Nick Bromberg

  • Happy Hour: What off week? Pit road, Darlington and throwbacks

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 13 hrs 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 an off week edition of Happy Hour. Got anything planned for the weekend? We'll likely watch both the Xfinity and Truck Series races this weekend. Road courses can be appointment viewing. Remember when Max Papis got slapped two years ago?

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    Best part of that whole episode was that the race was Mike Skeen's only Truck Series start. Come back, Mike! We need more drama.

    Let's get to the questions this week.

    @NickBromberg nascar usually isn't into transparency, but couldn't they provide data in instance like ky busch's pit road speeding penalty?

    This is a great question.

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  • Report: Auburn athletic department pushed to ensure survival of major

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    Did Auburn's athletic department influence the school's decision to keep its public administration major?

    According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the school had decided to eliminate the major in 2013. However, following discussions with the athletic department, the major survived.

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    In addition to meeting with the school’s provost to urge him to spare public administration, the documents show, top athletic officials also offered to use athletic department funds, if necessary, to help pay its professors and support staff. Gary Waters, Auburn’s senior associate athletic director for academic services, wrote in an email in January 2013 that athletics had made “similar investments in academic programs during the last few years,” although in those cases, he added, “it has not been publicized.”

    It also states that fewer than one percent of Auburn students pursue a public administration major. 26 football players on the 2014 team had public administration majors.

    For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.

  • UConn unveils gray alternate uniforms (Photos)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    UConn now has a completely gray uniform to wear in 2015.

    The Huskies unveiled the uniform on Wednesday.

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    The best part of this uniform is easily the helmet. Gray is an overplayed color in college football to begin with, and going all gray just seems really drab. But Nike loves gray and UConn is a Nike school, so it made sense that the Huskies were going to have gray uniforms at some point.

    Simply adding blue pants or a blue jersey to the other gray elements would be a huge step up. We'll see when UConn wears this uniform in 2015. Hopefully it's not on an overcast day in Storrs. That may be too much gray to handle.

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  • Vanderbilt wants Nigel Bowden's voice to be more 'authoritative'

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Vanderbilt linebacker Nigel Bowden is the man who makes the defensive play calls for the Commodores. And Coach Derek Mason wanted his voice to be more "authoritative" in 2015.

    “Since the beginning of time that position has been a leader. You go where you’re middle linebacker goes,” Mason told the Tennesseean. “I just asked Nigel to step outside his comfort zone. … As he is authoritative, guys will start to understand who the leader is, and that’s a strong position.”

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    Bowden was a redshirt freshman in 2014 and led the team with 78 tackles. He made the play calls last year as Vanderbilt went 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC. The 6-1, 240 pound player was a four-star recruit in the class of 2013 and the No. 9 inside linebacker in the country.

    “(My voice) has to come out hard and aggressive this year,” Bowden said. “We’re not here to be nice to each other.”

  • Report: Rutgers coach Kyle Flood 'likely' emailed part-time lecturer

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    The Rutgers faculty member that Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood emailed about cornerback Nadir Barnwellwas reportedly "likely" a part-time faculty member making less than $5,000 per class.

    According to NJ.com,the faculty union at Rutgers believes Flood, who made $987,000 last year as head football coach, was contacting a part-time teacher.

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    But union officials suspect the instructor who received Flood's email related to an academic issue involving his player is a part-time adjunct professor in the Mason Gross School of the Arts on the New Brunswick campus, said David Hughes, president of Rutgers' faculty union.

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  • Virginia Tech will not be fining players out of their COA stipends

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster got a lot of people's attention Wednesday afternoon when he said the Hokies would possibly be fining players out of their cost-of-attendance stipends.

    The COA stipends, instituted this year after NCAA reforms, are over $3,000 per athlete at Virginia Tech and paid to students in two-week increments.

    From the Daily Press:

    “We’re going to look at that right now,” said Foster, who is entering his 20th season as Tech's defensive coordinator, and his 29th overall season on coach Frank Beamer's staff. “Some people got in trouble for getting up and punishing people at 6 a.m. in the morning. Obviously, you need some discipline for some discipline issues. I think that’s one way that you can potentially do that, control that a little bit. You know, these guys right now haven’t had access to money, unless they’ve been Pell Grant recipients. They’ll want that when it’s all said and done at the end of the day.

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  • Suit details how much it takes to sponsor a truck team

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Kyle Busch Motorsports was expecting just over $3 million in 2015 and 2016 as part of a sponsorship agreement with Justin Boston and his father's company.

    Boston and KBM parted ways earlier this season and the sponsorship numbers have been revealed as part of a suit that Busch's team is filing against Zloop, the company owned by Boston's dad Bob, and Boston for lack of payment.

    KBM says in the suit that the company missed $650,000 in payments.

    From ESPN:

    Boston and Zloop made their first five payments on time for a total of $1.55 million but are alleged to have missed payments due in May and June, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in North Carolina Superior Court in Iredell County. KBM claims it is owed $4.025 million for the alleged default on the contract, a two-year deal originally worth $6.4 million. The contract was based on a 23-race schedule, so the 46 races work out to Boston paying KBM $139,130 per race.

    The KBM lawsuit includes the contract between the team and Boston, who had three top-10 finishes in his nine starts.

  • Young OSU fan didn't want Michigan doctors to make him Wolverine fan

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

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    10-year-old Ivan Applin was worrying about one of life's most important things when he was preparing for heart surgery at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

    The rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State.

    Applin, from Toledo, Ohio, is an Ohio State fan. He didn't want the device that was about to be inserted into his heart to change his loyalties.

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    “He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State,” his mother Jennifer said (while laughing) to the University of Michigan's health blog.

    Ivan was walking and eating later the same day and able to return home the following morning. He had no incision, stitches or blood transfusion, and will be able to return to normal activities within a few weeks.

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  • Big 12 ADs in favor of misconduct rule for transfers

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Big 12's athletic directors support a transfer rule preventing players who have had misconduct issues at their previous schools from transferring into the conference.

    According to the AP, support for the rule is unanimous.

    From the AP:

    In a text to The Associated Press, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Tuesday that conference ADs meeting in New Orleans ''supported a policy draft similar to that of the (Southeastern Conference).'' Bowlsby said the draft would still need to be refined and submitted to a joint council of faculty athletic representatives and athletic directors for approval.

    The SEC defines serious misconduct as sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence.

    The ESPN report details an April 2013 incident where Ukwuachu had suicidal thoughts.

    "[Student-athlete] had voluntarily walked in stating [he] had suicidal thoughts & a plan to carry out (hanging)," Paul wrote in his notes. "Was w/ girlfriend @ time."

    At the bottom of his notes, Paul wrote: "NOT Healthy Relationship!"

  • Cook's lawyer says it was unfair for FSU to initially suspend the RB

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The lawyer for Florida State running back Dalvin Cook said Monday that he felt it was unfair for Florida State to suspend his client before a more thorough investigation into the allegations against him. Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery on Monday. He was alleged to have punched a woman in the face outside a bar.

    Ricky Patel made the comments on Yahoo Sports Radio's Primecut. You can listen to the full audio of his remarks below. An excerpt of them is also included below.

    Johnson is De'Andre Johnson, the Florida State backup quarterback who was dismissed from the team after he was caught on surveillance cameras punching a woman at a bar. The alleged incident involving Cook happened a day before Johnson's incident.

    Fisher said at ACC media day in July that his team had no tolerance for players hitting women.

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