- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
USC’s bad week just got worse after running back Anthony Brown quit the football team and alleged racism by coach Steve Sarkisian on his way out the door.
Brown posted the following photo on his Instagram account on Thursday and wrote, "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office... Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton."
News of his departure from the program followed shortly afterward.
Sark returns to media to inform us that RB Anthony Brown is no longer on the team. #USC
Sarkisian noted that Brown wanted to switch from cornerback to tailback, but he was injured during fall camp. He said that he thought Brown could help the team and tried to talk him out of quitting. He was surprised to hear of Brown’s allegations.
Brown's IG had a claim saying Sark treated him like a slave. Sark calls accusations "ridiculous."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Let's do this thing, yo!
It’s been a long eight or so months, but the new season is here and with it a new way to crown a champion. College football will forever be changed when the season kicks off with the game between Texas A&M and South Carolina at 6 p.m. ET (OK, technically it kicked off Wednesday with Georgia State's thrilling 38-37 win against Abilene Christian), the first of many contests that will ultimately parse out the top four teams and create the first-ever College Football Playoff.
But before we start looking ahead, it’s important to remember how we got here. So, here’s your 2013 refresher:
This guy won the Heisman, but created a lot of off-field drama while doing it (and after doing it). His team also won the national title and many people think it can do it again.
Even though the SEC’s streak of national championship ended, it did have two of the most miraculous plays in college football history courtesy of national championship runner-up Auburn.
Sorry Alabama. And by the way, this play made Chris Davis a rockstar for pretty much the rest of his life.
This trophy is now gone
And we've replaced it with this
Josh Shaw’s heroic story was a lie.
The USC senior cornerback admitted as much Wednesday in a statement released by the university, which also said Shaw had retained a lawyer.
Earlier Wednesday, the LAPD told Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com that Shaw was a subject in an ongoing investigation into a burglary at an apartment complex.
Shaw suffered two ankle sprains during the incident and was out indefinitely. Coach Steve Sarkisian said Shaw was also suspended indefinitely. Shaw is a team captain.
Shaw has not spoken to the media or been seen around the football facility since the heroic story surfaced. He did release a statement through his newly retained criminal lawyer, Donald Etra:
USC's Josh Shaw named in police report, Steve Sarkisian says investigation in the hands of authorities
USC coach Steve Sarkisian told media Wednesday that the program was in a “holding pattern” while the validity of Josh Shaw’s story about jumping from a second-story balcony to save his drowning nephew is handled by campus authorities.
According to Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com, the LAPD confirmed Shaw is named in an investigation regarding a break-in at an apartment building on Saturday night.
Preciado said nothing had been taken but that a window had been pried open. The investigation is ongoing.
Sarkisian said the vetting of Shaw story had been referred to campus authorities after several phone calls came in refuting Shaw's story that he jumped from a second-story window to save his drowning nephew. Shaw suffered two major ankle sprains in the incident.
Les Miles calls the SEC communications director 'bae' on the SEC teleconference and probably had no idea what it meant
LSU coach Les Miles was trying to channel his inner Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday when on the SEC teleconference, Miles referred to SEC communications director Chuck Dunlap as, “bae.”
For those who need an urban dictionary refresher, the term “bae” is usually a term of endearment and often used to refer to a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Was Miles trying to tell us something about his relationship with Chuck Dunlap? We kid, we kid.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time Miles has used the word and it’s become part of his everyday vernacular.
A couple weeks ago, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury referred to Beyonce as his “bae” on a T-shirt before doing the ALS ice-bucket challenge.
Mike MacIntyre remembers the exact moment when he had his reckoning.
It was January, 3 a.m., and Colorado’s football coach was in Nashville visiting his parents who had been placed into an assisted living home just a couple months before.
As he stood there in that moment, months of pent up emotion and struggle washed over him. It wasn’t so much about the Buffaloes 4-8 football season — that, as strange as it sounds, had almost proven to be an escape — it was watching his parents, his once bright and lively parents, needing orderlies to help them with the most mundane things. It was the blood test results he had received the day before he arrived in Nashville that said he would likely be on a slew of medications thanks to poor diet and not enough exercise. It was the insurance company that deemed his health high-risk. It was the overweight and tired Mike MacIntyre that sadly looked back at him as he tried to wrestle all of his problems at the same time.
He knew things had to change.
Urban Meyer isn’t worried about J.T. Barrett.
Ohio State’s new redshirt freshman quarterback has been thrust into a high-pressure situation as he tries to replace injured starter Braxton Miller, and Meyer said he hasn’t flinched.
“ He's not someone you have to watch to see their demeanor because it's the same as it was two weeks ago,” Meyer said during his weekly press conference. “We all know what's coming down the barrel at him, but he's handled it very well.”
Barrett hasn’t been allowed to speak with the media since Miller was ruled out for the season with a torn labrum and he was thrust into the starting role, but teammates have been impressed with how he’s adapted.
“You could kind of tell from the beginning of camp that (Barrett) was trying to work on his maturity and his leadership as a young player,” senior wide receiver Evan Spencer told The Lantern. “But after Braxton went down in practice, I think he kind of realized pretty quickly, ‘All right, well, time to take a leadership role.’
Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater might be gone to the NFL, but he hasn’t forgotten the team and the fans that helped him get there.
On Tuesday, Bridgewater took out a full-page ad in the Louisville student newspaper, The Cardinal News, thanking the fans and wishing Louisville luck on the upcoming season.
Here’s the text of the ad:
This is a classy gesture by Bridgewater. Not sure how many former quarterbacks would take out a full-page ad thanking their former fan base and team, but it’s clear Bridgewater’s time at Louisville meant a lot to him and he wanted to show it.
Thanks to Reddit
For more Louisville news, visit CardinalSports.com.
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Less than 24 hours after the story of USC cornerback Josh Shaw risked great personal safety to save his drowning 7-year-old nephew broke the Internet and became the heartwarming story of the preseason, USC coach Steve Sarkisian said the school is looking into its validity.
Sarkisian said during his press conference on Tuesday that the school received several calls contradicting Shaw’s version of events and that the school is vetting the story.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller went through surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his right throwing shoulder, and after it was over, he took to Instagram to let fans know he was OK.
He also added this message:
“Me & the best to do it, Dr. Andrews after surgery today! So happy this man said everything went well!”
Dr. James Andrews is one of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the sports world, so Miller was in good hands.
Good to know everything went well, and after a little recovery time, Miller can begin the recovery process to get ready for the 2015 season.
For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.
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