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Texas Tech WR Seth Collins granted sixth season of eligibility

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For one member of the Texas Tech football team, a collegiate career that could’ve ended will instead continue.

Friday, the Texas Tech football program announced that Seth Collins has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA. The decision will allow the wide receiver to play for the Red Raiders in 2020.

Collins had missed the entire 2019 season because of a shoulder injury suffered during spring practice.

“We’re happy for Seth that he will get to continue his career and return to the field next season,” Texas Tech football head coach Matt Wells said in a statement. “He has worked diligently with our training staff to rehab from a significant injury. We look forward to him participating in our offseason strength and conditioning program and spring practices.”

In his first season at Tech in 2018, Collins caught 32 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to that, Collin’s collegiate career was a roller coaster out in Corvallis.

In January of 2016, Collins, amidst speculation that he would be moved from quarterback to wide receiver, made the decision to transfer from Oregon State the first time; three months later, he returned to the Beavers — as a receiver.

Collins was second on the team in catches (36) and yards (418) during the 2016 season.  After three games in 2017, Collins was ruled out indefinitely because of what was described by the team as a health-related issue; he didn’t play again for the Beavers that season.  In the three games in which he played in 2017, he caught 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.

That illness was unrelated to the unspecified health event the year before that left him hospitalized and caused him to miss not only the last two games of 2016 but spring practice the following year as well.

In April of 2018, Collins announced that he would be transferring to Texas Tech.

Oregon State adds starting FCS offensive lineman as grad transfer

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The Oregon State football team looked to a lower level of football to add a potential starting lineman.

Late Monday night, the Oregon State football sports information department issued a press release confirming the addition of Korbin Sorensen to the roster. Sorenson had previously committed to the Beavers last month.

Sorenson comes to the Beavers as a graduate transfer from FCS Portland State.  Because of that, the offensive lineman will be eligible to play in 2020.  The 2020 season will be his final season of eligibility.

At Portland State, the 6-6, 305-pound Sorenson started 32 straight games at both tackle and guard.  In 2018, the Washington native was named third-team All-Big Sky Conference.

Oregon State is coming off a 5-7 season in the second year under Jonathan Smith. The first, the program went 2-10.  In 2020, OSU will be looking for its first above-.500 season since going 7-6 in 2013.  They haven’t reached double digits since 2006.

In December, Smith received a reworked deal.

Hamilcar Rashed announces return to Oregon State in 2020

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Like Rakeem Boyd did for Arkansas before him, Hamilcar Rashed has given Oregon State an early Christmas present.

Like all the cool returnees are doing, Rashed announced on Twitter that he’s coming back for the 2020 season.  The linebacker stated that he made the decision “[a]fter a long conversation with my family.”

“I’ve been blessed to play big-time football, but I still have a lot left to accomplish,” Rashed wrote. “There is an opportunity to achieve so much more and created unforgettable memories with my teammates.”

This season, Rashed leads the nation in tackles for loss with 22½ (he’s tied with Ohio State’s Chase Young at 1.9 per game).  His 14 sacks are tied for second at the FBS level.

While he was named second-team All-Pac-12, Rashed earned first-team Walter Camp All-American honors.

Rashed, a three-star 2016 signee, came into the 2019 season with 11½ and 2½ sacks in 24 career games.

Oregon State suing Georgia Tech AD over buyout

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There’s only one Pac-12/ACC matchup this bowl season but the far more interesting meeting between the two leagues might be taking place in a court room and not between the lines.

As reported by the Oregonian, Oregon State has sued former athletic director and current Georgia Tech boss Todd Stansbury for breach of contract relating to the seven figure sum he supposedly owes the school as part of his buyout.

“As a state university, we feel it is important to conclude the contractual obligations Oregon State University and Todd Stansbury agreed to,” OSU spokesman Steve Clark told the paper.

A former Yellow Jackets football player, Stansbury was hired in the fall of 2016 by his alma mater after spending just over a year in charge of the Beavers. As part of his deal with OSU, his buyout to leave for another job was set to be in the $2 million range.

Stansbury did just that in departing Corvallis for Atlanta and was making payments to Oregon State but stopped this past summer after paying roughly $500,000 and not the full amount. The Beavers don’t want to be shortchanged so they filed a lawsuit last week in a local county court trying to get the remaining amount.

Apple reportedly interested in Pac-12 sports rights

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#Pac12AfterDark may be coming directly to an iPhone near you in the not too distant future.

In a report that is bound to have a significant impact on the entire sports media landscape, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has held preliminary talks with the Pac-12 to potentially bring things like the conference’s football games onto the company’s recently launched streaming service:

More recently, Mr. Cue met with Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott about the conference’s effort to sell an equity stake in its media rights package, valued at up to $5 billion, that includes the Pac-12 Networks and all marquee football, basketball and live sports programming that is fully available in 2024, according to people familiar with the discussions. The conference includes the University of Southern California, Oregon University and Stanford University.

Mr. Cue has questioned the value of a deal with the Pac-12 because it would only give Apple rights to some games, people familiar with his thinking said. He also recognized that if Apple ever secured rights to all of the conference’s best programming, it would need to show some of those games on traditional, broadcast TV to satisfy fans.

It’s not known how far along the talks were (or are) but the Pac-12 has been focused for much of the past 18 months on trying to find a strategic and equity partner in both their conference and its media assets. A company like Apple would certainly qualify for both as it has both the cash on hand and the need to both program a new internet streaming service, Apple+, and get people to pay for it.

Linking up with Apple in even a limited capacity would be a coup for both the conference and its embattled commissioner either way. Unlike their Power Five peers that have limited packages of media rights coming to the market in the early 2020’s, the Pac-12 will see it’s entire sports portfolio from football to water polo come up for grabs at the same time. Scott has often refrained that this is a very unique situation and will help the conference catch up quickly to leagues like the Big Ten and SEC, which generate millions more in TV rights now and into the future.

Who knows if the two Silicon Valley entities ever wind up in business together but the simple fact that a powerful company like Apple is showing at least a little interest in something like Pac-12 football is the best news the conference of champions has had in several years.