Sam Cooper

  • Former Syracuse player to receive Medal of Honor

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    When William Shemin arrived on Syracuse’s campus to play football and lacrosse in 1919, he had already accomplished a great deal more than the average college student. Almost 100 years later, he’ll receive the highest military honor.

    The White House announced last week that Shemin will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during World War I.

    From the White House’s press release:

    Sergeant William Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, American Expeditionary Forces.  Sergeant Shemin distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of the Vesle River, Bazoches, France, on August 7-9, 1918. 

    Shemin, who was hospitalized for three months with various injuries, also received the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery.

    He passed away in 1973.

  • NFL denies NFLPA request for Goodell recusal in Brady appeal

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 2 days ago

    The NFL Players Association isn't happy with Roger Goodell, and the NFL's refusal of the union's request that Goodell recuse himself from hearing Tom Brady's appeal won't help.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday that the NFL unsurprisingly denied the NFLPA's request that Goodell be recused from hearing Brady's appeal for his four-game suspension stemming from deflate-gate. Other reports, such as from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, say that the NFL said late Friday it had not made an official decision on the matter.

    Relations between the union and the league were clearly strained before that announcement. It was easy to see that during NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith's interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines, in which the union chief criticized Ted Wells' report and Goodell, and laid out his reasons why Goodell should not oversee the appeal. That interview came before the NFL's official rejection of the request.

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  • NC A&T's Tarik Cohen is the best at backflip catches (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    This offseason, we’ve highlighted a few college footballplayers who can catch passes while doing a backflip. While those have been impressive, we don’t think anyone will top North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen.

    The 5-foot-6, 172-pound Cohen posted multiple videos on his Instagram account, and we’ve having a hard time deciding which catch is best. Take a look.

    We’re anxious to see what Cohen can do in 2015. 

    (H/T Kristen Balboni)

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  • VOD: An inside look at a Miami recruiting meeting

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    If you’ve ever wondered how a coaching staff decides whether or not to offer a scholarship to a prospect, Miami has you covered.

    In a “Canes All Access” video, the Miami coaches thoroughly debate whether or not to offer certain prospects (which of course, they do not name) on their recruiting board.


    It’s a behind the scenes look that fans rarely get a glimpse of and gives you an idea of what the recruiting process is all about. These coaches have done their research on these prospects, but show that the recruiting goes beyond measurables and 40-yard dash times.

    The most interesting part of the video is when defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio remarks that a certain prospect is only elite at playing safety. He’s not concerned with a potentially subpar 40-yard dash time, he sees the kid’s instincts and feel for the position.

    “The best instinctive safeties that we’ve ever had, what did they run?” he asks another coach. “He ran 4.68. If a guy runs 4.5 and he can’t play safety … You understand? He can’t see it. He can’t line up. He can’t make the calls. He’s not instinctive. He can’t read run/pass. He backs the hell up because he’s scared. All those things.

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  • Ex-A&M QB Kenny Hill says he's headed to TCU

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Kenny Hill is officially headed to TCU.

    Hill, who set Texas A&M’s single-game record for passing yards in the Aggies’ season-opening win over South Carolina last year, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he’s set to enroll on June 1.

    Reports emerged in January that TCU was Hill’s likely landing spot after he asked for his release from the Aggies’ program, and he told the Star-Telegram that he visited campus to watch the Horned Frogs’ practice in the spring.

    Hill, who became known as “Kenny Trill,” burst onto the scene when he threw for 511 yards and three touchdowns to open the season. He played well throughout the non-conference slate as the Aggies started 5-0, but things went downhill when SEC play began.

    Hill threw six interceptions in a three-game span against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama – all losses – and then was suspended two games for violating team rules.

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  • State Rep: 'Strong indications' UAB football won't be reinstated

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Things aren’t looking good for the return of UAB football, at least according to an Alabama State Representative.


    State Rep. Jack Williams told Thursday morning he's received "strong indications" that UAB President Ray Watts has decided not to reinstate the school's football program and plans to announce that news Friday night.

    "This could lead to irreparable damage at UAB in its relationship with the community," Williams said.

    Watts announced his decision to eliminate football, rifle and bowling last December, and Williams told that the president is “holding fast” to that decision. While Williams says the school is planning for a Friday night announcement, Watts said in a statement that no decision has been reached.

    Williams told that Watts had meetings scheduled with powerful boosters on Thursday morning, both of whom would like UAB to reinstate football.

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  • Penn State CB Da'Quan Davis arrested, no longer with team

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Penn State senior defensive back Da’Quan Davis is no longer with the team.

    Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin announced the news Wednesday during a stop on the Penn State Coaches Caravan, hours before the Baltimore Sun reported that Davis was arrested for marijuana possession earlier in the month.

    “Da’Quan is no longer with the team,” Franklin said Wednesday in New York City, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I keep my comments pretty limited on those things, but we wish him the best, but yeah, he’s no longer with the program. That’s also why we don’t necessarily release things if we don’t have to because I want him to be able to focus on graduating and finishing up his academics.”

    According to the Sun, Davis was arrested May 9 by Penn State campus police and charged with “possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia and purchasing alcohol as a minor.”

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  • Giants starting OT Will Beatty out 5-6 months

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    The team announced Thursday that starting left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights on Tuesday. The injury required surgery, which will keep him out of action for “five to six months.”

    Beatty, entering his seventh season, has played in 82 games and started 63 for the Giants since the team selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft.

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    The 6-foot-6, 319-pound Beatty hasn’t missed a game for the Giants in three seasons, but now will conservatively miss the first half of the 2015 campaign. Beatty’s injury likely opens up the starting role for first-round pick Ereck Flowers to fill in at a tackle spot. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Miami product was picked ninth overall, but there’s undoubtedly a steep learning curve that comes with protecting Eli Manning’s blindside.

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  • Broncos DE Antonio Smith under investigation for child abuse

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated in Texas for child abuse.

    No charges have been filed, but Fort Bend County district attorney John Healey Jr. confirmed to 9News Denver that an allegation was received.

    “Our Sherriff’s Office has received some information, they’re working with our office to try and find out as much information as we can about the allegation,” Healey said. “At this particular point anything in reference to Mr. Smith is just than – an allegation.”

    The news of an investigation into Smith was first reported by TMZ early Thursday morning.

    The Broncos are aware of the situation.

    “Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith,” the team said Thursday in a statement. “We are now in the process of gathering more information.”

    In his 157 career games (133 starts), the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Smith has 302 tackles and 44.5 sacks. 

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  • New Jersey judge dismisses Ray Rice's domestic violence charges

    Sam Cooper at Shutdown Corner 4 days ago

    A New Jersey judge dismissed the domestic violence charges against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice on Thursday.

    The charges stemmed from a February 2014 incident in which Rice struck his now-wife Janay in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. The NFL originally suspended Rice for two games, but the suspension became indefinite and the Ravens cut him after the graphic video of the altercation surfaced in September.

    Rice, who was charged with third-degree aggravated assault, avoided jail time after being accepted into a pretrial intervention program (including anger management) for first-time offenders. Rice completed the program this week, and Judge Michael A. Donio dismissed the charge Thursday, according to NBC News.

    The NFL’s indefinite suspension of Rice was eventually lifted following an appeal that was heard by federal judge Barbara S. Jones, who criticized the NFL’s handling of the situation.

    Rice called the situation a “nightmare” and told the Sun that he is trying to move forward.

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