Nick Bromberg

  • College Football Playoff title game bids for 2018-20 official

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    The cities bidding on the right to host the College Football Playoff Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020 have been finalized.

    The College Football Playoff announced that nine cities submitted bids for the three years. Houston and Santa Clara (the site of the San Francisco 49ers new stadium) were the two cities that bid on the rights to every year.

    Here's the breakdown:

    Nine communities have submitted bids to host the #CFBPlayoff National Championship in 2018, 2019 and 2020. pic.twitter.com/I7soHweEpU

    “We are pleased that the leaders in these communities recognize the significance of the event, and we are excited about what we know will be a competitive bidding process,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “In its first year, the national championship game brought tremendous opportunity to North Texas as the epicenter of college football, and we know that success will continue in the future.”

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  • Michigan DB Jabrill Peppers was hungry Tuesday night

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers just wanted some food on Tuesday evening.

    The former five-star recruit posted a complaint about his lack of money to Twitter, calling the NCAA's stipend checks "lil indentured servant checks."

    Idk how the NCAA thinks we supposed to eat right with these lil indentured servant checks they give us..I Should've stayed in the dorms smh

    I'm about to eat my first meal of the day & that's Oodles and noodles smh

    Yes, it's easy to turn Peppers' posts into a debate about the NCAA paying athletes, but we won't do that. His stipends will go up in August after the new cost of attendance benefits voted on by the Power Five conferences go into effect.

    One provision already in effect is the NCAA's rule that athletes can more food provided from schools than was originally allowed in their scholarships. However, the utilization of the rule is not as simple as going over to campus and getting food whenever you want.

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  • Idaho football's APR once again falls below standard

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    The Idaho football team could be facing more APR-related sanctions.

    The academic progress rate scores for schools were released Wednesday and Idaho's football score was once again low. The Vandals had an APR of 896 in 2013-2014, the fourth-straight year the team's APR has been below the 930 mark.

    Teams must have a four-year average above 930 to avoid penalties. It's Idaho's fourth-straight year of having an average below 930.

    Idaho was banned from the 2014 postseason because of low APR scores and it's feasible to think a bowl ban could be in the offing again in the future. Though we're probably obligated to say (again) that it'd take a big turnaround for the Vandals to get bowl eligible in the first place (UNLV was also banned for the 2014 postseason).

    Idaho also had the lowest APR score of any FBS school. Here are the newest APR four-year averages for each FBS school with 2013-2014 included.

    American UCF 977 Tulane 972 South Florida 970 Temple 969 Cincinnati 962 UConn 960 Memphis 951 East Carolina 950 SMU 947 Houston 941 Tulsa 941

  • Random Recap: The 1999 MBNA Platinum 400

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 19 hrs ago

    Welcome to Random Recaps, our new weekly feature at From The Marbles. In this space, we'll recap a race from the past at the track the where Sprint Cup Series is racing next. This week's race is the 1999 MBNA Platinum 400.

    Bobby Labonte won the MBNA Platinum 400 from the pole as he beat Jeff Gordon, the only other car that finished the race on the lead lap thanks to great gas mileage.

    Labonte passed Gordon with six laps to go to take the lead for good. Gordon, like many other cars, was forced to pit for fuel to make it to the end of the race, and when he did, Labonte inherited the lead as he didn't have to make a pit stop.

    Until he was passed, Gordon had led 83 laps since taking the lead from Dale Jarrett. It was the second-straight Dover spring race that Gordon forfeited late by having to head to pit road. In 1998, Gordon was leading but had to pit with seven laps to go. Jarrett passed him while Gordon was on pit road and cruised to the win.

    Mark Martin finished third and Tony Stewart, who led the most laps of anyone with 127, finished fourth.

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  • Report: Daniel Imatorbhebhe's locker cleaned out at Florida

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    The first commitment of Jim McElwain's tenure at Florida looks to be leaving the program.

    According to InsidetheGators.com, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe's locker has been cleared out and he has left the team. Imatorbhebhe was an early enrollee at Florida after McElwain took over from former Florida coach Will Muschamp.

    He didn't play in the spring game and could be heading west to join his brother, a member of the class of 2016 who has verbally committed to USC. From InsidetheGators.com:

    Imatorbhebhe's young brother, 2016 four-star wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, recently committed to Southern Cal over Florida.

    The source said he wouldn't be surprised if Daniel were to head west as well.

    Daniel was a three-star recruit in the class of 2015. A native of Georgia, he was the No. 18 tight end in the country and the No. 36 prospect in the state.

    For more Florida news, visit InsidetheGators.com.

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  • Man arrested after he heard others 'talking trash' on NASCAR

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    If you watched more than one of Sunday's Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR races, we understand the need to compare the races you watched. Especially on the heels of a thrilling Indianapolis 500 that had 37 lead changes.

    And if you watched the races in the company of others, you possibly had a discussion about your comparisons. Did you disagree with the person you were comparing races with? Did you disagree with other people who were comparing the races or the series that participate in them? If it was the latter, we hope you didn't have the reaction that this Indiana man did.

    David Wilson, 57, was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic battery and strangulation after he heard his fiancee and another talking about IndyCar and NASCAR. We'll let RTV-6 in Indianapolis take it from here:

    Wilson's fiancée told police they had been drinking all day. She said Wilson became angered when he heard her and another person talking about IndyCar being better than NASCAR.

    He was also reportedly mad that he didn't have any help doing chores around the house.

  • LSU OL Jevonte Domond arrested on felony domestic abuse charge

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    LSU offensive lineman Jevonte Domond was arrested on a felony domestic abuse charge Monday.

    Per the Baton Rouge Advocate, the charge is felony domestic abuse with strangulation involving an alleged incident with his fiancée

    From the Advocate:

    According to a Sheriff’s Office report, an argument occurred Monday afternoon between Domond and his fiancée. During the dispute, while she was leaning over the crib of their “newborn baby,” Domond allegedly “grabbed her from behind by the neck,” lifted her off the ground and dropped her, the report says.

    The woman told deputies she “began to lose consciousness,” the report says, and she “almost blacked out.” At some point during the argument, Domond allegedly grabbed a bandana from his fiancées head. In response, she sprayed him with pepper spray, the report says.

    The woman told deputies Domond then picked her up and “slammed her on the couch,” the report says. She also told them Domond bit her on her hip, prompting her to spray him again with pepper spray, the report says.

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  • Former Notre Dame OL Matt Hegarty transferring to Oregon

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Oregon got some reinforcement for its offensive line with the addition of Notre Dame OL Matt Hegarty.

    Oregon's football staff announced Hegarty's arrival via its Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.

    Congrats @MHegs77! Welcome to the Oregon Family. #MenOfOregon #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/zvnmtywY8D

    Hegarty said he was transferring from Notre Dame in March. He's a graduate transfer and is eligible to play immediately. He was a starter on Notre Dame's offensive line for 11 of the Irish's 13 games in 2014 at center and guard. Given the picture in the tweet, it looks like he'll be keeping his No. 77, though the number is currently worn by Haniteli Lousi per Oregon's roster.

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  • Power Rankings: Harvick takes the top spot back

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com.

    1. Kevin Harvick (LW: 2): You know you're having a good season when you ascend to the top spot in Power Rankings after your worst finish of the season that doesn't involve an accident or mechanical issue. Here are Harvick's finishes to-date, outside of his 38th-place run at Bristol: 2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 8, 2, (38), 2, 8, 2, 9. Yes, the 9 is his Coca-Cola 600 result. Hopefully Harvick can bounce back at Dover.

    4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (LW: 4): Junior was one of the others who pitted with 62 laps to go and made it to the end on gas. He finished third and kept his streak alive. If Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are still the drivers to beat on 1.5-mile tracks (one race doesn't change a trend), Junior is right behind them in the No. 3 spot. His lowest finish at a 1.5-mile track this year is fourth.

    Lucky Dog: Greg Biffle. Is his second-place finish a sign of things to come for Roush Fenway Racing?

  • Former Michigan CB Blake Countess heading to Auburn

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Former Michigan CB Blake Countess says he's going to Auburn.

    He announced the decision in an Instagram post Tuesday morning.

    Countess started 30 games in his Michigan career and is a graduate transfer. He'll be able to play immediately at Auburn. The SEC accepts graduate transfers if the transfers fit a specific set of criterion.

    He amassed over 100 tackles in his Michigan career and was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2013.

    Countess' decision to go to Auburn comes on the heels of a visit to the school, so we can't say it's too much of a surprise. He told AuburnSports.com that he had a good time at the school and Auburn's coaching staff explained to him how he'd be utilized as a member of the Tigers' defense.

    "Just the genuine feel I got from them," Countess said via AuburnSports. "They are all great guys and their track records speak for themselves. They know what they are doing and they have done it successfully at high levels.

    For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

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