- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
There were two tiger cubs in Charlie Strong's office on Tuesday.
Here's the photographic proof from Dalton Santos.
We weren't sure we believe that Charlie Strong has two pet tiger cubs, so we asked a Texas spokesperson about the cats. They are being fostered by a Texas booster. They're twins, named Bonnie and Clyde at the moment, weigh 20 pounds and will be eventually sent to the Portland Zoo.
We give Strong credit, he does look quite relaxed in their presence.
Santos even took a picture with one of the cubs on the field.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Another key contributor from Bowling Green’s defense has been suspended.
Head coach Dino Babers announced Tuesday that senior defensive end Bryan Thomas has been suspended indefinitely from the program.
The school didn’t announce a reason for Thomas’ suspension, but, according to NBC 24, Thomas was arrested and charged with “felonious assault” stemming from a May 29 bar fight.
According to Bowling Green Police, officers responded to fight behind a downtown BG bar on May 29th. Officers were able to locate a victim who told police a group of males attacked him. Officers say video from inside the bar shows Thomas assaulting the victim.
Thomas appeared in Bowling Green Municipal Court Tuesday morning. He is currently being held in the Wood County Justice Center on $50,000.
The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Thomas played made 13 starts for the Falcons in 2014 and led the team with eight sacks. He also registered 48 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and forced five fumbles, earning third team All-MAC honors.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
A lawsuit filed against Charlie Strong during his time as head coach at Louisville was thrown out.
Former Louisville player Patrick Grant sued Strong and the school in 2012, claiming the coach reneged on an agreement to allow Grant’s scholarship to extend through graduate school after he was injured in an October 2010 assault by two teammates.
According to the Courier-Journal, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Susan Schultz Gibson dismissed the suit last month, ruling that “the university and Strong were protected by sovereign immunity, which shields the state from liability except in some circumstances.”
A trial in the case had been scheduled for January.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
The headline is not a mistake. Michigan's former athletic director is now with Toys R Us.
The toy retailer announced in a statement Tuesday that Dave Brandon, 63, would be its new CEO.
“I consider it a tremendous privilege to assume this important leadership role at Toys“R”Us, one of the most well-known retail brands in the world, Brandon said in a statement. "... I believe our best days are ahead of us and I’m eager to get started. Meeting our employees and vendors is something I very much look forward to, as we begin to work together to drive future growth and create memorable shopping experiences for our customers.”
Brandon gave Michigan fans some memories in the final months of his tenure. Though they were bad ones, and unlike a dud toy from Toys R Us that you can take back, Michigan fans were unable to exchange 2014.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Georgia coach Mark Richt confirmed reports that the Bulldogs are interested in former Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert.
Yes, Mark Richt says at Pigskin event in Macon, UGA is recruiting UVA grad transfer QB Greyson Lambert. "It's an interesting dynamic."
Lambert announced his transfer from Virginia shortly after he was dropped to second string on the depth chart behind Matt Johns. Lambert and Johns split time in 2014, but Johns outperformed Lambert during spring practices. Lambert started nine games last season and threw for 1,972 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Lambert graduated from Virginia and is eligible to play immediately.
Georgia currently has three quarterbacks in the mix to replace one-year starter Hutson Mason — Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park. Ramsey and Bauta finished spring atop the depth chart, but Richt said the competition was ongoing.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Tennessee has reportedly “moved on” from cornerback Michael Williams, who was indicted on aggravated rape charges in February.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Tennessee athletic department spokesman Jason Yellin was asked if there were any circumstances under which Williams could return, Yellin reiterated that, "We've moved on."
Williams is not listed on the Vols roster, but the athletic department would not say whether he’d been permanently kicked off the team.
Williams and former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson were suspended in November, a day before police named them suspects in the rape of a 19-year-old female student. The victim alleged she was assaulted at approximately 1:45 a.m. during a party at Johnson’s apartment. Johnson also was accused of sexually assaulting another woman during the same incident, but the second woman told police she would not be pursuing charges.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Andrew Ford is leaving the program.
QB Andrew Ford has received a release from his #Hokies scholarship and plans to transfer, as confirmed by source w/i Tech's athletic dept.
According to the Roanoke Times, he was granted his release from his scholarship two weeks ago. He came close to playing in 2014 at the end of the season as he was the third string quarterback. Starting QB Michael Brewer had a knee injury against Virginia and Brenden Motley suffered a concussion. Brewer returned to the game.
Ford entered the season as the No. 4 quarterback but was elevated to No. 3 when Mark Leal, who was competing for the starting job with Brewer at the beginning of the season, left the program.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons is a proponent of Big 12 expansion. He's not in favor of the Big 12 adding just anyone, however.
In an interview with WVIllustrated.com, Lyons said there was a conference presidential committee "kind of" looking at the possibility of adding two more teams.
“There's a presidential committee that's kind of looking at that as well, but as athletic directors, we try to look at the bigger picture of what actual teams and partners we could bring in that would add value to the conference and that's still being explored,” Lyons said.
"I'm in favor of expansion if it's the right two teams to bring in,” he continued. “Obviously for us, it would be nice to have more of an eastern partner, but at the same time, I want to make sure it's the right partner and from a revenue standpoint it doesn't impact us negatively as well by bringing additional partners in.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
A UCLA defensive back is reportedly leaving the program.
The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Willis played in 21 games for the Bruins in his two seasons with the program and made one start last season. Willis registered 22 tackles in 2014 and nine tackles in 2013.
Willis was the top-rated player in the state of Arizona in the 2013 class and the No. 56 overall prospect in the country according to Rivals.com.
Willis still has his redshirt season available and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
The University of Alabama-Birmingham announced Monday evening that it was reinstating a football program it disbanded just six months ago.
University president Dr. Ray Watts said he has been working with the NCAA and Conference USA to keep the program's conference and FBS standing. Women's rifle and bowling also will be reinstated.
"Given the broad base of support never before seen, as of today, we are taking steps to reinstate the football, rifle and bowling programs," Watts said. "I am forwarding documents to Conference USA and the NCAA notifying them that UAB plans to remain an FBS program and a full member of C-USA."
Watts said through private fundraising and city contributions, $17.2 million in outside funds has been raised that will be used in addition to the $20 million the university has set aside for athletics. The goal is to ultimately make UAB a profitable model within the next five years. Watts said the university would not pledge any more money toward the program than what has already been allotted.
"To do otherwise would require us to take additional funds from our academic and health care missions, which we will not do," Watts said.