Nick Bromberg

  • Brandon Harris named LSU's starting quarterback

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    LSU has its starting quarterback. Coach Les Miles said Monday evening that Brandon Harris had beaten out Anthony Jennings for the job.

    “Brandon Harris, he’s throwing the ball more accurately,” Miles said via the Baton Rouge Advocate. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.”

    Miles did say that both Harris and Jennings would see playing time against McNeese State on September 5. While the Cowboys gave Nebraska a big scare in 2014, it wouldn't be surprising if a lot of LSU's backups see the field in the second half.

    [Check out Dr. Saturday on Tumblr for things you won’t see on the blog]

    Harris was considered the frontrunner for the job despite receiving less playing time than Jennings did in 2014. He started just one game in 2014 and it was a disaster. As the Tigers lost 41-7 to Auburn, Harris was 3-14 passing for 58 yards. 52 yards came on one completion.

    Jennings was arrested over the summer with two LSU teammates after they went to retrieve items from someone else's apartment. None of the players were formally charged.

    - - - - - - -

  • Everett Golson to start at quarterback for Florida State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Everett Golson is Florida State's starting quarterback.

    The Notre Dame transfer was named the Seminoles' week one starter Monday afternoon by coach Jimbo Fisher. Golson had been competing with Sean Maguire for the position. Maguire spent 2014 as the primary backup for Jameis Winston and started against Clemson after Winston was suspended following an inappropriate act on campus.

    [Check out Dr. Saturday on Tumblr for things you won’t see on the blog]

    Golson transferred from Notre Dame following the 2014 season after he lost his starting job at the end of the year to Malik Zaire. As a graduate transfer Golson was eligible to play immediately. His first FSU start will come against Texas State.

    While Florida State had been reluctant to name a starter, Golson winning the job isn't too surprising. It would have been unlikely he would transfer somewhere to play his final season of college football and not be the starting quarterback.

    For more Florida State news, visit Warchant.com.

    - - - - - - -

    Follow @NickBromberg

  • Scott Dixon wins IndyCar title by winning at Sonoma

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Your browser does not support iframes.

    Scott Dixon was a bit surprised while in victory lane after Sunday's IndyCar Series finale.

    Dixon entered the race third in the IndyCar Series points standings and needed some misfortune from both Juan Pablo Montoya, the points leader when the race started, and Graham Rahal, who was in second, to get the series title.

    That misfortune happened and Dixon won the championship over Montoya, who finished sixth, via a tiebreaker after he won at Sonoma for the second straight year.

    The tiebreaker was season victories. Dixon's win on Sunday was his third of the season. Montoya, the Indianapolis 500 winner, had two. After the race, Montoya said he felt like he threw the championship away. Sunday's race was for double the normal race points, which allowed Dixon to sneak in for the title. Montoya's win in the 500 was also for double points.

    Dixon entered the race 47 points behind Montoya.

    - - - - - - -

    Follow @NickBromberg

  • Va. Tech wearing helmet stickers against OSU to honor WDBJ victims

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Virginia Tech will have stickers on its helmets against Ohio State on September 6 to honor the two Roanoke television station employees killed earlier in the week.

    The sticker will feature a "7" for WDBJ 7, the station that Alison Parker and Adam Ward worked at. A teal ribbon will remember Parker while a maroon ribbon will be a symbol for Ward, who was a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech.

    Hokies to honor shooting victims with special helmet sticker for OSU game - http://t.co/N648R2Twm3 pic.twitter.com/SwczXmTwAm

    The two employees were doing a live report for a morning show at a local waterpark when they were shot and killed, allegedly by a former co-worker. Vester Flanagan, the suspected shooter, shot himself and later died after police were pursuing him. Flanagan, who went as Bryce Williams on-air, also allegedly posted a video of the attack to Twitter.

    Vicki Gardner, the woman whom Parker was interviewing in the report, was wounded in the shooting.

    The school also said that a moment of silence has been held at volleyball and soccer games while ribbons for both were also distributed.

    - - - - - - -

  • South Carolina to wear helmet decals honoring Charleston victims (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    South Carolina will have a helmet decal to honor the nine people killed at a Charleston church.

    The decal was designed by artist Gil Shuler and features the palmetto tree with nine doves – one for each victim.

    The people were shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church on June 17. The suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, has been indicted on 33 hate crime charges.

    “Whether it’s Greenville, Columbia, Charleston or any other cities in South Carolina, we feel a tremendous sense of pride in this state,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement.. “The tragedy that happened in Charleston doesn’t just affect people in Charleston; it affects the entire state. We feel very much a part of that at the university. Coach Steve Spurrier and University President Harris Pastides felt very strongly that the ‘Emanuel 9’ should be recognized.”

    The shooting sparked discussion about the role of the Confederate flag, not only in South Carolina, but across the nation. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier supported motions to remove the flag from the grounds of the state capitol. He previously had disavowed the flag as well.

    - - - - - - -

  • OC Clay Helton to be main playcaller for USC

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    USC coach Steve Sarkisian is ceding the majority of the playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Clay Helton.

    Sarkisian revealed the assignment of duties after practice on Saturday. Helton became the team's offensive coordinator in 2013 and was the team's playcaller for the rest of that season after coach Lane Kiffin was fired. Kiffin and Sarkisian were previously co-offensive coordinators at USC.

    “Clay is going to assume more of the play calling responsibilities,” Sarkisian said via TrojanSports.com. “I’m still going to have input especially in the third down and red zone scenarios. But I also want to focus on being a really good head coach and I want to be with our defense and celebrate with Adoree’ when he gets an interception.”

    Helton also served as the team's interim coach during hte 2013 Las Vegas Bowl.

    Sarkisian also said he wanted to spend more time with the defense. USC is facing lofty expectations this year. The Trojans are a top contender for not only the Pac-12 title but a possible berth in the College Football Playoff.

    - - - - - - -

  • Auburn LB Deshaun Davis made his own team hype video (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Auburn LB Deshaun Davis has a rap video for the Tigers' 2015 season. And it's quite impressive.

    He produced the five-minute video, which includes highlights of past Auburn seasons to a rap that he sings. If you weren't aware that this was from Davis, you could be convinced that it was an official video.

    The song is called "The Takeover." You can guess what Auburn wants to take over in 2015.

    In case you were wondering, it only takes 20 seconds for the first Kick-Six highlight to appear in the video. it also features shoutouts to Auburn greats – he rhymes "Bo-Jack" and "Cadillac."

    Davis, a redshirt freshman in 2015, was a three-star recruit as an inside linebacker in the class of 2014. He's got quite the bar to clear for a hype video in 2016.

    (H/T Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

    For more Auburn news,visit AuburnSports.com.

    - - - - - - -

    Follow @NickBromberg

  • Arizona LB Cody Ippolito tears ACL, out for 2015

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Arizona linebacker Cody Ippolito is out for the season after tearing his ACL.

    A redshirt junior in 2014, Ippolito played in all 14 of Arizona's games with six starts. He was sixth on the team with 52 tackles.

    “What’s a shame is Cody was having a really good camp,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said via the Arizona Daily Star. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed football player that comes and loves to compete and practice. … He’ll rehab like crazy and hopefully we’ll get him back for another year or two playing at a high level.

    Ippolito was slated to see significant time at strongside linebacker for the Wildcats this season as well as be the primary backup for Scooby Wright at middle linebacker.

    Rodriguez also said that two receivers, Trey Griffey and Tyrell Johnson, would miss "a couple of weeks" with foot injuries. Griffey is the son of former baseball great Ken Griffey Jr.

    For more Arizona news, visit GoAZCats.com.

    - - - - - - -

  • Soak in the sights and sounds of Rutgers' dance-off (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Everyone loves watching football players dance, right? Here's the video from the dance-off Rutgers held at the conclusion of fall camp.

    If there's any portion of the video that is mandatory viewing, fast-forward to the 2:15 mark. You get to see this. Well done, Kevin Wilkens.

    We are a bit disappointed that the players weren't told of the dance-off via emails from Kyle Flood to their professors in the upcoming sector. Though it would be hilarious if the dance-off was the subject of the emails Flood allegedly sent to a Rutgers faculty member that has prompted a university investigation into the contact.

    Rutgers opens the season against Norfolk State on September 5.

    For more Rutgers news, visit ScarletRNation.com.

    - - - - - - -

    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!

    Follow @NickBromberg

  • Watch Dartmouth's robot tackling dummy in action (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Dartmouth players can take their practice field frustrations out on a robot.

    Though we're guessing that the robot can cause some frustration too. The school developed a tackling dummy that can move and change directions. Here's a look at it in action.

     

    The Mobile Virtual Player – MVP of course – was designed by Dartmouth students at the behest of coach Buddy Teevens. He had eliminated tackling during practice and wanted his players to still be able to practice with a reduced risk of injuries.

    From NPR:

    "To my knowledge, no one else does it at the Division I level," Teevens said about his no-tackling protocol, acknowledging that his players were initially skeptical. "It was not received well to be honest with you because [tackling] is sort of fundamental, but I was committed to it."

    The MVP may even be more athletic than you are too.

    He said the 5-foot-11-inch, 200-plus-pound MVP can weave, cut, stop and start — even "run" a respectable 4.8-second 40-yard-dash.

    - - - - - - -