Nick Bromberg

  • The Big 12 has one true champion and now one voice on expansion

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Big 12's meetings this week didn't elicit any sweeping changes. A title game isn't likely to happen in 2016 and the conference hasn't unveiled any firm plans for expansion.

    The lack of a final decision regarding a title game and any clarity on possible expansion means speculation regarding the two will continue until the league meets again over the summer. And while college football observers will freely discuss expansion publicly, the presidents of Big 12 schools won't be doing so.

    The conference decided Friday that school presidents won't talk about expansion singularly. Rather, all comments on the matter will come from one voice.

    “If you’re gonna have a family argument, is it better to have it at Applebee’s or at home?” Kansas State president Kirk Schulz said via the Tulsa World. “We decided to do it at home with the doors shut.”

    (Applebee's is perhaps the perfect Big 12 restaurant when you think of it.)

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  • Oregon RB Thomas Tyner ends playing career

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oregon running back Thomas Tyner is done playing football.

    The school announced Friday that Tyner had elected to medically retire after he missed the 2015 season with a shoulder injury.

    “We thank Thomas and wish him well,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said in a team statement.“We will continue to support his efforts to graduate from the University of Oregon.”

    News of Tyner's possible 2015 absence broke in August when his father said he had shoulder surgery. Tyner was also dogged by a right shoulder injury in 2014 and had tried to carry on without surgery.

    Tyner was a five-star recruit in the class of 2013. He was ranked the No. 2 running back in the countryby Rivals and the No. 17 player overall. A native of Oregon, he chose the Ducks over USC, Tennessee and others.

    Tyner would have likely split time with Royce Freeman in the Ducks' backfield in 2016. Freeman ran for 1,836 yards in 2015 as Oregon's bellcow back. No other Ducks' RB had over 77 carries; Freeman had 283.

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  • UAB gets approval for new $15 million football facility

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    14 months after it was shut down, the University of Alabama-Birmingham football program is getting a $15 million facility.

    The University of Alabama board of Trustees approved plans for the facility on Friday. The 46,000 square-foot building would have locker rooms, offices, weight rooms and a practice field. The goal for the project is to have the building ready to go when the football program makes its official return in 2017 and the schedule is being sped up in attempt to get it accomplished.

    "Do the stars need to align a little bit? Yes, but so far they are," UAB athletic director Mark Ingram told Al.com. "We feel great about the design efforts... People are making pledges."

    Football at UAB got the ax at the end of the 2014 season. After six months of passionate lobbying by supporters to bring the program back, football was reinstated at the school on June 1, 2015. Funds for the project will come from bonds and donations will be used to repay the bonds, according to Al.com.

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  • NCAA looking at changing APR calculations for grad students

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The NCAA could change the way that graduate students' performance fits in to the calculation of a school's academic progress rate.

    The sanctioning body said Friday that the NCAA Division I Committe on Academics "learned that just slightly more than one-third of postgraduate students competing in men's basketball and football complete a graduate degree."

    APR is a tool used by the NCAA to measure how schools' athletes are doing academically. Schools' scores are released yearly in the spring and poor scores can lead to a postseason eligibility ban. Because there weren't enough football teams at 6-6 or better to fill all of the spots available in bowl games at the end of the 2015 season, three 5-7 teams got to play in bowls. Those teams were chosen based off their APR scores.

    The proposal would have to be approved by the Division I Council and, if approved, would go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Prudhomme details how Tony Stewart was found after buggy accident

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

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    Former NHRA driver Don Prudhomme estimates that Tony Stewart was alone for 90 minutes after he was injured driving a sand buggy over the weekend.

    Stewart is slated to be out for the first part of the NASCAR season after suffering a burst fracture to his L1 vertebra on Sunday. Prudhomme, who was with a group that included Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Greg Biffle and others, told NBC's NASCAR Talk that Stewart had been separated from the group and they realized he was gone when they stopped to talk.

    “We were riding these sand rails. We do that quite a bit. We were all together. What really happened is, it isn’t hard to get split off from one another. In other words, if a guy makes a left turn and you’re not watching his flags or there’s dust or something, you can make a right turn and kind of get lost.

    “There was about three of us who went back on our buggies and we came upon him. He was laying there. He got out of it (the sand buggy) and was laying there in the sand on his back.”

  • QB Seth Collins lands at Northern Illinois

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Seth Collins is moving from the Pac-12 to the MAC.

    Northern Illinois announced the addition of the former Oregon State quarterback on Thursday. Collins said he was transferring from the Beavers in January. He'll be eligible to play after sitting out the 2016 season.

    “We’re really happy to have Seth, he’s a quality, quality young man,” NIU coach Rod Carey said in a statement  “He’s obviously a fantastic football player and a great quarterback, and he comes from a great family who we have gotten to know during this process.  We look forward to having him on campus with the rest of the class this summer and to 2017 when he will be eligible to suit up and play for us.”  

    Collins opened the 2015 season as Oregon State's starting QB. He started the first seven games before he suffered a knee injury before the Utah game. He returned in the final game of the season against Oregon and threw four passes. He led the team in rushing with 575 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing four games.

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  • Jarrett: Team expecting Tony Stewart out likely 3 months or more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Former Sprint Cup Series champion and NBC analyst Dale Jarrett said Thursday that Stewart-Haas Racing believes Tony Stewart will likely be sidelined from racing at least three months and could be out as many as six months.

    Jarrett made the comments while discussing Stewart's back injury on NASCAR America. Stewart was injured Sunday in a sand buggy accident in Arizona. Stewart-Haas Racing has officially said Stewart will be out indefinitely and miss the beginning of the 2016 season, though he will return to the car during the season.

    "It's an unfortunate situation, but I can tell you with my conversations with people from Stewart-Haas ... the decisions were made not about getting Tony Stewart back in the race car as soon as they possibly could this year, it was about the quality of life 5, 10, 20 years down the road," Jarrett said. "That’s what they wanted the most for Tony Stewart was to have a great life after all of this is said and done."

    Stewart had three top-10 finishes in 2015.

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  • Starkville Ole Miss signee didn't feel Miss St. wanted him as much

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Starkville, Mississippi, the home of Mississippi State, is a town of just less than 25,000 people according to the 2010 census. It has one high school. The odds aren't high that the town will have a lot of big-time recruits.

    So it's noteworthy that Starkville would have a top wide receiver who signs with in-state Rival Ole Miss. It's even more so when that recruit didn't approve of the way the hometown team recruited him.

    Four-star wide receiver A.J. Brown, the No. 9 wide receiver in the country, told the Jackson Clarion-Ledgerhe "felt like [Mississippi State] didn’t do a good job of recruiting" him. His reasoning? Since MSU was the local school, he'd be inundated by Bulldogs coaches. He said he wasn't.

    From the Clarion-Ledger:

    Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy acted as the key recruiters in courting Brown.

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  • The 12 teams that made the biggest recruiting jumps in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Here's another recruiting victory for Michigan.

    Jim Harbaugh's team made the biggest leap from 2015 to 2016 in the Rivals' team recruiting rankings. Harbaugh netted the No. 50 class in the country in his first (and abbreviated) recruiting cycle last season and with the help of high-profile commitments like No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary, had the No. 4 class in the country in 2016.

    If that news is unsurprising to you, you'll be equally lacking in surprise when you see who had the second-biggest recruiting jump. It's Houston. The Cougars were No. 89 in 2015 and with the help of a five-star recruit in DT Ed Oliver, are No. 44 in 2016.

    Here's a look at the teams that made the biggest jumps from 2015:

    1. Michigan + 46 (No. 50 to No. 4) 2. Houston +45 (89 to 44) 3. Pitt +35 (65 to 30) 4. Duke +31 (62 to 31) 5. Oregon State +30 (71 to 41) 6. Baylor +26 (43 to 17) 7. BYU +19 (67 to 48) 8. Iowa +17 (59 to 42) 9. Iowa State +15 (69 to 54) 10. Southern Miss +14 (95 to 81) 10. Ole Miss +14 (21 to 7) 10. Maryland +14 (54 to 40)

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  • Missouri reportedly won't sign recruit who is charged with assault

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Defensive end Marvin Terry was scheduled to sign with Missouri on National Signing Day. He didn't, and the Tigers are not reportedly planning on adding him to the 2016 recruiting class.

    Terry is charged with assault stemming from an incident that allegedly took place on Jan. 5. He's been in the Dallas County (Texas) jail since Jan. 25.

    From the Columbia Daily Tribune:

    Court records show that Terry, 18, is facing felony charges of family violence assault with intent to impede breathing or circulation as well as family violence assault for at least the second time in the past 12 months. Terry is also facing misdemeanor charges of family violence assault that causes bodily injury and insufficient bond for family violence assault that causes bodily injury.

    In the Jan. 5 incident, Terry allegedly hit victim repeatedly w/ fists, kicked her in the ribs, threatened to kill her.

    According to court documents, Marvin Terry shoved his then-8-month pregnant girlfriend to the ground July 9. Arraigned on assault mid-August