Graham Watson

  • Ex-Minn. WR survives cancer, creates T-shirts for patients undergoing chemo

    Graham Watson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Connor Cosgrove wasn’t exactly sure what was happening.

    He was in a secluded hospital room as nurses and doctors buzzed frantically around him. Only hours earlier, he’d given blood. He went to class, felt fine. Came home for a brief nap and found a series of text messages and voicemails waiting for him, calmly pleading for him to get to the emergency room right away.

    And here he was, staying calm while others around him were flustered and busy.

    “It’s mono,” he thought. “My mono has returned.”

    Doctors briefly spoke with Connor, asked him if he was OK and then told him they were going to move him to another space in the hospital to continue tests. He agreed, still not understanding, but definitely not panicking.

    The numbers on the elevator steadily ticked up until it stopped at the fifth floor. The doors opened and Connor’s heart sank. The floor was populated with children, varying in ages, some smiling, some attached to machines and almost all bald.

    Connor, 19-year-old receiver at the University of Minnesota, was being admitted as a pediatric oncology patient to the university’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital, and his life was about to change forever.

    "It’s denial at first …”

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  • Commissioner John Swofford has no plans to split ACC into three divisions

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The ACC has no plans to move to three divisions if the NCAA passes conference championship deregulation.

    CBSSports.com reported last week that deregulation was expected to pass by 2016 and the site quoted Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby as stating that he thought the ACC would use the opportunity to move to three divisions.

    ACC commissioner John Swofford told ESPN.com that there’s no truth to those rumors.

    "Our purpose behind initiating that discussion was really not about anything specific we would necessarily do, but based on the whole deregulation of a number of NCAA issues in recent years," Swofford told ESPN.com. "We said over and over again that doesn't mean we would necessarily change anything within our own league.

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  • Condi Rice, Larry Scott in favor of keeping the CFP at just four teams

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Want to expand the College football Playoff?

    Well, you’ll have to convince CFP committee member Condoleeza Rice it’s the right thing to do.

    Rice, along with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, was a keynote speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Sports Innovation Conference on Wednesday. Both were asked about possibly expanding the playoff and Rice towed the company line.

    "I feel pretty strongly about four now because I thought that the rivalry weekend — that Saturday after Thanksgiving — almost felt like a play-in game," said Rice, per ESPN's Heather Dinich. "Now the Iron Bowl, Alabama has to beat Auburn. You could imagine the circumstances in another year where the Civil War, Oregon really has to beat Oregon State. There are questions whether they will.

    "I agree that if it got much larger, I don't think you would have that momentum coming out of the regular season, so it's the best possible scenario."

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  • VOD: Utah tries to take its recruiting to a 'Fast and Furious' level

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    When you think of Utah football, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

    Fast cars, right?

    Yeah, me too. We’re totally on the same page with that one.

    So it’s a good thing Utah decided to capitalize on its well-known persona and create a recruiting video that tries (emphasize the word tries) to emulate the Fast and the Furious.

    Ute Fast / Ute Furious from Utah Football on Vimeo.

    So what I gather from this video is that Utah is sick of losing its top recruits to out-of state competition. And that’s fair. In the last two years, the top recruits in the state, including 2015’s No. 1 overall recruit Porter Gustin, went to other Pac-12 schools. Only twice since the Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2011 have they received a signature from a recruit ranked in the top three in state (2011 and 2013). Not once during that time has the top recruit gone to Utah and only once — OL Ryker Matthews — has the top in-state recruit stayed in state.

    For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.

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  • Bowl payouts top $500 million for first time, up $200 million from last year

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    The playoff era is already proving to be somewhat of a financial boon for college football programs and conferences across the board.

    According to a report by the Associated Press, bowl games paid out more than a half billion to college football conferences and schools, the most ever and an increase of more than $200 million compared to last season.

    The AP cites an NCAA report released Tuesday, which shows the 39 postseason FBS games distributed $505.9 million to participating conferences and schools. Schools spent $100.2 million to participate in bowl games.

    During the 2013-14 season, the final season of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), 35 postseason games paid out $309.9 million while participating schools spent $97.8 million on bowl expenses.

    The AP notes that the reason for the uptick in revenue is because of the multi-million dollar media deal to broadcast the College Football Playoff games and the four other top-level bowl games. 

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  • Darren Sharper removed from William and Mary's Hall of Fame

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Darren Sharper has been removed from the William & Mary Hall of Fame after the former All-Pro pled guilty or no contest to multiple rape charges over a three-year span.

    Sharper, who is a native of Richmond, Va., was a three-time all-conference selection while playing for the Tribe from 1993-96. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2008. He played 14 years in the NFL and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro.

    Sharper’s name has been removed from a plaque on the wall in the athletic department and his picture also has been removed. All mentions of him have been scrubbed and he will not be mentioned in any further football programs or materials.

    Sharper was working as an analyst with NFL Network when women began coming forward and telling of encounters with Sharper where they woke groggy and sexually abused. Sharper eventually pleaded guilty or no contest to raping or attempting to rape nine women in four states.

    Last month, Hermitage High School in Richmond removed all Sharper memorabilia and photos from its “Wall of Fame.”

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  • Vandy's 'Minute To Win It' is the best contest we've seen this spring (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    OK, we admit it, we handed out the Video of the Day award just a bit prematurely. And for that, we apologize.

    While Northwestern’s Dizzy Bat Contest is a great, great thing, Vanderbilt’s "Minute To Win It" competition is absolutely hilarious.

    Few teams need offseason bonding more than a Vanderbilt squad that is still learning under second-year coach Derek Mason. The Commodores were 3-9 in Mason’s first season after winning nine games in each of the previous two years under former coach James Franklin.

    And nothing bonds a team together better than ridiculous challenges that include kicking shoes onto a table, stacking bolts off the end of a dowel and eating Oreos in an unconventional fashion.

    It's all fun and games until an Oreo takes your eye out #minutetowinithttps://t.co/gTnRdIltDS

    Looks like Vanderbilt is having a lot more fun during the offseason than it did during the year.

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  • Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett won't take reps during OSU's spring game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    In one of the least surprising announcements of the spring, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said the quarterback competition would continue into the fall.

    Cardale Jones and Stephen Collierr will take the bulk of the reps during the annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage on Saturday; J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller will be held out of the game completely.

    "I don't know who our quarterback is going to be (this fall),” Meyer said adding that the subject of his quarterback rotation would be an "Aug. 15-type question."

    Meyer did note that Barrett, who is recovering from ankle surgery, has progressed far quicker than anyone expected and that he’s already participated in some two-minute drills during spring practices. Miller’s rehab has been a little quieter. Meyer said the rehabilitation was going well, but that he didn’t have a timetable for Miller to return to regular football drills. Miller did throw some very short passes during the early part of spring football.

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  • VOD: Northwestern's spring dizzy bat race is always entertaining

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    One of the great traditions of spring football is Northwestern’s Dizzy Bat Race. It happens every spring and every spring it’s hilarious.

    It’s a good thing these guys are wearing full pads while doing it otherwise, there might be some pretty nasty injuries from the resulting dizziness.

    Enjoy.

    For more Northwestern news, visit WildcatReport.com.

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  • Former Big 12 Newcomer of the Year to play one season with South Carolina

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    South Carolina’s secondary just got a little bit stronger.

    Isaiah Johnson, a two-year starting strong safety at Kansas, tweeted Sunday that he is joining South Carolina.

    Johnson has already graduated at Kansas and will enroll at grad school at South Carolina. Johnson will be immediately eligible and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

    Officially playing my senior year at the 🌴. University of South Carolina. 🌴 #blessed #Gamecocks #GamecockNation pic.twitter.com/oPop76xGwG

    Johnson, who spent seasons at Western Carolina and Iowa Western C.C., started all 24 games at strong safety for the Jayhawks during the past two seasons. He was named the Big 12’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2013 after posting 73 tackles and placing second in the conference with five interceptions. He had 75 tackles in 2014, which was second on the team.

    South Carolina ranked seventh in the SEC in pass efficiency defense.

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