- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
During the past year, there have been some questions about the relationship between South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and his former defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as Spurrier hasn’t always had the kindest things to say about his former star player.
But during the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Spurrier went to bat for Clowney and endorsed him as a solid No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.
"I think you have to (draft Clowney)," Spurrier told the Dan Patrick Show when asked what he would do in the Texans’ position. "If there was an Andrew Luck, if he was available, I think you'd have to consider a guy like him. But it seems like all the quarterbacks, everybody has their favorite quarterback. Who knows who is going to be the best? So maybe the sure pick would be Jadeveon."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
After more than two and a half months of speculation, the cause of death for Cal defensive lineman Ted Agu has finally been released.
Agu, 21, died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or excessive thickening of the heart muscle, the Alameda County coroner's office told the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s a disease that took the life of young athletes such as Hank Gathers and Reggie Lewis.
On Feb. 7, Cal medical personnel noticed Agu laboring outside of the stadium following an early morning supervised run. He was placed on a training cart and driven back into the stadium where he ultimately collapsed.
Authorities said CPR and a defibrillator was used before emergency crews came on the scene and transported Agu to Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, where he died.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
It’s not enough to dazzle a recruit with innovative facilities, the latest uniform trends and world-class academics, coaches now have to wow high schoolers with their art and Photoshop skills to lure them to campus.
And D’Andre Walker showed off some of the latest creations from the SEC.
The four-star defensive recruit posted photos of letters he received from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Georgia coach Mark Richt bidding for his commitment.
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Malzahn, as you can see, went with the Photoshop approach and placed Walker’s head on the body of an Auburn player. He added the words: "You look good in orange an (sic) blue. War Eagle, Gus Malzahn."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs 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.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
The Utah fight song, which has been a staple at school events for more than 100 years, could officially be 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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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
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).
Thanks to Football Scoop
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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.