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Rich Rodriguez Hits the Whip and NaeNae with Arizona Gymnastics

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Tennessee's Hype Grows with Reinstatement of Playmaking WR Von Pearson

According to Dustin Dopirak of GoVolsXtra, it was announced on Wednesday that charges would not be filed against Tennessee senior wide receiver Von Pearson after he was suspended in April amid an investigation into a reported rape.

With that hurdle cleared, it only seemed like a matter of time before the 6'3" 187-pounder from Newport News, Virginia, would be reinstated to the football program and allowed to practice with his team as it kicks off fall camp.

That final hurdle was cleared on Friday, when Tennessee announced via Twitter that Pearson has officially been reinstated:

With that, the Tennessee hype train can now get back to full speed.

The wide receiving corps, once thought of as a position of strength and depth, had taken a slight step back due in part to Pearson's absence.

It was so much of a concern that true freshman quarterback Jauan Jennings—an early enrollee who was (and perhaps still is) vying for the backup quarterback job this spring behind Joshua Dobbs—moved to wide receiver this week to give head coach Butch Jones options.

"I thought that he would adapt and he's done a great job. He really has," offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said in quotes released by Tennessee. "Of course, when you're the quarterback you have to know what the receivers are doing, but yet you don't know all their techniques and things like that. [Wide receivers coach] Zach Azzanni has done an excellent job of bringing him along. He's excited."

Now, with Pearson back, it can be a position of strength again.

The Vols have a known commodity in junior Marquez North, an ultra-versatile weapon in Alton "Pig" Howard, a receiver with loads of potential in Josh Malone, a matchup nightmare in Jason Croom—who's coming off an ACL tear suffered last December—and reliable sophomore Josh Smith.

Add Pearson to the mix, and Jones and DeBord have plenty of options.

Pearson had 38 catches for 393 yards and five touchdowns a year ago, and he closed out his season strong with a career-high seven catches for 75 yards in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. According to Jack Farrell of Pro Football Focus, he was the most effective slot receiver in the conference:

When you factor in the possibility of Jones lining up running backs Alvin Kamara and Jalen Hurd with Joshua Dobbs in the same backfield, the offensive options on Rocky Top are mind-blowing.

The one question that the Tennessee offense—and, really, the Tennessee team as a whole—faces this year is up front, where the offensive line struggled to find consistency a year ago. It finished last in the SEC in sacks allowed with 43 and tackles for loss allowed with 101.

But it returns four starters and has depth for the first time in Jones' three seasons in Knoxville. He is confident that the time the offensive linemen had this offseason to further their development and familiarity with each other will help in the trenches.

"For the first time since we've been at Tennessee, we've been able to walk out of spring practice and have two full lines of scholarship players," Jones said at SEC media days. "The overall development and maturation of that group has come a long way. We have the competitive depth that's needed."

Is Tennessee the trendy pick to do some damage in 2015? Many have labeled it that way.

In reality, though, the Vols have the most stable roster in the SEC East by far, and Pearson's return only creates more separation.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. Statistics courtesy of cfbstatsBarrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93 XM 208.

Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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Norwood Teague, Minnesota AD, Resigns Due to Inappropriate Texts, Touching

Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague resigned Friday following allegations he sexually harassed two female employees of the school, per Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy.

The school confirmed Teague's resignation, which went into effect immediately.'s David Woods reported Beth Goetz will act as interim athletic director.

According to DeCourcy, Teague sent inappropriate texts and made unwelcome advances toward the women in question. DeCourcy's report included copies of the texts released by Minnesota, which Jana Shortal of KARE 11 in Minneapolis didn't think made for good reading:

"After careful and painful consideration, I've decided to leave the University of Minnesota," he told Shortal, per Sara Pelissero of KARE 11. "At a recent university event, I had entirely too much to drink. I behaved badly towards nice people and sent truly inappropriate texts. I apologize to everyone involved. This neither reflects my true character or true character of this great, great university."

Teague added he takes "full responsibility for my actions" and will be looking to remedy his alcohol problem in the future.

The Star Tribune reported Minnesota president Eric Kaler would've opened an investigation into Teague's actions had he not handed in his resignation.

Kaler tabbed deputy athletics director Beth Goetz to fill in as the AD on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found. 

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15 Biggest College Football Questions Entering 2015 Season

Ever since the confetti was done falling at AT&T Stadium in January following Ohio State's dominant win over Oregon in the national title game, college football fans have been anxiously awaiting the start of the next season. And part of that anticipation involves wondering what will happen next.

A very long offseason lends itself to creating plenty of questions and what-if scenarios, some of which get answered over the course spring and summer. But as we pull within four weeks of the start of the 2015 season, there are still plenty of queries that remain unanswered.

Some won't get settled until the season is over, but others could have a resolution far sooner depending on certain results and outcomes. Either way, the uncertainty of what may happen causes both anticipation and frustration.

Here's a look at the 15 biggest questions heading into the college football season. Think you've got the answers? Put them in the comments section for all to read.

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Naijiel Hale Dismissed from Washington: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

The University of Washington's secondary took a hit Friday afternoon when it was reported the Huskies dismissed sophomore cornerback Naijiel Hale, according to the Seattle Times' Adam Jude.   

Hale took to Twitter to make the announcement official:

The cornerback was expected to see an increase in his playing time after a freshman season that saw him appear in 14 games, starting two of them, with 12 total tackles and two pass deflections, per

While he's made his name as a football player, Hale has another claim to fame, as Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman points out:

Hale was ranked 23rd nationally among all cornerbacks in the class of 2014 coming out of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California, according to 247Sports. He received interest from other schools like Arizona, to which he originally committed, along with UCLA and Utah.

Depending on what has gotten him into trouble, Hale will be a hot commodity to schools looking for a player capable of developing into a shutdown cornerback. 

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