- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
The Big Ten has 14 teams and commissioner Jim Delany knows that makes no sense.
It made no sense when the conference added Penn State as its 11th team in 1990 and when Nebraska came along in 2011 to make it 12. Now that Rutgers and Maryland will become official members in July, Delany has no plans to ever change the conference’s name.
“The name represents a series of characteristics. Brand characteristics,” Delany said Wednesday at WWJ-AM’s Business of Sports luncheon in Detroit.
According to Mlive.com, Delany recalled a time when ex-Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe called him with a proposal.
“He said ‘you’re now at 12, we’re now at 10, having lost Nebraska and Colorado. Could we become the Big Ten, and you become the Big 12?’
"'I thought, ‘I don’t think so,’” Delany said.
Delany did say, however, that when Penn State joined the conference he tossed out the idea of changing its name to the Big 11, but he was shot down.
District Attorney declines to charge Oklahoma's Frank Shannon with sexual assault, still could face university disciplineSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon, the team’s leading tackler last season, has been accused of sexually assaulting a female student, but prosecutors decided not to file charges against him, according to The Oklahoman.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said Thursday that no charges were filed “based on the woman’s wishes at the time and based on the facts that were presented.”
(Mashburn) explained the woman said she did not want Shannon prosecuted. He also said it was unclear from the accounts of both the woman and the player "what had actually taken place."
However, a Title IX sexual misconduct allegation report obtained by the Oklahoman said that Shannon was accused of “attempting to forcibly have sex with a woman in his bedroom after the two left a party together” on Jan. 20.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new rule designed to “better protect passers from low contact at or below the knee.”
If you’re an NFL fan, this might sound similar.
When a quarterback is “in a passing posture with one or both feet on the ground,” defensive players cannot hit the quarterback “forcibly at or below the knee.” Additionally, a defender “may not initiate a roll or lunge” and hit the quarterback in the knee or below.
Of course, when a quarterback takes off and runs a low hit is fair game. Also, if a defender is blocked into the quarterback, it won’t be ruled a foul.
Violating this new rule will result in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.
The proposal for this rule was discussed when the Football Rules Committee met in February. No action was taken at that time, but since then all 10 FBS commissioners “expressed support” for the rule. The Rules Committee “unanimously recommended” the rule. Coaches were also consulted via surveys.
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Florida State has issued a lengthy response to Wednesday morning’s New York Times report that said that “there was virtually no investigation at all” by Florida State or the Tallahassee Police Department into the accusations of sexual assault involving star quarterback Jameis Winston.
“The university expresses its deep disappointment in today's New York Times story alleging FSU officials did not properly investigate a rape allegation against Jameis Winston ‘in apparent violation of federal law,’” the response reads. “It also vigorously objects to the newspaper's characterization of the university as being uncooperative in explaining its actions.”
The university stated that it gave a general statement to the Times and “numerous written answers over a period of weeks” and that “most of the responses were left out of the story, giving readers an incorrect impression of the university’s efforts on behalf of sexual assault victims under Title IX.”
Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, who started 15 games for the Wildcats in two seasons on campus, will transfer from the school. Head coach Mark Stoops confirmed the news on Wednesday.
“We respect Jalen and his decision as we want the best for him,” Stoops said. “I thank Jalen for his contributions to the team during his time at Kentucky. I want everyone to understand how hard he has worked and the effort he has given since our staff has been here.”
Whitlow started seven games as a true freshman in 2012 and in 2013, Stoops’ first season at Kentucky, Whitlow started another eight games. Whitlow, who will finish the semester before transferring to another school for his final two seasons of eligibility, threw for a combined 1,834 yards and eight touchdowns in his two seasons in Lexington. He also added 663 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
“I appreciate the University of Kentucky and what the coaching staff and administration have done for me,” Whitlow said. “I also thank the community and the fan support I have received here. I wish the coaches and my teammates the best of luck.”
Syracuse football unveiled its brand new Nike uniforms for the 2014 season on Wednesday which were designed to “connect the team’s past and present.” The uniforms feature custom “taller and more narrow” numbers, which were designed to resemble the height of New York City’s skyline, which goes along with that "New York's College Team" campaign they've been running.
At home, the Orange will wear a navy blue uniform with an orange helmet. On the road, the squad will wear white jerseys and pants with navy stripes and a white matte-finish helmet. An alternate grey look is also available with orange stripes and a navy helmet.
Art Briles said he doesn't get hit on by recruits' moms like Kliff Kingsbury, but 'maybe their grandmothers'
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted on the Dan LeBatard Show earlier this month that some moms of players he is recruiting flirt with him.
“You’ve got to play to your strengths,” the 34-year-old Kingsbury said. “So I kind of encourage that a little bit. It’s part of the deal, man.”
Baylor head coach, 58-year-old Art Briles, told KTTX-FM 104.9 radio in Austin that he doesn’t necessarily attract the moms like Kingsbury does, but he does attract other family members.
“I don’t seem to have that problem,” Briles said. “Maybe their grandmothers.”
Even though the Bears are coming off a Big 12 Championship, the school's first since 1980, Briles played it off modestly saying that he's not a great catch and a grandmother wouldn't actually want to flirt with him.
“I’m not that great of a catch, plus I’ve been a happily married man for 30-something years. I’ve never had anything happen along those lines,” Briles said with a laugh.
As the first half of the team’s second scrimmage of the spring came to an end, the Temple Owls football team decided to have a little fun.
With the team in a circle, several players came into the middle and dropped the "NaeNae." Even defensive backs coach Fran Brown got in on the action.
Everyone showed off their skills, but the best was saved for last. Redshirt sophomore defensive back Nate Hairston, who just made the move from wide receiver, really brought some heat.
The Owls will play their annual Cherry and White Game on Saturday. Hopefully some more dance-offs will be a part of the game.
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The competition to replace Johnny Manziel as Texas A&M’s starting quarterback is down to two.
Texas A&M announced Wednesday morning that senior Matt Joeckel has decided to transfer and play his final season of eligibility at another school. Joeckel, the younger brother of former A&M All-American tackle Luke Joeckel, graduated from the Mays Business School in December and will be immediately eligible at his next school.
“Matt is a great Aggie and he has decided to transfer,” A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said in a release. “We wish him all the best.”
Joeckel, who started in the 2013 season opener against Rice when Manziel was suspended, appeared in eight games in his Aggies career. He completed 27-of-48 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
In a decision that is probably long overdue, the NCAA Legislative Council decided Tuesday that Division I student-athletes will now be able to receive “unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation.”
Prior to this change, student-athletes on scholarship received three meals per day or a food stipend. Now, students will have access to as many meals as they’d like and the rule applies to walk-ons too.
“Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation,” said council chair Mary Mulvenna, associate commissioner of the America East. “I think the end result is right where it needs to be.”
The Division I Board of Directors meets on April 24 where the rule is expected to be finalized.
The council also passed four other rules to:
*Require strength and conditioning coaches to be certified from a nationally accredited certification body