Nick Bromberg

  • Hawaii asks state for $6 million for athletic department budget

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 11 hrs ago

    The Hawaii athletic department has asked the state of Hawaii for $6 million over two years to cover anticipated budget shortfalls.

    The school made the request on Thursday. From Hawaii News Now:

    "We do need additional support for athletics,” UH Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman told the State House Higher Education Committee Thursday.

    UH asked lawmakers for two years worth of two mandatory expenses: $3.4 million for the gender equity costs of women's sports and $2.6 million to help cover the travel costs of its opponents, as required in its agreements with the two athletic conferences to which UH belongs.

    "I'm trying to think of a way that we can make athletics somehow sustainable. And I think it will require a partnership between us, the legislature, more external support," Bley-Vroman said.

    Hawaii's athletic department isn't new to financial issues. The department has a predicted $3.5 million budget shortfall for this year and has operated in the black just three of the last 15 years.

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  • Potato Bowl: Western Michigan looks for its first bowl win vs. Air Force

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3) Boise, Idaho Dec. 20, 2014

    Air Force is quite familiar with Boise.

    Saturday's Potato Bowl will mark the third time the Falcons play at Boise State's home stadium in four years after trips to Boise in 2011 and 2013. It might not have been the preferred destination for Air Force players, but after going 2-10 last season, a bowl game after a seven-game turnaround shouldn't be complained about.

    Western Michigan is a turnaround team too. The Broncos were 1-11 last season and also improved seven games. And the great 2014 netted coach P.J. Fleck a contract extension through the 2020 season, though if WMU keeps winning eight games a season, the odds of Fleck coaching there for six more years are very slim to none.

    The Broncos were one of the better teams stopping the run this season, ranking 37th in the country. Air Force, with waterbug quarterback Kale Pearson and running back Jacobi Owens, average 272 yards per game and are the eighth-most prolific rushing team.

    ODDS

    Western Michigan -1

    FUN FACT

    PREDICTIONS

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  • Las Vegas Bowl: CSU has similarities to 2013 Vegas Bowl teams

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah (8-4) vs. Colorado State (10-2) Las Vegas Dec. 20, 2014

    Much like last year's Fresno State team, Colorado State heads to Las Vegas knowing that if things had gone differently at the end of the season, a bigger bowl could have been had.

    In 2013, Fresno State lost its final game of the regular season to San Jose State. The 62-52 loss to the Spartans dropped Fresno from the ranks of the undefeated and blew up any chance of a BCS bowl. Instead of a win in the MWC title game meaning a possible trip to Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl, it meant a venture to Las Vegas.

    This year, Colorado State's scenario for a New Year's Bowl wasn't as straightforward. Had the Rams won out and Boise State lost a game, there was a good chance Colorado State would have been the highest-ranked non-Power Five conference team. The reward for that honor? A New Year's Bowl and likely trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

    ODDS

    Utah -2.5

    FUN FACT

    This is Colorado State's first Las Vegas Bowl appearance. Utah was last in the game in 2010, when the Utes lost 26-3 to a Kellen Moore-led Boise State team.

  • Miss. State A.D. tweets pic of white alternate unis for Orange Bowl (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    Is Mississippi State wearing a white version of its 100th anniversary uniforms against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl?

    Athletic director Scott Stricklin tweeted a picture of the jerseys, complete with Orange Bowl patch, on Thursday.

    I wonder what a white version of the @HailStateFB “100 Year” uni would look like at the @OrangeBowl? #SpoilerAlert pic.twitter.com/84SyyUfrIS

    MSU wore the home version of the uniforms earlier in the yearagainst Southern Miss. Besides being a different color, the home uniforms had "Hail State" on the front. The white ones simply say "Mississippi State."

    For comparison's sake, here's what Mississippi State's regular road uniforms looked like in 2014.

    The Bulldogs in white also means we likely won't get to see Georgia Tech's sweet white honeycomb helments. Maybe they'll wear gold versions?

  • Tim Tebow spoke to Ohio State's football team Thursday night (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer brought a former quarterback of his to speak to his football team Thursday night.

    No, it wasn't Chris Leak, or Alex Smith. Not that you were going to guess either of them anyway.

    Privileged to have one of the greatest competitors in this sport @TimTebow speak to the team tonight pic.twitter.com/skGFtM9ZCa

    Maybe this will help some people believe that ESPN doesn't have an agenda for the SEC at the expense of other conferences? Because otherwise, why would the network allow an SEC Network employee to speak to a team about to face Alabama?

    Or maybe Tebow is a double agent and as part of being an SEC Network employee, was using his friendship with Meyer to spy for Alabama and give Nick Saban Ohio State's secrets? That'd be a heel-turn greater than any WWE scriptwriter could think up.

    For more Ohio State news,visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 20 Austin Dillon

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    After doing exit interviews for Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2013, we're turning the tables. We want the drivers to sell themselves. So here are the resumés for all full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2014. Then, at the end, we'll provide a summation of the driver's season in 150 words or less.

    Name: Austin Dillon

    NASCAR Experience: 2011 Camping World Truck Series champion. 2013 Nationwide Series champion. 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion?

    Most recent team: Richard Childress Racing

    Most recent season finish: 20th

    2014 accomplishments: Completed more laps than any other driver in the Cup Series not named Jeff Gordon. Finished fifth at Daytona in July.

    Most memorable moment: Winning the pole for the Daytona 500. You can't forget that the No. 3 was back, could you? And please promise to not tell Ryan Newman about the 500. He's still happy about finishing second and we don't want to rehash that.

    Strengths: Only Greg Biffle has a shot at a three-peat.

    2015 goals: A championship, duh. Look at the pattern. Though a Chase berth would be nice.

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  • Darrell Wallace to drive for Roush in Xfinity Series in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Roush Fenway Racing has found a fourth Xfinity Series driver for 2015.

    The teamannounced Thursday that Darrell Wallace would drive the No. 6 car in the former Nationwide Series in 2015. Wallace, 21, won four Camping World Truck Series races in 2014 while driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. When he won at Martinsville in 2013, he became the first black driver to win a NASCAR national series race since 1963.

    “We are very excited to bring Bubba Wallace into the Roush Fenway fold,” said team president Steve Newmark. “He is viewed in industry circles as one of the brightest young drivers and I feel that we are very fortunate to be able to bring him on board.  He has a charismatic personality and at the same time has exhibited the ability to win on the race track.  We are looking forward to getting him in our race cars next season.”

    WIth Roush, Wallace will drive with Elliott Sadler, Chris Buescher and Ryan Reed. No sponsorship was revealed with the announcement.

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  • Georgia's Leonard Floyd out for Belk Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Georgia LB Leonard Floyd, the team's leader in sacks, will miss the Belk Bowl against Louisville.

    Per UGASports.com, Georgia coach Mark Richt said he had a procedure to "clean up" his shoulder and is expected to be ready for spring practices. A junior in 2014, Floyd said he planned to be back at Georgia in 2015 for his senior season.

    Floyd had six sacks in 2014, or a quarter of the 24 total sacks the Bulldogs had. He finishes with 55 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss. Redshirt freshman Davin Bellamy, who had 17 tackles and two tackles for loss in 2014, is expected to take his place.

    Georgia plays Louisville on December 30.

    USC will also be without a member of its defense for the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska. Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods suffered a left pec injury and will miss the game. He posted this picture of himself post surgery to Instagram.

    Woods has played in all 12 of USC's games this season and has 37 tackles and a sack. USC plays Nebraska on December 27.

    For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.

    For more USC news,visit TrojanSportsReport.com.

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  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 21 Paul Menard

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    After doing exit interviews for Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2013, we're turning the tables. We want the drivers to sell themselves. So here are the resumés for all full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2014. Then, at the end, we'll provide a summation of the driver's season in 150 words or less.

    Name: Paul Menard

    NASCAR Experience: Parts of 12 seasons in the Sprint Cup Series including eight full-time seasons. Brickyard 400 winner.

    Most recent team: Richard Childress Racing

    Most recent season finish: 21st

    2014 accomplishments: Paul Menard doesn't like talking about Paul Menard and talks about Paul Menard in the third person. Brevity is big. Five top fives. Third at Las Vegas. 2011 Brickyard 400 winner.

    Most memorable moment: 2011 Brickyard 400 winner. Was twice in the top 10 in points in 2014. Why do you want all this information?

    Strengths: 2011 Brickyard 400 winner. Last name.

    2015 goals: Attempt to go the entire season without an interview, which may be impossible if the Chase is made. This is a tough potential dilemma.

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  • Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd arrested for underage drinking

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd was arrested shortly after the regular season ended for underage drinking.

    Hurd and another male were arrested on Dec. 3 by University of Tennessee police. One was unconscious according to the police report, though it's unclear who was.

    From the Tennesseean:

    Hurd, 18, and Hunter Rivait, who is listed as a student in a university student directory, were arrested by citation on Dec. 3 after police spotted a car with its lights on in a university dorm parking garage. Police found an unconscious male inside.

    The initial University of Tennessee police report does not identify the unconscious male, who was later transported to a hospital.

    The case was referred to Knox County officials for prosecution, a University of Tennessee weekly crime log noted.

    For more Tennessee news, visit Volquest.com.

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