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Bowling Green the landing spot for ex-Kentucky LB Dorian Hendrix

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Dorian Hendrix played his high school football in the state of Ohio and, after a brief detour to the south, he’s back in his home state.

Bowling Green announced in a press release that Hendrix has been added to Dino Babers‘ football program.  Because of NCAA transfer rules, the linebacker will be forced to sit out the 2015 season.

Beginning in 2016, Hendrix will then have three years of eligibility remaining at the MAC school.

“We are excited to add a player like Dorian to our program,” a statement from Babers began. “He comes from a great high school program in Huber Heights Wayne and will be a great addition to our linebacker unit and also our defense. We look forward to seeing the impact that Dorian will make on both our University and our football program in the future.”

A three-star member of Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class, Hendrix was rated as the No. 25 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 36 player at any position in the state of Ohio. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, then left the Wildcats earlier this offseason.

As BGSU noted in its release, Hendrix is the fifth player from a Power Five program to transfer to the Falcons under Babers since last August, joining Malik Brown (Tennessee), Robbie Rhodes (Baylor), Donovan Wilson (Georgia Tech) and Eilar Hardy (graduate transfer, Notre Dame).

BGSU loses a WR, adds pair of Power Five transfers

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A trio of previously reported developments — two positive, on negative — regarding the Bowling Green football team have been confirmed.

First, the good news.

In a press release, BGSU confirmed that wide receiver Robbie Rhodes and defensive end Malik Brown have transferred into the football program. It was reported last month that Rhodes would be leaving Baylor and transferring to BGSU, while Brown confirmed this past weekend that he would be landing at the MAC school after leaving Tennessee.

Both players, who are roommates, are seeking waivers that would grant them immediately eligibility to play in 2014, although there’s been no decision made by the NCAA on that front.

“We are excited to add two quality student-athletes to our program in Robbie Rhodes and Malik Brown,” head coach Dino Babers said in a statement. “They will both add talent and depth to our team at their respective positions, and I look forward to watching them compete and get better during the course of their careers.”

Rhodes, a four-star 2013 recruit rated as the No. 8 receiver in the country that year, appeared in 11 games last season for Baylor, recording 10 receptions for 157 yards. A three-star member of UT’s 2013 recruiting class, Brown took a redshirt as a true freshman.

On the flip side, there was confirmation of a serious injury for one of the Falcons’ top weapons in the passing game.

This past weekend, Chris Gallon confirmed that he re-tore his ACL and will miss the upcoming season.  It had previously been reported that the receiver would likely miss the 2014 season because of a serious injury.

“We were doing sprints in conditioning, and I felt a tug on my knee,” Gallon said according to the Toledo Blade. “Then it popped a little bit.

“I thought it was a tissue injury, but the doctors said it was more.”

In 2012, Gallon led all Falcon receivers in catches (54), yards (720) and receiving touchdowns (six). He was second in all three categories last year (24-232-2) when he went down with what turned out to be a season-ending injury.

Ex-Vol Malik Brown transfers to Bowling Green

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In early June, erstwhile Tennessee defensive lineman Malik Brown acknowledged that Syracuse was a potential transfer landing spot.

Instead, the lineman is looking to a campus about 450 miles to the west to continue his collegiate playing career.

While Bowling Green has yet to announce it, Brown confirmed to the Palm Beach Post that he has decided to transfer to the Falcons.  Brown said he left the Vols because injuries left his standing with the program up in the air.

“It’s a real good move,” Brown told the Post. “My health is 100 percent. I’m ready to play now.”

While it was originally thought that, because of NCAA transfer rules, Brown would be forced to sit out the 2014 season, the paper notes that the player is awaiting clearance from the NCAA that would give him immediate eligibility. How that’s possible for the Florida native is unknown.

A three-star member of UT’s 2013 recruiting class, Brown took a redshirt as a true freshman.

Brown is the second player from a Power Five conference to land at BGSU in the last couple of weeks as former Baylor wide receiver Robbie Rhodes transferred into the program late last month. Brown and Rhodes, incidentally, are roommates.

Rhodes himself is seeking a waiver as well that would grant him immediate eligibility.

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WR Rhodes moving from Big 12 champs to MAC champs

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Former Baylor wide receiver Robbie Rhodes is moving from one conference champion to another. Rhodes is transferring to Bowling Green, a report by ESPN.com has confirmed. Bowling Green won the MAC championship in 2013 and is the preseason favorite to win the conference again in 2014.

A month ago it was learned Rhodes was no longer with the Baylor Bears, 2013 Big 12 champions. Earlier in the offseason Rhodes was arrested and charged for possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence, but the charges were never levied against him.

Rhodes appeared in 11 games last season for Baylor, recording 10 receptions for 157 yards. Where he goes from here is unknown at this time for the true sophomore. He still has three years of eligibility remaining. At Bowling Green, Rhodes will feel comfortable being inserted into the offense once he is eligible, because there will be many similarities between what the Falcons do and what Baylor runs. Bowling green head coach Dino Babers (pictured) is a former receivers coach at Baylor.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Rhodes will have to sit out the 2014 season but will have multiple years of eligibility once he is eligible to resume playing for Bowling Green in 2015.

Bret Bielema takes stance against players using marijuana

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Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has made no secret about his openness to adding transfer players if it means helping his team’s chances to win. Looking back on his time at Wisconsin it was Bielema who added transfer quarterbacks not once, but twice in hopes of giving the Badgers a shot at winning a Big Ten title. One time it worked beautifully with N.C. State transfer Russell Wilson. The other time it did not quite play out as perhaps expected, with Danny O’Brien of Maryland. Bielema likes to go after players with good character, and that stance may not be something that changes anytime at Arkansas.

“Everybody adds players to the program,” Bielema said in a recent radio interview on SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly, as transcribed by 247 Sports. “Especially at Arkansas, when we go after a transfer, we’re going after the highest quality of people. I’m not trying to get a rebound off any law enforcement or drug issues or anything else. We look for high quality.”

The timing of Bielema’s recent comments is worth noting as well. Former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, dismissed by the university this offseason, was officially added to Oklahoma’s roster as a transfer player on Thursday, the same day Bielema appeared on the radio program. DGB’s problems were drug related according to previous reports, and that is something Bielema takes seriously at Arkansas. At a time when the debate on whether or not marijuana should be legalized continues to evolve, Bielema is standing pat on his stance, as he generally does,

“I’ll be honest, just a couple weeks ago, there was a Baylor wide receiver that got into a little trouble [Bielema is referring to Robbie Rhodes, who is no longer with the Baylor program]. The thing he had gone through, we could be his greatest asset, with a strict no use of marijuana, no use of drugs. That’s something I really enforced when I got here, something I firmly believe in.”

“Across the nation, there’s a whole new process about legalizing marijuana,” Bielema said. “If I allow it to happen here, I’m allowing bad behavior to continue that will cost them their career. We’re pretty adherent to that policy.”

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