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Saturday, June 24, 2017

College Football

Nebraska coach leaves door open for Keyshawn Johnson Jr to return

Keyshawn Johnson Jr.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr has decided to step away from playing football at Nebraska while he works on some personal issues, but Cornhuskers head coach Mike Riley has made it clear the wide receiver is welcome back at any time.

Johnson, who arrived in Nebraska as a true freshman back in January, was cited for marijuana possession earlier this month. His father, former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson, revealed earlier in the week that his son needs some time to “mature.” If and when he decides he is ready to return, Riley said the door is open for Keyshawn Jr.

“We’re disappointed that he’s not here with us right now today,” Riley said, per Brian Christopherson of the Lincoln Journal-Star. “I think there’s kind of a wellness factor for Keyshawn going home. We talked to him about the possibility of maybe enrolling part time and taking care of his progress toward his degree, and also getting in great shape.

“And we opened the door for return, which is just kind of left open that we’ll deal with at the time that he is physically and mentally ready to do that.”

Johnson Jr was a top-40 prospect out of California, and he was expected to make an immediate impact with the Cornhuskers. It remains to be seen if he will return at some point during the upcoming season.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr to take time away from team to ‘mature’

Keyshawn Johnson Jr.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will be taking time away from the Nebraska football team to get things in his personal life in order.

Earlier this month, the son of former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson found himself in a bit of trouble when he was cited for marijuana possession. This week, we learn that the younger Johnson will be taking a leave of absence from the Cornhuskers’ program. His father says he will use the time to “mature.”

Johnson Jr. arrived at Nebraska as a true freshman in January after playing at Calabasas High School in California. He was a top 40 recruit out of the state by Rivals for 2017. His father was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1996 NFL Draft and went on win a Super Bowl in addition to making three Pro Bowl teams.

H/T CollegeFootballTalk

Nick Saban sends Alabama gear to family of Jordan Edwards

Nick Saban

Alabama football coach Nick Saban offered a kind gesture to the family of a young fan who never got to live out his dream.

15-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by a Texas police officer while in a car leaving a party in April. The young man was a huge Crimson Tide fan and dreamed of playing for Alabama. Saban caught wind of this and sent some memorabilia to Edwards’s family.

Saban is notoriously joyless while coaching football, but he’s shown in several instances that he has a very kind and charitable side off the field. This is just another example of that.

Jim Harbaugh wants the Obamas to serve as honorary Michigan captains

Jim Harbaugh headset

The ever-ambitious Jim Harbaugh is trying to get the former President and First Lady on board with Michigan football.

Harbaugh confirmed to reporters Saturday that he has reached out to try to make Barack and Michelle Obama honorary Michigan captains for a game this season.

“We’re making those asks. Official asks,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN. “In the process of making an official ask. There’s been, ‘Hey we’d like you to do it,’ and now we’re doing officials asks.”

As seen in a picture posted by Harbaugh’s son Jay, the Wolverines coach met with the former President while visiting Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

“It was incredible,” Jim Harbaugh said. “Saw Mrs. Obama as well. He was great. He was really relaxed, working on a lot of things. Shared a lot of insights.”

In addition to rubbing elbows with the Obamas, Harbaugh wants to take his team back to Europe. Talk about a global program.

Ole Miss mocked for sending football jersey to Justin Bieber

It is a risky proposition for any athlete or team to get involved with Justin Bieber, but that’s exactly what Ole Miss football has done.

Weeks after Bieber defended his habit of wearing pretty much every jersey he can get his hands on, the Rebels’ football program saw a promotional opportunity. On Friday, they announced to the world that they were sending Bieber one of their new football jerseys.

Even the best-laid plans can be foiled, though, and the Rebels were roundly mocked for their move.

In fact, the harshest critics were Ole Miss’s own fans and alumni, who really brought the jokes.

Given the scandals that have surrounded the football program lately, Ole Miss was probably just looking for some good publicity. You tried, guys. You tried.

Report: QB Matt Corral decommits from USC

Matt Corral

Matt Corral, a top QB recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, has decommitted from USC, according to reports.

247 Sports reports the news on Corral, who had been committed to the Trojans since Feb. 2016. Corral started off his high school career at Oaks Christian in Southern California, but left after a fight with Wayne Gretzky’s son. He then transferred to Long Beach Poly, which has been one of the best high school programs in the country the past few decades, producing numerous NFL players.

Corral is entering his senior year. He has thrown for 74 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during his high school career, while rushing for 17 scores.

247 Sports ranks Corral as the No. 2 recruit in California for 2018. He is said to be considering Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Michigan football to visit Paris, Normandy or London in 2018

Jim Harbaugh

Where in the world will Jim Harbaugh take his Michigan Wolverines next? That’s one of the popular questions for the college football community, and we may have the answer.

Harbaugh said at his football camp Saturday that his Wolverines took a vote on where to go next year for spring football, and they settled on three possible destinations.

“We took a straw poll,” Harbaugh said via MLive.com. “Right now, we’re looking into going to Paris, then Normandy and then London — we’d finish up in London.”

Harbaugh had been talking about taking his team to South Africa or Brazil next, but that may have been his desired destination, while the players had other spots in mind.

Michigan’s football team visited Rome during the spring for a team-building trip. They even held some practice sessions there, and once they were done, players had a few weeks off. Some decided to utilize the time to do internships.

The total cost of the trip was over $750,000, but the expenses were covered by a donor. Michigan seems like they’re going to continue this trend of spring trips. It remains to be seen whether other programs follow their lead.

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