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Kentucky or West Virginia for former Pitt running back Rushel Shell

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t looks like it will be Kentucky or West Virginia for former Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell.

shellShell, who announced on April 2 that he was leaving Pitt, originally planned on going to UCLA, but decided that he wanted to remain closer to his Pennsylvania home and his two young daughters.

He hoped to return to the Panthers, but that wasn’t an option.

Reports surfaced that Ohio State, Kentucky and West Virginia were in play. But according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, you can scratch Ohio State from the list.

The former 5-star recruit to decide between Kentucky and West Virginia after making visits to both schools.

Shell was one of the top running backs in the nation as a senior at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa. He rushed for a state-record 9,078 yards in his career.

At Pitt, he gained 641 yards as a true freshman playing behind senior Ray Graham.

Shell was No. 1 on Pitt’s depth chart through the first six practices this spring, but pulled himself from drills March 22 with a undisclosed leg injury. He never returned.

He initially requested permission to transfer to either UCLA, Cal, Arizona or Arizona State, but was blocked from Arizona and Arizona State. Both the Arizona schools of have multiple coaches that were members of the Panthers staff that originally recruited him.

Photo: Matt Freed / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

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Georgia safety out for the year after toe surgery

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]eorgia has lost another freshman defensive back to injury.

bostickSafety Paris Bostick from Tampa, Fla., will redshirt following surgery to repair a toe injury, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Freshman cornerback Reggie Wilkerson was recently lost for the season after he suffered an ACL injury during summer workouts.

Wilkerson was a January enrollee and had worked his way in tot he playing rotation.

Bostick wasn’t in line to play as big of a role this this fall, but any loss is significant in a secondary is already short on depth.

The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Bostick was a 3-star recruit out of Tampa (Fla.) Plant.

He had more than 20 offers but chose the Bulldogs over Arkansas.

Photo: Willie J. Allen Jr. / Tampa Bay Times

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Former Wisconsin DE David Gilbert transferring to Miami; will play this fall

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert will play college football again after all.

gilbertGilbert, who battled a foot injury the past two seasons, announced in April that he was giving up his final year of eligibility. The thought was that he would take time to fully heal his foot and then attempt to make it in the NFL.

But according to a South Florida Sun Sentinel report, it appears Gilbert will transfer to Miami instead.

He will be eligible to play this fall.

After playing in 25 games over his first two seasons, Gilbert broke his right foot four games into the 2011 season. He returned in December, only to break his foot again in bowl practice.

He continued to experience problems with the foot beginning in the fourth game last season, but managed to put together a consensus All-Big Ten honorable season.

The 6-foot-4, 247-pound Gilbert totaled 42 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and forced a fumble in the Big Ten title game against Nebraska.

This spring, Gilbert again experienced problems with the foot. Originally thought to just be turf toe, it turned out to be ligament damage that required surgery and his spring was over by mid-March.

With the Badgers switch to a 3-4 defensive under new coordinator Dave Aranda, Gilbert was expected to move to outside linebacker this fall. There were rumblings that he was unhappy about the transition, but the decision to transfer is more likely related to a desire to be closer to his Cape Coral, Fla. home.

Miami returns both starting defensive ends with Shayon Green (6-3, 262) and Anthony Chickillo (6-4, 269).

Gilbert joins quarterback Danny O’Brien and defensive backs Reggie Mitchell and Donnell Vercher to become the fourth player to transfer from Wisconsin since Gary Andersen took over.

Photo: Andy Manis / Associated Press

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Nebraska defensive end Ernest Suttles, linebacker Thomas Brown kicked off team

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] pair of talented Nebraska players have been kicked off the team before ever playing a snap for the Huskers.

Ernest Suttles, who signed with Nebraska in February, was expected to contribute as a freshman.

Ernest Suttles, who signed with Nebraska in February, was expected to contribute as a freshman.

Freshman defensive end Ernest Suttles and redshirt freshman linebacker Thomas Brown have been dismissed following an incident at a party that occurred last weekend.

No official reason was given for the dismissal, but rumors began swirling all week around an incident that allegedly occurred last Friday night during a party for Nebrasaka linebacker David Santos’ 21st birthday.

A statement released by school officials Thursday night referenced the incident.

“We are aware of an incident involving student-athletes which occurred off campus over the weekend. We are working with the University’s Dean of Students in gathering further details,” the statement read. “We will continue to review the incident. Further, Head Football Coach Bo Pelini has announced that Ernest Suttles and Thomas Brown are no longer members of the football program.”

Suttles reportedly started a fight with another Husker and Santos stepped in to kick him out. When he did, Suttles reportedly struck Santos in the head with a bottle. Suttles was ticketed for misdemeanor assault, according to an AP report.

Other reports have placed Brown in the fight as well, but Lincoln Police said there was no record of his involvement.

Suttles is a 2013 signee who reported to Lincoln just a few weeks ago. A 3-star recruit from Gaither High in Tampa, Fla., the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Suttles is a pass-rushing specialist who totaled 88 tackles, 31 tackles-for-loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior. He chose Nebraska over offers from West Virginia, Tennessee, South Florida, Iowa State and Missouri, among others.

After redshirting last season, Brown, 6-2, 220, was expected to compete for the starting job at the Buck linebacker position. Also a 3-star recruit, the Gardena, Calif. native chose Nebraska over Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah.

Both Suttles and Brown were expected to contribute this fall at two positions where the Huskers already had depth concerns.

Photo: Tampa Bay Times

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Louisiana Tech AD Bruce Van De Velde steps down

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ouisiana Tech athletics director Bruce Van De Velde is stepping down effective July 1.

van_de_veldeVan De Velde came to Louisiana Tech in 2008 as deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer and was promoted to AD in 2010. He is expected to serve the university in a non-administrative through the end of his contract which expires in February of next year.

“My experience at Louisiana Tech has been both rewarding and challenging,” Van De Velde said in a statement. “I am proud of my contributions to the competitive and academic success of our student-athletes and coaches, and to have enhanced a culture of honesty, integrity, competitive and academic excellence within the athletic department.”

Deputy athletics director Mary Kay Hungate will serve as interim athletics director.

Van De Velde came under fire in Decemeber when the 9-3 Bulldogs did not play in a bowl game.

Tech was offered the opportunity to play Louisiana Monroe in the Independence Bowl, but held out in hopes of receiving a better bid. School officials later tried to accept the bid, but the spot had already been given to Ohio.

Van De Velde claimed he consulted then-Bulldogs coach Sonny Dykes regarding the decision, but Dykes was clearly frustrated by the situation nonetheless.

“Under no circumstances did I ever think there was any possibility at all that we would not play in a bowl game,” Dykes said at the time. “It is a shame that our nationally recognized team and its 31 seniors have to end the season this way.”

Days later Dykes became Cal’s head coach, and Van De Velde hired former USF and East Carolina coach Skip Holtz as his replacement.

Louisiana Tech will play its first season as a member of Conference USA this year.

Photo: Arely Castillo/News-Star

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Gary Andersen's son says no to BYU; will play for dad

Chasen Andersen (2)

Chasen Andersen (2)

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ary Andersen will coach his son in 2014.

Chasen Andersen, son of the first-year Wisconsin coach, signed with BYU in February but has had a change of heart and decided to play for the Badgers.

The younger Andersen will take a greyshirt this year and enroll in January.

The 6-foot, 218-pound Andersen was a 2-star inside linebacker prospect by Rivals. He originally committed to Utah State but changed his mind after his father took the Wisconsin job and signed with BYU.

Andersen tore his ACL on the first play of the first game of his senior season and will spend the time off working to rehab his knee.

“I will grey shirt this season,” Andersen tweeted. “Rehab and train in Wisconsin. I respect BYU football in every way and thank them! Enough talk about me.”

Photo: Eli Lucero/Logan Herald Journal

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Minnesota linebacker Lamonte Edwards booted from team

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]innesota linebacker Lamonte Edwards has been kicked off the team.

edwardsOfficially, the reason was an unspecified violation of team rules, but Edwards was recently arrested on suspicion of theft.

According to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report, an iPhone belonging to another Minnesota athlete was stolen from a weight room inside the Gophers athletics building on June 18. The phone’s tracking software led police to Edwards.

Edwards first told police that the phone belonged to his cousin, but later admitted he stole the phone from the weight room.

Charges from the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office are pending.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound junior was a highly recruited running back out of Woodbury, Minn. After redshirting in 2010, he moved to linebacker four games into the 2011 season.

Edwards played in 11 games as a sophomore last season, earning one start. He finished the year with eight tackles.

Photo: Minnesota Athletics

 

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