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Ray Spalding signs 4-year deal with Dallas

According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Dallas Mavericks have agree to a 4-year rookie deal with former Louisville standout Ray Spalding.

Sources: The Dallas Mavericks and No. 56 overall pick Ray Spalding have agreed to a four-year rookie deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 19, 2018

A four-year deal for one of the last players taken in the draft? Not bad, Ray.
A graduate of Trinity High School, Spalding had a breakout junior season in 2017-18, averaging 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He earned honorable mention All-ACC honors for his efforts. Spalding was selected 56th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA Draft, but his draft rights were later traded to Dallas later that night
Spalding was solid for the Mavericks during summer league play, averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 63.

QB Anthony Brown “Full Go” For Preseason Camp

Last year, redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown was starting to find a rhythm when he went down with a devastating non-contact leg injury against the NC State Wolfpack. It looked bad, and he missed the remainder of the season and spring practice recovering from the aftermath.
Steve Addazio this spring had mentioned that Brown would be ready to go this summer. Today, during the ACC Kickoff the head coach confirmed that the sophomore is good to go:
“Well, he’s doing fantastic. He’s been just cut free to full activity, and Anthony is a very, very competitive guy. He’s been training really, really hard. It was a shame, unfortunate deal last year.

All-time Raiders fantasy tournament round one: Ryan Lipton vs Tyler Smith

The teams are drafted in our All-time Raiders fantasy league. Now it’s time to pit them against each other. And you decide who wins each match-up.
First up in Ryan Lipton vs Tyler Smith.

Uniforms receive a larger ‘Texas’ font… and a brighter orange?

At a time of year when football programs often reveal significant tweaks to the uniforms, things are typically quiet on the Forty Acres as the Texas Longhorns maintain the status quo.
For the 2018 season, that’s basically the case once again. The only major change revealed on Wednesday during the team’s photo shoot was a larger “Texas” font on the jersey front:

John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports and via @TexasFootball

On Thursday, however, questions emerged about whether the new uniforms are the correct shade of burnt orange, with athletics director Chris Del Conte promising to investigate the matter:

Based on other pictures posted by the team account, the discrepancy doesn’t seem as significant — it’s probably just the lighting and background combined with a possible filter on that photo of freshman offensive lineman Christian Jones.

Behind Enemy Lines: Talking Temple Football With Joe Serpico of Underdog Dynasty

Last week was Temple week, but schedules get busy and we thank Joe Serpico of Underdog Dynasty for spending some time to answer our questions about the Temple Owls. Please make sure to follow Joe and UDD on Twitter.
BCI: 2017 was the first year post Matt Rhule for the Temple Owls. What has new head coach Geoff Collins brought to the program and what changes have you noticed?
UDD: The easiest thing to point to is how Collins has brought national attention to a program that’s still trying to get out of the shadows of being the laughingstock of college football. The preceding coaches did a great job of preaching the mentality of being tough football players, which translated to the best decade the program has seen. Collins has built on that, but has added his relentless recruiting tactics as well.

Single-game tickets won’t be available for Texas vs. USC

Plan on attending the biggest game of the 2018 season at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium?
Single-game tickets will not be availabe for the marquee non-conference match up between the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans on September 15, Texas announced on Thursday.
Due to the high demand for season tickets — the school announced 5,500 new season tickets sold, along with a renewal rate that ranks as the highest in four years — the only way to purchase tickets for the Texas-USC game is to purchase season tickets. Only a limited number of those season tickets remain.
Single-game tickets for the remaining home games, which include Tulsa, TCU, Baylor, West Virginia, and Iowa State, will go on sale August 16.

NFC North Fantasy Preview: Chicago Bears players to avoid in early rounds

Before training camp gets underway, I wanted to go through the NFC North and look at players whom you might want to keep an eye on to see where their fantasy football value is trending. We’ve already looked at the Detroit Lions that you can check out here:
Avoid these Detroit Lions players in your early drafts
Detroit Lions players you should consider drafting
These players can either be trending towards fantasy relevance or complete irrelevance. This article addresses players who are in the latter group.
We’ll look at two players from the Chicago Bears whom I would be hesitant to lock into your opening day roster, whether that’s for a redraft league or for a dynasty league. Fantasy season is just around the corner, and it’s time to start building those big boards.

Before his injury, Robinson was one of the better receivers in football.

Chris Del Conte, Tom Herman praise and support Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s letter

Last Thursday, Texas Longhorns junior wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey caused a social media controversy when he shared the feelings he’d submitted as a writing project for his American Literature class:

Humphrey’s writing immediately divided the Longhorns fan base, with a number of calls to silence his speech and speculattion about whether it would impact the football team’s chemistry.
So far, there haven’t been any signs of fractures in the football program along those lines and both head coach Tom Herman and athletics director Chris Del Conte expressed their support for Humphrey during Big 12 Media Days this week in Frisco.
“I was proud of him,” Herman said during a break-out session. “I was proud of him for expressing his feelings. I spoke to him… He wrote it and felt like he wanted to post and share it. I support him.

Titans come in 23rd in Yahoo fantasy team rankings

It is going to be an interesting year when it comes to Titans’ players and fantasy football. I think they are being underrated on the national scene currently with the exception of Derrick Henry. If anything, Henry is probably being drafted as running back 18 according to Fantasy Pros. Meanwhile, Dion Lewis is being drafted as running back 27. Assuming both stay healthy for the entire year, the touch distribution will probably be pretty close to 50/50. So you are getting a much better value, especially in a PPR league, with Lewis.
Yahoo! does a Juggernaut Index on teams each year in the preseason. The Titans came in at #23. I get that, but I bet they end up a lot higher than that. My prediction is that Marcus Mariota is a top 10 quarterback, Corey Davis is a top 20 wide receiver, Delanie Walker is a top 5 tight end and Henry and Lewis are both top 20 running backs.

Jeremy Pruitt updates quarterback battle, says Vols need to find their guy ‘pretty fast’

For the second season in a row, Tennessee enters fall camp with more questions than answers at the quarterback position. The Vols have four options that will get a legitimate chance at the job, if you listen to head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Pruitt confirmed that once again on Wednesday at SEC Media Days in Atlanta.
“We have two young men — Jarrett and Will — that were there in the spring, so they’re going to have 15 practices under their belt,” Pruitt said. “We add Keller Chryst, who is coming from Stanford and has some experience. We’re adding a young man out of California, JT Shrout. We’re going to give all four of those guys opportunities in fall camp.”
Both Guarantano and McBride got playing time for Tennessee last year, each playing behind a banged up line in a truly broken offensive attack.

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