Graham Watson

  • Rutgers coach Kyle Flood defends program, himself in first press conference back

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spent his first press conference following a three-game suspension defending the actions that placed him on suspension in the first place.

    Flood tried to explain his reasoning for using his private email account to contact a faculty member regarding the academic status of a student-athlete who was struggling to stay eligible. Flood said doing so was in an effort to watch out for the student-athlete, not himself.

    “I understand why when looked at out of context, people might feel that way,” Flood said. “The issue with the private email was really just to protect the student-athlete, a student-athlete whose academic record had already been, to some degree, on public display when it shouldn't have been.

    “The meeting with the professor was in an open courtyard in broad daylight. The comment about not having Rutgers gear on was very small-talkish type comment. But it's one of the things I've learned in this process, is that things like that when you're the head football coach, they can be taken out of context.”

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  • USC fires coach Steve Sarkisian

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago


    USC announced Monday that it has fired coach Steve Sarkisian one day after he was placed on a leave of absence.

    “After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately,” athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement Monday. "I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation.  

    "Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being."

    Shortly after Sarkisian failed to show up to Sunday's practice, reports began to surface that he showed up to a special teams meeting intoxicated and ultimately left the building.

    Haden met with media briefly Sunday and said he called Sarkisian and he wasn't well.

    “It was very clear to me that he is not healthy,” Haden said Sunday.

    Sarkisian’s tenure as USC’s head coach lasted less than two seasons. He was 12-6 in that span.

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  • Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel cleared to play, will compete to start Friday

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel has been cleared to practice this week and will compete with Hayden Moore to see who will start Friday’s game against BYU, coach Tommy Tuberville announced.

    Kiel suffered a neck injury during a hit by a Memphis defensive player on Sept. 24 and was taken to the hospital for further tests. He had been held out of training since that time and freshman Moore has excelled in Kiel’s absence.

    In games against Memphis and Miami, Moore has thrown for 836 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. In the 34-23 win against Miami, Moore completed nearly 67 percent of his passes.

    Kiel was the team’s starter at the beginning of the season, but has been knocked out of games against Miami-Ohio and Memphis with head and neck injuries. So far this season, he’s thrown for 868 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.

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  • Florida QB Will Grier suspended after testing positive for PEDs

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Florida starting quarterback Will Grier has been suspended for one year after reportedly testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Mike Huguenin of had the initial report of the suspension.

    Florida coach Jim McElwain confirmed the report at his Monday press conference. Grier also spoke to the media and said he took an over-the-counter supplement. The supplement in question was Ligandrol, which is billed as a steriod alternative that gives the benefits of a testosterone booster without the side effects of traditional steroids.

    "I took an over-the-counter supplement and I did not check with the medical staff before taking it," Grier said. "I really hope that people can learn from this, learn from my mistake. I'm really, really sorry to everyone. Just really sorry."

    McElwain said Grier will continue to work out with the team, but he will not be allowed to participate in competition.

    NCAA positive tests for performance enhancing drugs carry a yearlong suspension by the NCAA. McElwain said he learned of the positive test on Sunday and that the university plans to appeal the length of the suspension.

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  • Louisiana-Lafayette accused of major NCAA violations

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The NCAA has accused former Louisiana-Lafayette assistant coach David Saunders of academic fraud, providing payments to recruits and failing to comply with an NCAA investigation.

    Saunders is accused of directing “five or six” student athletes to a specific ACT testing center at Wayne County High in Mississippi on three separate occasions in February 2011. There, then-Wayne County High ACT supervisor Ginny Crager, either completed the tests or fixed wrong answers to improve tests scores.

    Saunders also is accused of providing $6,500 to prospective a student athlete, who later played at Louisiana-Lafayette, for living and educational expenses while at a two-year college in the spring and summer of 2012.

    Saunders also was accused of not fully cooperating with the NCAA investigation. He did two separate interviews with the NCAA, but declined a third after he was fired last October, and he refused to turn over his cell phone records.

    While the allegations do involve recruits signed by coach Mark Hudspeth, the Notice of Allegations says the athletes, Hudspeth and recruiting coordinator Reed Stringer had no knowledge of the wrongdoing.

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  • Top recruit Daelin Hayes decommits from USC, new allegations against Sarkisian surface

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Linebacker Daelin Hayes, a five-star recruit, has pulled his commitment to USC in light of coach Steve Sarkisian’s leave of absence for reported substance abuse.

    Hayes is the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Michigan, the No. 3 player at his position and the No. 13 player overall.

    He was scheduled to wear No. 55 next year, the number famed USC linebacker Junior Seau wore for the Trojans.

    Sunday afternoon, Sarkisian was placed on leave of absence after reportedly showing up to a special teams meeting intoxicated. He did not come out to practice. Athletic director Pat Haden was notified and Sarkisian is reportedly seeking treatment for substance abuse.

    BREAKING: #USC players said Sarkisian drank and passed out on flight back from Washington State game in 2014. Some reportedly took photos

  • Georgia RB Nick Chubb has 'significant' knee injury (Update)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Update: 10/11 5:40 p.m. ET

    Georgia announced that RB Nick Chubb suffered a "significant" injury to his left knee during Saturday's game against Tennessee. The school said in a release that the injury "involves damage to multiple ligaments and cartilage" but "the damage does not include the ACL" or "arteries or nerves."

    UGA Senior Associate Athletic Director for Medicine Ron Courson said that Chubb is expected to have surgery to repair the injured knee "sometime in the next two weeks."

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    Nick Chubb tore three ligaments in his left knee, according to a Facebook post by his mother, LaVelle Chubb.

    "Nick has a PCL tear along with two other ligaments," LaVelle Chubb wrote. "It's not nearly as bad as it could have been. They'll wait for swelling to go down to decide when to have surgery. Possibly two weeks."

    Coach Mark Richt is expected to meet with the media and provide an update Sunday afternoon.

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  • USC coach Steve Sarkisian to take a leave of absence, seek treatment

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    USC coach Steve Sarkisian was asked to take a leave of absence from the program, athletic director Pat Haden announced Sunday afternoon.

    Clay Helton will serve as USC's interim coach moving forward.

    Sarkisian was inexplicably absent at the Trojans practice on Sunday, which prompted whispers about his whereabouts and a call to Haden.

    “This all kind of happened very quickly,” Haden said in a brief meeting with press. “I was over at basketball and got a call that coach Sarkisian wasn’t at practice. So, I just learned about this about 1 o’clock. I called Steve, talked to him. It was very clear to me that he is not healthy. I asked him to take an indefinite leave of absence.”

    Haden did not elaborate on what the term "not healthy" meant. However, a player told ESPN's Shelley Smith via text that Sarkisian "showed up lit to meetings again today."

    As I said before, source tells me Sarkisian was not sober earlier today #USC

    I'm told that Sarkisian came into the team meeting this morning, "didn't sound the same," and that Helton took over and finished it.

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  • Utah holds on to beat California 30-24, remains unbeaten

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    In every great season, there’s always one game through which a team has to persevere.

    Saturday’s 30-24 win against California was Utah’s game.

    California had an opportunity to win the contest late despite five interceptions by star quarterback Jared Goff, but Goff’s fourth-down pass was knocked away by Boobie Hobbs to leave Utah with a few kneel downs to stay undefeated.

    “I’ll tell you what, six takeaways by our defense, that was the key,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Great play and coverage back on that last play by Boobie Hobbs. That quarterback is maybe the best in the country at what he does as far as staying in the pocket and our defense rose to the occasion.”

    Goff’s five interceptions were the most by a California quarterback since 1998 against Arizona State. He had four in the first half.

    Still, the California defense played as well as it had all year and kept the Bears in the game.

    Booker ended up being the offensive key to the Utes victory with 34 carries for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He also added four catches for 45 yards.

    It has to a face a newly energized Arizona State team next week and then USC the weekend after.

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  • Dabo Swinney is angry at people who use the word 'Clemsoning' (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is tired of the term “Clemsoning” and he had no trouble expressing his frustration about the word following Saturday’s 43-24 win against Georgia Tech.

    According to the Urban Dictionary, “Clemsoning” is defined as: “The act of delivering an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

    “I’m sick of it. I don’t know why people even bring up the daggum word,” Swinney said. “How about some of these other teams out there that lose to unranked opponents all the time?

    “We ain’t lost to anybody unranked since 2011, but I have to come to a press conference in 2015 and get asked that. And that’s all media bullcrap. I can tell you how [the players] feel about it, they don’t like it. It’s a lack of respect. It’s not doing your homework and attention to what reality is.”

    The term became popular early in Swinney’s tenure when Clemson would lose to opponents it should have beaten or would blow winnable opportunities against ranked teams.

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