Graham Watson

  • QB Greg Ward Jr. sparks Heisman talk after Houston's 42-14 win

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Houston didn’t want to call Thursday night’s game against Connecticut a revenge game, but the joy of the 42-14 win was palpable.

    The Huskies were the only team to defeat Houston during coach Tom Herman’s two seasons on campus and the No. 6 Cougars, who are eyeing a spot in the College Football Playoff, weren’t going to let it happen again.

    Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. put on a show in the win, completing 84.2 percent of his passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 65 yards and two scores in just three quarters of work.

    And actually, most of those stats came in the second and third quarters.

    The first quarter was a bit of a dud for the Cougars as they came out flat and struggled to get the offense going against what seems like an inspired UConn defensive front. Part of the issue was the fact that the Cougars traditional running backs were missing thanks to injury. Duke Catalon was recovering from a concussion and Mulbah Car was out after suffering a knee injury during last week’s game against Texas State.

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  • Blake Barnett leaves Alabama, could exploit little-known transfer rule

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed Thursday evening that quarterback Blake Barnett has left the program. Barnett started the season opener for the Crimson Tide, but was replaced by Jalen Hurts. He hasn’t started since.

    “We received word this afternoon that Blake Barnett has officially withdrawn from school and is no longer with our program,” Saban’s statement read. “The quarterback position is a very unique position where only one player can play. We are very disappointed any time a player leaves the program who feels he can compete for a starting position elsewhere, rather than here at Alabama. We wish Blake the very best of luck in the future.”

    While some will quibble with the timing for Barnett’s decision, an article in 247Sports details why it might be ingenious. Barnett could take advantage of bylaw 14.5.6 in the NCAA transfer guide, which states that if Barnett were to transfer to a two-year institution and graduate with a GPA over 2.5 and at least 12 credit hours a semester, he could be eligible to play the following year at another FBS school.

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  • LA police threaten 'further action' if not paid to staff USC games

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    The Los Angeles Police Protective League issued a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Commissioner Matthew Johnson saying the police who take care of security for USC home football games “will be compelled to take further action” if they are not paid for their services.

    According to the letter, on-duty police officers have been steered away from their normal duties to help police USC home football games without additional compensation.

    “It is our understanding the USC does not have an agreement with the City of Los Angeles regarding the payment for these police services. This ‘gift of public funds’ must end,” the letter read.

    “The lack of payment for police services, which has spanned several years, violates both city code and state law. The Board of Police Commission has failed to stop the misuse of police resources that has diverted officers from their regular assignments to provide free security to a university with a $4 billion-dollar endowment, and to a football program whose conference, the PAC 12, has a $250 million a year television contract with ESPN.”

    When reached by Yahoo Sports, USC issued the following statement:

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  • Abuse charges against LSU DL Davon Godchaux dropped

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The charges against LSU defensive lineman Davon Godchaux in connection with a domestic abuse case involving him and his girlfriend have been dropped. Hillar Moore, the district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, announced the decision Tuesday afternoon.

    Godchaux was arrested early Monday morning and charged with false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment. His girlfriend also was arrested because of conflicting stories. According to the girlfriend, Godchaux grabbed her and tossed her backward twice. She had a swollen lip and a red mark near her neck, according to a police report. The girlfriend also said Godchaux refused to let her leave with the couple’s 10-month-old child.

    He was indefinitely suspended following the arrest and did not practice Monday or Tuesday. LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday that Godchaux would be rejoining the team later that day.

  • Nebraska governor says he'll meet with protesting Huskers player

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said via Twitter that he would like to meet with one of Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem prior to last Saturday’s game against Northwestern.

    Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry, three African-American players, kneeled to protest racial injustice. Ricketts called the act “disgraceful” and “disrespectful,” which prompted a tweet from Rose-Ivey.

    @GovRicketts I would love to sit down and further the discussion with you if you are available..

    — Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) September 27, 2016

    Ricketts responded to the request late Tuesday night.

    .@Rose_IveyNB15 Thanks for reaching out. Direct message me your information, and we will get something set up right away!

    — Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) September 28, 2016

    Daub later said he didn’t say the players needed to be kicked off the team.

    Coach Mike Riley supported the three players.

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  • OSU's T. Boone Pickens says OU president David Boren should retire

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oklahoma State donor T. Boone Pickens, whose name is on the Cowboys’ stadium, has started the Bedlam rivalry a little early this year with some choice words for Oklahoma president David Boren.

    Pickens told the Austin American-Statesman’s podcast, “On Second Thought” that “maybe it’s time for David to retire” after a report surfaced that Boren had changed his mind about Big 12 expansion.

    “I’ve known David forever. He likes to talk. He gets a little bit confused sometimes,” Pickens said.

    Boren was one of the most outspoken voices in favor of expansion 18 months ago. However, a report in Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush on Tuesday suggested Boren might be changing his position amid pressure from his board. Boren answered the story by stating, “Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion.”

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  • UNC linebacker Allen Artis says he's not a rapist ahead of court appearance

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Suspended North Carolina linebacker Allen Artis maintained his innocence Tuesday while meeting with the media ahead of his Thursday court appearance for charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student.

    Artis is accused of raping Delaney Robinson on Valentine’s Day in the Ram Village apartments on UNC’s campus. Robinson held a press conference on Sept. 13 stating police had done little to help her after she reported the rape. She said she felt police gave preferential treatment to Artis because he was a football player. Shortly after her appearance, Artis was indefinitely suspended from the team and he turned himself into police.

    Artis told the Associated Press he wasn’t a rapist and that he was “surprised, hurt, distraught” over the allegations.

    Artis’ lawyer, Kerry Sutton, said Artis had passed a polygraph when asked about the incident.

    Artis said he did not see Robinson drinking and that she was conscious during consensual sex.

  • Report: Ed Orgeron fired OC Cam Cameron, not LSU

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    New LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron was the person who fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, not the university, according to a report in the New Orleans Times Picayune.

    According to the report, Orgeron was given the choice about the direction of the Tigers’ offense and he opted for a change in the offensive system, which didn’t included Cameron’s assistance. Orgeron promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator and pushed Cameron, who was good friends with Miles and had been LSU’s offensive coordinator since 2013, out.

    Ensminger has been an offensive coordinator in several other places, including McNeese State, Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M and Clemson. He’s been the Tigers’ tight ends coach since 2010.

    Orgeron laid out LSU’s new offensive philosophy in his introductory press conference on Monday and said his goal is to score points, something that has been severely lacking for the Tigers’ this season.

    For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com.

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  • Kennesaw State player has epic freak out on first-ever flight (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The Kennesaw State University football team took its first-ever flight Saturday — the program is only two years old — and redshirt freshman linebacker Keagan Jordan wasn’t feeling it.

    The two-year letterman had never flown before and even before the plane left the ground in Georgia heading for Pittsburgh, Jordan started to regret his decision to come aboard.

    So what did his teammates do to calm him down, they filmed his entire freakout and were treated to an unexpected ending.

    Excuse my laugh, but it was his first flight and he passed out ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/G1XRjXdtcu

    — Zeezus (@TheDayOfZay) September 23, 2016

    Yes, Jordan, who clutches his chest and yells, “Oh! Oh! Oh my God! We ain’t gone make it!” appears to pass out much to the amusement of his teammates.

    Rest assured Jordan was OK and did play in the 36-28 victory over Duquesne.

    Now you can decide whether you think this video is real or fake, but Kennesaw State spokesman Mike DeGeorge somewhat vouched for its authenticity.

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  • Roundtable: Remembering Les Miles' time at LSU

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    One of the quirkiest and most colorful coaches in college football was let go from his job Sunday. Les Miles is a national treasure; at LSU, he was poor at clock management but quick with the one-liner. The school fired him on Sunday after he started the season 2-2. Miles’ dismissal was long overdue, but it doesn’t make it any less difficult.

    So for this week’s roundtable, our panel looks back on the decision to fire Miles and their favorite Les Miles moment.

    Pat Forde shared his thoughts on Les Miles in a piece Sunday evening, but he also added some thoughts about Miles as a person and a coach:

    Everything about Les was just a little off. But charmingly so.

    (Pat Forde)

    THAT’S A DIFFERENT DAY ENTIRELY

    If you’re going to fire a guy, I guess it’s better to do so after a 2-2 start than a 9-3 season.

    My favorite memory of Miles is his 2013 honor of Columbus Day. This is not St. Paddy’s Day. It’s a different day entirely.

    (Nick Bromberg)

    IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE SHOES

    (Graham Watson)