- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles15 hrs ago
Tony Stewart reiterated the impact that the Aug. 9 incident with Kevin Ward Jr. has had on him and said Monday that he never considered retiring from driving after he struck and killed the 20-year-old.
Stewart had his first press conference since the accident on Monday. Outside of an interview with the AP last week, it was Stewart's first public question and answer session since he struck and killed Ward in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
While Stewart didn't consider giving up driving altogether, he said he's not sure if or when he'll ever drive a sprint car again.
"I've had drivers that I race with every week and drivers that I haven't raced with for months that have said 'Don't let this keep you from doing what you love,' and this is what I've done all my life," Stewart said. "This is what I've done for 36 years. I wouldn't change anything about it. I love what I do. I love driving race cars.
Michigan coach Brady Hokeissued a statement Sunday night on why QB Shane Morris didn't immediately sit out Saturday's game against Minnesota after he was hit in the head.
Morris took a shot to his chin a few plays after he landed awkwardly while being taken down throwing a pass. Morris was limping after the first hit and after he got hit in the head he had a hard time standing up.
He stayed in the game for another play and then re-entered when backup QB Devin Gardner's helmet came off and he was forced to leave the game for a play. Hoke said Sunday he was confident proper medical decisions were made during the game regarding Morris' health.
The Air Force Falcons had a lot of fun – and got really, really, wet – after beating Boise State on Saturday.
The 28-14 Air Force win was the worst loss the Broncos have suffered since joining the Mountain West Conference in 2011. Though it must be noted that it's only the fifth loss the Broncos have had in the MWC. The combined margin of victory of the other four? Seven points.
Boise State QB Grant Hedrick was also benched during the game but afterwards, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said Hedrick was the team's starting quarterback before saying the staff would look at game film. Hedrick threw four interceptions in three quarters on Saturday. He had four picks in the Broncos' loss to Ole Miss, too.
Hedrick's picks weren't the only Boise turnovers. The game was also the first time Air Force had forced seven turnovers since 1992. Not bad for a team that was 2-10 last year and 0-8 in the MWC. Spray that Gatorade and water, guys.
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Kasey Kahne is moving on to the next round of the Chase despite an unscheduled pit stop under green Sunday at Dover.
Kahne was forced to pit on lap 163 because of an ill-handling race car. It was an unfortunately timed pit stop as the caution flag flew within 10 laps of his pit stop because of J.J. Yeley getting into the wall.
He was trapped off the lead lap.
"I felt like we went four (laps) down at one point when we pitted," Kahne said. "We had to pit because we had done the wavearound. We had a good Farmer's Insurance Chevy. I had a fast car. Luckily Kenny made great calls, the team prepared a great car. So I was fortunate to have that and drive our way barely back to advance."
"But I had to push hard. I'm glad NASCAR let it go and let us race for it."
Kahne went two laps down just past the halfway point of the race on lap 214. At that point his chances of advancing to the next round of the Chase as one of the top 12 drivers in the points standings looked slim. But thanks to the wavearound on lap 264, Kahne got one lap back and stayed there as the race went green for the last 140 laps.
Three of the best and most consistent drivers throughout the first 26 races won the first three races of the Chase
After Kevin Harvick, the day's dominant driver, had a left-front tire problem at Dover, Jeff Gordon took advantage for his fifth Dover win and his first since 2001 at the concrete oval.
Gordon is the third driver to win in the first three Chase races. The first was won by Brad Keselowski, who finished second to Gordon. The second, last week at New Hampshire, was won by Joey Logano. Keselowski has five wins this season. Gordon and Logano now have four each. They're the three winningest drivers in the Cup Series this season and, had the Chase not been in effect, all would be in the top four in the points.
The race at Dover was the final race in the first round of the Chase. After the third race, the field was set to be whittled from 16 drivers to 12. The four drivers missing the next round of the Chase after Dover are AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch.
Wendi Ward, the aunt of Kevin Ward Jr. and the sister of his father, issued an open letter Sunday morning on behalf of the family.
The letter was read over the phone to USA Today. You can view the full letter here and below are some excerpts.
Why was the toxicology report even an issue? Seems to me the wrong man was on trial. Tell me why Tony Stewart was not taken in for testing, why his car wasn't impounded. Tell me how a man the size of Kevin can make a sprint car turn to the right on impact. Tell me how a lap before (the incident) everything was fine, but the following lap was poor lighting. Tell me how a NASCAR star totally forgot what caution means.
Maybe he should get a different headset so he is able to hear on the radio that the car in caution is up high, so go low. Or was he low until he rounded the corner and saw Kevin Jr. standing up for himself?
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is a man of routine. When he finds a pullover to wear on the sidelines, he wears it for multiple games.
The Wildcats ended the 2013 season with a win over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. For the first few games of 2014, Snyder was wearing the purple pullover windbreaker from the game with the bowl's logo on the back.
He wasn't wearing it Saturday for Kansas State's win over UTEP. He wore a white jacket. Why?
“Truth be known, I got a memo from the conference office that said whatever bowl was on the back is no longer a conference bowl,” Snyder said via KansasCity.com. “So I thought that if we cannot get that bowl game again, I am not going to advertise for them. That is a true story.”
Buffalo Wild Wings moved its sponsorship of the game in Arizona to what was formerly the Capital One Bowl (it's now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.) The former Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is now the Cactus Bowl and will now feature teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten. Since KSU is in the Big 12, it obviously won't be going to the game.
After his team was shut out at home against Texas on Saturday, Charlie Weis is out as Kansas' coach.
The school announced the decision on Sunday morning.
"I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season," Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger in a statement. "But I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away. "I appreciate what Coach Weis did with several facets of our football program," Zenger continued. "But we have not made the on-the-field progress we believe we should. I believe new leadership gives our coaches and players the best chance to make a fresh start."
2014 was Weis' third season at Kansas. His teams had a combined record of 5-22. The Jayhaws won a solitary Big 12 conference game in his tenure, a win last season at home against West Virginia. Weis was hired to attempt to fix the program after Turner Gill was fired. It simply didn't happen. Kansas was as bad under Weis as it was under Gill.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
Another winning week.
A 6-4 week four means I'm creeping closer and closer to .500. Yes, it's a creep, not a sprint. Through four weeks, I'm now 14-26. But the fade button is now off.
There are a lot of big lines this week. It'll likely be the last time we see pointspreads like this all season. When conference play starts in earnest, things will be listed much closer. Let's get started.
Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion (-3.5), 8 p.m. ET FRIDAY: What's a Friday night Conference-USA game without a uniform disagreement? Middle Tennessee coach Rick Stockstill apparently made the decision to have his team wear white instead of allowing Old Dominion's request to wear white at home for its white-out game. Uniforms have no bearing on the outcome of this one, but I'm taking what's sure to be a jazzed-up Monarch team at it's first C-USA home game and first Friday night home game.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Friday that his plan was to see where the Gators football team was after the end of the season.
Florida is 2-1 after a 42-21 loss to Alabama last week where its defense gave up 645 yards and the offense, to put it mildly, didn't play well either. Coach Will Muschamp's Gators were beset by injuries last year and went 4-8. But even if the season trends downward in 2014, Foley doesn't sound like a man who would make a coaching switch during the season.
"You never judge or evaluate a program based on one game or one season," Foley said on the Open Mike Show on 740-AM in Orlando (via ESPN). "That's just not how we do things here. We're going to evaluate where we're headed – where the players are, how is recruiting going, what type of staff we have – (and) are we better?