- Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
It's not much of a surprise that Chris Fowler will succeed Brent Musburger as ABC/ESPN's lead college football announcer. However, it is a bit of one that his new duty isn't replacing an old one.
The network and Fowler, the long-time host of ESPN's "College GameDay" Saturday morning pregame show, announced a contract extension through 2023 on Thursday. With the extension, Fowler will continue hosting "GameDay" as well.
It had been reported that some at ESPN were not interested in Fowler returning as host of "GameDay" and adding Saturday night game responsibilities. He has hosted "GameDay" since 1990 and will team with Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and others once again.
- Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Michigan hopes it has solved a student attendance problem in 2014.
Michigan's general admission policy in 2013 turned out to be a headache for the school. Because there were no assigned seats for each home game, students were required to line up before the games and then blitzed towards the seating sections when the gates opened at Michigan Stadium.
For the 2014 season, students will have reserved seating like before. Seating will be decided by attendance at 2013 games and then class levels.Class levels previously were the basis for Michigan's student seating arrangements before the move to general admission seating.
- Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Spring practice with a new offensive or defensive system is always a time for optimism. Especially when you're coming off a season that was considered underwhelming.
So don't be surprised to hear a bunch of praise emanating from Ann Arbor, Mich., as Michigan learns new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier's offense this spring. And Tuesday, RB De'Veon Smith was already able to draw comparisons between Nussmeier's offense and the system that former offensive coordinator Al Borges used.
"It seems a lot more easier (to understand) than last year's offense, we're going to get used to it," sophomore running back De'Veon Smith said Tuesday. "The running schemes, they're a little bit more simple.
"Coach Borges, to me, was more of a pass first and run second (coach), I feel like coach Nussmeier (is the opposite)."
- Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Did you know that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is a Cleveland Indians fan?
Pelini called in to Nebraska coach Darin Erstad's show Tuesday night to ask about the Indians prospects at a World Series. After realizing who "Bo in Lincoln" was, Erstad had to stop laughing to compose himself for a legitimate answer about the Tribe.
Pelini is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and is riding a wave of Cleveland optimism after the team went 92-70 and finished second in the AL Central in 2013. The Indians lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card playoff game 1-0.
But we'll quibble with Erstad's claim that Indians fans are the most loyal. A certain Royal team in Cleveland's division had only its second winning season since 1994 last year. Last season was Cleveland's 10th in the same timeframe.
2014 is Erstad's third season as Nebraska's head baseball coach. A two-time All-Star and a World Series winner with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Erstad played baseball and football at Nebraska before the Angels drafted him with the first pick in the 1995 draft.
- Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Coaches are going to be using Nick Saban's reported support for the 10-second defensive substitution proposal against him for a long time.
Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy tweeted a picture of a newspaper story about the withdrawal of the rule proposal with a shot at Saban. He deleted the tweet shortly thereafter, but Saturday Down South was able to get a screenshot.
Oklahoma beat Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. Since Bob Stoops' arrival at Oklahoma, the Sooners have been one of the nation's faster-paced teams and made a point to accelerate the tempo against the Crimson Tide in New Orleans. Oklahoma ran nine more plays than Alabama despite having the ball for a minute less.
- Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The new SEC Network will have a couple of familiar faces and voices for its top games.
ESPN announced Wednesday that Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer would be the SEC Network's lead announching team. Musburger moves over from ABC/ESPN's marquee Saturday game of the week and Palmer moves from his usual position in the studio on Saturdays.
The network said that Musburger, who has called NFL games, the Final Four and the 2014 BCS Championship Game, also agreed to a "multi-year" contract extension. His current contract was reportedly up before the end of the 2014 college football season.
- Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Dottie Sandusky said she believes her husband and stands by her testimony at his June 2012 trial.
Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse against young boys. In an interview with the Today Show that aired Wednesday, Dottie Sandusky says she feels his victims were "manipulated" and"saw money."
“Do I believe him?’’ she told Matt Lauer. “I definitely believe him. Because if I didn't believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth.”
She believes the victims' financial gain was at play.
“I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ she said. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”
When she was asked by Matt Lauer if Jerry Sandusky was guilty, she admitted that he showered with children, but that no sexual conduct happened.
“I don't believe that,’’ Dottie Sandusky said. “I believe he showered with kids. That’s the generation that Jerry grew up in....There were always people coming in and out no matter what time that was.”
- Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Rapper Lil Boosie, a noted LSU fan and Baton Rouge, La., native, would appreciate if LSU's recruits didn't sign with Alabama.
The recently-released-from-prison Boosie was on Tiger TV and asked all the Louisiana high school recruits to come to LSU.
"Y'all keep putting on that red and white. Nick Saban keep getting all our recruits," Boosie said.
During his time in prison, Boosie garnered much support with the #FreeBoosie hashtag. He was released from prison on March 5, the same day Texas A&M honored him with a football playlist.
- Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Welcome to our new Dr. Saturday feature titled "Random offseason tweet of the day." With real games still months away, coaches and players will be tweeting about non-football-related things as the season approaches. In this space, we'll try to find the funniest and goofiest tweets of the day. If you see something, don't hesitate to send it to us.
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum knows who he wants to have on the next season of "The Bachelor."
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Kingsbury was an assistant coach at the University of Houston for four of the five seasons Keenum spent there and was the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2010 and 2011. (And come on Case, with five years at Houston, you couldn't use the right version of who's/whose? Tsk. Tsk.)
Power Rankings: The battle is for third as Earnhardt Jr. and Keselowski separate themselves from the packFrom The Marbles2 days ago
Guess what's back, back, back again? Power rankings are back, tell a friend. Our weekly From the Marbles staple is back for 2014 and once again, it's far from a scientific formula as it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. Direct all your complaints to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And no, we're not expanding Power Rankings to 16 drivers.
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (LW: 1): We touched on it in the Chrome Horn Debrief, but it's worth mentioning again that crediting the new Chase format for Junior's decision to gamble on fuel is unfair to NASCAR history, even if Junior says the decision was motivated by the format. This is not the first time in NASCAR that someone has gambled on fuel mileage to attempt to win a race, nor is it the last. And besides, it's not like the No. 88 was three laps short and threw a Hail Mary.