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  • Tim Beckman didn't want to talk about abuse allegations

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman was asked Thursday at Big Ten media days about the allegations of player abuse that have been levied against him this offseason.

    Beckman did not want to answer them. When asked about the abusive treatment mentioned by former players he said he was focused about the 2015 season.

    "I've been around some great, great individuals throughout my career, from high school coaches on up to the college coaches that I've been able to play for and work for," Beckman said.

    "You know, we're focused right now on a 2015 football team. We took off from last year after a great end of the year. And we've been focused since January on becoming a better football program. The philosophy that we continue to use is what these football players believe in football."

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    Beckman said he considered himself a father figure for his players.

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  • Happy Hour: Indy's rules, MWR, our beloved commenters and more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 hrs ago

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We'll post them here and have a good time.

    Welcome to Happy Hour. Have you woken up from Indianapolis yet?

    We kid. We kid. The race featured one more lead change than it did last year!

    NASCAR said that it's going to try the Indianapolis rules changes at Michigan as scheduled despite the lack of action and poor reviews at Indy. And that's the smart move. NASCAR is trying to portray itself as being very pragmatic when it comes to changing the rules, even if their actions aren't totally backing the public statements up (more on that in a minute).

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    @NickBromberg I READ THAT NASCAR GOT IT WRONG W/ THE HIGH DRAG PACKAGE AT INDY. AS A RESPECTED JOURNALIST, WHAT CAN THEY DO TO GET IT RIGHT?

    We're respected?!?!?!

    The company said Thursday it is evaiuating its options.

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  • Rob Kauffman buys in to Chip Ganassi Racing

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday that co-owner Rob Kauffman had purchased part of Chip Ganassi Racing. The announcement comes a day after a Sports Business Journal report that said Kauffman was close to making the deal complete.

    Kauffman purchased part of Michael Waltrip Racing in October 2007 as the team was struggling in its debut season in the Sprint Cup Series. The team has had success since Kauffman's arrival but has struggled since the race manipulation tactics it used at Richmond. NAPA, a long-time sponsor of the team, left after the shenanigans and went to sponsor Chase Elliott. The loss of the company forced MWR to move to two cars.

    Ganassi confirmed the move.

    The SBJ report said Kauffman was purchasing Felix Sabates' stake in Ganassi. Sabates told SiriusXM NASCAR that he wasn't leaving the sport.

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  • IndyCar driver Graham Rahal to wear Ohio State helmet (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Graham Rahal is a native of Ohio and Sunday's IndyCar race is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. So he's going with an Ohio State helmet for the race.

    It's pretty awesome, too. It's a racing helmet version of Ohio State's helmet. Complete with Buckeye stickers and everything. It's even got the College Football Playoff sticker on the back too. Think he's proud of Ohio State's title?

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    Rahal is the son of legendary open-wheel driver Bobby Rahal, who has 25 IndyCar wins including the 1986 Indianapolis 500. Graham is currently second in the IndyCar points standings and scored the second win of his career earlier this season at California. He's driving for a team owned by his father and comedian David Letterman.

    ARCA driver Buster Graham had a Louisiana Tech helmet earlier this year. Which one do you like better?

  • Elijah Daniel to play at Murray State, not Youngstown State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Former Auburn defensive end Elijah Daniel will not be playing at Youngstown State in 2015. Instead, he'll be at Murray State.

    The Racers announced Tuesday that Daniel will be playing for them this season. Since Murray State is an FCS school, he's eligible immediately.

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    "I believe in second chances and last chances," Murray State head coach Mitch Stewart said in a statement. "I have told Elijah that we are willing to give him this opportunity, because I believe, large or small, everyone makes mistakes and most people are deserving of a second chance. But I also made it clear to him, that this is his last chance and that any further incidents like the one at Auburn would be met with an immediate dismissal from the team."

    Those issues were apparently resolvable at Murray State.

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  • Adidas reveals Arizona State's uniforms for 2015 (Photos)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Arizona State is getting some updated uniforms for the upcoming season.

    Adidas released the Sun Devils' new uniforms for 2015 on Thursday. The uniforms, like all of the new Adidas releases this year, are made of the company's Primeknit material. The school is switching from Nike.

    Inspired by the team's pitchfork logo, the Sun Devils' new look amplifies the team's iconic identity. At the center of the theme, the pitchfork logo is prominently showcased on the helmet and pants, while the shoulder pad design pays homage to the logo by incorporating a pitchfork spike theme into the stripes. Additionally, 'Arizona State' is highlighted in bold, metallic colors across the chest and accented with matching numbers and player names to create a signature look. Providing form and function, the metallic letters and numbers are created from a stretch material and serrated, allowing for maximum ventilation and flexibility.

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  • 4-star commit Desean Holmes 'MIA' at San Diego State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    San Diego State coaches don't know where the prized recruit of their 2015 recruiting class is.

    Aztecs coach Rocky Long said Tuesday that wide receiver Desean Holmes is "MIA."

    “We cannot find him,” Long said via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “The kid won’t answer his phone, won’t call us back. We don’t know where he is.”

    We reached out to San Diego State on Wednesday afternoon for any update to Holmes' status and didn't hear back.

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    Holmes was a four-star recruit from San Fernando, California. He was the No. 26 wide receiver in the class of 2015 and the No. 38 prospect in the state. He had originally committed to USC but decommitted in December and signed with San Diego State.

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  • UCF's O'Leary considering medical withdrawal for DB who was shot

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Central Florida defensive back Chris Williams may miss the 2015 season.

    Williams suffered two gunshot wounds to his left arm in an incident outside an Orlando bar. UCF coach George O'Leary said Wednesday that the injury would cause him to miss almost three months.

    From UCFSports.com:

    "With that injury alone, [it] was a eight- to-10 week injury, so I would say, again, I'm leaning more toward medical withdrawal to stop his eligibility so he doesn't have this year count and bring him back in January," O'Leary said regarding Williams' status. "The police are involved with what took place there, so it's really their response, not mine as far as what transpired."

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    Williams  redshirted in 2014 and an additional redshirt and subsequent sixth-year of eligibility would be subject to a ruling by the NCAA. By withdrawing, he can re-enroll in January and still have four years to play.

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  • Appalachian State adds gold uniform for 2015 (Photos)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Appalachian State will have three different colors of uniforms to choose from.

    The Mountaineers have had white and black jersey options and now will have an all-gold look at their disposal.

    You'll also see in the picture that there are three different helmet designs as well; two different variations of the block A and the Victory Yosef logo. The A with the stars and stripes will be worn on November 5 against Arkansas State.

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    According to the math provided by the school, Appalachian State will have 21 different uniform combinations. We're a fan of the all-gold look. The black trim stands out and the black helmet looks good with it.

    Appalachian State finished 7-5 last year overall and 6-2 in the Sun Belt.

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    Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

  • Notre Dame chimes in with Rudy tweet in response to Penn State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Penn State probably didn't see this coming from Notre Dame.

    The university tweeted about a police dog named Rudie on Wednesday. So, naturally, Notre Dame took the opportunity to reference the iconic (and possibly overrated) movie about Notre Dame football when it saw Penn State's tweet.

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    .@PennStatePolice dog Rudie was out on an explosives detection training exercise today with Officers Miller & Quimby pic.twitter.com/jh1CrsgKjr

    @penn_state @PennStatePolice That's an awesome name for a dog! We prefer the spelling 'Rudy,' though!

    @NotreDame @PennStatePolice Maybe, if the dog was offsides.

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