Graham Watson

  • Clemson's Dabo Swinney to appear at anti-gay group fundraiser

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for the Palmetto Family Council, which has drawn the ire of several people who are calling for him to back out of the engagement.

    The Palmetto Family Council is a conservative advocacy group that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

    “I find it highly inappropriate that Coach Swinney would appear at a fundraiser for an organization that is so openly discriminatory and politically motivated,” House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, said in a statement released to The State. “I cannot fathom why Coach Swinney or anyone else would knowingly assist a group whose mission is to fight against equal rights and equal treatment of others.”

    According to the Family Council website, its No. 1 goal is keep the “traditional family model” in South Carolina.

    "Our vision is to transform the culture in South Carolina by promoting the values and virtues of marriage, the traditional family model, and sexual purity."

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  • D-III player who suffered major spinal cord injury walks at graduation (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 23 hrs ago

    Memorial Day should be about honor and inspiration, and one former football player added some of the latter during his college graduation on Saturday.

    Chris Norton, a former player for Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, walked across the stage to receive his diploma a little more than five years after doctors told him he had a three percent of regaining movement after suffering a fractured neck and a compressed spinal cord.

    On Oct. 26, 2010, Norton, then a freshman at Lutheran, was covering a kickoff when an opposing player’s knee came up and knocked Norton in the head. He was motionless and had to be airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

    “They told me there was a three percent chance of any kind of movement below the injury site,” Chris said in a 2011 interview with Des Moines television station KCCI. “So that was definitely a big blow. But it never really seemed real. Just knew right from the beginning that that wasn’t going to be the case and that I was going to be able to walk and be able to move again.”

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  • Even weddings aren't immune to Urban Meyer's photobombing

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Urban Meyer spent Memorial Day taking in one of his favorite pastimes — photobombing.

    Yes, America’s favorite photobombing coach was at it again this past weekend, tainting a picture with a blushing bride.

    For gosh sake, you'd think master photobomber could shut it down at a WEDDING! @OSUCoachMeyer @AmyHalpin @Nicki_07 pic.twitter.com/erhpWmKwVN

    I think we can all appreciate Shelley Meyer calling out her husband’s addiction. After all, this isn’t his first photobomb. There was that one time he was caught photobombing a couple at a party. And then that one time he photobombed a recruit. And, of course, the one time he was called out for photobombing his own family, which prompted the hashtag “#urbphotobomb.”

    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

  • Iowa QB C.J. Beathard trims hair for charity (Photo)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard was named starter after replacing Jake Rudock against Tennessee during the TaxSlayer Bowl and apparently thought now would be a good time to refine his image.

    Beathard had been known for his long blonde hair that he said took him three years to grow, but now those locks are going to Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides hair replacement for children undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or suffering from Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues.

    Just my personal opinion, but Beathard seems to rock hipster way better than hippy.

    And it should play well with all the television cameras now that Beathard is face of the Iowa program and the hope for the first season with more than eight wins since 2009.

    For more Iowa news, visit HawkeyeReport.com.

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  • The heartbreaking story of Chris Moon: Baseball prospect turned war hero

    Graham Watson at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. – On a perch overlooking the pristine baseball diamonds of Cherry Field is the prospective site of a memorial dedicated to one of the finest athletes Tucson has ever known.

    Chris Moon was a pitcher who threw more than 90 mph and a center fielder who could throw out a base runner with precision. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the late rounds of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but instead accepted a partial scholarship to his dream school, the University of Arizona.

    Moon seemingly had everything going for him, but while friends and family had grand visions of watching him play professional baseball, he longed for a different challenge.

    In fall 2007, just a semester into his first year at Arizona, Moon told Wildcats coach Andy Lopez he was quitting the team to join the Army. Lopez spent more than an hour trying to talk Moon out of his decision.

    But Moon's mind was made up.

    "He was legit," Lopez said. "I personally think that if he would have played here three years … I'm not sure he would have been a big leaguer, but he would have had an opportunity to play professional baseball."

    Less than two years later, Moon was dead at age 20.

  • Northern Illinois wants fan input on its 2015 field design

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Northern Illinois is looking for a new field design for 2015 and it's looking for fan input.

    Here's the catch though, the field design has already been chosen. Yes, this is a slow reveal. We know, we know. The school posted six designs on its Instagram and would like feedback, but the choice has already been made.

    Here are the designs via NIU’s Instagram account:

    Personally, I like the first choice with outline of the Huskie, but I’m also a gravitating to the last option with the alternating yard lines. Maybe the Huskies should make it easy on everyone and just change their field design for every home game in 2015.

    Which one would you pick?

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  • QB Everett Golson announces transfer to Florida State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 days ago

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    Florida State has won the contest for Everett Golson’s services.

    Golson sent a statement to Fox Sports on Tuesday proclaiming his decision.

    Golson announced his intention to leave Notre Dame in early May after he lost his starting job to Malik Zaire. Golson graduated and immediately started taking visits to other campuses. While initial reports linked the South Carolina native to several SEC schools, stringent SEC graduate transfer rules limited his options.

    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told Warchant.com last week that Golson would not be guaranteed the starting role. However, the Seminoles did just lose Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to the NFL. While Sean Maguire was next in line, his limited experience leaves him open to a fall competition.

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  • WR Speedy Noil back in good standing with Texas A&M

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 days ago

    Texas A&M receiver Speedy Noil is back in good standing with the program, according to coach Kevin Sumlin.

    Sumlin: WR Speedy Noil has fulfilled obligations & will be with team this summer. Ended spring away from team for unspecified reasons.

    Noil had missed parts of spring practices because of an undisclosed disciplinary issue, but AggieYell.com noted that Noil’s absence, which included missing a spring scrimmage, was not related to grades or legal issues.

    Noil, who was No. 3-rated receiver in the country for the 2014 class, had 46 catches for 583 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman.

    For more Texas A&M news, visit AggieYell.com.

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  • Former UNC player Chris Hawkins arrested for violating state agent laws

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 days ago

    Chris Hawkins, a former defensive back at North Carolina and Marshall, has been arrested and charged with violating North Carolina's state sports agent law.

    Hawkins, 32, faces two charges of trying to get former Tar Heels defensive end Robert Quinn to sign with him in 2010 and initiating contact with former UNC defensive back Jabari Parker in 2013.

    Both of these acts violate North Carolina's law that bars people from illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts. North Carolina is one of 43 states with a sports agent law.

    According to court documents, Hawkins is accused of giving Quinn $13,700 in cash and helping him sell game-used equipment for $1,700. Hawkins approached Parker via Instagram before he was a registered agent. Hawkins also is accused of intentionally failing to register as an athlete agent.

    For more North Carolina news, visit TarHeelIllustrated.com.

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  • FCS' leading rusher arrested and suspended for selling drugs to an undercover cop

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 15 days ago

    Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest on drug charges last week.

    According to court records reviewed by WJBC, Coprich allegedly tried to sell between 10 and 30 grams of marijuana to an undercover agent with Illinois State Police Task Force Six on April 16. He was charged with unlawful delivery of marijuana, a Class 4 felony.

    Coprich was released on bond after posting $2,025, but is due back in court on May 22. His offense carries a punishment ranging from probation to three years in jail.

    Coprich was a first-team All-American last season as he led the FCS with 2,274 yards and 27 touchdowns, both school records. He was the primary reason Illinois State played for a national championship.

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    Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter!Follow @YahooDrSaturday