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Florida State’s starting OT accused of dating violence no longer on team

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It appears Josh Ball‘s time in Tallahassee has, not surprisingly, come to an end.

Citing a Florida State spokesperson, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Ball is no longer part of the Seminoles’ football roster. Not only that, but the spokesperson stated that the offensive lineman is “not in good standing with Florida State University.”

The development stems from a series of off-field incidents involving Ball and a former girlfriend.

In November of last year, reports surfaced that Sandra Sellers, an FSU student who dated Ball for a year and a half, had accused the offensive tackle of dating violence, including allegations that he physically attacked her on at least three occasions. Earlier this month, Warchant.com reported that, in connection to those allegations, Ball had been suspended from the university after a ruling by the school’s judicial panel.

Additionally, the alleged victim, in a since-deleted post on social media, indicated that Ball would miss the entire 2018 season. At this point in time, no criminal charges have been filed against stemming from Sellers’ allegations.

Football-wise, Ball’s reported departure is a significant one for the Seminoles.

Ball started the last nine games of the 2017 season at left tackle for FSU. 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.

Jimbo Fisher still hasn’t signed his 10-year, $75 million contract with Texas A&M

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Most people would rush to put pen to paper on a deal guaranteeing them $7.5 million over the next 10 years but Jimbo Fisher apparently isn’t most people.

The Texas Tribune is reporting that the Aggies head coach has not signed his new contract with the school despite being introduced in College Station the first week of December and reportedly agreeing to terms well before that. A school spokesperson, Kelly Brown, told the Tribune that Fisher is working under a memorandum of understanding and — naturally — is being paid regularly as part of his annual salary.

“There’s no disagreement over the contract and there’s nothing contentious going on behind the scenes,” she said.

Interestingly, one driving force over the delay in signing could be coming as the result of a recent signature in Washington that brought about significant changes to the federal tax code. While Texas famously doesn’t have a state income tax, the new law that was passed earlier this year called for “an excise tax of 21 percent on annual compensation over $1 million that’s paid to some employees at nonprofit organizations.” It seems that Fisher’s representatives and the school itself are still sorting out whether they are impacted by the change to see if any tweaks are needed to the language that is already drawn up.

Coaches have waited months (and even years) before signing their actual contract with schools so this isn’t that out of the ordinary and Fisher is certainly cashing checks from the Aggies either way to run their football program. Just take Nebraska for example, which just saw Scott Frost sign his massive deal in late May despite being hired just around the same time.

Still, we’d be telling the lawyers to hurry up a bit if $75 million is involved…

NCAA releases latest APR data, which means bonus money for many coaches

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It’s APR — academic progress rate — day around the NCAA which means a bunch of schools are celebrating how well their teams did in the classroom. While many programs are doing a fist pump over hitting certain thresholds, there are a number of head coaches who are picking up a nice check as the result of players staying eligible.

Like, six-figures worth of cold hard cash thanks to their players showing up to class and taking tests.

USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz knows coaches contracts better than anybody and has been tweeting out some of the bonus money that various coaches are getting as a result of APR scores. While a few amounts are somewhat modest, a few others are collecting a very, very nice check.

Lunch is on Paul Johnson today!

Northwestern led all football programs with a multi-year APR rate of 997, followed closely in the FBS ranks by Air Force, Vanderbilt and Duke among others. The overall average score for football teams across Division I ticked up two points to 964 for the 2016-17 school year. Student-athletes receive points for both staying eligible and staying in school, with a formula then determining the program’s single-year and multi-year scores.

Teams can be ruled ineligible for postseason play if their score is too low but only one program suffered that fate (Morgan State of the MEAC). Grambling also was hit with a Level One penalty for their APR score, which includes a reduction in practice time for the upcoming season. The lowest multi-year APR score for a FBS program belonged to Florida State with a 941.

Reports indicate Florida State starting RT Josh Ball could be suspended for all of the 2018 season

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Florida State’s offensive line may have been dealt a rather significant blow a couple of months before summer camp kicks off.

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.  Tuesday, Warchant.com reported that, in connection to those allegations, Ball has been suspended from the university after a ruling by the school’s judicial panel.

At this point in time, it’s unclear how long Ball’s suspension will last.  According to a since-deleted social media post made by the alleged victim, however, Ball will miss the entire 2018 season.

From the Tallahassee Democrat:

Sellers posted to her public page on social media that she was happy the matter was concluded and that she will now be able to enjoy football season because she will not see Ball on the field.

“This long journey has finally come to an end!” Sellers wrote in the post that has since been deleted.

“After two long days of testifying and two agonizing weeks of waiting for this letter, it’s finally here. Thank you FSU for making campus a better place. Stand up for yourself and stand strong. God doesn’t put you through obstacles that you can’t learn and grow from.

“Thank you to all my family, friends and amazing boyfriend for having to hear about all these cases over and over again and consistently standing by me in my decision to continue to pursue charges. So cheers to finally being able to close this chapter of my life for good and to being able to enjoy football season, and not seeing him on the field!

Warchant.com notes that “Ball was not charged by the Tallahassee Police or the state attorney’s office following Sellers’ complaint” in connection to the allegations.

As of yet, neither the university nor the athletic department has confirmed Sellers’ version of Ball’s status with the team. Sellers’ attorney Leonardo Arias Vera told the Democrat he could not comment on the situation.

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.

Alabama (still) a massive favorite over Louisville, other Week 1 lines

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It’s been about four months since we checked in on the Week 1 betting lines in college football, highlighted by Alabama’s installation as a massive favorite for its date with Louisville in Orlando.

And in the four months since, the public has clearly lost faith in the Nick Saban Football Machine.

After starting as a 29.5-point favorite, Alabama has been downgraded… to a 28.5-point favorite, according to lines released by Bet Online.

Other lines of note:

  • UCF (-20.5) at Connecticut
  • Northwestern (+4.5) at Purdue
  • Colorado (-6) vs. Colorado State (at Denver)
  • San Diego State (+14.5) at Stanford
  • Florida Atlantic (+23) at Oklahoma
  • Oregon State (+38) at Ohio State
  • Texas (-10.5) at Maryland
  • Boise State (-10.5) at Troy
  • Arizona (-14) vs. BYU (at Phoenix)
  • Auburn (-3.5) vs. Washington (at Atlanta)
  • Ole Miss (-1.5) vs. Texas Tech (at Houston)
  • West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee (at Charlotte)
  • North Carolina (+6) at California
  • Michigan (+2) at Notre Dame
  • Alabama (-28.5) vs. Louisville (at Orlando)
  • Miami (-3) vs. LSU (at Dallas)
  • Virginia Tech (+6.5) at Florida State

Check out the entire list of lines here.