Graham Watson

  • Report: Georgia to name Alabama DC Kirby Smart its next head coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will be named Georgia’s next coach.

    The paper said an announcement could come Sunday or Monday.

    According to the paper, Smart wants to wait until after the Tide plays Florida in Saturday’s SEC title game before an announcement is made.

    Smart has been with the Crimson Tide for the past nine seasons and has been involved in three national championships. Smart is currently the highest paid coordinator at $1.5 million. He has three years left on a four-year deal and his buyout is approximately $500,000.

    Smart played safety for the Bulldogs from 1995-98 and coached running backs for former Georgia coach Mark Richt in 2005.

    Georgia fired Richt on Sunday after Richt spent 15 years as the team’s head coach. During his tenure, the Bulldogs won eight games or more in every season but 2010. They also won two conference titles during that span.

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  • CFP Rankings: Top four unchanged heading into conference championships

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    With the final regular season for most of the Power 5 conferences over, only one team appears to have locked up a spot in the College Football Playoff — Oklahoma.

    The Sooners finished its regular season with a win against Oklahoma State and earned the Big 12 championship.

    The rest of the top four were unchanged from last week with Clemson staying at No. 1, Alabama at No. 2 and Iowa at No. 4. However, all of those teams have championship games this weekend.

    No. 1 Clemson still has to play No. 10 North Carolina in the ACC title game, No. 2 Alabama has to play No. 18 Florida in the SEC title game and No. 4 Iowa and No. 5 Michigan State will play what is essentially a CFP play-in game during the Big Ten championship.

    Ohio State is sitting at No. 6 and hoping for a shot if Clemson or Alabama loses. However, the committee placed a strong emphasis on conference champions during last year’s final rankings, and the Buckeyes won’t play in their title game.

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  • Steve Spurrier wrote an open letter to South Carolina fans

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Coach Steve Spurrier wrote an open letter to fansTuesday, rehashing things he’d said before about his decision to step away from the team and applauding the job Shawn Elliott did in his stead.

    The letter was published in The State with no comment. Just eight paragraphs of Spurrier rehashing and ultimately thanking the South Carolina fan base.

    And of course, it wouldn’t be a Spurrier letter without a little bit of trolling.

    Spurrier officially resigned on Oct. 13 and while he still keeps an office in the South Carolina athletic department, he walked away from the Gamecocks football operations altogether. The team was 2-4 when he left and went 1-5 without him. Still, he believes that stepping aside in the middle of the season was the right thing to do.

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  • The Oregon Duck is taking the departure of OC Scott Frost hard

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    The Oregon football nation was saddened today when it learned offensive coordinator Scott Frost was leaving Eugene to be the head coach at UCF, but no one is taking the new harder than the team’s beloved mascot, the Oregon Duck.

    For more than an hour, the Oregon Duck used Twitter to question what he had done wrong to cause Frost to make such a decision.

    Is it something I said @coach_frost ?

    Is it something I did @coach_frost?

    Then that sadness turned to anger.

    Delete my number! K bye @coach_frost

    Then regret.

    No I'm sorry I didn't mean that! Baby come back! @coach_frost

    Then it veered into a dark place.

    What about our love for Titanic? You'll always be my Rose! I'll love you foreverrrrrr @coach_frost *Slowly sinks into the cold waters*

    And finally, acceptance.

    Some ships R made of wood,some ships sail the seas,but the best ships R friendships that will always be!@coach_frost

  • Five-win Missouri says it will not pursue a bowl inivite

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The University of Missouri, one of 12 teams with a 5-7 record heading into the weekend, issued a statement Monday saying it would not petition the NCAA for bowl eligibility.

    Since there are not enough 6-6 bowl eligible teams for the 80 bowl slots available, the NCAA default is to use 5-7 programs based on their Academic Progress Rates (APR). Heading into the final weekend, there are still three 5-6 programs yet to finish their seasons. At least two 5-7 teams will be used to fill bowl slots and as many as five could be selected.

    Based on APR scores, Missouri would have been tied for second in APR with Kansas State, one of the 5-6 teams that will face West Virginia this weekend.

    “Following this weekend’s football games, there have been significant discussions nationally concerning 5-7 teams participating in bowl games,” Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said. “After careful consideration, we have decided it is not in the best interest of our football program to seek permission from the NCAA to participate in a bowl game. Our focus remains on identifying the right leader for our program and moving forward with the transition process.

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  • Navy unveils hand-painted individual position group helmets for Army game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Navy unveiled Monday new hand-painted position-by-position helmets for the Dec. 12 game against rival Army, and they might be the most spectacular helmets ever produced for game wear.

    New #NavyFootball uniform is out! First custom helmet for each position in @NCAAFootball history! #RaiseTheSail

    Each helmet pays homage to seven of the historic ships that make up the U.S. Naval Fleet. The players will wear the helmets according to position.

    Here’s the position breakdown by

    All the different ship helmets that Navy's different position groups will wear vs. Army! @UAFootball 🏈 ⚓️

    The uniforms, which are made by Under Armour, are blue with yellow trim and “the rally cry ‘damn the torpedoes!’ is featured on the uniform as a nod to Admiral Farragut’s historic Naval victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.”

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  • Houston and coach Tom Herman agree in principle to contract

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Houston coach Tom Herman has agreed in principle to remaining the cougars head coach.

    .@CoachTomHerman says he has agreement in principle on new contract with @UHCougarFB.

    Herman was offered a $3-million deal to stay in Houston after he was considered one of the top targets for several of the current job openings.

    Herman, who is in his first season with Houston, is 11-1 and his Cougars are playing in the American Athletic Conference title game against Temple this weekend.

    Shortly after Georgia fired coach Mark Richt, Herman became the rumored frontrunner for the position.

    Herman said Monday his talks with Houston are ongoing and while the two parties have agreed in principle, they still have several details to work out.

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  • Dino Babers on UCF job: 'I have not signed anything, I'm not going anywhere'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said Monday he has no intention of leaving Bowling Green despite rumors that linked him to the job opening at Central Florida.

    Babers' full quote, "I have not signed anything. I am not going anywhere, OK. I have no secret deals, no above deals, no verbal deals."

    "I will not lie to my guys. And they know that when I tell them something it's gospel. So everybody else can speculate..."

    "But when I talked to senior leadership and when I talked to those young men last night and I told them why I told them, the story was done" reported Sunday night that Central Florida was expected to hire Babers. However, that report was quickly refuted by other outlets and Babers himself, who sent a text to the Toledo Blade claiming the rumors were false.

    Monday, Grant Heston, UCF vice president for communications and marketing, tweeted that UCF had not yet secured a new coach to replace George O’Leary.

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  • USC strips interim tag, names Clay Helton its new head coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    USC has hired interim coach Clay Helton to be the team’s permanent head coach, the school confirmed Monday.

    Helton took over for Steve Sarkisian in October and has gone 5-2 in the seven games since. The Trojans rebounded from 3-2 start to finish the season as the Pac-12 South champion. It will play Stanford in the title game on Saturday.

    Players had been championing Helton for the job for weeks and while Pat Haden had been mum on his coaching search — there were rumors he was courting Chip Kelly from the Philadelphia Eagles — it was clear the players' calls for Helton did not fall on deaf ears.

    "We want Coach Helton, plain and simple, we don't need to meet with Pat Haden, he knows we want Coach Helton, the way he's got this team back together … everybody on this team would give an arm and a leg for Coach Helton," linebacker Su'a Cravens told the L.A. Times. "Now we take it personally, Helton's job being on the line is making us fight even harder."

    USC has not yet announced the specifics of Helton deal.

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  • Penn State relieves OC John Donovan of his duties

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Penn State offensive coordinator and tight ends coach John Donovan has been fired, the school announced Sunday.

    Donovan had been a member of coach James Franklin’s staff for five seasons, including three at Vanderbilt, but came under fire this year after the Nittany Lions' offense ranked 82nd in the nation in passing, 106th in rushing and 108th nationally in total offense.

    The Nittany Lions averaged 23.7 points per game this season, which ranked 101 st nationally.

    Donovan is the first Penn State assistant Franklin has let go in his two seasons with the program.

    Penn State ended the regular season with a 55-16 loss to Michigan State. The Nittany Lions finished 7-5.

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