College Football Notebook: RB Jenkins leaving Cats for WSU; Carey may enter plea in court today

2013-01-17T00:00:00Z 2013-01-17T11:03:48Z College Football Notebook: RB Jenkins leaving Cats for WSU; Carey may enter plea in court todayStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Former Arizona Wildcats running back Daniel Jenkins will transfer to Washington State, he tweeted Wednesday night. Jenkins, who has one season of eligibility remaining, graduated from the UA in December.

NCAA rules allow Jenkins to play right away as long as he enrolls in a graduate program at Washington State that is unavailable at Arizona.

"U of A will always be my alma mater; I am excited for the new opportunity to play against the best of the best and achieve my goals at WSU," he tweeted.

Jenkins served as Ka'Deem Carey's backup in 2012 and rushed for 293 yards and two touchdowns on 67 carries.

Jenkins would have likely served in that same role in 2013 if he had stayed with the Wildcats.

The Moreno Valley, Calif., native hasn't enrolled at Washington State and it's unclear whether he will do so this semester or wait until the summer or fall.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez first announced Jenkins would transfer in December, four days after the Wildcats' New Mexico Bowl win over Nevada.

"He's a good football player, and he's going to make a decision on what's best for him," Rodriguez said then.

"He's done everything right by the university with the way he's played, the way he's graduated and the way he's acted. ... Just a great young man."

Arizona will host Jenkins and Washington State on Nov. 16.

UA star expected to appear at 'walk-in' arraignment

Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey is expected to appear in Tucson City Court today, where he will face charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his pregnant ex-girlfriend in December.

Tucson police decided to file charges against Carey earlier this month. The 20-year-old will appear at the "walk-in" arraignment this morning to enter a plea. A judge will then set a new court date.

UA athletic director Greg Byrne and coach Rich Rodriguez released a statement when the incident happened that they are "fully aware of the situation." The department is not expected to comment again until the case is resolved.

Carey, a Tucson native and Canyon del Oro High School graduate, is expected to be one of the UA's top players heading into the 2013 season. He led the nation in rushing as a sophomore.

ND: Te'o victim of hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A story that Notre Dame star Manti Te'o's girlfriend had died of leukemia - a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship game - was dismissed by the university Wednesday as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Te'o told coaches on Dec. 26 that he had received a call while at an awards ceremony from the phone number of his late girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.

By Te'o's own account, she was an "online" girlfriend. Swarbrick said they also talked by telephone.

Swarbrick said that, based on a report from an investigative firm hired by the school, he believes Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.

"Nothing about what I have learned has shaken my faith in Manti Te'o one iota," Swarbrick said at a news conference Wednesday night after Deadspin.com reported in a lengthy story that it could find no record that Kekua ever existed.

Te'o said in a statement: "This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online.

"We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating. In retrospect, I obviously should have been much more cautious."

SDSU will stay in MWC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State is staying in the Mountain West and backing out on the Big East - just like Boise State did last month.

- Daniel Berk - Daniel Berk

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