Nick Bromberg

  • Tim Brewster responds to Luther Campbell's Twitter poke

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Ain't nothing more entertaining than when people trade tweets about recruits and verbal commitments.

    2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell is an unabashed Miami supporter. You probably remember him not only for his music but his role in the 30 for 30 movies about Miami. He fired off a tweet to Florida State assistant Tim Brewster after Isaac Nauta, a member of the class of 2016, said he was decommiting from Florida State.

    Nauta is a four-star recruitand the top tight end in the country according to Rivals. Here's his tweet announcing the decision.

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    After the Nauta's tweet, Campbell took the opportunity to hit at Brewster. Brewster is Florida State's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach.

    @TimBrewster look like the gate open in Tallahassee

    Oh man, we can feel the burn from here. Could Brewster fire back with a burn of his own? Yes, he could.

    Come check the gate Oct. 10💯 https://t.co/s86Lchcf5V

    Spit the fire, guys. Spit the fire.

  • Random Recap: The 1991 Miller Genuine Draft 500

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 hrs ago

    Welcome to Random Recaps, a weekly feature at From The Marbles. In this space, we'll recap a random race from the past at the track the where Sprint Cup Series is racing next.This week's race is the1991 Miller Genuine Draft 500. And as always, Random Recap is truly random thanks to Random.org.

    Rusty Wallace had the lead when the rain hit at Pocono Raceway on Sunday and got the win in his sponsor's race.

    Wallace, who led 29 of the race's 179 laps, took the lead from Ernie Irvan on lap 168. He held onto the lead and was in first when the caution came out on lap 174 for rain. The race was called six laps later, 21 laps short of the scheduled 500-mile distance.

    Irvan gave up the lead to Wallace because he had to pit for fuel sooner than Wallace did. His crew chief Tony Glover said he felt Irvan had a faster car than Wallace did, but the team went ahead and pitted from the lead, hoping the race would go further than it did and pit stops would cycle through. They didn't. Irvan, who led a race-high 65 laps, finished seventh.

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  • Art Briles is open to the possibility of Big 12 expansion

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Baylor coach Art Briles would support the Big 12 adding two teams if the league can keep the revenues for each team already in the league unchanged.

    Briles made the comments on the Paul Finebaum Show. Via the Dallas Morning News:

    “Let’s go,” Briles said. “If we can keep the same money, and the dollar bill runs it, but if we can keep the same money we’re giving our universities, I’m for it.”

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    One of the possible hangups of the Big 12 adding teams is that the league's current revenue would be split 12 ways instead of 10, resulting in less money per team. The conference distributed an average of approximately $25 million to its 10 teams in 2014-2015. That's a figure about $6 million less than the average per-team revenue of SEC schools.

    For more Baylor news, visit Sic'EmSports.com.

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  • Nick Saban: Agent contacted me 'about 15 times about Texas'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Nick Saban said he was contacted a lot by agent Jimmy Sexton in regards to the then-open job at Texas following the 2013 season.

    Mack Brown parted ways with the school after the 2013 season and Saban was mentioned almost incessantly as a possible replacement for Brown even before the coach had officially resigned. The school ended up hiring Charlie Strong.

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    Over the weekend, an excerpt from a new biography about Saban came out via the New York Times which detailed the contact that Sexton had with those associated with Texas. When asked about the Longhorns Tuesday night, Saban again said he had no interest in the Texas job and told Sexton that when he contacted him 'about 15 times.'

    From the Tuscaloosa News:

    “Of course, Jimmy took great affront to that, which is fine. He was just doing his job. But that was the end of the conversation. I never talked to Saban and we never made an offer.”

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  • Dan Mullen suggests 5th year for players above minimum GPA

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    The NCAA is instituting new minimum GPA rules in 2016, and Mississippi State Dan Mullen wants to add a wrinkle to the rules.

    Starting next August, recruits must have a minimum 2.3 GPA in high school core courses and have a combined SAT and ACT score to match the GPA via a scale. If a recruit doesn't meet those requirements but has a GPA above the old 2.0 threshold, he or she must take an academic redshirt year.

    Mullen wants any player who has a GPA of over 2.3 to be able to play five years instead of four.

    From AL.com:

    "You might take a freshman and they are being punished for having better grades. They might be forced to play even though they needed a redshirt year," Mullen says. "One of the thoughts I had was there's a mandatory academic redshirt year for a certain group of people...well, if you are above that new standard you should get five years of eligibility. Why punish someone who might be forced to have to play?

    "Instead of punishing guys for doing bad, why not reward guys for doing good?"

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  • Power Rankings: It's the Kyle Busch Show

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 20 hrs 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. Kyle Busch (LW: 2): Busch's run is remarkable. It'd be remarkable if he didn't miss the first 11 races of the year and it's even more noteworthy because he did. And in a system that appropriately rewards winning – we're not advocating for the F1 style, but, at the minimum, more bonus points for drivers who go to victory lane – he's in the Chase. Except he's not. But we're trying to put the whole Chase thing aside and just enjoy what's going on right now. You should too, even though we're going to ultimately view this streak in the context of the final 10 races of the season. Let's live for the present.

    Dropped Out: None

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  • If NASCAR had the F1 points system, Kyle Busch is in the top 10

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    There would be no concerns for Kyle Busch's Chase eligibility if NASCAR used Formula 1's points system.

    After winning his fourth race of the last five races in Sunday's Brickyard 400, Busch is tied for the Sprint Cup lead in wins with Jimmie Johnson. But he's in 32nd place in the points standings because of his absence in the first 11 races of the year after he broke his leg and foot at Daytona in February.

    In the F1 format, Busch would rank ninth and ahead of such drivers as Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray.

    A driver must be in the top 30 in points to be eligible for the Chase. Busch is on the fast track to the top 30 with the way he's blistering the field. But he's also potentially out of the Chase if he has a bad finish or two over the next five races and can't recover.

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    1st: 25 points 2nd: 18 points 3rd: 15 points 4th: 12 points 5th: 10 points 6th: 8 points 7th: 6 points 8th: 4 points 9th: 2 points 10th: 1 point

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  • Dabo Swinney: Notre Dame should play 13 games as independent

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Dabo Swinney has an idea if Notre Dame doesn't join a conference. The Irish should play an extra game for College Football Playoff eligibility.

    The Clemson coach suggested that Notre Dame add a 13th game to its schedule if it continues to be an independent. His comments come shortly after Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Notre Dame should join a conference to be eligible for the College Football Playoff.

    Dabo Swinney agrees w/Gary Pinkel: “Absolutely Notre Dame needs to be in conference or play 13 games to be in @CFBPlayoff"

    The Irish currently have an affiliation agreement with the ACC. Notre Dame plays five ACC opponents on a rotating basis and also plays Texas, USC and Stanford this year. They play nine power conference opponents in total, the same number of power five opponents the SEC requires after its one-out-of-conference power five opponent rule goes into effect.

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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  • Indy rules tweaks don't see the same rave reviews as Kentucky

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    INDIANAPOLIS – The lower downforce tweaks NASCAR made at Kentucky were immediately lauded by many of the drivers. The higher drag changes made for Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis did not receive the same enthusiasm.

    The higher spoilers and other changes NASCAR made for the race didn't seem to have a big impact on the race. The Brickyard has always been a race where track position is pivotal. The fact didn't change with a nine-inch spoiler.

    Joey Logano, who finished second to Kyle Busch, said he felt drivers had a three-lap window after restarts to make a pass. Drivers were able to make aggressive moves down the backstretch immediately after restarts before the field would start to string out.

    "The draft on the straightaways, obviously, was larger for sure, but doesn't make up for what we lose in the corners so it's hard to make it happen somehow. I think we can fine-tune the package and maybe see something different, but for the most part it seemed like Indy out there to me."

    Matt Kenseth was quite succinct. He finished seventh.

    Busch did say there were benefits to the aerodynamic changes. But he was also speaking after visiting victory lane.

  • Kyle Busch wins Brickyard 400, his 4th win in 5 races

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Even if he doesn't make the Chase, Kyle Busch's streak is one of the most impressive accomplishments in recent NASCAR memory.

    The driver of the No. 18 scored his fourth win in five races in Sunday's Brickyard 400, holding off Joey Logano on a green-white-checker restart.

    The four wins put Busch in a tie with Jimmie Johnson for the series lead in wins. However, Busch has run 11 fewer races than Johnson. He missed those races after breaking a leg and foot in an accident in the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona.

    The injury is why he's still not a lock for the Chase, though he's on pace to make it into NASCAR's postseason. Drivers must be in the top 30 of points to make the Chase and Busch is now 23 points out with six races to go before the Chase. He made up 35 points on 30th place on Sunday.

    "Oh my gosh. I just can't believe this run right now," Busch said. "I can't believe what's going on ... It's really a treat to win at Indy."

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