eligible to return for the Oct. 17 road trip to Indiana.  It’s unclear how much interaction with his team Flood will be permitted to have between games during the suspension.

In addition to the suspension, Flood was reportedly fined $50,000.  It’s believed associate head coach Norries Wilson will take over as interim head coach during Flood’s absence.

Just last Friday, the school’s board met in a private session to discuss what was only described as “athletic matters.”  The suspension also comes as the Scarlet Knights have dismissed six football players who had all been arrested either in connection to an on-campus assault or a string of home invasion robberies.  Additionally, star wide receiver Leonte Carroo was charged with simple assault after he allegedly slammed a woman into a concrete surface.

UPDATED 4:22 p.m. ET: In a lengthy letter to university personnel and boosters, RU president Robert Barchi both confirmed the punitive measures being taken against Flood and explained the reasoning behind it.  You can read the entire text of the missive by clicking HERE and the findings of the report HERE.

The suspension also begins immediately.  The sanctions only cover game-day activities, meaning Flood will still be permitted to take part in all of his normal game-week duties, including practices and team meetings.

The university is also consulting with the NCAA to determine if Flood’s actions constituted a violation of any NCAA bylaw.

Toledo announces future three-game series with Kentucky

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How about a little Power Five-Group of Five scheduling news to start off your Wednesday morning?

This week, Toledo announced that it has reached an agreement on a future three-game series with Kentucky, which is essentially a home-and-home plus a one-off.  The two schools will play in Lexington during the 2025 and 2028 seasons, with the Wildcats traveling to the Glass Bowl in 2027.

Specific dates for those matchups, which will be the first-ever between the school, weren’t divulged.

“We are very pleased to enter in this three-game series with the University of Kentucky,” said UT athletic director Mike O’Brien in a statement. “Bringing an SEC opponent into the Glass Bowl is huge for our football program and for our fans. We look forward to an exciting series with the Wildcats, beginning with the game in Lexington this fall.”

That 2027 game will mark just the second time an SEC school has ever traveled to Toledo for a football game, with the first being Missouri in 2014.  All told, the Rockets have played four games against members of that conference and have gone 1-3 in those contests, with the lone win coming against Arkansas in 2015.

Love lost as Memphis LB enters transfer portal

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For the third time this offseason, Memphis has seen a member of its football program sucked into the infamous portal.

Citing a source familiar with the decision, the Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Nyle Love has entered his name into the transfer database.  No specific reason was given for the departure, although positioning on the depth chart would be a likely place to start.

Other FBS schools will be able to contact Love without receiving U-M’s permission, with the linebacker also retaining the ability to return to the Tigers if he so desires.  As we have noted multiple times in the past, the school now also has the option to strip Love of his scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered the portal.

If Love moves on to another FBS school, it’s very likely he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

Love didn’t play a down for Tigers after coming to the AAC school as a three-star 2018 signee.

USC confirms JT Daniels is still Trojans’ starting QB

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The drama in the Land of Troy, such as it was, is officially over.

For most, there was a three-man battle for USC’s starting quarterback job throughout this offseason — incumbent JT Daniels, Matt Fink and Jack Sears.  Tuesday, the Trojans ended the competition charade by confirming that Daniels will indeed be the team’s starter when they open the 2019 season later this month.

Most intriguing, though, is the fact that true freshman Kedon Slovis, who has been mostly an afterthought in the competition, has been chosen as the true sophomore Daniels’ backup over Fink, a redshirt junior, and Sears, a redshirt sophomore.

Daniels started 11 games as a true freshman for the Trojans this past season, with Sears starting the other.  Fink seriously contemplated a transfer this offseason before opting to remain at USC.  Slovis, meanwhile, was a three-star 2019 signee who was rated as the No. 26 pro-style quarterback in the country.

In his first season as a starter, Daniels completed almost 60 percent of his 363 passes for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Michigan transfer Brandon Peters wins starting QB job at Illinois

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Michigan transfer Brandon Peters has won the quarterback derby at Illinois, Lovie Smith announced Tuesday.

“We loved Brandon when we got a chance to know him during the recruiting process,” Smith said. “Now that we’ve seen him on the field, he has been everything we though he would be. He has really thrown the ball well and is a better runner than he’s given credit for. Most importantly, he has moved into a leadership role for us. We’re pumped up about Brandon leading us heading into the season.”

A former 4-star recruit, the Avon, Ind., native is a graduate transfer who still has two years of eligibility remaining.

At Michigan he appeared in 10 games with four starts, completing 53 percent of his 110 throws for 680 yards and four touchdowns.

Illinois opens its season Aug. 31 at home versus Akron.