Graham Watson

  • Hugh Freeze was 'shocked' by Laremy Tunsil's money admission

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Thursday he was caught off-guard by the comments made by former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, who said during the opening night of the NFL draft that an Ole Miss coach had given him money.

    “I know nothing,” Freeze said. “I’m not involved in the fact-finding process. I was shocked like everyone else (last Thursday night) living it out in real time but confident that our administration is going to find the facts and then give us a new report on it.”

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    Tunsil had a memorable (or forgettable) draft night after a hacker posted text messages between Tunsil and John Miller, Ole Miss assistant athletic director for football operations, talking about the exchange of money to help pay bills on Tunsil's Instagram.

    Tunsil was asked about it shortly after he was drafted and said: “I made a mistake. That happened.”

    Freeze was in New York for the draft at the time of the admission.

  • Ohio State QB Stephen Collier undergoes surgery for an ACL tear

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    Ohio State backup quarterback Stephen Collier underwent knee surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, according to several reports.

    Eleven Warriors first reported the news.

    Collier, a sophomore who was in line to backup starter J.T. Barrett, suffered the injury during the Buckeyes spring game and will miss the 2016 season.

    Collier completed 4 of 11 passes for 154 yards in the spring game on April 16. He was competing with Joe Burrow for the backup role. Burrow completed 14 of 23 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

    With Collier out, Barrett and Burrow are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the Buckeyes' roster, a far cry from the situation they found themselves in last year with three potential starting quarterbacks in the two-deep.

    The Buckeyes will add four-star pro-style quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., this fall.

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Former Bowling Green OL settles with school regarding concussions

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Former Bowling Green offensive lineman Cody Silk earned a settlement of $712,500 from his former university after claims that he suffered a permanent brain injury as a result of coaches and trainers allowing him to play following a series of concussions.

    Silk, a redshirt freshman on the 2010 team, told the Ohio Court of Claims that he had suffered two concussions, but was allowed to participate in full-contact practice until he suffered a third concussion and was ultimately medically disqualified from the team.

    At the time, Bowling Green was coached by Dave Clawson, who is now the head coach at Wake Forest.

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  • Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin wants Johnny Manziel to call him

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is concerned about former quarterback Johnny Manziel, who hasn’t returned any of Sumlin’ calls.

    Sumlin told the Paul Finebaum Show on Tuesday that he’d last seen the Heisman Trophy winner at former Aggie and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Mike Evans’ wedding in February. Since then, Manziel has been MIA for his old coach.

    “We’ve reached out to him and I haven’t gotten a response yet,” Sumlin told the radio program. “What we want is for him to be at peace and be safe. That has nothing to do with football and has everything to do with his life.

    “That was my message to him (at the wedding). That’s the only thing we really care about right now. Where he is as a person is more important than football or anything like that.”

    Manziel has had a tough offseason. He was cut by the Cleveland Browns and subsequently dropped by two different agents. He was recently indicted on an assault charge stemming from an incident with his former girlfriend in Dallas. He was last seen at a Justin Bieber concert during the first night of the 2016 NFL draft and then buying shots at the bar the following day.

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  • Report: Wichita State considering adding football, joining the FBS

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Wichita State is considering adding football to its lineup of sports, according to a report by CBSSports.com.

    The school, which already is considered a power player in mid-major basketball, is in the midst of a feasibility study that would examine the cost of bringing back a football program that was dropped in 1986.

    The school also is looking at the Mountain West as a possible landing spot as the conference’s 12 th football program and 13 th basketball school, according to the website. However, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson told CBSSports.com that if Wichita State were to consider adding football and moving away from the Missouri Valley Conference that the destination, “ ain't going to be us."

     

  • FSU student government bans headdresses at sporting events

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Florida State’s student government passed a resolution banning all Native American headdresses from Florida State athletic events.

    The resolution was passed on April 20.

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    Resolution 15 stated: "the wearing of any Native American headdresses shall no longer be permitted into athletic arenas at FSU," according to FSView, which obtained the document.

    The resolution passed 27-4. Five members abstained.

    The Native American headdresses that are worn at Florida State sporting events have been a constant source of debate. Many contend they look more like the ones worn by Plains region tribes, such as the Sioux, rather than the Seminole Tribe.

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  • Judge denies motion to dismiss Tennessee sexual assault case

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    A judge denied the University of Tennessee lawyers’ request to dismiss the sweeping sexual assault case against the university on Tuesday.

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    U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger did, however, grant one dismissal and that was a claim by one of the plaintiffs against a basketball player. The plaintiff claimed there was a practice of deliberate indifference to sexual assaults by Tennessee before her alleged sexual assault in 2013. The judge ruled that there was a statute of limitation on those claims and that it had expired.

    However, the other seven plaintiffs can proceed with their claims that there was deliberate indifference by the university. All eight are allowed to argue the disciplinary process in their individual cases was biased against the victims.

    On Feb. 9, a group of eight unidentified women filed suit against the school for its handling of sexual assault complaints made against student-athletes. The federal suit claimed Tennessee created a “hostile sexual environment” through indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.

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  • Four Auburn players arrested for marijuana possession

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Four Auburn football players were arrested Saturday on charges of second-degree marijuana possession. Auburn police arrested defensive end Byron Cowart, cornerback Carlton Davis III, wide receiver Ryan Davis and cornerback Jeremiah Dinson at 11 p.m. Saturday night .All four are rising sophomores.

    In a statement to the Opelika-Auburn News, coach Gus Malzahn said, "I am aware of the situation and we will handle this matter appropriately,"

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    Second-degree marijuana possession is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of not more than a year in jail and up to a $6,000 fine.

    Carlton Davis started as a true freshman and was an SEC All-Freshman team honoree after making 56 tackles and grabbing three interceptions. He was the first true freshman to start at cornerback for the Tigers since 2009.

    Ryan Davis was a four-star recruit, but saw limited action last season.

  • Ray Lewis III, son of former NFL star, charged with sexual battery

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Coastal Carolina cornerback Ray Anthony Lewis III, 20, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Friday after two women told police he sexually assaulted them.

    On Jan. 23, police responded to a local hospital where two women said they were sexually assaulted at an apartment across the street from Coastal Carolina’s campus.

    According to the arrest warrant, Lewis engaged in sexual battery with an 18-year-old woman he knew was incapacitated either by drugs or alcohol.

    Lewis turned himself into police on April 29.

    Lewis is the son of former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and two-time Super Bowl champion, Ray Lewis, who retired in 2013.

    Lewis spent two seasons at the University of Miami, his father’s alma mater, before transferring to Coastal Carolina. He played in 12 games in 2015 and made 14 solo tackles.

     

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  • Michigan and Georgia will work a satellite camp together

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    It wasn't long after the satellite camp ban was rescinded that Michigan and the SEC began to mend fences.

    The Wolverines and Georgia will work a satellite camp together in Atlanta this June. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff had originally planned to host a camp solo at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia on June 2. However, that camp has been moved to Maynard H. Jackson High School in Atlanta. It will still be hosted by Cedar Grove High School.

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    Harbaugh and Georgia coach Kirby Smart have not always seen eye-to-eye when it comes to the Wolverines’ off-season travel schedule. Smart was vocal about Michigan's trip to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida last month for spring football.

    "You've gotta think about recruiting rules, how are they going to handle those, is it an advantage, disadvantage?" Smart said, according to DawgsNation.com.

    Harbaugh responded via Twitter, but refused to call Smart by name.

    If the Georgia coach is implying any intent on our part to break rules, he is barking up the wrong tree.

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