>>Ex-Notre Dame QB Hoping To Have Impact With Florida State
Everett Golson hopes to prove at Florida State that a difficult finish to his Notre Dame career was an anomaly. But first he has to beat out junior Sean Maguire, who has spent the last two seasons as Jameis Winston's backup.
The two leading candidates for the job replacing the departed 2013 Heisman Trophy winner were ushered in separately Sunday to discuss their quarterback competition.
At the moment, Maguire is listed as No. 1 on the depth chart, but coach Jimbo Fisher has already said that means nothing at this point in any of his team's summer position battles.
Fisher knows from his own experience about the challenges of acclimating to a new team for one season. He transferred from Salem in West Virginia to Samford for his final season as a college quarterback in 1987.
After just three days of practice, Fisher has already been effusive in his praise for the 22-year-old Golson, who becomes immediately eligible because he earned his undergraduate degree this spring at Notre Dame with a year of eligibility remaining.
There is a wide experience gap between Golson and Maguire, who has played in just one full game and parts of a dozen others, throwing a total of 70 passes compared to Golson's 745 at the college level.
But the 6-0, 200-pound Golson, plagued by interceptions and fumbles, lost his starting job last year at Notre Dame.
Golson threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted twice in Florida State's 31-27 win over the Irish last October. He was intercepted 14 times and lost eight fumbles in a season when Notre Dame dropped five of its last six regular-season games.
Maguire, meanwhile, is beginning his fourth year in Fisher's program and is more of the prototype for the Seminoles' passing offense.
Maguire said Fisher came to him when first thinking about checking with Golson on his potential interest in coming to Florida State.
"I'm not afraid of competition at all," Maguire said Sunday.
"I didn't come to Florida State to say, `Here you go, you're the starting quarterback,'" Maguire said. "I'm going to help him, obviously. We're all on the same team."
Golson, who is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, said he's been warmly received by his new teammates.
There is also competition for the starting tailback position created by the absence of Dalvin Cook, who is suspended. Florida State took two team pictures Sunday: one with their suspended sophomore and another without him.
Cook's status for the season remains in the hands of local law officials. The first freshman 1,000-yard rusher in the school's history faces an early September court date on a misdemeanor assault charge on an accusation he hit a woman outside a downtown bar in June.
Unlike a separate incident that led to the dismissal of freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson, no video has surfaced from the Cook episode.
>>Defending National Champs, Runner Ups Headline '2K Classic'
Defending national champion Duke will meet VCU and national runner-up Wisconsin will face Georgetown in the semifinals of the 21st annual 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.
The games, which could set up a possible rematch of the 2015 national championship game, will be Nov. 20 and 22, and all games will be televised by ESPN.
The semifinalists, which combined for a 119-29 record last season, will host two regional round games each. They will be joined by Bryant, Prairie View, Radford, and Siena. These teams will play two regional round games in addition to playing at Bryant in two subregional round doubleheaders on Nov. 20 and 21. Bryant will face Prairie View and Siena will play Radford in the semifinals.
>>Co-Workers Say Ex-Minnesota AD Groped Them
The University of Minnesota's athletic director resigned on Friday after being accused by two female co-workers of drunkenly groping them and sending them lewd and graphic text messages during a recent gathering.
The university released redacted transcripts of the sexual harassment complaints against Norwood Teague, which included texts to one woman in which he asked her to skinny dip and to let him perform oral sex on her.
The woman told school administrators that what started out as her texting with Teague about setting him up with one of her friends quickly devolved into Teague pinching her butt repeatedly and asking if she was open to cheating on her husband.
The other woman said Teague seemed intent on being next to her at the event and that she felt cornered by him at times. She said he kept asking when she was going to marry her boyfriend, and that he made unwelcome physical advances such as rubbing her back and poking her side.
Both women, whose names were blacked out in the report, said they left the event with others because they felt that Teague might otherwise try to follow them.
Teague apologized for having sent "inappropriate texts" in a statement issued through television station KARE 11. He said he drank too much that night and that he will be seeking help for an alcohol problem.