- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
North Carolina has suspended four players for what it terms is a violation of team rules.
On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the team was investigating allegations of hazing. In response to the report, the school released a statement saying that it was investigating an incident involving members of the team and would conduct a "thorough review."
The four players suspended for the Tar Heels' home game against Liberty are Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker. According to the report, redshirt freshman walk-on WR Jackson Boyer was involved "in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill where the team was staying during fall camp."
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 hrs ago
Turner Scott Motorsports released a statement saying that two of its trucks would be competing at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sunday.
Earlier Wednesday, Motorsport.com reported that TSM had suspended operations. Turner Scott fields the Nos. 30, 31 and 32 trucks in the Truck Series, though the statement about the team's continued operations only mentioned the Nos. 31 and 32.
Ron Hornaday, who is fourth in the points standings, drives the No. 30.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Michigan wants former five-star recruit RB Ty Isaac to play immediately. However, the NCAA has initially denied the request.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday that Isaac's hardship waiver request was declined by the NCAA. Had Isaac been granted a hardship waiver, he could have been eligible to play immediately.
"[Isaac], the waiver got denied initially, and then we appealed," Hoke said via The Wolverine. "Today is Wednesday. We probably appealed last week, midweek. You don't know how long it will take."
Isaac announced his intention to transfer to Michigan from USC in June. Isaac is from Joliet, Ill., and his mother underwent surgery for hearing loss. She's unable to fly because of the surgery. It's a 30-hour drive from Joliet to Los Angeles.
However, the rules of the hardship waiver for an ill family member, among other specifications, state that the school the player is transferring to must be within a 100-mile radius of the family member. Michigan's campus is not within that radius.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Need proof that college football season is about to start? Rick Neuheisel has a new song.
The former UCLA coach and current Pac-12 Network analyst debuted "Stairway to Playoffs" on Wednesday's Dan Patrick Show. And it's as good as his previous covers.
"Stairway to Playoffs" is a tour of the national college football landscape to the tune of "Stairway to Heaven" and yes, it mentions Jameis Winston's crab legs citation.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
TCU has a starting quarterback. However, both Trevone Boykin and Matt Joeckel will play against Samford.
Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he's decided on a starter. However, like other coaches, he's not going to reveal that information before the game.
"In practice, they were pretty well even," Patterson said. "On my sheet, there was definitely one who had an edge in practices and will be the guy we run out there to start. Both will play, and we'll go about our business. They both did well. We pride ourselves in red zone. In the two stadium scrimmages, the offense did well against the defense."
Not many clues there, eh? Maybe both will start. It's not a crazy idea. Boykin has played both QB and WR in his time at TCU and Patterson hasn't ruled out Boykin seeing time at WR if Joeckel is playing quarterback.
"If you want to learn the offense, the best place to be is at quarterback," Boykin said via PurpleMenace.com."I think I can jump out there in any position and know the offense. That's not a problem."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Any Purdue student can go to Saturday's game for free.
The Boilermakers open up the season at home against Western Michigan and the school announced Wednesday that all students would be able to go to the game for free. Students have the opportunity to get their free tickets online, on campus or at the Purdue ticket office.
The combined record of Purdue and Western Michigan in 2013 was 2-22. You can see how demand for the game may be less than high.
In addition to the free tickets for the Purdue games, students who purchased football tickets can get a free ticket to two other games. To get those tickets, studenst simply have to pick the two games by September 3.
The promotion made us realize that if you're a student at Purdue who didn't purchase season tickets and had nice friends, you could go to all seven of Purdue's home games for free. You would just need three friends to give you both of their free tickets and you'd be all set.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
SMU is using Kevlar to try to cut the risk of concussions.
The school announced a partnership with Unequal Technologies on Tuesday that means every Mustang player's helmet will be lined with Kevlar on the inside. Kevlar is a high-strength synthetic fiber that's used to reinforce other products like tires and bulletproof vests.
According to the school, equipment manager Albert Veytia has been experimenting with Kevlar lining underneath parts of other equipment since 2011. Unequal made the Kevlar lining that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo used in a rib protector after he broke his ribs.
The technology is called the Unequal Gyro, which has Kevlar and Acceleron, technology that the school says predicts a lower risk of concussions.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
West Virginia QB Clint Trickett kissed and told on Tuesday.
The Mountaineers open the season against Alabama on Saturday and Tickett was asked about his familiarity with Alabama coach Nick Saban. It stood to reason that Trickett would have a level of knowledge about Saban because his dad coached with Saban at LSU and his brother was a graduate assistant at Alabama in Saban's first season.
"His daughter was my first kiss, Kristen, back in the day," Trickett said with a laugh. So yeah... I don't know if I should've said that. She's actually engaged now. Coach Nick's one of the greatest there is. My brother worked for him, he was a GA for him when he first got to Alabama. And we've just known him for years, good family friend and just one of the best coaches out there.
Oh, when was this rendezvous? Trickett volunteered that inforrmation before the next question could proceed.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
As Mike Leach's Washington State Cougars get ready to play Rutgers on Thursday, Leach says his team is 100 percent healthy.
"Amazingly, over two years and a half years, we've been 100 percent healthy," Leach said Tuesday via WazzuWatch.com. "Our team is 100 percent healthy and there hasn't been as much as a hangnail in two and half years. So anything that has to do with health or injury, there's no excuses to hide behind here, because this team and every team we've had is healthy as can be."
If you know anything about football and have a working bovine manure detector, you know that's false. Need proof? Well, here's Leach's Sunday media availabilty. As astutely pointed out by NJ.com, at just after the two-minute mark, a player walks by on crutches.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Darlington Raceway's move back to the Labor Day Weekend is official.
NASCAR released the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule on Tuesday and Darlington's 2015 race will be held on Sunday, Sept. 6. In a schedule reveal that was built up considerably the trade of dates between Darlington, Atlanta and Bristol was the only significant change delivered. And it was a change reported on Friday.
Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the Cup Series is racing Sunday, officially moves to the second race of the season. Atlanta will follow the Daytona 500. The track that followed the Daytona 500 this year, Phoenix Raceway, is now the fourth race of the year. NASCAR will go from Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Phoenix to Auto Club Speedway over three consecutive weeks.
The only change to the Chase schedule is a simple date swap. Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway swap places with each other. Charlotte is now the fourth race of the Chase and Kansas is fifth.
The last off-weekend of the season is now the final weekend of August. That's a very good move, as the stretch of races from Indianapolis to the end of the season without a week off is brutal.