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Willie Taggart claims Virginia Tech faked injuries to slow down FSU offense

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Willie Taggart claims Virginia Tech faked injuries to slow down FSU offense

His Seminoles crushed by Virginia Tech in his Florida State coaching debut Monday night, Willie Taggart is calling foul play.

During the ACC coaches call on Wednesday, Taggart was asked if he believed Hokie defenders were faking injuries in order to slow down the FSU offense.

"It happened too often so it's hard not to," Taggart replied, per ESPN

Hokie players repeatedly were slow to get up after plays during Tech's 24-3 victory over the Seminoles, head coach Justin Fuente citing the Florida humidity for his players' fitness struggles. 

"Going into the game we were severely concerned about our ability to handle the humidity and the weather, just coming from our climate," he said, per the same ESPN report. "We had some issues with it throughout the game. At halftime numerous guys getting IVs and getting treatment so they could finish out the game."

You'd like to give teams the benefit of the doubt they weren't cheating. And it's not as if the Seminoles offense was clicking for most of the night: Florida State committed five turnovers. 

"Well it is what it is, I guess it's part of football now," Taggart persisted. "That's all I can say."

Maybe Taggart should worry about his own team's inability to protect the football rather than whether or not the team that humiliated him were faking injuries or not. 

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Maryland football coach Mike Locksley releases statement on George Floyd's death

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Maryland football coach Mike Locksley releases statement on George Floyd's death

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley released a statement on social media following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes. His death has sparked civil unrest and protests in Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York City, Richmond, Va. and several other cities across the country. 

The statement read:

I've been truly struggling attempting to grasp the events of the past few days. My heart goes out to George Floyd and his family. As a father and a coach of players for 30 years that look like George Floyd and myself, it breaks my heart to see this type of behavior continue to be accepted. Regardless of race and color, it's sad and scary to know that these type of events continue to happen in our communities. 

This type of senseless tragedy should never happen and cannot ever be normalized. I will continue to pray that none of my children or players - past, present or future - ever run into the type of injustice that we've seen this week. I sincerely hop ethat these tragedies make us all take some time to think about how we view and treat others. It's on all of us to CREATE CHANGE and DO THE RIGHT THING.

Several other athletes have used their platforms to address Floyd's death and the civil unrest that has followed. Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle released a statement on racism on Friday. Wizards star Bradley Beal sent a series of tweets to address some of the protests.

Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes celebrates Mac McClung picking his alma mater Texas Tech

Wednesday was a good day for Red Raider fans when Mac McClung announced his transfer commitment to Texas Tech

Even former alum and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes - who also was openly recruiting the star on Twitter - was excited about the big get. 

He was joined by fellow Texas Tech alum Jarrett Culver in sharing his excitement of getting the 6-foot-2 guard. Culver's style and skill set are very similar to McClung's. Under head coach Chris Beard, he helped transform the combo guard into a first-round NBA prospect.

Other professional athletes including Trae Young gave McClung their congratulations. 

As a late entry into the transfer portal, McClung was one of the biggest available players this offseason. While he is required to sit a season due to NCAA transfer rules, there is some buzz that he may get a waiver to compete next season in Lubbock. 

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