Conference USA RUMORS & NEWS

  • Maryland transfer expected to join Thundering Herd

    The Herald-Dispatch "When Marshall University's football team takes the field Wednesday, expect a new player to make an appearance. And, he's a player who made national headlines previously in NCAA Division I. Former University of Maryland linebacker Shawn Petty, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound product out of Greenbelt,..." August 13

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Former K-State O-lineman lands at North Texas

    College Football Talk "A few months after deciding to leave Kansas State, it appears Aderius Epps has found himself a new college football home. While North Texas has yet to announce his addition to the roster, Epps confirmed to the Denton Chronicle that he will continue his playing career with the Mean Green. The..." August 06

  • UTEP adds transfers from Arkansas, Houston

    College Football Talk "Just prior to the start of summer camp, UTEP announced it had bolstered its roster with a pair of FBS transfers, including one from a Power Five conference. Damian Payne and Kelvin Fisher, the school confirmed in a press release, have transferred into the football program from Houston and..." August 05

  • Marshall RB Grooms dismissed after third arrest

    Metro News "Marshall Coach Doc Holliday has dismissed running back Kevin Grooms from the football team for a violation of team rules, according to a press release from the athletic department Saturday morning. Holliday took swift action against Grooms who was arrested Saturday by Huntington Police on a..." July 30

  • Marshall RB Kevin Grooms dismissed after felony burglary charge

    CBSSports.com "After his third arrest in a span of 16 months, Marshall has dismissed junior running back Kevin Grooms. Per a report from the Charleston Daily Mail citing jail records, Grooms was arrested Saturday and charged with burglary, domestic assault by threat, petit larceny and fleeing by foot. The..." July 29

  • Southern Miss CB Ed Wilkins charged with armed robbery, suspended

    Biloxi Sun Herald "Southern Miss cornerback Ed Wilkins admitted to police that he and another man planned an armed robbery of a Hattiesburg residence on Friday morning. He is on indefinite suspension as USM looks into the incident. Wilkins, 21, and 19-year-old Michael Bailey were booked into Forrest County..." July 26

  • Former LSU kicker James Hairston transfers to Rice

    The Advocate "Former LSU kickoff specialist James Hairston has transferred to Rice, the school announced with a statement Monday. Hairston, a rising senior, was the primary handler of LSU’s kickoffs over the previous three seasons. " July 22

  • Alabama QB to transfer to WKU

    Bowling Green Daily News "Quarterback Parker McLeod is transferring from Alabama to Western Kentucky and plans to join the team at the start of fall camp, the Daily News confirmed Thursday. McLeod is a 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pounder who graduated from Walton (Ga.) High in 2012 and enrolled early at Alabama in 2013. He did..." July 18

  • Marshall coach Doc Holliday receives two-year contract extension

    Charleston Dailymail "Marshall football coach Doc Holliday has received a two-year contract extension that includes a bump in incentives. MU athletic director Mike Hamrick announced the extension Monday afternoon. “Coach Holliday has made Marshall football relevant again,” Hamrick said in a press release. “With..." July 14

  • North Texas players suspended after theft arrests

    Tacoma News Tribune "North Texas linebacker Sed Ellis and tight end Chris Loving have been suspended indefinitely after they were arrested on charges of stealing two television sets. Coach Dan McCarney said Wednesday he decided to suspend both players after talking to them following their arrests. Denton police..." July 02

  • Ex-Gator Marqui Hawkins to transfer to AUB

    NCAA Football Zone "Earlier it was reported that Freshman Marqui Hawkins would be transferring from Florida. We have learned that his new destination will be UAB. Hawkins will have to sit out a year before he can continue his career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Conference USA." June 17

  • FAU punter Sean Kelly leaves team

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Punter Sean Kelly has left the FAU football team, the school confirmed Wednesday. Kelly, a standout in his two seasons with the Owls, left the team for “personal reasons.” Kelly averaged 42.7 yards per punt last year, booming 19 50-plus yard punts and pinning opponents inside the 20-yard..." June 14

  • Owls lose Mouchantaf for season

    Houston Chronicle "Rice senior defensive tackle Stuart Mouchantaf, a Conference USA preseason all-conference selection, will miss the 2014 season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, coach David Bailiff said Thursday. Mouchantaf, who played in eight games last season before suffering the..." June 06

  • Sun Belt isn't looking to expand, sticks with 11 teams

    Sun Belt Sports "The Sun Belt Conference concluded its annual Spring Meeting on Wednesday with a number of important topics being discussed and several key developments taking place. Sun Belt Conference Membership Discussion The Sun Belt Conference has suspended any further discussion or consideration to add..." May 22

  • LaTech QB Scotty Young puts an end to playing career

    College Football Talk "On Louisiana Tech’s post-spring depth chart, Scotty Young was listed as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Ryan Higgins. Less than two weeks later, the Bulldogs will officially have a new backup quarterback when summer camp commences in August. In a surprising press release sent out Tuesday..." April 23

  • Carl Pelini speaks out against FAU AD regarding firing

    CBSSports.com "Carl Pelini thinks his firing from FAU was not exclusively because of drug use allegations, but also part of an agenda for new athletic director Pat Chun. In a radio interview on KFAB, the Omaha-based station that broadcasts Nebraska football, Pelini rehashed some of the back-and-forth..." April 19

  • New UAB quarterback signee Evan Orth fits mold of what coach Bill Clark is looking for

    Alabama.com "New UAB quarterback signee Evan Orth wasn't familiar with the school just two weeks ago. UAB head coach Bill Clark didn't know much about Orth either. But offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent knew plenty about Orth, having recruited him when he was at South Alabama. When Vincent found out..." March 26

  • UAB defensive end Diaheem Watkins trying to get back from shoulder injury

    Alabama.com "It's another spring and another time to rehab for UAB defensive end Diaheem Watkins. This spring, Watkins is out after right shoulder surgery in December. He tore his labrum against Middle Tennessee in early November, but returned to finish out the season. He had the same surgery after..." March 26

  • UNT lands twin Lobo transfers

    College Football Talk "And we mean twins in the literal, brotherly sense. While the school has yet to announce the additions, Rashad and Vershad Jackson confirmed to the Denton Chronicle that they both have decided to transfer to North Texas to continue their playing careers. The twin brothers are transferring into..." March 24

  • Herd hires former Wake star as RBs coach

    College Football Talk "Nearly a month after losing an assistant to a Big Ten program, Doc Holliday has filled the void in his Marshall coaching staff. Chris Barclay, the school confirmed Thursday, has been hired by the program and will serve as Holliday’s running backs coach. Barclay replaces Thomas Brown, who left..." March 14

  • LaTech lands transfer QB in Sokol

    101 Great Goals "Louisiana Tech's quarterback play left much to be desired last season, and while some of the issues fell on the offensive line, the Tech coaching staff has been looking for a transfer quarterback that could come in and help them right away. Enter, former Iowa Hawkeye Cody Sokol. Sokol signed..." March 14

  • Even with new coach, new staff, FAU football carries late-season success into spring practices

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Like a kid on Christmas, FAU football coach Charlie Partridge couldn't contain his excitement for the first day of spring football. He was out of bed early and in the Tom Oxley Center two hours before the sun rose Wednesday morning. Turns out his assistant coaches couldn't sleep, either. "I..." March 13

  • Five questions ahead of FAU's spring practice

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Charlie Partridge has been FAU’s head football coach for close to four months now, but on Wednesday, he’ll finally get to take control of his players. After an inspired, post-Pelini 4-0 finish to the end the 2013 season at 6-6, FAU looks to be a contender for the Conference USA title in 2014...." March 12

  • Blazers Open Spring Drills On Wednesday

    UABSports.com "Head coach Bill Clark and his staff will take to the practice field for the first time at UAB this week as the Blazers open spring drills Wednesday. The Blazers will hold the first of 15 spring sessions Wednesday under the guidance of Clark, who was introduced as UAB's new head coach on Jan...." March 11

  • North Texas contract extension “imminent” for McCarney

    College Football Talk "After leading North Texas to the first nine-win season since 2003 and the first bowl victory since 2002, head coach Dan McCarney deserves to have a contract extension. According to the Associated Press, a five-year extension is imminent with lawyers reviewing the terms of the contract. Once..." March 05

  • Jones County Junior College standout, former Lafayette star Qua Boyd commits to UAB football

    Alabama.com "Qua Boyd, a tight end from Jones County Junior College in Mississippi, has committed to UAB as part of the 2015 signing class. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Boyd finished his freshman year at Jones County where he was listed as a quarterback, wide receiver and tight end. He's expected to play tight..." March 04

  • UNT's McCarney hires two assistant coaches

    Dallas Morning News "Football coach Dan McCarney added a pair of assistants with NFL backgrounds to his staff Thursday, when the school officially announced that Perry Carter and LaMarcus Hicks have joined the Mean Green. Carter spent the last eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Houston Texans and played..." March 01

  • Report: Hawkeye quarterback Cody Sokol looking to transfer

    Hawk Central "Cody Sokol, who was part of a three-man race for the starting quarterback position at Iowa this fall, is apparently looking for another place to finish his career. According to Hawkeye Report, Sokol has indicated that he would visit Louisiana Tech and Ball State. Sokol, who was born in Des..." February 28

  • New UAB offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent wants Blazers to play at fast tempo

    Alabama.com "UAB head coach Bill Clark said he tried to hire Bryant Vincent when he was in charge at Prattville High School. The two became part of the same staff at South Alabama in 2011, when Vincent was hired as quarterbacks coach where Clark was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator. But finally, Clark..." February 25

  • UAB offers Temple commit Jordan Herrera, among other south Florida prospects

    Alabama.com "UAB signed one south Florida player for its 2014 recruiting class in Deerfield Beach running back Aeron McNeal. Look for that number to increase this year. Head coach Bill Clark said on National Signing Day that recruiting that area would be a priority. Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent..." February 25

  • Ex-A&M linebacker Jordan Richmond transfers to UNT

    Dallas Morning News "Jordan Richmond, a former Texas A&M signee and Denton Ryan standout, has enrolled at North Texas, a source confirmed Wednesday morning. Richmond (6-3, 225 pounds) was a two-time honorable mention all-state selection at Ryan and was ranked among the top linebacker prospects in the country in the..." February 20

  • Former four-star A&M LB on the move to UNT

    College Football Talk "Already this offseason, North Texas has added a pair of transfers from FBS football programs. Reportedly, you can add a third into the mix. Citing a school source, the Denton Chronicle is reporting that Jordan Richmond has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at North Texas. The..." February 20

  • Rice coach David Bailiff gets new five-year contract

    MyFOXHouston.com "Football coaches have to strike while the iron is hot, and at Rice head football coach David Bailiff could not be any hotter. With that in mind, college football sources told FOX 26 Sports Rice signed Bailiff to a new five-year contract. Prior to last season Bailiff was given a..." February 15

  • Defections aside, Monken upbeat about Southern Miss recruits

    The Clarion-Ledger "For Southern Miss, Signing Day came and went, and the Golden Eagles ended up with 23 new players signed to scholarships. So did Southern Miss meet its needs? “When some players fall out late, you can pick out where we lost somebody and say we didn’t meet our need,” USM football coach Todd..." February 11

  • UTSA signee Marcus Davenport says, ‘It’s time to get to work’

    San Antonio Express-News "In the week or so leading into national signing day, Marcus Davenport’s college destination remained something of a mystery. The mystery was history as soon as he walked into the Stevens High School gymnasium Wednesday morning wearing a UTSA cap and a T-shirt that said, “I’m a beak..." February 08

  • MTSU announces 2014 football schedule

    Tennessean "Middle Tennessee State’s 2014 football schedule looks a lot like 2013, with one glaring difference. Western Kentucky is back on the Blue Raiders’ slate after a one-year absence while the schools played in different leagues. WKU is leaving the Sun Belt and joining MTSU in Conference USA for the..." February 04

  • FIU recruits see early chance to make impact

    Miami Herald "When FIU came a-callin’ at recruiting time this year, opportunity didn’t knock for recruits. It performed a Mongo Santamaria bongo solo on their doors. Though the Panthers lost only one offensive starter, five defensive starters and three 2012 starters could be academically eligible again,..." February 01

  • Auburn’s Chip Lindsey hired as Southern Miss OC

    College Football Talk "Southern Mississippi head coach Todd Monken has hired Auburn quality control assistant Chip Lindsey to be his offensive coordinator, AL.com reported on Wednesday. Lindsey didn’t actually coach for the Tigers this past season, but was a high school head coach the previous two years and, before..." January 29

  • 'Valley kid' energized by UTSA's rise

    San Antonio Express-News "Massive offensive line prospect David Anzaldua said he first heard from UTSA coaches two years ago when he was a sophomore at Edinburg North High School. A year later, UTSA assistant Polo Gutierrez was the first recruiter to travel to the Rio Grande Valley to offer him a football..." January 28

  • UTSA loses its third recruit in a week; Neph to Oklahoma State

    San Antonio Express-News "UTSA’s football signing class has taken the third hit in a week with the defection of receiver John Cole Neph from Owasso, Okla. Owasso head coach Bill Patterson said in a telephone interview that he got a text from the UTSA coaching staff Sunday night saying that Neph had decided to take a..." January 28

  • Dillard receiver Dennis Turner commits to FIU

    Miami Herald "Dillard star receiver Dennis Turner is trading one Miami university for another. Turner announced his oral commitment to FIU on Sunday, following a decommitment from the University of Miami which some attributed to the Hurricanes recruiting him as a defensive back. In an interview with the..." January 25

  • Longview DB Travin Howard switches commitment from UTSA to TCU

    Dallas Morning News "Recruiting really is heating up as TCU head coach Garry Patterson likes to say. Over the past week, the Horned Frogs have flipped five different 2014 prospects. The latest is Longview safety Travin Howard, who switched from UTSA to TCU on Wednesday night. Howard originally committed to UTSA..." January 23

  • Manny Diaz hired as Louisiana Tech’s new d-coordinator

    San Antonio Express-News "Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz confirmed that former Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been hired as the Bulldogs’ new defensive coordinator. Several sources indicate that Diaz took the Louisiana Tech job in order to remain a defensive coordinator. He reportedly had several offers..." January 22

  • Former UTSA quarterback enrolls at Stephen F. Austin

    San Antonio Express-News "Former UTSA quarterback Zach Conque has enrolled at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches and is participating in team activities, an SFA spokesman said in an email. Because Conque is moving from a Football Bowl Subdivision program to one in the Football Championship Subdivision, he..." January 21

  • Walk-on no more: UTSA's Brooks awarded a scholarship

    San Antonio Express-News "Defensive end Codie Brooks isn't changing as a person just because the UTSA coaching staff has granted him a scholarship. He's not altering his outlook just because he earned a few postseason honors. Brooks will take the same, aggressive approach into the offseason that he did this time last..." January 21

  • Predicting Destinations for Top 25 Uncommitted 2014 College Football Recruits

    Bleacher Report "Top uncommitted recruits are without a doubt the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail right now. At this point, many of the nation's best prospects have a decision on where they are going to college. Yet some recruits are still mulling their options. That means college coaches are..." January 20

  • Oregon assistant John Neal withdraws from UAB search

    USA Today "Oregon assistant coach John Neal was all set to to hop on a plane bound for Birmingham to interview for Alabama Birmingham's head coaching position. Then he realized his heart wasn't in it. "I was humbled and excited by the opportunity," said Neal, who was scheduled to fly Wednesday for a..." January 15

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