Nick Bromberg

  • Screw qualifying drama, NASCAR's charter system is a necessary step

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 hrs ago

    When NASCAR abolished the top 35 rule for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season, the rule's removal was hailed as a win for the sport's fans. Instead of the 35 best teams having guaranteed starting positions for each race, qualifying was once again close to a free-for-all. Unless you were one of the lucky teams and drivers to have a guaranteed provisional, there was a chance (even if it was microscopic) you could miss the race. “This is a big win for our fans,” then-NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said in an October 2012 release announcing the qualifying change. “They’ll see the fastest cars earn their starting spots. This change adds intrigue, drama and excitement to qualifying.” If you hated the top 35 rule, we have some unfortunate news for you. It's back with the announcement of the new ownership structure in the Sprint Cup Series. The charter system formally put in place Tuesday gives 36 teams “charters.” Those transferable charters come with guaranteed entry into every Sprint Cup race and went to every team that’s competed full-time on the circuit for the last three seasons.

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  • New NASCAR ownership structure guarantees 36 starting spots

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 4 hrs ago

    NASCAR and team owners unveiled a new ownership structure within the Sprint Cup Series Tuesday afternoon that guarantees 36 teams entry into every race on the schedule.

    The charters are transferable, which means a team that decides to no longer participate in NASCAR can sell its guaranteed entry into Cup Series races. Before this agreement, Cup teams had no stake to sell outside of equipment, which usually sold for cents on the dollar.

    “The new Charter program strengthens each of our businesses individually and the team model as a whole, which is good for NASCAR, our fans, drivers, sponsors and the thousands of people who we employ,” Chip Ganassi Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman said in a statement. “This will give us more stability and predictability, and it will allow us to take a more progressive, long-term approach to issues.

    The Cup field will also be shortened to 40 cars from 43. Four spots are available each race to teams that do not have charters. Kauffman, head of the Race Team Alliance, has been a driving force in getting the new system put in place. A charter can be sold once in five seasons and the current charter agreement is for nine years.

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  • Kyle Allen: A&M experiencing downside of Johnny Manziel's tenure

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    According to former Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen, the post-Johnny Manziel era at Texas A&M has showed the downside of the school having the Heisman Trophy winner.

    In an interview with CBS Sports, Allen referenced the "culture" that he believes started with Manziel, who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy and was a first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. A&M was 11-2 in Manziel's Heisman season and has gone 25-14 since.

    Allen, the Aggies' starter at the beginning of the season, announced his decision to transfer before the season concluded. Quarterback Kyler Murray also transferred, leaving third-string quarterback Jake Hubenak as the starter for the team's Music City Bowl loss to Louisville.

    “A lot of people were riding off that, ‘I can do whatever the hell I want and win on Saturday.'"

    But Allen, a five-star recruit himself, says there's a price being paid from the Manziel era.

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  • Duke QB Thomas Sirk ruptures Achilles

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is likely out for spring practice and could miss the start of the 2016 season after he ruptured his left Achilles tendon Tuesday morning.

    #Duke QB @tsirk_1 suffered ruptured left Achilles tendon this am; he will be out indefinitely following tomorrow's surgery. #GoDuke

    Sirk, a junior in 2015, became the team's starting quarterback last season and acquitted himself very well. He was 251-427 passing for 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 803 yards and eight touchdowns. The Blue Devils beat Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl to finish the season 8-5.

    It's his second Achilles injury as well. He suffered a torn right Achilles in 2013 and missed the season.

    If there's an upside for Duke, it's that the other four quarterbacks will get more spring practice time in anticipation of replacing Sirk full-time in 2017.

    The Blue Devils' 2016 recruiting class was ranked No. 31 by Rivals.

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  • 5-star DE commit Tennessee letter of intent still not signed

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Jonathan Kongbo isn't officially a member of Tennessee's 2016 recruiting class just yet.

    The 5-star junior college defensive endtold SEC Countrythat his father has not signed his letter of intent. The signature of a guardian is necessary to make the letter of intent official (and binding). Thus, Kongbo is not an official Tennessee commitment.

    But Kongbo said he's not looking to switch schools at the last minute.

    My dad has been away,” Kongbo told SEC Country. “He will sign it when he gets home.”

    When asked if he was looking at other schools, Kongbo said, “I’m not looking around. I’m not interested in anybody else.”

    But while Catalina has been been publicabout looking at all of his options, Kongbo hasn't wavered from the Vols on his Twitter account.

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  • Adidas' 2016 combine prize is $1 million for 40-yard dash record

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Adidas is once again offering NFL prospects a prize at the NFL combine.

    The apparel and shoe supplier is giving away $1 million to anyone who breaks the 40-yard dash record at the combine later this month. The record is 4.24 seconds and was set by former East Carolina and current Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson in 2008. It's stood for eight years because while many players claim to run incredibly fast 40s, electronic timing never lies.

    There's a catch, of course, and it's the same catch that Adidas had on its 2014 and 2015 contests. The prospect must break the record wearing Adidas 2016 adizero 5-Star 40 cleats.

    In 2014, the school offered $100,000 to the fastest sprinter at the combine who wore the company's shoes. The winner of that contest was former Oregon State and current New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks. In 2015, Adidas offered Porsches to the three fastest Adidas-wearing players. However, the Porsche idea got scrapped and $100,000 replaced it.

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

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 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 "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

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  • NCAA looking at changing APR calculations for grad students

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 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.