Dogs' senior tackle Beard changes mind, will remain in Athens

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Georgia senior offensive tackle Mark Beard will not transfer to another school after all.

An NCAA rule allows players to transfer without sitting out a year after completing graduating requirements. Beard plans to graduate this summer.

Georgia announced Thursday that Beard planned to transfer for his 2014 season. On Friday, coach Mark Richt said Beard will complete his eligibility at Georgia.

Richt accepted Beard’s decision. Richt says he had a similar change of heart as a quarterback at Miami.

CALIFORNIA: Player Ted Agu died Friday morning at age 21 after collapsing during a training run with his teammates.

“This is one of those tragedies that no one can understand and comprehend,” an emotional coach Sonny Dykes said at a news conference hours after the death.

Agu was on a training run near Memorial Stadium with his teammates early Friday morning that was supervised by multiple members of the team’s medical staff.

Team physician Dr. Casey Batten said the medical staff saw he had difficulty completing the workout and he was transferred by cart about 150 yards to the stadium.

He collapsed when he got to the medical facility at the Simpson Center at the stadium around 7 a.m. and Agu was given CPR. He was quickly taken to Alta Bates Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

MICHIGAN: Will receive a $6 million participation fee from ESPN for its 2017 season opener against Florida in Arlington, Texas.

The game is scheduled for Sept. 2.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: The school says quarterback Pete Thomas will transfer after he graduates in May.

He began the season as Arkansas transfer Brandon Mitchell’s backup, but took over and averaged 185.2 yards passing per game.

Thomas’ decision leaves Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett as the probable starter for N.C. State this season.

ARIZONA STATE: Hired former West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson to serve as defensive coordinator, linebackers and defensive special teams coach.

The school also announced tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Chip Long will coach the offensive side of special teams.

NEW SPONSOR: Aerospace and technology giant Lock­heed Martin Corp. is taking over as title sponsor of the Armed Forces Bowl.

Bowl officials announced a three-year deal Friday.


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