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Reports: Return specialist Dennis Norfleet dismissed from Michigan

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Reports: Return specialist Dennis Norfleet dismissed from Michigan

Dennis Norfleet is no longer a part of the Michigan football program, according to multiple Tuesday reports.

Norfleet, who's been a playmaking return specialist the past couple seasons, was about to enter his senior season with the Wolverines, but he won't be suiting up for Jim Harbaugh in the new head coach's first season on the job.

A report from Wolverine247 said Norfleet was dismissed after he skipped more than one final exam, and Norfleet's high school coach told MLive.com that it was a "disciplinary thing" with Harbaugh.

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Norfleet is one of the program's all-time most productive return men, holding the school records for kick returns and kick-return yardage and ranking third all-time in total return yardage.

Last season, he returned 10 punts and 19 kickoffs for a total of 476 yards.

He made some headlines last season for his impressive pre-kick dance moves, which caught the eye of funk legend George Clinton.

Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

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Reports: 2020 Big Ten football season in jeopardy due to COVID-19

There may be no college football for Big Ten schools this fall.

According to several reports, the Big Ten school presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to not play football this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dan Patrick, the two schools in favor of playing were Iowa and Nebraska. There are conflicting reports on whether the season will be postponed or canceled, but Dan Patrick says the official news will be released tomorrow.

On his show, Patrick said he followed up with his source, who said, “Three Big Ten teams that I’ve spoken with said, ‘It’s done.’”

In response, more reports have come out saying the SEC has gathered for a previously unscheduled meeting on Monday morning.

According to Patrick’s report, the SEC is trying to delay and see if either the ACC or Big 12 will join them in playing this fall.

The MAC conference decided to cancel it’s football season on Aug. 8.

In addition, on Aug. 5 a coalition of Big Ten players published a Players’ Tribune article asking for a comprehensive plan to keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic if the league was to go forward with the season.

RELATED: Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test


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Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

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Northwestern Wildcats pause football workouts after positive COVID-19 test

The Northwestern Wildcats have stopped football workouts due to a player testing positive for COVID-19. A university spokesperson says, the school is now undergoing “rigorous contact tracing and quarantine protocols to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

Some student-athletes have already been placed in quarantine, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The earliest any football activities can resume for the Wildcats is Wednesday, according to the university spokesperson.

Michigan State required their entire football team to go into quarantine in late July after several positive tests among players and staff.

In addition, the Big Ten announced they will play a conference-only schedule in 2020, if they’re able to play at all.


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