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  • Temple coaches square off in tire tug of war (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    As part of its offseason workouts, Temple pitted offense against defense to see who would be crowed “Team Olympic Champions.”

    It all came down to a battle of strength between two coaches – wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson and cornerbacks coach Francis Brown – in a tug of war-style showdown with a tire.

    With the players hyped, which side would emerge victorious? Offense or defense?

    In was a best-of-three battle, but a third round was not required. Still, it was a valiant effort from both sides.

    We'll see if the Owls can carry over this kind of energy when spring practice begins on March 22. 

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  • Columbus Zoo names penguin after Ezekiel Elliott (Video)

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    The folks in Columbus, Ohio, are still riding high off of Ohio State’s College Football Playoff National Championship over Oregon back in January.

    With 696 yards rushing in postseason play, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott played a huge role in OSU’s title run. To honor Elliott’s stellar play, the Columbus Zoo named its newborn Humboldt penguin Zeke.

    He’s really, really cool.

    BABY ANIMAL ALERT! Meet Zeke, a Humboldt #penguin chick. He hatched on 2/20 & now weighs 10 ounces!

    Zeke hatched on Feb. 20 and he recently had to undergo a rigorous physical at the Zoo.

    The Zoo says Zeke will join his penguin friends in the exhibit in April.

    Go visit him, Ohio State fans!

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  • Ohio State self-reported accidental text sent to recruit by assistant's son

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    Among the 47 minor rules violations that Ohio State athletics self-reported to the NCAA in 2014 includes the time a football assistant coach’s four-year-old son accidentally sent a text to a recruit.

    According to The Lantern, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s young son “picked up his father’s cell phone when a recruit called on May 27, and accidentally sent an automatic text message in return.” As a result of that particular violation, Ohio State “sent a letter of education to the coaches” about the NCAA’s texting rules. The NCAA didn’t even bother to review the incident.

    Of the three public records requests submitted by The Lantern, eight of the 47 total violations stemmed from the football program.

    Among the football violations included “impermissible on-campus contact,” which was reported to the NCAA on Sept. 25. From The Lantern:

    Additionally, earlier in the year, the football program reported another violation for impermissible text messages and phone calls. It was reported to the NCAA on Jan. 7.

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  • David Cobb sits out Minnesota's pro day with quad injury

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    Two weeks after tweaking his left quad muscle at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, former Minnesota running back David Cobb was a spectator at the Gophers’ pro day on Monday.

    Instead, Cobb, who set a school record with 1,626 rushing yards in 2014, will showcase his skills for scouts in an individual workout at the school in the first week of April.

    “It’s starting to feel healthy again so I’ll take it slow,” Cobb told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I wont push it, don’t want to tweak anything, but I’ll definitely pick it up in the next week or so.”

    The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb ran 4.81 on his first attempt at the 40-yard dash at the combine, but pulled up toward the end of his run with the quad injury.

    Before running the 40, Cobb put up 17 reps on the bench press and registered jumps of 38.5 inches and 121 inches on the vertical jump and broad jump, respectively.

    Despite opting not to participate at pro day, Cobb cheered on his Gophers teammates as they went through various drills in front of the NFL scouts in attendance.

    His 2,893 career yards ranks seventh in school history.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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, 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.


    "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

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    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 1 day 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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