Nick Bromberg

  • Spread Options: Dr. Saturday's Week 8 picks against the spread

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    Well we didn’t go under .500 last week. We were 5-5 in Week 7, bringing the season total to 26-40-4. Keep fading.

    Miami (+6.5) at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. ET THURSDAY: Both teams enter after surprising losses. The Hurricanes lost to North Carolina while Virginia Tech fell at Syracuse. The Hurricanes are No. 57 in total offense while Virginia Tech is No. 59, though those ranks are a bit misleading. Miami’s offense has been much more efficient, averaging over 7 yards per play. Virginia Tech is at 5.47.

    BYU at Boise State (-6.5), 10:15 p.m. ET THURSDAY: BYU is the master of close games; six of its seven games this season have been decided by a possession. Boise State got a big lead against Colorado State and let up in the second half last week, making the game seem closer than it was in the third quarter. No let up this week for the Broncos, who win by 10.

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  • Ex-Virginia receiver files suit over allegations of hazing and bullying

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    A former Virginia wide receiver has filed a suit vs. the school and other individuals because of the way he was treated while a member of the football team.

    Aidan Howard filed the Title IX suit Friday in a U.S. District Court according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines. Howard alleges he suffered a broken orbital bone as part of an initiation fight egged on by wide receivers Doni Dowling and David Eldridge in August.

    The suit names Dowling and Eldridge as defendants along with wide receivers coach Marques Hagans and says members of the UVA coaching staff knew he suffered the right eye injury but didn’t issue any punishments.

    It alleges UVA “fostered a culture of bullying, harassment, and discrimination,” that hazing incidents were common, and that the school violated federal Title IX rules regarding harassment and discrimination. The school’s president and athletic director are also named as defendants.

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. to be in NBC booth for Talladega and Martinsville

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 5 hrs ago

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be on your television in more than just commercials for the next two Sundays.

    Junior will serve as a guest analyst for NBC during their coverage of Talladega on Sunday and next week’s race at Martinsville.

    “I’m excited to see these races from a different vantage point and hopefully offer some insight to the viewers,” Earnhardt said in a statement. “I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to broadcast the Xfinity race at Michigan earlier this year, so I expect getting to spend time in the booth with the NBC team to be just as fun.”

    Junior is currently sitting out the rest of the 2016 season because of a concussion he suffered over the summer. He’s said his rehab is progressing well and expects to be back in the No. 88 for the 2017 Daytona 500.

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    Alex Bowman and Jeff Gordon have filled in for Junior in his absence. Bowman will be in the car at Talladega while Gordon will possibly make the final Sprint Cup Series start of his career at Martinsville.

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  • 2 Minnesota players contesting restraining order that prevents playing in home games

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    A restraining order has been filed against two Minnesota football players.

    The temporary order was filed in Hennepin County District Court against running back Carlton Djam and defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson. Accordingto the St. Paul Pioneer Press, it was filed by a woman who works Minnesota games at TCF Bank Stadium, meaning the restraining order would prevent the two from being in attendance at home games.

    From the Pioneer-Press:

    The restraining order stems from an early morning incident Sept. 2, Hutton said. The incident included allegations of sexual assault, a Minneapolis police report said.

    University spokesman Evan Lapinska said in a statement: “It would not be appropriate for the University to comment on this matter to the extent it relates to University students. The University reaffirms, however, that it will honor and comply with court orders.”

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  • Office of Civil Rights opens Title IX investigation after ex-Baylor employee's complaint

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    The U.S. Department of Education has responded to the complaint filed by Baylor’s former Title IX coordinator.

    Patty Crawford, who resigned from the university earlier this fall following the fallout from the university’s handling of sexual assault accusations, filed the complaint in October with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The OCR said Wednesday it has opened a Title IX investigation because of her complaint.

    From the Waco Tribune:

    “OCR opened the investigation after receiving a complaint from the former Baylor Title IX coordinator,” department spokesperson Dorie Nolt said in a statement. “Consistent with federal privacy statutes, OCR typically does not identify the specific parties, including complainants, involved in our civil rights cases. In this instance, the complainant has given permission for OCR to identify her and has spoken publicly about her complaint.”

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  • Who will make it to the 3rd round of the Chase? Here's our best guess

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 21 hrs ago

    Predicting what will happen at Talladega is an exercise in futility. Unless it’s a prediction that there will be a winner of the race, a driver that will finish last, there will be a crash (or two) and that teams will have to make pit stops.

    Those predictions will be accurate. OK, maybe not the crash prediction. There have been two caution-free races at Talladega, though they happened in 1997 and 2001.

    Nevertheless, we’re going to take a shot at guessing who the eight drivers advancing to the Chase’s third round after Talladega will be. Let’s get to it after a refresher on the points standings.

    1. Jimmie Johnson – Won at Charlotte 2. Kevin Harvick – Won at Kansas 3. Matt Kenseth, 3,074 4. Kyle Busch, 3,072 5. Carl Edwards, 3,069 6. Kurt Busch, 3,062 7. Martin Truex Jr., 3,058 8. Joey Logano, 3,045 9. Austin Dillon, 3,045 10. Denny Hamlin, 3,039 11. Brad Keselowski, 3,038 12. Chase Elliott, 3,020







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  • Concussion foundation: 91 percent of ex-college players studied have CTE

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    Former college football players from over 100 schools have CTE according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

    The foundation, which studies concussions and brain injuries, said Wednesday that 138 of 152 former college football players studied at the Veterans Affairs-Boston University-Concussion Legacy Foundation brain bank have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE.

    CTE is a degenerative condition that can be caused by repeated head trauma. CTE can lead to memory loss, dementia and erratic behavior, though it can only be officially diagnosed by direct examination of the brain after death.

    The disease and its connection to sports like football where head trauma can repeatedly occur became more common after an HBO “Real Sports” feature on the topic and “Concussion,” the movie starring Will Smith that was released in 2015.

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  • Jim Mora says Josh Rosen is game-time decision vs. Utah

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    UCLA coach Jim Mora said he has no idea if star quarterback Josh Rosen will miss a second-straight game.

    Rosen didn’t start last week vs. Washington State and Mora said Wednesday the QB will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game vs. Utah. Rosen injured his right shoulder in the closing minutes of the Week 6 loss at Arizona State.

    “As much as you want to know and your readers want to know, I promise you I want to know. I promise you our team wants to know,” Mora said about the sophomore’s availability.

    Mora had said Monday that Rosen was “close” and didn’t play against Washington State because he wasn’t medically cleared. From Bruin Sports Report:

    “I think he was pretty close. He really wanted to play,” Mora said. “It was a matter of he was medically cleared if he could do certain things. And when we went out in pre-game, he couldn’t do those things. My hope is that by tomorrow (Tuesday) he’ll feel good enough that he can go out in practice and do a little bit more, and as we go through the week and on Saturday, he’ll be able to play.”

  • Todd Graham defends program after Mike Leach says he still thinks ASU steals signs

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Remember the sign-stealing accusations Washington State coach Mike Leach made against Arizona State and coach Todd Graham in 2015? It’s a topic once again as ASU and WSU prepare to play each other Saturday.

    Leach, who said there ought to be an investigation into Arizona State’s sign-stealing practices last year, repeated his call again when asked about sign stealing Monday.

    “I think they still steal signs,” Leach said. “We’ll have to keep an eye on it. That’s certainly the reputation. And I think they have a certain amount of technology and expertise on the subject which if they ever go to a different conference or something I’d certainly like them to share it with us.

    “But yeah, you’ve got to keep an eye on it because they’ll steal signs and they’re pretty clever about it. And it’s like breaking the enigma code with them … I think they ought to do a full on investigation to see how they’re doing it and make sure it’s within the rules.”

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  • Could Tom Herman get his second contract extension in a year?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Houston could be offering Tom Herman a third contract in less than three years.

    Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek told SB Nation Radio on Tuesday that he was working on a “new, extended commitment” to the coach. Herman agreed to become Houston’s coach in December 2014 and signed a contract extension with the school in November.

    Yurachek made the comments when he was asked on the Nate and Creight Show if the school was willing and able to do “whatever it needs to do” to keep Herman as its coach.

    Last year it was just the start of that and you see obviously great value in what Coach Herman has brought not only to our football program but to this university and this city and we’re going to do everything we can to retain him.

    Herman is making $2.8 million a season per the contract extension he signed in November and his contract had a $5 million bonus stipulation if Houston became a member of a Power Five conference. The Big 12 isn’t expanding, so Houston’s Power Five options are now pretty much nothing.

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