- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Unlike the other power conferences, the Big Ten jam packs its media day festivities into one day where all 14 conference head coaches, along with players from each team, address reporters in Chicago.
There wasn’t a whole lot of noise made at this year’s event, but now that Rutgers and Maryland have become official members, the league has re-aligned into an eastern and western division.
The west has already been pegged by league media as the weaker of the two divisions, but coaches aren’t looking at it that way. Wisconsin, despite its question marks on offense, is considered the top contender in the division, largely because of what is said to be a weaker schedule against its west division counterparts.
Badgers head coach Gary Andersen doesn’t buy that theory.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Two LSU true freshmen were arrested in separate incidents on campus last week.
Trey Lealaimatafao and Davon Godchaux, both defensive linemen, will be “disciplined internally” and have already met with head coach Les Miles, LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette told NOLA.com.
LSU police said that Lealaimatafao, a defensive tackle from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested for stealing a bicycle. The incident allegedly took place on July 1 when the bike was stolen near the Middleton Library on campus.
Investigators identified Lealaimatafao from surveillance footage in the area and made contact with him on Thursday. He admitted taking the bike and told investigators he thought it was permissible if the bike was not secured, Lalonde said. The bike was returned to the victim Thursday.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Everyone knows about Melvin Gordon.
The Wisconsin running back mulled leaving for the NFL, but the 1,600-yard rusher is back in Madison for his redshirt junior season. He’s ready to tear up the Big Ten again, but for second-year head coach Gary Andersen, he’s one of a few known commodities on the Badgers’ offense heading into the 2014 season.
The offensive line is stout like most Wisconsin lines in past seasons have been, but wide receiver, with Jared Abbrederis (78 catches, 1,081 yards, 7 TDs) out of the picture, is the offense’s weakest link.
“Offensively – there’s lots of questions. Wide receiver is a big question mark and it’s been talked about a lot. We need a couple young men to step up,” Andersen said Monday at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago.
It’s not easy to replace a player as productive as Abbrederis, a recent draft choice of the Green Bay Packers. One player is not going to do it, but Andersen pointed to a few different guys who can collectively fill the void.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor Friday night.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the 20-year-old Wilson was attending a Tim McGraw concert in Salt Lake City, was cited into West Valley Justice Court and subsequently “released at the scene.”
Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham released a statement acknowledging the incident.
“We are still in the process of gathering information on the incident,” Whittingham said. “Once we have all the facts, we will handle the situation internally and determine any disciplinary action that should be taken.”
Wilson, a junior, recently was given the thumbs up to continue his playing career after an intracranial artery condition was discovered following a concussion sustained against Arizona State last season. Wilson had thrown for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions before the injury sidelined him for the rest of the season.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
The highest-rated player in Oklahoma’s 2014 recruiting class is the subject of a police investigation in an assault on a female OU student.
SoonerScoop.com was the first to report that five-star running back Joe Mixon was involved in a “serious altercation” early Friday morning at Pickleman’s Gourmet Café, a restaurant in Norman. Mixon, who was reportedly out celebrating his 18th birthday Thursday night into Friday morning, has not been arrested at the scene and an investigation is underway. Mixon’s attorney, Kevin Finlay that he had been communicating with local police throughout the day Friday.
“We are cooperating with authorities and look forward to resolving this matter,” Finlay said.
In what has been a rough week for the program, Texas finally received some positive news Friday afternoon.
The school announced that two football players, who were not named, have been cleared by the NCAA in regards to allegations that they may have accepted meals that were paid for by an agent.
The statement from Texas, in full, reads:
Earlier this summer, Texas reported a situation to the NCAA involving two Longhorn student-athletes receiving a meal from an agent. That situation has been resolved with NCAA staff and the involved student-athletes are immediately eligible for competition.
Both the Austin American-Statesman and Orangebloods.com reported last week that St. Louis-based agent Justin Bingman tweeted multiple times about having dinner with several Texas players, including linebackers Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond, in March.
A starter on Southern Mississippi’s defense is in hot water after an incident that took place Friday morning.
According to the Sun Herald, cornerback Ed Wilkins, who started nine games for the Golden Eagles in 2013, admitted to police that he and another man “planned an armed robbery” in Hattiesburg, Miss. As a result of the incident, Wilkins, who was booked into jail Friday morning on felony charges, has been indefinitely suspended by the program.
“This is a serious matter,” Southern Miss coach Todd Monken said in a statement. “Ed has been removed from the program while we gather additional information.”
The Sun Herald is reporting that Wilkins, 21, admitted that he, along with 19-year-old Michael Bailey, went to a residence in Hattiesburg “looking to steal money and drugs.”
Here’s how it allegedly went down:
An unlikely school shook up the recruiting scene Friday.
Scott Bracey, a wide receiver from Benedictine High School in Richmond, Va., verbally committed to coach David Cutcliffe and the Duke Blue Devils. Bracey is the first commitment for Duke’s 2016 class — and he's a big one.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Bracey, who will be rated as one of the top 25 2016 recruits in the nation when Rivals.com releases its first rankings Monday, chose the defending ACC Coastal Division champions over scholarship offers from more than 25 of the top programs across the country.
Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Adam Friedman called Bracey “probably the biggest recruit to date” for Cutcliffe and his staff. For Bracey, there was one overriding factor where Duke stood out from the rest.
Nick Saban is known as a no-nonsense kind of guy, but he shows that he has a pretty good sense of humor from time to time.
The Alabama head coach spent some time at ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., earlier in the week. During a “Cage Confessional” segment taped with host Colin Cowherd, Saban showed the lighter side of his personality by donning a big, green Luigi hat.
Cowherd also got Saban to admit that he was afraid of Santa Claus as a child. After the two took a selfie, Saban also revealed that when he was nine years old, he became involved with sports because he didn’t want to play the accordion.
That turned out to be a pretty good move.
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Texas just can’t catch a break this week.
Then, there’s this.
An observant Reddit user was quick to notice that the team’s digital media guide had quite the typo. The footer at the bottom of the page for each player’s biography spelled the Texas Athletics website incorrectly. Instead of www.TexasSports.com, fans were encouraged to check out www.TexsaSports.com.