Graham Watson

  • Early Heisman odds list four Ohio State players among top 13

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    The 2015 college football season might be 216 days away from kickoff, but it’s never too early to start placing some early bets on the Heisman winner.

    Bovada released its early Heisman rankings and four — yes, four — players from Ohio State are among the top 13 players on the list.

    Running back Ezekiel Elliott is the early player to beat with 6/1 odds, and quarterbacking teammates Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller come in with 14/1, 16/1 and 18/1 odds respectively.

    It’s interesting that the folks in Vegas are banking on Jones as the starter and Miller to likely be the odd man out. It’s a good thing Miller's not transferring…

    Elliott is just ahead of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who are both 7/1. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (15/2) and USC quarterback Cody Kessler, Georgia running back Nick Chubb and UCLA running back Paul Perkins each are at 12/1 to round out the top five in terms of odds.

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  • Brady Hoke no longer a candidate at Central Michigan

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Those hoping to see Brady Hoke roaming a college sideline during the 2015 season might be out of luck.

    Hoke was in talks with Central Michigan about its head coaching vacancy, but is no longer considered a candidate because, as Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press put it, “it was not a fit between the two sides.”

    Central Michigan found itself unexpectedly looking for a head coach after Dan Enos left to become the offensive coordinator at Arkansas on Jan. 22.

    Hoke spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Michigan before being fired on Dec. 2.

    Hoke would have been a catch for the Chippewas because of his background and success in the Mid-American Conference. Hoke was a Western Michigan and Toledo assistant in 1984-88 and Ball State's coach in 2003-08. He led Ball State to a 12-1 season in 2008.

    Hoke will try his hand at broadcasting next week when he works with CBS Sports Network on National Signing Day.

    For more Central Michigan news, visit

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  • Bret Bielema would have been the Miami Dolphins coach if they had drafted Russell Wilson

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Following the 2011 college football season, Bret Bielema almost left Wisconsin to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

    According to a story’s Elizabeth Merrill, Bielema was working out his plans for the Dolphins when he asserted that the team should draft Russell Wilson in the second round.

    Bielema stayed one more season with the Badgers before leaving for Arkansas. Wilson was drafted in the third round by Seattle and has led the Seahawks to one Super Bowl title and one yet to be determined.

    Just imagine if Miami had listened to Bielema, hired him and taken Wilson in the second round instead of Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick? That move would have affected the fortunes of two NFL teams and two college teams all because Bielema believe in Wilson’s talent.

    But the real question is, what do we all think about Bielema in the NFL?

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  • Arian Foster says he took $40k-$50k in college, then denies it

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 23 hrs ago

    Former Tennessee running back Arian Foster put the Vols and the NCAA back into the spotlight on Thursday when he told The Dan LeBatard Show he received between $40,000 and $50,000 throughout his career at Tennessee.

    This wasn’t the first time Foster, now a running back with the Houston Texans, had claimed he was paid in college. Back in 2013, Foster told Sports Illustrated he had been “getting money on the side” while in school, but he did not specify how much.

    “You have people help you out here and there,” Foster told The Dan LeBatard Show. “Boosters and alumni and ex-players, they all know how it is, man. It's hard living check to check when you don't have enough money to go out to the movies or any kind of leisure activity. And you're not allowed to get a job. Especially when I was in college, they were a lot more stringent on those rules, so at any given chance I got the opportunity, I took a free handout. Absolutely.”

    Vol fans, it was a joke. I didn't get no where near 50k.

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  • Seahawks players think you regular people don't understand the difficult plight of the student-athlete

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The NCAA isn’t one of the most well liked entities in sports and apparently, that dislike made it to the podiums of Super Bowl media day.

    Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett railed against the NCAA when asked about the treatment of college athletes, the demands on their time and whether or not they should be paid.

    "I think the NCAA is one of the biggest scams in America," said Bennett, who went to Texas A&M. "These kids put so much on the line. They [the NCAA] say, 'We give you a free degree.' That's like me owning a restaurant and saying, 'I'll give you a free burger.' It makes me so mad and irate. Universities need to do more for the student-[athletes].”

    And either had Sherman, who spent a part of his media session railing against the lack of understanding regarding the time demands on student-athletes.

    Bennett, who again, has been far too busy with preparing for the Super Bowl to keep up with college news, has a plan to compensate college players for their time.

  • Missouri AD Mike Alden announces resignation

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Missouri athletic director Mike Alden announced Thursday he was stepping down after 17 years with the program.

    Alden’s resignation is effective Aug. 31, 2015. The school will hold an official press conference on Friday.

    Alden, one of the nation’s longest-tenured athletic directors, helped transition the Tigers from the Big 12 to the SEC, a conference in which it has won back-to-back SEC East title in football.

    Alden wrote in a note to fans that while he’s leaving his post as athletic director, he won’t be leaving the university. Alden will help launch the Center for Global Service Learning Leadership on campus as well as teach in the College of Education.

    “As one chapter ends, another one begins and I am excited that I will be part of the College of Education as an instructor where I will participate in the Positive Coaching Program and higher education leadership courses,” Alden wrote.

    Alden became the athletic director at Missouri in 1998, replacing Joe Castiglione, who left for Oklahoma.

    For more Missouri news, visit

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  • Two former Vandy players convicted of rape, two still await trial

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    A jury has convicted two former Vanderbilt football players of raping a fellow student.

    Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were found guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. The victim was a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the June 2013 attack.

    Both men, who are 21— Batey turned 21 on Tuesday — face several years in prison when they are sentenced on March 6.

    The jury, which took just three hours to deliberate, heard two weeks of testimony from several witness, including police, former and current Vanderbilt students and the victim, who said she couldn’t remember the attack. The only thing she could remember was drinking with Vandenburg and waking up in a strange dorm room.

    However, cell phone photos taken by the perpetrators and surveillance video from the dormitory told the story. Closed-circuit video showed the players carrying an unconscious woman into an elevator and down a hallway. It also showed players taking pictures of the unconscious woman in compromising positions before dragging her into the dorm room.

    The victim was in the courtroom at the time the verdicts were read and cried as each was announced.

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  • Marcus Mariota's brother, Matthew, will join Oregon as a walk-on defensive lineman

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The Mariota Era is officially not over at Oregon.

    Matthew Mariota, brother of Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, has elected to walk-on at Oregon, according to a report by KHON2.

    Matthew Mariota is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive lineman, who played both end and outside linebacker in high school.

    He does not have a page on any of the major recruiting sites, but was an Interscholastic League of Honolulu honorable mention selection.

    Marcus Mariota elected to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. He is currently working out in San Diego while training for the NFL combine in late February.

    For more Oregon news, visit

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  • Arkansas' Jeff Long re-elected as CFP chairman

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has been re-elected as the chairman of the College Football Playoff committee.

    “Jeff has been a terrific chair and I am delighted that the committee elected him to serve again,” executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “Jeff is a thoughtful and dedicated leader who conducted the meetings skillfully. He also did a very good job answering questions about the rankings so fans could gain insight into the committee’s decisions. It’s clear that he has the full respect and confidence of the other committee members.”

    Long served as the committee chairman during the inaugural season and took a lot of heat throughout the year by pundits and fans for the lack of consistency in the committee’s weekly voting. Long often was left to explain during ESPN’s weekly rankings show the reasoning behind the committee’s decisions.

    He was also the target of ire from Baylor and TCU fans, who thought the two Big 12 teams were treated unfairly during the final week of the rankings.

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  • Penn State's James Franklin will not settle for your 'B' grade

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Oversharing is a rampant problem on social media and Penn State defensive back Bryant Harper learned the consequences of that Monday.

    Harper tweeted out that he received a "B" on his first anatomy exam and he was proud of the grade because he didn’t actually study for the test.

    Unfortunately for Harper, coach James Franklin is an avid @HarperJR21 follower and decided to chime in on his player’s boasting.

    @HarperJR21 you didn't study huh, interesting, guess I need to up your study hall hours! We don't settle for B's!

    Franklin was probably kidding (or was he?), but it’s a good lesson to always think about what you tweet even if it seems like a good thing.

    Harper quickly blamed the lack of studying on a scheduling issue.

    @coachjfranklin forget when the exam was coach minor difficulty in my scheduling!

    He should have hastagged it “#collegeadvisors #amirite.”

    Sadly it’s now dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t for Harper. If he says he didn’t study, he gets extra study hall hours. If he says he did study and still got a B, he gets extra study hall hours.

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