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Speedy 2019 WR just offered by Florida State arrested for grand theft

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This is most certainly not the way to celebrate a significant development in your athletic career.

In the middle of last week, Tyrese Cooper, a 2019 wide receiver, received an offer from Florida State. It was the Miami high schooler’s first scholarship offer from a Power Five program as he had just one other such FBS offer previously — Lane Kiffin‘s Florida Atlantic Owls.

Unfortunately for Cooper, this week hasn’t gone as well off the field as last as he was booked Monday into the Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of third-degree attempted grand theft of a vehicle, possession of burglary tools, loitering/prowling and criminal mischief.

What led to the arrest and charges has not yet been detailed.

While Cooper, who turned 18 in late March according to the Miami-Dade website, is a receiver in football, he’s also one of the top track sprinters in the country. 247Sports.com wrote that [h]e’s recorded a 100m time of 10.34 and 200m time of 20.46,” while USA Today noted that he “was an American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection in both 2017 and 2018” in track & field.

The latter also reported that Cooper “had been slated to run at the [Florida High School Athletic Association] state championships, which are set to begin Friday;” what impact the athlete’s arrest will have on his participation in that track meet is unknown.

What impact this incident will have on FSU’s offer is equally unknown.

Report: Arizona transfer QB Brandon Dawkins chooses Indiana

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One of the biggest names on the graduate transfer market has seemingly been taken off of it.

Tuesday night, Brandon Dawkins confirmed to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Indiana.  As a graduate transfer, the quarterback will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 for the Hoosiers.

“I didn’t see a better fit for me,” Dawkins told Rittenberg. ” I could have committed there two weeks ago. There were other schools, but at the end of the day, Indiana definitely showed that they’re interested and they wanted me, they made that clear and apparent. I really respect that about them. They weren’t going to dance around. They genuinely wanted me.”

Dawkins also alluded to an impending move to Bloomington on his Twitter account.

In February of this year, Dawkins announced his decision to transfer from Arizona.  In addition to Indiana, Dawkins had also visited Florida Atlantic as he looked to find a new program.  Nebraska and UCLA were in the mix for the quarterback’s services as well.

Dawkins started nine games in 2016 and the first four games this past season before the force of nature known as Khalil Tate took over. All told, he played in 23 games during his four seasons in the desert. The 13 starts previously mentioned were the only ones of his UA career.

For the Wildcats portion of his playing career, Dawkins completed just over 56 percent of his 334 passes for 2,418 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He ran for another 1,582 yards and 20 more touchdowns.

Minnesota reportedly adds FAU to their 2020 schedule, Eastern Michigan in 2023

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Minnesota isn’t taking Lane Kiffin up on his offer to come to #ThefaU but they are bringing the Owls to the Twin Cities.

FBSchedules has obtained two new game contracts from the Gophers as part of an open records request and reports that the school has added Florida Atlantic to their 2020 schedule and also will be grabbing some MACtion for the 2023 slate by scheduling a game against Eastern Michigan.

The two Group of Five opponents will not come cheap either.

FAU is set to visit TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 and will rake in a cool $1.2 million for the contest while the Eagles will be guaranteed $1.4 million for their much shorter trip to Minneapolis. The latter matchup will be the first ever meeting between Minnesota and EMU and is tentatively set for Sept. 9, 2023.

Interestingly, FBSchedules notes that FAU was scheduled to play Illinois on Sept. 5, 2020 but it obviously appears that game is either going to get moved to another week or year. One wouldn’t put it past Kiffin to attempt to play two Big Ten teams in three days but who knows if he’ll even be in Boca by the time this series ends up happening.

Florida Atlantic to hold youth clinic to benefit families of Stoneman Douglas victims

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Florida Atlantic will hold a 1-hour clinic where all proceeds will go to the families of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Saturday. Owls head coach Lane Kiffin told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he got the idea while talking with motivational speaker/college football coaching whisperer Jon Gordon.

“It just kind of came to me,” Kiffin told the paper. “I think it started with Jon Gordon telling me he was coming down here, he was gonna swing by and see me and he was going over there to help. It just kind of triggered, there’s gotta be something we can figure out to do.”

FAU will hold the clinic at Orange Bowl Field in Fort Lauderdale, with any youngster between kindergarten and eighth grade invited to attend. Admission will cost $20, and all proceeds will be given to the victims.

FAU also hosted the Douglas football team at practice on Thursday. Miami also hosted the Douglas team earlier this spring, and the Miami Dolphins have donated $100,000 to the victims’ families.

QB Brandon Dawkins hopes to make transfer decision before late-May graduation from Arizona

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Brandon Dawkins still doesn’t know to where he will transfer. The erstwhile Arizona quarterback does, however, have somewhat of a timeline for a decision to be made.

Late last week, it was reported that Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Nebraska and UCLA have all expressed interest in the quarterback. It was also confirmed that Dawkins has plans to visit the campuses of FAU and IU in the coming weeks.

In an interview with Rivals.com, Dawkins acknowledged that those are the four main schools who are in pursuit of him. He also told the website that he hopes to announce a decision on his new college football home before he graduates from UA in late May.

“I just want to be done with it as soon as possible,” the Thousand Oaks, Calif., product told the site. “I’m not in high school anymore. I’m not trying to have a bunch of offers and brag and post about them. I just want to know where I’m going to go and settle in and start learning that playbook and get to wherever I’m going and start learning the offense and get with the team and start getting that chemistry going.”

On Twitter late last month, Dawkins announced that he would be transferring from Arizona.

As a graduate transfer, Dawkins would be eligible to play immediately in 2018 at whichever of the quartet of schools he ultimately lands. The upcoming season will serve as Dawkins’ final year of eligibility at the collegiate level.

Dawkins started nine games in 2016 and the first four games this past season before the force of nature known as Khalil Tate took over. All told, he played in 23 games during his four seasons in the desert. The 13 starts previously mentioned were the only ones of his UA career.

For the Wildcats portion of his playing career, Dawkins completed just over 56 percent of his 334 passes for 2,418 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He ran for another 1,582 yards and 20 more touchdowns.