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Penn State and Baylor Controversies, Former MVP Returning to Football

By Ryan Knuppel

Spring practice continues to churn at major college campuses across the country, but for some schools, old and new controversies continue to take space in the headlines. Find out what major discipline came down on former officials at Penn State and Baylor. Also, a former college quarterback who gave up football wants to revive his career. And a couple of SEC schools saw movement with their signal callers this week.

Check out all these stories as we take a look at the top headlines in college football this week.

Curley, Schultz Plead Guilty in Sandusky Case

Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.

The charges stem from the pair’s role in the child molestation case of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. In 2011, it was revealed that Schultz and Curley were involved in a cover-up of accusations brought against Sandusky by then Penn St. graduate assistant Mike McQueary that Sandusky was having sex with an underage boy in the locker room showers of the Penn St. football locker room.

The charges carry a maximum $10,000 fine and maximum five-year prison sentence. The only man left still facing charges in the Penn St. scandal is former school president Graham Spanier.

(Originally reported by the Associated Press)

Baylor Staffer Fired for Text Sent to Teen

DeMarkco Butler, who Baylor hired back in February to be the associate director for football operations, was fired Monday for sending “inappropriate texts” to a teenager.

Butler is the 2nd member of the Baylor football support staff to be fired in the last two months. Assistant strength coach Brandon Washington was recently fired following an arrest in a prostitution sting. 

The local CBS affiliate that broke the report, KWTX, did say that, according to school officials, the teenager is, according to Texas law, considered an adult.

Ash Returning to Football

Former Texas quarterback David Ash has made the decision to return to football. The 2011 recruit played 25 games in his first two years at Austin. He was the MVP of the 2011 Holiday Bowl. He followed that up in 2012 leading the Longhorns to a 9-4 record, passing for 2699 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions.

But Ash, after only playing in 4 games over his final two years in Austin, decided to give up college football due to the multiple concussions he suffered. Now, it appears Ash is attempting to revive his once promising football career. It was announced Thursday that Ash will be participating in the school’s Pro Day on March 28th. 

Florida Quarterback Del Rio Having Shoulder Surgery

Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio had shoulder surgery on Wednesday to “clean out” his shoulder, according to Florida head coach Jim McElwain.

Del Rio had surgery on his left shoulder in January. The six game starter from last season has had to miss all of winter workouts and spring practice due to his constant shoulder issues. Freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask have been handling the quarterback responsibilities with Del Rio out. 

Del Rio and the freshmen are expected to battle out for the starting job in fall camp. Del Rio threw for 1,358 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions for the Gators last season.

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Georgia Quarterback Transferring

The University of Georgia announced this week that quarterback Brice Ramsey plans to transfer to another school for his senior year.

Ramsey lost the starting quarterback job to freshman Jacob Eason last season. Ramsey spent the season as Georgia’s punter, averaging 34.7 yards per kick. He threw for 582 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions while appearing in 19 games as a backup for the Bulldogs.

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