- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said via Twitter that he would like to meet with one of Nebraska football players he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem prior to last Saturday’s game against Northwestern.
Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry, three African-American players, kneeled to protest racial injustice. Ricketts called the act “disgraceful” and “disrespectful,” which prompted a tweet from Rose-Ivey.
@GovRicketts I would love to sit down and further the discussion with you if you are available..
— Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) September 27, 2016
Ricketts responded to the request late Tuesday night.
.@Rose_IveyNB15 Thanks for reaching out. Direct message me your information, and we will get something set up right away!
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) September 28, 2016
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Oklahoma State donor T. Boone Pickens, whose name is on the Cowboys’ stadium, has started the Bedlam rivalry a little early this year with some choice words for Oklahoma president David Boren.
Pickens told the Austin American-Statesman’s podcast, “On Second Thought” that “maybe it’s time for David to retire” after a report surfaced that Boren had changed his mind about Big 12 expansion.
“I’ve known David forever. He likes to talk. He gets a little bit confused sometimes,” Pickens said.
Boren was one of the most outspoken voices in favor of expansion 18 months ago. However, a report in Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush on Tuesday suggested Boren might be changing his position amid pressure from his board. Boren answered the story by stating, “Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Suspended North Carolina linebacker Allen Artis maintained his innocence Tuesday while meeting with the media ahead of his Thursday court appearance for charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student.
Artis is accused of raping Delaney Robinson on Valentine’s Day in the Ram Village apartments on UNC’s campus. Robinson held a press conference on Sept. 13 stating police had done little to help her after she reported the rape. She said she felt police gave preferential treatment to Artis because he was a football player. Shortly after her appearance, Artis was indefinitely suspended from the team and he turned himself into police.
Artis told the Associated Press he wasn’t a rapist and that he was “surprised, hurt, distraught” over the allegations.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The charges against LSU defensive lineman Davon Godchaux in connection with a domestic abuse case involving him and his girlfriend have been dropped. Hillar Moore, the district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish, announced the decision Tuesday afternoon.
Godchaux was arrested early Monday morning and charged with false imprisonment and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment. His girlfriend also was arrested because of conflicting stories. According to the girlfriend, Godchaux grabbed her and tossed her backward twice. She had a swollen lip and a red mark near her neck, according to a police report. The girlfriend also said Godchaux refused to let her leave with the couple’s 10-month-old child.
Godchaux said there was no altercation and that he asked the woman to leave following an argument regarding another woman. The girlfriend refused to leave the apartment because she was so upset.
Moore said charges were dropped because of the conflicting stories and insufficient evidence at the scene.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
An autopsy report on Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila’s body determined the player died because of a toxic mixture of medications.
Hemmila died on Aug. 7. He was 22. According to AZCentral.com “the drugs found in his system were oxymorphone, an opiate painkiller, and alprazolam, an anxiety medication.” Officials also said his lungs were congested and that he was also chewing tobacco at the time of his death.
Hemmila’s death was ruled accidental and he was set to be a fifth-year senior on the team. He appeared in 13 games in 2015 with six starts. Coach Rich Rodriguez said that he had spent 45 minutes talking to Hemmila about almost “everything” just two days before the offensive lineman’s death.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
A realtor in Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama, is already having fun with LSU’s firing of Les Miles.
Take a look at this billboard that’s already posted two days after Miles was removed as the Tigers’ head coach.
This is Savage. Dagger to the heart from Pritchett and Moore. pic.twitter.com/9VM4I6rMYv
— UnlimitedTide (@UnlimitedTide) September 27, 2016
Notice how the LSU is even photoshopped and cropped off Miles’ hat. You have to make sure that you don’t get in trouble using a logo if you’re going to troll well.
We’re thinking the only person on this billboard that could get more positive attention in Tuscaloosa would be Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, whose team beat Miles’ on Saturday.
This also undoubtedly is giving an Auburn fan an idea to troll Alabama when Nick Saban leaves his post as head coach of the Tide, but given that Saban will likely retire at Alabama, there really won’t be too much fun in that.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
A member of Nebraska’s board of regents vehemently disagrees with some players’ decisions to kneel for the national anthem.
Three players kneeled in protest of systemic discrimination of African-Americans before Saturday’s game against Northwestern. Regent Hal Daub told the Lincoln Journal-Star that the players’ actions should get them kicked off the team.
“It’s a free country,” Daub told the Journal Star on Tuesday. “They don’t have to play football for the university either.
“They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team,” he added. “They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel.”
Daub continued: “Those publicity seeking athletes ought to rethink the forum in which they chose to issue their personal views at the expense of everyone else.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
New LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron was the person who fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, not the university, according to a report in the New Orleans Times Picayune.
According to the report, Orgeron was given the choice about the direction of the Tigers’ offense and he opted for a change in the offensive system, which didn’t included Cameron’s assistance. Orgeron promoted tight ends coach Steve Ensminger to offensive coordinator and pushed Cameron, who was good friends with Miles and had been LSU’s offensive coordinator since 2013, out.
Ensminger has been an offensive coordinator in several other places, including McNeese State, Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M and Clemson. He’s been the Tigers’ tight ends coach since 2010.
Orgeron laid out LSU’s new offensive philosophy in his introductory press conference on Monday and said his goal is to score points, something that has been severely lacking for the Tigers’ this season.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
The Kennesaw State University football team took its first-ever flight Saturday — the program is only two years old — and redshirt freshman linebacker Keagan Jordan wasn’t feeling it.
The two-year letterman had never flown before and even before the plane left the ground in Georgia heading for Pittsburgh, Jordan started to regret his decision to come aboard.
So what did his teammates do to calm him down, they filmed his entire freakout and were treated to an unexpected ending.
Excuse my laugh, but it was his first flight and he passed out ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/G1XRjXdtcu
— Zeezus (@TheDayOfZay) September 23, 2016
Yes, Jordan, who clutches his chest and yells, “Oh! Oh! Oh my God! We ain’t gone make it!” appears to pass out much to the amusement of his teammates.
Rest assured Jordan was OK and did play in the 36-28 victory over Duquesne.
Now you can decide whether you think this video is real or fake, but Kennesaw State spokesman Mike DeGeorge somewhat vouched for its authenticity.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Iowa will be without one of its best players indefinitely.
The program announced Tuesday morning that wide receiver Matt VandeBerg suffered a foot injury during practice on Monday. The school did not specify the nature of the injury or how long the senior will be out, other than saying he will “miss games.”
Tom Kakert of HawkeyeReport.com reported Monday night that VandeBerg broke his foot.
Hearing tonight that Matt VandeBerg broke his foot today in practice. Needless to say, not good news for the Hawkeyes. Ferentz update Tues.
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) September 27, 2016
“It is unfortunate that Matt will miss some time due to his injury,” Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. “We know that Matt will work extremely hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. We feel confident that some of our younger receivers will step up in Matt’s absence.”