Southern WR who suffered spinal injury at Georgia remains in Athens hospital


Southern wide receiver Devon Gales suffered a spinal injury during the Jaguars’ 48-6 loss to No. 8 Georgia Saturday, and he remains in an Athens, Ga., hospital on Sunday, the school announced Sunday evening.

“Gales suffered several fractures in his neck that were stabilized,” the school said in its official statement. “He continues to have movement in his upper body and remains in good spirits and will remain at Athens Regional until he is released to return to Baton Rouge for further treatment.”

Georgia has coordinated with Gales’ parents and Southern officials throughout the process. UGA athletics director Greg McGarity told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the school paid to fly Gales’ parents in from Louisiana to Atlanta. Georgia officials greeted Gales’ parents at the Atlanta hospital and drove them to meet their son at Athens Regional.

Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer also visited Gales in the hospital Sunday.

“We’re trying to cover him up with as much love as we can, and let him know that we care, let him know that we’re here to help,” Richt told the paper. “We’re just gonna continue to pray, and I know the Bulldog nation is behind him as well. There may come a time where there may be some needs. Not exactly sure yet. But it does come to that I’m going to be calling all Dawgs to get involved and to help out.”

Richt said the coaching staff and their families plan to continue to care for Gales until he is stable enough to return to Baton Rouge. “We have a family night tonight. They’re making a lot of posters, get-well cards, and they may pop in and out of the hospital,” Richt said.

Witness in hoops trial claims he paid football players from Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, others

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A sweeping college hoops scandal that’s engulfed the sport has now touched its gridiron counterpart.

Marty Blazer, a Pittsburgh financial advisor-turned government informant after pleading guilty to securities fraud charges, took the witness stand Tuesday in the college basketball fraud trial and levied some potentially explosive allegations.  As part of his testimony, Blazer alleged that, between 2000-14, he paid football players from, among others, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Pitt.  The payments, some of which were in the thousands of dollars, were aimed at convincing the player to remain in college and not enter the NFL draft in the hopes that they would retain him as their financial adviser when they did turn pro.

The names of specific players were, for the most part, not mentioned by Blazer.

The most damning of the accusations made by Blazer seems to involve Penn State during the Joe Paterno era.  Specifically, Blazer alleges that he paid the father of then-Penn State player Aaron Maybin $10,000, with the payment being made at the behest of an unnamed Paterno assistant coach.

If accurate, the NCAA would consider such an arrangement a major infraction.  It’s unclear what, if any, action The Association will take on the football side of the accusations made under oath.

Requests for comment from each of the football programs mentioned in Blazer’s testimony have not yet been met with a response.

Kentucky’s Gunnar Hoak latest QB to enter transfer database

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You can go ahead and add Kentucky to the burgeoning list of FBS schools that have lost signal-callers to the infamous portal.

On his personal Twitter account Tuesday morning, Kentucky’s Gunnar Hoak wrote that, “[a]fter much thought and consideration, I have decided to put my name in the NCAA transfer portal.” As Hoak is set to graduate from UK very early next month, the quarterback would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS program immediately in 2019.

As an added bonus for whichever school he ultimately chooses, Hoak has two seasons of eligibility available.

After losing out in the quarterback competition that ended in summer camp, Hoak spent the 2018 season as starter Terry Wilson‘s primary backup.  In that role, Hoak completed 13 of his 26 passes for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Coming out of high school in Dublin, Ohio, Hoak was a three-star 2016 signee.

RB Jonathan Taylor competing with Wisconsin track team

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Jonathan Taylor is on track to be one of the most prolific running backs in college football history, but, this spring, he’ll be giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “on track.”

Wisconsin confirmed Tuesday that the Badgers running back will run in at least three meets with the UW track & field team this spring.  Taylor will make his collegiate track debut this weekend at the Penn Relays.  Additionally, he’ll run in the university’s Alumni Classic May 3 and the Big Ten Championships May 10-12.

Taylor will be running a leg of the 4×100-meter relay team, and would run in the NCAA prelims as well if they qualify.

Taylor, one of a handful of preseason Heisman Trophy favorites, is no stranger to the track as he won a pair of New Jersey state high school titles in the 100-meter dash.

As a true freshman in 2017, his 1,977 yards were third nationally.  This past season, he led the country in rushing with 2,194 yards.  If Taylor were to rush for at least 2,235 yards in 2018 — five players in FBS history have surpassed that total in college football history, most recently San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny in 2017 — he would break Donnel Pumphrey‘s all-time record of 6,405 career rushing yards.

Florida football staffer arrested for cyberstalking ex-girlfriend

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If the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker were still a thing around these parts, it would be a non-football player triggering a reset back to double zeroes.

According to Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun, and citing court records, Florida football assistant director of player personnel Otis Yelverton was arrested Monday by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office on one count of aggravated cyberstalking.  That charge is a third-degree felony and involves Yelverton’s ex-girlfriend.

From Rivals.com:

According to the ACSO police report, Yelverton has “repeatedly and maliciously” harassed the victim in the case after she ended the relationship on April 14th. The report goes on to detail that Yelverton called, Facebook messaged and texted the victim over 40 times – many of those messages coming after she told Yelverton to end all communication.

The report goes on to say that the defendant was then arrested after he reportedly left a threatening voice message on April 21, after he told the victim that he would “blow up” her car.

The ACSO report goes on to say that Yelverton allegedly “used multiple vulgarities and demeaning language which placed the victim in a continuous state of fear that violence was going to take place.

As a result of the incident, Yelverton has been placed on administrative leave by the football program.

Yelverton was hired by head coach Dan Mullen in January of 2018.  Prior to that, he served as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.