Three Illini Football Players Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges Get Kicked Off the Team

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Last year’s Illini football team was quite bad, and early projections and prognostications don’t see the team getting much better in 2017. At least the 2016 unit was a good group of guys off-the-field. Early on at least, we cannot say the same for the 2017 edition; at least not on this day in the preseason.

Three Illini football players, Darta Lee, Zarrian Holcombe and Howard Watkins, were arrested on charges of home invasion and armed robbery, we learned on May 9th.

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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill Calls Out Dog Cruelty at His Alma Mater Texas A&M

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Ryan Tannehill was selected with the eighth overall pick, by the Miami Dolphins, out of Texas A&M University in the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then he’s established himself as the Dolphins QB1, and a better than average signal caller in the National Football League.

He also hasn’t been shy about expressing his social conscience, and today he sent a very powerful letter, on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to his alma mater.

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Mike Pence Gives Notre Dame Stadium Speech; Many Students Walk Out (Video)

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Former Indiana Governor and current Vice President Mike Pence was given a seriously cold reception at Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday. Pence, granted the honor of giving the Notre Dame Class of 2017 commencement address on Sunday, saw a large group of students walk out on him as began his speech.

Dozens (the South Bend Tribune estimates the total number at about 150) of graduating seniors staged a peaceful, civil protest by exiting Notre Dame Stadium. Here below are three different videos, with three different vantage points, of the walk-out.

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Five Star Big Man Mo Bamba Picks Texas Over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan

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It’s official, Mo Bamba has selected the University of Texas. The five star big man picked the Longhorns over Duke, Kentucky and Michigan.

We now update our story on Bamba from March 28th, from McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day, in which we indicated that Texas was indeed the front-runner.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 5-18-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lane Kiffin on Twitter Controversy, Why He Chose FAU over Bigger Programs

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Roughly a decade ago, Lane Kiffin became one of the youngest head coaches in NFL history at age 31 when he accepted the Oakland Raiders.

Since then he’s had short stints at Tennessee, USC and Alabama. After departing from the Crimson Tide earlier this year, Kiffin was offered a number of opportunities at powerhouse college football programs all across the country. Thus, many were a bit surprised when he chose Florida Atlantic University over the more brand name programs.

What made FAU more appealing? We asked Lane Kiffin this exact question during our exclusive with the Owls Head Coach.

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Mike Tirico to Host Inaugural Illini Athletics Hall of Fame Gala

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It was just announced minutes ago that NBC Sports personality Mike Tirico will host the inaugural University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Gala. The event, honoring the first ever Illini sports Hall of Fame class, will be held in Stanley Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History (1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago) with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7:30 p.m (tickets are $250).

It is black tie optional. Many of the big names being enshrined in the 2017 Illini Hall of Fame class are expected to be in attendance, but it is not known at this time which specific former athletes will be there and which ones will not be.

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Chicago Bears 2017 Draft Grade: Participant Trophy

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Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace will either a.) be ultimately proven a genius for his outside the box 2017 NFL Draft selections or b.) soon looking for a new gig.

Coming off a 3-13 season in which the Bears hit rock bottom, Pace went with a very high risk/very high reward strategy which yielded just five total picks, out of a draft that lasts seven rounds. The end result will be extremely hit-or-miss, sink-or-swim, choose your all-or-nothing cliche.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update….and we’ve already updated our 2018 NFL mock draft twice!

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NBA mock draft, (NBA round two), 2017 MLB mock draft and 2017 NHL mock draft coming soon.

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DeShone Kizer Makes Boastful Remarks; Will it Hurt NFL Draft Stock?

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While the NFL Draft evaluation process has seen the stock of former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer plummet like the brand value of Pepsi, he still made the right call in coming out this year. The 2018 class of quarterbacks will be much stronger than the 2017, which is a bit weak. 

Also, given how ND’s season went, and the current direction and status of the Brian Kelly regime, Kizer really had no real reason to return to South Bend. It doesn’t seem like the 2017 Fighting Irish season was going to help the Toledo area native very much.

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Michigan Football Set to Challenge Ohio State’s NFL Draft Record

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Michigan football is sixth all time with 351 total NFL Draft selections. Only USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Nebraska have more. The Wolverines’ arch-rival, Ohio State, hold the record for total selections from one school in a single draft, 14, set in 2004.

Could this group of Michigan football players moving on to the pros come close to that mark? Maybe even tie it? I really didn’t even think it was possible until a reporter brought it up towards the end of Mike Mayock’s media conference call.

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Ohio State Football: the Kentucky Wildcats of the NFL Draft

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Ohio State football has become the Kentucky Wildcats of the gridiron– a class of 5-star prospects enter the program every year while another class of blue chips leaves school early for the professional ranks.

In both Lexington and Columbus, it’s “succeed and proceed,” “plug n play,” “rinse and repeat” each season.

The NBA allows “one and done,” but in football you need to be out of high school for at least three years. As a junior you can “three and flee,” or as a redshirt sophomore you’re eligible for a “two and tutelo.” As Stephen Colbert told John Calipari when he had him on his show, it must rhyme in order for it to be valid.

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