- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 mins 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. Saturday1 hr 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. Saturday2 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. Saturday2 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 Marbles17 hrs 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.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Josh Turner has not been dismissed from Texas' football team.
On Friday,it was reported that Turner was one of four Longhorns dismissed by coach Charlie Strong. However Turner hadn't apparently had the chance to meet with Strong and on Wednesday, Orangebloods.com reported that Turner was still part of the team.
"He's grateful to be part of the program, to have the opportunity to finish his degree. He's close to getting his degree and he's very happy about that," Kevin Cox, a former high school football coach of Turner's told Orangebloods. "He's excited about having the chance to better himself as a person and a student. "He's still on the team and he's very thankful that things turned out the way they have."
A senior in 2014, Turner was set to start at safety for Texas. He had 37 tackles in 12 games last season.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles19 hrs ago
Junior Nation's long national nightmare is over. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief for 2015 has been decided.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Wednesday that Greg Ives, the current crew chief for Chase Elliott in the Nationwide Series, would move up to the Sprint Cup Series and be Junior's crew chief in 2015.
Before the 2014 season began, Steve Letarte, Junior's current crew chief, announced he would move to NBC's broadcasting team for the 2015 season.
“Greg was our number-one choice,” HMS team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement. “This is a talented guy who already has a terrific rapport with Dale Jr. and is a fit with the organization. He and (Jimmie Johnson's crew chief Chad Knaus) had a lot of success together, and all of our crew chiefs think the world of him and what he’s accomplished. Greg’s proven that he can win races, and he has all the tools to do big things.”
Well there ya have it. Greg Ives will crew chief our #88 team next year. We couldn't be more excited to have him come on board.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Ever wonder if Florida State would have still won the 2013 national title if the College Football Playoff was in effect? Michigan State Mark Dantonio does, and he thinks his Spartans would have won it.
"I thought we would have been National Champions, to be perfectly honest with you," Dantonio said Tuesday at Big Ten media days (via SpartanMag.com). "I think we would have had a shot to do that, because I thought at the end of the season, we were playing great football, and we were believing in ourselves. Were we there at the beginning of the season? No. But we were playing our best football in November, and then into the (Big Ten) Championship game and then the Rose Bowl. We were like this (taking off). That wasn't necessarily the case for some other teams.
The hypothetical isn't as simple as Dantonio's Rose Bowl-winning team playing Florida State and Jameis Winston for the title after both teams won their bowl games. The FSU-Auburn matchup was the top two teams in the final BCS standings while Michigan State was No. 4 and Stanford was No. 5.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Jameis Winston had a run-in with police before he was questioned about a BB gun clash at his apartment complex in 2012.
According to a police report obtained by USA Today, the Florida State QB and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner was stopped by campus police with their guns drawn because he was carrying a pellet gun on a bike trail across the street from campus.
Winston and teammate Chris Casher were briefly detained by FSU police on Nov. 25, 2012, after an unidentified person reported two men carrying a "long barreled handgun" on campus, according to a police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
Later that week, Winston and Casher were investigated for $4,200 in damage at their apartment complex caused by a BB gun fight just hours after they were stopped on campus.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
As declining student attendance at college football games becomes a bigger and bigger issue, Iowa is giving five students free tuition if they buy season tickets.
The deadline for Iowa students to buy season tickets is Friday and on Tuesday, the school announced the promotion to give randomly-selected students free tuition. The prizes are based off of current in-state tuition rates and the value is estimated at $8,000.
"We want students in Kinnick Stadium, and the staff has spent the year listening and planning ways to increase the fun and excitement. A loud and active student section is such an important part of the game day experience,"Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement.