Nick Bromberg

  • OC Clay Helton to be main playcaller for USC

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    USC coach Steve Sarkisian is ceding the majority of the playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Clay Helton.

    Sarkisian revealed the assignment of duties after practice on Saturday. Helton became the team's offensive coordinator in 2013 and was the team's playcaller for the rest of that season after coach Lane Kiffin was fired. Kiffin and Sarkisian were previously co-offensive coordinators at USC.

    “Clay is going to assume more of the play calling responsibilities,” Sarkisian said via TrojanSports.com. “I’m still going to have input especially in the third down and red zone scenarios. But I also want to focus on being a really good head coach and I want to be with our defense and celebrate with Adoree’ when he gets an interception.”

    Helton also served as the team's interim coach during hte 2013 Las Vegas Bowl.

    Sarkisian also said he wanted to spend more time with the defense. USC is facing lofty expectations this year. The Trojans are a top contender for not only the Pac-12 title but a possible berth in the College Football Playoff.

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  • Auburn LB Deshaun Davis made his own team hype video (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Auburn LB Deshaun Davis has a rap video for the Tigers' 2015 season. And it's quite impressive.

    He produced the five-minute video, which includes highlights of past Auburn seasons to a rap that he sings. If you weren't aware that this was from Davis, you could be convinced that it was an official video.

    The song is called "The Takeover." You can guess what Auburn wants to take over in 2015.

    In case you were wondering, it only takes 20 seconds for the first Kick-Six highlight to appear in the video. it also features shoutouts to Auburn greats – he rhymes "Bo-Jack" and "Cadillac."

    Davis, a redshirt freshman in 2015, was a three-star recruit as an inside linebacker in the class of 2014. He's got quite the bar to clear for a hype video in 2016.

    (H/T Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

    For more Auburn news,visit AuburnSports.com.

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  • Arizona LB Cody Ippolito tears ACL, out for 2015

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Arizona linebacker Cody Ippolito is out for the season after tearing his ACL.

    A redshirt junior in 2014, Ippolito played in all 14 of Arizona's games with six starts. He was sixth on the team with 52 tackles.

    “What’s a shame is Cody was having a really good camp,” Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said via the Arizona Daily Star. “He’s a tough, hard-nosed football player that comes and loves to compete and practice. … He’ll rehab like crazy and hopefully we’ll get him back for another year or two playing at a high level.

    Ippolito was slated to see significant time at strongside linebacker for the Wildcats this season as well as be the primary backup for Scooby Wright at middle linebacker.

    Rodriguez also said that two receivers, Trey Griffey and Tyrell Johnson, would miss "a couple of weeks" with foot injuries. Griffey is the son of former baseball great Ken Griffey Jr.

    For more Arizona news, visit GoAZCats.com.

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  • Soak in the sights and sounds of Rutgers' dance-off (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    Everyone loves watching football players dance, right? Here's the video from the dance-off Rutgers held at the conclusion of fall camp.

    If there's any portion of the video that is mandatory viewing, fast-forward to the 2:15 mark. You get to see this. Well done, Kevin Wilkens.

    We are a bit disappointed that the players weren't told of the dance-off via emails from Kyle Flood to their professors in the upcoming sector. Though it would be hilarious if the dance-off was the subject of the emails Flood allegedly sent to a Rutgers faculty member that has prompted a university investigation into the contact.

    Rutgers opens the season against Norfolk State on September 5.

    For more Rutgers news, visit ScarletRNation.com.

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  • Watch Dartmouth's robot tackling dummy in action (Video)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Dartmouth players can take their practice field frustrations out on a robot.

    Though we're guessing that the robot can cause some frustration too. The school developed a tackling dummy that can move and change directions. Here's a look at it in action.

     

    The Mobile Virtual Player – MVP of course – was designed by Dartmouth students at the behest of coach Buddy Teevens. He had eliminated tackling during practice and wanted his players to still be able to practice with a reduced risk of injuries.

    From NPR:

    "To my knowledge, no one else does it at the Division I level," Teevens said about his no-tackling protocol, acknowledging that his players were initially skeptical. "It was not received well to be honest with you because [tackling] is sort of fundamental, but I was committed to it."

    The MVP may even be more athletic than you are too.

    He said the 5-foot-11-inch, 200-plus-pound MVP can weave, cut, stop and start — even "run" a respectable 4.8-second 40-yard-dash.

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  • Maryland TE leaving football after 2015 for Wall Street job

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Maryland tight end P.J. Gallo realized his professional goal wasn't in football. And when he got the opportunity to achieve it in the near future, he decided to chase it.

    After a 10-week internship over the summer with Goldman Sachs, Gallo was offered a job on Wall Street as a security analyst. He could start working in July of 2016, too. But there was a catch. He'd have to give up playing football to take the job.

    So the junior told Maryland coach Randy Edsall he was leaving after the 2015 season. From the Washington Post:

    “It was actually an easier conversation than I thought it was going to be because he was very supportive of it,” said Gallo, who is on schedule to graduate from Maryland in the spring and move to New York shortly after. “I made the right decision for myself, for my future. Hopefully, five years from now, I can still look back and say it was the right decision.”

    For more Maryland news, visit TerrapinSportsReport.com.

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  • Minnesota RB Rodrick Williams Jr. takes his lizard for walks

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Rodrick Williams has a leash and a harness for his lizard so he can take it on a walk.

    Yes, that sentence is true.

    The Minnesota running back has a savannah monitor, which is a two-foot lizard. The lizard is named Kilgharrah from the dragon on Merlin. And as you can guess, the nickname for the lizard is the same as his coach's last name. So Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has given Williams a nickname too.

    From ESPN:

    Williams has shown pictures and videos of his pet to its namesake, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. After laughing, Kill --the coach, not the pet -- began referring to Williams as "Lizard Boy." It's an appropriate nickname, as Williams used to bring all sorts of amphibians and reptiles into his house while growing up in Lewisville, Texas, much to his parents' chagrin.

    The lizard lives in a 75-gallon cage in Williams' apartment and his girlfriend doesn't let him bring roaches in to feed Kill. The monitor, now 10-months-old, could grow to be five feet long and Williams got it because his apartment complex doesn't allow dogs

  • Sam Ukwuachu victim hires attorney John Clune

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    An attorney who represents the woman who accused former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault has been hired by the woman raped by former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu.

    John Clune confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that he's been retained by the former Baylor soccer player. She's also being represented by a Waco-area lawyer.

    Baylor announced earlier in the week that it was starting an internal investigation into the handling of the incident. Ukwuachu was sentenced to six months in prison and 10 years probation on August 20. He was not indicted regarding the October 2013 incident until June 2014 and news of his trial didn't break until shortly before it began.

    “We are glad to see that President Starr and Baylor have chosen to conduct their own investigation and look forward to learning the outcome of that process,” Clune said in a statement released by his firm, Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC of Boulder.

    “We could hear the whole conversation,” he said.

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

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days 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 3 days 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.