Michigan will announce self-imposed penalties Monday
Michigan pledged to respond Monday to NCAA allegations that head football coach Rich Rodriguez violated the organization’s rules. The school will disclose all the details about the allegations and its self-imposed penalties in a reports set to be released on May 24. The allegations against Rodriguez include failing to create an environment of acceptance within the football team as well as failing to track his staff’s actions to ensure his players’ compliance with the NCAA rules. The allegations state that he failed to make sure that his players were following rules on the amount of time spent on football activities.
No vote on Big Ten expansion any time soon
Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten, said Tuesday that the conference is still looking into expansion, but that no invitations have been extended to potential new members. He also stated that the Big Ten will not vote on a possible extension at its spring meetings. The meetings will be held June 6 at the Big Ten headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill. League officials will discuss the expansion, but no decision should be expected any time soon. The conference released a 12-18 month schedule when they announced the expansion in December and is likely to follow this plan. Delany told ESPN that a vote is “months away”.
BYU denies Unga reinstatement
BYU will not allow former running back Harvey Unga to be readmitted for this year’s fall semester. Unga and his girlfriend, BYU basketball player Keilani Moeaki, withdrew from classes in April after they admitted breaking the school’s honor code. The school has a strict code regulating students’ use of alcohol and tobacco as well as prohibiting premarital sex. BYU official’s said that Unga would be allowed to return to the school and the team in January. The running back withdrew applied for readmission in hope of completing his degree and playing his final season this fall. Unga is BYU’s all-time leading rusher with 3,455 yards. He scored 36 rushing touchdowns in his three years on the team. He added 1,085 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. Unga had thought about leaving the school early to enter the NFL Draft last January, but decided to return to BYU for his final season.
Auburn cans Redshirt Freshman Ayock
The Auburn Tigers announced Friday that they have dismissed redshirt freshman running back Dontae Ayock from the team. The University cited a violation of a team rule as the reason for the dismissal. Ayock, a three-start recruit, was expected to be a factor in Auburn’s running game. He played quarterback for Chamberlain Senior High School in Tampa, Fla., where he passed for 1,491 yards and ran for 1,406 yards. He threw for 17 touchdowns and added 28 scores on the ground in his senior season. Mario Fannin is now the favorite to get the nod in the Tiger’s backfield. The senior running back has rushed for 972 yards in his Auburn career. Missouri Tigers Receive verbal commitment for 2011 form Lineman Taylor Chappell The University of Missouri Tigers received a verbal pledge from offensive tackle Taylor Chappell. This marks the ninth commitment for the Tigers’ class of 2011. The 6’6”, 270-pound lineman out of Canadian, Tx. was recruited by Mizzou’s co-offensive line coach Josh Henson according to rivals.com. Chappell was selected to the 1-1A All-District Football team after his junior season. He joins defensive back Cortland Browning , linebacker Clarence Green , tight end Brandon Hannah , wide receiver Wesley Leftwich , quarterback Corbin Berkstresser , and Anthony Pierson in the Tigers’ 2011 recruiting class.
ISU kicks RT Haughton off team
Iowa State announced Wednesday that it has dismissed starting right tackle Scott Haughton for violating team rules. Going into his junior season, Haughton had started 17 straight games. He started in all 13 games of his sophomore season and in the team’s final four games of his freshman year.