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Former 5-star recruit Chris Dunkley reinstated at USF

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]outh Florida wide receiver Chris Dunkley has been reinstated.

dunkleyDunkley was suspended last October after being arrested on domestic violence charges.

“USF has reinstated receiver Chris Dunkley, who had been suspended since September arrest. Legal issues resolved, he’s back with Bulls,” Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times on tweeted on Wednesday.

In May, Dunkley completed a pre-trial intervention program and the misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery was dropped.

Bulls coach Willie Taggart said at the time that Dunkley was still suspended, suggesting he had more to do to return to the team. Apparently, those conditions have been met.

He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Prior to his arrest and suspension, Dunkley saw action in four of the Bulls’ first five games. He had four receptions for 93 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown against Nevada.

Dunkley (6-0, 180) was a former 5-star recruit from Pahokee, Fla. who signed with Florida in 2010.

He redshirted with the Gators and then sat out the 2011 season after transferring to USF.

Photo: Octavio Jones / Tampa Bay Times

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West Virginia, Virginia Tech to renew rivalry

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne collège football non-conference rivalry that went dormant due to conference realignment is coming back — at least temporarily.

The West Virginia-Virginia Tech game in 2022 will be played at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.

The West Virginia-Virginia Tech game in 2022 will be played at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.

West Virginia and Virginia Tech, who last met in 2005, announced Wednesday that the schools have agreed to a two-game series beginning in 2021.

The 2021 game will be played in Morgantown on Sept. 18, with the second game taking place the following season in Blacksburg on Sept. 24.

“During my three years as Athletic Director at West Virginia University, I have heard from legions of Mountaineer fans, particularly those in the Southern part of the state, who have expressed their strong sentiments to renew the football rivalry with Virginia Tech,” WVU athletics director Oliver Luck said.

“This game is great for college football. We all know that the two schools have extraordinary fan bases, and both schools will be counting down the days until the Hokies and the Mountaineers meet again.”

“It’s two great universities that have had some great competition,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer added. “We’ve always had great respect for them, and I think they feel the same way about us. Where we’re located, it’s the right thing to do. We’ll take fans to Morgantown, and they’ll bring fans to Blacksburg.”

The series has been played 51 times, including every year from 1973 until 2005, with West Virginia owning a 28-22-1 advantage overall.

The teams compete for the Black Diamond Trophy, referring to the region’s coal mining roots.

Virginia Tech has won six of nine games since the Black Diamond Trophy was initiated in 1997.

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Georgia JUCO transfer DT Toby Johnson undergoes surgery

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]eorgia defensive lineman Toby Johnson had surgery in Athens on Tuesday, but don’t expect him to be down long.

Toby Johnson (left) and Auburn signee Ben Bradley formed a tough interior d-line at Hutchinson.

Toby Johnson (left) and Auburn signee Ben Bradley formed a tough interior d-line at Hutchinson.

The school did not specify Johnson’s injury but did say that it was not football related. Ron Courson, UGA’s Director of Sports Medicine, said a full recovery is expected in 10 days.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Johnson is an incoming transfer from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He signed with the Bulldogs in February and arrived in Athens last month.

Last season, he suffered an injury to his right knee during Hutchinson’s Region 6 semifinal win over Coffeyville and missed the Blue Dragons’ final two post-season games.

Johnson was rated the nation’s No. 3 junior college defensive tackle and No. 8 JUCO prospect overall by Rivals.

He totaled 87 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, five sacks, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two blocked kicks in two years at Hutchinson.

Johnson is originally from College Park (Ga.) Banneker.

Photo: Lindsey Bauman / The Hutchinson News

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Kentucky sends 5-star recruit 182 letters in a single day

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]entucky raised eyebrows earlier this month when the Wildcats jumped to No. 1 in Rivals.com’s 2014 Team Recruiting Rankings.

elam(That’s the football team recruiting rankings, just in case you were wondering.)

The Cats have since slipped back to No. 2 (behind Texas), but there’s little arguing that Mark Stoops’ staff has found a winning formula.

“Mailbombing” is apparently part of that strategy.

In March, UK mailed quarterback recruit Drew Barker 115 handwritten letters in a single day. The 4-star Hebron (Ky.) Conner product committed to Kentucky in May.

Now the Cats have bombed 5-star defensive lineman Matt Elam (6-6, 325) in an even bigger way.

The massive defensive tackle from John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Ky. tweeted a photo of 182 letters he received earlier this week.

Elam lists a top five of Kentucky, Alabama, Louisville, Ohio State and Notre Dame, but the battle to land his services is thought to primarily be between the Cats and Crimson Tide.

Who knows if if the mailbomb will make a difference in Elam’s decision (or if it did with Barker), but it definitely got his attention.

Photo: Kentucky Sports Radio

Okay Okay Here Is A Picture Of 182 Letters From UK This Has To Be A Record Or Something Ha !! BBN #Crazy #WeAreUK — @Fballislife69


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Fight breaks out after Iowa GA D.J. Hernandez is mistaken for his brother Aaron

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] fight broke out at a Connecticut diner over the weekend after Iowa graduate assistant D.J. Hernandez was mistaken for his brother Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star now facing a murder charge.

D.J. Hernandez was head coach at Southington (Conn.) High School before moving to the college coaching ranks.

D.J. Hernandez was head coach at Southington (Conn.) High before moving to the college ranks.

D.J. Hernandez was present at the Gold Roc Diner in West Hartford around 4 a.m. Saturday when the fight took place, but was not involved in the altercation.

“It was just customers who thought it was Aaron Hernandez,” Norine Derocco, manager of the diner, told the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Monday. “That’s how the fight actually started. They thought it was Aaron Hernandez himself.

“And then someone said, ‘No it’s his brother,’ and then a fight broke out. But whoever the person was, if it was D.J. Hernandez … (he was) not involved in the actual fight.”

University of Iowa Sports Information Director Steve Roe told the Press-Citizen on Monday that D.J. Hernandez was present during the skirmish.

Three men — Alberto Lopez, 30, of Bristol, Conn.; Jesus Agosto, 36 of New Britain, Conn.; and Thomas Miller, 30 of Torrington, Conn. — were arrested and charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief, according to a West Hartford Police Department report.

It’s not clear which, if any, of the three men were with D.J. Hernandez.

D.J. Hernandez played football at UConn from 2004-08 and coached high school ball in the state before becoming quarterbacks coach at Brown in 2011.

After spending 2012 as an offensive graduate assistant at Miami (Fla.), D.J. Hernandez joined the Iowa staff in January and works with the tight ends.

His younger brother, Aaron, has been charged with murder in relation to the June 17 death of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of Aaron Hernandez’s girlfriend’s sister.

Aaron Hernandez was released by the Patriots the same day he was charged with murder.

Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said recently that D.J. Hernandez was holding up well in the wake of his brother’s murder charge.

“He’s fine,” Ferentz told reporters last week.

Photo: Dave Zajac/Meridien Record-Journal

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Two Texas A&M starting DBs charged with assault

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]wo Texas A&M starting defensive backs face assault charges stemming from a fight that occurred in April.

Deshazor Everett's fourth-and-goal interception sealed the Aggies' victory over Alabama last November.

Deshazor Everett’s fourth-and-goal interception sealed the Aggies’ victory over Alabama last November.

Warrants were issued Friday for cornerback Deshazor Everett and safety Floyd Raven, according to the Bryan-College Station Eagle. Each faces two counts of assault causing bodily injury and one count of criminal mischief — all Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.

Raven turned himself in to authorities Monday morning, and Everett is said to be aware of the warrant and expected to turn himself in.

According to court documents, the two players were among a group of 10 to 12 men who “attacked” two people as they climbed out of a Chevrolet Tahoe at an apartment complex on April 7.

A fight between Everett and Raven and the two men in the Tahoe apparently began earlier in the night at a bar when Everett and Raven sprayed champagne into a crowd and the alleged victims became upset. It continued a short time later when the same group upset about the champagne pulled into the parking lot of the driver’s apartment complex where Everett also lived.

The police report states that both men from the SUV received injuries. One of the men suffered a fractured sinus cavity and orbital bruises, while the other man reported injuries to his ribs and hand.

According to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News, the school announced Monday afternoon that both Everett and Raven have been suspended from team activities while they are facing charges.

More than $500 in damage was caused to a Tahoe when the student athletes pounded and kicked the vehicle at the scene of the fight.

Everett, a junior cornerback from DeRidder, La., totaled 56 tackles and two interceptions. Both of his interceptions came against Alabama — including a fourth-and-goal pass by Alabama’s A.J. McCarron with less than two minutes left in A&M’s 29-24 upset victory.

Raven, a senior safety from Kenner, La., made 16 tackles in 13 games last season.

Both players came out of spring drills listed as starters on the team’s depth chart.

Photo: Associated Press

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Arizona wide receiver Tyler Slavin leaves the team and will transfer

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rizona wide receiver Tyler Slavin has left the program.

slavinSlavin announced the decision via Twitter on Friday.

No reason for the departure was given and Slavin did not indicate where he planned to transfer, but school officials later confirmed that he left the team voluntarily.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt junior played in all 13 games as a reserve receiver last season. He made 22 catches for 224 yards.

His biggest reception of the year was a game-winning 19-yard touchdown catch in the New Mexico Bowl win over Nevada. It was Slavin’s first — and, as it turns out, only — touchdown with the Wildcats.

In three seasons at Arizona, the Corona, Calif. native appeared in 31 games.

Photo: Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports

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