- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Following a meeting Thursday morning with the coaching staff and school officials, Minnesota State Mankato players say they'll return to practice Friday after walking out on Wednesday's practice.
The players boycotted practice after Todd Hoffnertook his job back as head coach. Hoffner was suspended in August 2012 and dismissed in May 2013 but elected to return Tueday after an arbitrator said he was wrongfully terminated.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, the players said their boycott wasn't done in an attempt to subvert Hoffner's return. Interim coach Aaron Keen went 24-2 in two years during Hoffner's absence and is still on the staff.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles6 hrs ago
Swan Racing said Thursday that the team was "exploring every available option" after a tough start for the team's two cars in 2014.
Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt drive for Swan and have struggled this season. Whitt is 34th in the Sprint Cup Series points standings while Kligerman in 38th.
"The team has been unable to secure the kind of sponsorship required to effectively operate the team," the statement said. "As a result, the team management is exploring every available option. We hope to be in position to provide a detailed update in the near future."
Brandon Davis, owner of Swan Energy, bought the team in 2012 and after parting ways with David Stremme in 2013, started putting younger drivers in the seat of the No. 30 for the rest of the season. After Whitt and Kligerman both drove for Swan down the stretch, Davis expanded to two cars for 2014.
It hasn't been an easy road. Kligerman has four DNFs this season and Whitt crashed out of the Daytona 500 as well.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The Tennessee coaching staff had an interesting incentive for Saturday's spring game.
The winner got a steak dinner while the losers had to eat pork and beans. Many spring games are scored untraditionally, and Tennessee's pitted the offense against the defense. The offense won, so it enjoyed the steak dinner while the defense got the pork and beans.
The aesthetic touch really rubs it in if you're on the losing team. While there was a carving station for the offense, the pork and beans were served in aluminum pans and looked, well, depressing. DL Jordan Williams does get credit for his optimism about the losing meal though.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth looks like he can move a lot of weight in the weight room. He can back up the look too.
Hudspeth, 45, recently bench pressed 370 pounds, an impressive number for a player, but a ridiculous number for a coach.
It's a pretty clean rep too. And we're now eagerly waiting for Hudspeth's squat and deadlift videos.
It's not the first time Hudspeth has showed off his benching skills. Last summer, he bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times. The 225-pound test is a staple of the NFL combine and it would have put him six reps outside the top 15 of 2014 NFL combine participants who did the bench press. (Whenmimicking the NFL combine, yours truly did two reps. I bow down to Hudspeth's strength.)
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
The quarterback exodus at Texas Tech is continuing.
Two walk-on quarterbacks who received playing time during spring practice have decided to leave the team, leaving QB Davis Webb as Texas Tech's only quarterback until summer begins.
Tech confirmed the departure of Mike Richardson and Tanner Touschto the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Wednesday. Richardson is looking to transfer to a different school for more playing time while Tousch is leaving the football program to focus on school. Both had joined the Tech program prior to the spring semester.
After a strong performance in the Holiday Bowl against Arizona State, Webb asserted himself as Texas Tech's starting quarterback. Webb was 28-41 for 403 yards and four touchdowns in the 37-23 win.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
12 teams in a conference is the magic number in the Football Bowl Subdivision to hold a conference championship game. The Sun Belt currently has 11 teams.
Because conference title games are a lucrative proposition not only in terms of money and exposure, the Sun Belt is looking for a team to fill up the football egg carton.
James Madison won't be that 12th team. The FCS school was under consideration by the conference to make the jump to FBS, but any move to the Sun Belt isn't happening.
“It appears they made a decision to stay FCS,” Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson told the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday. “We never offered an invitation and we never extended an invitation either formal or informal."
The Sun Belt had 12 teams lined up for 2014 last year, but as other conferences made moves throughout the trickle-down-effect of conference realignment, Western Kentucky is moving to Conference USA for 2014, leaving the Sun Belt back at 11 for football. (Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington are members but don't play football.)
Illinois revealed its new football uniforms for 2014 on Wednesday night and we like the all-white look.
The uniforms are part of a rebranding for the entire athletic department, which showcased different looks for all of its sports. The three football uniform sets paraded around were all monochromatic and included a blue, an orange and a white set.
The drama isn't over at Minnesota State Mankato.
A day after Todd Hoffner announced he was taking his old job back as coach of Minnesota State's football team, "several dozen" players walked out of practice demanding answers and supporting Aaron Keen, who was serving as the interim coach.
Keen was Hoffner's offensive coordinator until Hoffner was suspended in August 2012. The players, clad in sweatshirts instead of football equipment, went across the street shortly after Hoffner's return to the job on Wednesday.
Junior defensive back Samuel Thompson read a prepared statement saying the Mavericks players wanted interim coach Aaron Keen to continue in the head coaching role.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Through eight races, Martin Truex Jr. is 28th in the points standings and has just two top-20 finishes. Did he ever envision the season could start the way it did?
"I didn't, I'll be honest with you," Truex said Tuesday while participating in a tire test at Kansas Speedway. "We've been running – the car's been fast. Man, we've had everything you can imagine bad happen to us."
Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch are also below 20th in the points standings, but the sting of their poor starts and bad luck have been eased by wins and likely Chase qualification. Truex doesn't have that luxury at the moment.
At the season-opening Daytona 500, he lost an engine and finished 43rd. While restrictor plate engine failures are fluky, the following seven races have made Truex's look like a sign of what was to come with his new team before the season's first off week.
DENTON, Texas – The Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy sits in North Texas coach Dan McCarney's office on a coffee table near the door. It's impossible to miss. All two-plus feet of it tall, it takes up most of the table's surface.
Its prominent location isn't on accident either. North Texas' 36-14 win over UNLV on January 1 was the program's third bowl win. When something happens for just the third time in 100 years, you get the right to soak it all in.
The win gave North Texas its first nine-win season since 2003 and solidified the program's first winning season since 2004, a season that seems much further away than 10 years ago for North Texas fans.
"We set a goal last January ... and all we said was 'hit six' (wins). But what the hell is that, hit six?" McCarney told Yahoo Sports. "We said this, let's hit six, and we talked to our football team about it. Frank Winter, my strength and conditioning coach and I were the two that really kind of came up with it."