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Georgia backup QB finally makes decision on his football future

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The “Mailman” has decided where he will be delivering spirals this fall.

The preferred walk-on will be doing so at a new address. The No. 3 quarterback on the Georgia depth chart will head to a junior college to play this fall. He’ll play there and look to parlay that experience into another opportunity in college football.

Stetson Bennett IV told Dawgnation on Saturday evening that it was the toughest decision of his life. He tells a story of his first UGA game vividly. Bennett was wrapped up in blankets in the nosebleed section of Sanford Stadium.

He said he was not even a year old.

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Alabama men’s golf moves into position to advance at NCAA Championships

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The University of Alabama men’s golf posted the early score to beat during the second round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

After finishing up its first round, which was delayed by weather and then called due to darkness on Friday, Alabama teed off on the back nine and shot the second round at 9-under-par, the best score of the teams to play in the morning. Overall, the Crimson Tide were -3 for the tournament and in fourth place.

After Sunday’s third round of stroke play the field will be cut to 15 teams after 54 holes, and eight following the fourth round, to set up the quarterfinals for match play.

With a -5 on the day, senior Lee Hodges led the Crimson Tide on the individual leaderboard at -3 for the tournament.  Junior Davis Riley was -1, and senior Jonathan Hardee +1. Freshman Davis Shore was +2 and Wilson Furr +9 after a rough second round (+8).  The top four scores count toward the team total.

As for the team standings, when Alabama finished play it was the only SEC team in the top eight, and among six teams under par.

First-round leader Northwestern (-8) was set to play in the afternoon, while Texas Tech moved into second (-5) ahead of top-seeded Oklahoma State (-4), but was still on the course.

Alabama was playing especially well on the par-5 holes, playing them at -15, the third best showing at the tournament so far. Coach Jay Seawell made it a point of focus after the Pacific Regional, where he thought the Crimson Tide could have won had they played better on the long holes.

Alabama, ranked sixth, played the first two rounds with No. 4 Vanderbilt (+3) and No. 7 Florida (+10) at Karsten Creek Golf Club (par 72, 7,460 yards) in Stillwater, Okla. Third-round pairings will be based off the standings.

Also on Saturday, Riley and Hodges were named to the PING All-Region team, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It’s the third straight year for Riley and second for Hodges.

This story will be updated after completion of the second round. 

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Report: CJ Harris ruled ineligible due to medical condition, not cannabis oil

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Auburn rescinded its offer for a preferred walk-on spot to safety CJ Harris due to a pre-existing medical condition and because of his usage of medicinal cannabis oil as initially reported, sources told Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover on Saturday.

Harris was not cleared by the Tigers earlier this week and was reported that he was ineligible to play due to NCAA rules prohibiting players from ingesting cannabis oil, regardless of whether they do so with a prescription.

The safety used the oil as treatment for his diagnosed epilepsy every six hours, which he claimed helped him remain seizure-free since January, according to Marcello’s report.

However, a source close to the program claims that Harris was instead not cleared due to the medical staff’s concerns about his epilepsy while playing a full-contact sport due to the negative effects of head trauma and not the use of medicinal cannabis oil.

According to the report, the oil was never discussed because he was already ruled as ineligible due to his medical history.

Harris confirmed to WXGA-TV that positions coach Greg Brown told him that he would be ruled ineligible.

“I broke down,” Harris told WXGA-TV. “This is my dream. I saw everything lining up perfectly for me.”

Harris told the station that he is considering transferring to a junior college or NAIA school and may explore alternative medications to pass any future drug tests.

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4-star QB Grant Gunnell sets up return visit to LSU

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Grant Gunnell will make his way to back to LSU in a matte of weeks.

Gunnell, the nation’s No. 3-ranked pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2019, will be back in Baton Rouge on June 16 for the team’s passing and linemen camp. Members of the St. Pius X (Texas) High School 7-on-7 squad will make their way from Houston. Four-star wide receiver Jalen Curry will be making the trip, too.

A source close to the Gunnell camp informed SEC Country that Gunnell will compete at the LSU passing camp and stay unofficially overnight.

Additionally, this sets up LSU with an added opportunity to get Gunnell back on campus for an official visit before the 4-star quarterback gives a commitment. The Tigers remain in the 2019 All-American’s top group of schools along with Arizona, California and Oregon.

Gunnell last visited LSU back in January for the elite junior day. He has since made visits to Ohio State, Oregon, Arizona and Cal. He is expected to make a decision sometime over the summer before his senior season.

Gunnell is one of nine 2019 quarterbacks with an offer from the Tigers. The team is expected to take one passer in this recruiting cycle and Gunnell has long sat atop the board.

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Forget the fog: LSU baseball mercy rules Florida 11-0 in SEC Tournament

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Forget the fog. The LSU baseball team is advancing to the SEC Tournament semifinals.

In a game suspended by a massive fog cloud that spanned from Friday night through Saturday morning, LSU baseball run-ruled top-seeded Florida 11-0 in seven innings to advance to the final four of the SEC Tournament. With the win, LSU advances to face Arkansas in the semifinals on Saturday night, expected to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT.

RELATED: Fog delay suspends game against Florida

Sophomore right-hander Matthew Beck and junior right-hander Cam Sanders led the way for LSU on Friday, combining to throw 6 shutout innings with 7 strikeouts on 4 hits and 4 walks.  Beck reached a career high in innings pitched (4) and pitches thrown (85), stranding 8 Gators base runners. Sanders entered in relief to start the fifth and retired six of the seven batters he faced.

Freshman Devin Fontenot took over on the mound Saturday morning, allowing a leadoff single to Deacon Liput before stranding him to end the game.

From there, LSU’s offense did its job. Or, more accurately, Florida’s defense didn’t.

LSU scored 10 runs, only 2 of which were earned, on 3 Florida errors, 3 wild pitches and a balk. The Tigers pushed 8 runs across in the sixth inning, stacking together 5 hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Antoine Duplantis and Daniel Cabrera supplied the big swings, driving in a combined 4 runs in the innings and 5 runs overall. But Cabrera’s contribution has to come with an asterisk, as he popped lazily into a massive fog cloud that Florida’s outfielder couldn’t see the ball through.

After Cabrera’s 2-run fog double, the game entered into a weather delay. About half an hour into the delay, the game was suspended.

What’s next for LSU baseball?

LSU advances to face Arkansas, the team LSU defeated to win the 2017 SEC Tournament, in a win-or-go-home SEC Tournament semifinals matchup on Saturday evening. The Tigers and Razorbacks played three times this season, with LSU winning two out of three in Baton Rouge.

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South Carolina recruiting: Gamecocks add two more defenders to 2019 class

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The 2019 South Carolina recruiting class picked up two more prospects to play on the defensive side of the ball for Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson.

Three-star outside linebacker Jahmar Brown committed to the Gamecocks’ defensive brain trust on Thursday. Five-star defensive end Zacch Pickens joined the  class on Friday.

South Carolina’s class is ranked No. 7 in the country. Among teams from the SEC, the Gamecocks are fourth.

Latest news

5-star DE Zacch Pickens commits

In-state CB Christian Miller ready for camp

Jahmar Brown commits to South Carolina

Linebacker set to announce, visit

Expanding the 2019 wide receivers board

Will Muschamp talks recruiting philosophy

D.J. Daniel sets visits to SEC schools

Curtis Fann Jr. lists no favorites

The latest on Zacch Pickens

Offers by the numbers
  • Reported offers: 219
  • 5-star offers: 14
  • 4-star offers: 119
  • In-state recruits offered: 7
  • North Carolina recruits offered: 22
Commits
  • DE Zacch Pickens, 5 stars, T.L. Hanna (Anderson, S.C.)
  • QB Ryan Hilinski, 4 stars, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
  • WR Jamario Holley, 4 stars, Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
  • TE Traevon Kenion, 4 stars, Monroe (Monroe, N.C.)
  • DE Rodricus Fitten, 3 stars, Washington (Atlanta)
  • T Mark Fox Jr., 3 stars, Northwestern (Miami)
  • C Vincent Murphy, 3 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • DT Jahkeem Green, 3 stars, Highland (Kan.) Community College (Sumter, S.C.)
  • LB Jahmar Brown, 3 stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • DE Devontae Davis, 3 stars, Georgia Military College (Aiken, S.C.)
  • TE Keshawn Toney, 3 stars, Williston-Elko (Williston, S.C.)
  • T Jaylen Nichols, 3 stars, Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.)
Position breakdown

A breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:

  • QB: 1/1 (Hilinski)
  • RB: 0/1
  • TE: 2/2 (Kenion, Toney)
  • WR: 1/2 (Holley)
  • OL: 3/5 (Fox, Murphy, Nichols)
  • DL: 4/6 (Davis, Fitten, Green, Pickens)
  • ILB: 0/1
  • OLB: 1/2 (Brown)
  • CB: 0/2
  • S: 0/2
Geographic breakdown

A breakdown of South Carolina commits by state:

  • South Carolina: 5 (Davis, Green, Holley, Pickens, Toney)
  • Georgia: 1 (Fitten)
  • Florida: 3 (Brown, Fox, Murphy)
  • North Carolina: 2 (Kenion, Nichols)
  • California: 1 (Hilinski)

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Former Alabama safety Landon Collins aiming for minicamp return to New York Giants

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Former Alabama safety Landon Collins told Tom Rock of  Newsday that he plans on participating in minicamp with the New York Giants, despite having undergone a second surgery on his broken arm in April.

However, the former All-American noted that he would let the coaching staff and medical personnel make the final decision on when he’ll be able to return, according to Rock.

Collins added that he’s been able to run while his arm heals and expects to be “cleared in a few weeks,” according to Rock.

Related:  Former Alabama safety Landon Collins suffers setback with arm injury

The two-time Pro Bowl safety started in every game for the Giants during his first three NFL seasons before experiencing a broken arm during the team’s final game of the 2017 season.

Collins, who was selected 33rd overall in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently in the final year of his $6.1 million rookie contract.

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5-star OL Kenyon Green includes LSU in final 5

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One of the nation’s premier tackles is down to five.

Kenyon Green, a 5-star offensive lineman from Humble, Texas, sliced his impressive offer sheet down to LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama. The decision followed a spring of unofficial visits to each of those campuses besides Tuscaloosa, Ala. Each of these five schools are expected to host Green for official visits before he finalizes a decision.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Green is a one-time LSU verbal. He committed to the Tigers as soon as he was offered following his sophomore season. Green reopened the process shortly after former LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes accepted a new position at BYU. Since then, new line coach James Cregg has been working tirelessly to court the 2019 Under Armour All-American.

Green celebrated his 17th birthday in Baton Rouge this spring, taking in one of the team’s first spring practices and getting a closer look at the university’s engineering program. In the aftermath of that visit, his father told SEC Country that Green was “still very much in love” with LSU.

Texas A&M and Texas are considered the current favorites for the nation’s No. 4-ranked tackle, with LSU still heavily in contention. Green could make a decision as early as this summer, but there is no concrete timeline in place.

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Arkansas likely to face LSU as winner gets shot at SEC championship

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Arkansas and LSU, the best rivalry in SEC baseball, are expected to get a fourth shot at each other this year. The Razorbacks and Tigers are likely to meet Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament, barring a miraculous comeback by Florida, which trailed LSU 10-0 through six innings  on Friday night when the game was suspended because of fog.

LSU won the series against Arkansas in the regular season, two games to one. But that was in Baton Rouge. Saturday will be in Hoover, Ala., a neutral site. Arkansas has had far more success in neutral-site games and considering the Diamond Hogs were the better team over the rest of the season, their shot at a championship is more than realistic.

Arkansas baseball vs. TBA game information
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 — 3:30 p.m. CT (approximately)
How can I watch?

The game can be seen on SEC Network and WatchESPN.

Who is calling the Arkansas games?

Phil Elson and Bubba Carpenter will provide the radio broadcasts on the Razorback Sports Network on IMG for radio, per usual.

Next up

Either the SEC Championship or the Fayetteville Regional. It depends on what happens over the weekend.

Quarterfinals recap

Only one team in college baseball had beaten Florida, the top-ranked team in the nation, more than once this season. Mississippi State did it in the final weekend of the regular season as the No. 1 Gators were in cruise control with the SEC regular-season title already secure.

When the SEC Tournament began this week, though, Florida was back in the zone, ready to win again.

Yeah, about that.

The Razorbacks booked a spot in the SEC Tournament semifinals, beating Florida 8-2 just after lunchtime in Hoover, Ala. Arkansas is 2-2 against the No. 1 team in the country this year and will find out on Saturday morning who it will play in the semifinals.

Most important, Arkansas’ victory against the Gators on Friday almost assuredly clinched a top-8 national seed for the NCAA Tournament. That means Arkansas would host the Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium, and, if it advances, would host Super Regionals in Fayetteville, too. That is significant for the team with the best home record in the country.

Arkansas put itself in that position with multiple heroes on Friday. Casey Martin’s 2-run home run in the second started the scoring. Blaine Knight kept Florida at bay en route to earning the win. Dominic Fletcher’s glove and arm put out a small fire, as he threw out a runner at third on an inning-ending double play in the third inning.

Whenever the Diamond Hogs needed something done, someone figured out a way to do it.

The biggest assist came from the most unlikely of heroes.

Hunter Wilson is the sort of player, as Arkansas play-by-play guy Phil Elson says, teammates celebrate when he hits a home run in batting practice. When the shot comes with the bases loaded in the ninth-inning against Florida, you may as well throw a party in the dugout.

Wilson’s grand slam boosted Arkansas’ 2-run lead to 6 and left the Gators just three outs to recover. No chance. Matt Cronin sat them down 1-2-3, all on strikeouts.

Martin’s second-inning home run was massive in multiple ways. The ball came off his bat and flew out of the Hoover Met. It was a no-doubter. The home run was his 13th of the season, tying the Arkansas freshman record set by Zack Cox in 2008.

After that, Knight went to work. He went six innings and gave up just 4 hits against the top-ranked Gators. He wasn’t brilliant, registering 3 walks and striking out 4, but it was efficient and enough for his offense to damage.

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2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket, date, schedule, projected field (May 26, 2018)

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The 2018 NCAA Baseball tournament will begin on Friday, June 1. Below you can find a full schedule, list of key dates as well as a projected field.

Florida is the defending champion, as the Gators beat LSU in the championship series a season ago.

Related: NCAA Baseball bracketology 

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Dates
  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018 tentatively on ESPNU at Noon.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The super regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.
2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Schedule
  • The SEC Baseball Tournament will take place in Hoover, Ala., from May 22-27.
  • The 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, May 28, 2018 tentatively on ESPNU at Noon.
  • The regionals will be played from June 1 through June 4
  • The super regionals will be played from June 8 through June 11.
  • The College World Series begins on June 16 and will be played at the at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, June 16-26/27, 2018
  • The finals of the College World Series will wrap up on either June 26 or June 27.
2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Projected Bracket, field

The projected field will be made up of 64 teams, with automatic bids going to the following conferences. The automatic bids are based on the standings as of May 21. Bolded means they have officially clinched the automatic bid.

  • America East: Hartford
  • American: East Carolina
  • ACC: North Carolina
  • Atlantic Sun: Stetson
  • Atlantic 10: Saint Louis
  • Big 12: Texas
  • Big East: St. Johns
  • Big South: Campbell
  • Big Ten: Minnesota
  • Big West: Cal-State Fullerton
  • Colonial: Northeastern
  • Conference USA: Southern Miss
  • Horizon: Wright State
  • Ivy League: Columbia
  • Metro Atlantic: Canisius
  • Mid-American: Kent State
  • Mid-Eastern: North Carolina A&T
  • Missouri Valley: Missouri State
  • Mountain West: Nevada
  • Northeast: Long Island
  • Ohio Valley: Tennessee Tech
  • Pac-12: Stanford
  • Patriot: Army
  • Southeastern: Ole Miss ,
  • Southern: UNC Greensboro
  • Southland: Sam Houston State
  • Southwestern Athletic: Texas Southern
  • Summit: Oral Roberts
  • Sun Belt: Coastal Carolina
  • West Coast: Pepperdine
  • Western Athletic: Grand Canyon

Below is a projected field for the at-large berths for the tournament, according to D1baseball.

  • SEC: Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt, LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Mississippi State
  • ACC: Florida State,  Clemson, NC State, Louisville, Duke
  • American: Houston, Connecticut, USF, UCF
  • Big 12: Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor
  • Big Ten: Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana
  • Pac 12: Oregon State, UCLA, Washington
  • Conference USA: Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech
  • Atlantic Sun: Jacksonville
  • Missouri Valley: Dallas Baptist

Last 5 in: Illinois, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, Washington

Last 5 out: Purdue, Arizona, Michigan, TCU, Iowa

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Projected regional hosts, top seeds

Below is the projected top 16 seeds and thus regional hosts for the 2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The top 8 seeds would host Super Regionals as well.

  1. Florida
  2. Stanford
  3. Oregon State
  4. North Carolina
  5. Ole Miss
  6. Georgia
  7. Clemson
  8. Arkansas
  9. Texas Tech
  10. NC State
  11. East Carolina
  12. Florida State
  13. Duke
  14. Minnesota
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Stetson
2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Past results

2017 College World Series participants: Florida(winner), LSU(runner-up), Florida State, Texas A&M, Louisville, Cal-State Fullerton, TCU, Oregon State

2016 College World Series participants: Coastal Carolina(winner), Arizona(runner-up), Miami, TCU, Texas Tech, UC-Santa Barbra, Florida, Oklahoma State

2015 College World Series participants: Virginia(winner), Vanderbilt(runner-up), Florida, TCU, LSU, Cal-State Fullerton, Miami, Arkansas

2014 College World Series participants: Vanderbilt(winner), Virginia(runner-up), Texas, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Irvine, Louisville

2013 College World Series participants: UCLA(winner), Mississippi State(runner-up), North Carolina, NC State, LSU, Louisville, Indiana, Oregon State

2012 College World Series participants: Arizona(winner), South Carolina(runner-up), Florida, Florida State, Kent State, Stony Brook, UCLA, Arkansas

2011 College World Series participants: South Carolina(winner), Florida(runner-up), Virginia, Vanderbilt, Cal, North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M

2010 College World Series participants: South Carolina(winner), UCLA(runner-up), Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, TCU

2009 College World Series participants: LSU(winner), Texas(runner-up), Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Virginia

2008 College World Series participants: Fresno State(winner), Georgia(runner-up), Florida State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Rice, Stanford

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket

 

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