Graham Watson

  • Two former Vandy players convicted of rape, two still await trial

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    A jury has convicted two former Vanderbilt football players of raping a fellow student.

    Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were found guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. The victim was a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the June 2013 attack.

    Both men, who are 21— Batey turned 21 on Tuesday — face several years in prison when they are sentenced on March 6.

    The jury, which took just three hours to deliberate, heard two weeks of testimony from several witness, including police, former and current Vanderbilt students and the victim, who said she couldn’t remember the attack. The only thing she could remember was drinking with Vandenburg and waking up in a strange dorm room.

    However, cell phone photos taken by the perpetrators and surveillance video from the dormitory told the story. Closed-circuit video showed the players carrying an unconscious woman into an elevator and down a hallway. It also showed players taking pictures of the unconscious woman in compromising positions before dragging her into the dorm room.

    The victim was in the courtroom at the time the verdicts were read and cried as each was announced.

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  • Marcus Mariota's brother, Matthew, will join Oregon as a walk-on defensive lineman

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    The Mariota Era is officially not over at Oregon.

    Matthew Mariota, brother of Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, has elected to walk-on at Oregon, according to a report by KHON2.

    Matthew Mariota is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive lineman, who played both end and outside linebacker in high school.

    He does not have a page on any of the major recruiting sites, but was an Interscholastic League of Honolulu honorable mention selection.

    Marcus Mariota elected to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. He is currently working out in San Diego while training for the NFL combine in late February.

    For more Oregon news, visit DuckSportsAuthority.com.

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  • Arkansas' Jeff Long re-elected as CFP chairman

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has been re-elected as the chairman of the College Football Playoff committee.

    “Jeff has been a terrific chair and I am delighted that the committee elected him to serve again,” executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “Jeff is a thoughtful and dedicated leader who conducted the meetings skillfully. He also did a very good job answering questions about the rankings so fans could gain insight into the committee’s decisions. It’s clear that he has the full respect and confidence of the other committee members.”

    Long served as the committee chairman during the inaugural season and took a lot of heat throughout the year by pundits and fans for the lack of consistency in the committee’s weekly voting. Long often was left to explain during ESPN’s weekly rankings show the reasoning behind the committee’s decisions.

    He was also the target of ire from Baylor and TCU fans, who thought the two Big 12 teams were treated unfairly during the final week of the rankings.

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  • Penn State's James Franklin will not settle for your 'B' grade

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oversharing is a rampant problem on social media and Penn State defensive back Bryant Harper learned the consequences of that Monday.

    Harper tweeted out that he received a "B" on his first anatomy exam and he was proud of the grade because he didn’t actually study for the test.

    Unfortunately for Harper, coach James Franklin is an avid @HarperJR21 follower and decided to chime in on his player’s boasting.

    @HarperJR21 you didn't study huh, interesting, guess I need to up your study hall hours! We don't settle for B's!

    Franklin was probably kidding (or was he?), but it’s a good lesson to always think about what you tweet even if it seems like a good thing.

    Harper quickly blamed the lack of studying on a scheduling issue.

    @coachjfranklin forget when the exam was coach minor difficulty in my scheduling!

    He should have hastagged it “#collegeadvisors #amirite.”

    Sadly it’s now dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t for Harper. If he says he didn’t study, he gets extra study hall hours. If he says he did study and still got a B, he gets extra study hall hours.

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  • Coastal Carolina announces plans for teal-colored field (Photo)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The trend of making college football field turf a color other than green has just taken a bluish-green turn.

    Coastal Carolina announced via Twitter this week that it was in the process of finalizing plays to lay teal turf in its stadium for 2015.

    You read that right, teal.

    Coastal Carolina's Teal Turf rendering @CCUJoeMoglia pic.twitter.com/I3DFu6dDVC

    It’s that color that’s not quite green and not quite blue and definitely not turquoise. It’s the color of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins, but neither of those teams thought the color would look good on the turf.

    This is what happens when you go 12-2 and finish as Big South co-champions for the third consecutive season. You start getting wild ideas about what football turf should really look like.

    Go ahead, called me a traditionalist stick in the mud for thinking that grass should be green. Honestly, we can all blame Boise State for this.

    Fear the day when the color green is the “strange” field color because this is a slippery slope, people.

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  • Braxton Miller to Ohio State fans: 'We've got another year'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    One of the most intriguing stories this offseason will be how Ohio State sorts out its quarterbacking situation and whether Braxton Miller sticks around to see how it plays out.

    Miller hasn’t definitively declared his intentions on whether he'll stay with the Buckeyes for the 2015 season or whether he'll try to start elsewhere, but during the Buckeyes national championship celebration at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Miller gave the crowd of about 45,000 fans a small glimmer of hope.

    "Privilege and honor to be part of this team," Miller said. "Guess what, we've got another year to do it. So go Bucks."

    Wait, that was a glimmer of hope, right? Because he did used the word “we.” But wait, that first part sounded a little bit like a goodbye.

    WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN???

    So becoming the starter is going to be increasingly difficult for Miller, who was a two-time Big Ten MVP and a Heisman hopeful before his injury.

    Miller is enrolled in spring classes, but that doesn’t mean much. Russell Wilson, another once-coveted transfer, didn’t make his decision to attend Wisconsin until June.

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  • Former Iowa State WR charged with strangling his girlfriend

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Former Iowa State receiver P.J. Harris was arrested and charged with strangling his girlfriend, and is currently being held in jail without bond.

    Harris was booked on charges of aggravated domestic assault/strangulation after his girlfriend alleged he pushed her against a wall, threw her on a bed and began to strangle her Thursday morning. Police arrested Harris that evening and officers noticed scratches on the victim.

    Ten days earlier, Harris had been dismissed from the Iowa State football team for a violation of unspecified team rules.

    Harris was considered one of the team’s potential standout receivers before suffering a season-ending broken leg in September. At the time of his injury, Harris had nine catches for 55 yards, which tied for second on the team.

    The school had not publicly announced Harris’ dismissal and it only came out after his arrest.

    For more Iowa State news, visit CycloneReport.com.

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  • Ohio State pair troll Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper on Twitter

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell became a Twitter sensation last week when he called out roommate Cardale Jones for his rent money prior to Jones announcing his intention to return to the Buckeyes.

    On Thursday, Powell had Twitter abuzz again when he started taking subtle shots at Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper.

    What do these 3 players have in common.....??? 🙊 pic.twitter.com/lbOqfTWS92

    Of course, linebacker Darron Lee, who also became a Twitter star with his comparisons of Jones to LeBron James, had to chime in with an answer.

    @1Tyvis oo oo pick me!!! I know the answer 😊

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Two former UNC student-athletes sue school, NCAA over academic welfare

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Two former University of North Carolina student-athletes have filed a lawsuit against the university and the NCAA claiming that neither entity is doing enough to ensure that student-athletes are receiving a proper education.

    The suit is seeking damages for all student-athletes affected by UNC academic scandal.

    According to CNN’s Sarah Ganim, the suit was filed by Michael Hausfeld, one of the lawyer’s in the O’Bannon suit against the NCAA.

    Rashanda McCants, a former women’s basketball player, and Devon Ramsay, a former football player, are named as plaintiffs, though the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday afternoon in Durham County court, is seeking class-action status. McCants is also the sister of Rashad McCants, a starter on the 2005 UNC men’s basketball team that won the national championship.

    Ramsey was kicked off the football team in 2010 after receiving improper help from a tutor. Ramsey's attorney, Robert Orr, convinced the NCAA that his client had been wrongly accused and Ramsey was allowed to return to the team. However, he then suffered a career-ending knee injury.

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  • Kansas State could play its spring game at Kansas City's MLS stadium

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Kansas State could play its spring football game off-campus this year at Kansas City’s Sporting Park, home of the city’s MLS team Sporting KC.

    Kansas State’s home venue, Bill Snyder Family Stadium, is undergoing construction this spring and there’s concern about the safety of fans coming to watch the game, athletic director John Currie told the Kansas City Star.

    “We have been exploring possible options and locations away from Bill Snyder Family Stadium for this year’s spring football game,” Currie told The Star in a statement. “We can confirm that we have reached out to Sporting KC and have had preliminary discussions about bringing the spring game to Kansas City tentatively on the afternoon of April 25. We will make an announcement with full details once the process has been completed.”

    For more Kansas State news, visit GoPowerCat.com.

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