Sam Cooper

  • USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Pat Haden will retire from his position as USC athletic director, effective June 30. The news was announced Friday in a letter from university president C.L. Max Nikias.

    "It has been a tremendous honor serving my alma mater, a school I love so much, as well as serving Max Nikias, our coaches and staff and, most importantly, our student-athletes," Haden said in a statement. "I am proud of what has been accomplished here the past six years and knowing that USC Athletics is on an upward trajectory. I look forward to finishing out this academic year as athletic director and then spending time on the Coliseum project."

    Once his tenure reaches its conclusion, Haden will stay with the university for a one-year term to “guide (USC’s) renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.”

    From Nikias' letter:

    For more USC news, visit TrojanSports.com.

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  • Reports: Former A&M OC Jake Spavital headed to Cal

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    Jake Spavital has reportedly found a home in the Pac-12.

    More than a month after he and Texas A&M “mutually decided to part ways,” the former Aggies’ offensive coordinator has reportedly landed at Cal. Both Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports are reporting that the 30-year-old Spavital is expected to take the same position for Sonny Dykes and the Golden Bears. Additionally, per Fox Sports, Spavital will call plays.

    Spavital will replace Tony Franklin, who left Cal last month to take the OC job at Middle Tennessee. Franklin said he wanted to be closer to his family.

    Spavital spent the past three seasons at A&M. He first served as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator before being promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 campaign.

    Cal went 8-5 in 2015 and won the Armed Forces Bowl.

  • Kentucky unveils new uniforms for 2016 season (Photos)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    The Kentucky football team will have a new look in 2016.

    In conjunction with the new “updated graphic identity” announced by the athletic department, UK unveiled three new football uniforms. The new uniforms include a checkered pattern on the shoulders and the school’s new alternate wildcat logo on the pants.

    “We gave our team a first look at the new uniforms yesterday and the players were very excited,” football head coach Mark Stoops said. “We can’t wait to wear them this fall. I want to thank Nike for always making us look good.”

    The new wildcat logo will debut on the warmup shirts for the UK men’s basketball team for the rest of the 2015-16 season.

    Heard about our new Wildcat logo? It'll debut on @KentuckyMBB's shooting shirts tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/3pIg0eSnfA

    The school has also added “black, cool gray and metallic silver” as a part of its secondary color palette to go along with royal blue and white, the school’s classic, primary colors.

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  • Reports: Florida's Treon Harris will move from QB to WR

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Florida’s Treon Harris is reportedly switching positions.

    According to GridironNow.com andInsidetheGators.com, Harris has been working out with the Gators’ wide receivers and will practice at that position when spring ball rolls around. Harris played quarterback for the Gators over the past two seasons.

    Harris entered the 2015 season in a battle with Will Grier for the starting job. Grier eventually emerged as the team’s top quarterback, but was suspended by the NCAA in October after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

    Some schools actually recruited the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Harris as a slot receiver, so the transition could have some potential. 

    Both Franks, a four-star recruit, and Trask, a two-star recruit, have enrolled early.

    For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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  • 5 surprises from National Signing Day

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    National Signing Day is always good for a few surprises, and this year was no exception. Though there were no real head-scratchers this time around, a few particular recruits and classes caught our attention.

    Frost era off to good start at UCF

    The hire of Scott Frost is paying immediate dividends at UCF.

    The Knights signed 20 prospects on Wednesday, finishing with the second-best class in the American Athletic Conference. Yes, you read that correctly. UCF, the team that just went 0-12, had the second-best class in its conference. Only Peach Bowl champions Houston brought in a better class than the Knights.

    Frost, the former Oregon offensive coordinator, has been on the job for only a few months, but he’s having success selling the vision in playing in a high-powered offense. UCF has added eight recruits this week alone, including two four-star prospects: offensive lineman Aaron Dowdell and wide receiver Dredrick Snelson. UCF also has nine three-star recruits and landed 12 players from in-state.

    That’s good work in a short period of time.

    Houston lands a 5-star 

    Simmons to Starkville

    It didn’t turn out that way.

  • 10 takeaways from National Signing Day

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ah, another National Signing Day is in the books. There's always a lot to glean from days like this, so let's dive right in. 

    Here are 10 takeaways from this year's National Signing Day:

    The SEC is still king

    The SEC continued its reign as the country’s premiere recruiting conference in 2016. Of Rivals’ top 15 classes of this cycle, seven come from the SEC. Alabama, of course, leads the way at No. 1, with LSU (No. 6), Ole Miss (No. 7), Auburn (No. 9), Georgia (No. 12), Florida (No. 14) and Tennessee (No. 15) all finishing with outstanding classes as well.

    And while the SEC’s depth cannot be matched, the Big Ten and ACC made their presences felt near the top in this cycle. Ohio State and Michigan finished at No. 3 and 4 respectively while Florida State’s class was No. 2 with national runner-up Clemson coming in at No. 5. Additionally, several signing day commitments boosted the classes of USC and UCLA, who rounded out the Top 10 at Nos. 8 and 10, respectively.

    Alabama's dominance continues

    Alabama’s five five-stars is more than any other program. 

    USC had a down year, but finished strong

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  • Deontay Anderson commits to Ole Miss in skydiving video

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    If Deontay Anderson wanted to make a splash when announcing his commitment, he certainly succeeded.

    Anderson, afour-star safety from Manvel, Texas, narrowed his choices down to Texas, Ole Miss and LSU. Instead of going with a nice ceremony at his high school, Anderson jumped out of a plane. For real.

    In a video with Bleacher Report, Anderson went skydiving, only to reveal his decision to play for Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss when he safely returned to the ground.

    Here's the full video:

    4-star safety Deontay Anderson skydives his way to a commitment #NationalSigningDayhttps://t.co/Nbl1XQDWuL

    That is going to be hard for other recruits to top.

    The addition of Anderson is a big one for the Rebels. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Anderson is rated as the No. 84 overall prospect and the third-best safety in the 2016 class. He is the tenth four-star recruit to join Ole Miss’ class. The Rebels also have landed commitments from two five-star prospects: quarterback Shea Patterson and offensive lineman Gregory Little.

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  • 5-star ATH Mecole Hardman commits to Georgia with decoy cakes

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Five-star athlete Mecole Hardman Jr. officially stayed home and committed to Georgia on Wednesday morning, but it wasn’t without some drama.

    Hardman, the 11th-best prospect in the country according to Rivals.com, held an announcement at Elbert County High School. And instead of laying out hats on a table like so many others, five cakes were set up instead. There was a problem, though. There were cakes for Tennessee, Michigan, Florida, Clemson and Ohio State, but no Georgia. Would the local kid spurn the Bulldogs?

    5 of the cakes are up. Can't get Hardman to confirm what he plans to do. Cut one? Eat it with his hands? Intrigue. pic.twitter.com/Mq0zg87tlA

    Not so fast.

    After the cakes were lined up on the table, Hardman came out wearing all UGA gear to the delight of the folks in attendance.

    How Mecole Hardman committed to #UGA:#NSD2016 pic.twitter.com/bwneyOzGjM

    For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.

  • Ex-Georgia QB Jacob Park to sign with Iowa State

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Nearly eight months after leaving Georgia, Jacob Park has found a home in the Big 12.

    Park, a former four-star recruit, told 247Sports.com that he will sign with Iowa State on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 202-pound quarterback left Georgia in June due to the team’s crowded depth chart.

    Park competed to be the Bulldogs’ No. 1 quarterback with Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta (who has since transferred to Colorado State) in spring practice, but did not take any first-team reps during scrimmages. The addition of Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert, the eventual starter, also crowded the field for Park.

    After leaving UGA, Park took the season off and attended Trident Technical College, near his hometown of Goose Creek, South Carolina. He told 247Sports that he spoke with Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech during his time off, but finally settled on Iowa State after visiting the school over the weekend.

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  • Boston College OL medically disqualified due to concussions

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The career of Boston College offensive lineman James Hendren has been cut short.

    Hendren announced on Instagram that he has been medically disqualified from playing because of concussions. Hendren was a redshirt freshman for the Eagles in 2015 and was expected to compete for a starting job in 2016.

    “It saddens me to say that as of today, my football playing days have come to an end,” Hendren wrote Monday. “I've been medically disqualified from playing football as a result of the number of concussions I've had, and the risk associated with continuing playing after those head injuries. I'd like to say how grateful I am to have had the opportunities in this game that I've had. I've been able to learn lessons from this game that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Some of the best lessons in life are made so clear by this sport. I've met people who will be a part of my life forever. The support I've had during my playing career from my family, friends, coaches, teachers, professors, and BC fans has been incredible, and I couldn't begin to show how grateful I am for that.

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