Graham Watson

  • Honduran soccer field to be named after former Georgia coach Vince Dooley

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    A soccer field in Honduras will bear the name of famous Georgia football coach Vince Dooley.

    Dooley, 82, has spent time in Honduras helping youth find alternatives to drugs and gang violence. He’s also helped plan the landscape of the field, which will include 160 hedges on the border similar to the border at Sanford Stadium where the Georgia Bulldogs play football.

    The field will be located at an elementary and middle school in the Agalta Valley and the scoreboard, which was donated by Coca-Cola, will have Dooley’s name. FIFA donated the goals.

    Dooley, who won 201 games and the 1980 national championship at Georgia, will be in Honduras on March 19 for the dedication along with Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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  • Report: 49ers to bid to host College Football Playoff title game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The Associated Press is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers wil bid to host the college football playoff championship game at newly opened Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

    The team will attempt to host either the 2018, '19 or '20 title game and have until May to announce its bid.

    Levi’s Stadium, which opened prior to the 2014-15 NFL season, hosted the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30 and drew an attendance of 34,780. The stadium has a capacity of 68,500, which is expandable to 75,000.

    AT&T Stadium in the Dallas area hosted the First College Football Playoff National Championship and had an announced attendance of 85,689.

    The next two college football title games already have been awarded to Glendale, Ariz., and Tampa, Fla. The College Football Playoff will announce future championship sites later this fall.

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  • Baylor RB Silas Nacita says NCAA ruled him ineligible, but the story has holes

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Baylor walk-on running back Silas Nacita has been dismissed from the Baylor football team after he claimed the NCAA ruled he took an impermissible benefit.

    His benefit?

    Taking permanent lodging from a friend instead of sleeping on various apartment floors.

    Nacita, who detailed his ordeal with the NCAA on Twitter, said he was homeless when he enrolled at Baylor and was staying on the floors of various friends. He said a longtime family friend took him in, gave him a place to live, and that the NCAA deemed that impermissible benefit and ruled him ineligible.

    All I wanted to do was go to school and play the game I loved. pic.twitter.com/zYQ0HTaz05

    It’s easy to point the finger at the NCAA and even at Baylor in this instance, but that might not be the right thing to do.

    The NCAA said in a tweet that it did not declare Nacita ineligible as previously stated.

    The NCAA did not declare Silas Nacita ineligible and Baylor has not requested a waiver for him.

    There are methods in place to help student-athletes in the position like @Salsa_Nacho, he chose to ignore them, NCAA or Baylor not at fault.

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  • Vince Lombardi's West Point sweater bought for $.58, auctioned off for $40K

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    A man who purchased a West Point sweater for 58 cents a year ago found himself a whole lot richer this past weekend.

    The sweater, which was purchased at a Goodwill store in Asheville, North Carolina, was owned and worn by Vince Lombardi when he coached the Academy from 1949 to 1953.

    It sold this past weekend at an auction in New York City for $43,020.

    Sean McEvoy of Knoxville, Tennessee told ESPN he saw the sweater at the Goodwill store and initially thought it was a basketball warmup. He said his wife saw the name “Lombardi” and the number “46” on a tag in the back of the sweater but didn’t make a connection and didn’t tell her husband.

    It wasn’t until McEvoy was watching a documentary about Lombardi and saw the famed coach wearing a sweater similar to the one he had purchased. He pulled the sweater out, saw the name on the back tag and made the connection.

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  • Brian Stewart officially becomes Nebraska's defensive backs coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Brian Stewart wasn’t out of work long.

    The former defensive coordinator who mutually agreed to part ways with Maryland last week is now the defensive backs coach at Nebraska.

    “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Nebraska football program,” Stewart said in a statement released by the school. “The opportunity to coach at Nebraska is awesome. My first impression is ‘wow’. From the weight room to walking down the hallway and seeing the national championship trophies, Nebraska is what you think it is…a football powerhouse.

    “The most important thing for me in my coaching career is my family. Coach Riley and his staff have been together so long, and you can just see the loyalty and trust. I’m proud to be a part of that.”

    Stewart spent three seasons as Maryland’s defensive coordinator, but last season, the Terps defense slipped and was one of the worst in the Big Ten. It ranked 12 th in the Big Ten in total defense and 13 th in pass defense.

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  • Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is stuck at sea on Cruise for Cancer

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is lost at sea.

    OK, we’re being dramatic, but the boat he’s on is staying out on the water for an extra day because of dense fog in the Gulf of Mexico, according to WBNS-TV .

    Meyer and his wife Shelley are among thousands aboard Ohio State’s Cruise for Cancer, which raises money for Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital and the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research.

    The cruise left Thursday and was scheduled to dock in Tampa, Fla., on Monday. In addition to Meyer and his wife, the cruise also has thousands of Ohio State fans and several former basketball and football players.

    But don't feel too bad for them. The weather is in the 70s on the cruise and 12 degrees in Columbus, Ohio.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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    Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday

  • The Colorado home of former Colorado State coach Jim McElwain is for sale

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    The Colorado home once belonging to former Colorado State coach Jim McElwain is officially for sale for a cool $1.3 million.

    McElwain, who spent three seasons as the head coach of the Rams, left to take the head coaching position at Florida. Now he has to unload his four-bedroom, six-bathroom, 7,174-square-foot abode that sits on 2.3 acres in Fort Collins.

    That selling price is actually $150,000 more than for what the home was purchased in 2012, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

    The home includes a five-car garage, indoor and outdoor kitchens, a theater, a private access hot tub and few fireplaces for those cold Colorado winter nights. It also includes several Colorado State logos for the Rams lover in your life.

    Unfortunately for McElwain, his is one of a handful of million-dollar homes for sale in the area and the average price for a four-bedroom home in Fort Collins is $329,900.

    For more Colorado State news, visit GoldandGreenNews.com.

  • Cass Tech coach said he's mended fences with Ohio State's Urban Meyer

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer apparently are on good terms again.

    Following National Signing Day, Wilcher said he felt like he and four-star running back recruit Mike Weber were misled by Ohio State. Weber signed with the Buckeyes, but the following day Ohio State RB coach Stan Drayton took a job with Chicago Bears.

    Wilcher said had Weber known Drayton was leaving it would have made a difference in his collegiate choice.

    Wilcher told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Sunday that he has since talked to Meyer and the two have worked out their differences.

    Wilcher said Meyer told him he didn’t know Drayton was leaving and that it was a, “last minute thing.”

    “The most important thing about my 'misleading' part was that I didn't really understand the process of recruiting behind Ohio State. I truly do now.”

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Does Frank Clark's future hinge on the NFL's change in culture?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    Former Michigan defensive end Frank Clark told media Friday at the NFL scouting combine that his lawyer was "very confident" his domestic violence/assault charge could be reduced or dismissed, which might be enough to sway NFL scouts to take a chance on him.

    Clark was dismissed from Michigan after he was accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend in a hotel room in Sandusky, Ohio, during the Wolverines' bye week. He spent two days in jail.

    In a time when the NFL is trying to revamp its image following the Ray Rice domestic assault, it’s curious that Clark would even receive an invite to the combine. But Clark said NFL scouts told him they were willing to overlook his transgression.

    Not exactly the poster child for the NOMORE.org-championing NFL.

    But Clark spent his interviews at the combine making sure NFL execs and the media knew the altercation wasn’t all on him.

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  • Dorial Green-Beckham says he's more mature, but is 10 months enough time to change?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago

    Dorial Green-Beckham stood in front of media at the NFL scouting combine on Thursday asking for forgiveness.

    The much-maligned receiver who spent as much time in trouble with the law as he did catching touchdowns didn’t exactly apologize for his mistakes, but was hoping the NFL could look past them.

    “ All the decisions I made, I wish I could take it back,” Green-Beckham said. “It happened, I was young, I made mistakes, I understand that. I just want to focus on one thing, and look forward to just this draft and focus on being the best I can be.”

    But is it that easy?

    Green-Beckham was never arrested for the allegation. The woman involved feared retaliation if she came forward and Green-Beckham’s girlfriend at the time sent her several text messages asking her not to talk to police because it would ruin Green-Beckham’s football career.

    During his previous two arrests, both for marijuana possession, Green-Beckham walked away with no consequence on one and a misdemeanor trespassing charge on the other.

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