- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
The end of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show had a surprise plot twist Thursday night.
Alabama's AJ McCarron won the evening's final honor, the Maxwell Award, which is given to the best player. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had won the Davey O'Brien award, which goes to the best quarterback, over Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and McCarron earlier in the evening.
Winston also won the Walter Camp Award.
McCarron is the first Alabama player to win the award. Perhaps it's a lifetime achievement one? Even McCarron himself was surprised that he was on stage and the Maxwell recipient.
— Maxwell Award (@TheMaxwellAward) December 13, 2013
- Nick Bromberg at From the Marbles15 hrs ago
Welcome to From the Marbles' 2013 driver reviews. Here, we're going to critique, praise and bloviate about the top 30 drivers in the 2013 NASCAR season. Here's a quasi-farewell Jeff Burton.
Jeff, thanks for being one of the most outspoken and influential drivers in the garage in the 2000s. Your input has been valuable on many levels and it was natural that you'd progress into a second career that may make you more influential -- at least with the public -- than you were before.
Yeah, we know you're going part-time next year, so you'll be around. But this is going to be a transition year. And it feels fair to reflect now rather than after a year of 10 or so races, don't you think?
That 1999 season was impressive. Six wins, 23 top 10s. Yet it was good for fifth. The drivers at the top of the standings that year were that good. Dale Jarrett, the champion, had 29 top 10 finishes in 34 races. Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin had 26. Tony Stewart was just ahead of you and he had 21. That's pretty elite company.
Man applies for North Dakota coaching vacancy touting video game credentials, promises to ‘chuck the pigskin’Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Chris McComas doesn't have much of a shot at getting the football head coaching job at North Dakota. But he had some free time and figured he might as well give it his funniest shot.
McComas works at Marshall University as a systems integration specialist and when he saw the vacancy posted on Twitter, he sent in a hilarious cover letterand nine-slide PowerPoint presentation to convince UND Athletic Director Brian Faison he was the man for the job. He touted his video game experience with Thurman Thomas in Tecmo Bowl and his recruiting prowess in NCAA Football. And his teams would throw the ball.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Connecticut announced Thursday that former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco would be its next head coach.
Diaco has been at Notre Dame since 2010 and last season received the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation's top assistant. His Notre Dame defense helped get the Irish to the BCS Championship game before the Irish lost to Alabama.
He signed a five-year deal worth $1.5 million a season.
UConn fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start and the team was coached by interim coach T.J. Weist the rest of the season. UConn finished the season 3-9.
This season, Notre Dame gave up 22.9 points per game and 377 yards a game. Last season, the Irish led the country in points per game at 10.3 and gave up 288 yards a game.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault said that she thought she was hit in the back of the head, per the 911 call from her friend.
Her friend who called 911 in the hours after the incident occured said that the accuser didn't remember the night fully and that she did not know Winston before they met that evening at Potbelly's. Her friend described her as "shaken up" and that she only remembered pieces of the event and kept blacking out.
The audio of the call was released on Wednesday per a public record release, six days after Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs said that he would not charge Winston with a crime after investigating the incident, which happened on Dec. 7, 2012.
Her friend also said that the accuser kept trying to tell her the story but it was only in pieces. After the hit, the accuser told her friend that she ended up in the room where the incident occurred.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Steve Spurrier was in rare form on Thursday. The always quotable South Carolina coach commented on his star defensive end's speeding ticket on Saturday and was able to get a shot in at an old rival, Florida State.
Spurrier to Bianchi: "I didn't know Jadeveon's car that could go that fast. He doesn't have a pretty car like those FSU guys used to drive."
— Heath Cline (@heathradio) December 12, 2013
Clowney was ticketed for going 110 MPH in a 70 MPH zone on Saturday night. He was driving a Chrysler 300. But it wasn't just Florida State who Spurrier got to dig. His old employer and alma mater Florida was the subject of one too. Spurrier's Gamecocks are playing Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1. Florida, after a 4-8 season, is not heading to a bowl game.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Eastern Michigan went outside the FBS realm for its new head coach.
The school announced the hiring of former Drake head coach Chris Creighton on Wednesday. Creighton, 44, had been at Drake for six seasons. Before coaching at Drake, he was at Division III Wabash College and NAIA's Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.
Eastern Michigan coach Ron English was fired in November after a tape of a vulgar rant was released. The Eagles were 1-8 at the time of English's firing and finished the season 2-10 under interim coach Stan Parrish.
Under Creighton, Drake shared Pioneer League conference titles in 2011 and 2012. This season, the Bulldogs went 6-5.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Has someone asked Beyonce for her opinion on the Texas coaching situation? Would Jay-Z be able to recommend a solution to the drama unfolding in Austin?
Beyonceposted pictures to her Tumblr account on Tuesday donning a Texas No. 14 jersey. No. 14 is quarterback David Ash, and it's presumably the same jersey that she wore earlier this year, also with a bikini bottom.
Ash, a junior quarterback, suffered a concussion in Texas' game against Ole Miss and didn't return because of concussion symptoms. Hopefully he'll be symptom free and cleared to play his senior year. Maybe Beyonce can send him a handwritten note like President George W. Bush sent Alabama kicker Cade Foster?
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Alabama kicker Cade Foster has gotten a lot of support after his game against Auburn, including from a former president.
President George W. Bush sent Foster a handwritten note of support.
Dear Cade (#43), life has it's setbacks. I know! However, you will be stronger with time..Sincerely- George Bush pic.twitter.com/jesykfKpDx
— Cade Foster (@Foster_43) December 11, 2013
Bush, a former owner of the Texas Rangers, is a big sports fan and we like the touch of from one 43 to another. (Bush was the 43rd president.) And it's another sign of the explosion of college football and the significance of that Iron Bowl. It's not like everyone gets a personal note from a former president.
Foster was 0-3 on field goal attempts in the game, including two misses to the left and one blocked kick in Alabama's 34-28 loss to Auburn after Chris Davis returned Adam Griffith's missed field goal for a touchdown.
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- Nick Bromberg at From the Marbles1 day ago
Welcome to From the Marbles' 2013 driver reviews. Here, we're going to critique, praise and bloviate about the top 30 drivers in the 2013 NASCAR season. It may be our final time to reminisce about the jet dryer incident. Oh heck, no it won't. We're never going to get tired of it.
Juan, we'd like to thank you for your service to NASCAR. While we can say that it wasn't the most successful of ventures, there were some positive moments, and man, was it an eventful career.
You started your NASCAR career with a fireball that few people may remember. It was in the Nationwide Series in 2006. It would be overshadowed, understandably. But we'll get to that.
First there was a win in your rookie season at Sonoma, which probably set the expectations above where they would have been otherwise. Then, two years later, you made the Chase for the only time in your career thanks to 18 top 10s in 36 races. You'd never come close to making it again.