- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Michigan had plans to deliver the game ball for its Saturday afternoon contest against Utah via a drone.
No, really. An unmanned aircraft would have brought the ball to midfield before kickoff, but after communicating with the Federal Aviation Administration, Michigan halted those plans.
Bloomberg News is reporting that the school “backed down” from its plans after the FAA explained that a temporary flight restriction was put in place over the stadium during the game.
“The FAA promotes voluntary compliance by educating UAS operators how they can operate safely under current regulations and laws,” the FAA said in a statement.
The FAA does not permit commercial drone flights outside of Alaska, although pilots who fly drones recreationally can do so while following strict safety guidelines. Part of those guidelines includes avoiding large crowds. I think a crowd of over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium falls under that requirement unfortunately.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Nebraska kicker Mauro Bondi was injured Thursday night when he crashed his motorcycle in Lincoln.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Bondi suffered a broken collarbone after he “lost control” of his motorcycle “while navigating a curve and then hit the curb.” Bondi told police he was traveling about 45 miles per hour. The 21-year-old was cited for “negligent driving and operating a motorcycle without a valid license.”
The police report states that Bondi was wearing a helmet and his motorcycle was “totaled.”
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini released a short statement about the incident.
"Mauro Bondi was involved in a motorcycle accident on Thursday evening and suffered a broken clavicle in addition to bumps and bruises. We wish him the best for a quick recovery," Pelini said.
While freshman Drew Brown serves as the team’s field goal kicker, Bondi has been the team’s kickoff specialist the last two seasons. Bondi, a redshirt junior, has recorded 12 touchbacks after having 48 touchbacks in 2013.
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann reportedly made a Jerry Sandusky joke during athletic department meetingSam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann can’t seem to get out of her own way.
In the latest of a long line of questionable incidents since her hire in June 2013, NJ.com is reporting that Hermann made a joke about the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal during a staff meeting last fall.
NJ.com spoke to “more than a half-dozen people inside the Rutgers athletic department,” and school officials “acknowledged Hermann made the Sandusky-related remark” in what was described as a meeting with more than 100 athletic department employees.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week after he stood on a table and yelled an obscene phrase in the student union on FSU’s campus on Tuesday.
Several students saw Winston yell the phrase and instinctively took to social media and tweeted about what they had witnessed. Deadspin caught wind of the tweets and they soon spread across the Internet. A day later, FSU suspended the Heisman-winning quarterback for the first half of Saturday night’s game against Clemson.
Instead of being upset with Winston for being immature, many Florida State fans and students are blaming those who tweeted what they saw for Winston’s suspension.
Some were general with their blame.
"I have submitted my resignation to Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury effective immediately because I want the best for the Red Raider program, and this will allow them to go in a different direction on defense," Wallerstedt said in a statement. "I love our players and this school and have only their best interest in my heart and mind. I wish Coach Kingsbury every success this season."
Several Cincinnati football players have been disciplined by head coach Tommy Tuberville stemming from an incident at an off-campus party where gunshots were fired over the weekend.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, “one player was arrested, a second was cited and two others were found with outstanding warrants.”
“Over the weekend, four members of the University of Cincinnati football program were involved in an unfortunate incident that resulted in one arrest and three citations,” Tuberville said in a statement. “We have higher expectations of everyone within our football program and there will be consequences for those actions.”
Update: September 14, 2:00 p.m. ET
ESPN.com's Jake Trotter is reporting that Wallerstedt was fired after he was "suspected of being at the school's football building while under the influence of a controlled substance." Citing a source, Trotter's report says that Wallerstedt was "sent home from the facility Monday."
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Less than a week after giving up 438 rushing yards in a 49-28 home loss to Arkansas, Texas Tech has reportedly fired defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt from its staff.
Chris Level of RedRaiderSports.com is reporting that co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith will take over the reigns of the defense.
When NCAA Chief Operating Officer Jim Isch revealed in August that he would retire in early 2015, President Mark Emmert announced a “reorganization” of the association’s senior staff. With that reorganization came the introduction of a new position – executive vice president – and a national search began Thursday to fill the new executive vice president role.
According to the NCAA, the executive vice president will “for the first time bring all NCAA national office regulatory functions – Academic and Membership Affairs, the Eligibility Center and Enforcement – under one umbrella.”
Emmert said he is seeking a “decisive, collaborative, and respected senior leader with significant campus and membership experience” to fill the role.
A search committee, headed by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances, is made up of nine members.
Less than a week after news came out that Ohio State’s Noah Spence had failed a second drug testand he was indefinitely suspended due to a violation of school and Big Ten rules, Spence, a star junior defensive end, practiced with the team Wednesday.
Spence’s future on the field is unknown at this time, but head coach Urban Meyer maintained that the program is doing what it can to be supportive.
“He actually practiced today,” Meyer said per BuckeyeGrove.com. “He is doing things to get healthy. We are supporting him.”
Spence reportedly failed a drug test for ecstasy for the second time in nine months. Spence was originally supposed to return from a first drug-related suspension for last Saturday’s game against Kent State, but he was again suspended after a second failed test.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
And then there were two.
After just three weeks of the 2014 college football season, only two of 14 Big Ten teams remain unbeaten – Nebraska and Penn State.
The conference’s general ineptitude has been a big story his year. Big Ten teams have gone an awful 1-10 against Power Five schools so far, but Nebraska’s Saturday night home matchup against Miami has the potential to turn the tides a bit for the downtrodden Big Ten.
The Huskers are coming off a dominant 55-19 road win over a bad Fresno State team. It was a good way to bounce back from a near disaster against FCS McNeese State. If not for a heroic effort from standout running back Ameer Abdullah on the game-winning late fourth quarter score against McNeese, the overall scope of the Huskers’ season thus far would look drastically different.
Nonetheless, Bo Pelini knows his team needs to kick it up a notch with Fresno State in the rearview mirror and the Hurricanes coming to Lincoln.