- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 hrs ago
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It feels good to be back. Sorry for the break in coverage there folks. Everyone is doing well and hopefully everything is all figured out and we're ready to see what the rest of 2014 and beyond has in store. Thanks for sticking with us.
Got to go to my first Brickyard 400 over the weekend. Well, it was more than that. Myself and Geoffrey Miller made a weekend of it and saw four races Friday (CTSC and IMSA at the Indianapolis road course and late models and ARCA at the former IRP) and the Nationwide race on Saturday as well. If I'm going to rank the six races, I think I may say the late model race was the best of the weekend. It featured Kyle Busch and John Hunter Nemechek, who led Busch for the last half of the race.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Do you smell bread in the oven? Possibly. The smell could also be Oregon's 2014 season tickets.
The school known for its flashy uniform combinations is breaking out scented tickets for this season. All season tickets will have a scratch-and-sniff marker that smells like hamburger buns. Seriously.
The hamburger icon is sponsored by Carl's Jr. If you're wondering why it's bun-scented instead of burger-scented, the chain is highlighting its bread and Craig Pintens , Oregon's senior associate athletic director for marketing, told Yahoo Sports that "the burger scent doesn't translate real well on scratch-and-sniff."
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles9 hrs ago
Mark Martin is returning to Roush Fenway Racing.
No, the organization isn't expanding to four cars for 2015 and putting Martin in one of them. Instead, Martin will serve as a driver development coach for the team.
“I’m excited to return to Roush Fenway Racing, as it feels like I’m going home to where I belong,” Martin said in a statement. “I was fortunate to help build this team from the beginning and it’s very humbling to be a part of Jack’s team again. When Jack first hired me in 1988 we didn’t talk about salary or benefits or perks, we talked about testing, tires and putting the right personnel into place to win on the track. That commitment is what stood out to me then and it’s still what stands out to me today."
Martin won 35 races in his time at Roush Fenway Racing from 1988-2006. He'll be working with Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who are both driving full-time for Roush in the Cup Series next year.
After leaving Roush, Martin drove part-time for Hendrick Motorsports before driving part-time for Michael Waltrip Racing for parts of two seasons. He finished 2013 as the main substitute driver for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Florida State is starting 2014 where it ended the 2013 season: atop the Coaches Poll.
The 2014 preseason Amway Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday and the Seminoles are No. 1 ahead of Alabama and Oklahoma, last year's participants in the Sugar Bowl. Oregon is No. 4 while the team that FSU beat in the BCS Championship Game, Auburn, is No. 5.
Florida State garnered the vast majority of first-place votes with 56 of the 62 available. Oklahoma received 3, while No. 6 Ohio State, Oregon and No. 9 South Carolina each received one. It's the first time since 2009 that Alabama has not received a first-place vote in the preseason Coaches Poll.
In case you were wondering who voted South Carolina No. 1, it was not coach Steve Spurrier.
Steve Spurrier: "(Heck) no I didn’t vote for us No. 1. Somebody voted us No. 1?"
In what's likely a mere coincidence, or a sign that college football coaches can't accurately predict a season, the top team in the preseason poll hasn't ended the year in the top spot for 10 seasons.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Iowa's offer of free tuition to five students who bought football season tickets may be too good to be true.
The program was suspended Wednesday evening as it's unclear if the promotion complies with state raffle laws.
"I have suspended the promotion temporarily as we determine how to make sure that this promotion is in complete compliance," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "In the end, our goal is to do everything possible to make sure that the student experience at Hawkeye football games is as fun and exciting as possible."
The deadline for students to purchase season tickets was Friday, and in an attempt to boost sales, the school said five students who purchased season tickets would be eligible to win free tuition.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Some Texas Tech fans believe former coach Mike Leach still needs to be paid approximately $2 million from Texas Tech.
On Wednesday, anonymous Texas Tech fans took out a full-page ad in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal to demand that Tech pay Leach the balance of his 2009 salary.
Leach, now the coach of Washington State, was fired from Texas Tech in 2009 after the Adam James kerfuffle in which the son of former SMU player Craig James claimed to have been locked in an electrical closet after suffering a concussion while Leach said he was not treated wrongly.
Earlier that season, Leach had signed a new five-year contract with the school worth $12.7 million. After Leach's termination, the school had paid him $300,000, which was his base salary.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Pat Fitzgerald wants to get rid of the current recruiting system.
It's been overshadowed by players' rights discussions, but recruiting reform has been a big topic of the 2014 offseason. Some coaches want to move to a system similar to basketball with an early signing period while others are against it. Currently, players who have made verbal commitments to schools can't sign with their school of choice until National Signing Day.
Fitzgerald thinks that process is archaic.
"I'd blow it up and start over," Fitzgerald said at Big Ten media days (via WildcatReport.com). "I think it's really antiquated. Put integrity back in it."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Dee Hart, a former five-star RB recruit, is transferring from Alabama to Colorado State.
Hart told the Orlando Sentinel of his intentions on Wednesday and will play for former Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, who is the Rams head coach. Hart, who graduated high school in December 2011, never actually played for McElwain at Alabama, whose first year at Colorado State was in 2012. However, he's undoubtedly familiar with him from the recruiting process.
Hart suffered a knee injury before his first preseason camp at Alabama in 2011 and in 2012 had another one after he caught a punt against Ole Miss. In parts of 2012 and 2013, he had 43 carries for 164 yards. He'll be immediately eligible to play at Colorado State after he graduated from Alabama. Out of high school, Hart was listed as the No. 19 player in the country and the top RB according to Rivals.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Welcome to our Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still weeks away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
A kicker's job can be complicated when it comes to technique. But the overall objective is pretty simple, especially when it comes to kicking field goals and extra points.
Oklahoma K Michael Hunnicutt tried to convey that simplicity Wednesday night.
We got iPads for our playbooks today. Here's the only play loaded on mine.. pic.twitter.com/3TcEpjx5wj
Yes, Hunnicutt has more responsibilities than that. He's got to know all of the fake kick plays Oklahoma has. Need proof? He caught a six-yard touchdown pass off a fake field goal in the third quarter of Oklahoma's game against Oklahoma State in 2013. The touchdown tied the game and Oklahoma went on to win and go to the Sugar Bowl.
But if a kicker can't put the ball through the uprights, a fake is pretty worthless.
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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
We've reached the NASCAR World Cup Final. No, we didn't skip a week or three.
Here's how we got to the Final, which is something no one would have expected. It's kind of like Costa Rica vs. the Netherlands. If you just want to know what the Final is, skip down. But now, we're going to go through it week-by-week.
Here's how the Group Standings finished out. Danica Patrick made it out of Group A by beating Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch broke a three-way tie at 1-2 in Group B via finish margin. So did Martin Truex Jr. in Group C, but it was close. He was at -18, while Michael Annett was at -19 and Austin Dillon was at -20.
Kurt Busch was the second driver from Pot D to advance, as he got out of Group E second to Brad Keselowski.
Five drivers in Pot A (Drivers 1-8 in the standings before Michigan) made it to the final 16 and so did five drivers from Pot B (9-16). Four drivers from Pot C (17-24) advanced.