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  • Illinois announces two-year deal to make Bill Cubit its head coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 12 mins ago

    Bill Cubit has dropped the interim title at Illinois.

    Cubit and the university have agreed to a two-year deal pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees.

    The agreement extends Cubit’s current contract and will pay him $1.2 million per year.

    Cubit was named interim coach on Aug. 28 after head coach Tim Beckman was fired. Cubit has led the Illini to a 5-6 record. Illinois plays Northwestern for bowl eligibility on Saturday.

    Cubit's two-year deal is definitely a stopgap for the Illini, who are fighting public perception after several football players alleged verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of Beckman. Illinois also is looking for a new athletic director in the wake of those allegations.

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  • TCU's 28-21 2OT win ends Baylor's Big 12 title, CFP hopes

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    Baylor’s pursuit of a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff is officially over thanks to its rival TCU.

    The Horned Frogs defeated the Bears 28-21 in a double overtime deluge after Baylor running back Devin Chaffin was stopped for no gain on fourth down to end the game.

    Baylor came into the contest needing a win to keep pace with Oklahoma for the Big 12 title. The Bears lost to the Sooners a few weeks ago, but an Oklahoma loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday would have all but handed the Bears the Big 12 title. Now, the Big 12 title and possibly a spot in the College Football Playoff will come down to the Bedlam game Saturday night.

    Baylor had its chances on Friday.

    It scored 14 points on its first two possessions and took a 14-7 lead early. But then the offense became stagnant because of turnovers. Quarterback Chris Johnson, a third stringer who was playing in place of injured starter Jarrett Stidham, had two costly turnovers in the first half, including a fumble that was returned for what would ultimately be the score to force overtime.

    However, in the overtime, both quarterbacks shined.

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  • Hawaii hires former QB Nick Rolovich as its head coach

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Nick Rolovich has been named Hawaii’s new head coach.

    Rolovich was a record-setting quarterback for the Warriors in 2000-01 and was an offensive coordinator under former coach Greg McMackin. He's spent the past four seasons as Nevada's offensive coordinator.

    BREAKING: AD David Matlin welcomes @NickRolovich back to the #HawaiiFB ‘Ohana as the next head football coach.

    "I'm pleased to welcome back Nick Rolovich to the UH ohana," athletic director David Matlin said in a statement. "Nick is a Warrior at heart and someone I know our fans will support. He understands what it means to be a Warrior having played and coached here and what affect a winning program has with this community. I have no doubt we picked the right man for this job. The future is bright for Hawaii football."

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  • Texas Tech uses fake kneel down to score game-winning TD (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    When you really want to beat Texas, you pull out all the stops.

    That’s what Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury did Thursday night when he called a fake victory formation with nearly three minutes remaining. The Red Raiders, who were up 41-38 at the point, pretended to kneel down while receiver Jakeem Grant, one of the team’s smallest players, emerged from the pile with the ball. He ran to the left side and down the sideline 40 yards untouched for the touchdown.

    Texas Tech's victory formation trick play is something for which we can all be thankful.

    What was most baffling about the play was Texas falling for it in the first place, especially with two timeouts remaining.

    The score actually ended up being the game-winning points for Texas Tech, which allowed Texas to score on the next possession. The Red Raiders recovered an onside kick and then did a real kneel down to end the game.

    The Red Raiders won the game 48-45 and finish the regular season with seven wins. Texas falls to 4-7 and still has a season finale against Baylor next week.

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  • What to Watch, Week 13: Let's decide some division races, shall we?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    We’re going to do a little different format this week simply because there are too many great games this weekend to pinpoint just three.

    It is, as you all know, the weekend that decides several conference championship games and could decide whether teams are in or out of the college football playoff.

    With that said, here’s what to watch in Week 13 (games are Saturday unless otherwise noted):

    No. 15 Navy at Houston, noon ET, Friday: This game won’t only decide the West Division of the American Athletic Conference and home-field advantage in the conference title game, it likely will determine the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six Bowl. Navy has dominated the AAC in its first year in the league and one more victory would set the school record for wins and give the program its first 10-1 start since 1905. If it does so — and caps an undefeated regular season conference campaign — it also might earn quarterback Keenan Reynolds a trip to the Heisman ceremony in New York.

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  • FSU official details number of rape allegations against football players

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    A Florida State official said in a deposition that 20 rape claims had been made against Seminole football players in the last nine years, according to the Associated Press.

    Melissa Ashton, the director of FSU's victim advocate program, made the statement last summer during a deposition in the ongoing civil lawsuit filed by former student Erica Kinsman against the university. Kinsman said the university failed to respond to her allegations that former quarterback Jameis Winston raped her.

    The deposition was released as part of an open records request by the Associated Press.

    Ashton also asserted that she thought football players received special treatment at the school and that most of the alleged victims declined to press charges for fear of retaliation.

    A Florida State spokesperson told the Associated Press that the school could not confirm the number of allegations because communications with victims in confidential through the victim advocate program.

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  • Wisconsin RB Corey Clement cited on two counts of disorderly conduct

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Wisconsin running back Corey Clement was cited on two counts of disorderly conduct after police say he threw the first punch during a Nov. 8 dispute in the building of his off-campus residence.

    The University of Wisconsin issued a vague statement following the altercation that stated Clement was walking back to his residence when he saw a group of individuals engaged with a security guard. Clement went over to help. Clement suffered a cut on his hand as a result of the incident.

    However, police said Clement escalated the verbal confrontation and that the university issued a misleading statement regarding the events.


    Wisconsin did issue a statement Wednesday saying it was aware Clement might be charged.

    Wisconsin lost to Northwestern 13-7 last week. Clement has 10 carried for 24 yards and a touchdown. The Badgers finish the regular season at Minnesota.

  • Heisman watch: Who can make the best impression down the stretch?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    With rivalry weekend upon us, the Heisman contenders have a great opportunity to make a statement.

    Every week, Dr. Saturday will name its five Heisman favorites in order with our frontrunner on top. As we've seen thus far, the list can change pretty quickly depending on the week.

    Derrick Henry didn’t get a chance to show too much against Charleston Southern last Saturday, but he did enough to keep himself on the top of the Heisman heap while several others fell off.

    Henry had nine carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns before he spent the second half resting on the bench. Those two scores, however, allowed Henry to tie Trent Richardson’s Alabama single-season record of 21 touchdowns. He’ll have a chance to break that record on Saturday in the Iron Bowl against rival Auburn. If the Tide win that game, they’ll clinch the SEC West and a spot in the SEC title game against Florida.

    All right, it’s time to put Cook back into the Heisman conversation. After a brief hiatus, Cook’s performance against Chattanooga and some ill-timed poor performances by other contenders, Cook is back on our list.


  • Baker Mayfield 'expected to play' against Oklahoma State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will play against Oklahoma State on Saturday barring a health setback, according to the university.

    Mayfield has passed all tests and will do some exertion work today and team stuff. If he continues w/ no issues, he's expected to play.

    Mayfield passed two concussion tests over the weekend.

    Mayfield suffered a head injury early in the second quarter when TCU linebacker Ty Summers dove helmet first into the back of Mayfield’s helmet. Summers was ejected for targeting.

    Mayfield played the rest of the half, but was pulled at halftime after he reported having a headache.

    Mayfield led the Sooners to a 23-7 halftime lead, but the offense disappeared without him in the game. With backup Trevor Knight at the helm, the Oklahoma offense punted on six of nine drives. Knight completed just five of 16 passes for 76 yards. The Sooners’ game-winning score came on a 72-yard touchdown run by Samaje Perine.

    Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said he changed the offensive gameplan when Mayfield was out and that’s what stunted the offense.

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  • Ohio State will not discipline Ezekiel Elliott for postgame comments

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will face no discipline for questioning the Buckeyes’ play calls following the 17-14 loss to Michigan State last Saturday.

    "We don't condone that, but he apologized," coach Urban Meyer said on Saturday. "We squashed it as a team. I couldn't disagree with him — he should have got the ball more. That just wasn't the forum for that."

    Following the loss, Elliott criticized the playcalling and his lack of touches during the contest. Elliott had 12 carries for 33 yards and the game’s first touchdown. He also said he would not be returning to Ohio State for his senior season.

    "We'll have some momentum, we'll call some plays that work, and then we kind of try to get away from it, try to get cute and run some other stuff," Elliott said after the game. "I was lobbying to Coach Meyer all game. I think I do deserve more than [12] carries. I think I really do.

    "Honestly, I can't speak for the play calling. I don't know what was going on. I don't know what they were seeing. But honestly, it didn't work out. It wasn't working.”

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