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Tom Izzo won’t comment on yet another scandal brewing at Michigan State

Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo will not comment on yet another scandal brewing on the university’s campus.

For those unaware, freshman Brock Washington is the subject of an ongoing investigation in regard to a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct allegation. This new allegation comes after the entire university has come under fire for how it has handled countless incidents of alleged sexual misconduct (or worse).

From ESPN:

“I’m not going to talk about that other than to say I know [university president John] Engler said as much as can be said at this time. I appreciate his leadership and support,” Izzo said. “Right now, my focus continues to be on the healing process of those survivors, our university, our community and my team. That’s what I’m going to stick with. There will be more said.”

While Washington has not played in a game for the Spartans this season, he not only traveled with the team on Saturday, but was in uniform for Michigan State’s game against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Izzo, who has previously stated that he will cooperate with officials in regard to all investigations, has not yet publicly made comment about previous allegations hurled against both the university as a whole, as well as his basketball program specifically.

Recently, after an ESPN piece, putting Michigan State in unfavorable light with allegations of sexual assault coverups, Izzo followed in the footsteps of his football counterpart Mark Dantonio, denying he would step away from his respective team:

"I'm definitely not retiring." – Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media following Friday night's game. pic.twitter.com/pr9pKmUopf — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 27, 2018

ESPN’s report on the sexual assault scandal at Michigan State claims that officials within the school may have helped cover up allegation of assault over the past several years. The news comes after gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar was convicted and sentenced for numerous assaults that spanned from his time at the university as well as with the United States gymnastics team.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has resigned his position amid the allegations. Currently, no actions have been taken with either the football or basketball programs.

Izzo led Michigan State to the 2000 National Championship, as well as seven Final Four appearances and seven Big Ten titles.

Former World Champion comments on what it would take for Hulk Hogan’s WWE return

Hulk Hogan is angling for a WWE comeback after being kicked out of the company in 2015 after a recorded conversation of Hogan using several racial slurs was made public.

As TMZ continues to push the Hogan rebound tour, a reporter recently caught up with former World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry, where he asked what it would take for Hogan to return to WWE.

 “After apology to all existing African American talent, we’re a forgiving world,” Henry said. 

Hogan has yet to appear for the company in any capacity since 2015.

Hogan’s last appearance for WWE was when he was used in a revival of the show “Tough Enough”.

Hogan is one of the most significant wrestlers in WWE history, having been the promotion’s headliner between 1984 and 1993. Hogan then jumped to rival WCW before eventually rejoining WWE in 2002. Hogan had appeared sporadically in WWE up until 2015.

Hogan is a six-time world champion in WWE, and was originally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. Hogan was removed from the WWE Hall of Fame and no mention of the legend has appeared since the 2015 scandal.

Huge main event for final Monday Night Raw before Elimination Chamber has been announced

The WWE has announced a huge main event for Monday Night Raw that helps the company ease into the Elimination Chamber Network Special.

It is a gauntlet match, per the WWE announcement:

Following last week’s controversial main event, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle announced that seven men will compete in an Elimination Chamber Match for the first time ever next Sunday. How will John Cena, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Elias respond when they face off in a huge Gauntlet Match this Monday night on Raw?

For the first time ever, seven men will compete in the upcoming Elimination Chamber match.

At the time of this writing, it is unknown if there are any stipulations attached to the gauntlet match. Since the WWE does tend to add qualifiers to such matches right before upcoming pay-per-view shows, don’t be shocked to see Raw general manager Kurt Angle announce some sort of stipulation on Monday night.

The winner of the Elimination Chamber match will go on to face Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania for the Universal Championship. On Raw, it is unlikely we get a hint as to who it will be.

Nevertheless, with seven talented workers all participating in this main event, it should be a quality go-home episode of Monday Night Raw.

Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain has found his next coaching job

Former Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain has joined the Michigan Wolverines as an offensive assistant. This ends a cycle of reports, lasting roughly two weeks, that continued to state that he would be joining Jim Harbaugh’s staff in some form.

“I’m excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better,” McElwain told ESPN.

Both FootballScoop and 247Sports claimed the coach would be joining the Michigan staff. During the time of the reports, neither outlets specified what role he would be taking.

Last week, McElwain reportedly interviewed with Michigan, as originally reported by  the Wolverine Lounge  and later confirmed by  mlive.com and  247Sports.com.

McElwain has a rather large background in helping programs’ offensive systems. He was the offensive coordinator  at Colorado State from 2008-2011. He’s also had stops at Montana State, Eastern Washington, Louisville, Michigan State, Fresno State and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in some sort of offensive coaching capacity.

That was all, obviously, prior to his stint has the head coach of the Florida Gators.

McElwain was fired as Florida’s head coach last October less than a week after claiming he, his family and members of the football program received death threats but refused to give details “when it becomes unmanageable.”

He had previously led the Gators to two consecutive SEC East Division titles during his first two seasons — albeit prior to the reemergence of Georgia as a national contender in 2017 — and went 22-12 (16-8) during three seasons in Gainesville.

Former top-10 pick reportedly not in his team’s plans heading into next season

The Oakland Raiders were kind of a mess in 2017 and the end result was a massive overhaul headlined by the addition of Jon Gruden to run the ship. While most of the roster was disappointing for various reasons, it would be hard to classify the team’s passing game as living up to expectations, whether that was the play of Amari Cooper, the performance of Derek Carr or the entire effectiveness of the unit.

Michael Crabtree wasn’t particularly brutal for Oakland but the former top-10 pick will be 31 in September and, in short, he wasn’t exactly dominant. With that in mind, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports brings word that his relationship with the Raiders could be coming to an end.

“League sources said Sean Smith and Michael Crabtree are not in the team’s plans, which creates about $16 million in cap and cash savings.”

To be fair, Gruden recently told The Mercury News that he hoped the Raiders “can get the best out of Crabtree and his career” but that was in the midst of an interview and could be on the generous side. Crabtree did contribute eight touchdown receptions a season ago but he may not be a snug fit in Gruden’s offense and, given the salary cap figure, it wouldn’t be a stunner if he was out the door for greener pastures.

After back-to-back seasons of 900 receiving yards or more, Crabtree notched just 618 yards through the air in 14 starts with eight touchdowns.

He was drafted No. 10 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent the first six years of his career. He joined the Raiders in 2015, where he’s played the previous three years.

Four-star DE Lloyd Summerall names the main schools recruiting him

Four-star defensive end Lloyd Summerall named the five main schools recruiting him during his visit to Tallahassee for Florida State’s junior day this weekend.

4-Star DE Lloyd Summerall explains what he likes about FSU after visiting and who the main teams are in his recruitment pic.twitter.com/lPxDi9P5Nw — Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) February 17, 2018 “Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida,” Summerall revealed to 247Sports. When asked if he had a leader, the junior said, “not yet” but noted “I like them all.”

Summerall said he had a “great” visit with the Seminoles on Saturday, specifically mentioning that they showed “a lot of energy.”

“Meeting the new coaching staff, it was all nice,” Summerall said. “They just want to do something. They all have a gameplan it seems like. “I really like the way I can be myself around the coaches,” he added. “Get to know them.”

Summerall ranks as the No. 26 weakside defensive end, No. 60 player from the state of Florida and the No. 386 overall prospect for the 2019 national recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Four-star WR John Dunmore picks up offer from his ‘dream school’ after Florida decommit

Four-star receiver John Dunmore recently decommit from Florida and he’s already picked up an offer he’s calling his “dream offer” from rival Florida State. He spoke with 247Sports after his visit:

4-Star WR John Dunmore picked up an offer from his “dream school” today during FSU Junior Day pic.twitter.com/V9QjWGDS9R — Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) February 17, 2018

The 6-foot-2, 172-pound Florida native is ranked as the No. 27 receiver and No. 23 recruit in the state according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He also has offers from Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Lousiville and Michigan among others.

Here are some of his highlights:

Four-star OG Dontae Lucas has national powerhouse “on top” of list of colleges

Four-star offensive guard Dontae Lucas apparently enjoyed his visit to Florida State this weekend, revealing to 247Sports that the Seminoles were his current “top” choice.

4-Star OL Dontae Lucas has FSU “on top” after visit. Commitment coming soon? pic.twitter.com/cngZ5CUOM9 — Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) February 17, 2018 “Florida State is my top — put it like that,” he said when asked about his potential college choices.

Lucas had the opportunity to meet with new head coach Willie Taggart and his staff in person this weekend, who reaffirmed an offer initially extended by former head coach Jimbo Fisher.

“It was great, loved the coaching staff. It was great meeting with coach Taggart, love coach Taggart a lot,” Lucas said. “The difference between the last staff and this one is that they care,” Lucas added. “I’m pretty sure the last staff cared, but they didn’t show it as much as this one. Overall I love the coaching staff and see myself playing here soon.”

Lucas ranks as the No. 8 offensive guard, No. 27 player from the state of Florida and the No. 176 overall prospect for the 2019 national recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports Composite.

Redskins reported move out of ‘pettiness’ involving Kirk Cousins could come back to bite them in the end

The Washington Redskins are moving forward with Alex Smith as the team’s starting quarterback and, on the surface, the trade to net the veteran signal-caller appeared to end the Kirk Cousins saga in the nation’s capital. However, there has been buzz that Washington could look to throw a wrench in Cousins’ future and, if the team attempts it, there could be real consequences.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk brings word that the organization is considering throwing the franchise tag on Cousins and, in short, it would be a move based in “pettiness.”

As one source with knowledge of the manner in which Washington president Bruce Allen does business put it, Allen will try to conjure up something in an effort to salvage value for Cousins and, in turn, make it harder for him to hit the open market and finally get the long-term contract he deserves. As another source put it regarding Washington, “They are in the pettiness game.”

Washington would theoretically be seeking trade compensation in exchange for Cousins because, simply put, there doesn’t appear to be a real scenario in which he actually returns and plays for the organization this season. Beyond that, though, Washington’s theoretical move could have unintended consequences.

Albert Breer of the MMQB reports that, if Washington attempts the maneuver, Cousins and his camp would have legitimate grounds for a grievance.

By the way, if the Redskins attempt to franchise Cousins, my understanding is that his camp will quickly file a grievance to block tag, based on Washington violating the spirit of the rules, which dictate that players are tagged as a mechanism for teams to buy time in getting a long-term deal done.

There are a lot of “ifs” with this case at the moment, but Washington looking into franchising Cousins, rather than simply letting him go, could put a number of different things into motion. Any thought that the quarterback would sign elsewhere without incident has quickly vanished and the franchise isn’t looking great on the outside looking in as a result.

Auburn player suffers gruesome injury, has to be taken off in a stretcher

Auburn forward Anfernee McLemore suffered a gruesome injury during the first half of Saturday’s loss at South Carolina.

McLemore dislocated his ankle during a play in which Gamecocks guard Wesley Myers fell backward to the ground and appeared to have rolled up under the forward’s left foot with his head, causing the likely season-ending injury.

The sophomore’s screams of pain were heard over the live broadcast immediately after the incident.

NSFW: Auburn’s Anfernee McLemore suffers a gruesome injury and can be heard screaming at the top of his lungs pic.twitter.com/8JjgYtEZaq — CBB Talk (@CBBSuperFan) February 17, 2018

McLemore remained on the ground for several minutes while receiving attention from team doctors. The forward’s leg was placed in an air cast and he was placed on a stretcher before being carted off the court and taken to the hospital for X-rays.

SEC Network reported that he was in “good spirits” during its live broadcast of the game.

McLemore was averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 71 blocks prior to Saturday’s game. He recorded one point, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal against in the 84-75 loss at South Carolina.

Auburn has eight remaining scholarship players in the wake of McLemore’s injury. The Tigers currently lead the SEC men’s basketball standings with a 11-3 record in conference play.

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