Graham Watson

  • SEC bans transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    The SEC’s transfer rules just got a little stricter.

    A proposal by Georgia to ban transfers with “serious misconduct” issues was officially passed by the league’s presidents on Friday.

    The new rule specifies “serious misconduct” as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence while enrolled at another school. The proposal sis not specify between misdemeanors and felonies.

    This is the SEC's writeup of that new transfer ban.

    Georgia had a vested interest in this rule after John Taylor, a defensive lineman who was dismissed by the Bulldogs after a domestic violence charge, transferred to Alabama while the charges were still pending. Taylor ultimately was dismissed after another domestic violence charge.

    There is a waiver process for players who have special circumstances, such as the charges being dropped after the player is dismissed by their former school. In that instance, the commissioner’s office would review the case and make a ruling.


  • Report: C-USA likely to drop UAB if football isn't reinstated

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Commissioner Britton Banowsky said UAB would be dropped from Conference USA if its football program was not reinstated.

    Conference bylaws state that all programs must have an FBS-level football program or be in the process of transitioning into one to maintain good conference standing.

    "It's been clear that our folks aren't interested in changing our bylaws to permit members who don't have football," Banowsky told "Relative to UAB and the possibility of them not starting it back, we appreciate how volatile conference membership change would be and have the interest of the coaches and student-athletes in mind when we consider a reasonable length of time for transition which would probably be one year."

    UAB would be allowed to stay in the conference for the 2015-16 season, but then would need to find a new home for its remaining sports. C-USA won’t make a final decision on UAB until its conference presidents meet in Dallas on June 8.


  • Ole Miss receives rings commemorating a tumultuous 2014 season (Photo)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Friday posted to Twitter a picture of a ring members of the Rebels football program received to commemorate the 2014 season.

    Very thankful for @RossBjorkAD and administration for honoring our players & staff for successful season! Hotty Toddy

    And while there were a lot of memorable moments, the way the last year ended — with the Rebels getting manhandled in the Peach Bowl — is surely something everyone associated with the program would quickly like to forget.

    After Ole Miss started the season 7-0 and ascended to No. 3 in the country, the school’s highest national ranking in more than 50 years, it fell on some pretty disastrous times. It lost to LSU and then had a heartbreaking loss to Auburn, which included its star receiver, Laquon Treadwell, suffering a season-ending broken leg. Ole Miss lost to Arkansas 30-0 and while it still managed to make the Peach Bowl, one of the most prestigious bowls outside of the College Football Playoff, the Rebels suffered a humiliating 42-3 defeat at the hands of TCU.


  • Baylor says a tougher nonconference schedule is in the works

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Baylor football is looking to beef up its nonconference schedules after rampant criticism last year that their nonconference slate wasn’t on par with some of the other highly ranked teams in the country.

    “We’re in a different spot than we were when we scheduled the teams last year and this year,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Obviously, as we’ve won back-to-back Big 12 championships and our program’s on the national stage and we’re recruiting at an extremely high level, we’re able to take on a higher level of competition.”

    As the College Football Playoff started to work itself out last season, Baylor was often criticized for its weak nonconference schedule, which included SMU, Northwestern (La.) State and Buffalo. Those three teams went 12-23 last season. Many pundits believed Baylor’s nonconference slate was the reason it was left out of the playoff.

    Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he welcomed Baylor’s willingness to revamp its schedule.

    For more Baylor news, visit


  • Eastern Kentucky DL Noah Spence arrested for public intoxication

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Defensive lineman Noah Spence was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct.

    Spence is a former Ohio State standout that left the program after failed drug tests left him ineligible. He landed at Eastern Kentucky and was arrested on the downtown streets of Richmond, Kentucky.

    According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Spence was standing with three other people near a vehicle when he launched a glass bottle into the street. The bottle shattered, which drew the attention of the arresting officer.

    Spence was taken to jail and released later in the day.


  • ASU LB Davon Durant pleads guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Suspended Arizona State linebacker Davon Durant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct on Thursday.

    According to Maricopa County Superior Court, Durant changed his plea to guilty for the lesser charge and other charges will be dropped. Durant was initially arrested on charges of aggravated assault.

    Durant, a four-star linebacker from Butler County Community College in Kansas, was arrested March 7 after witnesses said they saw a man striking a woman while the two were sitting in an SUV. Durant’s girlfriend, Kelsi Langely, told the police he hit her in the face and grabbed her around the neck. Police said they observed injuries consistent with the Langley’s claims.

    Durant said the altercation was verbal.

    Even though police acknowledged Langley’s statement, they said because independent witnesses had seen the altercation and there were bruises on Langley’s face and neck, the police had reason to arrest and charge Durant.


  • Let's all admire Baker Mayfield's perfect execution of the 'Whip' (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    If the Oklahoma starting quarterback race were determined by who had the best dancing skills, Baker Mayfield would win hands down.

    The junior put in work while showing all his teammates how to do the “Whip.”

    Wurk. 😂💯 @BM_ShakeIT11

    Seriously, this is just fantastic. But we shouldn’t be all that surprised. Mayfield, who’s Twitter handle is @BM_ShakeIT11, was often caught dancing in both the Texas Tech and Oklahoma locker rooms and occasionally, someone would upload it to social media.

    How can coach Bob Stoops keep this kind of talent off the field?

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  • QB Everett Golson looking for a 'fresh start' with Florida State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said the need for a “fresh start” was the reason he decided to leave Notre Dame and transfer to Florida State.

    Golson announced his transfer decision last week, but did an interview with Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman on Thursday to explain his decision.

    "It's something that's pretty crazy right now for me to adjust to, but I do think it was best for me," Golson said. "I just needed a fresh start. It was me sitting down and thinking, 'OK, where do I feel the most comfortable?' It was nothing to knock Notre Dame. I just had to put myself in the best position possible.

    "The good thing about me being in the position — I'm not an 18-year-old kid. I asked a bunch of questions. I'm 22 and could really get into where's the best place that you can succeed and help the team's success.”


  • Clemson's Dabo Swinney to appear at anti-gay group fundraiser

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for the Palmetto Family Council, which has drawn the ire of several people who are calling for him to back out of the engagement.

    The Palmetto Family Council is a conservative advocacy group that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion.

    “I find it highly inappropriate that Coach Swinney would appear at a fundraiser for an organization that is so openly discriminatory and politically motivated,” House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, said in a statement released to The State. “I cannot fathom why Coach Swinney or anyone else would knowingly assist a group whose mission is to fight against equal rights and equal treatment of others.”

    According to the Family Council website, its No. 1 goal is keep the “traditional family model” in South Carolina.

    "Our vision is to transform the culture in South Carolina by promoting the values and virtues of marriage, the traditional family model, and sexual purity."


  • D-III player who suffered major spinal cord injury walks at graduation (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Memorial Day should be about honor and inspiration, and one former football player added some of the latter during his college graduation on Saturday.

    Chris Norton, a former player for Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, walked across the stage to receive his diploma a little more than five years after doctors told him he had a three percent of regaining movement after suffering a fractured neck and a compressed spinal cord.

    On Oct. 26, 2010, Norton, then a freshman at Lutheran, was covering a kickoff when an opposing player’s knee came up and knocked Norton in the head. He was motionless and had to be airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

    “They told me there was a three percent chance of any kind of movement below the injury site,” Chris said in a 2011 interview with Des Moines television station KCCI. “So that was definitely a big blow. But it never really seemed real. Just knew right from the beginning that that wasn’t going to be the case and that I was going to be able to walk and be able to move again.”