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USC's Simione Vehikite leaves team
USC fullback/linebacker Simione Vehikite has left the Trojans and is no longer part of the football program, a school spokesperson confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com Monday.
He is still enrolled in school at USC and is attending classes in the spring semester.
Vehikite, a fourth-year junior, was due to compete this spring with redshirt freshman Soma Vainuku for the starting fullback spot vacated by Rhett Ellison's departure to the NFL. Since arriving at USC in 2009, Vehikite spent time at both fullback and linebacker but didn't start a game, logging most of his time on special teams.
A Hawaii native, Vehikite was suspended indefinitely in the 2010 season for unspecified reasons and missed almost a month. He was also sidelined for a significant portion of the 2011 season due to lingering neck pain.
Vehikite's departure brings USC's current scholarship count down to 76, counting the 2012 signees due to get to school in the summer. NCAA sanctions mandate that the Trojans stay under 75 this season, so at least one more player must be cut or lose his scholarship by August.
Vehikite is one of six scholarship players with eligibility remaining to leave the Trojans this offseason. Left tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry departed for the NFL; defensive lineman Armond Armstead and cornerbacks T.J. Bryant and Patrick Hall are also out of the program.
USC coach Lane Kiffin, who could not be reached for comment on Vehikite's departure, said last month there was a possibility Hall could return at a later time.
Lane is almost as dishonorable as Pete Carrol.
On this date in 1888...
Knute Rockne was born in Voss, Norway.
Happy Birthday, Rock. You're the reason I went to ND.
and notre dame football was also born that day....happy birthday Knute!
Once again. this is exactly how the ELITE TEAMS DO IT!
They recruit EARLY and go after COMMITMENTS with some of the best talent in the nation.
Michigan--13 commits, 11-4stars
Ohio State--5 commits, 4-4stars, 1-5star
Tennessee--5 commits, 3-4stars
Missouri--5 commits, 1-4star
Nebraska--3 commits, 3-4stars
Stanford--2 commits, 2-4stars
USC--1 commit, 1-5star
Penn State--2 commits, 2-4stars
Florida State--9 commits, 4-4stars
Miami--4 commits, 2-4stars
Florida--11 commits, 8-4stars
Alabama--9 commits, 8-4stars, 1-5star
LSU--5 commits, 3-4stars
Georgia--7 commits, 3-4stars
Auburn--5 commits, 3-4stars
* NOTE: Many of the players already committed do not have star ratings assigned yet. That will happen later in the year.
Which of these teams do you think are most likely to be playing in the NC in the next year or two or three?
o why don't you save yourself some time and just tell us what kind of reaction you're fishing for? How about "Oh gee, I guess ND is screwed and we better just shut down our football program"? Or how about "Gee, Florida State is so much better than ND, how dare we even compare ourselves to the Seminoles." I fail to see any positive nuance to your post. It seems only intended to elicit a negative reaction on this board.
You read it and responded. Probably others will as well. That produces activity on the board. Better than a lot of senseless threads started on the board.
I hardly call Michigan elite!
This doesn't become an issue unless those verbals were also among ND's top targets. Auburn getting x amount of commitments now is of no consequence if BK and staff were not competing for those players
Oh no, this is how the elite teams do it, so we are not elite. I hope we can find 20 kids to try to play for ND against these elite monsters that we will not be able to compete with.
Forget about the top 10 rankings in terms of stars per player the last 2 years. We just don't know how to do it.
Stop whining already
So, Duo, by your reasoning, Elmer is one star away from making ND elite, huh?
If the Irish reel in one more four star than the Irish will reach Stanford or PSU eliteness.
Is Boise on this list?
when did missouri become an elite team all of the sudden
So, what does make a team elite? Certainly having a top NC winning coach like OSU; certainly having such a coach and a bunch of NC's like "Bama; having monster-level players like Barkley at SC? having a perennial BCS level team like Oregon? putting a good number of top players in the NFL every year? What makes ND elite?
Whatever the answer, there's no arguing that ND has missed on securing some key targets in recruiting and it has an impact on our on-field performance. Given admission standards, ND needs to be a BCS caliber team year in and out to compete for the recruits who will get in and likely succeed. It's a smaller pool than many other schools and we need to be the undeniable first choice in that pool.
Elite? Tenn - 4 losing seasons out of last 7.... Nebraska? Moved to the Big11 because they were batting 20% against the likes of Okla, Texas, Okla State, and OOC games the last 10 years....Mizzou - 2 good seasons and they are elite? Miami - 34-29 over last 5 years? the team we smoked last year and the one mired in a big scandal? PSU - ranked 35 in 2011 in recruiting, not even top 50 in 2012...hardly elite...Georgia, my favorite...Marc Richt is best recruiter to average 4 losses per season over last 4 years...
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Sexual assault reported at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND -- Police at the University of Notre Dame are investigating a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred early Saturday in a campus residence hall.
The reported assault was committed by an individual who was a "non-stranger" to the alleged victim, according to a crime alert e-mailed to students Saturday and posted on the Notre Dame Security Police website. No more details about the alleged crime were released by campus police.
Notre Dame football: Rockne event set
he Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley will host the 81st annual Rockne Mass and Breakfast on March 25.
The Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Dillon Hall Chapel. Breakfast will follow at 10:30 in McKenna Hall, the Center for Continuing Education.
The event honors the legacy of Knute Rockne with members of the Rockne family. Ernest Jones, director of player development for the Notre Dame football team will be the speaker.
Reservations are required by March 21, by calling the Notre Dame Alumni Office at 574-631-6000. Tickets are payable at the door and are $15 for adults and $10 for those under 18.
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Arkansas TE Interested In ND
Hunter Henry has an impressive list of scholarships and it got even more impressive last month, when the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Arkansas tight end added an offer from Notre Dame.
“It’s a pretty amazing school,” said Henry. “Just the tradition and the way Notre Dame has been the past few years and the way they’re growing, I would love to learn a little more.”
Henry has several offers from major programs like Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Miami and Vanderbilt among others. He’s in the process of learning more about each school, including Notre Dame, which he says he knows a little bit about.
“From talking with Coach (Bob) Elliott and the coaches, I’ve been learning about it,” said Henry. “I’m eager to find out more. I’m going to continue talking to the coaches and building that relationship. I’m trying to find a time to get up to Notre Dame and check everything out.”
Henry hasn’t set a date for when he will visit South Bend yet.
“We’re going to wait until after basketball to figure out all of the dates,” said Henry.
After an undefeated football season, which included a state title, Henry is looking to add another championship in basketball. Pulaski (27-1) will play Clarksville in the state championship game this weekend.
Henry has had the chance to visit Alabama unofficially, but hasn’t had the opportunity for many with the strong basketball run.
Even with his focus on basketball for now, Henry has started to formulate what will be important to him in picking a college.
“The atmosphere and the comfortability that I have when I walk in,” he said. “I want to be comfortable and be somewhere they’ll be able to utilize my skill set with the way they use the tight end.”
Henry does like the Irish's track record with using tight ends.
“It’s definitely impressive the way they’ve compiled stats and put tight ends in the NFL,” he said. “That’s a key thing that I’m looking at.”
Henry caught 64 passes for 1,091 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior for Pulaski, a school that almost never punts and tries onside kicks on virtually every kickoff.
“It’s amazing,” said Henry of playing for a program that was recently featured on HBO’s 'Real Sports'. “I love it. It’s the most fun thing really just to know at any time you can get the ball.”
Still, Henry’s attributes would allow him to succeed in most systems.
“I’m physical off the line, I have great hands,” he said. “I’m able to catch anything that comes my way. I think I run good routes and I’m able to make good breaks and use my body well.”
With a long list of scholarship offers, Henry isn’t ready to start naming favorites.
“I’m getting pretty comfortable with most schools right now,” he said. “It’s just getting to know them even more and building that relationship. I don’t really have a team for sure right now.”
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