Nick Bromberg

  • Peyton Manning gives $3 million to Tennessee

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Peyton Manning is giving his alma mater $3 million.

    Tennessee announced his contribution Friday nightand said it will go to the football program and the Peyton Manning Scholarship endowment.

    Manning graduated from Tennessee after the 1997 football season and was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NFL draft. The scholarship has been around since Manning turned pro and is given to two first-year students in the school's Honors Program. With his gift, the school says the goal is to expand the scholarship to four students annually.

    In addition to the scholarship expansion, the school said Gate 16 at Neyland Stadium will be renamed the Gus Manning Gate as part of Peyton Manning's donation.

    "Gus and Carmen both personify what it means to be a Vol for Life, and both have made the University of Tennessee a better place," Peyton Manning said in a school statement. "No one has served Tennessee and its athletics program better than Gus, and Carmen has also served this University with tremendous distinction.

    For more Tennessee news, visit VolQuest.com.

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  • Fire erupts in Brendan Gaughan's pit in Richmond Xfinity race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 12 hrs ago

    Here's another reminder of the dangers of being on a NASCAR pit crew.

    Look at this fire that happened in Brendan Gaughan's pit during Friday night's Xfinity Series race at Richmond. It's sparked as Gaughan's car is still being fueled and as we all know, gasoline and fire don't mix.

    The fire was extinguished pretty quickly, though as you can see, it was pretty damn big. Three crew members were taken to a local hospital. Eric McClure's pit was next to Gaughan's.

    NASCAR says two crew members from Gaughan’s team and one from Eric McClure’s team were transported to a local hospital.

    Gaughan ended up finishing the race, won by Denny Hamlin, in 11th.

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  • Joey Logano wins pole for Richmond

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    Defending Richmond winner Joey Logano will start first for Saturday night's race.

    Logano outpaced former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin for the top starting spot, his third pole position of the season. He's previously started first at Atlanta and Martinsville.

    Hamlin has won twice at Richmond, though his last win at the track came in 2009 when he led 299 laps.

    Kurt Busch will start third while AJ Allmendinger starts fourth and Kevin Harvick will start fifth.

    Logano won last year's race after an awesome four-car battle for the win. Because why not, here it is again. It doesn't get old.

    Hendrick Motorsports cars didn't have a very good qualifying session. While Jeff Gordon made it to the final round and will start 11th, he was the only full-time HMS car to even make it to the second round.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 26th while Jimmie Johnson starts 36th and Kasey Kahne will start 40th. Kahne said he wondered if his car had a bad set of tires while Johnson's reaction to qualifying was summed up thusly:

    I be like... pic.twitter.com/EJCykCzGLN

    Chase Elliott, making his second start for the team, will start 16th.

  • Report: David Ragan expected to drive MWR's No. 55 in May

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 19 hrs ago

    Is David Ragan going to drive for another Toyota team in 2015?

    According to the Charlotte Observer,Ragan is expected to take over the No. 55 car for Michael Waltrip Racing starting at Kansas Speedway on May 9. The Associated Press first reported MWR's interest in Ragan.

    Ragan is currently subbing for Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing following Busch's injuries in the Feburary Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Ragan has driven for JGR since the second race of the season and would vacate the car after Talladega for Erik Jones.NBC Sports first reported the possibility of Jones taking over at Kansas.

    Here's what Ragan said to USA Today about the report:

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  • NCAA releases list of Oklahoma State football sanctions

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    The NCAA announced the findings of its investigation into Oklahoma State's football team and the biggest penalty the Cowboys received may be the four-year football ban of its Orange Pride program.

    The investigation started after a series of articles from Sports Illustrated in the fall of 2013 about alleged NCAA violations within the program. The articles said there was a pay for play system set up, players were in a "weed circle,"there was cheating and detailed the role of hostesses in the recruitment of athletes.

    From the NCAA:

  • Jim Harbaugh posts 'invite' to other coaches to attend camp

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    Oh Jim Harbaugh, your Twitter game is superb.

    After the drama surrounding satellite football camps this week, the Michigan coach took to Twitter on Friday morning to post a "letter" to coaches of all rival schools. Behold its wonder.

    As a Collegial gesture we invite Coaches from Every College to be involved in our football camp. #Compete #ExposureU pic.twitter.com/lMM4ZiSLx2

    Michigan is hosting nine camps in seven states this summer.

    The best thing about this letter is that if it wasn't written by Harbaugh, he had a ghostwriter who really knows his style. The all-caps spellings of "UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FOOTBALL CAMP," "AMERICA" and the random capitalizing of in-sentence words are peak Harbaugh.

  • Brian France wants to get Kyle Busch in the Chase if possible

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 22 hrs ago

    If Kyle Busch wins a race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup upon his return to the series, there may be a good chance he'd make the Chase.

    NASCAR Chairman Brian France, speaking at an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting, made it clear that he wants to find a way to get Kyle Busch in the Chase.

    From the AP:

    "Depends on when he comes back of course, but it'll be more likely than not that we're going to try to figure out how to accommodate him, which is the beauty of our playoff system," France said Thursday during a meeting of The Associated Press Sports Editors at the NASCAR offices in Manhattan.

    "What happened to him was on us," he said. "We'll balance a lot of things at that point when we have to make a decision, but we're inclined to want to figure that out for sure."

    No matter the intentions, admitting Busch into this year's Chase would further undermine the system that NASCAR has tried so hard to pass off as legitimate since the beginning of 2014.

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  • Happy Hour: Danica, prize money, and the beginning of our driving career

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day 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 this week's Happy Hour, where we're still getting used to the news that there will be a hydrogen-fueled pace car at Richmond. We hope they quintuple-check the lighting system on the car for electrical shorts before the race.

    Our best email of the week was unfortunately not racing related. However, we'll share part of it with you anyway.

    Ya just gotta hate small time bloggers like you who write those disgusting little blurbs ... (redacted for being inappropriate)

    Why don't you do better research before you write and stop being just another lemming? - Philip

    Why the hell is this email noteworthy? It was about former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The subject line was "Jameson Winston." Yeah...

    Worst article I ever read! - Ray

    Or maybe they won't.

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  • Former UA player: Miller has been to Tuscaloosa to visit a friend

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    We now have it on record from a former Alabama player that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been to Tuscaloosa recently. Which totally means he's going to be Alabama's quarterback in 2015, right?

    No.

    From GulfLive.com:

    Former Alabama star Jalston Fowler, who is preparing for the NFL draft, told The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5on Thursday morning the Buckeye quarterback visited this past season.

    "Yeah, he actually came down," Fowler said. "He and Trey DePriest are best friends. They have been best friends since they were small kids up in Ohio. He and Trey DePriest are boys. I only saw him down here once. He came down to hang out with Trey. He came over to the apartment. It was some time this year."

    If Miller graduates in the summer, he could transfer as a graduate transfer and play immediately in 2015. However, as we said Tuesday, there have been no direct indications he's considering the option, which wouldn't give him much preseason prep time with a new team.

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  • ACC stands with SEC about satellite camp regulations

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Just like the SEC, the ACC supports a ban on satellite camps. However, if there isn't a universal rule banning FBS coaches from participating in the camps, ACC commissioner John Swofford said his conference could reconsider its stance if there's no rule.

    From ESPN:

    "Right now we intend to keep our conference agreement [with the SEC] as is and push for a national rule that prohibits it," Swofford told ESPN.com on Thursday. "We just don't feel like it's a healthy part of the recruiting process in college football. We may have to ultimately reconsider it if the rules continue to allow it, because we're not going to put ourselves at a competitive disadvantage in recruiting if we were to feel like we were disadvantaged, but our primary purpose right now is to try to gain support for a national rule that prohibits it."

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