Graham Watson

  • Cal's projected starting center Matt Cochran leaves team

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 29 mins ago

    Matt Cochran, a junior who was expected to be Cal’s starting center this fall, has abruptly left the team, according to an athletic department spokesman.

    There was no reason provided for the departure and Cochran is still enrolled in school.

    Cochran played in 13 games during the past two seasons, including four starts. He becomes the sixth Bear to participate in spring drills but leave before fall camp. Included in that list are sophomore offensive lineman Myles Bunte, sophomore cornerback Trey Cheek, junior linebacker Maximo Espitia, wide receiver Cameron Stevens and linebacker Arthur Wainwright. While some of those players had experience, none had started a game or were projected starters.

    With Cochran gone, the competition is open between redshirt freshmen Addison Ooms and Michael Trani.

    For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com.

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  • QB Daxx Garman immediately eligible at Maryland

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 50 mins ago

    Maryland quarterback Daxx Garman received a waiver from the NCAA and is eligible to play this season, according to coach Randy Edsall.

    Garman, who started at Oklahoma State last year, transferred to the Terps in May. He graduated Oklahoma State and was admitted into the master’s degree program at Maryland.

    The school didn’t think it would have trouble obtaining a waiver for Garman to play right away.

    Garman will push senior starter Caleb Rowe, who missed the last seven games of 2014 and spring practices after undergoing knee surgery. Perry Hills and Shane Cockerille were the main quarterbacks during spring football, but neither impressed.

    Edsall called Garman “cerebral” and said he threw an accurate ball.

    Garman played in nine games at Oklahoma State last season, including eight starts, before being replaced by J.W. Walsh. Garman completed 152 of 277 passes for 2,041 yards with 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

    For more Maryland news, visit TerrapinSportsReport.com.

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  • Joey Bosa among four Ohio State players suspended for season opener

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Four Ohio State players have been suspended for the season opener against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7.

    Defensive end Joey Bosa, H-Backs Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall and wide receiver Corey Smith will miss the contest after violating Ohio State's Department of Athletics Policy, the school said in a release Thursday.

    Ohio State players were suspended for marijuana and academics per source

    Of the four, Bosa is probably the biggest loss. Bosa was a consensus All-American last year with 13.5 sacks. He is widely considered one of the top NFL draft picks for 2016. Either Sam Hubbard or Jalyn Holmes, two of the Buckeyes underclassmen, likely will fill Bosa’s role.

    Bosa's father John, told the Northwest Ohio Media Group that he agreed with the punishment.

    "I fully support Ohio State and I fully support my son," John Bosa told the paper. "Coach Meyer, to his character, has team rules and it doesn't matter who breaks them."

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Ohio State ranked at the top of Preseason Amway Coaches Poll

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    The first official poll of the college football season has been released and there are very little surprises at the top of the heap.

    Ohio State received 62 of 64 first-place votes in the Amway Coaches Poll, which is presented by USA Today. TCU, Alabama, Baylor and Oregon rounded out the top five.

    That group of teams was the same that jockeyed for position in the inaugural College Football Playoff a year ago. The only team missing was Florida State, which is ranked No. 8.

    The SEC leads the poll with eight teams, including three in the top 10. The Pac-12, which could be looking at its best overall season in some time, had six teams in the poll. Boise State is the only Power Five team, ranking No. 24 between Missouri and Tennessee.

    While this poll is interesting, it’s nothing more than a talking point. The Amway Coaches Poll no longer plays a role in determining the national champion, but it does give a good guideline to start the season.

    The Associated Press Poll, another poll that is a talking point, will be released Aug. 23.

  • Abby Wambach: 'Might be difficult to say no' if asked to play in Rio Olympics

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 1 day ago

    U.S. women's national team forward Abby Wambach hasn’t made a decision about retirement yet, but said her sights are set on playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, if the team asks her to participate.

    “If I’m asked to play on the team, at that point I’m going to have to make a decision the next couple of months depending on my fitness level and whatnot,” Wambach told Yahoo Sports. “I’m getting older, definitely not getting younger, but the reality is, if I’m asked to play for my country it might be difficult to say no. But I haven’t made any definitive decisions yet.”

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    The weeks since the USWNT hoisted the World Cup trophy have been a whirlwind for Wambach, who is currently in the midst of a media blitz she’s using to promote the need for all sports to be played on natural grass. She's so passionate about it that she's even started a blog to promote the need for sports to be played on natural turf.

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  • Urban Meyer gets his likeness in butter at the Ohio State Fair (Photo)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Six months after winning the national championship, Urban Meyer was given another great honor — having his likeness cast in butter.

    Butter displays of Meyer, Brutus Buckeye, two Ohio State helmets and the national championship trophy were unveiled Tuesday for the upcoming Ohio State Fair.

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    The Ohio State statues will sit beside a traditional butter cow and calf in a glass refrigerated display throughout the 12-day fair, which begins Wednesday.

    “It humbles you, and it’s a great honor,” Meyer told the American Dairy Association Mideast, which sponsors the display.

    The display features 2,000 pounds of butter that is layered onto frames of metal and steel. It took sculptors more than 500 hours to complete the display, which was kept secret until Tuesday’s unveiling.

    This is the second time Ohio State has made the display. In 1997, coach John Cooper stood alongside a player, a cheerleader and a band member.

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  • Louisville will have high off-field standards for Devonte Fields

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said defensive end Devonte Fields will enroll at Louisville on Aug. 4, just ahead of camp starting on Aug. 6, but he will do so under strict conditions.

    "We've established that he's going to have to do everything right when he's on campus with us," Petrino said while doing interviews Monday at ESPN. "We have some standards that are set for him, and he's going to have to abide by those standards."

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    In 2014, Fields was charged in a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. She stated Fields punched her in the face, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her. He was charged with misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury and dismissed from TCU. The case was dismissed last month after Fields completed an anger management course.

    He spent last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

    Petrino said he hopes Fields can fill the void left by former pass rusher Lorenzo Mauldin, who left for the NFL.

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  • WATCH: One UAB player worked hard to save the program that saved him

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The story of UAB disbanding and ultimately reinstating its football program was one that captured the attention of the college football world during the past six months.

    But one of the stories many outside of Birmingham might not have known was that of Timothy Alexander, a member of the UAB football team who is bound to a wheelchair.

    Raycom Sports did a profile on Alexander, the accident that led to him being paralyzed and how he rediscovered his love of football. Alexander was one of the most outspoken members of the UAB football program when it was disbanded and one of the figures that helped bring it back.

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    This video is a poignant look at one of the men who worked hard to save the program that saved him.

    For more UAB news, visit BlazerSportsReport.com.

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  • Report: Five Big 12 teams sought move to Big Ten in 2010

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The Big Ten could have been the Big 16.

    According to Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald, five Big 12 schools — Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas and Iowa State — looked at joining the Big Ten in 2010 when the wheels of realignment started to grind.

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    As we all know, Nebraska did end up going to the Big Ten, A&M ended up in the SEC with Missouri, and Colorado went to the Pac-12. The Big 12 added West Virginia and TCU just to get back to 10 members, and the Big Ten recently added Rutgers and Maryland to go to 14. And that’s where the conferences currently stand.

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    For now.

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  • Steve Spurrier holds press conference to call out Georgia reporter (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Steve Spurrier called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday to call out his “enemies.”

    No, seriously.

    The gist of Spurrier’s beef was that Mark Bradley, a writer from Georgia, wrote an opinion about Spurrier’s age and whether he was still fit to coach. The local Columbia, S.C., paper ran the opinion in a larger column and Spurrier took issue with it.

    Here’s the part of the column that set Spurrier off:

    “That’s allowing our enemies to write about us in our paper and I don’t like that,” Spurrier said.

    Who are Spurrier’s enemies?

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    “The media. The media,” Spurrier said. “We’ve got some enemies that write in the Atlanta paper. They cover the Bulldogs. We let that guy write in our paper the other day. That doesn’t make sense, does it?”

    Of course, if South Carolina does have another 7-6 season, Bradley may be the one with the last word.

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