Graham Watson

  • Alabama RB Tyren Jones dismissed following marijuana arrest (Update)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    Alabama's week just got a little bit worse.

    Running back Tyren Jones, who was already serving a team suspension, was arrested Tuesday for marijuana possession, the third arrest for the Tide since Saturday morning. Not long after the news of his arrest emerged, Jones was dismissed from the team by head coach Nick Saban.

    “Tyren Jones was indefinitely suspended from the football program early in the semester," Nick Saban said Tuesday in a statement. "He was given an opportunity academically and from a team rules standpoint, but he failed to do any of the things necessary to comply with the rules of the Alabama football program. He was dismissed from the team when he refused to follow the parameters given to him for reinstatement.”

    Jones was suspended on Feb. 10 for what coach Saban called "conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program." He was not been working out with the program since the suspension.

    Jones was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and was released on $1,000 bond.

    For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.

  • USF former starting QB Mike White granted his release

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    South Florida quarterback Mike White, who started 15 games for the Bulls, has been granted his release.

    White, who opened last season as the team’s starter, appeared to be trailing in the quarterbacking competition this spring behind Quinton Flowers and senior Steven Bench.

    "Mike and I talked after the conclusion of spring practice and he expressed his desire to pursue the remainder of his career at another school," coach Willie Taggart said in a release by the school.

    “We wish Mike all the best in his future and thank him for his contributions to our program and university.”

    White won the starting job during fall camp last August and while his grip on the role was tenuous, he did rally the Bulls from a 20-point halftime deficit for a 38-30 win against Tulsa. However, he threw two interceptions in the first half against Cincinnati the following week and was benched at halftime. His only playing time at the end of the season came in the fourth quarter against SMU where he rallied the Bulls to a 14-13 win.

    White was a big-league pitching prospect during high school, but turned his attention solely on football last spring in an effort to become the Bulls starter.

  • USC AD Pat Haden tweets he's skipping CFP meetings in Indianapolis to honor his gay son

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 23 hrs ago

    USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a tweet Tuesday that he would not be attending the College Football Playoff meeting in Indianapolis this week because of the newly signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

    I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity

    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law last week and takes effect July 1, would prohibit laws that "substantially burden" a person's freedom of religion. The broad definition of the Act has caused many critics to claim the bill would open the door for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    "I certainly understand and respect Pat's position," College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock told USA TODAY Sports. "Everyone has the right to express their personal opinion and Pat, to his credit, has expressed his. As a father and also a human being, I respect him for that. I will also express my personal opinion: I think they need to fix this.

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  • Cincinnati QB Jarred Evans acquitted of assault, hopes to rejoin team

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Cincinnati backup quarterback Jarred Evans was found not guilty of assault after a jury sided with his claim that he punched a fellow student in self-defense.

    On Friday, Evans testified that he and his girlfriend were walking down the street when they heard a series of racial remarks. Evans is black and his girlfriend is white. The couple ignored the comments and continued walking, but Evans said one of the men, Ryan Smith, blocked their path.

    "He flinched at me with his hands up," Evans testified, "and I just reacted with a punch, a jab."

    That punch left Smith unconscious on the sidewalk.

    However, Smith gave a contradictory account, stating that he was behind the couple and that Evans sought him out and punched him for no reason.

    The jury took three hours to deliberate. Judge Robert Taylor also declared a mistrial on a disorderly conduct charge after jurors could not reach a verdict.

    For more Cincinnati news, visit BearcatReport.com.

  • Oklahoma suspends RB Keith Ford for rule violations

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oklahoma running back Keith Ford has been indefinitely suspended for academic and team rules violations, coach Bob Stoops announced Monday.

    Ford rushed for 369 yards and five touchdowns in eight total games with three starts, but saw his carries decrease after suffering a broken fibula against Tennessee and the emergence of Samaje Perine.

    Before being injured, Ford led the Big 12 in scoring through the first three games.

    Ford’s suspension opens up a very crowded backfield for the Sooners. Perine, an All-American, is the incumbent, followed by junior Alex Ross, sophomore Daniel Brooks and freshmen Joe Mixon and Rodney Anderson, who suffered a sprained MCL and will miss the rest of spring practices.

    For more Oklahoma news, visit SoonerScoop.com.

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  • Jimbo Fisher says Jameis Winston was the victim of 'character assassination'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Jameis Winston’s tumultuous off-field time at Florida State has been well documented, and it’s been one of the most scrutinized aspects of the potential No. 1 overall pick as he prepares for the NFL draft.

    In two seasons at Florida State, Winston was accused — and eventually cleared — of sexually assaulting a fellow student. He was cited for shoplifting crab legs from a local supermarket and he was suspended a game for jumping on a table and yelling an obscene phrase in the middle of the student union.

    And through it all, coach Jimbo Fisher has defended his now-former star quarterback and he continued his vigilance Friday to Tampa Bay radio station WDAE-AM 620.

    WDAE hosts Tom Jones and Rick Stroud asked Fisher about NFL teams focusing on Winston’s character issues. Fisher told the hosts that Winston’s image was a product of media coverage that portrayed him as a bad person.

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

  • Kansas coach David Beaty will earn $25,000 per Big 12 win

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Kansas football is making new coach David Beaty earn his salary.

    Beaty, who is the lowest paid coach in the Big 12, will be paid at least $800,000, according to documents obtained by the Kansas City Star, but has the power to increase that number with each conference win.

    That’s right, with every Big 12 win, Beaty will be rewarded with $25,000. With nine Big 12 games on the schedule, Beaty has an opportunity to increase his annual salary by 225,000.

    However, conference wins have not been easy to come by for the Jayhawks. In the past five seasons, Kansas has just three total conference wins — one in each of the past three years.

    The lack of on-field success is likely what caused Kansas to drastically scale back on Beaty’s contract. In 2009, Kansas gave Turner Gill, who was ousted after two seasons, a five-year, $10 million contract. Charlie Weis, who lasted three years, was awarded a five-year, $12.5 million package. Those two men combined for a 12-48 overall record.

  • Petition to move Big Ten title game out of Indiana surfaces after 'religious freedom' bill signed

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Sean Burke, a Wisconsin fan, has started a petition on change.org to have the Big Ten Championship football game taken out of the state of Indiana.

    The petition was sparked because of a “religious freedom” bill Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Thursday.

    Senate Bill 101 essentially would allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian patrons on the basis of religious beliefs.

    Burke’s petition, which had 3,900 signatures at the time of this posting, claims the state of Indiana is not living up to the ideals of the Big Ten Conference.

    The Big Ten title game is scheduled to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium through 2021.

    The Big Ten Conference released a statement Friday afternoon stating that its presidents and chancellors would review the "impact" of the bill during its next meeting.

  • NBC is bringing back college football sitcom 'Coach'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Minnesota State Screaming Eagles’ fans rejoice, America’s favorite fictional college football program is coming back to television.

    The sitcom Coach , which starred Craig T. Nelson as coach Hayden Fox, is getting a reboot. NBC has picked up 13 episodes of the popular college football comedy. There is no announced premiere date.

    And we couldn’t be more excited. Well, those of us on the Dr. Saturday staff old enough to remember and appreciate the show.

    The original series aired for nine seasons from 1987-1997 on ABC. Fox was the coach of Division I-A’s Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles (and the final two seasons as the coach of the NFL’s Orlando Breakers). He had two lovable but bumbling assistant coaches in Luther Van Dam, who was played by Jerry Van Dyke (remarkably, still alive), and Michael “Dauber” Dybinkski, who was played by Bill Fagerbakke. The show also starred Shelly Fabares as Fox’s wife Christine Armstrong.

    Nelson actually won an Emmy for his role as Fox in 1992.

    Those Coach diehards will remember that the series concluded with Fox and Christine adopting a child after they were unable to conceive.

    But here are a few clips to whet your coaching whistle:

  • Tennessee OL arrested after allegedly stealing an Xbox from another student

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Tennessee offensive tackle Coleman Thomas was arrested Wednesday on a felony theft charge after he was accused of stealing an Xbox and three video games from a dorm room.

    According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, which obtained the police report, a student reported on March 13 that someone entered his room at Reese Hall on the University of Tennessee’s campus between 10:55 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and stole his Xbox and games Call of Duty Warfare, NBA2K15 and NHL 15.

    Police learned the stolen items had been sold to a local Game Stop store that day for $176. The transaction was traced back to Thomas.

    The arrest report noted that the value of the items was $640.

    Thomas, who has been suspended from all team activities, is scheduled to be arraigned on April 7.

    Thomas, a rising sophomore, did participate in the Vols first spring practice on Tuesday. He played in 11 of Tennessee's 13 games last season as a true freshman and started five games at right tackle. He worked out at center during spring practice.