- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher cut an interview session short on Monday after reporters starting asking about the off-field issues surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston.
Fisher, whose team is on a bye week, was speaking at the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club near Winston’s hometown. He was asked whether there was any news regarding the student code of conduct hearing and replied: "We're moving on with Louisville and talking about the other things. Everything should be great."
However, the questions didn’t stop there.
Another reporter noted that Fisher’s reputation had taken a hit and Fisher asked him to stop asking the question.
“I’m done,” Fisher said. “I’m done.”
Fisher then asked the reporter if he was going to put the interview on air and the reporter said he wasn’t, which caused Fisher to give one final answer.
"Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?" Fisher said. "I don't want to get into this. The questions weren't supposed to be asked today. I'm done. I'm done."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Florida State and Louisville don’t meet until Oct. 30, but Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino had no qualms about putting out his prediction early.
Rick Pitino: "I truly believe we will beat Florida State (in football) ... I haven't been this excited for a football game in a long time."
Florida State is undefeated this season and Louisville’s two losses have come in ACC play against Clemson and Virginia.
If the game were being played this week, there might be a greater chance for an upset after Florida State’s emotional win against Notre Dame.
However, both teams have a bye this weekend as they prepare for the Thursday night pre-Halloween matchup.
Louisville’s defense has played well this season, but facing FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, who played lights out in the second half against Notre Dame, is a tough, tough test.
Still, you have to appreciate Pitino’s moxie and his support of the football program. Perhaps we’ll learn that Pitino really can predict the future.
For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
One Tennessee coach might be in a bit of trouble this week after video surfaced of him attempting to trip Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson following an interception in the third quarter.
Golson picked off the pass from quarterback Justin Worley and then ran out of bounds on the Tennessee sideline. As Golson tried to come back in bounds to celebrate with teammates, the unidentified coach clearly stuck out his leg in an attempt to trip him.
Luckily, the coach missed and Golson wasn’t injured, but this is some terrible sportsmanship right here. Ole Miss won the game 34-3 and Tennessee had four turnovers, including three interceptions.
Neither the SEC nor the schools involved have commented on this matter.
Thanks to Saturday Down South
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will leave school after this season.
According toa report by CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, Winston was originally torn about whether to stay another year, but due to several off-field issues in the past few weeks, he has decided it’s best to move on.
La Canfora said there have been several rumors that Winston would drop out of school because of his pending student code of conduct hearing and allegations he was paid for signing memorabilia, but La Canfora said that’s not likely to happen.
While La Canfora cites “sources” on his story, this decision has to be a no-brainer for Winston. There are too many off-field things going on around him to stay at Florida State another year. There would be no athletic benefit for him. In fact, staying might even decrease his draft stock.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
LSU has had trouble with quarterback consistency this season.
Coach Les Miles has been shuffling between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, and while both have had their moments, neither has been able to totally seize the job.
So, predictably, Miles was asked following the Tigers' 41-3 win against Kentucky whether he was already thinking about who would start at QB in 2015.
And Miles gave the most Miles-esque answer ever.
(WARNING: Obscene language is used.)
While most coaches would have yelled, give that annoyed look or simply ignored the question, Miles did what Miles does best and made his answer into yet another quip for the Les Miles library.
Well played, Les. Well played.
For more LSU news, visit TigerBait.com.
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Florida State might finally be able to enjoy a week of peace.
In its biggest game of the season, the Seminoles rallied from five different deficits to take a 31-27 lead midway through the fourth quarter and escaped with a win.
Notre Dame didn’t go down without a fight, though.
During the Irish's final possession, they got down to the Florida State 2-yard line and appeared to have the game-winning touchdown when Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson found Corey Robinson in the end zone with 13 seconds left. But a debatable pass-interference call negated the score and backed the Irish up to the 18. On the final play, Golson, who had been stellar all game, threw up a desperation pass that landed in the hands of a Florida State defender outside the back of the end zone.
The victory pushes the Seminoles' winning streak to 23 games and quarterback Jameis Winston continues his undefeated streak as the Seminoles' starter.
The game actually ended up being better than advertised.
TCU’s dream of being a Big 12 champion and representing the conference in the College Football Playoff took a major step forward on Saturday after a 42-9 dismantling of Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys were one of two Big 12 teams remaining that hadn’t lost a conference game. With the loss, Kansas State is the only team unbeaten in Big 12 play.
TCU was able to shake off a heartbreaking loss to Baylor last week in which the Horned Frogs blew a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes of the game to lose on a last-second field goal.
But if the Horned Frogs were still hurting from that loss, they didn’t show it.
The offense, led by quarterback Trevone Boykin, who injured his non-throwing wrist last week, was as potent as it’s been all season long. The Horned Frogs rolled up 675 yards of total offense and the defense limited the Cowboys offense, which came into the game averaging 37.2 points per game, to just three field goals.
Even after the collapse against Baylor, no one doubted that TCU was one of the top teams in the Big 12. With Baylor losing to West Virginia and TCU still to play Kansas State, all of the goals are still out there for the Horned Frogs.
Prior to the season, Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt shared a photo of his team iPad, which had just one instruction — kick the ball through the uprights.
Apparently Hunnicutt, who is considered one of the best kickers in the nation, misplaced that playbook prior to Saturday’s game against Kansas State because he missed two field goals, including a chip shot he pushed left, and had an extra point blocked to help Kansas State to a 31-30 win.
The victory keeps the Wildcats undefeated in conference play while it puts the Sooners on the outside looking in with two conference losses.
Kansas State is now in the hunt for a Big 12 title and possibly a spot in the College Fotball Playoff, which seems a little surreal considering the Wildcats were not being talked about as contenders before the game. Most of the Big 12 talk centered on Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma, while the Wildcats lurked in the shadows, discounted because of their non-conference loss to Auburn.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
After two crazy weeks where ranked teams were losing left and right, we finally come down to Earth a little bit this week with an exciting, but less pressure-packed slate of games. Here’s what to watch in Week 8:
Game of the week: No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State, 8 p.m. ET The anticipation for this game has been marred somewhat by all of the off-field issues surrounding Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, still, this is a game that could decide whether the Seminoles are part of the inaugural playoff. FSU needs this win more than Notre Dame because the rest of its schedule isn’t nearly as strong as some of the other teams in the playoff mix. The Seminoles defense, which has been mediocre compared to last year, will have to be on the top of its game against Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who will try to make this contest his signature Heisman moment.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 days ago
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen knows the ebbs and flows of the coaching profession as well as anyone, and that’s probably why he’s not impressed by a couple new websites promoting him as the next Florida coach.
In fact, Mullen told “Head to Head Radio” in Mississippi on Wednesday that it angers him more than anything.
"It's really an insult to coaches and to players at institutions," Mullen said. "Whether they're putting websites out to hire you or fire you or do all these different things, I don't think that does any good for anybody.”
"At the end of every season, there are coaching changes, but people put so much in. You're so committed, yourself, your family, your team, everybody's so committed, that I think it's insulting to the job everybody does. "I know there are fans that like that stuff. I don't think that stuff is great. People can have their opinions and call in on shows, but to take it that far, I don't think it's good for anybody on either side of the fence."