Graham Watson

  • Report: Pac-12 study finds student-athletes too tired for academics

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Pac-12 athletes claim they are "too exhausted to study effectively," according to a study conducted by the conference this month.

    The study questioned 409 Pac-12 athletes from nine schools (USC, Utah and Arizona did not participate) about how they split their time between their sport and their studies. Many of those polled by the firm Penn Schoen and Berland, which is known for its work on the presidential campaigns of Bill and Hillary Clinton, said that physical exhaustion was a “major issue” and that the time demands of their sports created "anxiety and a loss of sleep that hinders academic and athletic performance."

    CBSSports.com, which obtained a copy of the report, noted that loss of sleep was the main thing athletes noted as a drawback of being a student-athlete. Several noted that if they had a day off, they’d use it to sleep. Athletes also noted that travel creates issues with keeping up with homework, studies and sleep.

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  • Cal recruiting coordinator Pierre Ingram arrested in prostitution sting

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Cal’s top recruiter, Pierre Ingram, was arrested April 16 as part of a prostitution sting, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

    Ingram, who is the Golden Bears’ recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, allegedly solicited an undercover police officer online and was arrested when he tried to meet her at a Motel 6. Ingram was one of five men arrested during the sting operation.

    Ingram was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor solicitation of a lewd act and has a court date next month.

    Ingram was responsible for most of Cal’s recruiting success, including taking the lead on three of the program’s four four-star recruits in the 2015 class as well as helping secure the team’s top in-state talent.

    The school has not yet commented on the situation.

    For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com.

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  • Jeremy Johnson named Auburn's starting quarterback

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Auburn has named Jeremy Johnson its quarterback of the future.

    Johnson, a junior who was the favorite all spring, solidified his starting role with a fantastic first-half performance during Auburn’s annual A-Day game last Saturday.

    Johnson led Team Auburn, which was made up of all first-team players, on four scoring drives. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns in front of an announced crowd of 62,143 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    We just named Jeremy Johnson our starting QB for 2015. Everyone in our program has 100 percent confidence in him! War Eagle!

    Johnson’s first touchdown passes came on a 36-yard strike to D’haquille Williams in the right corner of the end zone early in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Johnson found Ricardo Lewis on a 49-yard pass and then Williams for the score.

    However, not everything was perfect. Johnson did have a stretch where he threw five incompletions in a six-pass span before ultimately finding Lewis.

    Johnson is already drawing comparisons to Auburn’s former Heisman winner Cam Newton. The two players are similar in physique and throw a similarly strong ball. Auburn can only hope those comparisons are accurate in the fall.

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  • Blind long snapper Jake Olsen to walk on to USC football team

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    It’s been nearly six years since Jake Olsen became an honorary member of the USC football team. In the fall, the “honorary” title will be dropped and, as the Los Angeles Times reported, Olsen will join the team as a walk-on.

    Olsen is an 18-year-old senior long snapper at Orange Lutheran. He has a 4.3 grade average, is a member of the golf team, sang in the school choir, and is blind.

    Olsen was born with retinoblastoma, a rare form of retina cancer. He lost his left eye at 10 months and his right one when he was 12. It was around that time when he became an avid USC fan and met former coach Pete Carroll.

    Olsen’s relationship with Carroll and ultimately the entire USC program was documented in a ESPN College Football Gameday piece in 2013. Olsen never let his blindness hold him back. He learned, thanks to the help of coaches and teammates, to be a long snapper and hit a golf ball. He became an inspiration to nearly everyone who met him. He helped pen two books and is an accomplished motivational speaker.

    "When that day comes, it will be awesome."

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  • Nevada OL coach to miss spring football after open-heart surgery

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Nevada offensive line coach Ron Hudson will miss spring football following an open-heart procedure about seven weeks ago.

    According to a story in the Reno Gazette-Journal, an elevated heart rate and fatigue caused Hudson, 50, to visit an emergency room a couple months ago.

    Doctors in Reno feared the blood clot could break off and travel to Hudson’s brain, so Hudson was referred to a specialist in California. Doctors there caught the blood clot before it broke off and stopped the atrial fibrillation.

    Hudson will be on blood thinners for at least a year and the normally boisterous coach will have to be fairly tame while the Wolf Pack practices this spring. He’ll be able to return to recruiting in May and will likely be back on the sideline in the fall.

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  • Tyrone Swoopes still Texas' starting QB after spring competition

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Tyrone Swoopes is still Texas’ starting quarterback.

    After Saturday’s spring game, coach Charlie Strong said Swoopes did nothing to lose his starting role and backup Jerrod Heard did nothing to change that.

    “I don’t want to turn this into a quarterback controversy,” Strong said according to the Dallas Morning News. “When you look at it, Tyrone has come into the spring as a starter. I don’t know that Heard has done anything yet to unseat him as a starter. I said he’s closed the gap, which is what you want.

    “Ty is still the No. 1 guy at this point.”

    Swoopes finished the spring game completing 17 of his 31 passes for 159 yards. He had an interception called back by a penalty and a dropped pass in the end zone. He also threw a ball out of bounds that hit a young boy in the face. Strong made Swoopes check on the boy while medics attended to him. The boy was OK.

    As for Heard, a redshirt freshman, the Texas coaching staff was pleased with his progress this spring, but even he admitted he had a long way to go.

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  • Ex-Minn. WR survives cancer, creates T-shirts for patients undergoing chemo

    Graham Watson at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    Connor Cosgrove wasn’t exactly sure what was happening.

    He was in a secluded hospital room as nurses and doctors buzzed frantically around him. Only hours earlier, he’d given blood. He went to class, felt fine. Came home for a brief nap and found a series of text messages and voicemails waiting for him, calmly pleading for him to get to the emergency room right away.

    And here he was, staying calm while others around him were flustered and busy.

    “It’s mono,” he thought. “My mono has returned.”

    Doctors briefly spoke with Connor, asked him if he was OK and then told him they were going to move him to another space in the hospital to continue tests. He agreed, still not understanding, but definitely not panicking.

    The numbers on the elevator steadily ticked up until it stopped at the fifth floor. The doors opened and Connor’s heart sank. The floor was populated with children, varying in ages, some smiling, some attached to machines and almost all bald.

    Connor, 19-year-old receiver at the University of Minnesota, was being admitted as a pediatric oncology patient to the university’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital, and his life was about to change forever.

    "It’s denial at first …”

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  • Commissioner John Swofford has no plans to split ACC into three divisions

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    The ACC has no plans to move to three divisions if the NCAA passes conference championship deregulation.

    CBSSports.com reported last week that deregulation was expected to pass by 2016 and the site quoted Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby as stating that he thought the ACC would use the opportunity to move to three divisions.

    ACC commissioner John Swofford told ESPN.com that there’s no truth to those rumors.

    "Our purpose behind initiating that discussion was really not about anything specific we would necessarily do, but based on the whole deregulation of a number of NCAA issues in recent years," Swofford told ESPN.com. "We said over and over again that doesn't mean we would necessarily change anything within our own league.

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  • Condi Rice, Larry Scott in favor of keeping the CFP at just four teams

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    Want to expand the College football Playoff?

    Well, you’ll have to convince CFP committee member Condoleeza Rice it’s the right thing to do.

    Rice, along with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, was a keynote speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Sports Innovation Conference on Wednesday. Both were asked about possibly expanding the playoff and Rice towed the company line.

    "I feel pretty strongly about four now because I thought that the rivalry weekend — that Saturday after Thanksgiving — almost felt like a play-in game," said Rice, per ESPN's Heather Dinich. "Now the Iron Bowl, Alabama has to beat Auburn. You could imagine the circumstances in another year where the Civil War, Oregon really has to beat Oregon State. There are questions whether they will.

    "I agree that if it got much larger, I don't think you would have that momentum coming out of the regular season, so it's the best possible scenario."

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  • VOD: Utah tries to take its recruiting to a 'Fast and Furious' level

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 days ago

    When you think of Utah football, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

    Fast cars, right?

    Yeah, me too. We’re totally on the same page with that one.

    So it’s a good thing Utah decided to capitalize on its well-known persona and create a recruiting video that tries (emphasize the word tries) to emulate the Fast and the Furious.

    Ute Fast / Ute Furious from Utah Football on Vimeo.

    So what I gather from this video is that Utah is sick of losing its top recruits to out-of state competition. And that’s fair. In the last two years, the top recruits in the state, including 2015’s No. 1 overall recruit Porter Gustin, went to other Pac-12 schools. Only twice since the Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2011 have they received a signature from a recruit ranked in the top three in state (2011 and 2013). Not once during that time has the top recruit gone to Utah and only once — OL Ryker Matthews — has the top in-state recruit stayed in state.

    For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.

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