Florida State on Wednesday landed the nation's top quarterback recruit, securing a commitment from Jameis Winston, an Alabama native who was recruited by Alabama and LSU. He made his announcement on ESPNU.
Before picking up a garnet- and gold-colored Seminoles hat and placing it on his head, Winston talked about how tough the process was. He later added that his news probably wouldn't be very well received in his home state.
"It's been tough the whole time," Winston said. "I feel very confident in my decision. I want to be a Florida State Seminole."
The multi-sport athlete may be a better baseball player than football player. Some believe the switch-hitter will never step foot on a college campus and will sign with a major-league team to play outfield, instead.
Big 10 adds conference game
Big Ten football teams will begin playing nine conference games instead of eight in the 2017 season.
The conference announced the change Thursday and it came as no surprise. When the league expanded to 12 teams by adding Nebraska and split into two divisions this year, Commissioner Jim Delany said a nine-game conference schedule was being strongly considered.
The move will leave Big Ten teams with three slots in a typical 12-game regular season for nonconference opponents.
The Big Ten has been playing an eight-game conference schedule since 1985.
Ohio St. coaches promoted
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State Coach Luke Fickell said safeties coach Paul Haynes has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator, and running backs coach Dick Tressel will take on the added role of special-teams coordinator.
Haynes, starting his seventh season at Ohio State, will work alongside defensive coordinator Jim Heacock. He's in his 16th coaching season overall.
Tressel is in his eighth year as running backs coach and his 35th season as a college coach.
Texas loses wide receiver
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns reported for the 2011 season and learned they will be without senior wide receiver Malcolm Williams, who left the team for personal reasons.
Williams met with Coach Mack Brown on Thursday morning to make his decision, and his departure further depletes Texas' receiving corps. Marquise Goodwin, the U.S. national long jump champion, will skip football to concentrate on the track world championships later this year and prepare for a chance to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
Texas begins the season Sept. 3 against Rice.
Charges dismissed for Vol
KNOXVILLE — A Knox County court dismissed charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct against Tennessee senior linebacker Austin Johnson.
The 22-year-old was arrested in the early hours of July 24 after he was spotted trying to start a fight and hitting cars in a parking lot behind a Knoxville bar. According to Knox County General Sessions Court records, the charges against him were dismissed Thursday morning.
Johnson said earlier this week that he was extremely embarrassed about his actions and arrest and planned to learn from his mistakes and be a better leader for the Volunteers.
Bama defender transfers
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama defensive tackle Darrington Sentimore is transferring to a junior college.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College defensive coordinator Steve Davis said Thursday that Sentimore is set to report early next week.
Sentimore is the seventh Crimson Tide player to leave the program since last season. He was indefinitely suspended for unspecified violation of team rules in June.
Sentimore was expected to compete for a spot in Alabama's playing rotation after recording nine tackles, four quarterback hurries and a forced fumble last season.