- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 mins ago
Eric Waters, a former TE at Missouri, said he thinks former Missouri DE Michael Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, has changed.
Waters and Sam were roommates at Missouri. In February, Sam publicly announced he was gay and was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. Waters was undrafted and is currently at training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Sam plays in a game for the Rams he'll be the first openly gay player to play in the NFL.
“He is a nice guy, but I will say the truth: A little bit of him has changed,” Waters told the Pittsburgh Tribune. “It is really not my situation to speculate at this point, but he is not the same Michael Sam anymore.”
How does Waters think Sam has changed?
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday52 mins ago
When Ohio State LB Josh Perry came to campus in January 2012, he weighed 222 pounds. Now, some 30 months later, he's 253 pounds, and most of that weight gain is muscle.
Need proof? Here are some pretty cool side-by-side progress pictures that Perry posted to Instagram on Thursday. If you follow college football closely, you hear a lot about how much weight players gain by entering an FBS strength and conditioning program. But you rarely get to see progress pictures like this.
Gotta love what testosterone, food, hard work and a good strength program will do for you. That's impressive, and a much more convincing transformation than any fake side-by-side comparison on an infomercial.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell's recovery from a torn ACL is not going smoothly.
Mitchell, a redshirt junior in 2014, underwent knee surgery on Thursday to fix what UGASports.com termed a "cartilage issue" in his right knee. Mitchell hurt his knee while running routes with the other Georgia receivers on Monday.
He's expected to make a "full recovery" but a timetable has not been set for his return according to school officials. Mitchell tore his right ACL while celebrating a touchdown against Clemson in Georgia's first game of 2013 and missed the rest of the season. He went up for a chest bump and landed awkwardly.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles16 hrs ago
Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to email@example.com or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here, have a good time and everyone's happy.
It feels good to be back. Sorry for the break in coverage there folks. Everyone is doing well and hopefully everything is all figured out and we're ready to see what the rest of 2014 and beyond has in store. Thanks for sticking with us.
Got to go to my first Brickyard 400 over the weekend. Well, it was more than that. Myself and Geoffrey Miller made a weekend of it and saw four races Friday (CTSC and IMSA at the Indianapolis road course and late models and ARCA at the former IRP) and the Nationwide race on Saturday as well. If I'm going to rank the six races, I think I may say the late model race was the best of the weekend. It featured Kyle Busch and John Hunter Nemechek, who led Busch for the last half of the race.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Do you smell bread in the oven? Possibly. The smell could also be Oregon's 2014 season tickets.
The school known for its flashy uniform combinations is breaking out scented tickets for this season. All season tickets will have a scratch-and-sniff marker that smells like hamburger buns. Seriously.
The hamburger icon is sponsored by Carl's Jr. If you're wondering why it's bun-scented instead of burger-scented, the chain is highlighting its bread and Craig Pintens , Oregon's senior associate athletic director for marketing, told Yahoo Sports that "the burger scent doesn't translate real well on scratch-and-sniff."
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles22 hrs ago
Mark Martin is returning to Roush Fenway Racing.
No, the organization isn't expanding to four cars for 2015 and putting Martin in one of them. Instead, Martin will serve as a driver development coach for the team.
“I’m excited to return to Roush Fenway Racing, as it feels like I’m going home to where I belong,” Martin said in a statement. “I was fortunate to help build this team from the beginning and it’s very humbling to be a part of Jack’s team again. When Jack first hired me in 1988 we didn’t talk about salary or benefits or perks, we talked about testing, tires and putting the right personnel into place to win on the track. That commitment is what stood out to me then and it’s still what stands out to me today."
Martin won 35 races in his time at Roush Fenway Racing from 1988-2006. He'll be working with Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who are both driving full-time for Roush in the Cup Series next year.
After leaving Roush, Martin drove part-time for Hendrick Motorsports before driving part-time for Michael Waltrip Racing for parts of two seasons. He finished 2013 as the main substitute driver for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Florida State is starting 2014 where it ended the 2013 season: atop the Coaches Poll.
The 2014 preseason Amway Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday and the Seminoles are No. 1 ahead of Alabama and Oklahoma, last year's participants in the Sugar Bowl. Oregon is No. 4 while the team that FSU beat in the BCS Championship Game, Auburn, is No. 5.
Florida State garnered the vast majority of first-place votes with 56 of the 62 available. Oklahoma received 3, while No. 6 Ohio State, Oregon and No. 9 South Carolina each received one. It's the first time since 2009 that Alabama has not received a first-place vote in the preseason Coaches Poll.
In case you were wondering who voted South Carolina No. 1, it was not coach Steve Spurrier.
Steve Spurrier: "(Heck) no I didn’t vote for us No. 1. Somebody voted us No. 1?"
In what's likely a mere coincidence, or a sign that college football coaches can't accurately predict a season, the top team in the preseason poll hasn't ended the year in the top spot for 10 seasons.
Iowa's offer of free tuition to five students who bought football season tickets may be too good to be true.
The program was suspended Wednesday evening as it's unclear if the promotion complies with state raffle laws.
"I have suspended the promotion temporarily as we determine how to make sure that this promotion is in complete compliance," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "In the end, our goal is to do everything possible to make sure that the student experience at Hawkeye football games is as fun and exciting as possible."
The deadline for students to purchase season tickets was Friday, and in an attempt to boost sales, the school said five students who purchased season tickets would be eligible to win free tuition.
Some Texas Tech fans believe former coach Mike Leach still needs to be paid approximately $2 million from Texas Tech.
On Wednesday, anonymous Texas Tech fans took out a full-page ad in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal to demand that Tech pay Leach the balance of his 2009 salary.
Leach, now the coach of Washington State, was fired from Texas Tech in 2009 after the Adam James kerfuffle in which the son of former SMU player Craig James claimed to have been locked in an electrical closet after suffering a concussion while Leach said he was not treated wrongly.
Earlier that season, Leach had signed a new five-year contract with the school worth $12.7 million. After Leach's termination, the school had paid him $300,000, which was his base salary.
Pat Fitzgerald wants to get rid of the current recruiting system.
It's been overshadowed by players' rights discussions, but recruiting reform has been a big topic of the 2014 offseason. Some coaches want to move to a system similar to basketball with an early signing period while others are against it. Currently, players who have made verbal commitments to schools can't sign with their school of choice until National Signing Day.
Fitzgerald thinks that process is archaic.
"I'd blow it up and start over," Fitzgerald said at Big Ten media days (via WildcatReport.com). "I think it's really antiquated. Put integrity back in it."