Nick Bromberg

  • Did Les Miles tell boosters Saturday was his last game at LSU?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    According to two outlets, LSU coach Les Miles reportedly told boosters he's departing as the head coach of the Tigers following Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

    LSU disagrees.

    Per Tiger Ragand, Miles told people at the Gridiron Club meeting that he would not be LSU's coach after Saturday night. While he didn't directly say he was leaving, it was reportedly pretty clear. From

    "He said , 'We're a second family to him and he's going to miss us, he appreciates his real friends, and then he told us good bye,'" the source said. "It was very emotional but in control."

    Another source said Miles told the group he "wouldn't be seeing them at the bowl game, he would "always be a Tiger" and "thanks for a great 11 years."

    The Baton Rouge Advocate also countered them.

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  • Houston seals AAC West with 52-31 win over Navy

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    We won't have to wait six extra days for the final set of College Football Playoff rankings.

    The Houston Cougars clinched a berth in the AAC Championship Game with a 52-31 win over Navy Friday afternoon. The game was a de facto West Division title game and the Cougars' offense was unstoppable.

    The defense wasn't too bad either. While Navy did have four touchdowns, the Cougars forced Navy to use the passing game much more than the Midshipmen planned. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds' 312 passing yards were a season high. His previous season high? 134 yards against Tulane.

    The Cougars had a 24-14 lead at halftime and took a 38-17 lead early in the second half thanks to this great Demarcus Ayers touchdown catch.

    Holy Ayers! What a 62-yard TD catch.

    Ayers then made the game 45-24 with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Linell Bonner. The wide receiver pass capped off a 96-yard drive that asserted Houston's dominance. Navy had chances to get back into the game in the second half if the defense could prevent the Cougars from moving the ball. The prevention never happened.

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  • Ohio governor asks residents to not wear khakis on Saturday

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Ohio is now requesting its residents not wear pants.

    Given the craziness that is the state of Ohio, you're probably not entirely surprised. We regret to inform you the request does not cover all pants, but rather pleated khakis. Because, you know, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh wears pleated khakis.

    Here's the resolution, which is in effect on Saturday, the day Ohio State plays Michigan. It's from Ohio governor John Kasich (R), who is also running for president.

    You'll also notice that the letter "m" is crossed out in the resolution. Hating the letter in the week of the game is nothing new for Ohio.

    We'd be more impressed with the ban if it was for style and common sense purposes rather than Michigan ones. It shouldn't take a football game to realize you shouldn't be wearing pleated khakis.

    Michigan and Ohio State kick off at noon Saturday.

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  • Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt denied a sixth year of eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 8 hrs ago

    Terrel Hunt isn't able to return to the Syracuse football team in 2016.

    Syracuse announced Friday that his appeal for a sixth year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA.

    “Obviously, it’s very disappointing but I want to thank my teammates, coaches and all the Syracuse fans who have supported me through this process and during my time here,” Hunt said in a team statement. “Even though my career didn’t turn how I thought it would, I still have a lot of great memories that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.

    “Right now I’m focused on my rehab and on finishing graduate school. I’m getting better every day and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to continue my career at the professional level.”

    Hunt, a senior in 2015, tore an Achilles' tendon in the Orange's first game of 2015 against Rhode Island. The injury put him on the bench for the rest of the year. He missed the final seven games of 2014 after he suffered a broken tibia. He'll be recognized during senior day activities against Boston College on Saturday.

    Hunt finishes his career with over 2,600 passing yards and 24 total touchdowns.

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  • Spread Options: Dr. Saturday's Week 13 picks against the spread

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    A 6-4 week takes us to 60-54-6. Could be worse.

    Missouri at Arkansas (Over 44.5), 2:30 p.m. ET FRIDAY: Taking the Tigers and an over pick seems crazy. But we're going to go with it. Arkansas' defense has given up a lot of points recently (Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State) and its offense has been piling up the points too. The Hogs are favored by two touchdowns and that line seems right. We just have a feeling it could end 30-20 or something.

    Iowa at Nebraska (+2.5), 3:30 p.m. ET FRIDAY: Upset alert. After calling for the upset for the past six weeks, we have to stick with our guns here. It's nothing against Iowa at all. The Hawkeyes are a very good football team and worthy of consideration for the College Football Playoff with an undefeated season. But Nebraska is the master of playing teams close. Just ask Michigan State.

    UMass at Buffalo (-7), 4:30 p.m. ET FRIDAY: We like Buffalo's chances to get to six wins and a bowl berth. The Bulls are 5-6 heading into Friday's game and are in the midst of a two-game slide. After starting the season 1-4, Buffalo got to 5-4 before losses to NIU and Akron in back-to-back weeks. We like Joe Licata to have a big game.

  • What we are thankful for in 2015

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! With the 2015 racing season behind us (save for a Formula 1 race on Sunday), it's time to look back and give thanks for what auto racing gave us over the past nine months. Got anything you think needs to be added? Drop it in the comments below.

    • Jeff Gordon's career. We're not going to write anything in this space below that is anything different than what you've already read. But Gordon holds a special place in my NASCAR life. When I first started watching NASCAR (the 1993 Daytona 500), Gordon was the guy that won too much. As I found non-Gordon favorite drivers, it continued until sometime in the early 2000s.

    Yeah, I went through the same transition many NASCAR fans did. I realized Gordon's greatness and his appeal and it was hard not to appreciate his driving skill and the way he was able to help make NASCAR the fairly mainstream sport it is today. Every Cup Series race I've watched has included Jeff Gordon in it. Being in Daytona for Speedweeks in 2016 is going to be differrent. Especially as NASCAR starts a sendoff for Tony Stewart.

    • Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s continued Twitter excellence.

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  • Man dies participating in Mirror Lake jump before Ohio State-Michigan

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    An unidentified man died while taking part in the traditional Mirror Lake jump before Ohio State's game against Michigan.

    Mirror Lake is a pond on campus and students traditionally jump into the lake in the week before the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines. This year's Mirror Lake jump was held on Tuesday night, and according to the university, the man who died was a student. According to the school's statement, Ohio State would like to end the tradition because of its dangers.

    From the Columbus Dispatch:

    "We are heartbroken over this horrible tragedy," OSU President Michael Drake said in a statement. "We have tentatively identified the young man as a student and are in the process of reaching out to his family. During this difficult time, counseling services will be made available throughout the holiday weekend for those who seek support."

    The tradition started in 1990 and has grown substantially over the past 25 years. From the Ohio State site:

    Ohio State plays at Michigan at Noon ET on Saturday.

  • Updated: Cal's win against Grambling counts for bowl eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    UPDATE (3:30 p.m. ET)

    Cal is going to be bowl eligible. The NCAA has said Cal's win over Grambling counts towards bowl eligibility.

    Cal gets word that its victory over Grambling counts toward the six wins needed for bowl eligibility. The Bears will play in a bowl game.

    The reasons why Cal may not have been able to count the game are below in the original post.


    With six wins, it appears Cal is bowl eligible. However, the Bears may need to win on Saturday against Arizona State to make sure a bowl becomes a reality.

    One of Cal's 6 wins came against Grambling, an FCS school. Teams are typically allowed to count a win against an FCS school towards the six-win minimum for bowl eligibility, but Grambling may not fit the FCS criteria.

    Why? Those FCS schools need to have awarded an average of 90% of their 63 allotted scholarships over a two year period.According to USA Today,Grambling is a bit under that threshold.

    Grambling officials are still seeking to compile the all-countable-aid figure for 2013-14, Simmons said Tuesday night.

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  • South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper heading to NFL, his father says

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    South Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper is going to the NFL draft.

    His father told The Statethat Cooper would be playing his final game for the Gamecocks on Saturday against Clemson.

    “He definitely appreciates the opportunity to play for South Carolina, and we as parents appreciate the opportunity they gave him,” Glen Cooper told the paper. He also said Pharoh didn't want to risk an injury and hurt his draft stock in 2016.

    Cooper has 62 catches for 887 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. His per-catch averages are down from 2014, but that's likely because he's been the focal point for defenses on an inconsistent South Carolina offense. He had 69 catches for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.

    South Carolina finished 2014 7-6 and beat Miami in the Independence Bowl. This season, the Gamecocks are 3-8 and will finish last in the SEC East.

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  • Mark Dantonio: LB Ed Davis will apply for 6th year of eligibility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that linebacker Ed Davis is one of three players who will apply for a sixth year of eligibility to play in 2016.

    Davis was a preseason All-Big Ten selection and has been out for the season because of a torn ACL he suffered in fall camp.

    Ed intends to come back for his sixth year,” Dantonio said at his press conference via iSportsWeb. “I think he qualifies for that. Brandon Clemons intends to come back for his sixth year and he qualifies for that. I believe Damon Knox intends to come back for his sixth year and I think he qualifies for that.”

    Clemons is an offensive lineman and Knox is a defensive lineman. Clemons played in all 13 games for Michigan State in 2014 and Knox had three tackles in eight games in 2014. Dantonio said Davis and Knox would be recognized during senior day festivities on Saturday against Penn State.

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