- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Todd Hoffner is Minnesota State Mankato's coach once again.
After he lost his job at the Division II school in 2012 over pictures of his children on his phone, an arbitrator ruled last week that Hoffner was wrongfully dismissed. On Tuesday, Hoffner announced his intention to return to the school despite taking the head coaching position at Minot State in January.
"I'm eager to return to the game and the program that I helped build," Hoffner said (via Fox 9)."This is what I wanted from day one, and now I have that opportunity to go back, and I believe it is the right thing to do."
Minnesota State issued a statement apologizing to Hoffner.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
If you want prime seating and a VIP experience for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, be prepared to spend a lot of cash.
Premium ticket package details and pricing for the title game of the first College Football Playoff at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas were released Tuesday and range in price from $1,899 to $5,999 each.
Ticket packages in the 100 and 200 levels between the 20-yard-lines for the game on January 12 start at $4,499 per person. That Gold Level Package price is for the game only, which includes field access postgame, pregame hospitality, an open bar, and the promise of appearances of "collegiate football legends."
Each package also includes a gift bag and a voucher for a program and the right to park in the preferred parking lots. However, you still have to pay for parking. But if you're spending that much on a ticket, what's another $100 or so for parking, right?
If you want to add three nights in a hotel room to your tickets, you can split a room with someone for $750 more or have your own room at one of nine hotels for $1500 more.
Some other details:
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles7 hrs ago
Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. 1 Jeff Gordon (LW: 1): Gordon gets to keep this spot by virtue of his seventh place finish Saturday night though it could have been better. Gordon was plagued with another case of the dreaded Gordon Restarts at Darlington. On the next-to-last restart, Gordon, who was fifth, slipped heading into turn one and the drivers behind him attempted to take advantage, leading to contact between Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Virginia State player Lamont Britt was sentenced to 45 days in jail on a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State QB Rudy Johnson before the CIAA Championship Game.
The two teams were at a banquet on Friday, November 15 when Johnson was assaulted in the bathroom.After the incident happened, the game was canceled and Virginia State was deemed ineligible for postseason play.
Judge Denise Hartsfield sentenced Britt to 45 days in jail, suspended for one year, probation for a year, and imposed the condition that he complete or be in the process of completing his education. Hartsfield also ordered Britt to cooperate with any continued investigations.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
One lucky Wisconsin fan got to have a dance-off with LB Sherard Cadogan at the Wisconsin spring game. But we think he lost pretty handily.
The fan won a contest to be in the dance-off and did a decent job, even without the Hulk Hogan-inspired ripping off of his shirt. It was your typical awkward-college-dude dance competition routine, but we'll give him points for vigor. The win goes to Cadogan though, and that's not counting the help he got from his Wisconsin teammates. We're not sure it was even close.
According to College Spun, the fan won a video-submission contest. Anyone else wonder what dancing that video contained?
We also have to ask a fashion question. Jorts like that aren't making a comeback in college circles, are they? Please, please, please say no.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
What would the average college football player be worth on the free market? A report from Drexel University and the National Collegiate Players Association says $178,000.
The results of the survey were released Monday and are clearly more ammunition for the unionization efforts at Northwestern University after the National Labor Relations Board ruled scholarship players were classified as employees of the university. The NCPA is helping facilitate the Northwestern union push.
"The bidding war for athletes would likely be in the millions," said Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sports management at Drexel University and co-author of the report. "However, I think it all depends on whether or not a players' association ends up representing the teams and players. The salaries could be effectively bargained to have some sort of minimum guaranteed salary for all."
The report says the figures were used via the revenue from each NCAA team and the percentage of revenue sharing in the NFL and NBA collective bargaining agreements.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
We're starting off Tuesday with a ROTOTD because how often do you see former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel quoting Tupac?
For every dark night, there's a brighter day -Tupac Shakur #QuietTime
Tressel has used the Quiet Time hashtag before, though it could be applicable to the NCAA's quiet recruiting period, which begins Tuesday. Until May 31, coaches aren't allowed to have contact with recruits.
He was a proponent of "quiet time" before practices at Ohio State, where the team would gather for 10 minutes of reflection.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
People can be easily confused. Just look at the number of people who thought Jimmie Johnson won the rain-delayed 2014 Daytona 500 when Fox was showing the 2013 Daytona 500 to fill time in February.
Did the confusion happen again on Sunday with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Bubba Wallace and Masters champion Bubba Watson?
Watson won 2014's first golf major by three strokes Sunday, prompting this tweet by Wallace, NASCAR driver.
Hell yeah I won the masters!!!!!!!....???? Wrong bubba peeps. Can't even break 100!
Did a ton of people congratulate Wallace on the Masters? Well, based off a search of Wallace's mentions on Twitter, no. He got just one, and it looks to be a sarcastic congratulatory tweet.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 days ago
Jimmie Johnson's car was just flat out not good in the early stages of Saturday night's race at Darlington. And yet he still finished third.
Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus were briefly befuddled with the handling of the No. 48. Johnson didn't qualify well on Friday, but instead of deliberately carving his way through the field from the drop of the green flag, he was as stagnant as two-month-old pond water.
At one point while the sun was still up he was racing Josh Wise and Parker Kligerman for 28th spot. No offense to either Wise or Kligerman, but it doesn't happen to often that the six-time champion is racing them for position.
But after some adjustments, Johnson was quickly on his way to the front. He broke into the top 10, and then the top five, and was then second to eventual race-winner Kevin Harvick as the laps counted down.
When the caution flag came out with 10 laps to go, Knaus and Johnson decided to go for track position and beat Harvick, who was taking four tires, out of the pits. It almost worked. Johnson had the lead when the green flag waved, but wasn't able to hold on to it.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 days ago
For a few brief moments Saturday night, pit strategy looked like it was going to swipe a win from Kevin Harvick.
But after his Stewart-Haas teammate Kurt Busch crashed on the backstretch to set up a second green-white-checker finish, Harvick had just one car to pass for the win. And he got it done, blowing past Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the white flag waved to win at Darlington.
Harvick had the race's strongest car by far, leading 239 of the race's 374 laps after starting on the pole. He was out front with 10 laps to go when Joey Logano's smoking car caused a caution.
The field headed to pit road and Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers took four tires. However, four cars ahead of them took two tires. When the race went green with five laps to go, Harvick was pinned to the inside and the four cars ahead of him pulled ahead..
Time was running out, but a caution flag flew with three laps to go saved him. When it came out, Harvick was fourth, meaning he was on the second row for the ensuing restart, a row ahead of where he was previously.
Then, a half-lap after that restart, Busch crashed on the backstretch after a bump from Clint Bowyer.