Graham Watson

  • Report: Ed Orgeron fired OC Cam Cameron, not LSU

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    New LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron was the person who fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, not the university, according to a report in the New Orleans Times Picayune.

    According to the report, Orgeron was given the choice about the direction of the Tigers’ offense and he opted for a change in the offensive system, which didn’t included Cameron’s assistance. Orgeron promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator and pushed Cameron, who was good friends with Miles and had been LSU’s offensive coordinator since 2013, out.

    Ensminger has been an offensive coordinator in several other places, including McNeese State, Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M and Clemson. He’s been the Tigers’ tight ends coach since 2010.

    Orgeron laid out LSU’s new offensive philosophy in his introductory press conference on Monday and said his goal is to score points, something that has been severely lacking for the Tigers’ this season.

    For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com.

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  • Kennesaw State player has epic freak out on first-ever flight (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    The Kennesaw State University football team took its first-ever flight Saturday — the program is only two years old — and redshirt freshman linebacker Keagan Jordan wasn’t feeling it.

    The two-year letterman had never flown before and even before the plane left the ground in Georgia heading for Pittsburgh, Jordan started to regret his decision to come aboard.

    So what did his teammates do to calm him down, they filmed his entire freakout and were treated to an unexpected ending.

    Excuse my laugh, but it was his first flight and he passed out ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/G1XRjXdtcu

    — Zeezus (@TheDayOfZay) September 23, 2016

    Yes, Jordan, who clutches his chest and yells, “Oh! Oh! Oh my God! We ain’t gone make it!” appears to pass out much to the amusement of his teammates.

    Rest assured Jordan was OK and did play in the 36-28 victory over Duquesne.

    Now you can decide whether you think this video is real or fake, but Kennesaw State spokesman Mike DeGeorge somewhat vouched for its authenticity.

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  • Roundtable: Remembering Les Miles' time at LSU

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    One of the quirkiest and most colorful coaches in college football was let go from his job Sunday. Les Miles is a national treasure; at LSU, he was poor at clock management but quick with the one-liner. The school fired him on Sunday after he started the season 2-2. Miles’ dismissal was long overdue, but it doesn’t make it any less difficult.

    So for this week’s roundtable, our panel looks back on the decision to fire Miles and their favorite Les Miles moment.

    Pat Forde shared his thoughts on Les Miles in a piece Sunday evening, but he also added some thoughts about Miles as a person and a coach:

    Everything about Les was just a little off. But charmingly so.

    (Pat Forde)

    THAT’S A DIFFERENT DAY ENTIRELY

    If you’re going to fire a guy, I guess it’s better to do so after a 2-2 start than a 9-3 season.

    My favorite memory of Miles is his 2013 honor of Columbus Day. This is not St. Paddy’s Day. It’s a different day entirely.

    (Nick Bromberg)

    IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE SHOES

    (Graham Watson)

  • Tennessee fans burn couches in celebration of Florida win (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Tennessee defeated Florida for the first time since 2004 and how did fans celebrate?

    By burning couches.

    Seriously.

    @ClayTravis It's lit in knoxville. Literally. pic.twitter.com/jClsc6yelQ

    — Zackary Peddicord (@PeddiVOL) September 25, 2016

    ITS COUCH BURNING TIME IN TENNESSEE pic.twitter.com/TjBgw7es7A

    — Old Row (@OldRowOfficial) September 25, 2016

    Couch burning in Knoxville, y'all pic.twitter.com/tkLJwh0G62

    — TNgooner (@TNgooner) September 25, 2016

    https://t.co/PRVUh1pvvg looks like somebody is burning a couch on Lake Avenue next to Pres Court. I miss Knoxville dearly at times like this

    — Matthew French (@MattJarFren) September 25, 2016

    The Vols also appear to be the favorite to win the SEC East.

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  • Arizona RB J.J. Taylor lost for the season with ankle injury

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Arizona freshman running back J.J. Taylor suffered a broken ankle during Saturday’s loss to Washington and will miss the rest of the season.

    Taylor started in place of Nick Wilson, who was sidelined by an ankle injury against Hawaii last week. In Wilson’s stead against the Rainbow Warriors, Taylor rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown. He had 97 yards and a touchdown against the Huskies before his injury.

    “Extremely frustrating,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said following the Washington loss. “I mean, J.J. Taylor breaks his ankle. This guy’s going to be lights out, is lights out, and will be whenever he comes back.”

    The Wildcats’ running back position is woefully thin. Orlando Bradford, who was the co-starter at the beginning of the season, is no longer with the program after being charged with multiple felony counts of domestic violence. Zach Green is the Wildcats’ last healthy scholarship running back. He had six carries for 19 yards. Tyrell Johnson, a receiver, had five carries for 16 yards, but had a key fourth quarter fumble. Johnson played running back in high school and prep school, but hasn’t played the position in his two seasons with the Wildcats.

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  • Man arrested after setting fire to Toomer's Corner oak tree (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    A 29-year-old Auburn man is in custody after being accused of setting one of the Toomer’s Corner oak trees on fire following Auburn’s win against LSU.

    At 13-14 seconds, the guy walks up to the right tree, lights the left side of the toilet paper and walks away. Piece of trash. pic.twitter.com/L40AktdLwy

    — Austin Scott (@austingscott) September 25, 2016

    Footage from the surveillance cameras on the corner show a man walk up to one of the trees and set fire to the toilet paper hanging from it. The trees are rolled with toilet paper following wins. The man then attempts to walk away, but is noticed by others on the site.

    LEAVE THE TREES ALONE #ToomersCorner #AuburnvsLSU #Auburn pic.twitter.com/RHDA4YqpuM

    — John Taylor (@johntaylor484) September 25, 2016

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  • Stanford's late-game heroics net win, gambler's nightmare

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The streak is now nine.

    Late-game heroics by Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns helped the Cardinal score a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds and claim a 22-13 win against UCLA.

    The nine-game winning streak is the longest by any opponent against UCLA since the Bruins joined the Pac-12 in 1928.

    UCLA had stifled star Christian McCaffrey and the Stanford offense for the bulk of the game and took a four-point lead into the final two minutes. However, that’s when Stanford seemingly became a different team. With no timeouts, the Cardinal worked downfield methodically for 70 yards and Burns found receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who managed to get one foot inbounds, with an 8-yard touchdown pass. Burns’ 66 passing yards on the drive accounted for almost half of the 137 he had in the game.

    The Cardinal added a late touchdown on the game’s final play when Solomon Thomas picked up a fumble by quarterback Josh Rosen and ran it into the end zone. While the score didn’t have much effect on the game itself, it did make a few gamblers lucky since the original spread at most sportsbooks was -3 for the Cardinal.

    The 22 points were the fewest Stanford had scored since the 2015 season opener.

  • UNC overcomes 13-point deficit in last 6 minutes to beat Pitt

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    North Carolina led just one time during Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh — as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

    Quarterback Mitch Trubisky hit Bug Howard for a two-yard touchdown to take a 37-36 lead with two seconds to play and give the Tar Heels a hard-fought leg up in the ACC Coastal Division.

    During the final drive, Trubisky converted three fourth-and-longs as the Tar Heels rallied from as much as 13 down in the fourth quarter.

    Pitt jumped out to a 12-0 lead and fought off a late second-quarter surge by North Carolina to take a 19-16 lead into halftime. After scoring two touchdowns on its first two second-half possessions, Pitt hit a field goal early in the fourth quarter that seemed to all but seal the game.

    While Trubisky was playing lights out — he completed 35-of-46 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns — the North Carolina running game was non-existent. Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan and Trubisky combined for 22 carries for a measly 18 yards.

    However, the Tar Heels didn’t seem to need the rushing attack as Trubisky found Howard in the end zone with 5:24 remaining to climb within six points, and then he found Howard again on the final score of the game.

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  • Ken Starr believes Baylor and the media treated Art Briles 'totally unfairly'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Former Baylor chancellor and president Ken Starr defended former coach Art Briles during a keynote interview at the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday.

    During the one-hour interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Starr said the media, mostly ESPN, did a “grave and grievous unfairness” to Briles during its reporting of the sexual assault scandal at Baylor.

    “Art Briles was not fired for cause. That’s key,” Starr said. “And I think in fairness to coach Briles, coach Briles is an honorable, decent man who devoted his life to helping mold and shape young men. ESPN can mock that all that they want, but they have done a grave and grievous unfairness to someone.”

    When asked whether Briles, who was fired by the university, was treated unfairly, Starr replied: “Totally unfairly.”

    Starr was reassigned and ultimately left the university. He told Smith he plans to release a book that would detail his thoughts on the Baylor scandal. A scandal, he added, that was made bigger than it should have been. Starr said he didn’t think the sexual assaults at Baylor were part of a cultural problem.

    However, Starr still defended the university, which he called, “a very happy place.”

  • What to Watch: The spotlight shifts to the SEC East

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    While the week’s talk has been focused on Louisville, the SEC has a chance this week to shift the spotlight and regain their footing as the nation’s best conference (if you believe they’ve lost that ground). Four of the matchups noted in this week’s What to Watch come from the SEC and several are key to the SEC East race, which appears to be wide open. While this week’s slate of games isn’t as good as last week, there’s still a ton to check out in this week’s What to Watch:

    Game of the week: No. 17 Arkansas at No. 10 Texas A&M. 9 p.m. ET Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen is just the fourth quarterback in Arkansas history to go 3-0 in his first three starts, but maintaining that winning streak will be tough against a Texas A&M defensive front that is one of the best in the country.

    Ends Daeshon Hall and Myles Garrett have three sacks and seven quarterback hurries between them, but overall, the Aggies are the No. 9 defense with 12 sacks. The Arkansas offensive line has had a little trouble keeping opposing teams out of the backfield with six sacks allowed and the Razorbacks haven’t faced a defense as tough as the Aggies.

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