What Caylin Newton is looking for in next spot

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What Caylin Newton is looking for in next spot

Caylin Newton, brother of Cam Newton, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce he would be leaving Howard and entering the NCAA transfer portal. He sat down with The Undefeated to discuss his decision.

“While I’m playing football, I want to be able to compete at the highest level and compete for a championship,” Newton said.

That is unlikely to happen at Howard as the Bison were 1-3 to start the season with Newton under center and 12-13 over the course of his career.

After the first four games of the season, Newton did not play in Howard’s fifth game against Bethune-Cookman. By playing only four games, Newton can redshirt this season under the new redshirt rules. He will remain enrolled at Howard and finish his degree before transferring.

As a graduate transfer after a redshirt year, Newton will maintain two years of eligibility.

Newton’s announcement came on the same day as three other players announced they were transferring and on the same day HBCU Gameday published a story of parents accusing head coach Ron Prince of verbally abusing and intimidating Howard players. The article contains an anonymous letter that was sent to Howard’s president, athletic director, the MEAC and the NCAA.

The University is reportedly investigating those allegations against Prince. As noted by The Undefeated, Newton would not discuss the circumstances surrounding his transfer or the coaching staff.

“Our decision is not an indictment of Howard,” Cecil Newton, Caylin’s father said. “I want to go on the record that they have met and exceeded our expectations for academic college life.”

At Howard, Caylin pulled off the biggest point-spread upset in history, downing UNLV despite being 45-point underdogs. He was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018.


Navy-Notre Dame to move 2020 matchup from Ireland

Navy-Notre Dame to move 2020 matchup from Ireland

Navy and Notre Dame will no longer hold the 94th edition of their rivalry in Dublin, Ireland this year. 

Navy football announced the location change on Tuesday. The game will ideally be played at the Midshipmen's home stadium, the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md, the release stated.  

Moving the game is due to concerns surrounding travel during the coronavirus pandemic. The Naval Academy, Notre Dame and the Irish government determined postponing their game at Aviva Stadium would be the best interests of all parties. 

The historic game will still be played this year, likely on Labor Day weekend and broadcast on ESPN or ABC. 

"We are obviously disappointed not to be traveling to Ireland this August," Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk said.  "But, as expected, our priority must be ensuring the health and safety of all involved.  I am expecting that we will still be able to play Notre Dame as our season opener, but there is still much to be determined by health officials and those that govern college football at large.  Once we have a definitive plan in place, we will announce the specifics pertaining to the game." 

"I am extremely grateful to all that were involved in the planning of our game in Aviva Stadium, especially John Anthony and Padraic O'Kane who created what would have been another extraordinary event in Dublin.  I realize many are disappointed and were looking forward to the spectacle of this event and a visit to the Emerald Isle, but I do know there is a complete understanding of why it's in our best interests to make every effort to relocate the game," he added.

This was set to be the third time that the longest continuous intersectional rivalry was to play in Ireland. Notre Dame won both previous contests in 1996 and 2012, although the Fighting Irish vacated their 2012 victory. The two programs look to return to Ireland in the coming years.

Notre Dame has won the rivalry game each of the past three seasons. The Fighting Irish hold a 77–13–1 lead in the all-time series.

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Maryland among top five for Utah transfer Both Gach, if he withdraws from NBA Draft

Maryland among top five for Utah transfer Both Gach, if he withdraws from NBA Draft

Maryland basketball is among Utah transfer Both Gach's final five schools, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday.

Creighton, Iowa State, Auburn and Minnesota are the other four teams on his list. Gach, who entered his name into the transfer portal in May after his sophomore season at Utah, averaged 10.7 points and 3.6 rebounds during the 2019-20 season. 

Should Gach choose Maryland, the 6-foot-7 guard could immediately help a Terps roster that has lost a majority of its primary ball handlers and missed out on several transfers and recruits. Additionally, his size would allow him to potentially play the three or four as well, that is if he is granted immediate eligibility. 

However, the Terps aren't just competing with four other college programs for Gach, but the NBA as well. Gach had entered his name into the NBA Draft in early April. Typically by this time, players would either withdraw and maintain eligibility or continue on to the pros. Due to the coronavirus pandemic pausing the NBA season, things are a little different for 2020. The deadline for players to withdraw is undetermined at this time and will likely be influenced by the league's date of resumption.

Until that happens, it could be a waiting game between Gach, the Terps and other teams involved in his final decision.

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