- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
When Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall was ejected from last Saturday’s Michigan game after an on-field skirmish, he reacted by angrily throwing his helmet to the ground and then saluted the crowd with a classy two-finger salute.
For his actions, Hall received a reprimand from the Big Ten, and Friday at a media conference for Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game, Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer announced that Hall will not be starting against Michigan State.
Marcus Hall will NOT start the game. #Buckeyes Will see where it goes from there.
— Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon) December 6, 2013
Meyer on not starting Marcus Hall. "I'm just very, very disappointed with his actions." — Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) December 6, 2013
Championship Week: Will Fresno State shake off the loss of an undefeated season to win the Mountain West over Utah State?Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Mountain West Conference Championship Utah State at No. 23 Fresno State Dec. 7, 10 p.m. ET, Bulldog Stadium
HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE: Utah State: In its first season in the Mountain West, the Aggies finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak to finish the MWC conference slate with a 7-1 record. USU lost early season contests with Utah and USC by a combined seven points, preparing the Aggies for its Mountain West schedule. A convincing 35-7 win over Wyoming gave USU the Mountain Division championship and its berth in the first ever Mountain West Championship Game.
Fresno State: Fresno appeared ready to pull off an undefeated season before being upset by San Jose State in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs had won their first 10 games of the year while averaging 47.3 points per game and leading the country with 410.3 passing yards per game. Had Fresno State remained unbeaten, a shot at an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game was certainly possible.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
It looks like Missouri senator Claire McCaskill isn’t getting much work done on this Friday afternoon. Who can blame her? Her alma mater, the University of Missouri, is playing for an SEC title on Saturday, so she may be a bit distracted.
Just take a look at her couch:
Ok,haters out there pls ignore me for 48 hours.My Mizzou has big ass game on Sat & I'm obsessed.My couch: pic.twitter.com/OWF4We11Ux
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2013
Well said, Claire. The SEC title game against Auburn certainly is a “big ass game,” certainly big enough to warrant the purchase of an enormous stuffed Tiger to keep in your home.
That will definitely comfort visitors.
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H/T SB Nation
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Pac-12 Conference Championship No. 7 Stanford at No. 11 Arizona State Dec. 7, 7:45 p.m. ET, Sun Devil Stadium
HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE: Stanford: Using a stellar running game and stingy defense, the Cardinal started off the season 5-0 before a perplexing loss on the road at Utah, but then quickly rebounded with impressive wins over UCLA, Oregon State, and Oregon. A tough loss at USC followed before the Cardinal finished out the year with wins over Cal and Notre Dame to finish the regular season at 10-2. In a week three matchup with Arizona State, Stanford handled the Sun Devils at home 42-28.
Arizona State: Arizona State stumbled out the gates with a 3-2 start (including the Stanford loss) before reeling off seven straight conference wins to finish the regular season at 10-2. The Sun Devils feature a high-powered offense that averages a whopping 43.3 points per game, good for eighth best in the country. A late-season 38-33 win on the road at UCLA clinched a ticket to the title game. A 58-21 win in the season finale over Arizona gave the Sun Devils home-field advantage.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Conference USA Conference Championship Marshall at Rice Dec. 7, 11 a.m. CT, Rice Stadium
HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE: Marshall: The Thundering Herd averaged 44.6 points per game en route to a 9-3 regular season record (7-1 in conference play). MU is looking for its first Conference USA title since moving over from the MAC in 2005. The Herd reeled off five straight wins to end the regular season, including a dominating 59-28 performance in the season finale at home over East Carolina to clinch the C-USA East and a berth in the championship game.
Rice: Like Marshall, the Owls reeled off a 9-3 overall record and won seven conference games to lock up the Conference USA West Division. Also like Marshall, Rice has never won a Conference USA title since joining the conference in 2005, but reeled off three straight wins over Louisiana Tech, UAB and Tulane to close out the year and claim a spot in the title game.
Note: The two teams did not face another during the regular season so Rice was chosen to host the game due to a higher BCS ranking.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Update: In a press release, Washington has confirmed the Petersen hire.
"On behalf of the University of Washington and the entire Husky Nation, I am proud to welcome Chris Petersen as our new head football coach," Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said. "Coach Petersen's success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself. His integrity, work ethic and character make him an outstanding fit and leader of our student-athletes at UW. We are thrilled and proud to call Coach Petersen a Husky."
— Washington Huskies (@UWAthletics) December 6, 2013
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Keith Olbermann includes person who dumped cremated remains on Pat Dye Field among ‘worst person in the sports world’ list with Nick Saban (Video)Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Of all the things that have come from the miraculous finish in the Iron Bowl last Saturday, one of the more intriguing tidbits came from a tweet from the Auburn Turf Team. The tweet showed that someone dumped a loved one’s cremated remains on Pat Dye Field.
— Auburn Turf Team (@auburnturf) December 2, 2013
There are a few ways to react to this.
You can be touched (and impressed) that someone would follow through with the wishes of the deceased individual and presumably bring an urn (or other cremated human carrying device) into the stadium before sneaking onto the field to do the deed.
Or you can think the gesture is a completely over-the-top.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
It has been common in recent years for football programs to showcase what they have to offer in terms of facilities with nicely-assembled YouTube videos. It is definitely a useful recruiting tool and a great way to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a Division I program.
Oklahoma State took advantage of this by showcasing its 92,000 square-foot practice facility. Athletic director Mike Holder gives a brief tour and shows viewers both the indoor and outdoor fields.
The indoor facility is particularly impressive, with Holder even added that “if you wanted to play a game in here, you could.”
To me, the thing that stood out most about the indoor facility were the AIRCRAFT HANGAR DOORS (!!!) that make the walls disappear. That is so cool.
Holder said those were installed for ventilation and that it gives players easier access to two outdoor natural grass fields. You can’t help but be impressed at what has to be one of the nicest facilities in the country.
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H/T Football Scoop
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
By now you may have heard about the waiter who was stiffed for a tip by some Alabama fans after he talked about “being proud of Auburn” after their improbable win on a returned field goal in the Iron Bowl.
We received a lot of feedback about the story possibly being a hoax. Thanks to a tip, we were able to reach out to the waiter and get to the bottom of what actually happened.
The waiter’s name is Forrest Swan. Swan is a 22-year-old computer science student at East Tennessee State who works at what he described in a phone interview as a “wing joint” in Kingsport, TN. Swan, who was on his way to class when reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, waits tables on weekends to help pay for college.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
When it comes to holiday decorating, some people really go the extra mile.
Bob Witt, a Penn State alum, went even beyond that by adding a hefty amount of PSU school spirit to the holiday-light display at his Schwenksville, Pa. home.
His light display is perfectly synchronized to several popular Penn State fight songs and according to Onward State, the show uses 45,000 lights. That must take a serious amount of hard work to assemble.
The house has gotten so popular that Witt even started a Facebook page to let those interested know when the best time to drive by the house is.
Last year’s show, while also extremely impressive, isn’t quite as cool as the 2013 version. Witt will have to step up his game to make the 2014 version even more spectacular.