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Ezekiel Elliott reportedly part of incident at Dallas bar 

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 9:19 AM

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)(Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Ezekiel Elliott had a huge rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys, but bad news has tailed him off the field much of the time since he was drafted in the first round out of Ohio State over a year ago. 

A Dallas radio station reports Elliott was “involved in a late-night altercation” at a Dallas bar. 

Although the report does not indicate if Elliott is actually accused of a crime, it comes after reports the Missouri native could soon face a short suspension from the NFL, which has reportedly been investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving Elliott and a woman in Columbus last year. 

Police declined to press charges in that case “due to conflicting and inconsistent information,” but Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports this morning the league is still considering punishing Elliott for an accumulation of incidents. 

Quindarious Monday still ‘real solid’ to Auburn, but Clemson is ‘coming real hard’

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

ATLANTA — On Thursday morning, Quindarious “Smoke” Monday made it official: He’s an Under Armour All-American.

The 4-star safety from Carver High in Atlanta stood before classmates, family and coaches to accept the high honor as the second person in his high school’s history to make the star-studded All-American game. Monday was the life of the party, as he usually is, with seemingly every classmate in the school trying to take a photo with him at his ceremony.

It was a similar scene to some of the top college programs in the nation, as they try to pry Monday away from Auburn’s grasp.

RELATED: 5 things to know about Auburn safety commit Quindarious Monday

Monday committed to Auburn in July, somewhat surprisingly. He was slated to visit Clemson 10 day after his Auburn visit, and it was Clemson that most — Monday included — believed he’d choose. But he left the Plains as an Auburn commit, and everyone else has been playing catch-up since.

“It’s still solid, real solid,” Monday said.

But that won’t stop Clemson — and to a lesser extent Georgia — from trying to flip him. And, at the very least, Monday is listening to the Clemson sales pitch intently.

4-star safety Quindarious Monday gave the Tigers a much-needed boost on the recruiting trail. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

Clemson stayed on Monday immediately after his Auburn commitment and managed to get him on campus for a late-summer visit. Monday hasn’t been able to take any college trips since the season started because his high school team plays so many games on Saturdays.

But Monday said he’s likely to visit all three of those schools above — Auburn, Clemson and Georgia. For Auburn, Clemson is the team to be weary of.

“Oh yeah. Clemson’s still hard on me. They’re hard on me, haven’t stopped,” Monday said. “After I committed the were like, ‘We’re still going to be on you hard. It’s just a verbal commit, so we’re still going to be on you hard.'”

So obviously, when Auburn and Clemson faced off Week 2, Monday’s eyes were firmly on the TV screen. He didn’t miss a single snap, he said. He was dialed in.

Many Auburn fans will make the assumption that’s bad news for them. That’s not necessarily the case. As a defensive player, Monday was blown away by the defensive and secondary play of both teams, which only further validated why Auburn and Clemson rose to the top for him.

“Both of the defenses were, oh man. I mean, I’m a defensive player, so I got to watch. Them are two really good teams,” Monday said. “It’s no easy decision, but I’m just going to have to make whatever decision is best for me and my family. Right now, that’s Auburn.”

RELATED: How Auburn surprisingly stole Monday from out of Clemson’s grasp

That last tidbit will be music to Gus Malzahn’s ears.

Malzahn took a more involved role than normal to Monday’s recruitment, especially the family visit Monday took when he committed. He hasn’t backed off since that day. In fact, when Monday has his weekly phone call with Auburn, it’s almost always with Malzahn.

They spoke last week prior to Auburn’s and Monday’s games. Malzahn praised Monday’s early-season performances and said he’d be attending a Carver game soon.

“I actually talked with coach Gus last week. We were talking about how the games have been going, how the season’s going,” Monday said. “He said he’s going to try to come see a game and see how his star is looking. He said I’ve been looking good, so I want to put a show on for him.”


Monday hasn’t set any visits officially, though he plans to make it to Auburn in the “next couple of weeks,” which he said will likely be for the Mississippi State game or Ole Miss game. He wants to take his official visit for the Iron Bowl, but that hasn’t been finalized yet.

Check out SEC Country later for more from Monday’s ceremony.

Mississippi State podcast: Nick Fitzgerald’s uncle details QB’s path to MSU rather than Georgia

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

Welcome to More Cowbell, SEC Country’s daily podcast about Mississippi State   sports with host Brandon Walker.

Charles Pledger is a former 4-year letter-winner for the University of Georgia’s football team. He is also closely related to Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who will head into Athens Saturday night looking for another big win despite growing up as a diehard UGA fan. Pledger, who is actually the first cousin of Nick’s father, recalls the MSU quarterback’s journey from being a promising youth football star to where he is now, squarely in Heisman Trophy contention at MSU.

We also talk with DawgNation’s Brandon Adams to get some perspective from the UGA side. Adams discusses how this could be the biggest MSU-UGA game ever, gives MSU fans travel tips to Athens and explains where he thinks each team could have an advantage this Saturday night.


Urban Meyer: Ohio State RB Demario McCall suffered injury ‘flare-up’ in practice

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:14 PM

Ohio State RB Demario McCall suffered “another flare-up” of what coach Urban Meyer previously called a “groin, abdomen injury” in practice leading up to Saturday’s game against UNLV, the Buckeyes’ coach told reporters Thursday.

McCall has yet to carry the ball for Ohio State in 2017 after gaining 270 yards on just 49 carries in 2016. He has appeared on special teams.

“He’s certainly a guy we want to take a look at,” Meyer said Thursday, hinting that he’d like to get McCall back on the field.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, Meyer said he was “going to try” to play McCall Saturday against UNLV:

“He certainly needs to improve. He has not been at full speed. He’s much closer than he was. I’m going to try to get him in a game and determine if he can go. He had a tough injury. For those kind of guys, that groin, abdomen injury that he had. So he’s getting better.”

And here’s what the coach had to say on McCall before Ohio State’s season opener against Indiana:

“He’s had a little bit of an injury,” Meyer said. “He had a hernia surgery in the spring. We’re bouncing him back between that hybrid (and running back). He’s just gotta get stronger, faster and stay healthy,” Meyer said. “He’s still very much in the plans in the return game. I think he’s a backup with K.J Hill (at punt return), but he’s back there with him. I think we’re going to start both of those guys.

“We still feel very strong about him. He’s just got to stay healthy and become a dynamic player. We’ve seen signs of it. He just needs to be more consistent. We all love him. He’s a great kid. His biggest thing is you better be lightning fast or you better be strong. To be not that, that’s where he’s working. He’s coming on, but he’s got to stay healthy.”

Oklahoma recruiting: Alternate uniforms standout to recruits, but Lincoln Riley doesn’t want to buck tradition

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:12 PM

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. Today we look at the impact alternate uniforms have in recruiting.

For the first time this season, Oklahoma will wear something other than its traditional uniforms. Twice a year — once at home and once on the road — the Sooners break out the alternate uniforms.

Former coach Bob Stoops allowed for the Sooners to wear something other than their traditional uniforms for the 2014 season.

It was strictly for recruiting purposes. Recruits like the flash. It seemed to be hit with them.

There’s a mannequin outside of Oklahoma’s equipment room at the Switzer Center. It usually dressed in one of the alternate uniforms. There’s a display case that typically has one of the other options in it as well.

Recruits want to know what they’re going to wear.

“They kind of know what we have here,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “It’s a topic of conservation. Maybe not as much as you might think, but with some it is.”

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is 23 years younger than his predecessor and mentor. Stoops wasn’t a big fan of alternate uniforms. The Sooners are a historic program and the tradition shouldn’t be tinkered with lightly.

The uniforms are something the coach has control over. Riley, however, sees no reason to change anything.

“I think there’s a fine line with the recruiting and changing it up and having fun with it is one side, but when you have the history like we do here, you don’t want to overdo it,” Riley said. “We’ve done a good job of that. I think we’re all open to continuing to look at what we can do more in the future.”

The uniform craze isn’t going away. Teams across the country like the interest received when they post the day’s uniform the day before or the morning of a game.

Just don’t expect Oklahoma to worry about it more than twice a season.

Ron Tatum receives U.S. Army All-American jersey

Oklahoma commit Ron Tatum received his U.S. Army All-American jersey on Wednesday during a ceremony at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City.

The 4-star defensive end is one of three Oklahoma commits playing in the game. 5-star offensive lineman Brey Walker from Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City and 4-star running back T.J. Pledger also received invites.

Several Oklahoma targets also made the roster. Owasso, Okla., safety Josh Proctor, who is committed to Ohio State, join Walker and Tatum on the West squad. That group also includes 3-star linebacker DaShaun White from North Richland Hills, Texas. He is committed to Texas A&M, but visited Oklahoma last weekend for the Tulane game.

4-star defensive end Ronnie Perkins from Lutheran North High School in St. Louis is at the top of the defensive line Sooners’ wish list. He’s weighing offers from most Big 12, SEC and Big Ten schools. Perkins hasn’t publicly narrowed his list or set official visit dates.

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