Nick Bromberg

  • Gary Andersen's son had no inside knowledge of his Oregon State decision

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 mins ago

    Gary Andersen didn't tell his son he was in negotiations with Oregon State until the decision was done and ready to be public knowledge.

    Andersen's son, Chasen, is a freshman walk-on linebacker for the Badgers. Andersen, who told Wisconsin last week that he was leaving the Badgers to replace Mike Riley as head coach of the Beavers, kept the decision a secret from his son and informed him when he told the rest of the team.

    You can listen to audio of the interview here.

    Andersen's explanation makes sense, doesn't it? While there are certain things that the son of a coach would know that other players don't, you can't fault him for wanting to treat his son as part of the team. And besides, had Chasen known of Andersen's decision, he could have potentially been put in an uncomfortable spot of having to withhold information from his teammates and tiptoe around the subject.

    For more Oregon State news, visit BeaverBlitz.com.

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  • Bo Pelini isn't too fond of his former bosses at Nebraska

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    In his introductory press conference at Youngstown State on Wednesday, former Nebraska and now-YSU coach Bo Pelini had some nice words for university president Jim Tressel at the expense of his former superiors.

    "I love to coach football, I love to serve kids that I coach and I believe that I have a great situation here," Pelini said. "I have a tremendous athletic director, a president who understands football who's going to support me – something that I don't know if I've ever head. I have a great administration and a community that I believe in wholeheartedly."

    In 2013, audio of a leaked 2011 tirade of Pelini's was leaked.After the release of the video, Nebraska president Harvey Perlman said he was disappointed about it and met with athletic director Shawn Eichorst. At the time, Eichorst said he talked with Pelini and expressed the administration's "deep concern."

    From the World-Herald:

    Via the audio, Pelini also had this to say:

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  • AD Oliver Luck leaving West Virginia for NCAA

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is leaving the Mountaineers and heading to the NCAA.

    The news,first reported by the Charleston Daily Mail, was made official by the NCAA later Wednesday morning. Luck is the NCAA's new executive vice president of regulatory affairs and per the organization, it's a new position "that will bring the national office regulatory functions – academic and membership affairs, the Eligibility Center and enforcement – under one umbrella."

    I am very pleased to have Oliver joining our team in the national office,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “He brings to us wide ranging, hands-on experience from across athletic, academic, and business worlds. Most important, his commitment to the success and well-being of our student-athletes is unquestionable. He has demonstrated that commitment on the ground and throughout his life. I'm anxious for him to get started with us."

    For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 22 Brian Vickers

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 8 hrs ago

    After doing exit interviews for Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2013, we're turning the tables. We want the drivers to sell themselves. So here are the resumés for all full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2014. Then, at the end, we'll provide a summation of the driver's season in 150 words or less.

    Name: Brian Vickers

    NASCAR Experience: Seven full-time seasons in the Cup Series, 12 overall. Yes, just turned 31 years old in October. Three wins and the 2003 Nationwide Series title.

    Most recent team: Michael Waltrip Racing

    Most recent season finish: 22nd.

    2014 accomplishments: Second at Daytona in the summer after rain cut short the race and gave Aric Almirola the win and a Chase berth. Finished fourth at Texas and Talladega in the spring.

    Most memorable moment: It's not pretty, but it's the lap two crash at Michigan in June after qualifying 10th.

    Strengths: Three wins have come on a diverse array of tracks (restrictor plate, two-mile track and one-mile track.)

    2015 goals: Recover quickly and get back to the Sprint Cup Series fully healthy.

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  • Could Miami's contract with Nike end?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 9 hrs ago

    Nike and the Miami Hurricanes have become synonymous. And it's possible that the two could be parting ways.

    Miami first signed a deal with Nike in 1987 and was the first school to sign an all-sports contract with a brand. Since then, Miami has been a Nike school. But the contract between the two is up on August 31 and Under Armour and Adidas have made bids to be Miami's new supplier.

    From the Palm Beach Post:

    UM Athletic Director Blake James confirmed to the Post two undisclosed companies made bids and said Nike has an opportunity to match.

    The bids submitted by Adidas and Under Armour are believed to be several million dollars per year richer than Nike’s deal with UM. As a private institution, UM does not release information on such contracts.

    “Right now all I would say is we have a great partner in Nike and as our contract is coming to an end, we’re evaluating the options that are out there and available,” James said.

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  • Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend testifies about alleged incident at Dover

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 20 hrs ago

    Patricia Driscoll, the ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch, testified Tuesday at a hearing regarding her filing of a protection order against the driver.

    In a claim of domestic assault filed in November, Driscoll alleged that Busch grabbed her head and smashed it three times against the wall of his motorhome on September 26. On Tuesday, Driscoll said that Busch had issues with alcoholism and depression while Busch's attorneys refuted everything she said.

    Just take a look at the first three paragraphs from the Delaware News-Journal's recap of the hearing:

    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch was described by his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, as someone struggling with alcoholism and depression the night he erupted into a rage and smashed her face into the bedroom wall of his motorhome.

    Driscoll leads the Armed Forces Foundation, a foundation that Busch supported throughout their relationship.

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  • Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Sprint will not return as the primary sponsor of NASCAR's top series upon the conclusion of its current contract at the end of the 2016 season.

    "We are proud of our association with NASCAR's top series but have made the decision not to extend our sponsorship beyond the next two years," Sprint vice president of marketing Steve Gaffney said in a statement. "As we look to the future, Sprint is focused on investing in maintaining a competitive edge and providing consumers with the best value in wireless."

    The company's name had been on NASCAR's Cup Series since 2008 when Sprint and Nextel merged. Nextel took over from Winston as the tobacco company left after the 2003 season. When Nextel entered the series, NASCAR instituted the 10-race Chase format for the championship after crowning the season winner over a full season previously. Given the switch to the winner-take-all final race of the season in the 2014 Chase, it seems unlikely that a new sponsor would also mean a different title format. However, the Chase has been tweaked four times in 11 seasons.

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  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 23 Marcos Ambrose

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    After doing exit interviews for Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2013, we're turning the tables. We want the drivers to sell themselves. So here are the resumés for all full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2014. Then, at the end, we'll provide a summation of the driver's season in 150 words or less.

    Name: Marcos Ambrose

    NASCAR Experience: Six full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series and two consecutive wins at Watkins Glen in 2011 and 2012.

    Most recent team: Richard Petty Motorsports.

    Most recent season finish: 23rd.

    2014 accomplishments: Top fives at Bristol and Martinsville to start the season, and eighth at Sonoma and a second at Watkins Glen.

    Most memorable moment: The battle with AJ Allmendinger to try to secure a berth in the Chase. Watch it again, will you?

    Oh, and this, which gave us a teaser of what was to come in the Chase.

    Strengths: This doesn't need to be explained, does it?

    2015 goals: Kick some ass in V8 Supercars.

    But let's flash back to 2012, shall we? What a freaking final lap. This is going to be our favorite memory of Ambrose in the Cup Series.

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  • Mississippi State DC Geoff Collins heading to Florida

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    New Florida coach Jim McElwain has found his defensive coordinator.

    The Gators made the hire of Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins official on Tuesday afternoon.

    Collins has been at Mississippi State for four seasons under coach Dan Mullen, whose first season with the program was in 2009. Mullen, a former Florida offensive coordinator, hired Collins from Florida International. Collins served as MSU's defensive coordinator for two seasons after being the team's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two seasons.

    In addition to coaching at FIU, Collins has also coached at UCF; his strong Florida ties are likely a major reason for his hire. Per the Clarion-Ledger, Collins signed a two-year contract extension with MSU in January.

    Per the Commercial Dispatch, Mullen said he wasn't too happy with coaches leaving for what he termed were lateral moves.

    Mullen on DC Geoff Collins to Florida: "I don't like anybody leaving for what I would view a lateral move, to be perfectly honest."

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  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 24 Martin Truex Jr.

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    After doing exit interviews for Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2013, we're turning the tables. We want the drivers to sell themselves. So here are the resumés for all full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2014. Then, at the end, we'll provide a summation of the driver's season in 150 words or less.

    Name: Martin Truex Jr.

    NASCAR Experience: Nine full Sprint Cup Series seasons and two wins. The 2004 and 2005 NASCAR Busch (Nationwide) [Xfinity] Series champion.

    Most recent team: Furniture Row Racing

    Most recent season finish: 24th

    2014 accomplishments: Finished fourth at Kansas in the fall and led a lap at Talladega in the fall. Didn't get hit by a meteor at the beginning of the season when on-track performance started out poorly.

    Strengths: Won on a road course and a one-mile track and has shown strength at intermediate tracks.

    2015 goals: Try to replicate Furniture Row's 2013 when it made the Chase with Kurt Busch. Get win No. 3.

    Simply put, it was a rough season for Truex. With a crowded field ahead, moving up is easier said than done. But Truex should contend for the top 20 next year.

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