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South Carolina suspends DE Monteque Rhames II, two others

South Carolina suspends DE Monteque Rhames II, two others

South Carolina freshman defensive end Monteque Rhames II was one of three players suspended Friday amid multiple reports he was arrested for carrying weapons on university property and obstructing justice.

Rhames was reportedly booked around midnight at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, S.C.

Safeties Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw also were suspended by Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer. The school didn't divulge the reason for the disciplinary action taken against the three players.

"Our student-athletes know what is expected of them," Beamer said in a statement. "They know that both the university and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions."

It isn't immediately known if Rose and Upshaw were arrested or part of the same incident.

Rhames, part of the school's 2023 recruiting class, was rated the fifth-best high school player in the state of South Carolina by the 247Sports composite. He just recently arrived on campus.

Upshaw also is part of the 2023 recruiting class. Rose was part of the 2022 class and redshirted last season.

Reports: Alabama hires Tommy Rees as OC

Reports: Alabama hires Tommy Rees as OC

Alabama is hiring Tommy Rees as its offensive coordinator, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Rees, most recently the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, will replace Bill O'Brien on coach Nick Saban's staff. O'Brien left to become offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.

Saban turned his attention to Rees after reportedly being told by Ryan Grubb, the offensive coordinator of Washington, and Akron head coach Joe Moorhead that they weren't interested.

Rees, 30, turned down an opportunity to join former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly at LSU when he left for Baton Rouge in late 2021. Rees remained OC on Marcus Freeman's first-year staff in 2022.

Rees had preliminary discussions with Saban before boarding an Alabama Crimson Tide private plane on Thursday in South Bend, Ind., according to The Athletic.

The Irish ranked No. 60 in all of FBS in total offense in 2022 with 396.2 yards per game.

A former Notre Dame quarterback, Rees threw for 7,670 yards and 61 touchdowns against 37 interceptions in 47 games from 2010-13. Rees joined Notre Dame's staff as quarterbacks coach in 2017 before being elevated to offensive coordinator in 2020.

Four-star 2024 QB Walker White commits to Auburn

Four-star 2024 QB Walker White commits to Auburn

Walker White, a four-star 2024 quarterback prospect, committed to Auburn on Friday.

White, from Little Rock (Ark.) Christian Academy, is ranked as the No. 8 quarterback and the No. 92 overall prospect by 247Sports. He chose the Tigers over Baylor and Clemson.

"As soon as I stepped on that football field my heart (jumped)," White told 247Sports about his January visit to Auburn. "I said this is the place."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White said he is excited to play for new head coach Hugh Freeze and his staff.

"When I go to Auburn, I know I'll be developed to my full potential," White said.

"They are geniuses about offense and the quarterback position," he continued.

In his junior season, White passed for nearly 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns, per 247Sports. He added 837 rushing yards and 16 scores on the ground.

Delay of gain: Texas, Oklahoma reportedly won't join SEC until 2025

Delay of gain: Texas, Oklahoma reportedly won't join SEC until 2025

Red River rivals Texas and Oklahoma are not headed downstream from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference until 2025 because of complex TV rights negotiations, according to multiple reports.

The planned exit to the SEC was expected to take place for the 2024 academic year and become official in July.

ESPN reported Friday morning the delay was borne out of failed negotiations that included two universities and two networks.

"Parties couldn't come to terms amid a complex negotiation between two schools (OU/Texas), two networks (ESPN/FOX) and the Big 12," ESPN reported.

The topic of the Sooners and Longhorns leaving was on the frontburner this week at Big 12 conference meetings, where the agenda also listed discussions about adding Gonzaga and potential further expansion.

BYU, Cincinnati and Houston are all joining the Big 12 in July, in what was expected to be the end of Texas and Oklahoma's run in the league.

The Big 12 released its full season football schedule on Tuesday, including Texas-Oklahoma on Oct. 7.

Reports: Tommy Rees interviewing for Alabama OC post

Reports: Tommy Rees interviewing for Alabama OC post

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees is in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday interviewing for the offensive coordinator post at Alabama, multiple outlets reported.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is trying to replace Bill O'Brien, who returned to the New England Patriots to be their OC.

Saban turned his attention to Rees after reportedly getting turned down by Ryan Grubb of Washington and Akron head coach Joe Moorhead.

Rees, 30, turned down an opportunity to join former Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly at LSU when he left for Baton Rouge in late 2021. Rees remained OC on Marcus Freeman's first-year staff in 2022.

Rees had preliminary discussions with Saban before boarding an Alabama Crimson Tide private plane in South Bend, Ind., on Thursday, according to The Athletic.

Notre Dame ranked No. 60 in all of FBS in total offense this past season.

Rees threw for 7,670 yards and 61 touchdowns against 37 interceptions in 47 games for Notre Dame from 2010-13. Rees first joined Notre Dame as quarterbacks coach in 2017 before being elevated to OC in 2020.

Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith to return for 2023 season

Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith to return for 2023 season

Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith will return for a fifth season with the team, he announced Thursday.

Smith missed the majority of the 2022 season after sustaining a fractured leg during the Aggies' 23-21 victory over Arkansas on Sept. 24. He is able to return to Texas A&M in 2023 because of the eligibility granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Let's run it back," Smith said at the conclusion of the video he posted on Twitter.

Smith got off to a strong start to the season before being injured. He had six catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies' 31-0 season-opening victory over Sam Houston. Smith finished with 15 receptions for 291 yards and two scores in four games.

All told, Smith has 127 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 17 touchdowns as well as 67 carries for 384 rushing yards and four scores.

North Carolina extends Mack Brown's contract through '28

North Carolina extends Mack Brown's contract through '28

North Carolina rewarded head coach Mack Brown with a contract extension that takes his deal through January 2028.

The Tar Heels won nine games in 2022 and went 6-0 in true road games to claim the ACC Coastal Division title.

"Mack has re-energized our program in so many ways - from the team camaraderie in the locker room, to the engaged fan base in the stands, to this season's Coastal Division Championship and nine-win finish,'' athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. "We know that under his leadership, our student-athletes will continue to succeed on the field and in the classroom while giving back to the community. We appreciate all he and Sally have done to help build a positive culture around Carolina Football."

USA Today reported Brown's annual salary is $5.1 million.

Brown, who turns 72 in August, has 274 career victories, second-highest among active coaches, and ranks eighth on the FBS all-time list in wins.

A two-time coach of the year, Brown is one of five active head coaches to win a national title (2005 at Texas). He's in his second stint with the Tar Heels, having also led Carolina from 1988-1997.

"I appreciate the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Guskiewicz, Bubba Cunningham and the athletics department for continuing to invest in our football program and assisting us as we continue our rise in the ACC and on the national landscape," Brown said. "We've had a very successful four years across the board and we're continuing to strive to win all the games, have as much fun as possible, and mentor young men who graduate and are better prepared for life after football. We've accomplished a lot and we still have so much room for improvement, so we're looking forward to attacking this offseason and getting ready to go for the 2023 season."

North Carolina was 8-4 in 2020 and ended the season at the Orange Bowl.

Brown pulled in a 2022 recruiting class that ranked eighth nationally and quarterback Drake Maye returns for the 2023 season as a leading Heisman Trophy candidate.

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