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Ohio State WR coach Zach Smith's arrest on suspicion of criminal trespassing came after he allegedly had an altercation with his ex-wife.

Smith was arrested on May 12, with details just coming to light this week. According to an incident report obtained by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, authorities responded to a disturbance at 8:00 PM on the evening in question. Just how much more there is to the incident is not yet known, but that incident report does not cite a forced entry, injury to the woman in question or the consumption of drugs or alcohol by Smith. He's been on staff at Ohio State since being hired as part of HC Urban Meyer's inaugural crew in Columbus back prior to the 2012 season. As of yet, OSU has not moved to discipline Smith, or at least such a move has not been announced publicly.
Jul 19 - 4:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Ohio State junior edge rusher Nick Bosa could test similarly to older brother Joey Bosa at the NFL Scouting Combine.

If you'll recall, Joey's testing results were somewhat underwhelming, though ultimately irrelevant to his development into a promising pro defender. Pauline sees this kind of path in testing as one which baby brother might follow, too. Measurables and their limited value aside, there's no arguing what Bosa's displayed on tape over the past two years, with Pauline writing that the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder "plays with great balance, body control and shows good speed up the field" while "constantly disrupt[ing] the action off the edge."
Jul 19 - 4:37 PM

247Sports analyst Blair Angulo writes that UCLA three-star 2019 verbal G commit Duke Clemens is "a smart, tough and physical blocker even if he isn't the biggest in terms of size yet."

While Clemens is currently listed at just 6-foot-3, 268-pound, Angulo passes along that he plays both basketball and baseball, part of the reason he has not yet truly begun to bulk up. Look for him to add some healthy playing beef as he transitions his focus more exclusively toward the gridiron. As for a scouting breakdown, Angulo writes that Clemens "has good feet and flashes the lateral quickness needed to stay in front of speed rushers, but he's also got a nasty streak as a run blocker." While 247Sports lists the Hawaii native as a guard, he shouldn't be viewed strictly in the light of that position. Tackle and center are both positions he's performed at during offseason camps.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 19 - 4:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Northwestern senior CB Montre Hartage is a "nice-sized cornerback with next level ball skills."

"He’s a solid athlete with good instincts who is very effective facing the action," notes Pauline, whose outlet currently assigns the 6-foot, 195-pound Hartage with a sixth-round grade for next spring's draft. He's started 26 consecutive games for the Wildcats and logged 57 tackles, a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble during the most recent campaign.
Jul 19 - 3:54 PM

UCLA freshman ATH Bryan Addison has been granted a release from his scholarship.

Addison (6'4/176) is now back out on the open market after initially signing with the Bruins this past December as a four-star recruit. Explained the versatile athlete, "I had some issues with the college board and UCLA admissions. I have been fighting this for 5-6 weeks and things were a little slow to get going and time was running out for me." He said that, understandably, it had become stressful to watch his fellow freshman class enroll without him. ASU, Oregon, USC, Nebraska and Washington are all programs which could now stand to benefit from the former four-star athlete's newfound freedom of movement. Not only that, but because he never technically enrolled at UCLA, he'll be eligible to play immediately with his program-to-be after he's settled on a new home. He hopes to make a decision within the next week or so. Addison ranked as Rivals' No. 51 overall prospect in the 2018 class, meaning there's still considerable talent to be tapped, here.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 19 - 3:42 PM

ACC commissioner John Swofford said that he expects the NCAA to eventually require teams to release injury reports.

"I think that is critically important and would not only include injuries but if there is disciplinary action where a player is suspended for a game for whatever reason, that would need to be a part of it as well," Swofford said. Speaking at the ACC Kickoff on Wednesday, he indicated that he does not expect the requirement of injury reports to be implemented prior to the 2019 season. The impetus for the potential change came about when the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on gambling earlier this year. Swofford noted that coaches in his conference are in a general agreement that injury reports are going to be necessary in the near future given the state of the landscape.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 3:30 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin spoke out in opposition to North Carolina HC Larry Fedora's Wednesday skepticism regarding the connection between CTE and concussions.

"What's the most important thing? Long-term health, or how the game looks?" Kiffin asked rhetorically on Thursday. He later added that he believes that safety changes being implemented in the game -- which he supports -- will ultimately help the sport and help to keep people involved with the sport. Fedora made major waves on Wednesday when he voiced doubts over the scientific connection between CTE and concussions, saying that football was "under attack." Dino Babers and Will Muschamp are among those (along with Kiffin) who have spoken out in refutation of Fedora's stance over the past 24-plus hours.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 3:09 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2020 RB Ty Jordan said that he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds during a recent camp at TCU.

We tend to see high school prospects only improve in their measurements as their bodies mature, meaning that Jordan may well end up testing even faster than this in the coming years. For reference's sake, the fastest time from a running back at the most recent NFL Scouting Combine was 4.38 seconds, by NC State's Nyheim Hines. As for which program might ultimately land speedster Jordan, he's still in the early process of gathering information. Utah is one program which he has begun to connect with, but again, still early. The Mesquite, Texas, native ranks as Rivals' No. 30 running back prospect in the 2020 class.
Source: Rivals
Jul 19 - 2:57 PM
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