- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Jockeying for position in the race for the Heisman Trophy is a fluid process.
While sometimes a player emerges early and captures the bronze statue (Jameis Winston), others need a Heisman moment late in the season to seal the deal (Johnny Manziel).
This year, players have floated on and off our list, but only one has been a constant. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who didn't have a game last week, remains our favorite, but the chase pack, which is full of talented players, isn't far behind.
Here's a look at Dr. Saturday's Heisman Watch:
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: Prescott has had a week to breathe following three consecutive wins against top-10 teams. The challenge this week will be staying at a high level against an opponent without a ranking in front of its name. Kentucky is coming off a lopsided loss against LSU last week, so it might be easy to overlook the Wildcats. But if Prescott wants to win this thing, he needs to play at the same level he played in the past three games.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Fed up with your coach? Perhaps it’s time to put their job on Craigslist.
That’s what one Florida fan decided to do this week by posting a Wanted Ad for a new Florida football coach to replace Will Muschamp, who hasn’t actually been fired (yet).
Obviously, that Nov. 2 date coincides with the day after the Gators next game against Georgia. Florida is on a bye this week.
Muschamp started the season on the hot seat and has done nothing this year to get off it. The Gators are 3-3 this season and coming off an embarrassing 42-13 loss to Missouri.
The ad does have some humorous parts if you’re so inclined to read the entire thing (it is a little long). Here are a few of the better requirements:
The ad also endorses Spurrier as the next coach, something I think we all want to see happen.
While, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley hasn’t been ready to address Muschamp’s future just yet, we have no doubt that some of the criteria listed in this ad is probably on his wishlist.
For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.
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The University of North Carolina Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes was found culpable of creating easy, non-show classes that catered to student-athletes in an effort to give them better grades.
Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, said during a press conference Wednesday that academic counselors ushered as many as 3,100 students – approximately 1,500 of them student-athletes – into bogus classes that were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible for play over the past 18 years (1993-2011).
The academic impropriety in Wainstein's report is far greater than previously reported by the school or to the NCAA.
Wainstein said many academic and athletic officials knew about the scheme, which began with Deborah Crowder, a longtime manager for the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and gave student-athletes inflated grades for what Wainstein termed “paper classes.”
True freshman quarterback Treon Harris is now Florida’s starter.
Coach Will Muschamp announced the move Wednesday stating that Harris, who replaces fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, has performed better during his opportunities.
"You saw what he did late in the game," Muschamp said. "He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us along with others. Been a huge issue for us.”
Harris was suspended the week after leading Florida to a come-from-behind 10-9 victory at Tennessee after police began investigating an alleged sexual assault. Harris was reinstated five days later after the accuser withdrew her complaint.
Oklahoma State has issued a cease and desist letter to New Mexico State asking it to stop using its Pistol Pete mascot.
The two schools use a similar likeness of Pistol Pete, a character based on a real cowboy named Frank Eaton. Oklahoma refers to the likeness as Pistol Pete while New Mexico State refers to it as the Classic Aggie. However, New Mexico State doesn't use that particular logo anymore.
Oklahoma State said it was the first to have the mascot in the 1920s and then New Mexico State adopted a similar mascot in the 1960s. NMSU said it initially paid Oklahoma State royalties when it adopted the mascot.
Still, Oklahoma State would like the Sun Belt school to stop using it now 50 years later.
According to legend, Eaton earned his nickname by showing off his shooting skills in Oklahoma and winning a legendary gunfight in Albuquerque.
For more Oklahoma State news, visit OStateIllustrated.com.
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Tuesday night Sun Belt games always provide high entertainment and the contest between Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State didn’t disappoint.
While there we’re several trick plays and acrobatic efforts throughout the game, it was one effort that dealt with basic fundamentals that stood out.
Arkansas State running back Michael Gordon took a handoff in the second quarter and appeared to get tackled after a six or seven-yard gain. However, Gordon alertly got up and continued running 70 yards to the end zone.
Upon further review, Gordon never touched the ground. He was tackled on top of a defender, knew it and got up for the score.
The touchdown was pivotal at the time because it put the Red Wolves back into what was turning out to be a blowout. However, play-calling mistakes in the second half cost the Red Wolves and they lost 55-40.
For more Arkansas State news, visit RedwolfReport.com.
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Colorado, UCLA, SJSU and Navy will honor Houston Texans OL David Quessenberry, who is battling cancer
Colorado, UCLA, San Jose State and Navy will all honor Houston Texans rookie offensive lineman David Quessenberry during their games this weekend.
Quessenberry was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma this past summer, and Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre, who coached Quessenberry at San Jose State thought this weekend would be a serendipitous time for all four teams to honor Quessenberry.
In addition to Quessenberry’s ties with the Colorado staff, many of whom were at San Jose State where Quessenberry started as a walk-on tight end and turned into a fourth-round draft pick, Quessenberry’s younger brother, Scott, is a starting offensive lineman for UCLA, the Buffs opponent this weekend.
Quessenberry’s other younger brother, Paul, is a starting defensive end at Navy, which plays San Jose State.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTHouston at TennesseePreview Game
Speculation about Florida’s next coach has been rampant as the countdown to Will Muschamp’s eventual firing begins.
CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd decided to do a little troll job on Florida fans last week by suggesting that perhaps Steve Spurrier might be the best person for the gig.
Spurrier was Florida’s coach from 1990-2001 and led the Gators to five SEC titles and the team’s first-ever national championship in 1996. He left Florida for the NFL before eventually landing at South Carolina where he’s been since 2005.
Of course, Spurrier was asked Tuesday about rumors that he might be returning to the Swamp and Spurrier skirted around the question.
“I tell everybody my next move is going to be to Crescent Beach, Fla.,” Spurrier said. “That’s my next move whenever that is.”
Spurrier and his family have a home in Crescent Beach, Fla., which is just south of Jacksonville.
Even though Spurrier denied the link between him and Florida, it might be an interesting prospect. As Dodd noted, Spurrier could be a bridge to the team’s ultimate dream coach. He could put the program back on a winning track and then make the transition to the next guy — probably a much younger guy — that much easier.
Georgia running back Todd Gurley has missed the last two games while the university and NCAA investigate whether he accepted money for signing memorabilia.
And while he waits for his future as a Bulldog to be determined, he’s making a fashion statement.
The #FreeGurley movement has swept the Georgia campus and while Gurley can’t make money off his name, some enterprising students are.
Peyton Bennett, a student at Georgia, printed up several T-shirts with the phrase “#FreeGurl3y” and is selling them for $15 each. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he sold 100 in the first three days and that business has been booming as Gurley’s eligibility issues continue.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher cut an interview session short on Monday after reporters starting asking about the off-field issues surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston.
Fisher, whose team is on a bye week, was speaking at the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club near Winston’s hometown. He was asked whether there was any news regarding the student code of conduct hearing and replied: "We're moving on with Louisville and talking about the other things. Everything should be great."
However, the questions didn’t stop there.
Another reporter noted that Fisher’s reputation had taken a hit and Fisher asked him to stop asking the question.
“I’m done,” Fisher said. “I’m done.”
Fisher then asked the reporter if he was going to put the interview on air and the reporter said he wasn’t, which caused Fisher to give one final answer.
"Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?" Fisher said. "I don't want to get into this. The questions weren't supposed to be asked today. I'm done. I'm done."