Urban Meyer confirms J.T. Barrett won’t play in spring game


Not so surprisingly, one portion of Ohio State’s three-headed quarterback competition who’s found himself limited this spring won’t take the field for the finale.

Ahead of spring practice No. 12 Monday morning, OSU head coach Urban Meyer confirmed that J.T. Barrett will not play in the Buckeyes’ spring game this Saturday.  Both the OSU coaching and medical staff are taking the cautious tack when it comes to Barrett’s ankle, which he fractured in the regular-season finale against Michigan and subsequently underwent surgery to repair.

Barrett, who had screws removed from the ankle in February, has been in non-contact mode this spring, although Meyer stated that the redshirt sophomore has gotten more reps than expected.  Barring a setback between now and August, Barrett is expected to be 100-percent healthy for the start of summer camp.

As for the other injured quarterback, Meyer stated that he’s been told Braxton Miller‘s “

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‘A-plus’ grade from Meyer on OSU’s handling of Jamel Dean situation


Quite the controversy bubbled to the surface late last weekend when it was reported that Jamel Dean, a 2015 signee who enrolled early at Ohio State, had failed a physical and wasn’t cleared for participation by the OSU medical staff because of knee issues.  The football program was willing to sign off on a medical waiver and allow Dean to stay on scholarship — that wouldn’t count against the 85-scholarship limit — but the move to disqualify Dean set numerous people off, not the least of which was Dean’s high school coach.

“It’s about taking care of a kid who was committed to you for 18 months, and you’re pushing him out before he even got an opportunity. He didn’t get a chance to do anything,” Cocoa (Fla.) High School’s John Wilkinson said. “They’re saying they’re going to honor his scholarship, but honoring his scholarship doesn’t allow him to…

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New Urban contract significantly closes pay gap on Saban


Ohio State’s national championship last season proved to be beneficial both personally and professionally for Urban Meyer, but now the head coach will benefit financially from it for good measure.

In a press release Monday, OSU not so surprisingly announced that the university and Meyer have reached agreement on a contract extension that would keep the coach with the Buckeyes through the 2020 season.  The new deal still needs the approval of the school’s board, although that’s expected to be nothing more than a rubber-stamp maneuver.

A raise was included in the new contract as well as Meyer, who made $4.536 million in total compensation in 2014, will make $5.8 million in 2015.  The six years thereafter, the deal will average a whopping $6.5 million annually.

In June of last year, Alabama announced that Nick Saban, already the highest-paid coach in the sport, had agreed to a new…

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Badger DB Derrick Tindal says he’s OK after head/neck injury scare


It appears that an injury scare at practice Sunday has ended on a positive note for a member of Wisconsin’s secondary.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Derrick Tindal, “listed at 5 foot 11 and 174 pounds, went low in an attempt to tackle tailback Taiwan Deal (6-0, 216). He led with his head and his helmet appeared to hit Deal’s leg.” After being tended to by team medical personnel, the cornerback was strapped to a backboard and taken to a local hospital via ambulance for further evaluation of a possible head/neck injury.

UW subsequently reported that Tindal had movement in his extremities. In a tweet posted to his Twitter account Monday morning, the corner let everyone know he’s OK.

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Arkansas State to have FBS’ first-ever female head coach


Well, sort of.

As we noted exactly a week ago today, and for the second consecutive year, Arkansas State planned to auction off the privilege to serve as the head coach of the Red Wolves’ spring game this coming Friday.  In a twist from last year, the winning bidder will be permitted to select a friend or family member to coach the opposing squad.

Monday night, ASU announced the individual who placed the winning bid, and it is, in its own quirky way, a historic bidder: Arkansas native Angie Gallaher, with a winning bid of $8,700. The winning bid in 2014, from then-25-year-old California tech exec Nick Bhardwaj, was $11,700 for those keeping score at home.

As for what the Arkansas-based owner of a realty company will receive in exchange for her winning bid…

As the head coach, she will draft her team members, give the pregame and halftime…

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Army to keep using ‘Black Knights’ nickname after all


For those who were all nonplussed over black helicopters reportedly dropping political correctness on one of this great nation’s service academies, you can sleep a little easier tonight.

A report surfaced last week that Army was set to ditch its “Black Knights” nickname in favor of the “Cadets,” which had been one of the academy’s unofficial nicknames prior to the former becoming official in 1999.  All that angst was wasted, however, as Army, as part of its “rebranding” announcement Monday, revealed that “Army West Point will continue to use Black Knights as a nickname” for its sports teams.

The rebranding will commence in earnest, though, as Army and Nike, in what was described as an 18-month brand evolution process, have “[enhanced] and [perfected] the celebrated marks of the United States Military Academy, honoring the duty, leadership and rich history of academics and athletics, key characteristics and attributes associated with the…

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‘Good spring’ leaves Ryan Finley as Boise State QB front-runner


The same weekend a former Boise State quarterback great was feted, the future of the position gained some additional clarity as well.

Prior to Saturday’s spring game, Kellen Moore, the football program’s all-time passing leader and winner of 50 games in a career that ended in 2011, was honored by the Broncos during a pregame ceremony.  Shortly thereafter, the quarterback competition to replace Grant Hedrick continued, with Ryan Finley once again reaffirming to most observers that he will enter the summer as the front-runner for the job — even as his coaches will wait until the first couple of weeks of summer camp before officially anointing anyone.

“He’s done well,” head coach Bryan Harsin said according to the Idaho Press-Tribune. “He’s put himself in a position to have the most experience out of those guys. He was the guy ready to play had Grant (Hendrick) gone down last…

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