Bengals, Browns reportedly among 4 to meet with Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon

Published: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 01: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the ball against Travin Howard #32 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 01: Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the ball against Travin Howard #32 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns are among teams who could be interested in controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.

ESPN reports Ohio’s NFL teams were joined by the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints as teams that met privately with Mixon on Tuesday night in Norman prior to his Pro Day, which is scheduled for today. 

Mixon ran for over 2,000 yards in two seasons on the field for the Sooners after he was suspended for the 2014 campaign after punching a female student.

He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week/weekend because of that incident.

Mixon is among more than a dozen Sooners set to work out for NFL teams in Norman on Wednesday.

Michigan State recruiting: Habakkuk Baldonado’s official visit; new hires talk recruiting

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:45 PM

On the banks of the Red Cedar, recruiting never stops. We’re here every step of the way to keep you informed with our  daily notebook. Recruiting questions? Comment below or direct them to  lucas.srodulski@coxinc.com, and we’ll do our best to get them answered.


Standout DE kicks off official visit

Just when Michigan State loses an athletic edge rusher, another arrives on campus.

On Friday, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio announced that freshman defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell would transfer. Having arrived at Michigan State on the mend from a debilitating personal watercraft accident, Paulino-Bell did not play in 2017. He was then suspended for the Holiday Bowl and not even allowed to travel.

Paulino-Bell’s departure comes shortly after former defensive ends coach Mark Snyder left to take the same position at Florida State. Snyder recruited Paulino-Bell out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and coached him during his short tenure with the Spartans, making his decision to transfer not entirely surprising.

The news came right in the middle of Habakkuk Baldonado‘s travel to Michigan State for his official visit. The Clearwater (Fla.) Academy International defensive end, who originally hails from Italy, and his mother plan to spend the weekend on campus.

Baldonado has come on late in the process, considering he arrived in Florida in July and has played for a school with an enrollment of approximately 250 students from kindergarten to 12th grade. But eventually schools found out about him, and he now holds offers from Central Florida, Cincinnati, Illinois, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, among others.

Michigan State has not yet offered, but the Spartans paid Baldonado two visits in the last week. First, offensive line coach Mark Staten met with him. And on Wednesday, assistant defensive backs coach Jesse Johnson checked in.

Michigan State has three defensive linemen signed to its 2018 class: 3-star Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) defensive end Parks Gissinger and 3-star Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio) twins Jacob and Zach Slade.

The Spartans hosted 3-star Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory for an official visit last weekend, and after Baldonado takes his official visit, they plan to bring in 3-star Rome (Ga.) defensive end Jamarcus Chatman on Jan. 26.

New, promoted coaches talk recruiting

Michigan State announced new roles for two assistant coaches on Friday. Former co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel took a promotion to become solo defensive coordinator while keeping his linebackers coach title. Former Kent State head coach Paul Haynes arrived on campus to take on his new role as defensive backs coach, filling the spot vacated by Harlon Barnett.

It doesn’t look like any of Tressel’s previous responsibilities will be assigned elsewhere. He will just have to take on more. And during the current contact period leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 7, his top priority is hitting the road.

“Acts of duty right now in January are recruiting, recruiting, recruiting, because players make plays,” he said. “That’s what we’re out doing and obviously trying get everybody on staff on the same page. The defense we run is what we run, so that’s not a problem. Right now, we’re looking for players.”

Haynes can’t do that yet. He said he needs to fill out paperwork and work with the compliance office before he can start recruiting, and he hopes to be doing so next week. Barnett focused heavily on Ohio and Georgia in his recruiting efforts, and Haynes feels he can fill that role nicely.

“I recruited Michigan for a number of years,” Haynes said. “And an area that they have attacked real well is Atlanta, and I recruited Atlanta for over 12 years, too. I think it’ll be a good fit for just sliding into those areas. A lot of the high school coaches I know in both areas very, very well. It should be a smooth transition.”

Haynes has been either a head coach or assistant in Ohio for 12 of the past 13 years, making him a natural fit. He and Dantonio have never worked together, but they have worked at several of the same places and both have a background in defensive backs. Naturally, Haynes had a glowing review of what the Spartans have accomplished under Dantonio.

“When you look at Michigan State, the one thing they have done a good job of here is recruiting the guys that fit into this program,” he said. “They may not necessarily be first in the Big Ten in recruiting, but they did a good job of getting the right kids in here and developing the kids to fit into the culture, and that’s where the wins have come from.”

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Michigan State-Indiana: Live updates, score, analysis (January 19, 2018)

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

No. 9  Michigan State (16-3 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) and Indiana (11-7, 4-2) men’s basketball tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in a conference matchup. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.

Michigan State-Indiana live updates, score

Michigan State 50, Indiana 29 (H2, 15:19): Michigan State continued to push the pace to start the second half and forced Indiana to call a timeout early on. Josh Langford finally got a jumper to fall after about six bounces on the rim to give himself 2 points on 1-for-7 shooting.

Michigan State 42, Indiana 23 (H1, 0:00): After starting 5 for 5 from the field, Miles Bridges missed his final 2 attempts as Michigan State went cold to end the half. Regardless, the Spartans built themselves a solid lead, and with Juwan Morgan out, the Hoosiers’ chances of getting back into the game looked bleak, even with 20 minutes to go.

Michigan State 39, Indiana 17 (H1, 2:42): Michigan State continued to run and gun in a free-flowing game, wearing out the shorthanded Hoosiers. And Indiana’s bench might have gotten even shorter with just a few minutes left until halftime. Leading scorer Juwan Morgan went down clutching his ankle after a missed ankle and limped slowly off the floor.

Michigan State 29, Indiana 15 (H1, 8:00): After his 8 quick points, Michigan State didn’t even allow Robert Johnson to take a single shot in the next six minutes. The Spartans finally got fast break points courtesy of a Miles Bridges drive and layup, a welcome sign.

Michigan State 23, Indiana 10 (H1, 11:26): Michigan State continued its charmed start, narrowly missing several foul calls and seeing potential turnovers slip through Indiana’s hands. But to the Spartans’ credit, they looked to create in transition and attacked the rack with aggression, things they didn’t do particularly well against Michigan.

Michigan State 13, Indiana 10 (H1, 14:14): Michigan State got the start it needed offensively, pounding the ball down low to Nick Ward early to open up opportunities on the perimeter. The Spartans ran when they could and got Indiana on its heels. The Hoosiers, though, came out hot, getting a pair of 3-pointers and 8 points total from Robert Johnson in the opening minutes.

Michigan State 0, Indiana 0 (H1, 20:00): When the starters were announced, Michigan State put out the same five as usual: Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Nick Ward. Indiana went with Josh Newkirk, Justin Smith, Robert Johnson, Juwan Morgan and Zach McRoberts.

Michigan State-Indiana basketball: Game time, information

Michigan State and Indiana play at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 19.

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Date: Friday, Jan. 19

Location: Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.

How can I watch the Michigan State-Indiana basketball game on TV and online?

Michigan State and Indiana will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. You can stream the game on  FOX Sports GO and from your  Android or  iOS device.

Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson will call the game.

How can I listen to the Michigan State-Indiana basketball game on the radio?

Michigan State and Indiana can be heard over the 38-affiliate  Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit.

Will Tieman and Matt Steigenga will have the call.

Michigan State-Indiana basketball preview

Two weeks ago, Michigan State was the No. 1 in the country and Indiana had just lost to Wisconsin, one of the worst teams in the Big Ten. When these two teams face off on Friday, Indiana will be the one on the hot streak.

Michigan State has dropped two of its last three games and barely survived in the lone win, a 76-72 overtime result at home against Rutgers. Meanwhile, the Hoosiers have won three straight and catapulted up the conference standings to get themselves tied with the Spartans.

“As far as Indiana goes, they’ve won three in a row and they’re playing good ball,” Michigna State coach Tom Izzo said. “They’ve got a great, great forward in Juwan Morgan. He’s averaging [15.6 points] and [7.4 rebounds]. And maybe more importantly, they’ve got two or three senior guards, one fifth-year, that are all playing pretty well right now. So it’s probably more about us than it is about them. We’ve got to take care of our own issues.”

And there are issues aplenty for a team still ranked in the top 10 nationally. Michigan State has struggled with its half court offense in the last three games, averaging 14.3 turnovers while only getting sophomore big man Nick Ward 15 total shots.

Pleas from Izzo for a more aggressive offense have led to a lot of dribble driving over ball movement, with one or two players moving while the rest stand still on the perimeter. To combat that, the Spartans want to get their offense going by scoring before the defense is set.

“We’ve got to get back to rebounding and running,” sophomore Miles Bridges said. “If we get back to doing that, that’s when we’re at our best.”

It wouldn’t hurt to get back to hitting 3-pointers either, and this is the team against which to do it. Indiana ranks last in the league in 3-point percentage defense, giving up 8.6 threes per game on 37.9 percent shooting.

These are the games Michigan State has to win to keep itself in the Big Ten regular season race. Already two games back, the Spartans will play a road-heavy schedule in February, so they must take care of business on their home court.

“As you can see, the league is crazy,” Izzo said. “Things around the whole country are that way. I’ll be honest with you. I thought we’d drop to maybe 20th after two losses. And when I looked at it, why we didn’t, it’s because everybody’s got the same issues we got, which is what I said before. Right now, I’m not sure that anybody’s able to handle any success.”

Trae Young says performance in K-State loss ‘won’t happen again’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

A “bad night” for Oklahoma freshman point guard Trae Young might not be “bad” for your typical college basketball player.

Young had 20 points and 6 assists in the No. 5 Sooners’ 87-69 loss at Kansas State on Tuesday.

The only problem was that Young also had 12 turnovers in the defeat at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

And according to SoonerScoop.com’s Bob Przybylo, Young is determined to avoid a repeat of the rather uncharacteristic outing.

“That was definitely the worst game I’ve played this season by far,” Young told Przybylo. “I learned a lot, won’t happen again.”

Young is averaging 29.5 points and 9.8 assists per game this season, but both of those averages fell on Tuesday. Young had dropped a whopping 43 points against TCU in his previous outing on Jan. 13.

Oklahoma’s No. 5 ranking in the AP Poll, which it achieved one day before the loss, was the team’s highest of the 2017-18 season thus far.

Bedlam basketball looming

If Young is to rebound from Tuesday, he’ll have to do it in one of the more hostile environments that the Sooners will encounter all season. Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday.

And in case you didn’t hear, the Cowboys student section at Gallagher-Iba Arena will be going all in on distracting Young.

How? With bird posters provided by Oklahoma State’s campus newspaper.

Young said during an interview with CBS in December that he “hates birds” after some bad experiences during a trip to New Zealand.

Tip-off for the game is set for 1 p.m. CT. The Sooners can improve to 15-3 overall and sweep the regular season series against Oklahoma State with a win.

Nebraska recruiting: Maurice Washington update; Matthew Tago reschedules; Huskers offer Taulia Tagovailoa

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Stay updated with Nebraska Cornhuskers football recruiting in the latest edition of The Harvest, which posts at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Be sure to check out previous editions of  The Harvest here.


Maurice Washington set to qualify academically, locks in visit

Even with the commitment of Miles Jones on Thursday, Nebraska is in the market for one more running back in its 2018 recruiting class. Right now it’s looking like 3-star running back Maurice Washington is near the top of the Huskers’ board. In fact, with 4-star back Jashaun Corbin no longer making a scheduled official visit to Nebraska this weekend, Washington may Nebraska’s No. 1 choice at the position.

What had been holding Nebraska back were questions about Washington’s ability to academically qualify before National Signing Day, when he is expected to announce his decision. But on Friday, Mike Schaefer of 247Sports reported that Huskers running backs coach Ryan Held was at Cedar Hill (Texas) Trinity Christian to check on Washington’s academic progress.

It was good news for Nebraska and Washington.

“Actually the funny thing is the second Coach Held walked into the door, he went to the academic dean’s office just to make sure,” Trinity Christian assistant Sean Riley told Schaefer. “He came back and said, ‘You know what, the head coach said to come get you. You’re going to graduate. You’re going to qualify. You’re all ours.’ ”

Schaefer also reports that Washington has scheduled his official visit to Nebraska for Feb. 2-4, the final weekend before National Signing Day, which is on Feb. 7. The Huskers are also set to host 3-star running back and Texas native Ta’Zhawn Henry that weekend.

Washington dazzled during the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4, becoming the first player to score 3 touchdowns in the game’s history.

The coaching staff has been hesitant with targets — and even commits — with questionable academic standinsg. For example, Nebraska declined to send 3-star defensive tackle commit Masry Mapieu his letter of intent during the early signing period in the hopes he will straighten out his grades before signing day. However, it seems Nebraska now has a green light to proceed aggressively with Washington.

Washington is the No. 18 running back in the class, per the 247Sports composite, and the 55th-ranked prospect in Texas.

The battle for Washington may come down to a pair of Big Ten teams. Ohio State will host him for an official visit next weekend, the weekend before the Huskers get him on campus.

Matthew Tago reschedules official visit

With the Huskers primed to add one more quarterback in the 2018 class, the attention has focused on 3-star athlete Matthew Tago. Nebraska is the lone school to offer him at quarterback, hence the quick interest. He’d originally been scheduled to take his official visit the weekend of Jan. 12, but that was pushed back.

The decision of 3-star quarterback and Arizona commit Jamarye Joiner to shut down his recruitment after the hiring of Kevin Sumlin likely played a role here. Joiner told Land of 10 he would be on campus for an official visit this weekend, but that was prior to Sumlin’s hiring.

Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco conducted an in-home visit with Tago on Monday, rekindling the interest between both parties. Per Tago’s high school coach, Verduzco checked in with Tago again on Thursday to set an official visit.

So Tago will be in Lincoln next weekend. Expect Nebraska to make a significant push for the 6-foot-3 Lancaster, Calif., native.

This weekend, Tago will be at Oregon State for an official visit. Ironically, his primary recruiter there is former Nebraska linebackers coach Trent Bray. Until Nebraska offered, Tago was expected to play linebacker at the next level.

Nebraska offers Taulia Tagovailoa, brother of Alabama QB

Tua Tagovailoa became an overnight sensation with a second-half and overtime performance that helped Alabama capture the national title earlier this month.

His brother, Taulia, is a 2019 prospect and also a quarterback. Taulia just wrapped up his junior season at Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson. He is the ninth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the class. Nebraska offered him on Thursday. Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Florida are among the 11 schools that have offered the younger Tagovailoa.

Other recruiting notes:

  • The staff re-offered Kyren Williams, a 2019 wideout from St. Louis. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters was in the area Friday trying to build relationships in an important recruiting city for the Huskers. Williams is a 3-star prospect.
  • Danielson Ike, a 4-star offensive tackle, picked up a Nebraska offer. The 6-6 Miami native is the No. 21 offensive tackle in the 2019 class.
  • Nebraska was busy in Florida on Friday. The Huskers also offered 2019 linemen Keenan Hester and Ethan White.

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