- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman ditched his No. 86 jersey for a different one against Navy.
With QB Braxton Miller out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Heuerman wore No. 5 on Saturday.
He posted a picture of the jersey to his Twitter account on Saturday morning.
Last year, LB Ryan Shazier switched to No. 2 from No. 10 in October to honor Christian Bryant after Bryant broke his ankle. Shazier wore No. 2 for the rest of the season. No word if Heuerman will go back to his No. 86 after Saturday or keep wearing Miller's No. 5 for all of 2014.
In 2013, Heuerman had 26 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns.
Unfortunately, Heuerman didn't put a bandage on the shoulder of his jersey to mimic the Braxton Miller mannequin at the Ohio State bookstore. After news that Miller was out for the season spread,someone put a bandage on the right shoulder (Miller's throwing shoulder) of the mannequin.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Florida International, apparently unhappy with the way the team has been covered, has barred Miami Herald writer David J. Neal from having a credential to Saturday's game.
Neal has been covering FIU since 2011. The Panthers play Bethune-Cookman, an FCS school, Saturday evening.
No explanation was given by FIU, but Neal’s access to FIU coaches and athletes had been dwindling for months, to the point where he was no longer permitted to attend football practice or conduct interviews. Last week, when Neal attempted to write a story on the FIU women’s soccer team, he was told no one was allowed to talk to him.
“It’s unprecedented for any local team to refuse to credential our beat reporter without reason,” Miami Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marqués Gonzalez said of the four pro and two college teams the Herald covers on a regular basis. “The team does not get to choose who covers the program.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Syracuse needed both a fake field goal and a stopped two-point conversion in double overtime to beat Villanova Friday night. And both of those plays came after a botched 25-yard field goal that would have won Villanova the game in regulation.
Facing a fourth-and-goal from the one with the game tied at 20, Syracuse went with the fake field goal pass and holder Riley Dixon hit Kendall Moore for the TD.
But Syracuse got the ball first in the second overtime. Villanova had a chance to tie or go for the win. After scoring a touchdown, Villanova went for the win. It didn't work, as the QB draw that had been so successful for John Robertson throughout the game got stuffed at the goal line.
And upon making the stop, Syracuse celebrated like it had won a bowl game. Mind you, the Orange did win a bowl game last year, beating Minnesota in the Texas Bowl. And Villanova is an FCS school. But when you escape, I guess you've got to breathe a big elated sigh of relief. Especially when you should have lost in regulation.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt was ejected from the Orange's game against Villanova in the second quarter for punching a Villanova player in the head.
Yes, it was a punch, and yes, it was on purpose. Here it is.
Hunt is clearly mad about the way he was tackled by Dillon Lucas and felt Lucas came in late on the play. However, it's no excuse to punch him. And that doesn't even take into account the fact that the umpire was right next to the play. It was an incredibly easy call.
It's a stupid mistake too. Hunt is a senior and was Syracuse's primary quarterback in 2013. It's bad enough when a freshman does something like this, but a senior leader? Hunt knows better, but he has to act like he knows better. He's the quarterback. Limit the dumb decisions to avoidable interceptions and self-inflicted sacks.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Maryland announced Friday that WR Levern Jacobs and S A.J. Hendy were suspended for the entire 2014 season because of a violation of the school's student code of conduct.
“I have spoken with Levern and A.J. and expressed my disappointment with their actions,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “They showed poor judgment and failed to uphold the standards of a student-athlete at the University of Maryland. Both Levern and A.J. were regretful and apologetic about their role in this incident and understand that their actions will not allow them to participate in the upcoming football season.”
According to the Washington Post, Jacobs was charged with second-degree assault last week for an incident that happened on July 19. LB Alex Twine was also charged with second-degree assault in connection with the same incident as Jacobs, however, he's not mentioned in the release.
From the Post:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
LSU went to Houston to play Wisconsin on Saturday without two potential key contributors.
Per the Advocate, CB Rashard Robinson and WR Malachi Dupre didn't travel with the team for the game. Robinson is a likely starter at CB but has been practicing with the second team. According to the Advocate, he's suspended for the game.
Dupre, a freshman, has an ankle injury.
Jalen Collins will start in Robinson's place. Robinson had 16 tackles and an interception in 12 games last season and earned a starting role near the end of the year.
Dupre was a five-star recruit out of New Orleans in the class of 2014 according to Rivals and sprained his ankle last week. He's been expected by many to contribute immediately to LSU's offense much like fellow five-star recruit RB Leonard Fournette. Only three players on LSU's roster had double-digit catches in 2013 (Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham and Jeremy Hill) and all three players are now on NFL rosters.
If Tony Stewart wins Sunday at Atlanta or Sept. 6 at Richmond, he's going to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That was confirmed by NASCAR President Mike Helton, who said Friday that Stewart would be granted a waiver to remain Chase-eligible if he wins one of the next two races.
Stewart missed races at Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race in upstate New York three weeks ago.
Before Helton's announcement, Stewart made an emotional three-minute statement about his time away from the track and his return.
Under NASCAR's new format, any driver who wins a race and is in the top 30 in points makes the Chase. However, the driver also has to attempt to qualify for all 26 races before the Chase unless granted a waiver by NASCAR upon the sanctioning body's discretion. Stewart's situation, NASCAR said, is worthy of a waiver.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Vanderbilt's "Anchor Down" uniforms aren't legal after all.
During the Commodores' 37-7 loss to Temple, Vanderbilt wore jerseys with the slogan "Anchor Down" on the back nameplates of the jerseys in place of players' names. It's against NCAA rules to have slogans on the backs of jerseys, and Vanderbilt was penalized a timeout per quarter, the punishment for the rule violation.
However, early in the second quarter, Vanderbilt showed referee Ken Williamson an email that purportedly said the jerseys had been approved. After looking at the email, Williamson rescinded the timeout penalty.
The SEC on Friday released a statement that said the uniforms were in fact illegal and the timeouts were rescinded as a result of a "miscommunication."
Tony Stewart didn't answer any questions from media members Friday in his first public appearance since striking and killing Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at a dirt track in upstate New York. Instead, Stewart read a nearly three-minute statement that clearly was emotional for him to compose.
A visibly shaken and stressed looking Stewart spoke softly but pointedly. He paused often, as if he was gathering himself at every opportunity. After his statement, Stewart-Haas vice president Brett Frood took questions about Stewart's return to the track. Frood said that Stewart had sent the Ward family flowers and a card for Ward's funeral.
"Tony has sent the family flowers and a card for the services," Frood said. "Besides that, he's been very respectful of them and their time to grieve. It is very important for Tony to spend time with the family and I do believe that will happen at the appropriate time."
Tony Stewart will meet with the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. It's his first media availability since he struck and killed Kevin Ward in a sprint car race in upstate New York on August 9. Watch the session live at the video feed above.
Stewart is making his return to the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, where he'll race Sunday night. It's his first Sprint Cup race since the accident.
The investigation into the accident by the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Department is still ongoing. We'll have further coverage of Stewart's return after his press conference Friday afternoon.
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