- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
When he opened his remarks, President Barack Obama had a simple question for Navy's football team. Does visiting the White House get old?
No, it doesn't.
Navy was at the White House Friday for the ninth time in 11 seasons after it won the 2013 Commander-In-Chief's trophy. The trophy is given to the winner of the yearly series between Air Force, Army and Navy. Navy has won it every season from 2003-2013 with the exception of 2010 and 2011, when Air Force won.
Last year, Navy beat Air Force 28-10 and Army 34-7.
The team presented Obama with another Navy football jersey and Obama also made sure to mention Navy player Will McKameywhile honoring the team. McKamey collapsed at a Navy practice on March 21 and died three days later.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Are there similiarities between college football recruiting and operating a fast-food franchise? Eric Johnson is about to find out.
The Iowa assistant announced Saturday he was leaving his job as the Hawkeyes' recruiting coordinator and moving to Tennessee, where he's going to open a Culver's restaurant in November.
“I know Eric and his family have given this decision great attention and thought and we all wish them the best as they move forward,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement.
The statement said only that Johnson was going to pursue an opportunity outside of football. He revealed the Culver's detail on Twitter.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles4 hrs ago
Major series mistakes in the flagstand aren't limited to NASCAR.
During Sunday's Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, the marshal in the flagstand waved the checkered flag for Lewis Hamilton with one lap to go instead of the customary white flag to signify the last lap of the race.
And much like NASCAR's decision at Bristol, Formula 1 had to live with the results of the race when the mistake happened.
Hamilton was told to keep going on his radio, but slowed down briefly as he took the checkered flag a lap too soon. It was Hamilton's third straight win of the season and his team, Mercedes, has won the first four F1 events of 2014.
"That was very strange. I was thinking 'Am I seeing things?'", Hamilton said after the race. He was not seeing things.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Texas LB Steve Edmond hasn't forgotten about the Longhorns' loss to Baylor at the end of 2013. And it's fair to say he's still bitter about it.
Despite a middling season, Texas traveled to Baylor at the end of the season with the chance to win the Big 12. Thanks to Oklahoma State's loss to Oklahoma, if Texas would have beaten the Bears on the road, it'd have gotten the Big 12's Fiesta Bowl berth.
Baylor won 30-10.
"We could have won the conference," Edmond said after Texas' spring game Saturday (via the Dallas Morning News). "Even though I didn't get a chance to play in the Baylor game, I really feel like we should have beat Baylor. I really don't like Baylor. I still think they're trash."
Edmond missed the game after being hurt against Texas Tech the week prior.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
If you're not a UCLA or Pac-12 fan, you probably remember Bruin LB Jordan Zumwalt for the hit was flagged for on Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas that knocked Thomas out of the Sun Bowl.
But Zumwalt's career has been more than that. He started 30 games in his four-year career, including all 13 games last year. He's projected as a mid-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft and as the draft approaches, Zumwalt talked to Shutdown Corner's own Eric Edholm at length.
At one point, Zumwalt was asked about his own team's quarterback, Brett Hundley, who elected to stay at UCLA for another season.
SDC: Give me some dirt on Brett Hundley. He seems too good to be true.
Is there a better way to prepare for a spring game than a dance-off? It's what Alabama State did and some of the coaches even got in on the act.
The best dance-off between players was definitely the one with Kerry Williams (No. 66) and Derrick Billups (96). They had some smooth moves and were apparently good enough to fool the rest of the team into thinking it was the grand finale with everyone jumping in.
What the heck Robert Roquemore (72)? He surely has better moves than that, right? That was a white flag dance of surrender. The best part of the video is at the end, however. A dance-off between coaches that involves breakdancing? Good entertainment.
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Not surprisingly, NCAA president Mark Emmert said again Friday that unions could be a doomsday scenario for the current structure of college sports.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled in March that Northwestern players were employees of the school and had the right to unionize. The players are set to vote on April 25 while the school appeals the decision to the NLRB's national office.
But as Emmert discussed the impact a "yes" vote from the Northwestern players could have on ESPN's Mike and Mike morning show Friday, he brought up issues that haven't had anything to do with the current debate about collegiate athletic reform. (You can listen to the entire interview here.)
A lawyer representing the woman who accused Jameis Winston of sexual assault said he was told Florida State stopped its student conduct investigation into Winston and he wants it to continue.
Lawyer Baine Kerr told USA Today the school cited Winston's unwillingness to cooperate with a Title IX investigation into the incident as a reason for its suspension. He said when the university questioned Winston in January 2013, the Heisman winner refused to answer questions on advice of his lawyer.
"The university took the position that since he refused to respond to questions, they could not make any Title IX findings," Kerr said to USA Today."We have objected to that as impermissible reason to delay or terminate a Title IX sexual assault investigation because that would permit any charged party to thwart an investigation simply by refusing to answer questions."
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 Marbles2 days 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.