- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
When Kenny Hill’s record-breaking night against South Carolina concluded with a 52-28, the nicknames started flying.
The most popular nickname for Texas A&M’s new quarterback? Well, Kenny Football, of course.
But Hill wasn’t so quick to embrace the name.
"I don't really like 'Kenny Football,’” Hill said after the game.
That’s fair considering the “Football” moniker was coined for his predecessor Johnny Manziel, or “Johnny Football.” Manziel’s family even trademarked the name so they could make money off it after Manziel left A&M.
But that didn’t stop Manziel from anointing Hill the next “Football” on his Twitter feed.
KENNY FOOTBALL!!! #GigEm
If anything, Hill might command a better nickname since his performance was better statistically than any Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winner, had during his two-season career with the Aggies.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
It’s Friday morning and a perfect time to take a moment to listen to Nebraska coach Bo Pelini rail against the evils of marijuana.
During the Big Red Breakfast on Friday morning, Pelini decided to go on a tangent from the usual celebration of the season opener against Florida Atlantic to tell the 250 people in attendance about the dangers of marijuana in our society.
“Let’s face it, it’s not OK,” Pelini said. “I think everybody that’s our age, my age, hopefully understands that it’s not OK. It’s not good. It’s not good for you. And these kids do it on a daily basis and a yearly basis … and it’s a real problem out there.
“Fortunately for us it is not (an issue) in our program. But I can tell you around college football and college athletics … serious in college. I guarantee you walk into dorms nowadays and it is a horrible problem.”
College Station furniture store owes customers more than $1 million after A&M's upset of South CarolinaGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
It’s a good thing the Ashley Furniture is located in College Station, Texas, because they’re going to owe Texas A&M fans more than $1 million.
The store put out a promotion earlier this month saying it would cover the costs of furniture purchased between Aug. 16 through Aug. 27 if Texas A&M defeated South Carolina by at least 10 points.
The Aggies were a 10-point underdog, but ended up winning 52-28 (24 points for the math challenged).
Store owner Mark Wilks told ESPN that 600 people purchased furniture during the promotional period which totaled more than $1 million. One fan bought $20,000 worth of furniture — now that’s confidence.
The store did take out insurance for the promotion, so all of its debts are covered, the store will just have to pay the insurance 15 percent of what it will reimburse.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Maybe it’s not the player; maybe it’s the system.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his offensive staff might not have gotten enough credit for their t utelage while Heisman winner Johnny Manziel was leading the Aggies, but after watching Kenny Hill, a first-year starter, pick apart South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium, there has to be something to Sumlin’s method.
Hill, who played poised and confident, set a school record by throwing for 511 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Aggies to an improbable 52-28 upset.
It was a little like the performance Manziel gave during his first start against Florida — but better. In fact, Hill shattered Manziel’s passing yardage record and had a season opener that rivaled the performance Jameis Winston gave against Pittsburgh during his first start.
Of course it wasn’t just Hill alone. He got major help from what might be the best offensive line in the SEC and Malcome Kennedy slid into the role of go-to receiver with 14 catches for 137 yards. Three different receivers — Josh Reynolds, Edward Pope and Ricky Seals-Jones — had touchdown catches while three different running backs handled the load on the ground.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Line judge Allen Andrick left the game between Louisiana-Monroe and Wake Forest after ULM safety Justin Backus plowed into him while trying to avoid tripping over a Wake Forest receiver.
Andrick was on the ground motionless for a few seconds before finally sitting up. Members of the Wake Forest training staff attended to him immediately and were checking the back of his head. Andrick walked off the field under his own power, but did not return.
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USC’s bad week just got worse after running back Anthony Brown quit the football team and alleged racism by coach Steve Sarkisian on his way out the door.
Brown posted the following photo on his Instagram account on Thursday and wrote, "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office... Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton."
News of his departure from the program followed shortly afterward.
Sark returns to media to inform us that RB Anthony Brown is no longer on the team. #USC
Sarkisian noted that Brown wanted to switch from cornerback to tailback, but he was injured during fall camp. He said that he thought Brown could help the team and tried to talk him out of quitting. He was surprised to hear of Brown’s allegations.
Brown's IG had a claim saying Sark treated him like a slave. Sark calls accusations "ridiculous."
Let's do this thing, yo!
It’s been a long eight or so months, but the new season is here and with it a new way to crown a champion. College football will forever be changed when the season kicked off with the game between Texas A&M and South Carolina at 6 p.m. ET Thursday (OK, technically it kicked off Wednesday with Georgia State's thrilling 38-37 win against Abilene Christian), the first of many contests that will ultimately parse out the top four teams and create the first-ever College Football Playoff.
But before we start looking ahead, it’s important to remember how we got here. So, here’s your 2013 refresher:
This guy won the Heisman, but created a lot of off-field drama while doing it (and after doing it). His team also won the national title and many people think it can do it again.
Even though the SEC’s streak of national championships ended, it did have two of the most miraculous plays in college football history courtesy of national championship runner-up Auburn.
Sorry Alabama. And by the way, this play made Chris Davis a rockstar for pretty much the rest of his life.
This trophy is now gone.
And we've replaced it with this.
Josh Shaw’s heroic story was a lie.
The USC senior cornerback admitted as much Wednesday in a statement released by the university, which also said Shaw had retained a lawyer.
Earlier Wednesday, the LAPD told Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com that Shaw was a subject in an ongoing investigation into a burglary at an apartment complex.
Shaw suffered two ankle sprains during the incident and was out indefinitely. Coach Steve Sarkisian said Shaw was also suspended indefinitely. Shaw is a team captain.
Shaw has not spoken to the media or been seen around the football facility since the heroic story surfaced. He did release a statement through his newly retained criminal lawyer, Donald Etra:
USC's Josh Shaw named in police report, Steve Sarkisian says investigation in the hands of authoritiesGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
USC coach Steve Sarkisian told media Wednesday that the program was in a “holding pattern” while the validity of Josh Shaw’s story about jumping from a second-story balcony to save his drowning nephew is handled by campus authorities.
According to Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com, the LAPD confirmed Shaw is named in an investigation regarding a break-in at an apartment building on Saturday night.
Preciado said nothing had been taken but that a window had been pried open. The investigation is ongoing.
Sarkisian said the vetting of Shaw story had been referred to campus authorities after several phone calls came in refuting Shaw's story that he jumped from a second-story window to save his drowning nephew. Shaw suffered two major ankle sprains in the incident.
Les Miles calls the SEC communications director 'bae' on the SEC teleconference and probably had no idea what it meantGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
LSU coach Les Miles was trying to channel his inner Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday when on the SEC teleconference, Miles referred to SEC communications director Chuck Dunlap as, “bae.”
For those who need an urban dictionary refresher, the term “bae” is usually a term of endearment and often used to refer to a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Was Miles trying to tell us something about his relationship with Chuck Dunlap? We kid, we kid.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time Miles has used the word and it’s become part of his everyday vernacular.
A couple weeks ago, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury referred to Beyonce as his “bae” on a T-shirt before doing the ALS ice-bucket challenge.