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Mississippi State transfer who committed to Ole Miss flips to Florida State

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Florida State is the beneficiary of a relatively rare football portal flip.

In mid-May, Jarrian Jones became the fifth Mississippi State football player to enter the NCAA transfer database in seven weeks.  May 23, he became the latest MSU player to find a new home as the defensive back moved to the Ole Miss side of the Egg Bowl rivalry.

Friday morning, however, Jones flipped.  On his personal Twitter account, Jones revealed that he has committed to the Florida State football team.

Jones was a four-star member of the Mississippi State football Class of 2019.  The Mississippi native was the No. 18 safety in the country on the 247Sports.com composite.  He was also the No. 13 prospect regardless of position in his home state.  Only three signees in the class that year for MSU were rated higher than Jones.

As a true freshman, Jones started one of the dozen games in which he played.  In those appearances, he was credited with 12 tackles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

After sitting out the 2020 season, the defensive back will have three years of eligibility to use starting in 2021.  Barring a waiver for immediate eligibility, of course.

Jones would actually be the second Mississippi State player to transfer into the Florida State football program in less than two months.  In mid-April, Fabien Lovett announced he was transferring to the Seminoles.  While it was reported that the defensive lineman would likely flip to Ole Miss, he confirmed he signed with FSU.

College Football Hall of Fame damaged amidst protests in Atlanta overnight

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In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, protests have erupted across the country.  Overnight, those protests hit the home for college football history.

A peaceful protest in Atlanta Friday turned violent later in the night as many numerous businesses in the city were vandalized and looted.  According to myriad media outlets, one of those that suffered damage was the College Football Hall of Fame.

Fortunately, one of the reports stated, “none of the artifacts or history memorabilia was damaged… just the glass in front of the store.” One report, though, described the hall as being “destroyed.”

“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the friends and family of George Floyd,” College Football Hall of Fame CEO Kimberly Beaudin said in a statement. “We support the peaceful protests that honor his memory but unfortunately they deteriorated into chaos and disorder. We are heartbroken to see the damage to our city and the Hall of Fame. As our Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, we are better than this, better than this as a city, and better than this as a country.

“In the coming days and weeks, we’ll work to pick up the pieces, to build back the sacred walls that housed memories and honored those who played the game many of whom fought these same injustices throughout their storied careers.”

NCAA extends recruiting dead period through July 31; The Association will also allow strength coaches to ‘virtually observe voluntary physical workouts’

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Not surprisingly, the NCAA has reset its recruiting trail policies.  Again.

As the coronavirus pandemic effectively shuttered the sports world, the NCAA announced in mid-March that it was putting a halt to all in-person recruiting until at least April 15.  Last month, that dead period was extended through May 31.  This month, another extension took us to June 30.

As we close in on the month of June, another extension is official.  As expected, the NCAA announced Wednesday evening that the recruiting dead period has been extended through July 31.  That means all in-person recruiting activities — either on-campus or elsewhere — are prohibited.

The latest edict impacts all sports, not just football.

“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Division I Council Coordination Committee chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania, said in a statement. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”

One potential effect of all of these dead-period extension bans?  It could force The Association to, for one year, temporarily get rid of the December Early Signing Period.

The NCAA earlier this month also announced that football programs could begin bringing players back to campus for voluntary workouts starting June 1.  In the dead-period release, The Association also updated its tack on that front:

Additionally, the committee decided to allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe voluntary physical workouts for health and safety purposes but only if requested by the student-athlete. The measure goes into effect June 1. The strength and conditioning coach will be allowed to observe the workouts and discuss items related to voluntary workouts but not direct or conduct the workout.

The decision was supported by the Committee on Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Prevention and Performance Subcommittee. The subcommittee encouraged schools that decide to allow their strength and conditioning coaches to observe voluntary workouts to proactively consider the school’s overarching responsibility to protect the health of and provide a safe environment for each student-athlete. More specifically, the subcommittee stressed that schools should plan for how the strength and conditioning coach should respond if they observe an unsafe workout environment or in the event that a medical emergency occurs during a voluntary session.

The committee will continue to explore the opportunity for strength and conditioning coaches to conduct voluntary workouts virtually, as they do during in-person, on-campus voluntary workouts.

College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Art Briles being dismissed as the head coach at Baylor

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The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.

In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on May 26, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Ex-Ohio State coach Urban Meyer downplays USC rumors: ‘I think I’m done’
THE SYNOPSIS: Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart attempted to recruit Meyer to the Trojans.  USC, though, reportedly told athletic director candidates that the coach wouldn’t be an option.  In the end, the university left the college football program in the hands of Clay Helton.  For now.

2018

THE HEADLINE: Two Illinois players charged with theft for relocating deer sculpture
THE SYNOPSIS: Those wild and wacky college kids.

2017

THE HEADLINE: Chip Kelly’s new ESPN gig could be pit stop back to college sideline
THE SYNOPSIS: Six months later, Kelly was hired by UCLA.  In two seasons with the Bruins, Kelly has gone 7-17 overall. He’s also 7-11 in Pac-12 play.

2016

THE HEADLINE: Baylor dismisses Art Briles as Bears’ head football coach
THE SYNOPSIS: Briles was ousted over his handling of allegations involving sexual assault allegedly committed by a handful of football players.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Clemson’s Dabo Swinney in the middle of LGBT issue
THE SYNOPSIS: Unbelievably, this post kicked up quite the ruckus in the comments section.  And Twitter.

2013

THE HEADLINE: Everett Golson apologizes for ‘poor academic judgment,’ vows Irish return
THE SYNOPSIS: Golson was suspended for the entire 2013 season for academic misconduct.  He then returned to Notre Dame for the 2014 season.  Only to ultimately transfer to Florida State.

2011

THE HEADLINE: Ex-Buckeye WR Ray Small doesn’t ‘see why it’s a big deal’ players sold rings, got car deals
THE SYNOPSIS: Quite fitting, on the verge of the NIL era in college football.

Ex-Florida State offensive lineman in transfer portal arrested for battery allegedly committed in 2018

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One erstwhile Florida State football player is not making a positive impression on his future home.

In January of this year, Jauan Williams‘ name first appeared in the NCAA transfer database, the initial step in leaving the Florida State football team.  Thursday, TomahawkNation.com is reporting that the offensive lineman was arrested the previous day on one count of of battery touching or striking.

From the website’s report:

The charges reportedly stem from separate incidents involving Williams and his girlfriend, who filed complaints of physical abuse and sexual harassment and violence.

Per the affidavit, Williams reportedly choked and punched the woman, in addition to threatening her once she went to police. The incidents happened in 2018 — and in 2019, after initially withdrawing her complaints, she proceeded with the case.

According to the same website, Williams was dismissed by FSU prior to their Sun Bowl loss to Arizona State New Year’s Eve last season.

A four-star member of FSU’s 2016 recruiting class, Williams was rated as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country.  The Washington D.C. product was one of four tackles added by the Seminoles that recruiting cycle.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Williams missed all of the 2017 season because of injury.

Williams started the first three games of the 2018 season at left tackle and the last three games at right tackle.  He started the first two games this past season, but only saw action in three other games in 2019 as he was limited by an ankle injury.