- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles41 mins ago
If Tony Stewart wins Sunday at Atlanta or September 6 at Richmond, he's going to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
NASCAR President Mike Helton said Friday that Stewart would be granted a waiver to remain Chase-eligible. Stewart missed races at Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol after he struck and killed Kevin Ward at a dirt track in upstate New York.
Before Helton's announcement, Stewart made an emotional three-minute statement about his time away from the track and his return.
Under NASCAR's new format, any driver who wins a race and is in the top-30 in points makes the Chase. However, the driver also has to attempt to qualify for all 26 races before the Chase unless granted a waiver by NASCAR upon the sanctioning body's discretion. Stewart's situation, NASCAR said, is worthy of a waiver.
"After evaluating the circumstances around this occurrence, we've come to the conclusion that Tony will be eliglble to participate in the Chase if he were to earn a spot in it," Helton said.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Vanderbilt's "Anchor Down" uniforms aren't legal after all.
During the Commodores' 37-7 loss to Temple, Vanderbilt wore jerseys with the slogan "Anchor Down" on the back nameplates in place of players names. It's against NCAA rules to have slogans on the backs of jerseys, and Vanderbilt was penalized with a timeout per quarter, the punishment for the rule violation.
However, early in the second quarter, Vanderbilt showed referee Ken Williamson an email that purportedly said the jerseys had been approved. After looking at the email, Williamson rescinded the timeout penalty.
Friday, the SEC released a statement and said the uniforms were worn and the timeouts were rescinded as a result of a "miscommunication."
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 hr ago
Tony Stewart didn't answer any questions from media members Friday in his first public appearance since striking and killing Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at a dirt track in upstate New York. Instead, Stewart read a nearly three-minute statement that clearly was emotional for him to compose.
A visibly shaken and stressed looking Stewart spoke softly but pointedly. He paused often, as if he was gathering himself at every opportunity. After his statement, Stewart-Haas vice president Brett Frood took questions about Stewart's return to the track. Frood said that Stewart had sent the Ward family flowers and a card for Ward's funeral.
"Tony has sent the family flowers and a card for the services," Frood said. "Besides that, he's been very respectful of them and their time to grieve. It is very important for Tony to spend time with the family and I do believe that will happen at the appropriate time."
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles2 hrs ago
Tony Stewart will meet with the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 1 p.m. ET on Friday. It's his first media availability since he struck and killed Kevin Ward in a sprint car race in upstate New York on August 9. Watch the session live at the video feed above.
Stewart is making his return to the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta, where he'll race Sunday night. It's his first Sprint Cup race since the accident.
The investigation into the accident by the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Department is still ongoing. We'll have further coverage of Stewart's return after his press conference Friday afternoon.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
You now have the opportunity to have a clone of an oak tree from Toomer's Corner in your yard.
After Alabama fan Harvey Updyke poisoned the treesin the legendary spot on Auburn's campusin 2010 when Auburn beat Alabama, Auburn's Dr. Gary Keever wanted to make sure the oak trees lived on.
He went over to the trees to take shoots from the roots in an attempt to clone the trees shortly after they were poisoned. However, it didn't work, as there was too much poison in the trees' system.
Keever didn't give up, and tried again last spring before Auburn cut down the trees in April. His efforts were successful.
“The little shoots come from the tree’s roots, and the people at Facilities thought it was unattractive so they said, ‘OK, you’ve got until this time to collect your cuttings, then we’re going to cut them down,’“ Keever told the Auburn Villager. “We went there and took as many as we could and put them in the greenhouse in mist.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Been longing to see Alabama coach Nick Saban play football as a high school senior? Here's your chance.
TideSports.com found video of Saban's highlights from his final year at Monongah High School in West Virginia. Saban was a quarterback and safety in high school.
Saban was a shifty QB, but it was out of necessity. His protection breaks down in some of those highlights. Maybe it's why he's put such an emphasis on offensive line play in his coaching career? He doesn't want his quarterbacks to run for their lives like he had to on a regular basis in high school.
He was a pretty good gunner on the kickoff team too. A true renaissance football player. You're not going to see too many quarterbacks covering kicks these days.
Tide Sports also went back to Saban's hometown to visit the field he played on, which is now named for his late father. Growing up, Saban became known as "Brother" to many in Marion County, W.V.
For more Alabama news, visit TideSports.com.
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Central Florida is celebrating its game against Penn State in Dublin on its helmets.
The Knights will have two shamrocks on each helmet just above the "F" in the UCF logo.
The shamrocks are also emerging from a pot of gold. Yes, the one on the left is a four-leaf clover too.
However, we can't figure out what's below the pot of gold. Is it a speech bubble? It certainly looks that way. It's almost like the UCF players are cartoon characters and they're speaking in symbols on the side of their helmets. (It's the body of the pot, but the add-on is like the FedEx logo which makes you see different things.)
Central Florida and Penn State kick off at 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday.
For more Central Florida news visit UCFSports.com.
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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has one question for you. What?
Kenny Hill set A&M's single-game passing record Thursday night against South Carolina with 511 yards. What?
The Aggies steamrolled the Gamecocks 52-28. What?
Kevin Sumlin celebrated with his players in the locker room by shouting "what" a lot. What?
All of the above statements are true. After A&M's win, Sumlin got the party started in his team's locker room by shouting "What?" until the Gatorade and water started flying. You can't blame A&M for being excited. The Aggies were a 10.5 point underdog and many people (inlcuding yours truly) had questions about how A&M would replace its three first-round draft picks and rebuild its defense.
If tha video above isn't enough to get you fired up, this one will, unless you're a South Carolina fan. SBNation's Good Bull Hunting dubbed "Sandstorm," the song South Carolina plays over the speakers at Williams-Brice Stadium to Sumlin's celebration video.
Given this video, the chances of Penn State football players going pro in Gaelic football or hurling anytime soon are slim.
The Nittany Lions, who play Central Florida in Dublin on Saturday, took a break from football practice and tried some gaelic sports.
We like S Adrian Amos' description of Gaelic football, espeially for someone who presumably had never played it before. Hurling, the sport that looks similar to field hockey, is said to be the world's fastest field spor. The speeds of a ball off a hurley (the stick used by players) can reach Major League Baseball fastball levels.
For more Penn State news visit Blue White Illustrated.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Not deleting emails saved Vanderbilt from four timeouts on Thursday night against Temple.
The Commodores wore special jerseys with the words "Anchor Down" (the team slogan) on the back in place of the players' names. The letters of the slogan were in black on the black jerseys, even though slogans are usually prohibited by NCAA rules. Just recently, South Florida's efforts to put "The Team" on the back of its jerseys was rebuffed because of the NCAA rule.
Before the 2014 season, the NCAA also instituted a rule that the numbers – not names, or in this case, slogans – on players' jerseys must be a contrasting color from the jersey. With the numbers on Vanderbilt's jerseys being gold, and with some special permission, Vandy was good to go.