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  • Keith Olbermann returns to air, offers bizarre apology for Penn State tweets

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 43 mins ago

    Following his suspension for a barrage of tweets aimed at Penn State students and fans, ESPN host Keith Olbermann returned to the air Monday and offered an apology — sort of.

    In the long-winded “apology” which opened his show, Olbermann made a bizarre comparison between social media and batting practice in baseball.

    Last week, Olbermann, who sent out several tweets aimed at Penn State supporters, called Penn State students “pitiful” in response to a link which detailed Penn State's annual fundraiser THON, which raised over $13 million for pediatric cancer.

    Olbermann said he did not click on the link before sending the tweet.

    Here’s the full thing in all of its bizarre glory:

    Olbermann then went on to point out his previous charitable donations (over 200, he says) to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and that he does not publicize those offerings. He encouraged others to make donations to those two charities, but did not mention THON. 

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  • SEC commissioner Mike Slive speaks out on freshmen ineligibility

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 hrs ago

    While Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany hopes to lead a national discussion on the potential for freshmen ineligibility, SEC commissioner Mike Slive doesn’t sound too enthused about the idea.

    Slive, while mentioning the new academic requirements for freshmen that will begin next year, released a lengthy statement about the issue on Monday.

    "A lot of thought and preparation went into the new initial eligibility rules that go into effect in 2016," said Slive. "It is more appropriate to implement these new regulations and understand their impact before applying additional eligibility restrictions that may be more cosmetic than effective.

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  • Illinois staffer Ryan Cubit sentenced to two years' probation for DUI

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    After pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge in January, Illinois director of student-athlete development Ryan Cubit was sentenced to two years of court supervision on Friday.

    Additionally, according to The News-Gazette, Cubit – the son of Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit – will have to wear an alcohol-monitoring device for three months, perform 100 hours of public service, pay a $1,000 fine and “attend a victim impact panel.”

    The charge stemmed from Cubit being pulled over on Oct. 12 at 12:30 a.m. in Champaign. His blood-alcohol content was 0.12 percent.

    If the 32-year-old Cubit completes the period of supervision without any hiccups, the incident will not appear on his record.

    Cubit received a citation for underage drinking in Michigan in 2003 and Judge Richard Klaus said that incident, coupled with the DUI, gave him “pause.”

    Cubit issued an apology to the court and said that he has already performed “more than 80 hours” of public service since his arrest.

    “I made a mistake. I’m truly sorry,” Cubit said. “I’ve learned a lot from this and just want to move on.”

  • Former Rutgers captain, now police officer, saves life of 3-month-old boy

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 5 hrs ago

    After his playing career at Rutgers came to an end in 2004, former Scarlet Knights team captain Ray Pilch moved into law enforcement and became a police officer in Piscataway, N.J. – just a few miles from Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.

    Late last week, Pilch and another officer saved the life of a 3-month old boy who had stopped breathing.

    Pilch was the first officer to arrive on the scene following a 9-1-1 call on Thursday afternoon. According to NJ.com, Pilch performed CPR on the unconscious boy, whose skin “had turned blue.” Officer Michael Rountree then arrived on the scene and helped Pilch revive the child while receiving CPR instructions from dispatcher Cara Brandenburg.

    Thanks to their efforts, the baby’s color returned and he was able to breathe on his own.

    From NJ.com:

    "I am proud to commend Dispatcher Brandenburg and Officers Pilch and Rountree for their quick actions that made a difference," said Piscataway Police Chief Richard Ivone.

  • Projected QB, RB starters won't practice for Maryland in spring

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    Maryland’s expected starters at quarterback and running back won’t participate in spring practice.

    Rising senior quarterback Caleb Rowe, who is projected to replace longtime starter C.J. Brown, is still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee that he suffered during a practice in October. Terps head coach Randy Edsall said that Rowe is seeking a medical redshirt that would give him an additional year of eligibility in 2016. Rowe previously suffered the same injury to his left knee during his first career start against Boston College in 2012.

    In 12 games combined over the past three seasons, Rowe has thrown for 1,768 yards with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

    Cockerille, a left-handed redshirt sophomore, was fourth on the depth chart last year and has never appeared in a game at quarterback for the Terps, but he did see time on special teams in four games.

    Seniors Brandon Ross (417 yards, 4 TDs) and Albert Reid (61 yards, TD) also return at running back for the Terps.

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  • Texas A&M backs John Chavis in LSU lawsuit

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 7 hrs ago

    In a lawsuit filed against his former employer, LSU, new Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis claims that he should not owe a $400,000 buyout stemming from the termination of his contract to coach the Tigers.

    The lawsuit says that LSU athletic director Joe Alleva sent Chavis a letter on Jan. 2 demanding he pay the money, but Chavis says he gave notice to LSU to terminate his contract on Jan. 5.

    From KBTX:

    As a result of this, Chavis says he does not owe $400,000.

    Chavis’ current employer, Texas A&M, is also named in the lawsuit. If it is determined that Chavis does owe LSU any money, A&M is required to pay that amount. Due to that requirement, A&M is a defendant in the suit.

    Both Chavis' lawyer, Bill Youngkin, and Texas A&M made it clear that there is no dispute between Chavis and the Aggies.

    A&M stands behind Chavis and says no buyout should be due to LSU.

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  • Former UNLV RB David Peeples dead at 29

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Former UNLV running back David Peeples died Wednesday according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 29.

    Peeples, a Las Vegas native, died at Mountain View Hospital with the cause of death “yet to be determined.”

    Peeples, the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year in 2003, enrolled at UNLV in 2004 after a decorated career at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas. He rushed for 3,334 yards and 30 scores in his high school career, but his time at UNLV was marred with injury.

    UNLV Sports Information Director Mark Wallington and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, a Las Vegas native, paid tribute to Peeples on Twitter.

    #RIP former @unlvfootball RB David Peeples, who lettered for the Rebels 2005-08. D-Peeps was good people. pic.twitter.com/FrUfiYcwff

    Unexpected death makes you pause and look at life for what it really is.. RIP David Peeples

    Overall, in parts of four seasons, Peeples rushed for 566 yards and eight touchdowns as a Rebel.

  • Nick Saban says expanded Playoff couldn't 'co-exist' with other bowls

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Even though his team came up short and lost in the semifinal round to eventual champion Ohio State, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said the College Football Playoff as a whole was a success in its first year.

    However, beyond the teams that cracked the top four, Saban said at a coaches conference held by the Minority Coaches Association that the Playoff actually had a negative effect on the rest of the bowl teams.

    From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

    He noted the lack of attendance and interest in some of the smaller bowl games. While plenty of interest was created for the CFP, he said, it subtracted from the attention given to the other games. In his estimation, it’s a problem because it takes away the opportunities for “positive self-gratification” for a number of players on teams that do not have as much success at the end of the year.

    Saban says that would further detract from the rest of the bowl games.

    New Florida head coach Jim McElwain agreed with Saban.

    “The issue there is that I think it will lose a lot of what is college football,” McElwain said. “I’d hate to see that.”

  • Michigan DBs Jabrill Peppers and Blake Countess show off gymnastics skills (Videos)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The folks in Ann Arbor seem to be really jacked up about the beginning of spring practice.

    First, new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said the first day of spring drills is “like coming out of the mother’s womb” and that he would attack it “with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”

    Practice began on Tuesday and Wolverines defensive backs Jabrill Peppers and Blake Countess showed that they head-over-heels excited to be back on the field.

    TURNT‼️💯 pic.twitter.com/GrnGLVUX6N

    That’s Peppers, a redshirt freshman, showing off his gymnastics skills during what looks to be a special teams drill. Peppers, who recently moved from cornerback to safety, missed the majority of the 2014 season with various injuries. The former five-star recruit is expected to make an impact for the Wolverines in the fall.

    For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.

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  • Two starting Oregon State linemen, two others medically retire

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Four Oregon State players, including two offensive linemen with starting experience, have decided to retire.

    The program announced Friday that the retirement of offensive linemen Garrett Weinreich and Grant Bays, defensive end Glyeb Ewing and safety Zack Robinson are all related to medical issues.

    The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Weinreich earned the starting role for the Beavers at left guard entering the 2014 season. He started the opener against Portland State but re-aggravated a knee injury he originally suffered in his true freshman season in 2012. From that point on he struggled to return to the field and saw action in only two games for the season. That same injury caused him to miss the entire 2012 season and limited him to just four games on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2013.

    Like Weinreich, the 6-foot-3, 288-pound Bays was entering his redshirt junior season for the Beavers. He started a combined 10 games over the past two seasons at right guard, but according to The Oregonian, Bays dealt with a “nagging back issue” for much of his career.

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