Graham Watson

  • Why Michigan's signing day event may be NSD's new norm

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” event was outlandish, over the top and unfortunately the future of National Signing Day.

    The extravaganza capped a crazy recruiting month that was saturated by Michigan headlines stemming from sleepovers to tree climbing to disowned recruits. And while the college football world painted coach Jim Harbaugh as some sort of recruiting villain — a theme that started with his announcement of a satellite camp bonanza in the spring — he was busy securing the nation’s No. 4 class a little more than a year into his Michigan tenure.

    Recruiting has always been a sideshow. Since recruiting services brought more attention to college football’s "other" season, recruits have gotten bolder and bolder with their announcement stunts. We’ve seen recruits pulling trucks and jumping out of planes and playing paintball as ways to identify their future schools. Harbaugh wasn’t reinventing the game, he was just playing it through a recruit’s eyes.

    And the college football world took notice.

    And make no mistake, some of those viewers were opposing coaches.

    "It worked for us. It was wonderful for us, and why not?"

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  • Iowa senator proposes bill complaining about the Stanford band

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Iowa State Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, still feels disrespected by the antics of the Stanford band during the halftime of the Rose Bowl, and he wants one of the most prestigious universities in the world to apologize.

    Chelgren introduced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit Iowa’s three universities — Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa — from cooperating with Stanford University until the school apologizes for the band making fun of Iowans during the halftime performance.

    Stanford’s band, which lives for infuriating the opposing side, put on a Farmers Only-themed halftime show, which included the theme song from the online dating site, a corn maze and a drunken cow among other things. Of course Iowa fans booed, which is exactly what the Stanford Band wanted.

    Still, Chelgren wants Stanford to acknowledge its band was mean to Iowans.

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  • Houston's Tom Herman destroys fax machine in Office Space tribute

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    National Signing Day went really well for Houston, which finished signed a five-star recruit, with the No. 1 class in the AAC and the No. 44 class overall.

    But signing day is stressful and the use of outdated technology like fax machines to secure the signatures of each class can take its toll.

    So coach Tom Herman and a couple assistants decided to use post-signing day to take out a little aggression ala Office Space style.

    Damn it feels good to be a gangster. But Herman already knew that with his custom fitted Paul Wall grill.

    Wonder if it was the PC Load Letter error that sent them over the edge?

    If you have no idea what Office Space is, here’s the infamous scene Herman and his coaches were recreating. Video language NSFW.

    For more Houston news, visit CougarsDen.com.

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  • College football's targeting rule could become more stringent

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    The targeting rule is the most griped about and inconsistent rule in college football, and it could get worse.

    The NCAA Football Rules Committee will meet in Orlando, Florida next week to discuss possible modifications to the instant replay/targeting rule, including giving instant replay officials greater power to make targeting calls that weren’t originally made on the field.

    In 2014, the targeting rule was expanded to allow the replay booth to review the original targeting call on the field and either confirm or overturn it.

    The targeting rule already has drawn the ire of coaches, players and fans not because of the principle of the rule, but the inconsistent way its often applied. There’s a fine line between targeting and making a football tackle that it’s become difficult for some players — mostly defensive players — to play the game as aggressively as they have in the past.

    The above GIF shows Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa making a hit on Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in the first quarter of the Fiesta Bowl. Bosa was ejected for targeting.

    Other rules discussed will include:

    • Shoring up consistency when calling ineligible players downfield.

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  • Stanford signee Thomas Schaffer becomes first Austrian-born player

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    While there was a lot of fanfare surrounding recruiting class and which programs signed the best group of individuals, Stanford might have had the most unique individual of all.

    Defensive lineman Thomas Schaffer signed with the Cardinal and became the first Austrian to play in the FBS.

    "I really hope you guys [the media] get to talk to Schaffer at some point," Stanford coach David Shaw said during his signing day event. "You’re going to see him, but you’re going to hear hear Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

    Schaffer is 6-foot-7 and is actually one of two European signees from the 2016 class. The other is 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Devery Hamilton, who lived in Germany until he was 9.

    Both players speak fluent German.

    He played games all over Europe and made a trip to the United States in 2012 to play Team USA in Texas. During that trip, Schaffer stayed behind and visited the University of Texas. It solidified his dream of wanting to play major college football in the United States.

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  • Did Michigan's class benefit from those summer satellite camps?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    It was less than a year ago that the Power Five conferences were in an uproar about satellite camps.

    Newly named Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had announced a bold strategy that included either hosting or attending nine football camps in seven different states throughout the month of June. These were not recruiting camps per se, but a chance for Michigan football coaches to work with players around the country while scouting talent.

    This did not sit well with some of Harbaugh’s peers, who felt like he was unfairly infringing on their recruiting territory, and ultimately prompted the NCAA to consider banning satellite camps for good.

    But did Michigan’s presence at satellite camps even matter?

    Sure, the Wolverines locked up some of the nation’s best recruits, including the No. 1 overall recruit, and finished with what will likely be a top five class, but Rivals recruiting analyst Mike Farrell doesn’t think the satellite camps had anything to do with Michigan’s recruiting success.

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  • DT Rashan Gary, the No. 1 overall recruit, picks Michigan

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Defensive tackle Rashan Gary said he didn’t know which school he was going to pick up until his live announcement on Wednesday.

    Gary, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, sat at an ESPN news desk, pulled a Michigan hat from underneath the desk and became the Wolverines’ first-ever No. 1 overall recruit since recruits were ranked.

    “For the next three to four years, I’ll be furthering my education and my football playing at the University of Michigan,” Gary said during his live interview on ESPN.

    Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who was in the midst of hosting a major National Signing Day extravaganza on campus when Gary made his announcement, found out about Gary's decision thanks to the phone of ESPN analyst Mike Tirico.

    No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary picked Michigan. Here's how Jim Harbaugh found out. pic.twitter.com/t13QC4ZC0R

    Gary, who was emotional after making his decision, said coaches from Michigan and Clemson were talking to him all the way up to his announcement, and that it took a sign from God to make his decision clear.

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

  • Former Ole Miss QB Maikhail Miller killed in car accident

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    Maikhail Miller, a former quarterback at Ole Miss, died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday evening.

    According to coroner James Anderson in Mississippi's Marshall County, Miller’s SUV overturned and he was ejected from the vehicle.

    Reminded how short life can be tonight. So sorry to hear of Maikhail Miller's death. Prayers to his family. What are we doing with our dash?

    Miller, 23, was on the Ole Miss roster from 2012-13. He played in two games for the Rebels and rushed six times for 23 yards. He transferred to Murray State in 2013. During his time with the Racers, Miller completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,221 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 430 yards and five touchdowns.

    His most impressive effort with Murray State came when he had 223 yards and three touchdowns in the 2013 season-opener against a Missouri.

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  • NCAA president Mark Emmert granted three-year contract extension

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    NCAA president Mark Emmert has been given a three-year extension through 2020.

    The NCAA Board of Governors approved the extension through a unanimous vote . There’s also an option to extend Emmert’s contract for an extra year.

    Emmert has been the NCAA president since 2010 and currently makes more than $1.3 million in base salary. No financial details regarding the extension were released.

    "Mark has done an incredible job leading the Association through an unprecedented period of change and transformation," Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz, the chair of the Board of Governors, said in a statement. "I and the board feel strongly that Mark is integral in leading the Association forward as we navigate the complex and challenging way ahead, while better supporting student-athletes."

    While Emmert is popular with his peers, he hasn’t garnered similar popularity with the public because of some of the high-profile cases that have landed on his desk, including the Penn State child molestation scandal and Northwestern’s attempt to unionize. However, he also helped with a movement to provide cost-of-attendance stipends for student-athletes.

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  • Women allege Baylor ignored sexual assault allegations

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

    During the past four years, two Baylor football players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, have been accused of sexual assault while members of the Bears.

    Both players were convicted of their crimes. Elliott is currently serving a 20-year sentence while Ukwauchu is serving 10 years felony probation.

    ESPN’s Outside the Lines, spoke to three women who said Elliott sexually assaulted them and that the school did nothing to help them as victims. Elliott was accused of either rape or assault five times from October 2009 to April 2012.

    During the interview, which aired Sunday morning, the women’s faces were blurred and their real names were not used.

    Another victim, who was identified as “Kim,” said she told Bethany McCraw, associate dean for student conduct, Elliott assaulted her.

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