Graham Watson

  • Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell says he's '80 percent' recovered from broken leg

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell said he’s about 80 percent recovered from a broken leg he suffered against Auburn on Nov. 1.

    Last month, Treadwell posted a video on Instagram showing him running with Rebels’ linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who broke his ankle against LSU on Oct. 25.

    “It was not even a month ago when I got to jumping around and moving and being mobile, working out with the guys,” Treadwell said on Tuesday. “It kept me focused and wanting to get back out there.

    "There's a little hesitation. I'm about 80 percent, but you know it's getting better everyday.”

    Treadwell was headed toward the goal line for what would have been the game-winning score against the Tigers when he was tackled awkwardly resulting in a fractured fibula, a dislocated ankle and a game-losing fumble. The loss knocked the Rebels out of the top four of the College Football Playoff standings and left the Rebels reeling.

  • Alabama lawmaker proposes bill to bring back UAB football

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Alabama State Rep. Jack Williams, who on Monday called for the removal of UAB president Ray Watts, is currently working to get the Blazers football team reinstated.

    Williams, proposed legislation late last week to require the University of Alabama System to have a football program at UAB as long as there is one on the main campus in Tuscaloosa.

    More than 35 House members have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

    Watts announced in December that UAB was ending its football, women’s bowling and women’s rifle programs due to a lack of funding. Since that announcement, there have been numerous protests in an attempt to bring the sports back.

    Watts also has come under fire after AL.com released several documents that revealed Watts had already decided to disband the sports in September, despite claiming he didn't know their fates until November. One memo suggested UAB should wait until after the football season to announce the cuts to limit the in-season backlash.

    Williams called for Watts' job after the documents were released.

  • Former Nebraska DL coach arrested after domestic dispute

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski was charged Monday with third-degree assault following an incident at his residence Saturday evening to early Sunday morning.

    According to police reports, Kaczenski, 40, struck his wife in the face with a picture frame during a dispute. His wife, 33, suffered a cut to her forehead and scratches on her face and neck. She did not need to go to a hospital for medical treatment.

    Kaczenski denied to police he hurti his wife.

    Kaczenski was arrested Sunday and officially charged Monday. He was released on bond Monday evening, but is not allowed to have contact with his wife. The couple have two young children.

    His next court date is May 26 at 2 p.m.

    Kaczenski spent three seasons as the Huskers defensive line coach under former coach Bo Pelini from 2012-2014. New Nebraska coach Mike Riley did not retain him and was he invited to join Pelini at Youngstown State.

    Kaczenski was a three-year starting center at Notre Dame (1995-97) and spent seven seasons at Iowa before joining the Huskers.

    For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.

  • Papers show UAB planned to shut down football last September

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    When the University of Alabama-Birmingham announced in December that it was folding its football program, it became the first Football Bowl Subdivision/Division I-A school to do so since 1995. However, according to documents obtained by AL.com, the decision to end the program was actually made when the football season began.

    Public relations firm Sard Verbinnen & Co., initially advised the university to shut down football, women’s bowling and women’s rifle in September 2014. A memo obtained by AL.com noted that staff members, including football coach Bill Clark and athletic director Brian Mackin, would be notified on Sept. 17 and a public announcement would be made on Sept. 30. However, the public relations firm adjusted its thinking and advised the university to push the announcement back for fear of blowback from the football team.

  • Idaho cancels rescheduled game vs. Florida, adds Mizzou

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    For those who were hoping to see Florida make up its 2014 canceled game against Idaho, you might be waiting awhile.

    The rescheduled contest was supposed to take place in 2017, but the Vandals postponed the game and instead scheduled a contest against Missouri in its place.

    The original game was scheduled for Aug. 30, 2014, but the game was delayed because of poor weather and then ultimately canceled. As a result of the cancelation, Florida agreed to pay Idaho $970,000, the original payout for the game, and then the two sides agreed to a reschedule in 2017, which Idaho announced in a press release.

    However, Missouri offered to pay Idaho $1.3 million for a Oct. 21, 2017 contest, and the Florida game was scratched for that year.

    According to the Spokesman Review, there is hope the game might still be played, but it’s unknown when.

    For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

  • Chuck Bednarik, namesake of the Bednarik Award, dead at 89

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Penn's legendary linebacker and College Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik passed away early Saturday morning. He was 89.

    Bednarik, who is the namesake for the award given to the top defensive player in the country, played both linebacker and center for the Penn Quakers. He was a three-time All-American and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

    Bednarik won the Maxwell Award, which honors the nation’s top player, in 1948 and finished third in Heisman voting that same year. The Maxwell Football Club, which issues the Maxwell Award, founded the Chuck Bednarik Award in 1995.

    The Penn Football program joins the entire football community in mourning the passing of Chuck Bednarik this morning. pic.twitter.com/D7L8aoLCAx

    Bednarik was the first overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949. Known as “Concrete Charlie” because he sold concrete to supplement his income, Bednarik played linebacker and center for the Eagles until 1962.

    "Pros like myself played football not for money or glory, but for the simplest reason: the love of the game." - R.I.P. Chuck Bednarik

  • Princeton will play a spring game in Kobe, Japan on Saturday

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    While most of the country is focused on college basketball, the Princeton football team is preparing for what might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    The Tigers are currently in Kobe, Japan readying for Saturday’s Legacy Bowl against Kwansei Gakun University.

    According to running back DiAndre Atwater, who is writing the team blog about the trip, the Tigers endured a “13-and-a-half hour flight from JFK to Tokyo, another hour connecting flight to Osaka, and a forty-five minute bus ride to our hotel in Kobe.”

    Atwater also noted that while many players opted for McDonalds during their first night in Kobe, players have been more adventurous in sampling the local fare. They’ve also done their fare share of sightseeing and shopping.

    This actually will be the second time these two programs have met. Princeton defeated Kwansei Gakun, 27-25, in a 2001 exhibition.

    Kwansei Gakun is considered one of the premier college football programs in Japan with 27 Japanese Collegiate championships.

  • Utah State WR Hayden Weichers facing sexual assault and drug charges

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Suspended Utah State receiver Gregory Hayden Weichers, who was arrested for soliciting a prostitute last fall, also has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance and sexual battery.

    Weichers previously pleaded guilty to soliciting a prostitute and was indefinitely suspended from the team in November.

    On Oct. 22, police responded to a call at a Logan, Utah hotel where a woman claimed to have been drugged and sexually assaulted. The woman admitted to being at the hotel for escort services, which prompted Weichers’ original arrest. However, police learned that Weichers came to the hotel with marijuana and sexually assaulted the woman.

    A court date has not yet been set.

  • Ex-Temple standout Matt Brown charged with human trafficking

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Former Temple all-purpose player Matt Brown was arrested on Tuesday and charged with human trafficking.

    Brown, 25, was arrested during a sting operation after he brought three girls, ages 14, 16 and 17, to a Baltimore County hotel for prostitution, police told the Baltimore Sun.

    According to the paper, detectives responded to an ad that contained terminology "known to be used by prostitutes." They arranged a meeting with Brown and Anthony Eley, 30. The two men were arrested Tuesday night and the girls were classified as victims of human trafficking.

    As of Thursday, Brown was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center. His bail was set at $75,000.

    Brown, who is 5-foot-5, 165 pounds, was signed as a free agent kick returner by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, but released.

  • Former UNLV RB David Peeples died of accidental painkiller overdose

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Former UNLV running back David Peeples died of an accidental overdose, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

    Peeples, a Las Vegas native, died at Mountain View Hospital on Feb. 25. He overdosed on hydrocodone, a substance found in various prescription painkillers. The coroner’s office, which issued its report on Thursday, did not believe the overdose was intentional. Peeples was 29.

    Peeples was the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year in 2003 and enrolled at UNLV in 2004. However, his collegiate career was hindered by injuries. He rushed for 566 yards and eight touchdowns as a Rebel.

    At the time of his death, UNLV Sports Information Director Mark Wallington and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a Las Vegas native, remembered Peeples fondly on Twitter.

    Unexpected death makes you pause and look at life for what it really is.. RIP David Peeples

    For more UNLV news, visit Rebel-Net.com.