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Chris Davis injures knee, no more Heiman campaign for Eli, Jeff Chandler signs with the 49ers and much more...

  • Florida State football fans may have to wait another year for the debut of heralded recruit, Chris Davis of St. Petersburg.  Davis, a wide receiver, injured his left knee last Thursday in an informal workout with friends. The injury occurred when Davis was running a pass pattern, a non- contact mishap.  The extent of the injury won't be learned until results of an MRI are received, said his father, Willie Davis.  The swelling has subsided and he is able to walk under his own power. Davis is expected to arrive at Tallahassee next week no matter the severity of his injury.  If MRI results show a tear of his ACL, Willie Davis said his son will have surgery and be redshirted.  (Source - Tampa Tribune)

 

  • Jeff Chandler, the former University of Florida kicker from Mandarin, is living a dream.  "It's pretty amazing," Chandler said yesterday from his home in Mandarin after signing a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers for a $330,000 signing bonus.  (Source - Jacksonville.com)

 

  • Eli Manning for the Heisman Trophy. You won't hear that phrase used by Mississippi.  The school's campaign to push the junior quarterback to win college football's most coveted award has come to a screeching halt before it officially began when Archie Manning pulled the plug on his son's Heisman hype.  He told the school twice this spring that if it is planning to promote his youngest son for the Heisman Trophy -- don't even think about it.  "It was after spring practice in late April or early May, Archie asked us not to do anything in the way of a campaign,'' Mississippi sports information director Langston Rogers said Wednesday.  (Source – ESPN)

 

  • Linebacker Albert Means, the focus of an NCAA investigation into improper recruiting, is academically ineligible to play for Memphis this year.  "I am disappointed that the team will be without Albert," Memphis coach Tommy West said Thursday. "I have strongly encouraged him to continue to work toward regaining his eligibility for the 2003 season."  Means is attending summer school.  Means, a Parade All-American when he played at Trezevant High in Memphis, went to Alabama in 1999. He left that school after one season, however, amid allegations his former high school coaches sought payoffs from university recruiters.  Means was not accused of wrongdoing. (Source - Alabama Live Sports)

 

  • Two more high school football recruits have failed to qualify academically at the University of Georgia and will not be eligible to play for the Bulldogs this season.  Martrez Milner of West Hall High and Leonard Pope of Americus High did not meet academic requirements. It's unclear whether they could be admitted as partial qualifiers, meaning they could practice as freshmen but not play in games.  Milner was projected to play tight end or defensive end, and Pope was rated among the nation's top tight ends. The Bulldogs found out last week that recruit Reshard Dudley, a running back from Marianna, Fla., also had failed to reach minimum NCAA academic requirements.  To replace Dudley, Georgia added running back Cedric Haywood from Central Fellowship Christian Academy in Macon. Haywood, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, was given the scholarship Sunday and will enroll in the fall. (Source - CNNSI)

 

  • LSU acknowledged it violated NCAA rules by allowing a university tutor to help a prospective student athlete, but asked the NCAA to reinstate eligibility for the unnamed potential player.  The university, in documents released Monday, said the prospective athlete, who was implicated in an LSU investigation of cheating football players, did nothing wrong. The potential player's name was removed from the documents before they were released to the media.  The prospective player didn't have the test scores and grade point averages needed to attend LSU and was taking independent study courses to boost his scores. (Source - CNNSI)

 

  • Kentucky hired Oregon State's Mitch Barnhart on Monday to guide its embattled athletics department, stung the past few years by turmoil off the playing field and failed expectations on it.  Barnhart, 42, is credited with rebuilding Oregon State's program in his four years there, hiring former NFL and University of Miami coach Dennis Erickson to turn around the football team while tirelessly raising money to make the department more financially solvent. (Source - CNNSI)

 

  • The No. 1-rated recruit from the state of Tennessee has been signed, sealed and delivered.  Tailback Gerald Riggs Jr. enrolled in the University of Tennessee on Friday after school officials received word that the NCAA Clearinghouse had approved his transcripts.  "We certainly appreciate everyone's efforts and patience,'' UT coach Phillip Fulmer said. "I'm very happy the process is complete.''  Riggs said he took an accredited Spanish II class at the Sylvan Learning Center following Christmas break this year to raise his high school grade point average to the NCAA-mandated level.  (Source - GoVols.com)

 

  • Calhoun County wide receiver Charles Ben, who signed with USC in February, did not qualify academically and is expected to enroll in a junior college.  But since Ben's coach at Calhoun, Chris Rumph, is now an assistant at S.C. State, the receiver might consider the Bulldogs.  S.C. State plays in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which allows its teams to take nonqualifiers. But Ben would have to pay his own tuition for the first year. (Source - TheState.com)

 

  • A top football recruit for the University of Miami has accepted a plea agreement which could reduce his sentence for armed robbery. But his future with the school remains unclear.  Nate Harris has been in jail without bond since May 30, after police charged him and two other men in the robbery. The terms of his plea deal call for 364 days in jail, but the remainder of that sentence could be suspended if Harris completes Miami-Dade County's six-month Boot Camp program, officials said.  He had faced a minimum sentence of four years had his case gone to trial.  Harris admitted in court on July 11 that he was the lookout in an armed robbery, when he and two others used a gun to rob a man of his necklace, bracelet and ring while the victim was playing checkers on a street corner in Liberty City. (Source - ESPN)
On the recruiting front...

The Gators appear to be in great shape with a trip of 5 star prospects.  Chris Leak, the nation's number two rated quarterback according to TheInsidersRecruiting.com, still lists the Gators as co-leaders with Tennessee.  Antonio Cromartie, the top receiver in America, still is leaning towards Florida.  Five star linebacker Earl Everett was rumored to have been close to committing to UF.  We caught up with him last night and he is no longer leaning to Miami but now says he is open between Miami, Florida, FSU, South Florida and Georgia.

Georgia Tech has picked up three verbal commitments this week from Al Pena (QB), Eddy Parker (OL) and Adamm Oliver (DE)... The biggest commitment of the week was from Erik Hardeman (RB), who committed to Texas...  Ty Willingham is off to a great start at Notre Dame.  This week, the Irish picked up one of the top receivers from the midwest - Chinedum Ndukwe.... Greg Austin (OL) has committed to Nebraska, Jake Long (OL) has committed to Michigan and Dallas Greer (S) has committed to Kentucky.

 


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