Graham Watson

  • Pitt fires athletic director Steve Pederson after coach Paul Chryst bolts for Wisconsin

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    On the same day coach Paul Chryst left Pittsburgh to take the head coaching job at Wisconsin, athletic director Steve Pederson learned that he would not be around to hire the next coach.

    Pitt and Pederson parted ways in what chancellor Patrick Gallagher called a mutual decision on Wednesday.

    "With major decisions to be made about the future of football, I thought it was in the best interest of the University of Pittsburgh for Chancellor Gallagher to assemble his own team," Pederson said in a statement. "I am a Pitt and City of Pittsburgh fan, and want what is best for everyone moving into the future."

    While Pederson helped guide Pitt through conference realignment and secure a spot in the ACC, his struggles with finding a consistent football coach ultimately cost him his job.

    In 2010, Pederson forced out Dave Wannstedt following an 8-5 season and hired Mike Haywood, who had turned Miami-Ohio into Mid-American Conference power. However, Haywood lasted just 16 days before he was fired following a domestic dispute at his home on New Year’s Eve.

    For more Pittsburgh news, visit Panther-lair.com.

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  • Wisconsin officially makes Paul Chryst its next coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    After more than a week of speculation and flirtation, Paul Chryst is Wisconsin’s new coach.

    Chryst, who had spent the past three seasons as Pitt’s head coach, was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator before taking the Pitt job. He’s also a graduate of Wisconsin.

    Chryst was 19-19 with the Panthers.

    “It’s a bit overwhelming to be able to come back to a place where you grew up, went to school and coached, where you have so many ties personally and professionally,” Chryst said. “This job has everything that we, as a family, and me, personally, are looking for. The bar has been set at a high level here and it didn’t just happen. I look forward to the challenge of continuing that tradition of success.”

    Chryst had two coaching stints with the Badgers, but is best known for his time from 2005-11. During that time, Chryst was responsible for orchestrating six of the school's 10-best offensive performances. During the 2011 season, the Badgers, which boasted quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball, averaged 44.1 points per game, which was sixth-best in the country, a school record and the third-best mark in the Big Ten since 1916.

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  • Tennessee lands former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara has landed at Tennessee.

    The Vols announced they had signed Kamara, a former four-star prospect, out of Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.

    Kamara spent the 2013 season at Alabama, but never saw the field. He was suspended twice and left home from the Sugar Bowl because of an unspecified disciplinary reason. Kamara announced via Twitter last January that he was leaving the Alabama program, but maintained that it was not because of the behavioral issues that landed him in hot water with Saban and his staff.

    Kamara rushed for 1,211 yards and 18 touchdowns in nine games with Hutchinson this season. Hutchinson is the same junior college that produced former Tennessee star receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

    Freshman Jalen Hurd led the Vols in rushing with 777 yards and three touchdowns, but as a team Tennessee struggled to rush the ball. It ranked 100 th in the country and 13 th in the SEC in rushing with just 135 yards per game.

  • West side of Texas A&M's Kyle Field will implode on Sunday

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    The west side of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, which includes the press box and second and third decks, will be imploded on Sunday to make way for the final phase of the stadium’s $450 million remodel.

    The new west side will include new luxury suites, upper decks, seats for fans, a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility for television media, and a Hall of Champions.

    The west side also will have a mosaic of fan photos that have been collected by the university’s marketing department.

    The implosion, which will happen around 8 a.m., will be streamed live and fans will be allowed to watch from near Reed Arena.

    This implosion will begin the final push toward making Kyle Field the largest on-campus stadium in the state of Texas with a seating capacity of 102,512. All of the stadium construction should be complete for the start of the 2015 season.

    For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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  • Auburn will wear No. 31 helmet decals during Outback Bowl to honor Jakell Mitchell

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Auburn players will wear a No. 31 decal on the back of their helmets during the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 to honor teammate Jakell Mitchell, who was murdered early Sunday morning.

    According to Mitchell’s girlfriend, Mitchell got into an argument with a man during a party at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex when another man pulled at a gun and shot multiple times.

    Mitchell, 18, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at East Alabama Medical Center.

    Markale Hart is currently accused of the fatal shooting and is being held in Lee County Detention Center on $500,000 bail. Hart has asked for his bail to be reduced so he can be moved to Tallapoosa County because his family fears for his safety. According to Hart’s attorney, Anwar Taylor, Hart and his family have received death threats. Hart has two children ages 1 and 4 months.

    If Hart does bond out, he is facing a possible probation revocation for a 2012 burglary second-degree conviction.

    That apartment complex is the same complex where two former Auburn players died in a shooting in June of 2012.

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  • Ole Miss OL Aaron Morris suffers ACL tear, will miss bowl game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ole Miss offensive lineman Aaron Morris will miss the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

    Coach Hugh Freeze said Morris suffered a partial tear prior to the regular-season finale against Mississippi State, but wanted to play through the injury. However, Morris and the coaching staff ultimately decided to have the surgery before the bowl game so Morris, a junior, could be ready for the 2015 season.

    This is the second time Morris has torn his left ACL. He missed most of the 2013 season after the first injury.

    Morris started 11 of 12 regular season games this season.

    For more Ole Miss news, visit RebelGrove.com.

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  • Auburn WR Sammie Coates declares for the NFL draft

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Auburn receiver Sammie Coates announced Monday he has decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

    Coates, who graduated from Auburn on Saturday, said he didn’t look at his NFL evaluation and instead made his decision because he had obtained his degree.

    "If I wouldn't have graduated, it wouldn't have even been a thought," Coates said.

    Coates’ final game will be against Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

    In the past two seasons, Coates has amassed 72 catches for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns. ESPN’s Mel Kiper listed Coates as a late-first to mid-second round pick, but he is not listed among his top 10 receivers.

    "He's got a bright future. I'm real proud of him," coach Gus Malzahn said.

    Coates is the first of the Tigers’ two main receivers to declare for the draft. Auburn is still waiting for junior D'haquille “Duke” Williams to make his decision.

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  • Report: Houston to hire Ohio State OC Tom Herman as coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman is expected to be the next coach at Houston, according to a report by Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

    Herman has spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes and won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. Herman became a hot name during this offseason after turning backup quarterback J.T. Barrett into a Heisman contender and helping win the Big Ten title with third-stringer Cardale Jones.

    Houston becomes the third AAC team to hire an offensive coordinator as its head coach. SMU hired Clemson’s Chad Morris and Tulsa hired Baylor’s Phillip Montgomery.

    Houston fired coach Tony Levine after finishing 7-5 this season.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

    For more Houston news, visit CougarsDen.com.

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  • Marcus Mariota wins the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    College football honored many players on Thursday evening, but the night belonged to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who took home more hardware than any player since Cam Newton in 2010.

    Mariota was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and he won the Davey O’Brien and ,Maxwell awards. Newton was the last player to sweep the top player awards and quarterback-centric awards and he went on to claim the Heisman Trophy.

    Mariota also was the first Oregon player to win the Davey O’Brien and only the second player from the Pac-12 to win it (Troy Aikman, UCLA).

    Winning the Heisman seems an inevitability for Mariota, who had one of the best quarterbacking seasons in recent history. Not only did he lead Oregon to the Pac-12 title and a place in the inaugural College Football Playoff, he did so by leading the nation in passing efficiency (185.2), quarterback rating (91.8) and yards per pass attempt (10.0 avg). He led all Pac-12 quarterbacks with 636 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns and threw for 3,783 yards, 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

    Mariota, so far, has thrown a touchdown in every collegiate game he’s played.

    Home Depot (coach of the year): Gary Patterson, TCU

  • The 2nd Annual Dr. Saturday College Football Awards

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    College football hands out most of its awards this week, but we here at Dr. Saturday thought we’d hand out some awards of our own.

    It’s been a busy season with a lot of twists and turns, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate the best and the worst of the 2014-15 campaign.

    OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

    There’s not much to say about Mariota that hasn’t already been said. He finished the year completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,783 yards, 38 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He has flirted with being the best player in college football for the past couple years and this year he finally reached the summit. He’ll likely be the Heisman winner and he has his team in the College Football Playoff. Since this likely will be his last collegiate season, it’s not a bad way to leave.

    Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

    DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona

    One of the best moments of Wright’s season (at least for me) was when he stripped the ball from Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to seal an improbable upset. Wright is a major reason why the Wildcats were playing for the Pac-12 title despite being picked to finish fourth in the South Division.

    Missouri