Graham Watson

  • CFP will provide financial assistance to families of playoff teams

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    The College Football Playoff announced Tuesday that it would provide financial assistance to families traveling to the semifinals and championship of the College Football Playoff.

    The CFPimplemented the program last year for the national championship, offering $1,250 per parent or guardian, which came out to roughly $500,000 for the CFP .

    This year’s initiative will encompass all three of the CFP games and will provide a $2,500 stipend per student-athlete for up to 100 families from each participating institution.   

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    The NCAA allows the CFP to provide up to $3,000 in travel expenses for families of each competing student-athlete.

    The CFP initiative is similar to the one started by the NCAA last year that offered players’ families travel assistance to the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours in the spring.

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  • Notre Dame declares RB Greg Bryant ineligible for 2015

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant will not suit up for the Irish this season.

    Coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday that Bryant would remain on scholarship and would be allowed to practice with the team, but that he would not occupy a roster spot.

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    “There are certain expectations within our program that must be met on a daily basis,” Kelly said in a statement. “Quite simply, Greg did not meet those expectations.”

    Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated, who spoke with Bryant’s father, said Bryant was declared academically ineligible, but that he would return to campus for school on Aug. 22.

    Father said Bryant needed a B+ in a summer school course to stay eligible. Received a B- “It was that close,” Bryant Sr. said.

    Bryant played in 12 games last season and ranked second in rushing for the Irish with 289 yards. His three rushing TDs were fourth-best on the team.

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  • Wake Forest suspends two, adds Wisconsin graduate transfer

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Wake Forest announced the suspension of two players ahead of fall camp for violating team rules.

    Defensive back Thomas Brown has been suspended one game and offensive lineman Ryan Anderson will miss five games for undisclosed violations.

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    Both players will be allowed to practice during their suspensions.

    Anderson was the favorite to be the team’s starting center and Brown a starting safety.

    Brown has played in 23 games in the past two years with one start. The highlight of his career came in 2013 when as a true freshman he returned a fumble 59 yards against Duke to give the Demon Deacons an early 7-0 lead in what would ultimately be a 28-21 loss.

    Wake Forest also announced the addition of defensive back Deven Gaulden, who recently graduated from Wisconsin. Gaulden played in all 14 games a year ago and made five starts.

    For more Wake Forest news, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.

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  • Cincinnati picked to win the American Athletic Conference

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    Cincinnati, one of three co-champions of the American Athletic Conference a year ago, was picked to win the conference in 2015.

    The Bearcats earned 22 of the media’s 30 first-place votes. Memphis (5), Houston (2) and UCF (1) earned the remaining first-place votes. Memphis and UCF shared the title with Cincinnati a year ago.

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    However, there will be no co-champions this year as the AAC introduces a conference championship game now that its membership is complete. Navy joins the conference this season, which brings the total membership to 12. The Midshipmen were among the favorites to win the West Division, falling behind Memphis and Houston. Cincinnati garnered all but one first-place vote to win the East.

    Navy returns Keenan Reynolds, who is highly regarded as one of the best Group of Five quarterbacks in the country and perhaps even a darkhorse Heisman contender.

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  • Former Utah CB Dominique Hatfield charged with assault

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Former Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield was charged with assault on Monday stemming from a July 5 incident.

    According to the probable cause statement obtained KSL.com, Hatfield was at a party when a per son at the party asked Hatfield to stop "rolling marijuana into a blunt." The individual did not want the smell of marijuana in the room because there were several Utah athletes at the party and they could be subject to drug tests.

    Hatfield took exception to this request and he and "unknown individuals" then grabbed the victim and "began striking him in the face and other parts of his body."

    Court documents stated the victim sustained bruising to his eyes, shoulder and back as well as cuts to his face and nose.

    Hatfield has been charged with a Class B Misdemeanor for assault.

    This incident came just four days after Hatfield was allegedly involved in an unrelated aggravated robbery and theft case. Those charges were dropped, but coach Kyle Whittingham dismissed Hatfield from the team.

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  • Pitt WR Tyler Boyd, DL Rori Blair suspended for season opener

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd and sophomore defensive lineman Rori Blair have been suspended for the season opener against Youngstown State, coach Pat Narduzzi announced Monday.

    Both players were charged with DUI’s this offseason during separate incidents. Blair was stopped on March 15 for driving 117 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone in Pittsburgh. Blair was given a blood test, which came back positive for cannabinoids.

    Boyd was stopped in suburban Pittsburgh and the officer at the scene smelled alcohol on Boyd. However, Boyd passed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol limit was lower than legal limit of 0.08. Boyd admitted to the officer that he had been drinking and because he was 20 years old, he was taken to a hospital for a blood test.

    Both players were suspended during the offseason, but Boyd was reinstated after he received probation.

    Boyd is considered one of the best receivers in the ACC. He was third in the ACC in receptions (78), second in receiving yards (1,261) and tied for second in touchdown catches (8).

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  • WATCH: Braxton Miller make a one-handed catch while holding five footballs

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    For those worried about how Ohio State’s Braxton Miller will fare as a receiver, the university’s Instagram account is here to put your mind at ease.

    Yes, that’s Miller holding five footballs and catching a sixth — one-handed — from the jugs machine in the Ohio State indoor practice facility.

    Obviously, there’s a lot more that goes into receiver — route running, blocking, etc. — but knowing that Miller has hands and concentration like that has to inspire some confidence that he can make the transition from quarterback to receiver. It also gives some hope that that right shoulder might be further along than anyone anticipated.

    During Big Ten media days last week, coach Urban Meyer said he’d been working with Miller on his footwork, but that he had not seen him catch a ball.

    “Feedback I'm getting from guys like JT and Cardale is that he's very athletic obviously and he can catch the ball,” Meyer said. “I've not seen him do that. I'm anxious to see him do that.”

    Chances are when Meyer sees this video, he’ll be pleased with Miller’s progress.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • DT Maquedius Bain leaves LSU days after reinstatement

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    LSU confirmed Monday that defensive tackle Maquedius Bain has left the program after the sophomore tweeted Monday that he was no longer with the Tigers.

    Thank you LSU for the wonderful 2 1/2 years I attend in school and on the field but I will no longer be a LSU TIGER.

    Thank you to everybody that support me through the ups and downs I appreciate everyone that ever support me Much love✊🏿

    Bain was one of the three players reinstated to the team last week after authorities dropped charges against them for unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling. Bain, quarterback Anthony Jennings and defensive back Dwayne Thomas had been suspended since mid-June, but Friday the East Baton Rouge District Attorney decided not to pursue charges after the alleged victim asked charges be dropped.

    All three players were welcomed back to the team Friday afternoon.

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  • Under Armour unveils uniforms for Notre Dame, Maryland and Cincy (Photos)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The long-awaited unveiling of Notre Dame’s new Under Armour uniforms has finally arrived.

    And don’t worry uniform purists, Under Armour actually showed some restraint.

    STRONGER, LIGHTER & VIRTUALLY UNGRABBABLE. The new 2015 #NDFB jersey powered with #ARMOURGRID technology. pic.twitter.com/DcMA5y5WSn

    The traditional look of Notre Dame’s uniform is unchanged. It’s the same gold helmets, pants and blue jerseys we’ve all come to know and love. Even the trim is roughly the same.

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    Not a big surprise that Under Armour stuck with tradition for Notre Dame’s everyday uniforms, especially since it likely will have a lot more creative freedom with the uniforms for the Shamrock Series. Those combinations were hit and miss (mostly miss) in the past few years under Adidas, so it will be interesting to see what Under Armour concocts.

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  • Carli Lloyd continues hot streak, wins NWSL Player of the Month

    Graham Watson at FC Yahoo 1 day ago

    The accolades for U.S. women’s national team midfielder Carli Lloyd just keep on coming.

    Lloyd was named the National Women's Soccer League Player of the Month by the media after helping her team post a 2-0-1 record during July. This on the heels of helping lead the USWNT to its first FIFA Women’s World Cup title in 16 years. She scored three goals in the World Cup final against Japan and was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

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    She continued her hot scoring streak upon returning to the NWSL with three goals in the month of July, including this scorcher that was one of the league’s best goals of the season.

    Shockingly, this was the first time Lloyd had been named NWSL Player of the Month and she’s the first Houston Dash player to receive the honor.

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