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Knowshon Moreno I Wanna Play for the Broncos Again ... I Feel Good, Healthy

5/27/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Knowshon Moreno says he's laser-focused on an NFL comeback -- with the running back telling TMZ Sports he's healthy and ready to go ... and would love to return to his old team in Denver. 

The 28-year-old -- who hasn't played since suffering an ACL injury in 2014 -- appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 and discussed his comeback plans. 

"I still have a lot in the tank ... probably TOO MUCH in the tank! I have to let it out!"

Check out the clip ... especially you, Mr. Elway.

Baylor School Officials 'Retaliated' Against Sexual Assault Accuser

5/26/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This is disgusting ... 

Baylor University officials actively discouraged possible sexual assault victims from reporting incidents against athletes -- and in one case RETALIATED against a woman who did. 

It's all part of an investigation by a law firm hired by Baylor to look into alleged misconduct by school officials regarding SEVERAL violent allegations against student athletes, primarily football players. 

The report states clear as day ... investigators say University administrators directly discouraged complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes ... contributing to a hostile environment.

"In one instance, those actions constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault."

The report does not specify how they retaliated. 

Investigators also say school officials failed to "identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence."

As a result of the investigation, Baylor fired head football coach Art Briles, demoted Baylor president Ken Starr and axed several members of the administration and the athletic dept.

Baylor Football Head Coach Fired Alleged Mishandling of Player Rape Accusations

5/26/2016 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0526-art-briles-getty-01Baylor football head coach Art Briles has been fired -- in the midst of allegations that several of his football players were accused of sexual assault on his watch ... but essentially no action was taken by the school.

Baylor president Ken Starr has also been removed from his position -- and will instead serve as Chancellor "on terms that are still being discussed." 

Additional members of the administration and athletics program have also been dismissed.

The school issued a statement saying an investigation by an independent law firm "revealed a lack of strong institutional management and control on a number of levels."

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" had reported that several Baylor officials, including coaches, knew about violent allegations against football players -- but essentially did nothing. ESPN points out that most of the accused players didn't miss a single second of playing time. 

“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus," said Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents.

"This investigation revealed the University's mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students."

The law firm, Pepper Hamilton, found "specific failings within both the football program and Athletics Department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence."

"Pepper’s findings also reflect significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct."

Briles took the job in 2008 and led the Bears to BCS bowl games in 2013 and 2014. 

Boise State Football 2 Players Expelled After Sexual Assault Investigation

5/26/2016 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Two Boise State football players have been expelled from the school -- and another player has been suspended for a year -- in the wake of sexual assault allegations against them. 

The school launched an investigation after the alleged victim claimed she was forced into performing oral sex on all three players during incidents last year, this according to the Idaho Statesman

Redshirt freshman linebacker Marquis Hendrix and redshirt freshman corner Donzale Roddie were expelled. Redshirt freshman safety Darreon Jackson has been suspended. 

The woman reportedly told investigators the men essentially trapped her (blocking doors) on different occasions, and intimidated her into performing oral sex.  

All three men have denied wrongdoing -- with Jackson saying, "nobody forced her to do anything.”

BSU issued a statement saying, "Boise State is committed to thorough and fair investigations into all allegations of sexual misconduct -- and to holding parties accountable when they are found to be responsible for violating the student code of conduct."

So far, no criminal charges have been brought against any of the players.

A rep for the Boise PD tells us, "The Boise Police department has not received a report concerning Marquis Hendrix, Donzale Roddie and Darreon Jackson and there is no current investigation."

Lynn Swann Stoked for USC Job Already Pressed About Paying Athletes

5/25/2016 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He hasn't even begun the job yet, but Lynn Swann -- the man who will take over the USC Athletic Director job -- is already getting hit with the tough questions. 

Swann tried to artfully sidestep when he was asked if college athletes should get paid -- but we're guessing it won't be the last time he'll have to face the topic.

We also asked questions about the football program, but Swann wanted to make it clear, Clay Helton is still in charge. Sure he is. 

Still, Swann says he's fired up to get started when he takes over for Pat Haden in July. 

UCLA Football QB Calls BS On $280 Million Deal 'We're Still Amateurs Though'

5/24/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0524-josh-rosen-ucla-GETTY-01UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen -- a 2016 Heisman contender -- is calling out the NCAA ... essentially saying it's BS that his school just signed a $280 MILLION endorsement deal but the players won't see a dime. 

FYI, UCLA just inked the largest apparel contract in NCAA history -- with Under Armour ponying up $280 mil for exclusive rights to outfit UCLA athletics for the next 15 years. 

Rosen -- pointing out the irony of the school raking in a fortune while the athletes don't get paid a cent -- reposted a newspaper headline about the deal with a snarky comment. 

"We're still amateurs though ... Gotta love non-profits #NCAA."

0524-josh-rosen-instagram-01UCLA isn't the only school to sign megadeals in the last few months -- Michigan, Texas and Ohio State have all inked 9-figure deals.  

Meantime, Rosen isn't even allowed to have a hot tub in his dorm

LSU's Tiger Beloved Mascot Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

5/23/2016 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523_mike_the_tiger_gettyLSU's beloved Siberian-Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer ... and vets believe he only has 2 years to live ... school officials announced. 

The 10-year-old tiger has been receiving treatment from a team of specialists ever since his caretakers noticed a tumor on his face earlier this month.  

Officials say Mike has spindle cell sarcoma -- which is unlikely to spread to other areas of his body ... but it's a fatal condition nonetheless.   

LSU says Mike is receiving the best care possible -- and they've already drawn up a battle plan to make sure Mike lives out his final days as comfortably as possible. Without treatment, officials say Mike would only have 1 to 2 months to live.  

Mike has been the official live mascot of LSU since 2007 -- and famously debuted at the legendary LSU vs Florida game ... when the Tigers defeated Tim Tebow's Gators. 

'Coupled' Star I Was a College Football WR 'Hands Big Enough to Catch Balls'

5/18/2016 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Before he was trying to bang chicks on a tropical island, one of the bachelors on the new FOX dating show "Coupled" was a college football WR ... who played with DeSean Jackson and Marvin Jones

Alex Lageman even bragged about days on the Cal Berkeley football team -- where he played mostly as a backup from 2007 to 2010. 

When one of the ladies on the island asked about Alex's hand size, he busted out this gem -- "I played receiver in college, so they're big enough to catch balls."

Nice. 

Go Bears! 

Hines Ward I'd Love to Coach Georgia Football ... 'Dream Job'

5/17/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL legend Hines Ward might not be done with football ... telling TMZ Sports he would LOVE the chance to be the head coach for the Georgia Bulldogs ... saying it would be his "dream job."

Ward -- who played at UGA from '94 to '97 -- was at LAX when we asked about the rumors that he's interested in running a program down in Athens.

"If the opportunity presented itself, it would be a dream job," Ward said.

And get this ... as far as pay goes, Ward says he'd do it relatively cheap compared to heavy hitters like Nick Saban

"I don't need the Saban money ... I'd just do it for the love of my University."

Devin Hester 'I Disagree With Pop Warner' Don't Eliminate Kickoffs!!

5/14/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0513_Devin-Hester_pop_warner_gettyNFL superstar Devin Hester -- one of the greatest kickoff returners of all time -- is imploring Pop Warner football to reconsider its ban on kickoffs because... well, isn't it obvious?

"I disagree with that decision," Hester tells TMZ Sports.

FYI -- Pop Warner recently announced it would be eliminating kickoffs in games involving kids between the ages of 5 and 10, citing safety concerns.

Hester says he believes there can be a safe compromise and doesn't want to see his position go extinct.

In fact, when we asked if he thinks the NFL will eliminate kickoffs, he told us, "It's a possibility. The league is always trying to figure out how to prevent injuries and maybe that's what they will try to do."

"But it's a violent sport. At the end of the day, there's no way around it."

"For me being a kick return and punt return specialist, I see it as eliminating a position that guys can be really good at. I don't know if it will help."

Johnny Manziel Who Needs A Mouthpiece? I GOT A NEW GRILL!!!

5/13/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There's one shiny part of Johnny Manziel's nightmare spring ... his face ... 'cause the Hollywood bad boy has officially followed the lead of his old teammate Von Miller ... and copped a custom grill.

We noticed the ice when we got Johnny leaving Warwick nightclub in Hollywood ... sporting a twinkle in his smile we hadn't seen before.

That caused us to do a little digging ... and it turns out Manziel hit up celebrity grillsmith Johnny Dang and commissioned some custom swag for his chompers.

Dang was mum on how much Manziel's 18 karat white gold, diamond encrusted creation actually cost ... but said similar pieces he's done in the past would set you back around $20k.

Keep swaggin' Johnny ... it's your job now.

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Ole Miss Football Coach Keep NCAA Outta My Deposition ... In Laremy Tunsil Case

5/11/2016 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511_Hugh-freeze_laremy-Tunsil_gettyOle Miss football coach Hugh Freeze says he does NOT want to testify in the Laremy Tunsil domestic violence civil case ... citing concerns that his testimony might be used in an NCAA investigation. 

First, some background ... 

Tunsil is being sued by his stepfather, who claims Laremy beat him up back in 2015 -- after he accused Laremy of violating NCAA rules. 

For his part, Laremy ferociously disputes the allegations ... claiming he only got physical with the stepdad after he saw the guy shove his mother during an argument.

The stepdad now wants to depose Laremy's college football coach Hugh Freeze -- believing he has information that will help prove his story. 

But Freeze doesn't want that to happen -- and has filed court docs to block the deposition -- in part because "at this time, the NCAA is considering allegations against the University and its football program, including allegations related to [Tunsil]."

He does not expand on the allegations. 

Freeze says he's concerned that any information from the deposition could be accessed by NCAA investigators and possibly used against him ... and he doesn't believe that's fair. 

If the judge DOES force Freeze to testify, he at least wants the transcripts sealed to prevent the NCAA from getting their hands on it. 

The judge has yet to rule. 

Sam Hunt I Miss Football But NFL Career 'Wasn't In the Cards'

5/3/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Before Sam Hunt became a country music mega-star, he was thiiiis close to being an NFL quarterback. So we had to ask -- would you trade your singing career to be Tom Brady???

If you didn't know ... Hunt was a real deal college football player at UAB -- good enough to get a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs (see the highlights below).

Hunt says the NFL just wasn't in the cards, but told us he still misses the game a whole helluva lot. 

So, we had to ask ... if some crazy Zoltar-style machine ("Big" reference) could change things and give you the exact same success in football as you're having in music -- would you do it???

Watch the clip ... think he's telling the truth? 

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