Thomson's John Atkins to enroll at prep school

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Former Thomson High standout John Atkins will enroll in Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia before he can do the same at the University of Georgia, Thomson coach Milan Turner has confirmed.

Though Atkins failed to qualify at Georgia for this fall, he could be done at Hargrave in December and in Athens in January.

The defensive lineman, who graduated from Thomson this year, signed with Georgia on Feb. 1, which was National Signing Day.

• Defensive back Quintavious Harrow has left the team. It is believed to be an academic-related issue.

PLANS SCRAPPED: The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Friday that they were scrapping plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to do it.

The leagues had agreed to the partnership in December, well before a four-team football playoff was approved by a committee of university presidents last month.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said the league recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that coordinating a nonconference football schedule for 24 teams across two leagues by 2017 proved too difficult.

Delany said those complications included the Pac-12’s nine-game conference schedule and previous non-conference commitments.

The Big Ten has previously discussed moving from eight to nine league games and could move in that direction now that league teams aren’t playing a Pac-12 opponent every year.

Scott said the Pac-12 wants to keep playing nine league games while maintaining as much flexibility in out-of-conference scheduling as possible.


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