Rumored Badgers OC target Norvell will stick with Sooners


As Bret Bielema continues the search to replace Paul Chryst as his offensive coordinator, he’ll have to look somewhere other than Oklahoma.

In recent days, Jay Norvell‘s name had surfaced in connection to the coordinator job at Wisconsin.  Reports had the Madison, Wisc., native going so far as to speak with Bielema about the job.

That’s as far as the conversation will get, however, as the assistant put an end to the speculation.

I’m not going anywhere,” Norvell told Tulsa World Thursday night.

Norvell has been on Bob Stoops‘ coaching staff since 2008 as co-coordinator and wide receivers coach.  As noted by the paper, “Norvell has also played a major role in OU’s recruiting efforts”, so this is a significant coaching win for the Sooners.

Another potential candidate Bielema can reportedly cross off his to-do list?  Chuck Long, Kansas’ coordinator the past two seasons.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Long, like Norvell, will not be coming to Madison.

It’s unclear which direction Bielema will now head in his search, although the official return of running back Montee Ball should make the job a bit more appealing to potential candidates, at least for the short term.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.