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  • Security worker at Houston AAC-clincher charged with assault

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs 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 2 hrs 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 4 hrs 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 5 hrs 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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  • Montgomery dismissed from Iowa State, Thomas to transfer

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Two key Iowa State contributors will not be part of the team in 2016. 

    The Cyclones dismissed wide receiver D’Vario Montgomery and announced Wednesday that running back Joshua Thomas was transferring.

    Montgomery was dismissed for a violation of team rules. He had 27 catches for 335 yards and three scores in 2015. Those numbers were a big drop from 2014, when he had 44 catches for 605 yards and two touchdowns. While he was fourth on the team in catches two years ago, he led the Cyclones in yardage.

    The redshirt junior transferred to Iowa State from South Florida.

    Thomas, a redshirt freshman in 2015, was third on the team with 295 rushing yards and had seven touchdowns.

    Iow State finished 3-9 in 2015 and fired coach Paul Rhoads near the end of the season. The school hired Toledo's Matt Campbell to replace him. 

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  • Explaining NASCAR's new charter system

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 7 hrs ago

    After the Tuesday announcement of NASCAR's new charter system, you likely have questions about it. And since we're all about the people here at From the Marbles, we have some answers. Hopefully. Below is a list of questions regarding the new ownership structure and answers to those questions.

    Who got charters?

    36 cars from 18 teams will have charters. You can view the full list of charters here.

    What does the charter entail?

    It's a franchising system. Of sorts. (Almost) anyone can still form a Cup Series team and attempt to compete in the sport. But the 36 charter teams now have a guaranteed starting spot in every race for the next nine years as well as a greater share of the revenue pie (which is quite large, given that NASCAR is in the midst of a 10-year, $4.4 billion TV contract).

    How could a team get a charter?

    It had to run a full season for the past three years. While most of the powerhouse teams have charters, not all of them do.

    Who doesn't have a charter?

    What do SHR and JGR do for those two teams?

    Are fields still 43 cars?

  • Screw qualifying drama, NASCAR's charter system is a necessary step

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    When NASCAR abolished the top 35 rule for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season, the rule's removal was hailed as a win for the sport's fans. Instead of the 35 best teams having guaranteed starting positions for each race, qualifying was once again close to a free-for-all. Unless you were one of the lucky teams and drivers to have a guaranteed provisional, there was a chance (even if it was microscopic) you could miss the race. “This is a big win for our fans,” then-NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said in an October 2012 release announcing the qualifying change. “They’ll see the fastest cars earn their starting spots. This change adds intrigue, drama and excitement to qualifying.” If you hated the top 35 rule, we have some unfortunate news for you. It's back with the announcement of the new ownership structure in the Sprint Cup Series. The charter system formally put in place Tuesday gives 36 teams “charters.” Those transferable charters come with guaranteed entry into every Sprint Cup race and went to every team that’s competed full-time on the circuit for the last three seasons.

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  • New NASCAR ownership structure guarantees 36 starting spots

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    NASCAR and team owners unveiled a new ownership structure within the Sprint Cup Series Tuesday afternoon that guarantees 36 teams entry into every race on the schedule.

    The charters are transferable, which means a team that decides to no longer participate in NASCAR can sell its guaranteed entry into Cup Series races. Before this agreement, Cup teams had no stake to sell outside of equipment, which usually sold for cents on the dollar.

    “The new Charter program strengthens each of our businesses individually and the team model as a whole, which is good for NASCAR, our fans, drivers, sponsors and the thousands of people who we employ,” Chip Ganassi Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman said in a statement. “This will give us more stability and predictability, and it will allow us to take a more progressive, long-term approach to issues.

    The Cup field will also be shortened to 40 cars from 43. Four spots are available each race to teams that do not have charters. Kauffman, head of the Race Team Alliance, has been a driving force in getting the new system put in place. A charter can be sold once in five seasons and the current charter agreement is for nine years.

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  • Kyle Allen: A&M experiencing downside of Johnny Manziel's tenure

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    According to former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen, the post-Johnny Manziel era at Texas A&M has showed the downside of the school having the Heisman Trophy winner.

    In an interview with CBS Sports, Allen referenced the "culture" that he believes started with Manziel, who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy and was a first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. A&M was 11-2 in Manziel's Heisman season and has gone 25-14 since.

    Allen, the Aggies' starter at the beginning of the season, announced his decision to transfer before the season concluded. Quarterback Kyler Murray also transferred, leaving third-string quarterback Jake Hubenak as the starter for the team's Music City Bowl loss to Louisville.

    “A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'"

    But Allen, a five-star recruit himself, says there's a price being paid from the Manziel era.

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  • Duke QB Thomas Sirk ruptures Achilles

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is likely out for spring practice and could miss the start of the 2016 season after he ruptured his left Achilles tendon Tuesday morning.

    #Duke QB @tsirk_1 suffered ruptured left Achilles tendon this am; he will be out indefinitely following tomorrow's surgery. #GoDuke

    Sirk, a junior in 2015, became the team's starting quarterback last season and acquitted himself very well. He was 251-427 passing for 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 803 yards and eight touchdowns. The Blue Devils beat Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl to finish the season 8-5.

    It's his second Achilles injury as well. He suffered a torn right Achilles in 2013 and missed the season.

    If there's an upside for Duke, it's that the other four quarterbacks will get more spring practice time in anticipation of replacing Sirk full-time in 2017.

    The Blue Devils' 2016 recruiting class was ranked No. 31 by Rivals.

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