Nick Bromberg

  • David Ragan: Full-time schedule with Front Row was 'a little iffy'

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 12 hrs ago

    David Ragan's arrangement with Joe Gibbs Racing was aided by a tenuous full-time status at Front Row Motorsports.

    Ragan, who is filling in for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 car in the near-term, said it was "iffy" if he'd be able to run the full season in the No. 34 car.

    "Our situation at Front Row this year was a little iffy on whether we were going to be able to run the entire schedule," Ragan said. "We had some good sponsorship with some of our partners – CSX and KFC for the Daytona 500. I got a call from one of the management at Joe Gibbs Racing on Monday afternoon and they just asked if I had any interest in talking to them. They had heard that I wasn't committed or didn't have a firm commitment for the full, entire Sprint Cup season. I told them that I would have some interest if we could get all the parties to mutually agree on a package that would benefit us all."

    He said Thursday that he didn't know how long he'd be filling in for Busch, who is sidelined with a broken right leg and a broken left foot after his crash on Saturday.

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  • Happy Hour: It revolves around the Busch brothers

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs ago

    Happy Hour is back, back again. Happy Hour is back, back, tell a friend.

    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.

    Llamas, llamas everywhere on Thursday. We even heard they were testing a car or two at the track as part of a new NASCAR program designed to get animals into the sport. In case you were wondering if a llama could make the Chase, here are five reasons it could.

    QuikTrip is the title sponsor of Sunday's race, and to celebrate, QT is providing the media food for the weekend.

    Thanks @QuikTrip for the media center food this weekend! #FoHQT500 pic.twitter.com/IefMW48NBi

    Let's start with an email regarding the Daytona 500 finish.

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    It depends on the Chase! Yes, there are two Chases.

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  • Report: LSU can't sign early enrollees to financial aid agreements for 2 years

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    LSU won't be able to sign any recruits who wish to enroll early to financial aid agreements for the next two years.

    The Advocate found the penalties handed down from the SEC via a public records request. The penalties stem from a player who signed a financial aid agreement with LSU to enroll early in January. When a player does so, the school he signs an FAA with is allowed unlimited contact – but only if he early enrolls with that school. The player didn't, and therefore LSU violated the unlimited contact provision.

    As part of the sanctions, LSU will also lose 21 (10 percent) of its 2015 recruiting evaluation days.

    The name of the recruit is unknown and the Advocate said LSU declined comment. The report does list one player who signed a FAA early but didn't sign a LOI with LSU.

    From the Advocate:

    LSU's 2015 recruiting class was ranked No. 8 in the country by Rivals.

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  • Ga. Tech student gets diversion program for Georgia schedule hacking

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    A Georgia Tech student who allegedly hacked into Georgia's computer network was accepted into a pretrial diversion program.

    If Ryan Gregory Pickren completes the program, the felony computer trespass charge against him will be dismissed.

    What did Pickren do when he allegedly hacked into the UGA system? We'll let OnlineAthens.com take it from here:

    Authorities said Pickren made the post on UGA’s online calendar on Nov. 27, two days before the gridiron match-up. The posting, which was added below the legitimate entry for the game, read, “Sat., November 29, 2014/ 12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT.”

    Tom Jackson, UGA’s vice president for public affairs, said the calendar hack was discovered shortly after it was posted on Thanksgiving and taken down about an hour after it appeared.

    It's worth noting that yes, Georgia Tech did back up Pickren's words. The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs 30-24.

    (We'll admit that it seems a bit absurd that a felony charge stems from a simple phrase, computer hacking is – rightfully – taken seriously)

  • Ineligible Baylor RB Silas Nacita admits to breaking rules, apologizes

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    Ineligible Baylor RB Silas Nacita tweeted an apology Thursday morning for breaking NCAA guidelines.

    Baylor announced Wednesday that the formerly homeless walk-on running back was ineligible because of rules violations. While Nacita said Wednesday that he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, the NCAA said it never heard his case or made a ruling about it, meaning Baylor never took the case to the governing body.

    Thursday, Nacita apologized for breaking NCAA rules, misleading in his previous tweets, and said he should have accepted NCAA-approved guidance offered to him by Baylor.

    The bottom line is that I broke the rules. I should've never accepted the help and I am deeply sorry for my actions pic.twitter.com/Ekw0e4uSbQ

    Players are allowed to accept housing assistance from close family friends, but as he said in his apology, his utilization of the people around him didn't fit the guidelines.

    And this should be a lesson to all NCAA athletes to check with compliance before doing anything that could be considerend a violation of NCAA rules, no matter the circumstances.

    For more Baylor news,visit SicEmSports.com.

  • College football proved tricky again on Jeopardy!

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 23 hrs ago

    We've already established that easy college football questions for the Dr. Saturday reader can be incredibly tough questions for the Jeopardy! contestant, so what happened on Tuesday's Jeopardy! episode should come as no surprise.

    The clue for the $400 question was "In September 2013 a record crowd of more than 115,000 saw host Michigan beat Notre Dame in this football-crazy city."

    These nerds got it wrong, didn't even answer! #Jeopardy #AnnArbor #BigHouse #Heaven #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/XHioCyjSPb

    Yes, they even gave away the state where the game was played. And it went unanswered.

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  • UT students (again) had a snowball fight at Neyland Stadium

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 23 hrs ago

    When it snows in Knoxville, Tennessee students are apparently drawn to Neyland Stadium like moths to a flame.

    Students had a snowball fight at Neyland Stadium on Wednesday after the area got some snow.

    #NeylandSnowballFight This time without arrests... http://t.co/Baov6eHI0A pic.twitter.com/KurHb975vN

    Last February,students did the same thing, and some students got in trouble. Eight were cited for trespassing and two were cited for underage drinking according to WBIR. Now that this is apparently becoming a pattern, maybe it's time for some preventative police snow measures at Neyland.

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  • Kyle Busch has surgery on his left foot

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 23 hrs ago

    Kyle Busch had his second surgery on Wednesday.

    Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Busch had what it termed successful surgery on his fractured left foot. The surgery happened after Busch was transferred back to North Carolina from Daytona Beach, where he had surgery on the broken leg he sustained in the Xfinity Series crash Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

    No timetable has been given on Busch's absence from NASCAR, but it's likely it'll be a lengthy one; long enough to prevent Busch from being eligible to receive a NASCAR waiver to make the Chase. Unless the rules change, drivers have to be in the top 30 of the points standings to make the Chase.

    Busch will be replaced in the Cup Series for the foreseeable future by David Ragan, who will be replaced in his No. 34 Front Row Motorsports car by Joe Nemechek in Atlanta. Erik Jones, who drives for Busch's Camping World Truck Series team, will drive Busch's Xfinity Series car at Atlanta.

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  • Case containing Howard's Rock at Clemson vandalized

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The case for Howard's Rock at Clemson's Memorial Stadium was vandalized early Wednesday.

    According to the school, the rock appears to be unharmed but the glass from the case it sits in was broken. The rock was taken out of the stadium on Wednesday.

    Howard's Rock removed from Death Valley, Photo via @steelerwill and @ClemsonInsider http://t.co/R4vVpjBwM2 pic.twitter.com/Q9prY0bQev

    Clemson released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying it was looking into the incident. The school said the vandalism was reported by construction workers working on stadium renovations early Wednesday morning and that police are currently investigating.

    Clemson players rub the rock, named for former Clemson coach Frank Howard, before every home game for good luck.

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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  • Joe Nemechek to drive the No. 34 at Atlanta

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Joe Nemechek is David Ragan's replacement at Atlanta.

    Front Row Motorsports said Wednesday that Nemechek would pilot the No. 34 car on Sunday. The team needed a replacement for Ragan after he became the temporary driver of the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of Kyle Busch, who suffered a broken right leg and broken left foot in a crash at Daytona on Saturday.

    If Nemechek makes the race, it'll be start No. 667 in the Cup Series for him. If you're a fan of Blblical numerology, you may think that's a big deal.

    Nemechek, 51, is a four-time winner in the Cup Series, most recently with MB2 Motorsports at Kansas in 2004. Since leaving Furniture Row Racing at the conclusion of the 2008 season, he's primarily driven for his own team. Last year was the first time in six years that he made a Sprint Cup Series start for a team other than Nemco Motorsports.

    He was originally entered in the Daytona 500 but withdrew and instead attempted the Xfinity Series race and ran the Camping World Truck Series race. He splits time with his son, John Hunter Nemechek, in the family's No. 8 truck.

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