Graham Watson

  • Former Nevada coach Chris Ault weighs in on Colin Kaepernick

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem prior to the San Francisco 49ers’ first three preseason games seems to have prompted everyone to voice his or her opinion about the former Nevada quarterback’s protest, including his former college coach.

    Chris Ault, a Hall of Fame coach who spent four years with Kaepernick at Nevada, penned a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal on Monday expressing his dismay in Kaepernick’s actions.

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    Kaepernick told media his decision not to stand for the national anthem was in protest of the way he felt people of color were being treated in America.

    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.

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  • Lawyer criticizes Miami's dismissal of LB Jermaine Grace

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    The lawyer for former Miami linebacker, who was dismissed on Saturday, told the Washington Post his client was a victim of the university’s attempt to “cover their own asses.”

    Grace and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad were dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules, according to a school statement. But both were at the center of a Miami investigation into whether players took discounted cars from South Beach Exotic Rentals in exchange for a future stake in their careers. According to Grace’s lawyer, Steven L. Washington, Grace’s uncle rented a luxury car from South Beach Exotic Rentals when Grace, now a senior, was a freshman. He gave the car to his nephew so he could take his then-girlfriend, who was in high school, to prom.

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    “It’s shady [expletive],” Washington told the Washington Post. “I could see if they’ve got him dead to rights, a picture of him in a car. … I hate the way they treated him.

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  • Roundtable: What surprises are in store for 2016?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    The 2016 season is upon us and a new season means a new staple for the Dr. Saturday lineup. Every week, the Dr. Saturday crew and Yahoo columnist Pat Forde will take a college football-related topic and discuss it in our roundtable.

    This is a chance for you, the reader, to read what we have to say and then add your own ideas, theories and arguments in the comments. And we all know you’re not shy about that.

    This week, we’re looking at surprises. College football is an ever-changing thing and no matter how many predictions we throw out in the beginning of the year, there’s always a curveball that gives fans license to tell us all how stupid we are.

    So, for this week’s Dr. Saturday roundtable, we’re going to try and minimize the postseason “I told you so’s” and make our bold predictions for 2016.

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  • Decision on Baylor WR Ish Zamora still pending

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Baylor coach Jim Grobe found himself backpedaling Monday afternoon after the Bears depth chart revealed wide receiver Ishmael Zamora was listed on the first team for Friday’s season opening game against Northwestern State.

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    Zamora was filmed earlier this summerkicking and hitting his dog with a belt. A fellow Baylor student reported Zamora to animal control and Grobe said Zamora, who was given a class C misdemeanor charge and issued a citation, would be disciplined.

    According to Grobe, Zamora faces discipline from both the university and the athletic department. However, neither entity has taken any action on this matter. However, Grobe said Monday after receiving several questions about Zamora’s staus on the depth chart that he probably wouldn’t play Zamora unless he heard from the university on the impending discipline.

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  • FAU OL Reggie Bain to miss 2016 season after car accident

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Florida Atlantic starting offensive lineman Reggie Bain will miss the season due to injuries he suffered in a car accident Friday, the school announced.

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    The injuries are not life threatening, but Bain’s family requested they not be disclosed.

    “His FAU football family has surrounded him with support and will continue to do so,” coach Charlie Partridge said in a statement. “Out of respect to Reggie, his family and our team, all questions should only be directed to me. I know that inquiries may be well-intentioned, under the HIPPA law, and per the request of Reggie and his family, there is very little I can disclose.”

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    Bain, a junior, was a two-year starter for the Owls. He was named to the Conference USA second team last season and was a preseason C-USA All-Conference selection this year.

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  • QB Davis Webb stars in Cal debut win against Hawaii

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Any fears that Cal would take a step back offensively by losing quarterback Jared Goff were assuaged Friday as new starter Davis Webb threw for more than 400 yards in his Bears’ debut.

    Cal defeated Hawaii 51-31 in front of 61,247 fans in the inaugural Sydney Cup in Australia, which marked the official start to the college football season. The game was the first collegiate contest for the city and an attempt to show Sydney had the ability to host a major college football bowl game in the future.

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    And Webb did his best to give the fans a good show.

    Webb, a Texas Tech transfer, didn’t have much of a learning curve since he ran a similar offense in Lubbock, and his Air Raid acumen showed up early. He made several first-half connections with receiver Chad Hansen, who had 14 catches for 160 yards and two first-half touchdowns.

    With this game in the books, there’s just one week until the rest of the college football season gets underway.

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  • Duke QB Thomas Sirk out for the season (Update)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Update: Saturday, Aug. 27 – 1:30 p.m.

    Duke has confirmed in a press release that quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the entire 2016 season. Sirk, the school said, suffered a partial tear of his left Achilles tendon during practice on Thursday. He will undergo surgery “at a date to be determined,” the school said.

    Sirk previously ruptured his left Achilles on February 9 and was working to return for the start of the Blue Devils’ season. He also missed the 2013 season because of an injury to his right Achilles tendon.

    Original story: Friday, Aug. 26 – 11:30 p.m. ET

    Duke starting quarterback Thomas Sirk will miss the season after reinjuring the Achilles tendon he tore in February, according to multiple reports.

    According to reports, the injury occurred Thursday and Sirk was evaluated Friday. The school has not made an official announcement.

    This is the third Achilles injury for Sirk since 2013.

    Sirk led the Blue Devils in passing with 2,625 yards and rushing with 803 yards last season. Sirk was the co-MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl.

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  • Dr. Saturday's Coaches on the Hot Seat

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    College football coaching is a competitive business and if you’re not winning now, you could find yourself out of a job.

    Several coaches are facing that very real possibility as we head into the 2016 season after struggling the season before. It’s never too early to get the coaching carousel up and running, so here’s a look at the Top 10 coaches facing the hot seat this season.

    Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M It wasn’t long ago when Sumlin was the king of College Station. In his first year with the program, Sumlin won 11 games and had a Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Johnny Manziel. The school started investing in the program by upgrading its facilities and giving Sumlin a raise. However, the honeymoon was short-lived and the Aggies’ win totals have declined while off-field incidents involving players and coaches have been on the rise. Still Sumlin has won 36 games in four seasons at A&M, more than any Aggie coach in a four-year span since R.C. Slocum in the early 90s.

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  • Girlfriend of ND CB Devin Butler says police assaulted him

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    The girlfriend of Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler said the accusations that Butler was violent with police officers outside of a South Bend bar are false.

    Butler’s girlfriend Haleigh Bailey, told the South Bend Tribune she was with Butler when the incident occurred and that the reports are not accurate.

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    “I was there that entire night,” Bailey told the paper. “Reports say that everyone left the scene but I was still there and saw everything officers did to Devin.

    “He was abused, and wrongly arrested. He never tackled an officer and he never intentionally hurt anyone. He had no reason to be tazed because he was never resisting arrest, and he was already on the ground complying when they tazed him.”

  • WSU DB Shalom Luani arrested after starting fight over delayed pizza order

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Washington State starting defensive back Shalom Luani was charged with second-degree felony assault early Wednesday morning after getting into a fight at a Domino’s Pizza near campus.

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    According to, Luani became verbally abusive because his order was taking too long. A manger offered Luani his money back, but Luani continued to be confrontational.

    Several patrons in the restaurant asked Luani to leave, including a 20-year-old Washington State student who was struck by Luani. The two men went outside where Luani broke the man’s nose. The man was treated at Pullman Regional Hospital.

    Pullman Police arrived at Domino’s and found Luani, whom police say was under the influence of alcohol, cooperative. He was arrested and released.

    Washington State has not said what if any punishment Luani will face.

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