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Reports: Penn State 4-star recruit Ken Talley enters portal

Reports: Penn State 4-star recruit Ken Talley enters portal

Freshman defensive end Ken Talley, a four-star recruit, has entered the NCAA transfer portal without ever playing a down for Penn State, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Talley, from Northeast High School in Philadelphia, committed to the Nittany Lions in September 2020 and signed his letter of intent last December. His time with coach James Franklin's program was brief, however. He participated in fall camp but didn't enroll until this month.

At the time he signed in December, the coaching staff made it clear the value the program placed on Talley. With him, Penn State had the No. 8-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.

"He's the heartbeat," said defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith, per 247Sports. "His energy, his smile, his personality, his tenacity, the dog in him."

In his senior season, Talley had 95 tackles and 12 sacks and was named the Class 6A Public League MVP.

On Saturday, running back Caziah Holmes officially left the program.

Well-traveled QB Jarret Doege enters transfer portal

Well-traveled QB Jarret Doege enters transfer portal

Well-traveled quarterback Jarret Doege is reportedly back in the transfer portal for the second time in 2022.

He is leaving Western Kentucky as a graduate transfer less than two weeks before the season opener, 247Sports reported Monday.

Doege began his career at Bowling Green (2017-18) and played at West Virginia from 2019-21 before transferring to the Hilltoppers in January.

He has passed for 10,494 yards with 79 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in 46 career games.

Last season, he completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 3,048 yards, 19 TDs and 12 interceptions in 13 games for the Mountaineers.

Texas legend Steve 'Big Woo' Worster dies at 73

Texas legend Steve 'Big Woo' Worster dies at 73

Texas Longhorns legendary fullback Steve Worster, a two-time first-team All-American, has died. He was 73.

According to the school, Worster died Saturday. Media outlets said he had been experiencing health issues.

Worster, known as "Big Woo," thrived in Texas' wishbone offense that revolved around three running backs and the quarterback. The bruising back helped the Longhorns win national titles in both 1969 and 1970.

Worster finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1970 when he established career highs of 898 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He earned consensus first-team All-American honors that season.

Worster rushed for 2,353 yards and 36 touchdowns in his three seasons. His touchdown count currently ranks tied for fifth in school history while his rushing yardage is 16th.

He averaged 5.1 yards per carry over his career, topped by a 5.6 mark in 1970. He is a member of the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor.

Texas went 30-2-1 in Worster's three campaigns, including a school-record 30-game winning streak that was halted with a 24-11 loss to Joe Theismann-led Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1971.

The Longhorns were consensus national champions in 1969 and UPI national champions in 1970.

Worster was a second-team All-American in 1969 when he rushed for 649 yards and nine touchdowns. In 1968, as a sophomore, he rushed for 806 yards and 13 scores.

Worster was a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1971 but never played for the team. He briefly played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before retiring.

Florida picks up four-star commitments from 2023, '24 classes

Florida picks up four-star commitments from 2023, '24 classes

Florida picked up a pair of four-star commits on the defensive side of the ball on Sunday, one in the Class of 2023, one from the 2024 group.

Kamran James from Olympia High School in Orlando will join the Gators next year. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive lineman is ranked No. 35 at his position by the 247Sports composite. As a junior, he had 13 sacks and 21 tackles for loss, per 247Sports.

"I'm very excited to finally have committed somewhere," James told 247Sports. "The coaching staff (at Florida) is great."

His commitment gives new Florida coach Billy Napier the No. 10 recruiting class for 2023. Florida secured commitments on Saturday from a pair of four-star defensive linemen -- Kelby Collins and Will Norman.

Myles Graham, a four-star linebacker in the Class of 2024, committed to play at Florida on Sunday.

The 247Sports composite lists him as the No. 2 linebacker in the class and the No. 52 overall player. He is the first commit from the class.

He is the son of Earnest Graham, the fourth-leading rusher in Gators' history with 3,085 yards from 1998-2002.

"Considering my legacy and how my dad was one of the best running backs ever to come through Florida, it's a huge blessing and he inspires me to be the man that I am today," Myles Graham told 247Sports. "That is a huge blessing for sure."

Graham plays at the Woodward Academy in Atlanta, and he had offers from schools across the country. Georgia and Alabama were among the Southeastern Conference colleges to offer scholarships.

Report: Jac Collinsworth, Jason Garrett to call Notre Dame games

Report: Jac Collinsworth, Jason Garrett to call Notre Dame games

NBC has filled its empty broadcast booth for Notre Dame telecasts with Jac Collinsworth and former NFL head coach Jason Garrett, the New York Post reported Sunday.

Collinsworth will replace Mike Tirico on play-by-play, while Garrett will occupy the analyst chair filled last season by Drew Brees.

Tirico is taking over Al Michaels' role as the voice of NBC's "Sunday Night Football." Brees left NBC after one NFL season that saw his performance widely criticized.

Garrett also will replace Brees on NBC's Sunday pregame show, "Football Night in America," on which Collinsworth will have a role, per the report.

NBC has yet to confirm the news.

Collinsworth, 27, is the son of Cris Collinsworth, the "Sunday Night Football" analyst and former NFL wide receiver. A 2017 graduate of Notre Dame, the younger Collinsworth was part of NBC's sideline production crew for Fighting Irish football games for multiple seasons and a sideline reporter for the network of the school's spring football game in 2016-17.

After graduation, he went on to work for ESPN in various college football-related roles and also for NBC, where he has reported from the Olympics, worked on "Football Night in America" and was the play-by-play voice of the USFL, among his roles.

Garrett, 56, spent 10 seasons as coach of the Dallas Cowboys (2010-19) and compiled an 85-67 record. He spent time as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants the past two seasons until he was fired on Nov. 23, 2021, amid the team's offensive struggles.

He was a career backup quarterback in the NFL, spending seven seasons in Dallas and one with the Giants.

Four-star DL Kelby Collins commits to Florida's 2023 class

Four-star DL Kelby Collins commits to Florida's 2023 class

Kelby Collins, a four-star defensive lineman, committed to Florida's Class of 2023 on Saturday.

Collins is ranked as the No. 6 player at the position and the No. 70 overall player in the nation by the 247Sports composite.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Collins plays at Gardendale High School in Gardendale, Ala. He was recruited from schools across the nation and throughout the Southeastern Conference, including in-state Alabama and Auburn.

Collins is the highest-ranked of the 18 players committed to Kentucky's Class of 2023. With his commitment, the Gators moved to No. 12 in the 247Sports class rankings, fifth in the SEC. Alabama is No. 1, and Georgia (No. 5), LSU (No. 6) and Tennessee (No. 11) also are above Florida in the conference rankings.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wants focus put back on his team

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wants focus put back on his team

This time, it was football coach Mark Stoops behind the microphone in the brewing battle between Kentucky's two most prominent coaches.

Stoops addressed reporters for the first time Saturday since basketball coach John Calipari said Kentucky was a "basketball school" and that his program deserved a replacement practice facility. The football program just had a $200 million facility built.

While he said he wanted to put the budding controversy to rest, Stoops had a few comments first in response to Calipari rattling off which schools in the SEC -- Georgia, Alabama -- were "football" schools.

"I don't care about anyone's program, I stay in my lane," Stoops told reporters after football practice Saturday. "But when you start talking about mine, and the people I compete against, I'm going to defend my players. ... Don't demean and distract from what we've done to get to this point."

The war of words began Thursday night, when Calipari made this comment to Kentucky Sports Radio:

"This is a basketball school; it's always been that. ... No disrespect. Our football team, I hope they win games, 10 games, and go to bowls," he said. "At the end of the day, that makes my job easier and it makes the job of all of us easier. But this is a basketball school. And so, we need to keep moving in that direction and doing what we're doing."

Stoops said he appreciates Kentucky's basketball history but wants people to look at the achievements of his program, which has won four straight bowl games.

"We understand history," Stoops said. "That's great. I embrace and love the history of our basketball program. I'm proud of it. I love it. I didn't have that history. We understand we're creating it. I also know people want to win now. I also know it's my responsibility to get to the postseason and win it."

Calipari and Stoops haven't talked since the basketball coach made his comments. But Calipari tweeted Saturday afternoon that it's time the two chat.

"I was told about comments Mark Stoops made in his press conference. I reached out to Mark Thursday & will try again," Calipari wrote. "... I have supported Mark & the football team through good and bad. I will continue to support them & cheer them on"

And Calipari agreed with Stoops that it was time to put the focus back on his team.

"Now I'll do what I've done for 30 years: Coach my team and block out the clutter," Calipari wrote in a second tweet.

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart waded into the controversy on Saturday, but his comments might not please Calipari. He said a practice facility for the basketball program isn't in the works, and added this comment:

"We will be a grateful (athletic) department. We will not be entitled," he said.

Stoops guided the Wildcats to a 10-3 season last year, his second 10-win campaign in the past four seasons. The football program is 33-17 during the stretch.

The bowl winning streak consists of wins over Penn State (Citrus), Virginia Tech (Belk), North Carolina State (Gator) and Iowa (Citrus) last season.

Calipari won the national championship in the 2011-12 season but the basketball program hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2019.

There was no tourney in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Wildcats missed with a shaky 9-16 record in 2021 and were ushered out of the first round by 15th-seeded Saint Peter's last season.

Kentucky football will host Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 3 to open the season.

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