Nick Bromberg

  • NASCAR outlines post-charter qualifying, GWC and points tweaks

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 37 mins ago

    NASCAR outlined how the field will be set in qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the rest of the season Thursday afternoon, unveiled a very-slightly modified points system and also explained how green-white-checker finishes will be handled.

    With the charter system guaranteeing 36 cars starting spots in the now-40 (down from 43) car field, changes were necessary to the qualifying structure in the Cup Series.

    The fastest four non-charter teams in qualifying will make the race (outside the Daytona 500). If qualifying is cancelled for rain reasons, practice speeds determine the four non-charter positions. Owner points will be used if there's no practice and qualifying.

    The GWC rules will be different in 2016 after the disaster that was the green-white-checker finish at the fall Talladega race. There will be a line at each track past the start-finish line called the "overtime line."

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  • NCAA rules committee OKs increased replay official authority

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    The thought of replay officials having more influence on college football games is closer to reality.

    The NCAA rules committee approved a proposal that would allow replay officials to have the ability to stop the game to assess a targeting foulthat was missed on the field. If the replay official deems the play to have occurred without the officials seeing it, the official viewing the replay can buzz down to the field to notify the referee.

    The targeting foul, a penalty since 2013, has previously only been able to be assessed by officials on the field. If the Playing Rules Oversight Panel passes the proposal in March, it'll be official in 2016.

    Other rules committee notes:

    • The committee wants officials to enforce the 3-yard limit for linemen going downfield before a pass more strictly.

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  • Notre Dame WR Corey Robinson wins student body president election

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    The new student body president of Notre Dame is a football player.

    Wide receiver Corey Robinson won Wednesday night's elections. He's the son of former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson.

    Robinson, a senior in 2016, announced his campaign in January. He told The Observer, the student paper of Notre Dame and St. Mary's, that he'd be able to juggle the responsibilities of playing football and being student body president.

    “This spring, all of our practices are in the morning, so we practice from six in the morning until 10 a.m., and the rest of the day is free, and I have one class a day, no class on Fridays,” he said. “In the summer, same kind of thing — we only practice for two hours a day, and I’m going to be here every day, all day, so that’ll be easy as well. I’m only taking one class. “

    Once the Irish begin their 2016 season in August, Robinson said his schedule will change but would still allow him to fully work in student government.

    Robinson had 16 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown in 2015. Those numbers will likely increase next season with the departures of WR Will Fuller and RB C.J. Prosise to the NFL.

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  • Ole Miss AD says NCAA investigation has finished

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said the NCAA's investigation into his school is done.

    The Rebels have been accused of 28 NCAA violations, 13 of which involve the football program. The investigation took over three years and there shouldn't be any additional allegations against the athletic department.

    "I'm confident in our process," Bjork told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday. "I'm confident in our defense, and I'm confident in our positions. 

    According to the Associated Press, nine of the 13 football allegations allegedly happened under the watch of current Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. Bjork told the CL that Freeze has not been named in any wrongdoing. He also said that the NCAA process could be further along if it wasn't for the suspension of offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

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  • SEC commissioner won't be engaging Jim Harbaugh on Twitter

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will not tweet back at you, Jim Harbaugh.

    The SEC isn't too fond of Harbaugh's idea to hold part of Michigan's spring practice sessions on spring break in Florida. Sankey said earlier in the week that the SEC has asked the NCAA to prevent teams from practicing during spring break.

    Wednesday, Harbaugh fired off this tweet.

    Question of the day: Does anyone find whining to be attractive? Just curious.

    And Sankey had this to say to about it.

    "I'm not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter," Sankey told the site. "This is an important issue."

    We'll leave it up to you whether or not you think Harbaugh would believe that is whining. Or if Twitter serves any adult purpose, for that matter.

    The Wolverines are scheduled to practice at IMG Academy, a school in Florida that boasts some top recruits in the 2017 class.

  • Report: Brian Vickers lined up to replace Tony Stewart at Daytona

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 22 hrs ago

    Stewart-Haas Racing has reportedly found Tony Stewart's replacement. For Daytona, anyway.

    According to the Associated Press, Brian Vickers will replace Stewart at the 2.5-mile oval. However, that replacement is contingent on Vickers being medically cleared to race for Stewart. Vickers missed all but two races in 2015 after a recurrence of blood clots. Vickers was initially sidelined in 2010 for blood clots and also missed time in 2013.

    SHR has an announcement scheduled for Friday morning to officially name Stewart's Daytona driver.

    Vickers was slated to compete the full season last year for Michael Waltrip Racing. He was replaced in the No. 55 by Brett Moffitt and David Ragan and ended up without a ride after MWR shut down following the season. His teammate at MWR, Clint Bowyer, is at HScott Motorsports in 2016 and will replace Stewart in the No. 14 car in 2017.

    Vickers has missed time because of the blood clots because he can't race while on blood thinners to treat the clots.

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  • Security worker at Houston AAC-clincher charged with assault

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    A security worker at the University of Houston's AAC-clinching game against Navy has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he was indicted by a grand jury.

    Workers contracted by the security company the school used for football games were captured on video being extremely rough to fans storming the field. Cougar fans were overjoyed about their team's win over Navy to win the conference and a spot in the Peach Bowl against Florida State. Houston ended up beating the Seminoles to finish the season 13-1.

    Punches in the foreground, bodyslams in the back. Hope you can identify those responsible .@HunterYurachek @UHpres

    Oh, and this one while we're at it, @UHpres: What is worth this kind of violence? What purpose is being served?

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  • Report: Pat Haden taken from USC in ambulance

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Outgoing USC athletic director Pat Haden was reportedly taken to see his doctor by ambulance from USC on Wednesday after he felt lightheaded when walking back to his office from a meeting.

    Haden announced earlier in February that he was stepping down from his job at the end of June. He's been USC's athletic director since August 2010. 

    From the Orange County Register: 

    Haden, who turned 63 last month, was ''alert and talking’’ throughout the incident, according to a USC spokesperson, and there was no immediate indication how long Haden might be under medical care.

    Haden, according to the school, was walking back to Heritage Hall after an on-campus meeting when he ''felt a little lightheaded and sat down.’’ USC medical personnel then tended to Haden, who at one point walked back to his office.

    After further evaluation, it was apparently determined that Haden should see his doctor, at which point he was transported off campus via ambulance.

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  • Former sports car owner/driver charged in payday lending scheme

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Scott Tucker, who won a class title in the 2014 Rolex 24 as an owner and driver, faces federal indictments in a payday lending scheme.

    Outside of the debatable ethics involved in payday lending, Tucker's business practices have been under scrutiny for some time. According to the indictments, Tucker is accused of trying to say his companies were owned by Native American tribes. And boy, was he running one heck of a business.

    According to the Kansas City Star, "prosecutors want Tucker to forfeit $2 billion in proceeds, plus 10 high-end sports cars and a Learjet."  Tucker's company is based in suburban Kansas City. He's indicted along with another man whose payday lending company is located in the area. They both owned companies that provided short term loans with incredibly high interest rates.

    Here's how Tucker used the tribes to his benefit. From the Pitch KC:

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  • Bobby Labonte back with Joe Gibbs Racing for Daytona Xfinity race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Bobby Labonte is driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016.

    The team announced Wednesday that the 2000 Sprint Cup Series champion would drive for the team in the season-opening Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway. Labonte will be behind the wheel of the No. 18, the number he drove from 1995-2005 with JGR.

    The car won't have the familiar Interstate Batteries sponsorship that Labonte had during that tenure, however. It'll be sponsored by NOS, an energy drink. The company is sponsoring JGR's No. 18 Xfinity car for 18 races. Kyle Busch is driving 16 of those races. Busch isn't partaking in any restrictor plate races in the Xfinity Series in 2016 after he was injured in the Daytona race in February of 2015.

    “I’m excited about the opportunity to drive for JGR again," Labonte said in a statement. "I didn’t think this would ever happen and when Joe called me about the program, it was a ‘no-brainer.’ Great race team, great cars, the opportunity is a good one. There would be nothing better than to hang a flag in this building too."

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