Nick Bromberg

  • Rich Rodriguez has a story about Mike Leach and a speedo (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is going to give you a mental image that you may never be able to erase from your brain.

    Rodriguez was on the Pac-12 Network during media days on Friday and relayed a story of watching Mike Leach swimming. We won't spoil it, because it fits the caricature that the Washington State coach can be at times.

    dir="ltr" lang="en">ICYMI: @CoachRodAZ just recalled the time he watched @Coach_Leach surface from a lagoon. No Joke. #Pac12fb http://t.co/KlKxEZjRVG— Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) July 31, 2015

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    We're anxiously awaiting Leach's version of the story. And yes, we wonder what the reactions of Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden were to seeing Leach come out of the lagoon.

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  • Clint Bowyer issues statement amidst uncertainty at MWR

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 hrs ago

    As the future of Michael Waltrip Racing is unknown, Clint Bowyer made a statement after Friday's practice at Pocono.

    Bowyer has been mentioned as possibly switching teams before the 2016 season as MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman has purchased part of Chip Ganassi Racing. Without Kauffman's funding – he owned 50 percent of MWR – the future of MWR looks tenuous. The team does not have a manufacturer deal signed for 2016. It also doesn't have a driver for the No. 55 car or a sponsor as the contract of Aaron's is up at the end of the year.

    Bowyer, who recently signed an extension with MWR along with sponsor 5-Hour Energy, could go to Ganassi and be a teammate to Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.

    From Fox Sports:

    Bowyer's car is sponsored by Maxwell House for Sunday's race.

    MWR currently fields Toyotas. Ed Laukes, a vice president of marketing for the car company, issued a brief statement about the situation.

  • Big Ten mandates Power 5 foe, no FCS opponents in 2016

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Big Ten teams are officially disallowed from playing non-FBS schools starting in 2016.

    The conference outlined its new scheduling guidelines on Friday. In addition to eliminating games against FCS-level opponents, Big Ten schools are required to play a non-conference game against a Power Five opponent.

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    “We have something called 1910," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said about the school's scheduling plan to begin next year. We think we have come up with a conference plan. We have one championship game, we have nine conference games. We have one intersectional game vs. an autonomous opponent and we have zero games vs. FCS. They are all vs. FBS starting in 2016.”

    BYU and Notre Dame will count as Power Five schools.

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  • Report: Louisville and Alabama to open 2018 in Orlando

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Alabama will be involved in another marquee season-opening game.

    According to ESPN, the Crimson Tide will play Louisville to start the 2018 season in Orlando.

    Alabama is starting the 2015 season at Wisconsin in AT&T Stadium in Dallas. It plays in 2016 at the same site against USC. And in 2017 the Tide are playing Florida State at the Georgia Dome. The game against Louisville will be the Tide's seventh-straight neutral site game to open the season.

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    Louisville hasn't been a slouch when it comes to scheduling big games to open the season either. The Cardinals are playing Auburn in Atlanta to start the 2015 season and are playing Purdue in Indianapolis in 2017. The 2019 season also begins a with the first game of a home-and-home series with Notre Dame. The Irish have a scheduling affiliation with the ACC.

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  • Taxidermied chipmunks act out Michigan vs. Michigan State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Have you ever wanted to have 26 taxidermied chipmunks on prominent display in your house? Are you a Michigan State fan? Boy, do we have a deal for you.

    Taxidermist Nick Saade has taken the formerly live chipmunks and put them on display on a football field. 11 chipmunks have Michigan State helmets and 11 have Michigan helmets. Four more will be officials.

    We swear, we're not making this up. Because how could we make this up? There's a reason this appeals to Michigan State fans more than Michigan fans too.

    Dead chipmunks a different take on MSU-UM rivalry http://t.co/VEdlM0cCzZ pic.twitter.com/ey72xteeNt

    From the Lansing State Journal:

    “MSU is just about to score the winning touchdown,” he explains when asked about his tableau that will soon be completed when outfits for four referees are finished.

    UM players look “kind of cool but everybody knows MSU is better — even the chipmunks.”

    “I’m going to have as much fun as I possibly can, then sooner or later it will end up for sale.”

  • Jim Harbaugh brought a Mike Ditka jersey to Big Ten media days

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    Jim Harbaugh had a jersey with him at the podium Friday at Big Ten media days. It was not a Michigan jersey either.

    Harbaugh displayed the jersey of former Chicago Bears tight end and coach Mike Ditka. He said he had dinner with Ditka Thursday night at Ditka's steakhouse. Big Ten media days are in Chicago.

    Harbaugh, a first round pick in 1987, played quarterback for the Bears under Ditka. We're also not surprised in the slightest that he brought a prop to the podium.

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    So @CoachJim4UM had dinner with his former NFL coach & scored a jersey. #B1GMediaDay pic.twitter.com/fBsyc3N2Mv

    He did not get the jersey autographed, however.

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  • Ohio State trademarks Urban Meyer's name

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's name is now trademarked.

    According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State has trademarked "Urban Meyer" and "Urban Meyer Knows." The trademarks were granted on July 7.

    Half of the royalties in those cases will go to Ohio State and the other half to Meyer, who plans to funnel such funds to a family foundation.

    “It’s not uncommon for celebrities and people in the public to seek protection of their name and likeness,” said Rick Van Brimmer, director of trademark and licensing services at Ohio State.

    Van Brimmer also told the Dispatch it was the first time that the school had trademarked a coach's name.

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    For more Ohio State news, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.

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  • Tim Beckman didn't want to talk about abuse allegations

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    Illinois coach Tim Beckman was asked Thursday at Big Ten media days about the allegations of player abuse that have been levied against him this offseason.

    Beckman did not want to answer them. When asked about the abusive treatment mentioned by former players he said he was focused about the 2015 season.

    "I've been around some great, great individuals throughout my career, from high school coaches on up to the college coaches that I've been able to play for and work for," Beckman said.

    "You know, we're focused right now on a 2015 football team. We took off from last year after a great end of the year. And we've been focused since January on becoming a better football program. The philosophy that we continue to use is what these football players believe in football."

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    Beckman said he considered himself a father figure for his players.

    For more Illinois news,visit OrangeandBlueNews.com.

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  • Happy Hour: Indy's rules, MWR, our beloved commenters and more

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We'll post them here and have a good time.

    Welcome to Happy Hour. Have you woken up from Indianapolis yet?

    We kid. We kid. The race featured one more lead change than it did last year!

    NASCAR said that it's going to try the Indianapolis rules changes at Michigan as scheduled despite the lack of action and poor reviews at Indy. And that's the smart move. NASCAR is trying to portray itself as being very pragmatic when it comes to changing the rules, even if their actions aren't totally backing the public statements up (more on that in a minute).

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    @NickBromberg I READ THAT NASCAR GOT IT WRONG W/ THE HIGH DRAG PACKAGE AT INDY. AS A RESPECTED JOURNALIST, WHAT CAN THEY DO TO GET IT RIGHT?

    We're respected?!?!?!

    The company said Thursday it is evaiuating its options.

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  • Rob Kauffman buys in to Chip Ganassi Racing

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday that co-owner Rob Kauffman had purchased part of Chip Ganassi Racing. The announcement comes a day after a Sports Business Journal report that said Kauffman was close to making the deal complete.

    Kauffman purchased part of Michael Waltrip Racing in October 2007 as the team was struggling in its debut season in the Sprint Cup Series. The team has had success since Kauffman's arrival but has struggled since the race manipulation tactics it used at Richmond. NAPA, a long-time sponsor of the team, left after the shenanigans and went to sponsor Chase Elliott. The loss of the company forced MWR to move to two cars.

    Ganassi confirmed the move.

    The SBJ report said Kauffman was purchasing Felix Sabates' stake in Ganassi. Sabates told SiriusXM NASCAR that he wasn't leaving the sport.

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