Nick Bromberg

  • Is Texas impacting other Big 12 schools' possible expansion votes?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 32 mins ago

    In-conference politicking going on in the Big 12? We're shocked.

    According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Texas is "believed to be influencingTexas Tech's and Texas Christian's decisions to also be reluctant to expansion."

    Per the report, UT is using its pull because of the Big 12's rules regarding expanding the conference. If the conference was to expand, there would need to be greater than 75 percent support for the idea. With 10 teams in the Big 12, that means eight yes votes would be needed and seven teams could vote yes on expansion without the three Texas schools.

    Texas Tech has long fallen in line with Texas. Both are public universities that have been in the same league together since 1956, when they were in the Southwest Conference. Texas and Texas Tech were founding members of the Big 12 in 1996.

    To add teams, the league would have to redistribute its revenue sources. And Texas has a possible large revenue source in the Longhorn Network, though the network has lost money so far.

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  • 2 men found dead Sunday at Talladega

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Two men were discovered dead on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

    According to the Talladega County coroner, the men were Joshua Doiun, 19, and James Cook, 48. Doiun was from Crawfordville Florida while Cook was from Tallahassee.

    A cause of death is not currently known, though the coroner does not suspect foul play. The men were discovered after Sunday's race according to TMZ and the site said the men appeared to be dead for "6-7" hours when they were found by a friend in the campground area at the track.

    In 2013, a man killed himself in the infield at Texas Motor Speedway during the NRA 500. According to reports following the man's death at Texas, the incident happened in the vicinity of a pickup truck in the infield after an argument with others at the race.

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  • Power Rankings: It might as well be a 12-car pileup this week

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    1. Kyle Busch (LW: 2): What does the guy who finishes second say after the race about the style of racing? "I hate it. I'd much rather sit at home. I got a win. I don't need to be here."


    Though can you blame Busch? This is the type of racing that broke his leg and foot in 2015. Yeah, he's damn good at it. But he's got plenty of reasons not to like it. Did he crash: Yes.

    2. Brad Keselowski (LW: 8): This guy, however, has plenty of reasons to like plate racing. Especially at Talladega. Keselowski has four wins at the 2.66-mile track after his victory on Sunday. He has no more than two wins at any other Cup track. Through 15 Talladega races, Keselowski has nine top-10 finishes and has been running at the finish of all but one. Does he have the Talladega secret recipe? Did he crash: No.

    5. Kurt Busch (LW: 7): Hey, from the Busch car to a Busch brother. Kurt finished eighth and didn't make Jimmie Johnson incredibly happy after a push from Busch sent Johnson into Paul Menard and sparked a monster crash. Did he crash: Yes.

    Lucky Dog: How about Jamie McMurray, who finished fourth with a beat up car.

    Dropped Out: Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne

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  • Big 12: Data indicates better chance of reaching CFP with title game

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the conference's consultant has numbers to prove the league would have a greater chance of making the College Football Playoff with a title game.

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said data from Navigate Research indicates a football title game improves playoff chances by 4-5 percent.

    The 10-team Big 12 currently has its football members play nine conference games (one against every other team) and the league doesn't have a title game. That regular season format would change too under the scenario that improves the Big 12's chances according to the data. From ESPN:

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the analytics firm the league recently hired, Navigate Research, revealed that a 12-team league with an eight-game conference schedule and a championship game was the best model for putting a team in the CFP.

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  • Social Hour: Lou Holtz makes his presidential endorsement

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

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    Former Notre Dame and South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has made his presidential vote public. We'll let the tweet below explain the rest.

    Honored to have received the endorsement of Lou Holtz - a great guy! #INPrimary #Trump2016

    That's quite the reasoning for the endorsement.

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    Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin dropped this tweet Tuesday afternoon. What does it mean?

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  • Talladega day after thoughts: Does plate racing need to change?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Welcome to a Monday afternoon version of our post-race thoughts post. While we were busy for most of Sunday we had a chance to watch most of the race and spin the past hours trying to process the craziness that took place at Talladega.

    • It's not correct to say that everyone wants the racing at Talladega to change. But there's a fair majority that does, right?

    We'll admit, restrictor plate racing is the perfect hook for NASCAR. Cars are door-to-door for the majority of the race and the close proximity is thrilling television for newbies or those who aren't die-hard fans of the sport. If you were getting a friend to watch NASCAR for the first time, odds are both Daytona and Talladega are in your top five options.

    But for as wild and unpredictable the racing may be – let's be honest, the Cup Series needs unpredictability – Sunday's race left us wondering for solutions after watching two too many cars tumble through the air on the backstretch.

    And damn, Kenseth is going to string together some good finishes soon.

  • Miami DE Al-Quadin Muhammad has knee surgery

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Miami defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.

    Muhammad posted a picture of himself in the hospital to Instagram. According to the Palm Beach Post, Miami officials said the arthroscopic surgery was “a small procedure done on his knee” and he could return to football activities in two weeks.

    Curiously, the Instagram picture with the caption "Thank God surgery was a success minor set back I'm good though I'll be back in no time btw I'll be ready for the season #GodHasAPlan" no longer appears to be on Muhammad's Instagram page.

    A redshirt junior in 2016, Muhammad is expected to be a big contributor to Miami's defense. He had 8.5 tackles for loss and led the team with 5 sacks in 2015. He was also third on the team with 54 total tackles.

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  • Police: Alabama LB Reuben Foster was at scene of triple shooting

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was at a nightclub in Auburn, Alabama, when a triple murder took place there a week ago according to police.

    Foster is a native of Auburn and police say he was not involved in the shooting that killed three men on April 23. From

    Auburn police learned from other attendees "way after the fact" that Foster was at Mr. D's Lodge the night of the shooting, he said.

    "There was no information that he or any other athletes were involved in the actual shooting itself," Register said.

    The shooting allegedly stemmed from an argument that happened in the nightclub. A man, Tarabien Latrent Cobb, has been arrested and charged with murder in the three deaths. He's a relative of Recco Cobb, one of the men killed in the shooting.

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    Foster currently has a tribute to Recco Cobb as his Twitter bio.

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  • Happy Hour: Tony Stewart's possible hour in the car on Sunday

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 5 days ago

    It's time for Happy Hour. As always, tweet us your thoughts or shoot us an email at if you want to participate.

    Tony Stewart is going to start Sunday's race before he hands the car off to Ty Dillon. According to Stewart, that handoff will be at the first caution, whether it's at lap 2 or lap 102. Stewart said his plan is to drop to the back of the field and ride around before that caution happens.

    "And if it means we go 80 laps or 100 laps or whatever, it’s not likely that the race will go that long without a caution, but if it does, the level of intensity is pretty sanitary at that point," Stewart said Friday."It’s not really ramping-up yet. So, I don’t feel like there’s any danger in that. It’s later in the race when guys are really having to make things happen; that’s the part of the race when we really need to be out of the car. There will be ample time to get that caution to get us out. The good thing is that Talladega is so big that even if it’s 40 laps from the end of the race when Ty gets in it, he’s going to have enough time to do what he needs to do."

    On to your questions and comments.


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  • Idaho to drop down to FCS after 2017 season

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 days 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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