Graham Watson

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs 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 17 hrs 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 19 hrs 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 1 day 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.

  • Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell says he's '80 percent' recovered from broken leg

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell said he’s about 80 percent recovered from a broken leg he suffered against Auburn on Nov. 1.

    Last month, Treadwell posted a video on Instagram showing him running with Rebels’ linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who broke his ankle against LSU on Oct. 25.

    “It was not even a month ago when I got to jumping around and moving and being mobile, working out with the guys,” Treadwell said on Tuesday. “It kept me focused and wanting to get back out there.

    "There's a little hesitation. I'm about 80 percent, but you know it's getting better everyday.”

    Treadwell was headed toward the goal line for what would have been the game-winning score against the Tigers when he was tackled awkwardly resulting in a fractured fibula, a dislocated ankle and a game-losing fumble. The loss knocked the Rebels out of the top four of the College Football Playoff standings and left the Rebels reeling.

  • Alabama lawmaker proposes bill to bring back UAB football

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Alabama State Rep. Jack Williams, who on Monday called for the removal of UAB president Ray Watts, is currently working to get the Blazers football team reinstated.

    Williams, proposed legislation late last week to require the University of Alabama System to have a football program at UAB as long as there is one on the main campus in Tuscaloosa.

    More than 35 House members have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

    Watts announced in December that UAB was ending its football, women’s bowling and women’s rifle programs due to a lack of funding. Since that announcement, there have been numerous protests in an attempt to bring the sports back.

    Watts also has come under fire after AL.com released several documents that revealed Watts had already decided to disband the sports in September, despite claiming he didn't know their fates until November. One memo suggested UAB should wait until after the football season to announce the cuts to limit the in-season backlash.

    Williams called for Watts' job after the documents were released.

  • Former Nebraska DL coach arrested after domestic dispute

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Former Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski was charged Monday with third-degree assault following an incident at his residence Saturday evening to early Sunday morning.

    According to police reports, Kaczenski, 40, struck his wife in the face with a picture frame during a dispute. His wife, 33, suffered a cut to her forehead and scratches on her face and neck. She did not need to go to a hospital for medical treatment.

    Kaczenski denied to police he hurti his wife.

    Kaczenski was arrested Sunday and officially charged Monday. He was released on bond Monday evening, but is not allowed to have contact with his wife. The couple have two young children.

    His next court date is May 26 at 2 p.m.

    Kaczenski spent three seasons as the Huskers defensive line coach under former coach Bo Pelini from 2012-2014. New Nebraska coach Mike Riley did not retain him and was he invited to join Pelini at Youngstown State.

    Kaczenski was a three-year starting center at Notre Dame (1995-97) and spent seven seasons at Iowa before joining the Huskers.

    For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.

  • Papers show UAB planned to shut down football last September

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    When the University of Alabama-Birmingham announced in December that it was folding its football program, it became the first Football Bowl Subdivision/Division I-A school to do so since 1995. However, according to documents obtained by AL.com, the decision to end the program was actually made when the football season began.

    Public relations firm Sard Verbinnen & Co., initially advised the university to shut down football, women’s bowling and women’s rifle in September 2014. A memo obtained by AL.com noted that staff members, including football coach Bill Clark and athletic director Brian Mackin, would be notified on Sept. 17 and a public announcement would be made on Sept. 30. However, the public relations firm adjusted its thinking and advised the university to push the announcement back for fear of blowback from the football team.

  • Idaho cancels rescheduled game vs. Florida, adds Mizzou

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    For those who were hoping to see Florida make up its 2014 canceled game against Idaho, you might be waiting awhile.

    The rescheduled contest was supposed to take place in 2017, but the Vandals postponed the game and instead scheduled a contest against Missouri in its place.

    The original game was scheduled for Aug. 30, 2014, but the game was delayed because of poor weather and then ultimately canceled. As a result of the cancelation, Florida agreed to pay Idaho $970,000, the original payout for the game, and then the two sides agreed to a reschedule in 2017, which Idaho announced in a press release.

    However, Missouri offered to pay Idaho $1.3 million for a Oct. 21, 2017 contest, and the Florida game was scratched for that year.

    According to the Spokesman Review, there is hope the game might still be played, but it’s unknown when.

    For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

  • Chuck Bednarik, namesake of the Bednarik Award, dead at 89

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Penn's legendary linebacker and College Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik passed away early Saturday morning. He was 89.

    Bednarik, who is the namesake for the award given to the top defensive player in the country, played both linebacker and center for the Penn Quakers. He was a three-time All-American and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

    Bednarik won the Maxwell Award, which honors the nation’s top player, in 1948 and finished third in Heisman voting that same year. The Maxwell Football Club, which issues the Maxwell Award, founded the Chuck Bednarik Award in 1995.

    The Penn Football program joins the entire football community in mourning the passing of Chuck Bednarik this morning. pic.twitter.com/D7L8aoLCAx

    Bednarik was the first overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949. Known as “Concrete Charlie” because he sold concrete to supplement his income, Bednarik played linebacker and center for the Eagles until 1962.

    "Pros like myself played football not for money or glory, but for the simplest reason: the love of the game." - R.I.P. Chuck Bednarik