From ESPN Press Release
ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN, announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl in a six-year agreement beginning in 2014. The pre-Christmas bowl game will be affiliated with the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference with each conference participating an expected four times during the six-year span.
The bowl game will be played at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on the campus of Florida Atlantic University and nationally televised on ESPN or ESPN2. The open-air stadium opened in 2011 and seats just under 30,000 fans.
The local sales of the bowl game will be handled by ESPN West Palm, which is the FAU radio broadcast partner.
From Palm Beach Sports Commission
Looking to become just the second repeat winner in Groza history, Tulane senior Cairo Santos headlines the thirty-player Watch List for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Santos won the 2012 Groza with the first 21-for-21 field goal season in FBS history. If he defends his title, he would join former Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski (1998 & 1999) as the only players to win multiple Grozas. In addition to last year’s winner, 10 other semifinalists from last season return, including San Jose State sophomore Austin Lopez, whose 17-for-17 season made him the only other kicker to stay perfect on field goals with at least one attempt per game.
Coming just short of perfection, all eight returning kickers who attempted at least 10 field goals and connected on better than 85% make the Watch List: Northwestern senior Jeff Budzien (95%), Clemson senior Chandler Catanzaro (94.7%), Eastern Michigan sophomore Dylan Mulder (90.9%), Boston College senior Nate Freese (90%), Colorado State junior Jared Roberts (90%), Michigan senior Brendan Gibbons, a Cardinal Newman grad (88.9%), Oregon State junior Trevor Romaine (88.9%) and Duke sophomore Ross Martin (87%).
Moving from accuracy to volume, all eight returning kickers who converted at least 20 field goals were also part of the Watch List: Toledo junior Jeremiah Detmer (24), Rice senior Chris Boswell (23), Notre Dame junior Kyle Brindza (23), TCU sophomore Jaden Oberkrom (22), Santos (21), Virginia Tech senior Cody Journell (20), Martin (20), and Vanderbilt senior Carey Spear (20).
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. Ten conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA and the MAC, while the Mountain West placed three representatives. The American, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and the Sun Belt each had two kickers recognized, along with independent Notre Dame. While the Watch List highlights thirty of the best returning kickers in the country, Santos, who was not on the 2012 Watch List, stands as proof that the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on www.lougrozaaward.com.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 4th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former winners selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 25th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 12th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
From ESPN 106.3 Staff and Northwood Media Relations
This past season, Tyrone Davis was an NAIA All-American at Northwood University (West Palm Beach, Fla). This season, Davis will be a Harlem Globetrotter.
The point guard was one of five athletes selected in the seventh annual Harlem Globetrotters player draft.
The 5-2 guard from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, led the nation in assists (7.86 per game), and also led the Seahawks – where he played for legendary coach Rollie Massimino – with 2.3 steals a game, earning a spot on the Sun Conference All-Defensive Team to follow up his 2011-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year campaign. Davis set the school record for career assists and steals before he even entered his senior season, a season in which he helped lead Northwood to a 30-4 record.
From NCAA Staff:
Select NCAA enforcement staff acted contrary to internal protocols, legal counsel and the membership’s understanding about the limits of its investigative powers in the University of Miami case, according to the external Enforcement Review Report.
Kenneth L. Wainstein, a partner with the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, conducted the review at the direction of NCAA President Mark Emmert following his January 23 announcement of conduct issues within the enforcement program.
“With the completion of the external enforcement review, we recognize that certain investigative tactics used in portions of the University of Miami case failed our membership,” said Emmert. “As I stated before, we are committed to making the necessary improvements to our enforcement processes and ensuring our actions are consistent with our own values and member expectations.”
This review focused specifically on the enforcement staff’s use of outside counsel and the federal bankruptcy process to determine whether staff took inappropriate steps in their efforts to secure testimony and records, and if so, determine how that happened.
The external review found select enforcement staff members:
· Knowingly circumvented legal advice to engage Nevin Shapiro’s criminal defense attorney.
· Violated the internal NCAA policy of legal counsel only being retained and monitored by the legal staff.
· Paid insufficient attention to the concern that engaging the criminal defense attorney could constitute an inappropriate manipulation of the bankruptcy process.
· Did not sufficiently consider the membership’s understanding about the limits of the enforcement staff’s investigative powers.
· Did not violate a specific bylaw or law.
Additionally, the report found:
· Enforcement leadership exercised insufficient oversight of the engagement of the criminal defense attorney.
· The legal and enforcement staffs took appropriate action to rectify the situation once they realized select enforcement staff members had engaged the criminal defense attorney.
The information gained through the bankruptcy proceedings or other evidence derived from that process will not be used in the Miami investigative record. The NCAA plans to proceed with the case with information properly obtained by the enforcement staff.
“This report is an important first step in responding to the issue at hand,” said Wainstein. “For an organization with an oversight function like the NCAA, its credibility and reputation for fair-dealing are always more important than its ability to prove the allegations in any particular case. This episode is a reminder of the problems that arise when investigators resort to expedient but questionable tactics.”
“My responsibility is to be certain that the membership has confidence in all of our processes across the national office,” said Emmert.
“To that end, I have appointed Jonathan Duncan, a law partner with a focus on education and sports law at Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne LLP, to serve as interim vice president of enforcement. He has worked on NCAA issues for 15 years from multiple perspectives, including service to both the Enforcement and Rules Working Groups,” added Emmert.
Additionally, Duncan and Spencer Fane will work with Cadwalader to review the regulatory environment from the national office and membership perspectives. To gain member insights, the review will include discussions with schools that recently engaged in the enforcement process. It will comprise a broader policy, practice and procedural review of how NCAA regulatory activities are managed and conducted.
The final phase of the review will engage the membership to probe broader, philosophical questions about the nature of the regulatory side, including the desired outcome of regulation and to what level the membership wants to be held accountable. The review will include enforcement, eligibility, reinstatement and the waiver processes.
“Integrity is vital to the Association’s regulatory functions,” said Lou Anna K. Simon, executive committee chair and Michigan State University president. “Our expectation is that the NCAA uses this review as a launching point for meaningful change. Moving forward, NCAA member schools must engage in a healthy debate about our desired outcomes and expectations of the Association’s regulatory functions.”
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