- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Could former Texas running back Ricky Williams reinvent himself as a baseball player?
Williams, who has been doing work the Longhorn Network (that's how we found this gem), spent some time with the Longhorns’ baseball team last week and realized that getting back into the swing of things might be a little tougher than he thought.
Williams, the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner, hit a couple good shots, but couldn’t get past the warning track.
Williams was actually drafted out of high school in the eighth round of the 1995 MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played 170 games over a four-year span with the Phillies minor league affiliates while he was at Texas. He had a career .211 batting average with four home runs and 46 stolen bases. In 1998, the Montreal Expos selected Williams in the Rule 5 draft and his rights were ultimately traded to the Texas Rangers.
But Williams left baseball behind for a fulltime NFL career that had its ups and downs thanks to failed drug tests. But of the two sports, football was probably the better choice.Thu, Apr 247:10 PM PDTPhiladelphia at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The Utah fight song, which has been a staple at school events for more than 100 years, has officially been changed.
Student legislators at Utah voted Tuesday to change the song because of a couple phrases opponents said were antiquated and offensive. The phrases, "I am a Utah man" and "our coeds are the fairest" could be changed to "I am a Utah fan" and "our students are the brightest."
"I think this fight song is setting a standard. It's allowing hurtful speech to be perpetrated," Associated Students of the University of Utah member Alison Boyer said. "Even if it was not intended to offend people, it's offensive to people now."
The vote, which passed with 21 in favor and 15 against will now go to Utah president David Pershing, who will decide whether to make the change permanent.
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Charlie Strong’s Texas-wide bus tour started in Fort Worth on Monday and the first-year coach didn’t mince words.
He didn’t wow the crowd with inspriational prose or make empty promises, he told the truth, which was probably a little difficult for some Longhorn fans to hear.
“We have everything available, and I don’t know why we can’t be successful,” Strong said. “There’s no reason for us not to be. Now, I can’t tell you how soon it’s going to be. Don’t hold me to that. Don’t say, ‘Ooh, coach said next year we’ll be in the national…’ We will not be in the national championship game.”
This is what happens when Texas’ new coach stops being polite and starts getting real, welcome to the Real World Austin starring Charlie Strong.
He’s not trying to crush the hopes and dreams of Longhorn fans across the state, he’s just trying to tell it like it is.
Trust that he watched the same spring game all the rest of Texas’ fans did last season and realized that his Longhorns have a long way to go before they get back to the glory years.
And that’s OK.
It’s not often that college football coaches get along with student reporters, but North Carolina, apparently, is an exception.
Not only is coach Larry Fedora cordial to his student reporters, he shot a commercial with them that’s actually pretty funny.
The commercia stars Fedora sitting in the daily Tar Heel offices singing Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” over and over while reading his play card. And, of course, when one of the young staffers asks Fedora to pipe down, well, he’s greeted with a not so welcoming response.
Fedora isn’t known for this kind of tomfoolery (we’d expect this out of Les Miles), but this shows a fun side that perhaps North Carolina fans haven’t seen during his two seasons with the team.
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Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck noted that as a head coach, he never wanted to miss an opportunity to bring awareness to a worthwhile cause and on Saturday, he subtly did just that.
Fleck roamed the Western Michigan sidelines during Saturday’s spring game in a light blue pullover and blue shoes. While the outfit might have seemed strange for a team that reps brown and gold as its official colors, a closer look revealed that the jacket was actually from the 2013 Boston Marathon.
"I am an avid runner and I personally know the loss of a child,” Fleck told Yahoo Sports via email. “We wanted to do our part to remember those who were lost, injured or affected in any way by last year's tragic events that shook our nation, and bring awareness to the race."
Apparently, it’s the year of the college football staff short film. While Arizona’s remake of Speed might not be topped for quite some time, Georgia did it’s best to create some buzz for its recruiting tactics with its short “film” titled Eagle Invasion.
It’s a little over the top as head coach Willie Fritz plans out the recruiting strategy for his coaches in the state of Georgia before heading out in a fleet of really expensive SUVs. Georgia Southern is making a strong push to recruit its heavily recruited state now that it’s readying for its first season as a member of the FBS and the Sun Belt Conference. The Eagles had a successful run in the FCS, winning six national championships and producing two coaches currently in the FBS (Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Jeff Monken, Army).
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Is there anything Johnny Manziel can’t do? We already know he’s pretty good at passing the football, and batting practice with the Padres and dunking the basketball, but this past weekend, Manziel decided to show off a few of his other skills. No, that’s not Manziel throwing the pass, that’s him racing down the lake to make the one-handed catch. Go ahead and watch it one more time and marvel at just how difficult that is.
And if that wasn’t enough, Manziel also showed off his golf game by driving the heck out of a ball. Apparently, he’s sorted out his golf game from the issues he was having during the ESPN.com feature on him where he was throwing tantrum and clubs.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian is changing course on his decision to give No. 55 to an offensive lineman.
In March, Sarkisian announced that freshman offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn would wear No. 55 this spring, bucking nearly 25 years of tradition where the number had been reserved for linebackers.
“It’s a little bit of miscommunication there, and I probably dropped the ball so we’ll fix it,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a great number and a historical number, and I’ve got a lot of respect for the guys who have worn it.”
That tradition started with star linebacker Junior Seau, who wore the number in 1988 and 1989 and was a first-team All-American selection after posting 19 sacks in 1989. Since then, other star linebackers such as Willie McGinest, Chris Claiborne and Keith Rivers have worn the number, making it a coveted jersey to earn.
“USC is all about tradition, and to put that number on means something,” McGinest said during the spring game. “We’ve got to have some meetings and conversations with Sark about that.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 days ago
For those who think Nick Saban’s legend stops at college football, think again.
Alabama’s coach, who has won three of the past five national championships, had a special visitor a couple weeks ago — Denver Broncos quarterback and NFL MVP Peyton Manning.
"To be honest with you, he was just trying to learn so he could be a better player," Saban said. "I think a lot of people would say, 'Wow, the guy is one of the best, if not the best, and certainly from a career standpoint probably about as good as anybody's been in the history of the league. After all the experience and knowledge that he has, he's going out and trying to seek more knowledge and understanding of the game of football so he can play better.'”
Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who worked with Saban at Michigan State and LSU, were making some visits, according to Saban, and stopped in for a chat with Saban and the Alabama coaching staff.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 days ago
The days of transferring and being eligible to play immediately based on a hardship might be disappearing.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said during a lengthy in-studio interview on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show on Friday, that the NCAA membership has proposed forcing players cleared to transfer because of medical hardship to sit out a season and then receive an addition season at the backend of their careers.
“The universities are saying, take that year, deal with whatever your family situation is. We know that when you transfer your probability of graduating goes down, so make sure you get your academics back up,” Emmert said. “But we don’t want to punish you so we’re going to extend another year of eligibility. We want to give you another year of scholarship, add another year to your scholarship total so that you end up being held harmless basically if you have to make that change.”
While the rule might seem a bit unfair considering players are often seeking transfer because of circumstances beyond their control (a family situation or illness), it also stops student-athletes — and poaching coaches — from abusing the rule.