Graham Watson

  • UNC overcomes 13-point deficit in last 6 minutes to beat Pitt

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 17 mins ago

    North Carolina led just one time during Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh — as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

    Quarterback Mitch Trubisky hit Bug Howard for a two-yard touchdown to take a 37-36 lead with two seconds to play and give the Tar Heels a hard-fought leg up in the ACC Coastal Division.

    During the final drive, Trubisky converted three fourth-and-longs as the Tar Heels rallied from as much as 13 down in the fourth quarter.

    Pitt jumped out to a 12-0 lead and fought off a late second-quarter surge by North Carolina to take a 19-16 lead into halftime. After scoring two touchdowns on its first two second-half possessions, Pitt hit a field goal early in the fourth quarter that seemed to all but seal the game.

    While Trubisky was playing lights out — he completed 35-of-46 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns — the North Carolina running game was non-existent. Elijah Hood, T.J. Logan and Trubisky combined for 22 carries for a measly 18 yards.

    However, the Tar Heels didn’t seem to need the rushing attack as Trubisky found Howard in the end zone with 5:24 remaining to climb within six points, and then he found Howard again on the final score of the game.

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  • Ken Starr believes Baylor and the media treated Art Briles 'totally unfairly'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 46 mins ago

    Former Baylor chancellor and president Ken Starr defended former coach Art Briles during a keynote interview at the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday.

    During the one-hour interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Starr said the media, mostly ESPN, did a “grave and grievous unfairness” to Briles during its reporting of the sexual assault scandal at Baylor.

    “Art Briles was not fired for cause. That’s key,” Starr said. “And I think in fairness to coach Briles, coach Briles is an honorable, decent man who devoted his life to helping mold and shape young men. ESPN can mock that all that they want, but they have done a grave and grievous unfairness to someone.”

    When asked whether Briles, who was fired by the university, was treated unfairly, Starr replied: “Totally unfairly.”

    Starr was reassigned and ultimately left the university. He told Smith he plans to release a book that would detail his thoughts on the Baylor scandal. A scandal, he added, that was made bigger than it should have been. Starr said he didn’t think the sexual assaults at Baylor were part of a cultural problem.

    However, Starr still defended the university, which he called, “a very happy place.”

  • What to Watch: The spotlight shifts to the SEC East

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    While the week’s talk has been focused on Louisville, the SEC has a chance this week to shift the spotlight and regain their footing as the nation’s best conference (if you believe they’ve lost that ground). Four of the matchups noted in this week’s What to Watch come from the SEC and several are key to the SEC East race, which appears to be wide open. While this week’s slate of games isn’t as good as last week, there’s still a ton to check out in this week’s What to Watch:

    Game of the week: No. 17 Arkansas at No. 10 Texas A&M. 9 p.m. ET Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen is just the fourth quarterback in Arkansas history to go 3-0 in his first three starts, but maintaining that winning streak will be tough against a Texas A&M defensive front that is one of the best in the country.

    Ends Daeshon Hall and Myles Garrett have three sacks and seven quarterback hurries between them, but overall, the Aggies are the No. 9 defense with 12 sacks. The Arkansas offensive line has had a little trouble keeping opposing teams out of the backfield with six sacks allowed and the Razorbacks haven’t faced a defense as tough as the Aggies.

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  • Clemson avoids the trap, beats Georgia Tech 26-7

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Clemson’s first win at Georgia Tech in more than a decade wasn’t pretty, especially on offense, but it was enough to keep the Tigers undefeated heading into next week’s pivotal conference game against Louisville.

    The Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets 26-7 in a game that was dominated by the Clemson defense, which allowed just 23 total yards of offense in the first half. Georgia Tech managed just 124 yards of total offense and scored a fourth quarter touchdown to avoid being shut out for the first time since 1957, but otherwise it couldn’t solve the speed of the Tigers’ defensive front.

    Clemson’s offense, which has really only showed that 2015 flash against South Carolina State so far this season, will need a much better effort against a Louisville team that’s one of the most offensively explosive teams in the country right now. While the Clemson defense might be able to slow quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals’ offense, it won’t be able to stop it and the Clemson offense will have to make sure it keeps pace in what will be a pivotal race not only for the ACC title, but also the College Football Playoff.

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  • Ohio State asst. Greg Schiano accidentally hit cyclist with his car

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano hit a bicyclist with his car near campus early Thursday morning.

    A 26-year-old unnamed male student was taken to the hospital with head injuries after being hit while Schiano was traveling east and turning north onto Fred Taylor Drive and the bicyclist was traveling westbound. The accident occurred in the intersection. The student was taken to Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University and was in stable condition.

    Columbus Police and Fire divisions were called to the scene and the accident is under investigation.

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  • Rick Neuheisel makes a bold statement about Art Briles' future employment

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    There has been rampant speculation that former Baylor coach Art Briles would be back on a collegiate sideline sooner rather than later and former UCLA coach turned broadcaster Rick Neuheisel thinks Briles return could be next year.

    Auburn is in a tough place right now. The team is 1-2 and with SEC play about to get into full swing, it doesn’t look like the Tigers will fare much better than their 2-6 conference record a year ago. If the university decides to pony up the reported $13.75 million to part ways with coach Gus Malzahn, it would need to find a coach that could bring the school immediate success and Briles has a proven track record of being that guy. But could the university reconcile the stigma that surrounds him and moreover, would it be able to generate support from a moral standpoint for his hiring?

    Until that report comes out, Briles is in limbo. To hire him without knowing his exact actions – or as close as this investigation determined – is to walk in blind. It could be disqualifying. It could be worse than imagined. It could be so bad that he struggles to show his face again.

    For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

  • TCU leading WR KaVontae Turpin out indefinitely

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    TCU announced Tuesday that receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin, who leads the Horned Frogs in receiving and all-purpose yardage, has been sidelined indefinitely with an undisclosed injury.

    However, a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram states that Turpin tore his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), which could require six to 12 months of rehab. The story links to a tweet from Blaine McDaniel, a receiver at The Woodlands Christian Academy, who is one of Turbin’s friends.

    Prayers go out to my big bro @KaVontaeTurpin just talked to him and my man tore his PCL. #MinorSetbackForAMajorComeback #OneHeart

    blaine mcdaniel (@Re22pect) September 19, 2016

    The tweet has since been deleted.

    Turpin was injured during the third quarter of last week’s win against Iowa State. He had to be helped off the field and did not return.

  • USC coach Clay Helton responds to rumors regarding OL E.J. Price

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    USC freshman offensive tackle E.J. Price has left the Trojans’ program, but it wasn’t for the reasons the Internet suggested.

    On Tuesday, rumors starting going around that Price had punched coach Clay Helton and was kicked off the team, but Helton said the rumor wasn’t true. Helton said Price, a former four-star recruit from Dacula, Georgia, left the program to be closer to home.

    Helton said if Price had punched him, “I wouldn’t be here. I’d be dead, one. It might make my face look better.”

    “I talked to E.J. a couple days ago. E.J. has some personal family issues that are going on — a lot of homesickness and missing family really bad,” Helton said. “With us sitting down and visiting, really felt, mutually, that it was important for him to go find a school that is closer to home, where he can deal with his family.”

    More college football at Yahoo Sports

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  • Roundtable: Which team reminds you of this year's Louisville Cardinals?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    For the past few years, Clemson and Florida State have been the bell cows of the ACC leaving the league’s other teams to fight for attention essentially in the shadows. However, all that changed last week when Louisville dominated Florida State in the Seminoles worst loss in their ACC history.

    So, that got me thinking about teams that have come out of nowhere to make a major splash on the national stage. I took this thought to our roundtable panel and asked them to draw on their college football knowledge and pluck a team from history that has made a similar ascension.

    FEAR THE BEARD

    The 2010 Stanford Cardinal started the season unranked and also featured a young quarterback that would take the college football world by storm.

    Stanford jumped into the rankings in Week 2 after demolishing an overmatched Sacramento State team and subsequently shut out UCLA and beat Wake Forest by 44 points. And similarly to Louisville’s Week 3 “test” vs. Florida State, Stanford’s Week 4 matchup at Notre Dame (coming off losses to Michigan and Michigan State by a combined seven points) had a chance to bring the Cardinal back to earth.

    LUCK OF THE IRISH

    JAYHAWK: FAKE BIRD, REAL TEAM

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  • Northwestern to honor late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz with helmet sticker

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Northwestern will honor late Nebraska punter Sam Foltz with a sticker on the back of their helmets when the two teams meet this week in the Big Ten opener.

    The #B1GCats will wear a helmet sticker this Saturday honoring the memory of @HuskerFBNation P Sam Foltz. pic.twitter.com/QC2HlfHlBB

    — #B1GCats Football (@NUFBFamily) September 19, 2016

    The announcement comes just days after Oregon honored Foltz by laying flowers on the 27-yard line prior to warmups. Foltz wore No. 27 for the Huskers.

    Foltz was killed in a car crash prior to the season when he was returning home from a kicking camp in Wisconsin. Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler also was killed and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the accident.

    For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com.

    For more Northwestern news, visit WildcatReport.com.

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