Nick Bromberg

  • St. Petersburg Bowl: Can UCF get to 10 wins?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Central Florida (9-3) vs. N.C. State (7-5) St. Petersburg, Fla. Dec. 26, 2014

    UCF will be on an impressive streak if it beats N.C. State on Friday.

    The win gives the Knights a third-straight 10-win season. Sure, one of those seasons came in Conference USA and the last two years have been played the AAC. Neither conference is a beacon of college football power. But UCF would be in pretty elite company, and as last year's Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor showed, the Knights can play with the best.

    Though it did take a miracle for UCF to be in position for a third-straight 10-win season. In the final week of the season, UCF traveled to East Carolina for the Pirates' senior night. And it looked like ECU would escape with a win before giving the ball back to UCF with seconds remaining. All of that changed when Justin Holman hit Breshad Perriman on a Hail Mary behind ECU's secondary. UCF had the win and a share of the AAC title.

    Vegas odds: UCF (-2)

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  • The 2014 SEC coaches Christmas party

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The holiday season brings holiday parties, so we wondered what would happen if the SEC coaches all had a Christmas party. So this is our best guess as to what would take place if all 14 coaches shared an evening together. No, this isn't real. And yes, this is being hosted by Nick Saban.

    *Knock* *Lane Kiffin raises arms in the air after answering the door.*

    Saban: Hugh, you're the first one here. Merry Christmas.

    Hugh Freeze: I'm also the only coach to beat you this season. So I figured I'd arrive early and bring back those memories.

    Saban: That's thoughtful of you. You can give your coat to AJ if you'd like. He's taking coats tonight.

    *AJ McCarron takes Freeze's coat and takes it upstairs.*

    Freeze: Does everyone have a responsibility? It was good to chat with Lane at the door.

    Saban: He's a great offensive mind, and I figured that opening the door would give him a chance to recharge himself.

    *Knock* *Kiffin raises arms in the air after answering the door.*

    Muschamp: I'm still invited, aren't I?

  • Navy beats San Diego State 17-16 in Poinsettia Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Any blooper reel of the 2014 bowl season will be centered around the fourth quarter of Navy's 17-16 win over San Diego State.

    The final 15 minutes of the game featured four turnovers, an incredibly confusing officiating sequence, an odd choice to go for it on fourth down and a missed game-winning field goal that ultimately gave Navy the victory.

    Let's start with the missed field goal. After Austin Grebe put Navy up by a point with 1:27 left, San Diego State got into Navy territory after QB Quinn Kaehler hit WR Eric Judge for a 32-yard gain (Judge was ruled to have fumbled on the play – the fifth turnover of the fourth quarter – but the fumble was overturned). Four plays later, an incomplete pass set up a 34-yard field goal attempt for Donny Hageman, who was 3-3 on field goals throughout the game.

    But on his fourth attempt, Hageman simply pushed it way right from the left hash. Navy got the ball back with 20 seconds to go and SDSU only had one timeout. The game was over.

    Grebe's field goal happened six plays later.

    With the win, the Midshipmen finish the season 8-5. San Diego State ends 2014 at 7-6.

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  • Marshall blows out Northern Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Marshall staked its claim to being the best non-Power Five conference team in the country with the offensive display it put up against Northern Illinois in Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl.

    The Thundering Herd rolled up 505 total yards against NIU en route to a 52-23 win and a 13-1 record.

    The most potent part of the Marshall offense was, unsurprisingly, the connection between quarterback Rakeem Cato and wide receiver Tommy Shuler as both got to finish their college careers in a way that's a dream for many players.

    The two grew up in Miami and went to Miami Central High School, not too far away from the site of Tuesday's game. They won a state championship there – the school's first – and in a homecoming of sorts, Cato finished 25-37 for 281 yards and three touchdowns.

    18 of those completions were to Shuler, who had 185 yards receiving and a touchdown.

    He also scored twice via short runs in the red zone too. With five scores, Cato finishes 2014 with 48 total touchdowns.

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  • Oregon State hires Utah DC and assistant head coach to same position

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    New Oregon State coach Gary Andersen poached a former co-worker from a new conference rival to fill his defensive coordinator position.

    OSU announced Tuesday that Kalani Sitake, Utah's defensive coordinator, would be the Beavers' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

    Sitake and Andersen worked together when Andersen was an assistant coach at Utah. With Andersen, Sitake was the linebackers coach for the Utes and when Andersen left to be the coach at Utah State, Sitake was elevated into Andersen's old position of defensive coordinator.

    He's been the Utes DC for six seasons and has held the title of assistant head coach for the past three.

    This season, Utah's defense was No. 60 in total yards allowed per game and gave up 5.34 yards per play. In the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Utah held a potent Colorado State offense to just 278 total yards and 10 points.

    In addition to announcing the hire of Sitake, the first Tongan defensive coordinator at the FBS level, Oregon State also announced the hires of four other assistant coaches including Chad Kauha’aha’a, who was Wisconsin's defensive line coach for the past two seasons under Andersen.

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  • President of Florida Bar defends Winston hearing officer after lawyer's comments

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The President of the Florida Bar has stepped in to defend retired Florida Supreme Court justice Major Harding after a lawyer for the woman accusing Jameis Winston of sexual assault said the code of conduct hearing for the quarterback was biased.

    On Sunday, Harding, who oversaw the hearing, ruled there the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof" that Winston violated Florida State's code of conductin the incident on Dec. 7, 2012. Throughout the entire process, Winston had maintained that the encounter was consensual.

    As part of Title IX regulations, universities are required to investigate accusations of sexual assault. The code of conduct hearing was held earlier in December. Had Winston found to be in violation of the code of conduct, he could have faced sanctions from the university that prohibited him from playing in Florida State's Rose Bowl game against Oregon on Jan. 1.

    Winston was not criminally charged regarding the incident due to a lack of evidence in the case. Civil action could still be forthcoming.

  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 18 Jamie McMurray

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    After doing exit interviews for Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2013, we're turning the tables. We want the drivers to sell themselves. So here are the resumés for all full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2014. Then, at the end, we'll provide a summation of the driver's season in 150 words or less.

    Name: Jamie McMurray

    NASCAR Experience: 12+ seasons in the Sprint Cup Series. Seven wins. Eight wins in the Nationwide Series too.

    Most recent team: Chip Ganassi Racing

    Most recent season finish: 18th

    2014 accomplishments: Seven top five finishes and two pole positions. Started first at at Sonoma and Martinsville. Finished third at Charlotte in the fall and fourth at Sonoma, Richmond and New Hampshire.

    Most memorable moment: Won a race. Yeah, screw you and your technicalities that it wasn't a points race and wasn't worth anything for the Chase. It paid $1 million REAL DOLLARS. And caused real tears.

    Strengths: Potentially the fastest driver week-to-week in the high groove at a track. Showed speed at all types of tracks in 2014.

    2015 goals: Win a race that pays real dollars and real points to make the Chase.

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  • From the Marbles' most popular posts of 2014

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    2014 marked another change in Chase formats for NASCAR, and our top story of 2014 involves part of the craziness that developed throughout the 10-race run to the championship.

    Here's From the Marbles' 20 most-popular posts of 2014:

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    Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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  • Poinsettia Bowl: It's a home game for San Diego State

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Navy (7-5) vs. San Diego State (7-5) San Diego, Calif. Dec 23, 2014

    From a local interest standpoint, the folks at the Poinsettia Bowl couldn't have done much better. Heck, do they think they could have done any better?

    Navy first agreed to go to the Poinsettia Bowl. From then, the bowl knew who it wanted: the team that plays its home games at Qualcomm Stadium.

    “Navy and San Diego State are a natural tie-in for a local game,” Poinsettia Bowl executive director Bruce Binkowski told the San Deigo Union-Tribune after the matchup was finalized. “It’s almost like having two home teams.

    “We don’t know if we’ll have the opportunity to do this again, so it was something we felt like we just had to do.”

    Both teams enter on winning streaks. After losing to Boise State on Nov. 15, San Diego State beat Air Force and San Jose State to get above .500. Navy's last loss was to Notre Dame on Nov. 1. Since then, the Midshipmen have beaten Georgia Southern, South Alabama and Army.

    Vegas odds: San Diego State (-2.5)

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  • 2014 Driver Reviews: No. 19 Clint Bowyer

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    After doing exit interviews for Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2013, we're turning the tables. We want the drivers to sell themselves. So here are the resumés for all full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers in 2014. Then, at the end, we'll provide a summation of the driver's season in 150 words or less.

    Name: Clint Bowyer

    NASCAR Experience: Nine full seasons in the Sprint Cup Series including eight wins. 2008 Nationwide Series champion.

    Most recent team: Michael Waltrip Racing

    Most recent season finish: 19th

    2014 accomplishments: Three was the luckiest number ... three times. Twice it happened at Talladega, where third place finishes were accomplished in the spring and the fall. The other was at Richmond in September, where 2013 was exorcised. Right? Right?

    Most memorable moment: It didn't count for anything in the standings, but this flip at the Budweiser Duels before the Daytona 500. And during the Daytona 500, the engine in the car went to crap not long after the race resumed after a lengthy rain delay.

    Strengths: Has wins at all types of tracks: short tracks, road courses, intermediate tracks and superspeedways. Proven championship contender.

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