- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The ACC announced its initial priorities for Power Five conference autonomy on Tuesday.
The priorities resemble many of the steps that schools have taken on their own to help student athletes since the NCAA granted the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC more flexibility to make their own rules.
In June, the Big Ten released a similar set of key points before the autonomy vote was taken in August.
The ACC's priorities are:
• Examination of scholarship protections for student-athletes;
• Meeting a student-athlete’s cost of attendance;
• Ensuring institutional flexibility to provide educational support for former student-athletes;
• Examination of career-related insurance options for student-athletes; and
• Ensuring that nutritional needs of student-athletes are met in a reasonable way.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Brad Keselowski (LW: 1): We're not going to dump Keselowski from the top spot for finishing second. That's cruel and unusual punishment. While we realize we're suggesting tweaks to a Chase system that seems like it's constantly tweaked, but what if drivers got three bonus points for the next round of the Chase for winning a race in the previous round? It'd give Keselowski, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon something to show for the their wins, even if it was a net of three positions in a single race.
2. Joey Logano (LW: 2): We mentioned this in Happy Hour on Thursday, but Logano has quietly become one of the best in the Cup Series. That was evident again on Sunday where he finished fourth. Sure, he didn't have the best car or even led a lap, but if Logano keeps this up, don't act surprised when he's going for the title at Homestead.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Oregon won't be wearing pink helmets Thursday night against Arizona but the Ducks will still have pink accents to support women's cancer awareness.
The school revealed this year's uniforms via Twitter on Tuesday.
Last year's uniforms had pink helmets and socks while the numbers and trim were Oregon's colors. This year, the helmet is black and the numbers and name on the backs will be in pink. There will also be pink shoe options as well.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Texas players do not want let Baylor's ascension to the top of the Big 12 go quietly.
Earlier this year, Texas LB Steve Edmond expressed his disdain for the Bears, long the Longhorns' little brother in the state of Texas. Heck, it's more than little sibling. For a while, Baylor was the third of the three other Texas schools in the Big 12.
In the past four seasons, Baylor has finished ahead of Texas in the conference standings three times. The teams meet on Saturday and while Baylor is undefeated and Texas is 2-2, Texas WR John Harris is confident about his team.
“I mean, they’re still Baylor,” Harris said via the Dallas Morning News.“I mean, just because they started playing better in this era, that’s good for them. We are who we are — we’re still Texas. … Baylor has never changed. They are who they are.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker, wideout Dorian Baker, defensive end Tymere Dubose and running back Stanley Williams are suspended for Saturday's game against South Carolina.
The four were suspended for a violation of team rules after an incident involving BB guns on campus Sunday night. All types of firearms are banned on Kentucky's campus.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said earlier on Monday that he'd been notified of the possibility that persons of interest in Sunday night's on-campus incident - which included a report of possible shots fired - were wearing UK football-issued shirts.
UK police recovered three BB guns from the incident and identified the persons of interest Monday. The four were then suspended.
"Proper conduct is emphasized as a core value of our program," Stoops said in a release "If we have a situation in which someone who does not act according to our standards, we hold him accountable."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Ed Orgeron is interested in a chance to turn the Kansas football program around.
The former USC interim coach and Ole Miss coach has been out of coaching since he wasn't hired as the Trojans' full-time coach for the 2014 season. He wants to get back in, and expressed his interest at a Little Rock, Ark., Touchdown Club meeting where he spoke at.
Kansas? You bet he's interested.
"It's a Power Five (job)," he told USA TODAY Sports. "(Mark) Mangino went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. It's in a great conference. His staff proved that you can do it."
And if the program is mired at the bottom of the Big 12? So what?
"It's a challenging job," he said. "But most jobs you get, there's gonna be some things you're gonna have to fix."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
In a statement sent out just before 1 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon apologized for the way the school handled QB Shane Morris' injury situation, saying "there was a serious lack of communication that led to confusion on the sideline."
Brandon's statement contradicts what coach Brady Hoke said Monday afternoon. The embattled coach defended the way Morris was treated said he didn't make decisions as to who stays in or comes out of a game because of injuries. Hoke also said that he didn't see the hit, that Morris was not diagnosed with a concussion that he knew of and that he hadn't talked to Brandon since the 30-7 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Tony Stewart reiterated the impact that the Aug. 9 incident with Kevin Ward Jr. has had on him and said Monday that he never considered retiring from driving after he struck and killed the 20-year-old.
Stewart had his first press conference since the accident on Monday. Outside of an interview with the AP last week, it was Stewart's first public question and answer session since he struck and killed Ward in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
While Stewart didn't consider giving up driving altogether, he said he's not sure if or when he'll ever drive a sprint car again.
"I've had drivers that I race with every week and drivers that I haven't raced with for months that have said 'Don't let this keep you from doing what you love,' and this is what I've done all my life," Stewart said. "This is what I've done for 36 years. I wouldn't change anything about it. I love what I do. I love driving race cars.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Michigan coach Brady Hokeissued a statement Sunday night on why QB Shane Morris didn't immediately sit out Saturday's game against Minnesota after he was hit in the head.
Morris took a shot to his chin a few plays after he landed awkwardly while being taken down throwing a pass. Morris was limping after the first hit and after he got hit in the head he had a hard time standing up.
He stayed in the game for another play and then re-entered when backup QB Devin Gardner's helmet came off and he was forced to leave the game for a play. Hoke said Sunday he was confident proper medical decisions were made during the game regarding Morris' health.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The Air Force Falcons had a lot of fun – and got really, really, wet – after beating Boise State on Saturday.
The 28-14 Air Force win was the worst loss the Broncos have suffered since joining the Mountain West Conference in 2011. Though it must be noted that it's only the fifth loss the Broncos have had in the MWC. The combined margin of victory of the other four? Seven points.
Boise State QB Grant Hedrick was also benched during the game but afterwards, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said Hedrick was the team's starting quarterback before saying the staff would look at game film. Hedrick threw four interceptions in three quarters on Saturday. He had four picks in the Broncos' loss to Ole Miss, too.
Hedrick's picks weren't the only Boise turnovers. The game was also the first time Air Force had forced seven turnovers since 1992. Not bad for a team that was 2-10 last year and 0-8 in the MWC. Spray that Gatorade and water, guys.
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