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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.”
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.
Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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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.
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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Steve Spurrier called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday to call out his “enemies.”
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.
“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.
Iowa State defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January, will undergo his final of seven round of chemotherapy on Friday.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Meyers, who started at defensive end and tackle last season as a redshirt sophomore, has not missed a workout since being diagnosed.
While the chemo is over, Meyers still has to undergo more treatment before he's ready to be back on the field.
"From here, Mitchell will come back to his hometown in Houston and undergo radiation before joining us in the month of September," Rhoads said. "Prayers still extended for Mitchell and his family and everything that he’s going through, and our football team watches in admiration and appreciation each and every single day.”
Meyer was one of only four Iowa State players to start all 12 games in 2014. He finished the year with 30 total tackles.
For more Iowa State news, visit CycloneReport.com.
Baylor coach Art Briles is optimistic about his team in 2015, but for some reason he can’t stop chirping about 2014.
Briles, who was making the rounds at ESPN studios Wednesday, noted that had Baylor or TCU been more notable college football programs, they would have made the College Football Playoff.
Art Briles: “If Baylor or TCU had an older brand name, one of us would have got in the @CFBPlayoff”
Art Briles on 4 “brand names” making playoff: “A lot of 60 (year olds) on selection committee. Old dogs don’t wander far from home"
Actually, coach Briles, the reason Baylor and TCU didn’t make the College Football Playoff was the lack of a conference title game. This is something College Football Playoff committee chairman Jeff Long noted and something Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby acknowledged this after the four playoff spots were announced.
OK, so can we put the feigned disrespect and conspiracy theories to rest?
What will be the excuse then?
Defensive end DeVonte Fields is still working to become academically eligible at Louisville.
Coach Bobby Petrino said Fields, along with high school signees James Allen and Chandler Jones, have been taking summer classes, but still aren’t academically cleared to participate in fall camp, which begins on Aug. 6. Classes begin on Aug. 24.
"That's an ongoing process, and we've got two more weeks (before camp)," Petrino said. "You find out something new every day."
Fields was dismissed from TCU prior to the 2014 season after he was involved in a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend. The alleged victim claimed Fields pointed a gun at her and puncher her in the face. He was charged with misdemeanor assault.
However, the assault charge was dismissed with the completion of an anger management course.
Fields, who was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2012 and the Big 12’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year prior to his dismissal, spent last season at Trinity Valley College in Texas.
Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 days ago
South Carolina and Texas A&M were among the worst defensive teams in the SEC a year ago.
So, when coaches Steve Spurrier and Kevin Sumlin crossed paths while doing interviews with ESPN in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday, Spurrier decided to issue a friendly wager.
“Us and them were sort of at the bottom of the SEC in most defensive categories, and I bet him $10 a few minutes ago that our defense would be more improved than his defense,” Spurrier told the Russillo Show. “So we’ve got a little bet going this year. I hope that’s legal.”
Sumlin confirmed the $10 wager.
And yes, this probably is illegal by NCAA standards. Don't we all remember the NCAA slogan, "Don't Bet On It," when it comes to sports gambling?
South Carolina ranked 13 th in the SEC in total defense allowing 432.7 yards per game and 12 th in scoring defense allowing 30.4 points per game. A&M was equally as bad ranking 14 th in total defense allowing 450.8 yards per game and 11 th in scoring defense allowing 28.1 points per game.
Well played, Spurrier. Well played.