Graham Watson

  • The heartbreaking story of Chris Moon: Baseball prospect turned war hero

    Graham Watson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. – On a perch overlooking the pristine baseball diamonds of Cherry Field is the prospective site of a memorial dedicated to one of the finest athletes Tucson has ever known.

    Chris Moon was a pitcher who threw more than 90 mph and a center fielder who could throw out a base runner with precision. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the late rounds of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but instead accepted a partial scholarship to his dream school, the University of Arizona.

    Moon seemingly had everything going for him, but while friends and family had grand visions of watching him play professional baseball, he longed for a different challenge.

    In fall 2007, just a semester into his first year at Arizona, Moon told Wildcats coach Andy Lopez he was quitting the team to join the Army. Lopez spent more than an hour trying to talk Moon out of his decision.

    But Moon's mind was made up.

    "He was legit," Lopez said. "I personally think that if he would have played here three years … I'm not sure he would have been a big leaguer, but he would have had an opportunity to play professional baseball."

    Less than two years later, Moon was dead at age 20.

  • Northern Illinois wants fan input on its 2015 field design

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Northern Illinois is looking for a new field design for 2015 and it's looking for fan input.

    Here's the catch though, the field design has already been chosen. Yes, this is a slow reveal. We know, we know. The school posted six designs on its Instagram and would like feedback, but the choice has already been made.

    Here are the designs via NIU’s Instagram account:

    Personally, I like the first choice with outline of the Huskie, but I’m also a gravitating to the last option with the alternating yard lines. Maybe the Huskies should make it easy on everyone and just change their field design for every home game in 2015.

    Which one would you pick?

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  • QB Everett Golson announces transfer to Florida State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

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    Florida State has won the contest for Everett Golson’s services.

    Golson sent a statement to Fox Sports on Tuesday proclaiming his decision.

    Golson announced his intention to leave Notre Dame in early May after he lost his starting job to Malik Zaire. Golson graduated and immediately started taking visits to other campuses. While initial reports linked the South Carolina native to several SEC schools, stringent SEC graduate transfer rules limited his options.

    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told Warchant.com last week that Golson would not be guaranteed the starting role. However, the Seminoles did just lose Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to the NFL. While Sean Maguire was next in line, his limited experience leaves him open to a fall competition.

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  • WR Speedy Noil back in good standing with Texas A&M

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 10 days ago

    Texas A&M receiver Speedy Noil is back in good standing with the program, according to coach Kevin Sumlin.

    Sumlin: WR Speedy Noil has fulfilled obligations & will be with team this summer. Ended spring away from team for unspecified reasons.

    Noil had missed parts of spring practices because of an undisclosed disciplinary issue, but AggieYell.com noted that Noil’s absence, which included missing a spring scrimmage, was not related to grades or legal issues.

    Noil, who was No. 3-rated receiver in the country for the 2014 class, had 46 catches for 583 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman.

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

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  • Former UNC player Chris Hawkins arrested for violating state agent laws

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 10 days ago

    Chris Hawkins, a former defensive back at North Carolina and Marshall, has been arrested and charged with violating North Carolina's state sports agent law.

    Hawkins, 32, faces two charges of trying to get former Tar Heels defensive end Robert Quinn to sign with him in 2010 and initiating contact with former UNC defensive back Jabari Parker in 2013.

    Both of these acts violate North Carolina's law that bars people from illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts. North Carolina is one of 43 states with a sports agent law.

    According to court documents, Hawkins is accused of giving Quinn $13,700 in cash and helping him sell game-used equipment for $1,700. Hawkins approached Parker via Instagram before he was a registered agent. Hawkins also is accused of intentionally failing to register as an athlete agent.

    For more North Carolina news, visit TarHeelIllustrated.com.

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  • FCS' leading rusher arrested and suspended for selling drugs to an undercover cop

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest on drug charges last week.

    According to court records reviewed by WJBC, Coprich allegedly tried to sell between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana to an undercover agent with Illinois State Police Task Force Six on April 16. He was charged with unlawful delivery of marijuana, a Class 4 felony.

    Coprich was released on bond after posting $2,025, but is due back in court on May 22. His offense carries a punishment ranging from probation to three years in jail.

    Coprich was a first-team All-American last season as he led the FCS with 2,274 yards and 27 touchdowns, both school records. He was the primary reason Illinois State played for a national championship.

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    Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday

  • Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis resigns after 17 years

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis announced Monday that he was leaving Oregon State after 17 years of service.

    De Carolis has spent the past 13 years as the university’s athletic director. His final day will be June 30.

    “There is never an optimal time for decisions like this, especially after 17 years of a journey,” De Carolis said in a sttement released by the school. “However, I believe we are in the best possible position in Oregon State University’s history to have success on and off the field.

    “As a next step in my life and career, I am looking forward to other exciting opportunities in the world of intercollegiate athletics.”

    During De Carolis’ time as Oregon State’s athletic director, the athletic budget increased from $29 million in 2002 to $71.3 million, and he’s overseen a $42 million expansion of the Valley Football Center within Reser Stadium.

    Oregon State President Ed Ray said a group of alumni and leaders will form an advisory committee to search for a new athletic director.

    “I wish Bob, his wife Sandra, and their family every happiness.”

    For more Oregon State news, visit BeaverBlitz.com.

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  • WKU top RB Leon Allen arrested for public intoxication

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    Western Kentucky leading running back Leon Allen was arrested Sunday morning and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place.

    Allen, 22, was in jail about five hours before being released.

    This is Allen’s second known arrest. He also was arrested Aug. 4, 2013 for a second-degree disorderly conduct charge.

    Western Kentucky said it was aware of the situation and was handling the matter internally.

    Allen led the Hilltoppers in rushing in 2014 with 1,542 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 74 passes for 624 yards and four touchdowns.

    For more Western Kentucky news, InsideHilltopperSports.com.

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    Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday

  • Morehead State OC Craig Mullins dies after cancer battle

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    Morehead State offensive coordinator Craig Mullins died Monday after a battle with cancer. Mullins was 45.

    "We are deeply saddened by Craig's passing," Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said in a statement released by the school. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Craig was a terrific person, and we are grateful for the time he spent on Morehead State's football staff. He was liked and respected by everyone."

    Mullins was at Morehead State for two seasons, but had more than 20 years of college coaching experience. He coached for 16 years at NAIA Georgetown College where he was also lettered from 1987-1990. During Mullins’ time with the program, Georgetown won two NAIA national championships (2000, 2001) and was a four-time national championship finalist (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002).

    In 2004, Mullins was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.

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    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morehead State football family and the family of Craig Mullins.

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  • Report: Michigan reports four secondary NCAA violations

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 days ago

    Jim Harbaugh and his staff have only been on campus for four months, but they’ve already had to report several low-level NCAA violations.

    According to MLive.com, Michigan football self-reported four Secondary/Level III NCAA violations from December to April.

    Level III violations are typical minor and carry no punishment. However, coaches are required to undergo compliance training to ensure similar violations don’t happen again.

    Michigan’s most egregious violation was committed by safeties coach Mike Zordich, who spoke about the recruitment of graduate transfer Wayne Lyons with reporters before Lyons had joined the Michigan program. Gwendolyn Bush, Lyons' mother and Michigan's player development coordinator, also spoke about the transfer via Twitter before it became official.

    NCAA rules prohibit coaches or school officials from talking about prospective student athletes before they’ve officially signed with the school.

    Michigan has not yet announced Lyons’ official transfer from Stanford.

    The fourth violation related to electronic materials created and sent to a recruit.

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