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    An Oklahoma prosecutor decided against charging Sooners running back Rodney Anderson with sexual assault on Thursday, clearing a major cloud hanging over the team ahead of its College Football Playoff semifinal against Georgia.'Definitely, charges are not warranted under these circumstances,' Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said during a news conference.The accusation stemmed from a petition for a protective order in which a woman said Anderson assaulted her in her apartment last month and that she feared for her safety. Anderson had gone to her home after the two met during a night of drinking.Mashburn's assistant prosecutor, Susan Caswell, said one of the woman's close friends told an investigator the accuser called the friend from a bathroom saying she was excited that Anderson was at her house.'She said that she had vomited, but intended to brush her teeth and go back and kiss him some more,' Caswell said, describing what the friend told the investigator. 'She sounded tipsy, but not drunk.'Caswell said two other witnesses relayed similar accounts — that they understood that Anderson and the woman had a good time. They added that the woman had hoped to have a romantic relationship with Anderson.Derek Chance, Anderson's attorney, had called the accusation 'patently false,' saying the woman made it after Anderson declined her social invitations.'The investigation reveals what we have maintained, Mr. Anderson is innocent of these allegations,' Chance said in a statement. 'Anderson is ready to focus on his obligations as a student-athlete.'Anderson has been one of Oklahoma's breakout stars after season-ending injuries the past two years. He leads the Sooners with 960 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns and has 283 yards and five touchdowns receiving. Anderson took over this year for departed running back Joe Mixon, who was suspended for a year after he punched a woman in a restaurant in July 2014. Mixon is now with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.The prosecutor's decision answered a key question hanging over Oklahoma ahead of its showdown with Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.The Bulldogs have had some off-field distractions, too.Starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick and receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested earlier this month on charges of marijuana possession. A misdemeanor against Patrick has been dismissed and Stanley has reportedly negotiated an agreement to plead guilty to possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and speeding in exchange for dropping a DUI drug charge.Freshman defensive back Latavious Brini, who has not played for the Bulldogs this season, faces a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer.___AP writer Adam Kealoha Causey in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.___More AP college football coverage: http://www.collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25 .
  • Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are this year’s Heisman Trophy finalists, according to the Heisman Trust, which made the announcement on ESPN Monday night. >> Read more trending news The Heisman is one of the most prestigious awards in sports and the top award in college football. Jackson is looking for a repeat after winning the trophy last year, hoping to become the second player to win the award two years in a row after Archie Griffin did it in 1974 and 1975. And he’s got a good chance at it, throwing for 3,489 yards and making 25 touchdowns this season, according to Sports Illustrated. Mayfield is a favorite to win, though, leading the Sooners to their third straight Big 12 title. Mayfield broke his own 2016 record this season, setting a Football Bowl Subdivision record for passing efficiency, SI reported. He threw for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdowns, the second highest number of the season. Love scored 17 touchdowns and was second in the country for rushing with 1,973 yards. He did it mostly with a seriously injured ankle, too. >> Related: 2 Georgia players arrested after SEC championship game The Heisman has been awarded to the best college football player dating back to 1935, although the first award was called the DAC Trophy after New York’s Downtown Athletic Club. The name of the award was changed to the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 1936 after the death of legendary football coach and DAC athletic director John W. Heisman. The winner of the 2017 Heisman Trophy will be announced at a ceremony Saturday in New York.
  • ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has been named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week following the 38-7 victory at Georgia Tech, according to a league announcement.   This is the Bulldogs’ eighth SEC weekly honor of the season. Senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter was named the Defensive Player of the Week after the win at #24 Notre Dame; Fromm also garnered Freshman of the Week honors in the victories over #17 Mississippi State and Missouri; Chubb was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week after wins at Tennessee and versus Kentucky; senior left tackle Isaiah Wynn was named the Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Vanderbilt victory; and J.R. Reed earned Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Florida win.   Fromm, a native of Warner Robins, Ga., matched a career-high 75 percent completion rate on 12-for-16 passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns during the Bulldogs’ latest win in Atlanta. He also added two rushes for 20 yards in the contest. Fromm stands third in the SEC in Pass Efficiency with a 167.7 mark after highlighting Saturday’s performance with a career-long 78-yard touchdown strike to junior Ahkil Crumpton.   Fromm has directed an offense that finished the regular season ranked third in SEC games in Scoring Offense at 36.9 points/game. He helped make the Bulldogs the 10th team in school history to tally at least 11 wins in a season and first since 2012.   The sixth-ranked Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1 SEC) travel to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game versus fourth-ranked Auburn (10-2, 7-1 SEC) on Saturday in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. CBS will televise the matchup at 3:30 p.m.
  • After punching his coach on the sideline, a Tennessee State University football player has been dismissed from the team and expelled from school, according to a report by the Tennessean. >> Read more trending news Senior defensive end Latrelle Lee hit the Tigers strength coach T.J. Greenstone twice in the head Saturday and then knocked him to the ground on the sideline. The Tennessean reported Tennessee State athletics director Teresa Phillips said Lee was kicked off the team by head football coach Rod Reed. The 22-year-old from Dothan, Alabama, was expelled from the college on Monday, according to the Tennessean.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs, currently the No. 1 team in the nation according to the latest College Football Playoff Polls, will only play in Sanford Stadium one more time this season. And today we learned the kickoff time for what will be Senior Night.  Georgia and Kentucky will kick off on November 18th at  3:30pm and be televised on CBS. Prior to the game, all seniors on the team wil be honored on the field as part of Senior Night festivities. This year will have some star-studded acknowledgements, headlined by seniors Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Lorenzo Carter, Davin Bellamy, and Dominick Sanders, among many others. 
  • The No. 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs still have a couple of home games left on their 2017 schedule, and today they learned the kickoff time for one of them. When Eastern Division rival South Carolina travels between the hedges on November 4th to play the Bulldogs, the two teams will kick off at 3:30pm and air on CBS.  The game will not be the featured Game of the Week that usually airs on CBS every week, being as the network opted for a double header. Instead, LSU at Alabama will air on the network at 8pm with all its main announcers and sideline reporters.  The game  marks the earliest kickoff for a Georgia home game this season. 
  • ATHENS ---- Former Georgia All-America defensive back/wide receiver/kick returner Roland ‘’Champ’’ Bailey was among those selected for the 2017 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class, announced Tuesday by the SEC office. The class will be honored at the 2017 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 1-2 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Friday, Dec. 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 2. Considered the most versatile player at Georgia since the inception of two-platoon football, Bailey was an All-American performer on offense, defense and special teams for the Bulldogs. He played more than 1,000 plays during his junior season in 1998, including more than 100 plays in seven different games. The All-Southeastern Conference selection was named winner of the 1998 Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player and was a consensus All-American selection that year. In the ’98 season Bailey caught 47 passes for 744 yards and five TDs on offense, and on defense he totaled 52 tackles with three interceptions. Bailey was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft and was a 12-time Pro Bowl (3-time 1st-team All-Pro) selection from 2000-2013 as a member of the Redskins and the Denver Broncos. He was named a member of the Football Writers Association of America 75th Anniversary All-America first team in 2015. He finished his pro career with 52 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. Other members of the 2017 class include Gene Stallings (Alabama), Dan Hampton (Arkansas), Carlos Rogers (Auburn), Danny Wuerffel (Florida), Nate Worthington (Kentucky), Glenn Dorsey (LSU), Terrence Metcalf (Ole Miss), Floyd Womack (Mississippi State), Brad Smith (Missouri), John Abraham (South Carolina), Chad Clifton (Tennessee), Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M) and Don Orr (Vanderbilt). The SEC Legends program was started in the 1994 season and the following former Bulldogs have been chosen to participate: Charley Tripp (1994), Fran Tarkenton (1995), Bill Stanfill (1996), Terry Hoage (1997), John Rauch (1998), Herschel Walker (1999), Kevin Butler (2000), Tommy Lyons (2001), George Patton (2002), Scott Woerner (2003), Mike Wilson (2004), Zeke Bratkowski (2005), Garrison Hearst (2006), Rex Robinson (2007), Eric Zeier (2008), Matt Stinchcomb (2009), Ben Zambiasi (2010), Boss Bailey (2011), David Greene (2012), Tim Worley (2013), John Little (2014), Richard Seymour (2015) and Jon Stinchcomb (2016).
  • UGA football continues to roll at 5-0 and will play at Vanderbilt this coming Saturday, as many are already looking forward to Homecoming Weekend the following Saturday.  Today, the SEC announced that Georgia and Missouri on 10/14 will have a kickoff time of  7:30pm on the SEC Network.  UGA will be looking for a small sense of redemption, as it lost its homecoming game to Vanderbilt last season. 
  • Nick Chubb may have received the ultimate redemption in his return to Knoxville and Neyland Stadium on Saturday: a 41-0 win over the Tennessee Volunteers.  But he received a little icing on that tasty cake on Monday, when the Southeastern Conference named him co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week. He shares the honor with Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham.  Chubb ran the ball 16 times for 109 yards in the win on Saturday, becoming just the second UGA player to rush fopr 100 or more yards in 20 games. The other being Herschel Walker.  Chubb suffered a devastating knee injury at Tennessee on the Bulldogs previous trip in 2015 on the first offensive play of the game. Tennessee fans then mocked his injury last week by hanging deragatory messages written on bedsheets hanging from fraternity houses in Knoxville. Safe to say redemption has been served. 
  • Former Purdue football coach Joe Tiller died Saturday. He was 74. Tiller's death was announced on the Purdue football program’s Twitter account. >> Read more trending news Tiller set the record for most wins in the school's football program. He coached the Boilermakers from 1997 to 2008, where his overwall record was 87-62, ESPN reported. Tiller began his head coaching career at Wyoming.  New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees released a statement to offer his condolences. Brees attended Purdue from 1997-2000 and led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl appearance during the 2000 season, according to the quarterback’s official website.