Nick Bromberg

  • Idaho to drop down to FCS after 2017 season

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    After losing its membership to the Sun Belt Conference, Idaho is dropping down a tier in college football.

    The Vandals will start playing at the FCS level in 2018 as a member of the Big Sky Conference, the school confirmed Thursday.

    “I understand the magnitude of this decision and the strong opinions that surround it, both for and against, but joining the Big Sky Conference is the best possible course for our athletics program and for our university,” Idaho president Chuck Staben said in a statement. “We have carefully weighed our options and concluded that competing as an independent with an extremely uncertain future conference affiliation would be irresponsible when we have the alternative of joining one of the most stable FCS conferences. The Big Sky allows us to renew traditional rivalries and offers our athletes the opportunity to excel, just as they do in our other Big Sky sports programs.”

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  • Tony Stewart will pay fine; Drivers Council will donate to charity

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Tony Stewart is going to pay his NASCAR fine himself and the Drivers Council pledge to pay it will instead go to charity.

    Stewart said Wednesday the group decided to give the $35,000 it said it would pay on Stewart's behalf to Autism Delaware, a group founded by Fox Sports NASCAR director Artie Kempner and his wife Marcie.

    “I appreciated the Drivers Council support, but I didn’t want them to pay the fine," Stewart said in a release. "We decided as a group to donate the money to charity. “Artie is such a good friend to all of us and his foundation does a lot of great work.”

    But Stewart's fine has remained in place. The council, a group of drivers that includes Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, said hours after Stewart was fined that it would pay the fine because it believed Stewart had the right to speak his mind.

    Hamlin will present the check to the foundation on behalf of the council at a golf tournament before the May 15 race at Dover. Fines paid to NASCAR go to the NASCAR Foundation.

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  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s crew chief suspended for a race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Nick Sandler, the crew chief for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., has been suspended for Sunday's race at Talladega for a violation found during pre-race inspection at Richmond.

    According to NASCAR's penalty report, it's a safety violation and stems from the steering wheel connection in the car. Sandler was also fined $20,000 and put on probation through the end of the year. The penalty is classified as a P3 penalty according to NASCAR's penalty system.

    Roush Fenway could choose to appeal the penalty, which would simply delay Sandler's suspension if the appeal was not overturned. But declining to appeal could be the best option, especially if the team isn't confident in its appeal chances. Talladega isn't as intensive for a crew chief as other tracks are because of the draft and the pack racing that takes place there.

    Stenhouse is currently 19th in the points standings. He was 11th after the third race of the season but hasn't finished in the top 15 in any of the past four races.

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  • Mike MacIntyre believes Davis Webb will still transfer to Colorado

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Colorado's coach is still publicly confident former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb will be a member of his team in 2016.

    Webb previously announced he was heading to Colorado in January. As a graduate transfer, he's eligible to play immediately. And that immediate eligibility has made him a hot commodity. Webb has visited other schools who would like to secure his services for the upcoming season.

    He's taking visits to other schools because the financial aid agreement he's signed with Colorado isn't binding.

    “I talk to Davis Webb basically every day, almost every night,” MacIntyre said via BuffStampede.com. “He has told me every time he is definitely coming to Colorado. I don't have any other reason to think why he wouldn't.

    “I just don't like the rule. He signed a financial aid agreement with us but everybody else can still recruit him and badger him and try to manipulate him, which I do not agree with. I think that is wrong, but that is the way the rule is. But I believe he will still be here at Colorado.”

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  • Hawaii's Kennedy Tulimasealii arrested again

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Hawaii defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii was arrested Monday, his second April arrest.

    The second arrest is on a charge of criminal property damage. He was arrested earlier this month on counts of domestic abuse, harrassment and resisting arrest. From KHON 2:

    The criminal property damage charge stems from an incident that happened in March, before his first arrest, that was apparently just reported. HPD says Tulimasealii turned himself in and was booked just after 6 p.m.

    Sources tell us Tulimasealii and his ex-girlfriend were in a car that was parked near the Hale Aloha Ilima dormitory at UH Manoa when the two started arguing. He then started punching the dashboard, damaging the radio and navigation instruments in the car. Police records show the total damage was more than $1,500.

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  • Social Hour: A top 2016 recruit sets his commitment date

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

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    We're about to find out where five-star wide receiver recruit Demetris Robertson is going to play college football.

    5-star WR Demetris Robertson will make his college announcement at 1 p.m. ET Sunday: https://t.co/DwEVQ07ud3

    Robertson has reportedly delayed his decision to raise his SAT score to get in to Stanford. However, according to Rivals, Stanford is not one of his finalists. He's believed to be considering Georgia, Georgia Tech, Cal, Alabama and Notre Dame. He's reportedly signed financial aid agreements with the first three.

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  • Eastern Michigan: We have no plans on dropping out of FBS

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Eastern Michigan issued an open letter response to the student and faculty recommendationthat the school cease to play in the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football's top level.

    And the Eagles have no plans on going anywhere.

    In the past several days, there has been considerable media coverage of reports that indicate that Eastern Michigan University is considering eliminating football, or reducing support for football by dropping down to a lower division of the NCAA and by dropping out of the Mid-American Conference. These reports are not based on any solid factual information. We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference.

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    The faculty and student plan was pitched to the university's board of regents on Friday. The report presented to the board said athletic expenses were at $33 million in 2015 while revenue was at $7 million.

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  • Virginia Tech's Adonis Alexander, Houshun Gaines suspended

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Virginia Tech has suspended two defensive players indefinitely.

    The team announced the suspensions of cornerback Adonis Alexander and defensive end Houshun Gaines on Tuesday with no reason given. According to the Roanoke Times, arrest records indicate both players were caught possessing marijuana.

    From the Times:

    Alexander, 19, and Gaines, 18, were issued summons for possession of marijuana at 2:31 a.m. Sunday, hours after Virginia Tech concluded its spring game. The offense location was at Union Bank on North Franklin in downtown Blacksburg.

    Gaines, whose summons said he had a blood alcohol content of .058, was also charged with underage possession/purchase of alcohol.

    All of the charges are misdemeanors. Neither player was booked. Both are scheduled to appear in Montgomery County General District Court in Christiansburg on June 27 at 8:30 a.m.

    Gaines redshirted in 2015 and is expected to get significant playing time in 2016.

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  • Louisiana Tech signee accused of battery and armed robbery

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    A member of Louisiana Tech's 2016 recruiting class has been arrested as part of an armed robbery investigation.

    According to Pine Bluff police, David Beasley is one of four people accused of an armed robbery that involved a shooting early Saturday morning. Beasley and the three others appeared in court on Monday and face a charge of aggravated robbery and a charge of first-degree battery. Both charges are felonies. One of the other men was also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon.

    From the Pine Bluff Commercial:

    According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told police he had met an acquaintance behind a store at University Drive and Collegiate Drive “to smoke a blunt” (a cigar with marijuana in it), and once he got there, the driver and passenger in another car, a black Dodge, tried to rob him.

    The alleged victim told police that the driver of the car pulled a gun on him and tried to force him into the vehicle. He said they took his money and a backpack before he was able to break away and the driver of the car shot him.

  • Brian France: Tone of Tony Stewart's remarks led to fine

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    We have confirmation of the reasoning behind NASCAR's $35,000 fine of Tony Stewart.

    NASCAR CEO Brian France appeared on SiriusXM on Monday after the sanctioning body's decision to mandate teams fasten all lug nuts to wheels effective immediately. As you likely know by now, Stewart was fined $35,000 for his criticism of NASCAR's lug nut enforcement.

    And as you also likely know, NASCAR isn't changing its lug nut rules if Stewart doesn't make his comments. But while the sanctioning body ultimately believed Stewart had an incredibly valid point, it was unhappy with the way he expressed himself. From NBC Sports:

    “I don’t know where the line is, I don’t know if there is a line – obviously there is a line, but obviously we just believe that you should be able to express your opinion as long as you’re not just totally trashing the sport itself or anything like that," Hamlin said.

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