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UAB coach Bill Clark retires due to serious back issues

UAB coach Bill Clark retires due to serious back issues

UAB football coach Bill Clark said Friday that he is retiring from his post due to chronic back issues.

Clark, who famously rebuilt the program in Birmingham after it was shut down for two seasons, will officially step down on Aug. 1.

"Retiring as the UAB head football coach is the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but my future health and well-being depend on it," Clark wrote on Twitter.

Clark, who turns 54 on Tuesday, will leave after eight years and six seasons. He has a 49-26 record, including the only two bowl victories in school history.

Clark said he will undergo spinal fusion surgery in hopes of alleviating the back issues that have plagued him. He said he initially hurt the back while doing squats in high school.

"I have reached this difficult decision after consultation with a number of world-class medical experts and much family discussion, reflection and prayer," Clark said in his lengthy statement. "Having undergone a previous back surgery, extensive physical therapy, shots and chiropractic therapy, I have exhausted all of my options.

"Due to the extreme physical demands placed on a head coach, it is clear to me. It's time to pass the torch and try and get well."

Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent will serve as interim coach, and defensive coordinator David Reeves was promoted to assistant head coach. The Blazers are moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference for the 2023 season.

The UAB program was shut down after the 2014 season due to financial reasons. The program was reinstated one year later and the Blazers began play again in 2017 and Clark stunningly guided the team to an 8-5 record that season and an 11-3 mark in 2018.

Clark was named Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year for the 2018 campaign.

The Blazers went 9-4 last season for their fifth straight winning season. UAB finished the campaign with a 31-28 victory in the Independence Bowl over No. 13 BYU -- the highest-ranked team the program has ever defeated.

"We rose from ashes to build something rare and real, and we did it together," Clark wrote. "We set excellence as a standard, and we achieved it."

Report: Notre Dame RB Jadarian Price (Achilles) to miss season

Report: Notre Dame RB Jadarian Price (Achilles) to miss season

Notre Dame running back Jadarian Price will miss his freshman season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, The Athletic reported Friday.

The injury occurred this week during training, per the report.

The Irish were counting on Price to play a key role this season, especially early after Logan Diggs sustained a shoulder injury in the Blue-Gold Game that is expected to sideline him to start the season.

Price, a four-star recruit from Denison, Texas, was the No. 17 running back in the Class of 2022, as ranked by the 247Sports composite.

Top 2023 prospect QB Arch Manning commits to Texas

Top 2023 prospect QB Arch Manning commits to Texas

Five-star quarterback Arch Manning, widely considered the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2023, committed to Texas on Thursday.

Manning is the nephew of former NFL greats Peyton and Eli Manning and the grandson of Archie Manning. He is the son of Cooper Manning.

Manning selected the Longhorns over a slew of powerhouses, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Clemson. He visited Alabama on June 10 and went to Georgia on June 3. He paid a visit to Austin last Friday.

The 6-foot-4 native of New Orleans is ranked as the top overall player in the 2023 class by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. In his junior season at Isidore Newman High School, he threw for 26 touchdowns and rushed for seven.

Manning could be the starting quarterback for Texas in 2025, the year the Longhorns enter the SEC.

Jim Tressel stepping down as president of Youngstown State

Jim Tressel stepping down as president of Youngstown State

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is stepping down as president of Youngstown State next year.

He plans to step down on Feb. 1, 2023. Tressel, who has held the position since 2014, is holding a press conference Thursday.

Tressel, 69, first came to Youngstown State as head coach of the Penguins football team. He led Youngstown State to four Division I-AA (now FCS) national titles in 15 years. He left in 2001 to become the head coach at Ohio State, where he won the 2002 BCS national championship and seven Big Ten titles.

Tressel ran afoul of NCAA rules and ultimately resigned after the 2010 season. He went 106-22 in 10 seasons, but the NCAA vacated his 12-1 mark and Sugar Bowl win in 2010. His official record with the Buckeyes stands at 94-21.

At issue was emails Tressel received from an attorney in April 2010, informing the coach that some of his players were receiving improper benefits. Tressel failed to report those emails to the university.

Ohio State secures

Ohio State secures "THE" trademark

It's "THE" Ohio State University, or at least it is when it comes to merchandise and clothing sales, as the school has secured a trademark to utilize the word "THE" in marketing after a three-year fight.

"Ohio State is pleased to have received a trademark for THE on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels," OSU senior director of media and public relations Ben Johnson said in a statement.

Ohio State filed for "THE" trademark in August of 2019 ... a few months after fashion retailer Marc Jacobs had.

The two parties eventually reached an agreement that allowed both parties to use the branding, but OSU had to continue to make its case with the patent office, which originally rejected the argument on the basis that the word was merely ornamental.

Ohio State finally won THE argument.

"THE has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years, and Buckeye fans who purchase official Ohio State gear support student scholarships, libraries and other university initiatives," Johnson said.

Ohio State lands second 5-star WR in two days

Ohio State lands second 5-star WR in two days

Five-star wideout Brandon Inniss committed to Ohio State on Tuesday, giving the Buckeyes their second top-3 pass catcher in two days.

Inniss, who plays at American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the nation's No. 2 wide receiver and the 18th best prospect in the country in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

On Monday, five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to the Buckeyes. He's the nation's No. 3 wide receiver and the 28th best prospect in the country, per 247's composite rankings.

Inniss originally committed to Oklahoma last August but reopened his commitment when then-Sooners coach Lincoln Riley left for Southern California after the season.

Inniss chose Ohio State over West Virginia, Wisconsin, Alabama and Oklahoma, among 37 offers.

"The fact that I will be coming into a great situation because for the position they want me to play they will be short at that spot, so coach (Ryan) Day and coach Hart (Brian Hartline) were telling me I would have to come in and contribute right away, not only telling me that, they showed me as well," Inniss told 247Sports about his decision. "And the players on the team was already treating me like I'm one of them, not just a recruit."

Rueben Owens, top RB in Class of 2023, picks Louisville

Rueben Owens, top RB in Class of 2023, picks Louisville

Five-star running back prospect Rueben Owens announced Monday that he was committing to Louisville.

A native of El Campo, Texas, Owens is the highest-rated running back in the Class of 2023. He also comes in as the No. 16 overall prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Owens, listed at 5-feet-11 and 190 pounds, previously committed to Texas in February 2021 but soon reopened his recruitment.

"I have always been a trailblazer, and aimed to create my own legacy on the road less traveled in hopes of inspiring others to believe in themselves," Owens wrote on social media. "It was the driving force in me making this life-changing decision on where to spend the next 3-4 years of my life.

"With that being said, I will be committing to the University of Louisville (to) play ball at the next level. Now let's go make history..."

Louisville has the 11th-best recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports, and Owens represents the second-highest rated recruit to commit to the Cardinals in history.

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