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Report: Starting DB K.J. Gray one of two dismissed by Rutgers

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A little more than three weeks before summer camp opens, Rutgers’ roster has taken a significant one-two punch on the defensive side of the ball.

Citing a person with knowledge of the situation, Keith Sargeant of is reporting that junior defensive back K.J. Gray and sophomore linebacker Brendan DeVera have been dismissed from Chris Ash‘s Scarlet Knights football team.  The only reason given was unspecified violations of team rules.

A school spokesperson declined to address any developments involving the two players.

After starting four of the 10 games in which he played last season and leading all defensive backs in tackles (58), Gray had been expected to take over as the Scarlet Knights’ starting strong safety.  Redshirt freshman Naijee Jones will be one of the players vying to assume Gray’s starting job.

As for DeVera, who began his collegiate career as a fullback, he was a backup middle linebacker as well as a special teams standout.

Texas running back Toneil Carter to transfer out of Longhorns program

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Tom Herman is no doubt busy on the recruiting trail with the early signing period just days away and landing a running back in Texas’ class of 2019 took an added emphasis on Friday.

Following several reports out of Austin, Longhorns tailback Toneil Carter confirmed on his Twitter account that he would be leaving the program and transferring elsewhere. The school also confirmed the news.

The move isn’t too surprising considering there was a logjam at the position and the fact that Carter played in nine games as a freshman last year (two starts) but didn’t have a single carry in 2018. That will likely make him a redshirt unless he appeared in more than four games on special teams and would result in him having three years of eligibility left at his next program.

The New Orleans native prepped in the Houston area and was considered a four-star tailback in high school by 247Sports and held offers from the usual powerhouses like Georgia and Alabama as well as in-state programs such as Baylor.

Report: Akron to hire Chattanooga’s Tom Arth as next head coach

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The coaching carousel is, for now, all wrapped up.

According to the plugged-in folks at, Akron has filled the final FBS head coaching vacancy this offseason by plucking Chattanooga’s Tom Arth to be the Zips’ newest head coach.

The Ohio native is a former star quarterback for John Carroll University and most famously served as Peyton Manning’s backup with the Indianapolis Colts from 2003-2005.

Arth began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater back in 2010 and was elevated to head coach in 2013, going 40-8 with the Blue Streaks. He moved up to the FCS level with Chattanooga and doubled the Mocs’ win total in just two seasons at the school.

The move up to the MAC means Arth will replace Terry Bowden at Akron, who was fired earlier this month after going 35–52 over seven seasons with the program.

Arth won’t have much time to get acclimated to his new gig in Northeast Ohio with the early signing period just around the corner next week.

2017 starting LT Josh Ball, suspended after being accused of dating violence, won’t return to Florida State

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It appears Josh Ball‘s playing career at Florida State has come to an end.

In November of last year, reports surfaced that Sandra Sellers, an FSU student who dated Seminoles football player Josh Ball for a year and a half, had accused the offensive lineman of dating violence, including allegations that he physically attacked her on at least three occasions.  In mid-May, in connection to those allegations, Ball was suspended by the university after a ruling by the school’s judicial panel and led him to play at the junior college level in 2018.

While there was speculation earlier this month that Ball would attempt to rejoin the Seminoles football team, the lineman posted on Twitter Thursday evening that his time in Tallahassee is over.  Ball did, though, state that he is leaving the university “in good standing.”

“I have made the determination to stay closer to family and not return to Florida State even though I have been cleared and [am] in good standing to do so by the Florida State administration,” Ball wrote.

Ball started the last nine games of the 2017 season at left tackle for the Seminoles.  Exiting spring practice this year, and with last year’s starter Rick Leonard no longer around due to expired eligibility, the redshirt sophomore was penciled in as FSU’s starting right tackle.

A Fredericksburg, Va., native, the 6-8, 335-pound Ball spent the 2018 football season at a Kansas junior college.

Minnesota again extends P.J. Fleck’s contract

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In November of last year, not even all the way through his first season with the Golden Gophers, P.J. Fleck was given a contract extension.  A year and a month later, it’s lather, rinse and repeat on the contractual front.

Early Friday afternoon, Minnesota announced that the university and its head football coach had agreed to another contract extension.  The extended deal was formally approved by the university’s Board of Regents earlier in the day.

With the tweaked contract, Fleck, whose original five-year contract was agreed to in January of 2017, is now signed through the 2023 season and on into 2024.  Fleck made $3.35 million in 2018; there was no word on what if any financial adjustments were included in the extension.

“It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to lead this team and represent the University of Minnesota and our great state,” a statement from Fleck began. “Our family loves living in Minnesota, and I look forward to leading our football program into the future. Through the academic, athletic, social and spiritual development of our student-athletes, and through recruiting, we are building a championship culture that our fans can be proud of.

“Heather and I are so thankful to our staff, [athletic director] Mark Coyle, President Kaler and the Board of Regents for seeing the vision we have for our football program. We are so excited and humbled with the contract extension!”

Taking over a program that won nine games in 2016, Fleck has guided the Gophers to records of 5-7 and 6-6 his first two seasons at the school.  This year, Minnesota beat rival Wisconsin for the first time since 2003 and, in the process, became bowl-eligible for the first time under Fleck.