Nick Bromberg

  • Poinsettia Bowl: It's a home game for San Diego State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Navy (7-5) vs. San Diego State (7-5) San Diego, Calif. Dec 23, 2014

    From a local interest standpoint, the folks at the Poinsettia Bowl couldn't have done much better. Heck, do they think they could have done any better?

    Navy first agreed to go to the Poinsettia Bowl. From then, the bowl knew who it wanted: the team that plays its home games at Qualcomm Stadium.

    “Navy and San Diego State are a natural tie-in for a local game,” Poinsettia Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski told the San Deigo Union-Tribune after the matchup was finalized. “It’s almost like having two home teams.

    “We don’t know if we’ll have the opportunity to do this again, so it was something we felt like we just had to do.”

    Both teams enter on winning streaks. After losing to Boise State on Nov. 15, San Diego State beat Air Force and San Jose State to get above .500. Navy's last loss was to Notre Dame on Nov. 1. Since then, the Midshipmen have beaten Georgia Southern, South Alabama and Army.

    Vegas odds: San Diego State (-2.5)

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  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 19 Clint Bowyer

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 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: Clint Bowyer

    NASCAR Experience: Nine full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series including eight wins. 2008 Nationwide Series champion.

    Most recent team: Michael Waltrip Racing

    Most recent season finish: 19th

    2014 accomplishments: Three was the luckiest number ... three times. Twice it happened at Talladega, where third place finishes were accomplished in the spring and the fall. The other was at Richmond in September, where 2013 was exorcised. Right? Right?

    Most memorable moment: It didn't count for anything in the standings, but this flip at the Budweiser Duels before the Daytona 500. And during the Daytona 500, the engine in the car went to crap not long after the race resumed after a lengthy rain delay.

    Strengths: Has wins at all types of tracks: short tracks, road courses, intermediate tracks and superspeedways. Proven championship contender.

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  • Jameis Winston cleared in FSU code of conduct hearing

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won't face punishment from the Florida State code of conduct hearing involving the allegations of sexual assault against him from Dec. 2012.

    Retired Florida Supreme Court justice Major Harding released his decision in a letter to Winston and the woman accusing him, which was obtained by USA Today. Harding was the man appointed to oversee the hearing.

    From USA Today

    "This was a complex case, and I worked hard to make sure both parties had a full and fair opportunity to present information. In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for any of the charge violations of the Code. Namely, I find that the evidence before me is insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof."

    In the letter, Harding also wrote the following:

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  • Boise State's Jay Ajayi declares for NFL draft

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Boise State running back Jay Ajayi announced Sunday that he's heading to the NFL draft after the Fiesta Bowl.

    Ajayi has been one of the best running backs in college football this season. He has 1,689 rushing yards and 536 receiving yards and 29 total touchdowns. A junior, he had one more year of eligibility left.

    Per the Idaho Statesman, Ajayi said he made the decision eight days ago, but waited until Sunday to tell his teammates. He didn't get feedback from the NFL draft advisory panel.

    Ajayi told team in huddle at end of practice today. Harsin said he did a great job with it.

    Because he's a running back coming off a prolific season, it's not a surprising decision that Ajayi is leaving. Nor is it a bad decision. Much like Melvin Gordon's decision to leave Wisconsin, Ajayi needs to maximize his value when he can.

    Gordon is likely to be the first running back off the board in the spring and Ajayi should follow shortly after him though it sems unlikely that he'll be drafted as high as Doug Martin was in 2012 when he was drafted 31st overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Boise State plays Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31.

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  • Oklahoma St. AD: Gundy doesn't want tough non-conference state

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder and football coach Mike Gundy clearly have a difference in non-conference scheduling opinion.

    Holder made the separate philosophies apparentin an interview with the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel.

    “My football coach doesn’t want to play anybody any good, definitely, but jiminy Christmas, we looked pretty good against Florida State,” Holder said of the 2014 season opener, which the Cowboys lost 37-31. “Until we beat OU, that was the highlight of our season.”

    The topic of scheduling is big because of the way Baylor was treated throughout the College Football Playoff rankings because of its porous non-conference schedule. The Bears played Buffalo, SMU and Northwestern State outside of the Big 12. Baylor ended up fifth and outside the playoff in the final standings while TCU, the team Baylor beat for its only loss of the season, was dropped to sixth when the head-to-head matchup between the teams came into play.

    But Holder said he was adamant with his fellow athletic directors.

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  • Here's your chance to watch the Kyle Field implosion (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Earlier in the week we told you about Texas A&M's scheduled implosion of Kyle Field on Sunday morning. And now you have the opportunity to see what looks like a slow-motion collaps of a LEGO building. With explosions, of course.

    A&M is renovating its football stadium and the implosion was to the west side of the stadium. The $450 million total stadium renovation project is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2015 season.

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  • Utah State beats UTEP 21-6 in New Mexico Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    If you missed Utah State's 21-6 win over UTEP in the New Mexico, we hate to break it to you, but you didn't miss much.

    UTEP was overmatched, both on defense and on offense, and when Utah State went up 7-3 on a 48-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kent Myers, the Aggie lead was insurmountable.

    Myers, Utah's fourth quarterback this season, wasn't incredibly effective as a passer, finishing 5-12 for 68 yards with 70 on the ground. But he didn't need to be, thanks to the strength of Utah State's defense. And because of that defense, Utah State now has its second 10-win season in program history, a remarkable feat given the quarterback stat listed above.

    The Miners struggled both rushing the football and attempting to pass it. Running back Aaron Jones compiled 25 carries, but they went for 88 yards, less than four yards a carry, as he struggled to find space on the edges against Utah State's defense. Quarterback Jameill Showers had barely more than 100 yards until a final garbage-time drive and his end-game total of 126 included a scramble-and-chuck it 53-yard completion to Ian Hamilton in the first quarter.

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  • Hawaii asks state for $6 million for athletic department budget

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The Hawaii athletic department has asked the state of Hawaii for $6 million over two years to cover anticipated budget shortfalls.

    The school made the request on Thursday. From Hawaii News Now:

    "We do need additional support for athletics,” UH Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman told the State House Higher Education Committee Thursday.

    UH asked lawmakers for two years worth of two mandatory expenses: $3.4 million for the gender equity costs of women's sports and $2.6 million to help cover the travel costs of its opponents, as required in its agreements with the two athletic conferences to which UH belongs.

    "I'm trying to think of a way that we can make athletics somehow sustainable. And I think it will require a partnership between us, the legislature, more external support," Bley-Vroman said.

    Hawaii's athletic department isn't new to financial issues. The department has a predicted $3.5 million budget shortfall for this year and has operated in the black just three of the last 15 years.

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  • Potato Bowl: Western Michigan looks for its first bowl win vs. Air Force

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force (9-3) Boise, Idaho Dec. 20, 2014

    Air Force is quite familiar with Boise.

    Saturday's Potato Bowl will mark the third time the Falcons play at Boise State's home stadium in four years after trips to Boise in 2011 and 2013. It might not have been the preferred destination for Air Force players, but after going 2-10 last season, a bowl game after a seven-game turnaround shouldn't be complained about.

    Western Michigan is a turnaround team too. The Broncos were 1-11 last season and also improved seven games. And the great 2014 netted coach P.J. Fleck a contract extension through the 2020 season, though if WMU keeps winning eight games a season, the odds of Fleck coaching there for six more years are very slim to none.

    The Broncos were one of the better teams stopping the run this season, ranking 37th in the country. Air Force, with waterbug quarterback Kale Pearson and running back Jacobi Owens, average 272 yards per game and are the eighth-most prolific rushing team.

    ODDS

    Western Michigan -1

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  • Las Vegas Bowl: CSU has similarities to 2013 Vegas Bowl teams

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah (8-4) vs. Colorado State (10-2) Las Vegas Dec. 20, 2014

    Much like last year's Fresno State team, Colorado State heads to Las Vegas knowing that if things had gone differently at the end of the season, a bigger bowl could have been had.

    In 2013, Fresno State lost its final game of the regular season to San Jose State. The 62-52 loss to the Spartans dropped Fresno from the ranks of the undefeated and blew up any chance of a BCS bowl. Instead of a win in the MWC title game meaning a possible trip to Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl, it meant a venture to Las Vegas.

    This year, Colorado State's scenario for a New Year's Bowl wasn't as straightforward. Had the Rams won out and Boise State lost a game, there was a good chance Colorado State would have been the highest-ranked non-Power Five conference team. The reward for that honor? A New Year's Bowl and likely trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

    ODDS

    Utah -2.5

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    This is Colorado State's first Las Vegas Bowl appearance. Utah was last in the game in 2010, when the Utes lost 26-3 to a Kellen Moore-led Boise State team.