Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson says Texas A&M’s Kyle Field is ‘craziest atmosphere’ he’s played in

Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson hasn’t played in many college football games yet, but it seems like it may be hard for any atmosphere to top his first one at the level. “The craziest atmosphere was probably Kyle Field at Texas A&M,” Patterson told 247Sports on Sunday at the QB Retreat in Southern California. “Not […]

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Illinois to pay former OT Simon Cvijanovic $250K in injury settlement

Illinois and former offensive tackle Simon Cvijanovic have agreed to a $250,000 settlement after Cvijanovic claimed he had been mistreated and forced to play through injuries during his time with the football team, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.

Cvijanovic’s initial claims date back to 2015, when he accused former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman and his staff of forcing him to play through shoulder and knee injuries during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The claims also included Cvijanovic’s younger brother Peter, whose diabetes Cvijanovic claimed was not handled properly by Beckman.

“The health and welfare of our student-athletes is a priority for us – both while they are here on campus and in the years after they graduate,” Illinois chancellor Robert Jones said in a statement. “We want to ensure that they have outstanding educational experiences at Illinois and that they leave here prepared to lead lives and careers of impact. We sincerely hope this agreement helps Mr. Cvijanovic resolve any continuing health concerns and lets him focus on his future goals and aspirations.”

An investigation into Cvijanovic’s claims resulted in Beckman’s dismissal and former athletic director Mike Thomas’ departure from the university.

“As a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois, I am pleased to see necessary administrative changes have been made in efforts of prioritizing player safety,” Cvijanovic said in a statement. “I am hopeful that these actions and outcomes will nurture a wholesome, positive educational experience for all students on all campus in our future.”

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Report: Roommate of Tennessee's Smith demands $875K settlement in assault case

Kennedy Foster, the roommate of Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith who was involved in an alleged fight resulting in Smith’s arrest for domestic assault, has requested Smith pay $875,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, according to Jimmy Hyams of WNML.com.

If Smith and his family choose not to pay the amount requested by Tuesday, according to Hyams, Foster will file a $3 million civil lawsuit. Foster’s attorney, George Underwood Jr., claims Foster suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, and damage to his eyes and right ear in the incident.

Related: Tennessee’s Smith arrested for domestic violence after roommate fight

Keith Stewart, the Smith family attorney, received a Confidential Settlement Demand Letter from Underwood on May 22, and provided his take on the action.

“I’m not accusing him (Foster) of extortion, but that’s what it looks like,” Stewart said. “Given my understanding that Mr. Foster’s attempts to press charges against Malcolm Stokes were unsuccessful, it seems his motives are clear.”

The demand requests a cashier’s check for $875,000 to be received by Foster and Underwood by 5 p.m. on Tuesday accompanied by a “letter of sincere apology” to Foster. If the check is not received, a civil suit seeking $1.5 million for compensatory damages, and another $1.5 million in punitive damages will be filed.

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