Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 mins ago
2016 is Verne Lundquist's final season as the voice of CBS' SEC game of the week.
The network announced Tuesday that Lundquist would be stepping down after the season and Brad Nessler would take over in 2017. Nessler was most recently with ESPN and worked numerous SEC games each year with Todd Blackledge.
Lundquist, 76 in July, will stay with the network after the conclusion of his college football duties and continue his duties with the Masters and NCAA Tournament. He's been the voice of the 3:30 p.m. ET SEC game since 2000.
Nessler will serve as the network's second play-by-play man when CBS broadcasts multiple SEC games a weekend. He'll also work the Sun Bowl and some college basketball. Analyst Gary Danielson and reporter Allie LaForce will continue in their roles in 2017. Nessler previously worked with Danielson and ABC and ESPN before Danielson moved to CBS.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 27 mins ago
South Carolina will be without one of its best defensive players for the entire 2016 season.
Linebacker Skai Moore is out for the season because of a herniated disc in his neck. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said Moore will have surgery this week after the injury didn't heal on its own.
Muschamp says Skai Moore ' s herniated disk has not healed properly. Will undergo surgery soon. Out 6 months. Will redshirt in 2016.
Moore had 110 tackles in 2015 as South Carolina's inside linebacker. He also had four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Two of those picks game against North Carolina as South Carolina upset the Tar Heels in Week 1 and likely denied North Carolina a chance at a New Year's Six bowl game. Had UNC beaten South Carolina (who lost to The Citadel later in the season), the Tar Heels would have entered the ACC title game undefeated.
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 44 mins ago
Bret Bielema is an idea man.
Earlier this offseason he expressed his desire to allow underclassmen who declare for the NFL draft but go undrafted to be able to come back to school. On Tuesday at the spring SEC meetings, Bielema said he wanted to have an inter-conference challenge for the SEC and suggested the Big Ten and ACC as possible opponents.
Arkansas’ Bret Bielema favors an SEC/Big Ten or SEC/ACC challenge in football, similar to basketball model
So let's have some fun with Bielema's idea. Here's how we'd design an SEC-Big Ten challenge. Multiple SEC and ACC teams already play each other regularly, so it's not nearly as fun to extrapolate out that possibility.
• Alabama-Ohio State: This one is pretty self-explanatory, don't you think?
• LSU-Michigan: Remember all the rumors that Les Miles would be Michigan's coach?
• Arkansas-Wisconsin: Since this is Bielema's idea, he gets to play his former employer.
• Vanderbilt-Northwestern: The academic trash talk could be fun.
Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 hr ago
Welcome to Power Rankings. As always, Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. Direct all your complaints to us at email@example.com and we'll try to have some fun.
1. Martin Truex Jr. (LW: 6): You can't not be No. 1 after you lead 588 of 600 miles. It's just not possible. OK, we're making this rule up because we didn't think it needed to exist. So you can say our Power Rankings guidelines are a bit like NASCAR's All-Star Race officiating.
On a serious note, what Truex and his Furniture Row team did to everyone else Sunday night was pretty damn impressive. But this is NASCAR, a sport where secrets aren't secret for very long. And keep in mind that the Chase has five 1.5-mile tracks.
5. Matt Kenseth (LW: 1): Dropping Kenseth four spots after finishing seventh seems really harsh. But the guy now No. 1 was crazy-good and the other four drivers ahead of him in this week's rankings also finished ahead of him at the 600. Sometimes it's not about what you do but more about what people around you have done.
Dropped Out: Ryan Blaney
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said he takes responsibility for the alleged NCAA violations in his time as the Rebels' head coach, though he contends that he didn't have any information regarding illicit payments from members of his coaching staff.
Ole Miss sanctioned itself in response to the NCAA's notice of allegations regarding violations at the school. The NCAA found 13 football violations and nine of them came from Freeze's tenure. From ESPN:
Freeze also told GridironNow.com that Ole Miss made mistakes. But it didn't cheat.
"There is a difference between making mistakes and cheating,”Freeze told the site. “Did we make mistakes? Yes, we did, and we’ve taken action. We’re not perfect.
“But I’m not going to cheat. I’m not. I’ll lose but I’m not going to cheat.”
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Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago
Nebraska coach Mike Riley is fulfilling an offer he made to a woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by two football players during his time at Oregon State.
Brenda Tracy said she will be speaking to the Cornhuskers on June 22. Riley was the Beavers’ coach in 1998 when Tracy said she was sexually assaulted by four men. The men allegedly involved were never officially prosecuted and the two football players were suspended for a game by Riley.
Tracy said she was at a gathering and woke up to find herself being sexually assaulted. The four men, including former running back Jason Dandridge and defensive back Calvin Carlyle, had the charges of sexual assault dropped against them after a prosecuting attorney cited a lack of full cooperation from Tracy. She said in 2014 that she wished she had done more.
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Throughout 2016 we may have way too many quick thoughts for our post-race posts. So consider our Takeaways feature to be the home of our random and sometimes intelligent musings. Sometimes the post may have a theme. Sometimes it may just be a mess of unrelated thoughts. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below
• NASCAR changed some aerodynamic rules for last week's All-Star Race but one of the key changes didn't carry over to the Coca-Cola 600. After watching both races, it looks like that the All-Star Race change needs to be implemented for the rest of the season.
That tweak was a change in the way that teams can set the toe of the rear wheels. NASCAR forced the teams to make the rear wheels neutral for the All-Star Race, instead of cocked at a slight angle. The neutrality meant a reduction in side force and, subsequently, slower corner speeds.
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Hey, Martin Truex Jr. won a race.
He more than won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. He absolutely kicked everyone's butt. Truex set a NASCAR record for the most miles led in a Sprint Cup race as he led all but 12 of the 600 miles in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
Despite Truex's dominance, you can't fault yourself from wondering if Truex would fail to reach victory lane. After all, he hadn't won through the first 12 races of the year despite missing out on possible wins at Texas and Kansas, getting caught in a crash at the front of the field at Dover and losing the Daytona 500 in historic fashion.
[Related: Quick takeaways from the Coca-Cola 600]
Hell, Truex was whooping the field so much during the race that we came up with this bingo card of possible ways he could lose. He didn't.
Now accepting wagers on how Martin Truex Jr. will lose this race. Pick your square. pic.twitter.com/9Q7eVfY3fU
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The Indianapolis 500 has been known for some unpredictable finishes. The 100th one came up with an incredibly surprising winner as American Alexander Rossi coasted to the checkered flag for his first IndyCar win.
In fact, you could argue Rossi is the most surprising winner in the 500's history. But before we say why, here's how he got to victory lane.
Yes, Rossi's car literally coasted towards the yard of bricks on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway frontstretch. There wasn't anyone around Rossi when he came to the finish line, thankfully for him because he was running on fumes. The strategy play to stay out while most of the leaders pitted for fuel late paid off as Carlos Munoz, the first driver who pitted for fuel, finished second, a quarter-track behind Rossi.
When the green flag flew with 33 laps to go in the Indianapolis 500, there was a chance the 100th edition of the race was going to come down to fuel mileage. By sitting ninth at the final restart Rossi had the opportunity to try the fuel gamble.
Power got an unsafe release penalty and was forced to attempt to work his way through the field. He couldn't get back to the front.
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Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay were mainstays at the front of the field during the first half of the Indianapolis 500.
Their time at the front came to an end thanks to a wreck on pit road.
Bell, pitted behind Hunter-Reay, exited his pit stall and bounced off Helio Castroneves, who was in the outside lane of Indianapolis' narrow pit lane. As he hit Castroneves' car, Hunter-Reay pulled out of his pit and the two Andretti Autosport teammates collided and went towards the inside pit wall.
Bell (12) and Hunter-Reay (52) combined to lead 64 of the race's first 115 laps.
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