Graham Watson

  • Abuse charges against LSU DL Davon Godchaux dropped

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 1 day 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.

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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