Graham Watson

  • Report: Georgia RB Nick Chubb will miss game against Tennessee

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Georgia running back Nick Chubb won’t play Saturday against Tennessee, according to his father who spoke to DawgNation.

    Chubb suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter against Ole Miss last week and did not return.

    “I don’t think he’s going to play,” Henry Chubb, Nick’s father, told DawgNation on Friday afternoon. “He’s got that high-ankle sprain. He twisted it trying to make a cut against Ole Miss. He’s in good spirits and all. He understands it. The doctor said he’d need a couple weeks, so he’ll probably play next week.”

    Chubb missed most of last season after suffering a knee injury during the first play of last year’s game against Tennessee, but returned triumphantly by running for 222 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-24 win against North Carolina in the season opener. Chubb had 57 yards on 12 carries before his ankle injury last week.

    Coach Kirby Smart has not ruled Chubb out of the game and said he continues to work to get back on the field.

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  • Wisconsin loses LB Vince Biegel for 'several weeks' with broken foot

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Wisconsin officials confirmed Friday that senior outside linebacker Vince Biegel, who is the Badgers’ most experienced linebacker and a team captain, will miss several weeks with a broken foot.

    Reports surfaced late Thursday night that Biegel already had surgery to fix the injury.

    BREAKING: Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel had surgery tonight to have a screw inserted for a cracked foot, his father told me. Out 2-4 weeks.

    — Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) September 30, 2016

    “I really hate any time a player has to miss time due to an injury, especially a senior like Vince,” coach Paul Chryst said. “Vince has such a passion for football and loves playing the game. This team is very important to him and he is very important to our team. What you appreciate is that you know he will do everything in his power to get back on the field as soon as possible.”

    With Biegel sidelined, Zack Baun, Biegel’s backup, likely will move into the starting lineup opposite T.J. Watt. Baun has six tackles, including two for loss this season.

    No. 8 Wisconsin travels to No. 4 Michigan on Saturday.

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  • What to Watch: Another can't-miss weekend of ranked matchups

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    It seems like every odd week of this college football season we’ve had a slew of games that are can’t-miss, and that’s the case here in Week 5. There are three matchups between Top 10 teams and they all have implications within their various leagues. And then there are some revenge games (like Houston’s win over UConn on Thursday night) that are fun as well.

    The college football season has not yet disappointed in 2016 and this won’t be the week it happens either. Here’s what to watch heading into Week 5:

    Game of the week:

    No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson, 8 p.m. ET

    This game represents Louisville’s chance to step on the throat of the ACC Atlantic.

    If it defeats Clemson, it’s going to be difficult for either the Tigers or Florida State to claim the ACC Atlantic title. Moreover, it puts the Cardinals in prime position to earn one of the coveted four spots in the College Football Playoff.

    But that’s still a big “if.”

    If the Clemson offense can’t keep pace, it’s going to be a long day for the Tigers.

    Game to watch:

    No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington. Fri., 9 p.m. ET

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    No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan, 3:30 p.m. ET

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  • QB Greg Ward Jr. sparks Heisman talk after Houston's 42-14 win

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    Houston didn’t want to call Thursday night’s game against Connecticut a revenge game, but the joy of the 42-14 win was palpable.

    The Huskies were the only team to defeat Houston during coach Tom Herman’s two seasons on campus and the No. 6 Cougars, who are eyeing a spot in the College Football Playoff, weren’t going to let it happen again.

    Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. put on a show in the win, completing 84.2 percent of his passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 65 yards and two scores in just three quarters of work.

    And actually, most of those stats came in the second and third quarters.

    The first quarter was a bit of a dud for the Cougars as they came out flat and struggled to get the offense going against what seems like an inspired UConn defensive front. Part of the issue was the fact that the Cougars traditional running backs were missing thanks to injury. Duke Catalon was recovering from a concussion and Mulbah Car was out after suffering a knee injury during last week’s game against Texas State.

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  • Blake Barnett leaves Alabama, could exploit little-known transfer rule

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Alabama coach Nick Saban confirmed Thursday evening that quarterback Blake Barnett has left the program. Barnett started the season opener for the Crimson Tide, but was replaced by Jalen Hurts. He hasn’t started since.

    “We received word this afternoon that Blake Barnett has officially withdrawn from school and is no longer with our program,” Saban’s statement read. “The quarterback position is a very unique position where only one player can play. We are very disappointed any time a player leaves the program who feels he can compete for a starting position elsewhere, rather than here at Alabama. We wish Blake the very best of luck in the future.”

    While some will quibble with the timing for Barnett’s decision, an article in 247Sports details why it might be ingenious. Barnett could take advantage of bylaw 14.5.6 in the NCAA transfer guide, which states that if Barnett were to transfer to a two-year institution and graduate with a GPA over 2.5 and at least 12 credit hours a semester, he could be eligible to play the following year at another FBS school.

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  • LA police threaten 'further action' if not paid to staff USC games

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Los Angeles Police Protective League issued a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Commissioner Matthew Johnson saying the police who take care of security for USC home football games “will be compelled to take further action” if they are not paid for their services.

    According to the letter, on-duty police officers have been steered away from their normal duties to help police USC home football games without additional compensation.

    “It is our understanding the USC does not have an agreement with the City of Los Angeles regarding the payment for these police services. This ‘gift of public funds’ must end,” the letter read.

    “The lack of payment for police services, which has spanned several years, violates both city code and state law. The Board of Police Commission has failed to stop the misuse of police resources that has diverted officers from their regular assignments to provide free security to a university with a $4 billion-dollar endowment, and to a football program whose conference, the PAC 12, has a $250 million a year television contract with ESPN.”

    When reached by Yahoo Sports, USC issued the following statement:

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  • Abuse charges against LSU DL Davon Godchaux dropped

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The charges against LSU defensive lineman Davon Godchaux in connection with a domestic abuse case involving him and his girlfriend have been dropped. Hillar Moore, the district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, announced the decision Tuesday afternoon.

    Godchaux was arrested early Monday morning and charged with false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment. His girlfriend also was arrested because of conflicting stories. According to the girlfriend, Godchaux grabbed her and tossed her backward twice. She had a swollen lip and a red mark near her neck, according to a police report. The girlfriend also said Godchaux refused to let her leave with the couple’s 10-month-old child.

    He was indefinitely suspended following the arrest and did not practice Monday or Tuesday. LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday that Godchaux would be rejoining the team later that day.

  • Nebraska governor says he'll meet with protesting Huskers player

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said via Twitter that he would like to meet with one of Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem prior to last Saturday’s game against Northwestern.

    Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry, three African-American players, kneeled to protest racial injustice. Ricketts called the act “disgraceful” and “disrespectful,” which prompted a tweet from Rose-Ivey.

    @GovRicketts I would love to sit down and further the discussion with you if you are available..

    — Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) September 27, 2016

    Ricketts responded to the request late Tuesday night.

    .@Rose_IveyNB15 Thanks for reaching out. Direct message me your information, and we will get something set up right away!

    — Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) September 28, 2016

    Daub later said he didn’t say the players needed to be kicked off the team.

    Coach Mike Riley supported the three players.

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  • OSU's T. Boone Pickens says OU president David Boren should retire

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Oklahoma State donor T. Boone Pickens, whose name is on the Cowboys’ stadium, has started the Bedlam rivalry a little early this year with some choice words for Oklahoma president David Boren.

    Pickens told the Austin American-Statesman’s podcast, “On Second Thought” that “maybe it’s time for David to retire” after a report surfaced that Boren had changed his mind about Big 12 expansion.

    “I’ve known David forever. He likes to talk. He gets a little bit confused sometimes,” Pickens said.

    Boren was one of the most outspoken voices in favor of expansion 18 months ago. However, a report in Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush on Tuesday suggested Boren might be changing his position amid pressure from his board. Boren answered the story by stating, “Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion.”

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  • UNC linebacker Allen Artis says he's not a rapist ahead of court appearance

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Suspended North Carolina linebacker Allen Artis maintained his innocence Tuesday while meeting with the media ahead of his Thursday court appearance for charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student.

    Artis is accused of raping Delaney Robinson on Valentine’s Day in the Ram Village apartments on UNC’s campus. Robinson held a press conference on Sept. 13 stating police had done little to help her after she reported the rape. She said she felt police gave preferential treatment to Artis because he was a football player. Shortly after her appearance, Artis was indefinitely suspended from the team and he turned himself into police.

    Artis told the Associated Press he wasn’t a rapist and that he was “surprised, hurt, distraught” over the allegations.

    Artis’ lawyer, Kerry Sutton, said Artis had passed a polygraph when asked about the incident.

    Artis said he did not see Robinson drinking and that she was conscious during consensual sex.